|Dr. Timothy Noël – Eindhoven University of Technology – Coordinator
Timothy Noël, born 1982 in Aalst (Belgium), received in 2004 his MSc degree (Industrial Chemical Engineering) from the KaHo Sint-Lieven in Ghent. He then moved to Ghent University to obtain a PhD at the Laboratory for Organic and Bioorganic Synthesis under the supervision of Professor Johan Van der Eycken (2005-2009). The title of his PhD manuscript is “Synthesis and application of chiral dienes and chiral imidates for asymmetric transition metal catalysis”. Next, he moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. At MIT, he worked on the development of new continuous-flow methods for cross-coupling chemistry at the MIT-Novartis Center for Continuous Manufacturing. In 2011, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the research group of Professor Volker Hessel at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interest are flow chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis. He received in 2011 the Incentive Award for Young Researchers from the Comité de Gestion du Bulletin des Sociétés Chimiques Belges, in 2012 a VENI award from NWO and he was also finalist of the European Young Chemist Award 2012. In 2013, he received a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant from the European Union.
|Dr. Kirsten Zeitler – University of Leipzig
Kirsten Zeitler studied chemistry in Munich and received her Ph.D. from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (LMU) in 2001. As a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) she joined the group of Prof. Gary A. Molander at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for postdoctoral studies. After being awarded a Liebig fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, she started her independent career as a junior research group leader at of the University of Regensburg in the summer of 2004 where she was awarded with the Thieme Journal Award (2005) and the Award of the Otto-Röhm-Memorial Foundation (2008). 2011 she received her habilitation and in summer 2012 she accepted a position at the University of Leipzig, where she currently holds a Professorship for Catalysis and Organic Synthesis. The research interests of her group focus on organocatalysis as well as visible-light photocatalysis and the development of new synthetic methodology including the application of enabling technologies such as micro- and meso flow systems.
|Dr. Rafael Luque – University of Cordoba
Rafael Luque (Ph.D 2005 from Universidad de Cordoba, Spain) has extensively published (>250 peer-reviewed publications) in the areas of (nano)materials science, heterogeneous (nano)catalysis, microwave and flow chemistry, biofuels and green chemical methods in synthetic organic chemistry, filed 3 patent applications and edited 8 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. Prof. Luque is also member of the Editorial Board of prestigious journals including Chemical Society Reviews (RSC), Catalysis Communications (Elsevier) and Sustainable Chemical Processes (Chemistry Central) as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Porous section of the journal Materials and Series Editor of Topics in Current Chemistry (Springer). Among recent awards, Rafael has received the Marie Curie Prize from Instituto Andaluz de Quimica Fina in Spain (2011), the Green Talents award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (2011), the TR35 Spain from Technology Review and MIT as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain (2012) and very recently the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award (2013) from the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, a Distinguished Engineering Fellowship and Visiting Professorship from CBME at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong and the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry of the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry as well as Ciencia Sem Fronteiras Special Scientist of Universidade de Pelotas (Brazil).
|Dr. Samuel Marre – CNRS University of Bordeaux
Samuel Marre was born in France in 1979. He received his MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the ENSCBP (Bordeaux, France) in 2003, and from the University of Bordeaux in 2006, respectively. He then joined the Jensen Lab at MIT as a postdoctoral associate from 2006 to 2008, working on high pressure microsystems and then spent one year at the Laboratory of the Future (Rhodia – CNRS) in 2009. He is currently a CNRS researcher at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB). Samuel Marre’s research focuses on the study and use of supercritical fluids in confined environment (“Supercritical Microfluidics”) for materials and chemical syntheses. In particular, it includes the development of supercritical microreactors operating at high pressure and high temperature to study various complex phenomena including thermodynamics, hydrodynamics and chemical reactivity. These are dedicated to various applications such as the synthesis of nanomaterials, the study of precipitation processes or the mechanisms related to CO2 geological storage. This leads simultaneously to develop an original micro-instrumentation incorporating various techniques for the in situ characterization of fluids under extreme conditions. He was recently awarded the bronze medal of CNRS (2014).
|Dr. Simon Kuhn – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dr Kuhn received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University Munich in 2004, and his PhD from the Institute of Process Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2008. From 2008-2010, he worked as Scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland, and from 2010-2012 he was appointed as post-doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Dr Kuhn joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL as Lecturer in 2012, and in July 2014 he was appointed associate professor at KU Leuven. His research interests lie in the characterization of transport processes in complex flows using experimental and numerical tools, in the scale-up of microchemical systems, and the design of advanced flow reactors for process intensification.
|Dr. Dorota Koziej – ETH Zurich
Dorota Koziej studied applied physics at Silesian University of Technology, Poland. She received in 2007 a joint doctoral degree from University of Tübingen, Germany and Silesian University of Technology, Poland. After a postdoctoral stay at ETH Zurich she received a Swiss National Foundation Fellowship for advanced researchers and moved in 2010 to Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA. Since 2012 she is a team leader in the Laboratory for Multifunctional Materials, Department of Materials at ETH Zurich. Her research focus is on developing materials for energy-related applications, addressing fundamental questions with in-situ spectroscopic synchrotron methods and developing platform for on-chip monitoring of nanoparticles crystallization.
|Dr. Jesus Alcazar – Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Jesús Alcázar studied in Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real where he got his bachelor degree in 1990 and Ph. D. in 1996. As Ph. D. student he stayed for 6 months at the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy (Copenhagen, Denmark) under the direction of Prof. Michael Begtrup. In 1995 he joined Janssen-Cilag at the research center in Toledo. Currently he is Senior Principal Scientist at Janssen Research and Development. In this position he is involved in the implementation of novel technologies in Drug Discovery in Toledo and in collaboration with other J&J sites worldwide. In this role he has led the successful implementation of 3 different technologies: microwave, H-CUBE and Flow chemistry. From this work he has been author of more than 30 articles, 4 reviews and 3 book chapters. In addition he has successfully applied these technologies to Medicinal Chemistry programs with several compounds selected as clinical candidates. This part of the work is reflected as inventor in more than 20 patent applications.
|Dr. Laszlo Kocsis – ThalesNano
László Kocsis holds a Master degree in Bioorganic Chemistry from the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest, Hungary (2001) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest, Hungary (2008). In 2004 he began working as a research chemist at the Reanal Finechemical Company in Budapest, Hungary. He became the Head of the R&D laboratory in 2007 and a manager of production in 2008. In 2011 he joined ThalesNano Inc. as Head of Chemistry. He has experience in organic chemistry, with emphasis on synthesis of amino acid derivatives and peptides, focusing mainly on the following subjects: structure – relationship studies in opiod peptides, methodological studies in the internal solubilization of the sekf-aggregating peptides, industrial scale synthesis of protected amino acid derivatives, and peptides, heterogeneous catalysis, reactions under continuous flow conditions. He is the co-author of 10 publications and a member of the European Peptide Society.