Professor Dr. Benjamin List
We have the great honor to announce, that Professor Dr. Benjamin List, Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Germany, is giving the opening lecture at the first Young Chemists Summit.
Professor Dr. List is Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Honorary professor at the University of Cologne and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society.
List studied chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. After finishing his PhD at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, he did his Post-Doc at the Scripps Research Institute in California, USA. Between 1999 and 2003 List was Assistant Professor at the Scripps Research Institute.
Benjamin List has co-founded the field of organocatalysis and is developing new catalysis concepts. Organocatalysts are used, for example, in the production of drugs. Prof. List discovered the natural amino acid proline as an efficient catalyst (proline-catalyzed intermolecular aldol reaction) and thus made organocatalysis possible.
This made it possible for the first time to use natural substances and not metals as catalysts in chemistry. Until then, catalysts containing metals were used almost exclusively.
Professor Dr. David Cole-Hamilton
We have the great honor to announce, that Professor Dr. David Cole-Hamilton, is giving a lecture at the first Young Chemists Summit on “The role of chemists in a sustainable world”.
Following degrees (BSc and PhD) at Edinburgh University, David Cole-Hamilton worked with Nobel Laureate, Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College, where he developed a strong interest in organometallic chemistry and especially homogeneous catalysis. His independent career started at Liverpool University (Lecturer and Senior Lecturer) before moving to be Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews in 1985. He became Emeritus in 2014.
The majority of his work has been on the applications of organometallic chemistry to solve problems in homogeneous catalysis and materials chemistry. His most recent work has been concerned with making commodity and fine chemicals including plastics and pharmaceuticals from bio-derived waste oils that are by-products of other processes such as food production or paper manufacturing. In this way desirable effect chemicals can be made from biomass without using land that would otherwise be used for food production. He has published more than 400 articles and patents with an h index of 49.
He has won a number of prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as 5 prizes for teaching. In 2017 he was awarded the Alwin Mittasch Prize of the German Catalysis Society and was made a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
David is a past President of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) having been President from 2013-7. This gave him extensive contact with chemical societies and policy makers throughout Europe. On behalf of EuChemS he led a team celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table, which developed a new version of the Periodic Table highlighting element availability and vulnerability as well as which elements can come from conflict minerals and which appear in smart phones.
Professor Dr. Bernd Giese
We have the great honor to announce, that Professor Dr. Bernd Giese, University of Fribourg, is giving us his honor by participating at the first Young Chemists Summit and giving the closing lecture on “How Anaerobic Microorganisms Survive Environmental Stress. A Chemists View”.
Bernd Giese was born in Hamburg, Germany and studied chemistry in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Munich. He completed his doctorate at the University of Munich and habilitated at the University of Freiburg. Since 1989 he was Full Professor at the University of Basel, and since 2010 he is Guest Professor at the University of Fribourg. Prof. Dr. Giese is Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 1999 and Member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences since 2003.
He is an outstanding expert in the field of bioorganic radical- and photoreactions. His main research topics are radical reactions in biological systems, electron transfer and signal transduction, stereoselective synthesis with radicals and biradicals, and new photocleavable protecting groups.
Professor Dr. Thomas M. Klapötke
Professor Dr. Thomas M. Klapötke, Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität, Munich (Germany), is giving us his honor by participating at the Young Chemists Summit and giving a lecture on explosive materials.
Thomas M. Klapötke studied chemistry at the TU Berlin and received his PhD in 1986. After his postdoctoral studies in Fredericton, Canada, he finished his habilitation at the TU Berlin in 1990. From 1995 until 1997 Klapötke was Ramsay Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Since 1997 he is Professor and holds the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the LMU Munich. In 1998 Prof. Klapötke also became an Bavarian Elite Academy Representative.
Furthermore, he is a Life Member of the International Pyrotechnics Society and a Life Member of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is executive editor of “Zeitschrift für Anorganische and Allgemeine Chemie”, the subject Editor in the area of explosives synthesis of the Central European Journal of Energetic Materials and an editorial board member of Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics, Journal of Energetic Materials and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Science and Military Technology.
