Spectroscopy and theory

Session chairs

Oscar Malta (oscar@renami.com.br)
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE - Brasil

Born on April 9, 1954, Recife-PE, Brazil. Professional address: Departamento de Química Fundamental-CCEN-UFPE. CidadeUniversitária, Recife-PE, 50670-901, Brazil. Phone:55 81 21268440, fax: 55 81 21268442, E-mail: oscar@renami.com.br

Education: Catholic University of Pernambuco, B.S., 1976; Federal University of Pernambuco, MSc, 1977; Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Doctoratd`État, 1981.

Academic Position: Federal University of Pernambuco-Recife-PE-Brazil, Full Professor of Chemistry; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-Meudon-France, Visiting Researcher, 1986; Júlio Mesquita State University-UNESP(State of São Paulo), Visiting Professor, 1994; University of Aveiro-Portugal/Erasmus Mundus Program, Visiting Professor, 2005. National Coordinator of the Molecular and Interfaces Nanotechnology Research Network (RENAMI).National Coordinator of the Institute of Nanotechnology for Integrated Markers (INCT-INAMI).Full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Research Activity: CNPq 1A-research fellow. 140 published scientific papers. 19 invited lectures in international conferences. Supervisor and co-supervisor of 17 master and doctoral thesis. Research interests: lanthanide spectroscopy, theoretical chemistry, nanostructured materials.

Prof. Lidia Smentek (Smentek1@aol.com)
Vanderbilt University, Nashville (USA)

Prof. dr hab. Lidia Smentek is a professor of physics and chemistry; retired after 40years of service from her Alma Mater, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, she is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, U. S. A., holding this post since 1994. In the mainstream of her scientific career she devoted her research to the spectroscopy of lanthanides extending successfully the famous Judd-Ofelt theory to the third order, and formulating its relativistic version via a fruitful collaboration with the late Brian G. Wybourne. Her purely theoretical investigations of the spectroscopic properties of f-electron systems, based on ab initio calculations, have been extended over the last decade by novel research on vast applications of luminescence of the lanthanide materials, including detection and cure of cancer. In the most recent research she works on correlation of structural and spectroscopic properties of super small lanthanide nanomaterials. She is the author of 150 publications and three books.