Organizing Committee

Paolo Ferruti

Department of Science
University of Milan

Professor Paolo Ferruti was born in Milan, Italy, on June 5, 1938. From 1956 to 1961 he attended the Chemistry course at the University of Pavia, with a scholarship by & “Almo Collegio Borromeo”. On Oct. 21, 1961 he graduated in Pavia with maximum degrees. Then he became Assistant Professor of Industrial Chemistry in 1965 and Associate Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry in 1970. From 1975 to 1980 he was Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Naples, later he moved with the same qualification to the University of Bologna. From 1983 to 1995 he was Full Professor of Applied Chemistry at University of Brescia. From 1995 to date he is Full Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Milan. His main scientific interest lies in synthesis and properties of multifunctional polymers. He has published more than 280 papers on International Journals and books, and about 40 patents.

Luisa Di Paola

Department of Biochemical Engineering
University of Campus Biomedico

Dr. Di Paola got her doctorate in Chemical Industrial Processes at the University Roma “La Sapienza”. She collaborated, during her doctorate, with prof. JM Prausnitz and H. Blanch at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently she is Assistant Professor at the University  Campus Biomedico in Rome. Her research interests span from bioinformatics to biotechnological processes. She’s author of 45 papers on international journals and books. She’s Editor-in-chief of the "International Journal of Biochemistry Research & Review", Associate Editor for Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics; Advances in Systems Biology; International Journal of Medical Biotechnology & Genetics(IJMBG) and Book Review Editor for "Current Bioinformatics".

Salvatore Magazu

Department of Physics
University of Messina

Prof. Salvatore Magaz is full professor in Experimental Physics since 2002 at the Messina University (Italy). He is president of the Inter-University Consortium Applied Physics (CISFA) and has been chairman of the International Consortium COSMO. He has been chairman of the Scientific College of "Liquids and Disordered Systems" of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF (Grenoble, France), member of the Scientific College of "Structure and Dynamics of Liquids and Glasses" facility of neutron scattering Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL, Grenoble, France), and member of National Executive Committee of the Italian Society Neutron Spectroscopy (SISN). He has been fellow at Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire CNRS - Orleans (F) and visiting professor in many european universities. He has received national and international awards including the 2000 Scientia Europaea Award conferred by the French Academy of Sciences for interdisciplinary merit. His research activity concerns the structural and dynamic characterization of disordered systems of physical and chemical interest such as biomolecules (proteins, antioxidants) and water.

Laura Micheli

Department of Science
University of Rome

Academic career 2014- until now: Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry; 2002-2014: Researcher in Analytical Chemistry  at the University of Rome Tor Vergata; 1999: PhD Fellowship at the School of Chemical Sciences of Dublin City University (Ireland) (3 months); 1998-2001: PhD in Chemistry Science at University of Rome Tor Vergata; 1997: Master degree 110/110 cum laude in Industrial Chemistry at University of Rome La Sapienza. She has been involved as teacher of the lesson:" Using Gellan gel to clean paper artwork (part 2) " in "Colloids and Surfaces in Cultural Heritage: Physico-Chemical Methodologies and New Investigative Approaches"  training course in: 30th Conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society, Roma, 4-9-Settembre 2016; as teacher of the lesson “Electrochemical technique for Cultural Heritage” in PhD course during the III National School of Chemistry of the Environment and Cultural Heritage, 2014.
Research Activity: 8 chapters on international books, 53 on international scientific papers, 12 proceedings. Funded Projects: Prof Micheli is involved in several EU and national research projects: PRIN 2015 – 2015TWP83Z-001, PRIN 2015 – 2015FFY97L Aqua VIR, FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7, SMS FP7-OCEAN-2013 n°613844, ACQUASENSE M101_00223 - Industria 2015, GRAPE&HEALTH WINE M101_00308, SONOCAPS FP7-MC-IRSES, n° 230779, PEOPLE-IRSES-2008, BIOCOP FP6, PRIN 2007, 2007AWK85T-003, PRIN 2005 200530782-004, Leonardo da Vinci Training Module n° RO/02/B/F/PP 141004, PRIN 2003 200335285-004, CEE FAIR CT 95-1092 Electrode probes for rapid assay of seafood toxins, CEE QLK1-CT-2001-01617 ROSEPROMILK, CEE Novtech H PRN-CT-2002-00186, AFLARID (DM 290/7303/04) and PRAL 2002/14.

