Peter Schreiner

Peter Schreiner

Giessen, Germany

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Peter R. Schreiner (b. 1965) is professor of organic chemistry and Liebig-Chair at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. He studied chemistry in his native city at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, where he received his Dr. rer. nat. (1994) in Organic Chemistry. Simultaneously, he obtained a PhD (1995) in Computational Chemistry from the University of Georgia, USA. He completed his habilitation (assistant professorship) at the University of Göttingen (1999), before becoming associate professor at the University of Georgia (Athens, USA), and head of the institute in Giessen in 2002.

P. R. Schreiner is an elected member of the Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts, the Academy of Science and Literature (Mainz), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received the Dirac Medal (2003, WATOC), the Adolf-von-Baeyer Memorial Award of the German Chemical Society in 2017, the RSC Award in Physical Organic Chemistry of the RSC in 2019, the Academy Award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science in 2020, and the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award 2021. He has been a visiting professor at the CNRS in Bordeaux, the Technion in Haifa, the Australian National University in Canberra, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

His research interests include organic reaction dynamics and reactive intermediates, quantum mechanical tunneling as well as London dispersion interactions as probed in the realm of small molecule activation, nanodiamonds, and organocatalysis.


Vincenzo Barone

Vincenzo Barone

Pisa, Italy

Vincenzo Barone was born in 1952. After graduating in 1976, he continued his education at the Universities of Marseille, Grenoble, Paris, Erlangen-Nurnberg, Montreal and Berkeley. He became Associate Professor in 1982 and Full Professor in Physical Chemistry in 1994 at the Federico II University of Naples. Since 2008 he serves as Full Professor in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

He is Dean of Classe di Scienze Matematiche e Naturali and Director of the DreamsLab at the Scuola Normale Superiore, fellow of the Accademia dei Lincei, Royal Society of Chemistry, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences and European Academy of Sciences. He has been President of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) between 2011 and 2013, chair of CM1002- CODECS COST Action (2010-2014) and recipient of the Luigi Sacconi, Cesare Pisani and Gian Battista Bonino medals. In 2013 he has got an Ideas ERC Advanced Grant (DREAMS).

Barone has authored more than 700 papers in ISI journals and several book chapters with more than 43000 citations and an h-factor of 76; 8 papers were cited more than 1000 times. The most significant scientific contributions include fundamental developments in Density Functional Theory, solvation theory, and computational spectroscopy, together with state-of-the-art applications in materials chemistry, life sciences, nanosciences and cultural heritage.

The scientific activity has been accompanied by an intense and incessant efforts in promoting the role of chemistry in Italy, both in relation to other disciplinary communities and with respect to the more generally public perception. As a more recent example of openness to other communities, just mention the realization, at the Scuola Normale Superiore, of the DreamsLab Centre, the virtual reality laboratory headed by Prof. Barone, which includes a virtual "microscope" and “telescope", based on 3D Cave Automatic Virtual Environment technology, capable of enabling interactive manipulation of virtual "objects" ranging from the cosmological to the molecular scales.

Barone has been the coordinator of the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the Scuola Normale Superiore since 2009 and has supervised more than 35 Ph.D. students and over 25 post-doc researchers; many of them, including -notably- several female scientists, have brilliantly proceeded in their scientific career.



Antonio Pifferi

Milan, Italy

Antonio Pifferi was born in 1965. After graduating in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1991, he received the PhD in Physics from Politecnico di Torino in 1995. Researcher in 1996, Associate Professor in 2003, and Full Professor in Physics at Politecnico di Milano in 2016. Since 2020 he is the Director of the “Center for Ultrafast Science and Biomedical Optics” (CUSBO), belonging to the European Network of Laser Infrastructures “LaserLab Europe”.

He was a research intern at the Pharmacological Institute “Mario Negri” of Milan, and visiting scientist at the Lund Laser Centre, Sweden holding a Marie Curie grant. Recipient of the Kramer prize awarded by “Istituto Lombardo”, founded by Napoleon in 1797. Member of the IEC Committee SC 62D “Medical devices” as national expert on tissue oximeter standardization. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research, Wien, Austria, and reviewer for different National and International grants and prizes. He is co-founder of the start-up PIONIRS S.r.l., developing time-domain tissue oximeters. Author of more than 200 papers on peer-reviewed journals, with an H-index=55.

His research activity is focused on the study of photon propagation through highly diffusive media in the visible and near-infrared range (diffuse optics) using time-resolved techniques (picosecond temporal resolution with sensitivity down to the single-photon level). Diffuse Optics has been explored vertically, i.e. from basic research up to exploitation of new applicative directions, and horizontally, that is covering diverse approaches and applications, ranging from optical mammography to functional brain imaging, from food analysis to monitoring of wood products.



Hans-Ulrich Reissig

Berlin, Germany

Hans-Ulrich Reissig was born in 1949. He studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München from 1970-1975 and after doing research under the guidance of Prof. Rolf Huisgen received his doctoral degree in 1978. After a postdoctoral stint with Prof. Edward Piers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, he started his independent career at the University in Würzburg under the mentorship of Prof. Siegfried Hünig. He took academic positions at the universities in Darmstadt and Dresden, and from 1999-2015 at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests are in the field of organic synthesis, in particular in the development of new synthetic methods and their application to synthesis of natural products and heterocycles. His contributions to samarium diiodide-promoted cyclization reactions were highlighted by one of the shortest and most efficient approaches to the legendary alkaloid strychnine.

So far he published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and gave almost 300 invited lectures. For many years, he also served as member of the editorial board of “Liebigs Annalen der Chemie” and of “European Journal of Organic Chemistry” and of various committees of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Since 2012 he is a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and in 2014 he was honored with the Liebig Memorial Medal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. In 2017 he received the Honorary Membership of the Polish Chemical Society.