Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Lidia Armelao

Lidia Armelao has obtained the master degree in Chemistry and the Ph.D in Chemical Sciences from the University of Padova, Italy. She was post-doc fellow in Paris, UPMC (1995) and visiting scientist in Canada, University of Western Ontario (2005 – 2008, 2011). She has been Research Executive of the National Research Council and since 2016 is full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Padova. She is Director of the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy of the National Research Council of Italy and titular member of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The scientific activity concerns the area of inorganic chemistry with focus on innovative metallo-supramolecular architectures and advanced nanostructured materials. She was awarded with the EniChem Thesis Prize. Publications include over 200 papers on peer reviewed international journals and over 30 invited lectures at international conferences.

Prof. Holger Braunschweig is Chair and Head of Inorganic Chemistry at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, where is also member of the Senate and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron (ICB). Braunschweig’s research in the field of boron and main group chemistry has been published in over 500 publications. In 2009 Braunschweig was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz award of the DFG – the highest German-based research prize. He is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, and has received the Royal Society of Chemistry Main Group Chemistry Award and the Alfred Stock Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society. He has been awarded two sequential Advanced Grants by the European Research Council, in addition to a prestigious Reinhart Koselleck Grant from the DFG in 2018.

Angela Casini is Chair of Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry at Cardiff University (UK) since 2015. She completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Florence (Italy) in 2004, and, afterwards, moved to EPFL (Switzerland) funded by the SNSF. Between 2011-2015 she was assistant professor at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), holding a Rosalind Franklin Fellowship. She was awarded the 2012 European Medal for Biological Inorganic Chemistry and, in 2014, she has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s most influential scientific minds” in the field of Pharmacology. Since 2016 she is also Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the Technical University of Munich. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Burghausen Chemistry Diamond award. Her research concerns the application of metal-based compounds and supramolecular coordination complexes in medicine, chemical biology and drug delivery. In these fields, she is author of more than 200 publications

Yaofeng Chen received his PhD from Zhejiang University in 1999. After that, he did postdoctoral studies in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (1999-2002), University of Montreal (2002-2003) and University of California, Santa Barbara (2003-2005). Since 2006, he was a research professor at the State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received the Chinese National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2013.
His research interests lie in the synthesis and reactivity of transition-metal complexes, especially the organometallic complexes of rare-earth metal. Now, his group is working on the rare-earth metal complexes bearing multiply-bonded main-group ligands. His group has synthesized and structural characterized the first rare-earth metal terminal imido complex-a scandium terminal imido complex, and revealed the rich reactivity of such complex.

Yaofeng Chen

Prof. Christophe Copéret (CCH) was trained in chemistry and chemical engineering in CPE Lyon (France) and then undertook a PhD in chemistry with Prof. E.i. Negishi (Purdue University, USA – 1991-1996), where he studied the synthesis of complex molecules via Pd-catalyzed carbonylation reactions (Prof. E.i. Negishi – 1991-1996). After a postdoctoral stay with Prof. K.B. Sharpless (Scripps – 1996-1997), where he worked on oxidation, CCH was offered a research position at CNRS in 1998 and was promoted CNRS Research Director in 2008. Since 2010, CCH is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich. His scientific interest lies at the frontiers of molecular, material and surface chemistry as well as NMR spectroscopy with the aims to design functional materials with applications in catalysis (sustainable chemistry and energy), molecular recognition, imaging and microelectronics.

Debbie C. Crans is a Professor of Inorganic, Organic and Biological Chemistry and of the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Colorado State University. She did undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Harvard University and postdoctoral studies at the Molecular Biology Institute at University of California, Los Angeles. In 2022 she will chair the International Coordination Chemistry Conference (ICCC-45) in Colorado. She is on the executive board of the Inorganic Division of the American Chemical Society. She is associate editor of the New Journal of Chemistry and of Coordination Chemistry Reviews. She has been honored with the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry in 2019. Her research interests are in the areas of metals in medicine,conformational analysis, electron transfer processes at membranes, model membrane systems, micelles and reverse micelles, and spectroscopy.

Debbie C. Crans

Makoto Fujita

Makoto Fujita is Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He received his Ph. D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1987. In 2018, he was appointed as Distinguished Professor at Institute for Molecular Science at Okazaki. His research interests include: (1) Coordination Self-Assembly: Construction of nano-scale discrete frameworks by transition-metal ions induced self-assembly. (2) Molecular Confinement Effects: Developing/creating new properties and new reactions in the confined cavities of self-assembled coordination cages. (3) Crystalline Sponge Method: Single-crystal-to-single-crystal guest exchange in the pores of coordination networks.
Selected Awards he has received are: Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2018; Naito Foundation Merit Award, 2017; Medal with Purple Ribbon, 2014; Fred Basolo Medal (ACS), 2014; Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2013; The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Award, 2013; Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry Award, 2010.

Gilles Gasser was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. After a PhD thesis in supramolecular chemistry with Helen Stoeckli-Evans (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), Gilles undertook two post-docs, first with the late Leone Spiccia (Monash University, Australia) in bioinorganic chemistry and then as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow with Nils Metzler Nolte (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) in bioorganometallic chemistry. In 2010, Gilles started his independent career at the University of Zurich as a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Ambizione Fellow before obtaining a SNSF Assistant Professorship in 2011. In 2016, Gilles moved to Chimie ParisTech, PSL University (Paris, France) to take a PSL Chair of Excellence. Gilles was the recipient of several awards including the Alfred Werner Award from the Swiss Chemical Society, an ERC Consolidator Grant, the Jucker Award for his contribution to cancer research and recently the European BioInorganic Chemistry (EuroBIC) medal.

Gilles Gasser

Karen Goldberg is the Vagelos Professor of Energy Research at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the inaugural Director of the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology. She received her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1995-2017, she was a faculty member at the University of Washington and from 2007-18 served as Director of the US National Science Foundation funded Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC). Her research is focused on the development of new catalytic systems to efficiently produce chemicals and fuels from a range of available feedstocks. Goldberg is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2015, she received the Carol Tyler Award from the International Precious Metal Institute and in 2016, the ACS Award for Organometallic Chemistry.

Steve studied at the University of Oxford (MChem, Prof. Sir Jack Baldwin) and Imperial College (PhD, Prof. Tony Barrett) where he focused on natural product synthesis, before moving to Edinburgh (PDRA, Prof. David Leigh) to apply his synthetic skills to interlocked molecules and molecular machines. In 2008 Steve took up his first independent research position at Queen Mary, University of London, first as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow and then as a Royal Society Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer. In 2014 he moved to the University of Southampton where he is now Professor of Chemistry. Steve works with an outstanding group of young scientists demonstrating new applications of interlocked molecules in a range of areas including catalysis, materials, sensing and chemical biology. The Goldup Group are particularly interested in the applications of new forms of stereochemistry associated with the mechanical bond.

Christian Hartinger studied chemistry at the University of Vienna and received his PhD there in 2001 under B. K. Keppler. He was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow with P. J. Dyson at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) from 2006 to 2008, did his habilitation at the University of Vienna in 2009 and accepted an Associate Professorship at the University of Auckland in 2011 where he was promoted Professor in 2015. His research focuses on the development of metal-based anticancer agents and of analytical methods to characterize their behavior in presence of biomolecules. He has published more than 185 original papers and reviews (h-index 57, > 10,600 citations). His work earned him several awards including the 2011 Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize, the 2016 Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Award, the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Chemical Science Prize and the 2017 Hill Tinsley Medal by the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

Fahmi Himo did his undergraduate studies in physics at Stockholm University (1992-1995), where he also received his Ph.D. degree in 2000 (with Leif Eriksson and Per Siegbahn). He then received a special postdoctoral grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundations, whereby he spent two years at the Scripps Research Institute (with Louis Noodleman) and three years back in Sweden at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). 2005-2009 he was assistant professor at KTH before he moved to his current position as professor in quantum chemistry at Stockholm University. His work is concerned with quantum chemical modeling of both homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis.

Kimoon Kim studied chemistry at Seoul National University (BS, 1976), KAIST (MS, 1978), and Stanford University (PhD, 1986). After two years postdoctoral work at Northwestern University he started his own academic career at Department of Chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in 1988 where he is now Distinguished University Professor. Since 2012, he has also been director of the Center for Self-assembly and Complexity (CSC), Institute for Basic Science (IBS). His current research focuses on developing novel functional materials and devices based on supramolecular chemistry. His work has been recognized by a number of awards including Izatt-Christensen Award (2012).

Jing Li is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, USA. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University under the guidance of Professor Roald Hoffmann. After two years of postdoctoral work with Professor Francis J. DiSalvo (Cornell University), she joined the chemistry faculty at Rutgers in 1991 as Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, to Full Professor in 1999, and to Distinguished Professor in 2006. Her research focuses on the development of functional materials that are both fundamentally important and potentially useful for clean and renewable energy applications. She has published 330+ research articles, book chapters, invited reviews and highlights. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Crystal Growth & Design. She is an elected fellow of the AAAS and a fellow of RSC. Her recent honors include a DOE C3E Award for women and a Humboldt Research Award.

Jing Li

Prof. Juewen Liu (Ph.D.) received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. After postdoctoral research at Sandia National Labs and the University of New Mexico, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in 2009. He is currently a full professor there and holds a University Research Chair position. He received a Fred Beamish Award (2014) and a W.A.E. McBryde Medal (2018) from the Canadian Society for Chemistry for his contribution in bioanalytical chemistry, and an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2011. He serves as an Associate Editor for Analytical Methods (an RSC journal), and is on the editorial advisory board of Langmuir. He is interested in metal-dependent DNAzymes, biointerface science, and nanozymes. Since 2002, he has published over 240 papers, receiving over 18,000 citations with an H-index of 61. He is also a co-inventor of 15 patents.

Jeffrey R. Long is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and a Senior Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He served as Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in 2012 and as a founding Associate Editor of the journal Chemical Science, and he is presently Director of the Center for Gas Separations. In 2014, he co-founded Mosaic Materials, Inc., a company devoted to the development of metal-organic frameworks for low-energy gas separations. His 300 publications have received more than 54,000 citations, and his recent awards include the 2019 American Chemical Society F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, a University of California, Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award, and the 2014 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award.

Jeffrey R. Long

Paul J. Low studied at the University of Adelaide, undertaking PhD studies under the direction of Professor Michael Bruce. After postdoctoral work with Professor Arthur Carty, Paul was appointed to the academic staff of the Department of Chemistry, Durham University as a Lecturer in 1999. He was promoted to Reader in 2006, before being awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (2008). He was promoted to Professor in 2010, and in 2013 relocated his group to the University of Western Australia where he took up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Paul’s research interests include the chemistry of all-carbon and carbon-rich ligands on monometallic and cluster frameworks, the chemistry, spectroscopic properties and electronic structures of mixed-valence systems and single-molecule and thin-film molecular electronics. He was recognised for his contributions to these fields with the award of a Friedrich-Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2016.

Luísa Margarida Martins got her Chemical Engineering degree, PhD and Habilitation from Instituto Superior Técnico where she is now Associate Professor (Chemical Engineering Department). She is Researcher at Centro de Química Estrutural (Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis group) of IST since 1992.
Luísa co-authored over 140 papers (h 32, 2700 cit.), 13 PT and WO patents, 6 book chapters, ca. 340 conference communications, and supervised several PhD and MSc students.
Her research broadly focuses on the application of green chemistry and engineering principles in the innovative design of products and sustainable processes (main interests: functionalized materials, catalytic processes, electrochemistry).
In 2017 Luísa was awarded the Scientific Excellence Prize IPL-CGD for the Areas of Technology and Engineering in recognition of her scientific productivity and impact for the last 3 years. She is FRSC, ISE member and the President of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society.

Luísa Margarida Martins

Karsten Meyer is Chair of the Institute of Inorganic & General Chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, where his research focuses on the synthesis of transition- and actinide-metal complexes for small molecule activation and transformation chemistry. Karsten received his diploma in 1995 at Ruhr-University Bochum and his Ph.D. in 1998 at Max-Planck-Institute in Mülheim/Ruhr. He then conducted postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, in 2001. In 2006, he accepted an offer as Professor at FAU. Among his awards and honors, he was elected a lifetime honorary member of the Israel Chemical Society in 2009 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2011. In 2017, Karsten received the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain, the Ludwig-Mond Award from the RSC (UK), and the Chugaev Commemorative Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Janet R. Morrow, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Amherst, New York 14260
1980 B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
1985 Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1985-1986 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bordeaux
1986-1988 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
1988-94 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University at Buffalo
1996-1997 N.S.F. Visiting Professor, University of Rochester
2003-2016 Professor of Chemistry, University at Buffalo
2006-2012 Associate Chair, Chemistry Department
2005-2011, 2013-15 Director of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) site at UB
2014-present Associate Editor, Inorganic Chemistry
2016-present UB Distinguished Professor
2017-present co-founder and CSO of Ferric Contrast, Inc.

Janet R. Morrow

Ronny Neumann received his Ph.D. in Catalysis and Organic Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986. After post-doctoral research with John Groves at Princeton University, he returned to the Hebrew University in 1988 where he started his independent career mostly dealing with catalytic oxidation reactions with emphasis on sustainable transformations and mechanistic studies using polyoxometalates as catalysts. In 1999 he moved to the Weizmann Institute of Science. His present research interests have evolved to include research related to sustainable energy resources using photochemical and electrochemical reactions. A list of present activities are: Catalytic Oxidation with Emphasis on Aerobic Hydrocarbon Oxidation. Activation of Molecular Oxygen and other Oxygen Donors. Photo- and Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide. Polyoxometalates. Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials. Organic Chemistry in Water. Catalytic Formation of Synthetic Fuels from Carbohydrates.

