30th International Symposium on the
Organic Chemistry of Sulfur

Plenary Speakers

Carsten Bolm - RWTH Aachen University (DE) Website

Carsten Bolm studied chemistry at the TU Braunschweig (Germany) and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA). After finishing his doctorate under the supervision of Manfred Reetz in Marburg (Germany), he performed postdoctoral studies with K. Barry Sharpless at MIT, Cambridge (USA). Subsequently, Carsten Bolm obtain a habilitation associated with Bernd Giese in Basel (Switzerland). After a short term as Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Marburg (Germany), he moved to RWTH Aachen University (Germany) where he holds a chair of Organic Chemistry since 1996. His research interest is focused on synthetic organic chemistry including organosulfur compounds.


Scott E. Denmark - University of Illinois (USA) Website

Scott E. Denmark received his S.B. degree from MIT in 1975 and his D.Sc.Tech. degree (with Prof. Albert Eschenmoser) from the ETH Zürich in 1980. That same year he began his career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and since 1991 has been the Reynold C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry. His research interests include the synthetic, mechanistic and stereochemical aspects of preparatively useful reactions, organoelement chemistry, and the application of AI/machine learning to the optimization of enantioselective catalysts and predicting conditions and yields for workhorse reactions.


Geraldine Masson - ICSN-CNRS/Paris-Saclay University (FR) Website

Géraldine Masson received her PhD in 2003 from the Joseph Fourier University, under the supervision of Dr. Sandrine Py and Prof. Yannick Vallée. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Jan van Maarseveen and Prof. Henk Hiemstra at the University of Amsterdam (Holland). In 2005, she was appointed as a CNRS researcher at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, where she was later promoted to CNRS Research Director in 2014.). Since 2021, she has also been the co-director of Labcom HitCat, a joint laboratory between the SEQENS group and CNRS. Her group’s research activities are directed toward the development of new organocatalytic enantioselective reactions, novel synthetic methodologies, and photoredox catalysis and their application in the synthesis of diverse natural and unnatural molecules displaying biologically activities.


Adrian Schwan - University of Guelph (CA) Website

Adrian Schwan was born and educated in Canada receiving degrees from Western University (BSc, 1983) and McMaster University (1988). After completing a PDF with Eric Block at the SUNY/Albany, he began at the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor in 1989. As Professor, Schwan served Chair of the Department of Chemistry (2007-2012). His research focuses primarily on organosulfur chemistry and he published more than 110 articles and has delivered 120 research presentations. Dr. Schwan served as Editor of J. Sulfur Chem. from 2004-2010. In 2022, Dr. Schwan chaired the 29th International Symposium on the Organic Chemistry of Sulfur (ISOCS-29).


Norio Shibata - Nagoya Institute of Technology (JP) Website

Norio Shibata is a Professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology since 2008. He received a Ph.D. (1993) in pharmaceutical sciences from Osaka University under the direction of Professor Yasuyuki Kita. He worked at Dyson Perrins Laboratory (Professor Sir Jack. E. Baldwin), Oxford University (JSPS fellow, 1994−1996), Sagami Chemical Research Institute (Dr. Shiro Terashima, 1996), after which he was a lecturer at Toyama Medical & Pharmaceutical University (1997−2003), and an associate professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (2003−2008). He received "the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2021)”, and “Chair of Excellence (LabEx SynOrg, France, 2022-2023)”.


Michael Willis - University of Oxford (UK) Website

 Michael Willis is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He graduated from Imperial College London before moving to the University of Cambridge for his PhD, working with Professor Steve Ley. He then spent two years working with Professor David Evans at Harvard University. In 1997 he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath. He moved to Oxford in January 2007, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. His research interests are based around the development of new catalytic processes and their application in synthesis.


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