Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Ewa Dluska
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Ewa Dluska is currently a Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology, at the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering in Poland. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in 1997. In 2011 she wrote the monographical habilitation thesis and was honored by her university with a D.Sc. degree in 2012. She was awarded a research fellowship at the University of Oxford in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering on the encapsulation of stem cells (2013). She also spent a year at the Clausthal University of Technology in Germany (1993-1994) investigating aerosol filtration. Her main research covers the encapsulation process of active ingredients (drugs, living cells, nutrients) and release processes, mass transfer in dispersed systems, development and creation of multiple emulsions with bioactive agents in a Couette-Taylor Flow bioreactor for a drug/active agent delivery. She uses both experimental and theoretical/computational approaches such as modelling of drug release processes from multiple emulsions and micro/nanoparticles. She also deals with separation processes for environmental protection: organic compounds and the extraction of ions of heavy metals by emulsion liquid membranes (ELMs), and the reduction of membrane fouling by using a Couette-Taylor flow device. Chemical Reactor Engineering in the multiphase flow (gas-liquid and liquid-liquid processes in a Couette-Taylor flow) is her core discipline. She is also involved in Flue Gas Cleaning: filtration of aerosols and alternative emulsion-based fuels preparation. She has taught a wide range of chemical engineering courses including physical chemistry, mass transfer processes and simple and multiple emulsions for new technologies at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels and has also written a book Macro- and nano simple and multiple emulsions in chemical and biomedical processes and environmental protection. Currently, she is a scientific supervisor of a Ph.D. student and supervised one doctor with distinction. She continues to conduct research in an interdisciplinary environment through her cooperation with the University of Warsaw, the University of Oxford, the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology.
Prof. Zhanfeng Cui (FIChemE , FREng)
University of Oxford, UK
Professor Zhanfeng Cui, PhD,
DSc, FIChemE, FREng: Prof Cui is the Donald Pollock Professor of
Chemical Engineering, University of Oxford since the Chair was
established in 2000. He is the Founding Director of Oxford Centre
for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, and Founding Director of
the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR). He was
educated in China (BSc, Inner Mongolia Polytechnic University, MSc
and PhD from Dalian University of Technology). After a postdoc in
Strathclyde University, he became a lecturer in Edinburgh University
in 1991, moved to Oxford in 1994 as a University Lecturer and was
elected to the first Chemical Engineering Chair in 2000. He is a
Fellow of the Insitution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and a
Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
(FAIMBE). He was elected to a Fellow of the Royal Academy of
Engineering (FREng) in 2013.
His main research interest is to develop enabling technologies for regenerative medicine including bioreactors, monitoring, three dimensional culture, cryopreservation and scale-up. His centre conducts translational research targeting on cancer, diabetes, neural degeneration and musculoskeletal conditions.
Invited Speaker I
Prof. Maya Kiskinova
Maya Kiskinova was born in
Sofia (Bulgaria). She graduated from Sofia State University “Kliment
Ohridski” in 1972 with Master in Chemistry She received her Ph.D in
1977 and Sc. D. Habilitation in 1989 in Physical Chemistry. She had
joint appointment in Bulgarian Academy of Science and Sofia State
University before moving to Elettra Laboratory in 1990 to coordinate
the microspectroscopy and imaging programs. Presently she is the
Elettra Research Coordinator, teaches a PhD Course in the University
of Trieste and lectures at international schools. She was a visiting
scientist at the National Bureau of Standards, now NIST (USA) in
1980, IGF-KFA, now FZJ (Germany) in 1982-1984 and University of
Pittsburgh (USA) in 1987-1988. In 2002 she received Italian
citizenship for scientific merits and in 2005 was awarded
Distinguished Humboldt Research Grant.
Maya Kiskinova is member of many scientific and review panels in Europe, USA and Asia, has chaired and co-chaired a number of international conferences, workshops and schools and is a member of numerous steering and program committees.
Her research interests and achievements cover different aspects of nano-structured organic and inorganic materials, thin films, interfaces, surface reactions, mass transport, electronic and magnetic properties, chemical reactivity, fuel and solar cells, nano-toxicology and transient states of matter. Last two decades her research activities have been focused on exploring the properties and transient states of matter at sub-micrometer length scales and development of relevant synchrotron and FEL-based experimental set-ups.
She authored and co-authored over 300 articles in reviewed journals, 14 invited reviews, one book, three book chapters and 2 U.S. Patents and has over 100 invited, keynote and plenary lectures at International Congresses, Conferences, Symposia and Workshops. H-index 43 (SCOPUS).
Invited Speaker II
Assoc. Prof. Zhigang Tang
Tsinghua University, China
Zhi-Gang Tang was born in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, China, on April 1, 1970. He got his bachelor degree at Chemical Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, in June of 1993. He got his Ph.D. at Chemical Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, in April of 1998. In 1998, he was hired as Lecturer of Chemical Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing. In 2000 (to now), he was hired as Associate Professor of State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing. He teaches two graduate-oriented courses “Fundamental in Separation Process” and “Generality of low-carbon process”. His current research interests cover 1) Fundamental and application of identified methods in vapor-liquid mass transfer; 2) Process and equipments in clear and low-carbon industrial production; 3) Trapping CO2 from syngas by hybrid technology.