Keynote Lectures

Prof. Paul Alsters

Paul L. Alsters obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 1992 with Prof. G. van Koten. He did postdoctoral work in the laboratory of R.O. Duthaler at Ciba-Geigy in Basel (Switzerland). He joined DSM in 1993, where he is currently working as a principal scientist within DSM Ahead “Innovative Synthesis” in Geleen (The Netherlands). His main areas of interest are development of scalable break-through methods for new or existing products, and liquid-phase catalysis, with an emphasis on C-X or C-C coupling reactions and oxidation catalysis. His research activities frequently operate at the interplay of catalysis/synthesis and other sciences, in particular materials science.

Prof. Reiner Anwander

Reiner Anwander studied chemistry at the Technische Universität München TUM, where he received his Diploma in 1989 and Dr. rer. nat. degree in 1992, both under the supervision of Wolfgang A. Herrmann. This was followed by postdoctoral research on organolanthanide chemistry with Bill Evans at the University of California, Irvine. Then, he spent three years at the Universität Stuttgart starting his habilitation on surface organometallic chemistry on nanoporous materials, which he completed in 2000 at TUM. From 2005 until 2008, he held a position (Heterogeneous Catalysis) at the University of Bergen, Norway. He joined the faculty of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, in 2009 and was a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2012. His research interests include organometallic chemistry, nanostructured materials, and catalysis.

Prof. Mu-Hyun Baik

Mu-Hyun (Mookie) Baik received his undergraduate training at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany and holds a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (USA). After carrying out postdoctoral research at Columbia University in New York (USA), he started his independent career in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department of Indiana University. In 2015, Mookie Baik moved back to South Korea, his home country, to become a Professor of Chemistry at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and assume the position of an Associate Director of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) – Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization. His research program focuses on utilizing computational methods to analyze and understand mechanisms of catalytic C-H and C-C activations promoted by organometallic reagents.

Prof. Didier Bourissou

Didier Bourissou holds a Senior Scientist position (Directeur de Recherche) at the CNRS and an Associate Professor position at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau. He is Director of the Laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Heterochemistry at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. His research interests concern new bonding situations and reactivity patterns arising from the interplay between transition metals and main group elements (ambiphilic ligands, non-innocent pincer complexes, unusual behavior of the coinage metals…). Part of his research also deals with biodegradable polymers (ring-opening polymerization, organic and dual catalysis, drug delivery systems).

Prof. Matt Clarke

Matt Clarke spent his early years in the South-west of England, including the City of Bath, where he completed a PhD (supervised by Jon Williams). After postdoctoral work in St Andrews (Cole-Hamilton and Woollins groups) and a fixed-term lectureship at Bristol, Matt returned to St Andrews as a research group leader in 2003. Matt leads a group interested in greener and scalable synthetic methods for the production of pharmaceutical intermediates and specialty chemicals. This involves the study of both homogeneous (metal and organo) catalysts, and heterogeneous catalysts (MOFs). A core interest is in catalytic carbonylation reactions. The group’s discoveries have been recognized with several research prizes and fellowships.

Prof. Odile Eisenstein

Odile Eisenstein is CNRS Research Professor Emeritus. She is a member of CTMM, (Theoretical Chemistry, Methodologies and Modelling) of Institut Charles Gerhardt in Université de Montpellier. Her research interest focuses on using computational methods to analyze chemical transformations in molecular systems. Her research is characterized by a strong and long-term interaction with many experimental groups. These collaborations have contributed to a much better understanding of reaction mechanisms. Recently she took an interest in the analysis of physical properties like NMR. She has received a number of awards, hold several honorary degrees and is a member of the French Academy of Science.