Anna Maria Papini

Department of Chemistry
University of Florence

Anna Maria Papini is a bioorganic chemist expert in peptide and protein chemistry and biology. She completed an International PhD in bioorganic chemistry in 1990. In 1991 she founded the first Laboratory of peptide chemistry at the University of Florence starting peptide-based translational research. She is Professor of bioorganic chemistry of the Italian and French Universities and she is Laureate of the “Chaire d’Excellence” 2009-2014 of the French “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” (unique in chemistry out of 16). She is author of 243 peer-reviewed articles: 135 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and 108 articles in peer reviewed books. She is coauthor of 10 filed patents. She has been invited to present 109 lectures in International Symposia, Universities and Research Centers. 47 oral & 235 poster communications were selected for presentations in international symposia. Moreover she was invited to present 10 lectures aimed to technology transfer in the global space of R&D (2 in extra-European countries and 8 in Europe).

Nino Russo

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies
University of Calabria

Nino Russo was born in Luzzi (Italy) in 1947. He received his Degree in Chemistry at University of Rome and after it he was a postdoc in University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and Universite' de Montreal (Canada). From 1981 to 1994 he has been associated professor of Theoretical Chemistry and since 1995 he is full professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of University of Calabria. He was invited professor at Universite' de Provence and Universite' Pierre and Marie Curie (France) and University of Barcelona (Spain). His skills and expertise include computational chemistry, theoretical chemistry, chemiinformatics, enzymology, quantum mechanics and many more. From March 2013-14, he worked as full time professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana · Departamento de Ciencias Básicas, Mexico. He also worked as invited professor at University Joseph Fourier, France. His research activity is devoted to the development and application of theoretical methods with particular interest in the density functional ones. He is one of the prominent members of the Editorial Board of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry and several on-line journals.

Raffaele Saladino

Department of Agrobiology and Agrochemistry
University of Tuscia

Raffaele Saladino has completed his graduation in 1989; in 1994 he was Post-doctoral at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Between 1999-2000 he worked as a researcher, he served as teaching the Chemistry of Natural Organic Substances for five-year Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences at University of Tuscia in Viterbo. Between 1998-1999 he served as teaching the Analysis Spectroscopy of Organic Substances and Techniques and Equipment of the Chemical Laboratory within a course for post-competition Engineer. Till 2013 he worked as an Associate Professor, he held teaching material for Organic Chemistry Degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology and Applied Bioorganic course for the Master of Science in Cell Biology and of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Professor Raffaele Saladino has actively participated as a lecturer for the teaching of "Chemistry and prebiotic synthesis of natural substances" in the "European Astrobiology Lecture Course Network (ABC-Net)" from 2007.

Joseph D. Smith

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Joseph D Smith has Over 25 years’ experience in the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry. Currently Dr. Smith serves as Director of the Energy Research and Development Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formally, Missouri-Rolla). Dr. Smith has published over 40 papers, has given more than 70 conference papers, and holds eight patents. Dr. Smith has contributed two chapters to the John Zink Combustion Handbook and one chapter to the Industrial Burner Handbook. His current research interests focus on developing Hybrid Energy Systems which combine legacy energy (coal, gas, nuclear) with renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal). He also conducts research on developing commercial scale processes to recover unconventional hydrocarbons including oil sands/oil shale.

