Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Chemistry Nobel Laureate (1987) (Live Video Conference)

 University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS), France


Jean-Marie Lehn is Professor at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS), Emeritus Professor at the University of Strasbourg, and Honorary Professor at the Collège de France in Paris. In 1968, he achieved the synthesis of cage-like molecules (cryptands) containing a cavity (crypt) into which another entity, molecule or ion of specific nature, can be lodged, forming a cryptate. This work expanded into the investigation of the chemical basis of “molecular recognition” (the way in which a receptor molecule recognises and selectively binds a substrate), which plays a fundamental role in biological processes. Over the years these studies led to the definition of a new field of chemistry, which he called “supramolecular chemistry”. It deals with the complex entities formed by the association of two or more chemical species held together by intermolecular forces.

 In 1987, Jean Marie Lehn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Donald Cram and Charles J. Pedersen.

 Professor Lehn's work developed into the chemistry of self-organisation processes, based on the design of "programmed" chemical systems that undergo spontaneous assembly of suitable components into well-defined supramolecular species, directed by the supramolecular processing of molecular information. More recently, the implementation of dynamic features and of selection led to the development of “constitutional dynamic chemistry”, concerning entities able to undergo reorganisation in response to external stimuli, thus pointing to the emergence of an “adaptive and evolutive chemistry”.


 Prof. Jianfang Wang

Faculty of Science, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong



  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, Harvard University, 2002
  • MS, Inorganic Chemistry, Peking University, 1996
  • BS, Inorganic Chemistry and Software Design, University of Science and Technology of China, 1993


  • Professor (08/2015 - ), Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Associate Professor (08/2011 - 07/2015), Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Assistant Professor (08/2005 - now), Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (02/2002 - 07/2005), Department of Chemistry, UCSB

Research Interests: 

  • Plasmonics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Nanomaterials

 Selected Recent Publications: 

  • H. J. Chen, T. Ming, L. Zhao, F. Wang, L.-D. Sun, J. F. Wang,* C.-H. Yan, Nano Today 5: 494-505 (2010).
  • W. H. Ni, T. Ambjornsson, S. P. Apell, H. J. Chen, J. F. Wang,* Nano Lett. 10: 77-84 (2010).
  • W. H. Ni, H. J. Chen, J. Su, Z. H. Sun, J. F. Wang,* H. K. Wu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132: 4806-4814 (2010).
  • T. Ming, L. Zhao, Z. Yang, H. J. Chen, L. D. Sun, J. F. Wang,* C. H. Yan, Nano Lett. 9: 3896-3903 (2009).
  • L. Li, C.-K. Tsung, Z. Yang, G. D. Stucky, L. D. Sun, J. F. Wang,* C. H. Yan, Adv. Mater. 20: 903-908 (2008)

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  Prof. Norbert Koch

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany


 University Education

 Studies in Physics (1990–1997), Technische Universität Graz (Austria), degree "Dipl.-Ing"

 Scientific Degree

 Dr. techn. (2000), Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Graz (Austria), supervisor: Prof. Günther Leising

 Scientific Development

 Joint Group Leader: since 2010 at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

 Professor (W3): since 2009 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 Junior Group Leader: 2004–2009, Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group (DFG), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 Post-doc: 2003–2004, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin  2000–2002, Princeton University (USA)

 Staff Scientist: 1999–2000, Joanneum Research Forschungsges. mbH Weiz (Austria)

 Synergetic activities and honors:

 since 2017           Senior Editor, Applied Physics A

 2017                   Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis, IUPAC & NMS

 since 2015           Deputy Director, Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences IRIS Adlershof

 since 2015           Spokeperson, Collaborative Research Center 951 "Hybrid inorganic/organic systems for optoelectronics" (HIOS)

 2014-2018            Director, Department of Physics, HU Berlin

 2014-2017            Coordinator, HZB-HU Graduate School "hybrid4energy"

 since 2013            Member, Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung"

 2012-2015            Coordinator, Helmholtz-Energie-Allianz "Hybrid-Photovoltaik"

 since 2012            Visiting Professor, Chiba University (Japan)

 since 2012            Member, Graduate School within the Excellence Initiative "School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof" (SALSA)

 2012-2018            Executive Board Member, Cluster of Excellence "Bild Wissen Gestaltung"

 2012-2014            Chairman, Commission "Teaching and Studies Development" of Department of Physics, HU Berlin

 2012-2014            Member and vice-Chairman, Commission "Research and Young Scientists" of HU Berlin

 2011-2014            Coordinator, EC-Project "Hybrid inorganic/organic memory elements"

 2008                    Karl-Scheel-Preis (Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin)

 2004-2009            Member, Collaborative Research Center 448 "Mesoscopically Structured Composites"

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 Prof. Nicola Pinna

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany


Pinna's doctoral studies were undertaken at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris) with a focus on physical chemistry. His postdoctoral work at Fritz Haber Institute of the MPG (Berlin) saw him researching the catalytic properties of vanadium oxide nanoparticles. He has since worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam), Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and Seoul National University (Korea). He has been a professor of inorganic chemistry at the Humboldt University of Berlin since July 2012. Since 2016 he is also head of the Department of Chemistry.

His research focuses on nanostructured materials, mainly dealing with the synthesis of nanomaterials by solution and gas phase routes, their characterization and the study of their physical properties. In particular, his research interests include the synthesis of crystalline metal oxide nanoparticles, heterostructures, hybrid materials and thin films by novel nonaqueous sol-gel routes, their assembly, and the study of their physical properties such as optical, electrical, electrochemical, magnetic, catalytic, gas sensing.

In 2011, he was ranked among the top 100 materials scientists of the past decade by impact.

He is executive editor of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and was member of the Editorial Board of the Journal CrystEngComm from 2011 to 2015. Additionally he published books on Atomic Layer Deposition and the synthesis of nanoparticles.

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 Prof. Aldo Di Carlo

University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy


Aldo Di Carlo is Full Professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Electronics Engineering. Leader of the Nano&Optoelectronic research group - at the Department of Electronic Engineering and member of the IEEE  Electron Devices Society. His research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices, their analysis, optimization and technology. The development of the non-equilibrium theory for the microscopic description of the transport process in organic/inorganic devices and thermal processes at nanoscale has been the subject of invited talks at international conferences and University seminars. In the last years his researches have focussed on the study and fabrication of organic devices. Research activities in carbon nanotubes have been quite successful leading to the realization cold cathode vacuum triode based on CNT cathode for THz generation. The research activity of organic optoelectronic devices has been consider of excellence and the Lazio Region has sponsored this activity funding the "Polo Solare Organico della Regione Lazio", namely the Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE) where Prof. A. Di Carlo is co-director. The aim of the Center is the study and development of organic photovoltaic cells and their industrialization. Prof. Di Carlo has organized, together with Prof. Lugli, IEEE 2004 Nanotechnology Conference in Munich.  Prof. Di Carlo is author/co-author of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals, several reviews on electronic and optoelectronic devices, 7 patents, several book chapters and co-author of two books (in Italian language) and has been invited to more than 40 invited talk at international conferences. Prof. Di Carlo has an h-factor = 38. The results of his research have been used to realize 5 spin-off companies dealing with ICT and Energy technologies. Di Carlo is in the Top Italian Scientist Engineering (Rank 15)

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