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Prof. Avelino Corma

Avelino_CormaProfessor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ-CSIC-Polytechnical University of Valencia),

Avelino Corma has been carrying out research in heterogeneous catalysis in academia and in collaboration with companies for nearly 30 years. He has worked on fundamental aspects of acid-base and redox catalysis with the aim of understanding the nature of the active sites and reaction mechanisms. With these bases he has developed catalysts that are being used commercially in several industrial processes. He is an internationally recognized expert in solid acid and bifunctional catalysts for oil refining, petrochemistry and chemical process, especially in the synthesis and application of zeolite catalysts. He has published more than 900 research papers, and is inventor on more than 100 patents. Over 12 of those patents have been applied industrially in commercial processes ofcracking, desulfuration, isomerization, epoxidation, chemo selective oxidation of alcohols and chemoselective hydrogenations.

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Prof. Guy Bertrand


Chemistry Professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Bertrand obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Montpellier in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, in 1979. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Sanofi Research, France, in 1981.
The research interests of Bertrand and his co-workers lie mainly in the chemistry of with main group elements from group 13 to 16, at the border between organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry; especially their use in stabilizing carbenes, nitrenes, radicals and biradicals, 1,3-dipoles, anti-aromatic heterocycles, and more. He has directed the synthesis of some original persistent carbenes, including bis(diisopropylamino)cyclopropenylidene, the first example of a carbene with all-carbon environment that is stable at room-temperature.
Guy Bertrand is an honorific member or fellow of several scientific societies, such as the AAAS (2006), the French Academy of Sciences (2004), the European Academy of Sciences (2003), Academia Europaea (2002), and the recipient of various prizes and awards.

Prof. Michel Che


Professor and Boris Imelik Chair of Surface Reactivity and Catalysis (Institut Universitaire de France, Paris, France)

Michel Che was born 1941 in Lyons, France. He received his doctorate (EPR study of titanium dioxide) in 1968 at the Ecole Sperieur de Chimie Industrielle and the University of Lyons, respectively. He studied as postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (1969–1971). He joined the CNRS Institute of Catalysis in Villeurbanne until he was appointed Professor at University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie in 1975 and Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 1995. 

His main scientific interest has largely been devoted to catalysis processes involving gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces. He has pioneered a molecular approach to heterogeneous catalysis, based on transition elements taken as probes, specific isotopes and physical techniques, which endow him with an original position in the field. His work has led to the emergence of interfacial coordination chemistry at the junction of colloidal, electro-, supramolecular, geo- and solid-state chemistries. His studies have largely contributed to improve our understanding of the elementary processes involved in laboratory/industrial catalysis, and particularly water-mediated assemblies in catalysts preparation.
His work has led to around 400 publications in international journals.


Prof. Gadi Rothenberg


Professor at Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (University of Amsterdam, Holland)

Gadi Rothenberg was born in Jerusalem in 1967, and immediately (well, twenty-six years later) was awarded a BSc in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then studied Applied Chemistry, obtaining a PhD summa cum laude in 1999. After two years as a Marie Curie fellow at The University of York, he moved to Amsterdam, where he is now professor and chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry. Gadi teaches courses on catalysis, thermodynamics, and scientific writing. He has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and discovered two new catalysts, for which he received the Marie Curie Excellence Award in 2004 and the Paul Rylander Award in 2006. He has also co-founded the companies Sorbisense and Yellow Diesel, as well as the Write it Right project.

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