Michele Aresta, Doctor Industrial Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan-IT. Present position: President of the Scientific Board of the Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis, Italy; IMM chair at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering-NUS, Singapore; David Parkin Professor at the University of Bath, UK; Honorary Chair at the Chemical Engineering Faculty, University of Tianjin, Tianjin, China.
Scientific interests are in the fields of Chemistry of small molecules (N2, H2, O2, CO, CO2, ethene, allene, propene, butadiene); Metals in low oxidation state (also negative); Co-ordination chemistry; Reactivity of co-ordinated molecules; Reaction mechanisms; Catalysis; CO2 chemistry; CO2 as building block for chemicals and carbon source for fuels; Photocatalysis; Utilization of biomass; Conversion of polyols; Valorization of polyols; Conversion of long chain acids and esters; Polyunsaturated compounds; New bio-sourced monomers for polymeric materials.
Author of over 250 papers in peer reviewed high IF international journals and of 12 books on CO2 and Biomass valorization; owner of several patents. Founder and Honorary Chair of the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization-ICCDU.
Award of the Italian Chemical Society for the “Pioneering work on Carbon Dioxide Activation (and utilization)” 1990;
Renoir Award for the dissemination of Science, 1990;
Award of the Société Française de Chimie, 1995 for Inorganic Chemistry;
Award of the Tianjin University, Tianjin China, for Green Chemistry 2002.
Recognitions from the American Chemical Society for the dissemination of “CO2 Utilization”.