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Professor Noyori is known for his initiation (1966) and development of asymmetric catalysis using organometallic molecular catalysts. The efficiency of the asymmetric catalysts discovered by Noyori rivals, and in certain cases even exceeds, that of enzymes. Applications of his original and versatile chemistry have allowed him and other scientists to achieve truly efficient synthesis of industrial production of biologically and physiologically significant substances. In particular, Noyori's BINAP chemistry is being practiced worldwide in research laboratories and also in industry. In addition, he has devised numerous organometallic methods for chemical synthesis of terpenes, alkaloids, antibiotics, prostaglandins, carbohydrates, nucleosides, nucleotides, and more. His endeavors are not limited to stereoselective organic synthesis. Noyori's pioneering study on supercritical carbon dioxide as a reaction medium and the discovery of practical hydrogen peroxide oxidations has significantly contributed to the promotion of Green Chemistry. Noyori's scientific contributions have been recognized with among others the Arthur C. Cope Award (1997), the Roger Adams Award (2001), and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2001). He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with W. S. Knowles and K. B. Sharpless.
Bruno Chaudret, graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris in 1975. He received his Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 1977 with Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson and the degree of a "Docteur es Sciences" at the University of Toulouse in 1979. He is now "Director of Research CNRS", Director of the "Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination CNRS" in Toulouse and a member of the French Academy of Science. He developed in the early 80s the synthesis of hydride and dihydrogen complexes and investigated by NMR their exchange processes which follow classical or quantum-mechanical pathways. These studies have been extended to the coordination of other simple groups such as C-H and Si-H, and led to a creative chemistry as well as to new catalytic processes. In the early 90s, Bruno Chaudret developed an organometallic method for the synthesis of metal or metal oxide nanoparticles. The mild conditions used allowed the control of the particle size and size distribution together with that of the surface species present on the nanoparticles (hydrides, organic or inorganic molecules). The presence, dynamics and reactivity of these surface species has been monitored by various NMR techniques. The particles exhibit physical properties, in particular magnetic properties, similar to those studied using high-vacuum methods. According to the reaction conditions, the particles adopt precise shapes (spheres, cubes, rods, wires, urchins, fractal structures) and may assemble into two- or three-dimensional super-crystals in which the particles diameters can vary between 1 and 15 nm. These new nano-objects display interesting properties in various domains such as catalysis (enantioselective), magnetism, optics, micro- and nanoelectronics.
Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree in 1978 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 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 member 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.
Feringa's research has been recognized with a number of awards including the Koerber European Science Award, the Spinoza Award (the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands, 2004), the Prelog gold medal (2005), the Norrish Award of the ACS (2007), the Paracelsus medal (2008) and the Chirality medal (2009). Feringa is currently director of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and the Center for Systems Chemistry at the University of Groningen. The research interest includes stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly and molecular systems.
Alan S. Goldman received his B.A in 1980 from Columbia College, NY. Under the guidance of David R. Tyler, he received his Ph.D from Columbia University in 1985, studying the mechanisms of photoinduced organometallic reactions. As an IBM Post-doctoral Fellow in the lab of Jack Halpern at the University of Chicago, he worked on the development and mechanistic studies of iridium polyhydride systems for the catalytic hydrogenation of esters.
Goldman began his independent career as an assistant professor at Rutgers University in 1987. He was a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Distinguished New Faculty Fellow 1987-1992 and was awarded the Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award in 1992 and 1993. In 1992 he was a recipient of Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Fellowship, and he received a Dupont Aid-to-Education Award in 1998. In 2001, he was a visiting professor at the Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and in 2011 at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination in Toulouse. In 2007, he served as the Vice-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry and in 2008 served as Chair of the same conference. In 2012, Goldman was named as the recipient of the first annual American Chemical Society Catalysis Lectureship Award. His research interests include the catalytic functionalization of small molecules by transition metal complexes, with a focus on carbon-hydrogen bonds, and the study of relevant fundamental reactivity and mechanisms.
Professor Marder's diverse research interests include organometallic and metal-boron chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, small molecule triggers of stem cell differentiation, luminescence, nonlinear optics, liquid crystals, and crystal engineering. He discovered the rhodium-catalysed addition of B-H bonds to the C=C bond in butylacrylate, setting the stage for the development of metal catalysed hydroborations and other borylation reactions. His pioneering work includes the development of catalysts for hydroboration and diboration, the first borylation of alfa,beta-unsaturated carbonyl compounds, dehydrogenative borylation of alkenes to vinylboronates, the borylation of aromatic and benzylic C-H bonds, the first structurally characterised mono-, bis- and tris-boryl complexes, and studies of the synthesis and applications of diboron(4) reagents. He developed B2(neop)2, a useful reagent for cross-coupling chemistry which is now available from suppliers worldwide, a one-pot, single-solvent processes for C-H borylation/Suzuki-Miyaura sequences including microwave accelerated versions, allowing rapid synthesis of biaryls and heterobiaryls, and inexpensive copper catalysts for the room temperature borylation of aryl halides. His research on the nonlinear optical properties of three-coordinate organoboron compounds led to the use of boryl acceptor groups in various optical and optoelectronic materials. He reported one of the first catalysts for intermolecular hydroacylation, the addition of aldehyde C-H bonds to alkenes. His early studies on Sonogashira reactions for the synthesis of phenylene-ethynylene rigid-rods included studies of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of donor-acceptor bis(phenylethynyl)benzenes, setting the stage for the work of many groups on phenylene-ethynylene oligomers and polymers. His work on crystal engineering using fluoroarene-arene interactions in both rod and disc-like systems has encouraged a rebirth of interest in this field and its applications ranging from catalysis to NLO materials. He developed novel routes to metal acetylides and oligomers and discovered rhodacyclopentadienes which display exceptionally high fluorescence quantum yields, a most unusual photophysical property for a 2nd row transition metal complex. Recently, he has applied catalytic processes to the synthesis of small molecule triggers of stem cell differentiation, and developed a potent trigger of neurogenesis which is now commercialized.
His work is characterized by its multidisciplinarity, including synthetic, structural and theoretical studies, and by an extensive network of international collaborations. He has published over 240 papers, which were cited over 1000 times in 2010 alone, has edited 2 books on boron chemistry, and has given over 300 invited lectures worldwide. He has held visiting professorships in the UK, France, Hong Kong and Japan, holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and an Honorary Professorship at Newcastle University through the North-East England Stem Cell Institute. He received the 1995 Rutherford Memorial Medal for Chemistry of the Royal Society of Canada, the 2008 RSC (UK) Award for Main Group Element Chemistry and, in 2010, a JSPS Invitation Fellowship (Japan), a Humboldt Foundation Research Award (Germany), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (UK). He has served on the editorial boards of Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Polyhedron, Inorganica Chimica Acta, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, the Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Crystal Engineering, and Chemistry Central Journal.
Maurice Brookhart grew up in the mountains of Western Maryland and attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he received an A.B. degree in chemistry in 1964. He carried out his doctoral work in physical organic chemistry at UCLA under the direction of Saul Winstein. After finishing the Ph.D. degree in 1968, he spent a year of study at Southampton University as a NATO postdoctoral fellow. Brookhart joined the University of North Carolina faculty in 1969 and is currently a William R. Kenan, Jr. professor of chemistry. During his career Brookhart received ACS awards in Organometallic Chemistry(1992) and Polymer Chemistry(2003) and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences(1996) and the National Academy of Sciences(2001). He has held visiting positions in Rennes, Oxford, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Seville, Marburg, Muelheim, and Berkeley. Brookhart's research interests span mechanistic, synthetic, and structural organometallic chemistry. Most recently efforts have focused on the development and mechanistic understanding of late transition metal complexes for olefin polymerizations and employing carbon-hydrogen bond activation processes in catalytic transformations of small molecules.
Maria José Calhorda received her PhD from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal (1980) working on synthetic organometallic chemistry, and moved on to one year as a post-doc in at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford, UK, with D. M. P. Mingos doing extended Huckel calculations on organometallic complexes. She spent one year at Cornell University, USA, with R. Hoffmann performing band calculations on solids and surfaces (1987/88), eight months in 1995 at the MPI fur Festkorperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany, with A. Simon, doing solid state synthesis, and four months at the University of Marburg, Germany, with G. Frenking, dedicated to ab initio calculations. These, as well as shorter visits to many other groups, contributed to develop a wide range of scientific interests, dealing essentially with the computational study of electronic structure and reactivity of inorganic/organometallic systems, and a more recent one in the design of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. She is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Lisbon, since 1996, and has (co)authored about 200 scientific publications.
Jean-François Carpentier graduated from the Chemical Engineering School of Lille (France) in 1989 and received a PhD in Catalysis, Organic and Polymer chemistry from the University of Lille in 1992. After a post-doctoral internship in CEA, Tours, he returned to Lille in 1993 to take up a CNRS research fellow position. In 1997, he spent one year as a research associate with Prof. Richard F. Jordan at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. In 2001, he moved to the University of Rennes (France) as a full Professor. His current research interests lie in the organometallic chemistry of oxophilic (essentially groups 2, 3, 4, 6, 12 and 13) elements, with the design of discrete neutral and cationic compounds, and their use as catalysts for the synthesis of tailor-made polymer materials and fine chemicals.
Dai Davies obtained his BSc (1980) and stayed at Bristol University to do his PhD (1983) under the guidance of Professor S.A.R. Knox. After a NATO postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech working with Professor J.E. Bercaw, he was appointed to a lectureship at Leicester in 1985 and subsequently promoted to senior lecturer in 1999 and Reader in 2007. His research interests are in synthetic organometallic and coordination chemistry encompassing such areas as: chiral at metal complexes for applications in asymmetric catalysis, new ionic liquids and their applications in catalysis and metal processing and more recently ligand assisted activation of C-H bonds and applications in catalysis, and luminescent cyclometalated complexes. He was cofounder of Scionix a University of Leicester spin out company.
Fryzuk was born in Sarnia, Ontario in Canada. At a young age his family moved to Espanola in northern Ontario where he did all of his elementary and secondary schooling. In 1970, he moved to southern Ontario to attend the University of Toronto obtaining his B. Sc. in 1974 and his Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry in 1978 under the supervision of Professor B. Bosnich. His Ph. D. work involved the preparation of new chiral catalysts for the production of amino acids. He then went to Caltech for one year as a National Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor J. E. Bercaw. In 1979 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia where he is now Professor and Head of Chemistry.
Fryzuk's research interests are in fundamental and applied aspects of organometallic and chemistry. A major part of his research effort concerns the design, synthesis, and coordination chemistry of multidentate ligands, particularly as applied to small molecule activation, especially molecular nitrogen.
Andy Hor is the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering of A*Star of Singapore (http://www.imre.a-star.edu.sg/), Professor of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (http://www.chemistry.nus.edu.sg/), President of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (http://snic.org.sg/index.php) and President-Designate of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (http://www.facs-as.org/index.php). His main research interests are organometallic complexes, structural chemistry as well as catalytic and intermetallic materials. Recent activities include the use of hybrid ligands in unsaturated systems to enhance catalytic performance, use of pyridy lcarboxylates to construct coordination polymers and other MOF structures, isolation and structural elucidation of unusual and catalytically relevant species, and explorations in water catalysis using metallic materials prepared from molecular precursors. He has delivered numerous plenary, keynote and invited lectures in international conferences, as well as endowed fellowship and visiting professorship of many institutions. He was a former Humboldt and Commonwealth Fellow and recipient of the ASEAN Achievement Award (Sciences). He will chair the 15th Asian Chemical Congress in 2013 and 41st International Coordination Chemistry Conference in Singapore in 2014. He is the Associate Editor of Aust. J. Chem. (Commissioning), and on the international advisory board of Dalton Trans. (RSC), Inorg. Chim. Acta (Elsevier) and Chem. Asian J. (VCH-Wiley). He has published more than 280 international papers with an annual citations of about 450. He obtained his B.Sc.(Hon) from Imperial College, D.Phil. from Oxford University (with Michael Mingos), D.Sc. from University of London and was a postdoctoral associate of Yale University (with Richard Adams).
Cameron Jones was born in Perth, Australia. He completed his B.Sc.(Hons.) degree at the University of Western Australia in 1984. From 1985-1987 he worked as a Research Officer at the University Department of Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital. His Ph.D. degree was gained from Griffith University, Brisbane, under the supervision of Professor Colin L. Raston in 1992, for work on Group 13 metal hydrides. He then moved to a postdoctoral fellowship (1992-1994) at Sussex University under the supervision of Professor John F. Nixon FRS. From 1994 he held a lectureship at The University of Wales, Swansea before moving to a Readership in Inorganic Chemistry at Cardiff University (1998). There, he was promoted to a Personal Chair in Inorganic Chemistry in 2002, and subsequently co-founded the Centre for Fundamental and Applied Main Group Chemistry in 2003. In 2007 he moved to Monash University, Melbourne, where he was an ARC Professorial Research Fellow until late 2011. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at that institution. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Main Group Chemistry Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004), and the Senior Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2008). In 2003 he was admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. His current research interests are wide ranging, with particular emphasis being placed on the fundamental and applied chemistry of low oxidation state/low coordination number s-, p- and d-block metal complexes, and unusual metal-metal bonded systems. In these and related areas he collaborates widely, and has published more than 265 papers, review articles and book chapters.
Walter Leitner was born on February 1, 1963, in Pfarrkirchen, Germany. He studied Chemistry at the University of Regensburg, where he obtained Ph.D. with Prof. H. Brunner in 1989. After postdoctoral studies at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory for Organic Chemistry with Prof. J. M. Brown (University of Oxford, UK), he performed his Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) in Inorganic Chemistry and got his appointment as Privatdozent (lecturer) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 1995. Since 2002, Walter works as a Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry at the Institut fur Technische and Makromolekulare Chemie at RWTH Aachen and serves, simultaneously, as an External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung, Mulheim/Ruhr. His research interests include: Green Chemistry through sustainable catalytic processes, Mechanisms and structure/activity-relationships in organometallic catalysis, New chemical transformations and new raw materials for energy carriers and chemical products, Supercritical fluids and other advanced fluids as benign reaction media for catalysis, and Multiphase catalysis and catalyst immobilization for continuous-flow molecular catalysis. He is an author of more than 190 contributions to peer-reviewed international journals and edited monographs, Co-Editor of the books Chemical Synthesis Using Supercritical Fluids (Wiley/VCH 1999 and 2010) and Multiphase Homogeneous Catalysis (Wiley/VCH 2005), as well as a contributor to over 15 patents and patent applications in the field of catalytic chemical synthesis and/or the application of supercritical fluids.
