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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.

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).