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Xile Hu elected “Rising Star” at ICCC41

© 2014 Xile Hu/EPFL

© 2014 Xile Hu/EPFL

Xile Hu has been elected as one of the “Rising Star” scientists in the upcoming 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry.

Beginning in 1950, the biennial International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC) is a staple in the field of coordination chemistry. It provides a forum where the latest developments in coordination chemistry can be communicated, fostering collaboration between inorganic chemists and other scientists. The 41st conference (ICCC41) will take place in Singapore in July 2014.

This year, an independent committee has selected certain speakers as “Rising Stars”. This includes scientists up to 40 years of age who are internationally recognized for impacting new and important areas of coordination chemistry, and who “have an exponential upward projectile in their research profile”.

Selected as a Rising Star, Xile Hu will be giving a talk titled: “Nickel and iron pincer complexes as catalysts and intermediates in cross-coupling reactions”, and is being recognized for his work on organometallic chemistry. To mark the honor, the Rising Stars will be presented with a special plaque issued by the ICCC41 organizers.

Xile Hu joined EPFL’s Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) in 2007 and became a tenured associate professor in 2013. He is the founding director of the Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Catalysis (LSCI), which develops catalysts made of earth-abundant elements for chemical transformations related to synthesis, energy, and sustainability.