Song Gao, Editor-in-chief
Peking University and Sun Yat-sen University, China
Song Gao got his BS and PhD in chemistry at Peking University (PKU) in 1985 and 1991. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow in TH Aachen from 1995 to 1997. He has been Cheung Kong Professor in College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Peking University since 2002 and served as Dean of this college from 2006-2010.
From 2013-2017, he was a Vice President at Peking University. From 2018-2021, he was appointed President of the South China University of Technology. He is now the President of Sun Yat-sen University. He received the State Natural Science Award (the 2nd Grade) in 2006 because of his contribution to magnetic coordination polymers and molecular nanomagnets. He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007 and in the same year he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).
His research interests are magnetic ordered coordination polymers, molecular nanomagnets, molecular and crystal engineering, and multifunctional molecular materials.
Jun Chen, Associate editor
Nankai University, China
Jun Chen obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Nankai University in 1989 and 1992, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Wollongong University (Australia) in 1999. He held the NEDO fellowship at National Institute of AIST Kansai Center (Japan) from 1999 to 2002.
He has been working as a full professor in Nankai University since 2002. He has been Cheung Kong Professor in College of Chemistry at Nankai University since 2005 and is now serving as Dean of this college from 2017.
He has been elected as Chairman of Chinese Society of Electrochemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2015. His research activities focus on solid-state materials, nanostructured materials, and energy materials chemistry. He received the State Natural Science Award (the 2nd Grade) in 2011 because of his contribution in H/Li/Mg storage and batteries.
Paula Diaconescu, Associate editor
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Paula Diaconescu joined the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005, after spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology. She obtained her PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Christopher Cummins at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working on arene-bridged complexes of uranium.
Her earlier education was completed in Romania, where she obtained her BS from the University of Bucharest and worked on coordination complexes of transition metals and lanthanides at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. Besides awards received from UCLA, she received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2009), a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2014), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015).
The Diaconescu research group is interested in various aspects of metal-ligand cooperation as stem from using ferrocene-based supporting ligands with applications ranging from small molecule activation to the formation of biodegradable polymers. Specific focuses of the group are redox switchable catalysis and biodegradable polymer synthesis.
Svetlana Mintova, Associate editor
Svetlana Mintova is Director of Research, 1st Class in CNRS, LCS, School of Engineering and Normandy University - Caen, France, and Invited Professor in China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China.
She received her PhD from the Technological University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1992. Following academic appointments at the Bulgarian Academy of Science and University of Munich (LMU), Germany, she was appointed as a senior researcher at the CNRS, France, in 2006.
She is the recipient of the Baron Axel Cronstedt award from the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA, 2014), the Donald Breck award from the International Zeolite Association (IZA, 2016), the Qingdao award in recognition for social and research contributions (2019), and the Shandong International Science and Technology Cooperation Award (2019). She is a council member of the IZA, the FEZA, and the Chair of the “Synthesis Commission” of the IZA.
Her scientific interests include preparation of porous materials, zeolites, porous films, coatings, composites and related applications including catalysis, sorption, host-guest chemistry, sensors, membranes, and nanosized porous materials for biomedical applications and optical devices.
Justin J. Wilson, Associate editor
Cornell University, USA
Justin J. Wilson obtained his BS in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 2008 and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working in the lab of Professor Stephen J. Lippard. Following a position as a Seaborg Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he began his independent career as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in 2015. During his independent career at Cornell, he has received many awards including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award, and the 2020 Stiefel Lecture Award at the Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference.
The Wilson Group is engaged in research focusing on bioinorganic, f-element, and radiopharmaceutical chemistry. This research is interdisciplinary with a large emphasis on biomedical applications of inorganic chemistry and metal ion separations.
Teppei Yamada, Associate editor
University of Tokyo, Japan
Teppei Yamada received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Tokyo in 2001 and 2003. After working at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation until 2004, he moved to Kyushu University and received his Ph.D. in 2010. He became an associate professor at Kyushu University in 2012 and a full professor at the University of Tokyo in 2020. He received a JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2021 for his contribution to the research of the creation of thermocell using thermo-responsive molecular science.
His research interests are thermo-electrochemical cells, metal-organic frameworks, coordination chemistry, thermoresponsive polymers, molecular assembly, ionic liquid, and plastic ionic crystals.
Zhiping Zheng, Associate editor
Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Zhiping Zheng received his education at Peking University (BS’87 and MS’90) and the University of California, Los Angeles (PhD’95 with Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne). He conducted postdoctoral research with Professor Richard H. Holm at Harvard University before joining the faculty of the University of Arizona in 1997. He received many prestigious awards, including the CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation and the International Junior Research Award from the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016.
He relocated his research program to the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech, China) in 2017, where he serves as the Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry. He was also the Founding Executive Director of Shenzhen Grubbs Institute at the SUSTech (2018-2019).
His research is primarily concerned with synthetic and materials chemistry of both transition metals and rare earth elements, with a particular interest in molecular and nanostructured materials of significant energy and environmental relevance.
Kyoto University, Japan
Hiroshi Kitagawa finished his Ph.D course in 1991 and received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1992. He moved to Institute for Molecular Science as an assistant professor in 1991, Japan Advanced Institute of Science & Technology as an assistant professor in 1994, University of Tsukuba as an associate professor in 2000, and Kyushu University as a professor in 2003.
In 2009, he returned back to the original laboratory at Kyoto University. He held a visiting appointment at Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory, Royal Institution of Great Britain (1993-1994). He was a chair of the 5th Chemical Sciences and Society Summit, 2013. He is also engaged at Japan Science & Technology Agency as a Research Director of ACCEL and a Research Supervisor of Science and Creation of Innovative Catalysts, PRESTO
His research fields are solid-state chemistry, coordination chemistry, nano-science, low-dimensional electron system, and molecule-based conductors.
Lanzhou University, China
Yu Tang is Changjiang professor at Lanzhou University. She received her B.S. (1993), M.S. (1996), and Ph.D. (1999) degrees in Inorganic Chemistry from College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University. Following postdoctoral research and an associate professorship, she has been a professor at Lanzhou University since 2007. She has received the Young Teacher Award of Fok Yingdong, Excellent Teacher Award of Bao Gang and Higher Education Teacher Award of Gansu Province.
Her research fields include the synthesis and functional regulation of novel rare-earth complexes and their smart devices for luminescent probes, tumor markers/treatment, optical anti-counterfeiting, catalysis, and solar cells.
University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
Xianran Xing is Changjiang professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received his BS degree in chemistry from Anqing Teachers College (1988), and his Ph.D from Department of Physical Chemistry USTB (1994).
His research interests focus on the solid state chemistry, involving syntheses strategy, crystal structure and chemical design for functional materials. The systematic work is done to determine the average structures and local structures of solids.
He leads a group to work on the negative thermal expansion (NTE) in perovskite compounds and related materials, which could be used to tailor thermal expansion coefficients and physical properties. The NTE mechanism is being understood by proposed “spontaneous volume ferroelectrostriction”, which is a new concept, but very common phenomena in ferroelectrics.
Xiamen University, China
Nanfeng Zheng received his B.S. from the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University in 1998. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of California-Riverside. During 2005-2007, he worked on gold catalysis as a research associate at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
In 2007, he moved to Xiamen University as a full professor. He has been appointed as Cheung Kong Professor at Xiamen University since 2010. He has received a number of awards including the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2009), and the Chinese National Young Scientist Award (2016).
His research interests focus on surface and interface chemistry for the development of advanced functional materials for both fundamental research and practical applications, particularly in the fields of catalysis, energy, environmental science and biology.