Keynote Speakers

Prof. Marc-Olivier Coppens
University College London, UK

Topic: Open Spaces – Rethinking the Architecture of Catalytic Processes

Marc-Olivier Coppens is the Ramsay Memorial Chair and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) since Fall 2012. He holds MSc (1993) and PhD (1996) degrees in chemical engineering from Ghent University, Belgium (G.F. Froment). He was visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, postdoctoral fellow at Yale with B.B. Mandelbrot, and at UC Berkeley with A.T. Bell and A.K. Chakraborty (1997-1998). In 1998, he joined TU Delft in the Netherlands, was named full Professor in 2001, and served as Chair of Physical Chemistry and Molecular Thermodynamics, 2003–2006. He then moved to the USA where he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering from 2006-2012, before his current post at UCL.
As of March 2013, he is Director of UCL’s new “Frontier Engineering” Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering – one of five 5M£ Frontier Engineering Awards given by the UK’s National Science Foundation, EPSRC. Professor Coppens’ research centers on Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering (NICE), that is, to design and realize efficient chemical reaction processes, porous catalysts, and separation systems, guided by the fundamental mechanism underlying desirable properties, like scalability and robustness, in biological systems, from molecular to macroscopic scales. Applications aim at resource efficiency (energy, water and materials), sustainable chemical production, and health.
Research awards include Young Chemist and PIONIER Awards from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), and several named lectureships and visiting professorships around the world, including China and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. A passionate educator, he received the Rensselaer School of Engineering Innovation in Teaching Award in 2012.
He has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, regularly offers consultancy to industry, and has delivered more than 30 invited keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Chemical Engineering Science, Powder Technology, Diffusion Fundamentals, and the new European Mathematical Society’s Journal of Fractal Geometry. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Chemical Engineering Departments at HKUST and UniAndes, Colombia.

Prof. Lynn Gladden                                                                                                                       University of Cambridge, UK

Topic: To be announced soon

Prof. Michael Harold
University of Houston, USA

Topic: Synthesis, Design and Application of Multi-Layer Monolith Catalysts for Lean NOx Reduction

Dr. Daniel A. Hickman
The Dow Chemical Company, USA

Topic: A Continuous Diethanolamine Dehydrogenation Fixed Bed Catalyst and Reactor System

Dan Hickman is a Fellow in the Reaction Engineering group in the Engineering and Process Science department of The Dow Chemical Company’s Core Research & Development organization.  He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University (1988) and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota (1992) under Lanny Schmidt in the field of short contact time catalytic monolith reactors.  Dan began his career at The Dow Chemical Company in 1992 on the Research Assignments Program, gaining initial experience generating kinetic data and developing kinetic models, modeling thermal runaways in various systems, and developing a new polymerization process.  In 1993, Dan joined the Central Research & Development Engineering lab, the precursor to his current organization.  Since then, Dan has been a subject matter expert and technical leader in reaction engineering and process development for numerous reaction systems across a variety of Dow businesses and technologies.  Dan has led the development of kinetic and reactor models for many developmental and commercial reactor systems, including stirred tank reactors, trickle bed reactors, and fluidized bed reactors.  His contributions at Dow include designing reactors for three commercial processes, two currently in operation and a third under construction.  Dan holds 11 patents and is an author of 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 130 internal Dow reports.  Dan is active in AIChE and currently serves the reaction engineering community as a member of the board of directors for ISCRE.

