PBSI 2017 conference will gather high-profile Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon experts to deliver plenary speeches:

Prof. Zuowei Xie

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Zuowei Xie obtained a BSc degree from Hangzhou University in 1983 and a MS degree from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986. After earning a PhD from a joint Ph.D. program of Technische Universität Berlin and Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1990, he moved to the University of Southern California as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He then joined the Department of Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995 as an Assistant Professor, and is currently a Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science. Professor Xie has co-authored over 260 publications in peer-reviewed journals and received an array of honors and awards, including the State Natural Science Award in 2008, the Chinese Chemical Society Huang Yao-Zeng Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 2010, the Croucher Award (from The Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong) in 2003 and a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. He also served on the editorial board of Organometallics, Dalton Transactions, Frontier in Inorganic Chemistry, and Science China (Chemistry).

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Talk title: Transition metal catalyzed B-H activation and functionalization of carboranes

Prof. Ian Manners

University of Bristol, UK


Ian Manners is Canadian and British and was born in London, England. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, he conducted postdoctoral work in Germany and then in the USA. He then joined the University of Toronto, Canada as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and was made a Canada Research Chair in 2001. In 2006 he returned to his Alma Mater to take up a Chair in Inorganic, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry supported by an EU Marie Curie Chair. His research interests broadly focus on synthetic problems at molecular, macromolecular, and longer length scales and currently involve catalytic main group chemistry and main group polymers, functional metallopolymers, and crystallization-driven self-assembly processes. He is the recipient of a range of awards including a Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (from the US), the Steacie Prize (from Canada), the RSC Award in Main Group Chemistry, the RSC Peter Day Award for Soft Matter Materials Chemistry (2012), and a Humboldt Research Award from Germany (2011). He is an elected member of both the Canadian and the British National Academies of Science. His work is documented in over 650 career publications and 4 books and has been presented in over 500 invited and plenary lectures worldwide.

Talk title: Catalytic, Metal-Mediated and Metal-Free Routes to Molecules and Materials based on Boron and other p-Block Elements

Prof. Maurizio Peruzzini

Italian National Research Council, Italy


Maurizio Peruzzini since February 2017, is Director of the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies of Materials of the National Research Council (DSCTM-CNR). He was Director of the Institute of Chemistry of OrganoMetallic Compounds at CNR (ICCOM-CNR) between 2011 and 2017 and Chair elected of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society (2009 – 2011). Currently he is Chairman of the “Sacconi Foundation”. MP has received the prize “Raffaele Nasini” 1993, gold medal awarded by the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the SCI in recognition of his studies on molecular hydrogen complexes and has been awarded with the SCF French-Italian Prize, 2011 by the Société Chimique de France. MP has lectured in more than 80 Universities or Research Centers worldwide and has given invited lectures in more than 70 International and National Conferences. He is author of more than 350 scientific publications and 4 patents [h-index 49 (ISI); ResearcherID:M-1705-2014]. Coordinator of several research projects, he is the recipient (PI) of an ERC ADVANCED GRANT for the project “Phosphorene functionalization: a new platform for advanced multifunctional materials” (PHOSFUN) (2015 – 2019).

Talk title: Playing with Phosphorus Allotropes from Organometallic Chemistry to Innovative 2D-Materials

Prof. Robert C West

University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA


Robert West was born in New Jersey, USA, and educated at Cornell Univ. (B. A.) and Harvard Universities (A. M., Ph. D.) He joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in 1956, became full professor in 1962 and E. G. Rochow professor in 1969. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the A. von Humboldt Prize, the Main Group Chemistry Medal, the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award, the Wacker Silicon Prize, an honorary Ph. D. award from Romania, and honorary memberships in the Chemical Societies of Japan and Israel.  In 2007 he founded the corporation, Silatronix Inc., to develop high-quality organosilicon electrolytes for lithium ion batteries. Prof. West has more than 700 scientific publications and 30 patents. Most recently he has pioneered the use of muon spin resonance spectroscopy to study compounds of  Si, Ge, P, As and boron.

Speech title: Using muon spin resonance spectroscopy to explore free-radical reactivity of silicon, phosphorus, germanium, boron compounds

Prof. Clara Viñas

Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Clara Viñas has dedicated work at industry (1984-1985), at public institutions being the head of Municipal Laboratory of Sabadell City (1985-1991) involved on chemical-bromatological analysis of food and environmental control, and at academia at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) from 1991. She is a Full Professor at the ICMAB-CSIC since 2006.

