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Invited Lecturers

Plenary Lecturers

Matti Haukka

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

M.Sc. 1989 at University of Joensuu, PhD. 1995 at University of Joensuu, Assistant 1995-1997 at University of Joensuu, Junior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland 1998-2000, Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland 2000-2005, Senior Assistant at University of Joensuu 2005-2007, Professor in Inorganic Chemistry 2007-2012 at University of Eastern Finland, Professor in Inorganic Chemistry 2012- at University of Jyväskylä.
Prof. Haukka’s research interests cover catalytically, optically and photophysically active metal complexes and non-covalent intermolecular interactions. The research has been particularly focused on extended molecular systems including both covalent polymers with metals in the main chain as well as functional non-covalent assemblies of metal complexes and organic compounds. Prof. Haukka is the author or co-author of over 400 papers.

Franc Meyer
Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Franc Meyer earned his doctorate with Peter Paetzold at RWTH Aachen (1993), he was a postdoc with Peter Armentrout in Salt Lake City (1994/1995), he completed his habilitation with Gottfried Huttner in Heidelberg (2000), and he became full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Göttingen in 2001. His research focuses on the activation of small molecules and on cooperative effects in bimetallic and multimetallic complexes, with particular interests in bioinorganic chemistry, bioinspired catalysis and magnetic nanoswitches. He is a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Since 2013 he serves as an Associate Editor of the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry.

Roberto Paolesse
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Prof. Roberto Paolesse graduated (Laurea summa cum laude) in Chemistry from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1983, and in 1986 he started his career as Assistant Professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he is now Full Professor of Chemistry. He is the coordinator of the Ph.D. course in Chemical Science at the Department of Chemical Science and Technologies, where he gives courses on general chemistry and supramolecular chemistry for Engineering and Chemistry Laurea courses. He has authored more than 350 papers on international journals (h-index 49; Scopus), and he is coinventor of 6 patents. He also promoted two start-up companies and cochairs the Sensors group of the Tor Vergata University.
His research interests include the synthesis and reactivity of transition metal complexes with porphyrins, corroles and related macrocycles and the development and application of chemical sensors. He serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines and in the steering committee of the International Meeting of Chemical Sensors conferences series. He is also the National Representative of the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines.

Erwin Reisner
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

Erwin Reisner studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna and developed an early interest in bioinorganic and coordination chemistry, and developed his PhD studies in the Keppler group focused on 'redox activated ruthenium anticancer drugs'. He subsequently changed from medicinal inorganic chemistry to different aspects of bio-inspired energy conversion as a postdoc. In the Lippard group at MIT, he studied synthetic models of the diiron(II) active site of soluble Methane Monooxygenase, which selectively converts natural gas to methanol. Erwin subsequently joined the Armstrong group in Oxford to work on solar hydrogen production with enzyme-nanoparticle hybrid systems. Erwin’s independent career started with an EPSRC research fellowship at The University of Manchester, followed by a University Lectureship at the University of Cambridge, where he has recently been appointed as a Professor. He is also coordinating the UK Solar Fuels network, which organizes the national activities in artificial photosynthesis.

Antonio Romerosa

University of Almeria, Spain

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 ISSECC CNR (Florence, Italy), now ICCOM CNR, before becoming Lecture Professor (1997) and finally Full Professor (2009) at the University of Almeria (Spain). He has authored of more than 140 international refereed papers (Angew. Chemie, J.A.C.S., Inorg. Chem., Dalton.), 4 books, 9 Spanish and international patents, more than 210 presentations at national and international meetings and supervisor of more than 18 PhD thesis. He was involved and responsible of National and International Research Projects supported by CEE, NATO, Spanish and Andalucía Government. His research interest is focused on the synthesis, characterization and study of new water-soluble metal complexes that can display useful properties in the range over homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry in water, phosphorus chemistry, photo-inorganic-chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and natural stones. He is actually the responsible of the “Research Laboratory on Sustainable Chemistry” that is located into the CIESOL institute ( and director of the “LIDiR laboratory” (

