Invited Speakers

The Organising Committees are pleased to announce the following Invited Speakers.

ICOMC 2016 Invited Speakers

Prof Marie Jose Calhorda

Maria Calhorda_smallMaria José Calhorda received her PhD from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal (1980) working on synthetic organometallic chemistry. She was a post-doc at the ICL, Oxford, with D. M. P. Mingos (Extended Huckel calculations on organometallic complexes). She spent long periods at Cornell University, USA, with R. Hoffmann (1987/88), at the MPI für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany, with A. Simon (1995), and at the University of Marburg, Germany, with G. Frenking (2004). These and many shorter visits to other groups contributed to develop a wide range of scientific interests, from the computational study of electronic structure, reactivity and properties of inorganic/organometallic systems, the design of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, and the interface with biochemistry. She is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Lisbon, since 1996, and has (co)authored over 240 scientific publications.

Prof Yaofeng Chen

Yaofeng Chen's picture smallYaofeng Chen received his PhD from Zhejiang University in 1999. After that, he did postdoctoral studies in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (1999-2002), University of Montreal (2002-2003) and University of California, Santa Barbara (2003-2005). Since 2006, he was a research professor at the State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received the Chinese National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2013. His research interests lie in the synthesis and reactivity of transition-metal complexes, especially the organometallic complexes of rare-earth metal.

Dr Timothy Connell

Photo_smallTim completed his BSc (Hons) at the University of Melbourne. He continued his PhD studies at Melbourne under the supervision of Paul Donnelly, graduating in 2015. Tim is currently a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO. His research interests include the design of photoactive compounds and materials and their applications in imaging and catalysis.


Prof Reto Dorta


Reta Photo_smallReto Dorta was born and raised in the Grisons, Switzerland. He received his Diploma from Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) and postdoctoral training at the University of New Orleans and California Institute of Technology (both USA). In 2005, he started his independent career as an Alfred Werner Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). In late 2011, he accepted a position at the University of Western Australia (Australia) where he is now an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (since 2014). His research interests focus on new ligand design for transition metal catalysis.

Prof Michael Fryzuk

Photo_smallMichael Fryzuk obtained his BSc (1974) and PhD (1978) degrees at the University of Toronto and then moved to Caltech as an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee. At the University of Toronto, his PhD thesis involved the preparation of S,S-chiraphos and R-prophos under the tutelage of the late Brice Bosnich. At Caltech he worked with John Bercaw in the area of permethylhafnocene hydride chemistry. In 1979, he moved to the University of British Columbia as assistant professor and remained there ever since. His research interests are in ligand design, homogeneous catalysis, and small molecule activation, particularly N2.


Prof Derek Gates

Photo_smallDerek P. Gates hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia where he completed his BSc (Honours Chemistry) degree at Dalhousie University in 1993. He completed his PhD degree at the University of Toronto in 1997 (I. Manners) and was an NSERC PDF at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M. Brookhart). He began his independent research career in 1999 as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and is currently Professor of Chemistry. At UBC, he has received the SUS-Teaching Excellence Award, the CNC-IUPAC Award and the CSC-Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry. He is Editor-In-Chief of Heteroatom Chemistry and will host the 12th ICHAC Conference at UBC in June 2017 ( His research interests bridge inorganic and polymer chemistry with particular emphasis on organophosphorus molecules and materials.

Prof Nathan Gianneschi


Photo_smallUniversity of California, San Diego, USA

Nathan C. Gianneschi received his B.Sc(Hons) at the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1999. In 2005 he completed his Ph.D at Northwestern University. Following a Dow Chemical postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute, in 2008 he began his independent career at the University of California, San Diego where he is currently Associate Professor. The Gianneschi group takes an interdisciplinary approach to nanomaterials research with a focus on multifunctional materials with interests that include biomedical applications, programmed interactions with biomolecules and cells, and basic research into nanoscale materials design, synthesis and characterization. For this work he has been awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award and the White House’s highest honor for young scientists and engineers with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Prof. Gianneschi was awarded a Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship, is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow.


