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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 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 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 on applications of organometallic compounds to solving problems in material chemistry and homogenous catalysis. He also had excursions into diverse fields as electron transfer across membranes, developing a new process for the conservation of wooden archaeological artefacts 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.

Vice-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 PhD 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 PhD theses. 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 having recently published a popular book on “Pain”.

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.

He was from 2009-2011 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 full professor of chemistry at the University of Aveiro and President of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) since July/2016.

He served among other positions 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 PhD 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 PhD students, 30 MSc students, 10 Post-doctoral felloes 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 centred on the isolation and structural characterization of natural products from diverse terrestrial and marine sources.

Professor Bogusław Buszewski

Professor Bogusław Buszewski 

Polish Chemical Society

Boguslaw BuszewskiProf. dr. hab. Bogusław Buszewski is the head of the Chair of Environmental Chemistry & Bioanalytics and head of Center for Education & Research in Separation Methods at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He serves as a member of the Committee of Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and as member of theeditorial boards of 26 national and international journals  He was awarded by numerous national and international organizations (including Doctor Honoris Causa) and supervised 36 PhD (12 DSc). Prof. Buszewski is the president of Polish Chemical Society (PTChem), also chairman of the Central European Group for Separation Sciences, and a member of the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS), member of Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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 PhD 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 Plateform 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 lead 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 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 unprecedented level of details in the characterization of surface sites (NMR crystallography).

Professor Ivanka Popović

Professor Ivanka Popović

Serbian Chemical Society

Ivanka_PopovicIvanka Popovic is currently Vice-Rector for Re- search at the University of  Belgrade. She is a professor  at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy involved in polymer science and engineering.  She was the first female dean of the faculty  (2006 to 2012). She was also the first female  president of the Serbian Chemical Society  (2009 to 2013). She co-chaired Euroanalysis  16 with Slavica Ražic in Belgrade in 2011. Popovic initiated and promoted the monograph “First Female Chemists in Serbia”,  authored by Ljiljana Ristic, in the International Year of Chemistry 2011. She is committed to sustainable development and was one of the founders of the Serbian Center for Cleaner Production in 2007 supported by  the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. She is devoted to the promotion of chemistry among school children, especially in the field of recycling. Ivanka Popovic is honoured to have been elected the first Executive Board member from Serbia and is looking forward to contributing to the  better understanding of the needs of smaller societies within EuCheMS.

Professor Michael Dröscher

Professor Michael Dröscher

German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry


Michael Droescher retired 2009 after an industry career of 27 years from his position as Innovation Manager Chemicals of Evonik Degussa, which is now Evonik Industries AG. After his retirement he took the position as manager of the chemistry cluster in North Rhine Westphalia, where he supports the network of industry and academia. He is a member of several boards of scientific institutes in Germany.

Michael holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Mainz (1975). He then became a scientific assistant at the university of Freiburg, spent a postdoc year with Thor Smith at IBM San Jose in 1977, and finished his Habilitation in 1981. Since 1988 he is an adjunct professor at the University of Muenster.

During his academic career Michael’s research interests focused on crystalline polymer synthesis, structure and properties. Later research subjects were polymer recycling, waste management and life cycle analysis. He has published more than 50 papers and 20 patents.

Michael was President of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) 2010 and 2011. He was the chair of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI, 2010 to 2013), and of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG, 2005 and 2006), the research and education committee of the German chemical industry association (VCI), and the special issue group on innovation of CEFIC. He was also the founding chair of the EuCheMS Physical Chemistry Working Party.

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 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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GarriguesDr Ph. 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 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 member of scientific committtees 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 Sergio Facchetti

Professor Sergio Facchetti

Consiglio Nazionale dei Chimici


Sergio Facchetti is counsellor and top consultant scientific advisor for the Italian National Council of Chemists. He is also a professor of toxicology at Milan, Pavia and Sassari Universities. Before that, he was coordinator of the researches performed at Ispra for the European Environmental Agency in Copenhagen. His research and teaching interests go from toxicology to mass spectrometry, radiochemistry and environmental chemistry.

Besides being Member of the EuCheMS Executive Board and Vice-President of the European Registration Board, Professor Facchetti has been Vice-President elected of the Italian Chemical Society, founder of the Mass Spectrometry Group of the Italian Chemical Society, member of the managing Committee of Unichin (association for Unification of Chemical industries) and member of many national and international Scientific association as well as of Expert Advisory Groups such as the group in “Clear Technologies for the Reduction and eliminations of POPs” of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Professor Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo

Dr Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo

Asociación Nacional de Químicos de España


Professor Franco De Angelis

Professor Franco De Angelis

Società Chimica Italiana

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Franco De AngelisFrancesco De Angelis is full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of L’Aquila (Italy). His research and professional interests are in the fields of organic synthesis, synthetic methodologies, structural elucidation of natural products, organic and biological mass spectrometry, teaching of chemistry. FDA was president of Società Chimica Italiana (SCI) for the term 2005-2007. In the Society he also covered the position of president of the Division of Mass Spectrometry. He is designated European Chemist by EuCheMS and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Editor-in-Chief of Annali di Chimica. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of ChemSusChem.

Former member of the Governing Committee of the International Mass Spectrometry Society, FDA is now President of the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA). In the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) he was member of the Strategy and Finance Committee and in 2009 he was elected treasurer and hence ex-officio member of the Executive Board. Within EuCheMS he is also member of the European Chemist Registration Board. In ChemPubSoc Europe, the publishing organ of 16 European Chemical Societies publishing eight international journals and a web-portal, he is president for the journals ChemMedChem and ChemSusChem, and member of the ChemPubSoc Europe Governing  Committee.


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

Antonio Laganà 2014 – 2016

Ehud Keinan, 2011 – 2015

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