Speakers

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Jun Cheng, Chongqing University, China

ProfessorJun Cheng is a Distinguished Professor of Changjiang River Scholar in College of Energy and Power Engineering at Chongqing University, China. He is a leading talent in the National Special Support Program and a chief expert in the National Key R&D project of China. His research area focuses on Carbon Neutrality, Smart Energy, Energy Storage, New Energy, Energy Saving and Environmental Protection. He has published over 300 academic papers in international journals, been authorised over 60 invention patents and got two awards from the National Science & Technology Progress of China.

Professor Liyuan Deng, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Professor Liyuan Deng is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.. Her primary research interests relate to membranes for carbon capture and clean energies. She has 20 years of experience in membrane research, including membrane material development, membrane absorption, membrane process design, and allied modeling and simulations. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of membrane and CO2 separation.

Professor Mengxiang Fang, Zhejiang University, China

Professor Mengxiang Fang is a Professor at the Institute of Thermal Engineering, Zhejiang University. He is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. His research interests include coal and biomass combustion and gasification, coal multi-generation, CO2 chemical absorption and oxygen-enriched combustion, etc. He has published more than 100 papers in domestic and international academic journals and conferences.

Professor Robert (Bob) Farrauto, Columbia University, New York, United States of America

Professor Robert J. Farrauto retired from BASF (formerly Engelhard), Iselin, NJ as a Vice President of Research in 2012. He currently is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEE) Department at Columbia University. He is the author (co-author) of 140 journal publications and 56 US patents with a Google scholar rating of 54. He is also the co-author of three catalyst textbooks, published by Wiley and Sons. His current research interests include CO2 capture and conversion to fuel, pollution abatement and H2 generation.

Professor Jun Huang, University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Jun Huang is a Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Sustainability. He has also published over 200 articles, including in leading journals such as Science, and has over 6500 citations in Google Scholar. His research interests include catalysis engineering, biorefinery engineering, in situ spectroscopy and green chemicals.

Professor Peijun Hu, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Professor Peijun Hu was appointed a lectureship in the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1995 and promoted to Reader in 2001 and to Professor in 2004. In 2009, he was elected as a member of Royal Irish Academy. Since he joined Queen’s University, he has developed a strong research group with interest in theoretical chemistry, especially in heterogeneous catalysis. He has published over 300 papers with an H-index of 79, including papers in Nature, Nature Catalysis, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angwe. Chem., and Phys. Rev. Lett.

Professor Christopher Jones, Georgia Tech, USA

Professor Christopher Jones is a Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Georgia Tech. In August 2021, he was named the John F. Brock III School Chair in ChBE@GT. He is the founding editor-in-chief of ACS Catalysis. He directs research projects focused on catalysis and carbon dioxide separation, sequestration and utilisation. A major focus of his laboratory is the development of materials and processes for the removal of carbon dioxide from air, known as ‘direct air capture’ (DAC). He has also published over 400 articles and has over 30000 citations in Google Scholar.

Professor Christoph Müller, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Professor Christoph Müller is a full professor of Energy Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zürich. Christoph Muller’s research interests including: (i) sustainable electricity generation (e.g. post-​combustion CO2 separation, chemical looping combustion, biomass, generation of ultra-​pure hydrogen), (ii) heterogeneous catalysis (e.g. reforming, CO2 hydrogenation, dehydrogenation) and (iii) fundamentals of multi-​phase granular systems using experimental techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and numerical approaches such as Discrete Element Modelling (DEM). He has also published over 300 articles and has over 7500 citations in Google Scholar.

Professor Peter Robertson, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Peter Robertson is Professor of Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. An expert in energy and environmental engineering, his research focuses primarily around photocatalysis – the use of light to create and accelerate reactions – and its applications for solving key energy and societal challenges, including water decontamination and sustainable energy. Peter also chairs Queen’s Change Management Group, a working group made up of academic and professional services staff which helps the University progress towards its vision of becoming a low carbon organisation by reducing our carbon emissions and providing a high quality and sustainable working and learning environment for students and staff.

