Javier Pérez-Ramírez, Chair
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Javier Pérez-Ramírez, FRSC, is Full Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology. His research pursues the discovery and understanding of catalytic materials and process concepts enabling the transition towards sustainable chemical and energy production. He is a Highly Cited Researcher in the field of chemistry and his work has been recognized by several awards, most recently the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis for the North American Catalysis Society in 2019, the EFCATS Robert K. Grasselli Award for Catalysis in 2021, and the Horizon Prize John Jeyes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry in 2022. He founded and currently directs NCCR Catalysis (www.nccr-catalysis.ch), a Swiss Centre of Competence in Research devoted to the development of carbon-neutral chemicals across the whole value chain through catalytic processes.
Aiwen Lei, Associate Editor
College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, The Institute for Advanced Studies, Wuhan University, P. R. China
Aiwen Lei received his PhD degree in chemistry from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 2000 in the group of Prof. Xiyan Lu. In 2000 he moved as a postdoc to Pennsylvania State University and the group of Prof. Xumu Zhang, where he worked on asymmetric catalysis. This was followed by a second postdoctoral position in 2003 at Stanford University under the guidance of Prof. James P. Collman, where he worked on porphyrin-catalysed asymmetric epoxidation.
In 2005 he became a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University. In 2015 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently serving as an Associate Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) at Wuhan University. He features on the Clarivate 2022 Highly Cited List. His main research interests concern the development of oxidative coupling reactions, especially involving oxygen as the terminal oxidant and mechanistic studies for an in-depth understanding of chemical reactions.
Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli, Associate Editor
CNRS and ESCPE Lyon, France
Alessandra is CNRS director of research in the “Surface organometallic chemistry” team of the C2P2 laboratory in Lyon (France). Her research in the C2P2 unit, under triple tutelage CNRS CPE and Université de Lyon 1, focuses on gaining molecular understanding of the interaction between organometallic precursors and solid surfaces, such as silica and more recently, metal organic frameworks and 2D supports, in route to heterogeneous catalysts and functional materials. As chairwoman of the Sustanability Chair of Chemical, Physics and Electronic Engineering School CPE Lyon, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses an organizes the biyearly international conference “CO2 Forum” on large scale carbon dioxide utilisations”.
She has coauthored over 65 papers, among which 2 reviews, 2 book chapters and 3 patents and has edited 1 book. She serves as referee and evaluator in several French and European instances.
University of Poitiers, France
François Jerome received his PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Burgundy in 2000 in the group of Prof. R. Guilard. Then, he moved as a postdoc to the University of California, Davis in the group of Prof. K. M. Smith followed by a second postdoctoral position at the University of Rennes 1 under the guidance of Prof. P. H. Dixneuf, where he worked on ruthenium-catalyzed reactions. In 2002, he joined the CNRS as a permanent researcher in the Laboratoire de Catalyse en Chimie Organique located at the University of Poitiers. In 2011, he was promoted as a CNRS research director at the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers. In 2015, he created the research federation INCREASE, hosted by the CNRS, gathering scientists from academia working together with chemical companies on the design of sustainable chemicals. He is now deputy of the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers, member of the executive committee of the French division of Catalysis and chairman of the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC); editions 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. His main research interests concern the development of technologies capable of activating and converting concentrated feed of renewable polyols (glycerol, mono- and polysaccharides) to specialty chemicals.
Laurel L. Schafer
The University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Laurel L. Schafer has received her BSc from the University of Guelph and her PhD from the University of Victoria. She then went on to the University of California-Berkley to complete an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. T. D. Tilley. In 2001, she joined the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where she is now a professor and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Development. The Schafer group has developed a family of N,O-chelated early transition metal complexes for atom-economic catalysis to prepare amines, heterocycles, and amine-containing polymers. For this work Laurel has received numerous awards including a Schlenk Lecture Award from the University of Tübingen (2021), a CSC Award, a Humboldt Award, a Killam Research Fellowship and a Killam Award for Graduate Student Mentorship.
University of York, UK
Professor Helen F. Sneddon is Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York. She studied Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Steven V. Ley. Following postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine, with Professor Larry Overman, she joined GSK in Stevenage, UK in 2007. While at GSK, she developed a particular interest in Green Chemistry as applied to the Pharmaceutical Industry, including solvent and reagent selection, metrics, and the development of more efficient transformations. She has been involved in numerous industry / academia collaborations over the years, and in April 2022 made the move from industry to academia, in York. She is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Tohoku University, Japan
Keiichi Tomishige received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Graduate School of Science, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo. During his Ph.D. course in 1994, he moved to Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo as a research associate. In 1998, he became a lecturer, and then he moved to Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba as a lecturer in 2001. Since 2004 he has been an associate professor, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba. Since 2010, he is a professor, School of Engineering, Tohoku University. His research interests are the development of heterogeneous catalysts for 1) production of biomass-derived chemicals, 2) direct synthesis of organic carbonates from CO2 and alcohols, 3) steam reforming of biomass tar.
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Professor Tao Zhang received his PhD in 1989 from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). After one year in University of Birmingham as a post-doctoral fellow, he joined DICP again in 1990 where he was promoted to a full professor in 1995. He was the director-general of DICP from 2007 to 2016. His research interests are mainly focused on the catalytic conversion of biomass and single-atom catalysis. He has won many important awards, such as the National Invention Prize, Distinguished Award of CAS, Excellent Scientist Award of Chinese Catalysis Society, Zhou Guangzhao Award, and HLHL Prize. Prof Tao Zhang is the author or co-author of more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 110 patents. He was elected as an academician of Chinese academy of Sciences in 2013 and was appointed as the vice president of Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2016.