Academic Editors

The following people constitute the Editorial Board of Academic Editors for PeerJ Physical Chemistry. These active academics are the Editors who seek peer reviewers, evaluate their responses, and make editorial decisions on each submission to the journal. Learn more about becoming an Editor.

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Carsten Baldauf

I have studied Biochemistry at Universität Leipzig. In my Diploma thesis I started to use computer simulations (quantum chemistry) to study structure formation in non-natural peptides. I continued along these lines in my PhD studies, also in Leipzig. During a PostDoc stay at BIOTEC of TU Dresden, I started using empirical models (a.k.a. force fields) and dedicated myself to the development of structure search techniques with a focus on molecular docking. My next stop then was in Shanghai. With a Lynen Postdoc fellowship by Humboldt Foundation, I had the chance to investigate regulatory mechanisms and function of the blood protein von Willebrand factor, a key molecule in primary hemostasis. Since 2010, I am a scientist at Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society, since 2013 I serve as a group leader in Matthias Scheffler's Theory department at FHI. Our work here deals with biomolecules in thin air (i.e. theoretical gas-phase spectroscopy of peptides and carbohydrates), large-scale overview studies on amino acid-cation structures, and organic reactions. Recently we started to also investigate biomolecules on metal surfaces. I am involved in the organization of meetings and summer schools, most importantly the Hands-On-DFT-and-Beyond series. I am also teaching at Freie Universität Berlin, where I was granted habilitation and venia legendi in 2016/17. Currently, I am a visiting professor at Universität Leipzig, acting as Chair for Theoretical Chemistry.

Kerstin G Blank

Kerstin Blank studied Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Jena and obtained her diploma in 2000. After 3 years as a project manager in Industry, she returned to Academia. Under supervision of Prof Hermann Gaub at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich she earned her PhD in Biophysics in 2006. After two short postdoctoral stays with Prof Andrew Griffiths (Université de Strasbourg) and Prof Johan Hofkens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), she became assistant professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2009. In 2014, she moved to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces where she holds the position of a Max Planck Research Group Leader. Her research interests combine her background in biochemistry and single molecule biophysics with the goal of developing molecular force sensors for biological and materials science applications. In addition to PeerJ, she is an academic editor at PLOSone and Biophysical Reviews and Letters and serves on the advisory board of Polymer Chemistry.

Jordi Cirera

Jordi Cirera (Barcelona, 1979) graduated in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (2002) and received his doctorate with honors from the same university in 2006. His first postdoctoral stage was at Stanford University (2007-2010) working on spectroscopic studies and theoretical modeling of copper metalloproteins, under the supervision of Prof. Edward I Solomon. Later, he moved to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), for a second postdoctoral stage at Prof. Francesco Paesani ́s group, working in the development and implementation of novel methodologies for the computational modeling of spin-crossover processes in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). He has been visiting researcher at the Max-Planck Institute für Festkörperforschung (MPG-FKF) in Stuttgart and the Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux (ICPMS) in Strasbourg, under the supervision of Prof. Jens Kortus, developing new methods for the calculation of the zero-field splitting parameters in transition metal compounds. Dr. Cirera has been awarded with several grants, including a PhD grant from the Spanish government, a grant from Generalitat de Catalunya for his first postdoctoral stage, and a Beatriu de Pinos/Marie Curie COFUND fellowship grant. He has been speaker at 32 conferences and invited speaker at 5 seminars in international research centers, and is co-author of 36 publications in peer review journals (h-index 21, total citations 2371, 7 as a corresponding author) and two book chapters.

P. Davide Cozzoli

P. Davide Cozzoli received his MSc degree in Chemistry in 1999 and his PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2004 from the University of Bari, Italy. From 2004 to 2005 he worked as post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bari. In 2005 he joined the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of CNR Institute Nanoscience, Lecce, Italy. As CNR Associate Researcher, he led the Nanochemistry group of NNL from 2009 to 2014. Since 2015 he holds a permanent position as Associate Professor of Experimental Matter Physics at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, and he responsible for Nanochemistry Facility of the CNR Institute of Nanotechnology, Lecce. Currently, he serves as Associate Editor of Sci. Adv. Mater. J. Nanoengineering & Nanomanufacturing, Mater. Focus, J. Nanomater., Intern. J. Photoenergy, and Front. Mater., and as editorial board member of Science China Materials, AIMS Materials Science, and General Chemistry. So far, he has published about 120 scientific works, edited one book (a second book is under preparation) and two conference proceedings. His scientific work has overall attracted over 7700 citations (H-index=42). His research focuses on the development of advanced colloidal inorganic nanocrystals with controlled structural and topological features for applications in (photo)catalysis, photovoltaics, optoelectronics and biomedicine.

