PBSi 2023 conference will gather high-profile Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon experts to deliver plenary speeches:
Prof. Simon Aldridge
Oxford University, UK
Simon Aldridge is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Originally from Shrewsbury, England, he received both his BA and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford, the latter in 1996 for work on hydride chemistry under the supervision of Tony Downs. After post-doctoral work as a Fulbright Scholar at Notre Dame with Tom Fehlner, and at Imperial College London (with Mike Mingos) he took up his first academic position at Cardiff University in 1998. He returned to Oxford in 2007, being promoted to professor in 2010. Prof Aldridge has published more than 200 papers to date and is a past winner of the Dalton Transactions European Lectureship (2009) and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Main Group Chemistry (2010) and Frankland Awards (2018). He was University Visiting Professor at Monash University (Melbourne) in 2012 and Distinguished Lecturer at HKBU in 2014; in 2018 he was invited lecturer of the Organometallic Chemistry Division (GEQO) of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). Prof Aldridge’s research interests span main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry, and in particular the development of compounds with unusual electronic structure, and their application in small molecule activation and catalysis.
Speech Title: New Perspectives in Small Molecule Activation using Low Valent Group 13 and 14 Compounds
Prof. Guy Bertrand
University of California San Diego, USA
Guy Bertrand studied chemistry at the University of Montpellier and received his PhD from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. After being a CNRS group leader (French National Center for Scientific Research) at the University of Toulouse, and then at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS, he has been the Director of the Laboratoire d’Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée at the University Paul Sabatier from 1998 to 2005. From 2001 to 2012 he served as the Director of the UCR/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory that he created, and since July 2012 he 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), the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (2014), the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award of the RSC (2016), and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2017). He is one the Associate Editors of Chemical reviews, and a member of the Editorial Board of several journals.
Speech Title: Boron, Silicon and Phosphorus Analogues of Carbenes
Prof. Matthias Driess
TU Berlin, Germany
Matthias Driess is a full professor of metalorganics and inorganic materials at the Department of Chemistry of Technische Universität Berlin since 2004. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1988 and completed his habilitation at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) in 1993. He served for 11 years as spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence UniCat and is now deputy of the Cluster of Excellence UniSysCatCat, director of the UniCat-BASF joint laboratory (BasCat), vice-chair of the Einstein Centre of Catalysis (EC2), and director of the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF) in the Berlin area. His research efforts are devoted to molecular and solid state functional materials for small molecule activation, energy storage and catalysis. This includes low-valent silicon compounds which serve as multifunctional entities with and without the presence of transition-metals in small molecule activation. He has received several awards, including the Alfred Stock Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society in 2010 and the Wacker Silicone Award in 2011. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leoplodina) and of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Speech Title: Striking Features of Silicon in Small Molecule Activation and Homogeneous Catalysis
Prof. Lyndon Emsley
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Lyndon Emsley completed a PhD at the Université de Lausanne doing NMR spectroscopy of solutions with Geoffrey Bodenhausen, and then moved to the University of California Berkeley as a Fellow of the Miller Institute for basic Research in Science, working with Alex Pines, where he was introduced to solid-state NMR. After spending 20 years at the Ecole normale supérieure in Lyon, where he notably led the project around the world’s highest field high-resolution NMR spectrometer, operating at 1 GHz, he moved to the EPFL in Switzerland 2014.
His research centers on the development of new NMR spectroscopy experiments to determine the atomic-level structure and dynamics of complex materials and molecular systems, to solve a range of problems across disciplines.
He has received a series of awards and honors, and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Speech title: Structures of Phosphates, Borates, and Silicates from Surface Enhanced NMR Spectroscopy
Prof. Muriel Hissler
CNRS, UNIV RENNES 1, France
Pr Muriel Hissler obtained her Ph.D. degree at the University of Strasbourg (France) in 1998. Then, she joined the group of Prof. R. Eisenberg in Rochester (USA) as a post-doctoral fellow. Subsequently, she joined the group of Prof. R. Réau in Rennes (France) as Maître de Conférences. In 2006, she has obtained her Habilitation. In 2007, she was appointed full Professor at University of Rennes 1. Her research activities are mainly directed towards the synthesis of heteroatom-based pi-conjugated oligomers or polymers having physical properties useful for optoelectronic applications. The most striking results are the synthesis of the first conducting polymers and polyaromatic hydrocarbons containing phosphole rings and development of organophosphorus materials for OLEDs. In 2005, she has obtained the French Chemical Society Award in Coordination Chemistry for Young Chemist. Since 2007, she is a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She was Vice Chair and Short Term Scientific Missions coordinator within the COST SIPS Action CM1302.