Alexander D. Q. Li

Department of Chemistry
Washington State University

Alex D. Q. Li received his B. S. in polymer chemistry from Jilin University (China) and Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University (USA).  After graduation, he was honored with a postdoctoral director fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he later became a Technical Staff Member.  At Los Alamos, he led a research group working on chemistry of materials and microsensors for volatile organic compounds, which received R&D 100 award in 1995.  Inspired by teaching and innovative research, Dr. Li joined the faculty at Washington State University in 2000, where he initiated his research on foldamers and later received the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) award.  The philosophy in his group is to use novel methods to construct advanced materials, with an emphasis on molecular design and innovative approaches to demonstrate new concepts, principles, and applications in the chemical, physical, and biological sciences.

Wen Feng Lin

Department of Physical Chemistry
Queen’s University Belfast

Wen Feng Lin is a  Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast, has particular expertise in fuel cells, electro-catalysis, nanomaterials, surface chemistry and electrochemistry. He has over 100 publications his top 3 papers have over 400 citations. Dr. Lin received his Ph.D in Chemistry from Xiamen University. He held prestige Humboldt and Max-Planck-Gesellschaft fellowships and worked with Nobel Laureate Prof. Ertl in Berlin before moving to the UK. He has pioneered studies of electro-catalysis of small fuel molecules using well defined model catalysts of Ru, Pt and PtRu. He has commissioned four sophisticated novel in situ/on-line FTIR spectroscopy systems for electrochemistry and fuel cell studies. He has achieved a breakthrough in catalysis for generating ozone from water in a clean, energy saving and sustainable process. The technology has been commercialized through a spin-out company. He has strong contacts in China and holds 4 visiting Professorships to leading universities in China.

Laurent Ruhlmann

Department of Chemistry
University of Strasbourg

Ruhlmann Laurent received his B. S. in chemistry and Ph. D. in chemistry from Louis Pasteur University (Strasbourg, France). After graduation, he was honored with a postdoctoral fellow (TMR European project) at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). He joined the faculty of chemistry at University of Paris-Sud 11 (Orsay, France) in 1998 where he initiated his research on polyoxometalate. Dr. Ruhlmann Laurent joined the University of Strasbourg as full Professor of Chemistry in September 2011. Ruhlmann Laurent is the head of the Laboratory of Electrochemistry and of Physical Chemistry of the Solid State (University of Strasbourg, France). He has extensive expertise in polyoxometalate (POM), but also in porphyrin and hybrid porphyrin-POM synthesis and application and has been developing electrocatalysis, photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis. His team is multidisciplinary but has an important expertise in electrochemistry, electrosynthesis and catalysis (electrocatalysis, photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis).

Plato A. Magriotis

Department of Pharmacy
University of Patras

Since 2006, Plato A. Magriotis, Ph.D., has been an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Patras in Greece and a Research Affiliate with the Department of Chemistry at New York University. Magriotis received his Ph.D. in Chemical Biology with Professor Francis Johnson at Stony Brook University in 1983 and did Postdoctoral work at Harvard University with Nobel Laureate Professor E. J. Corey. His career started at West Virginia University and continued at Merck & Co. as well as New York University in the U.S., prior to his return to Greece. Magriotis’ research program focuses on the development of new methodology for the synthesis of relevant pharmacophores applied in drug discovery.

George Kokotos

Department of chemistry
University of Athens

George Kokotos completed his bachelors in chemistry in the year 1979 from The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He completed his doctorate in the year 1984 and later he worked as a lectured in the same university. He is invited as a guest researcher from University of California. He is also a visiting professor at University of California at San Diego, USA. Since September 2011-2012 he is the director of the Institute of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece. Currently he is the chairman for the department of chemistry at university of Athens. He published several articles to his credit and his current research involves Design, synthesis and study of organic compounds presenting pharmacological activity - Novel agents for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, neurological disorders and cancer.


