Chemical Technology

The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) integrates chemical science and engineering in its research on catalysis, polymerization, kinetics, reactor design and process design. LCT is part of the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University in Belgium and member of the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry (CSC) of Ghent University.

Dr. César A. Urbina-Blanco Named 2018 CAS SciFinder® Future Leader


Columbus, Ohio (May 16, 2018) – CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, announced today the participants selected for the 2018 CAS SciFinder Future Leaders program. César A. Urbina-Blanco from Ghent University has been selected as one of several international Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers who garnered an all-expense paid visit to CAS headquarters in Columbus, OH this August to collaborate on exciting new initiatives that support the scientific community.
The CAS SciFinder Future Leaders program aims to expand professional networks among emerging researchers, increase knowledge and exchange ideas about the role of information within the research process, and learn from industry and academic leaders about the role of science in the global economy, academia and the media. Urbina-Blanco and the other Future Leaders will also visit centers of innovation and technology in Columbus to broaden their understanding of the scientific enterprise, and also contribute to shaping the future of scientific research by sharing their experiences using information solutions, including CAS’s innovative workflow solution, SciFindern.
“CAS is privileged to connect the next generation of scientists with other leading researchers from across the globe and expand their professional research skills,” said Chris McCue, vice president of marketing at CAS. “Program participants were chosen based on their impressive academic accomplishments and the scientific merit of their research. We are honored to host the 2018 class and learn from their experience.”
The program has seen rapid growth and is now recognized as the premier program of its kind. Celebrating its ninth year, CAS received the highest number of applications across the widest geographical range since its inception in 2010. Alumni from this program have been a part of noteworthy scientific innovations and research, and are influencing future scientists through their demonstrated leadership.

The full 2018 CAS SciFinder Future Leader roster is:
 Martine I. Abboud, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
 Manuel Ahumada Escandon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, United States
 Jennifer Apell, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
 Lučka Bibič, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
 Dario Cambiè, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
 Gari V. Ccana-Ccapatinta, University of São Paulo, Brazil
 Chong-You Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
 Tristan Clemons, University of Western Australia, Australia
 Alexander Cook, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
 Justine N. deGruyter, Scripps Research Institute, United States
 Jie Deng, University of Freiburg, Germany
 Dana DiScenza, University of Rhode Island, United States
 Jesús Esteban Serrano, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany
 Madison Fletcher, University of California, Irvine, United States
 Gabriel dos Passos Gomes, Florida State University, United States
 Jesus Alberto Jaimes Arriaga, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
 Christopher Lemon, University of California, Berkeley, United States
 Yuanhe Li, Peking University, China
 Felicia Phei Lin Lim, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
 Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Emory University, United States
 Jana L. Markley, Washington University in St. Louis, United States
 Abby-Jo Payne, University of Calgary, Canada
 Yunyan Qiu, Northwestern University, United States
 Yoshito Takahashi, Keio University, Japan
 Siddulu Naidu Talapaneni, Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia
 César A. Urbina-Blanco, Ghent University, Belgium
 Galina Viryasova, Moscow State University, Russia
 Julian G. West, California Institute of Technology, United States
 Anita Yadav, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India
 Qi Zhang, East China University of Science and Technology, China

About the CAS SciFinder Future Leaders Program

The CAS SciFinder Future Leaders program provides an opportunity to expand professional networks by engaging with scientists from all over the world. Participants develop SciFinder proficiency and professional development skills, increase knowledge and exchange ideas about the role of information within the research process, and learn from industry and academic leaders about the role of science in the global economy, academia and the media. They will also visit centers of innovation and technology to broaden their understanding of the scientific enterprise. At the conclusion of the program, participants will travel to Boston for the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition: Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond, a platform for scientific professionals to present, publish and discuss the most exciting research discoveries in the field. To learn more about the CAS SciFinder Future Leaders program, visit www.cas.org/futureleaders.

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