Keynote Speakers

July 14-16, 2017   |   Barcelona, Spain

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Ewa Dluska

Warsaw Univeristy of Technology, Poland

Education and work experience:
PhD (1997) and DSc (2012) in Chemical Engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology. Research fellowship at University of Oxford in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in encapsulation of stem cells (2013).
My specific research interests lie in:
Encapsulation of drugs/ living cells, release processes, development of multiple emulsions with bioactive agents in a Couette-Taylor Flow bioreactor for drug delivery systems.
Modelling of drug release process from multiple emulsions and micro/nanoparticles.
Separation processes in environmental protection: organic compounds and heavy metals removal.
Chemical Reactor Engineering - multiphase flow.
Alternative emulsion-based fuels.
Flue Gas Cleaning: filtration of aerosols.
Physical chemistry
Mass transfer processes
Simple and multiple emulsions in new technologies

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Yuyuan Zhao
University of Liverpool, UK

Dr. Yuyuan Zhao graduated with a BEng in 1985 and MSc in 1988 from Dalian University of Technology, China, and a DPhil in Materials from Oxford University in 1996. He was a Lecturer at Dalian University of Technology from 1988 to 1991, a Research Associate at the MADYLAM Laboratory of CNRS, France in 1995, and a Research Fellow at Birmingham University from 1995 to 1998. Dr. Yuyuan Zhao joined Liverpool University in 1998 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, Reader in 2010 and Professor in 2015.

Dr. Yuyuan Zhao pioneered the Sintering and Dissolution Process (SDP) for manufacturing aluminium foam, which inspired the subsequent developments of several powder-based space-holder methods for manufacturing metal foams. He further invented the Lost Carbonate Sintering (LCS) process, a more versatile and cost-effective method for producing micro-porous metals. The LCS technology has led to the creation of Versarien, a highly successful start-up company which mass produces micro-porous copper for thermal management applications.

Dr. Yuyuan Zhao was awarded the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2015 for an outstanding contribution to powder metallurgy in developing and commercialising innovative powder based technologies for manufacturing metal foams.

Dr. Yuyuan Zhao current research is focused on the manufacture, characterisation and applications of porous metals and metal matrix syntactic foams.

Speech Title: Properties of Porous Metals Produced by Powder Metallurgy Based Methods
Abstract-- Space-holder methods are a family of processes for manufacturing porous metals utilising filler materials to create pores. In solid route space holder methods, the metal matrices are formed by powder metallurgy. This presentation gives an overview of the recent developments on the manufacturing processes, the porous structure and the characteristic properties of the as manufactured porous metals.
Porous metals produced by the powder metallurgy based space holder methods have distinctive porous structures. In effect, the pores are negative replicas of the particles of the filler material and the porosity is determined by the volume fraction of the filler material in the powder mixture preform. Pore shape, pore size and porosity can all be controlled accurately.
The functionality of the porous metals derives from the combinations of distinctive characteristics of the solid and gaseous phases. The solid phases provide geometrical architecture, strength, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, magnetic shielding, acoustic barrier etc. The gaseous phase offers compressibility and allows fluids to flow through. Examples of applications include impact energy absorbers, heat exchangers, sound absorbers and porous electrodes.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Alexandre Maitre
Universite de Limoges, France


Biography: Alexandre Maître is professor at the SPCTS (Science of Ceramic Processes and Surface Treatments) laboratory at Limoges in France. His thesis diploma (1995-1998) was devoted to the kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of the synthesis of transition metal carbides by carbothermal reduction. He was awarded in august 1998 and he obtained a post-doctorate position at Limoges (SPCTS) in the P. Fauchais group in september 1999 up to august 2000. The post-doctorate work dealt with the elaboration of alumina ceramic coatings by using the thermal plasma spraying process. In october 2000, he obtained a permanent position as CNRS researcher at the Laboratory LCSM (Laboratory of Chemistry of Inorganic Solid) at Nancy to develop investigations concerning the thermodynamic modelling, the electrochemical behaviour in corrosive environment, the metallurgical aspects of lead-based alloys. In September 2004, he became assistant professor in SPCTS to implement research activities about the elaboration by Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) route and the mechanisms of sintering of high temperature ceramics. His scientific production (h index: 16) is now composed of 91 publications in international journals, 20 invited conferences, 65 oral communications, 3 chapters of books, 3 grants, etc. He was responsible for at least 15 national or international projects (FUI, ANR, CNRS contracts).

Speech Title: Ceramics Materials for High Power Laser Applications
Abstract-- Rare-earth-doped garnet polycrystalline ceramics like Nd:YAG (Y3-xNdxAl5O12) or Nd:YSAG (Y3-xNdxScAl4O12) have been demonstrated to be suitable materials for laser applications. Such ceramics have optical and thermomechanical properties similar or even higher than single-crystals of same crystalline structure and chemical composition and are thus suitable for high power/energy laser applications. Polycrystalline ceramic garnets processes have numerous advantages over common crystalline growth techniques: temperatures and thermal process duration are generally lower for ceramics than that used for single-crystal growth. Flexible ceramic processes also allow the development of new amplifier media based on architectured ceramics (also called composites). As a result, laser ceramic amplifier media with complex luminescent ions distribution in the form of multilayer, clad-core or continuous gradient can be fabricated. These new type of architectures can improve the optical properties of laser sources by increasing spectral gain emission, which can favor short and powerful pulsed emission at different wavelengths. In this paper, the shaping of bilayer composite ceramics of YAG, 1 at.%Nd:YAG, 1at.%Nd:YS1AG and 1at.%Nd:LuAG by co-casting and their sintering by the way of reactive sintering from primary oxides was investigated. This study shows that the manufacturing of composite ceramics remains possible from such ceramic process under the form of bi-layers (or multi-layers). In this context, the ion luminescent distribution within the volume of composite can be easily controlled in the case of continuous gradient of concentration or sequenced variations of composition. Finally, the optical properties (i.e. spectroscopic and lasers) of the transparent ceramics so-obtained with controlled architectures have been characterized and analysed.

Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Maria Tomoaia-Cotisel
Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

University professor Maria Tomoaia-Cotisel completed PhD at Babes-Bolyai University (BBU, 1979) of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and postdoctoral studies from London University, King’s College (1981, 1986, 1989), UK. She was the visiting scientist at Philipps University of Marburg, (1989/1990), Germany, State University of New York at Buffalo (1990/1991), US, National Institutes of Health, (1991-1993) and Molecular/Structural Biotech., Inc., (1994-1997), Bethesda, MD, USA. She is the founder and director of Research Center in Physical Chemistry (2007- ) at BBU. She published over 250 original research papers, 5 patents, and 10 books in physical chemistry, including thermodynamics, chemical structure, biophysics, bionanomaterials, colloids and interfaces. She got awards, e.g., Gheorghe Spacu Award (1983, from the Academy of Sciences in Romania), Alexander von Humboldt Award (1986, Germany), Japan Society for Promotion of Science and Technology Award (1986, Japan) and Fogarty Award (1991, USA) for science and technology. Research Interests: Nanomaterials, advanced nanotechnology for biomedical applications, nanostructured advanced biomaterials, multi-substituted hydroxyapatite based bioceramics for osteoporotic bone remodeling and regeneration, nanomaterials for tissue engineering, nanomicrobials, biocomposites, biomimetic self-assembled scaffolds, porous bioresorbable scaffolds, regenerative medicine, cancer cellular therapy, nanoparticles of gold and silver for cancer therapy, nanoscale materials for drug delivery, Biomolecular immobilization and surface modification strategies.


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