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Plenary Speakers

Professor Lutz Ackermann
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Institute for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Tammannstr. 2, 37077
Göttingen, Germany




Lutz Ackermann’s research focuses on the development of affordable and environmentally conscious processes for organic synthesis and peptide chemistry, involving base metal and homogeneous catalysis, functionalization of unactivated C-H bonds, and conceptualizing rational mechanistic explanations for these reactions. He is currently a Full Professor of Chemistry (W3) at the Georg-August-University (Göttingen, Germany), a former Dean of Research and Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and the Director of the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at the same institution. Prof Ackermann obtained his PhD (Chemistry) from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Muelheim/Ruhr and the University Dortmund (2001). He was awarded the Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2017), an ERC Independent Researcher Consolidator Grant (2012), and the AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award (2011). He is regularly invited as a visiting/adjunct Professor at many universities and research academies.


Dr Mehran Alaee
Research Scientist, Water Science and Technology Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
867 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7S 1A1

Homepage: Mehran Alaee

Mehran Alaee’s research focuses on the determination of sources and the fate of emerging persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and related compounds such as brominated flame-retardants (BFRs), siloxanes, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), musk compounds and phthalates in the environment. He is currently a research scientist in the Water Science and Technology Directorate of Environment and Climate Change Canada in Burlington, Ontario. Dr Alaee obtained his PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Guelph (1991). He is a member of the International Advisory Board for the International Symposium on Halogenated Environmental Organic Pollutants and POPs and a former co-chair of Dioxin (2005, 2017). He is a member of the International Scientific Committee for International BFR Symposia and is the chair for BFR 2019 to be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).


Professor Fraser Stoddart
Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208, USA


Sir Fraser Stoddart’s research focuses on using molecular recognition and self-assembly processes for the synthesis of functionalized and mechanized molecules, a new field of organic chemistry where the mechanical bond is the key feature of molecular compounds. The molecules designed and synthesized in his research group have been used as molecular switches and as motor-molecules in the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS).

Professor Stoddart is the winner on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines".



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