Detlef W Bahnemann has become a member of the European Academy of Sciences. He is the Head of the Laboratory of Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials at St Petersburg University and Professor at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany).

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The European Academy of Sciences is a fully independent international association of distinguished scholars who are at the forefront of research and development. Its mission is to promote achievements in science and technology and popularise their role in fostering social and economic development and progress.

The Academy focuses on: facilitating new approaches in science and technology; strengthening the industrial sector in Europe; providing support in establishing cutting-edge tech companies; strengthening international scientific collaboration; and creating a critical mass of sciences and engineers to solve the most urgent tasks. The major objective of the Academy is to establish efficient collaboration among scientists, researchers, educators, engineers and public authorities worldwide.

Professor Detlef W Bahnemann is the Head of the Laboratory of Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials at St Petersburg University and the Head of the Research Unit Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology at the Institute of Technical Chemisrty at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover. He has also been awarded a title of Honoured Professor by several research and educational organisations in the UK, India and China. His research interests are within the scope of: solar energy transformations; photoelectrochemistry and heterogeneous photocatalysis; and developing new functional nanomaterials and technologies for their application. According to the rankings study by Stanford University, he is among the top 20 physical chemists globally.

I am very proud that I have been selected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences. It would not be possible if I had not been appointed as the Head of the Laboratory at St Petersburg University.

Professor Detlef W Bahnemann

The Laboratory of Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials at St Petersburg University was opened in 2014 within the framework of the mega-grant of the Government of the Russian Federation. It is an interdisciplinary research, technological and educational centre that focuses on fundamental and applied research in photostimulated processes in heterogeneous systems and creating a new generation of photoactive nanomaterials.

Today, photoactive materials are widely used in transforming and storing solar energy, UV protection, and antibacterial and antifungal protection. Nanocomposite materials are able to enhance efficiency of the devices based on these materials.