Lanny S. Liebeskind, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, Director of the Office of University Science Strategies, and Associate Editor for Organometallics, graduated from S. U. N. Y. at Buffalo in 1972. He received his PhD degree (1976) from the University of Rochester under the mentorship of Andrew S. Kende. Postdoctoral experiences were obtained at MIT as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and at Stanford as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, both in the laboratories of Nobel Laureate K. Barry Sharpless. He was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University before moving to Emory University, where he was promoted to Professor of Chemistry and named Samuel Candler Dobbs Chair in Chemistry in 1988. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1996-2000 and as Sr. Associate Dean for Research of Emory College from 2000 - 2005. Professor Liebeskind has received a number of awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher–Scholar Award, and an Alexander von Humbolt Senior Scientist Research Award, the latter of which was spent at the University of Munster in Germany. He was recognized with the May 2002 Herty Award of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society and as a 2006 Cope Scholar Awardee of the American Chemical Society. He was Chair of the NIH Medicinal Chemistry A Study Section and a member of the Advisory Board of the Petroleum Research Fund of the ACS. Professor Liebeskind serves as an Associate Editor of the journal "Organometallics" published by the ACS, and was an Associate Editor of the "Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis" published by Wiley as well as the editor of "Advances in Metal–Organic Chemistry" published by JAI Press. He has been a Visiting Professor at various venues around the world and served as a long-term consultant for major pharmaceutical companies. Professor Liebeskind's research interests center on the discovery of new reactions and the application of transition metal chemistry to challenging problems in organic synthesis.
Pedro J. Perez (Aroche, Spain, 1965) is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Universidad de Huelva and Director of the Sustainable Chemistry Research Center at the Universidad de Huelva, where he leads the Homogeneous Catalysis Laboratory. He received a B. S. degree from the Universidad de Sevilla as well as the Ph. D . degree (1991) at the same institution with Prof. Ernesto Carmona. He then spent one year and a half in Prof. Maurice Brookhart?s group at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a post-doctoral Fullbright fellow. His independent career started in 1993 at the Universidad de Huelva, where he has obtained successive promotions up to the current position. The general research interest is focussed toward the development of catalysts for the functionalization of carbon-hydrogen bonds, particularly those with high bond dissociation energies such as plain alkanes, including methane. In 2007, he received the Royal Spanish Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
Prof. Claudio Pettinari was born in Camerino (1964). He received his Laurea in Chemistry, 110/110 summa cum laude, from the University of Camerino in 1989 and he is currently full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Camerino. He is author of more than 270 papers published on international journals and 160 communications presented at national and international congresses. Author of 3 patents. Winner of the "Bonati" prize in 1998 for Young Researcher in Organometallic Chemistry (Italian Chemical Society), and of the "Nasini" Medal in 2004 for Inorganic Chemists (Italian Chemical Society). Scientific Coordinator of International and National Projects: Coordination and Catalysis (INTAS-2000), Rhodium Catalysts based on N-donor ligands (Cooperlink-2000-Italy-Russian Cooperation), Metal-organic Polyfunctional Materials based on N-donor ligands (PRIN 2006), Inorganic compounds as antitumor drugs-Biocompatible materials based on polymeric inorganic species (CARIMA Foundation), New catalysts for alkyne hydration (Dipharma Spa). On 2008 he published the book: Scorpionates II. "Chelating Borate Ligands". Guest editor for special issues on Inorganica Chimica Acta and J. Organometallic Chemistry, chairman of the International School of Organometallic Chemistry, held in Camerino every two years. His main scientific interest is in the field of organometallic chemistry with N-donor ligands: in particular, the design and synthesis of new scorpionates and their organometallic derivatives (Ru, Pd, Pt, Sn, Rh, Ir, Hg, Zn, Cu) as new catalysts, biological models, and functional materials, their characterization by use of combined techniques (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, ESI, FAB, X-ray, TGA) and study of their reactivity toward small molecules.
Sylviane Sabo-Etienne is « Directrice de Recherche » CNRS and group leader at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC) in Toulouse. She was born in France in 1956. She received her "Doctorat d'Etat" from the Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, in 1984, under the supervision of the late Professor Daniele Gervais, in the field of heterobimetallic complexes. In 1985, she moved to the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, to work as "Chargee de Recherche CNRS" in Prof. Herve des Abbayes' group in the field of iron carbonylation. After a year working with Prof. Maurice Brookhart (Chapel Hill, USA) as a NSF-CNRS research associate, on rhodium catalysed acrylate dimerization, she returned to Toulouse to the LCC to work in collaboration with Dr. Bruno Chaudret on polyhydride chemistry. She was promoted to the position of "Directrice de Recherche CNRS" 2nd class in 1997 and "Directrice de Recherche CNRS" 1st class in 2009. She received the 2010 Frankland Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry and was invited as the 2010-2011 Glenn T Seaborg Memorial /Inorganic chemistry lecturer at Berkeley.
Her research interests deal with various aspects of coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis with some emphasis on the chemistry of ?-complexes. She and her co-workers are interested in making new organometallic complexes displaying unusual coordination modes and looking for interesting catalytic applications of these by conducting mechanistic investigations. Studies are carried out on fundamental aspects of hydrogen transfer and related interests include the development of models for hydrogen storage and hydrofunctionalization catalysts. Borane, silane and CO2 activation, design of polyfunctional ligands, catalytic studies in the field of hydrogenation and C-E bond breaking and formation, are present research topics.
Georgiy Borisovich Shul'pin graduated from the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University. He was a postgraduate student in Institute of Organoelement Compounds (Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow) under the direction of Prof. A. N. Nesmeyanov and received his Ph. D. in organometallic chemistry in 1975. Since 1978 Georgiy has been working at Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) and is currently a Senior Scientific Researcher. His research activities concern metal complex catalysis, functionalization of C–H bonds, oxidation of hydrocarbons, organometallic chemistry. Other interests include photocatalysis, biomimetic oxidations and ecological chemistry. Main scientific achievements of G. B. Shul'pin are the following: cyanoethylation of ferrocene, formation of inclusion adducts of thiourea with ferrocene and some other complexes, the platination reaction of arenes by hexachloroplatinate, the first example of photoelectrophilic substitution in arenes: photoplatination, a new method of synthesis of pi-olefin complexes of platinum(II) by the reaction of olefins with hexachloroplatinate under light irradiation, electrophilic platination of arenes under gamma-irradiation, efficient oxidation of alkanes (including methane) by systems hydrogen peroxide/vanadium derivative/pyrazine-2-carboxylic acid, H2O2/vanadate/acid and H2O2/organometallic osmium complex/pyridine, aerobic alkane photooxidation catalyzed by cyclopentadienyl, oxo, and chloride complexes of transition metals, stereoselective oxygenation of hydrocarbons, alcohols and sulfides by hydrogen peroxide or Oxone in the presence of a carboxylic acid catalyzed by a binuclear Mn(IV) complex.
He visited with lectures and worked as a visiting scientist in Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA. Georgiy is a Foreign Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (Portugal) and a member of Editorial Boards of journals "Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science","Catalysts". G. B. Shul'pin has published more than 230 papers in international and Russian chemical journals resulting in more 5000 citations.
Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George St. Toronto, ON, M5S3H6
Education: Ph.D 1980 (University of Western Ontario), B.Sc. 1976 (McMaster University, summa cum laude)
Positions Held: 2011-13: Associate Editor, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2008-present: Professor, Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto, 2006: International Research Guest Professor, WW-Universitaet Muenster, 2003-6: Head, Dpt of Chem.& Biochem. 2002-8: Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor, 2002-3: Humboldt Senior Awardee, WW-Universitaet Muenster, 1995: NSERC/DFG Visiting Scientist, WW-Universitaet Muenster, 1992-2002: Professor, University of Windsor, 1990-91: Research Professor, University of Windsor, 1985-92: Associate Professor, University of Windsor, 1982-85: Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, 1980-82: NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1976-80: NSERC Postgraduate Scholar, University of Western Ontario
Awards & Distinctions: 2010: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), 2009-11: Killam Research Fellowship (Canada), 2005: LeSueur Memorial Award (Society for Chemical Industry), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2004: Ciapetta Lectureship Award (North American Catalysis Society), 2003: Synergy Award (with NOVA Chemicals from NSERC of Canada), University of Windsor Award for Scholarship, Research (Senior), 2002-3: Humboldt Foundation Research Award (Germany), 2001: Alcan Award (Cdn Soc. Chem.), 1990-91: Research Professor, University of Windsor.
Professor Piotr Sobota was born in Przyszowice, Poland. He received all of his degrees (M.Sc., 1966; PhD., 1973; habilitation, 1978) from University of Wroc?aw. After postdoctoral research with Joseph Chatt at Sussex University in Brighton (UK) he was promoted as a head of a research group in 1980 and to full professor at the University of Wroc?aw in 1989. He has been a visiting professor at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA), University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany), Technical University of Trondheim (Norway), and University of Lille (France). He was a consultant for Union Carbide and The Dow Chemical Company (USA). Since 2009 he is also a Director of Novasome Pharmaceutical R&D Center (Poland). More than 300 research publications, patents, and books document his activity in the fields of inorganic chemistry, organometallic, catalysis and material science.
Yong Tang received his BSc from Sichuan Normal University and Ph D degrees from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Yian Shi at Colorado State University, Fort Collins and with Professor A. Kozikowski at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He moved to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1999, where he was appointed as an associate professor, and was promoted to research professor in 2000. He is currently the deputy director of Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and the director of the State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry. His research interests include organometallic chemistry centering on olefin polymerization, ylide chemistry in organic synthesis, and asymmetric catalysis.
Zuowei Xie obtained his BSc degree from Hangzhou University in 1983 and his MS degree from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986. After earning a PhD from a joint Ph.D. program of Technische Universitat Berlin and Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1990, he spent one year as a research associate in the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Southern California. He then joined the Department of Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He has been a Chair Professor since 2006. Professor Xie has co-authored >185 publications in peer-reviewed journals and received an array of honors and awards, including the guest professorship of eight institutions in mainland China, Yaozeng Huang Award in Organometallic Chemistry from Chinese Chemical Society in 2010, the State Natural Science Awards in 2008 and 1997, Research Excellence Award from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007, and the Croucher Award in 2003. He also serves on the editorial board of Organometallics, Dalton Transactions, Science China (Chemistry), Chinese Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities.
Munetaka Akita was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1957. He studied organosilicon chemistry (hypervalent species) under the supervision of Professors Makoto Kumada and Kohei Tamao of Kyoto University to obtain bachelor (1979) and master degrees (1981), and then moved to Osaka University to work with Professors Akira Nakamura and Hajime Yasuda (group 4 metal complexes). Soon after receiving a Ph. D. degree there in 1984, he joined the Professor Yoshihiko Moro-oka's research group in the Chemical Resources Laboratory of the Tokyo Institute of Technology as a research associate. During 1989-1990 he left Japan to learn cluster chemistry from Professor J. R. Shapley (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as a postdoctoral research fellow. In 1995 he was promoted to an associate professor, and he was appointed as a professor in 2002. Recently, research efforts of his group are devoted to application of carbon-rich organometallics to molecular devices (molecular wires and stimuli- responsive systems), organometallic catalysis promoted by visible light, and supramolecular metal complexes. He is one of four section editors of Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) and also serves on the editorial board of Organometallics (ACS) and Dalton Transactions (RSC).
Elisabete C.B.A. Alegria was born in Iserlohn (Germany) in 1972. Graduated in Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (1997), and earned his Ph.D in Chemistry (2006) from the IST/UTL. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Chemical Engineering Departmental Area of Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal, and is Researcher at Centro de Quimica Estrutural (Group V-Prof. A.J.L. Pombeiro), IST, Technical University of Lisbon, since 2009. Her main research focuses on Coordination, Organometallic and Green Chemistry, Homogeneous and Supported Catalysis, namely the mild oxidative functionalization of alkanes into derivatives with industrial significance through environmental catalysis and molecular electrochemistry of coordination and organic compounds, towards applications in electrosynthesis, electrocatalysis and in mechanistic studies, as well as in the establishment of potential-structure relationships, and in the induction of chemical reactivity by electron-transfer.
She is currently interested in the extension of the oxidations studies to other substrates and catalytic transformations, namely in the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation, viz. the transformation of cyclic and acylic ketones and the oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols into corresponding carbonyl compounds.
She is member of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society and was Member of the Organizing Committees of several international congresses.
Hani, Haniel Amouri was born in Anapolis Goias (Brazil) and obtained his PhD degree (1987) in chemistry with Professor John A. Osborn in homogeneous catalysis (hydrogenation) from Universite Louis Pasteur Strasbourg (France). In 1988 he spent one year at Gif-sur-Yvette (France) as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Hugh Felkin where he studied C-H activation of saturated hydrocarbon with transition metal polyhydrides. In 1992-1993 he spent one year at UC-Berkeley with Professor Peter Vollhardt and has been working on the synthesis of oligocyclopentadienyl metal complexes and their behavior as electron transfer reagents. He is a Research Director in CNRS and currently is the director of "ARChitectures Moleculaires" group of the Institut Parisien de Chimie Molecualire UMR–7201 at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Paris-6. His main research interests are chirality, organometallic complexes and luminescent coordination assemblies with quinonides linkers. He is an author of more than 105 contributions to peer-reviewed international journals. He is also one of the authors of the book "Chirality in Transition Metal Chemistry" published in 2008 by Wiley. Since January 2011, he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the ACS-journal Organometallics..
President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of EuCheMS and Director of the "Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis-CIRCC" that gathers 18 Italian Universities. Honorary Professor of the Tianjin University-China (2004). Founder of the "CARE-Carbon Recycling Group".
Visiting Professor with several Universities in Europe, China, Japan, USA, Brazil, India.
Areas of scientific interest are: Carbon dioxide utilisation in synthetic chemistry. Catalysis, Coordination and Metallorganic chemistry. Chemistry of small molecules (H2, CO, N2, CO2, CH4, C2H4, etc.) Chemistry of metal centres in low oxidation state as catalysts in organic synthesis. Greenhouse gas emission in combustion processes, Energy saving. Renewable energy sources. Site remediation. Biomass utilization. Aresta prepared in 1975 the first transition metal complex bearing a carbon dioxide molecule as ligand.
