Prof. Litter has a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Buenos Aires University, Argentina), with postdoctoral studies at the University of Arizona, USA. She was head of the Division of Environmental Chemistry Remediation (National Atomic Commission of Argentina), Senior Researcher of the National Research Council and Full Professor at the University of General San Martín. She has more than 200 scientific publications in international journals, books, and book chapters. She received the Mercosur Prize in Science and Technology (2006 and 2011) and was President of the International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (2014). She was designated pioneer on photocatalysis in Argentina (2016).
Gabor A. Somorjai has been a leader in the field of Catalysis for more than 45 years. He has published almost 1200 papers and 4 books. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 and he was appointed to the faculty there in 1964. Since then, he has won just about every honor in his field. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Honda Prize, the ENI New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons Prize and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. He has received the Priestley Medal (2008), the National Medal of Science (2002) the Wolf Prize (1998). Somorjai became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1979 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1983
Professor Rénal Backov obtained his Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Montpellier II, France. After being an associate researcher at the University of Florida (Gainesville, USA), to address inorganic chemistry, he was hired as associated Professor at the University of Bordeaux (France) in 2001 while being full Professor since 2010. He has currently invited professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge USA). With more than 140 articles, 35 patents and 380 contributed papers, his field of research encompasses the domains of energy conversion (hydrogen storage, batteries, biofuel cells), drug delivery, sensors, heterogeneous catalysis (enzymatic, metallic, bacteriologic), photocatalysis, photonics, and beyond.