Gabriele Centi is full professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy, and President of the European Research Institute of Catalysis (ERIC). Research interests are in the areas of applied heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable energy and chemical processes, biomass conversion and environment protection. He was coordinator of the EU Network of Excellence IDECAT, and is actually President of IACS (International Association of Catalysis Societies) and vice-President of the InterUniversity Consortium on the Science and Technology of Materials (INSTM). He was coordinator or PI in over twenty EU projects, besides many other national and industrial projects. He recently started and coordinated an ERC Synergy grant on plasmacatalysis. He is also part of the board of the CSA ENERGY-X and SUN-ERGY. He received several awards, and is involved in various editorial activities, between which chairing the editorial board of ChemSusChem and be co-editor in chief of Journal of Energy Chemistry. He was chairperson of many international conferences, between which the last one Europacat 2017 in Florence and the 16th International Zeolite Conference joint with the 7th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (Sorrento, Italy, 2010). He is author of over 500 publications, editor of 16 special issues of international journals on thematic of catalysis and advanced materials, author/editor of 11 books of catalysis (plus monographs and contributions to encyclopedia). The current bibliographic data are an h-index of 81 (Google Scholar, 48 since 2015) with about 25500 citations (over 10000 since 2015) and i10-index of 335 (196 since 2015).
(Alicante University, Spain)
Javier García Martínez is full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (Spain) where he has lead an international team working on the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for the production of chemicals and energy. His most recent books are: Mesoporous Zeolites, VCH-Wiley (2015), Chemistry Education, VCH-Wiley (2016), The Chemistry Entrepreneur VCH-Wiley, (2021). Founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the hierarchical zeolites he developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts that Rive Technology sells are used in several refineries, significantly increasing fuel production and the energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. GRACE acquired Rive Technology. Javier is president-elect (president for the biennium 2022-2034) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC. Previously, he served as member of the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. In June 2014, he was awarded the Premio Rey Jaime I, in 2015 the Emerging Researcher Award and in 2018 with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best US entrepreneur in the chemical sector by the American Chemical Society. Javier García-Martinez has authored 119 publications, with about 4000 citation, H-index = 37.
Christopher J. Heard
(Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
Christopher Heard completed his B.A. and M.Sci. (2010) at the University of Cambridge, followed by PhD studies under Prof. Roy Johnston at the University of Birmingham (2014). There he developed and employed computational global optimisation tools for the determination of structures and electronic properties of free and oxide-supported metal clusters. This was followed up with a postdoctoral position at Chalmers University in Sweden, which involved the modelling of heterogeneous catalysis at metal and metal oxide interfaces, with atomistic ab- initio and microkinetic modelling techniques. At Charles University in Prague, his current research interests involve the stability and reactivity of zeolitic and layered oxide materials with ab-initio thermodynamic methods under realistic conditions, and the investigation of metal cluster encapsulation within nanoporous materials.