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Dr. Konrad Seppelt was born September 2, 1944 in Leipzig, Germany. He studied chemistry from 1964 to 1968 at Hamburg and Heidelberg Universites and received his Ph.D. at Heidelberg University, began of independent research in 1970. He became a Faculty Member (Habilitation) in Heidelberg University in 1974 and did a sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley, with Prof. N. Bartlett from 1974 to 1975. In 1980, he became Associate Professor in Heidelberg and has been a Professor of Chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin from 1974 to 2017. During the years of 1992 to 1995 he was the Vice-President at Freie Universität Berlin.
He holds memberships at Berlin- Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, The American Chemical Society (ACS) and Gesellschaft deutscher Chemiker (GDCH).
He has received a multitude of awards including the Karl- Winnaker Award in 1975, The Price for Chemistry Academy of Sciences in Goettingen in 1976, The ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry in 1996 and the Wilhelm Klemm Award for Inorganic Chemistry in 2001.
He has multiple named lectureships including Wilsmore Felloship at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1992, Eduard-Zintl Lecture, Tech. University Darmstadt in 1993, J.J. Musher Lecture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1999, Wilhelm-Manchot research professorship at the Techn. University Munich in 2000, A.D. Little Lecture, MIT, Cambridge, USA and R. D. Siedle Lecure, Indiana University, USA in 2002, J and E. Lee Memorial Lecture, University of Chicago in 2003, John C. Bailar Medal and Lecture, University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, E. Wiberg Lecture, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany in 2005, Franz and Elizabeth Roessler Lecture, Cornell University in 2007, Neil Bartlett Memorial Lecture, University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and Arduengo Lecture, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 2010.
He has about 350 original publications, about 250 thereof in Fluorine Chemistry.
Dr. David A. Dixon was born in Houston Texas on Dec. 3, 1949. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Caltech in 1971 where he did undergraduate research in x-ray crystallography and ion cyclotron resonance spectroscopy. He received a PhD from Harvard in physical chemistry in 1976 where he worked on molecular orbital theory with Prof. William Lipscomb (Nobel Prize, 1976) and crossed molecular beam chemistry with Prof. Dudley Herschbach (Nobel Prize, 1986). He has been the Robert Ramsay Chair the Department of Chemistry at The University of Alabama since January 2004. Prior to moving to Alabama, he was Associate Director for Theory, Modeling, & Simulation in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 1995 to 2002 and a Battelle Fellow from 2002-2003. He was the leader of the Molecular Sciences Computing Facility in the EMSL as well as a computational chemistry and biology groups. His research at PNNL involved using computational methods to solve environmental problems facing the Department of Energy nuclear weapons production complex. He spent 12 years at DuPont’s Central Research focusing on hydrofluorocarbons as chlorofluorocarbon replacements, fluoropolymers, catalysis, metal oxides, and main group chemistry in support of the Company’s different businesses. He has received a number of awards including Junior Fellow at Harvard, Sloan Fellow, Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, the 1989 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award of the American Chemical Society, a 2000 Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award, 2003 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, a 2010 DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award, the 2011 Burnum Award from The University of Alabama, the 2012 University of Alabama SEC Faculty Achievement Award, and the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry Distinguished Service Award in 2015. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the European Academy of Sciences.
The overall goal of the work in his research group is to develop computational chemistry approaches on advanced computer systems and then apply them to address a range of important national problems with a focus on energy and the environment. Important research areas include fluorine and main group chemistry, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis including acid gas chemistry and biomass conversion, geochemistry, heavy element chemistry for environmental cleanup and advanced nuclear fuel cycles, and chemical hydrogen storage materials.
Prof. Dr. Yurii Yagupolskii was born 1949. Graduated from Kyiv State University, Chemical Faculty, 1971. Ph.D. 1977, Doctor of Sciences: 1991, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Kyiv. Professor’s title: 1994. Head of Department of Organofluorine Compounds Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Kyiv from 1988 till now.
His research interests include Chemistry of organofluorine compounds - organoelement and organometallic compounds with fluorine-containing substituents forming element-carbon bond - fluorination with XeF2 - fluorine-containing amino acids - biologically active fluorinated preparations - chemistry of super strong CH-acids - chemistry of the ylides of d-elements – selective perfluoroalkylation with perfluoroalkylsilanes – fluorine-containing materials for power sources – weakly coordinated fluorine-containing anions, etc
He is an author of over 250 scientific publications and also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry and has collaborations with Prof.Dr.h.c. Alois Haas (Bochum, Germany) and Prof.Dr. Dieter Naumann and Dr. Wieland Tyrra (Cologne, Germany), Prof. Emmanuel Magnier (Versailles, France).
