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ACS Publications and the University of Hong Kong are pleased to announce their upcoming fully virtual symposium on The Power of Chemical Transformations from May 20-21, 2021. The two-day virtual event will feature plenary lectures from Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi, Editor-in-Chief, ACS Central Science, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University; Prof. Paul Chirik, Editor-in-Chief, Organometallics; Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University; Associate Director, External Partnerships in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and Prof. Makoto Fujita, Editorial Advisory Board, Accounts of Chemical Research; Distinguished University Professor, University of Tokyo; Distinguished Professor Japan Institute for Molecular Science. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote lectures from world-renowned scientists, invited lectures from Hong Kong’s top research faculty, and virtual poster presentations from outstanding abstracts.

Organizing Committee

Prof. Vivian Wing-Wah Yam

Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy
Chair Professor of Chemistry
The University of Hong Kong
Chinese Academy of Science

Prof. Pauline Chiu

Associate Editor, Organic Letters

Professor of Chemistry
The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Dawei Ma

Associate Editor, The Journal of Organic Chemistry

Deputy Director,
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry
State Key Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry
Chinese Academy of Science

Dr. Kai Rossen

Editor-in-Chief, Organic Process Research & Development

Chief Scientific Officer, Sanofi, Frankfurt, Germany

Dr. Sarah Tegen

Senior Vice President, Journals Publishing Group
American Chemical Society, Publications Division

Dr. Stephen Ritter

Managing Editor, Editorial Development
American Chemical Society, Publications Division

Plenary Speakers

Carolyn R. Bertozzi

Editor-in-Chief, ACS Central Science
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University
Baker Family Director of Stanford ChEM-H
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Carolyn R. Bertozzi (born in 1966) is the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and (by courtesy) Chemical & Systems Biology at Stanford University, an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Baker Family Director of Stanford ChEM-H. Prof. Bertozzi is known for developing the field of biorthogonal chemistry, which enables chemical reactions to take place inside living systems without interfering with native biochemical processes, and developing innovative technologies that have opened new avenues for biological discovery and therapeutic development. Among her recognitions, she is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Awards of note include the Lemelson-MIT award for inventors, Whistler Award, Ernst Schering Prize, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award, Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award of the Protein Society, and the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. Prof. Bertozzi is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, created in 2015 as an open access journal publishing cutting-edge research at the interface of chemistry and allied sciences.


Recent selected ACS Publications:

Journal of Proteome Research: Optimal Dissociation Methods Differ for N– and O-Glycopeptides DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00218

Biochemistry: A Sugar Cloak of Invisibility DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b00170

Journal of the American Chemical Society: Engineering Orthogonal Polypeptide GalNAc-Transferase and UDP-Sugar Pairs DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b04695

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Paul Chirik

Editor-in-Chief, Organometallics
Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University

Paul Chirik (born in 1973) earned a B.S. degree in 1995 from Virginia Tech, conducting undergraduate research with Professor Joseph Merola studying aqueous iridium chemistry. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in 2000 with Professor John Bercaw at the California Institute of Technology with a focus on metallocene-catalyzed olefin polymerization. After a postdoctoral appointment with Professor Christopher Cummins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he began his independent career in 2001 at Cornell University. In 2011, Professor Chirik and his research group moved to Princeton University, where he was named the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry. His teaching and research have been recognized with a 2009 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, a 2016 U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the 2020 Linus Pauling Medal, and the 2021 Gabor Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics since 2015. The Chirik group focuses on developing catalysts using base metals such as iron, cobalt, nickel, and molybdenum to discover new reactions that drive more sustainable chemistry. Projects include electronic structure studies, asymmetric alkene hydrogenation, hydrogen isotope exchange, C–H functionalization, and alkene cycloaddition.


Recent selected ACS Publications:

Organometallics: Pyridine(diimine) Chelate Hydrogenation in a Molybdenum Nitrido Ethylene Complex DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00095

Journal of the American Chemical Society: Regio- and Diastereoselective Iron-Catalyzed [4+4]-Cycloaddition of 1,3-Dienes DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b02443

Organic Letters: Cobalt-Catalyzed C(sp2)–C(sp3) Suzuki–Miyaura Cross Coupling DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c02934

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Makoto Fujita

Distinguished University Professor, University of Tokyo
Distinguished Professor, Institute for Molecular Science (IMS)

Makoto Fujita (born in 1957) received his Ph.D. degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1987. After working at Chiba University and at the Institute for Molecular Science at Okazaki, he was appointed as a full professor at Nagoya University in 1999. Prof. Fujita moved to the University of Tokyo in 2002 and has since risen to the level of University Distinguished Professor, with a concurrent appointment as Distinguished Professor at the Institute for Molecular Science. Among recent awards, he has received the Imperial Prize and the Japan Academy Prize in 2019, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2018, the Naito Foundation Merit Award in 2017, the ACS Fred Basolo Medal in 2014, an ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 2013, and the Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2013. The Fujita group’s research interests include transition-metal coordination self-assembly for the construction of nanoscale discrete frameworks, including MnL2n Archimedean/non-Archimedean solids; molecular confinement effects for developing/creating new properties and new reactions in the confined cavities of self-assembled coordination cages; and a crystalline sponge method involving single crystal-to-single crystal guest exchange in the pores of self-assembled coordination networks, applied to a new X-ray technique that does not require crystallization of target compounds.


Recent selected ACS Publications:

Journal of the American Chemical Society: Confinement of Water-Soluble Cationic Substrates in a Cationic Molecular Cage by Capping the Portals with Tripodal Anions DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c08835

Organic Letters: Crystalline Sponge Method Enabled the Investigation of a Prenyltransferase-terpene Synthase Chimeric Enzyme, Whose Product Exhibits Broadened NMR Signals DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.8b02284

Journal of the American Chemical Society: Synthetic β-Barrel by Metal-Induced Folding and Assembly DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04284

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The University of Hong Kong, founded in 1911, is a research-led, comprehensive university consisting of ten schools/faculties and is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University, delivers impact through internationalisation, innovation and inter-disciplinarity. It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange. It makes a positive social contribution through global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China. The University focuses on research quality and impact and their translational potential and value to industry, business and the community, fostering outcome-based, cross-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration within HKU and with other partners in Hong Kong, mainland China and the world. It also promotes social and technological innovation, entrepreneurial incubation and public-private partnership to drive innovation and entrepreneurship through research and talent development.