Wen-Hua Sun
Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Dr. Wen-Hua Sun, FRSC and member of EurASc, heads a group of catalytic polymerization oriented organometallic chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences as a professor since 1999 along with teaching duty in the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2014. He has made numerous innovative contributions to organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis in academic and industrial considerations; which has had international impact across the areas of polymerization catalysts for conversional alpha-olefins, polyolefins, biodegradable polymers and bio-massive process as well as intermediates and mechanism of organometallic chemistry. His major subjects include: Polyolefin oriented organometallics; Developing polyolefin process; New donors for Ziegler-Natta catalysts; Coupling reaction; Fluorescent properties of metal complexes; Pilot process of ethylene oligo/poly-merization as well as industrial processes. Importantly, his group has extensively explored multidentate sp2-N ligands for late-transition metal complexes as highly active precatalysts; in which the iron precatalysts have been scaled-up for 500t pilot prcess of ethylene oligomerization and kilograms process of highly linear polyethylene waxes, meanwhile the nickel precatalysts have been scaled-up for kilograms process of highly branched polyethylenes from low to ultra-high molecular weights.

Keynote Lecturers

Debbie Crans

Dept. of Chemistry, Colorado State University, USA

Crans' research interests focuses on fundamental biological, inorganic and organic structural and solution chemistries solving problems of speciation, coordination and conformational chemistry as they apply to biological and medicinal phenomena. Her contributions include studies documenting oxometalate exchange chemistry, conformational preferences of complexes and/or hydrophobic lipid-like compounds, trace level interactions of V with amino acids and peptides, solution chemistry of V and other complexes, the effects of nanoconfinement on properties such as acidity and reactivity. Crans' biological studies range from purely chemical to actual human studies aimed at understanding how the V compounds act.
Crans’s work has systematically explored the redox and hydrolytic chemistry of V complexes in solutions and in more complex biological systems, being recognized with the first Vanadis Award in 2004. In the solid state, Crans provided structural characterization of many complexes such as those formed by N-containing buffers, amino acids, peptides and proteins. She demonstrated the first structural interaction of a polyoxometalate with peptides and was the first to correlating the solid-state and solution structures. For this work and significance to understand the impact of ligands on anti-diabetic activity she was recognized with the 2015 Cope Scholar Award.
Recently Crans' research broadened to Co, Fe, Pt, Cu, Zn, Pt, Se and all C-based systems. For example, she showed that Co-dipicolinate complexes have insulin-like properties and can affect lipid metabolism and explored speciation studies including Fe and Pt based systems. Her recent project concerns the observation that V compounds have enhancing effects on oncolytic viruses and can be used to treat cancer, documenting their new therapeutic application.
Crans has been very active in the advocating for Chemists and Chemistry within the Am. Chem. Soc. where she has held leadership positions. She is an associate editor for Coord. Chem. Rev.

Andreas A. Danopoulos

University of Athens, Greece

Ph.D (1988) from the University of Athens, Greece. Postdoctoral associate in the UK at the University College, Cardiff (with P.G. Edwards), Imperial College, London (with G. Wilkinson) and the University of Oxford (with M. L. H. Green). Lecturer and Reader at the University of Southampton, UK (1999-2010). Visiting Professor and CNRS associated researcher at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, University of Strasbourg, France (2010-2015 with P. Braunstein). Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, at the University of Strasbourg. Elected to Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Athens, Greece (2017). Research interests in the areas of ligand design, NHC, pincer, imido and amido complexes of 3d metals and the reactivity of well-defined organometallics related to homogeneous catalysis. Published over 150 papers.

Igor L. Fedushkin

Russian Academy of Sciences
G.A. Razuvaev Institute of Organometallic Chemistry, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Igor L. Fedushkin is Professor of Organic Chemistry at K. Minin Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University, Head of the scintific and educational center “Chemistry of molecules and materials”. He is a member of the Bureau of the Department of chemistry and material sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of Razuvaev Institute, Chief Scientist of Razuvaev Institute, Elected Member of Russian Academy of Sciences.
Prof. Fedushkin has been awarded a Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize, the Grant “Young Doctors of Sciences” from Russian Science Support Foundation, and is Visiting professor Northwest University (Xian’, China/100 Talents Program). He got his PhD on Organolanthanide Chemistry at the Razuvaev Institute.
He has (co)-authored 111 scientific papers, 4 patents, over 2657 citations, h-index 31 (WoS, 26.10.2017).
His research fields concern the following areas: Metal complexes with redox-active ligands; Main group metal based catalysts; Redox-isomerism in coordination compounds; Organometallic precursors of inorganic materials; Organolanthanides

