Francesco Stellacci, PhD

Institute of Materials, Bioengineering Institute, Global Health Institute
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Prof. Francesco Stellacci got his degree in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1998 with Prof. Zerbi. He then moved as a post-doc with Prof. J.W. Perry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. In 2002 he became as assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT (Cambridge, USA). There he became associate professor with tenure in 2009. In 2010, he moved as a full professor to EPFL where he holds the Constellium chair. Stellacci has published more than 130 papers and has more than 15 patent applications. He has won numerous awards, among the the Technology Review TR35 ’top innovator under 35’, the Popular Science Magazine ’Brilliant 10’, and the EMRS EU40. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of the Global Young Academy, and of the European Academy of Sciences.

Conference title

Cyclodextrin Based Supramolecular Broad-Spectrum Antivirals

Christian Schönbeck, PhD

Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Christian Schönbeck obtained his PhD (2013) from Roskilde University and is currently employed at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
His research focuses on the relationship between molecular structure and binding affinity, and the interpretation of binding thermodynamics (ΔH, ΔS and ΔCp). To this end, he combines experimental techniques such as ITC and NMR with insights from molecular modeling. Other works have centered on the solubility of steroids and cyclodextrins.

Conference title

Can experimental binding constants of polydisperse cyclodextrins be trusted?

Nathalie Jarroux, PhD

Professor, Université Paris-Saclay, Univ Evry, CNRS, LAMBE, 91025, Evry-Courcouronnes, France

Dr Nathalie Jarroux received her PhD (2002) in Macromolecular and Supramolecular Chemistry in Evry University. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Evry. She was partner of several research projects (ACI lipo-jet) and private foundings by industrial collaboration (Menicon, Mäder, Michelin…) and scientific excellence award (2012 and 2018). She has led a team of Polymer Materials at Interfaces since 2003, comprising, biologists, physicists and Chemists in CNRS of Thiais and Evry LAMBE since 2010. During her graduate studies in macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry ( MPI, Evry) and post-doc (Institut Curie, Paris), she made a significant contribution to control the supramolecular assemblies based on polymer, by yield optimization of polyrotaxane syntheses and mimicking the motility of the Listeria bacteria by Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization on silica beads and liposome beads. She worked (Lecturer at Evry, 2003) on polymers and on the polyrotaxane architecture based on different polymers such as conducting polymer and cyclodextrins, modified or not, in different applications such as biomaterials, electronic applications. In 2012, she was awarded his Research Habilitation then received the qualification for a Full Professor position in 2013 and in 2018 where she become Professor. Since 2013, she is co-leader of the LAMBE’s staff 4. She is co-author of 41 publications and 3 patents. She has 11 invited conferences. From September 2018, She is Professor.

Conference title

Synthesis and characterization of supramolecular assemblies based on cyclodextrins developed in the aim to improve batteries performance

Caitriona O’Driscoll, PhD

Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Ireland.

Originally a Pharmacist, Caitriona has over 30 years experience as a drug delivery scientist.
Her research is focused on the design and delivery of RNA therapeutics for chronic conditions including Crohn’s disease, prostate cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Targeted delivery to diseased sites is achieved by a non-viral approach using novel biomaterials including modified cyclodextrins. Caitriona is the Director of the UCC Future Medicines research initiative.
She is coordinator of Genegut, a Horizon Europe funded project entitled Oral delivery of encapsulated RNA nanotherapeutics for targeted treatment of ileal Crohn’s disease, which has 9 partners from 8 different countries.

