Advisory Board and Editors Green Chemistry

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Ola Abdelwahab

Professor of marine pollution, an expert in physicochemical water/ wastewater treatment. my interest concerns water/ Wastewater treatment by different techniques. Design of different suitable set-up and conducting experiments for the removal of different pollutants or hazards such as heavy metals, dyes, phenolic compounds and oil spills.

My Ahmed Said Azizi Samir

Dr. Azizi Samir is manager at “Nanocomposites & Bioconcepts”, a company focusing on new innovative projects in green chemistry, environment and biomaterial sciences. After earning his PhD at the University of Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, he accepted a position as researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm Sweden. Dr. Azizi Samir works on biopolymer nanocomposites and has published two patents and many scientific papers.

Johan Paul Beukes

Paul Beukes (JP Beukes) is full professor in Chemistry at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa. He received his PhD (Chemistry) in 1999 from the then Pothefstroom University for CHE. Paul worked in the metallurgical industry for almost a decade after completing his PhD, holding various senior positions such a production manager and operations manager at large ferrochromium smelters. In late 2007 he returned to academia and is currently co-managing the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) and Chromium Technology Groups (CTG) at the NWU. The ACRG focuses mostly on in situ ambient atmospheric measurements, but research related to laboratory investigations, satellite observations and modelling is also conducted, while the CTG concentrate on metallurgical process improvements with associated atmospheric and/or other environmental co-benefits, e.g. reduced energy consumption, smaller carbon footprint and reduced water pollution. Paul is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist and serves on many advisory boards for industry, government and academia. Probably the most noteworthy panel that he is currently serving on is the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) scientific steering committee (SSC).

Giovanna Bosica

Giovanna Bosica graduated cum laude from the University of Camerino, Italy, in 1993 with a Laurea degree, equivalent to M.Sc.(Hons), in Chemistry and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences, in the field of organic synthesis, in 1997 from the same institution. In 1995 during her Ph.D. she spent a six months research period at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as an Erasmus Fellow.

In 1999 she was appointed Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Camerino.
In October 2008 she moved to the University of Malta where she was appointed Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and subsequently obtained the promotion to full Professor in March 2014. She lectures for different courses in the field of organic chemistry/synthesis and natural products.

She is member of the Royal Chemical Society (MRSC) since 2011 and of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 2015. In March 2016 she joined the European COST Association, participating at the COST Action CA15106, C-H Activation in Organic Synthesis (CHAOS), as a MC member from Malta [CA15106 MT].

Moisés Canle

Graduated in chemistry at the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela. 1991-1993 researcher in ecology of the marine environment at Spanish Institute of Oceanography. Developed PhD Thesis on chemical processes taking place during water disinfection. Obtained the PhD in Chemistry at the University of A Coruña, 1994.

In 1994 he obtained a position as Assistant Lecturer at UDC amd since enjoyed research stays at different institutions: Dept of Chemistry, University College of Dublin, with Prof. R.A.M. O'Ferrall; Dept of Chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, with Prof. H. Maskill; Marie-Curie staff researcher, Max-Planck Institut Strahlenchemie, with Prof. S. Steenken; Dept. of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, with Prof. H.D. Burrows; and the Institute for Basic Research in Organic Chemistry of Fukuoka, with Prof. S. Kobayashi.

In 2001, he obtained a position as a tenured Prof of Physical Chemistry at UDC. He has been a visitor and lectured at Newcastle upon Tyne, Coimbra, Padova, Bragança, and Zagreb.

Served as Coordinator of a Master in Environmental & Fundamental Chemistry, and Vice-Dean of Chemistry. Currently Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.

Author of ca. 140 publications.

Main research interests:
- mechanisms of degradation of persistent organic micropollutants
- mechanisms of oxidation reactions involved in inflammation and aging
- developing sustainable technologies for degradation of persistent organic pollutants.
- scientific communication.