Speech Title: Advances in P- based Molecular Materials for Optoelectronic Application
Prof. Torben René Jensen
AARHUS University, Denmark
Torben R. Jensen received a Ph.D. degree in materials chemistry at University of Southern Denmark, Odense in 1999 and did postdoctoral research at Risø National Laboratory and DESY, Hasylab, Hamburg. He was awarded a Steno research stipend (2002) by the Danish research council and a Carlsberg research stipend form the Carlsberg Foundation in 2005. Torben became Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry and the interdisciplinary nanoscience center (iNANO) at Aarhus University 2002 and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry 2016. He received a doctor of science degree (D.Sc.) from the faculty of science and technology at Aarhus University in 2014 and was awarded the Hydrogen Energy Award in Japan 2016. His research interests are focused on synthesis, structural, physical and chemical properties of new inorganic materials, mainly as ‘energy materials’ with utilizations for novel batteries or for solid state hydrogen storage. He is a frequent user of synchrotron X-ray and neutron radiation for materials characterization and has developed new sample environments for investigation of solid gas reactions.
Speech title: Synthesis, structure and properties of new boron based materials for batteries and hydrogen storage
Prof. Aziz M. Muzafarov
INEOS RAS, Russia
Aziz Muzafarov received his PhD degree in Polymer Science from Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of RAS (INEOS RAS) in 1981. From 1991 till 2018 Aziz Muzafarov was a Head of Laboratory at Enikolopov Institute of Synthetic Polymer Materials of RAS. He received DSc degree (habilitation) in Chemistry from Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry (1997). Aziz Muzafarov was a Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences since 2000. Since 2011 he is a Full Member of Russian Academy of Sciences and a Head of Section of Chemical Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Material Sciences of Russian Academy of Sciences since 2017. He is a Head of KA Andrianov Laboratory at INEOS RAS since 2011. From 2013 till 2018 he served as the Director of INEOS RAS.
His main research interests include new polymeric forms, structure – properties relationship, supramolecular organization, organosilicon compounds, hybrid organic-inorganic structures, active media concept, organoalkoxysilanes, chlorine-free technology, functional metallosiloxanes, dendrimers, hyperbranched polymers, multiarm stars, macromolecular brushes.
Speech Title: Towards green chemistry of silicones
Prof. Paul G Pringle
University of Bristol, UK
Paul Pringle did his BSc at the University of Leicester and then Ph.D. with Professor Bernard Shaw at Leeds. He was a lecturer at the University of Warwick for 5 years before moving to the University of Bristol in 1988. His research has centred on organophosphorus compounds as ligands for homogenous catalysis much of it done in collaboration with the chemical industry. A continuing theme in his research is the development of phosphorus ligands in which the P-donor atom is in an unusual stereoelectronic environment. This has led to novel coordination chemistry and new classes of homogeneous catalysts resulting in 150 journal publications and 20 patents.
He has supervised over 30 Ph.D. students and 14 postdocs. For the group’s research, he has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2001) and the Royal Society of Chemistry Awards for The Chemistry of the Noble Metals (2000) and Homogeneous Catalysis (2004).
Speech Title: Unusual phosphorus ligands via unconventional routes
Prof. Sylviane Sabo-Etienne
CNRS, Univ TOULOUSE, France
Sylviane Sabo-Etienne is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination in Toulouse, France. In the past few years she has received the following awards: 2010 RSC Frankland award, 2011 Glenn T Seaborg Memorial Lecturer UC-Berkeley award, 2014 SCF Coordination Chemistry Division award, 2015 Mme Claude Berthault award and the Médaille Berthelot from the French Academy of Science, 2018 ScotCHEM Lecture series and invited professor at Kyushu University, Japan. She is member of the advisory boards of Dalton Transactions and ACS Catalysis. Her broad research interests encompass coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry for applications in the fields of energy 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.
Speech Title: Phosphines, silanes and phosphinosilanes together with metal hydrides
Dr. Anna Tampieri
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Anna Tampieri, Chemist, 30 years of experience in Material Science, particularly addressed to biomimetic materials and devices for regeneration of hard and soft tissues and organs. She authored more than 200 scientific papers published on peer-reviewed Journals and about 20 book chapters (H index = 49 based on Scopus). She is the inventor of 16 National and International patents, several of which are licensed to companies acting in the biomedical fields and translated to 7 commercial products. She is Editor of a monography dealing with bio-inspired approaches in regenerative medicine, and Guest Editor of several international scientific journals. Tutor of 11 Ph.D., 14 M.Sc students, and more than 20 National and International fellowships. Coordinator of 8 EC-funded Projects belonging to the 6th and the 7th European framework programs, and WP Leader in 6 EC-funded Projects. Coordinator of several national projects. Since 2009 she is member of the “European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine”. She is Scientific Advisor of European Commission for funding scheme ERC-projects. Organizer and Chair of several National and International Symposia, Schools and Conferences on Biomaterials, among which the “International Conference of Materials in Medicine (MiMe)”, Faenza (Italy), 2013; the Symposium “Regenerative Medicine”, Global Biotechnology Congress, Boston (USA), 2013; the Symposium “Biomimetic Materials for Biomedical Applications”, EUROMAT2009, Glasgow (UK) 2009.
