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Executive Board

Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for managing the scientific, educational and professional activities of EuCheMS. It comprises the President, the President Elect/Past President, the Treasurer, members elected by the General Assembly and other members appointed by the Executive Board to provide special expertise.

President - Professor Pilar Goya

Professor Pilar Goya

Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

Pilar Goya

Pilar Goya Laza is research professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Instituto de Química Médica of which she was the Director from 2005 to 2011. Vice President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) until 2013, she is currently the Vice President of the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT). She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense Madrid and was a postdoctoral Humboldt fellow in Konstanz, Germany, under Prof W. Pfleiderer´s supervision. From 1991 till 1996 she was Head of International Affairs of CSIC, she was a member of the Core Group of PESC (Physical and Engineering Sciences Committee) of the European Science Foundation, ESF, and Chair of the Chemistry Committee of the Marie Curie Fellowships of the EU.

Her research deals with different aspects of medicinal chemistry and drug design and is currently focused on cannabinoids and PPAR ligands targeting the SNC and obesity. She has published over 150 scientific papers, 12 international patents, and has directed 10 Ph.D. theses. As a former member of the Ethics Committee of the CSIC, she is interested in research integrity issues and good scientific practices and is active in reaching out to the general public has recently published a popular book on “Pain”.

Past President - Professor David Cole-Hamilton

Professor David Cole-Hamilton

Royal Society of Chemistry

DavidColeHamiltonDavid Cole-Hamilton has served the scientific community as President of the Chemistry Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Chemistry Committee and as the member of several Committees of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Moreover, he has served 4 years on the Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry and he has been the UK representative on the EuCheMS Division for Organometallic Chemistry since 2005. He has recently been elected to serve as President of the Dalton Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

David Cole-Hamilton is Professor of Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His main research interests are in applications of organometallic compounds to solving problems in material chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. He also had excursions into diverse fields as electron transfer across membranes, developing a new process for the conservation of wooden archaeological artifacts using supercritical drying and extensive studies of reaction mechanisms in solutions and in the gas phase.

David Cole-Hamilton defines himself as a committed European and a committed chemist, who truly believes that chemistry holds the keys to the future prosperity and quality of life for all.

Treasurer - Professor Eckart Rühl

Professor Eckart Rühl

German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry


Eckart Rühl is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at Freie Universität Berlin.

He received from this university his doctoral and habilitation degree. He stayed for several years abroad as a post-doc and guest professor, where he worked in Orsay and Meudon (France), Oxford (UK), Hamilton (Canada), Okazaki (Japan), as well as Berkeley and Boulder (U.S.A.). He had faculty positions in physics at the Universities of Mainz and Osnabrück (Germany). At the University of Würzburg (Germany) he had a Chair for Physical Chemistry before he moved back to Berlin. His current research interests mainly focus spectroscopic work on the structure and dynamics of matter including applications to life sciences. He is currently the speaker of a major research network on innovative drug delivery systems (Collaborative Research Center 1112) and he is Scientific Coordinator of a German-Russian Center of Excellence.

In 2009 – 2011 he was the Head of the EuCheMS Physical Chemistry Working Party. Since then he serves as the Chair of the EuCheMS Physical Chemistry Division.

Elected Members

Professor Artur Silva

Professor Artur Silva

Portuguese Chemical Society

Artur M. S. Silva is a full professor of chemistry at the University of Aveiro and President of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) since July/2016.

He served, among others, as Vice-President of the Portuguese Chemical Society (2013-2016), twice terms as Vice-president and other two as President of the Organic Chemistry Division of SPQ (among others).

He was the chairman of the Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro, for six years, and currently is the President of the Council of the University of Aveiro Doctoral School and the Director of the Chemistry MSc and PhD programs of the University of Aveiro and also Vice-president of a joint Doctoral Program in Sustainable Chemistry of the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and New of Lisbon.

