Lectures and teachers

Cinzia Chiappe

FRSC Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, Italy


Cinzia Chiappe received Laurea (cum laude) and PhD degrees from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1985 and 1989, respectively. After a two years period at the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection, she moved to the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry (University of Pisa) as a researcher. Since 2002 she is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Pisa.

Her primary research interests focus on the ionic liquids (ILs) chemistry and their application. Using the tools of physico-organic chemistry her research group is dedicated to obtain information on ILs and their physico-chemical and biological properties, often correlating experimental results with theoretical calculations. In this field, she has developed several projects that using these “designer solvents” as novel media, catalysts or additives have allowed developing new and more sustainable chemical processes affording a lot of new compounds and materials.

Howard M. Colquhoun

Chair of Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Reading, UK

Title: Materials chemistry of the fuel cell: a clean and sustainable energy-technology.
Fuel cells convert fuels such as hydrogen or methanol directly to electrical energy by reaction with oxygen in an electrochemical cell. Unlike heat-engines, fuel cells are not limited in the efficiency of their conversion of chemical potential to energy, and hydrogen fuel cells are pollution-free in that their only by-product is water. A key component of most modern fuel cells is a very thin polymer membrane containing anionic groups that enable the transport of protons (but not electrons) from the anode to the cathode, and the lecture will focus on recent developments in polymer chemistry that enable fuel-cell membranes to operate successfully at high temperatures and under conditions of low humidity. The development and application of such membranes for hydrogen generation from renewable resources will also be discussed.


Following degrees from Cambridge (MA, St Catharine's College) and London (PhD, Westfield College, 1975), Howard Colquhoun carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Warwick and then joined the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Cheshire. In ICI, he worked initially on coordination chemistry but later moved into the fields of high performance polymers and membrane chemistry. He held a Royal Society Industry Fellow at Manchester University from 1994, and was appointed to the newly-established Chair of Materials Chemistry at the University of Reading in 2000. His work focuses on supramolecular polymer chemistry and on ionomer membranes for fuel cells and water purification. Awards for his research include the RSC Medal and Prize for Materials Chemistry (2006), the ScD degree of the University of Cambridge (2008), and the MacroGroup UK medal (2012). From 2012 to 2015 he was President of the Materials Chemistry Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Jan Labuda

Institute of Analytical Chemistry,Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia


Born: 17 June, 1949 in Bratislava, Slovakia, J. Labuda has finished the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU) in 1973 (Dipl. Eng., Physical and Analytical Chemistry), obtained PhD in Chemistry (1978) and D.Sc. (Chemical Sciences) in 2001. Since 2003 he is at the Full Professor position at STU.

Teaching activity covers Analytical Chemistry and Bioanalytical Chemistry. He is garant and co-garant for the graduate and PhD study programm Analytical Chemistry at the STU.

Research interests include electroanalytical chemistry, sensors and biosensors, analytical chemistry of nanomaterials, prooxidants and antioxidants. Total number of journal publications: 151. Science Citation Index: > 1600, h-index 26. He was coordinator of 15 national and international projects.

He is the Director of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (since 2009, vice-director 2006-2009), President of the Analytical Chemistry Division and member of the Bureau of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC for the biennium 2016-2017 (Vice-President (2014-2015), Titular Member (2006-2009, 2012-2013), National Representative (2010-2011)), Delegate of the Slovak Chemical Society at the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, EuCheMS (1999-2014).


Medal of the Slovak Chemical Society for Merits in Analytical Chemistry (2009)

Vojtĕch Šafařík Award by the Czech Chemical Society (2011)

Memory Medal of the Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice (2011)

Laureate of the lectures serial Heyrovský – Ilkovič – Nernst – Lecture 2011, GDCH, Germany

Laureate of the titul Professor of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava 2013.

Honorary member of Slovak Chemical Society (2014).

