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Prof. Jorge Ibáñez (Mexico)

Numerary Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)

Dr. Jorge G. Ibanez holds a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering from ITESO (Mexico), and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the U. of Houston (1982), where he also did postdoctoral work in 1983 as well at the U. of Texas/Austin (1991). He was Chair of the Chemical and Food Engineering Department (2011-2015) and is currently University Senator at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), where he has been active since 1985. Dr. Ibanez has been a visiting professor in the five continents, and an invited plenarist in several worldwide events. The author or coauthor of 11 books (with over 100,000 chapter downloads) and of 130 scientific papers (with 2,800 citations), he is also the principal founder of the Mexican Green and Microscale Chemistry Center (CMQVM). He has received numerous awards including the Mexican National Chemistry Award (1998), the ACS Award on Sustainability in the USA (to the CMQVM, 2011), the IUPAC Fellowship (2013), the Mexican Electrochemistry Award (2015), and the International Microscale Chemistry Award in Japan (2017). In addition to microscale chemistry, his interests include the electrochemical remediation of the environment, teaching experimental sciences to visually impaired students, and fostering the faith-science dialogue.
Married to Luz Teresa Velasco for four decades, he is the father of Georgina and Lucía. He is an avid table tennis, volley ball, and foot ball player.

Dr. Angela Köhler-Kruetzfeldt (Germany)

Angela is from the Romain-Rolland-Gymnasium in Berlin (2004 till currently). In 2001 she completed her Ph.D. in Didactics of Chemistry at University of Dortmund in Germany. In 2002 she was a Guest Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin where she was responsible for preservice teacher training. In 2003 she received the award: “Manfred und Wolfgang Fladt of Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker”, and in 2007 the award of “Best Chemistry Teacher of Europe” through her network “Science on Stage“. Angela organized the 7th International Symposium on Microscale Chemistry in 2013 in Berlin. In 2014 she received the “Friedrich- Stromeyer-Preis” and in 2017 she gave a “Sommerschule am Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)”.

Prof. Abdulaziz Alnajjar (Kuwait)

Abdulaziz is a faculty member of the Public Authority for Applied Education & Training, at the College of Technological Studies, Department of Applied Science in Kuwait. He is also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the College of Chemistry (University of Cairo) in Egypt and a Visiting Professor of the Hanyang University, in Seoul, South Korea (2015-2017). He is a member of the Kuwait Chemical Society and was the president in 1996-2004 and 2006-2012. He is a member of the Union of Arab Chemists (President 2006-2007 & 2011-2012) and on the Editorial Board of the Arabian Journal of Chemistry from 2009. He is the national representative of the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) at IUPAC. Abdulaziz’s research interests cover the fields of the synthesis organometallic compounds and the studies of their biological effects; the synthesis of heterocyclic organic compounds; and improving teaching and learning in chemistry and other sciences.

Mr. Bob Worley (UK)

Bob Worley is a chemistry advisor at CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services). CLEAPSS is based at the Brunel University Science Park in Uxbridge. CLEAPSS is an advisory service providing support in science and technology for a consortium of local authorities and their schools including establishments for pupils with special needs

Bob Worley’s research interest is hands-on microscale chemistry practical work. Bob is one of the real experts in reducing scale and reducing waste in chemistry through the use of microscale techniques. 

Prof. John Bradley (RSA)

John is from the RADMASTE Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an emeritus professor of chemistry from Wits. John was heavily involved in UNESCO’s project with microscale chemistry. For many years they had advocated the development of low-cost equipment. Their aim was to reach out to poorer communities where there were little or no funds for traditional science equipment. John is currently still involved in the development of microscale apparatus for chemistry and other sciences to empower educators in schools.

Prof. David Katz (USA)

David A. Katz is a past professor in the Department of Chemistry at Pima Community College, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Cabrini College, and Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Community College of Philadelphia. He is currently a Science Education Demonstrator and Consultant.

His primary interests are in undergraduate chemical education, science education for children, public understanding of science, the chemistry of consumer products, safety in the academic laboratory, and the history of chemistry, presenting workshops and publishing papers in these areas.  He is best known for his demonstration programs and has gained international attention for his program Chemistry in the Toy Store which appeared as a feature article in the 1988 Yearbook of Science and the Future of the Encyclopedia Britannica and also featured in the December 1988-January 1989 issue of CHEMECOLOGY, a publication of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (Now, The American Chemistry Council).  Prof. Katz has presented lectures and demonstration programs throughout the United States, in Canada, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Puerto Rica, Cuba, Hungary, and China.  He has developed issues-based active learning courses, Chemistry and Society and Consumer Chemistry. In addition, he developed a number of small-scale experiment questions for both classroom and laboratory practical exams.

Prof. Dr. Michael Tausch (Germany)

Professor Michael Tausch, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, has been awarded the inaugural “Heinz Schmidkunz Prize by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker” (GDCh, German Chemical Society). The award recognizes outstanding contributions to research into the teaching of chemistry, teacher training, and the development of material for teaching chemistry in schools. It was presented at the GDCh Wissenschaftsforum 2015 in Dresden, Germany, on August 31, 2015. Among other honors, Professor Tausch has received the Friedrich-Stromeyer Preis of the GDCh in 1994 and the Johann-Joachim Becher-Preis of the J. J. Becher-Gesellschaft in 2007.

Professor Tausch's work includes photochemistry in science education, curriculum innovation, and the development of didactic materials on silicones, cyclodextrins and semiconductive polymers.

Prof. Tausch has presented microscale experiments with light throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Australia, Indonesia, India and China.