Russell Cox, Editor-in-chief
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Russell Cox was born and brought up in New Forest, UK. He studied Chemistry at the University of Durham, UK, and gained his bachelor's degree in 1989. He stayed at Durham to study for a PhD in biological chemistry with Prof. David O’Hagan. Two periods of post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta (with Prof. John Vederas FRS) and the John Innes Centre, UK (with Prof. David Hopwood FRS) were followed by his first academic appointment at the University of Bristol in 1996. He was promoted to Professor of Organic and Biological Chemistry at Bristol in 2009 and then moved to become Professor of Microbiological Chemistry at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, in 2013. His research interests encompass biosynthesis and metabolite engineering in fungi. He has previously served as an editorial board member for RSC Advances and Natural Product Reports.
Karen Faulds, Editor-in-chief
University of Strathclyde, UK
Karen Faulds (KF) is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and other spectroscopic techniques for novel analytical detection strategies. Her research involves the quantitative analysis of biomolecules using SERS combined with functionalised metal nanoparticles to exploit the inherent sensitivity and multiplexing capabilities of SERS to develop bioanalytical approaches. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has filed 5 patents. She is the recipient of the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year award (2009), the RSC Joseph Black Award (2013) and the Craver Award from the Coblentz Society (2016). In 2011 she was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She is the Strathclyde Director of the EPSRC and MRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, OPTIMA. She is the current Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG).
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Bob Baker was born in Blaenavon, South Wales. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick and his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. P. G. Edwards at Cardiff University (1997-2001) on early transition metal triphosphamacrocycles. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Cameron Jones (2001-2005), working on low oxidation state group 13 compounds, followed by an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship held at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, working with Prof. Dr. Matthias Tamm on substituted cyclohepatrienyl early transition metal complexes. From 2006-2008 he was a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, before moving to Trinity College in January 2009. His research interests are in fundamental and applied actinide chemistry and the development of new transition metal complexes for catalysis.
Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University, Türkiye
Fabienne Dumoulin is a faculty at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar University. She studied first biology, graduated in biochemistry then completed her PhD with a European Label in Organic Chemistry at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France (2002). After a post-doc in Pisa, Italy, she settled in Turkiye in 2005. She has been awarded several Young Scientist Awards: TUBA-GEBİP from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (2015), BAGEP from the Bilim Akademisi (2015) and the Mustafa N Parlar Foundation of METU (2016). She guest-edited a themed issue ‘Nano- and Molecular Engineering of Photosensitisers’ for Photobiol. Photochem. Sci. (Nov 2018), has co-edited the book series “Porphyrin Science by Women” published in January 2021, and recently contributed to the book series Fundamentals of Porphyrin Chemistry: A 21st Century Approach. She has co-authored 85+ publications (research articles, reviews and book chapters), and has supervised a dozen of Master and PhD students so far. She is an associate editor of RSC Advances since 2015.
Her research interests focus on the design and synthesis of tetrapyrrolic derivatives, mainly phthalocyanines for photodynamic therapy to treat cancer and combat AMR, either molecular or with nanotechnology. She is also interested in the energy and catalytic applications of phthalocyanines.
Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur
Surajit Ghosh was born in West Bengal, India. He studied Organic Chemistry at the University of Calcutta, India, and gained his Master of Science in Organic Chemistry in 2000. Then, he moved to Syngene International Pvt. Ltd (Biocon INDIA Group) and worked as a Scientist till July 2004 on a drug discovery project. Subsequently, he moved to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in August 2004 for his doctoral studies in the group of Prof. Sandeep Verma in the area of Peptide Self-assembly. After completing his Ph. D. in July 2008, he received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cell Biology and Biophysics Division of European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany with Dr Thomas Surrey (August 2008), where he worked on the organization of microtubule and molecular motor proteins till December 2010. He joined CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology Kolkata, India in 2011, and worked as a Principal Scientist till July 2019. Subsequently, he joined as a Professor in the Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur in July 2019. He is a recipient of the BIOCON Tribute award, EMBL Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Ramanujan Fellowship, Indian Peptide Society Young Scientist Award, Asima Chatterjee Young Scientist Award, Syamasri Gupta Young Scientist Award, CSIR-CDRI Award for Excellence in Drug Research (2020) and SERB-STAR Award (2020). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016), and the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (2018). At IIT Jodhpur he is leading his group with current research focus on the areas of Chemical Neuroscience, Chemical Biology and the Development of Biophysical Platform/Biosensor.
Washington University in St Louis, USA
Young-Shin Jun is a Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), where she leads the Environmental NanoChemistry Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Environmental Chemistry from Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California, USA). Professor Jun received a 2011 U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award, and was named a 2015 Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a 2016 Frontier of Engineering Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a 2018 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Her research is highly interdisciplinary: She investigates energy-related subsurface engineering systems, including geologic CO2 sequestration, conventional and unconventional oil and gas recovery, and hydrothermal energy. Based on a scientific understanding of nanoscale interfacial chemistry and solid nucleation, she seeks new treatment techniques and new catalysts for purifying drinking water and remediating contaminated water and soil, benefiting water reuse, managed aquifer recharge, and membrane processes. In addition, she studies biomineralization and bio-inspired chemistry to develop novel materials for a more sustainable environment.
Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
Shirley Nakagaki studied Chemistry at University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto Campus - USP - São Paulo (1982-1985). She received her Master degree from the UNESP - University of the State of São Paulo at Araraquara, in 1988 and PhD from the same University in 1993, under the supervision of Professor Yassuko Iamamoto. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the supervision of Professor Kenneth S. Suslick, working with Microporous Porphyrin Solids (2002-2003). She acted as a visiting professor at the University of Kyoto (1995) and the Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF) at the Université Clermont Auvergne (2016 and 2019). She was selected for the Assistant Professorship at Federal University of Paraná State at Curitiba in 1992, where she tenured and became Full Professor in 2015.
Her main interests lie in the study of metalloporphyrins and preparation of catalytic species for heterogeneous process for oxidation reaction, sequential reaction and esterification reaction, based on immobilization of catalytic species on solids like mesoporous silicas, layered compounds and different metal oxides.
Shirley was the director of the Inorganic division of the Brazilian Chemical Society –SBQ (2014-2017), Brazilian Chemical Society board and consultive council member (2018-2020) and SBQ incoming president-elect (2022-2024).
Lund University, Sweden
Charlotta Turner is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden. Her research is interdisciplinary, including analytical chemistry, supercritical fluid technology, and sustainable development aspects. She has more than 20 years of experience on the fundamentals of supercritical fluids in separation processes. Her current research focus is on the development of fast, selective, and bias-free separation methods using carbon dioxide expanded green solvents. An important inspiration is the enhanced use of biomass and industrial byproducts as sources of high-value compounds for use in food, health and environmental applications.
Charlotta has published over 100 scientific articles, review papers and book chapters. She has received the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's award for environmental science (2005), the SSF Ingvar Carlsson Award for returning postdocs (2006), the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton Award for her work on lipid analysis (2015) and the Svante Arrhenius Award for her work on green and sustainable chemistry (2017). She is also awarded with Excellent Teacher Practitioner (ETP, 2017). Charlotta Turner is the chair of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Swedish Chemical Society, the chair of Lund University Food Faculty, and also a member of the Royal Engineering Science Academy (IVA) and the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund.
Nanjing Universty, China
Leyong Wang is the Professor of Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Nanjing University. He obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Nanjing University, China in 2000 with Prof. Xiaoqiang Sun and Prof. Hongwen Hu. After postdoctoral stays at the Institute of Chemistry, CAS (2000-2002) with Prof. Wenhua Sun and Prof. Youliang Hu, at Université de Bourgogne, France (2002-2003) with Dr. Jean-Claude Chambron and Prof. Roger Guilard, and at Mainz University, Germany (2003-2004) with Dr.Voker Böhmer, he then became a Humboldt Research Fellow in Erlangen-Nürnberg University, Germany affiliated with Professor John A Gladysz. In 2006, he settled in Nanjing, China. He assumed the position of the vice-director of key lab of mesoscopic chemistry, Ministry of Education (MOE), situated in Nanjing University in 2016. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013.
He has previously served on the editorial board of several international academic journals including Supramolecular Chemistry, Chinese Chemical Letter, Green Synthesis and Catalysis, Frontier in Chemistry, and on the advisory board of Chemical Society Review, et al. Moreover, he has been an associate editor of RSC Advances since 2015.
He has authored or coauthored over 200 papers in international peer reviewed journals. His main research area is supramolecular chemistry and biomaterials. His current research covers the dynamic macrocycles and cages to topological molecules, as well as smart supramolecular dynamic materials for drug delivery and molecular sensing.
University of of Lethbridge, Alberta
Stacey D. Wetmore is Professor of Chemistry and Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry and Mathematics from Mount Allison University (Sackville, Canada) in 1995, and her Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) under the supervision of Prof. Russell Boyd in 1999. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Leo Radom at the Australian National University (Canberra, 1999–2001), she launched an independent research program at Mount Allison in 2001 and was recruited to the University of Lethbridge in 2006 as a Tier II Canada Research Chair, which was renewed in 2012.
Her research program currently uses computer modeling to study the chemistry of nucleic acids, including the structure and properties of modified nucleic acids and the function of enzymes that process nucleic acids such as those involved in DNA damage, repair and replication pathways. She has a superb research track record as recognized by the award of the most prestigious Chemical Institute of Canada Fellowship, the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Nanjing University, China
Qingdong Zheng is a Professor of Nanjing University. He obtained his B.S. (1998), and M.S. (2001) degrees from East China University of Science and Technology, and his Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. After carrying out his postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University, he started independent career in 2010 as a professor at the Fujian Institute of Research on the Struture of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In December 2021, he joined Nanjing University and took the current position. Selected honors and awards include the “100 Talents Programme” of CAS in 2010, and distinguished Young Scholars of National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2013. His main interests lie in optoelectronic materials and the related energy, photonic, and electronic devices, especially conjugated small-molecule or polymeric materials for applications such as solar cells, photodetectors, field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, and sensors etc. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has previously served as Associate Editor of RSC Advances.