Kuo-Wei Huang obtained his B.S. from National Taiwan University as a Dr. Yuan T. Lee Fellow, and Ph.D. from Stanford University as a Regina Casper Fellow. He is currently SABIC Chair Associate Professor in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division and the KAUST Catalysis Center at KAUST. Prior to joining KAUST, he was Assistant Professor in National University of Singapore and a Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he still maintains solid collaborations. His research interests include renewable energy and synthetic and mechanistic studies of small molecule activation.

Prof. Akiko Inagaki

Akiko Inagaki earned her doctorate with Professor H. Suzuki at Tokyo Institute of Technology (2000). After two years of postdoc period, she joined Professor Munetaka Akita’s group as a Research Associate at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2002. She moved to Tokyo Metropolitan University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry in 2013. Her research focuses on the development of new photocatalysts for the purpose of utilizing light energy into catalytic molecular transformations.

Dr. Jessica Klinkenberg

Jessica Klinkenberg is an Associate Research Chemist in the Organics, Polymers, and Organometallics subgroup of Core Research and Development at the Dow Chemical Company. She is currently investigating transition metal catalysts for the telomerization of butadiene with methanol and the co-polymerization of ethylene and 1-octene. Jessica joined Dow in 2012 after completing her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Professor John Hartwig. She holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.

Prof. Tobin Marks

Tobin Marks is Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Northwestern University. His recognitions include the 2006 U.S. National Medal of Science, the 2008 Principe de Asturias Prize, the 2009 the MRS Von Hippel Award, the 2011 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, and the 2012 U.S. National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. He is an elected member of the U.S., German, and Indian Academies of Sciences, an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has 1195 publications and 233 U.S. patents.

Prof. Belén Martín-Matute

Belén Martín-Matute obtained her Ph.D. at the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain. She then joined the group of Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall at Stockholm University (SU) for postdoctoral studies. She was appointed Assistant Professor at SU in 2008, and full Professor in 2014. Her research interests include the development of efficient and selective homogeneous and heterogeneous transition-metal-catalyzed reactions for the construction of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds, and the synthesis of functionalized metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for catalytic applications. She received the Young Investigator Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007 and the Lindbomska Award from the Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2013.

Eric Meggers received his Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Bonn (Germany) and his Ph. D. degree from the University of Basel (Switzerland). After postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA) he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Since 2007, Eric Meggers has been Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Marburg (Germany) and currently holds a secondary appointment as Professor at the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Xiamen University (P. R. China). His research program focuses on exploiting metal-centered stereochemistry for applications in medicine, chemical biology, and –since recently– asymmetric catalysis.

Prof. Kilian Muñiz

Kilian Muñiz studied Chemistry at the University of Hannover (Germany) and received a Doctorate in Chemistry from the RWTH Aachen in 1998 for work with Professor Carsten Bolm. He was an Alexander von Humboldt/JSPS-postdoctoral associate with Professor Ryoji Noyori at Nagoya University (Japan). From 2001-2005 he was a Liebig fellow at Bonn University, before accepting a full professorship at Strasbourg University (France). He was elected as a junior member of the Institute Universitaire de France in 2008. He moved to his present position at ICIQ in Tarragona (Spain) in 2009. Since 2010 he has also been an ICREA Research Professor.

Prof. Yoshiaki Nishibayashi

Yoshiaki Nishibayashi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1968. He received his BSc in 1991 and PhD in 1995 from Kyoto University under the supervision of Professor Sakae Uemura. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo in 1995 and moved to Kyoto University in 2000. Since 2005, he has been an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo as a principal investigator (PI). He received the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Distinguished Young Chemists in 2001, the Minister Award for Distinguished Young Scientists Japan in 2005, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Prize in 2012, and the Green & Sustainable Chemistry (GSC) Encouragement Award in 2012. His current research interests are focused on organic and organometallic chemistry, including the development of novel nitrogen fixation systems using chemical methods.

