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Green Chemistry Letters & Reviews

Meet the Board

Anja-Verena Mudring

Editor-in-Chief
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Stockholm University, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Anja-Verena Mudring (AVM) is the Founding Director of SUCeSS, the Stockholm University Center for Circular Systems. She currently heads the Physical Materials Chemistry Group in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University. AVM is also an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal, College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science in Pietermartizburg, South Africa. Visiting professorships have taken her to Wrocław, Poland; Orléans, France; and Genova, Italy.

Prof. Mudring studied Chemistry at the Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn, Germany, and carried out her doctoral thesis work at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Ames Laboratory before starting her independent scientific career at the Universität zu Köln in Cologne, Germany. She became Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany before moving back to the U.S. to join as Glen Murphy Professor at Iowa State University and to work with the Critical Materials Institute (U.S. DOE Ames Laboratory) to build a research program on green chemistry approaches to mitigate the critical materials crisis. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, among them the Göran Gustafsson prize awarded by the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustav. She has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications. In July 2020 she took over as Editor-in-Chief of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews.

Jamie Ferguson

Social Media Editor
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Emory & Henry College, Chemistry Department, Emory, VA, USA

Jamie Ferguson is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emory & Henry College, where she teaches general, organic, biochemistry, and green chemistry. A native of Alabama, she obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Davidson College (2006), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Queen's University of Belfast (U.K., 2010) with Ken Seddon, studying structure-activity relationships of ionic liquids in their interactions with biological systems. Thereafter, she did postdoctoral research in palladium catalysis with Howard Alper at the University of Ottawa (2010-12). She joined Emory & Henry College in fall 2014. She is co-host of a (recently started) green chemistry podcast called This Week in Sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys playing and teaching violin/fiddle and partaking of southwest Virginia's great outdoors.

Masahiro Yoshizawa-Fujita

Associate Editor
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Sophia University, Department of Materials and Life Sciences, Tokyo, Japan

Masahiro Yoshizawa-Fujita received his Ph.D. degree (2002) from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. During his Ph.D. studies in Prof. Ohno’s group, he received a Research Fellowship for Young Scientists at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This was followed by a JSPS postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Prof. Ohno. During the fellowship, he worked with Prof. C. A. Angell at Arizona State University for half a year in the US. Before working at Sophia University, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow (Discovery-Project; ARC) with Prof. D. R. MacFarlane and Prof. M. Forsyth at Monash University (Australia) until 2006. He moved to Sophia University in 2006 as an Assistant Professor. In 2011, he was promoted to Associate Professor at Sophia University. From 2019, he is a full professor at Sophia University. His recent research activities are concentrated on the science of ionic liquids, especially the design of functional ionic liquids for rechargeable batteries and biomass processing.

Areas of Interest

• Developments in rechargeable batteries (electrolyte materials etc.) and biomass processing (dissolution of cellulose and cellulose modification etc.) by using ionic liquids

Kei Saito

Associate Editor
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Monash University, School of Chemistry, Clayton, Australia

Prof. Kei Saito is currently an Associate Professor of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Monash University, Australia. He received his B.E. (2000), M.E. (2002), and Ph.D. (2004) degrees from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Before joining Monash, he was a Visiting Research Associate at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering and at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Waseda University, Japan for a year and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Green Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell, US for 2.5 years.

The focus of his current research relates to the innovative development of new synthetic methods for the production of novel sustainable polymeric materials, based on the principles of Green Chemistry and the utilization of these materials in a variety of industrial applications. For example, A/Prof. Saito has invented new classes of photodegradable plastics, self-healing coating materials, and biodegradable plastics derived from wood. A/Prof. Saito was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) for his achievements. He has been working as a Secretary of the Asian-Oceania Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network since 2009.

Areas of Interest

• Sustainable polymers

Florent Allais

Associate Editor
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URD ABI, AgroParisTechPomacle, France

