Topics & Session Chairs

The ICCC2021 program will include the 8 different thematic sessions described below. Each thematic session will be handled by national and international chairs, who will make a joint selection of Invited Lectures (ILs) and Oral Communications (OCs).

 

Presenting authors (for oral and/or poster communications) will be invited to choose carefully the most appropriate topic destination to their contribution. In particular, they are asked to focus on the most relevant content(s) of their work in order to make the most appropriate TOPIC choice.

 

A couple of examples are given hereafter for the sake of clarity as to help authors with the correct topic choice:

 

(a) An abstract describing the synthesis of novel coordination compounds of the f-block elements and their application in homogeneous catalysis. If the focus of the contribution is the compounds synthesis and structural or chemico-physical features, the most appropriate destination will be T2. In contrast, should the authors want to highlight the catalytic results more than the synthetic aspect, the most appropriate topic will be T5.

 

(b) An abstract describing the preparation of magnetic coordination compounds for applications in medicine/biology. If the focus of the contribution is the synthesis and characterization of the compounds, the most appropriate destination will be T4. If the author wants to highlight the bio-implications of the study more than the synthetic aspects, the most appropriate topic will be T8.

 

Session Chairs and Organizers reserve the right to modify the authors’ original topic choice, on the basis of the abstract scientific contents and of the number and type of contributions received.

T1: Coordination Chemistry of d-block Elements: Synthesis, Characterization and Theoretical Studies

The symposium dedicated to this topic will feature synthesis, characterization (structure, original bonding modes, etc.), fundamental reactivity and theoretical studies of organometallic and coordination compounds of d-block elements, including molecular metal-oxides (polyoxometalates), inorganic clusters and nanoparticles, hybrid systems, chiral complexes (with chirality stemming from the coordination geometry or from a chiral ligand). T1 will also celebrate the active Italian community of organometallic and coordination chemistry from both fundamental and applied viewpoints by hosting the Interdivisional Group of Organometallic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society.
Main sub-areas of T1 will be:

 

• d-block organometallics and coordination compounds: synthesis, characterization and reactivity
• clusters and polyoxometalates (POMs)
• chiral d-block coordination compounds
• computational studies on d-block coordination compounds
• applied organometallic chemistry (CoGICO)

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T1 throughout the conference proceedings:

Fabio Ragaini

Fabio Ragaini is full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Milan University…

 

Rinaldo Poli

Rinaldo Poli started his independent career in 1987 at the University of Maryland…

 

Marcella Bonchio

Marcella Bonchio is a Full Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences…

 

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Carles Bo

Carles Bo Jané started his scientific career at the University Rovira i Virgili…

 

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Francesco Ruffo

Francesco Ruffo is Associate Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the ‘Università di Napoli Federico II’…

 

Bas de Bruin

Bas de Bruin studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen from 1989-1994…

 

Gianfranco Pacchioni

Gianfranco Pacchioni received his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1984…

 

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Stuart Macgregor

Stuart Macgregor is full Professor in the Institute of Chemical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University…

 

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Carlo Nervi

Carlo Nervi after a brief period in the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry (Prague, CZ)…

 

Osamu Ishitani

Osamu Ishitani has been interested in artificial photosynthesis for a long time….

 

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T2: Coordination Chemistry of s-, p- and f-block Elements: Synthesis, Characterization, Reactivity and Theoretical Studies

Presentations under this topic will describe recent advances made in the coordination chemistry of main group (s- and p-block) elements as well as the latest advances in the synthesis and characterization of compounds containing rare earths and actinides. These presentations will not only document the synthesis, the characterization and the reactivity of new bonding motifs and topologies in coordination complexes, but also the development of novel synthetic strategies and applications, along with fully computational studies.
Main sub-areas of T2 will be:

 

• s-, p- and f-block coordination compounds: synthesis, characterization and reactivity
• chiral s-, p- and f-block coordination compounds
• computational studies on s-, p- and f-block coordination compounds

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T2 throughout the conference proceedings:

Gianfranco Pacchioni

Gianfranco Pacchioni received his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1984…

 

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Vito Capriati

Vito Capriati is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Bari…

 

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François Gabbaï

François Gabbaï was born in France and studied in Bordeaux where he obtained a bachelor in 1990…

 

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Stuart Macgregor

Stuart Macgregor is full Professor in the Institute of Chemical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University…

 

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Francesco Ruffo

Francesco Ruffo is Associate Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the ‘Università di Napoli Federico II’…

 

Mauro Botta

Mauro Botta received the Laurea cum laude in Chemistry from the University of Turin in 1985…

 

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Alexander A. Trifonov

Alexander A. Trifonov was born in 1962, studied chemistry at the State University of Gorky (USSR) and in 1984…

 

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Bas de Bruin

Bas de Bruin studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen from 1989-1994…

 

