Hung-Jue  Su  In the discipline of Polymer Technology in which he served with excellence
Richard.H. Fish Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

In the discipline of organic and organometallic chemistry 

in  which  he served with excellence
Mahdi M. Abu-Omar Department of Chemistry - UC Santa Barbara biomass conversion and bio-inspired chemistry
Hideki Yorimitsu

Kyoto University


In the discipline of Organic Chemistry in which he served with excellence
Pascal Asselot Vulnerant In the discipline of_intellectual property in which he served with excellence

Tamotsu Takahashi


日本 北海道大學


Cleavage/formation of carbon-carbon bonds in organic molecules has been a major challenge in synthetic organic chemistry.  Prof. Takahashi group has developed such reactions with unique modes of C-C bond cleavage/formation or interesting stereoselectivity with utilizing transitionmetal reagents or catalysts.  Recently, they have developed a novel reaction of forming an indene derivatives from a titanocene species. In this reaction, C-C bond cleavage of a Cp ligand in the titanocene and migration of an alkyl group afford the indene product.

Kin Shing Chan


The Chinese University of Hong Kong

1.Carbon-hydrogen and carbon-carbon bond

   activation by transition metal complexes

2.Green Chemistry

Masakazu Anpo  

Vice-President & Executive Director

Osaka Prefecture University

Research activities focus on how to apply titanium oxide-based photocatalytic materials to the various sustainable, non-hazardous and economic chemical processes under different reaction systems and conditions. Especially, I will introduce the development of visible light-responsive TiO2 photocatalysts, enabling to absorb visible light and operate under visible light irradiation without any loss of their original photocatalytic reactivity under UV light irradiation. Unique and highly efficient Ti-oxide thin film photocatalytic materials which enable the absorption of visible light of longer than 550 nm and operate as an effective environmentally-friendly photocatalyst leading to the efficient use of solar energy for the separate production of clean H2 and O2 from water will be introduced.  Also, the artificial-light plant factory of OPU using LED lights for the cultivation of various fresh and safe vegetables as well as an idea to apply photocatalytic reaction systems to the plant factory will be introduced.

Joseph S. Francisco


Chemistry Department, Purdue University

Research in our laboratory focuses on basic studies in spectroscopy, kinetics and photochemistry of novel transient species in the gas phase. These species play an important role in atmospheric, biochemical and combustion processes. Yet questions dealing with how structures correlate to reactivity and photochemical mechanisms have not been addressed for these systems. These problems are addressed by research efforts in our laboratory. Specific research areas of interest are: 1) Spectroscopic determinations of electronic and vibrational transitions in free radicals; 2) Measurement of the kinetics of individual gas-phase reaction steps involving free radicals in complex reaction mechanisms; and 3) Characteristics of primary photo chemical processes that free radicals can undergo.

Jimmy Chai-mei Yu

Head of United College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Preparation and characterization of novel nano-structured materials,

Environmental and energy applications of photocatalysis,

Development of analytical methods for environmental and biological samples.

Kevin Bernard Nachtrab

Senior IP Council

Johnson & Johnson

Intellectual Property related issues and Technology Licensing

Joseph S. Thrasher


Chemistry Department, Clemson University

Dr. Thrasher’s research involves the preparation, characterization, and utility of novel sulfur-fluorine compounds; industrial fluorine chemistry including agro- and pharmaceutical intermediates, fluoropolymer chemistry, and electrochemistry; fluorine-containing molten salts/ionic liquids; fluorous media for improved separations and catalysis; batteries and fuel cell technology; development of new analytical methodologies in fluorine chemistry; and computational chemistry.  Current projects in the Thrasher Group can be categorized into one of three different areas: (1) sulfur-fluorine chemistry, (2) industrial fluorine chemistry, and (3) fuel cell technology.

Hiroyuki Matsuzaka

Professor, Department Chair

Osaka Prefecture University

Highly Reactive Dinuclear Transition Metal Complexes

Hideki Tanaka

Professor,Vice Dean, Graduate School of Natural Science, Okayama Univ.

