Student Award & Travel Bursary

 Student Award Winners 

The Student Awards and Travel Bursary has already been awarded to students from all over the world. Please congratulate our selected Student Award & Travel Bursary Winners:

Einas Abood

Photo_smallNewcastle University, United kingdom

Miss Einas Abood is currently completing her second year as a postgraduate researcher under Dr Simon Doherty supervision. Since her arrival in February 2014 Miss Abood has been responsible for developing an entirely new project to prepare polymer immobilised ionic liquid stabilised nanoparticles and explore what factors control the size and morphology of nanoparticles as well as their efficiency as catalysts for carbon-carbon bond formation and hydrogenation. Miss Abood has presented her work at local national meetings and received awards for her poster at both (one first place the other a second place), which is a just and fitting reward for her commitment and hard work.

Safaa H. Ali

Photo_smallJames Cook University, Australia

Safaa Ali is a PhD student in the College of Science at James Cook University. He holds a scholarship from Iraqi government for doing his PhD study with Professor Peter Junk. Safaa has M. Sc. and B Sc. degrees from Thi-Qar University, Iraq. His research interests lie in the area of inorganic and organometallic chemistry of lanthanoid elements, in particular pseudo-Grignard and phenolate complexes. These complexes have relevance to such areas as catalysis and organic syntheses. There is a strong emphasis on structural studies which involve a range of structural techniques, in particular X-ray crystallography.

Ramaraj Ayyappan

Photo_smallIndian Institute of Science, Karnataka, India

Ramaraj A was born in 1988 in Tamilnadu, India. He had studied B Sc chemistry (2005-2008) in Gandhigram Rural University, Dindigul. Then, he joined Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for higher education as an Int Ph D student. After completing M.S chemistry (2008-2010), he is been working with Prof B R Jagirdar from 2010 for his Ph D thesis. His research work focuses on the generation and study of a class of complexes called sigma complexes where H-H, Si-H, H-B and C-H sigma bonds interacting with metal center. This study is relevant to homogenous catalytic reactions such as hydrogenation, hydrosilation, dehydrogenation of amine boranes and alkane activation.

Julia Bayne

Julia Bayne_Photo_smallUniversity of Toronto, Canada

Julia Bayne received her Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 2014. She then moved to Toronto and joined the PhD program at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Prof. Douglas Stephan. Julia’s research is focused on the development of phosphorus-based Lewis acids and frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) and their applications in metal-free catalysis and FLP chemistry. Julia is the recipient of the prestigious Vanier post-graduate scholarship from NSERC of Canada.

 

Callum Benson

Callum Benson_smallUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Callum previously got his MChem degree from the university of St Andrews where he did his masters research project on the coordination chemistry of bidentate chalcogen ligands in the Woollins group. He is now in the final year of his PhD at the University of Cambridge, working on novel P(III) and P(V) cyclodiphosphazanes as inorganic macrocycle building blocks and inorganometallic ligands under the supervision of Dom Wright. He is also a keen rugby player and dad joke enthusiast.

Tek Long Chan

Tek Long Chan_smallThe Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Tek Long Chan is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof. Zuowei Xie. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry with 1st class honors from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of organometallics and is working on the synthesis, structural characterization and reactivity study of a new class of novel carborane-fused (hetero)aromatics.

Tsz Hei Choi

 

Photograph_smallThe Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tsz Hei Choi received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014. He is currently a second year PhD student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof. Hung Kay Lee and Prof. Kevin W. P. Leung. His research focuses on the synthesis, structural characterization and reactivity studies of low valent metal complexes with the use of bulky ligands. Currently, he is working on boranophosphorano ligands.

Edwin Clatworthy

Photo_smallUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Edwin holds a BSc(Adv. Hons) from The University of Sydney and is currently a PhD student in the School of Chemistry, working in The Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability run by Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer and Assoc. Prof. Anthony Masters. Edwin’s interests lie in development and characterisation of molecular cobalt catalysts, titanium nitride and carbon dots for water-splitting and photocatalytic applications, and deriving renewable chemicals from biomass such as lignin.

Lily Dixon

Lily Dixon Photo_smallUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Lily Dixon is a third-year Ph.D. student and Cambridge Australia Oliphant Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and is currently working on main-group metal mediated phosphorus-phosphorus dehydrocoupling under the supervision of Prof. Dominic Wright. She carried out her undergraduate studies at the Australian National University as a part of the Ph.B. program, during which time she spent one year at McGill University. She completed her honours year in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Anthony Hill, working on N-heterocyclic silicon-based pincer ligands.

