Dr. Benjamin Apeleo Zubiri

Dr. Benjamin Apeleo Zubiri
Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research
Cauerstraße 3
91058 Erlangen

Academic Education
10/2004 – 11/2010
Diploma degree in physics (German Diplom) with focus on medical physics, diploma thesis: “Optimization of Reconstruction Algorithms in Electron Tomography” realized at the Institute of Medical Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), supervisor: Prof Dr Marc Kachelrieß.

01/2011 – 07/2016
Doctoral degree in engineering (German Dr.-Ing.), PhD thesis: “Quantitative Electron Tomography of Functional Nanomaterials” realized at the Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research (Materials Science Department) and the Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), supervisor Prof Dr Erdmann Spiecker, overall grade: with distinction (summa cum laude).

Professional Career
01/2011 – 07/2016
Research Associate at the Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research (Materials Science Department) and the Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany).

07/2016 – 01/2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research (Materials Science Department) and the Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany).

04/2018 – present
Academic Advisor at the Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research (Materials Science Department) and the Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany).

Institute of Micro- and Nanostructure Research

PD Dr. Anne Galarneau

PD Dr. Anne Galarneau
Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier
Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Material Sciences
Team: Advanced Materials for Catalysis and Health (MACS)
Group: Materials and Catalysis (group leader with Tzonka Mineva)
34 296 Montpellier Cedex 5


  • Synthesis of porous materials (SiO2, Al2O3, TiO2, zeolites (LTA, FAU-X, FAU-Y), MCM-41, MCM-48, SBA-15, KIT-6) with controlled porosity (micro-/meso-/macroporous), hierarchical porosity and morphology control (particles, monoliths) for batch and continuous flow applications: chromatography, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption (molecules, ions), wastewater treatments. Development of the concept of pseudomorphic transformation for materials morphology control. Development of monoliths obtained by combination of sol-gel method and spinodal decomposition for process intensification in heterogenous catalysis and in adsorption.
  • Fine characterization of porous materials (N2 sorption at 77 K, Hg porosimetry)
  • Immobilization of enzymes in silica materials for the development of heterogeneous biocatalysis


  • 135 Articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 28 Proceedings, 1 Book chapter, 6 Patents
  • 23 Invited lectures in international conferences, 4 in national conferences, 26 invitations for seminars and workshops, 100 Oral (72 international) and 134 Poster Communications
  • Guest-Editor of 4 Special Issues (2001, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • Web of Science (2019): 148 Publications, h-index: 42, Number of Citations: 5719

Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpelier

Prof. Dr. Javier García Martínez

Prof. Dr. Javier García Martínez
University of Alicante
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 Alicante

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (UA) where he has leads an international team working on the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for the production of chemicals and energy.

Founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the technology he developed during his Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts that Rive Technology sells are used in several refineries, significantly increasing fuel production and the energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. GRACE acquired Rive Technology.

Since 2019, Javier is president-elect (president for the biennium 2022-2034) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

In June 2014, he was awarded the King Jaime I Award in his category of New Technologies and in 2015 the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society. In summer of 2017, Javier was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best US entrepreneur in the chemical sector. Javier is a member of the Council of Emerging Technologies of the World Economic Forum, of the Global Young Academy, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Molecular Nanotechnology Lab

Prof. Dr. Roger Gläser

Prof. Dr. Roger Gläser
Leipzig University
Institute of Chemical Technology
Linnéstraße 3
04103 Leipzig

Roger Gläser received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart in 1997. After a research stay at the School of Chemical Engineering of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, he returned to the University of Stuttgart and completed his habilitation in Chemical Technology in January 2007. Since 01.08.2007, he is a Full Professor for Chemical Technology, the Director of the Institute of Chemical Technology and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Nonclassical Chemistry e.V. at Leipzig University. He is the Vice Dean of his faculty, chairman of the German Zeolite Association and of the commission of the German Catalysis Society. His research interests include the preparation and characterization of novel sorbents and catalysts with defined nanoporosity as well as supported metal and photocatalysts. Besides alternative solvent systems in heterogeneous catalysis, aftertreatment of diesel off-gas by SCR-based technologies, the utilization of renewable resources such as carbon dioxide or biomass for conversion to fuels and chemicals, photocatalysis and diffusion in heterogeneous catalysis represent major fields of his activity.

Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing

Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing
Salzburg University
Chemistry and Physics of Materials
Jakob-Haringer-Strasse 2A
5020 Salzburg

Nicola Hüsing is Full Professor for Materials Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Physics of Materials and Vice Rector for Research and Sustainability at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg. She studied chemistry at the University of Würzburg and during her dissertation she has been working at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of California/ Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Würzburg. In 1998 she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship with C.J. Brinker on nanostructured thin films. Returning to Vienna she finished her habilitation in 2003 and started as a full professor for Solid State Chemistry at the University of Ulm in 2004. In 2010 she was appointed as full professor for Materials Chemistry at the University of Salzburg. She is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Science as well as the European Academy of Sciences. Her research interests focus on the liquid phase synthesis (sol-gel processes, hydrothermal approaches, etc.) of porous materials, inorganic-organic hybrid materials and mesoscopically organized systems, especially with respect to synthesis – structure – property relations.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Kärger

Prof. Dr. Jörg Kärger
Leipzig University
Department of Physics of interfaces
Linnéstr. 5
04103 Leipzig

 Jörg Kärger graduated in Physics at Leipzig University (Diploma 1967, PhD 1970, Habilitation 1978) where, in 1994, he became full chair of Experimental Physics/Interface Physics. His research activities have been dedicated to the study of diffusion phenomena in general and the development of new experimental techniques for studying diffusion in nanoporous materials and continued unabatedly after his retirement in 2009. He has published several books, including Diffusion in Condensed Matter (Springer 2005, with Paul Heitjans), Leipzig, Einstein, Diffusion (Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2007) and Diffusion in Nanoporous Materials (Wiley-VCH 2012, with Douglas Ruthven and Doros Theodorou), which became standard in the field. His most recent book on Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society (Springer 2018, with Armin Bunde, Jürgen Caro and Gero Vogl) introduces into diffusion processes as a ubiquitous phenomenon of truly interdisciplinary relevance. His work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Donald W. Breck Award for zeolite research, the Max Planck Research Prize and election to the Saxon Academy of Sciences. Exotics among his more than 600 publications are entries in the Guinness book of records with the largest orchestra of bicycle bells and a computer game, attained during the Physics Sunday Lectures at Leipzig University.

PD Dr. Svetlana Mintova

PD Dr. Svetlana Mintova
Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie (LCS)
6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin
14050 Caen Cedex 4


  • 2014 – present  Director of Research 1st Class (DR1) CNRS, Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry (LCS), ENSICAEN, Normandy University, Caen, France
  • 2016 – 2021  Thousand Talent Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, China University of Petroleum (CUP), Qingdao, China


  •  250 Papers, 8 Patents, 13 Reviews, 10 Book chapters
  • Presentations: 41 Plenary & Keynote, 53 Invited, 66 Oral
  • h-index: 51


  • 2017  Outstanding Paper Award of the European Microscopy Society, Section Instrumentation and Technique Development (Science 355 (2017) 166 – 169)
  • 2016  “Donald Breck” award of the International Zeolite Association (IZA)
  • 2014  “Baron Axel Cronstedt” award of the Federation of the European Zeolite Associations (FEZA)
  • 2016  Research Price “Le Prix La Recherche Chimie” by the editor of the magazine “La Recherche”
  • 2014 – 2018  Prize of Research Excellence, CNRS
  • 1997  Visiting Scholar Fellowship (National Research Council, Twinning Program, USA)
  • 1991  Gold medal, EXPO’91, International Fair of Young Inventors, Bulgaria

Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie (LCS)

Dr. Sharon Mitchell

Dr. Sharon Mitchell
ETH Zürich
Advanced Catalysis Engineering
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

Sharon Mitchell is a scientist and lecturer in the group of advanced catalysis engineering at ETH Zurich. Prior to taking this position she obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2009 and also undertook post-doctoral research at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain, and ETH Zurich. Her research centers on the development of innovative approaches to guide the design of heterogeneous catalysts with improved functionality. This implies the integration of advanced techniques to establish structure-performance relationships over relevant scales and targeting sustainable synthetic methodologies. Areas of expertise include the quantitative analysis of complex pore networks, the visualization of key characteristics of multicomponent shaped bodies, and the design of single atom heterogeneous catalysts. She has co-authored 80 peer-reviewed publications on these topics generating over 3000 citations and an h-index of 29.

