In October 2019 Polly Arnold became the Director of the Chemical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From January 2020 she also holds a faculty professorship at the University of California, Berkeley. She obtained her degrees from Oxford and Sussex, and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT before returning to the UK to a lectureship in 1999. Her research is focused on exploratory synthetic chemistry, specifically the design and synthesis of metal compounds that can activate small, traditionally unreactive molecules such as carbon oxides and hydrocarbons, with the ultimate goal of developing these into innovative catalytic transformations.
Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS FREng is Chemistry Research Professor at the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and Vice President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council. His pioneering research is concerned with supercritical fluids and their applications, as well as photochemistry. He is also well-known as the narrator of a popular youtube channel with over 1,4 million subscribers. He began his undergraduate studies at King's College, Cambridge, where he obtained his B.A in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1973 under the supervision of J. J. Turner FRS on the Matrix Isolation of Large Molecules. H was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham in 1979 and became a Professor of chemistry in 1991. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002 and in 2008 was awarded CBE for “Services to Sciences”. From 2011-16, he worked as Foreign Secretary and Vice-president of the Royal Society. He received his knighthood in the New Year Honours of 2015 for services to the chemical sciences and was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017.
Since 2010, Klaus Kümmerer is Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Physical Ressources at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He studied Chemistry at the Universities of Würzburg and Tübingen and graduated in the field of environmental analytics. Thereafter he worked as private lecturer at the University of Freiburg. Following a visiting professorship at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA, in 2002 he was appointed Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Hygiene at the University of Freiburg in 2005.
His research focuses on the evaluation of the life cycle and environmental fate of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as the development of strategies and solutions for a more sustainable pharmaceutical and chemical industry.
Guinevere Mathies, Ph.D. studied Physics at Leiden University where she received her doctorate in 2012 while developing high-frequency EPR instruments to investigate high-spin transition-metal sites in biological systems. In 2012 she moved to a postdoc position at the department of chemistry of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she worked with magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR and dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP), a promising approach to improve sensitivity in NMR. Her current research as an Emmy Noether group leader at the University of Konstanz concerns itself with MAS-NMR sensitivity with DNP, as well as developing EPR methods to investigate biological systems, for instance the iron sites of transferrin, the main iron transport protein in vertebrates.
Anke C. Nölscher is Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences at the University of Bayreuth, since 2019. She studied Meteorology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (JGU) and received her PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Max Planck Graduate Center (MPGC) in 2012. After her post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry (MPIC) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) she became Project coordinator for Technical Infrastructure at the German Meteorological Service (DWD) until 2019.
Anke Nölschers research aims to identify the major exchange processes between earth’s surface and atmosphere and to investigate the impact of weather, climate and the environment thereon.
Professor Schwille studied physics and philosophy in Stuttgart and Göttingen. She worked on her Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-bpc) Göttingen in the Lab of nobel laureate Manfred Eigen and finished her dissertation on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy in 1993 at TU Braunschweig. Thereafter, she worked as a postdoc at the MPI-bpc (1996–1997) and at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1997–1999), followed by a junior group leader position at the MPI-bpc (1999–2002). In 2002 she was appointed as full professor for biophysics at TU Dresden, where she stayed until 2012. Since 2011 she is director of the MPI for Biochemistry in Martinsried. In her research, she investigates minimal cell models to shed light on the origin of life on earth.
Jonas Warneke is a “Freigeist” Junior Research Group Leader at Leipzig University, since 2020. He studied Chemistry and Material Science from 2006 to 2011 and graduated with a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry in 2015 from the University of Bremen. In 2016 he moved to the United States and worked as a Feodor Lynen Fellow for two years at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and one year at Purdue University with Julia Laskin on “ion softlanding”. His research focuses on the characterization of highly reactive ions and their deposition on surfaces for the generation of functional molecules and thin layer materials.