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.
Molly M. Stevens
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.