Editorial Board

Our Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. They handle manuscripts within their areas of expertise, overseeing all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. 

François-Xavier Coudert orcid.org/0000-0001-5318-3910

Dr. Coudert is a Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where his group applies computational chemistry methods at various scales to investigate the physical and chemical properties of nanoporous materials, and in particular stimuli-responsive materials with anomalous behaviour. He obtained his PhD from the University Paris-Sud (France) in 2007, for his work on the properties of water and solvated electrons confined in zeolite nanopores. He worked as post-doctoral researcher at University College London (UK) on the growth of metal-organic frameworks on surfaces, before joining CNRS in 2008. FX has received the Early-Career Researcher award from the French Physical Chemistry division, was named a Distinguished Junior Member of the French Chemical Society, and was awarded the 2018 International Award for Creative Work by the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry.
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Nathalie Katsonis orcid.org/0000-0003-1054-6544

Dr. Katsonis is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Twente (The Netherlands), where she leads a research group dedicated to the design and synthesis of life-inspired molecular systems and materials. She obtained her PhD from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (France) in 2004, for her work on chirality and order in molecular self-assemblies. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), she became Associate Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and in 2011 she joined the University of Twente. Nathalie has been elected to the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, nominated to the Royal Netherlands Academy’s Council for Natural and Technical Sciences, and in 2017 she received the Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, in recognition for her achievements in chemistry.
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Akane Kawamura orcid.org/0000-0003-1169-5082

Dr Kawamura is a University Research Lecturer and a group leader at University of Oxford (UK). After obtaining a chemistry M.Chem (Hons), she completed her D.Phil degree in pharmacology at Oxford, investigating the biochemical and biophysical properties of drug-metabolizing enzymes. She then spent three years in the biotechnology sector, working on a number of early drug discovery projects across different disease areas. She returned to academia in 2009 and was subsequently awarded a British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence Senior Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry, and the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. Her main research focuses on the use of chemical biology approaches to understanding the molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation. This includes biochemical and mechanistic studies on enzymes involved in histone modifications, and the development of chemical probes targeting these enzymes. In 2015 she was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant. 
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Jun Lu orcid.org/0000-0003-0858-8577

Dr. Lu is a chemist at Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests encompass electrochemical energy storage and conversion technology, with his main focus on beyond Li-ion battery technologies. Dr. Lu earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2000. He obtained his PhD. from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah (USA) in 2009 with research directed towards metal hydrides for reversible hydrogen storage applications. He was awarded the first DOE-EERE postdoctoral fellowship as part of the Vehicles Technology Program from 2011-2013. He was elected Associate President and Board Committee Member of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES). He was also the inaugural awardee of the IAOEES Award for Research Excellence in Electrochemical Energy in 2016.

Yanli Zhao orcid.org/0000-0002-9231-8360

Dr. Zhao is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences as well as the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He received his undergraduate degree and his PhD from Nankai University (China). He was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California Los Angeles and subsequently at Northwestern University (USA). He has published over 300 scientific papers, and received several national and international awards including the Singapore National Research Foundation Investigatorship in 2018, the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award in 2017, the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association Prize for Young Scientists in 2016, the TR35@Singapore Award in 2012, and the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship in 2010. His current research focuses on the development of integrated synthetic systems for nanomedicine, gas storage and conversion, and heterogeneous catalysis.
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We will be expanding our Editorial Board as the journal evolves. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about becoming an Editorial Board Member for Communications Chemistry.