New Editor-in-Chief for ChemPhotoChem

New Editor-in-Chief for ChemPhotoChem

Author: ChemistryViews and Deanne Nolan

Chemistry Europe and Wiley-VCH have named Dr. Deanne Nolan Editor-in-Chief of ChemPhotoChem, successor to Dr. Greta Heydenrych, as of June 1st, 2022. The appointment was confirmed at the Council meeting of Chemistry Europe and Wiley-VCH.

Deanne Nolan studied at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) and later her Ph.D. in Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Sylvia M. Draper. Her research focused on the synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of organometallic and nitrogen-containing polyaromatic hydrocarbons. She joined the group of Professor Luisa De Cola at the Université de Strasbourg, France, to do postdoctoral research on light-emitting materials for application in OLEDs.

Deanne joined Wiley-VCH in 2014 and spent two years at Angewandte Chemie before joining the editorial team at ChemPhotoChem when the journal was launched in summer 2016 and ChemSystemsChem upon launch in late 2018. She retains her position as Deputy Editor of ChemSystemsChem while also becoming Editor-in-Chief of ChemPhotoChem.

ChemistryViews talked to Deanne about her promotion:


What fascinates you about the topic of the journal?

I have always been interested in photochemistry and photophysics – the idea of light as a reagent has fascinated me since my days sitting in lectures as an undergraduate student. When I later had the opportunity to join the team of ChemPhotoChem when it was launched, I naturally jumped at the opportunity!

Photochemistry is an exciting and diverse field that is evolving at a rapid pace. The scope of the topic spans multiple fields – from (in)organic synthesis and spectroscopy, through to photovoltaics, photodynamic therapy, photocatalysis, and materials science. The multidisciplinary nature of the journal is reflected in the wide variety of topics we publish in a typical issue. Photochemistry will certainly play a central role as the research community searches for sustainable solutions to the many global issues we face.


What is in store for the near future for ChemPhotoChem?

This year, ChemPhotoChem celebrates its five-year anniversary. This is an important and exciting milestone for the journal, and we will mark the occasion with a dedicated five-year anniversary special collection, showcasing the work of members of our dedicated Editorial Advisory Board and Early-Career Advisory Board and their research teams. This is shaping up to be an excellent collection.

We also have several other topical projects running, both ChemPhotoChem-specific (for example, we have an interesting special collection on Emissive Materials for OLEDs underway) as well as some projects with our Chemistry Europe and ACES sister journals that are in planning. 

I look forward to continuing to work with the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board members, societies, and my colleagues at Wiley as we aim to strengthen the ties of the journal to the international community and grow the journal’s reputation as a place to publish high-quality photochemistry research from across the field.


Do you have a message for your predecessor?

I am very grateful to my predecessor Greta Heydenrych for giving me the opportunity to be involved in ChemPhotoChem essentially from day one – I have learned so much about the challenges of establishing and running a new journal and have really enjoyed learning from her experience!

Since my start with Wiley-VCH in 2014, I have been really lucky to have always had excellent mentors and have been surrounded by kind and supportive colleagues, too many to mention, but I am thankful to be part of such a great team!


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