Prof. Dan Nocera

Daniel G. Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University. He is a world leading researcher in renewable energy. He accomplished the solar fuels process that captures the elements of photosynthesis and then translated this science to produce the artificial leaf. A path to liquid fuels has been demonstrated by interfacing the artificial leaf to a bio-engineered bacterium. In this hybrid microbial | artificial leaf system, solar-to-biomass (10.4%) and solar-to-fuels (6.2%) yields have been achieved. These discoveries together comprise an authentic artificial photosynthesis. His company Sun Catalytix was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2014, who is now commercializing his energy storage technologies.

Prof. Laurel Schafer

Laurel Schafer is a leader in the field of early-transition-metal catalyst discovery. She has pioneered the development of a new class of easily prepared and modular 1,3-N,O chelating ligands for targeting the design of new catalysts for the development of sustainable synthetic methods of relevance to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, fine chemical and petrochemical industries. Her independent work has led to more than 70 publications, over 100 invited presentations around the world and numerous awards. She is presently a Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Development, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Associate Editor for the ACS journal, Organometallics.

Prof. Matthew S. Sigman

Matthew Sigman was born in Los Angeles, California in 1970. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Sonoma State University in 1992 before obtaining his Ph.D. at Washington State University with Professor Bruce Eaton in 1996 in organometallic chemistry. He then moved to Harvard University to complete an NIH funded postdoctoral stint with Professor Eric Jacobsen. In 1999, he joined the faculty of the University of Utah where his research group has focused on the development of new synthetic methodology with an underlying interest in reaction mechanism.

Prof. Raghavan B. Sunoj

Ragahavan B. Sunoj received his Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. After a couple of years of postdoctoral research at the Ohio State University, he returned to India in the year 2003 as an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Currently is a full professor of chemistry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) and an elected member of the world association of theoretical and computational chemists (WATOC). His research interests are in the domain of transition state modeling in asymmetric catalysis, mechanisms of multicatalytic reactions, and computational design of catalysts.

Prof. Jun Takaya

Jun Takaya (born in 1977) received his PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. Nobuharu Iwasawa (2004). After a JSPS postdoctoral period (2004-05) with Prof. John F. Hartwig at Yale University, he was appointed to an Assistant Professor of the research group of Prof. Nobuharu Iwasawa at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2005, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. His current research interests are mainly on the development of new transition metal complexes and their utilization in synthetic chemistry to achieve new molecular transformations.

Prof. Moniek Tromp

Moniek Tromp's research focuses on the development and application of operando spectroscopy techniques in catalysis, electrochemistry and materials research, with X-ray techniques as a speciality. Novel (time resolved) X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy methods have been developed as tools in catalysis research. This includes the development of the required operando instrumentation and cells, as well as data analysis and theoretical methods. Several of the operando instruments are in use at synchrotrons across Europe. Application of the techniques to fundamentally or industrially interesting catalytic processes and materials has been pursued, providing unprecedented insights in their properties and reaction mechanisms.

Prof. Shu-Li You

Shuli You received his BSc in chemistry from Nankai University in 1996. He obtained his PhD from the SIOC in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. Li-Xin Dai before doing postdoctoral studies with Prof. Jeffery W. Kelly at The Scripps Research Institute. From 2004, he worked at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as a PI before returning to SIOC as a Full Professor in 2006. Since 2006, Dr. You has published 140 papers. He is the recipient of 2011 AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award and 2015 RSC Merck Award. Dr You is an Associate Editor of Organometallics.

Prof. Jin-Quan Yu

Jin-Quan Yu received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the East China Normal University, and completed his undergraduate thesis studies with Prof L.-X. Dai, and B.-Q. Wu at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. He obtained his M.Sc. from the Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry with Prof X.-D. Xiao, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, with Prof. J. B. Spencer. Following a time as a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge, he joined the laboratory of Prof. E. J. Corey at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. He then began his independent career at Cambridge (2003–2004), before moving to Brandeis University (2004–2007), and finally to TSRI, where he is currently Frank and Bertha Hupp Professor of Chemistry.