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.

Hind Al-Abadleh


Hind A Al-AbadlehDr Al-Abadleh is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is the 2021-2022 University Research Professor at Laurier and Research Ambassador for Environments and Sustainability. She established the EPIC lab for Environmental, Physical and Interfacial Chemistry research in the fields of atmospheric aerosol chemistry, air quality, geochemistry, and environmental remediation using nanomaterials. She started her academic career in Canada in 2005 following a PhD (1999-2003) and postdoctoral training (2003-2005) in environmental physical chemistry at the University of Iowa and Northwestern University in the United States. In 2019, Dr. Al-Abadleh received the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Quality, and Climate Change at the University of California Irvine. In 2020, she was appointed Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her achievements and leadership roles capitalize on her research expertise and skills in knowledge mobilization and include several organizations beyond the university where she works: the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), Nano Ontario, special interests group Atmosphere-Related Research in Canadian Universities (ARRCU), and Nano Canada.
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Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb

Jennifer Bridwell-RabbDr Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research group studies the oxygen-dependent and oxygen-independent mechanisms of enzymes that catalyze a wide-range of site-specific chemistry using enzymology, structural biology, and metalloprotein expertise. Her laboratory is particularly interested in the transformations catalyzed by the Rieske non-heme oxygenase enzymes, the metalloprotein chemistry required to build, modify, and degrade photosynthetic pigments, and the strategies that photosynthetic organisms use to adapt to environments that differ in oxygen- and light-availability. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Texas A&M University in the laboratory of David Barondeau. She was an HHMI-NIH postdoctoral fellow in Catherine Drennan’s laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an independent investigator, Jennifer has received the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the Searle Scholars Award, the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and the Department of Energy Early Career Award.
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Jeff Chan


Prof. Jeff Chan began his independent career in 2014 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2021. He is a member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology where he is the current leader of the Photoacoustic Imaging work group. His research interests include the development of photoacoustic probes, design of tools to study the chemical biology of aging, and the application of new reactions for targeted drug delivery.
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François-Xavier Coudert


Dr Coudert is a Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, France), 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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Read our interview with FX here.

Ratmir Derda


Ratmir DerdaDr Ratmir Derda is the Founder and CEO of 48Hour Discovery Inc and co-CEO of Quantum Intelligence Corporation. He is also an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. He is the author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications and is the inventor on 10 patent applications (three issued patents). He is also an advisory board member of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Journal, and recipient of numerous research awards. His research areas include genetically-encoded chemistry, late-stage modifications of peptides, proteins and bacteriophages, ligand discovery, chemistry and information, molecular recognition, glycans and glycan-binding proteins.
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María Escudero-Escribano


Maria Escudero-EscribanoDr María Escudero-Escribano is an ICREA Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). Her group investigates tailored electrochemical interfaces and novel nanomaterials for renewable energy conversion and electrosynthesis of sustainable fuels and value-added chemicals. She obtained her PhD from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) in 2011, for her work on electrocatalysis and surface nanostructuring using well-defined electrode surfaces. She carried out her postdoctoral research on oxygen electrocatalysts for energy conversion and storage at the Technical University of Denmark and Stanford University (US). In 2017, she moved to the University of Copenhagen as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor, and she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021. She joined ICN2 in September 2022, where she leads the NanoElectrocatalysis and Sustainable Chemistry Lab. María is a Villum Young Investigator (Villum Foundation) since 2018. In 2022, she was awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). She has received numerous awards in recognition of her groundbreaking research, including the European Young Chemist Award (Gold Medal) 2016, the Princess of Girona Scientific Research Award 2018, the Electrochemical Society Energy Technology Division Young Investigator Award 2018, the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Young Researchers Award 2019, the Clara Immerwahr Award 2019, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship 2021.
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Satoshi Honda


Satoshi HondaDr Honda is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo (Japan), where his research focuses on the synthesis of polymers with complex architectures, the construction of functional nanostructures, and the development of stimuli-responsive soft materials. He received his PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2013 for his work on the synthesis and self-assembly of cyclic polymers with Professor Yasuyuki Tezuka. Following his PhD, he spent two years at the Tokyo University of Science as Specially Appointed Assistant Professor. He joined the University of Tokyo faculty as Assistant Professor in 2015 and was named an Excellent Young Researcher in 2018. During his current position (2018-2019), he engaged in ring opening polymerization of unusual cyclic molecules with organic catalysts with Professor Robert M. Waymouth at Stanford University as a Visiting Scholar. He is the recipient of the Young Scientists’ Prize, Commendation for Science and Technology by Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2020.
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Read our interview with Satoshi for Nature Japan (jp version; en version).

Nathalie Katsonis


Dr Nathalie Katsonis is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), where she leads a research group dedicated to the design and synthesis of active (supra)-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 in the group of Ben Feringa, she became Associate Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), moving to the University of Twente in 2011, and to the University of Groningen in 2020. Nathalie has been elected to the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, is Board Member of the van't Hoff Foundation for the promotion of chemistry, and she is the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society.
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Jun Lu


Dr Lu is a chemist at Argonne National Laboratory (USA). 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.