T3: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly

This symposium will bring together expertise in the areas of MOFs, coordination polymers, metallo-supramolecular chemistry and metal ions self-assembly. Contributions will focus on the current state-of-the-art and the future perspectives in the chemistry of these materials, their synthesis, characterization, computational studies and applications of assorted nature in all fields of chemistry and physics. The bottom-up construction of non-trivial topological structures, molecular devices and machines, and hard and soft materials based on coordination compounds, will also be discussed.
Main sub-areas of T3 will be:

 

• Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
• Supramolecular chemistry & self-assembly
• Molecular machines
• Coordination Polymers (CPs)

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T3 throughout the conference proceedings:

Alberto Credi

Alberto Credi is professor of Chemistry at the Università di Bologna and Associate Research Director…

 

Andrea Rossin

Andrea Rossin was born in Biella, Northern Italy, in 1974. He got his degree with full marks in Inorganic Chemistry…

 

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Takashi Uemura

Takashi Uemura is Professor at Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences…

 

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Kay Severin

Kay Severin is professor of chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland…

 

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T4: Coordination compounds with luminescent and/or nonlinear optical properties and molecular magnetic materials: synthesis and applications

Luminescent and nonlinear optically active coordination compounds are attracting increasing interest because of their potential applications in photonics and optoelectronics. The session is expected to showcase recent advances in design, synthesis and characterization of luminescent and/or nonlinear optically active coordination compounds; it will show how it is possible to modulate their electronic and optical properties using an external trigger, and their use in assorted applicative fields like optical communications, light-emitting devices (OLEDs, LEECs), luminescent probes for bioimaging and as sensors for bioactive molecules in solution. In this thematic symposium, contributions focusing on the interplay between coordination chemistry and spin-related properties of materials are also welcome. Synthetic engineering of coordination environments promises understanding and control of electronic structure, vibrations and spin dynamics relevant to all flavors of magnetic properties including quantum information processing.
Main sub-areas of T4 will be:

 

• Luminescent and/or nonlinear optically active coordination compounds synthesis and characterization
• Molecular magnetic materials: synthesis and applications
• Coordination compounds for applications in optics and electronics

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T4 throughout the conference proceedings:

Dominique Roberto

Dominique Roberto Born in Marseille on July 9th 1961. BSc (1984) and PhD in Chemistry (1989)…

 

Roberta Sessoli

Roberta Sessoli developed her career at the University of Florence where she is full professor since 2012…

 

Jesper Bendix

Jesper Bendix obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1998 from University of Copenhagen…

 

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Véronique Guerchais

Véronique Guerchais Our research deals with the design and the synthesis of metal complexes…

 

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Paola Ceroni

Paola Ceroni is full professor at the University of Bologna. In 1998 she obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Sciences…

 

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Max Massi

Max Massi obtained his PhD in Chemical Science at the University of Bologna in 2005…

 

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T5: Homogeneous catalysis and activation of small molecules

This session brings together scientists involved in the field of catalytic reactions in solution, featuring elements from across the Periodic Table. Contributions are aimed to stimulate discussions about new or already known catalytic reactions, possibly combined with mechanistic investigations based on experimental or computational studies. A fundamental emerging field of homogeneous catalysis is the activation of chemically inert small molecules and their use as synthetic building blocks or in chemical energy storage. In this topic, we will also collect contributions on small molecule activation and reactivity by coordination complexes, including, for example, (i) H2, O2, N2, NO and N2O binding and reactivity; (ii) redox functionalization of organic substrates by CO2 and CO; (iii) use of CO2 as a C1-feedstock; (iv) C–H bond functionalization with O2, N2O, NH3; (iv) H2O splitting.
Main sub-areas of T5 will be:

 

• Homogeneous catalysis: processes and mechanistic investigations
• Coordination compounds for activation of small molecules

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T5 throughout the conference proceedings:

Barbara Milani

Barbara Milani is associate professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Trieste, Italy…

 

Luca Gonsalvi

Luca Gonsalvi obtained his Laurea Degree in Chemistry in 1994 at the University of Parma (Italy)…

 

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Sven Schneider

Sven Schneider is full professor and managing director of the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Göttingen…

 

Laurel L. Schafer

Laurel L. Schafer completed her PhD in catalysis in 1999 and an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship…

 

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T6: Heterogeneous catalysis, applied catalysis for sustainable industrial processes, nanoscience & nanotechnology

The topic deals with all aspects related to the preparation, characterization, modelling and reactivity of heterogeneous catalysts originated from coordination compounds, with particular attention to the relationship between catalyst selectivity and the molecular approach in its synthesis. Single-site well-defined heterogeneous catalysts obtained by organometallic and coordination compounds represent a key example of the winning strategy to achieve highly active and selective catalysts for industrially relevant processes. Additionally, this session also collects examples of relevant nanomaterials where coordination chemistry plays a relevant role in determining their properties. It will include: hybrid materials, host-guest ordered materials, DSSC and perovskite solar cells, functionalized nanocarbons, quantum dots and low-dimensional materials, surface engineered materials. T6 will also host the Interdivisional Group of Catalysis of the Italian Chemical Society with contributions focused on catalysis for sustainable industrial processes.
Main sub-areas of T6 will be:

