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The Role of Particle Technology in Thermal Energy Storage

Professor Yulong Ding
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Professor Yulong Ding holds the founding Chamberlain chair of Chemical Engineering and RAEng- Highview Chair of Cryogenic Energy Storage and is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage at the University of Birmingham. He joined Birmingham in October 2013. Prior to his appointment at the University, he was Professor and Director of Institute of Particle Science & Engineering at the University of Leeds. He was the founding director of the joint Institute for Energy Storage between University of Leeds and Institute of Process Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research has been multidisciplinary, across chemical engineering, chemistry, energy engineering and bioengineering. His current research interests cover both fundamental and applied aspects, with the fundamental research focusing on multiphase transport phenomena across the length scales, and the applied research concentrating on new energy storage technologies, and microstructured materials for heat transfer intensification and energy harvesting and storage applications. He has been a PI or Co-I of research projects with over £20M funding over the past 10 years. He has 13 patents, 400 papers with 180 in peer reviewed journals (H-Index of ~ 42). He was listed as top 1% highly cited researchers with consistent impact over 2002-2012 in the engineering category by Thomson Reuters. He invented the liquid air energy storage technology and led the initial stage of development of the technology. His work on liquid air energy storage made a major contribution to the 2011 ‘The Engineer’ Energy & Environmental and Grand Prix awards, and 2012 Rushlight Energy Environmental and Power Generation and Transmission awards.


Thermodynamic parameters for adsorption equilibrium from aqueous solutions

Professor Duu-Jong Lee

Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Taiwan University

Professor Duu-Jong Lee received his BS and PhD degrees in 1984 and 1989, respectively, both from Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University. He has research interest in the area of industrial wastewater treatment, biomass to energy and environmental management, especially in microscale transport/reaction process in biomass matrix. He has completed several projects successfully and developed various processes with full-scale applications, which led to his successful supervision of 10 Ph D and 54 M Sc thesis. Professor Lee is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships and is the visiting staff for a few internationally renowned universities/institutes. He was the former President of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers (2013-2014) with 3500 members in Taiwan and overseas. He is member in various national and international committees and editorial boards of ten archive journals.


AIE probes for biomedical applications

Professor Bin Liu
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
National University of Singapore

Professor Bin Liu received B. S. degree from Nanjing University and Ph.D. degree from NUS before her postdoctoral training at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department of NUS in 2005. She was promoted to associate Professor in 2010 and was named as Dean's Chair Professor in 2014. Her current research focuses on organic nanomaterials for biomedical and energy applications. A/P Liu has received several awards, including the highly prestigious NUS Young Investigator Award 2006, National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award 2008, Defense Innovative Research Program Award 2010, L'Oréal Women in Science National Fellowship 2011, NUS Young Researcher Award 2013, Asia Rising Star 2013, Invited Lecturer of Asia Excellence, Japanese Polymer Society 2013, SNIC-BASF Materials Award 2014, Singapore National Research Foundation Investigatorship 2014 and Materials in Society Lectureship (Elsevier) 2015 for her great contributions to polymer chemistry and high-tech applications of macromolecules in biosensors and solar cells. Recently, she was named as The World's Most Influential Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and 2015.


Nanostructured enzyme catalysts for industrial biocatalysis

Professor Zheng Liu
Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Professor Zheng Liu is a Yangtze River Scholarship Professor of biochemical engineering. He serves in the editorial board of Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering and in the International Advisory Board of Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. He received his PhD at Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1993.

Professor Liu' research focuses on chemical and biomolecular engineering, with special interests in simulation and control of protein conformational transition in vitro; design and synthesis nanostructured enzyme catalysts for chemical synthesis; and bioremediation of contaminated soil. He has supervised more than 40 graduate students, published 180 peer-reviewed journal papers, and 12 patents.


Membrane Technology & Water in Singapore – Achievements & Challenges

Mr Harry Seah
Chief Engineering and Technology Officer, PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency .

Mr Harry Seah is currently Chief Technology Officer of the Technology Department for PUB, the national water agency of Singapore. The Technology Department coordinates the research and development (R&D) initiatives in PUB, and support PUB’s mission through technology, innovation, industry partnership, expertise development and introduction of best practices.
The Technology Department manages R&D projects in partnership with experts from local and overseas water industry players, academia and research institutes. These R&D projects cover strategic fields of water technology including water and wastewater treatment, chemical and biological water quality, membrane technology, and seawater desalination.


Multiscale Molecular Simulations of Polymer-Matrix Nanocomposites

Professor Doros Nicolas Theodorou
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

Professor Doros Theodorou holds a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA, 1982) and M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. degrees from M.I.T., all in Chemical Engineering.

He started his academic career as Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, where he was promoted to Associate (1990) and Full Professor (1994).  In parallel, he was Associated Faculty at the Center for Advanced Materials of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

In 1995 he relocated to the University of Patras, ICE/HT-FORTH, and the Institute of Physical Chemistry at NCSR “Demokritos” in Greece.   In 2002 he became Professor of Chemical Engineering at NTUA, where he directs the Computational Materials Science and Engineering (CoMSE) group. 

