Takahiko Akiyama was born in 1945 in Okayama in Japan. He studied chemistry and carried out his PhD studies at the University of Tokyo in Japan. He has been a Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Gakushuin University since 1997. His research group focuses on developing various new synthetic strategies.
In 2004 Akiyama’s research group reported for the first time chiral phosphoric acid derived from (R)-BINOL functioned as a chiral Bronsted acid catalyst. Since then, a range of chiral phosphoric acid-catalyzed reactions has been developed worldwide. The Akiyama’s group focuses on extending the synthetic utility of chiral phosphoric acid for the preparation of useful organic compounds and the development of useful synthetic reactions.
Professor Takahiko Akiyama was awarded the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (Japan, 1997), the SSOCJ (The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan) Daiichi-Sankyo Award for Medicinal Organic Chemistry (2009), the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work for 2009 (2009), the Nagoya Silver Medal (2012), the JSPC (The Japanese Society for Process Chemistry) Award for Excellence (2012), the ACS, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (2016), the Humboldt Research Award (2016) and the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award (Japan, 2017). He is the author of almost 190 original papers mostly in the field of organic chemistry.
Petr Beier studied MSc at the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic and PhD at St. Andrews University under the supervision of Prof. David O’Hagan, UK (2001–2004). Following the postdoctoral stay with Prof. G. K. Surya Prakash at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and University of Southern California, USA (2005-2006) he joined the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague as a group leader. He is the recipient of the Alfred Bader Prize in organic chemistry (2013) and the Royal Chemical Society Fluorine Prize (2017). His research interests are an organic synthesis of main group elements, organofluorine chemistry, methodology development and studies of reaction mechanisms, asymmetric synthesis and biocatalysis.
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic
Thomas Braun studied chemistry at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (1993) and received his PhD under the supervision of Helmut Werner (1997). After postdoctoral work with Pierre Dixneuf (Rennes, 1995) and Robin Perutz (York, 1997-2000), he obtained his habilitation with Peter Jutzi as a mentor at the University of Bielefeld (2003). In 2007, he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Thomas Braun received the Wöhler Award for Young Scientists (2006), the RSC Fluorine Chemistry Prize (2007), the Fluorine Publication Prize of the Fluorine Subject Group of the German Chemical Society (2015) and Xingda Lecture, Beijing University (2015). From 2010-2012 he served as the chair of the GDCh Fluorine Chemistry division and was from 2009-2018 vice-chair of the DFG Research Training Group GRK 1582 “Fluorine as the Key Element”. From 2010-2012 he was head of the Department of Chemistry at the Humboldt-Universität. His major interests are in fluorine chemistry as well as organometallic and coordination chemistry with an emphasis on the catalytic activation of small molecules. Recently he also turned his attention to heterogeneous catalysis.
Benoît Crousse is the CNRS research director at Paris Saclay University (UMR 8076 BioCIS). He earned his organometallic chemistry doctorate (University Pierre & Marie Curie, Dr G. Linstrumelle). He spent his first postdoctoral stay with Prof. P. E. Kündig (University of Geneva, Switzerland) working on planar chirality. A second postdoctoral position with Dr J. P. Bégué and Dr D. Bonnet-Delpon (University Paris-Sud-CNRS) focused on fluorine chemistry and the fluorinated phase. His research interests include new synthetic methodologies of fluorinated molecules, especially amines, amino acids, peptidomimetics, peptides and foldamers, devoted to medicinal chemistry. He is also engaged towards new processes involving fluorinated alcohols.
Paris Saclay University
Originally a native of Poland graduated from the University of Technology in Łódź as a chemical engineer. He obtained his PhD in 1994 at the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Łódź, Poland in the field of organophosphorus chemistry (with A. Skowrońska, Department of Heteroorganic Compounds). Subsequently, he relocated to the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, USA) where he pursued research in the field of organometallic chemistry as a research associate under the tutelage of Professor John A. Gladysz. There he gained first-hand insights into the editorial processes from the Associate Editor of Chemical Reviews. In 1999 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Subsequently promoted to Associate Professor, and (full) Professor in 2013, he is currently Chair-elect of the Department of Chemistry. He is also affiliated with the Center of Biomedical Research. Dembinski’s research contributions include the area of electrophilic cyclization reactions, the Mitsunobu reaction, fluorous chemistry, organometallic chemistry, nucleoside chemistry, and heterocyclic chemistry. His publications have been cited about 2,000 times. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund, amongst others. He has been visiting professor at Wayne State University (Detroit). Currently, Dembinski is visiting the University of Wrocław, Poland, where he is also teaching as a Fulbright scholar. His awards include Oakland University Faculty Recognition (twice) and the Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences Award. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, and he also serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Molecules.