He studied chemistry at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), where he graduated in chemistry physics for teaching in 1987. In 1993 he received his Ph.D. in chemistry at Aveiro University. He began his independent career at Aveiro University as an Assistant Professor in 1994. He was appointed to Associate Professor with tenure in 1998 and Full Professor in 2001. He has published over 510 papers (h index of 40) and 28 book chapters and deliver more than 45 lectures. He supervised more than 20 Ph.D. students, 30 MSc students, 10 Post-doctoral fellows and a great number of research fellows. His research interests range over the chemistry of polyphenolic and nitrogen heterocyclic compounds, with special emphasis on the development of new synthetic routes and also on organocatalytic and metal-catalyzed transformations. However, the second line of his research is centered on the isolation and structural characterization of natural products from diverse terrestrial and marine sources.

Professor Christopher Copéret

Professor Christophe Copéret

Swiss Chemical Society

Prof. Christophe Copéret (CCH) was trained in chemistry and chemical engineering in CPE Lyon (France) and then undertook a Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue University (USA), where he studied the development of highly efficient synthesis of complex molecules via Pd-catalyzed carbonylation reactions in the group of Prof. E.i. Negishi (1991-1996). After a postdoctoral stay at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA) in the group of Prof. K.B. Sharpless (1996-1997), where he developed oxidation reactions, CCH was offered in 1998 a permanent research position in CNRS in C2P2 a laboratory devoted the chemistry of surfaces and polymers, and was promoted CNRS Research Director in 2008. Since Nov, 1st 2010, CCH is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zürich. CCH is currently the Editor in Chief of Helvetica and belongs to the advisory boards of several journals. CCH is also a board member of the Swiss Chemical Society, ScienceIndustries, and is the President of Platform Chemistry of Swiss Academy of Science (SCNat). Besides scientific activities, CCH enjoys literature, history, cooking and wine tasting, probably a reminiscence of his childhood spent in the vineyards in Fleurie, one of the famous crû of Beaujolais (La Reine) just 50 km North of Lyon.

His scientific interest lies at the frontiers of molecular, material and surface chemistry, with the aims to design functional materials with applications in catalysis (sustainable chemistry and energy), molecular recognition, imaging, and microelectronics. For instance, our group has led major efforts in the synthesis and the molecular-level understanding of the surface chemistry of nanoparticles, in particular, metal oxides, towards the design of well-defined – so-called single-site – heterogeneous catalysts. In particular, we have developed alkene metathesis catalysts with unprecedented catalytic performances, elucidated the reaction mechanism of alkane conversion processes and have provided a molecular-level understanding of industrial catalysts. Our approach is mechanistically driven and relies on the combination of detailed spectroscopic investigations (in particular NMR) and computational studies. It is thus of no surprise that we are currently involved in the development of Surface Enhanced Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR spectroscopy, which allows obtaining an unprecedented level of details in the characterization of surface sites (NMR crystallography).

Professor Kenneth Ruud

Professor Kenneth Ruud

Norsk Kjemisk Selskap

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Kenneth Ruud is professor of theoretical and computational chemistry at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo (1998). He is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Prof. Ruud has extensive experience in research policy, both within the field of chemistry as well as the sciences at large, at the Norwegian, Nordic and European level. He was head of the department of chemistry (UiT) 2005 – 2007 before he became the directory of the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence 2007-2013. He was the president of the Norwegian Chemical Society 2010-2014. He was a member of the board of the Division of Science of the Research Council of Norway 2007-2015, and he was in this period also the Norwegian representative in the Joint Committee of the Nordic Research Councils in Natural Sciences, which he chaired 2012-2015. He has been a member of the Standing Committee of the Physical and Engineering Sciences of the European Science Foundation (2007-2012). He has been a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) 2010-2016, including chairman of the access committee (2011-2012) and the Scientific Steering Committee and Board of Directors (2013-2014).

Prof. Kenneth Ruud is currently elected deputy vice-chancellor of research at UiT (2013-2021), a member of the board of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2017-2019), Norwegian representative in the COST Scientific Committee (2015-2019) and member of the Research Council of the IT4Innovation National Supercomputer Centre in the Czech Republic (2015-2019). He is also a principal investigator in the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence 2017-2027, which he will be the director of in the period 2022-2027.

