Plenary Speakers

DUETTO Plenary Lecture

Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, is presently a Board of Trustees Professor at Northwestern University. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he obtained all his degrees from Edinburgh University and spent time at Queen’s University, Imperial Chemical Industries and the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham in the UK before moving to UCLA in the US in 1997. Stoddart has pioneered the development of the use of molecular recognition and self-assembly processes in template-directed protocols for the synthesis of mechanically interlocked molecules, such as catenanes and rotaxanes. During the past five decades, he has mentored 500 undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from 50 different countries. Stoddart has over 1150 publications and has launched two startup companies. He was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight-Bachelor in her 2007 New Year’s Honors List for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology. Photo by Jim Prisching

Vincenzo Balzani is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bologna, Italy. His scientific activity is documented by more than 650 papers in the fields of photochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, molecular machines, and solar energy conversion. His books Photochemistry of Coordination Compounds (1970), Supramolecular Photochemistry (1991), Molecular Devices and Machines (2008), Energy for a Sustainable World (2011), and Photochemistry and Photophysics: Concepts, Research, Applications (2015) have been and/or are currently adopted as textbooks in several universities worldwide, including China and Japan. Recent awards: Nature Award for Mentoring in Science, 2013; Gand Prix de la Maison de la Chimie (France) 2016; Leonardo da Vinci Award, EAS, 2017, Turro Award, IAPS, 2018. He believes that scientists have a great responsibility that comes from knowledge, so that it is their duty to find solutions for mankind’s problems, like the current energy and climate crisis.

Harry L. Anderson completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge UK in 1990 with Jeremy K. M. Sanders (thesis title: Model Enzymes Based on Porphyrins), followed by postdoctoral work at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, with François Diederich, on synthetic approaches to new carbon allotropes. He was appointed to a University Lectureship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 1994, and promoted to Professor in 2004, and to Professorial Research Professor in 2013. His work includes the investigation of porphyrin-based molecular wires, cyclodextrin polyrotaxanes, insulated molecular wires, encapsulated pi-systems, template-directed synthesis, multivalent cooperativity, nanorings, polyynes, nonlinear optical chromophores and functional dyes.

Prof. Chi-Ming Che [H-index: 108] obtained his Ph.D. from The University of Hong Kong in 1982. After his study with Prof. Harry B. Gray at The California Institute of Technology during 1980 to 1983, he joined the Department of Chemistry of The University of Hong Kong and is presently the ZhouGuangzhao Professor in Natural Sciences. Prof. Che is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1995),Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (2013) and Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. His honors include the First Class Prize of the State Natural Science Award of China (2006), Centenary Prizeof Royal Society of Chemistry(2013), Davison Lectureship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013), The Huang Yao-Zeng Organometallic Chemistry Award of the Chinese Chemical Society – Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), and RyojiNoyori ACES Award (2016).
Prof. Che’s research interests include synthetic chemistry, transition metal catalysis for organic synthesis; reactive metal-ligand multiple bonded complexes; inorganic photochemistry; phosphorescent materials; bioinorganic chemistry; and inorganic medicines.

Chi-Ming Che

Paul Chirik

Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, has broad interests on chemical reactions with reduced carbon footprint, reliance on earth abundant rather than precious elements and new bond disconnections that reduce waste and separations. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he obtained his B. S. in chemistry at Virginia Tech. Chirik earned his Ph. D. at Caltech under the supervision of John Bercaw and following a brief postdoctoral appointment at MIT, began his independent career at Cornell in 2001 and was named Peter J. W. Debye Professor in 2009. In 2011, Chirik and his research group moved to Princeton University. His teaching and research have been recognized with a Cope Scholar Award, the Blavatnik Award, a Packard Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award and 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics and is the author of over 180 peer reviewed publications and inventor on more than 15 patent applications.

Elvira Fortunato is full professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of NOVA University. She is Vice‐Rector at NOVA and Director of the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) of the Associated Laboratory i3N, the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication. She has received her Bachelor degree in Physics and Materials Engineering in 1987, obtaining, in 1995, the PhD in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics. Since 1998, alongside with her husband Rodrigo Martins, she leads the research team of the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) which has been distinguished for the important discovery of the paper transistor.
In 2008, the European Research Council awarded her with the 1st Prize of 2.25 million euros with the highest score in the league table. In 2018, she has received the second Advanced Grant of the European Research Council with a maximum amount of 3.5 million euros, being the highest prize ever awarded to a researcher in Portugal. She has also received the Czochralski Medal (Science of Materials) assigned by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Blaise Pascal Medal conferred by the European Academy of Sciences becoming simultaneously member of this Academy. She has been distinguished with several National and International Prizes, among those it is worth mentioning the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, in 2009, by University of Galați, and the denomination of Grand Officer of Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, acknowledged by the President of the Republic of Portugal in 2010. Since 2016, she is part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advisory Board and, since 2018, she is a member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences.

Etsuko Fujita is a Senior Chemist and leader of the Artificial Photosynthesis group in the Chemistry Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). She is the recipient of the 2008 BNL Science and Technology Award for outstanding research in solar fuels generation. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her major research interest is solar fuels generation from water and carbon dioxide via mechanistic and kinetic investigations. She also conducts studies of photochemistry of transition metal complexes; CO2 hydrogenation and formic acid dehydrogenation in aqueous solutions using Cp*Ir complexes bearing bio-inspired ligands, and earth-abundant heterogeneous catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution reactions. She has been a member of several advisory boards of institutions involved in conducting solar energy research.

Claudio Luchinat is full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florence, Director of CERM (Center of Magnetic Resonance) and of CIRMMP (Interuniversity Consortium on Magnetic Resonance of MetalloProteins). His research interests include development of NMR-based structural methodologies, electron and nuclear relaxation, NMR of paramagnetic species, relaxometry, bioinorganic chemistry and, more recently, metabolomics.
His Scholar h-index is 79, and his papers have been quoted more than 25.000 times.
He has held seminars in many prestigious universities and research institutions worldwide, and plenary lectures in International Workshops, Symposia and Conferences. He has been awarded the 1989 gold medal “RaffaelloNasini”, the 1994 Premio Federchimica “For an Intelligent Future”, the 1996 European Medal for Biological Inorganic Chemistry by SBIC, the 2001 GDRM gold medal, and recently the Premio Sapio 2017 and the prestigious Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance (2018).