University of Amsterdam(UvA)  (NL)- project leader

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity. The aim of the Flow Chemistry group (a.k.a. the Noël Research Group) within the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam is to build bridges between chemical engineering and organic synthetic chemistry. Consequently, long-standing problems in synthetic chemistry can be overcome, which includes scalability, gas-liquid reactions, photochemistry, electrochemistry and the generation and use of hazardous reagents. This allows us to effectively expand the available chemical space by bringing overlooked or avoided reagents into play.

Prof. dr. Timothy (Tim) Noël

PhotoReAct Project Coordinator





University of Saint Andrews (USTAN) (UK)

The University of St Andrews is a public university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and, following Oxford and Cambridge universities, the third-oldest university in the United Kingdom and English-speaking world. EaStCHEM, the combined Schools of Chemistry at USTAN and UEDIN is ranked as one of the top chemistry Departments in the UK. When staff numbers were factored into this assessment (known as the power ranking) EaStCHEM was ranked 2nd overall in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The USTAN site of EaStCHEM has strengths in energy research, catalysis and chemical biology. USTAN has consistently
been ranked as the best university in Scotland in 2015 and the second best university in the UK in 2019.

Prof. Eli Zysman-Colman



Affiliations: School of Chemistry

Lorraine Black




University of Bologna (UniBo) (IT)

UNIBO is the second largest university in Italy with 87,700 enrolled students. The activities are implemented across 5 Campuses based in the Emilia-Romagna Region (Bologna, Forlì, Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini) and a permanent headquarter in Buenos Aires, Argentina. UNIBO offers 47 PhD/Doctoral degree programs and 130 Master programs. The University has 78 international Bachelor and Master programs, hosting more than 3000 international students per year. 230 Research projects funded by the European Union within H2020, and more than 50 within other European frameworks, more than 130 PRIN National projects funded by MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research) and more than 170 funded by the Emilia-Romagna region. UNIBO is member of the EC Institutional Human Resources Strategy Group for the alignment of its policies and practices to the principles of the European Charter for Researcher & Code of Conduct and it has been awarded by the EC DG Research & Innovation the use of the logo Human Resources Excellence in Research.
The Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician” is ranked first in Italy in Chemistry and it has been awarded a National Grant as Department of Excellence in Italy. The Department can rely on a staff of 72 researchers and academics and 30 administrative assistants and technicians. The Department offers an international Masters degree in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials. With its two PhD schools in Chemical Sciences and Nanoscience, the Department attracts students and postdocs from all over the world.


Prof. Paola Ceroni



Affiliations: Department of Chemistry Ciamician


Dr. Andrea Fermi




Affiliations: Department of Chemistry Ciamician




Leipzig University (LU) (DE)

Leipzig University (LU) was founded in 1409 and hence is one of the oldest universities in Germany; as a comprehensive university LU currently comprises 14 faculties and hosts 460 professors and 30.000 enrolled students in over 130 different institutes. The university has an international B.Sc. and M.Sc. program, hosting 12% international students plus a large number of international exchange students from the university ́s involvement in international exchange programs (DAAD, Erasmus etc). The Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy at LU mainly strives for sustainable chemistry which includes a strong focus on excellence in four main research fields, i.e. functional materials, biomolecular systems, catalysis and molecule design, which are imbedded in two of LU ́s three strategic research fields (“Sustainable Principles for Life and Health” and “Intelligent Methods and Materials”).


Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) (PL)

Institute of Organic Chemistry (IChO) is an independent, non-profit governmental research institute operated by Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) (Institute webside: In an official classification, it is ranked no. 1 in organic chemistry in Poland (no. 2 in general chemistry in Poland). It possesses state of the art equipment, the oldest PhD-study system in the country and employs several internationally recognized group leaders (19 research groups).
Dr. Dorota Gryko is a group leader since 2009 (currently 3 Post-Docs, 9 PhD students, 5 undergraduate students). The group has extensive experience in a) photocatalysis, b) porphyrin chemistry, c) vitamin B12 chemistry.

Prof. Dorota Gryko






University of Zurich (UZH) (CH)

The University of Zurich (UZH) is the largest University in Switzerland. UZH is a core member of the URL, hosts 4000 researchers and trains ca. 20.000 students every year. For more information about UZH:
The Department of Chemistry covers a highly diverse set of research areas including synthesis of bioactive organic molecules, organometallic chemistry, bio-inorganic, medicinal and computational chemistry. Through UNITECTRA, a technology-transfer unit created at the University of Zürich, the results of basic research can be translated to commercial applications through the long-established collaborations with the life science industry located in Switzerland.

Prof. Cristina Nevado




Affiliations: Department of Chemistry / University of Zürich


Jae Kyoung Pak



Sofia Karakostas





University of Manchester (UoM) (UK)

The University of Manchester (UoM) is one of the world’s top universities (2018 Academic ranking of World Universities ranked 34th world, 8th Europe, 6th UK), has an annual income of some £1billion (€1.12b), with 40,410 students (~30% postgraduate, ~10% postgraduate research) and 12,000 staff. Research is at the heart of UoM; no fewer than 25 former staff and students are Nobel laureates and currently 2 Nobel laureates are members of academic staff. UoM has 4,790 academic staff and ~2,000 research staff. In 2017/18 the University gained more than £368 million (approx. €410m) in external research funding. UoM is currently participating in 275+ projects including 43 ERC fellowships, 60 Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships and 27 ITNs.