Conference title

Modified cyclodextrins as a platform for oral delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids to treat inflammatory bowel disease

Pravin Shende, PhD

Professor, Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy and Technology Management, SVKM’s NMIMS, Mumbai, India

Dr Pravin Shende received his PhD (2009) in Pharmaceutical sciences and Master’s (2005) in Pharmacy from Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy and Technology Management, SVKM’s NMIMS, Mumbai, India. He is currently a Professor in Department of Pharmaceutics at Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy and Technology Management, SVKM’s NMIMS, Mumbai, India. He has 18 years of teaching and research experience with post-doctoral research experience of 3 years at University of Torino, Italy. He is also a Principal Investigator for various projects approved by the Government of India under funding agencies like Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Rajiv Gandhi Science & Technology Commission (RGSTC), and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Prof. Shende’s expertise lies across biosensors, liposomes, transdermal drug delivery systems, dendrimers, nanosponges, nanobubbles, nanoflowers, etc. So far, he has published more than 200 articles in international journals, which received more than 2,688 citations with an h-index of 27. He filed 7 patents, authored more than 10 book chapters, and published one research book. He is featured in Standford University’s annual list of Top 2% of scientist in the world for the year 2021 and 2022. He served chairs/co-chairs for various national and international symposia/conferences on the topics of nanoscience.

Conference title

Cyclodextrin-based novel technology for withdrawal treatment

Keiji Terao, PhD

President of CycloChem Co., Ltd and Guest Professor of Department of Medicine at Kobe University, Kobe Japan

Dr Keiji Terao received his PhD (1986) as an organic synthetic chemist from Kyoto University, Japan. After working at Wacker Chemicals East Asia for 15 years, he established CycloChem Co., Ltd. in 2002 for cyclodextrin business developments including R&D facilities. Currently, he is a guest professor in Department of Medicine at Kobe University from 2012, in Faculty of Health and Welfare at Kobe Women’s University from 2012 and Mongolian National University from 2018. He is also a vice president of Japan Cyclodextrin Society and a president of Japan Cyclodextrin Industrial Association. So far, he has published more than 200 articles and authored 57 scientific books including chapters and edited 4 books regarding to cyclodextrin application. One of his most well-known books is Functionality of Cyclodextrins in Encapsulation for Food Applications (Springer Nature).
The focus of his research is the impact of cyclodextrins for preventive health in food.

Conference title

Cyclodextrin Chemistry in Gastrointestinal Tract for Healthcare Application

Luiz Fernando Malta, PhD

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Química Inorgânica,
Rio de Janeiro, Brasi

Prof. Luiz Fernando Malta graduated in Chemistry Cum Laude (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2000), obtained master’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2002) and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2008). Since 2009 he has been a professor of the Inorganic Chemistry department at Chemistry Institute-UFRJ. To date, he has directed or co-directed 20 theses, dissertations and undergraduate works; and has published almost 40 manuscript and book chapters.  He is the coordinator of the Supramolecular and Solid Chemistry Laboratory (LQSS) which is experienced in the area of ​​materials chemistry, with an emphasis on supramolecular chemistry and catalysis working mainly on the following topics: cyclodextrins, layered materials and inorganic oxides, in contexts ranging from environmental and health sciences to energy. 

Conference title

Cyclodextrin-based nanostructured materials as administration platforms for coumarines aiming at
anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity.

Mickaël Ménand, PhD

Sorbonne Université, Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (UMR CNRS 8232) 4, place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France).

Dr. Mickaël Ménand obtained his PhD in 2006 at the Université Pierre & Marie Curie (Prof. J. Xie, Paris 6, now Sorbonne University) working on sugar-aza-crown ethers for fluorescence detection of metal ions. He continued as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. J.-M. Beau’s group at the Université de Paris Sud, working on oligosaccharides for the synthesis of nodulation factor analogues. In 2007, he joined the group of Prof. I. Jabin the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium for a second postdoctoral position, working on ion recognition with calix[6]arene receptors. In 2009, he was appointed to Sorbonne University and joined the group of Prof. M. Sollogoub where he developed various topics concerning cyclodextrin chemistry. He has published 40 papers and his current interests are focused on supramolecular polymerization, enzymatic mimicry and unorthodox aromaticities.