 

• Heterogeneous catalysis: processes and mechanistic investigations
• Nanoscience and nanotechnology
• Applied catalysis for a more sustainable chemical industry (GIC)

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T6 throughout the conference proceedings:

Paolo Fornasiero

Paolo Fornasiero is full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Trieste, Italy…

 

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Mizuki Tada

Mizuki Tada was received her Ph.D. at the department of chemistry, the University of Tokyo in 2005…

 

Gabriele Centi

Gabriele Centi is full professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy…

 

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Fabrizio Cavani

Fabrizio Cavani received his Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry in 1987. Then he worked at the Catalysis Centre of EniChem Synthesis…

 

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Jing-Lin Zuo

Jing-Lin Zuo is Full Professor in Nanjing University, China. He has been the Cheung Kung Scholar of Ministry of Education…

 

Graham Hutchings

Graham Hutchings is Regius Professor of Chemistry at Cardiff University and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute…

 

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T7: Coordination compounds for energy applications, sustainable and environmental chemistry

This session focuses on the applications of coordination chemistry in energy production and storage with emphasis in processes based on renewable sources. Contributions are expected on the utilization of coordination complexes as catalysts (molecular, immobilized, and nanosized) for water splitting, H2 evolution, water oxidation, CO2 reduction, H2 storage/release in/from suitable molecules, Fisher-Tropsch reactions, as well as antenna systems, photosensitizers, redox mediators, membranes. Within this thematic session, the latest advances in electrochemistry, coordination chemistry and materials science for the photochemical, electrochemical and photo-electrochemical processes in diverse applications are also welcome, with studies in the fields of operando diagnostics, in situ characterization of high reactive intermediates and fuel cells. Finally, the topic includes green chemistry studies on the exploitation of renewable carbon (biomass, CO2, waste) for efficient production of fine chemicals, intermediates, and value-added end-products with low energy input, reducing emissions and saving natural resources.
Main sub-areas of T7 will be:

 

• Coordination compounds for energy applications
• Green and sustainable chemistry
• Electrochemistry and photochemistry applications

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T7 throughout the conference proceedings:

Francesco Paolucci

Francesco Paolucci He received his degree in chemistry, magna cum laude, from the University of Bologna, Italy…

 

Angela Dibenedetto

Angela Dibenedetto is Full Professor at the University of Bari-UNIBA (IT) – Department of Chemistry…

 

Dmitry Yakhvarov

Dmitry Yakhvarov was born in 1974 in Kazan, Russian Federation. He graduated the Department of Physical Chemistry…

 

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Alceo Macchioni

Alceo Macchioni is Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Perugia…

 

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Kuo-Wei Huang

Kuo-Wei Huang is currently Professor and the Director of Chemical Sciences Programme at KAUST…

 

László T. Mika

László T. Mika was born in 1976 Budapest, Hungary. He studied chemical engineering (University of Veszprém, Hungary)…

 

T8: Bioinorganic chemistry, ion recognition and sensing

This session will be mainly devoted to address the vital roles of metals to perform a dizzying array of unique biological functions. This session will welcome contributions from the following topics: (1) metalloproteins, and biomimetic/bioinspired catalytic systems; (2) metal-based drugs, inorganic or hybrid nanomaterials and targets in the diagnosis, imaging and treatment of diseases; (3) chemical approaches to interrogate or therapeutically alter the metallo-biology of cellular redox regulation, pathogenesis, cancer, immune diseases and neurodegeneration; (4) strategies in the commercialization of metal-based therapeutic, diagnostic and theranostic agents; (5) metal ion recognition, sensing and transport by nature and by tailor made receptors/chemosensors and materials; (6) process control, environmental monitoring, food analysis, medical diagnosis and imaging of metals, but also metal ion regulation and transport in biological systems; (7) selective sensing of anionic and neutral guest species by metal complexes; (8) stimulus-responsive metal complexes and tracing of metal ions in biological systems.
Main sub-areas of T8 will be:

 

• Metals in biology and metalloproteins
• Metals in medicine, therapeutics and diagnostics
• Ion sensing and ion recognition

 

The following National and International Session Chairs will alternate in chairing T8 throughout the conference proceedings:

Paola Turano

Paola Turano received her Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences at the University of Florence in 1993…

 

Vito Lippolis

Vito Lippolis graduated in Chemistry in 1991 at the University of Pisa (Italy) and in the same year gained the diploma in Chemistry…

 

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Patrick Gamez

Patrick Gamez received his PhD at the University of Lyon and was awarded the French Chemical Society Prize…

 

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Zijian Guo

Zijian Guo received his PhD degree from the University of Padova and worked as a postdoctoral…

 

Alessandra Crispini

Alessandra Crispini is Full Professor of inorganic and structural chemistry at the University of Calabria…

 

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Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson