Antonio M. Echavarren was born in Bilbao and obtained his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, 1982). After a postdoctoral stay in Boston College he joined the UAM as an Assistant Professor (1984-1986). Following a two years period as a NATO-fellow at the Colorado State University, he joined the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the CSIC in Madrid, where he stayed until 1992. That year he returned to the UAM as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. He is also Professor of Research of the CSIC since 2004. He moved in 2004 to Tarragona as a Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ).
He has been Liebig Lecturer (German Chemical Society, 2006), Abbot Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, 2009), Schulich Visiting Professor (Technion, Haifa, 2011), Sir Robert Robinson Distinguished Lecturer (University of Liverpool, 2011), Novartis Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015). In 2012 he got a European Research Council Advanced Grant and in 2014 he was president of the 49th Bürgenstock conference. Prof. Echavarren is a member of the International Advisory Board of ChemSusChem (2007-), Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (2008-), Chemical Society Reviews (2010-), Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis (2011-), and Organic Letters (2014-), member of the Editorial Board of ChemCatChem (2009-) and Chemistry European Journal (2014-), Associate Editor of Chemical Communications (2011-), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received the 2004 Janssen-Cylag Award in Organic Chemistry and the 2010 Gold Medal of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society. In 2015 he received an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the ACS. He is the current President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.
Didier Bourissou, born in Nice (1972) studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and obtained his Ph D. degree in 1998 under the supervision of G. Bertrand in Toulouse (Dina Surdin Award). He then worked with F. Mathey and P. Le Floch at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau as a research associate. He was appointed as a CNRS junior researcher in 1998. Since 2006, he holds a senior scientist position (Directeur de Recherche) at the CNRS and from 2006 to 2018, he has been Associate Professor position at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau. He is Director of the Laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Heterochemistry at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse since 2011.
He was awarded the Bronze (2005) and Silver (2016) Medals of the CNRS (French National Research Council), the Clavel Lespiau Distinction (2006) from the French Academy of Sciences), the Acros Award (2009) and Organic Division Award (2018) from the French Chemical Society in recognition of his work.
His research interests concern new bonding situations and reactivity patterns arising from the interplay between transition metals and main group elements. He has initiated the development of ambiphilic ligands in the mid 2000’s and moved forward the concept of -acceptor ligands. Part of his research also deals with non-innocent pincer complexes and unusual behavior of the coinage metals, in particular gold. He is also interested in biodegradable polymers (ring-opening polymerization, organic and dual catalysis, drug delivery systems).
Prof. Dr. A. Stephen K. Hashmi studied chemistry at LMU Munich, where he obtained his diploma and PhD with Prof. G. Szeimies in the field of nickel- and iron-catalysed cross coupling of strained organic compounds. His postdoctorate with Prof. B. M. Trost at Stanford University covered transition metal catalysed enyne metathesis. After his habilitation on enantiomerically pure organopalladium compounds and palladium-catalysed conversions of allenes with Prof. J. Mulzer at the FU Berlin, the JWG-University Frankfurt and the University of Vienna, in 1998 he was awarded a Heisenberg fellowship of the DFG for a proposal on gold-catalysed reactions for organic synthesis – still a major focus of the group. The next stations were University of Tasmania 1999, Marburg University 1999–2000, in 2001 he was appointed Professor for Organic Chemistry at Stuttgart University and since 2007 he occupies a chair for Organic Chemistry at Heidelberg University. Since 2013 he is Vice President for Research and Structure of Heidelberg University.
Agustí Lledós was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1955. He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 1984. After a postdoctoral stay at the Université de Paris- Sud (Orsay, France), he returned to UAB where he started a research group focused on the computational study of organometallic reactivity and reaction mechanisms of homogeneous catalysis. The UAB group has pioneered the collaborative experimental-theoretical research in organometallic chemistry and has had an important role in the introduction and expansion of the computational chemistry into the Spanish organometallic community. He was appointed Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at UAB in 1994. He received the “Real Sociedad Española de Química” RSEQ-Bruker Award for Physical Chemistry in 2008 and the Gold Medal of the Organometallic Chemistry Specialized Group of the RSEQ (GEQO) in 2018. He has been the vice-president of the Spanish Chemical Society (2012-2017).
David Milstein is the Israel Matz Professor of Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He received a Ph.D. degree at the Hebrew University in Israel in 1976 with Prof. Blum, and performed postdoctoral research at Colorado State University, with Prof. Stille. In 1979 he joined DuPont Company’s Central Research & Development Department in Wilmington, USA as a Group Leader, and in 1986 he moved to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, where he headed the Department of Organic Chemistry in 1996-2005 and the Kimmel Center for Molecular Design in 2000-2017. His research interests include fundamental organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, and the design and application of metal-catalyzed reactions for green chemistry and renewable energy. His recent Awards include The Israel Prize (Israel’s highest honor, 2012), The ENI Award for protection of the environment (2016), the Gold Medal of the Israel Chemical Society (2017), and the European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry (2017). He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German National Academy of Sciences-Leopoldina, and the US National Academy of Sciences.
At Universidad de Huelva since 1993, Pedro J. Pérez (FRSC) is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He received his PhD from Universidad de Sevilla under the supervision of Ernesto Carmona and worked as a Fulbright posdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with Maurice Brookhart and Joseph L. Templeton. His main research interest is related to the functionalization of hydrocarbons, saturated or unsaturated, by means of metal-catalyzed carbene, nitrene or oxo transfer or radical-triggered reactions. He is member of the Academia Europaea (2018) and the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain (2014), and has been awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Homogeneous Catalysis, 2015), and the Royal Spanish Chemical Society (2016, Gold Medal; 2007, Inorganic Chemistry Award).
Mónica H. Pérez-Temprano obtained her BS degree in Chemistry at the University of Valladolid in 2005, and her PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Espinet and Prof. Casares. As a graduate student, she investigated the mechanisms of different palladium-catalyzed processes. Next, she joined the research group of Prof. Sanford at the University of Michigan where she focused on the synthesis and reactivity of high-valent palladium(IV) complexes. In 2015, she began her independent career as Junior Group Leader at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ).
At ICIQ, the Pérez-Temprano group is focused on understanding organometallic processes relevant to catalytic transformations. She is co-author of publications in high-impact factors journals such as Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and J. Am. Chem. Soc. Mónica has received different awards and honors including the JSP Fellowship (Bürgenstock Conference 2018) or the 2019 Thieme Journal Award as Promising Young Professor. She also was selected as one of the “Talented 12” of 2018 by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She is also involved in outreach activities to promote the participation of scholars in Science.
Prof. Dr. José Luis SERRANO OSTÁRIZ
Katerina SOULANTICA received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Athens (Greece). After a post‐doctoral fellow under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Espinet in the University of Valladolid (Spain) she joined the group of Bruno Chaudret in the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (Toulouse) in order to work on the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles. Today she is a CNRS researcher in the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-Objets (Toulouse). Her research is focused on the synthesis and formation mechanism of nanocrystals, using coordination compounds as precursors. The objective is the design of multifunctional nanosystems for applications spanning from magnetic recording and biosensing to catalysis.