His research (h index = 52) focuses on the development of new computational techniques for understanding and predicting properties of materials based on their chemical constitution, with emphasis on polymers and zeolites.  He represented Greece to the mobility of researchers program of the EU (1995-2004) and was a member of the Greek National Council of Research and Technology (2010-2013).

His work has been recognized with several awards.  In 2015 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. 


Interplay of mass transfer and phase separation and their roles in controlling membrane morphology

Professor Da-Ming Wang
Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University

Professor Da-Ming Wang is currently the professor and chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1983 and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as a faculty member in 1998. His research interests include fabrication of polymeric membranes, membrane separation techniques, and biomaterials. He serves as one of the editors of the Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan and an editorial board member of the Journal of Taiwanese Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Toward a distributed renewable electrochemical energy and mobility system (DREEMS): Polymer electrolytes and electrocatalysis


Professor Yushan Yan

Distinguished Engineering Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship, College of Engineering, University of Delaware

Professor Yushan Yan is the Distinguished Engineering Professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received his B.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He also studied heterogeneous catalysis at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His previous employers include AlliedSignal and the University of California Riverside (Department Chair, 2008; University Scholar, 2006; University of California Presidential Chair, 2010). His recognitions include Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Donald Breck Award from the International Zeolite Association, one of 37 awardees in the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E OPEN 2009, and one of 66 awardees in ARPA-E OPEN 2012. He has co-founded a number of companies with some of his inventions commercialized. His research has led to 180+ journal articles (10,000+ citations and h-index = 55) and has been covered by the media including New Scientist, Business Week, C&EN News, Materials Today, MRS 360, Chemical Engineering Progress, China Press and Chinese Daily News, CNBC,, KABC, and VOA.


Understanding the Design of Nanostructured Catalysts through In Situ Techniques


Professor Hong Yang

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prof. Hong Yang is the inaugural Richard C. Alkire Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  He received his B.Sc. degree from Tsinghua University (1989), M.Sc. degree from University of Victoria (1994), and Ph.D. degree from University of Toronto (1998).  After working at Harvard University as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow, he started his independent research and rose through the academic ranks at University of Rochester before joining the faculty of UIUC in 2012. Dr. Yang received a NSERC Canada Doctoral Prize for his thesis work, and is a US National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient. He currently is a Section Editor for Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering (Elsevier) and serves on the Editorial Boards of Nano Today (Elsevier), ChemNanoMat (VCH), Science China Materials (CAS-Springer), and other journals. His research interests include understanding the formation of nanocrystals, catalysis, surface modification, nanomaterials for energy and biological applications.


Designing novel enzymes, pathways and cells towards engineering of biology

Professor An-Ping Zeng
Director of the Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology

Professor An-Ping Zeng earned his bachelor degree (1982) and master degree (1984) in chemical engineering in China and received his PhD degree (1990) in Biochemical Engineering from Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He achieved the Habilitation (qualification for professorship) in 2000 at TU Braunschweig and became there Professor in 2004. Since 2006 he is a Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). Dr. Zeng’s present main research interests are in fundamental studies of systems and synthetic biology and their application to develop new bioproduction processes for fuels, chemicals and biologics with microbial and mammalian cells. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and edited several books.
Dr. Zeng has been coordinator or speaker of several national (e.g. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF) and international (e.g. EU) collaborative research projects including the Hamburg excellent cluster “Fundamentals for synthetic biological systems”, He services the scientific community in many different ways. Among others, he is the Chairman of the DECHEMA (German Society of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) working group “New Bioproduction Systems”. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Engineering in Life Sciences” and on the Editorial Board of 6 other scientific journals. He was elected to the College of Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2008


Preparation of Stable Metal-Organic Frameworks for Practical Applications

Professor Hong-Cai Zhou
Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Dr. Hongcai Joe Zhou obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from Texas A&M University under F. A. Cotton. After a postdoctoral stint at Harvard University with R. H. Holm, he joined the faculty of Miami University, Oxford in 2002. He rose to the rank of a full professor within six years by working on the preparation and application of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). He moved to Texas A&M University in 2008 and was promoted to a Davidson Professor of Science in 2014 and a Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry in 2015. In June 2013, he became an associate editor for Inorganic Chemistry (ACS). Since 2003, he has obtained more than $17,000,000 externally and published over 180 peer-reviewed papers with more than 18,800 citations and an h-index of 66. His awards include a Research Innovation Award from Research Corporation in 2003, an NSF CAREER Award in 2005, a Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation in 2005, the 2006 Miami University Distinguished Scholar - Young Investigator Award, and the 2007 Faculty Excellence Award from Air Products. In 2014 and 2015, he was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters based on his 2002-2012 and 2003-2013 publications, respectively.


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