Florent Allais got a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA) in 2004, then did two postdocs (ESPCI, Paris, France – ICSN-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France), before joining the INRA as a Junior Scientist in Versailles, France (2007). In 2012, he became a Full Professor at AgroParisTech and was tasked to build ex nihilo a brand-new laboratory, Chaire ABI (now URD ABI, 22 permanent staff), at Pomacle, France. Since 2019, he is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University (Clayton, Australia) and Courtesy Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida (Gainesville, USA). Florent Allais’ team is dedicated to the combined use of white biotechnologies, green chemistry, and downstream processing for the development and optimization of sustainable industrial processes and high value-added products from biomass. More precisely, URD ABI aims at the development of platform molecules that will be used to create valuable sustainable chemicals, functional bio-based additives (e.g., anti-UVs, antimicrobials, antioxidants, flavors), and polymers. Florent Allais has published more than 95 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, filed 19 patents, served as reviewer of various journals, and as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Chemistry. He has been invited to many international congresses (Plenary and Keynotes lectures) and seminars. Since 2019, Florent Allais is an Associate Member of the ICGCSD (Interdivisional Committee of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development) at IUPAC. In August 2020, he was granted the title of Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Areas of Interest

• Synthesis
• Biocatalysis
• Green solvents
• Extraction of molecules of interest from biomass

Jonathan Sperry

Associate Editor
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The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Jonathan Sperry is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Green Chemical Science (CGCS) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He obtained BSc(Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Exeter, UK in 2006 before moving to the other side of the world to spend four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Jon’s research interests encompass many different areas of sustainable chemical synthesis, including electrochemistry, mechanochemistry, and reducing solvent use. He is also very interested in the sustainable production of heteroatom-containing molecules, particularly those that contain nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus.

Areas of Interest

• Synthesis
• Biomass
• Catalysis

Irvin J. Levy

Associate Editor
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Simmons University, Boston, MA, USA

Irv Levy has been involved in green chemistry as the focus of his career since 2003. Between then and 2019 he introduced hundreds of students to the principles of green chemistry through lecture and lab, dozens of undergraduate research projects, and his unique Green Organic Literacy forum that empowered students to become ambassadors for green chemistry to many thousands in high schools, museums, and other public outreach settings. Irv has co-edited the books "Green Chemistry Education: Changing The Course of Chemistry" and "Teaching and Learning About Sustainability". Irv serves as senior faculty advisor to Beyond Benign in Wilmington, MA where he chairs the Green Chemistry Commitment advisory board. Irv has taught organic chemistry at both Gordon College and Salem State University since 1985. He is currently employed by the Department of Chemistry & Physics at Simmons University in Boston. Current projects involve the creation of green organic chemistry laboratory experiments, the introduction of toxicology into the chemistry curriculum, and community outreach via green chemistry. Irv is a member of the American Chemical Society where he currently serves as Immediate Past Chair for the Division of Chemical Education. In 2017 Irv was named an American Chemical Society Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Areas of Interest

• Microwave-assisted organic synthesis
• Mechanochemical synthesis

Adam Slabon

Associate Editor
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Stockholm University, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden

Adam Slabon studied chemistry at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Nanyang Technological University Singapore and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. After having obtained his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Reinhard Nesper in 2013, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley, for postdoctoral studies with Prof. Peidong Yang. Since September 2014, he has worked as a group leader at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where he obtained his habilitation in February 2019. Since March 2019, Slabon has served as an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Chemistry at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Stockholm University, Sweden.

Areas of Interest

• Development of materials and sustainable methods for environmental applications
• Solar energy

Geetha Srinivasan

Associate Editor
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Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Geetha Srinivasan as an applied chemist with 20 years of research experience is passionate about bringing chemistry to real-life applications. She has rich experience in leading projects at the interface of academia and industry to deliver sustainable chemical technologies from lab to full industrial scale. Specialized as an electrochemist, she has enjoyed exploring a wide range of chemical science aspects from development of electroactive solid-state materials; electrodeposition of metals, alloys, semiconductors; electrosynthesis of metal nanoparticles; energy storage devices; contaminant removal in petrochemistry; modified electrodes for electrocatalysis; to lubricant additives and clean energy.

After qualifying her Ph.D. in Applied Electrochemistry from Central Electrochemical Research Institute from India, she moved to Northern Ireland in 2006 as a post-doctoral research fellow at The Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) where she became the chief scientist for industrial projects sponsored by PETRONAS. In 2018, she relocated to work directly at PETRONAS in Malaysia at the industrial settings. Currently, she is Head (Technology Program) based within Group Research and Technology, leading clean energy programs.

