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 in Innsbruck.
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. Bernd Giese
We have the great honor to announce, that Professor Dr. Bernd Giese, University of Fribourg, is giving us his honor by visiting the first Young Chemists Summit in Innsbruck 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. Dieter Seebach
Professor Dr. Dieter Seebach, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, will be giving us the honor of participating in the first Young Chemists Summit in Innsbruck and presenting a lecture entitled “Research – a magical mystery tour”.
Dieter Seebach was born in Karlsruhe (D) and studied chemistry at the local university, from which he obtained the PhD degree (1964, with R. Criegee). After post-doctoral studies (with E. J. Corey) and a lectureship at Harvard University, he returned to Karlsruhe for a habilitation (1969, “S- and Se-stabilized carbanion and carbene derivatives”). In 1971 he accepted a call from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and in 1977 he moved to ETH Zürich. Since 2003 Seebach is emeritus professor.
Professor Seebachs research interests include chirality and stereochemistry, the development of new synthetic methods, reactivity umpolung, organolithium chemistry, TADDOLs and titanates, organocatalysis, the biopolymer PHB, synthesis, structure, and biological properties of ß-peptides, and cell-penetrating peptides.
Professor Dr. Mir Wais Hosseini
Professor Dr. Mir Wais Hosseini, University of Strasbourg, France, is giving us his honor by visiting the first Young Chemists Summit in Innsbruck and giving a lecture on supramolecular chemistry and molecular tectonics.
Professor Dr. Mir Wais Hosseini is an exceptional class Professor at the University of Strasbourg, France and a Senior member of IUF (Institut Universitaire de France). He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and studied chemistry at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg. Professor Hosseini started his research career under the supervision of the Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Lehn and worked with him during 10 years. At the age of 35, Hosseini became full professor.
He is an expert in the field of supramolecular chemistry and molecular tectonics. Since 2010 he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of New Journal of Chemistry and between 1990 and 2013 he was director of the laboratory of Organic Chemistry and since 2013 he is the director of the Molecular Tectonics Laboratory in Strasbourg, France.
Professor Dr. Thomas M. Klapötke
Professor Dr. Thomas M. Klapötke, Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität, Munich (Germany), is giving us his honor by visiting the Young Chemists Summit in Innsbruck 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 visiting the first Young Chemists Summit in Innsbruck 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.