MDPI Board of Directors

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin (Founder and Chairman of the Board)

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin (Founder and Chairman of the Board)

Shu-Kun Lin was born in Hanchuan, Hubei Province, China. He graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University in January 1982, majoring in inorganic chemistry; he studied physical chemistry in the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1982–1986, MSc in 1985) and in the USA (University of Louisville, 1987–1989). He received his doctorate (organic chemistry) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in 1992 after studying for 3.5 years in the group of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jaun, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry. He then worked at Ciba-Geigy Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland) for three years, first as a postdoctoral research associate in organic synthesis and drug discovery, then at the Dyestuffs Division of Ciba-Geigy Ltd. which involved dyestuff R&D and production. He also stayed for 6 months in 1996 in Prof. Dr. B. Giese's group (Organic Chemistry Institute, University of Basel), as a postdoctoral research associate. In 1996, Shu-Kun Lin initiated the samples collection and exchange project, and founded the international organization MDPI in Switzerland, to implement this. In the same year he launched the first MDPI journal Molecules. In 2001 he became a professor at the Ocean University of China (OUC). He is the founder or co-founder of several other open-access journals: Entropy (1999), International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2000), Sensors (2001), Marine Drugs (2003) and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2004) and many more journals. He became the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Verlag journal Molecular Diversity in 2002 and held this position until his resignation in June 2007. He is the principal author of over 40 publications.

Prof. Dr. Edwin Charles Constable (Member of the Board)

Prof. Dr. Edwin Charles Constable (Member of the Board)

Ed Constable was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Hastings. He studied in chemistry at Oxford, where he sequentially gained a B.A. and D.Phil, the latter under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Seddon. He held research fellowships at the University of Cambridge before being appointed to a University Lectureship and Fellowship of Robinson College in 1984. He remained at Cambridge until 1993 when he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel (Switzerland). In 2000 he left Basel to take up a position as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham (England) where he was shortly appointed Head of School. He returned to the University of Basel as Professor of Chemistry in 2002. He publishes widely in all areas of chemistry with over 650 peer-reviewed publications and is highly cited (22,000 citations, h-index 74). His interests cover all aspects of chemistry, chemical history and the communication of science. He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Chemistry. He held an ERC Advanced Grant with his project "Li-Lo: Light-in, light-out". He was appointed sequentially Research Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Vice-President of the University of Basel. He is a member of the steering committee of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education, Chairman of the Swiss Academies Expert Group on Research Integrity and President of Euresearch. When he is not being a chemist or administrator, he is usually to be found crawling around chasing insects and pursuing his love of macro-photography.

Dr. Yu Lin (Member of the Board)

Dr. Yu Lin (Member of the Board)

Dr. Yu Lin graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University of Technology in June 2010, majoring in materials chemistry before working as research assistant in the Experimental Teaching Center of WHUT (2010-2011) while working as a part-time editorial assistant for the MDPI international scientific journal Materials. Dr. Yu Lin obtained his MSc in advanced energy materials from Wuhan University of Technology (2014). During this period, he worked as part-time R&D technician for WUT New Energy Co., Ltd. In 2018, he graduated with a PhD in Materials physics and chemistry from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany), after studying for 4 years in the group of Prof. Dr. Werner Lehnert at the Laboratory of High Temperature Fuel Cell - IEK-3, Jülich Research Center (Germany). He is the principal author of 10 publications.

Dr. Andreas Schlatter (Member of the Board)

Dr. Andreas Schlatter (Member of the Board)

Andreas Schlatter was born in 1966 and got his PhD in mathematics from ETH Zürich in 1994. He was a member of the faculty of mathematics at Princeton University before joining the Asset Management wing of UBS, the largest Swiss bank, in 1997. He stayed at UBS until 2016 and was CEO of UBS Asset Management Switzerland from 2008-2014 and Global Head of Distribution of the Asset Management division of UBS from 2014-2016. Today Andreas Schlatter is Chairman of the Investment firm Emeran AG and a member of various boards, among them the Swiss financial regulatory authority Finma. He has also been publishing various scientific articles in mathematics and physics over the years.

Dr. Peter Seitz (Member of the Board)

Dr. Peter Seitz (Member of the Board)

Peter Seitz was born in Basel, Switzerland. He studied physics and obtained his Master’s degree in solid-state/semiconductor physics from ETH Zurich. His Ph.D. thesis, which was also completed at ETH, was on 2D and 3D X-ray imaging and computed tomography. Peter subsequently worked for RCA in Princeton (NJ) and Zurich, for General Electric, for the Paul Scherrer Institute, and for CSEM, where he was Vice President Photonics and Vice President Nanomedicine. From 2000 to 2008, he was Extraordinary Professor of Optoelectronics at the University of Neuchatel, and from 2009 to 2021 he was Adjunct Professor of Optoelectronics at EPFL. Peter was Editor-in-Chief of the MDPI flagship journal Sensors from 2006 to 2010. From 2012 to 2016 he built up the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab of ETH (ieLab), where he was the first Managing Director. Since 2012 Peter has also been working for the Japanese company Hamamatsu Photonics with the role “Senior Technologist Europe”. Peter was co-founder of a dozen deep-tech start-up companies in Switzerland and in the USA, assuming various positions such as CEO, CTO, CSO, Chairman, and board member. Peter is a Fellow of the European Optical Society as well as Vice President of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), Vice President of the European PPP Photonics21, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Werner Siemens Foundation, and Senior Visiting Professor at Shanghai University. Peter Seitz has authored and co-authored approximately 200 publications in the fields of applied optics, semiconductor image sensing, machine vision, optical metrology, and in the MedTech domain. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 70 patents, and, together with his teams, he has obtained 25 national and international awards.

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