Areas of Interest

• Electroactive solid state materials
• Electrodeposition of metals, alloys, & semiconductors
• Electrosynthesis of metal nano paraticles
• Energy storage devices
• Contaminant removal in petrochemistry
• Modified electrodes for electrocatalysis
• Lubricant additives
• Clean energy

Annegret Stark

Associate Editor
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Chemical Engineering, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Prof. Stark and her interdisciplinary team are investigating opportunities to convert local biomass (sugarcane) to chemicals and materials and implementing the biorefinery concept in industry. She holds a Dipl. Ing. (FH) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Queen’s University in Belfast. Having over 15 years of experience in applied areas of chemistry and chemical engineering, her group’s research takes a holistic approach, covering fundamental investigations of biomass composition and properties, resource and market analysis, chemical and catalytic conversion and separation, as well as process development.

Areas of Interest

• Fundamental investigations of biomass composition and properties
• Resource and market analysis
• Chemical and catalytic conversion and separation
• Process development

Gary Baker

Areas of Interest

• Deep eutectic solvents
• Ionic liquids
• Green nanotechnology
• Metal nanoclusters
• Carbon dots
• Nanocatalysis
• Fluorescence sensors

Andreas Taubert

Associate Editor
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The University of Potsdam, Institute of Chemistry, Potsdam, Germany

Andreas Taubert is a professor of Supramolecular Chemistry and Materials Chemistry at the University of Potsdam. Previous stations include the University of Basel, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. Originally starting in bioinspired materials synthesis, his current research interests include materials chemistry in and with ionic liquids, inorganic and hybrid energy materials, and materials for water remediation. Andreas Taubert is an international member of the African Center for Excellence in Water and Environmental Research in Nigeria and has held a number of fellowships and visiting professorships worldwide. Besides chemistry and materials, he likes to spend time on his trumpet, flugelhorn, and bass trumpet.

Areas of Interest

• Bioinspired, biomimetic & bionic hybrid materials
• Materials chemistry with ionic liquids
• Green and sustainable materials and processes for water remediation
• Equipment

Emmanuel I. Unuabonah

Associate Editor
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African Center of Excellence for Water and Environmental Research (ACEWATER) & Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun, Nigeria

Emmanuel Iyayi Unuabonah is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences at Redeemers University in Nigeria. His research is focused on the development and characterization of functional composite materials from local materials and agrowastes through processes that reduces/eliminate the use of toxic chemicals. The application of these materials is in the remediation of polluted environments. He has won several national and international awards. He is the Founding President of the Nigerian Young Academy. He is also an alumnus of the TWAS Young Affiliate program and of the Global Young Academy (GYA). He is a Fellow of the African Science Leadership Program (ASLP). He is currently the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Redeemer’s University, and also the Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Water and Environmental Research (ACEWATER). Emmanuel is an Editorial board member of the materials section of Heliyon. He is on the editorial board of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews (GCLR) to inspire more research into the development of feasible, affordable, and efficient green chemistry techniques for solving global environmental challenges.

Ramesh Gardas

Board Member
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Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Department of Chemistry, Chennai, India

Ramesh Laxminarayan Gardas is a Professor in Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research group works on ‘Chemical Thermodynamics’ and ‘Phase Equilibria’ of industrially important solvent systems with an emphasis on both ‘Science’ and ‘Technology’ part of the contemporary field – “Ionic Liquids/ Deep Eutectic Solvents as an alternative to Volatile Organic Solvents”. His research group substantially contributed to the development of non-conventional and environmentally benign solvent systems. Generated extensive databases on their thermodynamic properties and structure-composition-property correlations useful in refrigeration, separation science, and crude oil industry. These will have far-reaching implications in the design of application-specific solvent systems. His research group strives to design the task-specific environmental benign solvent systems and to provide an important insight into physical chemistry to regulate their properties for varied technological applications such as phase change materials, CO2 capturing, dissolution of tank bottom sludge, electrolytes in solar cell and supercapacitors, absorbents for refrigeration system, desulfurization of fuels, and also the extraction of metal ions, biomolecules, and value-added products. He is motivated and dedicated to work on the continuous development of advanced experimental and computational methods for generating the rapid, facile, accurate, inexpensive, and reliable solution thermodynamics and phase equilibrium data consisting of environmentally benign solvent systems; and to bridge the gap between academic curiosity and industrial requirements.

