Attending this year’s EuCheMS congress is an opportunity to hear from some of the most eminent scientists and researchers working today. Explore the information below to find out more about each of them and the work they’ve carried out in their respective fields. We will be adding new speaker biographies to this page regularly, so come back soon for more.
University of Groningen
Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands under the guidance of Professor Hans Wynberg. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and at the Shell Biosciences Centre in the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen and named the Jacobus H. van’t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences in 2004. He was elected Foreign Honory member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is member and vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was appointed Academy Professor and was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.
The research interest includes stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, optopharma, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly and molecular nanosystems.
California Institute of Technology
Frances Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bio-engineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where her research focuses on engineering enzymes by directed evolution. Her laboratory developed methods that are used widely in industry and basic science to engineer proteins with new and useful properties. Dr. Arnold has been elected to the US National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Her recent awards include the Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize, the Sackler Prize in Convergence Research, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She chairs the Advisory Panel of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships in Science and Engineering.
University of California
University of Cambridge
The Scripps Research Institute
Jin-Quan Yu received his B.S. in Chemistry at East China Normal University, with Professors Li-Xin Dai and Bi-Qi Wu as a visiting student at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, (SIOC) Chinese Academy of Sciences (CSC) in 1987. After a one-year course study at the SIOC, he went to Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, CSC, to study terpene chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis under the supervision of Professor Shu-De Xiao, where he obtained his Master’s degree in 1990. He then went to Cambridge University for his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor J. B. Spencer, where he studied biosynthesis and the mechanistic details of the hydrometallation step in asymmetric hydrogenation. Jin-Quan was elected as a Junior Research Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge University in 1998, and from 2001-2002 he worked on Pd-catalyzed allylic oxidation as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the laboratory of Professor E. J. Corey. After returning to Cambridge University, he was appointed as a University Royal Society Research Fellow in 2003, and stared his independent research towards developing asymmetric C–H insertion reactions. In 2004, he moved to Brandeis University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He joined The Scripps Research Institute as an Associate Professor in 2007, became a full Professor in August 2010, and was appointed as the Frank and Bertha Hupp Professor of Chemistry in 2012.
Stefanie Dehnen obtained her diploma in 1993 and her doctoral degree in 1996 from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) under the supervision of Dieter Fenske on experimental and theoretical investigations of copper sulfide and selenide clusters. After a postdoctoral stay with Reinhart Ahlrichs (1997) she completed her Habilitation in Inorganic Chemistry in 2004. In the same year she was awarded the Wöhler Young Scientists Award from the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh). In 2005, she received a Heisenberg Grant from German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and the State-of-Baden-Württemberg Teaching Award. Since 2006 she has been Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Philipps University of Marburg, while she declined several calls from other universities in the meantime. In 2006, she also became Director and from 2012-2014, she was Executive Director of the Scientific Center of Materials Science at Philipps-Universität Marburg. She is currently an elected member of the Board of the Division for Inorganic Chemistry (Wöhler-Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie) at GDCh, elected member and spokesperson of the Review Board (Fachkollegium) for Molecular Chemistry at DFG, and Editorial Board or Editorial Advisory Board Member of several scientific journals. As from 2016, she has been a full member of Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanity (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen) and a full member of Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz). Her current research interests comprise synthesis, formation mechanisms, stability, reactivity, and physical properties of compounds with binary and ternary chalcogenidometalate anions, organotetrel chalcogenide compounds, binary Zintl anions and ternary intermetalloid clusters.
City University Hong Kong
Alex Jen is currently serving as the Provost of the City University of Hong Kong. Before his current post, he was the Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interest is focused on utilizing molecular, polymeric and biomacromolecular self-assembly to create ordered arrangement of organic and inorganic functional materials for photonics, opto-electronics, nanomedicine, and nanotechnology. He has co-authored more than 825 publications, given over 500 invited presentations, and has >36,000 citations with a H-index of 97. He is also a co-inventor for more than 50 patents and invention disclosures.
