Professor Roderick S C Wong was born in Shanghai, China. He obtained his BA degree in Mathematics from San Diego State College in 1965 and his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1969. He started his career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba, where he stayed for almost 25 years. In 1973, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1979 to Full Professor. In 1986, he was appointed Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics, a post he held until he left the University of Manitoba in 1994.
Prof Wong joined City University of Hong Kong in early 1994 to take up the post of Professor of Mathematics. He was concurrently appointed Head of the then newly formed Department of Mathematics. In 1995, he led the efforts for the establishment of the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences and was appointed Director of the Centre. From 1998 to 2004, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and from 2004 to 2006, the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. In April 2006, he was appointed Vice-President (Research)/Dean of Graduate Studies.
Prof Wong was the Vice-President of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Society in 1988 and the President in 1989 and 1990. During 1988-1991, he served on the Grants Selection Committee for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. From 1991-1993, he was the Vice-President of the Canadian Mathematical Society, and from 1995-1997, he was the President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society. Prof Wong was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of "Methods and Applications of Analysis" from 1993-1999. He has been the Co-Editor-in-Chief of "Analysis and Application" since 2001, and is currently serving on the Editorial Board of more than ten journals.
Â The honours bestowed on Prof Wong include the Killam Research Fellowship (1982-1984), one of the most prestigious awards for researchers given by the Canada Council, and the Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research (1984) from the University of Manitoba. Prof Wong is holding the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, an honour he obtained in 1993 through election. In 2002, he was elected to the Academy of Science of Turin (Italy) as a foreign member. In 2004, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur. He has also been awarded an honorary professorship by Shanghai University, Dalian University of Technology, and Northeastern University of the Mainland China.
Prof Wong's research interests cover the areas of asymptotic analysis, perturbation methods, special functions and orthogonal polynomials, integral transforms, integral equations, and ordinary differential equations. During the period of 1970-1996, his research work was continuously funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and other external grant bodies such as Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, Provincial Government of Manitoba, etc. Since he returned to Hong Kong, he has been awarded five Competitive Earmarked Research Grants by Hong Kong Research Grants Council on five consecutive applications. Prof Wong has published over 100 papers in international journals, and is the author of the book Asymptotic Approximations of Integrals published by Academic Press (1989) and reprinted by SIAM in its Classics in Applied Mathematics Series (2001).
Professor Alvarez was born in Panama (Republica de Panama) in 1950, where he developed his interest for Chemistry. He moved to Barcelona in 1968 to study Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), where he pursued graduate studies with a grant of the Agustin Pedro y Pons Foundation. He obtained a Ph. D. with a thesis on vibrational spectroscopy under the advice of Prof. Jaume Casabo and in collaboration with V. Tabacik in Montpellier (France). For some time he carried out research on the synthesis and characterization of molecular metals and worked later for one year in theoretical inorganic chemistry in the group of Roald Hoffmann at Cornell University, granted by the Fulbright-MEC postdoctoral program. He was appointed as Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) in the Universitat de Barcelona in 1984 and was promoted to Catedratico (Full Professor) of Inorganic Chemistry in 1987.
His main research interests have been in bonding and stereochemistry of transition metal compounds, combining computational chemistry and structural database analysis. In particular he has dealt with the structure and bonding of several families of coordination and organometallic molecules, the structure and electrical properties of solid state compounds, the magnetic coupling of two or more paramagnetic atoms in complex molecular structures. He has produced over two hundred research papers. The most recent line of activity of his research group consists on the definition and application of the continuous shape measures and the continuous symmetry measures to the systematic description of molecular, supramolecular and crystal structures, developing new stereochemical tools such as the shape maps, the minimal distortion paths, the path deviation functions and the generalized interconversion coordinates.
He was Director of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the UB between 1992 amd 1995 and is advisor to the Board of Governors of the UB since 2004. He has been a member of the Editorial Board and of the International Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions, and participated in a IUPAC working party for the study of terminology of theoretical chemistry in 1993. His most recent awards include the Distincio de la Generalitat de Catalunya per a la Promocio de la Recerca Universitaria, Premio de Investigacion en Quimica Inorganica de la Real Sociedad Espanola de Quimica and the Premio Solvay de Investigacion en Ciencias Quimicas. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2005 and a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences since 2006.