Claude. P. Gros

University of Burgundy, France

Prof. Claude. P. Gros graduated in Chemistry from the University of Burgundy in 1995 (under the supervision of Prof. R. Guilard). After an one year post-doc position in California (UCDavis, Prof. K. M. Smith) working on chlorins and pyrroloporphyrins, he started his career as Assistant Professor at the University of Burgundy, where he has been Full Professor of Chemistry since 2009. His research interests include the synthesis and reactivity of BODIPYs, porphyrins and corroles with applications in energy and electron transfers, gas sensors. He has authored 118 papers in international journals (h-index 36; > 3200 citations), and he is coinventor of 4 patents. He has presented 39 oral communications and >75 posters in national/international conferences. Member of the French Chemical Society (since 1996), he is the actual president of the Bourgogne/Franche-Comté Section of the SCF. Since 2000, he is also full member of the Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines Society. He was recently invited Guest Editor of a New J. Chem. Themed Issue on Nitrogen Ligands (July 2016).

Konstantin Luzyanin

Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK

Konstantin Luzyanin was born in 1980 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. He studied Chemistry at Saint Petersburg State University, graduating with distinction in 2002.
Konstantin received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Technical University of Lisbon (under joint supervision by Profs. A.J.L. Pombeiro and V.Yu. Kukushkin) in 2007. For his Ph.D. thesis, Konstantin was awarded the “António Xavier Prize 2008” from Bruker for applications of the selected NMR spectroscopy techniques in chemistry, and for published works, the Honorous Mention (in Chemistry) - Junior Researcher Prize by Technical University of Lisbon / Deloitte in 2009 and 2010.
After postdoctoral studies in organometallic chemistry with Prof. A.J.L. Pombeiro (Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon), Konstantin got a position as the Research Associate (Ciência-2008 program) at the Centro de Química Estrutural – a research center at the TU Lisbon. In addition, he served as the Manager of IST-UTL Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center of the Portuguese NMR Network in 2009-2012. In 2013, he joined the Center of Cluster Catalysis (Saint Petersburg State University) as a Deputy Head and a Leading Scientist. In 2015, Konstantin moved to the University of Liverpool as a Scientific Coordinator of the Analytical Services in Department of Chemistry and a Researcher in the Analytical Applications.
Konstantin´s current research interests include synthetic transition metals chemistry, development of new methodologies for sustainable catalytic processes, and applied analytical chemistry, in particular NMR spectroscopy. In the course of last years, Dr. Luzyanin was a PI or co-PI of several funded research projects in different countries. He is a co-author of ca. 75 publications (65 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters, and 5 patents), and more than 60 papers in conference proceedings. Konstantin is also very passionate about teaching, he delivered several university courses and supervised several M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

Luísa Margarida Martins

Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Luísa Margarida Martins got her Chemical Engineering degree (1990), Ph.D. (1996) and Habilitation (2015) in Chemistry from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, where she is now Associate Professor. She is Researcher (Core Member) at Centro de Química Estrutural (Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Group) of IST since 1992 and member of the Research Core Team and of the Executive Committee of the PhD programme - Catalysis and Sustainability.
Prof. Martins has authored more than 125 international refereed papers (h index 30, > 2200 citations), 13 Portuguese and international patents, 5 book chapters, more than 270 presentations at national and international meetings, 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. Her main interests range over functionalized materials (in particular, involving C-scorpionates), catalysis (homogeneous, supported or nano- catalysis), and electrochemistry. In 2017 Prof. Luísa M. Martins has been awarded the Scientific Excellence Prize IPL-CGD for the Areas of Technology and Engineering in recognition of her scientific productivity and impact along the last three years.
She is FRSC, member of ISE, serves as an Associate Editor of the RSC journal RSC Advances and is the President of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society.

Alessandro Mordini

Institute of Organometallic Compounds (CNR-ICCOM), Rome, Italy

Alessandro Mordini was born in Florence, Italy. He graduated in chemistry at the University of Florence in 1983 (supervisor Prof. Alfredo Ricci) and obtained his PhD degree at the same University in 1987 with the same supervisor. He held postdoctoral positions at Lausanne University, Switzerland (supervisor Prof. Manfred Schlosser) in 1986, 1989, and 1992. In 1987 he was appointed Researcher at CNR in Florence. Since 2010 he has been Research Director at the Institute of Organometallic Compounds (CNR-ICCOM) Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy. In 2001 he was visiting professor at the University of Kyoto, Japan. His research interest is in synthetic organic chemistry, especially in the field of carbanionic species (polar organometallics, metal-mediated rearrangements). More recent activities focus on the design and synthesis of new organic sensitizers for third-generation photovoltaic cells.

