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Scientific discussion meeting in conjunction with the German Academy of Sciences organised by Professor Peter Edwards FRS, Professor Nicholas Long, Professor Anthony Cheetham FRS, Professor Bernt Krebs, Professor Paul Raithby and Professor Martin Schroder
This discussion meeting – the first-ever linking the Royal Society and the German Academy of Sciences – will confirm that the Periodic Table not only represents the best way of mastering the fascinating and diverse science and technology of the chemical elements, but also continues to inspire new science, thinking and avenues of multidisciplinary research through 'The new chemistry of the elements'.
The Periodic Table of the chemical elements continues to be the most fundamental natural system of classification ever devised.
Biographies of the organisers and speakers will be made available shortly, and you can download the draft programme. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the event and the papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.
This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration (all major credit cards accepted).
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Dr Eric Scerri, UCLA, USAHow the Periodic Table has developed
Biogaphy not yet available
Professor Friedrich Hensel, Philipps-Universitat Marburg, GermanyLessons for the Periodic Table on Earth and on Jupiter
Friedrich Hensel has made many contributions to research in High Temperature-High Pressure Chemistry. The majority of these were made at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Philipps-University of Marburg where he is Professor of Physical Chemistry. He has made major contributions to different fields including nucleation and wetting phenomena ,liquid ionic alloys and research into the properties of small metal- and semiconductor clusters , but is best known for his work on fluid metals and semiconductors in the liquid-vapour critical region which greatly enhanced the understanding of metal-insulator transitions in non crystalline systems.
Dr Matthias Schadel, GSI, GermanyChemistry of the superheavy elements
Matthias Schädel received his doctoral degree (in 1979) from the University of Mainz (supervisor G. Herrmann) working on nuclear reaction studies at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt where he also spent the majority of his research career. He developed and applied rapid automated techniques for chemical and nuclear studies of the heaviest man-made elements. These techniques, recently combined with recoil separators, and studies of superheavy elements remained in the focus of his scientific career. As a guest scientist he worked with Ken Hulet and with Glenn T. Seaborg at the National Laboratories in Livermore and Berkeley. He is the editor of the textbook The Chemistry of Superheavy Elements. Since his retirement at GSI, where he was head of the Nuclear Chemistry Department, he serves as the group leader of the Superheavy Element Chemistry Group at the Advanced Science Research Center of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.
Professor James Dye, Michigan State University, USAThe alkali metals: 200 years of discovery
Education: A.B., 1949, Gustavus Adolphus College (Chem. & Math.); Ph.D., 1953, Iowa State University (Physical Chemistry with F. H. Spedding).
Professional Employment: Michigan State University, 1953 to 1994 (Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Solid-State Chemistry); Chairperson, 1986-1990; Emeritus, 1994- present.
Research Sabbaticals: NSF Science Faculty Fellow, 1961-62, with Manfred Eigen; Visiting Scientist ,1968-69, with Leon Dorfman; Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Research Scientist, 1975-76, with Jean-Marie Lehn; Visiting Scientist, Bell Laboratories,1982-83, with D. W. Murphy; Guggenheim Fellow and Visiting Scientist, Cornell 1990-91, with F. J. DiSalvo.
Professional Societies (partial list): U. S. National Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts andSciences; AmericanChemical Society; American Physical Society; Materials Research Society.
Professor Ros Rickaby, University of Oxford, UKInvolvement of the chemical elements in evolution
Ros Rickaby holds a Degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She completed her PhD in Palaeoceanography under the supervision of Prof. Harry Elderfield also at the University of Cambridge in 1999. She them worked as a research fellow with Professor Dan Schrag at Harvard University, Cambridge USA. Finally in 2002 she extricated herself from Cambridge and took up a Lectureship in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, where she was made Professor in 2010. Her current research involves multiple threads woven around the interactions of life with the chemistry of the environment. She has evolved from using chemical signatures within biologically generated carbonates to reconstruct the evolution of the past Earth environment, to exploring how the environment has influenced the physiology and adaptation of organisms, particularly the processes of biomineralisation and photosynthesis.