He has been active in organizing scientific meetings, such as the euromediterranean conference of inorganic chemistry FIGIPS-6 in 2001 and several international advanced courses on Synchrotron Radiation and X Ray Absorption, Dessign and Assembly of Molecules and Networks, Photochemistry and Luminiscence of Coordination Compounds or Structural Databases in Chemistry. Starting in 2003, he has organized the international meetings NoSIC (Not Strictly Inorganic Chemistry), in which participants discuss on topics on the borders of Chemistry and other areas of knowledge, such as art, history, language, music or gastronomy. He publishes a section in the Revista de la Societat Catalana de Quimica entitled El Bagul dels Llibres (the ark of books), that reviews the most salient books on topics close to the edges of chemistry and humanistic knowledge. He has also recently published a book entitled Els atoms en l'espai (Atoms in Space), that provides a Catalan translation of the founding papers of stereochemistry by Van 't Hoff and Le Bel, complemented with an assay on the precedents and consequences of such publications.
Born in 1933 in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan Republic, Eldar Salayev graduated from the Azerbaijan State University (AGU) and received his Diploma in Physics in 1956. After having worked as a scientific researcher for about 10 years in the Institute of Physics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, he received the PhD in Physics and Mathematics, and became the chief of the Semiconductor Quantum Electronics Laboratory and Scientific Secretary at that Institute. Later on, he worked as a Vice-Director at the same Institute.
In 1975, Professor E. Salayev received the degree of Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics working in close collaboration with the Nobel Prize winners A. M. Prokhorov and N. G. Basov. The same year he became Professor in physics. In 1972 he founded in Baku the Branch of the Institute of Applied Physics, Ministry of Defence Industry of the former USSR (later on Institute of Photoelectronics Azerbijan National Academy of Sciences). He has been directed this Institute up to 1992.
Professor E. Yu. Salaev is a well-known scientist in the field of physics and tecniques of semiconductors, IR techniques, quantum electronics and nonlinear optics. He is co-author of 2 books, more than 300 scientific papers and holder of 110 patents. His research achievements include: first detection and explanation of nature of the low-temperature and high-pressure phase transitions in layered chalcogenide semiconductors; observation of the presence of the low-frequency rigid layer modes in layered crystals leading to the specific spin-phonon and electron-phonon interaction; new deformation effects in layered gallium selenide-type crystals; formation and behavior of the electron-hole liquid in layered crystals under high-density of excitation; first observation of the second harmonic generation and stimulated emission in gallium selenide and application of this crystal in non-lineer optics, including first observation of the second harmonic generation at 789.5 nm laser wavelength; first observation of the photoinduced change of the refractive index in gallium arsenide which found wide application in optical communication systems; development of the growth technology of the IR materials and creation of the mid-IR detectors.
As a visiting professor, researcher and invited lecturer, E. Salayev has presented many taught seminars and was engaged in scientific collaboration at more than 30 Universities and Research Centers. He supervised 50 PhD students and 15 Doctors of Science. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals on materials science and physics.
He has been pursuing the conference leadership to address the frontiers of the physics of semiconductors over the world serving as chair, co-chair, session chair and committee members for over 25 academic conferences.
Professor Salayev has received several awards and honors, including the Azerbaijan State Prize in Science (1972), Honorary Scientific Person of Azerbaijan (1972), Honor Medal of Azerbaijan Republick (1997) and the Vavilov Premium (1982) in the field of the scientific device creation. Salayev also a member of several Academies including the Euoropean Academy of Sciences, the Islamic Academy of Sciences (Iordan), the New York Academy of Sciences (USA), the East International Oil Academy (Azerbaijan), Russian Engineering Academy of Sciences named by A.M. Prokhorov (Russia), International Communication Academy (Ukraine).
He was elected and served as a member of the former USSR Parliament and the Parliament of the Azerbaijan Republick. In 1980 and 1983, respectively, he was elected the Corresponding Member and Full Member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. In 1983 Prof. Salayev was elected the President and up to 1997 leaded the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.
Alan Herbert Cowley was born in Manchester, England. He was educated at the University of Manchester, England, where he received the following degrees: Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry in 1955, Master of Science in 1956, and Doctor of Philosophy in 1958. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow, and later an Instructor at the University of Florida during the period 1958-1960. During the years 1960-1961 he was a Technical Officer with the Exploratory Group of Imperial Chemical Industries (Billingham Division), England. From 1962 to 1988 he was at The University of Texas at Austin, where he held the following positions: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1962-1967, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1967-1970, Professor of Chemistry, 1970-1984, George W. Watt Centennial Professor of Chemistry, 1984-1988. From 1988-1989, he was the Sir Edward Frankland Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College, London, U.K. He returned to the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and currently holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry.