Rafael Luque

Departamento de Quimica Organica, Universidad de Cordoba, Spain


Rafael Luque is Deputy Head of Department from Departamento de Quimica Organica at Universidad de Cordoba, where he graduated in 2005. Prof. Luque has published over 350 research articles, filed 3 patent applications and edited 10 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. Prof. Luque is Editor of Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical from Elsevier receiving the Marie Curie Prize from Instituto Andaluz de Quimica Fina in Spain (2011), the Green Talents award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (2011), the TR35 Spain from Technology Review and MIT as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain (2012) and very recently the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award (2013) from the Royal Society of Chemistry UK and the 2015 Lu Jiaxi lectureship from the College of Chemistry and Engineering in Xiamen University (China).

Mehmet Mahramanlioglu

İstanbul Üniversitesi Mühendislik Fakültesi Kimya Bölümü - Avcilar – İstanbul, Turkey

Title: The green approach to energy in Turkey
Keywords: renewable energy, barriers to green energy technologies, incentives for green energy technologies, green technologies in industry, green buildings, green cities.


He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.  He then worked as a chemical engineer in the chemical industry, the drug industry and the glass industry before coming to Istanbul University to study physical chemistry. He joined Istanbul University as a research assistant after experience in the industry. He has a MS and Ph D in physical chemistry. He is interested in adsorption of pollutants, thermodynamics, global warming, clean energy and green chemistry. He has been giving seminars on green chemistry over 9 years. These days he is writing a book on green chemistry. His current research project looks at the effect of chemical industry on global warming. He is still working as a professor of chemistry at Istanbul University.

Chiara Samorì

Department of Chemistry "G. Ciamician", CIRI Energia Ambiente, University of Bologna, Ravenna, Italy


Chiara Samorì received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science in 2006 and was awarded the title of European PhD (Doctor Europaeus) in Environmental Science in 2010 from the University of Bologna. She was a post-doc fellow at the Chemistry Department “G. Ciamician” (2010-2011) and at Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca Industriale (CIRI) Energia Ambiente (2011-2015) of the University of Bologna. From November 2015, she is a fixed-term researcher at the Chemistry Department “G. Ciamician”. She is currently the responsible lecturer of the courses of Renewable Resources for the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Chemical Innovation and Regulation and the course of Biorefineries for the Master degree in Environmental Science. Her research interests cover the study of sustainable solvents and molecules in terms of design, synthesis, and assessment of aquatic toxicity, biodegradability and environmental impact; the development of green protocols to extract chemical compounds and materials from natural matrices like biopolymers from bacteria, alkaloids from corals or high-added value compounds from microalgae; the use of renewable resources for obtaining chemicals, fuels and biomaterial products.

Janet L. Scott

Department of Chemistry, Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies, University of Bath, UK

Title: Designing and manufacturing materials with appropriate lifetimes – materials to fit with the circular economy.
As “molecular designers” chemists are able to design and produce a diverse range of polymers, fillers and coatings with distinct properties for specific purposes.  These are used in industry to manufacture a very wide range of highly sophisticated products that may need to last for a long time, e.g. car parts and building materials, or that have short lifetimes and need to (bio)degrade post use, e.g. packaging and personal care products. In spite of the very different lifetime requirements and end-of-life fates of such materials we often use a small range of very robust and persistent polymers as the major component.  In a truly Circular Economy approach, we should match the lifetime and end-of-life fate of materials and take this into account in the design stage asking the following questions, amongst many others:
1. Will the material be recovered and recycled many times?  If so, we need it to be robust and must avoid contamination that frustrates recovery and remanufacture.
2. Will the material be a “single-use” and then be discarded to landfill or waste-water treatment plant?  If so, we need it to be stable on the shelf until it is used, but to degrade readily to innocuous products when it is discarded.
In addition to these issues, we must also consider the source of the raw material (is it made from fossil carbon or from a renewable source), its production (is the process “clean and green”)  and its function (does it do what we need it to do)?  These topics will be discussed using specific case studies to demonstrate that more sustainable materials can be devised if we start with appropriate design principles that include sustainability and fit with the circular economy.