As deputy vice chancellor of research at UiT, he has been particularly engaged in the career development of young researchers, gender balance, and open science.

Dr Nicola Armaroli

Dr Nicola Armaroli

Società Chimica Italiana

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Nicola Armaroli got the Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences in 1994 at the University of Bologna. Since 2007 he has been Research Director at CNR, the Italian National Research Council. He is listed among the most-cited Italian scientists of all disciplines.  He is the former chairman of the EuCheMS Working Party on Chemistry and Energy and has served as EuCheMS representative on several occasions. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), associate editor of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, (RSC) and member of the Editorial Board of Chemistry-A European Journal (Wiley-VCH) and Polyhedron (Elsevier Science). He serves as director of Sapere, the first Italian science periodical, established in 1935.

His activity is concerned with the photochemistry and photophysics of coordination compounds, carbon nanostructures and supramolecular arrays and materials, with focus on luminescence, light harvesting, energy transfer and electron transfer. These studies aim at developing new materials for lighting technologies and solar energy conversion. He has published over 200 scientific papers and several books on the subject of energy.

He has given invited lectures at international conferences, universities and research centers worldwide and serves as a referee for the most important scientific editors as well as for national and international funding agencies and private companies and foundations. He has run European projects as CNR principal investigator or coordinator in the frame of COST, FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020 programmes, funded by the European Commission.

Nicola Armaroli is also an active consultant and science communicator for the public at large on the issues of energy, natural resources, and environment, also through interviews and contributions on mass media.

He was awarded the 2001 Grammaticakis-Neumann International Prize in Photochemistry, the Premio Letterario Galileo 2009 for science dissemination and the 2017 Gold Medal Enzo Tiezzi of the Italian Chemical Society.

Professor Pavel Drašar

Professor Pavel Drašar

Czech Chemical Society

Drasar_PavelPavel Drašar is a professor of organic chemistry at the Prague University of Chemistry and Technology (CZ). He is currently interested in the chemistry and biological activity of natural compounds and utilization of chiral natural compounds in self- and superassembly.

Besides of the EuCheMS Executive board, he is the chair of the European Chemist Registration Board. At the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN) he worked a long time in the Label Committee on assessment of chemistry educational programs at universities. Since 2015 he has been the president of ECTN. He is vice-president of the Czech Chemical Society.

Dr Philippe Garrigues

Dr Philippe Garrigues

French Chemical Society

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Beginning of Term: 1 January 2016

GarriguesDr Philippe Garrigues is a CNRS Research Director and currently the Head of the Institute of Molecular at the University of Bordeaux with around 200 researchers involved in various chemistry aspects ( theory, analyses, environment, spectroscopy, synthesis). His research interests are the analytical aspects (chromatographies and spectroscopies) related to the detection of organic pollutants and the environmental fate and the toxicological effects of these compounds. He has been involved in the development of biochemical markers as early warning systems for the toxicological evaluation of marine ecosystems through the coordination of large research projects supported by the DG Research ( European Commission, Brussels). His recent research interest deal with REACH regulation and how analytical chemistry is developed for its implementation.

Dr. Garrigues has authored about 180 publications. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of SETAC-Europe (1997-1999) and Chair of the EuCheMS Division « Chemistry and the Environment » (2003-2008). He is/has been a member of scientific committees in French institutions  (CNRS, IFREMER, INERIS, Rovaltain Foundation). He has organised various Scientific Conferences dealing with environmental chemistry and toxicology, most of them related to scientific societies ( SETAC, ISPAC, EuCheMS). He has also various editor’s responsibilities (Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry).