Indranil Dutta

Photo_smallIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Indranil Dutta is currently a PhD student in Department of Chemistry IITK, India. He is pursuing his research under the supervision of Prof.Jitendra.K.Bera. Indranil got is B.Sc. degree from University of Burdwan in 2008 and M.Sc. degree from University of Hyderabad in 2011 securing 1st class. Then he qualified National eligibility Test (NET) and GATE examination and joined PhD programme as a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) fellow. His research broadly focuses on the metal-metal and metal-ligand cooperation in organometallic catalysis. Currently he is working on Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Coupling on a [RuII-RuII] platform and β protic functionality for amine dehydrogenation.

Lida Ezzedinloo

Lida's photo_smallUniversity of New South Wales

Lida completed her MSc degree in Inorganic Chemistry at the Chamran University of Ahwaz in Iran, under the
supervision of Prof. Abbas Tarassoli. Lida then moved to Tehran, where she worked as a research assistant at IROST and in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Amirkabir University of Technology. In March 2013, she moved to Sydney with her husband. In 2014, she commenced a PhD project with A/Prof. Steve Colbran at UNSW investigating the “Synthesis of new organometallic complexes as catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide”. Lida is now in her third year of candidature. 

Ellen Hemming

Photo_smallUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Ellen Hemming completed her BSc(Honours) at The University of Sydney in 2015 working on hydrogenase mimics as hydrogen evolution catalysts. She is currently in her first year of a PhD at The University of Sydney in the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability under Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer and Assoc. Prof. Anthony Masters. Her current interests lie in utilising novel media for catalytic reactions with the aim of completing multi-step cascade reactions.

Craig Fraser

Photo_smallNational University of Singapore, Singapore

Originally from Scotland, Craig is now a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Singapore, under the supervision of Assistant Prof. Rowan Young. In Craig obtained his Masters from The University of Edinburgh. His current research interests are in Main Group Lewis acid catalysed transfer dehydrogenation reactions of small molecules.

Yuki Fujii

Photo_smallOsaka University, Japan

Yuki Fujii is currently a PhD student at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University in Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Hiromichi Fujioka. He has received his Master degree of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2015 from Hokkaido University. His research interests are the development of ruthenium-catalyzed one-pot metathesis/non-metathesis reaction for the synthesis of pi-conjugated polycyclic heteroaromatic compounds. He is pursuing his experimental PhD studies as JSPS fellowship.

Laura Ghandhi

Laura_smallUniversity of Leeds, United Kingdom

Laura completed her MSci in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry at the University of Nottingham in 2008, spending her final year researching small molecule analogues of metalloenzymes under the supervision of Dr John McMaster. Following this she was employed by the NHS at Leicester Royal Infirmary as a Clinical Scientist during which time she completed a MSc in Clinical Biochemistry and was runner-up for the ACB Medal Award for her research into detection of “legal highs” in urine. After making the decision to return to academia, she commenced PhD studies at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Dr Patrick McGowan. Her research furthers her passion for metals in medicine and focuses on group IX picolinamide complexes as potential anti-cancer and anti-bacterial agents.

Jorge Gonzalez

Photo_smallUniversity of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Jorge completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at the National and Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He then moved to UK to start his postgraduate studies under the supervision of Professor Guy C. Lloyd-Jones. Jorge is currently in the final year of his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. His work is focused on the investigation of the hydrolysis of MIDA boronate esters and their application in cross-coupling reactions. In his spare time, he enjoys running and photography.

Eric Ayom Gwaza

Photo_smallUniversity of KwaZula-Natal, South Africa.

Ayom Gwaza Eric is currently a doctoral student at the School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He got his first degree in Chemistry at Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria where he worked on heavy metal pollution of mechanic sites. He proceeded to the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria where he bagged an MSc in Analytical Chemistry in 2011. Ayom worked on levels of heavy metal pollution and dietary intakes of food-snacks in Ibadan city for his MSc dissertation. He is currently working on sulfur-rich organometallic complexes and their catalytic applications under the guidance of Prof Werner Van Zyl.

Schirin Hanf

Schirin Photo_smallUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Schirin Hanf is currently in the first year of her PhD at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Prof. D. S. Wright in collaboration with Prof. E. Hey-Hawkins (Leipzig University). Schirin undertook her undergraduate studies at Leipzig University in Germany and spent some time during her Master’s at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her current reserach is focused on the investigation of phosphorus-based tripodal ligands as well as unsymmetrical pyridyl-phosphines and their later applications in homogenous catalysis.

