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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 has 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].

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.

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.

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.

Mohammed Gagaoua

The research of Dr. Mohammed GAGAOUA is focused on the use of proteomics in the field of muscle to meat conversion and the development of fast and efficient aqueous techniques for protein purification. His research interests are at the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on the use of protein biomarkers quantified by western-blotting, Dot-Blot and reverse phase protein arrays (RPPA) to manage meat quality and also to understand the mechanisms behind meat tenderizing. As a career achiever, Dr. Gagaoua has received the International Meat Science Award in 2015, the ICoMST2018 award by Robin Shorthouse for outstanding contribution to advancing Meat Science and the ICoMST2018 Meat Science award for best presentation. He has published more than 60 publications among them 43 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 6 book chapters and has more than 40 communications in national and international congresses.

Emma Gallo

Emma Gallo, received her PhD in Chemistry at University of Lausanne (CH) (supervisor: Prof. C. Floriani).
In 2013 and 2017 received the National Academic Qualification as Full Professor (Abilitazione Nazionale).
In 2007 she was Visiting Professor at the University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (France).
Since 2015 she has been Erasmus Coordinator for the Chemistry Department at University of Milan and Vice-president of the Inorganic Division of the Italian Chemical Society.
She is a member of the Italian Chemical Society and the Society of Porphyrins & Phthalocyanines. Her research interests focus on the synthesis of fine chemicals by using sustainable catalytic processes, Heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts, Synthesis of porphyrin-based chemosensors.
E. Gallo is the author of 96 peer-reviewed publications 2 chapters of books and 80 communications at national and international conferences (24 invited oral presentations).

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, director of Institute of New Energy Fiber Materials. His research interest is metal-organic frameworks based nanomaterials for clean energy and green chemistry applications. He has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals with more than 3500 citations with a H-index of 29.

Alfonso Grassi

Prof. Alfonso Grassi graduated in Chemistry cum laude at the University “Federico II” of Naples (Italy); he moved later on to the University of Salerno (Italy) where he was appointed Assistant Professor (1983), Associate Professor (1991) and Full Professor (2002) in Inorganic Chemistry. The scientific interests have initially been in olefin polymerization catalyzed by group 4 metal complexes. Particular attention was devoted to the investigation of syndiospecific polymerization of styrene promoted by half-titanocene catalysts and stereospecific copolymerization of styrene with conjugated dienes. Structural characterization of crystalline polymers and organometallics was carried out using solution and solid state NMR techniques to design new metal catalysts and functional polymeric materials. To date the research group of Prof. Grassi is mainly interested in sustainable catalysis by metal nanoparticles and transition metal catalyzed copolymerization of CO2 and epoxides. Moreover controlled radical copolymerization of biosourced olefins and hydrocarbon monomers is currently under investigation to design new functional polymeric materials. The research activity was carried out in collaboration with international research teams and received financial support from public and private institutions. Prof. Grassi served in Salerno as Director of the Department of Chemistry (2002-2008) and deputy director of the Department of Chemistry and Biology (2015-…)

Christof M Jäger

Following my undergraduate studies of Molecular Science I received my PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany in 2010. I then worked as a Postdoc for the Cluster of Excellence Engineering Advanced Materials (EAM) until 2014, when I joined the Sustainable Process Technology (SPT)Research Group in in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Nottingham.

My research activities all share the motivation to bring the power of computational chemistry to new chemical problems, to fundamentally understand properties and functions of organic (macro)molecules, to reveal hidden chemical questions and to promote solutions for chemical challenges.

My research experience includes Molecular Dynamics simulations, semi-empirical Molecular Orbital Theory, DFT and ab initio methods and force field development. Past projects involved multi-disciplinary research in the areas of bio-organic, colloid, and radical chemistry, molecular self-assembly, ion effects, and molecular electronics in organic electronic devices.

In Nottingham my research focuses on the development and application of efficient computational approaches for their use in enzyme driven biotechnology in order to discover sustainable routes for manufacturing fine chemicals and novel antibiotic drugs.

Sib Sankar Mal

In the course of my research career I have gained a thorough expertise in the successful handling and manipulation of air-sensitive compounds. I have obtained extensive experience in the use of Schelenk technique and Glove-box for such synthesis purposes also synthesis of air stable compounds. I have extensive knowledge of characterisation of compounds using multinulcear NMR and X-ray diffraction (powder and single-crystal) techniques, UV/vis, CV, TGA, FTIR (ATR).

Specialties: Inorganic Synthesis, Catalysis, Microwave Synthesis, Hydrothermal Synthesis, Multinuclear Solution NMR, Powder and Single-crystal X-ray diffraction, LC-MS (ESI and MALDI-TOF), GC-MS, TGA/DSC, DLS.

Key skills are in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis, H2 Fuel Cell, Materials Chemistry.

Johannes T Margraf

Johannes Margraf is a research associate at the Chair for Theoretical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. He obtained his PhD at the University of Erlangen, working with Timothy Clark and Dirk Guldi on the theoretical and experimental characterization of quantum dot solar cells. Subsequently he joined the group of Rodney Bartlett at the University of Florida funded by a Feodor Lynen grant from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. There he worked on method development in coupled cluster theory and single particle methods. In Munich the his work is focused on complex chemical reaction networks.