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Prof. Erwin Reisner: he was born and raised in the foothills of the alps in Upper Austria and studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna. He developed an early interest in bioinorganic and coordination chemistry, and his PhD studies in the Keppler group focused on ‘redox activated ruthenium anticancer drugs’. Prof. Reisner subsequently changed from medicinal inorganic chemistry to different aspects of bio-inspired energy conversion as a postdoc. In the Lippard group at MIT, he studied synthetic models of the diiron(II) active site of soluble Methane Monooxygenase, which selectively converts natural gas to methanol. He subsequently joined the Armstrong group in Oxford to work on solar hydrogen production with enzyme-nanoparticle hybrid systems. His independent career started with an EPSRC research fellowship at The University of Manchester, followed by a University Lectureship at the University of Cambridge. He is currently the Professor of Energy and Sustainability and a Fellow of St. John’s College in Cambridge, coordinator of the UK Solar Fuels network, which organises the national activities in artificial photosynthesis, and the Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre.

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