Invited Speakers

University of Strasbourg, FRANCE
Prof. Luc Avérous is a Group (BioTeam) Leader, Head of Polymer Research Department at ICPEES (UMR CNRS 7515) - University of Strasbourg (France), and former Lab Director. He started as Polymer Engineer (EAHP-Strasbourg). Then in 1995, he obtained his PhD in Polymer Science & Eng. (Ecole des Mines de Paris). After two post-doctoral positions (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal-Canada,), he became A/Prof. at the Packaging Engineering School (Reims) in 1997. Finally in 2003, he became a Full Professor at ECPM (Strasbourg), where he teaches biopolymers science, biomaterials, composites, polymers characterization & processing. During the last two decades, his major research projects have dealt with biobased and/or biodegradable polymers for environmental & biomedical applications. As a leading international expert in these fields, he has developed strong collaborations with several foreign labs (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain,) and major companies (Total, Soprema, Tereos, PSA,). He serves as a member of research advisory boards for different companies. In France or overseas, he is regularly invited to co-organize Conferences, to chair Symposia, and to give plenary or keynote lectures. He has co-edited 4 books (2 Wiley, Elsevier & Springer). He is a member of several Editorial Boards, and Guest Editor for scientific journals. He is a referee for many scientific journals, books and international projects. He has published hundreds of scientific communications with more than 6000 citations & H-Index ≈ 40 (Scopus data).

Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, FRANCE
Mihail Barboiu graduated from University Politehnica of Bucharest and received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Montpellier before spending 2 years as post-doctoral researcher at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He is CNRS Research Leader at the Institut Europeen des Membranes in Montpellier and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. A major focus of his research is Dynamic Constitutional Chemistry toward Dynamic Interactive Systems:adaptive biomimetic membranes, delivery devices etc. Author of more than 190 scientific publications, 3 books and 20 chapters and 280 conferences and lectures, Dr. Barboiu has received in 2004 the EURYI Award in Chemistry and in 2015 the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award for the development of Artificial Water Channels.

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, GERMANY
Roland Baumstark, born in 1961 in Durbach (Baden/Germany), studied Chemistry in Freiburg and got his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1991. He joined BASF in the same year and carried out research in the field of dispersions for water-based coatings for about 7 years. In 1998, he assumed responsibility for the development of new binders for wood finishes and exterior coatings in the BASF Marketing Group Architectural Coatings. Since 2001, he is working as a Technical Service Manager for paint and wood coating binders and additives with responsibility for diverse European regions and customers. In 2015, he took the new coordinating role of a Technical Expert for AC in BASF. He is owner of several patents in the field of dispersions, author of different publications and conference speaker about Architectural Coatings and Wood Coatings. Together with the former collegue Manfred Schwartz he published in 2001 the book “Water-based acrylates for decorative coatings” and he is coauthor of the newer book “Acrylic resins”. He is member of the German Standardisation Group NA 002-00-15 AA “Construction coatings” and the European Standardisation Group CEN TC 139 – Working group 2 “Coatings systems for wood”.

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, CHINA
Peng Diao received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Institute of Coal Chemistry Chinese Academy of Science in 1999. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2000 to 2002 in College of Chemistry & Molecular Engineering, Peking University. He attended Stanford University as a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Department of Chemistry through the 2011-2012 academic year. He is currently a Professor in School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University. His research interests include controlled synthesis of metal and semiconductor nanomaterials and their application in energy conversion, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical catalysis. He has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles with a total citation exceeding 2200 and an h-index of 24.

Mircea DINCA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT, Cambridge, USA
Mircea Dincă was born in Făgăraş, a small Transylvanian town in central Romania. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2003, and did his graduate work at UC Berkeley, where he obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008. At Berkeley, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of microporous metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen storage under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey R. Long. After a two-year stint as a postdoctoral associate working on heterogeneous electro catalytic water splitting with Prof. Daniel G. Nocera at MIT, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT in July 2010. For his research on microporous materials with applications in energy storage, conversion, and heterogeneous catalysis, he was awarded the US Department of Energy Young Investigator Award in 2011, a TR35 award from MIT’s Technology Review recognizing the most promising inventors in the world under the age of 35, the Sloan Fellowship and Cottrell Award in 2014, and the NSF CAREER and Exxon Solid State Award in 2015. In 2016, he was named a Dreyfus Teacher Scholar and was selected for the Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF’s most prestigious award in all sciences and engineering to any single person under the age of 35. Dincă was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT in 2015.

