GEQO XXXII Conference. Expert Group Meeting on Organometallic Chemistry

Plenary Speakers

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B. H. Lipshutz

Univ. California (USA)

Prof. Dr. B. H. Lipshutz obtained the B. A. degree at The State University of New York at Binghamton (Howard Alper) in 1973 and M. S. degree at Yale University in 1974. He became a doctor in 1977 working as PhD with Prof. Harry H. Wasserman at Yale University. He has been involved in different academic positions at Harvard University, American Cancer Society as Postdoctoral Res. Fellowship (E. J. Corey) in 1977-79, at University of California, Santa Barbara, as Assistant Professor  in 1979-1984, at University of California, Santa Barbara, as Associate Professor in 1984-1987, at University of California, Santa Barbara, as Professor and since 2007 at University of California, Santa Barbara, as Professor Above Scale.

His research interests are focussed on organometallics, new synthetic methods, green chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, CoQ10,natural products total synthesis, biaryls, heterogeneous catalysis

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M. Fujita

Univ. of Tokyo, (Japan)

Prof. Dr. Makoto Fujita is Professor of Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan.  He received his Ph. D. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1987 under the guidance of Professor Tamejiro Hiyama.  After working in Chiba University (as assistant prof., lecture, and associate prof.) and Institute for Molecular Science (IMS) at Okazaki (as associate prof.), in 1999, he was appointed as a full professor of Nagoya University.  In 2002, he moved to his current position. 

In view of constructing nanoscale discrete structures, Fujita has pioneered a novel principle of metal-directed self-assembly, in which transition-metal ions induce the spontaneous formation of targeted large frameworks. His method features an extremely elegant use of square planar coordination geometry which was first demonstrated in 1990 by the self-assembly of a Pd(II)-bipyridine square complex.  Later on, a large variety of related molecules has been synthesized such as, in particular, cages, capsules, tubes, catenanes, and spheres. Most of these structures have large hydrophobic cavities, within which Fujita elaborated and studied unique molecular recognition events that led to controlled chemical reactions and induced physical properties, at a very early stage of this research area. These earlier studies have strongly contributed to trigger the rapid development of molecular self-assembly in the course of the last twenty years. Since 1994, Fujita has also strongly contributed to the field of porous coordination networks.

About 280 publications between 1980 and 2013; more than 300 lectures and seminars at international or Japanese meetings, in universities or in industrial or governmental research centers.  According to ISI Web of Knowledge, Makoto Fujita is a "Most-Cited Scientists in Chemistry” (around 18,000 citations).  His h-index is equal to 71.


G. Lloyd-Jones

Univ. Edinburgh (UK)

Prof. Dr. Guy Lloyd-Jones FRS studied Applied Chemistry / Chemical Technology at the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Huddersfield and spent 1987-88 at ICI Pharmaceuticals before obtaining a doctorate (DPhil) for his research into Rh-catalysed hydroboration at Oxford University under the supervision of John M. Brown FRS. This led to a Royal Society western European postdoctoral fellowship, which he took to Basel, Switzerland to work with Andreas Pfaltz. In 1996 he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Bristol where he remained until 2013, being promoted to Reader in 2000,  Full Professor in 2003, and Head of Organic and Biological Chemistry in 2012.  In 2013 he moved to The University of Edinburgh to take The Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry, and in the same year was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

His research interests center around the investigation of organic and organometallic stereochemistry and reaction mechanism; this being achieved by strategic alliance of isotopic labelling with spectroscopy, spectrometry, kinetic analysis and computation. A key driver for these studies is the application of the resulting information in the context of organic synthesis and process development. Research topics have been varied and include alkene / enyne metathesis, Pd, Mo, and W-catalyzed Tsuji-Trost allylation, Pd-catalyzed hydrosilylation, Pd-catalyzed alkene isomerization, aryl-sulfur bond-forming reactions such as the Newman-Kwart rearrangement and anionic thia-Fries rearrangement, Suzuki-coupling, Morita-Baylis-Hillman reactions, alkene diamination and carboamination, Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalization, urea and amide hydrolysis, diazomethane reactions, strong organic bases, predictive catalysis, cycloisomerization, aryne chemistry, borane dehydrocoupling, and gold catalyzed arylation.


A.S. K. Hashmi

Univ. Heidelberg (Germany)

Prof. Dr. A. Stephen K. Hashmi was born in 1963 in Munich, Germany. He studied Chemistry at Ludwig‑Maximilians‑University Munich, Germany between 1983-1991, obtaining the Diploma thesis and Doctoral thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. G. Szeimies. The following two years, he moved for Postdoctoral studies in the group of Prof. B. M. Trost at Stanford University, California, USA. 1993-1998 he followed with the Habilitation in the group of Prof. Dr. J. Mulzer at the Free University Berlin, Germany, the Institute of Organic Chemistry of Johann Wolfgang Goethe‑University Frankfurt, Germany, the University of Vienna, Austria.  He was a visiting scientist at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia in 1999. In 1999-2000 he became a temporary professorship for Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Philipps‑University Marburg, Germany and Permanent professor for Organic Chemistry at Stuttgart University, Germany in 2001. He is currently Vice Rector for Research and Structure of Heidelberg University.

His research interests center around the investigation of Organometallic chemistry, especially enantiopure metallacycloalkanes (Ni, Pd, Pt), chiral coordinations polymers, cyclometallations and olefin insertions. His group is also interetsed in transition metal catalysis, especially Gold-catalyzed C-C- and C-heteroatom-bond formation, but also Palladium-, Platinum- Copper-, Silver-, Rhodium-, Iridium- and Ruthenium-catalyzed reactions (methodologies, mechanisms and enantioselective catalysis). He also studies bioorganometallic chemistry, especially interactions of helical-chiral organometallic compounds with DNA, organometallic compounds as prodrugs, conjugates of organometallic compounds and natural products.

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Ch. Moberg

KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Stockolm (Sweden)

Prof. Dr. Christina Moberg obtained her B.Sc. at the University of Stockholm and her PhD at KTH with Martin Nilsson. She then joined the group of B Åkermark for two years. She became full professor at KTH in 1997. She has held visiting professorships at Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, and at IRCOF, Rouen.

Christina Moberg has supervised the work of about 25 PhD students and published her work in about 170 scientific papers. She has received the Göran Gustafsson price from the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Sixten Heyman price from Gothenburg University and the Ulla and Stig Holmquist price from Uppsala University, and she has been awarded the Rosalyn Franklin Lecture tour in Britain. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. She has served as vice President and vice Dean of KTH for several years.

Her research interests are in the field of asymmetric metal catalysis and concern mainly the development of selective synthetic methods. Special interests concern the role of symmetry in asymmetric reactions and the design of self-adaptable ligands. She recently developed a “minor enantiomer recycling” procedure in which the undesired minor enantiomer from a catalytic process is transformed to starting material by using a second chiral catalyst. The two chiral catalysts reinforce each other, resulting in higher product enantiomeric ratios than obtained with any of the single catalysts.