Jens Müller

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Germany

Research in the Müller lab focuses on the bioinorganic chemistry of nucleic acids, and in particular on the generation, characterization, and application of nucleic acids comprising metal-mediated base pairs. In metal-mediated base pairs, transition metal ions are located inside the double helix. This unusual localization is accomplished by using artificial nucleobase surrogates capable of binding metal ions, hence by a formal substitution of hydrogen bonds within a base pair by coordinate bonds. We are designing artificial nucleobases to be used in this kind of bio-inspired self-assembling array of metal ions. Our best-established system is the imidazole–Ag(I)–imidazole base pair, whose structure within a DNA duplex was published in Nature Chemistry a few years ago. Moreover, we are focusing on the development of applications for metal-modified nucleic acids, e.g. as sensors (either for metal ions or for oligonucleotides), in networks with metal-based functionality, as catalysts in asymmetric catalysis, in DNA-mediated charge transfer, and for the generation of metal nanoparticles. In the context of applications, we recently reported a metal-mediated base pair capable of detecting single-nucleotide polymorphisms. In addition to our work on the site-specific functionalization of nucleic acids, we are developing metal complexes capable of selectively targeting guanine quadruplex DNA as a further central pillar of our bioinorganic research.

Andrew Ozarowski
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, USA

Andrew Ozarowski received his PhD in Chemistry at the Wroclaw University in Poland in 1978. Subsequently, he has worked at the Wroclaw University, Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, University of Windsor (Canada) and University of California in Davis. In 2003 he joined the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. His main area are the metal-metal interactions in polynuclear transition metal complexes. Of particular interest are the anisotropic exchange interactions giving rise to zero-field splitting, which he studies using the High-Field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and magnetic methods. He has authored more than 190 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.

Mariette M. Pereira

Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Mariette M. Pereira obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1992 at University of Coimbra and worked as Fellow Assistant at Universities of Liverpool in 1993 and Autónoma de Barcelona in 1998. She is Associate Professor with Habilitation at University of Coimbra since 2007 and was Director of Chemistry Research Laboratory of spin-off Luzitin Lda until 2015. Her current interests are chiral binaphthyl based ligands for development of asymmetric catalysts for carbonylation tandem reactions and development of sensitizers based on tetrapyrrolic macrocycles for biomedicinal applications. She published ca. 140 peer-reviewed papers, 12 books and book chapters and inventor of 25 worldwide patents.

Riccardo Pettinari

University of Camerino, Italy

The research of Riccardo Pettinari centres on organometallic chemistry at the interface with biology, material science and catalysis. The main topics studied include:
• Synthesis of functional organometallic compounds.
• Design of new organometallic drugs and studying their mechanism of action.
• Synthesis of new Ag(I) derivatives with biocidal activity as potential antimicrobial additives for plastic materials.
• Synthesis of new inorganic coordination polymers for gas storage, gas separation and stereoselective heterogeneous catalysis.

Anna M. Trzeciak

University of Wrocław, Poland

Received PhD (1981) in chemistry at the University of Wrocław under supervision of Prof. J.J. Ziolkowski. Post-doctoral fellow in the group of prof. W. Keim at the RWTH Aachen. 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 catalytic reactions, mainly with rhodium and palladium. Author of ca. 150 peer-reviewed papers, cited over 2200 times, h index: 30. Supervisor of 8 doctors (PhD) in chemistry.
Member of International Advisory Board of International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis and president of EuCheMS Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of the American Chemical Society, member of Editorial Board of ChemCatChem. Leader of Metal Complex Catalysis Research Group at the Faculty of Chemistry University of Wroclaw and head of Inorganic Chemistry Teaching Department.
Co-chairman of international conferences – Summer School on Coordination Chemistry organized in Poland in 1996 - 2004, International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis in Poznań (2010). Chairman of the Symposium “Nanoparticles in Catalysis” in Wrocław (2010) and 3rd EuCheMS Inorganic Chemistry Conference in Wroclaw (2015).

Other invited lecturers

Anthony J. Burke

Universidade de Évora, Portugal

Anthony J. Burke obtained a BSc (Chemistry & Biology, 1988) from NUI-Maynooth and a PhD from UCD, Ireland (1993). He carried out post-doc work with Steve Davies (Oxford, 1993-96) and Chris Maycock (ITQB, 1996-1999). He has aggregation in organic chemistry since 2012. He has over 80 publications, was the vice-president of the organic chemistry division of SPQ (2011-2013) and founded Chiratecnics Lda in 2009. He has co-authored the book, Catalytic Arylation Methods – From the Academic Lab to Industrial Processes, (Wiley) with another book entitled; Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Synthesis (Wiley), Catalytic Processes in Research and Development which will be published at the end of 2018. His current interests include, catalysis, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, biological chemistry, new drug delivery systems and polymer chemistry.