For his pioneering contributions in organic photonics and electronics, he was elected as AAAS, MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, and SPIE Fellow. He has also been appointed as the Changjiang Endowed Chair by the Chinese Ministry of Education, as the World Class University Professor by the Korean National Research Foundation, and as the Distinguished Chair Professor by the National Taiwan University. He has also been elected as an Academician by the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
Antonio M. Echavarren received his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, 1982) with Prof. Francisco Fariña. After a postdoctoral stay in Boston College with Prof. T. Ross Kelly, he joined the UAM as an Assistant Professor. Following a two years period as a NATO-fellow with Prof. John K. Stille in Fort Collins (Colorado State University), he joined the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the CSIC in Madrid. In 1992 he returned to the UAM as a Professor of Organic Chemistry and in 2004 he moved to Tarragona as a Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). He has been Liebig Lecturer (Organic Division, German Chemical Society, 2006), Abbot Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, 2009), Schulich Visiting Professor (Technion, Haifa, 2011), Sir Robert Robinson Distinguished Lecturer (University of Liverpool, 2011), Novartis Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015) and Kurt Alder Lecturer 2017 (University of Cologne). In 2012, he got a European Research Council Advanced Grant and in 2014 he was the president of the 49th EUCHEM Conference on Stereochemistry (Bürgenstock conference). Prof. Echavarren is a member of the International Advisory Board of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, and Organic Letters, member of the Editorial Board of Chemistry European Journal, and Associate Editor of Chemical Communications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received the 2004 Janssen-Cylag Award in Organic Chemistry and the 2010 Gold Medal of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the ACS.
Chalmers University of Technology
Bo Albinsson has MSc and PhD degrees from Chalmers University of Technology and was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado before returning to Sweden as an assistant professor funded by the Swedish research council in 1995. In 2003 he became full professor of Physical Chemistry at Chalmers and has since then been leading a medium size research group. In the Albinsson research group we are interested in photo-induced processes ranging from mechanistic studies of energy and electron transfer reactions with relevance for solar energy research to novel functionalized nanostructures based on DNA nanotechnology. We use advanced laser-based time-resolved spectroscopic techniques combined with optical spectroscopy and theoretical (quantum mechanical) methods. Bo Albinsson was Head of the Department/Division of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2006-2014) and is today Director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Area of Advance at Chalmers which involves some 200 researchers mainly from the Physics, Chemistry and Microtechnology and Nanoscience departments. He is often recruited as evaluator and reviewer both nationally and internationally and is since 2015 associated editor for the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics journal (PCCP).
University of Toronto
Cheryl Arrowsmith is a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. She received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and carried out postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the area of protein NMR spectroscopy. Dr. Arrowsmith’s research focuses on structural and chemical biology of chromatin and epigenetic regulatory factors especially as relates to cancer. Dr. Arrowsmith is the Chief Scientist of the Toronto Node of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), a multinational public-private partnership that supports the discovery of new medicines through protein-based open access research. She leads the SGC’s program to develop chemical probes to chromatin regulators for target validation.
Prof. Claudia Felser studied chemistry and physics at the University of Cologne (Germany) and completed her doctorate in physical chemistry there in 1994. After postdoctoral fellowships at the MPI in Stuttgart and the CNRS in Nantes (France), she joined the University of Mainz and became a full professor at the University of Mainz (Germany) in 2003. She is currently director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden (Germany). She was honored as the distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Magnetic Society and in 2011 and 2017 she received an ERC Advanced grant. She won the Nakamura lecture award of the UC Santa Barbara, the 2014-Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer Award of the Gordon Research Conference and received the SUR-grant Award of IBM. In 2014 she received the Tsungmin Tu Research Prize (75 000$) by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, the highest academic honor granted to foreign researchers in Taiwan. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, London and since 2018 a member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences.
Donald Hilvert obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1983 from Columbia University. Following postdoctoral work at Rockefeller University, he joined the faculty of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California in 1986 as an Assistant Professor. He was subsequently promoted to associate Professor in 1989 and full Professor in 1994. In 1995, he was named the Janet and W. Keith Kellogg II Professor of Chemistry and an affiliate of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at Scripps. Since October 1997, he has been Professor in the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at the ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland). Professor Hilvert’s research program focuses on understanding how enzymes work and evolve and on mimicking the properties of these remarkable catalysts in the laboratory. These efforts have been recognized by a number of awards, including the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, and the Protein Society Emil Thomas Kaiser Award. He also received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University.
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Fernando Martín graduated in Chemistry, specialty Quantum Chemistry, in 1984 and Physics, specialty Theoretical Physics, in 1986 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He received his PhD degree at the same university in 1986. Then, he completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Bordeaux I (1988), the Université de Paris VI (1989-1990) and the University of Chicago (1995-1996). He has been Associate Professor from 1993 to 2005 and since then Full Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research work focuses on the computational modeling of the effects of laser light on atoms and molecules, and the properties of new materials and nanoobjects.