Dr Jose Goicoechea

Jose Goicoechea_smallJose Goicoechea is an Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

He carried out his undergraduate degree at the University of Zaragoza in his home country of Spain. After a short stay as an Erasmus student at the University of Cambridge (with Professor Paul Raithby), he began his Ph.D. work at the University of Bath under the supervision of Mike Whittlesey. A postdoctoral position with Professor Slavi Sevov at the University of Notre Dame followed.

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Dr Christian Hartinger


Christian Photo_smallChristian Hartinger studied chemistry at the University of Vienna and received his PhD there in 2001 under B. K. Keppler. He was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow with P. J. Dyson at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) from 2006 to 2008, did his habilitation at the University of Vienna in 2009 and has been an Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Auckland since2011. His research focuses on the development of metal-based anticancer agents and of analytical methods to characterize their behavior in presence of biomolecules. He has published more than 150 publications and his work earned him the 2011 Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize.

Prof Franti Hartl

Franti Hartl_smallFranti Hartl received his PhD (1992) from the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Academy of Science, in Prague. He lectured at the University of Amsterdam (1992-2008) in Molecular Photonics and Homogeneous Catalysis. In 2008 he became Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Head of Molecular Chemistry at the University of Reading, UK. His research focuses on organometallic chemistry, molecular electronics and photo-redox catalysis, with accent on application of a wide range of spectroelectrochemical methods ( and time-resolved molecular spectroscopy. Franti has (co)authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 35). He has held Visiting Professorships at the Chuo University, Tokyo, and the Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble.

Prof Stephen K. Hashmi

Stephen Hashmi_smallA. Stephen K. Hashmi studied chemistry at LMU Munich, diploma and PhD in the field of nickel- and iron-catalysed cross coupling. Postdoctorate with Prof. B. M. Trost at Stanford University transition metal-catalysed enyne metathesis. Habilitation on enantiomerically pure organopalladium compounds and palladium-catalysed conversions of allenes at the FU Berlin, University of Frankfurt and the University of Vienna. 1998 Heisenberg fellowship of the DFG for a proposal on gold-catalysed reactions for organic synthesis. University of Tasmania 1999, Marburg University 1999-2000, in 2001 Professor for organic chemistry at Stuttgart University, since 2007 chair for organic chemistry at Heidelberg University.

A/Prof Nilay Hazari

Nilay Photo_smallNilay Hazari gained a BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Sydney (1999-2002) and an MSc degree at the University of Sydney (2003) under the supervision of Professor L. D. Field. He subsequently completed a D. Phil (2006) as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor J. C. Green. He completed his training by joining Professors J. E. Bercaw and J. A. Labinger’s group as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at Yale University, where his group focuses on developing homogeneous transition metal catalysts.

Prof Jean-Cyrille Hierso

Hierso Photo_smallJean-Cyrille Hierso is full professor of Chemistry, heading the department of ‘‘Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis” of the Institute of Molecular Chemistry at the Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) since 2011. His research interests include the synthesis and coordination chemistry study of polyphosphine ligands applied in metal catalysed cross-coupling reactions for C–C and C–X bond formation (C–S, C–O, C-F), as well as the chemical vapor deposition of diamondoid organics and organometallics for nanomaterials design. In 2011, he was awarded the National Prize for Coordination Chemistry from the French Chemical Society (SCF) and in 2012 he was distinguished by the EurJIC Young researcher Award, and has been nominated junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. In 2015 he was nominated Distinguished Junior Member of the French Chemical Society.

Prof Mike Hill

Mike Hill_smallMike Hill received his PhD from the University of Bath in 1994. After postdoctoral research at North Dakota State University with Professor David Atwood and a brief period in industry, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Colin Eaborn FRS at the University of Sussex. He was awarded a Royal Society URF in 2000 before being appointed to a lectureship at Imperial College London in 2002. In 2007 he returned to Bath where he was promoted to Professor in 2011. His interests lie in the organometallic chemistry of the s- and p-block elements applied to homogeneous catalysis and materials fabrication.

