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Radek Zboril received his Ph.D. degree at the Palacky University, Olomouc. After his Ph.D. studies, he took positions at the Universities of Tokyo, Delaware, and Johannesburg. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry and a general director of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials at Palacky University, Olomouc. His research interests are centered on nanomaterials, including iron- and iron oxide-based NPs, silver NPs, carbon nanostructures, and magnetic NPs, and encompass their synthesis, physicochemical characterization, and applications in catalysis, water treatment, antimicrobial treatment, medicine, and biotechnology. He has published more than 250 scientific papers, including 10 review papers in American Chemical Society (ACS) journals (e.g., , , ).

Chemistry of Materials (ACS Publications)

Xiaoxin Zou was awarded a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Jilin University, China, in June 2011, and then moved to the University of California, Riverside, and then Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as a postdoctoral scholar from July 2011 to October 2013. He is currently an associate professor in the State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry at Jilin University. His research interests focus on the design and synthesis of noble-metal-free, nanostructured, and/or nanoporous materials for water splitting and renewable energy applications.

Rajender S. Varma was born in India (Ph.D., Delhi University, 1976). After postdoctoral research at Robert Robinson Laboratories, Liverpool, U.K., he was a faculty member of the Baylor College of Medicine and Sam Houston State University prior to joining the Sustainable Technology Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1999. He has over 40 years of research experience in management of multidisciplinary technical programs and is extensively involved in sustainable aspects of chemistry, which include development of environmentally benign synthetic methods using alternate energy input using microwaves, ultrasound, and mechanochemistry, etc., efficient technologies for greener remediation of contaminants, and environmental sciences. Lately, he has been focused on greener approaches to assembly of nanomaterials and sustainable applications of magnetically retrievable nanocatalysts in benign media. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of several international journals and has published over 430 scientific papers and been awarded 14 U.S. patents.