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Tamara Hughes

Tamara joined the BMC Series in October 2019 and became the Editor for BMC Chemistry in June 2020. Tamara holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of York, focusing on enzymology, industrial biocatalysis and structural biology. Her BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry she received from the University of Cologne and she gained further research experience working with multiple groups at Trinity College Dublin. Before joining BMC series, Tamara worked as a Scientific and Deputy Managing Editor at an Oncology and Molecular Medicine academic publisher.

Sang Ouk Kim

Sang Ouk KimProf. Sang Ouk Kim is the KAIST Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST (South Korea), and the director of National Creative Research Initiative Center for Multi-Dimensional Directed Nanoscale Assembly and Graphene Liquid Crystalline Fiber Center. Prof. Kim‘s research interest is focusing on directed molecular assembly of various nanoscale materials as a novel synthetic platform for new material discovery. Prof. Kim has published more than 210 SCI journal papers and delivered more than 370 invited presentations over worldwide. Prof. Kim is also serving as an associate editor of Energy Storage Materials (elsevier) and editorial board members for many scientific journals publisehd by RSC, ACS, Wiley, Elevier, Springer, etc. His research group is actively researching on the nanoscale assembly & chemical modification of various nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes and graphene as well as block polymer self-assembly for advanced nanoscale surface patterning.

Vassya Bankova

Vassya BankovaVassya Bankova, PhD, DSc, is a full professor in Natural Product Chemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. She has worked as a guest-researcher at the Ruhr University – Bochum, the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, the Bandeirante University, Sao Paulo, and the Institute of Molecules of Biological Interest, Naples. Her research interests are directed towards search for new biologically active compounds from unexplored biological subjects (endemic plants, mushrooms, bee products); development of modern reliable methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the active components in complex natural extracts. Her special interest is devoted to the bee product propolis (bee glue). Her total number of publications is over 200, she has an h-index of 43. She is a member of the International Honey Commission, of the International Propolis Research Group, of the Bulgarian Phytochemical Society, and a Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences .

Jeongho Kim

Jeongho KimJeongho Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Inha University (in South Korea). He obtained his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from KAIST and his Ph.D. degree in chemistry (ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy) from the University of Chicago in 2004. His present research focuses on investigating ultrafast dynamics occurring in electronic excited states of molecular systems and nanoscale materials using time-resolved optical spectroscopy and time-resolved X-ray scattering. He has published ~80 papers in SCI journals and has an h-index of 31 as of March, 2019.

Wei Ma

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New Content ItemWei Ma received her PhD degree in Applied Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in 2012. After completing her one-year postdoctoral study at University of Texas at Austin, she returned back to ECUST. Dr. Ma is currently an associate professor at ECUST since 2007. Her main research interests involve integrated biosensors and biointerfaces, single-nanoparticle electrochemistry and nanoelectrochemistry.

Livia Simon Sarkadi

Livia SarkadiLivia Simon Sarkadi graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the Technical University of Budapest (BUTE) Hungary in 1980. She received a University Doctorate degree in Biochemistry from BUTE in 1986 and a Candidate of Science degree in Food Chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) in 1991. She was awarded a Dr habil. from BUTE [1999] and a DSc degree in Chemical Science from HAS [2010].
Currently she is vice-rector of Szent István University Budapest, Hungary. Full professor and head of the Department of Food Chemistry and Nutrition at the Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University.
Her research centres on aspects of Food Quality and Food Safety, with a particular emphasis on amino acids, biogenic amines and proteins, and on biochemical aspects of abiotic plant stress. She is an author/co-author over 200 scientific papers in these areas.
Besides her teaching and research she has been involved in diverse managerial and organisational activities. Among these she has served as Chair of the Food Protein Working Group of HAS since 1996 and, as President of the Hungarian Chemical Society since 2011. She has served as Chair of the Food Chemistry Division of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) between 2009-2014, and is currently an elected Member of the EuCheMS Executive Board. Global Harmonisation Initiative Ambassador of Hungary.

Rui Yang

Rui YangDr. Rui YANG received her Ph.D. in polymer materials at Tsinghua University in 2005. She has worked in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University since 1996 and became an associate professor of polymer materials in 2004. Her research interests include: 1) Aging behavior, mechanism and stability evaluation of polymer materials and lifetime prediction; 2) phase change material (PCM) and composites for thermal energy storage and 3) Structure-property relationship of polymer materials. She is financially supported by National Key Technology R&D Program, NSFC, Ministry of Education, etc. and has close collaboration with international and domestic companies. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, a textbook Advanced instrumental analysis of polymers and 13 issued patents. She was awarded the Second Prize of Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education of China in 2005, and the Second Prize of Science and Technology Progress Awards of Beijing in 1999. She is the Board member of Youth Council, China Society of Materials Research, the Board member of Materials Division, Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, and the Secretary-general of Professional Committee on Polymer Materials. She is the Editorial board member of Polymer Degradation and Stability and Polymer Testing.

Vania Zuin

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Vania2Vania Zuin is a professor at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil) and visiting professor at the University of York (UoY, England). Her background is Green Analytical Chemistry and Green Chemistry Education. Recent distinctions include the 52o and 57o National Literary Jabuti Awards (Brazilian Chamber of Book), the title of Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York (UK) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), President of the Brazilian Humboldt alumni Association, the IUPAC 2014 CHEMRAWN VII Prize for Atmospheric and Green Chemistry and the 2017 ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability in Universities, sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI). More info: and

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