Frederik Diness’ research group mainly works in the fields of (bio)-organic chemistry, green chemistry and chemical biology. The overall goals of the work are to develop new chemistry-based tools for combating diseases and to make organic chemical production and products more environmental friendly.
His work involves a broad range of scientific disciplines including Organic Chemistry, Protein Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Green Chemistry, G Protein-Coupled Receptors, Cell Biology, Enzyme Inhibition, Neuroreceptors, Protein-Protein Interactions, Natural Product Chemistry, Solid-Phase Chemistry, Peptide Chemistry, Enantioselective Reactions, Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution (SNAr), Multicomponent Reactions, Polymer Chemistry, Nanoparticles, Bioassay Development, Protein-Drug Conjugates and Biodegradation.
In addition to aiming at developing directly applicable new technologies, he has broad interests in understanding: 1) the mechanisms behind reactions of organic molecules, especially nucleophilic aromatic substitutions and reactions of amino acids, peptides and proteins; 2) how changes in the chemical structure of peptides affect their 3D-structures and physicochemical properties; 3) how molecules interact and how this may affect living organisms.
TESLA – Analytical Chemistry, University of Graz
Jörg Feldmann is a founder of the Trace Element Speciation Laboratory (TESLA) at the University of Aberdeen moved in 2020 to the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz. He has done pioneering work to develop elemental speciation and elemental bioimaging methodologies for solving pertinent problems in the environmental and biosciences and in particular creating the foundation for the introduction of new legislation for food contaminants. His work is hypothesis-driven to follow the biotransformation of metals (As, Se, Zn, Cd, Hg) and non-metals (S, I, F) in biological and environmental sciences by using novel elemental speciation methods and bioimaging methods. Prof. Jörg Feldman’s interest is the generation of volatile metal(loid) compounds, and their precursor and metabolite compounds in the environment, especially arsenic speciation in the plant/soil interface and in the marine food chain. The use of HPLC-ICPMS/ESI-MS has been used to identify novel organoarsenicals, while isotopic tracer experiments were used for the dynamic bioimaging using LA-ICP-MS.
As a Chair in Environmental Analytical Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen, he has developed a field kit that can detect the carcinogenic form of arsenic in rice, without electricity and within an hour. This had a real impact on food safety worldwide, enabling farmers in the developing world to comply with recently introduced World Health Organisation legislation, without needing access to sophisticated analytical systems. Furthermore, he has developed visualisation methods which can locate essential and toxic metals in very small concentrations in organs of animals that suffer from bacterial or fungal infections. This has helped to understand how a mammalian body fights against these infections without the use of antibiotics. The latter may be used in the future to fight antibiotic resistance.
In 2016, Prof. Jörg Feldmann won the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for his work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines.
Prof. Jörg Feldmann collaborates with a large number of research groups in the UK (Belfast, Cambridge, Liverpool, LGC, etc.), Europe (e.g. Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Island, Ireland, Spain and Sweden) and worldwide (e.g. Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Japan, Nigeria, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan and the USA).
Wojciech Grochala was born in Warsaw. He studied chemistry and carried out his PhD studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland. In 1999 he moved to Cornell University (USA) and spent a postdoctoral year with Prof. Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1981) where his attention attracted fluorinated non-organic species. Next, in 2000 he received a postdoctoral associate position at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) in Prof. Peter P. Edwards’s group. He remained in Birmingham until 2001, before moving to the University of Warsaw in Poland where he performs the position (from 2005) of Head of the Laboratory of Technology of Novel Functional Materials at University of Warsaw. Moreover, in 2016 he has become a Professor at the Center for New Technologies (CENT), University of Warsaw (Poland). His scientific research is connected with the chemistry and spectroscopy of inorganic, fluorine-containing compounds. He is particularly interested in applications of such compounds in materials science, especially as superconducting materials, molecular devices for data storage or hydrogen storage materials. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the 200th Anniversary of the University of Warsaw in 2016 and was a recipient of the Świętosławski Prize from the Polish Chemical Society in 2013.
