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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.

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

(2nd mandate; end of term: 31/12/2025)

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 Toulouse and Chairman of ECIRM 2020 (European Colloquium on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms).

Romanian Chemical Society

(1st mandate; end of term: 31/12/2025)

Professor Cristiana Radulescu received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2003 and the habilitation in Environmental Engineering in 2021 at Politehnica University of Bucharest. Currently, Professor Radulescu is Director of Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Science and Technology from Valahia University of Targoviste (VUT), Romania (2nd mandate) and VUT Head for scientific cooperation with JINR Dubna, Russia through bilateral cooperation between VUT Romania – JINR Russia (since 2016). Former vice-dean of Faculty of Science and Arts (2012-2016), she is the President of Targoviste Branch – Romanian Chemical Society (since 2006) and member in EUCHEMS, Division of Chemical Education (since 2019). From 2008 till 2016 she was EIM and BM Evaluator through the National Agency of Environmental Protection, Romania, and from 2018 she is Evaluator/Expert of EU Toys Certification, according to Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, from Romanian Movement for Quality (MRC) accredited by RENAR. Over 29 years of experience in the research area, she gains strong expertise, in the synthesis and characterization of organic compounds and advanced materials for application in nanomedicine. Her research deals with different aspects of nanomaterials medicinal chemistry, and environmental chemistry as well. She was involved in 40 international and national R&D projects (i.e., bilateral project VUT-JINR, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe-EIT KICs-HEIs, COST, MSCA, EAA, PNCCDI, PDI-PFE, FDI, etc.), as coordinator/principal investigator/scientific key-expert/Master and Ph.D. students supervisor. She published over 220 articles (166 in ISI journals), 25 books/chapters, 2 international reports, and 5 patents. She obtained over 20 national/international awards at various invention exhibitions /conferences (gold medals and diploma of excellence). In addition, she was awarded by the Romanian Chemical Society several times, last recognition was in 2019 when received the „Costin Nenitescu” Medal and Diploma for special merits in the field of chemistry. Regarding the activity carried out within Romanian Chemical Society Professor Radulescu was involved in the promotion of chemistry for attracting young people to this science; enhancing the visibility of the Romanian Chemical Society by organizing national/ international conferences; attracting sponsors for different activities within Romanian Chemical Society (e.g., conferences organization, financial support, especially for young members, etc). She serves as Editor of Coatings and Journal of Chemistry, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Science and Arts, as well a member of several Editorial Board journals.

Serbian Chemical Society

(1st mandate; end of term: 31/12/2025)

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).

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

Dr Robert Parker is RSC Ambassador to Europe and the Commonwealth. He is a former CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Robert has a PhD in chemistry and is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He loves good food, art history and motorcycling.

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

  • Livia Simon Sakardi, ending in 2021
  • Kenneth Ruud, ending in 2021
  • 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