Peter W. Atkins is one of the most proficient chemistry book authors out there. Almost everyone had his “Physical Chemistry”, “Inorganic Chemistry” or “Molecular Quantum Mechanics” in their hands. Hailing from Lincoln College at the University of Oxford, he was a Professor for physical chemistry until retiring in 2007 and is now a full-time book author. He is still active, traveling to conferences and discussions on different topics.
Martyn Poliakoff, CBE, is a Professor at the University of Nottingham, researching the use of supercritical solvents in chemistry from nanoparticle production to organic synthesis. This green chemistry approach enables the abandonment of organic solvents in manifold reaction systems up to the industrial scale. Another one of his projects is his YouTube-channel "Periodic Videos" on which he features all elements of the periodic table and interesting chemical phenomena.
Hannes Utikal is Professor for Strategic Management and Head of the Center for Industry and Sustainability at the Provadis School of International Management and Consulting. His research interests range from the megatrends in chemical industry to sustainability in industry and municipality. He is also interested in the changes in innovation and in the necessary skills for chemists in light of these changes.
Klaus Müllen joined the Max Planck Society in 1989 as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and retired not long ago in 2016. He is recognized world-wide for his large contributions in the field macro- and supra-macromolecular chemistry, especially the synthesis of huge polyclic aromates like Superphenalene and their application in organic electronics. He owns about 60 patents, published over 1700 papers and has a h-index of 125. He retired in 2016.
University of Cologne
Covering the part of inorganic chemistry in the Rhein-Sieg-Session, Matthias Wickleder researches a manifold of topics in the fields of solid state- and coordination chemistry. His research includes the synthesis of precursors for high-κ materials, thermally labile complex gold nitrates for noble metal structuring, oligo-sulfonic acids for coordination polymers, and the synthesis of new non-metallic materials on the basis of oxo-anions, as well as the investigation of magnetic phenomena in unusual coordination materials.
Covering the part of organic chemistry in the Rhein-Sieg-session, the research of Constantin Czekelius covers a wide range of asymmetric synthesis from heterofunctionalization of unsaturated hydrocarbons over stereoselective halogenation and fluoroalkylation to completely conjugated π-systems for spintronic applications.
University of Siegen
Covering the part of physical chemistry in the Rhein-Sieg-session, Holger Schönherr's research interests lay within atomic force microscopy of polymers and cells, the effect of polymeric substrates on cells, including geometrical and confinement effects, and combined AFM/spectroscopy techniques.
Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS)
Anna Hirsch heads the department for drug design and optimization at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS). Her research interests lie in the design of novel drugs that can be used as anti-infectives or antibiotics for resistant bacteria. She achieves this by combining several classical methods like structure- and fragment-based drug design and virtual screening as well as novel protein-templated techniques, such as dynamic combinatorial chemistry or kinetic target-guided synthesis.
Well known for his advancements in fluorine chemistry, Florian Kraus focusses on the structure determination and chemistry of metallic flourides, on the basis of thorium and uranium for example, and non-metallic fluorides, like halogen fluorides, in water-like solvents. Apart from classical physical methods, he also employs quantum chemical means for structure prediction.
University of Konstanz
Guinevere Mathies is an Emmy Noether Group-leader at the University of Konstanz. With her group, she is developing high efficiency methods in DNP (Dynamic Nuclear Polarization)- and MAS (Magic Angle Spinning)-NMR-spectroscopy for protein analysis, as well as EPR-spectroscopy for radical chemistry of enzymes and high-spin iron sites in enzymes.
Lena Daumann is a Professor for (bio)inorganic chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She focuses on the role of rare earth metals in biological systems, for example in the enzymes of extremophilic bacteria or under which conditions rare earth metals can substitute or be substituted by transition metals. Other fields of interest are the bioinspired degradation of endocrine disrupting chemicals and mechanistic studies of epigenetically relevant processes.
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research
Franziska Lissel is a TU Dresden Young Investigator, Liebig Fellow of the VCI and an Independent Research Group Leader within the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research. Her research interests cover organometallic-based polymeric electronics, stretchable electronics and matrices for MALDI MSI (MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging).
Stephan Haubold is a Professor at the Hochschule Fresenius (university of applied sciences). Representing the field of business chemistry, he is primarily active in the fields of founding and start-ups. He initiated and is responsible for the two projects “Idea looking for founder” and “Student2Startup”, which deal with a more efficient collaboration between start-ups and universities. They try to solve problems like a lack of a company to work on an idea by students or vice versa.
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
Björn Meermann is the head of the Inorganic Trace Analysis division at the BAM. His research aims to develop new methods for the detection of metal-based materials and nanoparticles in environmental samples. He and his team implement and optimize novel mass spectrometry-based techniques for elemental speciation, isotopic ratio analysis and single particle/single cell analysis.
Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
Sven Barth is part of the Heisenberg programme at the institute of physics at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt. His interdisciplinary research field focusses on the molecule-based synthesis of one-dimensional nanomaterials for the direct implementation in miniaturised sensing or optoelectronic devices. Via controlled synthesis of metastable phases in the nanometre regime, he was able to analyse and tune the chemical and physical properties with spatial resolution.