Areas of Interest

• Ionic liquids
• Deep eutectic solvents
• Chemical thermodynamics
• Phase equilibria
• Group contribution methods
• Structure-property correlations

Natalie O'Neil

Board Member
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Beyond Benign, Wilmington, MA, USA

Natalie earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University at Albany in 2017 after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Chemistry from Western New England University. During her graduate studies, she felt that the topics of sustainability, toxicology, and environmental hazards were missing from the traditional graduate chemistry curriculum. Therefore, she pursued a one-year certification in Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship, attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy Summer School, and became actively involved in the Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (NESSE) a global movement of young professionals working on or interested in solutions to today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. She served at Utica College as both an adjunct and Assistant Professor of Chemistry from 2015-2019, introducing green chemistry to both major and non-major courses. She is passionate about teaching and empowering the next generation of scientists to use sustainable approaches through green chemistry.

Areas of Interest

• Green Chemistry education
• Organometallic/inorganic
• Battery research

Sonja Jost

Board Member
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DexLeChem, Berlin, Germany

Sonja Jost is an inventor and engineer who co-founded DexLeChem in 2013, a Green Chemistry startup of which she is the CEO. She is a member of different advisory/supervisory boards and high-tech juries, e.g. the biomedical research institute “Berlin Institute of Health” of Charité and the Helmholtz Association, the “Chemical Invention Factory” of TU Berlin (John-Warner-Center for Startups in Green Chemistry), or the U.S. peer-reviewed journal “Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews”. She received various awards and recognitions for her work, e.g.: EditionF, Handelsblatt, as well as ZEIT online listed Jost among “25 female inventors who are changing our world”, Capital magazine named her repeatedly “40 under 40” entrepreneurs, and the economic business magazine Business Punk chose her as #1 of their 2018 watch list “100 startups, makers, creatives”. Since 2017, she is a member of the General Assembly of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Berlin and jury member of the Accelerator pilot of the European Commission which decides about startup investments of 0.5 bn € p.a. In 2019, Jost was appointed as ambassador of the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” of the German Government and the Federation of German Industries BDI.

Jost gives advice to governmental organizations, scientific institutions, NGOs, as well as several political parties in Germany, the U.S., and the EU. She has co-founded and initiated several campaigns and networks that support the translation process of scientific findings into the industry which she also promotes as a frequent guest on economic and political panel discussions. Jost was a 2019 Bilderberg Meeting attendee.

Areas of Interest

• Homogeneous catalysis, i.e. (enantioselective) hydrogenation reactions, coupling reactions, etc.
• Reactions in which organic solvents are substituted by water/ Ionic Liquids/ micellar systems or new greener biomass-derived solvents
• Green Chemistry spin-off projects from academia

Robert Iafe

Board Member
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California State University, San Marcos, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, San Marcos, CA, USA

Robert G. Iafe is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). He graduated from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) with a chemistry BS and pursued a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). After UCLA, he pursued a postdoctoral research role as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the WM Keck Science Department at the Claremont Colleges. He joined the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at CSUSM in 2014, and he is currently the graduate coordinator for the chemistry master’s program. His research interests are focused on synthetic method development for the preparation of small molecules with pharmaceutical interest. He is currently working on developing sustainable green chemical processes using gold catalysts and organocatalysts, such as bisphosphorylimides. He is also committed to developing a chemistry curriculum that benefits from innovative and environmentally benign laboratory techniques.

Areas of Interest

• Organic chemistry
• Synthesis
• Methodology
• Scale-up

Duangamol Tungasmita

Board Member
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Chulalongkorn University, Department of Chemistry, Bangkok, Thailand

Duangamol N. Tungasmita is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has published 16 scientific articles in mainly T1 and Q1 journals as a corresponding author. Her expertise is in the field of green chemistry, heterogeneous porous catalyst design, synthesis, characterization, and utilization in the petroleum industry and biomass transformation. She has also been invited to review in many scientific journals such as Catalysis Today, Catalysis Communications, Fuel, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Journal of Molecular Catalysis  A, Chemical, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Bioresource Technology, Applied Clay Science, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Powder Technology, and others. She has been invited to many conferences such as PACCON (Pure and Applied Chemistry International Conference) and IUPAC Green Chemistry and has also given lectures at Yonsei University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Beijing University, Institut de recherche sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de Lyon France, Linkopling University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University and Tokyo Institute of Technology in past five years. She is engaged in industry, acting as a  project advisor for Petroleum and Petrochemicals Thailand (PTT Public Company Limited), Global Green Chemicals (GGC Public Company Limited), Polymer & Chemical IRPC Public Company Limited, Mitr Phol Sugar group, and Western Digital Thailand.

