Anouk Rijs, Chair
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor Anouk Rijs is the chair of Analytics of Biomolecular Interactions of the Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL). She is an expert on IR action spectroscopy combined with mass spectrometry for structural characterization of biomolecules such as peptides and carbohydrates. Her work focuses predominantly on the understanding of the complex mechanism of amyloid-forming polypeptides related to pathogenic neurodegenerative diseases and functional amyloids by advancing mass spectrometry and spectroscopic methods.
Henry Schaefer, Deputy Chair
University of Georgia, USA
Professor Henry F. Schaefer III is currently Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, USA. His research involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics.
Bo Albinsson, Associate editor
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Dr Bo Albinsson is Professor of Physical Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. He is currently Director of the Excellence Initiative Nano at Chalmers and a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Professor Albinsson has a long-standing interest in mechanisms for energy and electron transfer reactions with relevance for solar energy research and he has lately also been involved in developing DNA nanostructures with photo redox active functionalizations.
Luis Bañares, Associate editor
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Professor Luis Bañares is Chair of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Ultrafast Lasers at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain. 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.
Maria Lucia Curri, Associate Editor
University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
M. Lucia Curri is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of the University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy) and Associate Research Scientist at the Institute for Physical and Chemical Processes of the Italian National Research Council (IPCF-CNR). She received her PhD from the University of Bari (Italy) in 1997, then she worked at CNR until 2018, when she was appointed Full Professor at the University of Bari Aldo Moro.
She is active in the field of materials chemistry, targeting the design and fabrication of inorganic and hybrid solids at the nanoscale to obtain multifunctional nanostructured materials and the investigation of their properties.
Her research is focused on developing original strategies for the preparation and functionalization of colloidal nanocrystal based inorganic and hybrid materials, both for fundamental studies and photocatalytic, optoelectronic, energy, (bio)sensing and biomedical applications. She has experience in surface engineering of nanoparticles and nanocrystals, for bioconjugation, organization in mesoscale structures and integration in nanocomposites.
Chantal Daniel, Associate editor
Institute of Chemistry, University of Strasbourg, France
Chantal Daniel is Emeritus CNRS Research Director at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Strasbourg. She graduated in 1985 with a PhD on transition metal complexes excited states and strong electron correlation. She joined the Institute for Molecular Sciences Okazaki, Japan in 1986 as JSPS fellow and IBM Research group Kingston, USA in 1988 as post-doc associate. Her research in theoretical chemistry is focused on photophysics and photochemistry of coordination compounds and excited state properties, including quantum dynamics. Using electronic structure theory and vibronic models Daniel group simulated ultrafast processes in transition metal complexes used as luminescent probes, electron transfer triggers, DNA intercalators and photoinduced release carbonyl materials.
Keith Gordon, Associate editor
University of Otago, New Zealand
Keith Gordon is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He graduated from the Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland) in 1989 and focused on laser spectroscopy of solar energy compounds. He was awarded a Director’s Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratories, USA, and worked with Professor W H Woodruff from 1989 – 1992 on ultrafast laser spectroscopy of biological systems and solar energy materials. In 1993 Keith took up a lecturing post in the Chemistry Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, becoming Professor in 2009 in that department and serving as Head from 2018 – 2022. Keith is a founding Principal Investigator in two New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence, the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. Keith’s research interests focus on understanding the properties of conducting polymers, nanostructured electromaterials, such as those found in dye-sensitised solar cells, dairy products and pharmaceuticals using spectroscopy and computational chemistry.
Jürgen Janek, Associate editor
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Jürgen Janek is Professor for Physical Chemistry and Director of the Center for Materials Research at Justus Liebig University and Scientific Director of the Batteries and Electrochemistry Laboratory (BELLA) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His research fields are the physical chemistry of solids, solid state ionics and electrochemistry. He focuses on transport processes in mixed ion-/electron-conducting materials (MIEC), solid state reactions and interface kinetics – with a strong background in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. More recently, he is working on materials and concepts for new types of batteries, ranging from lithium ion batteries, metal-oxygen and metal-sulfur batteries to solid-state batteries. He combines electrochemical measurements with advanced in situ and operando analytical techniques, including x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, diffraction and electron microscopy.