Author of over 250 papers in peer reviewed journals and of over fifty invited papers appeared in international journals and books. Author of chapters in specialistic books on CO2-utilization. Editor of five books on the topics: "Carbon dioxide as a source of carbon": Reidel 1987, "Enzymatic and model carboxylation and reduction reactions for carbon dioxide utilization", Kluwer 1990; "Greenhouse Gases Utilization", Oxford Press, 2003; "Carbon dioxide recovery and Utilization", Kluwer, 2003; "Carbon dioxide as a chemical feedstock", Wiley, 2009.
Invited speaker at several international conferences and foreign Universities.
Founder and Chairman of the "International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization"- ICCDU
He has received several awards and recognitions among which the Award of the Italian Chemical Society for his pioneering work on "Carbon Dioxide Activation" (1990). The "Renoir Prize" for the diffusion of knowledge (1989). The Award of the Societe Francaise de Chimie, 2005-06.
Vladimir B. Arion graduated in Chemistry from the State University of Moldova in 1980 and in the same year started his scientific career at the Institute of Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova under supervision of N.V. Gerbeleu. In 1986 he received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the L.V. Pisarzhevsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev. After research stays at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (with M.T. Reetz), Max-Planck-Institut fur Strahlenchemie (with K. Wieghardt), Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany, Odense University (with H. Toftlund), Denmark, Oxford University (with P. Beer), England, Ecole Nationale de Chimie de Lille (J.-P. Wignacourt) and Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS (J.-J. Brunet, D. Neibecker), Toulouse, France he joined the research group of B.K. Keppler at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Vienna in 2000. He is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna. One of his current research interests is focused on the development of metal-based antitumour drugs. He is a co-author of more than 180 full papers and 2 books.
Teresa Avilés got her Ph.D in 1978 from the University of Oxford (England) under the supervision of Prof. M.L.H. Green. From 1979 to 1981 she was Assistant Professor at the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the University of Alcala de Henares, Madrid (Spain). In 1982 she had a Contract of Scientific Co-operator in the Centre for Catalysis and Synthesis of the University of Groningen (Holland). Since 1983, she is Professor at the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon (Portugal). In 2008 she was an invited Professor at the University of Strasbourg (France). Her research interests deal with coordination and organometallic chemistry. Green methods of synthesis using non conventional solvents like scCO2 and ionic liquids. More recently she is engaged in homogeneous catalysis. A major goal is placed on the development of new catalysts and mechanistic studies related to CuAAC, ROP of cyclic esters and ATRP of vinyl derivatives. The design of new polyfunctional ligands, chelating ligands with P, N, S, and O donor atoms having hemilability properties, and applications of their metal complexes in catalysis is currently a field of research in the group.
Marino Basato was born in Venice (1944) and achieved the degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Padua (1968). After a long career as CNR researcher he became Associate Professor at the Science Faculties of Salerno (1988) and Padua (1991). From 2000 he is Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Padua. He has been member of the board of the Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis (CIRCC) and of the Interdivisional Group of Organometallic Chemistry (GiCO - Italian Chemical Society), of which he is currently the National Coordinator. The initial research activity was mainly centred on the study of inorganic reaction mechanisms, partly developed in Toronto in collaboration with Prof. A. J. Poe, whereas the actual research interest is mainly related to the synthesis of metal complexes and their use in catalysis (C-C, C-X bond forming reactions, synthesis and reactivity of palladium, rhodium and ruthenium complexes, synthesis of di- and tri-NHC gold and copper complexes). Selected program titles are, for example, "Carbon-carbon Bond forming Reactions catalysed by Metal Centres" and "Stabilization and Activation of Organic Species via Transition Metals". The obtained results are summarized in more than hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Received PhD (1999) in chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. After a couple of postdoctoral stints at Purdue University and Texas A&M University, he joined the faculty at IIT Kanpur in 2003 where he is presently an Associate Professor. He is the recipient of the Ramanna fellowship and SwarnaJayanti fellowship from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India. He has been chosen to receive the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) bronze medal for the year 2012. His research interests include cooperative bimetallic catalysis, bifunctional activation of small molecules, C-H bond activation/functionalization involving di- and multinuclear metal complexes and metal-NHC compounds.
Heinz Berke received his Diploma in chemistry at the Universiy of Erlangen in 1971 and his Ph.D. from the University of Tubingen in 1974. Apart from a short stay in the laboratory of R. Hoffmann at Cornell University 1977, he was at the University of Konstanz from 1974-1988. He finished his habilitation in 1981, and in 1983 was awarded the «Heisenberg Fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft» and the «Dozentenpreis of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie». He was promoted to professor at the University of Konstanz in 1987 before joining the University of Zurich in 1988.
Heinz Berke's research activities cover various fields of organometallic chemistry. Major efforts are devoted to the area of main group and transition metal hydrides, which is related to homogenous catalysis with emphasis on hydrogenations. A tuning of the metal-hydrogen bond strength and bond polarity is expected to lead to new types of catalysts and eventually to new hydrogen storage materials. Also under study is the organometallic chemistry of metallacumulenes. Carbon based units bridge transition-metal centers to generate rigid-rod “molecular wires” for use in molecular electronics. As a very special aspect his research deals with the chemistry and archaeometry of man-made ancient blue pigments, like Egyptian Blue, Chinese Blue and Purple, and Maya Blue.
Pierre Braunstein graduated from the Ecole Superieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (1969) and obtained his Dr. Ing. (1971) and Doctorat d'Etat (1974) from the Universite Louis Pasteur (ULP) in Strasbourg. He is Director of Research with the CNRS and Head of the Coordination Chemistry Laboratory (Institute of Chemistry, UMR 7177 CNRS) of the University of Strasbourg. His main research interests deal with the inorganic and organometallic chemistry of the transition and main group elements where he has (co)authored over 450 scientific publications and review articles. This includes the synthesis and coordination/orgaometallic chemistry of heterofunctional ligands, the study of hemilabile metal-ligand systems, of quinonoid zwitterions, of metal-metal bonded (hetero)dinuclear and cluster complexes and of coordination clusters. Applications range from homogeneous catalysis, e.g. ethylene oligomerization, to nanosciences. He has received numerous national and international awards and is member of various academies, including the french Academie of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He has been recently featured in Angewandte Chemie (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201000183/abstract).
Vladimir Bregadze graduated from the Chemistry Department of M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1960. He received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degree, Professor of Chemistry in USSR Academy of Sciences. Now he is a Head of Laboratory of Organoaluminium and Organoboron Compounds of A.N.Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences. V.I.Bregadze is a Recipient USSR State Prize in Science and Technology for Application of Organometallic Compounds in Industry (1976) and a Recipient Russian Federation State Prize in Science and Technology for "Chemistry of Carboranes and Polyhedral Boranes" (1996). His fields of interest are organic and inorganic derivatives of boron and some nontransition metals, chemistry of polyhedral boranes and carboranes, study of their reactivity and application in medicine (antitumour activity, boron-neutron capture therapy) and for design of materials; Development of new synthetic methods for organic derivatives of gallium, indium, arsenic, selenium and tellurium and their application as precursors for preparation of semi-conductor materials by organometallic chemical vapor deposition. He published over 400 research papers, reviews and chapters in books. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of several Russian and International Journals. He is Member of the Organizing Committees of several Russian conferences, International Committees of the International and the European Meetings on Boron Chemistry (IMEBORON and EUROBORON); Member of the International Societies on Main Group Chemistry, Neutron Capture Therapy, Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines; He is Adjunct Professor of Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He was invited speaker at several IMEBORON, EUROBORON and Organometallic Conferences, Lecturer in Universities of Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and USA in 1988-2011.
Olivier Buriez was born in Lievin (France) in 1968. He received his PhD in 1996, in Molecular Electrochemistry, under the supervision of Drs C. Amatore and J.N. Verpeaux at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS-Paris). His thesis work was devoted to the electrochemical activation of original nickel organometallic complexes to generate carbenic species. He did a postdoctoral research in the group of Dr J.B. Kerr, in collaboration with Dr R.H. Fish, at the University of California at Berkeley (USA) where he investigated the regioselective reduction of NAD+ into 1,4-NADH by rhodium complexes. In 1999, he obtained a CNRS permanent position of researcher in Pr. J. Perichon's group where he investigated the mechanisms of the electrochemical conversion of aryl halides to arylzinc compounds by cobalt catalysis and of cobalt catalyzed carbon-carbon bond formation. Since 2006, his research activity is performed in the Dr. Amatore's group at ENS-Paris and has been extended to the molecular activation and reactivity of potent therapeutic molecules. In collaboration with the group of Prof. G. Jaouen, he notably investigated the activation sequence of ferrocifen anticancer drug candidates which are organometallic derivatives of Tamoxifen, a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). In collaboration with Dr Y. Six, he also developed an original electrochemical method to easily achieve the preparation of aminoendoperoxides possessing antimalarial properties.
Professor Jwu-Ting Chen had his B.S. in NTU, Taiwan in 1973, Ph.D. in Iowa State U in 1982, and postdoc research in the Penn State U. In 1986, he joined the department of chemistry, NTU since. He served as the Director of Chemistry Research Promotion Center, NSC during 1999-2002. For international service, he was on the advisory board of J. Orgmet. Chem. in 1999-2003, and was the Chairman of the XXIV ICOMC 2010. Currently, he plays a key role in science education/communication in Taiwan. His research interest has been in mechanistic approach in organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry and catalysis, with recent work being focused on the polydentate ligands with hetero donating functionalities as well as their complexes and reactions.
Eric CLOT graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon in 1992. He received his PhD from Universite Paris Sud Orsay in 1995 under the supervision of Odile Eisenstein. In 1996 he was hired as a reasearch associate by CNRS and was promoted director of research in 2007. His main research interests are the computational studies of the structure and reactivity of transition metal complexes with particular emphasis on the activation of inert bonds : C-H, C-F, C-C, B-H. All these computational studies are conducted in synergy with experiments in strong collaborations with various groups.
Salvador Conejero was born in Gijón, Spain. He completed his B.Sc. degree at the University of Oviedo and his Ph.D. (2001) at the same University, under the guidance of Prof. Jose Gimeno and M. Pilar Gamasa, in the field of ruthenium unsaturated carbene chemistry. Soon after he moved to the University of California-Riverside, where his spent a post-doctoral period (2002-2005) in the group of Prof. Guy Bertrand. There he was involved in the chemistry of stable carbenes. In 2005 he joined the group of Prof. Ernesto Carmona as a Ramon y Cajal researcher at the University of Seville – Instituto de Investigaciones Quimicas (CSIC), working in the field of C-H bond activation reactions. In 2007 he gained a position at the same place as a Tenured Scientist where he is currently developing his career. In 2007 he received the Royal Spanish Chemical Society Award for Young Chemists. His actual interest deals with C-H bond activation and functionalization reaction mediated by late transition metals, and particularly in the mechanistic aspects of these transformations.
My interest in the chemistry and biochemistry of lipids and transition metal compounds. Much of my work is tied to the application of metals in medicine and now also include lipids and transformation of lipids. I am particularly interested in insulin enhancing effect of vanadium and other transition metal compounds, and applications of metals and other phosphorus compounds in cancer. This interest has led to projects in application of colloidal systems for drug formulation and processing of biofuels as it involved lipid biomass conversions.
Cui obtained his BSc degree from Northwest University, Xi'an in 1990 and his MS degree from Department of Chemistry, Nankai University in 1993. After four-year working in Sinopec, Beijing, he moved to University of Goettingen for his PhD program under the guidance of Prof. Herbert W. Roesky. In 2001 , he obtained his PhD degree and moved to the University of California at Berkeley as as a postdoctoral fellow. After two years, he spent one year at UC Davis. He then joined the State Key laboratory of Elemento-organic Chemistry at Nankai University in 2004 as a Professor. Professor Cui has co-authored over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has received the China National Funds for Distingwished Young Investigators from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and funding for the New Century Excellent Talents from the Ministry of Education. His research interests include main group elemental Chemistry, lanthanide and polymerization catalysts.
Samuel Dagorne obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the Universite de Rennes I (Rennes, France) in 1994. In 1995, he joined the group of Professor Richard F. Jordan at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA, U.S.A.) and graduated with a Ph.D in 1999 on the chemistry of chiral zirconocenes and group 13 compounds. In 1999, he became a member of the group of Professor Richard R. Schrock (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.) as a postdoctoral fellow working on molybdenum alkylidene chemistry. Back in France, he joined the C.N.R.S. in 2000 as an associate researcher and is currently at The Universite de Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France). His research interests mainly concern the synthesis, reactivity studies and use in polymerization catalysis of organometallic complexes of oxophilic metals.
Christophe Darcel grew up in the north coast of Britany, France and studied chemistry at the University of Rennes, where he graduated and got his PhD in 1995 under the supervision of Dr C. Bruneau and Prof. P. H. Dixneuf. His PhD work was devoted to ruthenium and palladium catalyzed transformations of functional alkynes. He first spent one year as a postdoctoral position in Geneva (Switzerland) working with Wolgang Oppolzer on sultam chemistry applied to natural product synthesis. In 1996-1997, he obtained a Humboldt fellowship and joined Paul Knochel’s group in Marburg (Germany) on zinc chemistry. He was then appointed at the University of Cergy-Pontoise as Assistant professor (1997-2001), and move to the University of Burgundy (Dijon) as associate professor. His research interests were focussed on P-chirogenic ligand synthesis and asymmetric homogeneous catalysis. In 2007 he was appointed full professor at the University of Rennes. His current research interests concentrate on transition metal catalysis with particular emphasis on well-defined iron complexes in catalysis.
Pierre H. Dixneuf obtained his doctorate of Science in Rennes (France) with Rene Dabard, on ferrocene chemistry in 1971, followed by postdoctoral work as a CNRS researcher on the first steps of N-Heterocyclic Carbene complexes with Michael F. Lappert in Brighton (UK, 1972). He is Professor in Rennes since 1978. His research interests, at the interface of organometallics and catalysis, included the activation of alkynes and the design of vinylidenes, allenylidenes and carbon-rich organometallics. He initiated in Rennes a research team on homogeneous catalysis in 1985 and contributed to the activation of small molecules, the catalytic incorporation of CO2, the synthesis of vinyl carbamates and unsaturated carbonates, introduced ruthenium-vinylidenes in catalysis, new ruthenium catalysts for oxidative couplings of unsaturated molecules and for alkene metathesis and catalytic biomass transformation. He is currently studying inert C-H bond activation/functionalization.with ruthenium(II) catalysts, including in water, and the synthesis of polyheterocyclic molecules. He has co-authored 400 papers, 2 books and obtained several awards: Humboldt prize for Research, Le Bel SFC award, Institut universitaire de France membership, Grignard-Wittig Prize (GDCh), academie des sciences IFP prize, Sacconi medal (Italy).