 

Hasti Iranmanesh

Photo_smallUniversity of New South Wales, Australia

Hasti completed her M.Sc. degree in applied chemistry at the university of Semnan, Iran, in 2012 under the supervision of Dr Mahdi Behzad. Now she is a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales, under the supervision of Dr J. Beves. Hasti’s research project is on photo-gated supramolecular interactions. Central to her work is the synthesis and structural analysis of Ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes. These complexes are quite large which means that synchrotron radiation for analysis is required and Hasti has made many trips to the Australian Synchrotron so far in her PhD and the solution and refinement of data is central to her research project.

Alma Jaeger

Photo_smallFree University of Berlin, Germany

Alma D. Jaeger is currently a PhD student at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. D. Lentz. During her Master’s studies she spent one semester at the Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, working in the group of Prof. H. Tobita. Her current research is focused on the catalytic activation of C-F bonds in perfluorinated compounds resulting in hydrodefluorination.

 

Hanpeng Jin

Photo_smallUniversity of Münster, Germany

Hanpeng Jin is a Phd candidate in Professor Hahn’s Group at the Universität Münster, Germany. His research topic is synthesis of transition metal N-heterocyclic carbene and mesoionic carbene complexes via oxidative addition in which has been published a paper in Angew. Chem. 2015, 54, 13811. With the fellowship of international research program of WWU Münster, he paid a half year research visit in Professor Doug Stephan’s Group at the University of Toronto, Canada. In 2013, he obtained his Master with excellence from the joint graduate program Advanced Material Science within the Elitenetzwerk Bayern offered by Technische Universität München, Universität München and Universität Augsburg (Master thesis about intermetalloid clusters supervised by Professor Thomas F. Fässler). In 2010, he finished his undergraduate study in Chemistry Department of Fudan University, Shanghai (Excellent bachelor thesis of chemistry in Shanghai about organic synthesis supervised by Professor Jie Wu).

Ebrahim Kadwa

Photo_smallUniversity of KwaZulu-Natel, South Africa

Ebrahim Kadwa is a PhD candidate in chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. His research is inter-disciplinary and covers synthetic, analytical and materials chemistry and finds application in homogeneous catalysis. Ebrahim obtained his BSc in Pure and Applied Chemistry cum laude, has published work from his MSc and was awarded the best poster prize at the 2015 University of KwaZulu-Natal Postgraduate Research Day. Besides research, Ebrahim has served as the chairman (2015) and treasurer (2012) of the Westchem Postgraduate Society where he organised a number of academic and social events. He is also a dedicated student demonstrator, assisting second- and third-year undergraduate students in analytical, instrumental, environmental and materials chemistry courses. Away from the laboratory, Ebrahim is an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Tae Kim

Photo_smallTae Kim received his BSc at the University of Otago in 2011. He then completed his MSc in 2014 under Drs. James D. Crowley and Nigel T. Lucas, working in the field of supramolecular chemistry. Working under the same supervisors, he is currently undertaking a PhD programme at the University of Otago, focusing on the synthesis of various metallosupramolecular cage architectures and their host-guest properties with a variety of potential guest molecules.

 

Ulrike Kroesen

Photo_smallTechnical University of Dortmund, Germany

Ulrike Kroesen is currently a third year PhD student at the Technical University of Dortmund under the supervision of Professor Carsten Strohmann. She already obtained her Bachelor’s degree as well as her Master’s degree in Chemistry at the Technical University of Dortmund. In 2013 she was awarded for the best master graduation of the faculty in the year with a thesis about understanding sodium-specific effects to control metalorganic reactions. Ulrike Kroesen is a recipient of the prestigious PhD scholarship of the “Fonds der chemischen Industrie”. Within her PhD studies she engages herself in the field of the allylamine metalation. Especially she focuses on the effect of the metal ion on structure and reactivity of organometallic building blocks by the combination of experiment and theory.

Monika Krystof

Monika Krystof Photo_smallRWTH Aachen University, Germany

Monika Krystof is in the final year of her PhD at the RWTH Aachen University under supervision of Prof. Dr. W. Leitner at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry. Her research interests are in the combination of homogenous catalysis and biocatalysis by synthesizing artificial metalloenzymes. During the last three years of her doctoral studies she focused on the covalent integration of versatile Rhodium-Triphos complexes into engineered transmembrane proteins.