Aix-Marseille Université, FRANCE
Craig Faulds is Professor of Biochemistry at Polytech’ Marseille, Aix Marseille Université and Director of Joint Research Unit, INRA UMR1163 Biodiversity and Biotechnology of Fungi, Marseille, France.Previous positions :Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (2011-2012);Senior Marie Curie Fellow, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain (2009-2011);Senior Scientist, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK (1988-2009).Research area of Professor Craig Fauldsis focused on several aspects of the plant cell wall disassembly using fungal enzymes; feruloyl esterases; enzyme synergy in the hydrolysis of arabinoxylan and lignins; effects of organic solvents on esterases and oxidoreductases activities; valorization of agro-industrial side-streams; utilization of side-streams for biofuel, aromas and personal care products.

University of Aveiro, CICECO, PORTUGAL
Prof.Dr. José Maria Ferreira is Associate Professor with habilitation at the Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering at University of Aveiro, CICECO. The main research interests include the synthesis and processing of advanced materials, with special emphasis on synthetic bone repair materials (bone cements, porous scaffolds, granular bone filing materials based on CaP, glass-ceramics, structural bioceramics and composites). Throughout his scientific career, he has supervised 34 Master and 23 PhD students, registered 16 patents, published 6 book Chapters and more than 500 articles in SCI journals, including 2 Feature Articles. He is recipient of several awards, including the ‘Stimulus to Excellence – 2005 award’ from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technoly (FCT); the ‘Chinese Ceramic Society – 2005’ award; and is the unique Portuguese who was awarded with the Membership of the World Academy of Ceramics ( since July 2013; and with the title of Fellow of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) in recognition of the achievements and contributions to the field of Ceramics, June 24th, 2015, Toledo, Spain.

Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Helena Godinho is Professor in Materials Science Department, Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University (FCT/UNL) of Lisbon and Soft and Bio-functional Materials Group (SBMG), CENIMAT/I3N. She is the Leader of Group Soft and Bio functional Materials, CENIMAT/I3N, Materials Research Centre, Vice Director of CENIMAT/I3N and Vice-President ILCS (International Liquid Crystal Society).Research of Professor Helena Godihno is focused on several aspects of the molecular, mesoscopic (nano and micro scale) and macroscopic properties and behavior of soft materials and complex fluids, mainly liquid crystals (LCs) and cellulose-based systems (CBS). In addition she is interested in the modification, preparation and characterization of cellulose micro/nano rods. Considering the LCs as well as CBS and cellulose nano rods, she is much involved in the study of their self-assembling, defects and photonic properties. Helena Godinho is also concerned in the use of liquid crystalline CBS for building moisture driven cellulose micromotors and electro-optical devices. The development and optimization of liquid crystal based light shutter sensors, which can be used as smart windows or dynamic scattering layers for solar cells are also among her main interests. She is involved in European as well as in National projects and at the present she is co-responsible for four PhD students and four Post-doctoral Fellowships.

Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, JAPAN
Takao Hanawa is Professor and Chair of the Department of Metallic Biomaterials, Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering (IBB), Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan from 2004. He is now the president of Japanese Society for Biomaterials. He graduated Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Hokkaido University and received his Ph.D. from Tohoku University at 1998. He has experienced as Assistant Professor in Hokkaido University, Associate Professor in Tokushima University, and Deputy-in-General of Biomaterials Research Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan. He has developed several new metallic biomaterials and is now operating several research projects on metallic metal-based medical and dental materials. In particular, zirconium alloys showing low magnetic susceptibility for MRI imaging and surface modification techniques to improve hard and soft tissue compatibility are preferentially studied.

Adelina-Carmen IANCULESCU
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, ROMANIA
Chemist engineer, senior scientist at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy and professor at "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Science & Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials. In 1997 she obtained her PhD in Dielectric Ceramics. After two stages as CNRS - Associated Senior Scientist ("poste rouge" 2000 - 2002) and a stage as visiting professor (2003) at University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France she became a Full Professor of ceramics science and technology at "Politehnica" University of Bucharest. During the last two decades, her research activity have dealt with composition - structure - properties correlations in advanced multifunctional electroceramics, "size effects" in nanostructured oxide systems (investigation of new functionalities by the change of structuring from micro- toward nanoscale) and oxide catalysts. As an expert in these fields, she has developed strong collaborations with several foreign labs from Italy, France, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland. She is member of Chemical Engineering Commission from the National Council for awarding the PhD titles in Romania. She published as main author / coauthor 120 papers in ISI – quoted journals, followed by 1516 citations with Hirsch index h = 24 (Scopus and ISI Web of Science), 6 books at national level and 1 book in NovaScience Publishers Inc, Hauppauge New York USA, 2010, acquired by 710 libraries, according to the website: and 9 book chapters at international level (1 - Wiley, 2 - Elsevier, 2 - NovaScience, 1 - InTech and 3 - Transworld Research Network). She was director/coordinator of 13 national projects of research and 7 international projects and she is author/co-author of 7 national patents. In 2003 she was awarded the "I. G. Murgulescu" prize of the Romanian Academy. She is member of the Council of the European Ceramic Society.

