Plenary Speakers

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

ICOMC 2016 Plenary Speakers

Dr Guy Bertrand

Photo Guy Bertrand_smallDr Guy Bertrand is Distinguished Professor and Director of the UCSD/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California at San Diego. He is a member of the French Academy of Technology (2000), the Academia Europaea (2002), the European Academy of Sciences (2003), the French Academy of Sciences (2004), and is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences (2006). He has recently received the Sir Ronald Nyholm Medal of the RSC (2009), the Grand Prix Le Bel of the French Chemical Society (2010), and the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2014). He is one the Associate Editors of Chemical reviews. 

Prof Aiwen Lei

 
Aiwen Lei_smallProfessor Aiwen Lei is a Professor at Wuhan University in China. He is also the Editorial Board Member of Chemistry – An Asian Journal, Board Member of ChemSusChem, Editorial Board Member of Chinese Chemical Letters and is an Editorial Advisory Board Member of Current Organocatalysis. From 2003-2005 Professor Lei was a research associate at Stanford University in the US with Professor James P Collman. From 2000-2003 Prof Lei was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Pennsylvania State University wth Professor Xumu Zhang. From 1995-2000 Professor Lei was undertaking Graduate studies at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry with Professor Xiyan Lu. Professor Lei’s research areas of interest include:
  Developing highly selective and efficient transition-metal-catalyzed C-C, and C-heteroatom bond formation in syntheses, e.g. oxidative coupling reactions, C-H bond functionalization.
  Small molecule (such as CO, O2, N2O, H2O2, NH3, ClO2–,etc.) activation with an emphasis on applying such molecules in efficient synthetic methods.
  Mechanistic studies including kinetic and active intermediate studies.

Prof Kazushi Mashima

Kazushi Mashima photo_smallProf Kazushi Mashima received his PhD degree (1986) from Osaka University.  He became an Assistant Professor at Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki National Institutes in 1983 before getting his PhD degree.  He moved to Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University as an Assistant Professor in 1989, and then to Faculty of Science, Osaka University as an Assistant Professor in 1991. He worked as a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor M. A. Bennett, Australian National University in 1992 and as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow with Professor W. A. Herrmann, Technisch Universität München in 1993.  He was promoted to an Associate Professor at Faculty (now Graduate School) of Engineering Science, Osaka University in 1994, and then to a full Professor at Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University in 2003.  His current research interests lie in the area of organometallic chemistry for metal-catalyzed organic transformations including unique enzyme-like metal cluster catalysis as well as unique organometallic chemistry of low-valent transition metal complexes derived from a salt-free reduction of metal halides by organosilicon compounds.  

Prof Franc Meyer

Franc Meyer_smallFranc Meyer earned his doctorate with Professor Paetzold at RWTH Aachen (1993), he was a postdoc with Professor Armentrout in Salt Lake City (1994/1995), he completed his habilitation with Professor Huttner in Heidelberg (2000), and he became full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in 2001. His research focuses on the activation of small molecules and on cooperative effects in bimetallic and multimetallic complexes, with particular interests in bioinorganic chemistry, bioinspired catalysis and magnetic nanoswitches.

He is a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, and he serves as an Associate Editor for the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry.

Professor Franc Meyer is presenting as part of both the ICOMC 2016 and the IC’16

Prof Sylviane Sabo-Etienne


Sylviane Sabo-Etienne photo_small
Sylviane Sabo-Etienne is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination in Toulouse, France. She has received a few recent awards: the 2010 RSC Frankland award, the Glenn T Seaborg Memorial Lecturer UC-Berkeley award, and the 2014 award of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society. Her broad research interests encompass coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and catalysis with a specific focus on transition metal complexes displaying H-H, B-H, Si-H, and C-H bonding modes via agostic and/or sigma interactions. Small molecule activation, and hydrogen transfer processes are areas under active pursuit with structure-activity relationships, and the mechanism of the catalytic reactions being integral components of the different projects.

Prof Doug Stephan

Doug Stephan_smallDoug Stephan FRSC, FRS (PhD, University of Western Ontario, 1980). After NATO postdoctoral studies withHolm at Harvard in 1980-82, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, ultimately being appointed Full Professor in 1992. In 2008, he took up a Canada Research Chair and Professorship at the University of Toronto. Author of 385 scientific articles and over 80 patents, Stephan’s research exploits fundamental studies to target innovative technologies for transition metal and main group catalysis. His most notable work has included catalysts for polymerization, hydrogenation and metathesis, as well as “Frustrated Lewis Pairs” and “electrophilic phosphonium cations”.  

 

IC’16 Plenary Speakers

Prof Serena DeBeer

debeer-headshot_smallSerena DeBeer is a Professor and Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Serena received her B.S. in Chemistry at Southwestern University in 1995, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2002. From 2002-2009, she was a staffscientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, before moving to her faculty position at Cornell. She is the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship (2011), a Kavli Fellowship (2012) and a European Research Council Consolidator Award (2013). Her primary research interests include the development and application of X-ray based spectroscopy to examine small molecule activation (N2, O2, CO2) in both chemical and biological catalysis.

Prof Franc Meyer

Franc Meyer_smallFranc Meyer earned his doctorate with Professor Paetzold at RWTH Aachen (1993), he was a postdoc with Professor Armentrout in Salt Lake City (1994/1995), he completed his habilitation with Professor Huttner in Heidelberg (2000), and he became full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in 2001. His research focuses on the activation of small molecules and on cooperative effects in bimetallic and multimetallic complexes, with particular interests in bioinorganic chemistry, bioinspired catalysis and magnetic nanoswitches.

He is a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, and he serves as an Associate Editor for the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry.

Professor Franc Meyer is presenting as part of both the ICOMC 2016 and the IC’16

Prof Philip Mountford

speak phPhilip Mountford is Head of Inorganic Chemistry and Professor of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis at Oxford University. His research interests centre around the synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity of organometallic compounds of the early transition and lanthanide metals, and the alkaline earth metals. This work has emphasis on compounds with metal-nitrogen multiple bonds, olefin polymerisation and ring-opening polymerisation. Recently he received the 2015 Schlenk Lectureship of the University of Tübingen, a PKU-Eli Lilly prize lectureship from Peking University in 2014, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Organometallic Chemistry Award for 2012-13 and is a former recipient of the RSC’s Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship, also for organometallic chemistry. He has held Visiting Professorships at the Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Heidelberg.