A/Prof Han Vinh Huynh

Han Vinh Huynh Picture_smallHan Vinh Huynh completed his Ph.D. on the synthesis and coordination chemistry of functionalized benzene-dithiol- and bis(benzene-dithiol)ligands in 2002 from the University of Münster, Germany, working with Prof. F. Ekkehardt Hahn. He then moved to the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he started his independent career as a Feodor–Lynen Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. In 2007, he became Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 at NUS, where he currently works on the organometallic chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes and related strong donor ligands.

Dr Christopher Hyland

Photo_smallDr Chris Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He completed his undergraduate and Ph.D training at Imperial College, London under the supervision of Professor Donald Craig. He subsequently carried out postdoctoral research with Professor Louis Hegedus at Colorado State University and then held academic positions at California State University, Fullerton and the University of Tasmania. His research interests encompass the metal-catalysed synthesis and reactivity of strained molecules as well as bioorganometallic chemistry.

Prof Cameron Jones

Photo_smallCameron completed his BSc(Hons) degree at the University of Western Australia. His PhD degree was gained from Griffith University, Brisbane, under the supervision of Professor Colin L. Raston for work on Group 13 metal hydrides. He then moved to a postdoctoral fellowship (1992-1994) at Sussex University under the supervision of Professor John F. Nixon FRS. From 1994 he held a lectureship at The University of Wales, Swansea before moving to a Readership in Inorganic Chemistry at Cardiff University (1998). There, he was promoted to a Personal Chair in Inorganic Chemistry in 2002. In 2007 he moved to Monash University, Melbourne, as an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and Professor of Chemistry. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at that institution, in addition to being the Director of the Monash Centre for Catalysis (MonCat), which he co-founded in 2015.

Prof William Jones

Photo_smallWilliam D. Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1953, and was inspired to work in inorganic chemistry as an undergraduate researcher with Mark S. Wrighton at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, 1975).  He obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry at California Institute of Technology (1979), working with Robert G. Bergman.  He moved to the University of Wisconsin as an NSF postdoctoral fellow with Chuck Casey, and in 1980 accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester.  He was promoted to Professor in 1987, and is now the Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry.  Professor Jones has received several awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1984), a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (1988), a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (1988), the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2003), and an ACS Cope Scholar Award (2009).  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010).  He also has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2003. 

Prof Rhett Kempe

Rhett Kempe Photo_smallRhett Kempe is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bayreuth since 2002. His research interests are metal-metal bonding and the development of novel catalyst systems. He did his PHD with J. Sieler, postdoced with Prof. R. R. Schrock (MIT) and Prof. C. Krüger (MPI für Kohlenforschung). In 2000/2001, he moved as a visiting lecturer to the University of Melbourne (Prof. R. Robson’s group) and became Prof. of Inorganic Chemistry in Oldenburg. Since 2009, he has been the Dean and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry, and Geosciences.

Prof Peter Lay

Peter Lay Photo_smallProfessor Lay completed his PhD at ANU (1981), then was a CSIRO postdoctoral fellow (Stanford University, CSIRO), and an ARC QEII Fellow (Deakin University) before he joined the University of Sydney as a lecturer (1985) where he progressed to a professorship in 1997 and Head of School (2001-2002). He is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director, Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and received its David Craig Medal in 2013. He has held two ARC Professorial Fellowships (2002-2007, 2009-2013) and was awarded the Rennie, Burrows and H. G. Smith Medals, RACI.

Prof Richard Layfield

Richard Photo_smallRichard Layfield is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at The University of Manchester, U.K. Research in the Layfield group is concerned with fundamental and applied aspects of organometallic chemistry, and encompasses the rare-earth elements, main group elements and 3d transition metals. The group developed the first organo-lanthanide single-molecule magnets, and our on-going work in molecular magnetism is very much at the interface of p-block and lanthanide organometallic chemistry. We are also interested in the N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry of base metals, particularly iron and cobalt, and their applications in the catalytic synthesis of main group substrates.