Angelo Lanzilotto

Photo_smallUniversity of Basel, Switzerland

Angelo is currently a 3rd year PhD student at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of Basel. He obtained his bachelor degree in chemistry in 2011 from University of Bari (Italy) and his master degree in photochemistry in 2013 from University of Bologna (Italy). Angelo’s current research interests focus on synthesis of porphyrin-appended ruthenium(II) bis-terpyridine complexes for light harvesting and solar cell application under the supervision of Prof. Housecroft and Prof. Constable.

 

Hairong Lyu

Photo_smallThe Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hairong Lyu was born in Anhui, China, in 1993. She graduated from the College of Chemistry, Nankai University in 2014. After received her bachelor’s degree, she continued her study at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Zuowei Xie in CUHK. Her current researches mainly focus on transition metal catalyzed regioselective B-H activation and functionalization of carboranes. One of her work has been published in Angew Chem Int Ed (2015, 54, 10623), titled “Palladium-catalyzed direct dialkenylation of cage B-H bonds in o-carboranes through cross-coupling reactions”. She has given a poster presentation about this work in “2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies”. Another work on Pd-catalyzed direct B-H amination has also been completed, which will be presented at this ICOMC meeting.

Yan-Na Ma

Photo_smallYan-Na Ma was born in Hebei province (China) in 1988. In 2012, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lanzhou University. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in chemistry in the college of chemistry and chemical engineering of Lanzhou University under the direction of Prof. Shang-Dong Yang. Her research focuses on the chemistry of asymmetric C-H activation.

 

Stuart Malthus

Photo_smallUniversity of Otago, New Zealand

Stuart has been a student at the University of Otago, New Zealand, since 2010. He completed his Bachelor degree with Honours in 2013 as a member of the Brooker Group. He then returned to the same group for his PhD in 2014. He is entering his final year of his PhD which focuses on the synthesis of new macrocyclic complexes for various applications. His interests include synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry and crystallography.

Shuichi Masusaki

Photo_smallHokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Shuichi Masusaki is currently a master’s student at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Yoshihiro Sato. Shuichi got his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science from Hokkaido University in March, 2016. His ongoing research topic is the development of rhodium-catalyzed enantioselective cyclization reactions.

 

Eunice Lok Yan Mau

Photo_smallThe Chinese University of Hong Kong

Euince Lok Yan Mau is currently a first year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof. Hung Kay Lee. She received her B. Sc. degree in Chemistry from the same university in 2015. She now focuses on the synthetic, structural and reactivity studies of late transition metal complexes supported by pyridyl amido ligands.

James McPherson

Photo_smallUniversity of New South Wales

James was born in Dayton, USA, but soon after his family returned to Sydney, where he has lived since. He completed a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) at UNSW in 2015, including an Honours project with A/Prof. Steve Colbran, developing novel transition metal – Hantzsch amide conjugates as catalysts for transfer hydrogenation reactions. James is now in his first year of PhD candidature with A/Prof. Colbran, investigating the chemistry of dipyridylpyrrolato anion analogues of terpyridine metal complexes.

Siyabonga Gift Mncube

Photo_smallUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Siyabonga G. Mncube is currently a chemistry PhD student in University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa). In 2014 he received his masters degree in chemistry having already acquired a BSc honors in the same discipline. Doing Chemistry as my major have been his passion since high school were he received numberous awards due to his acardmic exclence. In 2011 he was chosen as one of the student in South Africa to visit GSK London for Chemistry Residence Training. The students were chosen from different universities in South Africa and with different culture and background. His PhD work is based in synthesis of triazolydene metal complexes and their application in oxidation of alkanes.

Taichi Nakamura

Photo_smallTaichi Nakamura is currently first year Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Makoto Yamashita at Chuo University. He graduated from the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University in 2013. He received his master degree from Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chuo University in 2015. His research interests are the group 13 element-incorporated benzenes and their application as ligand(s) of transition metal complexes.

 

Haruka Nishiyama

Photo_smallOsaka University, Japan

Haruka Nishiyama was born in Okayama, Japan in 1988. She graduated from Osaka University (School of Engineering Science). She received her master degree from Osaka University (Graduate School of Engineering Science) under the supervisor of Prof. K. Mashima in 2014, and then continued a PhD course at the same group. Her current research focus lies in the area of organometallics regarding the topic for “catalytic radical reactions of polyhaloalkane with group 5 metal complexes bearing redox-active ligands”. During this period, she joined as the internship in Prof. B. Breit’s group at Freiburg University from September to December in 2012 and Prof. J. Okuda’s group at RWTH Aachen University from May to September in 2014. She has been a research fellowship for young scientists from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1, 2014-2017).

