Members of the Editorial Board

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  2. Members of the Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of ChemSusChem is chaired by Professors Matthias Beller, Gabriele Centi, and Daniel G. Nocera and comprises a further ten members from academia and industry. The Editorial Board members are involved in the decision-making process and advise the journal's editorial team on the content and organization of the journal. After a primary evaluation in the editorial office, all appropriate manuscripts are sent immediately to one of the Editorial Board members, who can then advise on the general suitability and quality of the manuscripts and recommend referees. Their advice is also sought in more difficult and controversial cases.

Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis: Giuseppe Bellussi

Giuseppe Bellussi is Director of the R&D Center at San Donato Milanese (Italy) within Eni's Refining and Marketing Division. He has a broad experience in zeolite science and catalysis. He received his Laurea cum laude in chemistry from the University of Parma in 1978. Following a postdoctoral stay at the Euratom R&D Center (Karlsruhe, Germany) and a two-year stay with the Montedison Group (Italy), he joined Eni in 1981. Since then, he has been involved in projects in heterogeneous catalysis, dealing with chemistry and refining processes, gas conversion, and heavy-oil upgrading. He has been a key player in the development of selective oxidation processes and alkylation of benzene with ethylene and propylene, all in the presence of zeolites. He has also been involved in developing technologies for Fischer–Tropsch-based gas-to-liquid processes and for upgrading heavy oil and residues to liquid fuels. Bellussi is the co-author of over 80 publications and 85 patents. His research activities have been recognized with several international awards, including the Johnson Matthey Award for Innovation in Catalysis (2003) and the International Zeolite Association Award (2007).

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Organometallic Chemistry: Claudio Bianchini

Claudio Bianchini is Director of the Institute of Organometallic Chemistry of the Italian National Research Council (ICCOM-CNR). His areas of interest encompass homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, touching on electrocatalysts and membranes for fuel cells, as well as hydrogen production and storage. He received his Laurea cum laude in chemistry from the University of Florence in 1973. He joined the Institute for Studies of Stereochemistry and Energetics of Coordination Compounds (ISSECC, Firenze) in 1977 and climbed the ranks there to become its Director in 1989. In 2002, he took up his current position at ICCOM-CNR. Among other things, Bianchini is Vice-Coordinator of the EU Network of Excellence IDECAT and a member of the IUPAC Subcommittee for Green Chemistry. He is the author of over 400 publications in journals and books and of 40 patents and related extensions. He was most recently honored with the 2006 GICO Senior Award by the Interdivisional group of Organometallic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society.

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Energy Research: Nigel Brandon

Nigel Brandon completed his PhD in electrochemical engineering in 1981 at Imperial College London (ICL; UK) under the supervision of G. H. Kelsall. He then spent eight years working on various aspects of electrochemistry applied to the energy field at the BP Research Center in the UK, particularly related to solar cells and catalysis. In 1992 he joined the Rolls Royce Strategic Research Centre to work on solid oxide fuel cells, with particular interests in the design and characterization of fuel cells, before returning to ICL as a senior lecturer in electrochemical engineering in 1998. There, he continued to develop research interests in fuel cell science and engineering and was appointed the Shell Chair in Sustainable Development in Energy in the Faculty of Engineering in 2004 and the Executive Director of the Imperial College Energy Futures Laboratory in 2005. In 2006 he was appointed the inaugural Energy Senior Research Fellow to the UK Research Council's Energy Program. He was awarded the 2007 Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Catalyst Materials: Avelino Corma

Avelino Corma studied chemistry at the University of Valencia (Spain) and completed his PhD at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid in 1976. During a postdoctoral stay at Queen's University (Canada, 1977–1979), he studied kinetics and catalyst decay in hydrocarbon transformations. Upon returning to Madrid, he took up a position as a research associate at the Institute for Catalysis and Petrochemistry at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and was later promoted to Full Professor (1988). In 1990, he co-founded a joint venture of the CSIC and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) to form the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) and was appointed its Director. His research interests lie in the design, synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of ordered solid catalysts for acid–base and redox reactions. A particular focus is the preparation of nanomaterials for catalysis and especially crystalline and amorphous materials with well-defined and controlled pore dimensions in which single isolated or multifunctional active sites are located. Corma has co-authored more than 600 articles and 100 patents on these subjects.

