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Honorary Board

M Eigen HonFRSC

Göttingen, Germany

R Ernst

Zürich, Switzerland

G Ertl HonFRSC

Berlin, Germany

J Jortner FRSC

Tel Aviv, Israel

H S Kroto CChem HonFRSC

Florida, USA

Y T Lee

Academia Sinica, Chinese Taipei

W H Miller

Berkeley, USA

J Polanyi HonFRSC

Toronto, Canada

Gabor A. Somorjai

California, USA

R N Zare HonFRSC

Stanford, USA

Ahmed Zewail

California, USA

Editorial Board

Robert (Benny) Gerber

Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel

Seong Keun Kim

Seoul National University, Korea

Marie-Paule Pileni

Deputy Chair
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Associate Editors

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Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh

Dr Ajayaghosh is a CSIR Outstanding Scientist at the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), India. He completed his PhD at the University of Calicut after graduating from Kerala University with a BSc.  His research interests include supramolecular chemistry, chemosensors, low band-gap polymers, fluorescent gels, organic nanostructures and photoresponsive systems.

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Bo Albinsson

Bo Albinsson is professor in Physical Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. He is currently vice head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with responsibility for the graduate training (presently over 200 PhD students in four graduate schools) and will become the Director of the Chalmers Area of Advance for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology beginning in 2015. Albinsson has a long-standing interest in mechanisms for energy and electron transfer reactions with relevance for solar energy research and he has lately been involved in developing DNA nanostructures with photo redox active functionalizations. 13 students have completed their PhD under the supervision of Bo Albinsson and he has published over 120 refereed scientific publications in mostly high impact journals. 

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Katsuhiko Ariga

Professor Ariga is the Director of Supermolecules Group at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. His research covers supermolecular chemistry and surface science, including the boundaries between organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and materials chemistry. His major interests are the fabrication of novel functional nanostructures based on molecular recognition and self-assembly, including Langmuir-Blodgett films, layer-by-layer films, and mesoporous materials.

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Luis Bañares

Professor Bañares is Chair of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Ultrafast Lasers at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain. He received his PhD in Chemistry from UCM in 1990. Following postdoctoral research associate positions at California Institute of Technology (USA) and Universität Würzburg (Germany) with Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships, respectively, he joined UCM as an assistant professor, associate professor and since 2007 as full professor. His research interests are related to experimental and theoretical chemical reaction dynamics and femtochemistry. His work focuses on the understanding of fundamental chemical reactions and photodissociation processes at a molecular level.

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Martina Havenith

Professor Havenith is Chair of Physical Chemistry at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany.  Her group concentrates on the development of laser techniques to investigate fundamental problems at the physics-biophysical chemistry interface. This includes terahertz spectroscopy as a tool to probe the solvation dynamics of biomolecules, and high resolution IR spectroscopy to look at molecular aggregates, as well as IR micro- and nanoscopy.  She is the coordinator of the cluster of excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation) funded by the German science foundation. Her research seeks to answer such questions as 'What is the role of water in biomolecular processes?', 'How do molecules aggregate at ultra-cold temperatures?' and 'How do we map chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces?'

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Hedi Mattoussi

Professor Matoussi received his BS in Physics from the Faculty of Sciences Tunis, Tunisia in 1982, moving to the Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris for postgraduate studies. He is now Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Florida State University. His research focuses on understanding, controlling and tailoring the interfaces between inorganic nanocrystals and biological (as well as non-biological) systems. The work involves the design synthesis and characterisation of inorganic nanocrystals and multidentate, multifunctional ligands, as well as designing nanoparticle-bioconjugates as analytical tools for sensing, imaging and diagnostics.

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Martin Pumera

Martin Pumera is an Assoc. Prof. at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his PhD at Charles University, Czech Republic, in 2001. After two postdoctoral stays (in the USA, Spain), he joined the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, in 2006 for a tenure-track arrangement and stayed there until Spring 2008 when he accepted a tenured position at NIMS. In 2009, Prof. Pumera received a ERC-StG award and in 2010 joined NTU. Prof. Pumera has broad interests in nanomaterials, microsystems and electrochemistry, in the specific areas of 1D and 2D materials, micro/nanomotors, lab on a chip, sensing and energy storage devices. He published over 300 peer-reviewed articles.

