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We will post a detailed program in the near future. For those of you trying to work out your travel arangements it may help to know that registration will open at 9 am on Monday the 17th of December and the first talk will start at 10.30 am. The last talk on Tuesday the 18th of December will finish before 6.30 pm. If you need further information please don't hesitate to contact us by email or on Twitter.

Key Note Speakers

Macrocyclic Lanthanide Complexes in Action (view abstract)

David ParkerDavid Parker (Durham, UK)
David Parker is a native of the North-East of England and graduated with a First in Chemistry from Oxford University in 1978. He completed a D.Phil. with John M Brown in 1980 on mechanistic studies in asymmetric catalysis. Following a NATO post-doctoral fellowship with Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg, he returned to Durham to take up a Lectureship in Chemistry in January 1982 and was promoted to a Chair in Chemistry in 1992. He received the RSC Hickinbottom Fellowship for 1988/9, the Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize in 1989, the ICI Prize in Organic Chemistry in 1991, the RSC Interdisciplinary Award in 1996, a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (1998/9), the inaugural IBC Award for Supramolecular Science and Technology in 2000, the first RSC award for Supramolecular Chemistry in 2002, a Tilden Lectureship and Silver Medal in 2003 and the Ludwig Mond Lectureship in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded the triennial Lecoq de Boisbaudran Prize in rare earth science. In 2002, aged 45, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. He served twice as the Chairman of the Chemistry Department and holds an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2011-16).

Chemical Science Lecture

New Chemistry with an Old Reaction (view abstract)

Kohzo ItoKohzo Ito (Tokyo, Japan)
Kohzo Ito received his B. E. and M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in applied physics from the University of Tokyo. In 1986, he joined the Research Institute of Polymers and Textiles. He moved back to Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1991 and was promoted to full professor at Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo in 2003. He is concurrently a director of Advanced Softmaterials Inc., which he founded to urge the application of the slide-ring materials in 2005. At present, his research focuses on the slide-ring polymeric materials with freely movable cross-linking junctions. He has been the author of over 200 publications, including original research papers, reviews, and chapters of books, and over 50 patents. He also received The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2006).

Nature Chemistry Lecture

Making the Tiniest Machines (view abstract)

David LeighDavid Leigh (Manchester, UK)
Prof. David A. Leigh FRS obtained his PhD in supramolecular organic chemistry with Sir J Fraser Stoddart at the University of Sheffield in 1987. After postdoctoral research with carbohydrate chemist David Bundle at the NRC of Canada in Ottawa, David returned to the UK as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. In 1998 he moved to the University of Warwick and in 2001 he moved again to take up the Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In February 2012 he took up the position of Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Leigh's research interests include the development of new methods for the synthesis of catenanes and rotaxanes and experimental synthetic molecular machine design. He has won a number of major international awards including the 2007 Izatt-Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry, the 2007 Descartes Prize and the 2007 Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2009. He is an associate editor for Chemical Science.

Communication using Conformation: from Atropisomers to Artificial Receptors (view abstract)

Jonathan ClaydenJonathan Clayden (Manchester, UK)
Jonathan Clayden was born in Kampala in Uganda. He studied for a BA in Natural Sciences at Churchill College, University of Cambridge where he remained for his doctoral studies with Stewart Warren on asymmetric synthesis using phosphine oxide chemistry. In 1992 he was awarded a Royal Society Western European Research Fellowship which he held at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris where he studies the transition metal catalysed reactions of sulfones, and carbenoid chemistry with Marc Julia. In 1994 he returned to the UK to take up a lectureship at the University of Manchester where he has been Professor of Organic Chemistry since 2001.

Journal of Applied Polymer Science Lecture

New Chemistry with an Old Reaction (view abstract)

Mark MacLachlanMark MacLachlan (UBC, Canada)
Mark MacLachlan was born in the Yukon Territory of Canada and grew up in Quesnel, British Columbia. He obtained his BSc degree in chemistry from UBC in 1995 and his PhD degree in inorganic materials chemistry from the University of Toronto (1999), where he studied with Profs. Ian Manners and Geoff Ozin. From 1999-2001, he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT with Prof. Timothy Swager, where he conducted research in organic materials and supramolecular chemistry. Prof. MacLachlan started his independent career at UBC in 2001 and is now a full professor. His research interests include conjugated metallopolymers, macrocycles, coordination chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and chiral mesoporous materials. Prof. In 2012, Prof. MacLachlan received the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from NSERC for his contributions to supramolecular chemistry.