Prof Steve Liddle

Steve Liddle_smallSteve Liddle is Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry and co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemical Research at The University of Manchester. His research interests encompass the synthesis, bonding, reactivity, and magnetism of coordination and organometallic complexes of the f-elements, with an emphasis on uranium. He has published over 140 papers, reviews, and book chapters, and his work has been recognised by a number of awards, including the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship, RSC Bill Newton Award, and most recently the 2015 RSC Corday-Morgan Prize.

Prof Ye Liu

Photo_smallDr. Ye Liu is now a full professor in Chemistry Department of East China Normal University, which is located in Shanghai. She obtained her B.S. Degree from Inner-Mongolia University in 1992 and her Ph.D Degree from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998. She used to work as a post-doctor in Tsinghua University (from 1998 to 2000) and as an associate research fellow (from 2000 to 2001) in National University of Singapore.  Prof. Liu’s research areas are organometallic chemistry‚ functionalization of ionic liquid‚ and green homogeneous (co-)catalysis. The research aims at the developments of novel phosphine-functionalized ionic liquids and the corresponding ionic transition metal complexes which are applied as efficient and recyclable catalysts.

Prof Laurent Maron

Laurent Maron Photo_smallLaurent Maron completed a PhD in theoretical chemistry at Toulouse University, France and a PhD in Theoretical physics at Stockholm University, in 1999. Then, I did a post-doctoral stay in the group of O. Eisenstein in Montpellier sponsored by the Michelin manufactory. In 2001, he was appointed assistant professor in Toulouse and got promoted full professor in 2008. In 2006, he was nominated junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He recently got awarded for an experienced researcher fellowship from the Humboldt foundation (Germany) and from the Chinese Academy of Science (Shangai). His research is carried out in synergy with experimental groups world-wide. His main interest is theoretical approaches dealing with organic, organometallic and polymerization reactions by computing reaction mechanisms.

Prof Tesuro Murahashi

Murahashi_smallTetsuro Murahashi (b. 1973) is a professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his B.Sc (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) at Osaka University working with Prof. H. Kurosawa. He joined the faculty of Osaka University in 1999. He carried out the JSPS research abroad program at MIT (Prof. C. C. Cummins group) in 2003-2005. In 2012, he was appointed Professor at Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki. In 2015, he was appointed Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. His current research interest is in synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis, and materials science. He received several awards including The CSJ Award for Young Chemists, The JSCC Award for Young Chemists, The Young Scientist Prize of MEXT-Japan, and RSC Dalton Asian Lectureship Award.

Prof Richard O’Hair

Richard O'Hair Photo_smallRichard A. J. O’Hair trained as a physical organic chemist during his PhD studies on low valent organosilicon and organophosphorus intermediates with Prof. John Bowie at Adelaide and his post-doctoral research on reactive intermediates with the late Chuck DePuy in Boulder. He uses mass spectrometry as a key discovery tool: (i) to examine catalysis and the fundamental chemistry of organic, inorganic, organometallic and biological systems; (ii) in bioanalytical applications. He received the Syme Prize (2002) and Morrison Medal (2007) and is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Richard serves has served on a number of other Editorial Advisory Boards including Organometallics and has been a visiting Professor at the Universités Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and Claude Bernard (Lyon). He has recently been awarded a Senior Humboldt fellowship.

Prof Masato Ohashi

Photo_smallMasato Ohashi (born in 1975) is an associate professor at Osaka University. He received his PhD. from Tokyo Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Hiroharu Suzuki in 2003. After joining the research group of Professor Kazushi Mashima at Osaka University as a JST post-doctoral fellow, he moved to Aachen in 2006, where he was a Humboldt research follow with Professor Jun Okuda (RWTH-Aachen). In 2007, he joined the group of Professor Sensuke Ogoshi at Osaka University as an Assistant Professor. In 2012, he was appointed to Associate Professor of Osaka University. He was selected as a 2012 Organometallics Fellow from the American Chemical Society Journal Organometallics. His research interests include currently transition-metal catalyzed transformation reactions of olganofluorine compounds as well as their mechanistic investigation.