He is the author of over 500 publications
Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Main-Group Element Chemistry, 1980 ;Centenary Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1986; American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Award, 1986; Stiefvater Memorial Award and Lectureship, University of Nebraska, 1987; Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (Britain's National Academy), 1988; Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists, 1994; von Humboldt Prize, 1996; Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Decoration awarded by the French Government, 1997; Honorary Doctorate, University of Bordeaux I, 2003; Elected a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2004; The University Co-operative Society Career Research Excellence Award, 2006; C. N. R. Rao Award and Lecture, New Delhi, India, 2007; Elected a Corresponding Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, 2007; Elected a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2007; 2009 American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.
Other Honors :
Dalton Chemical Scholar, University of Manchester, 1956-1958; Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Fellowship, 1973; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1976-1977; Jeremy I. Musher Memorial Lectureship. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1979; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Inorganic Chemistry, 1979-1983; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Chemical Reviews, 1984-1988; Chairman, Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Chemistry, 1983; Appointed to the Board of Inorganic Syntheses, 1983-. Editor-in-Chief of Volume 31; Elected to Council of Gordon Research Conferences, 1984-1987; College of Natural Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence, 1984; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Polyhedron, 1984-1998; Mobay Lecturer, University of New Hampshire, 1985; Karcher Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, 1985; Appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1986-1991; Elected Councilor, American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, 1986-1989; Appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 1987-; Appointed to the American Chemical Society Committee on Divisional Activities, 1987-1989; Reilly Lecturer, University of Notre Dame, 1987; Appointed to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Chemical Sciences Review Panel, 1987-1990; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Organometallics, 1988-1991; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, 1988- ; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Heteroatom Chemistry, 1988-1996; Elected to the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences, 1989-1998; Appointed to the Editorial Board of Advances in Inorganic Chemistry, 1989 - ; Irvine Lecturer, St. Andrews University, Scotland, 1989; Fischel Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, 1991; Frontiers of Science Lecturer, Wayne State University, 1991; Appointed by Governor Richards of Texas to the Executive Board of Texas Science and Mathematics Renaissance Centers, 1991-93; Baxter Lecturer, Northern Illinois University, 1992; Appointed to the Scientific Committee of the European Journal of Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry, 1992-8.; Co-Chairman, First Gordon Research Conference on Science Education, 1992; Frontiers in Materials Science Lecturer, University of Iowa, 1993; Elected Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conferences Board of Trustees, 1993; Elected Chair, Gordon Research Conferences Board of Trustees, 1994-95; Inaugural Etter Memorial Lecturer, University of Minnesota, 1995; President, International Council on Main Group Chemistry, 1997-98; Appointed to the International Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions, 1997-2000; Appointed Institut Universitaire de France Professor, 1999; Appointed to the Science and Engineering Advisory Board of ORFID, Inc., 2004; Appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Jordanian Journal of Chemistry, 2004; Gauss Professorship, GÃ¶ttingen Academy of Sciences, 2006; F. G. A. Stone Lectureship, University of Bristol, U.K., 2007.
(1)Main group chemistry; (2)Organometallic chemistry; (3)Catalysis; (4)Precursors to electronic materials; (5)Inorganic polymers; (6)Environmental chemistry.
General: P. Stoica has made a number of fundamental contributions to the theory and application of signal processing during his 37 year teaching and research career. He has also been influential in setting research directions through his role in the governing bodies of the IEEE (USA), IEE(UK), and the International Time series Analysis and Forecasting Society as well as through his membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is an international researcher who has actively collaborated with more than 60 researchers from more than 20 countries. He is one of the most cited researchers in the field. The Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) has included him on the list of the 250 most highly cited researchers in the world in the entire area of Engineering. According to Harzing's citation analysis tool he has (in Apr, 2009) over 15,800 citations, an h-index of 51 and a g-index of 107. His technical contributions and achievements have been recognized with several prestigious awards: he has received Technical Achievement Awards from all three major international organizations in the field (IEEE, IEE, and EURASIP), the Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing society (which is the highest level award bestowed by the said society), and several important best paper awards including the Baker Prize which is presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper that appeared in all IEEE publications.