Hiroshi Kondoh, Associate editor
Keio University, Japan
Hiroshi Kondoh is professor of chemistry at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan. His research interests concern the understanding of surface reactions. In particular he has been working on development of in situ/operando techniques using synchrotron-based x-ray surface spectroscopies and their application to elucidation of the mechanisms of functional materials such as heterogeneous catalysts.
Anna Krylov, Associate editor
University of Southern California, USA
Anna Krylov is the Gabilan Distinguished Professor in Science and Engineering and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern California. Her research is focused on theoretical modelling of open-shell and electronically excited species. She develops robust black-box methods to describe complicated multi-configurational wave functions in single-reference formalisms, the spin-flip approach, many-body theories for describing metastable electronic states, and tools for spectroscopy modelling. Using the tools of computational chemistry, and in collaboration with experimental laboratories, Krylov investigates the role that radicals and electronically excited species play in combustion, gas- and condensed-phase chemistry, solar energy, bioimaging, and quantum information science.
Prabal Maiti, Associate editor
Indian Institute of Science, India
Prabal K. Maiti is Professor and currently the chair in the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He works in the area of Multiscale Modelling of Soft and Bio-materials. His major research goal is to pursue theoretical and numerical modelling connecting molecular and macroscopic length scales to improve basic understanding of various soft-matter and biological systems, both from a fundamental and an applied point of view. Areas of current research interest include structure and dynamics of hyperbranched and conjugated polymer, charge transport in molecular systems, DNA-based nanotechnology, and confined fluid. Prof Maiti received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from IIT, Kanpur, India followed by postdoctoral stays at MPIP, Mainz, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Caltech, USA. He is a fellow of Indian academy of Science and recipient of Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and Fulbright fellowship.
Ron Naaman, Associate editor
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Born in Israel, Professor Ron Naaman earned his BSc in 1973 from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and his PhD in 1978 from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University in California, and spent a year in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University. In 1981, Professor Naaman joined the Weizmann Institute. From 1989-1995, Ron chaired the Institute’s Chemical Services Unit and from 1995-2000, he headed the Department of Chemical Physics. From 2008-2010, Prof. Naaman was the Chair of the Scientific Council at the Institute. Professor Naaman is the incumbent of the Aryeh and Mintzi Katzman Professorial Chair. His research focusses on studying interaction of electrons and their spin with organic and bio-related molecules.
Isaac Tamblyn, Associate editor
University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr Tamblyn is a machine learning manager at Square, an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa, and is a Faculty Affiliate of the Vector Institute of Artificial Intelligence. He also holds Adjunct status in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Previously, he worked as a Senior Research Officer at National Research Council of Canada.
His research is focused on the application of deep learning and reinforcement learning methods in chemical physics, particularly in the areas of electronic structure theory and nanoscale self-assembly.
Dr Tamblyn conducted postdoctoral studies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow). He earned his PhD in Physics from Dalhousie University in 2010 as a Killam Scholar and spent time as a visiting student at UC Berkeley and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
Yunjie Xu, Associate editor
University of Alberta, Canada
Dr Yunjie Xu is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Chirality and Chirality Recognition and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her work centres on non-covalent interactions in chiral aggregates and on chirality recognition, transfer, and amplification mechanisms.
Dr Xu studies conformational landscapes of chiral contact pairs and aggregates by using rotational and ro-vibrational spectroscopies and hybrid laser-mass spectroscopy, and chiral phenomena in the condensed phase by vibrational circular dichroism and Raman optical activity spectroscopies, in combination with theoretical modelling.
John Zhang, Associate editor
NYU Shanghai, China
John Zhang is professor of chemistry at New York University Shanghai and Director of NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry at NYU Shanghai. His current research focuses on protein structure and dynamics, fragment quantum chemistry study of biomolecules, polarizable force field, protein-ligand interaction, protein-protein interaction, ab initio molecular dynamics study of biomolecules and computational drug design.