University of Strasbourg
Paolo SamorìUniversity of Strasbourg
Paolo Samorì is Distinguished Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director of the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS). His current research interests comprise supramolecular chemistry, responsive interfaces, 2D materials and development high-performance multifunctional materials and (nano)devices for energy, sensing and optoelectronic applications.
Imperial College London
Molly M. StevensImperial College London
Prof Molly M Stevens FREng FRS is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Department of Materials, in the Department of Bioengineering and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. She graduated with a First-Class Honours BPharm degree from Bath University in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2001. After postdoctoral research in the Langer Lab at MIT, she joined Imperial College London in 2004 as a lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2008 as one of the youngest Professors ever in the history of the institution.
Molly’s multidisciplinary research balances the investigation of fundamental science with the development of technology to address some of the major healthcare challenges. Her work has been instrumental in elucidating the bio-material interfaces. She has created a broad portfolio of designer biomaterials for applications in disease diagnostics and regenerative medicine. Her substantial body of work influences research groups around the world (>400 publications, h-index 98, >39k citations, 2018 and 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Cross-Field research).
Molly holds numerous leadership positions including Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform "Smart Acellular Materials" Hub, Deputy Director of the EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases and Scientist Trustee of the National Gallery. She is Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science.
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden
Brigitte VoitLeibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden
Brigitte Voit is Head of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research (IPF) Dresden as well as full professor for "Organic Chemistry of Polymers“ at Technische Universität Dresden. Her scientific interest is in functional polymer architectures and responsive polymers for e.g. biomedicine, smart systems and organic electronics.
Werner KunzUniversität Regensburg
Curriculum Vitae of Werner Kunz
- 1980-1985: Study of Chemistry and PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of
Regensburg (UR), Bavaria, Germany.
- 1992: French “Habilitation à diriger de recherches” at University Pierre et Marie
Curie in Paris, working on the determination of the structure and dynamics of
solutions, especially with the help of neutron scattering experiments.
- 1993-1997: Professor at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC),
France. In 1993, youngest professor of technical chemistry in France.
- 1997-now: Full professor and head of the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at UR.
Head of the chair of “Solution Chemistry”.
- 2008-2009: Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy.
Research Interests and Expertise
Chemistry of Complex Solutions: solvents, solutions, electrolytes, surfactants, hydrotropes,
Ionic Liquids, structures and structuring mechanisms, liquid plant extraction. Biomorphs and
Green Chemistry and Product Formulation: plant extracts, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals,
cleaning agents, perfumes, biofuels.
- 2000: Founder of the SKH GmbH, Associate Institute of Regensburg University and active in R&D of
complex liquids and resulting products.
- 2004: Founder and Coordinator of the European Master program “Complex Condensed Materials
and Soft Matter” (COSOM-EMASCO) together with institutes at the universities of Versailles and
Florence, Lille (ENSCL) and Montpellier (ENSCM).
- 1998-2006: Co-Editor of the Journal of Molecular Liquids.
- Since 2012: Head of the Carl-von-Carlowitz Centre of Sustainable Chemistry at UR.
Recent Distinctions and Awards
- Rhodia-Prize 2012 of the European Colloid and Interface Society.
- Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize 2015 of the French Government.
- Steinkopff Award 2019 of the German Colloidal Society for industrial achievements.
- Corresponding member of the European Academy of Science and Arts (Paris, London).
At present, Prof. Kunz has 329 peer-reviewed publications, further to several patents, book chapters,
book editions etc. Kunz’ h-index is 56 (Web of Science) and 67 (Google Scholar), his papers are
currently cited more than 12.300 times (>17.000 according to Google Scholar).
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Uri BaninThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Uri Banin received his B.Sc. degree summa cum laude (1989) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry summa cum laude (1994), all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After a postdoc work as a Fullbright and Rothschild fellow (UC Berkeley, 1994-1997) he joined the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997) where he is a Full Professor since 2004, holding the Afred and Erica Larisch Memorial Chair. He was the founding director of the Hebrew University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001-2010), served on the scientific advisory board of Nanosys Inc. (2002-2007), was the founder of Qlight Nanotech that developed the use of nanocrystals in displays – and that was acquired by Merck in 2015, and since 2013 serves as an Associate Editor of the ACS journal Nano Letters . He received numerous awards including the Israel Chemical Society Prize for Outstanding Young Scientist (2001), the Michael Bruno memorial award (2007-2010), the 1st recipient of the Leah Tenne prize for Nanoscale Science (2013), the Landau prize in Nanotechnology (2015), the Kolthoff prize (2017) and the Israel Chemical Society Prize of Excellence (2018). He received the ERC advanced investigator grant twice (Project DCENSY 2010-2015; Project CoupledNC 2017-2022). He published over 210 papers that have been widely cited and is an inventor of 30 patents in nanotechnology. Banin is studying the chemistry and physics of nanocrystals and is best known for inventing new types of semiconductor and hybrid semiconductor-metal nanocrystals, and for his studies on their unique chemical and physical properties.
University of Hull
Bernard P. BinksUniversity of Hull
Bernard P. Binks obtained his B.Sc. in chemistry (1983) and a Ph.D. in surface chemistry and microemulsions (1986) at the University of Hull, U.K. under the supervision of Bob Aveyard. He was awarded a Royal Society European Fellowship to study in Paris, where he worked on light scattering and ellipsometry from liquid interfaces coated with surfactant (1987) with Jacques Meunier and Dominique Langevin. After further postdoctoral years studying Langmuir monolayers on water and multilayers on solid substrates, he was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Hull in 1991. He was promoted to Professor of Physical Chemistry in 2003 and has led the Surfactant & Colloid Group at Hull since 2002. His main research interests are in the properties and behaviour of colloidal particles at fluid interfaces, including particles at planar interfaces, particle-stabilized emulsions and foams and novel materials derived from them. He has published over 380 peer-reviewed articles and 17 patents and has edited 3 research monographs. He was awarded the RSC Colloid & Interface Science Group Medal in 2004, the European Colloid and Interface Society-Rhodia Prize in 2011, the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award in 2014, the ACS Langmuir Lectureship in 2016 and the RS/SCI Sir Eric Rideal Award in 2022. He was a Senior Editor of Langmuir from 2016-2022.
Regine von KlitzingTU Darmstadt
Regine von Klitzing studied Physics at the Technical University Braunschweig and at the University of Göttingen, Germany. She received her PhD in 1996 from Mainz University, Germany. After her Post-doc (1996-1997) at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP/CNRS) in Pessac/Bordeaux, France, she was working as an assistant professor at the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany, and got her habilitation in 2003. In 2004 Regine von Klitzing was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (MPI-KG) in Postdam, Germany. From 2004 to 2006 she was an associate professor for Physical Chemistry at the Chemistry department of the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, and in 2006 she became associate professor at the TU Berlin and in 2010 she became full professor for Physical Chemistry (chair). Since March 2017 Regine von Klitzing is full professor at the Physics department of the TU Darmstadt. There, she built up a new institute for Soft Matter Physics.Her research interests address interfacial phenomena in Soft Matter, especially of stimuli responsive polymer coatings, foams and emulsions. The work covers the full area from synthesis of polymer systems, via the design of novel hybrid systems and their characterisation with complex methods to the development of new sample environments for large facilities. Her main expertise is on AFM and scattering methods (neutron, x-ray, light).
Regine v. Klitzing is excited about working in the interdisciplinary field of Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Material Science.