Elena Osipova

Elena Osipova Photo_smallA. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Elena Osipova is currently a PhD student at A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of Prof. Natalia Belkova and Prof. Elena Shubina. Elena graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2014 where she specialized in organic and organometallic chemistry. Her current research is focused on acid-base interactions involving transition metal hydrides and their role in the reactions involving proton transfer and H2 generation or activation – the topics highly relevant to catalysis and hydrogen storage.

Philippa Owens

Philippa Owens Photo_smallUniversity of Strathclyde, Scotland

Originally from the South West of England, Philippa is now in the 3rd year of her PhD at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, working under the supervision of Prof. Billy Kerr. Philippa completed her undergraduate studies at Imperial College London in 2012, before carrying out an MSc by Research at the University of York, working with Prof. Ian Fairlamb on palladium-catalysed C–H functionalisation reactions. As part of the Strathclyde-GSK Doctoral Training Centre in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry, Philippa’s current PhD research focuses on the synthesis and application of novel iridium–NHC complexes as catalysts in organic synthesis.

Vlad Pascanu

Photo_smallStockholm University, Sweden

Vlad Pascanu began his training as a chemist in Romania with a BSc in chemical engineering, specializing in the petrochemical industry. In 2012 he moved to Scandinavia and started doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Belén Martín-Matute at Stockholm University. During these years his research revolved around the development of heterogeneous catalysts for more sustainable organic transformations, with a special focus on compatibility with substrates of interest for the pharmaceutical industry. He is expected to defend his PhD thesis in October 2016.
As a guest researcher, he spent several months in the laboratories of AstraZeneca R&D (Sweden), the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Spain) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Vlad was the main author of a recent VIP publication featured on the inside cover of the celebratory special issue “Women in Chemistry” in Chem. Eur. J. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201681102.

John Popp

John Popp Photo_smallLeipzig University, Germany

John Popp is a PhD student at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at the Leipzig University, Germany. After receiving his Bachelor degree in 2013, John commenced his Master studies with the focus on organometallic synthetic chemistry. During this time John got the chance to study one semester abroad at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he worked in the groups of Prof. Glen Deacon, Prof. Cameron Jones and Dr. Andreas Stasch. After finishing his Master degree in 2015, John started his PhD studies at the Leipzig University, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins. Currently, his research interest is focused on P-stereogenic dendritic ferrocenyl phosphine complexes and their application in redox-switchable catalysis.

Dan Preston

Dan Preston Photo_smallUniversity of Otago, New Zealand

Dan has been a student with the Crowley Group at the University of Otago, New Zealand, since 2012. He is in the final year of his PhD project and is working on developing novel discrete metallosupramolecular assemblies with particular emphasis on their application in a biological setting. He likes palladium-catalysed carbon-carbon bond formation, CuAAC “click” chemistry, and square planar metals.

Anna Maria Ranieri

Photo_smallCurtin University, Australia

Anna Maria Ranieri was born in Lugo (Italy) in 1991. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry in 2013 from The University of Bologna (Italy) and her Master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry in 2015, from the same university. During her Bachelor’s and Master’s studies, she focused on the synthesis of luminescent metal complexes of ruthenium(II) and rhenium(I) and their application in bioimaging. She is currently a first year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at Curtin University (Perth, Australia), under the supervision of Dr. Max Massi, Prof Mark Ogden, and Prof Elizabeth Watkin. Her research focuses on the synthesis of luminescent platinum(II) complexes for biological and microbiological applications.

Supriya Rej

Photo_smallOsaka University, Japan

Supriya Rej was born in West Bengal, India. He received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), India in 2014. While studying in India, he achieved top rank in Indian national test, e.g. IIT-JEE (All India Rank – 222), CSIR-NET (National Eligibility Test; All India Rank- 61), GATE (All India Rank-139) and scored well in GRE. Later, he achieved JICA friendship scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies in Japan (2014-2017). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Kazushi Mashima at Osaka University; studying the synthesis and reactivity of metal-metal multiply bonded di-nuclear metal complexes as a new category of catalysts for C-C bond forming reaction in organic chemistry.

Kai Rohmann

Kai Rohmann Photo_smallRWTH Aachen University, Germany

Kai Rohmann is currently a doctoral student at RWTH Aachen University in Germany at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry. After receiving the Master degree (with distinction) in 2012 in Chemistry, he started his doctoral studies in the area of organometallic chemistry at RWTH Aachen University under supervision of Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner. His research interest is in the field of combined experimental and computational chemistry in homogeneous catalysis with a focus on hydrogenation reactions.