Michael Schnurch

Department of chemistry
Vienna University of Technology

Michael Schnurch has carried out his diploma and PhD thesis in the group of Prof. Peter Stanetty and received his PhD in 2005 from TU Wien. During his PhD-studies, he was on a 4 month sabbatical in Canada where he worked in the group of Prof. Victor Snieckus at Queens University (Kingston, Ontario). He was then Post-Doc with Prof. Dalibor Sames at the Columbia University in New York City (as Erwin Schrödinger fellow) and conducted research in the field of decarbonylative coupling reactions and sp3 C-H activation. After his return, he became Assistant Professor at TU Wien and completed his habilitation in 2013. He was promoted to privatdozent and in 2016 to Associate Professor for Organometallic Chemistry, a position he still holds. Additionally, he is the Chair of the very successful COST Action CHAOS (C-H Activation in Organic Synthesis) and will be chairing (together with Prof. Nuno Maulide) the next European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC 2019) in Vienna. His research interests are located in the field of synthesis of heterocyclic compounds for the manipulation of cell differentiation and GABAA receptors, C-H activation of sp3 centers, the substitution of gaseous reagents for solid alternatives, green chemistry, and flow chemistry.

Zuhair Muhi-eldeen

Department of chemistry
Petra University

Zuhair Muhi-eldeen has received his PhD in Ohio state University Columbus, USA. Currently, he/she is working as Professor of Medicinal chemistry in Petra University. He has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities Professor and Chairman of Medicinal Chemistry and Phamacognosy Department. College of Pharmacy, Baghdad University. His Paper were accepted for presentation orally at many local, regional and international congress of Pharmaceutical science, Pharmacology and Chemistry in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, France, Japan, United State, Austria, England, Switzerland, Lebanon, UAE, and Spain. He has authored for Essentials of Medicinal Chemistry books. His research interest include radio protective agents, Antihistaminic, Acetylenic compounds of various biological activity, Prodrugs, NMR studies of certain, acetylenic amines, Thermal stability in relation to biological activity free radical in relation to human disease.

Rafat Milad Mohareb

Department of Chemistry
Cairo University

Rafat M Mohareb is Head of Organic Chemistry department Faculty of Pharmacy Modern Sciences and Arts University Professor of Organic Chemistry at Department of Chemistry faculty of Science Giza, Egypt. He got his Ph D Organic Chemistry on 1984 Cairo university Full professor of Organic chemistry 1994 Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley University State of California USA from 1999- 2002 Visiting Professor At Kuwait University 19951996. He was Humboldt fellows in Germany in 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2009. He received the price of encouragement of research work from Egypt 1995. He published more than 108 scientific publications in International journals. He supervised more than 5 PhD M Sc Theses.

Bassam Alameddine

Department of Chemistry
Gulf University for Science and Technology

Dr. Bassam Alameddine is currently associate professor of organic chemistry and principal investigator of the Functional Materials Group at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). He received a Masters’ degree in Materials Science Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute – ENSIACET in Toulouse, France. He then obtained a PhD in organic materials chemistry from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland where he focused on the synthesis of supramolecular organic materials for optoelectronic applications. Dr. Bassam was granted a Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral excellence award fellowship where he joined Professor Colin Nuckolls’ research group at Columbia University in New York. He also had several research stays at the University of Fribourg and the Federal Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne in Switzerland. Dr. Bassam research interests are focused on the synthesis of organic, inorganic, and graphene-like materials for optoelectronic applications and gas separation membranes. He is also interested in understanding the structure/properties relationship and the supramolecular self-assembly through weak non-covalent interactions. He has recently received several research grants from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). Dr. Bassam has more than 30 published articles and conference proceedings in international peer reviewed journals.

Miroslaw Kwiatkowski

Department of Energy and Fuels
AGH University of Science and Technology

Miroslaw Kwiatkowski in 2004 obtained Ph.D. degree at the Faculty of Fuels and Energy, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, in the discipline: chemical technology. Currently he is working an assistant professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology, at the Faculty of Energy and Fuels. His published work includes more than 45 papers in international journals and 75 conference proceedings. He is a member of the editorial board of internationals journals as well as a member of the organizing committee’s international conferences, and a regular reviewer in a reputable scientific journal. Apart from scientific work Mirosław Kwiatkowski also does some teaching. Runs classes on computer science, numerical methods, chemistry and is a tutor of a student scientific society called “Green Energy”.