She has published 24 book chapters with ISBN, a chapter for “Science of Synthesis” Encyclopedia and over 300 original scientific papers in peer refereed journals included in the SCI (h= 44). She has been supervisor of 12 Master degrees (2 were distinguished by the Catalan Society of Chemistry with “Sant Jordi” Award) and 10 Doctoral Thesis (3 were distinguished by the U.A.B. with the Extraordinary Yearly Prize). She pioneered the EUROBORON conferences and co-chaired EUROBORON I, HALCHEM IV, IMEBORON XIII and ZING Conference on “Medicinal Chemistry of Boron Compounds Conference”. She has led competitively funded research Spanish projects and participated in European, Catalonian and industry ones. She is co-author of 6 patents (1 European, 1 USA, 1 China and 3 British). She commonly acts as reviewer of SCI journals and Funding agencies.

The focus of her scientific activity is in the chemistry of boron clusters. Her research interests are in the synthesis of novel icosahedral boron clusters to be used in biosensors, in potentiometric sensors, to generate non-conventional surfactants, new homogeneous catalysts based on metallacarboranylphosphines or metallacarboranylthioethers, gold and magnetic NPs capped with carboranylmonothiol and carboranylphosphinic acids, carboranyl iodinated compounds and high Boron containing molecules for medicinal applications as radioimaging / radiotherapy and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT).rk at industry (1984-1985), at public institutions being the head of Municipal Laboratory of Sabadell City (1985-1991) involved on chemical-bromatological analysis of food and environmental control, and at academia at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) from 1991. She is a Full Professor at the ICMAB-CSIC since 2006.

Talk title: Merging Boron clusters with P and Si aiming to Nanomaterials for Catalysis, Electronics and Medicine

Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins

Leipzig University, Germany


Evamarie Hey-Hawkins has been a Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Leipzig University, Germany, since 1993. She received her diploma (1982) and doctoral degree (1983) at the University of Marburg, Germany. After stays at the University of Sussex, UK (1984/85), the University of Western Australia (1985/86) and the ANU, Canberra, Australia (1986/87), she completed her habilitation in Marburg (1988). From 1988-1990 she was a Research Associate at the MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart.

In 2013, she was awarded the degree of “Distinguished Woman in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering” by IUPAC. She is also the recipient of the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Lecture Award (2015) and the Costin Nenitzescu-Rudolf Criegee Lecture Award (2016). She was honoured with two honorary doctoral degrees (Dr. h.c.), by BabeşBolyai University, Romania (2014) and Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia (2016). In 2016, the Romanian Chemical Society (SChR) honoured her with the Costin Neniţescu Medal.

Since 2007, she has been the Speaker of the Graduate School “Building with Molecules and Nano-objects (BuildMoNa)” ( Since 2013, she is chairing the COST Action “Smart Inorganic Polymers” (CM1302, SIPs,

Her scientific interests are in the field of organophosphorus chemistry, biologically active boron compounds, heterometallic transition metal complexes and catalysis. She has authored more than 430 publications in refereed journals.


Talk title: Carborane Meets Phosphorus

Prof. Gerhard Erker

Universität Münster, Germany

Gerhard Erker

Gerhard Erker studied chemistry at the Universität Köln. He received his doctoral degree from the Universität Bochum where he also did his habilitation. He was a postdoc at Princeton University After a stay at the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim he became a Professor at the Universität Würzburg. Since 1990 he is a Professor at the Organisch-Chemisches Institut der Universität Münster. He served as the President of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2000/2001. He is a member of several Academies, among them the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Gerhard Erker’s research interests are in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis and in Main Group Element Chemistry, especially in 1,1-carboboration and frustrated Lewis pair chemistry.

Talk title: Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry: Principles and Some Recent Developments

Prof. Todd Marder

Inorganic Chemistry, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, and Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron, University of Würzburg, Germany


Todd Marder obtained his BSc from M.I.T. and his PhD from UCLA where he was a Regents Intern Fellow. He was a postdoc at the University of Bristol (UK), and a Visiting Research Scientist at DuPont Central Research before joining the faculty at the University of Waterloo, Canada where he rapidly rose to Full Professor. He moved to the University of Durham, (UK) in 1997 as Chair of Inorganic Chemistry, taking over from Ken Wade, and then to the University of Würzburg, Germany in 2012, also as Chair of Inorganic Chemistry. Honors include: the Rutherford Memorial Medal for Chemistry (Royal Society of Canada), RSC (UK) Awards in Main Group Element Chemistry and in Organometallic Chemistry, JSPS Fellowship, Humboldt Research Award, Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, membership in the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Visiting/Honorary/Distinguished/Guest Professorships in the UK, France, Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, India and the Craig Lectureship in Australia. He has served on the editorial boards of Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, JOMC, Polyhedron, Inorganica Chimica Acta, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, etc. and has published over 300 papers, and presented over 375 invited lectures. Marder’s research interests include synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity of organometallic and boron compounds, homogeneous catalysis, luminescence, non-linear optics, cell imaging, liquid crystals, bioactive small molecules, and crystal engineering.