Professor Meihong Wang, University of Sheffield, UK

Professor Meihong Wang is a Professor of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield since 2016. One of his publications (Lazic et al., 2014) was awarded SAGE Best Paper Prize 2014 and also Ludwig Mond Prize 2014 by IMechE. Another paper (Aneke and Wang, 2016) was given the most cited Review Paper Award by Elsevier – Applied Energy Journal. he is also a joint winner of Nigeria Prize for Science 2019. He has also published over 200 articles and has over 6000 citations in Google Scholar. His main research areas is in Process/Energy Systems Engineering for Energy and Environment such as Process Modelling, Simulation, Control and Optimisation, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), Grid-scale Energy Storage.

Profesor Zhi Wang, Tianjin University, China

Zhi Wang is a professor at Tianjin University, China, and the director of Tianjin Key Laboratory of Membrane Science and Seawater Desalination Technology, China. He has carried out research on membrane science and technology for many years, focusing on the national significant strategy demand and international science and technical frontiers such as CO2 capture, gas purification and seawater desalination. He developed a variety of internationally advanced separation membrane materials, and built several large-scale membrane production lines and membrane devices as the technical leader. Professor Wang has been responsible for 53 scientific research projects, including 1 National Key R&D Program of China, 4 Key Projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China and 1 Public Science and Technology Research Funds Project of Ocean. He has published approximately 400 SCI papers in internationally high-quality journals such as Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, JACS, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Journal of Membrane Science, and AIChE Journal, and has been granted 29 national invention patents. He is the Editorial Board member of several journals, including Journal of Membrane Science, Journal of Chemical Engineering of Chinese Universities, Membrane Science and Technology and Technology of Water Treatment. He is the member of National Technical Committee 382 on Separation Membrane of Standardization Administration of China. He is vice chairman of Membrane Society of Beijing. He won the first Prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award in 2009, the first prize of Tianjin Natural Science Award in 2004 and 2022 and the “Excellent Talents in the New Century of the Ministry of Education” Award in 2006.

Profesor Haiping Yang, Huazhong University Science and Technology, China

Professor Haiping Yang is a Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis and guest editor of the Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis and Fuel. She has published more than 100 high level papers in the leading academic journals in the field of energy, such as Combustion and Flame and Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, etc. In the past decade, she has been engaged in the thermochemical conversion, high-grade and comprehensive utilisation of biomass energy in the field of clean energy utilisation in the discipline of engineering thermophysics. He has been working on the research of thermochemical conversion, high grade and resource utilisation of biomass in the field of clean energy utilisation.

Professor Yushan Yan, University of Delaware, USA

Professor Yushan Yan is a Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware. He is also the Founder and CEO of W7energy LLC. He has also published over 600 articles and has over 34000 citations in Google Scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, received the Donald Breck Award from the International Zeolite Association, and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was awarded Highly Cited Researcher of 2019 by Web of Science. He specialises in zeolites (porous minerals composed of aluminum, silicon and oxygen) and their use in creating new materials. Yan has used zeolites in materials for computer chips, coatings for the space station and aircraft, as well as desalination membranes (to remove salt from salt water).

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Francesco Barzagli, National Research Council, Italy

Dr. Francesco Barzagli is a researcher of the Institute for the Chemistry of OrganoMetallic Compounds of the Italian National Council for Research (ICCOM – CNR). He received his degree in Chemistry (2006) and his PhD in Chemical Sciences (2016) at the University of Florence, Italy. His research activity focuses on the development of aqueous and organic sorbents for the selective capture of CO2 from different gas mixtures (flue gas, natural gas, biogas) or directly from air (direct air capture, DAC) and on the development of sustainable processes for the conversion on CO2 in useful chemicals (urea, disubstituted urea, precipitated calcium carbonate, basic zinc carbonates) in mild conditions. He is currently involved in several scientific and industrial projects aimed at transferring the technology developed in the laboratory to medium-sized pilot plants.

