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. Justin Gooding

University of New South Wales, Australia

Graduate of Oxford University (D. Phil., 1994). Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, (1994-1996). Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UNSW (1997-1998). Lecturer, Flinders University of South Australia (1998). Appointed Lecturer at UNSW (1999), Senior Lecturer (2002), Associate Professor (2006), Professor (2006), UNSW Scientia Professor (2011). He is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a FElow of teh ROyal Society of New South Wales.

NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Prize (2004), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005), University of Canterbury Erskine Fellow (2007), Royal Australian Chemical Institute Analytical Chemistry Division Lloyd Smythe Medal (2007), Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (2009), ARC Australian Professorial Fellow (2010-2104), Royal Australian Chemical Institute H.G. Smith Medal (2011), Royal Australian Chemical Institute Electrochemistry Division R.H. Stokes Medal (2012), Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lecturer (2012), NSW Science and Engineering Award for Emerging Research (2013). the Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Division (2016), the  Biosensors and Bioelectronics Award (2016), the Walter Burfitt Prize for Science (2016) and Archibald Liversidge Medal for Chemistry (2016) both of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the 2017 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and the 2017 Katsumi Niki Prize in Bioelectrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Chair, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Electrochemistry Division 2006-2011, Inaugural Australian Representative of the International Society of Electrochemistry 2011-2012, Vice President International Society of Electrochemistry 2013-2015. He is a founding co-Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network.

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 Prof. Nitish V. Thakor

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Nitish V. Thakor is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering with Johns Hopkins University and the National University of Singapore where he founded Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) and ran it as a founding Director from 2012-2018. He carries out research on many technologies from brain monitoring and implantable neurotechnologies to neuroprosthesis and brain-machine interface. He has published over 400 refereed journal papers (Google H Index 83), obtained 16 US and international patents and co-founded 3 active companies in the USA. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (Springer/Nature). He is the Editor of an upcoming authoritative reference Handbook of Neuroengineering. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Life Fellow of IEEE, Biomedical Engineering Society, and International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering.

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 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. Teri W. Odom

Northwestern University, USA

Teri W. Odom is an American chemist and materials scientist. She is the Chair of the Chemistry Department, Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Odom was elected as the Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University, starting from September 1, 2018. Odom is also the Associate Director of International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University. Odom was an inaugural Associate Editor for Royal Society of Chemistry's flagship journal Chemical Science (2009-2013). Odom is a member of the editorial advisory board of ACS Nano, Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Nano Letters. She is currently the Executive Editor of ACS Photonics.

Research in Odom group focus on controlling materials at 100 nm scale and investigating their size and shape-dependent properties. Odom group has developed parallel, multi-scale pattering tools to generate hierarchical, anisotropic, and 3D hard and soft materials with applications in imaging, sensing, wetting and cancer therapeutics.

As a result of Odom's nanofabrication tools, she has developed flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit and tunable plasmon-based lasers.

Odom also conducts research into nanoparticle-cell interactions using new biological nanoconstructs that offer imaging and therapeutic functions due to their shape (gold nanostar).

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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. Thomas Jay Webster 

 Thomas Jay Webster is an American engineering researcher who is Professor and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern in 2012. His research mainly focuses on the field of nanomedicine. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine and a former president of the Society for Biomaterials. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and of the National Academy of Inventors.

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 Dr. Morteza Mahmoudi

Dr. Morteza Mahmoudi is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Precision Health Program at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior coming to MSU, he was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His specific research interest is in nanomedicine and regenerative medicine for the development of new nano-based platforms for prevention/treatment of life-threatening conditions such as cardiomyopathy, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Aside from nanomedicine and regenerative medicine, Dr. Mahmoudi is also very active in social sciences and specifically in drawing the attention of the scientific community in the rising issue of academic bullying. In addition, he is also working on identifying the reasons behind the enormous disparity between the numbers of major prize winners between the sexes (which currently stands at more than an order of magnitude in favor of male nominees) and seek to draw the attention of award agencies, researchers, entrepreneurs, and media to reexamine the historical imbalances between the sexes in winning major scientific awards. He is among 2018 highly cited researchers as reported by Clarivate Analytics.

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