Maria Teresa Duarte got a Chemical Engineering Degree from Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) Lisbon in 1983 and a PhD in Chemistry in 1989 from the same Institute; she received her Habilitation in Chemistry in 2007 at IST. She has been a Fulbright and Humboldt grantee and has been an invited researcher in different Universities in England, USA, Italy, and France. Since 1990 she coordinates the X-ray Diffraction Laboratory from Centro de Quimica Estrutural and since 2007, she coordinates the Research Group on Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis. She is member of diverse Scientific Societies and of different International Commissions and is acting as referee in more than 12 international Journals. Her main scientific interests are in Solid State Chemistry: the correlation of the physical chemical materials properties with their molecular and crystal structure. She has been involved in the structural characterization of organic, organometallic and coordination compounds. Obtaining supramolecular aggregates displaying optimized properties is the main goal. Her present interests are on the application of Crystal Engineering principles to the development of new multicomponent forms of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and in the green synthesis of coordination and organometallic materials as well as BioMOFs.
She has been co author of more than 160 papers in International Journals with peer review.
Jairton Dupont received his PhD at the Universite Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg (France) and after a period as a post-doc at the University of Oxford (UK), he became a Professor of Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry, UFRGS (Brazil). He has been an invited Professor at ULP (France), Nuremberg-Erlangen (Germany) and Universidad de Alcala de Henares and Rovira i Virgili (Spain). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, among the various distinctions he has received the Humboldt Research Award, the Conrado Wessel Science Award and the Brazilian Gran Cruz. His research interests are mainly centered on ionic liquids with special emphasis in organometallic catalysis, nanomaterials and alternative energies. He has co-authored over 200 scientific publications and several patents and book chapters.
Fabrizia Fabrizi de Biani graduated from the Florence University (1994) and then moved to the Siena University to do her PhD (1998). After a postdoctoral fellowship at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, she was appointed as researcher at Siena University in 2001. Her research interest is centred around the determination of electronic structure of molecular compounds, which is approached in a multidisciplinary way. She use electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry and computational chemistry to provide insight into the physical properties of organometallic systems and inorganic molecular materials. She is a reviewer for European and American scientific journals and is author or coauthor of about 90 scientific papers. She is coauthor of the book "Inorganic Electrochemistry. Theory, Practice and Application".
Fabien Gagosz was born in Dreux, France, in 1974. He studied chemistry at the Engineer School EHICS (Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Des Industries Chimiques), Strasbourg and obtained his Diploma in 1997. He received his PhD in organic chemistry in 2002 from the Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), working in the fields of radical chemistry and natural products synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Samir Z. Zard. He then joined the group of Prof. William B. Motherwell at the University College of London in 2003 as a postdoctoral associate. He returned to the Chemistry Department of the Ecole Polytechnique in 2004 to start his independent academic career as an Assistant Professor and obtained his habilitation in 2010 from the Universite Paris-Sud XI. His research concerns homogeneous catalysis in general, with a focus on transition metal-catalyzed methods. He is currently working in the field of gold catalysis with special interests in the development of new gold catalysts and their use in the design of new synthetic methods. For his early work in gold catalysis, he was awarded in 2008 the CNRS Bronze Medal.
Mark Gandelman received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Tel Aviv University. He received PhD degree in organic chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. David Milstein. In his graduate studies, Mark investigated activation of strong bonds with late transition metals and new strategies for the preparation of metal carbenes. He then went to Harvard University as a Rothschild Post-doctoral Fellow, where he worked in the lab of Prof. E. N. Jacobsen on the development of novel catalytic asymmetric synthetic methodologies.
Mark began his independent academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2005. Gandelman was promoted to Associate Professor in January 2012. His research interests encompass areas of organic and organometallic chemistry. The research program includes design of unique metal-based systems with fundamentally and practically important properties, exploration of new types of chemical bonding and development of useful catalytic methods. Recently emerging interests include studies of new types of non-covalent assemblies via halogen bonding and their application in catalysis.
Maria Helena Garcia got her Ph. D. in 1984, at the University of Lisbon, where she is Associate Professor with “Agregação”. Her Ph. D. work on synthetic organometallic chemistry of transition metals, was directed by A. Romao Dias of Technical University of Lisbon. During her thesis preparation, performed also electrochemical studies under the supervision of John Kotz of University of New York, College at Oneonta, USA, to study the reactivity of the new organometallic systems. Postdoctoral experience involved few months stays with M.L.H. Green at Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (Oxford, 1986), Christian Amatore at Ecole Normale Superieure de Chimie (Paris, 1987) and Rudolph Herman at Technical University of Munich (Garching, 1990).
For many years the main area of research has been the design, synthesis and characterization of new organometallic complexes in view to Non-Linear Optical (NLO) properties, creating structures with high values of first (beta) and second (gamma molecular hyperpolarizabilities, based on the design of push-pull polarizable systems involving metal-ligand charge delocalization.
More recently, she also embraced a new area of research related to the synthesis of new families of bio-organometallic compounds which reveal significant citotoxic properties against several cancer cell lines and present therefore, potential pharmacological applications for cancer therapy. She co-authored over 80 research papers and book chapters and 2 international patents.
José Gimeno received a B.Sc. degree (1969) and PhD (1973) in chemistry from the University of Zaragoza for research performed under the direction of Prof. R. Usón. He has spent postdoctoral periods at the University of Athens (Georgia, USA) (1975-1977) and University of Regensburg (Germany) (1981) where he worked under the supervision of Prof. R. B. King and Prof. W. A. Herrmann, respectively. After becoming Assistant Professor at University of Zaragoza, he moved to the University of Oviedo in 1982. Since then he is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. In 2004, he was awarded with the Prize in Inorganic Chemistry of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He is co-author of more than 190 publications mainly devoted to the organometallic chemistry of ruthenium including synthesis and reactivity of vinylidene and allenylidene complexes. His current research interests are mainly focused on metal- catalyzed reactions in aqueous medium with special emphasis on atom economical processes including hydration of nitrriles, isomerization of olefins and Click reactions.
Pedro M. P. Gois (Portugal, 1977) studied chemistry at the New University of Lisbon from where he also received in 2005 his PhD in organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Afonso. From May 2005 to May 2008 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex with Prof. F. Geoffrey N. Cloke FRS, University College of London with Prof. Stephen Caddick and at the Instituto Superior Tecnico with Prof. Carlos Afonso on the development of novel organic transformations catalyzed by NHC-metal complexes. From May 2008 he joined the Pharmacy Faculty of the Lisbon University as an assistant research fellow of the medicinal chemistry group. His research encompasses the development of new methodologies mediated by metal (Rh, Pd and Fe) and/or organo (NHCs) -catalysts, the use of boron to assemble biological active molecules and the site-specific functionalization of biomolecules.
Pedro T. Gomes studied at the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, where he graduated in Chemical Engineering, and received the MSc in Chemistry of the Catalytic Processes and the PhD degree in 1990, under the direction of Professors Alberto R. Dias and Carlos C. Romao. He spent a postdoctoral period at the University of Oxford (UK) (1991-1993), working under the supervision of Professor Malcolm L. H. Green, and later other periods as academic visitor to the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. He is currently a professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the IST and his research interests lie mainly in the areas of coordination/organometallic chemistry and applications in homogeneous catalysis, with special emphasis on oligomerization and polymerization of unsaturated molecules, and in luminescent materials for devices.
Helena Grennberg, is professor of Organic Chemistry at Department chemistry - BMC, Uppsala university, Sweden. After her BSc in 1988, she joined the group of Jan-Erling Backvall, at that time in Uppsala. She obtained her PhD in 1992 on a thesis on palladium-catalyzed aerobic oxidative functionalization of alkenes. After a post-doc in Paris with professor Daniel Mansuy and Dr Isabelle Aratud, she got a position as assistant senior teacher at the Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University in 1994. She became docent and senior lecturer in 1996 and was promoted to a professorship in 2005. Except for her PhD work, she has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, 5 reviews and has co-authored two high-school chemistry textbooks. Current topics in her group concern various aspects of organic, organometallic and supramolecular chemistry of graphene, nanotubes and fullerenes. Current commissions of trust outside Uppsala university include several tasks within the Swedish chemical society, the EuCheMS division of organometallic chemistry (chair since 2007) and a seat in the EuCheMS executive board (since 2010).
Fátima Guedes da Silva (Porto, 1958) obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at IST (Technical University of Lisbon) in 1993, working with Armando Pombeiro. She is a researcher at Centro de Quimica Estrutural (IST) and associate professor at Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT Lisbon). Her areas of scientific activity include Bioinorganic, Inorganic and Analytical, Coordination and Organometallic Chemistries, in addition to Molecular Electrochemistry and X-Ray Diffraction analysis. Her present research interests are focused on: i) the investigation of the mechanisms of fast reactions (e.g. protonation or electron transfer processes), mainly by digital simulation of cyclic voltammetry, as well as recognition of redox potential/citotoxicity relationships in metal complexes; ii) structural characterization, by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, of novel transition and/or main group metal complexes featuring metal-organic or hydrogen bonded supramolecular networks. She published 2 chapters and 8 other contributions in books, 10 patents, 151 research papers in International Journals and 19 research papers in a national Journal.
Matti Haukka obtained his PhD degree in 1995 at the University of Joensuu under the guidance of Professor Tapani Pakkanen. From1995-1998 he worked as research assistant at his home University and continued his research work as Junior Research Fellow of Academy of Finland 1998-2000 and as Senior Research Fellow of Academy of Finland 2000-2005. After these positions he worked as Senior Assistant at the University of Joensuu until he was promoted to full Professor 2007. After merger of University of Joensuu and University of Kuopio he holds now a professorship at the University of Eastern Finland. His main research interests are catalytically and photophysically active transition metal compounds and non-covalent intermolecular interactions including hydrogen bonds, halogen bonds, ?-bonds, and metallophilic interactions.
Mimi Hii’s research interests in catalytic chemistry are highly interdisciplinary, particularly in the development of processes for C C or C X bond formations. In recent years, this includes the development of catalytic methodologies that enable enantioselective addition of O-H and N-H bonds to carbon-carbon double bonds. She is also interested in the application of state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques, particularly X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) for the examination of palladium-mediated reactions. In recent years, she has also initiated collaborations with colleagues in Chemical Engineering, on the industrial application of catalysis, particularly in the design, construction and application of novel flow reactors for conducting redox reactions. To date, she has published over 70 research papers and has been named as an Inventor in 6 patent applications. In 2004, she was elected to the committee of the Applied Catalysis Group (Royal Society of Chemistry), and has been actively engaged in promoting catalytic technologies to academia, industry and governmental bodies. This also includes the organisation of several scientific meetings, such as the highly popular biannual meeting “Challenges in Catalysis for Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals” which have been held in London (2007, 2009 and 2011).
Toshikazu Hirao graduated from Kyoto University in 1973, where he obtained his doctorate in 1978. Dr. Hirao became Assistant Professor at Osaka University in 1978 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin under Professor Barry M. Trost (1981-1982). His research was related to the development of synthetic methodology by using organometallic and phosphorus compounds, receiving the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists in 1984. Dr. Hirao was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 1994. He was the library director at Osaka University (2003-2011). Dr. Hirao is now the vice president of the Chemical Society of Japan (2010-2012). He organized some scientific international meetings and serves as members of some international advisory committees.
Dr. Hirao's current research interests lie in the area of the construction of efficient systems for electron transfer, which allows the development of new methods in organic synthesis, and novel redox-active systems consisting of transition metals and/or pi-conjugated compounds. The research is extended to the development of the chemistry of nonplanar pi-conjugated compounds. Artificial organometallic bioconjugates provide key compounds in his research. With about 290 scientific papers, 52 books and review articles, and 40 patents, he has left his pioneering mark. He received international awards, as exemplified by "Award for outstanding achievements in bioorganometallic chemistry" and "Vanadis award" in 2008.
Bing-Joe Hwang studied chemical engineering and received Ph. D in 1987 at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Following a brief period as a project engineer at China Technical Consultants Inc., he joined the faculty of the department of chemical engineering at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology as an associate professor in 1988: he was elevated to full professor in 1994. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Dusseldorf (Germany) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in 1996 and 2002, respectively. His research work has spanned a wide range of subjects from electrochemistry to spectroscopy, interfacial phenomena, materials science and theoretical chemistry. He has established several experimental strategies for the development of new nanoscale materials with a particular emphasis on controlling their morphology, size, structure, and the compositional aspects that define their physical properties. His theoretical work has lead to a better understanding of nanoparticle reaction mechanisms and to an improved ability to predict the properties of potential new materials for both Li-ion batteries and fuel cells. He has published more than 230 scientific papers in renowned international journals. The international research community acknowledges that the innovative research findings from him are important to the field of spectroscopic analysis. He is currently the president of the Taiwan Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Association. He is a three time recipient of the outstanding research award (1997-1998, 1999-2000, and 2002-2004) from the National Science Council of Taiwan, R.O.C. Due to his excellent achievements in teaching and research and his substantial contribution to local industries, he has won: the 54th National Academic Award (2010) in Engineering and Applied Science given by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan, the 8th Y. Z. Hsu Scientific Chair Professor Award (2010) by Far Eastern Y. Z. Hsu Science and Technology Memorial Foundation, and the TECO award (2011) in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science awarded by TECO Technology Foundation.
Gérard Jaouen did graduate work at the University of Rennes. He spent the year 1973-1974 at Cambridge working with Professor Jack Lewis (now Lord Lewis). He became a member of the CNRS in 1970, was appointed Maitre de Recherche (Directeur de Recherche) in 1976 and became Professor at the Ecole Nationale de Chimie in Paris in 1982, where in 1984 he set up a CNRS Associated Research Unit. He is now appointed as a “classe exceptionnelle” professor. In 1979 Dr. Jaouen decided to focus his interests in a new direction: that of bioorganometallics. In the mid-1980’s, this embryonic field was overshadowed by the supremacy of research on organometallic catalysis. At that time the situation was “hit and miss” with some genuine but rare successes, as well as a number of obstacles obscuring the way forward, and in general an outlook that did not appear bright. Fortunately the field has now flourished and has been recognized formally as an important part of the future of organometallic chemistry (Organometallics, 2011, 30, 20). In addition, the topic has already entered into the undergraduate curriculum through its incorporation into recent textbooks. Professor Jaouen is the author of 400 papers including 17 reviews, and holds 14 patents. His achievements in bioorganometallic chemistry have been recognized by several awards. He was awarded “Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Legion d’Honneur” (2006) and elected as a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (2012).