Professor Stephen Lippard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USAThird row transition metals for the treatment of cancer
Stephen J. Lippard is Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research activities span the fields of inorganic chemistry, biological chemistry, and neurochemistry. Included are studies to understand and improve platinum anticancer drugs, the synthesis of dimetallic complexes as models for non-heme iron metalloenzymes, structural and mechanistic investigations of methane monooxygenase and related bacterial multicomponent monooxygenases, and inorganic neurotransmitters, especially nitric oxide and zinc. His honors include the National Medal of Science, the Priestley Medal, highest award bestowed by the American Chemical Society, the Pauling Medal, and election to the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Irish Academy, and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He holds several honorary degrees. Lippard is an avid harpsichordist and early morning jogger.
Professor Harry Gray, Caltech, USAMetal-based electron transfer in biological systems
Harry Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the Founding Director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. In 1961, after graduate work in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University and postdoctoral research at the University of Copenhagen, he joined the chemistry faculty at Columbia University, where he investigated the electronic structures and reactions of inorganic complexes. In 1966 he moved to Caltech, where he has been working on problems in inorganic photochemistry and biological inorganic chemistry. He has received the National Medal of Science (1986); the Priestley Medal (1991); the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences(2003); the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2004); the Welch Award in Chemistry (2009); the Othmer Gold Medal (2013); and 18 honorary doctorates. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; a foreign member of the Royal Society of Great Britain; the Royal Danish Academy; the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
Professor Peter Sadler FRS, University of Warwick, UKNatural and other routes to nitrogen activation
Biography not yet available
Dr David Payne, Imperial College London, UKA Periodic Table of metal oxides
Professor Martin Jansen, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, GermanyNew solid state materials: Energy landscapes and new materials
Professor Arndt Simon, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, GermanySuperconductivity and the Periodic Table: From elements to materials
Professor Susumu Kitagawa, Kyoto University, JapanThe chemistry of nanospace
Director, Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)
Professor, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University
Susumu Kitagawa earned his PhD in 1979 at Kyoto University’. He moved to the chemistry department at Kinki University (1979 -1986), including spending one year (1986–87) at Texas A&M University. From 1992 to 1998 he served as professor of chemistry at Tokyo Metropolitan University, then returning to his alma mater in Kyoto to become professor in the Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, where he continues to serve today. He serves as the director of Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) from this year.
His main research fields are coordination chemistry, in particular, chemistry of coordination space, and his current research interests are centered on synthesis and properties of porous coordination polymers/metal-organic frameworks. He is a member of Science Council of Japan, a fellow of RSC, and President of Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry.
Professor Christina White, University of Illinois, USAThe activation of C - H bonds
Christina White was born in Athens, Greece. She received a B.A. degree with highest honors in biochemistry from Smith College working with Stuart Rosenfeld. After a one-year stint in the biology graduate program working with Christian Anfinsen, she received her Ph. D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in chemistry with Gary Posner as an ACS Medicinal Chemistry Pre-Doctoral fellow. She was a NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University with Eric Jacobsen from 1999-2002 and is currently a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor David Milstein, The Weizmann Institute of Science, IsraelDesign and applications of metal-catalysed reactions for sustainable chemistry
David Milstein received his Ph.D. degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1976 with Prof Blum. He carried out postdoctoral at Colorado State University, where together with his advisor, John Stille, he discovered the Stille Reaction. In 1979 he joined the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, where he became a Group Leader in the homogeneous catalysis area. In 1987 he accepted a professorial appointment at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he was Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry in 1996-2005. In 2000 he became Head of the Kimmel Center for Molecular Design. He is the Israel Matz Professor of Organic Chemistry since 1996. His research interests focus on the development of fundamental organometallic chemistry, particularly the activation of strong bonds, and its application to the design and implementation of new environmentally benign processes catalyzed by transition metal complexes.
Professor Andrew Weller, University of Oxford, UKOrganometallic Synthesis and Catalysis in the Solid–State
Andrew Weller is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He moved to Oxford in 2007, after starting his independent career at Bath in 1999 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Research in the Weller group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry, and in particular the generation and stabilization of “operationally unsaturated” late–transition metal complexes with a low coordination number. He made contributions to topics related to synthesis and catalysis; C-H, B-H and C-C sigma complexes and subsequent activation; the development of active, selective and robust catalysts for the hydroacylation reaction; the synthesis of new B–N containing materials via catalysis; and the self-assembly of metal fragments to form novel clusters that themselves are unsaturated and show promise as models for hydrogen on metal surfaces. Weller was the recipient of the 2008 Dalton Transactions European Lectureship and is currently a Peter Wall Visiting Scholar UBC, Canada.
Professor Gabriele Centi, University of Messina, ItalyCatalysis for CO2 conversion
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