University of Warsaw
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jinbo Hu was born in 1973 in Zhejiang, China. After he completed his B.S. degree (1994) from Hangzhou University (now called Zhejiang University) and M.S. degree (1997) from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he did his PhD work from 1997 to 2002 at the University of Southern California (USC) under the guidance of Professors G. K. S. Prakash and G. A. Olah. After his postdoctoral work at USC, he joined the faculty of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIOC, CAS) in early 2005, where he is currently a full professor and the Head of the CAS Key Laboratory of Organofluorine Chemistry. His research interests include organic fluorine chemistry and fluorinated materials. Jinbo has achieved several ground-breaking fluorination methods which are state-of-the-art in synthetic organofluorine chemistry, e.g, the selective deoxyfluorination of electron-rich alcohols with 3,3-difluoro-1,2-diarylcy-clopropenes (CpFluors), the organocatalyzed Balz-Schiemann fluorination, or the rapid deoxyfluorination ofalcohols with N-tosyl-4-chlorobenzenesulfonimidoylfluoride (SulfoxFluor). He is the recipient of the RSC Fluorine Prize 2009, Tan Kah-Kee Young Scientists’ Award 2012, the Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award 2015/2016, the 2022 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, and many others.
Lorand Kiss works as a Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences in Budapest (Hungary). His research field includes the synthesis of fluorine-containing amino acids, selective functionalization of alicyclic beta-amino acids, transformations of cyclic beta-amino acids into bioactive compounds, selective techniques for the synthesis of acyclic beta-amino acids and diversity-oriented syntheses of cyclic beta-lactams by metathesis. Lorand Kiss has been the recipient of i.a., the Bolyai Plaque Award (2017) and the György Oláh Award (2019). The activity of his institute involves the synthesis of organic molecules, structure elucidation and theoretical investigation. The synthetic activity aims mostly at preparing heterocyclic compounds, carbohydrates, and polymers and elaborating novel methodologies (e.g., organocatalysis, supramolecular synthesis). Investigations by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and single crystal diffractometry provide diverse possibilities for the determination of chemical structure. Furthermore, theoretical investigations are carried out in order to rationalize structures and reaction mechanisms.
Research Center for Natural Sciences
Ivan S. Kondratov
Enamine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Ivan S. Kondratov graduated from the University of Kyiv (Ukraine) in 2004 with a Master’s Diploma and got his PhD degree from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine under the supervision of Dr Igor I. Gerus in 2008. He continued his academic career at this Institute and became a Senior Researcher in 2011. In 2011 he started working for Enamine (Kyiv, Ukraine), where he is a Principal Scientist of Medicinal Chemistry currently. He collaborated with Prof. Dr Günter Haufe (University of Münster, Germany). He is the author of 25 original papers mostly in the field of organofluorine chemistry.
Marie-Pierre Krafft was born in 1960 in Oran (Algeria). She obtained her PhD (1989) and Habilitation (1995) from the University of Nice, where she worked with Professor Jean Riess on the synthesis and evaluation of fluorinated surfactants for the stabilization of oxygen-carrying perfluorocarbon emulsions. She did post-doctoral work in California (1990) and Japan (1996). Presently she is a Research Director (DR1) at the Charles Sadron Institute (CNRS) and the University of Strasbourg. She focuses on self-assembled systems and in particular on the synthesis and uses of fluorinated components for the engineering and functionalization of such systems. She investigates multicompartmented micro- and nano-scale objects, including surface films, vesicles, tubules, emulsions and microbubbles, with applications in biomedical sciences (lung surfactant, tissue oxygenation, cell adhesion control, diagnosis) and materials sciences (control of nanoparticle organization on flat or spherical nanopatterned surfaces for multiscale devices). She has published over 120 articles in International Journals (h index 32, 2800 citations, June 2014) and holds 9 patents. She is a Section Editor for Current Opinion in Colloids and Interfacial Science and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry. She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Henri Moissan Prize (Fluorine Chemistry), the Scientific Committee of the International Symposia on Blood Substitutes, and the Executive Committee of the French Network on Fluorine Chemistry.
