2018 Conference Speakers
Managing Director, International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center ISC3, Germany
His mission for ISC3: We shape transformation!
Friedrich Barth is the Managing Director of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center ISC3 in Bonn.
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He describes Sustainable Chemistry as a process that supports the implementation of the sound management of chemicals and at the same time creates innovative solutions and new business models for a better world! New solutions and business models should be environmentally sound, socially inclusive and economically viable. ISC3 will promote and develop a new systems thinking where the whole lifecycle of products and processes are designed and implemented according to clear sustainability criteria. Sustainable Chemistry is a key driver for the transformation of our societies towards a circular economy and the implementation of the Sustainable Development goals. With ISC3 Friedrich Barth wants to shape this transformation.
Friedrich Barth studied Physics, Geo-ecology and Hydrology at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the areas of Environment, Climate, Energy and Water both in the public as well as in the private sector on international, national and local level. He contributed to the development of the international sustainability agenda at his various management posts at the German Government, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and as International Consultant.
Friedrich Barth is a passionate olive farmer, has founded the European Water Partnership and is a Board Member of the Club of Rome Europe.
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Peter Fantke is Associate Professor for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, at the Technical University of Demark and Managing Director of the USEtox International Centre, which develops global scientific consensus models for characterizing toxicity of chemical emissions.
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He develops quantitative methods and mathematical tools for evaluating exposure and human and environmental toxicity impacts from chemicals released along product life cycles to address some of society’s grand challenges, including reducing air pollution, human disease burden, and ecosystem degradation. His current research focuses on advancing alternatives assessment and fostering an absolute sustainability perspective, where societies naturally engineer, design, and consume within the boundaries of our sustaining Earth systems. Peter chairs several international task forces under the auspices of the Life Cycle Initiative hosted at the United Nations Environment Program and is Councillor for a European Exposure Science Strategy in the European Chapter of the International Society of Exposure Science.
Science Policy Adviser, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Jonathan Forman currently holds the post of Science Policy Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), also serving as the Secretary to OPCW’s Scientific Advisory Board.
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After completing graduate studies in 1996, Dr Forman worked for a series of biotechnology companies developing molecular diagnostic and bioanalytical assay technologies for genomic, immunoassay, and cell capture applications; eventually becoming an independent consultant for process and product development of chip-based assay platforms. His professional interests include assessment of emerging technologies, bringing effective science advice into policy making, and science diplomacy. Dr Forman holds a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry from the California State University at San Bernardino and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
Homepage: www.opcw.org (main OPCW page)
https://www.opcw.org/special-sections/science-technology/ (science page)
Twitter: @OPCW_ST (science account), @OPCW (main account for OPCW)
Project Manager, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
He currently works in a project strengthening local qualification structures in Bangladesh and China on chemical management in the textiles industry. Next to qualification of local trainers and cooperation with universities the projects cooperates with private business partners to connect local training structures to international brand and initiatives.
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Additionally Johannes Förster is responsible to generally promote and coordinate GIZ cooperation with private sector, especially on sustainable development topics in textiles and chemical industry.
Executive Director, WECF - Women Engage for a Common Future, The Netherlands
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Michael Graetzel directs the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces.
He pioneered research in the field of energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic systems and their use in energy conversion systems, in particular photovoltaic cells and photo-electrochemical devices for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen and the reduction of carbon dioxide by sunlight as well as the storage of electric power in lithium ion batteries.
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He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline oxide films which successfully mimic the light reaction occurring in green leafs and algae during natural photosynthesis. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are currently produced by industry and sold commercially on the megawatt scale as light-weight flexible cells for powering portable electronic devices and as electricity producing glass panels for application in building integrated photovoltaics. The DSSC has engendered perovskite solar cells (PSCs) that have revolutionized the whole field of photovoltaics reaching over 22% efficiency only a few years after their inception. This exceeds the performance of polycrystalline silicon solar cells.
Author of several books and over 1200 publications that received some 180’000 citations (h-factor 196) he is one of the 3 most highly cited chemists in the world. His recent awards include the Paracelsus Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society, the King Feisal International Science Prize, the Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels, the First Leigh-Ann Conn Prize in Renewable Energy, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the Marcel Benoist Prize, the Paul Karrer Gold Medal, the Gutenberg Research Award, the Millennium Technology Grand Prize, and the Balzan Prize. Other prestigious awards include the Galvani Medal, the Faraday Medal, the Harvey Prize, the Gerischer Award, the Galileo Galilei Award, the City of Florence Award of the Italian chemical Society, the Dutch Havinga Award and Medal, the International Prize of the Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry, the ENI-Italgas Energy-Prize and the year 2000 European Grand Prix of Innovation.