He is an invited lecturer at the Universities of Berlin, Cologne, Bochum, Münster, München, Duisburg, Tübingen, Braunschweig, Bremen, Freiburg (Germany, 1991 - 2006), Fukuoka, Tokyo, Kyoto (Japan, 1993 - 1994), Versailles, Roun (France 2012).
Dr. Iwao Ojima is a University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the Stony Brook University – State University of New York. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (1973) degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He joined the Sagami Institute of Chemical Research and held a position of Senior Research Fellow until 1983. He joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook first as Associate Professor (1983), was promoted to Professor (1984), Leading Professor (1991), and then to Distinguished Professor (1995). He served as the Department Chair from 1997 to 2003. He has been serving as the founding Director for the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (ICB&DD) from 2003. He has also been serving as the President of the Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors since 2016.
Dr. Ojima has a wide range of research interests in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry as well as chemical biology, including discovery and development of anticancer agents, antimicrobials, and targeted drug delivery systems. His pioneering and innovative works on organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, catalytic asymmetric synthesis, efficient synthetic methods/methodologies, and organofluorine chemistry were also well recognized worldwide. He holds more than 100 issued patents, including 43 US Patents.
In recognition of Dr. Ojima’s seminal contributions to chemical sciences, he has received numerous awards and honors. Among his awards, t is worthy of note that he has received four prestigious National Awards (highest honors) in four different subdisciplines from the American Chemical Society: Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1994), E. B. Hershberg Award for Important Discoveries of Medicinally Active Substances (2001), ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry (2013), and E. Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products (2019).
Other awards and honors include the induction to the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame, American Chemical Society (2006), the Chemical Society of Japan Award (1999); Outstanding Inventor Award (2002) from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.
Dr. Ojima is the Elected Fellow of J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1995), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997), the New York Academy of Sciences (2000), the American Chemical Society (2010), the National Academy of Inventors (2014), and the European Academy of Sciences (2020).
Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert W. Roesky was born in East Prussia which belongs now to Russia. During the second world war we had to move to western Germany. My parents had lost all their belongings and I started with an education in a dairy, and finished with a degree to make butter and cheese. This was the basis to earn money to start at the University of Göttingen. I received my Diploma and PhD from this university and started my post-doc time at Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware. After one year as post-doc I received from Göttingen the offer to start the profession as a university lecturer and became a full professor in Frankfurt/ Main two years later. After 10 years in Frankfurt, I returned to Göttingen as a Director of the institute of Inorganic Chemistry.
He has multiple honors: Dozenten - Award of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie in 1970, Centenary Lecturer at the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1984, Award of the Minister of Sciences in France in 1985, French Alexander-von-Humboldt-Award in 1986, Leibniz-Award in 1987, Alfred-Stock-Memorial Award in 1990, Manfred and Wolfgang Flad Award in 1994, Literature Award of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie in 1995, Carus Medal of Leopoldina in 1998, Carus Award of the City of Schweinfurt in 1998, Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie in 1998, Wilkinson Prize in 1998, ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry in 1994, Rao Award of the Chemical Research Society of India in 2004, ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry in 2004, Wittig-Grignard-Award from 2000 to 2004, Prix International Henri Moissan in 2009, Heinrich Rössler Preis in 2012, Annual Award for Chemistry in 2013 by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, Blaise Pascal Medal in 2015 by the European Academy. He has 1365 publications with an H-index of 89 and 45589 citations.
Dr. William R. Dolbier, Jr. is currently Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Stetson University and a Ph. D. in organic chemistry from Cornell University, working with Mel Goldstein. After one and a half years of postdoctoral work with Bill Doering at Yale, he joined the faculty at UF in 1966, where he has been ever since, serving as Chairman from 1983 to 1988 and again from 2012-2017, before retiring from teaching in 2018. Bill’s research interests remain focused on the study of molecules containing fluorine. Although retaining a strong interest in structure-reactivity relationships, in recent years, his efforts have increasingly been devoted to development of new synthetic methods in organofluorine chemistry. He has published more than 300 papers and is an inventor on thirteen U.S. patents. At UF, Bill was the recipient of many teaching awards, and his other honors include being named a Sloan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. He received the ACS award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry in 2000. Bill was the North American editor of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry from 2006 to 2016 and served as Chair of the Fluorine Division in 1986, along with two stints on the Division’s Executive Committee.
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