Invited Speakers

Molecular Recognition and Self-Assembly: Hydrogen-Bonding, Supramolecular Polymers and Photocrosslinking (view abstract)

Andy Wilson Andrew Wilson (Leeds, UK)
Following a PhD at Warwick with Prof David Leigh and postdocs with Prof Andy Hamilton (Yale) and Prof E. (Bert) W. Meijer (Eindhoven), Andy Wilson joined the University of Leeds in 2004 where he has been since. Andy is the co-director of PPI-Net ( and Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology at The University of Leeds. Andy’s research centres on using synthetic molecules to understand and control molecular recognition and self-assembly. The groups’ major current focus is on the development of inhibitors of protein-protein interactions.

Polymeric nanoreactors: synthesis and applications in catalysis (view abstract)

Rachel O'ReillyRachel O'Reilly (Warwick, UK)
Rachel O’Reilly is currently an EPSRC career acceleration fellow in the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003. She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2004 she was awarded a research fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition for 1851 and in 2005 she took up a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. In 2009 she moved to her current position and in 2012 was promoted to full professor. In 2012 she won the RSC Hickinbottom medal and also the IUPAC-Samsung young polymer scientist award. Her research focuses on bridging the interface between creative synthetic, polymer and catalysis chemistry, to allow for the development of materials that are of significant importance in medical, materials and nanoscience applications.

Anion Recognition Using Synthetic Peptides as Receptors (view abstract)

Kate JolliffeKate Jolliffe (Sydney, Australia)
Katrina (Kate) Jolliffe received her PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia then held positions at Universiteit Twente in The Netherlands, The University of Nottingham in the UK and the Australian National University before taking up an Australian Research Council QEII fellowship at The University of Sydney in 2002. She is currently Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. Her research interests encompass elements of synthetic organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and medicinal chemistry with a focus on the use of cyclic peptides in all three areas.

Stimuli-responsive Pd2L4 metallosupramolecular cages: towards targeted cisplatin drug delivery (view abstract)

James CrowleyJames Crowley (Otago, New Zealand)
James obtained his BSc (Hons) (1998) and MSc (2000) from Victoria University of Wellington and completed his PhD (2000–2005) at the University of Chicago under the direction of Prof. Brice Bosnich. In 2005 he moved to Prof. David Leigh’s group at the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded a British Ramsay Memorial Trust Fellowship (2006–2008), to carry out research on molecular machines. He started his independent career at the University of Otago, Department of Chemistry in 2008. In 2011 he received a University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research and was promoted to Senior Lecturer. His major research interests are in catalysis, self-assembly, molecular recognition and the development of molecular machines.

The Chemistry of Naphthalenediimides:From Molecules to Materials (view abstract)

Dan PantosDan Pantos (Bath, UK)
Dan was born in Arad, Romania and attended the West University of Timișoara where he received in 1998 a B.Sc. degree in  chemistry working under the supervision of Dr. Ervin Salló. He continued my studies at the same university and obtained a M.Sc. degree (2000) having Prof. Zeno Simon as supervisor. During his M.Sc. studies he was an Erasmus-Socrates graduate exchange student at Bremen University (1999-2000), working under the supervision of Prof. Bernd Jastorff in the Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology. In Aug. 2000, he moved to the  University of Texas at Austin and conducted research in the fields of expanded-porphyrin and pyrrole-based anion recognition chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Sessler. For this work he was awarded a Ph.D. in 2005. Between Jan. 2006 - Sept. 2007 he was a postdoctoral research associate in the research group of Prof. Jeremy Sanders at the University of Cambridge. In Oct. 2007 became the Stokes Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge while continuing his association with the Sanders Research Group in the Chemistry Department of University of Cambridge.  He moved to University of Bath as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in Jan. 2011.

