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Multidisciplinary science is the result of fruitful cooperation and collaboration among scientists, and the portion of papers with contributions from two or more research groups has risen drastically over the last 10 years. It is not surprising, therefore, that when the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic felt it was time to revitalize the journal Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications (CCCC) it chose to put a greater emphasis on collaborative work and multidisciplinary research. It was also clear that a new title was necessary not least because of the changing political landscape within Europe. With this backdrop, the IOCB teamed up with the Chemistry Publishing Society Europe (ChemPubSoc Europe) and, together with the publishers Wiley-VCH, plans were initiated to transform the Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications into ChemPlusChem. It was decided that unlike many of the top general chemistry journals around such as ChemPubSoc Europe’s flagship journal, Chemistry—A European Journal, which also publish a number of papers dedicated to one specific but important area of chemistry, that in ChemPlusChem every article would cover at least two different subfields of chemistry or one of chemistry and one of another scientific discipline (hence the name ChemPlusChem).

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As the former editor of Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications, Michal Hocek, one of the three co-chairmen of its successor ChemPlusChem, has played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth transformation. The Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications was founded in 1929 by Prof. Emil Votoček (a renowned organic chemist specializing in carbohydrates) and Prof. Jaroslav Heyrovský (a famous electrochemist, inventor of the polarographic method, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1959). These two not only were first Editors but funded the production of the journal at their own expense. The journal originally published articles in French or English, and subsequently German and Russian were allowed (though the majority of papers were always published in English). Since the 1980s, all papers were published in English. The Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications served for many years as the showcase for the best Czech and Slovak chemistry and many famous chemists published their most important papers there; these authors included: J. Heyrovský, R. Lukes, J. Koutecký, R. Zahradnik, F. Sorm, and A. Holý. In the 1990s, the growing competition and the changes in technology made it increasingly difficult for smaller national journals. Following the successful launch of Chemistry—A European Journal, which is co-owned by 14 European Chemical Societies, many of these societies decided to merge their national journals to form the European Journal of Organic Chemistry and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. Over the last 10 years the number of societies participating in ChemPubSoc Europe has risen to 16 and the portfolio of titles has expanded to include ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemMedChem, ChemSusChem, and ChemCatChem. These top journals have changed the face of chemistry in Europe and the World.

Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications managed to survive in good shape for a somewhat longer period. The national support for the journal is illustrated by its submissions over the last 10 years and its list of most prolific authors (Figure 1, Table 1). In 2011, however, the decision was made to transform it into ChemPlusChem and in so doing become a new member of the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals. Accordingly, ChemPlusChem will begin with volume 77, following on from 76th and last volume of Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications.

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Figure 1. Submissions to CCCC divided according to country of origin between 2000 and 2011 (data taken up to November 16, 2011).

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Table 1. The most prolific and cited authors of Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications.
Top five most prolific authors[a]Top five most cited authors[b]
  1. [a] Over 100 papers. [b] Over 300 citations.

Antonìn HolýAntonìn Holý
Miroslav ProtivaAndrzej J. Sadlej
Miloš BuděšínskýMiloš Buděšínský
Jiří HolubekMilena Masojídková
Jaorslav KováčIvana Císařová

Collaboration is a prerequisite to multidisciplinary science, and some of the most fascinating discoveries have been made on the boundaries between chemistry and related fields of physics, biology, and materials. ChemPlusChem is looking to become a key center for publishing these papers.

The high quality of ChemPlusChem will not only be ensured through the links with its sister journals but also through its Editorial Board, which is co-chaired by Prof. Matthias Driess (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany), Prof. Michal Hocek (Institute of Organic Chemistry, Czech Republic), and Prof. Nico Sommerdijk (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and features a further 11 highly reputed members, who were selected for their wide-ranging fields of expertise (Table 2).

Table 2. Members of the Editorial Board of ChemPlusChem.
Co-chairmen
Matthias DriessTechnische Universität Berlin, Germany
Michal HocekInstitute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Republic
Nico SommerdijkTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
 
Members
Chi-Ming CheThe University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Avelino CormaUniversidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Luisa De ColaUniversity of Münster, Germany
Chuan HeUniversity of Chicago, USA
Ivan HucInstitut Européen de Chimie et Biologie in Bordeaux, France
Paul KnochelLudwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany
Tatsuro MajimaOsaka University, Japan
Krzysztof MatyjaszewskiCarnegie Mellon University, USA
Paolo SamorìUniversité de Strasbourg, France
Detlef SchröderInstitute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Republic
Itamar WillnerHebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Biographies of the Editorial Board members can be found directly after this Editorial on page 7 ff. Aside from the Editorial Board, the journal has an International Advisory Board (IAB) made up of leading experts in their respective fields (Table 3). Several of the members of the Editorial Board and International Advisory Board of Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications have agreed to participate in the shaping of ChemPlusChem, which will provide a degree of continuity in this period of transition. This Advisory Board may be expanded further to cater for new emerging areas of interdisciplinary chemistry.

Table 3. Members of the International Advisory Board of ChemPlusChem.
Members
Carlos Afonso (Portugal)Lei Liu (China)
Téodor Silviu Balaban (France)Guy Lloyd-Jones (United Kingdom)
Stuart Batten (Australia)Nazario Martín (Spain)
Koen Binnemans (Belgium)Thomas Maschmeyer (Australia)
Jiri Cejka (Czech Republic)Uwe Meierhenrich (France)
Jaephil Cho (South Korea)Christina Moberg (Sweden)
Pier Giorgio Cozzi (Italy)Govindasamy Mugesh (India)
Krijn P. de Jong (The Netherlands)Markus Niederberger (Switzerland)
Kuiling Ding (China)Michael Orfanopoulos (Greece)
Jariton Dupont (Brazil)Michael Organ (Canada)
Paul Dyson (Switzerland)Gianfranco Pacchioni (Italy)
Omid Farokhzad (USA)Joost Reek (The Netherlands)
Alois Fürstner (Germany)Yves Rubin (USA)
Kurt Gothelf (Denmark)Floris Rutjes (The Netherlands)
Michaele Hardie (United Kingdom)Dieter Schlüter (Switzerland)
Frantisek Hartl (United Kingdom)Wolfgang Schuhmann (Germany)
Eva-Marie Hey-Hawkins (Germany)Susannah Scott (USA)
Zhaomin Hou (Japan)Roberta Sessoli (Italy)
Nicola Hüsing (Austria)Fraser Stoddart (USA)
Hiroaki Imai (Japan)Richard Tilley (New Zealand)
Jesús Jiménez-Barbero (Spain)Tomas Torres (Spain)
Takashi Kato (Japan)Veronique van Speybroeck (Belgium)
Martin Kaupp (Germany)Eiji Yashima (Japan)
Horst Kisch (Germany)Francesco Zerbetto (Italy)
Lechoslaw Latos-Grazynski (Poland)Hua Zhang (Singapore)
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“To be an active part of crossdisciplinary research can be a tremendous ‘catalyst’ to boost creativity in chemistry and in turn to convince colleagues from other disciplines to interconnect with the beauty and power of chemistry. The launch of ChemPlusChem will be of benefit to all crossdisciplinary researchers and will ensure that fruitful scientific collaborations keep heading in the right direction.”

Matthias Driess

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“Research in chemical and molecular sciences is becoming more and more complex and inter- and multidisciplinary and also its impact in physical, biological and material sciences is rapidly growing. Typically nowadays projects involve synthesis of compounds, catalysis, spectroscopy, crystallography, biological evaluations, physical measurements, and/or material studies.”

Michal Hocek

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“Great inventions almost always are the product of multidisciplinary research! There is a great need for a chemistry journal that is able to review and publish creative studies that bring together contributions from many areas of research. I think ChemPlusChem will be that journal.”

Nico Sommerdijk

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ChemPlusChem, as a new sister journal to ChemCatChem, ChemBioChem, ChemMedChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemSusChem, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, will have strong links to Chemistry—A European Journal through not only the Editor but also through a shared broad readership. ChemPlusChem will be promoted together with Chemistry—A European Journal. To enhance the visibility of its content the Table of Contents from ChemPlusChem will regularly appear in Chemistry—A European Journal, and news items on the most important papers published will feature on ChemistryViews (http://www.chemistryviews.org), and its magazine ChemViews, which were launched by ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH in 2010, and has established itself as a primary source of valuable information.

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The family of ChemPubSoc Europe journals will be further expanded in 2012 through the launch of ChemistryOpen, the first Open Access Chemical Society journal to publish peer-reviewed primary research in all areas of chemistry. ChemistryOpen will offer a high-quality platform for authors who want or are obliged to publish their primary research results in an open forum. In addition, ChemistryOpen will publish short summaries of PhD theses in a Thesis Treasury with a link to the full version.

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Given the launch of ChemPlusChem, it is particularly fitting that the Czech Republic will host the 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress at the Prague Congress Centre on August 26–30, 2012. The commitment of Wiley and Wiley-VCH, the publishers of the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals, to European Chemistry and the European Chemical Societies as well as to the continued success of this event is further demonstrated by their investment as Gold Sponsors. The organizers have put together a truly multidisciplinary program covering many aspects of chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry; Education and History; Food Chemistry; Environment and Green Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Life Sciences; Nanochemistry, Nanotechnology; Organic Chemistry, Polymers; Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Chemistry; and Solid State Chemistry. Details of the Congress can be found on the EuCheMS website under http://www.euchems-prague2012.cz/.

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Drawing on experience gained by our sister journals and the advice of a highly motivated Editorial Board, the editorial team promises a prompt peer-review process and a rapid online publication of all accepted manuscripts. Like its predecessor Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications, ChemPlusChem will be published online only and free color graphics are offered to all authors. ChemPlusChem started receiving submissions in September 2011 and has already been very well received within the community.

And here is the first issue! As mentioned, ChemPlusChem is targeted at a broad, general readership. This is reflected in the diverse topics covered in this issue, ranging from tuning the release of anticancer drugs from core/shell nanoparticles by N. Ž. Knežević and co-workers (see p. 48 ff.), to enhancing the capacitance of graphene by using gold nanospacers by M. Pumera and co-workers (see p. 71 ff.), and WORM memory effects in donor-acceptor polymers by Y. Chen, E.-T. Kang and co-workers (see p. 74 ff.). Our inaugural cover features the work of M. A. Antonio and R. J. Ellis, who describe a new approach to the third phase phenomenon in relation with the redox chemistry of cerium salts in their Full Paper on p. 41 ff.

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We hope that you enjoy this first issue of ChemPlusChem and that we will have the great pleasure in collaborating with you in publishing your multidisciplinary contributions in the very near future.

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Dr. Neville Compton, Editor

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Dr. Marisa Spiniello, Deputy Editor

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The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of ChemPlusChem, co-chaired by Matthias Driess, Michal Hocek, and Nico Sommerdijk, comprises a further eleven members from academia. These members were chosen for their wide-ranging fields of expertise and their excellent standing within the scientific community.

Matthias Driess, Co-Chairman, Technical University Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

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Matthias Driess has the Chair of Organometallic Chemistry and Inorganic Materials at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany. His research focuses on organometallic chemistry related to molecular models of heterogeneous catalysts, electron-transfer complexes, the synthesis of novel functional molecules based on heavy main group elements (silicon and phosphorus), and nanotechnology in terms of preparing molecular precursors for inorganic materials. He studied chemistry at Heidelberg University and received his PhD from the same institution in 1988 under W. Siebert. After postdoctoral work with R. West (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) he returned to Heidelberg and completed his habilitation in inorganic chemistry (1993) and remained there as a lecturer for a further three years. In 1996, Driess was appointed to the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum before joining TUB in 2004. Driess is the spokesperson for the “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat) Cluster of Excellence, which is located primarily at TUB. Through UniCat, he is part of an international research project investigating photocatalytic systems capable of splitting water. His most recent honors include the 2010 Alfred Stock Memorial Award of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh; German Chemical Society) for his work in the field of divalent silicon and the synthesis of nanoscale solids, as well as the 2011 Wacker Silicone Award for his pioneering work on low-valent silicon compounds. Driess has co-authored more than 220 scientific papers.

Michal Hocek, Co-Chairman, Acedemy of Science of the Czech Republic (Prague, Czech Republic)

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Michal Hocek leads a research team at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and is also Associate Professor at the Charles University in Prague (CU), Czech Republic. He has a range of research interests in the field of bioorganic chemistry; these include the chemistry of nucleobases, nucleosides, nucleotides, and nucleic acids, transition-metal catalyzed reactions, as well as medicinal chemistry. He studied at the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology and specialized in organic and medicinal chemistry for his MSc degree under J. Kuthan. In 1996, he received his PhD at the IOCB where he was guided by A. Holý. He spent one year doing postdoctoral research with L. Ghosez at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, before returning to the IOCB. In 2002, he was made a group leader. He completed his habilitation and DSc degree in 2006 and was made Head of Research the following year. In 2011, he was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Organic and Nuclear Chemistry at CU. As a young scientist he was awarded the Otto Wichterle Premium and the Prize of the Academy of Sciences. Hocek has co-authored over 130 scientific papers. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications (1998–2011) and is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemBioChem.

Nico A.J.M. Sommerdijk, Co-Chairman, Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

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Nico A.J.M. Sommerdijk is Associate Professor in Interfacial Materials Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands. His research focuses on the study of (macro)molecular assemblies and their application as templates in biomimetic mineralization studies. For this he combines advanced electron microscopic approaches from the field of materials science with the use of cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography. He studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and earned his PhD there in 1995 under the guidance of R. J. M. Nolte and B. Zwanenburg in the field of organic and supramolecular chemistry. From 1995 to 1997 he was a research fellow in the group of J. D. Wright at the University of Kent (UK), where he worked on sol–gel based molecular recognition systems. In 1997, he was awarded a visiting fellowship to work with B.R. Heywood at Keele University (UK), where he did his first work on biomimetic mineralization. After this fellowship, he returned to Nijmegen to continue this work applying (macro)molecular assemblies. In 1999, he moved to Eindhoven where he was appointed Assistant Professor in Biomimetic Materials Chemistry the following year. Sommerdijk is involved with several research centers: in 2006, he joined the Soft Matter CryoTEM Research Unit of which he is now responsible for overseeing the scientific activities. In 2008, he joined the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry, and since 2010 he has been associated to the TU/e Centre of NanoMaterials. He has published over 150 articles including original papers, reviews, and chapters of books.

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Chi-Ming Che has the Dr. Hui Wai-Haan Chair of Chemistry and is Director of the State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong. His broad research interests cover several different subfields including bioinorganic chemistry, luminescent and self-assembled materials, metal-catalyzed reactions, and photochemistry. In 1982, he was awarded a PhD in inorganic chemistry from HKU. He spent three years (1980–1983) working on organometallic photochemistry and bioinorganic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology before taking up a lectureship at HKU, where he has been promoted through the ranks. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (since 1995), a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (since 2007), and was admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009. He has co-authored over 700 scientific publications, 14 patents, and 3 book chapters, with a current h-index of 78. Since 2005, he has been listed in the ISI Highly Cited Researchers by ISI HighlyCited.com. Che is also on the Editorial Board of Chemistry–A European Journal and on the International Advisory Boards of ChemCatChem, and Chemistry–An Asian Journal.

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Avelino Corma is the founder of the Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain, and was its Director until 2010. His research incolves all aspects of catalysis, including synthesis, characterization, and reactivity in acid/base and redox catalysis. He is an internationally recognized expert in solid acid and bifunctional catalysts for oil refining, petrochemistry, and chemical process, especially in the synthesis and application of zeolite catalysts. Corma studied chemistry at the Universitat de València and in 1976, he earned his PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid under A. Cortes Arroyo. Then he spent two years doing postdoctoral research at Queen’s University in Canada before returning to the CSIC in 1979, where he became a Research Professor in 1987. Corma founded the ITQ UPV-CSIC in 1990. Corma has co-authored over 700 research papers, 100 patents, 3 books, and several book chapters. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Academy of Science of Spain, of the Academia Europaea, of the National Academy of Engineering, USA, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. Corma is also on the Editorial Board of ChemSusChem and on the International Advisory Board of ChemPhysChem and ChemCatChem.

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Luisa DeCola has the Chair of Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics at the University of Münster, Germany. Her research focuses on electroluminescent materials for optical and electroluminescent devices, and nanomaterials for imaging and diagnostics. She studied chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy and in 1983 she obtained her Laurea under the supervision of R. Romeo. She was then a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Commonwealth University, USA (1984–1986). She moved back to Italy to work at the CNR in Bologna with V. Balzani (1986–1990). In 1990, she was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (1990–1998). In 1998, she moved as Full Professor to the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1998–2004). Since 2005, her research group has been based in Münster. In 2009 she received the ERC advanced grant and in 2011 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry named her among the recipients of the Distinguished Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Award. She has co-authored more than 240 publications in scientific journals. De Cola is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemPhysChem.

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Chuan He is a Professor at the University of Chicago, USA. His research spans chemical biology, nucleic acid chemistry and biology, epigenetics, cell biology, bioinorganic chemistry, structural biology, microbiology, genomics, as well as silver and gold catalysis. His group is involved in the studies of dynamics RNA and DNA modifications that impact gene regulation, selective metal ion binding and sensing, and the regulation of virulence and antibiotic resistance regulation in human pathogens. He graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China before moving to the US to earn his PhD in 2000 under S. J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After two years studying DNA repair proteins as a Damon-Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with G. L. Verdine at Harvard University, he started his independent research career at the University of Chicago. He also holds a professorial post at Peking University and has co-authored over 100 scientific publications. In 2010, he won the American Chemical Society Akron Section Award and the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Award.&!LINE;

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Ivan Huc leads a research group and is also adjunct director at the Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie in Bordeaux, France. His current research interests are foldamers and biomimetic supramolecular chemistry. He studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and received his PhD in 1994 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris under the joint supervision of C. Rolando (Ecole Normale Supérieure) and J. Rebek, Jr. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), working on synthetic enzyme mimics. After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship studying the recognition of DNA sequences with J.-P. Behr in Strasbourg-Illkirch, he received a CNRS Chargé de Recherche position in the laboratory of J.-M. Lehn at the Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, France, where he studied dynamic combinatorial chemistry from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, he was appointed group leader in Bordeaux and received his habilitation in 1999. Huc has published more than 100 scientific papers. He has received several Prizes among which are the 2003 Acros Prize of the French Chemical Society and the 2008 Jecker Prize of the French Academy of Science.

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Paul Knochel is a Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. His research interests include the development of novel organometallic reagents and methods for use in organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, and natural product synthesis. He did his undergraduate studies at the Université de Strasbourg, France and was awarded his PhD at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland under the guidance of D. Seebach. After four years at the CNRS at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (J.-F. Normant) and one year at Princeton University (M. F. Semmelhack), he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1987, where he became Full Professor in 1991. He moved to Philipps-Universität, Marburg as Full Professor in Organic Chemistry 1992 and in 1999 he joined the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Knochel has co-authored more than 580 publications in scientific journals. He was awarded the Otto Bayer Prize, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and the Karl Ziegler Prize of the GDCh, and was elected member of of Académie des Sciences (Paris) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.&!LINE;

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Tetsuro Majima is a Professor of The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University, Japan. He specializes in photochemistry, radiation chemistry, and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy techniques to investigate organic, inorganic, and biomolecular reactions and to elucidate functionalities of nanomaterials such as DNA, proteins, catalysts, clusters, and reactive intermediates. He was educated at Osaka University and earned his DEng degree in 1980. For the next two years he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas working with R. A. Caldwell before taking a researcher position at RIKEN, Japan where he remained until 1994. Since this time he returned to Osaka University as an associate professor and was promoted to a full professor in 1997. He has co-authored over 430 scientific publications and 20 book chapters.