Prof Jun Okuda

Jun Okuda photo_smallProfessor Jun Okuda FRSC, born in Osaka/Japan, received his doctoral degree at the RWTH Aachen University in 1984 and was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT with R. R. Schrock. After his habilitation at the Technical University Munich in 1991 he held academic positions at the State University of New York at Albany, the University of Marburg, and of Mainz, before assuming the Chair of Organometallic Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen in 2003. He is an elected member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. His research interests include organometallics as polymerization catalysts, artificial metalloenzymes, and hydrogen storage systems.

Dr Tiow-Gan Ong

Photo_smallTiow-Gan Ong completed his B.Sc. at Winona State University (1994) and Ph.D. at University of Kentucky (2006) under the supervision of Professor Robert Toreki. After five-years post-doctoral experiences with Professor Guillermo Bazan (UC Santa Barbara) and Professor Darrin Richeson (University of Ottawa), he moved to Academia Sinica at Taiwan in 2006 where he is currently a Research Fellow/Professor. He is also serving National Chiao Tung University as Professor. His main research interest is Organometallic Chemistry: Development of Catalysis Methodologies, Mechanism Studies on C-H Activation, Ligand Design of Carbene and Carbones and Main Group Element Chemistry. He won several awards for his contribution in the field of organometallic and Inorganic chemistry; 2010 Outstanding Young Investigator Award of the Chinese Chemical Society (Taiwan) and 2013 Distinguished Lectureship Award, The Chemical Society of Japan as well as Academic Sinica Career Development Award

Prof Fumiyuki Ozawa

Photo_smallFumiyuki Ozawa did his graduate studies at Tokyo Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. A. Yamamoto, and received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the same institute. He was appointed as Assistant Professor at TIT in 1980, and moved to Hokkaido University as Associate Professor in 1989. He was promoted to Professor at Osaka City University in 1995, and moved to Kyoto University in 2003. He spent the year 1987–1988 as a postdoc at California Institute of Technology with Prof. R. H. Grubbs. His research is focused on fundamental aspects of organometallic catalysis and development of new catalytic reactions for organic and polymer synthesis.

Prof Oleg Ozerov

Oleg Photo_smallOleg Ozerov is a native of Russia, who is a Diploma graduate of the Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a PhD graduate of University of Kentucky. After a postdoctoral spell with Prof. Caulton at Indiana University, Oleg has held faculty positions first at Brandeis University, and since 2009 at Texas A&M University. Oleg was recognized with the 2012 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, and the 2012 Norman Hackerman Award from the Welch Foundation. He serves as an associate editor of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and as coordinator of graduate recruiting in his home department.

Prof Frédéric Paul

Photo_smallBorn and grown-up in Strasbourg (France), Frédéric was educated as an organometallic synthetic chemist (Ph.D with J. A. Osborn and two postdocs with J. F. Hartwig at Yale-USA and F. Mathey at Ecole Polytechnique-Palaiseau). Frédéric entered the CNRS in Rennes in 1996, as a research associate in the group of C. Lapinte and became independent in 2009. Since his arrival in Rennes, Frédéric has developed a strong interest for the rational design of various molecules endowed with particular electronic or photonic properties.
His current research topics might be declined as follows: (i) Development of new octupolar biphotonic absorbers. (ii) Synthesis and study of redox-switchable 3rd order organometallic NLO-phores. (iii) Use of the redox chemistry of selected electron-rich alkynyl complexes to switch their electronic, magnetic or photonic properties, and more recently, to control their reactivity. (iv) Theoretical (DFT) and spectroscopic studies of various families of model compounds. (v) Study of electronic perturbations (substituent effects) on their electronic structure and properties. Strongly associated with these interests are evidently implied the concomitant development of efficient synthetic methodologies to access the targeted molecules in good yields. In this respect, innovative catalytic transformations have always been surveyed for their potential synthetic interest.