Guo-Xin Jin received his Ph.D.degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University in 1987. He was a postdoctoral fellow from 1988-1990 as Humboldt Fellow and a research staff member from 1990-1995 at Organometallic Chemistry Institute of Bayreuth University, Germany. He joined Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS as a Professor and head of a Laboratory in 1996. He moved to Chemistry Department, Fudan University in 2001 as Chair Professor (CheungKong Scholarship). His current research interests include various aspects of organometallic chemistry and catalysts for olefin polymerization. He has published more than 240 research papers and 10 review papers and books, and has been involved in 45 patents. He has delivered more than 20 plenary and keynote lectures in international conferences. He is Associate Editor of Dalton Transactions.
William D. Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1953, and was inspired to work in inorganic chemistry as an undergraduate researcher with Mark S. Wrighton at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, 1975). He obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry at California Institute of Technology (1979), working with Robert G. Bergman. He moved to the University of Wisconsin as an NSF postdoctoral fellow with Chuck Casey, and in 1980 accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1984 and Professor in 1987, and is now the Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry. Professor Jones has received several awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1984), a Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award (1985), a Royal Society Guest Research Fellowship (1988), a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (1988), a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (1988), the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2003), and an ACS Cope Scholar Award (2009). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010). He also has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2003. Professor Jones' research interests include organometallic research in strong C-X bond cleavage, catalysis, model studies, mechanisms, kinetics, thermodynamics, and synthetic applications.
Ferenc Joo has ever been interested in use of organometallic catalysts in aqueous systems. This work started in 1971 with research into the catalytic activity of platinum group metal complexes containing meta-monosulfonated triphenylphosphine (mtppms) ligands. Such complexes were tested as catalysts in hydrogenation reaction of simple substrates in aqueous solutions. Thorough kinetic investigations revealed that in most cases the water-soluble complexes (such as e.g. [RhCl(mtppms)3]) reacted by the same mechanism as their water-insoluble analogs (eg [RhCl(PPh3)3]). These studies opened the way to the wide use of organometallic catalysts in aqueous solutions and aqueous-organic biphasic systems. The reactions studied in the Debrecen laboratory include(ed) selective hydrogenations of unsaturated aldehydes either to to saturated aldehydes or unsaturated alcohols, chemo- and stereoselective hydrogenation of alkynes to E- or Z-alkenes, redox isomerization of allylic alcohols, catalytic racemization of chiral secondary alcohols, etc. Close attention was paid to the special effects what may arise due to the presence of water, and the studies revealed unusal influence of the pH on the rate and selectivity of the catalyzed reactions in aqueous solutions.
In addition to the above, present interest includes catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions, and hydrogen storage and generation in coupled hydrogenation of bicarbonate/catalytic decomposition of formate. Also recently, the synthesis of precursors to water-soluble N-heterocyclce carbene (NHC) ligands (such as N,N'-sulfoalkyl and sulfoaryl-imidazolium salts is actively investigated together with the use of transition metal complexes of such NHC ligands for catalysis in water. These studies also led to the discovery of highly active Au-NHC complex catalysts for hydration of alkynes.
Ferenc Joo has also been actively involved in the research on applying water soluble catalysts for modification of biological membranes (including live cells) by hydrogenation. Such modifications give information on the mechanism of stress tolerance of the cells.
Philippe Kalck received in Toulouse his Diplome d’Ingenieur Chimiste from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Toulouse (ENSCT) in 1967, prepared his doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Rene Poilblanc at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC-CNRS), and then his Doctorat d'Etat in 1975. In 1980, he was appointed Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (of which the ENSCT formed part), and funded the “Laboratoire de Catalyse et Chimie Fine”, a research group devoted to the coordination catalysis in the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Ingenieurs en Arts Chimiques Et Technologiques, and since 2007 a team of 28 co-workers belonging to the LCC. He is particularly attached to promoting links between industrial problematic and fundamental understanding of the catalytic systems. He spent two years on secondment to Rhone-Poulenc Chimie between 1986 and 1988 to participate in the preparation of long-term research plans. His research interests include the design of highly selective catalysts, field in which he published over 200 papers and supervised 55 PhD students. A part of his research activity is devoted to the preparation of heterogeneous catalysts by decomposition under mild conditions in a fluidized bed of coordination compounds. An application of these studies is the selective process for producing multiwalled carbon nanotubes. He is also the author of 25 patents among them 2 are under development phase in the industry. As Professor Emeritus, he is still active in coordination catalysis.
Wolfgang Kaim’s interests lie in the synthesis and physical study of molecular compounds with multiple redox states. Starting from main group organoelement compounds (PhD Thesis with Hans Bock in Frankfurt, 1978) he has expanded into transition metal chemistry, especially after moving to Stuttgart in 1987. Spectroelectrochemistry (EPR, UV-VIS-NIR, IR) is routinely applied in his group to specifically designed and newly synthesized molecules. Special attention is being given to odd electron systems such as radical complexes or mixed-valent systems.Wolfgang Kaim has published >600 scientific papers and supervised >60 doctoral students.
Karl A. Kirchner was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, in 1960. He attended the Vienna University of Technology from 1979 until 1987, where he received his Diploma and Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Roland Schmid. After a two-year postdoctoral stay at Washington State University with Prof. John P. Hunt and an additional postdoctoral year with Nobel laureate Prof. Henry Taube at Stanford University he returned to Austria and joined the research group of Prof. Roland Schmid. He became associate Professor in 1994 at the Vienna University of Technology. He has authored and co-authored over more than 170 research and review papers. His research interests are in the fields of coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and homogeneous catalysis.
Alexander M. Kirillov (b. 1979) is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon (IST/UTL), Portugal. He graduated in Chemical Engineering (2001) from the Belarusian State Technological University, Belarus, and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry (2006) from the IST/UTL (with Prof. A.J.L. Pombeiro), where he continued as a Post-doctoral Fellow (2007) and Senior Researcher (2008-2011), before taking his current position.
His main research focuses on Coordination Chemistry, Crystal Engineering and Homogeneous Catalysis with an emphasis on the following topics: (i) self-assembly synthesis of functional multinuclear metal complexes, coordination polymers or metal-organic frameworks, (ii) catalytic oxidative functionalization of alkanes and other substrates into derivatives with industrial significance, and (iii) synthetic and catalytic processes in aqueous media, hydrosoluble bioactive materials.
A.M. Kirillov has authored about 100 peer-reviewed publications, including 80 research papers in ISI journals, 10 patents, several book chapters and proceedings papers. He is recipient of the UTL/Santander Totta Scientific Award (2011) and the UTL/Deloitte Young Investigator Award (2008).
Jaejung Ko was born in Korea in 1950.
Education: Seoul National University (1975); Seoul National University, Master course (1979); Brown University, USA, Ph.D. course (1983).
Academic: Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, USA (1983-1985); Postdoctoral Fellow, Houston University, USA (1987-1988); Professor, Korea National University of Education (1985-1995); Professor, Korea University (1995-present).
Awards and Honor: Outstanding Research Award in The Korean Chemical Society, Korea (2007); Hyundai-Kia Chair, Korea University, Korea (2008); Scientist Award of the Month, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea (2010).
Research Area: (1) Dye-sensitized solar cells; (2) Organic electronics materials.
Sanshiro Komiya received his PhD in 1975 in Tokyo Institute of Technology under Prof. Akio Yamamoto on C-H and C-O bond activation by ruthenium complex, and experienced his postdoctoral work with Prof. J. K. Kochi in Indiana University from 1975 to 1977 on organogold chemistry. He worked on organonickel -palladium and -platinum chemistry as a Research Associate in Tokyo Institute of Technology from 1977 to 1982. Then, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 1982 and Professor in 1989. During the time he stayed in Indiana University and Australian National University as a visiting professor in 1996-1996. His current research interests are cooperative effects of transition metals in heterodinuclear organometallic complexes and their catalysis, activation of stable CH, CO and CS bonds by transition metal complexes, organometallic reactions in water and biphasic catalysis. He received Tejima Memorial Research Promotion Award in 1975 and Catalysis Society of Japan Award in 2007.
Pierre Le Gendre studied at the University of Rennes, where he graduated and got his PhD under the supervision of Dr C. Bruneau and Prof. P. H. Dixneuf. His PhD work was devoted to asymmetric hydrogenation with ruthenium-based catalysts. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral JSPS fellow at the University of Osaka in Prof. Murai's group (Japan). At that time, he studied asymmetric CH activation promoted by chiral rhodium complexes. He returned to France in 1999 to take up a position of Maitre de Conferences at the University of Burgundy in Dijon with Prof. C. Moise. He got his "Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches" in 2005 and was appointed Professor in 2007. The research developed in Le Gendre's group is dedicated to early transition metal organometallic chemistry and notably to the development of titanium-catalysed C-C, C-Si and C-P coupling reactions. His group is also interested in the synthesis and the structural analysis of heterobimetallic complexes for catalytic purposes. Efforts have been recently made to find new cross-disciplinary applications of the obtained organobimetallic complexes, such as their use as metallodrugs.
Zhenyang Lin (born in Fujian, China in 1962) received his B.Sc. from China University of Geosciences in 1982 and his MPhil degree in 1985 from Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (CAS), where he worked with Professors Jiaxi Lu and Chunwan Liu. He did his PhD work in Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor D. Michael P. Mingos and his postdoctoral work at Texas A&M University with Professor Michael B. Hall. He joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1994.
His research interests include theoretical aspects of structure, bonding and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds, and homogeneous catalysis.
He has co-authored over 260 publications. He is now the Head of the HKUST Chemistry Department and an associate editor for the Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.
Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1953, studies at the Charles University Prague, graduated in Inorganic and coordination chemistry. Since 1977 working in the J Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech (Czechoslovak) Academy of Sciences in the Electrochemical section, graduate studies (PhD) in Organic electrochemistry. In 1990 establishing and leading the group (later Department) of Molecular electrochemistry.
Special Field: Molecular electrochemistry of organic and coordination compounds, reaction mechanisms, radical intermediates, structure-reactivity relationship, electron delocalization. Molecules with multiple redox centers. Results applicable in synthetic, environmental, biological and material sciences.
Research Interests: Intramolecular electronic interaction between two redox active centers, electrochemical studies of electron delocalization and aromaticity; Electrochemical markers and probes; Molecules with an electronic "push-pull" effect; Special molecules - precursors for liquid crystals, photovoltaics, supramolecular nanodevices, molecular wires and bridges; energetic materials etc. Electrochemical investigation of new ligands and complexes Electrochemically generated precursors and/or catalysts for new ways of special organic synthesis Environmental analysis – in situ investigations of degradation or metabolic pathways, model reactions. Studied compounds involve diazine and triazine heterocycles, acyclic azines, hydrazones, oximes and imines, organic dichalcogenides, benzothiophenes, mixed phosphine ligands, polynitro compounds, aminocarbene complexes, calixarenes, carboranes, diketones, pyrrolopyrroles, benzimidazoles, flavines etc.
Scientific results: more than 90 original scientific papers in international reviewed journals, HI: 19
Konstantin Luzyanin received his degree in Chemistry from St. Petersburg State University (2002, Diploma with Distinction), and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Lisbon (2007, under joint supervision by Profs. A.J.L. Pombeiro and V.Yu. Kukushkin). After postdoctoral studies in organometallic chemistry with Prof. A.J.L. Pombeiro, Konstantin took up a post as the Associate Researcher at the TU of Lisbon (2009). In addition, he was hired as the Manager of the TU Lisbon NMR Center of the Portuguese NMR Network. Konstantin recenly joined the University of Liverpool as the Analytical Services Manager (NMR, MS and EA) in the Department of Chemistry.
His current research interests include metal-mediated synthesis and catalysis, and application of selected NMR spectroscopy techniques in organometallic chemistry. He is a Principal Inverstigator of several undergoing research projects, and a co-author of ca. 45 publications (35 are in international refereed journals, and 4 patents), and more than 40 papers in conference proceedings. In the course of last years, he supervised several research grantees, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.
Dalmo Mandelli was born in Brazil in 1968 and studied chemistry at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) where he obtained his PhD in 1999 (part of his PhD was made at Delft University of Technology, Holland). Later he also developed researches at University of Bergen (Norway), in the Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and in the Centre for Surface Science and Catalysis (Catholic University of Leuven). His research is devoted to metathesis of vegetable oils, oxidation of alkanes, alkenes and alcohols (including natural products), glycerol transformations (oxidation, etherification and esterification) and combinatorial catalysis. Last year he was the chairman of the 16th Brazilian Congress of Catlaysis. He also received the following awards: top-50 most cited articles 2005-2008, Elseviers Catalysis Journals (Journal of Organometallic Chemistry), Top-50 most cited articles 2001-2005, Elseviers Catalysis Journals (Applied Catalysis A: General) and Young Scientist, International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS, 2004). Currently is Professor at Federal University of ABC, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The research activity of Fabio Marchetti is in the field of Coordination Chemistry of N- and O-donor heterocycles towards main groups, transition and rare hearth metals, by using simple ligands such as pyrazoles, triazoles and imidazoles differently substituted, but also more complex ligands obtained through very difficult multistep syntheses, and in detail: acylpyrazolones, bis(acylpyrazolones), poly(azolyl)metalates, poly(azolyl)alkanes, poly(azolyl)acetates, poly(azolyl)borates. The research has different goals:
- ligand-design, synthesis and characterization.
- synthesis of new metal complexes with catalytic activity.
- synthesis of new metal derivatives with anticancer activity.
- synthesis of new metal derivatives with antimicrobial activity.
- synthesis of new luminescent transition and lanthanide metal derivatives.
- synthesis of new metal derivatives as low cost MOCVD molecular precursors.
- synthesis of new inorganic coordination polymers and MOFs with features suitable to application in gas-storage, gas-separation and stereoselective heterogeneous catalysis.
Fabio Marchetti has synthesized many hundreds of new derivatives containing main group, transition and lanthanide metals.
