Plenary Lecturers

  • Umit S. Ozkan is a Distinguished University Professor and a College of Engineering Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D from Iowa State University in 1984 and joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1985. Between 2000 and 2005, she also served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. She held Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor positions at the French Institut de Recherches  sur la Catalyse  (Catalysis Research Institute) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Université Claude Bernard, respectively. Currently, she is the Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. 

    Dr. Ozkan’s current research interests are focused on heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis.  She has edited eight books, has written over 250 refereed publications and book chapters, given over 350 conference presentations and over 150 invited lectures in 20 different countries.  She has seven patents and over 13,000 citations.

    In her research group, Dr. Ozkan has advised and mentored over 100 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and honors students.

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    Benjamin List is the Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, department of Homogeneous Catalysis, in Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr and also specially appointed Professor at Hokkaido University in Japan. He is also a scientific member of the Max-Planck Society.

    His main interest has been the development of new type of catalysis that builds upon small organic molecules, that is the development of asymmetric organicatalysis, for which he was awarded, among other prizes, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2021.

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    Keiichi Tomishige received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Science, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo, under the guidance of Prof. Yasuhiro Iwasawa. During his Ph.D. course in 1994, he moved to the Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, as a research associate and worked with Prof. Kaoru Fujimoto. In 1998, he became a lecturer, and then he moved to the Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba, as a lecturer in 2001. Since 2004 he has been an associate professor at the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, and worked with Prof. Kimio Kunimori. Since 2010 he has been a professor at the School of Engineering, Tohoku University. His research interests are the development of heterogeneous catalysts for (1) the production of biomass-derived chemicals, (2) the non-reductive conversion of CO2 with alcohols/amines into organic carbonates, carbamates, and ureas, and (3) the reforming of hydrocarbons such as biomass tar and methane. He received a Catalysis Society of Japan Award (Academic field) in 2021.

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    Jeroen A. van Bokhoven completed a degree in chemistry at Utrecht University (Netherlands) in 1995 and went on to obtain a PhD in inorganic chemistry and catalysis from the same university in 2000 (with honours). From 1999 until 2002 he was head of the XAS (X-ray absorption spectroscopy) users - support group at Utrecht University. In 2002, he moved to the ETH, where he worked as researcher in the group of professor Prins. In 2006 he obtained an SNF assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biology. He was the 2008 recipient of the Swiss Chemical Society Werner Prize.

    Since 2010, Jeroen A. van Bokhoven has a Chair in Heterogeneous Catalysis at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich and is Head of Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute.

    Jeroen Van Bokhoven works in the field of heterogeneous catalysis aiming at producing better catalysts and processes that allow sustainable development. Goal is the determination of structure-performance relationships, which aid the design and construction of better catalysts for cleaner and more efficient processes. His main interests are heterogeneous catalysts and developing advanced tools in X-ray spectroscopy and scattering to study the catalyst structure under catalytic relevant conditions.

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    Ulrike Diebold is a professor of surface physics at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in Vienna, Austria. She conducts research in experimental surface science with an emphasis on metal oxides. She is particularly interested in the atomic-scale properties of these complex materials, and in unraveling their (defect)structure/reactivity relationship. The main tool, Scanning Probe Microscopy, is complemented by area-averaging surface spectroscopies and first-principles calculations.

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    Thomas Maschmeyer is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Founder of the London-listed Gelion plc (GELN), an energy storage company, and co-founder of the waste upcycler Licella Holdings. After completing his PhD in 1994 he went on to hold positions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the University of Cambridge, and the TU Delft’s Institute of Chemical Technology before returning to the University of Sydney as an ARC Federation Fellow. He is Fellow of three Academies and has received numerous prizes and awards, most recently receiving the ‘Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation’ across all technologies and the Australian Academy of Science’s David Craig Medal, its highest award in chemistry. His research interests cover catalysis and sustainable processes, renewable and circular feedstocks (waste biomass/plastics), green hydrogen, ionic liquids, micro- and mesoporous nanostructured materials, reversible energy-storage devices. Mura Technology has licenced Licella’s plastic conversion technology and is engaged in a global roll-out with Dow, KBR, Mitsubishi Chemicals, LGChem, Chevron Phillips. Dow has committed to five 125 ktps plants alone.

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