A/Prof Eric Rivard

Eric Photo_smallEric Rivard completed his B.Sc. (Honors) at the University of New Brunswick and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Ian Manners. After NSERC sponsored postdoctoral work with Professors Jonas Peters and Philip Power, and PDF research with Professor Cameron Jones, he joined the University of Alberta in 2008 where he is currently an Associate Professor. He has published over 80 papers thus far with current research interests in the stabilization of reactive main group hydrides for materials synthesis and catalysis, and the development of new light-emitting materials.

Prof Hiroaki Sasai

Photo_smallHiroaki Sasai graduated from Keio University in 1980 and received his doctor degree in 1985 from Keio University. After working as a researcher at Sagami Chemical Research Center for three years, he joined Prof. Shibasaki’s group at Hokkaido University as an assistant professor. In 1992, he moved to the University of Tokyo (lecturer and then associate professor), and in 1997 he was appointed as a full professor of the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Osaka University. He was a recipient of 1995 Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Young Scientists and the Fluka Prize “Reagent of the Year 1996”. He received The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work and Ichimura Science Award in 2006, the Molecular Chirality Award in 2011, and Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award in 2016.

Prof Petr Štěpnička

ps_photo_smallPetr Štěpnička earned his Ph.D. at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1998. After a one-year postdoctoral stay at Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) with Tamotsu Takahashi in 1999, he returned to his Alma Mater, where he became an Associate Professor in 2005 and then Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 2012. He has published around 200 papers, focusing predominantly on the preparation, coordination properties and catalytic applications of phosphinoferrocene ligands, and has won several awards including The Charles University Rector award, Prix de Chimie and Alfred Bader Award for Organic Chemistry.

Prof Tamotsu Takahashi

Photo_smallProf. Tamotsu Takahashi received Ph.D. degree from Tokyo University in 1983. He became Assistant Professor of the Department of Industrial Chemistry at Tokyo University immediately after graduation. He promoted to Associate Professor at Institute for Moleculare Science in 1991 and Full Professor at Hokkaido University in 1995. He did postdoc work at Purdue University with Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi from 1984 to 1986. He was Chairman of ICOMC 2014 in Sapporo. He received “Progress Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (1993)”; “Divisional Award (Organic Chemistry) of Chemical Society of Japan (1998)”; and President Award in Education, Hokkaido University (2014, 2016)

Dr Jun Terao

Photograph Jun Terao_smallJun Terao was born in 1970 in Osaka, Japan. He received his B. Sc (1994) and Ph. D. degree (1999) from Osaka University. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at Hokkaido University under Professor Tamotsu Takahashi, he joined the Graduate School of Engineering, the Department of Applied Chemistry, Osaka University, as an Assistant Professor. From 2002 to 2003, he worked at the University of Oxford with Professor H. L. Anderson as a postdoctoral fellow. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 in the Graduate School of Engineering, the Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Kyoto University. He received the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Distinguished Young Chemists in 2005, The Young Scientists’ Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2007, Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement in 2007, and Merck Banyu Lectureship Award in 2007. His current research interests focus on the synthesis of insulated molecular wires directed toward molecular electronics.

Prof Alexander Trifonov

Alex_smallAlexander Trifonov studied chemistry at the State University of Gorky (USSR) and in 1984 received his diploma degree. During his PhD studies he has been working at the Institute of Organometallic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (Nizhny Novgorod) under supervision of Prof. M.N. Bochkarev and in 1989 received his PhD at the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He did postdoctoral studies at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (Prof. H. Schumann, 1991), Université de Paris-Sud, France (Prof. H. Kagan, 1993-1995). In 1999-2000 he was an A. von Humboldt fellow in the research group of Prof. J. Okuda (Mainz University, Germany). After returning to the Institute of Organometallic Chemistry he defended the second thesis in 2003 and in 2005 became a head of the Laboratory of coordination chemistry. The appointment as professor at the Nizhny Novgorod State University (Russia) followed in 2005. His research interests lie in the area of synthesis of organometallic and coordination compounds of rare earth metals and their application in homogeneous catalysis and material chemistry.