Ryan Schwamm

RyanSchwamm_Picture_smallVictoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Ryan is a second year PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, studying under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Martyn Coles. Prior to this, he obtained his BSc(hons) and MSc in the Coles group working on magnesium-based catalysts for C-C bond forming reactions, and low coordinate bismuth complexes supported by sterically demanding amide ligands. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. His current research interests are focused on the use of bulky amide ligands to stabilise low oxidation state heavy main group elements.

Benedikt Schwarze

Photo_smallLeipzig University, Germany

Benedikt Schwarze studied chemistry at Leipzig University, Germany. During his Master’s studies he spent one semester at Monash University Melbourne working in the groups of Prof. P. Andrews and Prof. C. Jones. After he obtained his Master’s degree in 2015 working on the synthesis and characterisation of metal carborate complexes, he started his doctoral project on metal carborate complexes with bioactive ligands as organometallic anticancer agents under the supervision of Prof. E. Hey-Hawkins at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at Leipzig University.

Marco Seifried

Marco Photo_smallInstitute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, Austria

Marco is currently doing his Master´s Degree at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry under supervision of Privatdoz. Peter Weinberger and Dr. Danny Müller. He obtained his B.Sc in Technical Chemistry 2013 from the same university. His current research interest is in utilizing N-substituted (1H)-tetrazoles as ligands in iron(II) spin-crossover (SCO) compounds. Especially regarding new ligand designs for a possible (post)functionalization of SCO compounds.

Andreas E. Seitz

Photo_smallAndreas E. Seitz is a third year PhD student at the University of Regensburg, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. M. Scheer. After receiving his Bachelor degree in 2011, he spent two months in the Cummins group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, during his master studies. In 2013, he obtained his Master degree at the University of Regensburg. In 2014, he started his PhD at the Scheer group with the support of a prestigious PhD fellowship of the “Fonds der chemischen Industrie”. Thereby, his research deals with the functionalization and the transfer of poly-pnictogen units, especially of zirconocene based phosphorus and arsenic compounds.

Celestine Seow

Photo_smallNanyang Technological University, Singapore

Celestine Seow is currently a PhD student at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, under the supervision of Dr So Cheuk-Wai. She obtained her B.Sc in Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University in 2013. Her current research interest is in main group chemistry, mainly on small molecule activation by low valent main group elements.

 

Fujimori Shiori

Photo_smallFujimori Shiori is currently a master course student at the Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, under the supervision of Prof. Norihiro Tokitoh. She was received the Bachelor degrees from Shinshu University, Nagano Japan, in 2014. Her research is focused on the synthesis and elucidation of the properties of heavier congeners of phenyl anion, what we call, metallabenzenyl anion.

 

Siti Syaida Sirat

Photo_smallUniversiti Sains, Malaysia

Siti Syaida Sirat is currently a PhD candidate in Chemical Sciences Programme, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia, under supervision of Prof. Omar Shawkataly. She received her B.Sc. degree in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in 2009. She was awarded her Master`s degree in Chemistry in 2013 from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research interest is in the organometallic chemistry and focusing on the synthesis, structural characterization and reactivity of Group 15 ligands with Group 8 metal cluster carbonyls.

Fabian Spitzer

Photo_smallIn 2011 I finished my Bachelor studies (Chemistry, University of Regensburg (UR), Germany) and 2013 I was awarded a Master degree (Chemistry, UR). Currently, I am a third year PhD student at UR under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Manfred Scheer. I am investigating the reactivity of group 15 elements (P4 and As4) towards low valent β-diketiminato (nacnac) late transition metal fragments. In 2014 I spent three months in the Fryzuk group at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, to get insight into the reactivity of the lighter homologue N2. So far I was able to present the results of my work at three conferences: At „Koordinationschemie-Tagung 2015“ I contributed with a talk. At „EWPC-12“ (2015) and „EWPC-13“ (2016) I performed a poster and an oral presentation, respectively. Both contributions were awarded as „best poster“ and „excellent oral presentation“, respectively. The first results of my research were published in Angewandte Chemie: 
1) Fixation and Release of Intact E4 Tetrahedra (E=P, As); F. Spitzer, M. Sierka, M. Latronico, P. Mastrorilli, A. V. Virovets, M. Scheer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 4392-4396.
2) Influence of the nacnac Ligand in Iron(I)-Mediated P4 Transformations; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201510716.