Since 2011 is Senior Affiliate Member at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, U.S.A. Associated Professor in Medical Science and Applied Biotecnology, since 2014. Founder of the company FINCERAMICA Biomedical Solution S.p.A, she was the Idea-woman, then President and today is the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board. Consultant for several chemical, biochemical and pharma companies (e.g. Johnson&Johnson, Menarini Pharma). Former scientific advisor of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Industry, and of the Ministry of the French Industrial Research in 2011. Awarded by the TIME Magazine for “from Wood to Bone” as the 30° research among the most important 50 researches in 2009. Awarded from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review for the project GreenBone (biomimetic bone implants). Founder of the Start UP GreenBone Ortho Srl in 2014.
Speech Title: Phosphorous: a key role in mineralized human tissues and the new perspective in Regenerative Medicine
Prof. Francesc Teixidor
Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain
Francesc Teixidor obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (U.A.B.) and pursued postdoctoral research at the Univ. of Michigan and Univ. of Bristol. He was appointed Assistant Professor at U.A.B. in 1982. In 1987 he got an Associate Professor position at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Materials Science Institute (ICMAB). Since 1999 he holds a Full Professor position at the same Institute. His research interests are in the chemistry, particularly in the design and development of practical and high throughput methods of icosahedral boron clusters derivatization, chemical, structural and electrochemical characterization in order to apply boron cluster compounds in molecular materials with particular emphasis in conducting organic polymers, sensors, energy storage, solar fuels, electron transfer, catalysis, semiconductor NPs (Quantum Dots, Quantum Rods, Quantum Rings, Quantum Tetrapods), Magnetic NPs, among others.
Speech Title: Why scientists forget boron clusters?
Prof. Norihiro Tokitoh
Kyoto University, Japan
During his carrier, Prof. Tokitoh has served as Guest Professor, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan (2001-2003); Visiting Professor, TU Braunschweig (2004-2007) and Universität Bonn, Germany (2013-2015); Director of ICR (2008-2012, 2014-2018); Director of Kyoto University Research Coordination Alliance (KURCA; 2018-present); Editor-in-chief, Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan (BCSJ; 2013-2016); vice-President, The society of Physical Organic Chemistry, Japan (2011-2012, 2016-2018); President, The Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan (2016-2018); and President, The Society of Physical Organic Chemistry, Japan (2018 Sept–present). He is currently serving as a member of international advisory boards of International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (ICHAC), International Symposium on Silicon Chemistry (ISOS), International Symposium on Inorganic Ring Systems (IRIS), International Conference Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of Germanium, Tin, and Lead (ICCOC-GTL), and Asian Silicon Symposium (ASiS).
Prof. Tokitoh has been a recipient of many awards including Progress Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (1992); Progress Award in Silicon Chemistry, Japan (1996); Japan IBM Science Award (1998); Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work (2003); and Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2003 and 2013). His main research interests include main group and organometallic chemistry, especially the creation of novel bonding and structures of heavier main group elements and the elucidation of their unique structures and properties.
Speech Title: Recent Progress in the Chemistry of Heavy Aromatics
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 445 publications, 50 book chapters, 2 books, and 30 patents (h index 61).
Talk title: Fluorescent dendritic nanotools especially designed for biology
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 Babeş–Bolyai 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)” (www.buildmona.de). Since 2013, she is chairing the COST Action “Smart Inorganic Polymers”.
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: Making and Breaking of Phosphorus-Phosphorus Bonds
Prof. Christian Müller
Freie Universität Berlin
Christian Müller was born in Germany in 1972. He studied Chemistry at the University of Bielefeld
and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) and received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof.
Dr. P. Jutzi at the University of Bielefeld/Germany in 2000. He was awarded with a fellowship of the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to work with Prof. Dr. W. D. Jones at the University of
Rochester, New York (USA) and started in 2002 a second postdoc with Prof. Dr. P. W. N. M. van
Leeuwen at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Afterwards he joined the group of Prof.
Dr. D. Vogt at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2003 where he got appointed as Assistant
Professor in 2004. In 2008 he received the prestigious Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organization
of Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct research in the field of low-coordinate organophosphorus
chemistry. In summer 2011 he got nominated to Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and
Homogeneous Catalysis at Eindhoven University of Technology, which he declined. Instead he got
appointed full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, where he
started in February 2012. His research in molecular inorganic and organometallic chemistry is
centered around the subjects “low-coordinate phosphorus and arsenic compounds”, “activation of
small molecules”, “functional coordination compounds”, and “homogeneous catalysis”. Christian
Müller has published more than 110 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals and 5 book
Speech Title: News from the Chemistry of Functionalized Phosphabenzenes
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 25 book chapters with ISBN, a chapter for “Science of Synthesis” Encyclopedia and over 312 original scientific papers in peer refereed journals included in the SCI (h= 46). She has been supervisor of 12 Master degrees (2 were distinguished by the Catalan Society of Chemistry with “Sant Jordi” Award) and 11 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: Boron Clusters on the Road to Detection and Anticancer Therapies