Nazario Martín (Madrid, 1956) is full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid and vice-director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nanoscience of Madrid (IMDEA-Nanoscience). Professor Martín's research interests span a range of targets with emphasis on the molecular and supramolecular chemistry of carbon nanostructures such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphenes, ?-conjugated systems as molecular wires and electroactive molecules, in the context of electron transfer processes, photovoltaic applications and nanoscience. He has published over 400 papers in peer reviewed journals, given over 220 lectures in scientific meetings and research institutions, and supervised 23 theses. He has co-edited six books related with carbon nanostructures and he has been invited as guest editor for eight special issues in well-known international journals. Professor Martín has been visiting professor at UCSB and UCLA (California, USA) and Angers and Strasbourg (France) universities. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications, and he has served as General Editor of the Spanish journal Anales de Quimica (2000-2005) and as a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Materials Chemistry (2000-2006). He is currently the Regional Editor for Europe of the journal Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures and a member of the International Advisory Board of The Journal of Organic Chemistry (ACS), ChemSusChem (Wiley-VCH) and Chemical Society Reviews (RSC). He is a member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain as well as a fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2006, he is the President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been the recipient of the “Dupont Prize of Science” in 2007.
Ana M. Martins graduated in Chemistry at Faculdade de Ciencias, University of Lisbon and received her PhD (supervisor Carlos C. Romao, 1991) and Aggregation in Chemistry (2006) from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon. During the periods of her MSc and PhD she worked with H. Mimoun at the Institut Francais du Petrole and A. Filippou at the Technical University of Munich. She spent a postdoctoral period at the University of Oxford (UK) under the supervision of Professor Malcolm L. H. Green (1991-1993), where she returned later (1998) as academic visitor. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Instituto Superior Tecnico and since 2009/2010 has been an invited Professor at the Ecole Europeenne de Chimie Polymeres et Materiaux, University of Strasbourg, France. Her research interests deal with fundamental organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. A major goal is placed on the development of new catalysts and mechanistic studies related to polymerization (C=C and cyclic esters), epoxidation and sulfoxidation, intramolecular hydroamination and hydrogenation/silylation of ketones. The design of new polyfunctional ligands derived from cyclam and applications of their metal complexes in the activation of small molecules and catalysis is currently an intense field of research in the group.
Luísa Martins was born in Lisboa (Portugal) in 1966. She graduated in Chemical Engineering, 1990 (IST, Technical University of Lisbon) and received her PhD in Chemistry by the same University in 1996. She was appointed as a Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL) and is also a Researcher at Centro de Quimica Estrutural, IST, Technical University of Lisbon. She is member of the American Chemical Society and of the Directive Body of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society and was Chair or Member of Organizing and/or Scientific Committees of several international congresses on Electrochemistry. Her research interests range over Coordination, Organometallic and Green Chemistry, Homogeneous and Supported Catalysis and Molecular Electrochemistry. She is currently studying the coordination chemistry of new C-scorpionates at different transition metal centres and the catalytic activity of these species at oxidation reactions of industrial interest.
Dmytro S. Nesterov (b. 1981) studied chemistry at the Kiev National University (Ukraine), where he graduated in Inorganic Chemistry (2003) and then got Ph.D. degree (2007) under supervision of Prof. Vladimir N. Kokozay. After being an assistant researcher at the Kiev University, he joined the Group of Prof. Armando J. L. Pombeiro (2009) at the Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon (IST/UTL), Portugal, as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests focuses on coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. Current research projects include: (1) synthesis of polynuclear (highly-nuclear) heterometallic transition metal complexes by the spontaneous self-assembly approach, (2) study of their magnetic properties and (3) application as a catalysts and pre-catalysts in the mild oxidation of alkanes.
His main research interests are in organometallic chemistry of platinum group metals. He has coauthored well over 500 scientific papers, several reviews and book chapters on:
- Preparation, structure and reactivity of organometallic and coordination complexes.
- Homogeneous catalysis by complexes of rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium, in reactions of hydrogenation, hydrogen transfer, hydroformylation, hydrosilylation and C-H activation.
- Molecular architecture, cluster chemistry and polymetallic reactivity, particularly rhodium and iridium complexes with bridging ligands containing N, P, O or S donor atoms.
He is co-author or co-editor of seven books. He is co-chairman of the Editorial Board of ChemCatChem and Series Editor of Topics in Organometallic Chemistry. He is also member of the Editorial Advisory Board of several international journals such as Angewandte Chemie. He has been named "Highly Cited Researcher" in the field of Chemistry by ISI Web of Knowledge. He has also received several distinctions and prizes and is member of several international scientific Academies, including the National Academies of Germany and France. President of the European Association for Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) (2008-11), has also served in high level positions in the Spanish science administration as well as being vice-president of the European Science Foundation.
Luciano Pandolfo was born in Padova, where he received his Laurea in Chemistry in 1971. After working as teacher in the secondary school he was appointed lecturer in 1990 at the University of Padova and then Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basilicata, where he remained from 1998 until 2002, when he come back to the University of Padova. Currently he teaches at the University of Padova "General Chemistry" in the Geological Sciences Degree and "Inorganic Syntheses and Reactivity" in the Master Degree of Chemistry. He is author of about 90 papers, all published on international journals with referees, and numerous communications presented at national and international congresses. Scientific coordinator of the Padova Research Unit of the National Research Project "Metal-organic Polyfunctional Materials based on N-donor ligands" (PRIN 2006), and of the Padova University Research Project "Design, synthesis and characterization of coordination polymers by assembling of oligo-nuclear metal systems and polytopic ligands" (PRAT 2009). He maintains scientific relationships with research groups of the Universities of Padova, Camerino, Bologna, Insubria, CNR of Padova, and of Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon (Portugal). His main research interest is in the fields of inorganic, organometallic and coordination chemistry, with emphasis on the synthesis, characterization and study of the reactivity of transition metal complexes. In the last years his researches have been mainly addressed to the study of the interactions of mono and poly-carboxylates of transition metals with polytopic nitrogen ligands, leading to the formation of metal-clusters and Coordination Polymers having peculiar molecular and supramolecular structures (sometime porous) and functional (catalytic and sorption/desorption) properties.
Shie-Ming Peng (Taiwan, 1949) is Professor of Chemistry at National Taiwan University and Vice President at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Prof. Peng designed various new ligands, such as oligo-alfa-pyridylamines, to construct a unique class of metal strings using quadruple helix of the ligands. He has made the record long of such metal string with 17 metal ions in the string; this fundamental investigation on the extended multinuclear metal-metal multiple bonding is certainly a major break-through and much advanced beyond the world-renown dinuclear metal-metal multiple bonding started by Prof. Albert F. Cotton. Such achievement also leads to a new direction in the application of molecular metal wires to the nano-electronics. The metal strings may be envisaged as the macroscopic metal wire in miniature at the atomic scale, which provides the opportunity on the possible insight of electron flow through such nano-metal-wire. In collaboration with Prof. Chun-Hsien Chen, the metal strings could be chemisorbed between two gold gates, allowing the measurements for the single molecular conductance. Furthermore, the conductance may be fine-tuned by the choice of metal, oxidation state of metal, and length of metal strings. Recently generation of new metal string complexes by modulation of the naphthyridyl ligands has even demonstrated new novel properties, e.g. high conductance and asymmetric metal strings. Peng’s work on one-dimensional multinuclear complexes has been well-recognized worldwide as a novel contribution to science. The design and the success of these studies have demonstrated his unprecedented creativity and exceptional intellectual depth.
After undergraduate study at Cambridge, Robin Perutz investigated the structure of metal carbonyl fragments for his PhD under J. J. Turner for his PhD. In that period in Cambridge and Newcastle, he established the existence of one of the first ?-complexes, Cr(CO)5(CH4), and the first metal-Xe bond, Cr(CO)5Xe, by photochemical matrix isolation. After periods in Mulheim, Edinburgh and Oxford, he moved to York in 1983. Along the route, he broadened his interest to encompass many aspects of the reaction mechanisms, photochemistry, spectroscopy and synthesis of organo-transition metal and metal hydride complexes. His recent work includes C-F bond activation, halogen bonding and a return to metal alkane complexes. He is also committed to research into supramolecular photochemistry for solar energy conversion. He was awarded the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society in 2008 and the Franco-British Medal of the French Chemical Society in 2009. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy, in 2010.
Maurizio Peruzzini was born in Florence, Italy, in 1955. After his "Laurea" cum laude (University of Florence 1979, supervisors L. Sacconi and P. Stoppioni), he moved to the Italian National Research Council, CNR, in 1986, joining the team of C. Bianchini. He is currently Research Director at the same institution and, since February 2011, has been appointed as Director of ICCOM, a leading Institute of CNR in the fields of sustainable chemistry, catalysis and energy from renewable resources. Since 2006 he is also responsible for the CNR strategic project "Innovative products and processes for sustainable chemistry" which involves more than 100 researchers from 8 different CNR institutes around Italy. He was awarded the Nasini Gold Medal of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of Italian Chemical Society in 1993 in recognition of his contribution to the chemistry of nonclassical hydrides. He is currently Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of SCI. He has been visiting Professor in several institutions worldwide including the Fellowships of the John van Geuns Foundation (1996 and 2000) at the van't Hoff Institute of Chemistry, Amsterdam and of the Hans Vielberth Stiftung (2007) at the Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultat IV, Chemie und Pharmazie, University of Regensburg. In 2011 he has been awarded with the SCF French-Italian Prize. The Lectureship Prize has been awarded by the Societe Chimique de France in recognition of his scientific achievements in organometallic chemistry and his rich and sound relationships with the community of French chemists.
He has been the coordinator of several international and national projects and is responsible of the FIRENZE HYDROLAB project (an integrated laboratory on hydrogen as energy carrier).
His research interests are primarily in the field of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, white phosphorus activation, hydrogen storage materials and, recently, CCS techniques and CO2 valorization. He has authored about 300 papers and patents.
João Costa Pessoa received his PhD from Instituto Superior Tecnico, TU Lisbon, Portugal (1986) working on speciation of solutions of oxovanadium(IV) and amino acids. During the Ph D and later he took several research periods at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, with R. D. Gillard, mainly working on circular dichroism of solutions of vanadium complexes. Later I started working with complexes of Schiff bases and reduced Schiff bases, and the use of these systems as intermediates in the synthesis of several organic compounds, namely enantiomeric synthesis of amino acids, as well as in the design of molecules for therapeutic use. With the collaboration of T. Kiss (and others) I have been involved in the understanding of the transport of metal complexes in blood serum. With the collaboration of M. R. Maurya (and others) several homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic systems have been developed, based on transition metal complexes, namely for asymmetric synthesis. I have also often used spectroscopic techniques for the structural characterization of compounds, and determination of stereo-chemical features of organic compounds, metal complexes, peptides and proteins, as well as for the understanding of the interactions of small molecules with proteins and DNA. Other fields have been studies of speciation in solution using potentiometric and spectroscopic techniques and structural characterization of the species formed, and application of analytical techniques to characterize ancient objects (tiles, paintings), analysis of marine sediments, and contaminants in environmental and pharmaceutical samples.
Riccardo Pettinari is author and coauthor of 66 papers in international peer-review journals, including at least 3 high-level invited reviews, and more than 50 communications to international and national congresses and workshops. The research activity of Riccardo Pettinari has been mainly carried out in the field of coordination chemistry of N-, O and S-donor heterocycles, and/or of ancillary ligands as phosphines and diphosphines toward main groups, transition and rare earth metals and in the field of organometallic chemistry of Rh, Ir, Ru and Sn. In the last period much attention has been also directed to the preparation of new polyfuntional materials and MOFs by using secondary building units derived from previously developed molecular species as trimeric triangular copper(pyrazolate) synthons. The coordinating behavior of the following classes of ligands has been exhaustively investigated: pyrazoles, triazoles, imidazoles, triorganophosphines, diphosphines, pyrazolones, poly(azolyl)metallates, poly(azolyl)alkanes, poly(azolyl)acetates, poly(azolyl)borates, phenanthroline and pyridine derivatives. He also has developed a number of homo- and hetero-scorpionate molecules, useful ligands for the stabilization of metals in unusual oxidation state, or able to give unexpected coordination numbers, sometimes defined as “innocent ligands” suitable to block the metal coordinations sites, allowing the interaction of the metal center, toward fixed orientations, with small molecules relevant from the biological and industrial point of view. More recently he also developed the synthesis and characterization of new inorganic and organometallic compounds and materials with possible applications in the discovery of novel metal-based drugs against cancer, and the study of their mechanisms of biological action.
Antoni Pietrzykowski was born in Radom, Poland. Graduated at Warsaw University of Technology, PhD under the supervision of Professor Stanislaw Pasynkiewicz. Post-doctoral positions at University of Durham (group of Dr. Melvyn Kilner) and at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (group of Professor Peter L. Pauson). Habilitation (DSc) in 1993 at Warsaw University of Technology. Professor of Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology and Head of the Department of Catalysis and Organometallic Chemistry since 2000. Author and co-author over 60 papers, 5 patents over 100 presentations at scientific conferences. Member of the International Advisory Board of International Conferences on Organometallic Chemistry since 2000. Main scientific interest includes: organometallic chemistry of transition metals, mainly nickel, cobalt and palladium; organoaluminium chemistry; catalysis by organometallic complexes; synthesis and structure of organometallic compounds. Current research topics: reactions of nickelocene with organolithium and –magnesium compounds – synthesis and structure of cyclopentadienylnickel clusters; organonickel complexes as components of catalytic systems for polymerization of alkenes and alkynes; generation and oligomerization of carbenes by cyclopentadienylnickel complexes; organoaluminium compounds and alumoxanes as precursors of nanoparticles of aluminium oxide; group13 metal hydrides as components of composite propellants and hydrogen storage media.
Martin Prechtl studied chemistry at the University of Wuppertal (Germany) and at the University of Sao Paulo (USP - Brazil) as DAAD-fellow. After research at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung for Coal Research under guidance of Prof. W. Leitner and Prof. D. Milstein (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel), he obtained his Ph.D. from RWTH Aachen (Germany) in 2007. As Feodor-Lynen-Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, he performed research in Porto Alegre at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with Prof. J. Dupont (UFRGS, Brazil) and at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany) with Prof. T. Braun and Prof. E. Kemnitz from 2007-2010. He received the Scientist Returnee Award 2009 from the Ministry of Science of Northrhine Westfalia (MIWF-NRW, Germany; W2-level) and accepted a call to Cologne as independent research associate at the University of Cologne in 2010. The main interest of his research group at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry is multiphase catalysis with organometallic complexes and nanocatalysts for activation of small molecules and the development of hydrogen storage materials.