Anna K. Croft

Associate Professor at University of Nottingham, specialising in biological chemistry, reaction mechanisms, and ionic liquids.
Senior Lecturer in Bio-Organic Chemistry at Bangor University until 2013.

Jiang Cui

Dr. Cui is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research is focused on the development of electrode materials for energy storage applications. He is also interested in applying first-principles calculations and in-situ TEM to study the thermodynamics and kinetics of battery materials.

Walter F. de Azevedo Jr.

Professor of Biophysics, Molecular Biophysics, Bioinformatics, and Drug Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil. I'm Frontiers Section Editor (Bioinformatics and Biophysics) for the Current Drug Target and Section Editor (Bioinformatics in Drug Design and Discovery) for the Current Medicinal Chemistry. My research is focused on protein-ligand interactions. I study the interactions between proteins and ligands using methodologies such as molecular docking simulations, machine learning, QSAR, and molecular dynamics.

Damien P. Debecker

Damien P. Debecker is Associate Professor at the UCLouvain (Belgium), teaching physical chemistry, process engineering, principles of biorefining, and industrial waste treatment. His research group aims at developing new heterogeneous catalysts and biocatalysts, paving the way to the design of more sustainable chemical processes. At the interface between green chemistry, materials chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering, his expertise lies in the preparation of innovative solid (bio)catalysts and in their evaluation in relevant reaction conditions. Catalyst preparation methods include the aerosol-assisted sol-gel, emulsion-templating, non-hydrolytic sol-gel, colloidal methods, enzyme immobilization. Targeted applications cover biomass upgrading, volatile organic compounds total oxidation, biocatalyzed organic synthesis, CO2 methanation, olefin metathesis, etc.

Claudio Della Volpe

C. Della Volpe, physical chemist; born Naples 1950; University of Naples, researcher in Physical chemistry of aqueous solutions; university of Trento, associated professor in applied Physical Chemistry; Editorial Board of Surface Innovations and Journal of Wettability Science and Technology ; Editor of the blog The Chemistry and the Society; Scientific Board of ASPO-Italy

Jorge Gonzalez Garcia

I obtained my PhD from the University of Valencia (Spain) focused on Supramolecular & Bioinorganic Chemistry, in which I worked in metalloenzymes mimetics and anion receptors. Upon completing my PhD in 2013, I performed several postdoctoral research positions in the University of Kansas (USA) and Institute Curie (France), in which I specialized in the development of drugs for non-canonical nucleic acids such as G-quadruplexes, triplexes or i-motifs. Then, I joined the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London as Newton Fellow to develop new tools to target and visualize G-quadruplexes in cells. I continued my projects as IdEx Fellow in the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology in Bordeaux (France). Actually, I’ve started my team in the Institute of Molecular Science in the University of Valencia, where I’ve developed novel systems and methodologies to target non-canonical DNA structures and unravel their biological roles.

Debabrata Goswami

Dr. Debabrata Goswami is the Prof. S. Sampath Endowed Chair Professor of Chemistry and Senior Professor of Center for Lasers and Photonics, Center for Cognitive Science and the Design Program of IIT Kanpur. He is Vice President of the IEEE Photonics Society India, Past Chairman, Photonics-2016. Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics (UK), OSA and the SPIE. He is the winner of the 2018 Galileo Gallelie Award, the Thatachary Award, the Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and the Swarnajayanti Fellow. He has written over 200 papers and was in the Editorial Board of the Rev of Scientific Reports (AIP).

Paul T Griffiths

NCAS-Climate researcher in atmospheric composition. Since 2009 I have been working on numerical simulation of the atmosphere, focussing on the chemistry of the troposphere. My main interests are in halogens, NOx and heterogeneous chemistry. I am also interested in model-measurement comparisons and ways to quantify and improve model treatments of atmospheric composition.