BGSU Professor Jayaraman Sivaguru honored for photochemistry research – BG Independent News
From the BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING AND BRAND STRATEGY
A professor from Bowling Green State University has received a prestigious honor from the world-renowned Japanese Association of Photochemistry.
Dr. Jayaraman Sivaguru was recently selected as the 2021 Honda-Fujishima Conference Laureate by the Japan Photochemistry Association. The award is given to a scientist who has achieved an extremely outstanding achievement in the study of photochemistry.
Sivaguru holds several positions at the University, including Antonia and Marshall Wilson Chair of Chemistry and Internationally Recognized Associate Director BGSU Center for Photochemical Sciences. Most recently, the BGSU Board of Trustees honored Sivaguru as a Distinguished University Professor at its March 2022 meeting.
Sivaguru, who delivered his virtual lecture at the association’s annual event last fall, called recognition from the Japan Photochemistry Association a “humiliating honor” and paid tribute to his students and collaborators.
“It’s not for a person or an event, but it’s a recognition of the contributions of my students as well as the contributions of my collaborators,” Sivaguru said. “I believe being recognized for this is a reflection of the hard work of my group and my students, and it gives great visibility to what we and the BGSU Chemistry Department and Photochemical Science Center are doing. “
Sivaguru has been the US Editor of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry since 2013, and the Co-Editor of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology since 2020.
Sivaguru’s group is doing innovative work to initiate chemical reactions with light, which has a number of practical uses that impact the daily activities of millions of Americans.
“There are many applications of light-initiated processes. For example, if you go to the dentist for a filling, they use a curing light, and it’s a light-initiated reaction,” Sivaguru said. “Many of the polymers that we use in our daily lives or the computer chips that are made are based on reactions initiated by light.”
Previous winners of the Honda-Fujishima Conference of American Universities have come from Harvard, Northwestern, the University of California-Los Angles and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Recognized internationally for its highly specialized photochemistry capabilities, BGSU offers the only Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences. degree in the world.
Sivaguru said the work done by his lab at BGSU is done not just to gain a broader understanding of light-initiated reactions, but to serve the greater mission of the University and apply the knowledge gained in real-world uses that improve people’s lives.
“My lab uses light as a tool to study chemical or physical events and understand how one can use light not only to appreciate the basic processes that are occurring, but also to translate that information into an applied system,” a- he declared. “We are a public university for the public good, so how can we translate research findings to improve society? That’s the point.