MDPI Board of Directors
Shu-Kun Lin, Ph.D. (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.
Andreas Schlatter, Ph.D. (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.
Edwin Charles Constable, Ph.D. (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 has recently been appointed Editor-in-Chief for a new open access journal Chemistry – an International Journal.
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.
Yu Lin, Ph.D. (Member of the Board)
Yu Lin was born in Hanchuan, Hubei Province, China. He graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT) 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.
Yu Lin then studied advanced energy materials in WHUT (2011-2014) for his MSc. During this period, he worked as part-time RD technician for WUT new energy Co., Ltd. He graduated with a doctorate (materials physics and chemistry) at RWTH Aachen in 2018 after studying for 4 years in the group of Prof. Dr. Werner Lehnert, Laboratory of high temperature fuel cell, IEK-3, Jülich Research Center, Germany. He is the principal author of 10 publications.
Milos Cuculovic, M.Sc. (Member of the Board and MDPI Director of Information Security)
Milos joined MDPI in January 2012. He graduated from the University of Haute Alsace, France, the same year and holds an honors Master degree in Computer Sciences. Passionate about web technologies, Milos was working on web development, system administration, project and program management. In September 2016, Milos obtained the PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute. From September 2016 to September 2019, Milos also acted as director of the MDPI Belgrade branch office where he was in charge of the overall office coordination involving HR, training, business decisions, etc. In October 2019, Milos started an industrial PhD degree working on Artificial Intelligence applications within the academic publishing. Currently, Milos acts as the Director of Information Security.