Photochemistry and electrochemistry are current hot topics for the development of more sustainable and complementary methodologies to traditional synthetic strategies. This meeting will examine the latest advances in these two fields over two 3.5 hour sessions, spotlighting these two related disciplines in turn, from both an academic and industrial perspective.
Extended networking sessions will also enable sufficient time for further, more informal discussion with invited speakers and delegates.
University of Regensburg
Burkhard König received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Hamburg. He continued his scientific education as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. M. A. Bennett, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, and Prof. B. M. Trost, Stanford University. Since 1999, he is a full professor of organic chemistry at the University of Regensburg. His current research interests are the development of synthetic methods in photoredox catalysis.
University of Leeds
Charlotte completed her MChem at the University of York with an industrial placement at DSM (Netherlands), working on palladium catalysis with Andre de Vries. She did her PhD in York (2002-2006) working with Fran Kerton on lanthanide catalysis and Jason Lynam on organophosphorus chemistry. Charlotte did a post-doc (2006-2009) at Durham and Stellenbosch Universities. In 2009 she secured a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship which she took to Leeds. In 2013 she was awarded a Leeds University Research Fellowship, and in 2018 was promoted to Associate Professor.
Chris received his PhD in chemistry in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin under Prof. Shannon Stahl. Following postdoctoral research at the MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry working under Prof. Karl Wieghardt, Chris took a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Emory University. In 2017, he chose to transition to an industrial career, joining Syngenta initially as a process chemist. Currently, Chris leads a group of chemists developing new active ingredients for crop protection.
Gemma graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, having completed an industrial placement in analytical chemistry. Following a year-long internship at Mondelez International, she joined GSK’s process chemistry department as a member of the high-throughput chemistry group. In 2019, Gemma joined GSK’s Discovery High-Throughput Chemistry team, where she now focusses on implementing emerging technologies. Her current research interests involve employing reaction screening techniques to optimise photochemical transformations.
Pierre-Georges Echeverria graduated in 2011 with an engineer degree and completed his Ph.D. at Chimie ParisTech (France) in 2014 working on the field of total synthesis. He then moved to Germany for postdoctoral studies with Prof. Alois Fürstner. Since 2016, he has been working as R&D Scientist at Minakem on the development of scalable route to intermediates and APIs along with the development of new technologies.
Rachel completed her PhD on transition-metal catalysis with Prof. Igor Larrosa (QMUL). Following a Postdoc developing synthetic nanoscale-HTE with Prof. Matthew Gaunt (University of Cambridge), she joined Astex Pharmaceuticals’ Sustaining Innovation Postdoctoral program where she established automated synthesis capabilities (HTE and flow) within the company. Rachel is now a Senior Research Associate in Astex’s Synthesis Technology Group, her role involves the use of emerging technologies to enable synthetic challenges on live drug discovery projects.
University of Utah
Prof Shelley Minteer is a USTAR Professor and the Dale and Susan Poulter Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Iowa in 2000 under the direction of Professor Johna Leddy. After receiving her PhD, she spent 11 years as a faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University (Assistant, Associate, Full, and CAS Endowed Professor) before moving to the University of Utah in 2011. Her research interests are focused on electrocatalysis and bioanalytical electrochemistry. She has expertise in biosensors, bioelectronics, biofuel cells, and electrosynthesis.
Tristan Lambert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He performed his graduate students at UC-Berkeley and Caltech working with Dave MacMillan. After receiving his Ph.D., he did a postdoctoral fellowship with Sam Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 2006, he began his independent career at Columbia University. In 2018, he moved to Cornell University.
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