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ICPC 2012 - Speakers

Plenary speakers

Keynote speakers

  • Didier Bourissou, University of Toulouse (F)
  • Kuiling Ding, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (CN)
  • Sylvain Franger, University of Paris Sud (F)
  • Declan Gilheany, University College Dublin
  • Paul-Alain Jaffrès, University of Brest, CNRS (F)
  • Derek Gates, University of British Columbia (CA)
  • Eva Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig (D)
  • Ingo Krossing, University of Freiburg (D)
  • Sergei Levchik, ICL-IP (US)
  • Pascal Metivier, Rhodia (CN)
  • Régis Réau, University of Rennes, CNRS (F)
  • Joost Reek, University of Amsterdam (NL)
  • David Wiemer, University of Iowa (US)
  • Dmitry Yakhvarov, A.E. Arbuzov Institute (RU)
  • Yufen Zhao, Xiamen University (CN)

Guy Bertrand

University of California Riverside (US)

Guy Bertrand started his career as a CNRS Researcher at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. After being the Directeur de Recherche CNRS of the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination,Toulouse he changed to the University of California where he is still working as director of the UCR/CNRS Joint Research laboratory. His research interests concern main group chemistry, especially boron and phosphorus with a focus on stabilization of highly reactive organic species, such as carbenes, and nitrenes, and their applications in catalysis.

Bernhard Breit

University of Freiburg (D)

Bernhard Breit is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Freiburg since 2005 and director of the International Research Training Group GRK1038 "Catalysts and Catalytic Reactions for Organic Synthesis". He studied chemistry in Kaiserslautern (PhD 1993) with Regitz, was a postdoctoral fellow with Trost at Stanford University, did his habilitation at the University of Marburg (1998), was a visiting at Harvard and Standford, and a faculty member at the University of Heidelberg (1999-2001). His research focuses on exploring new methods and concepts in organic synthesis and homogeneous catalysis.

Neil Burford

University of Victoria (CA)

Neil Burford received his PhD from the University of Calgary. In his research he investigates efficient and effective preparative routes to new, fundamentally important molecules containing P, As, Sb or Bi, in which the pnictogen center exhibits an unusual local structure, is engaged in a new connectivity, provides materials with new, spectroscopic, physical or reactivity properties or has relevance in established bioactivity.

Gabriel Filippelli

IUPUI Indianapolis (US)

Gabriel Filippelli is Professor of Earth Sciences and of Public Health and director of the Center for Urban Health at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He specializes in environmental geochemistry and climate change science, developing and interpreting geochemical records of climate and climate change extracted from oceans and lakes. He has studied the global cycle of phosphorus for the past twenty years, heavy metal distributions, geochemistry, and human health impacts in wetland, soil, and riparian environments. He is past Chair of the Science Planning Committee for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program and a past Chair of the Geology and Health Division of the Geological Society of America.

Stephen Hanessian

University of Montreal (CA)

Stephen Hanessian graduated from Ohio State University to join the Parke-Davis Research Laboratories (Michigan) and then the University of Montreal. His research interests are in natural products, asymmetric synthesis, medicinally chemistry, supramolecular assemblies, carbohydrates, synthetic methodology, and computer assisted organic synthesis. He holds appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine, is the UCI Director of the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Graduate Program, and holds the Achaogen and Isis Pharmaceuticals Research Chairs at the University of Montreal.

Piet Herdewijn

Catholic University Leuven (B)

Piet Herdewijn (18.09.1954) is professor in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Leuven, Belgium and Director of the Laboratory for Medicinal Chemistry in the Rega Institute, an interfacultar department of the same University. He owns a Ph.D. thesis on a study of ?-lactam antibiotics and a Habilitation on the study of anti-HIV nucleosides. He carried out a postdoctoral study on oligonucleotide synthesis at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He published 550 papers in the field of bioorganic, structural and medicinal chemistry, most of them focused on nucleoside and oligonucleotide chemistry and their applications. He gave more than 180 invited lectures at universities, industries and conferences.

Klemens Massonne


Klemens Massonne is Vice President at BASF. He studied chemistry in Saarbrücken (Germany) where he obtained his PhD degree (Eicher) working on the synthesis of sesquiterpenoid constituents of liverworts. He started at BASF AG (now BASF SE) Ludwigshafen (Germany) as laboratory manager in process development for organic intermediates. After different functions in the Intermediates Division he became head of a research and development group within the Competence Center "Chemicals Research and Development" charged with product and process development for organic intermediates with focus on organophosphorus chemistry and ionic liquids.

Charles E. McKenna

Univ. of Southern California (US)

Charles McKenna received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego. Following an NIH fellowship at Harvard, he joined the University of Southern California (USC) where he is currently Professor of Chemistry and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. At USC, he founded the Interdisciplinary Program in Drug Discovery (iPIDD) and was recently Chair of Chemistry. His research interests center on bio-organic and medicinal organophosphorus chemistry.

Maurizio Peruzzini

ICCOM CNR, Florence (I)

Maurizio Peruzzini graduated from the University of Florence. In 1986 he joined the Italian National Research Council (CNR) of which he is currently the research director. Recently he became the Director of ICCOM CNR overseeing research in sustainable chemistry, catalysis and energy from renewable resources. His own research focuses on organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, white phosphorus activation, hydrogen storage materials, and CO2 valorization. He was awarded the Italian Nasini Gold Medal and the SCF French-Italian Prize.

Paul Pringle

Bristol University (UK)

Paul Pringle obtained his BSc from the University of Leicester and obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds. He was a lecturer at the University of Warwick for 5 years and then in 1988 moved to the University of Bristol. The principal theme of his research is the chemistry and applications in catalysis of phosphorus(III) ligands in which the P atom is in an unusual stereoelectronic environment. He has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and the Royal Society of Chemistry awards for The Chemistry of the Noble Metals and Homogeneous Catalysis.

Willem Schipper

Thermphos (NL)

Willem Schipper obtained his PhD from Utrecht University in 1994. He has worked in phosphorus chemistry for Hoechst Holland, later Thermphos International, for 18 years. initially working in process and product development, he has been responsible for the development of new P chemistry for a decade and has started a fair number of academic cooperations. He is also working on the technical and strategic aspects of P recycling for the company.

Doug Stephan

University of Toronto (CA)

Doug Stephan attended McMaster University and earned a PhD at the University of Western Ontario. After joining the University of Windsor he moved in 2008 to the University of Toronto as the Canada Research Chair in Catalysis and New Materials. His research focuses on the synthesis and applications of transition metal and main group compounds (also heterobimetallics); Ti-S, Zr-P and Zr=PR chemistry; catalysts for dehydrocoupling of phosphines to polyphosphines and the polymerization of ethylene; and “frustrated Lewis pairs”. He has been the recipient of the Canadian Alcan, NSERC Synergy, Killam, LeSueur Memorial Awards, a Humboldt Research Award, and the ACS Ciapetta Lectureship.