Roel van de Krol
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Germany
Topic: Energy Conversion and Storage
Vice President, German Chemical Society, University of Kiel, Germany
Thisbe Lindhorst studied chemistry at the Universities of München and Münster. She obtained her doctorate with Prof. J. Thiem at the University of Hamburg and performed a postdoctoral training with Prof. S. G. Withers at UBC (Vancouver, Canada).
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Thisbe Lindhorst started her own independent research in the field of the glycosciences at the University of Hamburg and was appointed full professor at Christiana Albertina University of Kiel in 2000. Her research is focused on glycomimetics synthesis, glycoarrays, and the biological role of the glycocalyx.
She is the author of the text book ‘‘Essentials in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry’’ and almost 200 publications.
In 2016 and 2017 Thisbe Lindhorst serves as elected president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), focussing on "Values Thinking" in chemistry.
In 2017, the German Chemical Society is celebrating its 150 year anniversary from 10-15 September in Berlin. On this occasion, GDCh has published a book entitled "Unendliche Weiten" to translate the fascinating world of chemistry and the responsibility of chemistry for a better world for a broader public.
University of Surrey, UK
Topic: Photochemistry and Photocatalysis
Dr. Jian Liu is currently a Reader in Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China, in 2008, to study inorganic materials chemistry and catalysis. He then joined AIBN, UQ as a research fellow for four years, worked as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Curtin University, Australia for another four years.
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In March 2017, Dr Liu joined University of Surrey as a Reader. He will further advance the nanoporous and hollow materials as nanoreactor for energy conversion. Dr. Liu has been PI/CI on over £4 M in sponsored research (including three ARC DP grants, one ARC LP grant, one Chinese Government 1000 young talent plan, two international linkage grants from the Australian Academy of Sciences, and four UQ major grants) in the last eight years, and as of February 2018, has published more than 146 peer reviewed journal articles including top ranking journals such as Nature Mater., Nature Commun., NPG Asia Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., JACS, Chem. Sci., Chem. Soc. Rev., Energy Environ. Sci., Nano Today, Adv.Funct. Mater., Adv. Sci., Small, Chem. Commun., Chem. Eur. J., Chem. Mater., J. Mater. Chem., J. Phys. Chem. C., et al. 1 book, 8 book chapters, and held three authorized Chinese patents and one Chinese provisional patent, and delivered over 40 presentations/seminars in scientific meetings and congresses. A recent search (February 2018) of ISI Web of Science shows his entire publications have been cited for over 9300 times. He has an H-index of 48 and his research has been featured on 21 Cover pages of scientific journals. Two Angewandte Chemie papers were selected as Inside Cover paper, one of them was highlighted as VIP paper. His research works were also highlighted by Chemistry World, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and Nature Mater.. He is the Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, was the Associate Editor of RSC Advances (2015-2017), and Editor for Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering (2015-2017). As recognition of his achievements in research, he was honoured with a prestigious UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), JSPS Invitation Fellowships, UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, President Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and a Young Scientists
Award of the 14th International Congress on Catalysis.
Nanoscale Chemistry and Biomass/Waste Valorisation Group, University of Cordoba, Spain
Topic: Biomass and Valorization of Organic Waste
Rafael Luque (Ph.D 2005 from Universidad de Cordoba, Spain) has a significant experience on biomass and waste valorisation practises to materials, fuels and chemicals as well as nanoscale chemistry (350+ publications, h-index 57, 4 patent applications, 10 edited books) as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide.
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He is also heavily involved in Chemical Education and promoting Science in Developing Countries. Among recent awards, Rafael received the Marie Curie Prize from Instituto Andaluz de Quimica Fina in Spain (2011), the Green Talents award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (2011), the TR35 Spain from Technology Review and MIT as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain (2012), the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award (2013) from the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, the 2015 Lu Jiaxi lectureship from the College of Chemistry and Engineering in Xiamen University (China) and very recently the 2018 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship award. Prof. Luque also combines his academic duties with his activities as young entrepreneur after co‑founding Green Applied Solutions S.L.U. in Spain. From January 2018, Prof. Luque was appointed Editor-in-chief of Molecular Catalysis (Elsevier).
Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Canada
Topic: Synthesis and Catalysis
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Audrey Moores is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry at McGill University. She completed her PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2005, under the supervision of Prof. Pascal Le Floch and received the Best Thesis award of the Ecole Polytechnique that year. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University in 2006 under the guidance of Prof. Robert H. Crabtree, funded by a Lavoisier fellowship from the European Union.