Conference title

Control of antiaromaticy and Möbius topology with cyclodextrins

Samahe Sadjadi, PhD

Associate professor, Gas conversion department, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute

Dr. Samahe Sadjadi received her PhD in organic chemistry at Alzahra University in 2009. Then, she worked as an Assessment Senior Expert of Nanotechnology and Green Energy in Hitech Technology and industry center and subsequently appointed as an assistant professor at Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute in 2015. Sadjadi’s main research interests are use of natural porous compounds, mainly clays and cyclodextrin for development of novel catalytic systems, which can benefit from confinement effect. To date, she published more than 175 articles and 13 book chapters and edited 3 international books. Sadjadi also collaborates in several national and international research projects as senior investigator and appointed as associate professor in 2019.

Conference title

Cyclodextrin and its composites in catalysis

Cheng Yang, PhD

Professor, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, China

Prof. Cheng Yang received his Ph.D. in supramolecular chemistry from Nagasaki University in 2004, working with Prof. Kahee Fujita and Prof. De-qi Yuan. After postdoctoral work with Prof. Yoshihisa Inoue in the Entropy Control Project of JST, he became an Assistant Professor in the Inoue group at Osaka University in 2007 and a PRESTO researcher during 2008–2012. Since September 2012, he has been a Professor at the College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, China. His research focused on photophysical/photochemical behavior and chiral phenomena in supramolecular systems, supramolecular chirality, and triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion. He has published over 200 scientific papers and 11 book chapters as an author/co-author. He is now an associate editor of Frontier in Chemistry (2018) and Chinese Chemical Letters (2020).

Conference title

Chiral Photochemistry with Cyclodextrin-based Supramolecular Assemblies

Ángel Piñeiro, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. CEO of MDUSE Innovations S.L.

Dr. Ángel Piñeiro received his PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2001. Following this, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) for one year and as an Associate Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico for six years. He also held positions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton (UK) for four months and the University of Porto (Portugal) for six months. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. As a co-founder of “Software 4 Science Developments” and “MDUSE Innovations,” he has led the development of several computational programs for private or public use aimed to the analysis of molecular interactions from experimental measurements or computational simulations. His research interests include the development and application of theoretical and computational methods to characterize recognition and aggregation-dissociation processes of biomolecular systems, as evidenced by his nearly 100 published articles, over 3000 citations, and an h-index of 33. He has also supervised several students through their master’s and doctoral theses.

Conference title

Data-Driven Cyclodextrin Engineering: Machine Learning Models based on Molecular Dynamics simulations to optimize ligand affinity

Sophie Beeren, PhD

is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU),

Sophie Beeren is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where her group is working to combine enzymology with supramolecular chemistry and develop Enzyme-Mediated Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry as an approach to obtain unusual oligosaccharides, including large-ring cyclodextrins and modified cyclodextrins.

Originally from Australia, Sophie obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011, then worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen before establishing a new research group at DTU in 2017. Her research is supported, amongst others, by an ERC-Starting Grant, Villum Young Investigator Award and L’Oreal-UNESCO Danish For Women in Science Prize. She has published 36 articles, 2 book chapters and one patent and has supervised more than 35 PhD, MSc and BSc students.

Conference title

Enzyme-Mediated Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry with Cyclodextrins

Oscar F. Silva, PhD

Senior Scientist (CONICET-INFIQC) of the Department of Organic Chemistry, National University of Córdoba, Argentine.

Dr Silva received his PhD in Chemistry (2009) from National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentine under the supervision of Prof. Rita H. de Rossi. He is currently a senior researcher of the CONICET in the Department of Organic Chemistry of UNC. Before joining UNC, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Photochemical Reactivity Group (ICMol, University of Valencia, Spain). Silva’s expertise lies across the synthesis of amphiphilic cyclodextrins and characterization of self-assemblies in water for various applications in the drug delivery and catalyst fields.

Conference title

Supramolecular assemblies based on amphiphilic cyclodextrins.