Professor Adisa Azapagic

University of Manchester
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
The Mill-C16
M13 9PL
United Kingdom

About Adisa Azapagic:

Adisa holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Analysis. She is Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science and and Associated Professor of the Sustainable Consumption Institute. She is leading the Sustainable Industrial Systems group which comprises over 20 post-doctoral researchers and Ph.D. students.

Adisa has held a number of fellowships and honorary appointments, some of which include fellowships from the Royal Academy of Engineering, UNESCO and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). She was awarded the IChemE Award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemical and Process Engineering in 2010 and the GSK/CIA Innovation Award in 2011.

The Sustainable Industrial Systems Group work closely with companies and other organisations to help identify mor sustainable solutions along the whole supply chains.

Sustainable Industrial Systems is a research group at The University of Manchester led by Professor Adisa Azapagic. The main aim of our research is to help identify sustainable solutions for industrial systems on a life cycle basis, taking into account economic, environmental and social aspects. We work across different sectors and supply chains including chemicals, construction, food & drink, energy and transport. In addition to industrial organisations, we collaborate with government, NGO and other organisations. Read More at:

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Professor Piet van Leeuwen

ICIQ - Institut Català d'Investigació Química
Group Leader
Av. Països Catalans 16

About Piet van Leeuwen:

Piet van Leeuwen was appointed as a Group Leader in the ICIQ in April 2004. He is Emeritus Professor of Homogeneous Catalysis at the University of Amsterdam and Emeritus Professor of Industrial Homogeneous Catalysis at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

He has chaired and directed many activities in the field of catalysis in the Netherlands. He worked with Shell in Amsterdam for twenty six years in a wide variety of topics of homogeneous catalysis. During many years he was in charge of Shell’s fundamental efforts related to organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. In 1989 he founded the homogeneous catalysis group at the University of Amsterdam, which he directed until 2007.

His interest ranges from fundamental aspects to applied catalysis utilizing mainly late transition metals. New concepts to which he contributed include host-guest catalysis, dendrimer catalysis, effects of wide bite-angles, and in-situ spectroscopy. Main research areas are ligand effects in hydroformylation, carbonylation reactions, carbon-carbon bond formation reactions, microflow reactor systems for homogeneous catalysis, and e-learning.

He has (co)authored about 350 publications, 30 patents, he has contributed to several books, and is author of the book Homogeneous Catalysis; understanding the art. He has (co)supervised more than 40 PhD theses.

In 2005 he was honored with the Holleman Prize by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2006 to 2009 he held a Marie Curie Chair of Excellence in the ICIQ. In 2009 he received a doctorate honoris causa from the University Rovira I Virgili. He was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant for his project "A New Vision on Nanocatalysts, NanosOnWings” in 2009. Read more about Prof Piet van Leeuwen at:

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Direct phone: (+34) 977 920 200

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Professor Thomas Ward

University of Basel
Department of Chemistry
Spitalstrasse 51

About Thomas Ward:

Thomas R. Ward was born in Fribourg on January 8th 1964 as the last of 6 children of John E. Ward and Ada Lovinger Ward. He received his diploma in Chemistry in 1987 from the University of Fribourg with organic chemistry as major and inorganic chemistry as minor subjects.

From 1988 to 1991, he was a doctoral student in the group of Prof. L. M. Venanzi at the ETH Zürich in close collaboration with Prof. D. Seebach. His PhD thesis dealt with the synthesis and coordination properties of C3-symmetric phosphine ligands and their use as acetalization catalysts. This work benefited from a fruitful collaboration with Ciba Geigy which patented these systems.

Fascinated by group theory, he joined the group of Prof. R. Hoffmann at Cornell University as a Swiss National Science postdoctoral fellow (1991-1992). This theoretical excursion lead him into the fascinating field of heterogeneous catalysis: Why is rhodium so efficient at removing NO from car exhaust?

Soon after returning to Switzerland for a second postdoc in the group of Prof. C. Floriani at the University of Lausanne, he was awarded the A. Werner Fellowship and moved to Berne to undertake his independent career in Fall 1993. He obtained his Venia Legendi in 1999 and moved to the University of Neuchâtel in Fall 2000. After seven years spent at the University of Neuchâtel, he moved to the University of Basel in March 2008. The group research is centered on the exploitation of proteins as host for organometallic moieties with applications in catalysis as well as in nanobiotechnology.

Thomas R. Ward was awarded the ETH Medaille (1991), the A. Werner Fellowship (1993) as well as the A. Werner Prize (1998) and a Swiss National Science Foundation Förderungsprofessur (2000). In 2005, he was awarded the medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences for his research on artificial metalloenzymes based on the biotin-avidin technology. Read more about Prof Thomas R. Ward at:

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Direct phone: +41 (0)61 267 10 04

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