Pedro Braun Streb

Photo_smallTechnical University of Dortmund, Germany

Pedro Braun Streb born 1987 in Gramado, Brazil, is currently a doctoral student at TU Dortmund University in Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Carsten Strohmann. After receiving the Bachelor degree in 2012 in Chemical Biology, he finished his Master degree focusing on Polymer Chemistry in 2014. His research interest is in the field of developing new silicon based building blocks by Si-C and Si-Si bond activation with the main focus on highly reactive silylmetal compounds.

Tomohiro Sugahara

Photo_smallKyoto University, Japan

Tomohiro Sugahara is currently a master course student at the Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, under the supervision of Prof. Norihiro Tokitoh. He was received the Bachelor degrees from Kyoto University, Kyoto Japan, in 2014. His current research is focused on the synthesis and reactivity of stable multiple-bonded compounds between germanium atoms.

Yuko Suzuki

Photo_smallKyoto University, Japan

Yuko Suzuki was born in 1989 in Yamanashi in Japan. In 2013, she received bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at Kyoto University, where she worked with Prof. Osuka and Prof. Yorimitsu. She began her master’s course studies at Kyoto University with Prof. Tokitoh and Prof. Sasamori, where she explored the chemistry of the d–π electron systems containing heavier main group elements. After she received her master’s degree in 2015, she is pursuing her experimental Ph.D studies in same group as JSPS fellowship. She joined in Rainer Streubel’s group in Bonn University as visiting student for 4 months in 2015.

Hideaki Takano

Takano Photo_smallWaseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Hideaki Takano was born in 1992 in Saitama, Japan. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Waseda University in 2015 as the top student. He already published two papers as a co-author, entitled “Cationic Iridium-Catalyzed C-H Alkylation of 2-Substituted Pyridine N-Oxides with Acrylates” (Org. Chem. Front., 2015, 2, 383-387) and “Ir-Catalyzed Intramolecular Enantioselective C-H Alkylation at the C2 Position of N-Alkenylindoles” (Adv. Synth. Catal., 2015, 357, 1131-1135). He is currently working on the development of activation reaction of inactive bonds by transition metal catalysts, for his master’s degree, in the group of Prof.

Yiu Sun Dennis Tam

Photo_smallThe Chinese University of Hong Kong

Yiu Sun Dennis Tam is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof. Thomas C.W. Mak and Prof. Hung Kay Lee. He received his MPhil degree in Chemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong under Prof. Thomas C.W. Mak’s supervision in 2015. His research interests are in the areas of organometallics and crystal engineering.

 

Takahisa Taniguchi

Photo_smallHokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Takahisa Taniguchi is currently a doctoral student at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Yoshihiro Sato. Takahisa has received his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012 and Master degree of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2014 from Hokkaido University. His research interests are the development of nanoparticle-supported catalysts and their reactivity for C-C bond formation. His current research is the synthesis of supported nickel nanoparticle catalyst and its application for organic transformation in collaboration with Prof. Mitsuhiro Arisawa at Osaka University.

Miguel Angel Chacon Teran

Miguel Angel Chacon_smallIVIC/ Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Venezuela

Born in 1991, Miguel Angel Chacon is a currently PhD student at Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research) in Venezuela that begun in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Rafael Rodriguez and Prof. Dr. Vanessa Landaeta. He got his first degree on Chemistry in 2012 at Universidad del Zulia (University of Zulia) in Venezuela. His current research interest is the development of novel coordination compounds (9 and 10 main group) bearing Phosphites ligands that feature interesting electronic and steric properties, as well as their application in green catalytic processes.

Nana Tsukahara

Photo_smallChuo University, Tokyo, Japan

Nana Tsukahara was born in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Makoto Yamashita. She is currently working on the boron chemistry, for her master’s degree, in the same group.

 

Helene Wall 

Photo_smallTechnical University of Dortmund, Germany

Helene Wall, born 1990 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is currently a second year PhD student at the Technical University of Dortmund under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Carsten Strohmann. She is doing her studies in collaboration with Prof. Michael Knorr (Université de Franche-Comté, France) and Prof. Fernando Villafañe (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain), where she spend a research stay for several weeks. Helene obtained her B. Sc. in Chemical Biology in 2013 and then finished her M. Sc. in Chemistry within an exceptionally short period of three semesters at the same university. She engages herself in the field of planar chiral ferrocenylligands, especially she focuses her research on substituted (aminomethyl)ferrocenes and their potential applications in asymmetric catalysis.