The University of Chicago
Giulia Galli is the Liew Family Professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Institute for Molecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She also holds a Senior Scientist position at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Prior to joining the University of Chicago and ANL, she was Professor of Chemistry and Physics at UC Davis (2005-2013) and the head of the Quantum Simulations group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1998-2005). She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the AAAS, and the recipient of the award of excellence from the Department of Energy and of the Science and Technology Award from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is currently the director of MICCoM (Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials), established by US Department of Energy in 2015. Her research activity is focused on the development and use of theoretical and computational tools to understand and predict the properties and behavior of materials (solids, liquids and nanostructures) from first principles (https://galligroup.uchicago.edu/).
Scholes is an expert on electronic energy transfer and molecular excitons. Current research in the Scholes Group concerns design principles and paradigms for directing and regulating light-initiated energy flow in man-made and natural systems, like proteins involved in photosynthesis. A goal is to learn new ways to harness the power of light in chemistry. The Scholes Group combines ultrafast laser spectroscopies—methods such as 2D electronic spectroscopy—with theoretical studies to understand mechanisms of light harvesting, electron transfer, and other photo-initiated processes.
In 2010 we reported that fragile quantum mechanical processes are detected even at physiological temperature in the primary light-harvesting proteins of algae. This work has helped to inspire new research in areas ranging from theoretical quantum physics to chemical dynamics to biology and has been highlighted in magazines including New Scientist (2010, 2011), Wired (2010, 2011), Scientific American (2009, 2010), Science News (2010, 2011), Nature (2011), Focus (2012), Cosmos (2014); national radio (e.g. CBC Quirks and Quarks and BBC Science in Action); and television documentaries such as Invisible Nature (Discovery Channel). Recent work includes development of more revealing metrics for exciton size (delocalization) and several experimental studies of vibrational wavepackets; how they can be characterized, and what they can tell us about electronically coupled molecules and dynamics. This is helping us to elucidate a clearer physical understanding of ‘coherence’ in ultrafast dynamics. A vision underpinning much of our work is to develop experiments that reveal insights into mechanisms and provide strong tests of theoretical models.
Jingguang Chen is the Thayer Lindsley Professor of chemical engineering at Columbia University, with a joint appointment as a senior chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research focuses on experimental and theoretical studies of metal carbides and bimetallic alloys for applications in catalysis and electrocatalysis. He is the co-author of 21 United States patents and over 350 journal publications. He has been actively involved in various leadership positions in the catalysis community in the United States. He is the lead-PI and a founding member of the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium to assist catalysis researchers to utilize synchrotron techniques. He was a founding member and served as the Chair of the Catalysis Division of the American Chemical Society. He is currently the President of the North American Catalysis Society. He is an associate editor of ACS Catalysis.
University of Warwick
Matt holds a personal chair joint between the Department of Chemistry and the Medical School at the University of Warwick. He completed his undergraduate and PhD at the University of Durham, UK (1999 – 2007) followed by a Postdoc with Prof Harm-Anton Klok at EPFL Switzerland. He has been at Warwick since 2009 as a Science City Research Fellow, Assistant, Associate and since 2016, Full Professor.
Research in the GibsonGroup is focussed on addressing global healthcare challenges using polymer and carbohydrate science. In particular, the group has developed bio-inspired polymers to enhance the cryopreservation of donor cells, new diagnostics for pathogen identification and development of anti-infective materials.
Matt was awarded the 2012 MacroGroup Young researchers medal, a 2014 RSC emerging technologies prize, 2015 Dextra medal, 2015 PAT young talent prize and holds an ERC starter grant.
Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University
1988-1993 undergraduate study, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology,
1993-1996 Ph.D. study, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) , Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (supervisor Dr. A. Holý)
1997 post-doctoral stay at the Department of Chemistry, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Prof. L. Ghosez)
since 2003 – Group leader (full time) at the IOCB
since 2011 – Professor (part-time) at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague
1999 Alfred Bader Prize for excellent results in organic and bioorganic chemistry.
2004 Otto Wichterle Premium
2004 Prize of the Academy of Sciences
2015 Praemium Academiae from the Czech Academy of Sciences
2017 elected member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic
Publications (as in December 2017): author and co-author of 215 papers with over 3800 independent citations (self-citations excluded), h-index 41
Membership in editorial boards:
1998-2011 – Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. – Editor-in-Chief
since 2011 – ChemBioChem – Editorial Advisory Board
since 2011 –ChemPlusChem – co-chairman of the Editorial Board
since 2013 – F1000 faculty member for Chemical biology
- medicinal chemistry of nucleosides and nucleotides
- bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology of nucleic acids
Chalmers University of Technology
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry 1996, at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. During 1997-1998 she did a postdoc at the Beckman Institute at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA with Harry Gray. In 1999 she started her independent career as an assistant professor in Chemistry at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2002. In 2004 she moved to Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, as associate professor with tenure in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology department. After 5 years, in 2008, she returned to Sweden and became full professor in Chemistry at Umeå University in the north of Sweden. She spent 7 years there before moving to Gothenburg in 2015 to the newly-founded Biology and Biological Engineering department, there acting as head of one of its divisions (Chemical Biology). Her research centres around protein (folding) biophysics using an array of biophysical tools, with current focus on mechanisms of metal (copper) transport proteins and amyloid formation. In 2016, she was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of the Sciences. Over the years, she has trained many young scientists including numerous women and minorities. She was recently elected member of the Biophysical Society Council.
Petra Dittrich is Associate Professor for Bioanalytics at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, since 2014. Her research in the field of lab-on-chip-technologies focuses on the miniaturization of high-sensitivity devices for chemical and biological analyses, and microfluidic-aided organization of materials.
She studied chemistry at Bielefeld University (Germany) and Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) from 1993 to 1999. She earned her PhD degree at the Max Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI Göttingen, Germany) in 2003. After another year as postdoctoral fellow at the MPI Göttingen, she had a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS Dortmund, Germany) (2004-2008). From 2008-2014, she was Assistant Professor at the Organic Chemistry Laboratories of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (ETH Zurich).
The University of Manchester
University of Groningen
Sijbren Otto (born 1971) received his M.Sc. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees cum laude from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands working on physical organic chemistry in water with Prof. Jan B. F. N. Engberts. In 1998 he moved to the USA for a year as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Steven L. Regen (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) investigating synthetic systems mediating ion transport through lipid bilayers. In 1999 he received a Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the University of Cambridge where he worked for two years with Prof. Jeremy K. M. Sanders on dynamic combinatorial libraries.
Sijbren started his independent research career in 2001 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and accepted an appointment at the University of Groningen in 2009 where his is currently Full Professor and Director of the Chemistry MSc degree program. His research focusses on Systems Chemistry and in particular on the de-novo synthesis of life.
Sijbren was awarded ERC starting (2010) and advanced (2017) grants from the EU and a VICI grant from NWO in the Netherlands. He is joint editor-in-chief of the re-launched Journal of Systems Chemistry and Chair of COST Action CM1304 on the subject of Systems Chemistry uniting more than 90 European research groups.
Sophie Carenco graduated in 2008 from Ecole Polytechnique, in France. She obtained her PhD in 2011 from UPMC, Paris (now Sorbonne Université), for her work on the synthesis and applications of metal phosphide nanoparticles. From 2012 to 2013, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, California, where she used synchrotron-based in situ spectroscopies to monitor the surface state of metal nanoparticles during model catalytic reactions. In 2014, she joined CNRS as a researcher in the Materials Science department of Sorbonne Université, Paris.
She works on developing novel synthetic routes for nanoparticles (metals, metal phosphides, metal oxysulfides, metal carbides) of controlled composition and surface state, with applications in reactivity and catalysis. She was awarded the European Young Chemist Award in 2010, the C’Nano National Award in 2012, the L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship in 2014 and an ERC Starting Grant in 2017. She is also involved in scientific outreach and published in 2012 a book about nanomaterials and chemistry. She is one of the founding members of the International Younger Chemists Network, created in 2017 in Brazil, and currently serves in the board.
