Cátia Ornelas graduated in Chemistry at University of Madeira (Portugal) and her undergraduate research was carried out under supervision of Prof. João Rodrigues from University of Madeira (Portugal) and Prof. Kari Rissanen from the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland). She earned her PhD degree in Chemistry (in 2007) at the University of Bordeaux/University of Rennes, France, under the supervision of Prof. Didier Astruc.
After a postdoctoral appointment at the Molecular Design Institute at New York University with Prof. Marcus Weck (2008-2010), she was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California Berkeley, in the group of Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet (2010-2011). Her last postdoctoral position in the USA was at the Energy Frontier Research Center at Arizona State University in the group of Prof. Ana Moore, Prof. Thomas Moore and Prof. Devens Gust. In 2013, she joinned the faculty at the Institute of Chemistry at University of Campinas, Unicamp (Brazil).
She is the author of more than fifty peer-reviewed srticles including seven in Journal of the American Chemical Society, three in Angewandte Chemie and one in Chemical Reviews.
In 2011, she received the prestigious Burgen Award by the Academy of Europe. In 2015, she was was the recipient of a Productivity Award from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ).
Catia Ornelas is the co-founder and current Chair of the American Chemical Society Brazil Chapter.
Professor Olsen earned his S.B. in Course 10 (Chemical Engineering) from MIT in June 2003. His undergraduate research with Prof. Karen Gleason focused on understanding the polymerization kinetics of initiated chemical vapor deposition reactions to produce fluorocarbon and organosiloxane polymer coatings for biopassivation and hydrophobic surfaces. He also performed research in analytical food chemistry at General Mills, pressure sensitive adhesives for waterproofing membranes at W.R. Grace, and reactive extrusion and green process development for polymer foam insulation at Dow. He was recognized with the Alpha Chi Sigma award and a Goldwater Scholarship for his undergraduate achievements.
Prof. Olsen moved to Berkeley for his graduate work, where he earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in December 2007. He was a Hertz Fellow, a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, and the first student of Prof. Rachel Segalman. His research developed the first universal phase diagram for rod-coil block copolymers, an emerging category of polymers with importance for producing self-assembled nanomateirals in biotechnology and organic electronics. In addition, he addressed several issues in rod crystallization within nanostructures, thin film self-assembly of rod-coil systems, and surface reconstruction in polymer films. His research was recognized as a Padden award finalist at the American Physical Society March meeting in 2008.
After finishing his Ph.D., Prof. Olsen was an NIH and Beckman Insitute Postdoctoral Fellow with Profs. David Tirrell, Julia Kornfield, and Zhen-Gang Wang at Caltech. He applied protein biosynthesis to the design of physically associating telechelic protein hydrogels which were applied as injectable biomaterials. Joint theoretical and experimental investigations were used to gain insight into the properties and design rules governing these systems.
Olsen’s interest in polymer science has been longstanding, starting with a high school science fair project on conductive dendrimer films. His current research interests are broadly clustered in the areas of soft condensed matter physics and macromolecular physics, including liquid crystals, biomaterials, colloids, and polymers. He is particularly interested in how biosynthesis can be used as a natural green chemistry for the preparation of designer polymeric materials, how controlled polymerization through biology can give us unique materials that provide insight into polymer physics, and the unique physics of self-assembly in complex protein nanostructures for biotechnology and energy applications. When Prof. Olsen is not doing science, he enjoys underwater photography, hiking, and travel.
Igor D. Jurberg did his undergraduate studies in École Polytechnique, Paris, France. Next, he pursued his M.Sc. studies in Molecular Chemistry, folowed by a Ph.D. in the same institution, this time working in Gold Catalysis and new alkynylation methods (under the supervision of Profs. Samir Zard and Fabien Fagosz, currently at the U. Ottawa, Canada).
Then, Igor moved to Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, for a post-doctoral appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research (Advisor: Prof. Nuno Maulide, currently at the U. Vienna, Austria), where he developed new transformations in the field of C-H functionalization, via 1,5-hydrogen shifts, and Claisen rearrangements using activated amides. In the sequence, a second postdoctoral appointment followed, this time in the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Advisor: Prof. Paolo Melchiorre), Tarragona, Spain, where he worked developing new activation methods in organocatalysis. During this period, Igos was part of the team who demonstrated the productive use of irradiated donor-acceptor pairs employing catalytic generated chiral enamines to form C-C bonds.
In 2013, Igor came back to Brazil and started a research group at the Institute of Chemistry, in the State University of Campinas, SP. His research interests are broadly based on catalytic methods, with a special focus in asymmetric organocatalysis, C-H functionalization strategies, and photoredox catalysis.
Igor received a number of awards and fellowships, including Monge PhD Fellowship (2007, from École Polytechnique), Young Investigator Award (2013, from CNPq) and Junior Faculty Award (to be awarded in 2017, Fulbright Foundation).
Igor is a co-founder and current Secretary of the American Chemical Society Brazil Chapter.