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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.

EuChemS Executive Board is also in charge of task groups: focus is on a particular topic, usually of strategic importance.

Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)

Professor Floris Rutjes has served the scientific community as Vice-President of the the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society‘s (KNCV) and as Vice-Dean and Professor at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Representatives of EuChemS Member Societies and Supporting Members voted on 3 October during the General Assembly in Bucharest, Romania, for Professor Floris Rutjes to be the next President of EuChemS.

During his presentation at the General Assembly, Floris laid out his vision for the coming years and highlighted his wish to ensure EuChemS was even better known to its community, and ever more invaluable in today’s Europe.

Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

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”.

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”.

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.

From 2009 to 2011, he was the Chair of the EuChemS Physical Chemistry Working Party and up to 2017, served as the Chair of the EuChemS Physical Chemistry Division.

Elected Members

Società Chimica Italiana

(1st mandate; end of term: 31/12/2021)

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 member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Within EuChemS, he is the former chairman of the Working Party on Chemistry and Energy and has served as EuChemS representative on several occasions such as the overseas Circular Economy Missions of the European Commission. He serves as associate editor of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (RSC), member of the Editorial Board of Chemistry-A European Journal (Wiley-VCH) and Polyhedron (Elsevier Science) as well as director of Sapere, the first Italian science periodical, established in 1935.

His scientific activity is concerned with photochemistry and photophysics, in particular luminescent materials and systems for the conversion of light into electricity and fuels. He also studies the transition of the global energy system towards more sustainable models, also in relation to climate change and scarcity of natural resources. He has published over 220 scientific papers and several books on the subject of energy.

Nicola Armaroli has given invited lectures at international conferences, universities and research centers worldwide and has run international projects as CNR principal investigator or coordinator in the frame of several programmes funded by the European Commission. He is also an active consultant and science communicator for the general public on the issues of energy, natural resources, and environment, also through interviews and contributions on mass media.

He was awarded the Grammaticakis-Neumann International Prize in Photochemistry, the Premio Letterario Galileo for science dissemination, the Gold Medal Enzo Tiezzi of the Italian Chemical Society and the Ravani-Pellati Chemistry Prize of the Turin Academy of Sciences.

Swiss Chemical Society

(2nd mandate; end of term: 31/12/2024)

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).

Association of Greek Chemists

(1st mandate; end of term: 31/12/2023)

Ioannis Katsoyiannis, from the Association of Greek Chemists, and currently Chair of the EuChemS Division for Chemistry and the Environment was elected to the EuChemS Executive Board during the General Assembly in Bucharest on 3 October 2019.

Currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ioannis Katsoyiannis explained during his presentation that he would look to bring new ideas and to aim at increasing the visibility of EuChemS.

Slovak Chemical Society

(1rst mandate; end of term: 31/12/2024)

Prof. Dr. Renáta Oriňaková, DSc. is a research professor and head of the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice (PF UPJŠ in Košice), Slovakia. She is currently the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science for science, research, and development. She was trained in chemistry and mathematics at PF UPJŠ in Košice (1992) and started her career at the Department of Physical Chemistry. She has received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (1997) and the title of Professor in Physical Chemistry in 2017. In the meantime, she was awarded the Doctor of Science (DSc.) degree in Physical Chemistry from the Slovak University of Technology in 2015.

She serves the chemical community as Head of the Division of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of the Slovak Chemical Society (from 2009) and a Member of the Financial Board of Supervisors in the Slovak Chemical Society (from 2015). She is also a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (from 2004) and since the beginning of this year she is the National Representative of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division (I) of IUPAC for a term of 2 years (for the term 2020-2021). She is the Expert in the Working Group 1 – New and Emerging Battery Technologies (from 2019) and a state representative (from 2020) at European Technology and Innovation Platform “Batteries Europe”.

R. Oriňaková possesses long-time experience in the field of electrochemistry and her research deals with the synthesis of nanocatalysts for electrochemical biosensors and heterogeneous catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction. In addition, her research is focused on the development of resorbable biomaterials for orthopaedic applications. She has published over 100 scientific papers, some books with approximately 1000 citations and she had successfully supervised 9 PhD, 21 master, and 18 bachelor theses.

French Chemical Society

(1st mandate; end of term: 31/12/2023)

Rinaldo Poli, from the French Chemical Society was elected to the EuChemS Executive Board during the General Assembly in Bucharest on 3 October 2019.

Rinaldo Poli is currently Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulous and Chairman of ECIRM 2020 (European Colloquium on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms).

Norsk Kjemisk Selskap

(1st mandate; end of term: 31/12/2021)

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.

Hungarian Chemical Society

(2nd mandate; end of term: 31/12/2021)

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).

Portuguese Chemical Society

(2nd mandate; end of term: 31/12/2024)

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.

Appointed Members

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 EU Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), of the IUPAC Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards (CPCDS), and of the Administrative Council of the German Copyright Collective. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an IUPAC Fellow, he holds honorary memberships of the Czech Chemical Society and the Israel Chemical Society.

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.