Horia IOVU
Advanced Polymer Materials Group, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, ROMANIA
HORIA IOVU, 55 years, full professor of polymer science and technology, chemist engineer, specialization in Composite Materials (Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K., 1994-1995), PhD in Chemistry and Technology of Polymers (1995); full professor since 1999 (University Politehnica of Bucharest – Department of Bioresurces and Polymer Science); Member of the National Council for Research in Higher Education (CNCSIS) (2005-2011); President of Chemical Engineering Commission from the National Council for awarding the PhD titles in Romania; Vice-Rector / Director of Council for Doctoral Studies (since 2012). Research in elastomers synthesis by polymerization of dienes with lanthanide-based catalysts, composite materials-synthesis and design, nanocomposite materials based on polymer matrices reinforced with silicates, nanocomposite materials based on polymer matrices reinforced with carbon nanotubes / graphene, carbon nanotubes – modification and compatibilization, biomaterials for scaffolds, collagen-HAP-synthetic polymers composites, polymer-based drug delivery systems. Group leader for the research group The Advanced Polymer Materials Group (since 2005) devoted to synthesis and characterization of new nanocomposites based on various polymers and reinforcing agents ( for various applications including bioengineering, author / coauthor of more than 145 papers published in ISI – rated journals, 6 books published at national level and 5 book chapters at international level (1 in Wiley, 1 in Elsevier), h index – 16 (ISI Web of Science), director/coordinator of 25 national projects of research and 7 international projects, Editor-in-chief "Materiale Plastice" ISI-rated journal.

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Industries Chimiques, Nancy, FRANCE
Jean-Noël JAUBERT is Professor of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics at ENSIC (École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques). A Grande École like ENSIC is a state–run institution of higher education characterized by a highly selective admission procedure and is thus restricted to the best 10 % of high-school students. He currently runs the research group Thermodynamics and Energy of the LRGP (Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés). Date of birth: - born in 1967, Marseille, France. Education: - 1989: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Saint-Jérôme (France). - 1993: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of La Méditerranée (France). - 2000: Habilitation thesis in Chemical Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (France). Scientific qualifications: - French delegate at the working party thermodynamics and transport properties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. - Member of the Steering Committee of ESAT (European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics). - Member of the editorial board of two international peer–reviewed journals. - Chairman of the 2008 ESAT conference (Cannes, France). - Vice–Chairman in 2012 of the InMother (Industrial use of Molecular Thermodynamics) workshop (Lyon, France). - Chairman of the JEEP 2013 (Joint European days on Equilibrium between Phases) conference (Nancy, France). - Reviewer for over 40 leading international journals. Teaching: - chemical engineering thermodynamics (phase equilibria, separations, energy) at Master of Science and Ph.D. levels. Research interests: - development of predictive thermodynamic models based on the group contribution concept, - use of exergetic life cycle assessment in order to reduce CO2 emissions, - measurement and correlation of liquid-vapour equilibrium under high pressure, - enhanced oil recovery, - development of complex algorithms to compute global phase diagrams with emphasis to stability analysis. Publications in international peer–reviewed journals: - more than 100 research papers which received over 1500 citations (H–index of 26).

Kwang-Sup LEE
Hannam University, KOREA
Kwang-Sup Lee is Professor of the Department of Advanced Materials at the Hannam University, Korea. He also holds a position as the Research Professor at the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics in the University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA. He received his BS degree in chemistry from Hannam University in 1976, MS degree in polymer chemistry from Korea University in 1980, and a doctorate in polymer science from the Freiburg University, Germany in 1984. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Germany from 1985 to 1986 and a visiting professor at the Naval Research Laboratory, USA in 1998. Prof. Lee’s research interests lie in the field of photofunctional materials including the synthesis of conjugated organics and polymers, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and organic-inorganic hybrid materials and fabrication of device involving them. He has authored and coauthored more than 260 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings and also 40 patents. He has chaired and co-chaired more than 20 conferences and symposia, and has given about 250 plenary, keynote, and invited talks. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of SPIE and EM Academy and he is currently serving as an editor-in-chief for Display and Imaging (OCP) and also editorial board members for several international scientific journals including Advances in Polymer Science (Springer), NPG Asia Materials (Nature), Optical Materials Express (OSA).