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Krzysztof Matyjaszewski is the J. C. Warner Professor of Natural Sciences and Director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He is a pioneer in the development of controlled radical polymerization and applies this to the synthesis of well-defined polymers and hybrids for optoelectronic and biomedical applications. He also dabbles in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. He studied chemistry at the Technical University of Moscow and was awarded his PhD 1976 from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland under S. Penczek. Since 1985 his group has been based at Carnegie Mellon University. He has co-authored over 700 scientific publications, more than 70 book chapters, co-edited 14 books, and holds over 40 US and 120 international patents. He has received 5 honorary degrees (Ghent, Łódź, Moscow, Athens, and Toulouse) and is a member of US National Academy of Engineering and Polish Academy of Sciences. Matyjaszewski is on the International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics as well as Macromolecular Rapid Communications. In 2011, he received the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science, ACS Hermann Mark Award, Japanese Polymer Society Award, Carnegie Science Award in Advanced Materials, French Chemical Society Prize, and was a joint winner of the prestigious Wolf Prize in Chemistry. &!LINE;

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Paolo Samorì is the Deputy Director of the Institut de Science et d′Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) of the Université de Strasbourg (UdS), France where he is also Director of the Nanochemistry Laboratory. The research from his team centers on controlling the architecture to function relationship in complex supramolecular materials applicable to organic electronics. They work towards the fabrication of molecular-scale nanodevices and apply scanning probe microscopy techniques to investigate hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid architectures at surfaces. Samorì studied industrial chemistry at the University of Bologna and received his Ph.D in chemistry from the Humboldt University Berlin for a thesis under the supervision of J. P. Rabe. He was a research scientist at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Bologna from 2001 to 2008, before being appointed as full professor at ISIS-UdS in 2008. His recent honors include an ERC starting grant 2010, the Guy Ourisson Prize (2010), and the Nicolo Copernico Award for his discoveries in the field of nanotechnology (2009). He was recently elected as a Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2010–2015). He has co-authored over 150 publications in scientific journals and 3 books. Samorì is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Advanced Materials and ChemPhysChem.

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Detlef Schröder has a Distinguished Chair at the IOCB, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is a recognized mass spectrometrist with broad experience in all areas of gas-phase ion chemistry. His interests range from fundamental questions on diatomic molecules to organic reaction mechanism, inorganic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry to questions of astrochemical interest or biochemical problems. Presently, a key focus of research concerns possible correlations between gas-phase results and “real” chemistry occurring in the condensed phase. He studied chemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany, and graduated with a PhD degree from the same institution in 1992 under the guidance of H. Schwarz. He remained at TUB as a research scientist until he moved to Prague in 2006. Schröder has also worked abroad at the University of Utah, USA, with P. B. Armentrout and at the Université Paris-Sud to carry out measurements at the LURE and SOLEIL synchrotrons and the CLIO infrared laser facility. He has co-authored more than 380 publications and 12 book chapters and has a current h-Index of 53.

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Itamar Willner is a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research areas include molecular and biomolecular electronics and optoelectronics, molecular and biomolecular machineries, nanobiotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics of nanoparticles and quantum dots, and artificial photosynthesis and light-induced reactions. He earned his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry in 1978 with M. Rabinovitz. After three years of postdoctoral studies with M. Calvin at the University of California in Berkeley, USA he joined the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982, and was appointed as Professor in 1986. He has co-authored over 600 scientific publications, 30 patents, and 14 book chapters. Among many awards and honors, he holds the Israel Prize in Chemistry (2002), the EMET Prize (2008), and Rothschild Prize (2008). He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a member of many Editorial Boards, including the boards of Wiley-VCH journals: ChemPhysChem, Small, Angewandte Chemie, Electroanalysis, and Fuel Cells.