Quadruply stranded DNA: self-assembly and molecular recognition by small molecules (view abstract)

Ramon VillarRamon Vilar (Imperial College London)
Ramon Vilar was born in Mexico City. He obtained his MSci in Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1992) and a PhD from Imperial College London (1996) under the supervision of Prof. D. M. P. Mingos. He remained at Imperial College as a Lecturer, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003. In 2004 he took a Group Leader position at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ, Spain). He returned to Imperial College in 2006 where he is currently Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry. In October 2009 he was awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship. His research focuses in three main areas: the interaction of metal complexes with DNA and proteins, molecular recognition and self-assembly, and molecular imaging (further information can be found at:

Imprinted nanogels as biomimetic catalysts (view abstract)

Marina ResminiMarina Resmini (QMUL, UK)
Marina Resmini was born in Milan, Italy where she graduated with a Laurea in chemistry and subsequently completed her PhD in industrial chemistry at the University Statale of Milan in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. Jommi.She then worked in Amsterdam with Prof. U. K. Pandit and in London with Prof. K. Brocklehurst before being awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship in 1997. She joined the chemistry department of Queen Mary in 1999 as a lecturer. She is currently a Reader in organic chemistry and is the Coordinator of the ITN NANODRUG and of a IAPP project IRMED, both funded by the EC. Her research interests are focused on the development of functional nanomaterials with potential applications at the physical and life sciences interface, in particular as enzyme mimics and drug delivery vehicles.

Self-Assembly and aggregation of functionalized polyoxometalates (view abstract)

Bernold HasenknopfBernold Hasenknopf (Paris, France)
Bernold Hasenknopf studied chemistry in Germany, France and Great Britain, and obtained his Ph. D. in 1996 under the supervision of Jean-Marie Lehn at the University of Strasbourg for his work on circular helicates. He then joined the group of Peter Schultz in Berkeley for one year to work on unnatural biopolymers and catalytic antibodies. In 1997, he became faculty member of the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris where he is full professor now. His research interests focus on supramolecular chemistry of multimetallic assemblies, and their interactions with biomolecules. After more than ten years of fruitful work in the group of Pierre Gouzerh and Anna Proust on polyoxometalates, he founded a group for supramolecular chemistry. His current projects concern the assembly of polyoxometalates, polyrotaxanes for bimodal imaging and switchable magnetic tweezers.

Cyclometallated Coordination Capsules (view abstract)

Paul LusbyPaul Lusby (Edinburgh, UK)
PJL carried out his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of York. In 2000, he moved to the University of Warwick to undertake postdoctoral work in Dave Leigh’s group. Following the move to Edinburgh in 2001 with Leigh’s group, he was appointed to a fixed-term lectureship position in 2003. In 2006, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which he currently holds at the University of Edinburgh.  

Supramolecular approaches in the quest for improved molecular magnets (view abstract)

Annie PowellAnnie Powell (Karlsruhe, Germany)
Annie Powell is Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She completed a PhD in Chemistry under the guidance of Mike Ware at the University of Manchester. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Freiburg working with Heinrich Vahrenkamp she returned to the UK in 1988 (University of Kent at Canterbury and UEA Norwich) until taking up her current position in Germany in 1999. Her research interests encompass coordination chemistry, structural chemistry, molecular magnetism, biomimetics, nanochemistry and supramolecular chemistry. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of RSC Council. She also holds the 2010 Julius von Haast Fellowship Award run by the Royal Society of New Zealand, was a Wilsmore Fellow in September 2012 at the University of Melbourne and has received a Walton Fellowship at University College Dublin for 2013.

Metallo-cages and cryptophanes from cyclotriveratrylene-type ligands; and unusual MOFs from functionalised 2,2’-bipyridines (view abstract)

Michaele HardieMichaele Hardie (Leeds, UK)
Michaele Hardie was born in Melbourne, Australia. She has BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne, working with Bernard Hoskins and Richard Robson. After various postdoctoral posts in Australia and the USA working in the areas of chemical crystallography and supramolecular chemistry, she moved to the UK in 2001 as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are in supramolecular and coordination chemistry, in particular in the development of new molecular hosts and their metallo-supramolecular assemblies, and in MOF chemistry. In 2011 she was awarded the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize and Medal was recently promoted to Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry at Leeds.