Shengming Ma, Editor-in-Chief
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China
Shengming Ma was born in 1965 in Zhejiang, China. He received his PhD from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) and became an Assistant Professor there in 1991. After postdoctoral research at the ETH with Professor Venanzi and Purdue University with Professor Negishi, he returned to SIOC in 1997. From February 2003 to September 2007, he was jointly appointed by SIOC and Zhejiang University (ZJU). In October 2007, he moved to East China Normal University to help build the research program in organic chemistry. Currently, he works as a research professor at SIOC and Qiu Shi Adjunct Professor at ZJU. He received the Mr & Mrs Sun Chan Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry (2004), OMCOS Springer Award (2005), National Award for Research in Natural Science in China (Second-Class, 2006), and Natural Science Awards of Shanghai (First-Class, 2010). He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and TWAS.
Arjan W. Kleij, Associate Editor
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain
Arjan W. Kleij received his MSc in 1996 and PhD in 2000 from Utrecht University working on dendrimer- and polymer-supported homogeneous catalysts. In 2000, he moved to industry and worked for more than 3 years at Avantium in its pharmaceutical branch, and later at Hexion as a research scientist. In 2002-2005, he was a postdoc at UAM in Madrid (Spain) and at the University of Amsterdam. In 2006, he moved to the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) and became Group Leader, and was promoted to ICREA Professor in 2011. He is the recipient of a NWO Talent Fellowship and an ICREA junior grant, and recently featured in the author profile section of Angewandte Chemie. Arjan has (co)authored around 180 papers and 4 patent applications with >9600 citations (h-index 55). He is chair of the Carbon Dioxide Conversion Catalysis (CDCC) conference and the EuGSC-4. His main research interests are stereoselective small molecule synthesis and conversion.
Chulbom Lee, Associate Editor
Seoul National University, South Korea
Chulbom Lee obtained his BS & MS degrees from Seoul National University (1988 and 1990), where his advisor was Professor Eun Lee. After military service, he came back to SNU as a Research Associate at the Institute of Basic Sciences. In 1992, he was selected as a National Merit Scholar in Chemistry by the Korean Ministry of Education and went to Stanford University for his PhD studies under the guidance of Professor Barry Trost. In 1998, he moved to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to work with Professor Samuel Danishefsky as a US Army Breast Cancer Research Fellow. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department of Princeton University as Assistant Professor and in 2008, he moved back to his alma mater, SNU. He is currently Associate Chair of the Department while serving as Vice President of the Korean Chemical Society and the Korean Society of Organic Synthesis. He was the recipient of the Roche Award in Organic Chemistry (1998), the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Fellowship (1999-2001), the Thieme Journal Award (2001), the Amgen Young Investigator Award (2006), and the SNU Chemistry Teaching Award (2011).
His research is focused on the development of novel reactions and strategies for chemical synthesis.
Jennifer Schomaker, Associate Editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Professor Schomaker began her research career at Dow Chemical in Organic Chemicals and Polymers, later moving to Agricultural Chemicals Process Research, where she participated in route selection and scale-up campaigns for two new herbicides. After 7 years in industry, she obtained her Ph.D. with Professor Babak Borhan at Michigan State University in 2006 before moving to UC-Berkeley as an NIH postdoctoral fellow under Professors Robert G. Bergman and F. Dean Toste. She joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009, where she is a full professor. Her research focuses on new methodologies for preparing stereochemically complex, densely functionalized amines, catalyst-controlled, tunable chemo- and site-selective C-H functionalizations, uncovering new reactivities catalyzed by first-row transition metals, total synthesis of bioactive natural and unnatural products, and development of new bioorthogonal labeling reagents. Awards include the NSF-CAREER, Sloan Research Fellowship, Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, ACS-WCC Rising Star Award, ACS DOC Early Academic Investigator Award, MSU Distinguished Alumni Award, and UW-Vilas Mid-Career and UW2020 Awards. She was named a 2016 Kavli Fellow and a 2019 Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Miller Visiting Professor at UC-Berkeley.
Frank Würthner, Associate editor
University of Würzburg, Germany
Frank Würthner received his education in Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart (doctoral degree 1994) and carried out postdoctoral research at MIT in Cambridge/MA (USA). After two years at BASF and five years at the University of Ulm (Habilitation in 2001) he became chair professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg in 2002. Here he has served as head of the Institute of Organic Chemistry, dean of the Chemistry Department and founding director of the Center for Nanosystems Chemistry.
His main research interests include the synthesis of pi-conjugated molecules and functional dyes, their application in organic electronics, photonics and photovoltaics, the construction of complex supramolecular architectures composed of pi-scaffolds, the mechanistic elucidation of self-assembly processes, and the investigation of light-induced processes in dye-based nanosystems.
He has published more than 400 papers and is listed since 2014 regularly among the highly cited chemists of the last decade. He is an elected member of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His awards include the Arnold-Sommerfeld-Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Science (2002), the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Award of the Royal Society of Spain (2016) and the Ta-Shue Chou Lectureship Award of Academia Sinica (2018).
Qian Zhang, Associate Editor
Northeast Normal University, China
Professor Qian Zhang was born in 1971 in Jilin, China. She received her BS and MS degrees from Department of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University (1993 and 1996) . She obtained her PhD degree (2003) from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Professor Lixiang Wang in the research field of organic light emitting materials. Then, as a visiting scholar, she spent half a year in the University of Sydney, Australia. She worked at Northeast Normal University for 23 years, ranking from Assistant, Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor.
Her research interest is focused on the development of novel reactions and strategies for organic synthesis.