Erwin Reisner was born in 1979 in the foothills of the Alps in Upper Austria and studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria. During that time, he also worked in the group of Prof. A. M. Lobo and Prof. S. Prabhakar at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa as an Erasmus student. He performed PhD studies in the groups of Prof. B. K. Keppler in Vienna and Prof. A. J. Pombeiro and Prof. V. Yu. Kukushkin at the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Vienna in 2005 and subsequently worked as an Erwin Schrodinger postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) in the group of Prof. S. J. Lippard (2005-2007). In 2008, he took up a post as a Research Assistant with Prof. F. A. Armstrong FRS at the University of Oxford, UK, where he was also active as a College Lecturer (St. John's) in Inorganic Chemistry. After one year as an independent EPSRC Career Acceleration fellow at The University of Manchester, UK, he joined the University of Cambridge in October 2010 as a University Lecturer. He received his Habilitation from the University of Vienna in 2010 and became a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, in 2011.
Erwin Reisner works at the inorganic and biological chemistry interface with a focus on solar fuel research and the exploitation of redox enzymes and their synthetic models for the efficient conversion of abundant raw materials (in particular water and carbon dioxide) into alternative energy carriers (hydrogen and carbon-feedstocks). Recent work includes a hybrid enzyme-nanoparticle system that is capable of reducing protons to H2 (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 18457–18466, Chem. Commun., 2009, 550–552) at room temperature and pH 7 buffered solution. Recently, his group demonstrated that a molecular cobalt complex anchored on dye-sensitized TiO2 generates H2 gas during visible light irradiation from pH neutral buffered solution (Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 1695–1697).
João Rodrigues received his PhD degree (1999) in Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Lisbon. He was appointed Assistant Professor at University of Madeira, Madeira Island, Portugal, in 1999, teaching general chemistry, inorganic/organometallic chemistry, nanochemistry and nanomaterials. He is the head of the Molecular Materials Research Group (MMRG) since 2001 and the Scientific Director of the Centro de Quimica da Madeira since 2006. His scientific work has been mainly devoted to the combination of methodologies of organometallic chemistry with those of coordination chemistry to prepare and characterize potential useful molecular materials, namely dendrimers, molecular wires, polymers, polymeric metal-containing systems and nanoparticles, having in view their potential use as electronic and/or biomedical nanomaterials. Presently, he is working mainly in the following research areas:
- Synthesis and study of new metallodendrimers for electronic and/or biomedical applications.
- Novel polarised molecular wires based on transition metal complexes.
- Modification of dendrimers for gene transfection and drug release.
- Synthesis and characterization of hydrogels and hybrid hydrogels for biomedical applications. He serves as reviewer of Carbon, Dalton Transactions, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Journal of Inorganic & Organometallic Polymers & Materials and Journal of Materials Chemistry.
Carlos C. Romão has a forty-years long career in organometallic chemistry and catalysis. Since 1998 he is full professor of Chemistry at the Institute for Chemical and Biological Technology of the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) (ITQB/UNL). From catalysis, his work turned to the then emerging area of bio-organometallic chemistry in the early years 2000. In this new area, the challenge to create molecules capable of delivering CO to treat a variety of diseases became an obvious choice due to the close relationship between CO and organometallic chemistry. To carry this endeavor forward he co-founded Alfama Inc, a start-up company operating in Oeiras (Portugal) and in Boston (USA) where he directs the chemistry program. Alfama rapidly obtained the dominant position in the field of therapeutic delivery of CO with CO-RMs where it possesses all known IP. He has co-authored 170 peer reviewed scientific papers and 15 patents.
Antonio Romerosa was born in Granada (Spain) in 1964. He graduated in 1987 (University of Granada) and received his PhD (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) in January 1992. In the same year he undertook a postdoctoral research at the former ISSECC CNR, now ICCOM CNR, (Florence, Italy), before becoming Lecture Professor (1997) and finally Full Professor (2009) at the University of Almeria (Spain). His research interests range over homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry in water, phosphorus chemistry, photo-inorganic-chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and natural stones. He has authored of more than 100 international refereed papers, 10 Spanish and international patents and made more than 170 presentations at national and international meetings.
Beatriz Royo graduated in Chemistry from University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid. She received her PhD from University of Sussex (1992) working on the field of main group chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Michael F. Lappert. In 1993 she moved to University of Alcala as an Assistant (1993) and Researcher Professor (1994-1997). Her research was related to the development of early transtion metal complexes for olefin polymerization. Four years later, she joined the group of Prof. Carlos C. Romao at the research institute of Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB) in Portugal, where she worked on low- and high-valent metal complexes of molybdenum and rhenium. In 2004, she became group leader of the Homogeneous Catalysis group at ITQB. Her main research interest is in the field of organometallic chemistry, with emphasis on the synthesis and study of the reactivity and catalytic applications of transition metal complexes. Recent work includes the use of high-valent metal oxo species as catalysts for the reduction of a variety of functional groups using hydrogen and silanes as reducing agents. In collaboration with Prof. E. Peris, she developed the synthesis of cyclopentadienyl-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene complexes with metals ranging from early to late transition, and studied their application in the functionalization of organic molecules.
Isabel Santos is graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she has also received her PhD and Aggregation in Chemistry. She has done Post-Doctoral studies in the Professor Henri Kagan Group, Laboratoire de Catalyse Moleculaire, Universite Paris-Sud, France and has been as an invited Professor at the University of Bourgogne. Her main activity has been on the synthesis and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic complexes of f-and d- elements anchored by poly(azolyl)borates as well as on the chemistry and radiochemistry of metal-based complexes for in vitro and in vivo biological applications. In January 2000, she has been appointed as leader of the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Group at the Nuclear and Technological Institute. In this multidisciplinary group, Isabel Santos and co-workers are interested in making innovative tools for single photon emission (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging and targeted radiotherapy. These tools are designed to target specifically biomarkers related with cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. She is Invited Professor at the University of Lisbon, and has (co)authored about 180 scientific publications.
Elena Shubina graduated from the Chemistry Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1974. She received her Ph.D. at Moscow State University (1982) and D.Sc. degree at INEOS RAS (1997), Professor of Chemistry from 2006. Now she is a Head of Laboratory of Metal hydrides of A.N.Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences. Fields of her research interest are physical organoelement chemistry; molecular spectroscopy; non-covalent interactions involving metal complexes, transition metal and main group element hydrides; supramolecular compositions. Novel types of hydrogen bonding in organometallic chemistry; mechanisms of reactions involving migration of hydrogen ions (proton transfer, hydride transfer); formation and reactivity of dihydrogen complexes. As a result of her scientific activity three new types of intermolecular hydrogen bonds typical for organometallic compounds have been comprehensively explored: to transition metal atom as proton acceptor, to hydride ligand as proton acceptor and with hydride ligand as proton donor. Approaches to mechanistic studies of proton transfer reactions of transition metal and main group element hydrides have been developed. Their application allowed showing a guiding role of various unusual hydrogen bonds that determine the proton transfer pathway and the reaction selectivity. Relationship between the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of each reaction step and peculiarities of potential energy profiles have been deduced.
She has published over 150 research papers, reviews and book chapter.
She was Plenary, Invited or Keynote lecturer at European and International Conferences on Organometallic, coordination and boron chemistry; Lecturer in Universities of Germany, India, Japan, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy in 1995-2010. She was Visiting Professor at Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon in 2001–2004. She is member of organizing committees for International Conferences on organometallic and coordination chemistry held in Russia and a member of EuCheMS Division on Organometallic Chemistry.
Mário M. Q. Simões was born at Coimbra in 1965 and obtained his PhD degree in 2001 at the University of Aveiro under the guidance of Professor Jose A. S. Cavaleiro and Professor Ana M. V. Cavaleiro. He joined the University of Aveiro in 1992, after working at Hovione - Sociedade Quimica, during a short period (1990-1992). His scientific activity is centred on organic chemistry and catalysis areas. The main research interests are related to oxidative transformations of organic compounds catalysed by metalloporphyrins, metallochlorins, polyoxometallates or phosphates and phosphonates, both under homogeneous and heterogeneous conditions. He is currently an Organic Chemistry Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Aveiro and co author of 40 scientific publications, 30 oral communications and more than 100 poster presentations.
Birth: 1955, Fukuoka city, Japan
Education: Tokyo University (1978); Tokyo University, Master course (1980); Tokyo University, Ph.D. course (1983)
Academic: Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University (1983-1990); Postdoctorate at Purdue University, USA (1984-1986); Associate Professor, Institute for Molecular Science (1991-1995); Professor, Hokkaido University (1995-present); President Assistant, Hokkaido University (2001-2002); Director, Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University (2002-2006)
Awards and Honor: Progress Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (1993); Visiting Professor at Alcala University (Spain) (1995); Divisional Award (Organic Chemistry) of Chemical Society of Japan (1998); Project Leader, CREST (Special Research Program of JST, Japan) (1998-2003); Guest Professor at Peking University (China) (2000-2002); Guest Professor at Petroleum University (Beijing) (China) (2001-2004); Guest Professor at Tsinghua University (China) (2002-2005); Project Leader, SORST (Special Research Program of JST, Japan) (2003-2008); Advisory Professor, East China Normal University(China) (2004); Guest Professor at Inner Mongolia University of Technology (China) (2005); Guest Professor, National Taipei Institute of Technology (Taiwan); Guest Professor at Renmin University (China) (2006); Guest Professor at Zhenzhou University (China) (2007); Member of "Science Council of Japan" (2006-2008); Program Officer, Research Center for Science System, Japan Society for the Promotion and Science (JSPS) (2006-2009); Member of "Science Council of Japan" (2011-).
Research Area: (1) Highly selective organic synthesis; (2) Development of Novel Reactions using organometallic Compounds; (3) Carbon-carbon bond cleavage reaction; (4) Organic Materials
Received PhD (1981) in chemistry at the University of Wroclaw under supervision of prof. J.J. Ziolkowski. Post-doctoral fellow in the group of prof. W. Keim at the RWTH Aachen. Habilitation (D.Sc.) in inorganic chemistry at the University of Wroclaw (1991). Since 1995 professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Wroclaw, full professor since 2006.
The research interest includes coordination and organometallic chemistry, homogeneous and heterogenized metal complex catalysis, nanocatalysis. Mechanistic studies of hydroformylation. Palladium catalyzed C-C cross-coupling and carbonylation reactions. Polymerization of phenylacetylene. Author of 120 papers and 130 presentations at international conferences.
Member of International Advisory Board of International Symposium of Homogeneous Catalysis and member of EuCheMS Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of American Chemical Society.
Leader of Metal Complex Catalysis Research Group at the Faculty of Chemistry University of Wroclaw and head of Inorganic Chemistry Department.
Graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Leningrad University in 1973. Ph.D. (1977) and D.Sc. degree (2006) were obtained from St. Petersburg State University. Now a Professor of Chemistry at Inorganic Chemistry Department of St. Petersburg State University and vice-rector of the School of Natural Sciences.
Experience includes postdoctoral work at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian branch of Soviet Academy of Sciences with Prof. Sergey Gubin, joint research in the chemistry of transition metal clusters with Prof. A. J. Po¸ (University of Toronto, Canada), Prof. B. T. Heaton (University of Liverpool, UK) and in coordination chemistry of Cu(I), Au(I) luminescent complexes with Prof. A. Laguna (University of Zaragoza, Spain). Author of more than 90 research papers, reviews and chapters in books. Lecturer in the Universities of Canada, Finland, Japan, Poland, Sweden, UK and USA in 1997-2011.
Fields of activity broadly encompass organometallic and coordination chemistry with particular interest to the synthesis of transition metal clusters, study of their structure in solid state using X-ray crystallography and in solution with multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. Current research interests are mainly focused on the synthesis of polynuclear heterometallic complexes of copper subgroup, investigation of their luminescence and nonlinear optical properties and application of these compounds in bioimaging and electroluminescence.
Marc Visseaux received the degree of "Docteur de l'Universite de Dijon" (Burgundy, France) in 1992, under the supervision of Dr D. Barbier-Baudry. After a position of Maitre de Conferences in Dijon, he obtained his "Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches" in 2000. He was appointed full Professor in 2003 at the University of Science and Technology of Lille (USTL) in the group of A. Mortreux. Marc Visseaux is since 2005 head of the Polymerization Catalysis Team of UCCS (Unite de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, UMR 8181 CNRS). During his scientific career, Marc Visseaux moved from fundamental organometallic chemistry of the rare earths at the very beginning, to applications in polymerization catalysis, and finally today to the elaboration of specialty polymers by means of molecular catalysis. His fields of interest include organometallic chemistry of the lanthanides, synthesis of tailor-made coordination rare-earths catalysts, mechanistic investigations including theoretical aspects, Ziegler-Natta type polymerization catalysis, Ring Opening Polymerization with low valent f-element initiators. Marc Visseaux spent a sabbatical period in 2009 as an Invited Professor in Polly L. Arnold's group in Edinburgh. The team of Lille is leader in the development of new concepts in Polymerization Catalysis with special emphasis on Coordinative Chain Transfer Polymerization and copolymerization.
Hong Yan (born in 1965) received her B.Sc (1987) and M.Sc (1990) degrees from the University of Inner Mongolia, and Ph.D degree (1993) from Nanjing University, China. After that she spent two years in the State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing University as a lecturer, and then she did postdoctoral work at University of Neuchatel, Switzerland with Prof. Georg Suss-Fink (1996-1997), University of Bayreuth, Germany with Max Herberhold (1997-2000) and University of Notre Dame, USA with Prof. Thomas P. Fehlner (2000-2004). In 2005 she joined Nanova Inc.in Pennsylvania. In September 2005, she moved to China and took a position of professorship at Nanjing University. Her current research interest focuses in the field of boron related organometallic chemistry, involving metal-induced B-H and C-H activation. Professor Yan has co-authored 80 publications and received the China National Funds for Distinguished Young Investigators from the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2009.
Piero Zanello is full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Siena since 1994. Since 1987 he is fellow of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society and he has been member of the Management Committee of the same Division in the triennium 2006-2008. He is member of the management of the inter-university Consortium "Research in Chemistry of Metals in Biological Systems" (CIRCMSB) since its foundation (1992). He is fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2007. Since about 35 years he has been engaged in the determination of the redox properties of organometallic and coordination compounds through the use of electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques. During this period he collaborated with many Italian and foreign research groups, facing often with recent topics in Inorganic Chemistry. The main research interests are concerned with the study of the electron-transfer ability of metal clusters, sandwich complexes and metal complexes containing redox-active ligands. In occasion of his 65° birthday, the journal Inorganica Chimica Acta devoted him a special volume of the series "Protagonists in Chemistry". In the same occasion, the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry also devoted him a special volume (issue 12, volume 11, 2007). He has been often invited to give lectures in both italian and foreign universities. He regularly acts as reviewer for European and American scientific journals. He is author/coauthor of about 370 scientific papers.
