Prof. Detlef Bahnemann
Leibniz University Hannover (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Detlef Bahnemann is Head of the Research Unit „Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology“ at Leibniz University Hannover and Director of the Research Institute "Nanocomposite Materials for Photonic Applications" at Saint Petersburg State University. His research topics include photocatalysis, photoelectrochemistry, solar chemistry and photochemistry focussed on synthesis and physical-chemical properties of semiconductor and metal nanoparticles. His more than 500 publications have been cited 54,000 times (h-index: 91). He is Visiting Research Professor at Queens University Belfast, DeTao Master of Photocatalysis, Nanomaterials and Energy Applications, and holds a Guest Professorship at Tianjin University (China) several visiting
professorships in China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Britain.

Prof. Kit Hansell Bowen, Jr.
Johns Hopkins University (USA)

Depts. of Chemistry and Materials Science

Professor Bowen's research interests are centered around clusters and nanoparticles. Clusters are aggregates of atoms and/or molecules held together by some of the same interatomic or intermolecular forces which are responsible for cohesion in solids and liquids. Clusters are thus finite-size microcosms of the condensed phase, the realm in which most chemistry occurs. A major objective of Dr. Bowen's research is to provide a molecule's eye view of many-body, condensed phase interactions. The study of size-specific and composition-specific clusters provides an incisive means of addressing this fundamental and longstanding problem in physical chemistry.

Prof. Jaroslav Burda
Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)

Department of Chemical Physics

QM and combined QM/MM studies of interactions of metallodrugs with biomolecules – reaction mechanisms, chemical and physical molecular properties of promising complexes of Pt(II), Pt(IV), Ru(II) and other metals. Thermodynamic and kinetic description of reaction in solutions with variable pH. Examination of pigments in photosystetic systems, absorption and emission spectra, life-time of excited states.

Prof. Tomasz Cierpicki
University of Michigan (USA)

Department of Pathology

Dr. Cierpicki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan. He received MSc in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Wrocław University of Technology in Poland and PhD in biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; University of Wrocław in Poland. He joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan in 2009 and his research interest is in the area of chemical biology and cancer epigenetics. His laboratory has developed first-in-class inhibitors of the menin-MLL interaction as a new potential therapeutic strategy in MLL leukemias. His current efforts are focused on development of small molecule inhibitors targeting cancer related epigenetic proteins.

Prof. Timothy Clark
Computer Chemistry Center (Germany)

Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy

Tim Clark’s research areas include the development and application of quantum mechanical methods in inorganic, organic and biological chemistry, electron-transfer theory and the simulation of organic and inorganic reaction mechanisms. More recently, he has used long time-scale classical molecular-dynamics simulations to investigate a number of proteins and protein-DNA complexes involved in the resistance mechanisms of bacteria to tetracycline antibiotics and control of the bacterial restriction-methylation defense mechanism and metadynamics enhanced sampling simulations to characterize the modes of action of G-protein coupled receptors. Since 2007, his group has concentrated on developing and applying new techniques for simulating new materials and devices, particularly in the areas of solar energy conversion and organic electronics. An important aspect of this research is extending the range of applicability of quantum mechanical techniques to hundreds of thousands of atoms using supercomputers.

Prof. Stephan Denifl
University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Institute of Ion Physics and Applied Physics

The main field of research of Assoc-Prof. Dr. Stephan Denifl is related to the studies of electron interaction with molecules and clusters. Since 2012 he is Associate Professor at the Institute of Ion Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he leads a working group dedicated to the experimental studies of electron-induced chemistry. Mass spectrometry is used to determine negatively or positively charged reaction products. Recent years Dr. Denifl focused on studies with radiosensitizers proposed for radiation therapy. Since those compounds are electron-affinic, fundamental knowledge about electron attachment is essential.

Prof. Andrzej Eilmes
Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Department of Chemistry

Excitons in molecular crystals. Effects of disorder in molecular systems. Charge transport in molecular materials. Modeling of interactions and ion transport processes in polymer and liquid electrolytes. Explicit and hybrid modeling of solvent effects in spectroscopy. Computational methods used in modeling include quantum-chemical calculations and classical or ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations.

Prof. Pedro Fernandes
University of Porto (Portugal)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

My research began with a brief passage through path integral Monte Carlo simulations. Afterwards I have spent a few (PhD) years dedicated to classical molecular dynamics simulations of liquid|liquid interfaces and ion transfer across liquid phases. My interests shifted towards biological systems after finishing my PhD, and I began studying the reaction mechanism of enzymes, first using density functional theory and small enzyme models, and afterwards using QM/MM methods and large enzyme models. A particular focus of my research in the recent years has been the relationship between enzyme flexibility and reaction rate. My research areas now encompass the energetics and dynamics of proteins, diffusion of small druglike molecules across biomembranes, molecular dynamics free energy calculations, computational mutagenesis (mostly alanine scanning mutagenesis), docking algorithms (with emphasis on protein:protein docking) and drug discovery.

Prof. Jolanta Grembecka
University of Michigan (USA)

Department of Pathology

Dr. Jolanta Grembecka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan. She received MSc in chemistry at University of Opole and PhD in chemistry at Wroclaw University of Technology followed by a postdoctoral training in drug discovery at the University of Virginia, USA. In 2009 she joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan to start her independent research focused on drug design and development of new targeted therapies for cancer. Her laboratory is pursuing interdisciplinary research involving medicinal chemistry, structure-based design, biochemistry and biological studies to develop new anti-cancer agents by blocking novel protein targets relevant to cancer. She has developed small molecule inhibitors of the protein-protein interaction between menin and Mixed Lineage Leukemia (MLL) protein, which demonstrated pronounced activity in in vitro and in vivo models of acute leukemia. Her collaboration with the industry partner resulted in advancing the menin-MLL inhibitor to the phase I clinical trials. Current research in her laboratory is focused on development of inhibitors blocking epigenetic proteins in leukemia and solid tumors.

Prof. Seungpyo Hong
University of Wisconsin (USA)

School of Pharmacy

Our research focus lies at the interface of materials science, biology and nanotechnology to develop novel polymeric nanodevices for biological analysis, diagnostics and therapeutics. The ultimate goal of our laboratory is to achieve marriage of biomimetics and nanotechnology. Our work is being conducted in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment that provides opportunities for students with backgrounds and/or interests in chemistry, engineering, biology, medicine and pharmaceutical sciences.

More specifically, we are interested in understanding and controlling biological interactions of polymers with cells at the nano-scale. The fundamental understanding will lead us to more translational cancer research fields including: i) Novel nanocarriers for precisely engineered biological behaviors and improved targeting efficacy; and ii) Biomimetic multifunctional devices for effective detection and isolation of circulating rare cells and biomarkers.

Prof. Jacek Korchowiec
Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Department of Chemistry

Development of linear scaling quantum chemical computational methods [O(N) methods]; conceptual density functional theory (charge sensitivity analysis in local, orbital, and atoms-in-molecule resolutions); energy partitioning schemes; application of computational methods for describing inclusion complexes and macrocyclic compounds; application of classical force fields to biomedical systems; force-field parameterization; bond descriptors.

Prof. Jerzy Leszczynski
Jackson State University (USA)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nature of chemical bonds, theoretical predictions of molecular potential energy surfaces and vibrational spectra, structures and properties of molecules with heavy elements, properties and structure of DNA fragments, nanomaterials including their interactions with biomolecules and toxicity. He also applies computational chemistry methods to environmental problems, surface chemistry and atmospheric chemistry.

Prof. Mariusz Makowski
University of Gdańsk (Poland)

Department of Bioinorganic Chemistry

Mariusz Makowski is a head of the Department of Bioinorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Gdańsk. Scientific interests: computational chemistry, nonlinear analysis, physics-based potentials, acid-base equilibria, hydrogen bond, d-block metal complexes with pyrazine and its derivatives, and sulfonamides. PI and investigator in several scientific projects. The author and co-author of more than 90 papers and book chapters. In 2004-2006 post-doc fellow at Cornell University in the Harold A. Scheraga group.

Prof. Artur Michalak
Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Department of Chemistry

Theoretical description of chemical bonding and chemical reactivity; energy decomposition analysis; molecular dynamics; conceptual DFT; DFT modeling of processes catalyzed by transition-metal complexes TM complexes (polymerization, copolymerization); DFT modeling of polymer materials for fuel-cell applications

Prof. Michael Mitchell
University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Michael Mitchell is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, the Abramson Cancer Center, the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the Center from Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His lab's research lies at the interface of biomaterials science, drug delivery, and cellular and molecular bioengineering to fundamentally understand and therapeutically target biological barriers. His lab applies their research findings and the technologies developed to a range of human health applications, including cancer metastasis, immunotherapy, genome editing, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mitchell received a BE in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with Prof. Michael King from Cornell University in 2014, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT from 2014-2017. He was named an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scholar in Cancer Research in 2016, a STAT News Wunderkind in 2017, and was the recipient of the Merck Research Advances in Delivery Science Award from the Controlled Release Society in 2017 and an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award in 2015. In 2019, Dr. Mitchell was elected Chair of the Society for Biomaterials Drug Delivery Special Interest Group. Since joining the University of Pennsylvania in 2018, Dr. Mitchell has received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, a Rising Star Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the T. Nagai Award from the Controlled Release Society.

Prof. Bunsho Ohtani
Hokkaido University (Japan)

Institute for Catalysis

The research work on photocatalysis by Professor Ohtani started in 1981 when he was a Ph. D. course student in Kyoto University. Since then he has been studying photocatalysis and related topics for more than 30 years and published more than 290 original papers (h-index: 66) and two single-author books. After gaining his Ph. D. degree from Kyoto University in 1985, he became an assistant professor in the university. In 1996, he was promoted to an associate professor in Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University and was then awarded a full professor position in the Catalysis Research Center (presently Institute for Catalysis), Hokkaido University in 1998. For the education of graduate students, Professor Ohtani's laboratory has belonged to the Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University since 1999. He was awarded 2005 Scientific Achievement Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan, The Japanese Photochemistry Association Award 2006, Catalysis Society of Japan Award for 2013, The Japanese Photochemistry Association Lectureship Award (2017) and The Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan (Takei Award), 2018.

Prof. Tomasz Puzyn
University of Gdańsk (Poland)

Department of Environmental Chemistry and Radiochemistry

World-renowned specialist in the field of chemoinformatics, co-author of fundamentals of computational nanotoxicology. Since 2008 he has been leading the Laboratory of Environmental Chemometrics he created at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Gdansk, Poland. Current research concerns the development of chemoinformatic methods for the design of advanced materials including nanomaterials and ionic liquids as well as an assessment of the risk they may pose for human health and the environment.

Prof. Donald Siegel
University of Michigan (USA)

Mechanical Engineering Department

Don Siegel is Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Education in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, with courtesy appointments in Materials Science & Engineering and Applied Physics. His research targets the development of energy storage materials and lightweight alloys, primarily for applications in the transportation sector. Prior to joining UM, he was a Technical Expert at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. Don has authored more than 85 publications, delivered approximately 105 invited lectures, and has been awarded several patents related to energy storage. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, Department of Energy-Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award, and an NAE Gilbreth Lectureship. Prof. Siegel received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with postdoctoral training at Sandia National Laboratories and at the U.S. Naval Research Lab. During 2015-2016 year he was a VELUX Visiting Professor in the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage at the Technical University of Denmark.

Prof. Tomasz Wesolowski
University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Department of Physical Chemistry

Tomasz A. Wesolowski was born in Trzcianka (Poland). He earned his Ph.D. (with Professor David Shugar) in 1991 awarded by the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw for his work on modeling cooperative binding of calcium ions in proteins. In 1991, he joined the group of Professor Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California, Los Angeles) where he started working on multilevel simulation methods and density functionals for coupling the quantum-mechanical descriptors with the environment in particular. In 1994, he moved to the University of Geneva, working initially as a postdoctoral researcher, then Lecturer and Research Group Leader, and since 2012, as associate professor in the Physical Chemistry Department. His research concerns mainly the theory of embedding a quantum system and its applications in multilevel simulations of embedded chemical species. His other research interests include density functional theory formulation of quantum many-electron problem, orbital-feee density functional theory methods, and all sorts of molecular simulations.

Prof. Adriana Zaleska - Medynska
University of Gdańsk (Poland)

Department of Environmental Technology

Adriana Zaleska-Medynska is a Professor in Chemical Technology at the University of Gdansk and head of the Department of Environmental Technology. She obtained a Ph.D. in 2000 in the field of chemical technology at Gdansk University of Technology (Poland). Following appointment as Visiting Scientist at University of Utah (UT, USA) and California Institute of Technology (CA, USA), she was appointed as adjunct at Faculty of Chemistry at Gdansk University of Technology. During this time she started to study correlation between surface properties and visible light induced photoactivity of TiO2-based materials. She completed D.Sc. (habilitation) in 2009 and in 2012 she became a head of the new research group at University of Gdansk followed by promotion to Full Professor at the same university in 2014. She is a co-author of 134 papers, 1 book, 16 chapters in books and monographs, 12 patents, 5 patent applications, 291 short communications. Her current interests concern functional material synthesis and characterization, heterogeneous photocatalysis, environmental technology, air treatment technology and nanotechnology. Particularly she is interested in synthesis of semiconductor materials, metal oxide nanotubes, metal nanoparticles, quantum dots and hybrid materials and correlation between surface properties and activity. Adriana Zaleska-Medynska is also involved in application research. Cooperation with industry is mainly aimed on implementation of new technology of production of materials modified with metal nanoparticles exhibited antibacterial and antifungal properties, and on design and construction of novel devices for air treatment, disinfection and deodorization.


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