Professor Zongde Dai, Sichun University, China
Dr Katherine Mary Hornbostel, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr Katherine Hornbostel is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research areas include membrane modeling for carbon capture, sorbent modeling for direct air capture, and developing novel membranes for direct ocean capture. Dr Hornbostel received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She then received her PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2016. Her PhD thesis research under Dr Ahmed Ghoniem involved modeling solid oxide fuel cells for power production from coal syngas. Dr Hornbostel was a postdoc research fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, where she developed a model for encapsulated solvents for power plant carbon capture. Dr Hornbostel recently spoke about her postdoc work on   (url  https://freakonomics.com/podcast/freak-live-chocolate/) Freakonomics Radio Live and also received   (url  https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2018/05/15/breast-pump-katherine-hornbostel-pitt-engineering-pump2baby-bottle/stories/201805150010) press for her breast pump invention that she created after having twins in grad school.

Professor Zhen Fang, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Prof. Zhen Fang is leader and founder of biomass group at Nanjing Agricultural University. He is the inventor of ‘fast hydrolysis’ process. He is Editor-in-Chief of Springer Book Series – Biofuels and Biorefineries, Elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2021), Associate Editor of Biotechnol Biofuels (Springer), Associate Editor of J Renew Mater, and Associate Editor of J Supercrit Fluid (Elsevier, 2018-20). He is also editorial (advisory) board members of Biofuel Bioprod Bior (Wiley, 2012-18), Energy Sustain Soc (Springer), Polymers. Prof. Fang is specializing in thermal/biochemical conversion of biomass, nanocatalysts synthesis and their applications, pretreatment of biomass for biorefineries and supercritical fluid processes. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from China Agricultural University (Agricultural Engineering, Beijing) and PhD degree from McGill University (Materials Engineering, Montreal) as well as received further postdoc training in Chemical Engineering in Spain (Marie Curie Fellowship, Universidad de Zaragoza). He is listed in the ‘Most Cited Chinese Researchers’ every year from 2014 to 2021 (Elsevier-Scopus).

Professor Daniel C. W. Tsang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Prof. Dan Tsang is a Professor and MSc Programme Leader in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He was an IMETE Visiting Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the US, Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and Post-doctoral Fellow at Imperial College London in the UK and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dan’s research strives to develop carbon-negative solutions to achieve long-term decarbonization and sustainable resources circulation. Dan has published over 500 research papers in top 10% journals and served as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member in different journals. Dan was selected as Highly Cited Researcher 2021 in the academic fields of Engineering as well as Environment and Ecology. Dan has also served as Chair and Organizer of many international conferences such as 5th Asia Pacific Biochar Conference.

Dr Shijian Lu, China University of Mining and Technology, China

Dr Shijian Lu currently is a researcher at China University of Mining and Technology. He is also the Director of the CCUS Institute of the Low Carbon Energy Institute. He has published 110 papers, including more than 60 SCI/EI and Chinese core papers. He is mainly engaged in research on carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), flue gas desulphurisation and denitrification and acid gas injection technologies.

Professor Su Shiung Lam, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Professor Lam holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, and is a Full Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), currently the Deputy Director of International Centre under the Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor, and a Core Member of Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries (AKUATROP), accredited as the Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) for Future Food: Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. He leads a research group working mainly on Chemical and Environmental Engineering, focusing on Waste and Biomass Valorization/Utilization, Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Green Technology, and Pollution Detection/Mitigation. Lam is active in research on the application of pyrolysis and microwave heating in transforming waste and biomass into green energy and products applicable to industry and environmental protection. He has published over 310 papers, some of which are published in journals such as one published in Lancet (Impact Factor 79.3), two published in Nature (Impact Factor 49.5), 6 published in Science (Impact Factor 47.7), one published in Progress in Energy and Combustion Science (Impact Factor 28.9), 13 published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Impact Factor 12.1), 25 currently ranked as Web of Science ESI Highly Cited Papers (Top 1%) and 3 as ESI Hot paper (Top 0.1%), receiving a H-index of 53 and over 8600 citations in Google Scholar. He has filed patent and to scale up and commercialize a pyrolysis platform technology. These prototypes are currently used by waste operators for energy conversion and waste to wealth applications.

