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CAS Strengthens its Commitment to Science and Innovation Selecting 26 Outstanding International Scientists to Participate in the 2016 SciFinder® Future Leaders Program

August  1st,   2016

Columbus, Ohio (August 1, 2016) – CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, announced today the 2016 SciFinder Future Leaders. The SciFinder Future Leaders program will be held August 15-20 in Columbus, OH and provides selected international Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers opportunities to collaborate with CAS scientists, innovators and business leaders to:

  • Expand their professional network and build connections as they engage with scientists from all over the world;
  • Strengthen SciFinder proficiency and master professional skills to help advance their careers;
  • Increase their knowledge and expertise as they exchange ideas about current and future research solutions; and
  • Gain perspective through touring centers of innovation and technology to broaden their understanding of the scientific enterprise.

At the conclusion of the program in Columbus, participants will travel to Philadelphia to attend the 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, which provides a platform to present, publish, discuss and exhibit the most exciting research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines. This year’s participants will also have the unique opportunity to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ World Library and Information Congress, a biennial gathering of international library and information professionals, also being held in Columbus this August.

“There has always been great passion among our SciFinder Future Leaders to share their knowledge with CAS and others in the scientific community long after their initial visits to Columbus,” said Christine McCue, vice president of marketing at CAS. “CAS teams from around the organization are fortunate to engage and learn from the many talented researchers and alumni who have shared their insights over the years as part of this program, helping to drive our innovation efforts to better serve the next generations of scientists. This year’s class of 2016 SciFinder Future Leaders brings diversity and scientific expertise that will elevate our ongoing efforts to better serve the greater scientific community long term.”

Awarded for their academic accomplishments and the scientific merit of their research, the 2016 SciFinder Future Leaders are:

  • Stéphanie Antunes, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Juan C. Aponte-Santini, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Luke Baldwin, Ohio State University, United States
  • Vincent Blay Roger, Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) and University of Valencia, Spain
  • Yearin Byun, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Chen Cheng, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Wilian Cortopassi, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Emma Durham, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Klement Foo, Experimental Therapeutics Centre (A*STAR), Singapore
  • Luke Gamon, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Robert J. Gilliard, Jr., Case Western Reserve University, United States
  • Johan René González Moya, Centro de Tecnologias Estratégicas do Nordeste, Nanotechnology Lab (CETENE), Brazil
  • Suzanne Maria Jansze, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Mu-Chun Li, National Tsing Hua University and National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
  • Zhenxing Liu, Peking University, China
  • Melanie Lui, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Rina Mogaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • T. Patrick Montgomery, California Institute of Technology, United States
  • Kyra Murrell, Pennsylvania State University, United States
  • Nirmal S. Punjabi, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
  • Marc Reid, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Johannes Richers, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Chris Stavaas, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Takumi Yoshida, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Joseph Zadrozny, Northwestern University, United States
  • Taotao Zou, University of Hong Kong, China

To learn more about the SciFinder Future Leaders program, visit

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