Victorio Cadierno

Universidad de Oviedo, Spain

Victorio Cadierno studied chemistry at the University of Oviedo and obtained his PhD degree in 1996 working under the supervision of Prof. J. Gimeno. He then joined the group of Prof. J. P. Majoral at the LCC-CNRS (Toulouse, France) for a two-year postdoctoral stay. Thereafter, he returned to the University of Oviedo where he is currently Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. In 2002 he was awarded with the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) Young Investigator Award and in 2015 he received the GEQO Prize for Excellence in Organometallic Chemistry Research. His research interests cover chemistry of organometallic complexes and their catalytic applications, being co-editor of one book and co-author of 15 book chapters, two patents and more than 160 publications in international journals.

Isabel Correia
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Isabel Correia graduated in 1997 in Chemical Engineering at Instituto Superior Tecnico, and completed her doctoral studies (PhD) in 2003 also in Instituto Superior Tecnico under the supervision of Prof. João Costa Pessoa. From 2003 to 2008 she did postdoctoral studies in several universities: IST, TuDelft and Imperial college. In 2008 she joined Centro de Química Estrutural as an Assistant Researcher and in 2013 she received a Principal Researcher position to work at the same institute.
Her research interests are mainly in the areas of bioinorganic chemistry and coordination chemistry, where she has been developing metal complexes for therapeutic applications. She co-authored more than 75 publications and 3 book chapters.

Pierre H. Dixneuf

CNRS-University of Rennes, France

Pierre H. Dixneuf is research professor at CNRS-University of Rennes, France. His research interests included both organometallic chemistry and innovative catalytic processes promoted by ruthenium catalysts. He developed first selective transformations of alkynes and incorporation of CO2, ruthenium-vinylidenes and –allenylidenes in catalysis, catalytic synthesis of heterocycles, alkene metathesis catalysts and transformation of plant oils. He is currently contributing to C–H bond functionalization using ruthenium(II) catalysts, even operating in water, and to the fast functionalization of phosphines and especially of polydentate Nitrogen ligands via Ru, Pd and Cu catalyzed C-H bond transformations.
He has co-authored more than 450 publications, co-edited 6 books and his work has attracted several prizes including: A. v Humboldt prize, Le Bel SFC award and Grignard-Wittig Prize (GDCh), Institut universitaire de France membership, académie des sciences IFP prize, Sacconi medal (Italy), Spanish-(Sabatier-Catalan) and Chinese Society of Chemistry awards. After he had been deputy director of Paris-CNRS-Chemistry, Professor Dixneuf founded at the University of Rennes the research Institut de chimie de Rennes, and was university vice-president for research.

Miguel A. Galindo

University of Granada, Spain

Miguel A. Galindo obtained his PhD in Chemistry (2006) at University of Granada, Spain. Subsequently, he started a post-doctorate at Newcastle University (UK) where he worked on the synthesis of molecular nanowires through the use of DNA molecules acting as scaffold or template for the formation of DNA-hybrid conducting polymers. He was then awarded a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2011) and started his independent research career at University of Granada. His research centres on the development of nucleic acids-based nanomaterial with tailored properties. In particular, his research focuses on the use of modified nucleic acids prepared by substitution of canonical purine nucleobases by the corresponding 7-deazapurine equivalents. This strategy has led to the formation of double-stranded and single-stranded DNA-based nanomaterials using metal-mediated self-assembly processes. For instance, we have proven that these deaza-DNA molecules can be programmed using complementary Watson-Crick base pairs and after that converted into silver-DNA molecules by generating silver-mediated Watson-Crick base pairs whilst retaining the original DNA conformation. We are also working on the study of the physical-chemical properties of these systems, specifically on their fluorescence, conducting and anti-bacterial capabilities.