Jordan Waters

JordanWaters photo_smallUniversity of Oxford, United Kingdom

Jordan Waters is in the third year of his DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Jose Goicoechea. He obtained his MChem degree having completed his final year masters project in the same group in 2012/13. He is currently investigating the synthesis and reactivity of NHC and ditopic carbanionic NHC complexes of a variety of main group elements, particularly those of group 14.

Alexandra Wiesler

Alexandra Wielser Photo_smallUniversity of Basel, Switzerland

Alexandra Wiesler is a second year PhD student under the guidance of Professors Catherine Housecroft and Edwin Constable at the University of Basel (Switzerland). She obtained her Bachelor`s degree in Chemistry at the University of Basel in 2012. She was awarded her Master`s degree in Chemistry in 2014 with a thesis about reduction-sensitive nanostructures based on PMOXA-SS-PCL for drug delivery purposes. Her current work explores various phosphonic acid derivatized ruthenium-based complexes, specifically designed be used as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Another part of the project focuses on the application of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) as a method for high throughput validation of DCSs.

Agata Wlodarska

Photo_smallWarsaw University of Technology Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw, Poland

Agata Włodarska is currently PhD student at the Faculty of Chemistry Warsaw University of Technology under supervision of Prof. Pietrzykowski. She obtained her Master degree in chemical technology from Warsaw University of Technology working on synthesis of aluminium compounds. During her doctoral studies her research is focused on organonickel complexes and their catalytic activity.

Christopher Wright

Chris Wright_Photo_smallUniversity of Oxford, United Kingdom

Christopher Wright is currently in the third year of his DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Dermot O’Hare. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the same institution completing his final year masters project in the O’Hare group in 2013. The focus of his work is on solid-supported oligomerisation and metathesis catalysts and their application in tandem catalytic reactions.

 

Di Wu

Wu Di Photo_smallNanyang Technological University, Singapore

Di Wu is currently a PhD student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore under the guidance of Dr Rei Kinjo. Di Wu’s present research interest is mainly centered on the development of novel boron compounds featuring unique electronic structure and reactivity, and its application in catalysis. 

Tatsuya Yanagisawa

Photo_smallKyoto University, Japan

Tatsuya Yanagisawa is currently in the first year of his Master’s degree at Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Norihiro Tokitoh. In 2015, He received his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Chemistry, Shinshu University, Nagano, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Mitsunori Oda.
Then, he studied synthesis and fluorescence property of 2,3-naphthalimide derivatives bearing phenyl substituents on the naphthalene skeleton. His current research interest is in the field of organometallic complexes. Especially, he focuses on the synthesis of Aluminum–transition metal multiple-bonds complexes and elucidation of their properties.

Sabrina Yee-Teng Khoo

Sabrina_photo_smallNanyang Technological University of Singapore

Sabrina Yee-Teng Khoo is currently a PhD student in chemistry at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore under the guidance of Dr. So Cheuk-Wai. She obtained her B.Sc (with first class honours) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry in August 2014 from the same university. Her current research area is on main group chemistry centered around group 13 (boron) and 14 (silicon) compounds.

Shan Yuliang

Photo_smallShan Yuliang is currently a PhD student in chemistry at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore under the guidance of Dr. So Cheuk-Wai. He obtained his B.Sc in Chemistry from Soochow University. His current research area is on the synthese N-heterocyclic Silylene-Stabilized main group element(0) compounds.

Grzegorz Zieliński

Photo_smallPolish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Grzegorz K. Zieliński is in the final year of PhD studies at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences under supervision of prof. Karol Grela. His research is currently focused on the investigation of the ruthenium-catalysed transfer hydrogenation reaction of olefins and its application in organic synthesis. He received his M.Sc. degree with honours in 2012 from Gdańsk University of Technology under supervision of prof. Maria Milewska. His scientific interests include tandem catalysis and other one-pot transformations involving olefin metathesis reaction.

 

Student Award Opportunity and Travel Bursary

Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Melbourne Convention Bureau a number of Student Conference Awards are available to support registered students in attending the meeting.

The award will consist of a certificate and a bursary of up to $1000 to assist with the costs of participating in ICOMC 2016. The value of individual awards will be decided by the Organising Committee on the basis of opportunity, need and quality of the submitted abstract. In order to be eligible for Student Conference Award, the applicant must register and attend the meeting, and give an Oral or Poster presentation. The successful applicants will be presented with their awards at the Conference.

Applications for the Student Award and Travel Bursary is now closed. Applicants were notified of the outcome of their applications via email. If you have any questions regarding your application please email the Conference Managers at icomc2016@arinex.com.au