Areas of Interest

• Green chemistry
• Polymer film and green chemistry process
• Heterogeneous catalysis in the details on synthesis, characterization, and application of zeolites and related microporous mesoporous materials as catalysts in petrochemical industry and biorefinery

Deborah Martino

Board Member
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Ambient Photonics, Inc., Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Dr. Debora M. Martino is a co-founder scientist at Ambient Photonics Inc. startup (2019), the only energy harvesting technology that is optimized for low-light, real-world conditions. Dr. Martino earned her BS/MS and Ph.D. in Physics at the National University of Rosario, Argentina. She was appointed as Adjunct Prof. at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and later as Research Scientist at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With an extensive background in research and academia (+15 years, +50 peer-reviewed publications and patents), she joined the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry in 2015, where she was director of Performance Materials R&D. Since 2019, she works on the design, performance, sustainability, function, and reliability of Ambient’s PV cells to replace the use of batteries that often contain toxic substances, and whose safe disposal/recycling has been a massive challenge to scientists.

Areas of Interest

• Solar cells to harvest ambient light in indoor
• Polymer film and green chemistry process

Bruce Lipshutz

Board Member
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University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Bruce Lipshutz is a Distinguished Professor of Organic Chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, where he has been since starting his career there in 1979. The Lipshutz research group continues to work towards converting organic chemistry into an environmentally responsible, sustainable discipline by developing new technologies in green chemistry, with one of the major, specific goals being to get organic solvents out of organic reactions. To accomplish this, the concept of “designer” surfactants has been introduced within the area of aqueous micellar catalysis, the nanoparticles formed from which enable key transition metal-catalyzed cross-couplings, and many other reactions, to be carried out in water under mild conditions. Most recently, the group has turned its attention to developing new catalysts for key Pd- and several other transition metal-catalyzed reactions that mediate C-C, C-N, and C-H bond formation typically at the parts per million level of the metal. The combination of “chemo-catalysis” in water, together with bio-catalysis in water, is being vigorously pursued in several tandem, 1-pot processes applied to organic synthesis.

Areas of Interest

• Environmentally-responsible synthetic organic chemistry
• Getting organic solvents out of organic reactions
• Reducing need for endangered metal catalysts enabling reactions under mild conditions
• Mergining chemo-catalysis with bio-catalysis (in water)

Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal

Board Member
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George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Voutchkova-Kostal is an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department at the George Washington University in DC. Her research focuses on the development of catalytic methods that can help facilitate a circular economy of chemicals and materials through homogeneous and supported heterogeneous catalysis and designer solvents. She is co-Program Director of the MS program in Environmental and Green Chemistry, as well as Principal at Designing Out Toxicity LLC. In her latter role, she develops predictive toxicology tools for toxicological hazard evaluation and design of functional and safer commercial chemicals. Prior to starting her independent career, she obtained a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Yale University and a BA in Chemistry from Middlebury College. Her post-graduate work at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering focused on the rational design of commercial chemicals that fulfill the desired function but have minimal biological activity.

Areas of Interest

• Developing catalytic processes that contribute to circular economy
• Designing functional chemicals that are benign and either non-persistent or degradable chemically

Evelina Colacino

Board Member
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University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Evelina Colacino received her double Ph.D. (with European Label) in 2002 from the University of Montpellier II (France) and the University of Calabria (Italy). She has been an Associate Professor of Organic and Green Chemistry at the University of Montpellier (France) since 2013 and her main research activities concern the development of eco-friendly methodologies for the preparation of biomolecules, heterocyclic compounds, and hybrid materials by mechanochemistry with the main focus on hydantoin scaffold and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (medicinal mechanochemistry). She also investigates sustainable approaches to homogeneous or heterogeneous metal-catalyzed processes by combining enabling technologies with non-conventional media. A member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the International Mechanochemical Association (IMA), and of the Advisory Board of the Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC, www.beyondbenign.org), she is also a promoter of sustainability in Higher Education by integrating green chemistry at the undergraduate level in organic chemistry courses, teaching laboratories and across the sub-disciplines of chemistry, with a special focus on the fundamentals and the practice of mechanochemistry. Since 2019, she leads the European Programme COST Action CA18112 (MechSustInd) – ‘Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry (www.mechsustind.eu and https://www.cost.eu).

