Chihaya Adachi is a distinguished professor at Kyushu University and director of Kyushu University’s Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA). He is also program coordinator of Kyushu University’s Advanced Graduate da Vinci Course on Molecular Systems for Devices and director of the Fukuoka i3 center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research. Chihaya Adachi obtained his doctorate in Materials Science and Technology in 1991 from Kyushu University and held positions as at the Chemical Products R&D Center at Ricoh Co., the Department of Functional Polymer Science at Shinshu University, the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, and Chitose Institute of Science and Technology before returning to Kyushu University as a professor.
Adachi’s research combines the areas of chemistry, physics, and electronics to advance the field of organic light-emitting materials and devices from both the materials and device perspectives through the design of new molecules with novel properties, the study of processes occurring in individual materials and complete devices, and the exploration of new device structures, and he has co-authored over 500 research papers.
He co-founded and serves as scientific advisor for Kyulux Inc, which is commercializing OLED emitters based on thermally activated delayed fluorescence. In 2019, he co-founded KOALA Tech Inc to further develop and eventually commercialize the organic laser diodes. Recent awards he has received include a 2017 Nishina Memorial Prize and a 2016 Thomson Reuters Research Front Award, and he was named a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher for the Cross-Field category.
Zhenan Bao is Department Chair and K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy, a Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Material Science and Engineering and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. She founded the Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiate (eWEAR) and serves as the faculty director. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. She received her Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1995. She has over 450 refereed publications and over 60 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >140. She pioneered a number of design concepts for organic electronic materials. Her work has enabled flexible electronic circuits and displays. In her recent work, she has developed skin-inspired organic electronic materials, which resulted in unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.
Bao is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. She is a Fellow of MRS, ACS, AAAS, SPIE, ACS PMSE and ACS POLY. She served on the Board of Directors for MRS in 2003-2005 and as an Executive Committee Member for the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering division of the American Chemical Society. She served as a board member for the National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology 2009-2012.
Bao was selected as Nature’s Ten people who mattered in 2015 as a “Master of Materials” for her work on artificial electronic skin. She was awarded the Wilhelm Exner Medal by Austrian Federal Minister of Science 2018, ACS Award on Applied Polymer Science 2017, The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in the Physical Sciences 2017, the AICHE Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering in 2014, ACS Carl Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award in 2013, ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2011, she was the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009, the IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize in 2008, American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award 2001, R&D 100 Award and R&D Magazine’s Editors Choice of the “Best of the Best” new technology for 2001. She has been selected in 2002 by the American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee as one of the twelve “Outstanding Young Woman Scientist who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century”. She was also selected by MIT Technology Review magazine in 2003 as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century.
Bao is a co-founder and on the Board of Directors for C3 Nano and PyrAmes, both are silicon-valley venture funded start-ups. She serves as an advising Partner for Fusion Venture Capital.
Luisa De Cola
Luisa De Cola has been Professor Exceptionnelle at the University of Strasbourg (ISIS), Chair of Supramolecular and Bio-Material Chemistry and part time scientist at the INT-KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany since September 2013. From 2016, she is also Professor of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and since 2019, Honorary Professor at Tianjin University, China.
She was born in Messina, Italy, where she studied chemistry. After a post-doc in USA, she was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (1990). In 1998, she was appointed Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2004, she moved to the University of Muenster, Germany.
She is the recipient of several awards, the most recent being the ERC advanced grant 2010, IUPAC award as one of the Distinguished Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (2011). In 2015, she received the International Prize for Chemistry “L. Tartufari” from Accademia dei Lincei and the Catalan -Sabatier prize from the Spanish Royal Academy of Science. In 2019 she received the Izatt–Christensen Award in Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry.
She was elected member of the Academia Europeae, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of Akademie der Wissenschaften un der Literatur of Mainz. In 2014, she was been nominated “Chevalier de la Légion d’ Honneur” by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande.
Her main interests are luminescent and electroluminescent systems and their assemblies and nano- and porous structures for biomedical applications. She has published more than 360 papers and filed 36 patents (H-index = 73).
Richard Friend holds the Cavendish Professorship of Physics at the University of Cambridge. His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers. His research advances have shown that carbon-based semiconductors have significant applications in LEDs, solar cells, lasers, and electronics.
Iain McCulloch holds positions as Professor of Chemical Science within the Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering of KAUST, and a Chair in Polymer Materials within the Chemistry Department at Imperial College. He is also the Director of KAUST Solar Center, and a co-founder and director of Flexink Limited. Previously, he spent 18 years managing industrial research groups at Hoechst Corporation in the US and Merck in the UK, focussed on understanding the control of microstructure and energy levels in conjugated aromatic semiconducting molecules.
He is co-inventor on over 65 patents and co-author on over 320 papers with a current h-index of 89. His papers have been cited over 32000 times. He was cited in Thompson Reuters “Global Top 100 Materials Scientists, 2000-10, Ranked by Citation Impact” at number 35 globally and number 2 in the UK, and was listed on ISI Highly Cited Researchers List from 2014-2018 for Materials Science and additionally in 2017 and 2018 for Chemistry. He was awarded the 2009 Royal Society of Chemistry, Creativity in Industry Prize, the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize for Advances in Chemistry and a 2014 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award.
Jenny Nelson is a Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where she has researched novel varieties of material for use in solar cells since 1989. Her current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular and hybrid semiconductor materials and their application to solar energy conversion. She also works with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial to explore the mitigation potential of renewable energy technologies. She is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science and has published over 250 articles and a book on the physics of solar cells. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.
