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.
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.
Dr. Rohit Misra
Assistant Industrial Adviser - Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, India
Topic: Sustainable Chemistry in Developing Countries
Dr. Rohit Misra Completed his PhD from CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur on topic “Electrochemical Degradation of Organic Pollutant by Using Three Dimensional Carbon Electrodes”, Where he developed electrochemical wastewater treatment system for recalcitrant organic pollutant.
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He served as a Assistant Archaeological Chemist Archaeological Survey of India from 2011 to 2013 at Air Pollution and Stone Conservation Laboratory, Agra. In the Archaeological Survey of India, he is actively involved in the ambient air pollution monitoring of Taj Mahal, and the analysis & preservation of Archaeological Artifacts. He has been awarded “DS Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship” by University Grant Commission, India. Dr. Misra also served as a South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHI)Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology, Durban University of Technology, Durban from 2013 to 2014. In Durban basic research is focused on Development of electrochemical harvesting process for microalgae for biodiesel production. His expertise is in Chemistry, Electrochemistry, and Environmental Chemistry, Wastewater treatment, Physical Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry etc. He has published number of international research publications and two book chapters. Several research papers in national and international conferences/seminars were presented by him. Currently Dr Misra is posted in Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Chemicals & Fertilisers Ministry as Assistant Industrial Adviser and looking all matter related to Chemical Weapons Convention, All International Conventions Related to Chemicals, Environmental Issues, SCOMET and Chemical Waste in the Department.
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 editorship for ACS Sustainable Science & Technology.
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.
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.