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
University of Dusseldorf
1993–1997 PhD thesis at the Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences, Russia
1997–1998 Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Technical Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany
1998–2000 Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle an der Saale, Germany
2001–2008 Habilitation candidate, Institute of Technical Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart
2006 Guest scientist at the Division of Applied Life Sciences, Kyoto University
Since 2010 University professor for Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
University of Munich
Wolfgang Schnick studied chemistry in Hannover. After a year as a postdoc fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for solid-state research in Stuttgart, he finished his habilitation in 1992 at the University of Bonn. In 1993 he was appointed as full professor at the University of Bayreuth. Since 1998 he has held the chair of inorganic solid-state chemistry at the University of Munich (LMU). His research interests are dedicated to the discovery, development and application of novel functional materials based on main group element nitrides and oxonitrides. Advanced synthetic approaches are being developed exploiting high-temperature and high-pressure techniques (e.g. multianvil, diamond anvil cells, ammonothermal approach, hot isostatic press). Recent research highlights of the Schnick group include novel synthetic approaches to nitridoaluminates, nitridosilicates and nitridophosphates, structure elucidation of binary -P3N5 and its high-pressure polymorph -P3N5, discovery of the first nitridic zeolites (NPO and NPT) and clathrate structures as well as important carbon nitride precursor compounds, e.g. melam, melem and melon as well as the 2D polymeric carbon nitride-type materials poly(heptazine imide) PHI and poly(triazine imide) PTI. A major application breakthrough has been achieved by the discovery and development of highly efficient Eu2+-doped nitridosilicate, oxonitridosilicate and nitridoaluminate luminescent materials that are now being industrially used for phosphor converted (pc)-LEDs.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
University of Zurich
Ben Schuler is Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He investigates the structure, dynamics, folding, and misfolding of proteins with biophysical methods, in particular single-molecule spectroscopy. Ben Schuler studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and at the University of Kent, UK. He received his PhD in Physical Biochemistry from the University of Regensburg in 1998 and did his postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. Ben Schuler then headed an independent research group at the University of Potsdam in Germany supported by the Emmy Noether Program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He joined the University of Zurich as Assistant Professor in 2004 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2009. He is currently acting director of the Department of Biochemistry and an Affiliated Member of the Department of Physics.
University Grenoble Alpes/CNRS
Carole Duboc received her PhD from the University of Grenoble in 1998 under the supervision of Professor Marc Fontecave and Doctor Stephane Menage. Following postdoctoral position at the University of Minnesota, with Professor William Tolman, she joined the High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Grenoble in 2000 and the Department of Molecular Chemistry at Grenoble in 2007, where she is now CNRS senior researcher. Her current research interests are on the elucidation of the electronic structure of transition metal ion complexes using an original approach combining experimental and theoretical data and on bio-inspired complexes containing metal-sulfur bond(s) to develop structural and/or functional models of metalloenzymes.
University of Cambridge
Universite Paul Sabatier
Didier Bourissou, born in Nice (1972) studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and obtained his Ph D. degree in 1998 under the supervision of G. Bertrand in Toulouse (Dina Surdin Award). He then worked with F. Mathey and P. Le Floch at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau as a research associate. He was appointed as a CNRS junior researcher in 1998. Since 2006, he holds a senior scientist position (Directeur de Recherche) at the CNRS and an Associate Professor position at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau. He is Director of the Laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Heterochemistry at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse since 2011.
He was awarded the Bronze (2005) and Silver (2016) Medals of the CNRS (French National Research Council), the Clavel Lespiau Distinction (2006) from the French Academy of Sciences) and the Acros Award (2009) from the French Chemical Society in recognition of his work.
His research interests concern new bonding situations and reactivity patterns arising from the interplay between transition metals and main group elements. He has initiated the development of ambiphilic ligands in the mid 2000’s and moved forward the concept of s-acceptor ligands. Part of his research also deals with non-innocent pincer complexes and unusual behavior of the coinage metals, in particular gold. He is also interested in biodegradable polymers (ring-opening polymerization, organic and dual catalysis, drug delivery systems).
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Eva Malmström, Professor Coating Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She earned her PhD from KTH in 1996 and after one year as a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Dr Craig Hawker at IBM Almaden Research Center she returned to KTH. In 2005 she became full professor. During 2009-2016 she was the deputy president of KTH. Research interests: controlled polymerizations, nanocomposites, adhesives, bio-based monomers.
Università degli Studi di Messina
Gabriele Centi is full professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy, and President of the European Research Institute of Catalysis (ERIC). Research interests are in the areas of applied heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable energy and chemical processes, biomass conversion and environment protection.