Professor Livia Simon Sarkadi

Professor Livia Simon Sarkadi

Hungarian Chemical Society


Livia Simon Sarkadi is full professor and head of the Department of Food Chemistry and Nutrition at the Faculty of Food Science, Corvinus University of Budapest, since 2012. She graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the Technical University of Budapest (BUTE) where she received an University Doctorate degree in Biochemistry in 1986. In 1991, she received a CSc (Candidate of Science) degree in Food Chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). She was awarded a Dr habil. from BUTE in 1999 and a DSc degree in Chemical Science from the HAS in 2010.

Professor Sarkadi has served as chair of the Food Protein Working Group of the HAS since 1996, and she became the first female President of the Hungarian Chemical Society in 2011. Since 2014 she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She became chair of the EuCheMS Food Chemistry Division in 2009, she was an appointed member of the Executive Board of EuCheMS (2010-2013) and elected member for the period of 2014-2016. She is one of the two editors of the EuCheMS book “European Women in Chemistry”, published in the International Year of Chemistry 2011.

Professor Sarkadi’s research focuses on study of food quality and food safety with particular emphasis on amino acids, biogenic amines and proteins. She has supervised 8 PhD students as well as 35 BSc and 40 MSc students. She is the author/co-author of over two hundred scientific papers and some books. She is member of the Editorial Boards of 3 International Journals (European Food Research and Technology, Food and Nutrition Research, Chemistry Central).

Professor Saskia van der Vies

Professor Saskia van der Vies

Royal Netherlands Chemical Society


Saskia M. van der Vies is Professor of Biochemistry at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is the chairman of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) and former chairman op the Netherlands Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NVBMB). She was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Netherlands Biotechnological Society (NBV) and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) and is co-founder of the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science award.

Saskia was born and educated in The Netherlands where she obtained her BSc and MSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry respectively. Her PhD project on proteins folding and molecular chaperones was performed under the supervision of Prof. R. John Ellis (FRS) at the University of Warwick (U.K.) where Saskia obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences (1990). In 1998 she was appointed Full Professor of Biochemistry at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Saskia’s current research group investigates the role of protein (mis)folding in several brain diseases by studying protein folding from a neuropathological perspective. The research is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying (protein misfolding) disease pathologies and at identifying potential drug targets and biomarkers for neurodegeneration. Saskia has published a wide range of papers in top journal such as Nature, PNAS, JACS and various (bio)chemical journals.

Appointed Members

Dr Robert Parker

Dr Robert Parker

Royal Society of Chemistry


Robert Parker is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a learned and professional organisation with 49,000 members worldwide. It has major outputs in education, events, policy and publishing. Before taking up the position as CEO Robert ran the very successful publishing wing of the RSC.

Robert has a PhD in chemistry and is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He lives in Gloucestershire and is married with three adult children. He loves good food, art history and motorcycling.

Professor Wolfram Koch

Professor Wolfram Koch

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker


Wolfram Koch is the Executive Director of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society). Before that he was Professor of Theoretical Organic Chemistry at TU Berlin and a Senior Scientist at IBM research facilities in Germany and the US.

During his time active in research Wolfram Koch worked on quantum chemical investigations on properties and reactivities of open shell transition metal compounds as well as on spectroscopic properties of small molecules. He authored and co-authored some 190 papers and is the senior author of a textbook on density functional theory.

Besides being a member of the EuCheMS Executive Board Wolfram Koch is also a member of the IUPAC Finance Committee, of the Administrative Council of the German Copyright Collective and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the German National Library of Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an IUPAC Fellow and holds an honorary membership of the Czech Chemical Society.