Professor Haiqing Lin, University at Buffalo, USA

Dr. Haiqing Lin received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and then joined Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) as a Senior Research Scientist.  He led projects on natural gas clean-up and CO2/H2 separation membranes (such as Polaris™ membranes).  Dr. Lin joined University at Buffalo (UB) as an assistant professor in 2013 and was promoted to a professor in 2021.  His research focuses on advanced membranes for gas separation and water purification.  He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2016, the Innovation Award from the AIChE Separation Division in 2020, and the Exceptional Scholar: Sustained Achievement Award from UB in 2021.

Professor Canghai Ma, Dalian University of Technology, China

Professor Canghai Ma is a Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering at Dalian University of Technology. He serves as Early Career Editorial Board member for journals including Green Energy & Environment, and Advanced Membranes. Prof. Ma obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012, under the guidance of Prof. William Koros. His research mainly focuses on advanced membrane materials and processes for gas separations, including CO2 capture, biogas upgrading and natural gas sweetening. He has published articles on prestigious journals, including Nat. Commun., Adv. Funct. Mater., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, ChemSusChem, J. Membr. Sci., and Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. He also holds 5 U.S. patents and 1 Chinese patent.

Professor Xiaohua Ma, Tiangong University, Tianjin, China

Professor Xiaohua Ma graduated from Peking University in China at 2009. Thereafter, he went to KAUST as a post-doc and research scientist from 2009 to 2018. After that, he went back to China and join Tiangong University as a researching professor. Professor Ma focus on membrane based natural gas sweetening, helium extraction from natural gas, high performance membranes for air separations, etc. Professor Ma published more than 60 papers including Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Mater. Chem. A, Macromolecules, ACS Macro Lett, J. Membr. Sci., etc., with over 2000 citations. He applied more than 7 PCT patents, and also participated in chapters of two books.

Dr Haresh Manyar, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Dr Haresh Manyar is a Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the Theme Leader of the Theoretical and Applied Catalysis Research Group. He has received the Queen’s Teaching Award 2016 for Excellence in Teaching.

His research interests include 1) Heterogeneous catalysis and green chemical processes 2) Sustainable energy, biofuels, fuel additives and renewable chemicals 3) Design and development of new and better catalysts and chemical processes using in-situ operational ATR-FTIR and neutron scattering spectroscopy techniques. 4) Batch and continuous flow platforms for the production of APIs, fine and speciality chemicals and biofuels.

Michael Matuszewski – CEO and Founder of AristoSys, LLC, USA

Mr. Matuszewski founded AristoSys in 2016 and has over 20 years of experience developing technologies to improve our environment, analyzing their performance, and directing research and development programs. Michael has national laboratory level expertise advancing and setting the Department of Energy’s standards of modeling, simulation, and optimization approaches for energy systems.  AristoSys was founded on his experience and motivation to accelerate and de-risk commercialization of energy solutions that address the urgency of climate change.  As a globally-recognized thought leader in carbon management, Michael led the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Capture Program while at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.  The strategy Mr. Matuszewski implements to guide the operation of AristoSys fully leverages his unique expertise and collaborations gained from his career positions in the industrial, academic and public service sectors.

Dr Changlei Qin, Chongqin University, China

Changlei Qin received his PhD from School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland in 2014, and ever visited CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada under the support of UQ in 2013. He joined Chongqing University in 2014, and is currently an associate professor in School of Energy and Power Engineering. He is also a research fellow in Key Laboratory of Low-grade Energy Utilization Technologies and Systems of Ministry of Education. Dr Qin’s research interests focus on CO2 adsorption and conversion at high temperature, biomass/methane catalytic conversion to H2 and chemical looping in the field of low carbon and clean energy technology. He has published more than 50 papers in SCI journals and acted as a reviewer for more than 30 journals.

Dr Qilei Song, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Qilei Song is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and one of the principal investigators at the Barrer Centre. He established the Functional Membrane and Energy Materials Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research group is focused on the development of membrane technologies for broad applications in molecular separations, catalysis, and energy conversion and storage. Dr Song received his PhD (2014) at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and stayed as a Research Associate before moving to Imperial College as an Imperial College Junior Research Fellow. His recent research was awarded the IChemE Nicklin Medal for “his outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of microporous membrane materials.” He was awarded the prestigious ERC Starting Grant in 2019, which provides 1.5 Million Euro to develop new membrane materials for energy conversion and storage. He is also a Co-I of £9M EPSRC Programme Grant SynHiSel. He has also established strong research collaborations with industrial partners, including BP-ICAM, Shell, Toyota Motor Europe, Schlumberger.

Dr Tianchun Xiao, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Tiancun Xiao is senior research fellow in Chemistry Department, University of  Oxford since 2004. He came to Oxford in 1999 working as the Royal Society BP-Amoco Fellow initially for one year. Due to  his new inventions in catalyst development, he was then awarded an University Challenge SEED Fund and Industrial Fellowship to continue his work. During his working in Oxford from 1999-2003, he has developed various catalyst design and preparation technologies, and became co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Oxford Catalysts Ltd, a spin-out company from Oxford University in 2004. The company was floated in the London AIM Market in April 2006 valued at 65 million pounds.

After the company operated steadily and moved its main operation to USA (Oxford Catalysts Plc acquired Velocys in 2008 and was rebranded as Velocys in 2011), he returned to Oxford University, and continued his research in catalysis and clean process in energy and environmental areas, focusing on catalysis for CO2 utilization and waste to energy.  In 2021, as the co-founders, Dr Xiao started a new spin-out company from Oxford University, OXCCU Tech Ltd,  wherehe works as part-time managing director of the company . Due to the high efficient one-step conversion of CO2 to aviation fuel, OXCCU was invited to attend technology exhibition in COP26 in 2021.

Dr Xiao has published more than 260 papers and filed more than 40 patents, and has quite a few catalysts being used in industrial application.

Dr Hui Zhou, Tsinhua University, China

Dr Hui Zhou is an assistant professor at Department of Energy and Power Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. He completed his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in 2010 and 2015, respectively at Tsinghua University. After graduation, he moved to Columbia University in the City of New York and then Ames Laboratory of US DOE as a postdoctoral researcher. From 2018 to 2021, he was a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at ETH, Zurich. His research interests are biomass conversion with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), heterogeneous catalysis, two-dimensional catalytic materials, CO2 hydrogenation, and renewable hydrogen production and storage.

Professor Yatao Zhang, Zhengzhou University, China

Yatao Zhang is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Zhengzhou University, and the Deputy Director of Engineering Research Center of Ministry of Education for Advanced Functional Material Manufacturing. He received his PhD degree from Zhejiang University in 2009 and did his post-doc research at the University of New South Wales (Australia) from 2014 to 2015. His research interests focus on advanced functional membranes technologies for water treatment and gas separation. Professor Zhang has published more than 100 journal papers, with a total citation of over 8,000 and H-index of 54 according to Google Scholar. Professor Zhang’s R&D has been recognized by many awards, such as Hou Debang Chemical Technology Youth Award, Natural Science Award of the Ministry of Education, and Technological Invention Award of the Ministry of Education.