He was coordinator of the EU Network of Excellence IDECAT, and is actually President of IACS (International Association of Catalysis Societies) and vice-President of the InterUniversity Consortium on the Science and Technology of Materials (INSTM). He was coordinator or PI in over twenty EU projects, besides many other national and industrial projects. He received several awards, and is involved in various editorial activities, between which chairing the editorial board of ChemSusChem and be co-editor in chief of Journal of Energy Chemistry.
He is author of over 450 scientific publications, 12 books and editor of various special issues. Current h-index is 74 with about 20.000 citations (Google Scholar).
Politecnico Milano 1863
Giulio Cerullo is a Full Professor with the Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, where he leads the Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy laboratory. Prof. Cerullo’s research activity covers a broad area known as “Ultrafast Optical Science”, and concerns on the one hand pushing our capabilities to generate and manipulate ultrashort light pulses, and on the other hand using such pulses to capture the dynamics of ultrafast events in molecular and solid-state systems. Additional research topics are the applications of ultrafast lasers to coherent Raman microscopy and micro/nanostructuring. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society. He is the recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant (2012-2017) on two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy of biomolecules. He is General Chair of the conferences CLEO/Europe 2017, Ultrafast Phenomena 2018 and the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy 2020.
University of Copenhagen
Jesper Bendix obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1998 from University of Copenhagen under the supervision of Prof. C. E. Schäffer. Following post-doctoral stays in Mülheim, Germany with Prof. K. Wieghardt, at Caltech, USA, with Prof. H. B. Gray, at the University of Utah with Prof. J. S. Miller, and in Berne, Switzerland, with Dr P. L. W. Tregenna-Piggott, he returned to University of Copenhagen where he is currently heading the Section for Inorganic Chemistry. He has published ca. 140 research papers mostly in coordination chemistry. He is recipient of the Ellen and Niels Bjerrum chemistry prize and elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. His current research focuses on synthesis as well as electronic and structural studies of molecule-based magnetic materials with emphasis on structural control and building-block approaches to magnetic systems. In parallel he is studying synthesis and the electronic structure of high-valent metal centers with strongly donating ligands from the isoelectronic series: carbide, nitride, oxide and fluoride.
My main scientific interest has always been protein self-assembly in and more specifically protein aggregation. I completed my PhD in the group of Prof. Daniel Otzen at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University focusing on the modulation of protein aggregation studying both extrinsic factors like protein concentration on the aggregation pathway of the model protein FAS1-4 and intrinsic factors like backbone integrity on the aggregation propensity of model peptides of hIAPP. After my PhD I stayed in Prof. Otzens lab as a postdoctoral fellow studying the earlier oligomerizations sages of the aggregation of α-synuclein. In 2013 I was awarded the prestigious Sapere Aude: Young Elite Researcher award from the Danish Independent Research Foundation including a postdoctoral fellowship allowing me to join the group of Prof. Tuomas Knowles at Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University. In Cambridge I studied the aggregation mechanism of functional bacterial amyloids using chemical kinetics and microfluidics techniques. Currently I’m an Assistant Professor at Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University where I am studying the aggregation of functional bacterial amyloids from various bacterial species and the effects of extrinsic factors like components of host ECM and extracellular DNA and water binding on the aggregation process.
University of Liverpool
Matthew Rosseinsky obtained a degree and a D. Phil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford in 1990. He was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories then in 1992 was appointed University Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Oxford. In 1999 he moved to the University of Liverpool as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008, and was awarded the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2011. In 2013 he became a Royal Society Research Professor. He was awarded the inaugural de Gennes Prize for Materials Chemistry (a lifetime achievement award open internationally) by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009, the C.N.R. Rao Award of the Chemical Research Society of India in 2010 and gave the Muetterties Lectures at UC Berkeley and Lee Lectures at the University of Chicago in 2017. He was awarded the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2017. His work addresses the synthesis of new functional materials in bulk and thin film form for energy and information storage applications, and has been characterised by extensive collaboration with many academic and industrial colleagues. Current areas of interest include materials for batteries and solid oxide fuel cells, multiferroics, thermoelectrics, superconductivity, materials for separations and catalysis, high-throughput materials discovery, and materials for solar energy conversion. His group is developing an integrated computational and experimental approach to materials discovery, including new tools for crystal structure prediction.
