IRG PHENICS CNRS International Research Group

PHENICS is acting as a major network of cooperation on photochromism gathering research teams from China, France, Germany, Japan and Russia.

PHoto-switchablE orgaNIC molecular systems & deviceS

Professor Irie wins Porter Medal

Professor Masahiro Irie, the first Japanese coordinator of IRG Phenics, has been awarded the 2014 Porter Medal. The Medal, named for late George Porter, FRS, Nobel Laureate, is awarded biennially to the scientist who, in the opinion of the European Photochemistry Association, the Inter-American Photochemistry Society, and the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association, has contributed most to the science of photochemistry with particular emphasis on more physical aspects, reflecting George Porter’s own interest. Professor Irie will deliver a celebratory lecture at the 2014 IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry in Bordeaux Thursday the 17th July.

He has been conducting research on photochromic molecular systems for the last 30 years and is the father of the famous class of photochromic molecules, DIARYLETHENES, which are widely used in functional molecular materials as key elements of optical switches. He is a pioneer in this field and received many awards.

Our congratulations to Professor Masahiro Irie.