His major contributions to the molecular recognition field comprise the unravelling of the molecular basis of the recognition of ligands (glycans & small molecules, carbohydrate mimics) by receptors in solution, using a multidisciplinary approach, which employs organic synthesis, protein biochemistry and molecular biology, biophysics, molecular modeling, and NMR, using a wide network of collaborations worldwide. In this context, he has achieved major developments of general methodological aspects of NMR and, particularly, in its applications to the study of the dynamic features of molecular recognition processes involving sugars and proteins. The first NMR-based lectin-glycan structure was unravelled in his lab. From the drug discovery perspective, he has systematically scrutinized the employment of glycomimetics (C-, S-, N-glycoside analogues) as sugar analogues.
Major contributions include his systematic studies on the interactions of glycans with lectins, and especially on their roles in cancer, infectious and inflammatory processes. Such detailed investigations have contributed significantly to our general understanding of glycan-mediated interactions, from the fundamental aspects to the implications in health and disease.
He was the chairman of the Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro for 6 years, President (2 terms of 2 years each) and Vice-President (2 terms of 2 years each) of the Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society; Vice-President of the Portuguese Chemical Society and currently is the President of the Portuguese Chemical Society (July 2016-….). He is the Portuguese representative in the organic division of the EUCHEMS (since 2007) and since January 2017 is member of the Executive Board of EuCheMs.
He is the Director of the MSc (since 2009) and PhD (since 2007) programs in Chemistry at the University of Aveiro and Vice-director of the PhD program in Sustainable Chemistry (a financed joint PhD program of Universities of Aveiro, Porto and New University of Lisbon). He is a member of the editorial boards of some organic chemistry journals (e.g. Molecules, Current Organic Chemistry, and Letters in Organic Chemistry).
During the first part of his career, Daniel Scherman developed his research in bioenergetics and neuropharmacology. Some of his results led to the introduction of bio-imaging agents of early Parkinson’s disease and of other monoaminergic degenerative disorders, as well as new concepts on the natural history of these diseases.
Annabella Selloni graduated in physics at the University “La Sapienza” (Roma, Italy), and received her Ph.D. degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland) in 1979. After a postdoc at the IBM- T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, she held positions at the University “La Sapienza”, at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy), at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). In 1999 she joined the Department of Chemistry of Princeton University, where in 2008 she became the David B. Jones Professor of Chemistry. She has co-authored more than 260 publications, which have received more than 15,000 citations. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2008) and has been named an APS Outstanding Referee (2012). She has been a Co-Editor of the Special Issue on Titanium Dioxide Nanomaterials of Chemical Reviews (2014). Her current research is mainly focused on metal oxide surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures, charge transport and electron transfer, photocatalysis and photovoltaics.
Johannes A. Lercher, studied Chemistry at TU Wien, receiving his PhD in 1981 at the same institution. After a visiting lectureship at Yale University, he joined TU Wien as Lecturer, later Associate Professor. 1993 he was appointed Professor in the Department of Chemical Technology at the University Twente, the Netherlands and in 1998 in the Department of Chemistry of TU München, Germany. Since 2011 he is also Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. He is external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as well as Member of the Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Honorary Professor at several institutions in China. Author of over 500 papers and 19 patents, he is currently President of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis. Recent awards include the Kozo Tanabe Award for Acid-Base Catalysis, the Burwell Lectureship of the North American Catalysis Society and the Francois Gault Lectureship of the Federation of European Catalysis Societies. His interests are related to catalysis in zeolites as well as on nanostructured oxides and sulfides, focusing on bifunctional and concerted catalysis, as well as understanding the influence of the steric and chemical environment on the properties of active centers in a catalytic site.
In 2011 she was elected Corresponding Member of the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She was awarded the 2012 Piero Pino Medal and the 2014 Organometallic Chemistry Prize by the Italian Chemical Society.
Jean-Marie Flaud is performing his research at the Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systemes Atmospheriques (LISA). His research interests are both in molecular physics and high resolution molecular spectroscopy, and in atmospheric physics. In particular:
She has developed her researches in organic chemistry via homogeneous catalysis with group VIII metals, emphasising sequential organic syntheses and the spectroscopic detection of intermediates in catalytic reactions. Her present research interests are centred on the catalysis of multistep, multicomponent organo-palladium reactions via C–H activation. In this area she has discovered new and innovative synthetic methodologies, involving palladacycles, which allow the formation of several C–C bonds in a single synthetic operation.
H2O2 or torsional splitting in HNO3) as well as local mode behavior and demonstrate such effects in molecules of low symmetry such as H2S and H2Se.
Marta Catellani obtained her Doctorate (Italian Laurea) in Chemistry in 1971 from the University of Parma, after which she began researching catalytic processes in the group of prof. G. P. Chiusoli. She joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Parma in 1981. She spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher in the group of prof. Jack Halpern (University of Chicago, 1977–1978), some months in Sheffield and in Tsukuba, Japan. Later she was Visiting Professor at the Moscow State University, the Beijing Institute of Technology, the University of Xi’an, China and JSPS fellow in Japan.