Positions: 1998 - present: Professor of Systems Modeling, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden;1990 - 1998: Professor of System Identification and Signal Processing, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, Polytechnic Inst of Bucharest, Romania; 1995 - 1997: Associate Professor and Docent in the Department of Systems and Control, Uppsala University, Sweden; 1985 - 1991: Head of the Signal Processing Group, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest; 1990 - 1991: Associate Dean of the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest; 1972 - 1990: Various teaching positions, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
P Stoica has also held visiting/guest professor positions at The Information Systems Lab, Stanford University, CA, USA, The ECE Dept, University of Florida, Gainesvile, FL, USA, The EE Dept, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, The Dept of Applied Electronics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, The Dept of Systems and Control, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and The Dept of Signals, Sensors and Systems, the Royal Inst of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Education and degrees: 1993: Doctor honoris causa in science, Uppsala University; 1979: PhD in automatic control, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest; 1972: MSc in automatic control, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
Editorial boards and memberships:
Member of the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Journal of Forecasting (Wiley),
Signal Processing (Elsevier), Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (Birkhauser), Digital
Signal Processing-A Review Journal (Academic Press), Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing (Kluwer), and the Signal Processing Mag (IEEE). Also guest editor of 7 special issues in Signal
1981 - 1986: Director of the International Time Series Analysis and Forecasting Society.
1991 - 1998: Corresponding member of the Romanian Academy
1999 - pres: Honorary member of the Romanian Academy
2001 - 2003: Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal
2003 - pres: Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
2008 - pres: Member of the European Academy of Sciences.
Awards and honors:
1989: Co-recipient of the IEEE ASSP Senior Award for work on Array Signal Processing.
1977 and 1989: Recipient of the Prizes awarded by the Academy of Sciences (Bucharest) for "outstanding work in the system identification and optimization areas."
1994 - pres: Fellow of IEEE (elected "for contributions to statistical signal processing and system identification").
1996 - pres: Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
1996: Recipient of the Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for "fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing with applications in time series analysis, system identification and array signal processing." This award "honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society, as demonstrated bypublications, patents, or recognized impact on the field".
1998: Co-recipient of the 1998 EURASIP Best Paper Award for Signal Processing.
1999: Co-recipient of an IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award that "honors the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit dealing with a subject related to the Society's technical scope, and appearing in one of the Society's Transactions".
2000: Co-recipient of the 2000 W.R.G. Baker Paper Prize Award which is "presented by the IEEE Board of Directors to the author or authors of the most outstanding paper reporting original work published in the Transactions, Journals, and Magazines of the IEEE Societies, or in the Proceedings of the IEEE."
2000: Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal awarded for "outstanding contributions in the signal processing area".
2002: Recipient of the EURASIP Individual Technical Achievement Award for "many personal contributions to the signal processing discipline" (awarded in 2002 for the first time).
2004: Co-recipient of the Bjorkenska Prize (Major Research Award of Uppsala University).
2005: Recipient of the IEE Achievement Medal awarded for "outstanding contributions to the field of Statistical Signal Processing".
2005: Included by ISI (the Institute of Science Information) on the list of the 250 most highly cited researchers in Engineering in the world.
2006: Recipient of the Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for "outstanding contributions to the theory and application of statistical signal processing through fundamental research papers and prominent books". This award "honors outstanding technical contributions in a field within the scope of the Society and outstanding leadership within that field".
2007-pres: Fellow of EURASIP elected for "contributions to modern spectral analysis" (EURASIP Fellowship, which is one of the Association's most prestigious honors, was awarded in 2007 for the first time).
2008: Co-recipient of the Barry Carlton Award of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, which "acknowledges what is judged the best paper in IEEE AES Transactions in each calendar year, and which is one of IEEE's oldest and AES highest honor".
• New and expanded discussions have been incorporated in many chapters to reflect topics of contemporary interest: for example, frustrated Lewis pairs (Chapter 6), IUPAC guidelines defining hydrogen bonds (Chapter 6), multiple bonding between Group 13 elements (Chapter 8), graphyne (Chapter 8), developments in noble gas chemistry (Chapter 8), metal–organic frameworks (Chapter 9), pincer ligands (Chapter 9), the magnetochemical series (Chapter 10), photosensitizers (Chapter 1), polyyne and polyene carbon “wires” (Chapter 13), percent buried volume of ligands (Chapter 14), and introductions to C—H bond activation, Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling, and sigma-bond metathesis (Chapter 14).
Some comparisons between organic and inorganic compounds are in order. In both areas, single, double, and triple covalent bonds are found (Figure 1.1); for inorganic compounds, these include direct metal—metal bonds and metal—carbon bonds. Although the maximum number of bonds between two carbon atoms is three, there are many compounds that contain quadruple bonds between metal atoms. In addition to the sigma and pi bonds common in organic chemistry, quadruply bonded metal atoms contain a delta (d) bond (Figure 1.2); a combination of one sigma bond, two pi bonds, and one delta bond makes up the quadruple bond. The delta bond is possible in these cases because the metal atoms have d orbitals to use in bonding, whereas carbon has only s and p orbitals energetically accessible for bonding.