From Nanosecond Photochemistry to Optical Force Chemistry: My Journey

Hiroshi Masuhara*

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    Laser was invented in 1960 and soon introduced to chemistry research. We started time-resolved spectroscopy and photochemistry and initial trial was focused to nanosecond and then picosecond electronic absorption spectroscopy for studying molecular electronic excited states, charge separation in molecular complexes, and intermolecular electron transfer in solution. We considered that not only time-resolved but also space-resolved chemistry would be important for future laser-based chemistry and combined pulsed lasers with optical microscopes. Spectroscopy, photochemistry, ablation, and spatial arrangement of single microparticles and microdroplets in solution were carried out. Further we shifted from micro to nano and opened a new field covering spectroscopy, ablation, phase transition, crystallization, patterning, and fabrication. The progress is summarized and discussed as time-resolved nano spectroscopy, ablation nano dynamics, and optical force chemistry.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1261-1269
    Number of pages9
    JournalChemical Record
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Jun 2021


    • Ablation
    • laser chemistry
    • nanoparticles
    • optical force
    • photochemistry


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