Talk title: Optical and electronic properties of 3-coordinate organoboron compounds including applications in mitochondrial imaging in live cells

Prof. Jean-Francois Halet

University of Rennes, France


Jean-François Halet received his D.Phil. degree in Chemical Physics from the University Pierre-et-Marie Curie (Paris) in 1984 and his D.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Rennes in 1990. He joined the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) as researcher at Rennes, France in 1984. After postdoctoral studies with D. M. P. Mingos, FRS, at Oxford University (UK) and the Nobel Laureate R. Hoffmann at Cornell University (USA) in 1986-1988, he came back to Rennes where he is currently Research Director at CNRS since 1997. He was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Adelaide in 1997 and held Visiting Professorships at the Dresden Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in 2005 and 2013. He received the Bronze Medal of the CNRS in 1992 and the French Chemical Society Award in Coordination Chemistry in 1995.

His research centers on the understanding of the chemical bond in transition metal inorganic chemistry. He uses a variety of quantum chemical computational tools to tackle problems of structural, electronic and physical properties of both molecular and solid state systems in the domain of inorganic chemistry. Outcomes of his research have resulted in ca. 245 books, chapters of books, papers and reviews published in international journals.

Talk title: Impact of boron and phosphorus on the optical properties of organic compounds. A theoretical approach

Prof. Piet van Leeuwen

Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, INSA Toulouse, France


After his PhD in Leyden 1967 he started with Shell Research in Amsterdam in 1968 (with Cossee) and worked on organometallic chemistry and catalysis. After a year in Shell Development in California (with Keim) 1971 the focus shifted to homogeneous catalysis. Since 1978 he was head of the section “Fundamental aspects of homogeneous catalysis” and he started projects in polymerization, C–H activation, supramolecular catalysis, lanthanide chemistry, bimetallic chemistry, catalysis in dendrimers, basic studies in palladium carbonylation, secondary phosphine oxides as ligands in catalysis, etc. In 1990 he set up the homogeneous catalysis group at the University of Amsterdam and moved there full-time in 1994 when he left Shell. The Xantphos ligands were launched in 1995. From 2000 till 2005 he was professor of industrial homogeneous catalysis in Eindhoven and also director of the National Research School Combination in Catalysis. In 2004 he started part-time in ICIQ in Tarragona and after retirement in Amsterdam in 2007 full-time, till 2015. Then he moved to the Institut National de Sciences Appliqués de Toulouse, where he works in the Laboratoire de Physique y Chimie de Nano Objects. Since 2009 his work focuses on ligand effects in metal nanoparticle catalysis.

Talk title: Wide bite angle phosphine ligands in catalysis: from molecular complexes to nanoparticles

Prof. Clément Sanchez

Collège de France, France


Today Clément Sanchez is Professor at the Collège de France chair of the « Chemistry of Hybrid Materials ». He was Director of The “Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” (UMR 7574, University of Pierre and Marie Curie-Collège de France-CNRS) (1999-2013). He did a large part of his carrer at the CNRS were he was Director of Research and he was also Professor at l’Ecole Polytechnique. He received an engineer degree from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris in 1978 and a “thèse d’état” (PhD) in physical chemistry from the University of Paris VI in 1981. He did a post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently performing research at the Collège de France in Paris. He is specialised in the field of nanochemistry of nanostructured porous and non-porous transition metal oxide based gels and porous and non-porous hybrid organic inorganic materials shaped as monoliths, microspheres and films. He also studies the properties of hybrids and inorganic nanomaterials looking for applicationsn the domains of energy, environment biomaterials and health. He was organiser of many nationa l and international meetings associated to the field of soft-chemistry, hybrid materials and related bio-aspects. He was the recipient of a few national and international awards and is member of several Academies of Sciences (for a more complete CV please check and

Talk title: Nanomaterials based on Metals combined with BPSi

Prof. Anne-Marie Caminade

University of Toulouse, France


Anne-Marie Caminade is Director of Research Exceptional Class at the CNRS, and the head of the “Dendrimers and Heterochemistry” group at the LCC-Toulouse (France). After two PhDs in Toulouse and two Post-docs (IFP-Paris and Von Humboldt fellow in Saarbrücken), she holds a CNRS researcher position since 1985. She developed several aspects of phosphorus chemistry. Her current research interest is on dendrimers (hyperbranched nanomolecules), in particular on their use as catalysts, for nanomaterials and for biology/nanomedicine. She is the co-author of about 440 publications, 40 book chapters and 30 patents (h index 60).

Talk title: Playing a bit with silicon and much with phosphorus for the synthesis of dendrimers. Properties and uses.

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