Holger Braunschweig

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Würzbug-Germany) 

Prof. Dr. Holger Braunschweig obtained his PhD at RWTH Aachen University in 1990 with Prof. P. Paetzold. After his postdoctoral stay at Sussex University (1991-1992, UK) with Prof. M. F. Lappert, he got his Habilitation in 1997 at RWTH Aachen University with Prof. P. Paetzold. He was appointed: Privatdozent at RWTH Aachen University (1998), Senior Lecturer at Imperial College (2000, London), Reader at Imperial College (2002), Professor (chair, C4) of Inorganic Chemistry (2002-2009, University of Würzburg) and since 2009 he is Professor (chair, W3) of Inorganic Chemistry at Würzburg University.

His research is focused on novel organometallic species derived from the combination of main group elements, particularly boron, and transition metals. Much emphasis lies with their possible applications in organic synthesis, catalysis or materials science.


Luisa de Cola

University of Strasbourg (France)

Prof. Dr. Luisa de Cola was born in Messina, Italy. She obtained her PhD at the University of Messina in 1983 under the supervision of Prof. R. Romeo. After her postdoctoral stay at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, she joined the National Research Council, CNR, Instituto F.R.A.E., Bologna, as a researcher (1986-1990). Then, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (1990-1998) and later as Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1998-2004). In 2004 she moved to the University of Münster, Germany as Full Professor (C4) in Physics and Chemistry. Since 2013, Luisa De Cola is Professor Exceptionnelle at the University of Strasbourg (ISIS) as chair of Supramolecular and Bio-Material Chemistry, and part time scientist at the INT-KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Her main interests are luminescent and electroluminescent systems and their assemblies and nano- and porous and degradable structures for bio-applications.


Antonio M. Echavarren

ICIQ (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia-España)

Prof. Dr. Antonio M. Echavarren was born in Bilbao. He obtained his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1982 with Prof. F. Fariña. After his postdoctoral stay in Boston College with Prof. T. Ross Kelly, he joined the UAM as an Assistant Professor (1984-1986), following a two-year period as a NATO-fellow (1986-1988, group of Prof. J. K. Stille, Colorado State University) returning to Spain as CSIC Researcher (1989-1992, Instituto de Química Organica, Madrid) and as Professor of Organic Chemistry in UAM (1992-2009, Madrid). He is Research Professor of the CSIC since 2004 and was appointed in 2004 as Group Leader in the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona.

His research interests center on the development of new catalytic methods based on the organometallic chemistry of transition metals as well as the synthesis of natural products and polyarenes.


Walter Leitner

RWTH Aachen University (Germany) 

Prof. Walter Leitner obtained his PhD at the University Regensburg, Germany, in 1989. Thereafter, he moved to Oxford University, UK, for a postdoctoral position with Prof. J. M. Brown. In 1992 he joined the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany, as a Research Associate and, in 1995 he became a Group Leader at the Department of “Organic Synthesis” and later Head of the Technical Laboratories in the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Ruhr. Since 2007, Walter Leitner is Professor for Technische Chemie und Petrolchemie at the Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (ITMC) at RWTH Aachen University. He is also an External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim an der Ruhr) and Scientific Director of CAT, a joint Catalytic Center of RWTH Aachen and Covestro.

His research focuses on organometallic catalysis, from its molecular basis to concepts of reaction technology.


Nils Metzler-Nolte

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Nils Metzler-Nolte was born in Hamburg. He obtained his PhD at Munich University (LMU) in 1994 with Prof. H. Nöth. After his postdoctoral stay at Oxford University (1994-1995, UK) with Prof. M. L. H. Green he was appointed as Group Leader (1996-2000) at the Max Planck Institut für Strahlenchemie in Mülheim. He got his Habilitation in 2000 and was appointed Professor (C3) for Pharmaceutical and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB) at University of Heidelberg (2000-2006). Since 2006 he is Full Professor (W3), Chair of Inorganic Chemistry (Bioinorganic Chemistry) at the University of Bochum.

His research is focused on medicinal organometallic chemistry, functional metal bioconjugated and biocompatible nanoparticles. The applications of his research include the development of metal-based drugs as anti-cancer and anti-microbial agents.