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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.

Floris Rutjes has served the scientific community as President of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society‘s (KNCV) and as Vice-Dean and Professor at Radboud University in the Netherlands. His area of research is the synthesis of organic molecules: (i) developing new and sustainable (catalytic) synthesis methodology, (ii) the design and synthesis of biologically active small molecules, (iii) new click-probes for bio-orthogonal conjugation, and (iv) continuous flow chemistry in microreactor systems.

He is involved in bridging the gap between the scientific innovation and commercial application of science. For this, he has received the “Most entrepreneurial scientist of the Netherlands” award in 2008, alongside other honours, such as the “2003 AstraZeneca award for research in organic chemistry” and “2002 Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)”. More information about his work can be found here.

He was elected EuChemS President-Elect in 2019, at the in Bucharest, Romania. 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.

Angela Agostiano is currently Full Professor at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. Her area of expertise is Chemical-Physical Processes. She is currently involved with preparation and characterization of nanosized semiconductors for photochemical, environmental and sensing applications amongst other topics.

She was the first woman President of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) from 2017 until 2019. During her presidency, she strongly promoted the European dimension of SCI and displayed organisational expertise and capacity to connect different disciplinary areas of chemistry, and between academia, industry and professional organizations. Working with issues related to major social challenges and developing credible and shared proposals and positions to support the image and culture of chemistry towards civil society and politics through drafting official positions on chemical weapons is also amongst her achievements.

She was elected as EuChems President-Elect during the 2022 General Assembly meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. She is also the Chair of the EuChemS Task Group on Inclusion and Diversity.

Hans Peter Lüthi was an adjunct professor at the ETH Zurich Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, Switzerland, while also teaching at the University of Zürich and Geneva. The focus of his research activities was on electronic structure theory and its application towards molecular design, and he was teaching classes in computational chemistry, scientific computing and basic physical chemistry. In addition, he holds a certificate in Business and Administration from the University of Zürich.

Since 2017, he has been serving as Director of the Foundation of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS), which supports SCS programs, such as the Alfred Werner Excellence Program, and he also represents the SCS in Scienceindustries, the Swiss chemistry, pharma and life sciences business organization.

He was elected as Treasurer during the 2022 General Assembly meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. He also served as treasurer for the Swiss Chemical Society and for the EuChemS Division of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.

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 a member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Within EuChemS, he has served as representative on several occasions such as the overseas Circular Economy Missions of the European Commission.

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 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. More information about his work can be found here.

Swiss Chemical Society

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

Christophe Copéret was trained in chemistry and chemical engineering in CPE Lyon (France) after which he undertook a Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue University (USA). Since 2010, he is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zürich. He is also a board member of the Swiss Chemical Society, ScienceIndustries, and is the President of Platform Chemistry of Swiss Academy of Science (SCNat).

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. His group’s approach is mechanistically driven and relies on the combination of detailed spectroscopic investigations (in particular NMR) and computational studies.

His achievements were honoured by numerous awards, such as the Humboldt Research Award, the Max Rössler Prize and many more. He is also an elected member of Academia Europaea.

More information about his work can be found here.

Association of Greek Chemists

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

Ioannis Katsoyiannis is the President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Industrial Property Academy. He is an environmental chemist. He is highly involved with aquatic chemistry given his studies on the development of novel technologies for arsenic removal from groundwaters, especially the investigation and development of biological arsenic removal.

He completed his Master of Science studies at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh (Scotland) in Environmental Pollution Control Management and he did his PhD at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he is an Associate Professor of Environmental Technology now. Since 2022, he is the President of the Association of Greek Chemists. His work was honoured by a number of awards, fellowships and scholarships, such as the Marie Curie European Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, amongst others.

He currently acts as Chair of the EuChemS Division for Chemistry and the Environment and he is also representing EuChemS at the European Commission’s Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform.

More information about him can be found here.

Slovak Chemical Society

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

Renáta Oriňaková 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, Slovakia. She is currently the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science for science, research, and development. She received her PhD from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (1997) and the title of Professor in 2017. In the meantime, she was awarded the Doctor of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Slovak University of Technology in 2015.

She is Head of the Division of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of the Slovak Chemical Society as wall as a Member of its Financial Board of Supervisors. She is also a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry and National Representative of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division (I) of IUPAC. She is an Expert at European Technology and Innovation Platform “Batteries Europe”.

She possesses 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.

French Chemical Society

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

Rinaldo Poli currently works as a Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse and Chairman of ECIRM 2020 (European Colloquium on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms). He completed his PhD in Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, in 1985, after working at Imperial College of London (England) as an exchange PhD student. After his PhD, he completed a postdoctoral period at Texas A&M University. His research interests, amongst others are the Effects of the spin state in organometallic reactivity, Hydrides and dihydrogen complexes and High oxidation state aqueous organometallic chemistry and oxidation catalysis.

His research activities were recognised and honoured by a number of awards. Amongst other honours, he is a recipient of the Medal of the French Academy of Sciences, as well as he is “Membre Distingué” (Fellow) of the French Chemical Society and an Elected member of the European Academy of Sciences.

More information about his research can be found here.

Romanian Chemical Society

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

Cristiana Radulescu received her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2003 and the habilitation in Environmental Engineering in 2021 at Politehnica University of Bucharest. She is Director of Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Science and Technology from Valahia University of Targoviste (VUT), Romania. She is President of Targoviste Branch – Romanian Chemical Society and member of EuChemS Division of Chemical Education. 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.