Yong-Gui Zhou was born in 1970 in Hubei, China, received a B.S. degree from Huaibei Coal Industrial Teachers' College in 1993 and earned his Ph.D. from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1999, working under the direction of Profs. Li-Xin Dai and Xue-Long Hou.. He joined Xumu Zhang's group at the Pennsylvania State University as a postdoctoral fellow that same year, and in 2002 he began his independent research career at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where currently he is Professor of Organic Chemistry. His research interests include the development of catalytic asymmetric reactions, mechanistic elucidation, and asymmetric synthesis. During the past decade, three kinds of activation strategies have been successfully developed for asymmetric hydrogenation of heteroatomatics. With iodine as activator for the iridium catalyst, the asymmetric hydrogenation of quinolines, isoquinolines and activated pyridines was realized. Subsequently, with Bronsted acids and chloroformates as substrate activator, the asymmetric hydrogenation of quinolines, isoquinolines, simple indoles, pyridines, and pyrroles was achieved. Using transition metal/ Bronsted acid relay catalytic system, the asymmetric reduction of quinoxalines was also developed. He has authored over 80 publications and holds over 15 patents, and received the Thieme Synthesis/Synlett Journals Award 2006.
Richard D. Adams received a B. S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1969 and a Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 for research performed under the direction of F. A. Cotton. He was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo, 1973-75 and Assistant and Associate Professor at Yale University, 1975-84. In 1984 he moved to the University of South Carolina as Professor of Chemistry. In 1995 he was appointed as the Arthur S. Williams Professor of Chemistry, and in 2006 he was appointed Carolina Distinguished Professor. He is the recipient of a number of national and regional awards including the 1999 National Award for Inorganic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society; the Charles H. Herty Medal of the Georgia section of the American Chemical Society; the Charles H. Stone award of the Carolina-Piedmont section of the American Chemical Society, and a Pioneer award from the American Institute of Chemists. He has received a Senior Scientist award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and was selected as a visiting professor for the Institut Universitaire de France in 2000. He has also received the Outstanding South Carolina Chemist award by the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, 2001; the Southern Chemist Award from Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society, 2001, and the South Carolina Governor's Award for Excellence in Science, 2003. He received the Henry J. Albert Award of the International Precious Metals Institute in 2005. He received the 2010 National Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and the 2011 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Southeastern Universities Research Association. He is the American Regional Editor for the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry and a coeditor of the Journal of Cluster Science. He coeditor and coauthor of two texts, "The Chemistry of Metal Cluster Complexes, 1990" with Du Shriver and Herb Kaesz and "Catalysis by Di- and Polynuclear Metal Cluster Complexes, 1998" with F. A. Cotton. His research interests lie in the synthesis, structures and catalytic properties of metal carbonyl cluster complexes and bimetallic nanoparticles. He is the author/coauthor of over 500 original research publications.
Michael Bruce received his introduction to organometallics from the late Dr Luigi Venanzi during his time in Oxford. After a period when he carried out some early investigations into natural and synthetic cell-division inducers (CSIRO Canberra, Australia, 1962-1964), he completed Ph.D. studies with the late Professor F. Gordon A. Stone, Bristol 1965-1967. This work involved reactions of carbonyl-metal anions (mainly with fluorocarbons) and later he discovered an efficient synthesis of ruthenium carbonyl. He then became Junior Fellow and later Lecturer, Inorganic Chemistry, University of Bristol 1967-1973. He was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Adelaide 1973-1982, then Angas Professor of Chemistry 1982-2008, now Emeritus. He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences 1989 and the David Craig medal from the Academy in 2003. He has also received the H.G. Smith and Burrows Awards (RACI). One major interest has been the chemistry of metal cluster complexes, particularly those derived from Ru3(CO)12. His group developed electron-transfer catalysis as a route to substituted Ru cluster carbonyls, allowing detailed investigation into fragmentation of ligands on Ru clusters. In turn this allowed synthesis and chemistry of cluster-bound C2 and C4 ligands on Ru clusters derived from from PPh2(CC)xPPh2 (x = 1, 2), together with studies of other small molecules on open Ru5 clusters. This work evolved into a more general interest in complexes containing carbon-rich ligands by way of another major interest in the chemistry of unsaturated carbene complexes (vinylidene, allenylidene, etc., particularly with Ru, Os). These studies led to work on the chemistry of alkynyl- and poly-ynyl-metal complexes, culminating in syntheses compounds containing carbon chains (C1-C26) linking redox-active metal centres via the gold(I)-based analogue of the Sonogashira reaction. He has had a fruitful collaboration with organometallic groups at the Universite de Rennes 1 (Halet, Lapinte) over more than a decade, and was honoured by the award of the degree of Dr h.c. from that university in 2005. Other early studies include the application of mass spectrometry (EI, FAB) to organometallic compounds, reactions of unsaturated cyanocarbons with alkynyl- and polyynyl-metal complexes, cyclometalation reactions and the chemistry of the C5(CO2Me)5 ligand.
Bob Crabtree, educated at New College, Oxford with Malcolm Green, did his Ph.D. with Joseph Chatt at Sussex and spent four years in Paris with Hugh Felkin at the CNRS, Gif. At Yale since 1977, he is now Whitehead Professor. He has been ACS and RSC organometallic chemistry awardee, Baylor Medallist, Mond lecturer, Kosolapoff awardee, Stauffer Lecturer, has chaired the ACS Inorganic Division and is the author of an organometallic textbook. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Early work on catalytic alkane C-H activation and functionalization was followed by work on H2 complexes, and dihydrogen bonding. His recent interests include catalysis for green and energy chemistry, such as the 'blue layer' water oxidation catalyst. His homogeneous hydrogenation catalyst is widely used.
Following his undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland with Warren Roper, Tony Hill completed his doctorate under the supervision of Max Herberhold at the University of Bayreuth in 1986. After a two-year appointment as a post-doctoral research associate with Gordon Stone in Bristol, he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Warwick before moving to Imperial College, London, as a Lecturer, Reader, Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow and eventually Professor of Synthetic Chemistry. With the retirement of Martin Bennett, he moved to the Canberra in 2001 to take up the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Australian National University (Research School of Chemistry). Along with Mark Fink, he is Editor of the Elsevier series Advances in Organometallic Chemistry, founded by Gordon Stone and Bob West 50 years ago.
The overall focus of his research (if there is one) is the synthesis of new sorts of compounds that might show unusual bonding or reactivity, whether they involve main-group or transition metal elements, driven by curiosity more than immediate applications. More specifically, ongoing themes include metal-carbon multiple bonding, and unusual metal-boron interactions, e.g., metal-boron dative bonding, organoselenium chemistry, cluster chemistry and the chemistry of mono- and polycarbido bridged bi- and polymetallics.
Tony Hill has served on the ICOMC International Advisory Board since 2007 and looks forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world to Melbourne for ICOMC-XXVII in 2016.
Judith A K Howard CBE FRS was a DPhil student at Oxford carrying out neutron studies of biological molecules with Nobel laureate Professor Dorothy Hodgkin OM. Internationally-recognised research in Bristol (1969-91) in the Department of F Gordon A Stone, preceded appointment to the foundation chair of Structural Chemistry and first female Professor of Chemistry at Durham (1991). She became the first woman president of the BCA in 1992 and the first woman to head a five-star chemistry department at a UK university in 2006. Her work has been recognized by the award of a CBE (1996), her election as FRS (2002), and Honorary Doctorate degrees (OU 1998, Bristol 2004, Bath 2005). She was appointed as a Royal Society Vice-President (2004-5), currently serving a second term on the Royal Society Council (2011-13) and has served on many national and international scientific and educational committees and working groups.
Gerard van Koten (born 1942) is Professor of Organic Chemistry and Catalysis at the Debye Institute of the Utrecht University (since 1986). He studied at Utrecht University (Master of Science 1967). In 1967 he joined the Institute for Organic Chemistry, TNO as a permanent staff member and obtained his PhD (1974; Summa Cum Laude) from the Utrecht University (Prof. Dr. G.J.H. van der Kerk). In 1977 he moved to the University of Amsterdam (Inorganic Chemistry) where he was appointed professor (personal chair) in Organometallic Chemistry. In 1986 he moved to Utrecht University were he occupied the Chair of Organic Chemistry and Catalysis. February 2004 (to 2012) he was appointed Distinguished University Professor of the Utrecht University. He retired 6 September 2007 and was appointed Honorary University Professor. In October 2007 he was appointed Part Time Distinguished Research Professor of the University of Cardiff (UK) (2007-2010) and Honorary Distinguished Professor (2011- 2015).
His research interests comprise the study of fundamental processes in organometallic chemistry, the application of organometallic complexes as catalysts for homogeneous catalysis, in particular for fine-chemical synthesis, and as materials with special physicochemical properties (molecular wires and switches). He is well known for his ground breaking fundamental and applied research on XCX-pincer metal complexes that is a field of research he started with the finding of the first examples of metal-mediated, reversible C-C bond cleavage reactions in 1978. The preparation and use of the first examples of homogeneous metallodendrimer catalysts demonstrate his interest for supramolecular systems with (organometallic) catalytically active functionalities. Recent developments involve the introduction of the XCX-pincer metal units in polypeptide chains, carbohydrates and in the active site of serine hydrolases. Furthermore, systems are under development for cascade catalysis that is connected to his current interest in the development of sustainable (green) chemistry and of XCX-pincer ruthenium complexes for applications in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.
Ian Manners was born in London, England and after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, England in 1985 in the area of transition metal chemistry he conducted postdoctoral work in Germany in main group chemistry and in the USA on polymeric materials. He joined the University of Toronto, Canada in 1990 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, to Full Professor in 1995, and was awarded a Canada Research Chair in 2001. In 2006 he returned to Bristol to take up a Chair in Inorganic, Macromolecular, and Materials Chemistry. His return to the UK was supported by the award of a Marie Curie Chair from the European Union and a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society.
Ian's research interests focus on the development of new synthetic reactions in inorganic chemistry and their subsequent applications in areas such as polymer and materials science, self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry, and nanoscience. He is an author of over 540 publications and holds or coholds 11 patents and has given over 350 invited, keynote and plenary lectures worldwide. He has received a range of awards and these include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship from the USA (1994-98) and a Corday-Morgan Medal (1997), the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Main Group Chemistry (2005), a Tilden Award (2008), and The Macro Group UK Award from the UK (2010). He has also received the Alcan Award in Inorganic Chemistry (1999), and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award (2002) from Canada. He was awarded the Steacie Prize (2000), which is given to a single person per year in all areas of science and engineering under the age of 40. He was elected to the Canadian National Academy of Science (Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, FRSC) in 2001 and the British National Academy of Science (Fellowship of the Royal Society, FRS) in 2011. He is also a recent recipient (in 2010) of a 5 year European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2011).
Professor Herbert W. Roesky was born in 1935 in Laukischken. He obtained his doctorate degree in 1963 from Goettingen University Germany. After one year of postdoctoral work at DuPont in Wilmington, DE, he made his habilitation at the University of Goettingen. In 1971 he became full professor in Frankfurt/Main. In 1980 he was appointed as full professor and director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Goettingen. He devotes his time to both scientific research and popularizing chemistry. He is primarily known for his pioneering work on fluorides of both main group and transition metals. He has been a Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Kyoto University, etc. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences at Goettingen, the New York Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Academie des Sciences in Paris, and the Academia Europaea in London. He served as the Vice President of the German Chemical Society during 1995, and six years as the President of the Academy of Sciences of Goettingen.
Thomas Strassner studied chemistry at the FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg and obtained his PhD with P.v.R. Schleyer in 1994. After a lectureship at the TU Dresden (1995/96) he was a postdoctoral research associate with Ken Houk at the University of California, Los Angeles (1997/98). From 1998-2002 he worked on his habilitation in the chair of W.A. Herrmann at the TU Munich. He was appointed as a tenured Associate Professor at the TU Dresden in 2004. Research in his group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry, in particular the synthesis and structures of late–transition metal NHC complexes. Topics include research on catalytic CC coupling reactions and on the activation and functionalization of C-H (alkanes like methane or propane) and Si-H bonds (hydrosilylation). His recent interests include catalysis in new ionic liquids and the photophysical properties of metal-organic complexes for use in OLEDs. Computational methods are employed to understand the electronic structure and reactivity of the metal-organic compounds as well as the reaction mechanisms involved in catalytic reactions.
Kazuyuki Tatsumi received his Ph.D. from Osaka University in 1976. He was a postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M 1977-1979 and at Cornell University 1979-1982. Assistant Professor 1982-1991 and Associate Professor 1991-1994 at Osaka University and Professor at Nagoya University 1994 to present. Visiting Professor: University of Helsinki 1985, EPFL Switzerland 1987, University of Heidelberg Germany 2005.
Awards; Inoue Prize for Science 1998, Humboldt Award 2004, The Chemical Society Award 2006, Honorary Doctorate of University of Munster 2011, Seibold Prize DFG 2011.
He is currently Vice-President (President-elect) of IUPAC.
Andrew Weller is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Magdalen College. He moved to Oxford in 2007, after starting his independent career at Bath in 1999 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer, being promoted to Reader in 2004. This followed on from postdoctoral positions (Notre Dame USA, Thomas Fehlner; Heriot-Watt, UK, Alan Welch), PhD (Bristol, UK John Jeffery) and his first degree (Warwick, UK). Research in the Weller group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry, and in particular the generation and stabilization of late–transition metal complexes with a low coordination number which are "operationally unsaturated". Through this he made contributions to topics related to catalysis (e.g. the role of weakly coordinating anions and hemi-labile ligands in stabilizing reactive metal centers in catalysis); C-H, B-H and C-C sigma complexes and subsequent activation; the development of active, selective and robust catalysts for the hydroacylation reaction; the synthesis of new B–N containing materials via catalysis; and the self-assembly of metal fragments to form novel clusters that themselves are unsaturated and show promise as models for hydrogen on metal surfaces, new hydrogen storage devices and reactivity with small molecules. Research themes broadly encompass organometallic, inorganic chemistry and catalysis. He was the recipient of the inaugural Dalton Transactions European Lectureship award 2008.
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