Serbian Chemical Society

Slavica Ražić graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Pharmacy, from which she obtained the MSc degree. Her PhD was accomplished at the Faculty of Chemistry – Department of Analytical Chemistry (2000). Since 2012, Slavica Ražić is a full professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Belgrade. She served as the Head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry (2003-2007). In 2014 she accomplished the Specialist Academic Studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy on Toxicological risk assessment for environmental pollutants. She supervised a great number of students’ works on undergraduate and postgraduate levels (MS and PhD Theses) and acted as a member of committees for defending PhD theses and electing committees in Serbia, Spain, Greece, Austria and Macedonia.

Slavica’s main research interests lie in the analytics of environmental and biological samples, in method development and the monitoring of trace and minor elements using atomic absorption and emission spectrometry (F-AAS, F-AES, GF-AAS, ICP-AES and ICP-MS) combined with contemporary sample preparation techniques and chemometric methods of analysis. Established objectives are: elucidation of the bioavailability, mobility, distribution and accumulation of elemental species in different environmental compartment with their impact on human health protection. In addition, the next area includes GC-MS (BVOCs analysis), HPTLC and HPLC analysis of biological active organic compounds in plants important in phytopharmacy and forensic science. Another extension is going to (i) direction of the risk and toxicity assessment and of various compounds, related to environment and human health impact and (ii) analytical aspects of green chemistry and its role/applications in pharmaceutical sciences.

Since 2002, she has chaired the Division of the Analytical Chemistry of the Serbian Chemical Society (SCS), acting also as a representative of SCS in the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the European Chemical Society (DAC-EuChemS). In 2011 (year of Chemistry) Slavica organized very successful conference on analytical chemistry, Euroanalysis XVI in Belgrade, with about 700 participants from 56 countries. Slavica acted as member of scientific and organizing committees of numerous international and domestic conferences, as well.

She started her term as Chairperson of the DAC-EuChemS for the period 2017-2019. Slavica is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society and responsible Editor for Analytical Chemistry. Additional editorial activities are reported for about 25 international and several domestic journals. In the period 2012-2016 she served as the Vice-president of the Serbian Chemical Society (SCS) and from 2013 Slavica is acting as official representative of the SCS in the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), being also a member of its Analytical Chemistry Division from 2016 to 2017.

Academic awards and distinctions: The Honorary member the Serbian Chemical Society for exceptional contribution (2017), The Merit Member of the Serbian Chemical Society for activities and contribution (2008), Annual award of the Chamber of Commerce of Belgrade for the best Doctorial dissertation in 2001 (2001).

Hungarian Chemical Society

Péter Szalay graduated in chemistry from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary in 1986, and received his PhD at the University of Vienna, Austria in 1989. Between 1991 and 2011 he performed research work at the University of Florida, Universität Mainz, University of Texas at Austin and University of Reims. His research focuses on quantum chemistry, especially methods of electronic structure theory, molecular properties and potential energy surfaces. Prof. Szalay published more than 100 papers, he is the co-author and co-editor of several books, received over 7000 citations and has an Hindex of 43. Currently, he is professor of chemistry at ELTE.

Dr. Szalay carried several administrative positions at ELTE, e.g. Director of the Institute of Chemistry, Head of Department for Inorganic Chemistry and that of the Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry, as well as Director of Bolyai College. Between 2015 and 2019 he served as been Vice-Rector for Research.

As a long-time member of Hungarian Chemical Society, he served at several roles, currently holds the position of Vice Secretary for the second term. As a representative of his society he has been active in Working Party (later Division) of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry of EuCheMS where heserved both as secretary (1995-2006) and vice chair (2010-2016). Since January 2017 he is the chair of the Division of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry of the EuChemS, reelected recently for a second term which ends at the end of 2022. He also holds the presidency of the Hungarian Fulbright Association.

Dr. Szalay is regularly reviewing scientific papers for prestigious chemistry journals, and grant applications for agencies like DFG, the Czech Science Foundation, National Science Center of Poland or The Research Council of Norway. He was member of ERC panels three times and served on the council of the Hungarian Grant Agency (OTKA) for several years.

Prof. Szalay was awarded “For the Hungarian Higher Education” Medal by the Department of Education in 2010 and the Polanyi medal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2015. In 2017 together with G. Fogarasi and A. Császár he has been awarded the Széchenyi Prize, the most prestigious scholarly award in Hungary. In 2019 he has been elected to two prestigious international academies: the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Former Members of the EuChemS Executive Board

  • David Cole-Hamilton, President/Vice-President, 2014 – 2019
  • Ulrich Schubert, President/Vice-President, 2011 – 2016
  • Luis Oro, President/Vice-President, 2006 – 2011
  • Giovanni Natile, President/Vice-President, 2004 – 2009
  • Francesco De Angelis, Treasurer 2010 – 2016
  • José Empis, Treasurer, 2005 – 2009

  • Nausicaa Orlandi, ending in 2020
  • Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo, ending in 2020
  • Marco Arlorio, ending in 2020
  • Anna Trzeciak, ending in 2020
  • Pavel Drašar, ending in 2019
  • Philippe Garrigues, 2016 – 2019
  • Saskia van der Vies, 2014 – 2019
  • 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