Tatjana N. Parac-Vogt is a Full Professor of Chemistry and the Head of the Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry at KU Leuven, Belgium. She was awarded her Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Belgrade and gained her Ph.D. from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA). After a post-doctoral period at the University of California Berkeley, in the group of Ken Raymond, she moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and worked at the University of Frankfurt as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. She has been at KU Leuven since 2000, where she has been pursuing research on the development of polyoxometalates as catalysts for biologically relevant reactions and in contrast agent development for medical imaging. The author of more than 150 publications, she has received several awards for her research. She is a Member of AcademiaNet, a global portal of outstanding female scientists and is the Vice-President of the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society.

Marc Robert was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cachan, France) and gained his Ph.D. in 1995 from Paris Diderot University under the guidance of Claude Andrieux and Jean-Michel Savéant. After one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State University (USA), working alongside Matt Platz, he joined the faculty at Paris Diderot University as associate professor. He was promoted to professor in 2004 and was awarded the French Chemical Society prize (physical chemistry division) in 2006. He became a junior fellow of the University Institute of France in 2007 and a senior fellow in 2017. He was a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) research fellow in 2015 and received the first international prize Essential Molecules Challenge from Air Liquide in 2016. His interests include electrochemical, photochemical, and theoretical approaches of electron transfer reactions and reactivity, as well as catalytic activation of small molecules (H2, O2, H2O, N2, CO2).

Kevin Sivula obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of California (Berkeley) in the research group of Prof. Jean Fréchet. During his thesis research he worked to developed strategies to control the morphology of conjugated polymer-based photovoltaic devices. Sivula then joined the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces (LPI, led by Professor Michael Grätzel) at the EPFL in Switzerland. There he developed nanostructured films with iron oxide for hydrogen production using solar energy. He was promoted to research group leader in LPI in 2008 and in 2011 he accepted an appointment as tenure-track assistant professor at EPFL in the Institute of Chemical Science and Engineering. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and he leads the LIMNO lab, which focuses on developing solution processable semiconductor devices, while also teaching courses on Transport Phenomena, Chemical Engineering Practicals, Product design, and Solar Energy Conversion systems.

He graduated from Kyoto University, where he received Ph.D in 1993 (Professor Yoshihiko Ito). He has been Professor at Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University since 2004. Meanwhile, he spent one year at MIT as a visiting researcher (1998-1999, Professor Gregory C. Fu). His research interest focuses on the new molecular functions and transformations on the basis of new molecular/reaction design. New catalytic borylation/silylation reactions along with new iterative/stereospecific cross-coupling systems have been established through exploration of new organoboron reagents such as silylborane- and B(dan)-based reagents. His recent research interest also covers the utilization of chirality-switchable helical macromolecules for applications as chiral catalysts and chiroptical materials, in which the chirality of the reaction products and handedness of the circularly polarized light are reversibly switchable.

Claudia Turro received her B.S. with Honors (1987) and PhD (1992) from Michigan State University under the supervision of Daniel G. Nocera and George E. Leroi. She was a Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University with Nicholas J. Turro (1992-1995), and has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1996. She received the NSF Early CAREER Award (1998), the Beckman Young Investigator Award (1999), is an ACS Fellow (2010), and a AAAS Fellow (2012). She was President of the Inter-American Photochemical Society (2012-14) and Chair of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2016). She received the 2014 Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award, the 2014 Inter-American Society Award in Photochemistry, the 2016 Edward W. Morley Medal, and the 2016 ACS Columbus Section Award. She has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2016.

Claudia Turro

Herre van der Zant finished his Ph.D in 1991 at the Delft University of Technology on measurements of classical and quantum phase transitions in Josephson junction arrays. After his Ph.D, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work on the applications of superconducting electronics. In 2005, he cofounded a new research group in the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology centered around two new research lines: molecular electronics and nano-electro-mechanical systems. In the ten years thereafter, the group advanced to the forefront of these research areas worldwide. He was head of the Quantum Nanoscience department at Delft and leader of the sensor work package within the graphene flagship. The present vanderZant laboratory has a research focus on bottom-up nanoelectronics, with an emphasis on single-molecule electronics, opto-electronic properties of 2D materials and nanomechanics of atomically thin membranes.

Prof. Clara Viñas graduated in Chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1975 and in Pharmacy at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1980. She worked as a pre-doctoral student at the Prof. Rudolph’s laboratory at The University of Michigan for a year. Back to Barcelona, she worked for industry and later moved to Laboratori Municipal de Sabadell where she became the director to work on food and environmental control. She got her PhD in Pharmacy under the supervision of Prof. F. Teixidor at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1990. She joined the staff of the C.S.I.C. as tenured scientist in 1991. She promoted to research scientist in 2002 and to research professor in 2006. Her research interests are in the synthesis of novel boron compounds, carboranes and metallacarboranes, to be used for future medicinal applications. Furthermore, Prof. Clara Viñas research field is in the application of Boron clusters in Energy, capacitors, sensors and biosensors, among others.