Institut Charles Sadron (ICS)
Prof. Nicolas Giuseppone is director of the Research Federation on Materials and Nanoscience of Strasbourg. He received his PhD in asymmetric catalysis (laboratory of Prof. H.B. Kagan), performed a post-doctoral research in total synthesis (laboratory of Prof. K.C. Nicolaou), and entered the field of supramolecular chemistry as a CNRS researcher (laboratory of Prof. J.-M. Lehn). In 2008 he started his own research group, and was awarded an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council in 2010. In 2013 he was nominated as a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), and promoted Distinguished Professor at the University of Strasbourg in 2016.
His research interests are focused on supramolecular chemistry, molecular machines and functional materials.
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Peter R. Schreiner is professor of organic chemistry and Liebig-Chair at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen. He studied chemistry in his native city at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, where he received his Dr. rer. nat. (1994) in Organic Chemistry. Simultaneously, he obtained a PhD (1995) in Computational Chemistry from the University of Georgia, USA. He completed his habilitation at the University of Göttingen (1999). P. R. Schreiner is a member of the Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences, the 2003 recipient of the Dirac Medal, and received the Adolf-von-Baeyer Memorial Award 2017. He currently serves as an Editor for the Journal of Computational Chemistry, as Editor-in-Chief for WIRES – Computational Molecular Sciences, Associate Editor for the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry.
Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA)
Dr. Apak received B.S./M.Sc. degrees in chemical engineering (Istanbul Univ., 1976); obtained postgraduate diploma in marine pollution (Liverpool Univ., 1981); obtained Ph.D. (1982), became professor (1993) of analytical chemistry. He is the editorial board member of Turkish J. Chem. (1996- ) and Talanta (2004- ). He represents Turkey in the Analytical Chemistry Division of IUPAC (2006- ). Dr. Apak is the author of 220 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters and reviews, three textbooks, receiving 6100 citations in journals covered by SCI (Science Citation Index), with Hirsch Index h=38 (No. of citations=8650 and h-index=44, according to Google Academic) by Nov., 2017. His work is focused on method development for antioxidants and other food constituents, explosives, biologically and environmentally important compounds.
University of Tokyo
University of Turin
Steven De Feyter
University of Oslo
Unni Olsbye is Professor and leader of the Catalysis Section at the Chemistry Department of the University of Oslo (UiO). She is author of more than 140 scientific papers (H-index 44) and holds several patents. Her field of expertise is heterogeneously catalysed processes with emphasis on structure-composition-function correlations and mechanistic studies. In recent years, she has mainly studied microporous catalysts (zeolites, MOFs), but keeps a parallel activity of reactions promoted by supported metal catalysts. Processes studied include methanol to hydrocarbons (olefins and gasoline), methane reforming and partial oxidation to syngas, light alkane dehydrogenation, methyl halide conversion, ethene oligomerisation, ethene oxychlorination and CO2 hydrogenation. Olsbye graduated as a Chemical Engineer from NTNU in 1987, and proceeded to work with Elf Aquitaine (1988-90), on a project which earned her a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at UiO in 1991. During 1991-2000, she was a scientist, then senior scientist and group leader in the Department of Hydrocarbon Process Chemistry at SINTEF, and in 2000-2001 an R&D manager at NORDOX, before joining UiO in 2001. Olsbye is full Professor in Chemistry at UiO since 2002. During 2007-2015, she was Managing Director of inGAP (Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products) – a Norwegian Centre of Excellence for Research-Based Innovation. Olsbye is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences; she is Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis, and serves in the Advisory Boards of several research entities and journals.
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA)
Yoshio Bando has completed his Ph.D from Osaka University in 1975 and joined the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (at present National Institute for Materials Science, NIMS) the same year. He has been a Fellow of NIMS and a Chief Operating Officer (COO) of International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA) until April 2017. He is now an Executive Advisor of MANA and also a Distinguished Professor at University of Wollongong, Australia. He has received a number of awards including the “Sacred Treasure” from the Emperor, the 3rd Thomson Reuters Research Front Award (2012), the 16th Tsukuba Prize (2005), the Academic Awards from Japanese Ceramic Society (1997) and others. He is admitted as Fellows of The American Ceramic Society and The Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been selected as ISI Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science in 2012, 2014, 2015 2016, and 2017. To date he has authored more than 730 original research papers which have been cited more than 39,000 times at H-factor of 104. His research concentrates on synthesis and property of novel inorganic 1D/2D nanomaterials and their in-situ TEM analysis.