Specialised in energetic materials, fluorine chemistry, non-metal chemistry and much more interesting fields, Prof. Klapötke is an expert about explosives and high-energy-density materials.
Professor Dr. Arjan W. Kleij
Professor Dr. Arjan W. Kleij, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain, is giving us his honor by participating at the first Young Chemists Summit and giving a lecture on how to design technologies for the recycling of CO2 into value-added chemicals and polymers.
Arjan W. Kleij was born in Rotterdam. He studied chemistry at the University of Utrecht and did his Post-Doc at the UAM in Madrid following a second appointment at the University of Amsterdam in the field of supramolecular catalysis. In 2006 he was offered a position as Group Leader at ICIQ and was promoted to ICREA professor in 2011. He is an advisory board member for ChemSusChem, an editorial board member for the Journal of CO2 Utilization and Associate Editor for Organic Chemistry Frontiers.
His main research interests are in the area of CO2 valorization catalysis, development of organic carbonates as modular synthons and the use of renewable compounds and monomers in stereo-selective transformations and polymer applications.
Professor Dr. M. Christina White
Professor Dr. M. Christina White, University of Illinois (USA), is giving us her honor by participating at the Young Chemists Summit and giving a lecture on “C—H Oxidation for Late-Stage Functionalization”.
M. Christina White was born in Athens, Greece. She received a B.A. degree with highest honors in biochemistry from Smith College working with Stuart Rosenfeld in the area of host-guest chemistry. After a one-year stint in the biology graduate program at Johns Hopkins University working with Christian Anfinsen on thermophilic bacteria protein folding, she received her Ph. D. degree in chemistry initiating the area of hybrid Vitamin D3 analogues with Gary Posner as an ACS Medicinal Chemistry Pre-Doctoral fellow. She was a NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University with Eric Jacobsen from 1999-2002 where she discovered the first preparative non-heme iron catalyst for epoxidations. Christina started her independent career at Harvard University in 2002 and 2005 she moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where is currently the Lycan Professor of Chemistry.
The White group aims to study and develop selective, catalytic, sustainable C—H oxidation reactions for broad use in organic synthesis that do not require use of directing groups. They have contributed novel palladium/sulfoxide, iron and manganese PDP, and manganese phthalocyanine catalysts that are now commercially available (Aldrich,Strem, TCI). These catalysts are used academically and industrially to functionalize all types of C(sp3)—H bonds, including aliphatics, under preparative conditions with predictable and catalyst-controlled site-selectivities in complex molecule settings. The reactions and quantitative models developed by the White group to understand and predict site-selectivities for aliphatic C—H hydroxylations have provided fundamental insights into the physical organic properties of C—H bonds that govern their differential reactivity in C—H aminations, alkylations, halogenations and azidations. Collectively, these reactions have led to strategic advances synthesis, most notably the concept of late-stage C—H functionalization. Professor White has given over 200 lectures worldwide in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
CREDITING OF LECTURES
Students of the Doctoral School of Chemistry at Graz University of Technology are offered the opportunity to receive credit for up to three lectures in the course of “Current Aspects of Chemistry”. Registration for participation at the conference is required (free registration here) and “TU Graz Doctoral School” must be entered in the University/Institution/Company field. The lectures to be attended online can be chosen freely from the conference program (lectures), but attendance during the conference will be checked. After the conference, you will receive a confirmation of participation and a list of all participants will be sent to the head of the Doctoral School of Chemistry at Graz University of Technology.
Master and PhD students at the University of Innsbruck have the possibility to get credit for all six lectures of the Young Chemists Summit for the course “SE Reihe GÖCh/CMBI/Material and Nanosciences”. Registration for participation at the conference is required (free registration here) and “University Innsbruck – SE GÖCH” must be entered in the University/Institution/Company field. Attendance during the conference will be checked. After the conference, you will receive a confirmation of participation and a list of all participants will be sent to the professor responsible for the crediting of the lectures.