David Nelson


NelsonDr Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde (UK). His research group study the mechanisms and structure/reactivity relationships of a range of reactions that are deployed in synthetic organic chemistry, most of which are catalysed by well-defined transition metal complexes. Current areas of focus include nickel-catalysed cross-coupling reactions and C-H functionalisation reactions. He obtained his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2012 for a thesis on structure/reactivity relationships in ring-closing metathesis (with Professor J. M. Percy) before carrying out postdoctoral research at the University of St Andrews (with Professor S. P. Nolan). He started his academic position at Strathclyde in 2014 as one of the inaugural cohort of 'Chancellor's Fellows' and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in late 2018. He was a Thieme Chemistry Journals Awardee in 2020.
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Aloysius Soon


Prof. Aloysius Soon is a Full Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Concurrently, he has also been awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow (Affiliate Faculty) to pursue research activities at the School of Physics in the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to coming to Korea, Aloysius was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Theory Department of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany. Since 2014, he is registered as a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and has been elected both as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (FRSC) in 2018 and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK (FInstP) in 2021. Aloysius' primary interest lies in the fundamental understanding of the chemistry and physics of materials, probed via novel first-principles computational methods (coupled with modern machine learning methods). By applying state-of-the-art density-functional theory (DFT) calculations and the use of statistical models, simulations of poly-atomic systems are used to understand and predict the structure and properties of solids and their surfaces which includes studying the interactions and reactions of molecules adsorbed on surfaces, and the energetics of defects on surfaces (as well as interfaces) and in the bulk.
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Andy Wilson


Andy received a BSc (Hons) 1st class at The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and then undertook his PhD in synthetic chemistry with Professor David A. Leigh FRS on Interlocked Architectures, firstly at UMIST then at The University of Warwick. He then carried out post-doctoral research at Yale University (USA) with Professor Andrew D. Hamilton FRS on the topic of protein surface recognition, followed by further postdoctoral research with Professors E. W. (Bert) Meijer and Rint P. Sijbesma at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) on the topic of supramolecular polymers. In 2004 he took up his first independent academic position as a Research Lecturer at The University of Leeds, where he was promoted to Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2012 and served as Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology (2012-2018). Andy’s research interests focus on understanding and modulating protein-protein interactions, studies of peptide and protein (mis)assembly, methods for structural and chemical proteomics, fundamental supramolecular chemistry and self-assembled materials, Andy’s research was recognized through the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Bob Hay Lectureship (2012) and the RSC Norman Heatley Award (2016).
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Kristin Wustholz


Kristin WustholzDr Kristin Wustholz is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at William & Mary (USA), where her research group focuses on using spectroscopy to probe the optical and structural properties of chromophores in environments that are inherently complex. She received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington in 2007, for her work examining molecular alignment and photophysics in dyed salt crystals. Her research as a postdoctoral fellow with Richard P. Van Duyne at Northwestern University focused on elucidating structure-property relationships in plasmonic materials using single-molecule and single-nanoparticle surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). In 2009 she was awarded the American Chemical Society Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research. Kristin joined the chemistry department at William & Mary in 2010, where her current research involves understanding the interfacial interactions and electron transfer properties of chromophores at semiconductor and metal interfaces for applications to solar energy conversion, super-resolution imaging, and art conservation. In 2016 she was awarded the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.
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Kui Yu


Kui YuDr Yu is a full-time Professor at Sichuan University (China), focusing on the fundamental study of the evolution pathway of compound semiconductor colloidal nanomaterials. She earned her PhD from Department of Chemistry, McGill University (Canada) in 2000, for her work on the self-assembly of di-block copolymers in dilute solution. She went to Sandia National Laboratories (USA) as a post-doc fellow and a limited term employee, working on the synthesis of meso-porous silica thin films (templated by di-block copolymers). In 2002, she joined the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in Ottawa as an Assistant Research Officer, and was entitled Senior Research Officer after Associate Research Officer. Since 2002, she started her independent research career, focusing on the fundamental understanding of the synthesis-structure-property relationship of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs). In 2014, she joined Sichuan University, continuing her fundamental research on QDs; she discovered an additional pathway in the prenucleation stage of the QDs, which involves the self-assembly of starting materials. She is an awardee of Yangtze River Scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Education.
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Wei Zhang


Wei ZhangDr Zhang is currently a full Professor (TANG Auchin Scholar-Leading Professor since 2020) and the director of the Electron Microscopy Center at Jilin University (China). He earned his PhD from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004, for his work on clarification of microstructural evolution and mechanism of conventional materials under electropulsing. Then he held academic positions at the National Institute for Materials Science (Japan), Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (South Korea), Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (Germany), Technical University of Denmark, and CIC Energigune (Spain). In 2016, Dr Zhang was awarded Ikerbasque Research Professor. He discovered the battery-mimic mechanism and diffusionless phase transition-like conversion reaction promoted bulk-utilization in pseudocapacitance, and proposed a thin-film theory-based strategy of suppressing lithium dendrites via tuning surface energy. He was elected as deputy president for the Electron Microscopy Society of Jilin Province. His current research focuses on surface and interface chemistry of advanced materials toward applications in electrochemical energy storage and conversion, electrocatalysis, and heterogeneous catalysis.
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Yanli Zhao


Dr Zhao is a 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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