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Invited speakers


Burkhard König

Burkhard König, born 1963 in Wiesbaden, received his doctorate in 1991 from the University of Hamburg under the direction of Prof. de Meijere. He continued his scientific education as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. M. A. Bennett, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, and Prof. B. M. Trost, Stanford University. In 1996 he obtained his „Habilitation“ at the University of Braunschweig. Since 1999 he is full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Regensburg. His current research interests focus on the development of synthetic receptors for the recognition of biological target structures and the application of visible light chemical photocatalysis for organic synthesis.



Oliver Reiser

Oliver Reiser, born August 11, 1962 in Hamburg, studied chemistry at the universities of Hamburg, Jerusalem and Los Angeles (UCLA). He obtained his PhD in 1989 at the university of Hamburg working on New Synthetic Stratgies toward Polycyclic Aromatic ?-Systems and their Metal ComplexeswithParallel and Orthogonal constrained Subunitsin the group of Prof. Dr. A. de Meijere. He spent 2.5 years as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. R. Miller, IBM Research Center, San Jose, USA and with Prof. Dr. D. A. Evans, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. In 1992 he moved to the  Universität Göttingen as assistant professor working in the field of  stereoselective synthesis and catalysis taking under special consideration the application of high pressure in liquid phases.


In 1994 he was a visiting assistant professor at  Harvard University, and in 1995 he became adjunct professor at the University of Göttingen.  In 1996 he moved to the Universität Stuttgart as associate professor. In November 1997 he moved to the Universität Regensburg as full professor.

J.C. (Tito) Scaiano

J.C. (Tito) Scaiano currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Applied Photochemistry at the University of Ottawa. He has been recognized with many national and international awards for his work in photochemistry. In 2002, he was awarded with the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in Science and Engineering and three years later appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Scaiano's scientific career includes the publication of more than 670 scientific papers, 2 books and several book chapters and patents. With an h-index of 73, he is widely recognized for his work in photochemistry and nanotechnology. His research interests include organic photochemistry, nanomaterials, catalysis, sunscreens, laser induced photochemistry, lithographic imaging, and single molecule spectroscopy. His research group of about 15 coworkers currently concentrates on the study of applications of nanomaterials. In June 2016, uOttawa appointed Scaiano as the founding Director of the newly created Centre for Advanced Materials Research (CAMaR), a new challenge that will promote the invention, characterization and use of a wide range of materials. Scaiano is also the founder of Luzchem Research, an Ottawa–based instrument developer and manufacturer and the co-founder of the Reactive Intermediates Exchange (RISE) that promotes summer internships for undergraduate students. Scaiano has several international collaborations, in Sweden, Brazil, Argentina and Spain, where he collaborates with local Universities and periodically teaches part of Master courses.





Jean Marc Chovelon

Jean Marc Chovelon, full professor, Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University (1999-present) Associate Professor, department of chemistry, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France (1991-1999)

AdHoc expert for EFSA (European Food Safety Authorithy)  in the group Pesticide (2007-2013)

Scientific expert for the French Ministry of the Research and of the education in the group « China: environmental emergency and ecotechnology” (2010-2011).

Expert for the University National Committee for the chemistry (section 32) (2011-2015).

Head for the chemistry of the consortium for the development of graduate diploma in French in the Pacific-Asia region for the AUF (Universitary Agency of the Francophony) (since 2010). Head of one research group working on the photodegradation and photocatalytic degradations of organic pollutants and the development of analytical techniques for environmental applications. 

Anabel Laterna

Anabel Laterna was born in Laguna Larga (Córdoba, Argentina) in 1985. She obtained her BSc Chemistry degree, cum laude, at Faculty of Chemistry Sciences, National University of Córdoba (UNC) in 2007. She has worked for six months as laboratory analyst in the Research and Development of Agrochemical Laboratory, Genbra Argentina S.A.

In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Internal PhD fellowship from CONICET for five years with the project: “New materials using Fischer Carbene Complexes” under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro Granados. She did part of her PhD thesis at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, under the supervision of Prof. Rui Krause. In 2012, Anabel was awarded a research fellowship from University of Valencia, Spain, to work for three month under the supervision of Dr. M. González Béjar. Her research was focused on the design and the development of biocompatible nanometric systems. She received her PhD in Chemistry with honours at Faculty of Chemistry Sciences, UNC in May 2013 with a dissertation entitled “Synthesis and modification of metal nanoparticles using poli-functional heterocyclic sulphur compounds”.

Anabel spent a short time as a posdoctoral research student in both Faculty of Science, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa under Prof. R. Krause supervision and Faculty of Chemistry Sciences, UNC, Argentina under Prof. A. Granados supervision; working in the development of new metal nanoparticle synthesis focusing in the synthesis of new coated magnetic particles to study their interaction with phospholipids in Langmuir monolayers model membranes.

Anabel joined to Scaiano’s group in October 2013 and her research is focused on the heterogenous catalysis using different supported nanomaterials.