Prof. Xijun Hu
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Topic: A Novel Catalytic System for the Removal of NOx from Lean-Burn Gasoline Engines

Xijun Hu is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from South China University of Technology (1982) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia (1993).After two years postdoctoral work at the University of Queensland, he joined the faculty of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1994.
Professor Hu is a member of the Board of Directors of International Adsorption Society (IAS), associate editor of two journals and in the editorial board of International Journal of Chemical Engineering, has edited 1 book, published over 130 technical articles and presented more than 70 conference papers.He also has 3 patents.
Professor Hu has been active in international conferences.For example, He was the secretariat of 17th International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE17, 2002), technical chairman of 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (2000). He will organize the 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology in 2015 as the chairman.
Professor Hu’s research covers the development of novel heterogeneous catalysts by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and their applications in air pollution control and wastewater treatment; Continuous wastewater treatment by catalytic wet oxidation using a trickle bed reactor; Modified nanoporous materials for efficient storage and rapid release of hydrogen; Multicomponent adsorption equilibrium and kinetics in heterogeneous porous media; Characterization of microporous solids; fabrication of Meso-Structured Crystals for Electrical and Optical Applications.
Professor Hu is the first person to introduce the concept of micropore size distribution (MPSD) to describe the surface heterogeneity of adsorbents for the study of multicomponent adsorption equilibrium and kinetics, which has now been widely adopted by other researchers. The synthesis of a high performance heterogeneous bimetallic (Fe+Cu) catalyst by his group is one of the most important contributions in the Fenton process, which successfully solved the problems of stability (metal leaching in acidic solution) and narrow working pH range of Fenton catalyst, which have puzzled the scientists for a long time.

Prof. Yong Kang
Chungnam National University, Korea

Topic: To be announced soon

Assoc. Prof. Sibudjing Kawi
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Topic: To be announced soon

Prof. Faical Larachi
Université Laval, Canada

 Topic: Shaking gas-liquid flows in porous media with a hexapod swell
simulator – Towards understanding multiphase flow dynamics on floating platforms

Prof. Faïçal Larachi research activities inscribe in the realm of sustainable energy processes and materials with an aim at devising micro/multifunctional processes and materials in the areas of energy, mineral resources and the environment with an emphasis on upgrading/conversion of unconventional fossil energy/residual biomass, implementing GHG mitigation through CO2 capture/storage (CCS), and solving aqueous and interfacial chemistry issues in mineral beneficiation. He holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair on “Process intensification for cleaner and sustainable energy and materials” at the Department of Chemical Engineering Laval University, Québec, Canada. He obtained a chemical engineering doctoral degree from Institut National Polytechnique at Université de Lorraine in France.

Prof. Guy Marin
Ghent University, Belgium

Topic: Multiscale modeling and desing of the catalytic conversion of bioalcohols

Guy B. Marin is professor in Chemical Reaction Engineering at Ghent University (Belgium) and directs the Laboratory for Chemical Technology. He received his chemical engineering degree from Ghent University in 1976 where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1980. He previously held a Fulbright fellowship at Stanford University andCatalytica Associates (USA) and was full professor from 1988 to 1997 at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) where he taught reactor analysis and design. The investigation of chemical kinetics, aimed at the modeling and design of chemical processes and products all the way from molecule up to full scale, constitutes the core of his research . He wrote a book “Kinetics of Chemical Reactions: Decoding Complexity” with G. Yablonsky (Wiley-VCH, 2011) and co-authored more than 300 papers in international journals. He is editor-in-chief of “Advances in Chemical Engineering”, co-editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal and member of the editorial board of “Applied Catalysis A: General”. In 2012 he received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) on “Multiscale Analysis and Design for Process Intensification and Innovation (MADPII)”. He was selected to deliver the 2012 DanckwertsMemorial lecture. He chairs the Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering and is “Master” of the 111 project of the Chinese Government for oversees collaborations in this field.

Prof. Takao Masuda
Hokkaido University, Japan

Topic: Recovery Phenols from Lignin by Notable Two-step Process

Prof. Takao Masuda got his master degree in 1981 and PhD in 1988 from Kyoto University, Japan.In 1982, he joined as assistant professor in Kyoto University, 1982, and was promoted to an associate professor in 1994.He has moved to Hokkaido University as a full professor in 2001. He served the board members of the societies, such as director of the Japan association of zeolite (2008-2009), head of chemical reaction engineering division of the society of chemical engineers, Japan (2008-2009), directors of the chemical society of Japan (2009-2010), of the catalysis society of Japan (2010-2011) and of the Japan petroleum institute (2010-now).He also vice-president of the Japan association of zeolite (2012-2014).
He was awarded as Outstanding Young Researcher from the Catalysis Society of Japan in 1996, Outstanding Research paper in 2005 and Outstanding Research Achievement from the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan, and received the the Catalysis Society of Japan award in 2012.He has co-authored over 200 publications including reviewing articles, book chapters and patents. His major is chemical reaction engineering with solid catalysts.His recent research projects especially focus on biomass-refinery of unused inedible biomass wastes to produce petrochemical materials, upgrading extra-heavy oil to lighter fuels using water as hydrogen resource, and preparation of nano-sized zeolite crystals for novel uses as catalysts and membranes.

Prof. Kouichi Miura
Kyoto University, Japan

 Topic: To be announced soon

Prof. In-Sik Nam
Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korean

Topic: Kinetic modeling of modern commercial Pd TWC as a function of catalyst Pd loading and mileage: activity function approach

Professor In-Sik Nam received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983.He began his career at POSTECH in Korea in 1987, after a brief research and teaching career at the University of Gent in Belgium and Wayne State University in Detroit.Currently, he is a professor in chemical engineering, and environmental science & engineering at POSTECH.His research interest is mainly environmental catalysis and reactor design in the area of exhaust emission control (urea-SCR, HC/OHC-SCR and reaction kinetics on TWC).He has authored or co-authored more than 170 publications including patents.
Professor Nam has been appointed as one of editors for “Applied Catalysis B: Environmental”, since 2007.He was president of Korea Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE) in 2010.

Dr. Vivek Ranade
National Chemical Laboratory, India

Topic: Chemical Reaction Engineering for MAGIC Processes

Current Interests: (i) Multiphase flows (with phase change), chemical reactor engineering, industrial flow modelling and (ii) Process development/ intensification, converting batch processes to continuous ones, scale-up. Experience: (i) Since July 2010: Scientist H at National Chemical Laboratory; leads research on sustainable chemical industry, process intensification and multiphase flows with phase change; also has a responsibility as Deputy Director, (ii) Member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tridiagonal Solutions Pvt. Ltd., (iii) June 2008 – May 2010: CEO and CTO of Tridiagonal Solutions Pvt Ltd. (TSPL); led a dynamic team of 30+ professionals for building computational products and for providing engineering solutions to a wide range of manufacturing industry, (iv) 1990 – 2008: Scientist at National Chemical Laboratory. Successfully completed several industrial research & consultancy assignments from the leading multinational and Indian industries, (v) Since 2003: Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at UDCT/ UICT/ ICT, Mumbai, (vi) 1997 – 1998: Guest Researcher at Twente University of Technology, The Netherlands. Worked on dynamics of gas-liquid reactors, (vii) 1993 – 1994: Guest Researcher at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Worked on computational modelling of gas-liquid reactors, (viii) 1988 – 1990: Research Associate at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. Worked on modelling of turbulent reactive mixing.

Prof. Moshe Sheintuch
Technion Institute of technology, Israel

Topic: Pure hydrogen production in a membrane reformer: Demonstration, macro-scale and atomic scale modeling

Moshe Sheintuch is chair professor at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, with a secondary appointment in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng. He received his B.Sc from the Technion and his PhD from the University of Illinois, in 1977, when he joined the Technion. He was appointed as a Visiting Professor during sabbaticals in the University of Houston and Princeton University. He held administrative positions as Deputy Senior Vice President of the Technion (2006- 2011) and as Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Dept. (1997-1999). He is a member of the European Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering (1989-)and of APCRE WP since its establishment. He is on the Editorial board of International Journal of Chemical Engineering (2008- ). He published more than 200 papers with more than 4000 citations. His research interests are: Kinetic Instabilities, Reactor Dynamics, Chaos, Spatio-Temporal Patterns; Reaction and Diffusion; Membrane Reactors; Environmental Catalysis; Applications of DFT Methods

Dr. Madhava Syamlal
National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA

Topic: Computational Toolset for Accelerating Carbon Capture Technology Development

Dr. Syamlal leads the Computational Science and Engineering Focus Area at NETL and is responsible for the development of science-based simulations that span a broad range of scales for accelerating energy technology development. A summary of his research experience is as follows:
• Multi-phase flow theory and software development: Led the development of the internationally recognized open source software for multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) called MFIX (, which has helped the development of several novel physical models and algorithms. MFIX has led to numerous publications, including graduate theses. The technology has been transferred to commercial CFD software such as FLUENT, which was recognized by the 2006 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Atlantic Regional Excellence in Technology Transfer Award. MFIX software won the R&D 100 award in 2007.
• Applications of models for dense reacting flow systems: Developed a detailed coal gasification/combustion model based on MFIX. The module, called Carbonaceous Chemistry for Continuum Modeling (C3M), is now routinely used at NETL for the simulation of fossil fuel reactors. This technology has been transferred to commercial software FLUENT and Barracuda. C3M won the 2008 FLC National Excellence in Technology Transfer Award.
• Multi-scale modeling for accelerating technology development: Led the development of the first commercial software for linking CFD models in FLUENT with process simulation models in Aspen Plus. The resulting higher fidelity process simulation will help engineers to better understand the impact of device-scale behavior on the overall process, and, thereby, speed up technology development. The software won the R&D 100 award in 2004. Currently serves as Director of CCSI (carbon capture simulation initiative) with the objective of applying multi-scale computational science to accelerate carbon capture technology development.

Dr. David West

Topic: To be announced soon

Prof. King Lun Yeung
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Topic: A New Proton-Exchange Membrane from Confinement of PFSA Polymer

Prof. King Lun YEUNG is Professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Division of Environment as well as the Associate Director of the Environmental Engineering Program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is editor of Chemical Engineering Journal from 2007. He has published more than 180 publications since obtaining his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, U.S.A. His current research focuses on (1) Chemical reaction engineering: Design, analysis and implementation of hybrid reactors and microreactors; (2) Nanostructured materials for environmental and biological applications; (3) Microchemical systems; (4) Synthesis of advanced materials for inorganic membrane applications in separation and reaction.

Prof. Aibing Yu
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Topic: To be announced soon

Prof. Xing-Gui Zhou
East China University Of Science and Technology, China

Topic: Tailoring the Mesoscale Structure to Enhance the Stability of Heterogeneous Catalyst

Prof. Xing-Gui Zhou got his BSc in 1987 and PhD in 1996 from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST). In 1995 he stayed in the Department of Chemical Engineering of University of Virginia as a visiting student and in 2002 he stayed in LAGEP of University of Lyon 1 as a visiting professor. He became an associate professor in 1997 and a full professor in 2002 in ECUST. He served as the depute director of the State-Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering at ECUST since 2004 and the director since 2010. He is the coordinator of the Innovation Center of Reaction Engineering Science and Technology (Plan 111) since 2008.                                                                                                  His doctoral dissertation was elected as the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of China in 1999. Also in 1999 he was awarded as the Outstanding Young Teacher of Shanghai. In 2001 he was entitled as the Dawn Scholar of Shanghai by the Education Commission of Shanghai, and in 2005 entitled as the Elitist of the New Century by the MOE. Because of the successful industrialization of the reactor for vinyl acetate synthesis, he won the prize (second class) of China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) in 2009. He is the coauthor of 130 peer reviewed journal papers.                                                                                                                                                  His research covers catalysis and reaction engineering, microreactor technology and crystal growth. He is the deputy editor in chief of Journal of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology, and member of the editorial board of Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering and Science Paper of China (Chemical Engineering).

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