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Organic Chemistry: Francesco De Angelis

Francesco De Angelis received his Laurea cum laude in chemistry at the University of Rome in 1974. Following a postdoctoral stay at the University of Cambridge (UK), working in the group of D. H. Williams on the mass spectrometry of biomolecules, he joined the University of l'Aquila as Associate Professor. He was appointed Full Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2001. His current research interests include mass spectrometry, the analysis of atmospheric pollution, and studies on pheromones and lignin biosynthesis, among other things. He has co-authored 100 scientific publications in international journals and 15 patents and related extensions. De Angelis serves on several societies and editorial boards of journals and has organized many symposia and conferences, all on national and international levels. Most recently, he was President of the Società Chimica Italiana (2005–2007) and Editor-in-Chief of Annali di Chimica (2006–2007), the predecessor to ChemSusChem.

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Photoenergy Conversion: Dirk M. Guldi

Dirk M. Guldi completed both his undergraduate studies (1988) and PhD (1990) with F. Wasgestian at the University of Cologne (Germany). Following postdoctoral appointments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (1992), and Syracuse University, he joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory in 1995. He was promoted a year later from assistant to associate professional specialist, and remained affiliated to Notre Dame until 2004. During this time, he also completed his habilitation at the University of Leipzig (1999). Since 2004, he is Full Professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen. His research interests focus on charge separation in donor–acceptor ensembles and on the construction of nanostructured thin films for photoenergy conversion. He is the co-author of over 290 research papers and book chapters.

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Industrial Biorefinery Systems: Birgit Kamm

Birgit Kamm carried out her undergraduate studies at the Technical University of Merseburg (Germany), earning her diploma in 1986, and then completed her PhD at the Martin-Luther University (Halle-Wittenberg) in 1991. During 1997–2001, she was the recipient of a grant from the German Federal Foundation of Environment. She founded the Green Biorefinery Association (Berlin-Brandenburg) in 1997 and co-founded the research, development, and transfer company GmbH (Potsdam) in 2001. Since 1998, she has been both Board Member and Scientific Director of Biopos e.V. (Research Institute of Bioactive Polymer Systems, Teltow-Seehof). Following her habilitation at the University of Potsdam (2005), she was appointed Honorary Professor of Biorefinery Technology at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus. Her main research interests are industrial biorefinery systems and biobased product family trees. She is one of the co-editors of the book “Biorefineries—Industrial Processes and Products” (Wiley-VCH, 2006).

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Sustainable Chemistry: Toshiyasu Sakakura

Toshiyasu Sakakura completed his undergraduate, masters, and PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Tokyo (Japan) under the supervision of T. Mukaiyama and K. Narasaka. He then spent one year as a visiting researcher in the group of C. P. Casey at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA). Since 1983, he has been affiliated with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), which is one of the largest national research institutes in Japan, and he also holds a position as Professor at the University of Tsukuba. The goal of Sakakura's research is to develop efficient synthetic reactions by homogeneous catalysis and especially utilization of fundamental molecules such as carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, and water. He is also interested in iron-based catalysts and the combination of homogeneous catalysis with, for example, photolysis and supercritical fluids. He is the co-author of about 100 publications and 150 patents.

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Industrial Oxidation Processes: J. Henrique Teles

J. Henrique Teles studied chemistry and chemical engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and obtained his PhD in 1988 from the University of Giessen (Germany) under the supervision of G. Maier. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of W. von E. Doering at Harvard University (USA) and later as a Humboldt fellow at the University of Giessen, before joining BASF's central research laboratories in Ludwigshafen as a research chemist in 1991. Since 2001, he has led a research group at the Basic Chemicals Research Laboratory there. The research interests of his group are focused on oxidation chemistry, and his group has made significant contributions to the development of new industrial oxidation processes, such as those for synthesizing propylene oxide and cyclododecanone using hydrogen peroxide and nitrous oxide, respectively, as oxidants. Carbonylation, olefin metathesis, homogeneous catalysis with gold, and organocatalysis with nucleophilic carbenes are also focus areas of his group. He is the co-author of over 100 patents and publications.

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Chemical Engineering: Peter Wasserscheid

Peter Wasserscheid is a pioneer in the study and development of ionic liquids. He carried out his undergraduate studies as well as his PhD (1998), under the guidance of W. Keim, at the RWTH Aachen (Germany). After a short industrial postdoctoral appointment at BP Chemicals in Sunbury (UK), he returned to Aachen to carry out his habilitation (2002). During this time, he also co-founded Solvent Innovation GmbH, Cologne, one of the leading companies in the production and application of ionic liquids. He was appointed Chair of the Institute for Chemical Reaction Engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2003. His group is among the leading experts in designing, producing, and characterizing ionic liquids for technical applications. His research is focused on homogeneous catalysis and the study of multiphase catalytic processes using ionic liquids. Wasserscheid has received several awards including the Leibniz Prize (2006). He edited together with T. Welton the two-volume monograph “Ionic Liquids in Synthesis” (2nd ed., Wiley-VCH, 2007).

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