Dr. Daniele Leonori






Liz Fay






Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) (FR)

The “Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN)” ( one the largest state-run (CNRS) research unit for chemistry in France, is a state-of-the-art research institute. Located on the CNRS campus of Gif-sur-Yvette, it is an integral part of future Paris-Saclay University, a new structure that will bring together nearly 10% of French research. The ICSN develops activities in the field of organic chemistry and at the nearby biological interface, with natural substances as source of inspiration. Besides its dedicated fundamental research, the institute greatly contributed to the public health care by discovering two major anticancer drugs: Navelbine® and Taxotère®, both of them natural product derivative, and commercialized by Pierre-Fabre and Sanofi-Aventis, respectively. With a staff of nearly 250 people, including 80 PhDs, organized in four departments, it has multidisciplinary expertise in organic exploratory chemistry, medicinal chemistry and natural substances, biological chemistry, and structural and analytical biology and chemistry. It relies on state-of-the-art equipment and researchers and engineers with unique know-how. Internationally, it coordinates various national and European research projects. At the origin of valued patents and startups, the ICSN regularly collaborates with small and large companies in the pharmaceutical and agro-food fields.


University of Pavia (UP) (IT)

The University of Pavia has a tradition for advanced studies over six centuries and is considered both in Italy and abroad to be a university of excellence. The University of Pavia enjoys international prestige in many areas of research, as witnessed by the collaboration with the most qualified research centres worldwide. The University of Pavia has been recognised by the European Commission as a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence. The University of Pavia enjoys a strong tradition in international student and teacher exchanges. Bilateral agreements regard, among others, the historic universities of Coimbra, many European universities which participate in the Socrates-Erasmus project, some top American universities (Columbia, City University of New York, Harvard, Georgetown), Chinese universities (Nankai, Tianijn) and many others.

Dr. Maurizio Fagnoni 




Affiliations: PhotoGreen Lab group



Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster  (WWU) (DE)

The WWU Münster is a leading teaching and research institution in natural sciences, medicine and humanities. In the recent Shanghai rankings the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy was given a PUB score of 53.4, placing it 3rd in Germany and 13th in Europe overall ( Rankings/chemistry.html). The current faculty in the Institute for Organic Chemistry is young and highly dynamic. The department is the largest in Germany and attracts students from all over the world, but the largest intake of undergraduate students is from the state of North-Rhein-Westphalia (Germany’s largest Bundesland).

Prof. Ryan Gilmour




Affiliations: Gilmour Laboratory




EcoSynth (ES) (BE)

EcoSynth is a contract research company that provides chemical solutions for industry and academia. Using its chemical expertise, the company also elaborates R&D activities with focus on innovative and sustainable organic processes. Particularly, attention is directed to flow chemistry and the validation of external activation methods (including photochemistry and electrochemistry) as full-grown alternatives for new or existing chemical

Dr. Koen Van Aken




Affiliations: Ecosynth




Johnson Matthey (JM) (UK)

Johnson Matthey (JM) is a UK-based FTSE100 company with over 14,000 employees worldwide. As a global leader in sustainable technologies, JM applies its cutting-edge science to create solutions with its customers that make a real difference to the world around us. JM is active in many aspects of sustainable technologies, from developing catalysts which mitigate pollutants from vehicles to developing better methods for making pharmaceutical active ingredients.
LST (Life Science Technologies) is part of the JM New Markets Business Unit and has its main site at the Cambridge Science Park. The strength of LST lies in the development, synthesis and scale-up of new organometallic catalysts and their application in organic synthesis.

Dr. Eric Slack






ComInnex (CIX) (HU)

ComInnex (CIX) is a chemistry service organization with strong interest and background in the development of chemical technologies. The company offers flexible business models, delivers a superior added value and provides the highest customer satisfaction and return on investment to all its partners. ComInnex’s staff has served its partners for over 12 yearhttps://cominnex.coms synthesizing novel or known marker compounds or other organic molecules. The current infrastructure enables our scientists to prepare final targets from mg to 50 g scale in purity up to 98%. Our chemists paired with our state-of-the-art flow reactors provide a second-to-none combination of know-how and technology for quality custom synthesis of commercially non-available compounds. With capabilities of -70 to +1000 °C and from vacuum to 400 bar, our team are technologically equipped to handle even the most challenging of chemistries professionally and safely.

Dr. Gellert Sipos







Janssen-Cilag (JRD) (ES)

Janssen’s Discovery Sciences Area is focused on finding novel technologies to support the different Therapeutic Areas within Janssen Research and Development. Within Janssen’s Discovery Sciences research, Chemical Technologies has been identified as an area of interest in order to build novel molecules in previously undescribed chemical space for a better IP position. In this way Flow Chemistry is currently been developed internally and being applied to different research programs within different therapeutic areas. Janssen is also partnering with individuals and companies that want to work together to be at the cutting edge of chemical technologies. Janssen is currently leading the application of Flow Chemistry in Drug Discovery.

Dr. Jesús Alcázar