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Fabrizio Pertusati
Cardiff University | UK
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Research area:
: Chimica Organica Applicata
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Haoyu JiangHaoyu Jiang
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences | China
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Research Area: Atmospheric heterogeneous photochemistry
Host group: Photocatalysis and Chemistry for Energy and the Environment - CEA

I am currently a Postdoc researcher in the group led by Prof. Sasho Gligorovski at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). My research interests aim to elucidate the kinetics, mechanisms, and photochemistry of gas phase, aqueous phase and heterogeneous reactions occurring at various surfaces of environmental relevance (air-sea interface, indoor surfaces and aerosols). I am doing a collaborative project with Prof. Davide Vione to estimate the formation yields of some unsaturated compounds during the heterogeneous photochemic reactions between air and sea water in real atmosphere by model.

Cristina Pavan
Université catholique de Louvain | Belgium
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Research Area: Physico-chemistry and toxicity of inorganic particulates

Host group: Toxicity and biocompatibility of materials - TBM

Ozge KoseOzge Kose
Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne | France
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Research Area: nanotoxicology
Host group: Toxicity and biocompatibility of materials - TBM

Radi Aly

Radi Aly
ARO Volcani Center | Israel
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Research Area: Phytohormones
Host group: Synthesis and Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry - SMCO

Senior Researcher Agriculture Researcher Organization Volcani Center. Head Unit of Weed Science and Scientific manager of Northern R & D 

Luca Salassa

Luca Salassa 
Donostia International Physics Center | San Sebastian, SPAIN
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Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry
Complessi metallici (per la medicina, ambiente, energia)
Host groupMagnetic Resonances - RM

Luca Salassa obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2004 under the supervision of Prof. R. Gobetto. Later, he worked as postdoc at the University of Montana (USA, Profs. J.B.A. Ross and E. Rosenberg) and at the University of Warwick (UK, Prof. P.J. Sadler, MC-IF fellow). In 2012, he was awarded a Ramón y Cajal fellowship to join CIC biomaGUNE (San Sebastián, Spain) and to start his independent career. Since 2017, Luca Salassa is Ikerbasque Professor at the Donostia International Physics Center (San Sebastián, Spain) where his group develops new photochemistry strategies for the activation of biologically relevant metal complexes.

Fernando Lopez Gallego

University of Zaragoza | SPAIN
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Research Area: Biocatalysis
Host group:  Magnetic Resonances - RM

My scientific trajectory has mainly focused on the application of multi-enzyme systems for synthetic and analytical chemistry application by harnessing the excellent properties (activity, specificity and selectivity) of enzymes; the biological catalysts

My scientific trajectory has resulted in 96 peer reviewed articles published in international journals (82% in Q1) and 8 book chapters (ResearcherID: D-3462-2014). Furthermore, I have disseminated my scientific results in 23 national and international conferences with 14 oral contributions; 4 of them were invited talks. Beaside, I am supervisor of 4 doctoral theses as well as three master theses. My research has had a significant impact on the field of the biocatalysis as demonstrated by the more than 3000 total cites (33 cites/ article) with and H-index of 31. The average impact factor of my articles published as corresponding author (30 out of 96) is 4,7.

Christopher McErlean

Christopher McErlean
University of Sydney | Australia 
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Research Area: Organic Synthesis
Teaching: New Trends in Organic Chemistry-Master Degree in Chemistry
Host group: Synthesis and Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry - SMCO

B.Sc.(Hons I), University of Queensland, 1997
Ph.D. University of Queensland, 2002
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nottingham, 2002-2004
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exeter / Nottingham , 2004-2007
Teaching Fellow in Organic Chemistry, Nottingham, 2006-2007
Lecturer, University of Sydney, 2007-2011
Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, 2012 - 2015
Associate Professor, 2016 -

Research interests

Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Reaction development
Total synthesis

We are interested in developing new reactions, and applying known reactions in novel ways, in an effort to reduce the complexity of natural product synthesis.

Expanding the scope of the Stetter reaction: The 'umpolung' addition of aldehydes onto unsaturated carbonyl compounds is an under-utilised method for carbon-carbon bond construction. We are investigating variants of this reaction that allow for the rapid construction of fused-ring systems from simple starting materials. We are also exploring the ability of the Stetter reaction to install new stereocentres under substrate control.

Palladium-catalysed tetrahydrofuran synthesis: Numerous natural products and biologically active compounds contain a substituted tetrahydrofuran unit. We are employing a short, high-yielding, palladium-catalysed protocol to synthesis a series of these natural products.

Ligand design for new reactions: Mimicking nature's ability to incorporate stereogenic elements into substrate compounds is a major driving force in contemporary chemistry. We are involved in the rational design and efficient synthesis of ligands that will allow new reactions to be accomplished.


Alan Lindsay Greer - Course: Selection and Use of Materials
University of Cambridge - Regno Unito
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Christopher McErlean - Course: Chimica Organica II ; Nuovi orientamenti in Sintesi Organica 
University of Sydney - Australia 
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Paolo Pescarmona - Course: Materials Today; Chimica delle Risorse e delle Materie Prime
University of Gronigen - Olanda 
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