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David Rueda

Professor Rueda is Chair of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at Imperial College, London. Research in the Rueda lab involves the development of quantitative single-molecule approaches to investigate the mechanism of complex biochemical systems, including RNA, DNA and proteins.

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Henry F. Schaefer III

Dr. Schaefer is currently Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, USA. He received his B.S. degree in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Stanford University. For 18 years he served as a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. His research involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics. 

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Gaoquan Shi

Professor Shi obtained his BS (1985), MS (1988) and PhD (1992) degrees from Nanjing University and worked as a lecturer at the same University, becoming an Associate Professor in 1993 and full Professor in 1995. He took up a position as Professor of Chemistry at Tsinghua University in 2000. His research interests are focused on functional polymers, especially the syntheses and applications of conducting polymers and carbon nanomaterials.

Advisory Board

C Adamo

ENSCP Chimie Paris Tech, France

H Ågren

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Carlos Otero Arean CChem MRSC

University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

E Arunan FRSC

Indian Institute of Science, India

Mike Ashfold CChem FRSC

University of Bristol, UK

Vincenzo Barone

Pisa, Italy

Phil Bartlett CChem FRSC

University of Southampton, UK

Matthias Bickelhaupt

Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands

Piergiorgio Casavecchia FRSC

University of Perugia, Italy

Charusita Chakravarty

IIT Delhi, India

Ove Christiansen

University of Aarhus, Denmark

David Clary CChem FRSC

University of Oxford, UK

Avelino Corma FRSC

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Mattanjah DeVries

University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Jairton Dupont

UFRGS, Brazil

Alain Fuchs FRSC

ENSCP, France

Asuka Fujii

Tohoku University, Japan

Marco Garavelli

Università di Bologna, Italy

Daniella Goldfarb

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Stefan Grimme

University of Bonn, Germany

Taekjip Ha

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Greg Hartland

University of Notre Dame, USA

Rob Hillman

University of Leicester, UK

So Hirata

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Pavel Hobza FRSC

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Republic

Yasuhiro Iwasawa

University of Tokyo, Japan

Roman Krems

The University of British Columbia, Canada

Wolfgang Lubitz

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany

Julie MacPherson

University of Warwick, UK

Manfred Martin

RWTH Aachen, Germany

Y Matsumoto

Kyoto University, Japan

Gerard Meijer

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany

Paul Mulvaney

University of Melbourne, Australia

Ron Naaman

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

David Nesbitt

University of Colorado, USA

Dan Neumark

UC Berkeley, USA

Modesto Orozco

IRB Barcelona - Parc Científic de Barcelona, Spain

Michel Orrit

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Pekka Pyykkö

University of Helsinki, Finland

A R Ravishankara FRSC

Colorado State University, USA

Joachim Sauer

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Ferdi Schüth

Max Planck Gesellschaft, Germany

Ruth Signorell

University of British Columbia, Canada

Martin Suhm FRSC

University of Göttingen, Germany

Dage Sundholm

University of Helsinki, Finland

Zhong-Qun Tian FRSC

Xiamen University, China

Jürgen Troe

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Alessandro Troisi

University of Warwick, UK

Jeroen van Bokhoven

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Li-jun Wan

Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Wenchuan Wang FRSC

Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Bert Weckhuysen FRSC

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Hans-Joachim Werner

University of Stuttgard, Germany

Xueming Yang

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Anne Zehnacker-Rentien

Université Paris-Sud 11, France

Ownership Board

PCCP is co-owned by 18 national chemical societies and is run by an Ownership Board, on which all the Owner Societies have equal representation.

J Aoiz


P Balczewski


J Sauer


S Park


H Cohen


M Coote


W Ernst


J Keegan


W Grünbein


K Holmberg


B Lennox


M Mahramanlioglu


M Michel


S Pignataro


S D Price CChem MRSC


M Quack


M Räsänen


R Rendle

(New Zealand)

J Seddon


E Uggerud


P Westh


A Zecchina