Huan-Tsung Chang

Professor Huan-Tsung Chang was born in Chung-Hua, Taiwan in 1962. He graduated from Iowa State University, USA in 1994 and became an associate professor and a professor in the Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taiwan in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

His research focuses on preparation of functional gold nanoparticles for control of enzyme activity and for the detection of metal ions, proteins, and DNA. A number of fluorescent gold, silver and copper nanomaterials have been synthesized and used for sensitive and selective for cell imaging and for the detection of various analytes, including anions, metal ions, proteins, and DNA. Carbon nanodots and fluorescent polymeric spheres have been synthesized and applied for cell imaging in his group. Interestingly, he has demonstrated that carbon dots prepared from various precursors possess different optical properties and inhibit the growth of different cancer cells. In addition, he has developed nanoparticle based mass spectrometry techniques for the detection of polysaccharides, proteins, small analytes, and DNA. His research interests also include surface enhanced Raman scattering, fuel cells, removal of contaminants using nanomaterials, and capillary electrophoresis.

Professor Chang is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was awarded the Academic Achievement Award, Chinese Chemical Society in 2015, and the Prof. Rudolph A. Marcus Award 2017.

Damien Debecker

Damien P. Debecker is Associate Professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), teaching physical chemistry, process engineering 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, CO2 methanation, olefin metathesis, etc.

Ross Edwards

Associate Professor Ross Edwards is a researcher with Curtin University Physics and Astronomy investigating the present and glacial time-scale deposition history of smoke and other aerosols from the global atmosphere. These particles alter the properties of the atmosphere influencing climate, atmospheric chemistry, and the productivity of the biosphere. His expertise ranges from the ultra-trace chemical and isotopic analysis of polar ice and snow, and terrestrial and marine waters to conducting field campaigns in the Earth’s most extreme environments. As an inventor, he has pioneered new analytical methods and created equipment that has allowed the continuous analysis of ice cores at the parts per quadrillion level and the ultra-trace analysis of black carbon in water.

Gamal A El-Hiti

Our research interests are primarily in the development of novel organic synthetic methods, especially ones that are “greener” than traditionally and synthesis of compounds with interesting properties. Particular current research projects involve use of zeolites and solid-supported reagents and catalysts to gain selectivity in organic reactions; lithiation reactions which we have used to devise novel heterocyclic ring syntheses and to introduce selectivity into aromatic and heterocyclic substitution reactions; heterocyclic chemistry; polymeric materials and design and synthesis of novel compounds with interesting chemiluminescent or other photoactive properties. The current research focuses on the chemistry of tear ferning which is a valuable tool in the detection of dryness of eye. We are investigating the dryness of the eye through evaluation of tear osmolarity using the TearLab system and various other techniques. Also, we are investigating the ocular tear film in diabetic and smoker subjects to test the correlation between dryness of the eye and diabetes disease and nicotine.

Ela Eroglu

Dr. Eroglu is an expert in renewable energy technologies with a strong background in wastewater treatment and nano-biotechnological processes. Her PhD was focused on biotechnological processes for photosynthetic hydrogen production from agricultural wastewater in addition to the bioremediation of those wastes. She did her Postdoctoral studies at the University of California Berkeley that focused on biofuel production from several microalgal cultures. Before her current role at Curtin University, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia. In both of those roles she has focused on gaining insightful knowledge about nanotechnology and green chemistry, and uses her expertise on photosynthetic microorganisms during the fabrication of various nano-bio hybrid materials for the development of sustainable process technologies and bioremediation of aqueous environment.

Junkuo Gao

Dr. Junkuo Gao is professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China. He obtained his PhD in Zhejiang University, China in 2010. Then, he worked at Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as a postdoctor. In 2013, he joined the College of Materials and Textiles at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University as Distinguished professor of Zhejiang Province. His research interest is metal-organic frameworks based nanomaterials for clean energy and green chemistry applications. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2400 citations.

Xinlei Ge

Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, specialized in atmospheric chemistry (in particular aerosol characterization and air pollution), environmental chemistry, environmental monitoring, chemical thermodynamics, etc. He has published more than 60 SCI paper in the field of environmental chemistry, with 35 of them being the first or corresponding authors, with a total citation over 1000 times.

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