University of Strasbourg, CNRS
University of Chemistry and Technology
Prague, Czech Republic
Jaroslav Kvíčala studied organic chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague where he received his PhD in 1987 under the supervision of Prof. Palleta for work on chemistry fluorinated propenes and their derivatives. In 1992 he spent two months at ENSCM Montpellier. In the years 1993-1995, he worked at Swansea University of Wales. From 2003 to 2004 he spend at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he worked with Prof. Joseph Michl. In 2006 he received the Habilitation for work on fluorinated building blocks in organic chemistry and he became Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry. In 2015 he became a Professor of Organic Chemistry. He is the author of almost 80 original papers mostly in the field of organic chemistry.
Tom Lectka graduated from Oberlin College with the highest honours in Chemistry (B.A.) in 1985. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1990 (study with Professor John McMurry) whereupon he was an ACS Organic Division Fellow. He performed postdoctoral studies as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Heidelberg (1991, study with Rolf Gleiter), and as an NIH Fellow at Harvard University (1992-1994, study with Professor David Evans). He joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department of Johns Hopkins in 1994 and was promoted to the Jean and Norman Scowe Professorship in 2012. He has been the recipient of an NIH First Award, an NSF Career Award, an Eli Lilly Grantee Award, a Sloan Fellowship, a Dreyfus-Teacher-Scholar Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and he was honoured as the ACS Maryland Chemist of the Year in 2017. His research employs the formidable tools of organic, fluorine, and inorganic chemistry in equal measures to develop fundamentally new reactions of academic and pharmaceutical interest. Metal catalysis and photochemistry comprise central themes; aliphatic fluorination and selective bond activation are the primary goals. Study of reaction mechanisms through kinetics, EPR, NMR, voltammetry, crystallography, advanced computations (DFT and MP2), and other techniques accompanies reaction development.
Johns Hopkins University
Politecnico di Milano
Pierangelo Metrangolo was born in Copertino (Lecce) in Italy, studied pharmaceutical chemistry and technology (1997) and earned PhD in industrial chemistry from the University of Milan (2001). Then he moved to Politecnico di Milano, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta” (2002). He was a European Union Fellow at the University of Toulouse (France, 2001) and a visiting professor at the University of York (U.K., 2005) and the University of Jyvaskyla ̈ ̈(Finland, 2006). Since 2011 he is a full professor at Politecnico di Milano and a part-time research professor of molecular recognition at the VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland (since 2010). In 2015 he was appointed as a visiting professor at the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials of Aalto University, Finland. His awards include the 2005 “G. Ciamician” medal of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society and the 2005 Journals Grant Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He was a co-founder of the NFMLab at the Politecnico of Milano in 2003 and of the spin-off company FLUORIT in 2011. In 2013 he was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator grant (ERC-StG2012) entitled “FOLDHALO- Folding with Halogen Bonding”. In 2015 he was elected a titular member of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division of IUPAC. The focus of his research is on supramolecular chemistry and nanomedicine with a particular interest in the design of functional and biomimetic materials.