Pei-Qiang Huang, Associate Editor
Xiamen University, China
Professor Pei-Qiang Huang received his BS in 1982 from Xiamen University (China), and D. E. A. in 1984 from Université de Montpellier II (France) under the direction of the late Professor B. Castro (INSERM-CNRS). After accomplishing the research work at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN), CNRS under the direction of Professor Dr. H.-P. Husson, his received his Ph D from the Université de Paris-Sud (Orsay) (France) in 1987. After two years postdoctoral research at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC, CAS) with the late Professor W.-S. Zhou, he returned to Xiamen University in 1990 and appointed as an associate Professor. He was promoted to a full Professor in 1993. He is a Fellow of the RSC since 2006.
Professor Huang has co-edited four books including: Efficiency in Natural Product Total Synthesis, P.-Q. Huang; Z.-J. Yao; R. P. Hsung Eds. 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Among other prizes, he received the Award for Creativity on Organic Synthesis of the Organic Chemistry Division, Chinese Chemical Society (2007) and the Award of Excellent Achievements on Natural Science (Second class) of Ministry of Education (2017).
Bill Morandi, Associate Editor
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Professor Bill Morandi studied at ETH Zürich (2003–2008), receiving a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Chemical Biology. From 2008 to 2012, he pursued his PhD in organic synthesis at the same institution in the labs of Professor Erick M. Carreira. Afterwards, he moved to the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) for a postdoctoral stay with Professor Robert H. Grubbs. From 2014 to 2018, he was an independent Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim, Germany), before subsequently returning to ETH Zürich as a Professor in 2018.
His research program targets the design and development of new catalytic reactions for the synthesis of small molecules and materials, as well as the valorization of renewable feedstocks and waste material. He has received numerous awards, among them a Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry, the Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize from the German Chemical Society and a selection as a C&EN's Talented 12.
University of California, San Diego, USA
Guy Bertrand studied chemistry at the University of Montpellier and received his PhD from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. After being a CNRS group leader (French National Center for Scientific Research) at the University of Toulouse, and then at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS, he worked as the Director of the Laboratoire d'Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée at the University Paul Sabatier. From 2001 to 2012 he served as the Director of the UCR/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory, and since July 2012 he has worked as a Distinguished Professor and Director of the UCSD/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the French Academy of Technology (2000), the Academia Europaea (2002), the European Academy of Sciences (2003), the French Academy of Sciences (2004), and is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences (2006). He has recently received the Sir Ronald Nyholm Medal of the RSC (2009), the Grand Prix Le Bel of the French Chemical Society (2010), the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2014), the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award of the RSC (2016),and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2017).
Ecole Polytechnique Fédéralde de Lausanne, Switzerland
Nicolai Cramer studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and earned his PhD degree in 2005 under the guidance of Professor Sabine Laschat. After a short research stage at Osaka University, Japan, he joined the group of Professor Barry M. Trost at Stanford University as a Feodor-Lynen postdoctoral fellow in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as Habilitant at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, recieving his venia legendi in 2010. Subsequently, he joint the EPF Lausanne, Switzerland as Assistant Professor. Nicolai was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and subsequently to Full Professor in 2015. Among other prizes, he received the Novartis Early Career, BASF Catalysis and Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award as well as the Werner and the Latsis Prize.
Sorbonne Université, France
Louis Fensterbank was born in Poitiers in 1967 and raised in Tours. He graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon in 1990 and obtained his Ph.D. on silicon-tethered reactions in 1993 at SUNY Stony Brook under the supervision of Scott Sieburth. After a temporary lecturer position at UPMC in 1994, he was appointed in 1995 Chargé de Recherche CNRS in Max Malacria’s team. In 2004, he obtained a professor position at UPMC, and now in Sorbonne Université, in 2008, he was nominated junior member at the Institut Universitaire de France. His research interests concern the discovery of new molecular transformations relying on radical or organometallic processes and their applications to the synthesis of substrates with relevant properties (e.g., natural products, probes, ligands). In 2009, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Australian National University, Canberra and in 2017, he was Invited Professor at Osaka Prefecture University. Recently, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016) and he received the Prix de la Division de Chimie Organique of the French Chemical Society (2016) and the Silver Medal from CNRS (2017).
Southern Illinois University, USA
Lichang Wang received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Copenhagen, Denmark (1993-1994), University of Cambridge, U.K. (1994-1998), University College London, U. K. (1996-1997), and The Ohio State University (1998-2001) before joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2001. She is currently the Department Chair.
The ongoing research of the Wang group focuses on organic small molecules as sensitizers and transition metal catalysts for ethanol oxidation as well as developing new computational methods to accurately study these systems.
Westlake University, China
Dan Yang obtained her B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Fudan University in 1985. Through the U.S.-China Chemistry Graduate Program, she obtained an M.A. from Columbia in 1988 under the direction of Professor Ronald Breslow. She then joined Professor Daniel Kahne’s group at Princeton and got her Ph.D. in 1991. In the same year, she won a postdoctoral fellowship award from the Cancer Research Institute in New York to support her two-year research in Professor Stuart Schreiber’s group at Harvard. She started her independent career on organic chemistry and chemical biology at the University of Hong Kong in 1993 and was later promoted to a chair professor of chemistry and the Morningside Professor in Chemical Biology. In August 2021, Professor Yang joined Westlake University as a chair professor in both School of Life Sciences and School of Science.
Dan Yang’s research interests include (1) development of fluorescent sensors for imaging cellular reactive oxygen/nitrogen species and investigating their relevant biological pathways; (2) design, characterization and biomedical applications of self-assembled synthetic ion channels and transporters; (3) using natural products and synthetic compounds as probes to investigate signal transduction processes in inflammation and cancer.