Archive for the ‘Speaker at ECC2010’ Category

Plenary Speaker for Advances in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry: Lechoslaw Latos-Grazynski

November 20, 2009

Although many people may not remember the name, they probably read about one of his works two years ago. Lechoslaw Latos-Grazynski is one of the creators of the aromatic Möbius molecule that either has two sides or just one – depending on the position of two rings in the center of the molecule. The molecule in question was a modified porphyrin, and porphyrines are still the speciality of this chemist. Latos-Grazynski is the head of Porphyrin Chemistry Research at University of Wrocław in Poland.

The Möbius molecule wasn’t his only remarkable creation. On his homepage one finds a list of strange, porphyrine-based structures that range from giant porphyrines that form figure-eights instead of rings to metalloporphyrins with metals in rather unexpected places. His group uses magnetic resonance spectroscopy methods to study those and other interesting molecules and complexes.

Latos-Grazynski received the award of the Foundation for the Polish Science in 1998 and the Humboldt Research Award in 2005. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and Macroheterocycles.

Plenary Speaker for Supramolecular Systems: Bert Meijer

November 15, 2009

E. W. “Bert” Meijer is head of the Department for Molecular Science & Technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research includes supramolecular chemistry and functional organic materials, which will be among the topics of this session. A major topic of Meijer’s work is the chemical self-assembly of supramolecular structures.

A large part of his research dealt with structures that forms helical supramolecular aggregatesn and theirt behavior, for example the transfer of such structures from solution on surfaces. Later on this research led to a related publication about nucleation events in Science that sheds light at the process at the very beginning of molecular self-Organisation.

Bert Meijer received several awards and was elected member of prestigious organisations like the Royal Dutch Academy of Art and Sciences. He also is member of many editorial advisory boards, including Angewandte Chemie and is Editor of the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

Plenary Speaker for Analysis, Manipulation and Simulation: Joshua Jortner

November 3, 2009

Joshua Jortner uses advanced laser technology to probe a wide range of dynamical systems in chemistry, notably energy acquisition and dissipation. He made significant contributions to the study of chemical dynamics and extended the boundaries of chemical physics towards whatching chemistry happen on the time scale of nuclear motion.

Jortner will hold the plenary lecture of the Analysis, Manipulation and Simulation session at EuCheMS 2010 Congress in Nuernberg. Scheduled is, among other things, a workshop about the latest developments in theoretical chemistry, a field he extensively worked on.

Besides his scientific endeavours he served as president of the Israel National Academy of Sciences and Humanities and advised three israeli Prime Ministers on matters of science. He holds seven honorary degrees from israeli, german and french university and holds the Wolf Prize in Chemistry. He has an endowed Chair named after him. The one honor that wasn’t bestowed upon him is the Nobel Prize, but this, too, appears to be just a matter of time.

Plenary Speaker for Innovative Materials: Klaus Müllen

October 27, 2009

This session will cover a particularly wide range of topics, from Nanoparticles to functional Polymers. The job of holdingb the introductory lecture falls to Klaus Müllen, President of the German Chemical Society and Director of the Synthesis section of the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research. Müllen is uniquely suited for Plenary speaker, since his publications deal with the synthesis of many different advanced materials.

Prof_MüllenOne important research topic that appears in many of his works is the self-organisation of small molecules into supramolecular aggregates, in the comparatively simple condensation into an ordered solid-phase as well as in the formation of DNA adducts with organic counterions.

He is also involved with improving the efficiency of dye-sensitized photovoltaic cells, which are named for Michael Grätzel, who will also hold a lecture at the EuCheMS Congress 2010. Müllen received several prestigious awards for his works, among them a honorary doctorate from the University of Sofia.

Plenary Speaker for Molecular Life Sciences: Barbara Imperiali

October 19, 2009

With two Nobel Prizes, the life sciences are the focus of attention this year. There will be several sessions about biochemical topics at the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress too, and Barbara Imperiali from MIT is scheduled as plenary speaker. Her first area of expertise is the mechanism of protein glycosylation, especially in procaryotes, arguably one of the most complex and important areas of protein modification.

The Imperiali Group works on glycosylation pathway enzymes and employs multienzyme arrays to identify small molecules that inhibit critical steps in pathogen glycane synthesis. These molecules are not only promising for researching reaction pathways but also for probing the role of glycopeptides in virulence and pathogenicity.

Other areas of research involved Proteins specifically designed for certain purposes, such as caged proteins, enzymes whose active centers are masked with an UV-active functional group that is released upon irradiation. These modified proteins allow the controlled induction of regulation pathways to research their role in cell signalling. Other applications of targeted protein design include fluorescence-based phosphorylation sensors and peptides that selectively target Lanthanides.

Plenary speaker for resources and environment: Michael Grätzel

October 14, 2009

Advanced Materials and renewable energy will play a very important role at the 3rd EuCheMS conference. That’s why Michael Grätzel, head of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, will hold the introductory lecture of the Resources and Environment session.

Grätzel’s best-known achievement is the dye-sensitized solar cell, a low-cost thin-film solar cell. His current research deals with improved photosensitizers as well as thin-films and other electrode components, to improve performance and stability of such cells. Experts consider Grätzel cells, as they are called after their inventor, to be an important part of future electricity production.

Plenary Speaker on Catalysis: Hajo Freund

September 30, 2009

Hans-Joachim Freund, head of the chemical physics department at Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin, will fill the role of plenary speaker on the topic of catalysis. His research deals with catalysis as well as nanoscience and surface science.

In a recent review he argues that there are many fundamental questions in catalysis that surface science can answer, regarding catalyst structure as well as reaction conditions. Current publications include two papers on methanol oxidation on vanadium oxide surfaces that deal with the chemisorption mechanism of substrate molecules and the subsequent structure of the chemisorption site. Other works deal with the interaction between surface structures and metal nanoparticles and single atoms.

Professor Freund was awarded the prestigious Leibnitz award and received a rather impressive list of honorary professorships from german and international universities. In 2009 he became a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which provides scientific advice to the german Government.