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science,

Okayama University,


Prof. Tanaka’s research interest has been focused on structure and dynamics of water and ice in bulk and confined geometry and on thermodynamic stability of clathrate hydrates.

Esther Belin-Ferré


Directeur de Recherche at CNRS (1991-2005)

Experimental investigation of the electronic structure of solids: metals, semiconductors, insulators, chalcogenides, oxides, silicides, hydrides, etc. using X-ray spectroscopies (Emission, Photoabsorption and Photoemission). Long standing interest in quasicrystals and complex crystalline phases for the description of their electronic structure and in relation with transport and physical properties.

Thomas Rainer Julius Voit

Judge Head of Dept. 1

Germany Federal Patent Court

Intellectual Property related issues and Litigations


Chief Judge

Japan Intellectual Property High Court

Intellectual Property related issues and Litigations

Yasushi Nishihara



Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology,

Okayama University,


Professor Nishihara’s research interests are organic synthesis mediated and/or catalyzed by organometallic compounds and their application towards functional materials.  In particular, activation of the chemically unreactive bond, e.g. the C-C, C-Si, and C-B bonds is one of the subjects.  The unreactive bonds might be cleaved by the highly unsaturated organometallic species and the subsequent C-C bond-forming reaction, for example, the cross-coupling reactions, can be attained.  Furthermore, the synthesized organic molecules are used as the useful functional materials such as liquid crystals, electroluminescent materials, anti-cancer agents, and organic solar cells.

Patricia Ann Thiel



Metal Nanostructures on Semiconductors and Insulators

Surfaces of Complex Metallic Alloys

Stability and Coarsening of Metal Nanostructures on Metal Surfaces

Max (Shing-Chung)  Yen



Dean and Steel Dynamics Distinguished Professor
Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosyetems 

I have been actively engaging in the development of research initiatives and concept papers to be considered through state and federal appropriation. Some of these concept papers were also developed into proposals submitted to state and federal funding agencies. These activities are intended to form interdisciplinary teams/partnerships, to establish new programs, to bring resources for research and education, to create new jobs, and to stimulate economic development. What follows is a summary of the initiatives that I developed based on the compatibility between the national priority and the capability at SIUC. I am also responsible for building the necessary research team and advocating the initiatives. The underlined initiatives have been funded.

Ming-H. Hung Ming-H Hung

DuPont (Performance Materials)

Senior Research Fellow



More than 30 years of professional experience with global leading chemical Company DuPont, and have been leading and engaging in both long term and short term R&D, also the crisis resolutions. I also served as the Project Leader for Corporate Contract Research Programs (with Beijing Univ., Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Taiwan Union Chemical Lab (now ITRI), France CNRS, and so on), and hence developed very strong relationship with many international top ranking academic schools and Institutes, and also the global leading chemical companies. Strong background in leadership, project management, pioneer R&D, organic, fluorine, polymer/material chemistry, and manufacturing process optimization. Granted more than 60 US Patents, and received numerous prestigious awards from DuPont Company.
LEE Professor Yuan Chuan Lee

Academician of Academia Sinica 

Professor of Biology, Johns Hopkins University 

Yuan Chuan Lee, Ph.D., is a research professor in the Department of Biology at The Johns Hopkins University.  He was elected a fellow for “distinguished contributions to glycoscience, particularly for the seminal discovery of glycoside clustering effect in protein-carbohydrate interactions, and for pioneering work” in the analysis of glycans — the carbohydrate portion of a glycoconjugate, such as a glycoprotein or glycolipid. Lee’s laboratory is working to understand how carbohydrate groups in glycoconjugates are recognized in biological systems and how they function as biological signals. His work extends to drug delivery systems in which nanotechnology is employed.
T Tohru Yamada Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University Researching and developing new organic synthesis methods using transition metal complex catalysts. Theoretical analysis of high-performance and highly functional catalysts, including catalytic asymmetric reduction reactions using cobalt complexes, new synthesis methods for heterocyclic compounds with carbon dioxide capture activation using silver catalysts, and application of microwaves to asymmetric synthesis reactions.