Edward RÓJ
New Chemical Syntheses Institute, Pulawy, POLAND
Edward Rój graduated from Silesian Technical University (1974) and earned his PhD degree (1997) and habilitation (2010) in chemical technology on the Chemical Faculty of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland. He is employed as a professor and the head of Supercritical Department of New Chemical Syntheses Institute in Pulawy. He is also professor at the Faculty of Chemical Technology of the University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska in Pulawy. His research interests are applications of supercritical fluids including supercritical carbon dioxide for extraction and separation of chemical natural compounds (Green Chemistry), modeling and optimization of chemical processes. He is an author and co-author of more than 200 publications, proceedings, technical reports, book chapters, 28 patents and 10 patent applications. About 60 papers were published in refereed scientific journals. He is a member of the Polish Association of Chemical Engineers and Working Party of High Pressure Technology of European Federation of Chemical Engineering.

Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, FRANCE
José Sanchez-Marcano is a chemical process engineer (1980) from Simon Bolivar University (USB) in Caracas. He obtained his PhD (Doctorat d’Etat en Pétrochimie et Catalyse) from Aix-Marseille University in 1987. Between 1980 and 1982 he has been Assistant Professor on the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the USB and between 1988 and 1990 worked as Operations and Projects Engineer at PEQUIVEN the PDVSA’ petrochemical affiliate. After a Post-doctorate at l’IRCELyon with TOTAL, he joints the CNRS in 1991 as Researcher at LAGEP in Lyon, then at the European Membrane Institute in Montpellier, where he is currently Head Research Scientist. He is co-author of 130 peer reviewed papers in International Journals, 12 international patents and has been invited as speaker to 30 international congresses. His current research concerns the modeling and experimental studies of transfer and transport phenomena through membranes coupled or not with a reaction or bioreaction (gas separation, catalytic and bio-catalytic membrane reactors). He is co-author of two books edited by Wiley: "Catalytic Membrane and Membrane Reactors” (2002), and “Chemical Engineering, Modelling, Simulation and Similitude” (2007). Since 2004 he is member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Membrane Science and the l’International Journal of Membrane Science and Technology, he is « guest editor » of the special numbers of Catalysis Today (2012) and of the open-access journal Membranes (2014).

Center for Electrochemical Sciences, Ruhr Universitat Bochum, GERMANY
Wolfgang Schuhmann (Analytical Chemistry – Center for Electrochemical Sciences (CES)) obtained his diploma degree in chemistry from the University in Karlsruhe, Germany (1982) and his PhD from the Technical University of Munich (1986). After finishing his habilitation thesis at the Technical University of Munich in 1993, he was appointed to be a professor for Analytical Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1996. His research interest addresses the development of reagentless amperometric biosensors, micro-electrochemistry, scanning electrochemical microscopy, combinatorial micro electrochemistry, electrochemical robotics, biofuel cells, localized corrosion, electrocatalysis for energy conversion and battery materials, new materials for electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis as well as the in-depth understanding of electrified interfaces. He is coauthor of more than 550 scientific publications. He has received the Biosensors & Bioelectronics Award (2000), became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2008), received the Julius-von-Haast Fellowship Award of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Humboldt Foundation Germany (2008), the Katsumi-Niki-Award of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2011), was appointed to be Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2012), and received the Howard Fellowship of the University of New South Wales, Sydney (2014).

Olivier SIRI
Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille (CNRS / Aix-Marseille Université), FRANCE
Olivier Siri obtained his PhD (1997) from the University of Burgundy in Dijon. Subsequently, he worked as post-doctoral fellow in Prof. Kevin M. Smith’s group at the University of California in Davis (1997-1998); and then spent 6 months at the University of Neuchâtel (Neier group, Switzerland). He joined the CNRS in 1999 at the University of Strasbourg and moved in 2005 at Aix-Marseille University. He is currently Director of Research (CNRS) and group leader at CINaM laboratory. His main research interests deal with the synthesis of molecular and supramolecular conjugated pi-systems with applications in nanoscience, photonic and electronic.

Vijay Kumar THAKUR
Cranfield University, UK
Prior to commencing in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, Dr. Vijay Kumar Thakur was working as a Staff Scientist in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, U.S.A (2013-2016). Some of his other prior significant appointments include being a Research Scientist in Temasek Laboratories at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2009-2012) and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at LHU–Taiwan. He did his post-doctoral study in Materials Science & Engineering at Iowa State University and received Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry (2009). In his academic career, he has published more than 90 SCI journal research articles (Google Scholar h-index- 43; Citations -4737) in the field of chemical sciences/materials science and holds one United States patent. He has also published 25 books and 35 book chapters on the advanced state-of-the-art of polymer science/materials science/nanotechnology with numerous publishers. Vijay is an editorial board member of several international journals, as well as a member of scientific bodies around the globe.