Prof Sergey Tunik

Photo_smallDr Sergey Tunik graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Leningrad State University in 1973. Ph.D. (1977) and D.Sc. degree (2006) were obtained from St. Petersburg State University. Now a Professor of Chemistry and Vice-rector for Research at St. Petersburg State University. Experience includes postdoctoral work at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian branch of Soviet Academy of Sciences with Prof. Sergey Gubin; joint research in the chemistry of carbonyl clusters with Prof. A. J. Poё (University of Toronto, Canada) and Prof. B. T. Heaton (University of Liverpool, UK); in coordination chemistry of Cu(I), Au(I) luminescent complexes with Prof. A. Laguna (University of Zaragoza, Spain). Author of more than 130 research papers, reviews and chapters in books. Fields of activity broadly encompass organometallic and coordination chemistry with particular interest to the synthesis of polynuclear coordination compounds, study of their structure in solid state using X-ray crystallography and in solution with multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. Current research interests are mainly focused on the synthesis of polynuclear heterometallic complexes of copper subgroup and other luminescent compounds, investigation of their photophysical properties and application in bioimaging, sensing and electroluminescence.


Prof Jan Weigand


Photo_smallDresden University of Technology, Germany

Jan J. Weigand completed his diploma in chemistry and his Ph.D. at the LMU in Munich. He was awarded with the Bavarian culture prize and obtained a Lynen Scholarship from the AvH foundation for PDF research at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada) with Prof. Neil Burford. His habilitation, mentored by Prof. F. E. Hahn, at the WWU Muenster was funded by the AvH, FCI and the Emmy Noether research program (DFG). In 2010 he obtained the Wöhler research award for young scientist and 2012 an ERC starting grant. Since 2013 he is Professor of Inorganic Molecular Chemistry at the TU Dresden, and has interests in multiply charged and neutral main group element compounds, their reactivities in synthesis and sustainable applications.

Prof Rainer Winter

Rainer Winter_smallRainer F. Winter studied Chemistry at the University of Kaiserslautern and obtained a Ph.D. degree in 1993 working with Prof. Otto J. Scherer on niobium and tantalum complexes with Pn and Asn ligands. After post-doctoral studies with William E. Geiger (1993-1995) at the University of Vermont he joined the group of Wolfgang Kaim at the University of Stuttgart for his habilitation, working on cumulenylidene complexes of ruthenium. In 2005 he became assistant professor at the University of Regensburg and in 2010 full professor at the University of Konstanz. His research focuses on conjugated metal-organic -systems for electron transfer studies and (poly)electrochromics and on dye-functionalized luminescent metal complexes.


Prof Dominic Wright



Dominic Wright obtained a first in chemistry at Strathclyde University (1982-1986) before moving to Cambridge in 1989 to do a Ph.D. study with Ron Snaith (1986- 1989). He gained a college research fellowship at Cambridge (1989-1991), before becoming a lecturer in the inorganic section (1991- 2002). He was promoted to reader in 2002 and to a personal chair in inorganic chemistry in 2012. Wright has published over 300 papers on diverse aspects of main group, transition metal and materials chemistry. He is also named inventor on 6 international patents.

Prof Tohru Yamada

Photo_smallKeio University, Japan

Tohru Yamada was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1958. He received Ph.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Tokyo under the guidance of Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama. In 1987 he joined Mitsui Petrochemical Ind. Ltd. In 1997, he moved to Keio University as an Associate professor and in 2002 was promoted to a professor of Chemistry Department. In 1992 the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemist. In 2003 and 2011 BCSJ Award by the Chemical Society of Japan. In 2010 Nissan Chemical Industries Award for Novel Reaction & Method 2010 by Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan.

Prof Yohsuke Yamamoto

Photo_smallYohsuke Yamamoto completed his B.Sc. and Ph.D at the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Professor Naoki Inamoto. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University (Prof. Kin-ya Akiba’s group) in 1982 and is currently a Professor of Chemistry. He spent the year 1989–1990 as a postdoc at Vanderbilt University with Prof. J. C. Martin. His research is focused on reactive intermediates, main group element chemistry, and stimuli-responsive high-coordinate species.