Nikolay Gerasimchuk

Missouri State University, USA

Nikolay Gerasimchuk, after obtaining his first Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Kiev State University (Ukraine) in 1985, held an Assistant and then Associate Professor positions at the above Chemistry Department until 1992. After immigrating to the US he earned his second Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1996. He was a Research Associate at North Dakota State University in 1997–1998 working in the area of spectroscopy and electrochemistry of metalloporphyrins. Since 1998 to 2001 he worked as R&D Research Chemist at Pharmacyclics, Inc. in Sunnyvale, California, doing syntheses and characterization of lanthanide complexes with water-soluble texaphyrins – new generation of anticancer radiation sensitizers and photodynamic therapy agents. In 2001 he accepted a faculty position at Missouri State University, where he grew from Assistant to Full Professor of Inorganic/Bioinorganic Chemistry in 2012. His research interests include synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and medical–biological applications of oxime-based ligands and their metal complexes. Currently he is working on several research projects: 1) developing a new family of in vitro and in vivo cytotoxic bivalent Pd and Pt cyanoximates; 2) light-insensitive and thermally stable Ag(I) coordination polymers as non-electric sensors and indicators; 3) non-antibiotic antimicrobial agents. Other areas of interest include X-ray crystallography of small molecules and investigations in mixed valence metal systems. He authored and co-authored 110+ research publications, book chapters, reviews and 8 patents. He mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate M.S. and Ph.D. students throughout his academic career both in the US and his native Ukraine.

Véronique Guerchais

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, UMR CNRS 6226, Université de Rennes 1, France

Our research deals with the design and the synthesis of metal complexes and coordination compounds [Ir(III), Pt(II)] for optics and opto-electronics. We are investigating the functionalization of photo-active ligands and metal-based systems, for their photochemical and photophysical properties: luminescence, 2nd order nonlinear optics, photochromism. The final aim of this research is the achievement of multifunctional organometallic materials.
A second aspect of our research, in collaboration with Pr. H. Doucet (Rennes), focuses on metal-catalysed C-H bond activation of (hetero)aromatics directed towards new atom-economic reactions. We have pioneered the use of Pd-catalysed C-H bond activation reactions for building luminescent molecules and complexes by designing simple and direct synthetic routes.

Wolfgang Kaim
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Wolfgang Kaim studied Physics and Chemistry at Frankfurt/Main and Konstanz, graduating in physical organometallic chemistry in 1978 (Hans Bock). After a postdoctoral year with F.A. Cotton at TAMU he completed his habilitation in Frankfurt (1982) and moved to Stuttgart as Full Professor in 1987. In close to 700 publications he has described charge transfer and electron transfer activity of new molecular compounds, many of them involving metal complexes of N-ligands. Low energy electronic transitions, electrochemical reactivity patterns and spin distribution in paramagnetic intermediates are being studied by voltammetry, UV-VIS-NIR and EPR spectroelectrochemistry.

Karl Kirchner

Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Karl Kirchner (born in 1960 in Wiener Neustadt/Austria) obtained his diploma (1984) and his doctoral degree (1987) from the Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) working with 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 laurate Prof. Henry Taube at Stanford University, he returned to TU Wien and completed his Habilitation with Prof. Roland Schmid (1994). He is presently Professor of Organometallic Chemistry and Head of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. His expertise is centered around the themes ligand design, synthesis of well-defined non-precious transition metal complexes and their applications in homogeneous catalysis. He is author of over 240 research publications in peer-reviewed journals (h index 43).

Evgueni Kirillov
Institute of Chemistry of Rennes, University of Rennes, France

Evgueni Kirillov obtained his MSc from the N. I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation (1996) and PhD (2000) at the G.A. Razuvaev Institute of Organometallic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences. After several appointments as a Research Fellow at the University of Rennes 1 (UR1, France) and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), he joined the UR1 (2009), Institute of Chemistry of Rennes where he holds a position of Associate Professor. His research focuses on the following areas: organometallic and coordination chemistry of oxophilic elements, polymerization catalysis, understanding of mechanisms and prediction of chemical reactivity using quantum mechanics methods, catalytic activation of CO2. He is consultant of Total Petrochemicals company and has > 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and patents, and two book chapters.

Kamran T. Mahmudov
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Kamran T. Mahmudov was born in Azerbaijan, and received his B.Sc. (2001), M.Sc. (2003), Ph.D. (2007) and Habilitation (2013) degrees at the Baku State University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor (2006-2008). Since 2009, he is conducting a postdoctoral research under supervision of Prof. A.J.L. Pombeiro at the University of Lisbon. Dr. Mahmudov has authored or coauthored over 110 papers in ISI journals, 4 reviews, 1 perspective, 7 book chapters, and he is co-editor of the books on ''Noncovalent interactions in synthesis and design of new compounds'' (Wiley 2016) and ''Noncovalent interactions in catalysis'' (Royal Society of Chemistry 2019, ISBN: 978-1-78801-468-7). He has served as a guest editor for Crystals and Coord. Chem. Rev. Currently he is focusing his research on the use of noncovalent interactions in synthesis, catalysis and design of materials.