Her area of research is 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 obtained numerous awards such as the „Costin Nenitescu” Medal and Diploma by the Romanian Chemical Society for special merits in the field of chemistry. Within the Romanian Chemical Society, she was involved in the promotion of chemistry for attracting young people to this science amongst other achievements.

Serbian Chemical Society

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

Slavica Ražić obtained her MSc degree at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Pharmacy. Her PhD was accomplished at the Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Analytical Chemistry. She is a full professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Belgrade. She accomplished Specialist Academic Studies on toxicological risk assessment for environmental pollutants.

Her research interests lie in the analytics of environmental and biological samples, in method development and monitoring of trace and minor elements using atomic absorption and emission spectrometry combined with contemporary sample preparation techniques and chemometric methods of analysis.

Since 2002, she has chaired the Division of the Analytical Chemistry of the Serbian Chemical Society (SCS), and is representative of SCS in the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the European Chemical Society (DAC-EuChemS). She finished her term as Chairperson of DAC-EuChemS in 2022. She served as the Vice-president of the SCS and from 2013, official representative of the SCS in the IUPAC.

She is Honorary and Merit Member of the Serbian Chemical Society and awardee of Chamber of Commerce of Belgrade for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in 2001.

More information about her work can be found here.

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 studied chemistry at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), where he graduated in chemistry and physics for teaching. In 1993 he received his Ph.D. in chemistry at Aveiro University. 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.

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.

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

Helen Pain is the CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She is a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Scientist. She completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

At the RSC, which she joined in 1994, she has led many strategic functions, and she become Deputy CEO in 2015. She commissioned numerous campaigns related to inclusivity and sustainability, such as Breaking the Barriers, Chemistry for all and Elements in Danger amongst others.

In 2018, Helen was appointed as Chair of the Science Council, a UK organisation for the advancement of the science profession.

Joana S. Amaral is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and research member of the Mountain Research Center (CIMO). She served as president of the Food Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) (2009-2012) and since 2011 has been representing SPQ at the Food Chemistry Division (FCD) of the EuChemS. As a delegate of FCD-EuChemS she has been actively serving the division, as secretary (2018-2020) and currently as chair (2021-2023).

She graduated in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2000, and received her PhD in Nutrition and Food Chemistry by the same University in 2006. Her main research interests are related to Food Chemistry and Food Science, particularly regarding (i) the development of methodologies for assessing the authenticity of different foods and plant food supplements (ii) bioactive compounds in foods, with special focus in wild edible plants; (iii) extraction of bioactives from medicinal plants and agri-food by-products, and evaluation of bioactive properties (antioxidant, antimicrobial, enzymes inhibition).

Pat Guiry finished his PhD in Chemistry at University College Dublin (UCD) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University with Dr. John Broan FRS from 1990-1993. He is a Full Professor of synthetic organic chemistry at UCD since 2006. His research group focuses on synthetic organic chemistry, with interests in both the development of asymmetric synthetic methodology through the application of new/existing chiral ligands in homogeneous metal-catalysed transformations and in the total synthesis of compounds of biological interest.

He is a member and Science Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and of member of UCD Governing Authority as well as the President of Institute of Chemistry of Ireland (ICI). Within EuChemS he serves as the Chair of EuChemS Division of Organic Chemistry. His achievements were recognised by the Boyle-Higgins Medal from the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the SFI Mentorship Award.

You can find more information on his research here.

Former Members of the EuChemS Executive Board

  • Pilar Goya, President/Vice-President, 2017 – 2022
  • 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
  • Eckart Rühl, Treasurer, 2017 – 2022
  • Francesco De Angelis, Treasurer, 2010 – 2016
  • José Empis, Treasurer, 2005 – 2009

  • Péter Szalay, 2021 – 2022
  • Kenneth Ruud, 2018 – 2021
  • Nausicaa Orlandi, 2018 – 2020
  • Marco Arlorio, 2018 – 2020
  • Anna Trzeciak, 2018 – 2020
  • Philippe Garrigues, 2016 – 2019
  • Francisco Javier Pérez Trujillo, 2014 – 2020
  • Saskia van der Vies, 2014 – 2019
  • Bogusław Buszewski, 2014 – 2017
  • Michael Droescher, 2014 – 2017
  • Ivanka Popović, 2014 – 2017
  • Pilar Goya, 2014 – 2016
  • Eckart Rühl, 2014 – 2016
  • Antonio Laganà, 2014 – 2016
  • Robert Parker, 2011 – 2022
  • Ehud Keinan, 2011 – 2015
  • Igor Tkatchenko, 2011 – 2015
  • Livia Simon Sakardi, 2010 – 2021
  • Sergio Facchetti, 2010 – 2017
  • Morten Bjerrum, 2010 – 2014
  • Henrik Koroniak, 2010 – 2014
  • Jay Siegel, 2010 – 2014
  • Viktor Milata, 2010 – 2014
  • Carlos Negro, 2010 – 2013
  • Helena Grennberg, 2010 – 2013
  • Pavel Drašar, ending in 2019
  • Reto Battaglia, ending in 2011
  • Evelyn McEvan, General Secretary, ending in 2011