Dr John R Reynolds
Dr John R Reynolds is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology with expertise in polymer chemistry.
He serves as a member of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) and Director of the Georgia Tech Polymer Network (GTPN).
His research interests have involved electrically conducting and electroactive conjugated polymers for ~40 years, with work focused to the development of new polymers by manipulating their fundamental organic structure in order to control their optoelectronic and redox properties. His group has been heavily involved in developing new polyheterocycles for visible and infrared light electrochromism, along with light emission from polymer and composite LEDs (both visible and near-infrared) and light emitting electrochemical cells (LECs). Further work is directed to using organic polymers and oligomers in charge storing supercapacitors, photovoltaic cells and bio-electronic devices.
Dr Reynolds obtained his M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Polymer Science and Engineering. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers, has ~40 patents issued and ~15 patents pending, and serves as co-editor of the “Handbook of Conducting Polymers”. He was awarded the ACS Applied Polymer Science Award in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Materials Research Society. He serves on the editorial board for the journals ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, and the Journal of Macromolecular Science, Chemistry.
Zhigang Shuai received his PhD in the theoretical condensed matter physics from Fudan University, Shanghai, in 1989, under the supervision of Prof. Xin Sun. He then worked with Prof. Jean-Luc Brédas in the University of Mons, Belgium as a postdoc and then as a research staff scientist. Since 2000, he became a Hundred-Talent Program professor in the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences based in Beijing. From 2008, he is a Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research interests focus on the development of computational methodologies for modeling the electronic processes in organic optoelectronic functional materials. He has devised computational schemes for the radiative and non-radiative decay rates, carrier mobility, thermoelectric conversion, and photovoltaic conversion processes in organic/polymeric materials. He has extended the density matrix renormalization group theory and its time dependent formalism for the excited states for conjugated polymers and molecular aggregates. He has published more than 360 articles with an H-index 68.
He was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science in 2008 (and became the Vice President in 2018), the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009, Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea in 2011, the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2013, and the Scientific Board Member of the WATOC in 2017. He was the recipient of the National Outstanding Young Scientist Fund (2004), the Chinese Chemical Society – AkzoNobel Chemical Sciences Award (2012), and the Prix Franco-Chinois of the French Chemical Society (2018). He is an elected Vice President of the Chinese Chemical Society (2019-2022).
Professor Luisa Torsi
Luisa Torsi is full professor of Chemistry since 2005 and is the immediate past-president of the European Material Research Society. Torsi received her laurea degree in Physics from the University of Bari in 1989 and the PhD in Chemical Sciences from the same institution in 1993. She was post-doctoral fellow at Bell Labs from 1994 to 1996. In 2005 and 2006 she was invited professor at the University of Anger and Paris 7, respectively. Presently she is adjunct professor at the Abo Academy University in Finland.
In 2010 she has been awarded with the Heinrich Emanuel Merck prize for analytical sciences, this marking the first time the prestigious award is given to a woman and to an Italian scientist. She is also the recipient of the main overall platinum 2015 prize of the Global-Women Inventors and Innovators Network. She has been also elected 2017 Fellow of the Material Research Society for pioneering work in the field of organic (bio) electronic sensors and their use for point-of-care testing. She has been also awarded with the IUPAC 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
Prof. Torsi had been serving extensively as expert reviewer for the European Commission being for three years the Chair of the Chemistry Panel for the evaluation of the Marie Curie Research Fellowships. She was also member the Physical and Engineering Science 05 panel of the European Research Council for the evaluation of the consolidator grants. In 2014 she has been appointed as member of the H2020 Program Committee by the Italian Minister for Education and Research and is still serving in this role.
Torsi has authored almost 200 ISI papers, including papers published in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, PNAS, Advanced Materials, Scientific Reports and is co-inventor of several international awarded patents. Her works gathered almost 11.000 Google scholar citations resulting in an h-index of 50. She has given more than 170 invited lectures, including almost 25 plenary and key notes contributions to international conferences.
Awarded research funding comprises several European contracts as well as national and regional projects. She is coordinating the “Single molecule bio-electronic smart system array for clinical testing – SiMBiT” a H2020-ICT-2018-2020 research and innovation action financed with over 3 M€. Also the PRIN 17 national project “ACTUAL: At the forefront of Analytical ChemisTry: disrUptive detection technoLogies to improve food safety” coordinated by Torsi has been financed (2017RHX2E4). She has also coordinated a “European Industrial Doctorate” Marie Curie project in collaboration with Merck and was principal investigator in a Marie Curie ITN. She has also coordinated a Marie Curie ITN European network, several national PRIN projects and was principal investigator in an ICT STREP proposal. The total budget awarded to Torsi and to the consortia she has coordinated is over 9 M€. She has also been the scientific coordinator of a Structural Reinforcement PON Project awarded to UNIBA for 2012-2014 with 13 M€.
Prof. Torsi is committed to the role of model for younger women scientists. She has been giving a number of talks on this topic such as a TEDx talk and she was also member of the National Board of the STAGES European project that aims at implementing strategies to trigger structural changes addressing the issues connected with gender inequality in science.
Vivian W. W. Yam
Vivian W. W. Yam obtained both her BSc (Hons) and PhD from The University of Hong Kong and is currently Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair of Chemistry.
She was elected to Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Foreign Associate of US National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Fellow of TWAS and Founding Member of The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. She was the Laureate of 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award.
Her research interests include inorganic/organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.