Professor Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo

Dr Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo

Asociación Nacional de Químicos de España


Professor Anna Trzeciak

Anna Trzeciak

Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne

Anna M. Trzeciak University of Wrocław, Poland, received her PhD (1981) in chemistry at the University of Wrocław under supervision of prof. J.J. Ziolkowski. Post – doctoral fellow in the group of prof. W. Keim at the RWTH Aachen. Habilitation (D.Sc.) in in organic chemistry at the University of Wroclaw (1991). Since 1995 professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Wroclaw, full professor since 2006. The research interest includes coordination and organometallic chemistry, homogeneous and heterogenized metal complex catalysis, nanocatalysis. Mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions, mainly with rhodium and palladium. Supervisor of eight doctors (PhD) in chemistry. Member of International Advisory Board of International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis and president of EuCheMS Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of the American Chemical Society. University delegate to ECTN (European Chemistry Teaching Network). Leader of Metal Complex Catalysis Research Group at the Faculty of Chemistry University of Wrocław and head of Inorganic Chemistry Teaching Department. Co-chairman of international conferences – Summer School on Coordination Chemistry organized in Poland in 1996 – 2004, International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis in Poznań (2010) . Chairman of the Symposium “Nanoparticles in Catalysis” in Wrocław (2010) and 3rd EuCheMS Inorganic Chemistry Conference in Wroclaw (2015).

Professor Marco Arlorio

Professor Marco Arlorio

Società Chimica Italiana

Marco Arlorio is Professor of Food Chemistry at Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco, Università del Piemonte Orientale (UPO, Novara, Italy); Chair of the Food Chemistry Inter-Divisional Group of Italian Chemical Society (GICA – SCI, Rome, Italy); Chair of the Food Chemistry Division, EuCheMS. Former Member of the Executive Board of the SAFE Consortium. Principal Investigator of many national and international projects, active on teaching at academic level (Food Chemistry, Food Biotechnology) as well as involved in Continue Medical Education in food sciences and nutrition. To date he leads the WP18 “INTELLItrace” (EU Food Integrity Project).

Main research interests are focused on food quality and food safety assessment, particularly regarding the developing of new analytical methods and new strategic approaches dedicated to the food profiling and food characterization. Member of many Scientific and Organizing committees of international congresses: CoCoTea2011, 2013, 2017, Pigments in foods series, IVAS2017, EuroFoodChem 2015 and 2017, among other international and national congresses.

Professor Nausicaa Orlandi

Professor Nausicaa Orlandi

Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici

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Dr Orlandi is the President of the Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici, the governmental institution representing Italian professional chemists.

After graduating in Industrial Chemistry at the Universita degli Studi di Padova in Italy, as well as studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier in France, she then moved onto research in heterogenous catalysis at the CNRS (France). After two years of work experience in research and development processes applied to waste treatment industrial plans, she registered as a Professional Chemist in Italy in 2002.

Director of a consultancy company since 1998, Nausicaa is also a registered Acoustic Competent Technician (2003), Expertise Consultant in the Court of Padova, Auditor for International Certification Bodies, and an accredited teacher and lecturer. As a professional chemist, she has held various roles in professional chemist organisation: from 2005 to 2013, Nausicaa was Treasurer of the Ordine Interprovinciale dei Chimici del Veneto, and in 2013 she became its President until 2016. From 2010 to 2015, she was a member of the National Equal Opportunities Commission by the Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici. She has also been member of the board of the Young Entrepreneurs of Padova.


Former Members of the EuCheMS Executive Board

Ulrich Schubert, President/Vice-President, 2011 – 2016

Luis Oro, President/Vice-President, 2006 – 2011

Giovanni Natile, President/Vice-President, 2004 – 2009

José Empis, Treasurer 2005 – 2009

Francesco De Angelis, Treasurer 2010 – 2016

Bogusław Buszewski, 2014 – 2017

Michael Droescher, 2014 – 2017

Sergio Facchetti, 2010 – 2017

Antonio Laganà, 2014 – 2016

Ehud Keinan, 2011 – 2015

Ivanka Popović, 2014 – 2017

Igor Tkatchenko, 2011 – 2015

Jay Siegel, 2010 – 2014

Viktor Milata, 2010 – 2014

Helena Grennberg, ending in 2013

Morten Bjerrum, 2010 – 2014

Henrik Koroniak, 2010 – 2014

Carlos Negro, ending in 2013

Reto Battaglia, ending in 2011

Evelyn McEvan, General Secretary, ending in 2011