P. N. Martinho
Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
P. N. Martinho completed a PhD degree in Chemistry from the University College Dublin in 2010. After finishing his PhD, P. N. Martinho continued on his research career and he was a visiting scientist at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for one year. In 2012 he move to the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon (FCUL) for a second postdoctoral appointment. P. N. Martinho is an invite scientist at FCUL since 2018 and his main research interests are: Molecular magnetism properties in Fe(III) and Mn(III) compounds; Self-assembly and materials development in coordination compounds; Electronic and photochemical properties in coordination compounds; Electrochemical conversion of small molecules; Photochemical conversion of small molecules; Materials development for small molecule activation.

Suman Mukhopadhyay

Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India

Completed doctoral research from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India and obtained his Ph.D degree in 2004. Worked in National University of Singapore as a post-doctoral Fellow during 2003-2004. Moved to Lisbon, Portugal in 2006 as a FCT post-doctoral fellow to join in Instituto Superior Técnico. In 2009, moved to Switzerland in EPFL, Lausanne as a Marie-Curie International Incoming Fellow. Shifted to IIT Indore in 2010 to join as an assistant professor. Currently working as a full professor over there. Research interest is coordination chemistry, metallogels, sensing and bio-inspired catalysis and organometallic compounds in pharmaceuticals.

Alexey Nazarov
Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Fine Organic Synthesis, Faculty of Chemistry, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University

Alexey Nazarov was born in Moscow, Russia. He obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Moscow Strate Pedagogical University in 2000. From 2000 to 2007 he was a post-doc and later a university assistant with Professor Bernhard Keppler at Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria. In 2008-2010 he was a Marie Curie fellow with Professor Paul Dyson at the EPFL, Switzerland. In 2012 he was appointed as a senior scientist at Moscow State University. Research interest is bioinorganic chemistry, metal-based drugs and bioorganometallic chemistry.

Edwin Otten

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Edwin Otten obtained his PhD with Bart Hessen at the University of Groningen (2008) on titanium-catalyzed ethylene trimerization. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto with Doug Stephan, where he developed small-molecule activation with main group Frustrated Lewis Pairs. After a brief period in industry (SABIC), in 2011 he joined the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), where he recently became associate professor. His research focusses on the design and application of ligands which actively participate in reactivity of their metal complexes (so-called ‘non-innocent’ ligands), either through redox-reactions or substrate activations that are ligand-based. Of particular interest are the new properties and (catalytic) reactivity that emerge from coordination complexes with these ligands. His group works both on transition metal chemistry (mainly first-row metals), as well as main group compounds.

Filipe A.A. Paz

CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Filipe Almeida Paz holds a first University degree in Chemistry (Analytical) from the University of Aveiro (in 2000). In Jan 2001 he headed to the U.K. to study towards his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse College) under the supervision of Professor Jacek Klinowski (Physical Chemistry, University Chemical Laboratories). In Feb. 2004 he had his Ph.D. viva on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and zeolites. He is currently a Principal Investigator at the University of Aveiro.
His activity has been widely recognised through a number of prizes: Vicente de Seabra Medal (in 2015 from the Portuguese Chemical Society), recognizing scientific quality and independence of a young researcher in Portugal; Muir Wood Award in Science from Peterhouse (University of Cambridge, July 2004); Dow Portugal Award as the valedictorian (best student) in the Chemistry course (University of Aveiro, 2000).

João C. Pessoa
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

João Costa Pessoa has been involved in projects aiming: 1) the development of homogeneous and heterogeneous sustainable catalytic systems based on transition metal complexes for the synthesis of industrially useful organic compounds, namely by asymmetric synthesis; 2) the design/synthesis of new ligands and of the corresponding complexes for therapeutic use, to obtain suitable compounds as anti-tumour, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic agents. The metal ions used have mainly been oxovanadium(IV and V), Cu(II) and Zn(II). For promising therapeutic compounds speciation studies are made in aqueous solution, cell incubation media and blood serum aiming (3) understanding the bioavailability, uptake of the compounds and their distribution inside cells.

Andrew D. Phillips
UCD School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Phillips was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada and obtained his Honours B.Sc. at University of Toronto. He obtained a Ph.D. in low-coordinate main group chemistry with Dr. Neil Burford at Dalhousie University. From 2001 to 2003 he was a post-doctoral researcher with Professor Power at UC Davis and synthesizing compounds with heavy main group elements. Since he has been an European research fellow in Florence, Italy and an European Marie Curie fellow with Professor Paul Dyson at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. In the fall of 2008 he was appointed SFI-funded Stokes Inorganic Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland. He interests are on the development of ruthenium-based catalysis based on beta-diketiminates, especially ammonia-borane dehydrogenation, Diels-Alder catalysts, and metal based medicinal complexes.

Piotr Smoleński

Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Piotr Smoleński has completed his PhD from Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland (1999) and postdoctoral studies from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal (2005-2008) under supervision of Prof. A. J. Pombeiro. His major research interests are on the design of coordination and supramolecular compounds (CPs and MOFs) as well as their application in materials and life science.

Piotr Sobota

Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Piotr Sobota studied chemistry at the University of Wrocław, Poland, where he received all of his academic degrees. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Unit of Nitrogen Fixation at Sussex University in Brighton, UK, with Professor Josef Chatt. He was a Head of Research Group of Activation of Small Molecules by Metal Complexes and Kinetics. In 1993 he was promoted to full professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University. He has been a visiting professor at Indiana University, Bloominghton, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), Technical University of Trondheim (Norway) and University of Lille (France). He was a consultant at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan USA and now he is a director of Research and Development Centre in pharmaceutical company in Poland. More than 300 publications, articles, patents, and books record his research activity in the areas of inorganic, organometallic, and structural chemistry and catalysis.

Manas Sutradhar

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Manas Sutradhar (MS) received his Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta, India in 2008. He was a Post-doctoral fellow (with Prof. Eva Rentschler) at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (2009-2011). In 2011, MS joined as Post-doctoral research associate at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal in the group of Prof. Armando J. L. Pombeiro. MS published more than 50 papers in international peer review journals (including 2 Reviews + 1 Reference Module), 3 book chapters in book and 1 Portuguese patent. He has more than 1050 citations (over 815 without self citations) with h-index 20. The major contribution of his research work is in the areas of chemistry of oxidovanadium(IV/V) and non-oxido vanadium(IV) complexes and their applications in catalysis and biological activity. Another area of his work concerns the synthesis of polynuclear complexes with interesting magnetic properties.

João Tomé

Instituto Superior Técnico, ULisbon, Portugal

Obtained his BSc. with Honours (1996) and PhD (2001), both in chemistry, at UAveiro. During his postdoctoral studies carried out work at UAveiro and CUNY with short stays at UAMadrid, NYU and UTexas. Since 2016 is Associate Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, ULisbon. His research interests include the synthesis of porphyrins and phthalocyanines with appropriate molecular properties mainly for: photomedicine, photoinduced energy- and electron-transfer materials, optical (chemo)sensors and (photo)catalysis. For that, he has been establishing an international network with several colleagues in these fields, maintaining a strong, independent and funded research program. He has published over 150 original papers, 5 book chapters and issued 3 patents. Already delivered around 40 invited oral communications and several others, and has been co-author of more than 230 poster communications in several national and international scientific meetings.

Alexander Trifonov

Institute of Organoelement compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Alexander Trifonov during his PhD studies worked at the Institute of Organometallic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Nizhny Novgorod) under the supervision of Prof. M. N. Bochkarev and received his PhD in 1989 at the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). He did postdoctoral studies at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (Prof. H. Schumann, 1991) and Université de Paris-Sud, France (Prof. H. Kagan, 1993–1995). In the years 1999–2000 he was an A. von Humboldt fellow in the research group of Prof. J. Okuda (Mainz University, Germany). Since 2018 he has been a director of the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). His research interests lie in the synthesis of organometallic and coordination compounds of rare earth metals and their application in homogeneous catalysis and material chemistry.

Chanjuan Xi

Department of Chemistry, TsinghuaUniversity, Beijing
Prof. Dr. Chanjuan Xi got her B.Sc. degree in 1986 at Lanzhou University. Then she joined Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and pursued research program in Physical Chemistry. In course of her work, she earned a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry in 1994. In 1996, she joined Hokkaido University and earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1999, and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University. In 2000, she joined Department of Chemistry of Tsinghua University. 2011.11-2012.01, visiting Professor of Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University. She is Mmember of the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Chemical Society journal Organometallics (2011-2016). Her research interests are in designing organometallic compounds and finding novel reactions for organic synthesis.