Iwao Ojima was born in 1945 in Japan. He is a Japanese-American chemist and university distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University). He has been widely recognized for his seminal contributions to a range of chemical research at the multifaceted interfaces of chemical synthesis and life sciences. As a rare accomplishment, he has received four National Awards from the American Chemical Society in four different fields of research. He is also serving as the director of the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB&DD), as well as the president of the Stony Brook Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. In Ojima's early research career, he was mainly engaged in the homogeneous catalysis of phosphine-Rh complexes, their development as new synthetic processes, as well as their applications to catalytic asymmetric synthesis and organic synthesis. He received a 25th CSJ Award for Young Investigator for his research on "Highly selective syntheses by means of organosilicon compounds – transition metal complex systems" from the Chemical Society of Japan in 1976. Through the 1970-1980s, he established himself as an authoritative scholar in catalytic asymmetric synthesis, editing a book, "Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis" (Wiley-VCH) in 1993, and also published the second (2000) and third (2010) editions. This book collectively became a very popular reference book with >4,100 citations. He was a prolific researcher in the development of new synthetic methods based on transition-metal catalyzed reactions and investigations into their mechanisms, which include hydrosilylation, silylformylation, silylcarbocyclizations (SiCaCs, SiCaB, SiCaT), higher order (carbonylative) cycloadditions, hydroformylation, hydrocarbonylations, amidocarbonylations, cyclohydrocarbonylations, and enantioselective processes such as hydrosilylation, hydrogenation, hydroformylation, Michael addition, allylic alkylation/amination/etherification, etc. Currently, Ojima's research program is focused on the drug discovery and development of next-generation anticancer agents and their tumour-targeted drug delivery, antibacterial agents, antifungal agents, antinociceptive agents, etc. In his research, all relevant chemistry and biological tools, including computer-aided drug design, chemical synthesis, computational biology, chemical biology and cell biology are integrated into close collaborations with structural biologists, computer biologists, cell biologists, oncologists, microbiologists, pharmacologists, anesthesiologists, toxicologists, etc. As of Jan 2023, he has published >400 papers and reviews in leading journals, >100 issued patents, edited nine books, and given >135 plenary and invited lectures in international meetings. SciFinder lists >1,000 publications to his credit.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, USA
Runcorn, Great Britain
Claire Rees, a R&D Manager at Koura – part of Orbia’s Fluorinated Solutions business group, is a highly skilled and successful research chemist with a 15-year proven track record of project managing, leading, and developing multidisciplinary teams of research chemists within the chemicals industry to deliver against targets within time and budget. She is part of a key team that works on future products and application development, significantly expanding the company's capabilities in the area of fluorination catalyst science. As a named inventor on 10 patents with experience in intellectual property, Dr Claire Rees has extensive expertise in catalysis and inorganic chemistry delivering innovative, sustainable and commercially viable solutions. She is also an outdoor adventure enthusiast with a passion for baking and is proud to have won a few Koura baking competitions.
Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel was born in Groß-Gerau, Germany, in 1975 and was trained as a chemistry laboratory technician at Siemens and Degussa in Hanau-Wolfgang. He then studied chemistry at the Universities of Siegen and Würzburg and obtained his PhD in theoretical chemistry. As a Humboldt-postdoctoral fellow, he joined the groups of Markku Räsänen and Pekka Pyykkö (Helsinki) and afterwards carried out a second postdoctoral stay in the group of Gary J. Schrobilgen (University of Hamilton, Canada). Having finished his habilitation at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg in 2013, he became a full professor of inorganic chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin in the same year.
The main interests are the prediction and synthesis of transition metal fluorides and oxyfluorides as well as unusual f-block (actinoid and lanthanoid) compounds. The preparation and characterization of polyhalogen anions and the development of weakly coordinating cations. Other research interests are multiple bonds between transition metals, the prediction of new inorganic species, and bonding and electronic-structure analysis. Recently, he received the Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of transition and main group chemistry as well as modern molecular spectroscopy under cryogenic conditions.
Freie Universität Berlin
School of Science, Constructor University Bremen (formerly Jacobs University Bremen)
Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler studied chemistry at the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken (Germany). He received his PhD in inorganic chemistry in 1971 from the same University under the supervision of Professor Fritz Seel. In 1972 he moved to the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) for six years to carry out postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Professor Reinhard Schmutzler. In 1978 he took the position of Professor at the University of Bremen (Germany) and in 2009 at the Constructor University Bremen leading the group of “Organofluorine and Organophosphorus Chemistry”. He has wide-ranging research interests in the synthesis of perfluoroalkylated hypervalent derivatives of phosphorus, sulfur and silicon, the development of fluorinating- and polyfluoroalkylating reagents as well as fluorinated building blocks to modify biological and pharmacologically active compounds. In 2012 he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), Haifa (Israel), where he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the same institution. Prof. Dr Gerd-Volker Röschenthaler was honoured with the Medal of Merit of the Adam Mickiewicz University in 2017.
Herbert Walter Roesky was born in Laukischken in East Prussia (today Saranskoe, Russia) in 1935. After an apprenticeship in a dairy, he studied chemistry at the University of Göttingen, Germany. After postdoctoral research at DuPont, Wilmington, DE, USA, and the completion of his habilitation in Göttingen, Roesky joined the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1971 as a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. In 1980, he returned to Göttingen as Director at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, where he remained until his retirement in 2004.