IC’16 Invited Speakers

Dr Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell_smallDr Stephen Bell is a Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. His research interests include the isolation, characterisation and application of metalloproteins with a particular focus on bacterial cytochrome P450 enzymes and iron-sulphur cluster containing electron transfer proteins. He is a member of the steering committee of the Adelaide Integrated Bioscience Laboratories and a founding shareholder of the company Oxford Biotrans. He has a major role teaching aspects of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry within the Department.

Dr Jon Beves

Jon_Beves_smallJon obtained his BSc (Hons) (2002) and MSc (2004) from the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Prof Len Lindoy FAA, before moving to Basel (Switzerland) for his PhD under the joint supervision of Prof Ed Constable and Prof Catherine Housecroft. From 2009-2012 he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UK) under the supervision of Prof David A. Leigh FRS. From March 2012 – February 2013 he was Research A/Prof at Nanjing University (China), and retains a visiting position at the university. In March 2013 he commenced his current position at UNSW.

Dr Nick Cox

Nick Cox_smallNick Cox is group leader in the Department of Biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI-CEC) and new faculty member of the Research school of Chemistry (RSC) at the Australian National University (ANU). He is in the process of returning to Australia on a Future Fellowship. His research is primarily focused on the study of biological enzymes using both magneto-optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance techniques, specifically the EPR of transition metal cofactors and more recently, EPR as applied to new synthetic enzymes and heterogeneous catalysts.

A/Prof Guy Jameson

Guy Jameson_smallGuy Jameson studied chemistry at University College Oxford before completing a PhD at the Technical University of Vienna and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Physics Department at Emory University in the USA. He was appointed a lecturer in 2006 at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and is now a senior lecturer. His research is in biophysical chemistry, looking at heme and non-heme iron enzymes using a range of kinetic and spectroscopic techniques. Using his expertise in Mössbauer spectroscopy he also investigates magnetic materials and spin crossover compounds.

Dr Erin Leitao

Erin Leitao_smallDr. Erin Leitao was born and raised on Vancouver Island in Canada. She obtained her B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Victoria in 2006 and received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Calgary in 2011 under the tutelage of Prof. Warren Piers. Following her graduate studies, she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Ian Manners at the University of Bristol, U.K. (and managed to have two children while abroad!). Erin has since started an academic position at the University of Auckland, N.Z. as a Lecturer (Dec 2015), where her research involves investigating the mechanisms of main-group bond formations.

Dr Max Massi

Max Massi_smallMax Massi obtained his PhD at the University of Bologna in 2005. He then moved to Monash University as a postdoctoral researcher, working on the development of contrast media based on lanthanoid clusters in the group of Prof Peter Junk and Prof Phil Andrews. In 2009, he commenced his independent academic career with a lectureship at Curtin University, where he currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship. His research interests focus on the synthesis of luminescent metal complexes, the investigation of their photophysical and photochemical properties as well as their application in materials and life science.

Dr David Turner

David Turner Photo_smallDavid received his PhD from King’s College London in 2004 before moving to Australia for a post-doctoral work with Peter Junk and Glen Deacon. He has since held an APD fellowship (with Stuart Batten), an AINSE research fellowship and is currently a Future Fellow at Monash University. His research interests are supramolecular chemistry, in both the solid state and solution, and crystal engineering with particular focus on chiral materials for applications in sensing and separations.

A/Prof Kylie Vincent

Kylie_Vincent_photo_smallKylie Vincent is an Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford. She graduated from the University of Melbourne (BA/ BSc(Hons), Ph.D. (2004)), carrying out her PhD research with Stephen Best. She then moved to the University of Oxford as an RJP Williams Junior Research Fellow with Fraser Armstrong from 2002-2007, and then a Royal Society University Research Fellow, before taking up her current position in 2013. Her research couples electrochemistry with infrared spectroscopy to understand small molecule activation by enzymes and metal nanoparticles. She has developed applications of biocatalysis for chemical synthesis, winning the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies prize.