Fluorescence-based single-molecule methods encounter several limitations, e.g., photobleaching, blinking and the reduced bandwidth of the measurements, limited by molecular fluorescence rates. To overcome these limitations, for more than 20 years, researchers have developed several variants of scattering detection such as photothermal microscopy which relies on heat released by the objects being detected, iSCAT microscopy based on direct subtraction of the background in space and time, photo-acoustic microscopy based on detection of acoustic waves, or the use of opto-mechanical devices with high finesse. Interaction of matter with heat and acoustic waves also opens new approaches for the optical manipulation of nanoparticles and large molecules on small length scales. All these new developments herald a new era for the label-free detection, study and manipulation of single particles and single molecules.

The webinar will cover theoretical and experimental advances in the following fields:

1. Photothermal microscopy
2. iSCAT microscopy
3. Photoacoustic microscopy
4. Thermoplasmonics
5. Photothermal manipulation
6. Single-particle/-molecule non-fluorescent imaging

Special Issue on Photothermal and Non-Fluorescent Microscopy and Spectroscopy in JPCC

In conjunction with this webinar, the Journal of Physical Chemistry C will publish a Virtual Special Issue on Photothermal and Non-Fluorescent Microscopy and Spectroscopy. Papers submitted to this issue should describe theoretical and experimental advances in the above mentioned fields 1–6.

If you are interested in having a paper considered for this issue, please address the cover letter to Prof. Gregory Hartland, the Deputy Editor of the Journal Physical Chemistry C, and clearly state that the paper is intended for the “Photothermal and Non-Fluorescent Microscopy and Spectroscopy” special issue. Note that all manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and that Review and Perspective articles are welcome in addition to regular research articles.


Keynote Speakers

Guillaume Baffou (Institut Fresnel, France)
Björn Bastian (Leipzig University, Germany)
Ji-Xin Cheng (Boston University, USA)
Laurent Cognet (Université de Bordeaux, France)
Randall Goldsmith (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)
Gregory Hartland (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Philipp Kukura (University of Oxford, UK)
Matz Liebel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Stephan Link (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Romain Quidant (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Vahid Sandoghdar (MPI for the Science of Light, MPI für Physik und Medizin, Erlangen, Germany)
Giulia Tagliabue (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Lihong Wang (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Alois Würger (University of Bordeaux, France)

Invited Speakers

Wiebke Albrecht (AMOLF, The Netherlands)
Istvan Biro (Heliotis AG, Switzerland)
Paola Borri (Cardiff University, UK)
Renee Frontiera (University of Minnesota, USA)
Julian Gargiulo (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina)
Naomi Ginsberg (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Chia-Lung Hsieh (Academia Sinica, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Taiwan)
Takuro Ideguchi (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Mikael Käll (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Mustafa Kansiz (Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp., USA)
Takayoshi Kobayashi (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan; National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Klaus Kroy (Leipzig University, Germany)
Pavan Kumar (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
Masaru Kuno (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Theobald Lohmueller (LMU Munich, Germany)
David Masiello (University of Washington, USA)
Wei Min (Columbia University, USA)
Kyoko Namura (Kyoto University, Japan)
Silvan Schmid (TU Vienna, Austria)
Florian Schmidt (Umeå University, Sweden)
Garth Simpson (Purdue University, USA)
Gilles Tessier (Sorbonne Université, France)
Yuxi Tian (Nanjing University, China)
Delong Zhang (Zhejiang University, China)
Yang Zhao (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Yuebing Zheng (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)