Areas of Interest

• Eco-friendly methodologies for the preparation of biomolecules, heterocyclic compounds & hybrid materials by mechanochemistry
• Hydantoin scaffold & Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (medicinal mechanochemistry)
• Sustainable approaches to homogenous/heterogeneous metal-catalyzed processes via non-conventional media

Si-Fu Tang

Board Member
[email protected]
Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Qingdao, China

Prof. Si-Fu Tang is now a full-time professor at the Qingdao Agricultural University (QAU) and the leader of the Energy Catalytic Materials group in the College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prof. Tang received his doctorate from Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007 under the guidance of Prof. Jiang-Gao Mao. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Anja-Verena Mudring’s group at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany from 2007 to 2010 and associate professor at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, CAS, China from 2010 to 2017. In 2017, he joined QAU as a professor and started his independent scientific career. His current research interest is mainly focused on the design and synthesis of novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and metal-containing ionic liquids and their applications in the fields of catalysis, separation, and sensing.

Areas of Interest

• Heterogeneous catalytic conversion
• High-performance zeolite catalyst
• Biomass energy

Ekaterinan Pas

Board Member
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Monash University, Clayton, Australia

Areas of Interest

• Development of wavefunction and DFT methods for studying energetic and molecular properties of large-scale systems
• Applications of the already developed methods to studying a variety of challenging chemical problems

Fabrice Gallou

Board Member
[email protected]
Novartis, Basel, Switzerland

Lutz Ackermann

Board Member
[email protected]
University of Göttingen, Göttingenen, Germany


Areas of Interest

• Photocatalysis
• Ligand design
• Flow chemistry
• Remote functionalization
• Catalyzed C-H activation in 3D
• Electrochemistry
• Peptide diversification
• Computational studies

Sergio N. Kuriyama

Board Member
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Centro de Inovação SESI em Higiene Ocupacional, Brazil

Sergio Kuriyama is a senior scientist with 15 years of experience working in basic science and applied research with publications in the field of Toxicology and Green Chemistry. He has experience with coordination and team management to conduct mid and long-term projects resulting in thesis, publication, new process, or products. He successfully coordinated “The Global Green Chemistry Initiative”, a global project lead by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, involving other 6 countries. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Green Chemistry Initiative and played an important role in the Certification of SENAI Innovation Institute for Green Chemistry as EMBRAPII (Brazilian Company of Research and Industrial Innovation) unit. He successfully achieved grade M6 of maturity (Stable Operation Phase) for SENAI Green Chemistry Institute from Fraunhofer management audit in 2019. Most recently, he worked on the implementation and operation of the Molecular Biology laboratory for Sars-Cov-2 diagnosis through PCR methodology and 3 other research projects on COVID-19.

Felipe Garcia

Areas of Interest

• Novel main group molecules and complexes for biological systems applications
• Mechanochemistry for new and improved methodologies in inorganic synthesis
• New main group (phosphazane and carbene) architectures for materials and catalysis

Sachin Handa

Board Member
University of Louisville, Department of Chemistry, Louisville, KY, USA

Areas of Interest

• Sustainable nano-catalysis and material chemistry
• Ligand design for asymmetric catalysis
• Medicinal chemistry

Pushpal Ghosh

Board Member
University of Louisville, Department of Chemistry, Louisville, KY, USA

Dr. Pushpal Ghosh joined Department of Chemistry, Dr. H.S. Gour Central University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh in October, 2013. He has earned his Ph.D degree from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata (Degree given by Jadavpur University), under the supervision of Prof. Amitava Patra [FRSC] in 2009. Then he moved to Germany with prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (AvH) and worked in Ruhr University Bochum, Germany from December 2009 to October 2013 under mentorship of Prof Anja-Verena Mudring [FRSC]. Despite AvH, he also worked in European Research Council (ERC) Project in Germany. His Alma mater are also Presidency College (Presently Presidency University), Kolkata (MSc) and Ramkrishna Mission Residential College Narendrapur, Kolkata (B.Sc with Honours in Chemistry). He is a recipient of several awards and recognitions. A few to name are prestigious AvH Fellowship, International Travel Grant by SERB, Best Poster Prizes in the several National/International conferences); “The Governor of West Bengal’s Award” as an all round student of the school in an academic year etc. Currently he is leading a research group funded by UGC Start-Up grant, SERB (Young Scientist and Core-Research Grant Scheme) and BRNS. He has supervised one student for PhD, five M.Sc. projects and currently guiding three students for PhD, three students for MSc projects and one project student. His interest is to synthesis new generation optoelectronic nanomaterials using green synthesis. He has published more than 35 highly cited research articles (h index: 20, i-10 index: 23) in high impact factor international journals, book chapters including one German and one Indian patent (applied and published).