Dr Janet L. Scott, CChem, FRSC, is a Reader in the Department of Chemistry and Training Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath.  She has a background in both industry and academia in three countries:

·Lecturer, Dept. Chemistry, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1992-1996; R&D Manager Fine Chemicals Corporation Ltd., South Africa, 1996-1998;

·Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Green Chemistry, Monash University, Australia, 1999-2006;

·Senior Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Fellow, Unilever, UK, 2006-2008; and Director JLS ChemConsult Ltd., UK, 2008-2015.

Janet is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (from 2004), a Titular Member of Division III of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and Secretary of the Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (IUPAC ICGCSD).

Current research focus is on sustainable materials, particularly those derived from abundant and renewable biopolymers and Janet works closely with computational chemists, electrochemists, chemical and tissue engineering experts, physicists, mechanical engineers and even architects on a range of interdisciplinary projects including projects funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK and the European Union’s H2020 programme.  All projects include industrial partners as the conversion of research into sustainable materials into real products that impact directly on the development of more sustainable products and goods is deemed important. 


Pietro Tundo

Professor of Organic Chemistry, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Chair of IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development
IUPAC Bureau Member


Professor of Organic Chemistry; retired on 2016, he is responsible of scientific projects on Green Chemistry at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Coordinator of UNESCO-UNITWIN "Green Chemistry Excellence from Baltic Sea to Mediterranean Sea and Beyond".
He was guest researcher and teacher at College Station (Texas,1979-1981), Potsdam (New York, 1989-90) and Syracuse (New York, 1991-92), Chapel Hill, (North Carolina, 1995). 
He is Member of the Bureau of IUPAC and Chair of IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development.

P: Tundo is author of about 350 scientific publications, 40 patents and many books. 
His scientific interests are in the field of organic synthesis in selective methylations with low environmental impact, continuous flow chemistry, chemical detoxification of contaminants, hydrodehalogenation under multiphase conditions, phase-transfer catalysis (gas-liquid phase-transfer catalysis, GL-PTC), synthesis of crown-ethers and functionalized cryptands, supramolecular chemistry, heteropolyacids, safe alternatives to harmful chemicals and finally Green Chemistry for Cultural Heritage. 
He is the sole author of the book “Continuous flow methods in organic synthesis” E. Horwood Pub., Chichester, UK, 1991 (378 pp.), and editor of about 20 books.

P. Tundo was President of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division of IUPAC (biennium 2007-2009) and holder of the Unesco Chair on Green Chemistry (UNTWIN N.o 731). He founded and was Chairman (2004-2016) of the Working Party on “Green and Sustainable Chemistry” of EuCheMS (European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences).

Founder of the IUPAC International Conferences Series on Green Chemistry, he was awarded by American Chemical Society on 1983 (Kendall Award, with Janos Fendler), and by Federchimica (Italian association of chemical industries) on 1997 (An Intelligent Future).

P. Tundo coordinated many institutional and industrial research projects (EU, NATO, Dow, ICI, Roquette) and was the founder and the Director of the 10 editions of the annual Summer Schools on Green Chemistry (Venezia, Italy) sponsored by the EU, UNESCO and NATO.

Luigi Vaccaro

Dipartimento di chimica, Università di Perugia, Italia


Luigi Vaccaro, FRSC, obtained his Laurea in Chemistry at the University of Naples – Federico II, then he earned a PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Perugia where became Associate Professor leading Green S.O.C. group. He has been habilitated as Full Professor in 2013 and he is is currently appointed as Associate Editor of RSC Advances and Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. He received the Europa Medal from Society of Chemical Industry - London (2001), the ADP Award from Merck’s Chemistry Council for “Creative work in organic chemistry” (2006 and 2007), the G. Ciamician Medal of the Società Chimica Italiana (2007) and the Vigevani (2014) and Lady Davis (2017) Visiting Professorships. He serves as evaluator for the major funding agencies and international journals and in 2016, he was awarded the Top-10 reviewers recognition in Green Chemistry from Royal Society of Chemistry. His research is currently focused on the development of heterogeneous catalysis, safer media and flow chemistry towards the definition of novel green/sustainable synthetic tools.

Web: www.dcbb.unipg.it/greensoc