Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1993 (inorganic chemistry, with P. M. Boorman). After a shorter stay at the University of Maryland, he spent two years at the Weizmann Institute as a Minerva postdoctoral fellow (1994-1995). He was a Research associate at the National Research Council of Canada (1996-1997). In 1998 he was appointed to the University of Saskatchewan, where was Associate Professor since 2001 and became full Professor in 2006. HBK is the Canada Reseach Chair in Biomaterials. He received several awards and was the organizer of meetings in bioinorganic chemistry and electrochemistry in Canada. Research in his group focusses on the design of peptides and surface-supported peptide assemblies modified by inorganic and organometallic moieties to study electron transfer and to develop new biosensors.Nils Metzler-Nolte (né Metzler) obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1994 (Organoboron chemistry, with H. Nöth. After a postdoctoral year with M. L. H. Green in Oxford, he started independent research at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie (now MPI for Bioinorganic Chemistry). He obtained his Habilitation at the University of Bochum in May 2000 and was soonafter appointed Professor for bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. In 2006, he accepted a Chair for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bochum. His work has been recognized by several awards and he has organized national and international conferences in bioorganometallic chemistry His research interest is in bioorganometalic chemistry and functional bioconjugates with transition metals, including aspects of medicinal inorganic chemistry.
Nils Metzler-Nolte, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany; Ulrich Schatzschneider, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany