Plenary Lectures

 daniel nocera Daniel G. Nocera
Harvard University, Massachusetts, US

PL1: Fuels to food from sunlight, air and water

 jose mascarenas José Luis Mascareñas
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela-CIQUS, España

PL2: Transition metal complexes in catalysis and chemical biology

 pedro perez Pedro J. Pérez
Universidad de Huelva-CIQSO, España

PL3: The functionalization of methane: Strategy and undersanding

 alanna schepartz Alanna Schepartz
Yale University, Connecticut, USA

PL4: Imaging organelle dynamics in live cells for (almost) forever at super-resolution

 george schatz George C. Schatz
Northwestern University, Ilinois, USA

PL5: A new direction in materials assembly: using nanoparticles as atoms and DNA as linkers to make functional materials

Pedro José Pérez (FRSC) was born in Aroche (Huelva, Spain) in 1965. He received a B. Sc. in Chemistry from Universidad de Sevilla in 1987 and later a Ph. D. degree from the same University in 1991 under the direction of Prof. Ernesto Carmona. As a Fulbright Scholar, he then joined Prof. Brookhart's group at UNC-Chapel Hill (USA). He started an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Huelva (Spain), where he has been promoted several times until the current position of Professor in Inorganic Chemistry (since 2005).
Prof. Pérez's work is devoted to the development of late transition-metal complexes as catalysts for transformations involving hydrocarbons. Several catalytic systems have been described for the selective cyclopropanation of olefins and the catalytic functionalization of unreactive alkanes, among others. The latter has been achieved by means of the metal catalysed transfer of carbene, nitrene or oxo units to the alkane or arene C-H bond. Also, novel reactions toward the synthesis of oxazoles, triazoles, aminimides or dihydropyridines, among others, have emerged from his lab.
He was recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (RSEQ) in 2007 with the Inorganic Chemistry Award and in 2016 with the Gold Medal Award. He was the winner of the 2015 Homogeneous Catalysis Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2014 he joined the National Academy of Sciences of Spain as Corresponding Member.
Pedro J. Pérez: Website
José Luis Mascareñas (Allariz, October 1961) completed his PhD in july 1988, at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), under the supervision of Profs. A. Mouriño and L. Castedo. He carried out postdoctoral studies at Stanford University (1989 and 1990, P. A. Wender) and in Harvard University (4 months 1992, G.L. Verdine). In 1993 he became associate Professor at the USC. He was visiting scientist in Harvard University in the summer of 1995 (four months), and visiting professor in the University of Cambridge (summer 2009) and MIT (summer 2013).

He is full Professor in Chemistry at the USC since 2005, after winning the national habilitation in 2003. He is currently the scientific director of the research center CIQUS (USC, since 2014). Throughout his career he has directed 27 doctoral theses, published more than 160 papers and delivered more than 100 invited lectures.

In 2013 he was awarded with an Advanced Grant (METBIOCAT) of the ERC. His current research interests split between a metal catalysis and synthesis program, and biological chemistry research primarily focused on biomolecular recognition and metalloenzyme chemistry. In 2009 he received the award of Organic Chemistry of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), and in 2015 was awarded with the Gold Medal, the highest recognition in Spanish chemistry.
José Luis Mascareñas: Website
George C. Schatz is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Clarkson University and a Ph. D at Caltech. He was a postdoc at MIT, and has been at Northwestern since 1976.

Schatz has published three books and over 800 papers. Schatz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, and he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2005. Recent awards include the Debye and Langmuir Awards of the ACS, the S F Boys-A Rahman Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Hirschfelder Award of the University of Wisconsin. He is a Fellow of the APS, RSC, ACS and AAAS.

Schatz is a theoretician who studies the optical, structural and thermal properties of nanomaterials, including plasmonic nanoparticles, DNA and peptide nanostructures, and carbon-based materials, with applications in chemical and biological sensing, electronic and biological materials, high performance fibers, and solar energy. His past work has also been concerned with understanding the dynamics of chemical reactions in the gas phase and in gas-surface collisions.
George C. Schatz Website
Alanna Schepartz, Ph.D. is the Milton Harris ’29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University.

Professor Schepartz was born on January 9, 1962 in New York City. After receiving a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York-Albany in 1982, Alanna joined Ronald Breslow’s research group at Columbia University, and earned a Ph.D. for research on the mechanis of catalysis by Carboxypeptidease A. Following postdoctoral work as an N.I.H. fellow with Peter Dervan at the California Institute of Technology, she joined the faculty at Yale University in July of 1988. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992, to Full Professor with tenure in 1995, and was named the Milton Harris, '29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry in 2000. From 2002-2007, she held a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship. From 2011-2014, she served as the inaugural Director of the Yale Chemical Biology Institute.

Alanna Schepartz is known for the creative application of chemical synthesis and logic to probe mechanism and catalyze discovery in diverse areas of biology. Her research has contributed to and shaped thinking in multiple areas, including the molecular mechanisms of protein-DNA recognition and transcriptional activation; protein design and engineering and their application to synthetic biology; and the mechanisms by which chemical information is trafficked across biological compartments. She is also widely recognized for her design of β- peptide bundles, the first and only example of a protein-like architecture that lacks even a single α-amino acid.

Alanna Schepartz has received numerous awards for her work, including a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship (1990), a N.S.F. Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991), a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1993), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1994), an A.C.S. Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1995), the A.C.S. Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry (1997), the Dylan Hixon '88 Award for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences (1999), the Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award (2002), the Frank H. Westheimer Prize Medal (2008), the ACS Chemical Biology Prize & Prize Lecture (2010), for which she was the inaugural recipient, the Alexander M. Cruickshank Prize (2010), the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry (2012), and the Wheland Medal (2015). In 2010, Schepartz was elected as a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Chemical Society. From 2005 to 2016, she served the chemical biology community as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and in 2016 was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the classic ACS journal Biochemistry. In 2014, Alanna was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Alanna Schepartz Website
Daniel G. Nocera , is a chemist and leading researcher in renewable energy. His research group has pioneered studies of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. He accomplished a solar fuels process of photosynthesis–the splitting of water to hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight and translated this science to produce the artificial leaf, which was named by Time magazine as Innovation of the Year for 2011. He has since elaborated this invention to create the bionic leaf, which performs artificial photosynthesis that is ten times more efficient than natural photosynthesis. This science discovery sets a course for the large-scale deployment of solar energy, especially to those of the emerging world. His research contributions in renewable energy have been recognized by several awards, some of which include the Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy, Eni Prize, IAPS Award, Burghausen Prize, Elizabeth Wood Award and the United Nation’s Science and Technology Award and from the American Chemical Society the Inorganic Chemistry, Harrison Howe. Kosolapoff and Remsen Awards. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Science and is a frequent guest on TV and radio, and is regularly featured in print. He founded the energy company Sun Catalytix and its technology is now being commercialized by Lockheed Martin.