Advanced Catalysis Engineering

PhD Maksym Opanasenko

PhD Maksym Opanasenko
Charles University Prague
Department of Physical Chemistry
Hlavova 8
12800 Prague 2
Czech Republic

Maksym Opanasenko received his master degree in Chemistry from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. He continued his PhD study at L.V. Pisarzhevsky Institute of physical chemistry (the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and obtained his PhD in porous polymeric and composite materials in 2011. From 2011 Maksym joined the group of Prof. J. Čejka at J. Heyrovsky Institute of physical chemistry. In 2014 he was Visiting Associate in the group of Prof. R. Morris at St. Andrews University (UK). From 2016 Maksym holds a position of Assistant Professor at Faculty of Science, Charles University. His research interests are focused on the design of new inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials, their application as adsorbents and catalysts.

Maksym Opanasenko is an author of 59 publications
(ResearcherID F-5202-2014, sum of the times cited 1185, H-index 17)

Highlights of research:

  • Novel synthetic routes for inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ulrich Tallarek

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ulrich Tallarek
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Department of Chemistry
Hans-Meerwein-Straße 4
35032 Marburg

Professor Tallarek studied chemistry at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and obtained his Dr. rer. nat. in 1998 with an NMR imaging study of the fluid dynamics in porous media. As a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow from 1998 to 2000 in Wageningen (The Netherlands) he developed and applied NMR tools for the in situ characterization of transport in microfluidic devices, particularly electrokinetic microfluidics. From 2000 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering of the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, where he completed his habilitation in 2004 (mentor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern) and received a venia legendi for physical chemistry. Since 2007 he is professor of analytical chemistry and a member of the board of directors of the materials science center at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. His research focuses on the discovery and understanding of the fundamental morphology–functionality–transport relationships in porous media, from solute–surface interactions to macroscale transport. This approach relies on modern simulation methods to capture the involved widely different spatiotemporal scales and the precise physical reconstruction of porous media.

Professor Tallarek has received several honors and awards, including the Desty Memorial Prize for Innovation in Separation Science (2003), the Young Scientist Award from DECHEMA e.V. (2006), and the “Silver Jubilee Medal 2017” from The Chromatographic Society (UK). He was also finalist for the World Technology Awards, category “Environment”, presented in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, and Science, and in 2013 was named as one of the 100 most influential analytical scientists in the world.

Tallarek Research Group

Dr. Valentin Valtchev

Dr. Valentin Valtchev
Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie (LCS)
6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin
14050 Caen

Dr. Valentin Valtchev is Research Director at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectroscopy (LCS) in Caen, France and “Thousand Talents” international expert at the State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry in Jilin University, China. He is also an honorary professor at the China University of Petroleum.
His research involves synthesis and modification of zeolites and other porous solids that can be used for catalysis, separation and molecular recognition. He has published more than 230 papers, a number of review articles and book chapters, 6 books and 24; and delivered than 40 plenary and keynote lectures at the most important events in the field of nanoporous materials.
His h-index is 49 Web of Science (35 average citation); h-index 54 Google knowledge.
Dr. Valtchev is recipient of the highest recognitions of the International Zeolite Association “Donald Breck” award (2016) and of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations “Baron Axel fon Cronstedt” award (2014).
He is laureate of the award La Recherche 2016: Chimiein France.
In 2016 Valentin Valtchev was elected President of the International Zeolite Association.

Dr. habil. Wolfgang Wagermaier

Dr. Wolfgang Wagermaier
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Hierarchical Structure of Biological and Biomimetic Materials
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam

Academic career
Materials Science, University of Leoben, 1993-2001
Diploma thesis: Siemens AG, Munich and University of Leoben

PhD studies
Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Leoben, April – August 2003 and Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, September 2003 – June 2006
Doctoral thesis: Synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of nanoscale bone structure and deformation mechanisms, MPI-KGF, Potsdam and University of Leoben

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, July 2006 – April 2007
GKSS Research Center, Center for Biomaterial development, June 2007 – September 2009

Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, since 2010

Technische Universität Berlin, habilitation in Materials Science in February 2017

Main Focus

Structure-function relations in biological and biomimetic materials
Bone formation and healing mechanisms
Hybrid materials

Multiscale investigations and imaging structures in materials
Light- and electron microscopy, X-ray microtomography
Wide and small angle X-Ray scattering (WAXS/SAXS)