She is a leading expert in the field of catalysis using metal, metal oxide and biomass-based nanomaterials, with a special emphasis on sustainable processes and use of earth abundant starting materials. Her research was recently highlighted in Nature in 2016, and she was selected as an emerging leader in 2017 by the RSC journal Green Chemistry.
She is the scientific director in the board of GreenCenter Canada, an Ontario-based tech transfer company, and the associate director of the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) at McGill since 2017. She is an associate editor for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
In 2011, she was awarded a Science Communication Fellowship for Green Chemistry by Environmental Health News and Advancing Green Chemistry and in 2016 an CNC-IUPAC travel award in 2016 to represent Canada at the IUPAC Green Chemistry conference in Venice Italy in September 2016.
University of Nimes, France
Topic: Sustainable Chemistry in Environmental Science and Pharmacy
Benoit Roig is professor in risk sciences at the University of Nîmes. After several years at French school of Public Health where he was responsible for the Biodiagnostic and Health Unit, he is currently head for the CHROME laboratory (EA7352) focused on the characterization and management of Chronic and Emerging Risks at the University of Nîmes.
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He has been working for fifteen years in the field of the analysis of environmental contaminants (chemical and biology) and the impact of these on terrestrial and aquatic populations. His research concerns in particular exposure and hazard measures for emerging substances as part of the risk assessment procedure. He was coordinator of several European projects, in particular dealing with the presence of emerging micropollutants (pharmaceutical products, endocrine disruptors, …) in water bodies. He is also specialist of the development of sensors, in particular to assess human exposure to chemical and/or biological contaminants.
Head of Department of Sustainable Organic Chemistry and Technology, University of Gent, Belgium
Topic: Microreactors and Electrochemistry
Prof. Dr. ir. Christian V. Stevens (°1965) is currently senior full professor of the Department of Green Chemistry and Technology at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University).
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He graduated at the same department as bio-engineer in chemistry in 1988 and obtained a PhD in 1992 working with Prof. Norbert De Kimpe. He then performed post doctoral work at the University of Florida, USA with the late Prof. Alan Katritzky as a NATO Research Fellow. In 1994, he performed a short postdoctoral stay at the University of Alicante (Spain) with Prof. Miguel Yus and became research leader of the FWO-Flanders (Fund for Scientific Research) in 1995.
In 2000, he became associate professor at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and started the research group SynBioC (Synthesis, Bioresources and Bio-organic Chemistry). In 2014 he became full professor and in 2016 Chair of the Department.
Prof. C.V. Stevens published over 270 international peer reviewed scientific papers (h = 32) and reviews and presented his scientific work at more than 120 international conferences. He lectured at the occasion of several international symposia (USA, Japan, India, Canada, Lithuania, China, Australia…). He holds also several patents on the synthesis and applications of heterocyclic compounds and renewable resources. He has published extensively on synthetic methodology for heterocyclic compounds and natural product analogues.
He is the Series Editor on Renewable Resources that is developed by Wiley (20 books published). He is organiser of the International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB-Conferences; 14th organisation in 2018).
His research interests are focussed on the use of renewable resources for the industry, microreactor technology and on synthetic heterocyclic chemistry related to agrochemical and medicinal applications.
He is an active member of the Flemish Royal Society of Flanders, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry Britain and member of the American Chemical Society.
He was laureate of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, received the award of the Royal Society of Engineers-Flanders and the award of the Society of Bio-engineers of Ghent University. In 2015, he received the First Prize in the Emerging Technologies Competition from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK, London).
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Topic: Mineral Resources and Recycling
Chris Slootweg was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands in 1978 and received his undergraduate education from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2001.
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After earning his Ph.D in 2005, he pursued postdoctoral studies at the ETH Zürich. In 2006, he returned to VU to initiate his independent career. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014, and moved to the University of Amsterdam in 2016. The mission of his laboratory is to educate students at the intersection of fundamental physical organic chemistry, main group chemistry and circular chemistry.
President & Chief Technology Officer, The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry LLC, USA
Topic: Start-ups and Sustainable Chemistry
John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry, and was named a 2016 AAAS‐Lemelson Invention Ambassador. He received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).
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In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non‐profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co‐authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published nearly 300 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, solar energy and construction and paving materials are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring (considered one of the highest awards for US science education), the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader. In 2017 the German Ministry of Economics and The Technical University of Berlin announced the naming of “The John Warner Center for Green Chemistry Start‐Ups” in his honor.