His research covers a wide range of inorganic and organometallic chemistry, specifically fluorine chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, and the chemistry of main-group elements. Besides his research, Professor Roesky works on improving chemistry education and on promoting the fascination of chemistry to a wider audience.
Among numerous other honours, Professor Roesky has received the Alfred Stock Memorial Award by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) in 1990, the Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie in 1998, the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 2004, the Blaise Pascal Medal by the European Academy of Sciences, Belgium, in 2015, and several honorary doctorates. He is a prolific author with over 1200 published articles and books.
Herbert Walter Roesky
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Norio Shibata was born in Osaka (Japan) in 1965. He studied chemistry at the Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences (1988). He received a PhD (1993) in pharmaceutical sciences from Osaka University under the direction of Professor Yasuyuki Kita. He worked at Dyson Perrins Laboratory (Professor Sir Jack. E. Baldwin), Oxford University (JSPS fellow, 1994−1996), Sagami Chemical Research Institute (Dr Shiro Terashima, 1996), after which he was a lecturer at Toyama Medical & Pharmaceutical University (1997−2003), and an associate professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (2003−2008). He also acted as a visiting professor (2008, 2012) at the University of Rouen. He has wide-ranging research interests in Fluorine chemistry, including the synthesis of organofluorine compounds; asymmetric catalysis; design of drugs and functional materials. He was awarded the ‘RSC Fluorine Prize’ (2005, UK), ‘The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Divisional Scientific Promotions’ (2010, Japan), ‘Prizes for Science and Technology, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’ (2014, Japan), ‘CSJ Award for Creative Work in Chemical Society of Japan’ (2015, Japan), ‘Chinese Chemical Society, W.-Y. Huang Fluorine Prize’ (2015, China), ‘ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry’ (2019, US) and ‘The 18th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Awards by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’ (2019, Japan).
Robert (Bob) Syvret is a fluorine chemist with 35+ years of industrial experience creating new molecules for applications in electronics (fluorine etchants and deposition agents), pharmaceuticals (fluorinated steroids, nucleotides, and aromatics), agricultural (fluorinated herbicides, and pesticides), low-GWP refrigerants and foam expansion agents, fluorinated monomers and polymers, fluorosurfactants, inorganic fluorine compounds, and battery materials (Li-ion battery electrolytes, additives and solvents). He provided technical leadership in activities including new molecule discovery, process development and optimization, scale-up, plant support, hazards assessment and regulatory issues, analytical methods development, product stewardship, and safety testing. As Chief Scientist with Electronic Fluorocarbons, Bob Syvret plays a primary role in developing new commercial products and improving process technology and safety protocols. He has extensive experience in the safe use and handling of the most aggressive, toxic, and reactive chemicals known including 100% F2, HF, SF4 in addition to pyrophoric compounds (SiH4 and Si2H6) and powerful reducing agents including LiAlH4. He was responsible for projects that delivered successful commercial products including Selectfluor (I) and (II) Electrophilic Fluorination Agents, DeoxoFluor reagent, and improved process technology for important commercial products that include NF3, SiF4, C4F6, and F2.
Dr Syvret holds numerous patents and was awarded the 2020 American Chemical Society National Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry for lifetime achievements, being only the 2nd industrial chemist to receive this honour since its inception in 1972. He serves i.e. as Treasurer of the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry. He gets his B.Sc. and PhD degrees in main group fluorine chemistry from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Robert (Bob) Syvret
University of Bordeaux, CNRS
Jean-Marc Vincent studied chemistry, then accomplished his Ph. D. thesis work under the guidance of Professor Marc Fontecave and dr Stéphane Ménage at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France) in 1995. In 1996 he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he carried out the position of postdoctoral researcher. Next in 1997, he become a research specialist at the Institute of Molecular Sciences (ISM) in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and then in 2005 did a habilitation at the University of Bordeaux. In 2008, he become the Head of the group of Organic Nanostructures and then in 2010 the Research Director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
His research interest is connected with coordination and supramolecular chemistry, especially in perfluorinated phases as well as photo-induced reactions or catalysis for applications in the synthesis of natural products and their derivatives, and the synthesis of polymers.