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Prof. Dr. Tran Dinh Phong 
h-index: 25 | Citations: 3,300
University of Science and Technology of Hanoi 

Doctor, Lecturer and Principal Investigator at the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (Vietnam France University), is actively involved in research for novel catalytic materials for solar water splitting application. His approach is to learn the structure and function of enzymes to create novel efficient and robust catalytic materials. His first important contribution was during his postdoctoral stay at CEA Grenoble, France where he contributed to creating carbon nanotube – nickel/cobalt composites which displayed outstanding catalytic activities for both generation and uptake of H2 by mimicking the structure of hydrogenase enzyme. Dr. Tran also made important contribution in development of hybrid photocatalysts for solar H2 generation from water, and his method for loading catalyst onto surface of light harvester via a photoassisted electrochemical deposition process is now used by several research groups worldwide.

Title of talk: Creation of a Viable Artificial Leaf for Solar Water Splitting 


Professor Dr. Suttichai Assabumrungrat 
h-index: 33 | Citations: 4,242
Chulalongkorn University

Prof. Dr. Suttichai Assabumrungrat obtained his MSc and PhD from Imperial College, London, UK. He is a renowned researcher in reaction engineering, catalysis and energy conversion.

Title of talk: Process design of integrated biorefinery in pulp and paper industry for sustainable development

Abstract: Integrated biorefinery in the existing pulp mill have been considered as a long-term sustainable development for both biorefinery and pulp and paper industries. Among many alternatives of technology, the potential design of practical integrated biorefinery network is specified by a 3-stage systematic methodology involving synthesis, design and innovation. According to our previous work, superstructure-based process synthesis was employed to define optimal technology of integrated biorefinery providing maximum profit. Succinic acid production and black liquor gasification with DME production are the optimal implemented processes in Soda pulping process. In case of Kraft pulping process, black liquor gasification with DME production has also potential to improve profitability of pulp mill, although succinic acid production and lignin extraction from black liquor are defined as the optimal process. To design the optimal network of biorefinery, process simulation of integrated succinic acid and DME process was performed to obtain rigorous configuration as base case and data for process evaluation. In design stage, process bottlenecks are revealed by process analysis supported by computer aided tool. Improvement targets are then defined to debottleneck in innovation stage. Finally, a practical and sustainable biorefinery with pulp and paper industry is proposed for further implementation.


Professor Dr. Abdul Latif Ahmad
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h-index: 52 | Citations: 11,766
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Abdul Latif Ahmad obtained his BEng, MSc and PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. He is an internationally renowned researcher and an internationally acclaimed award-winning researcher in membrane science & technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow to The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. His enthusiasm and dedication towards his research works have been reflected in his achievements in winning numerous scientific invention awards. To-date, a total of 56 personal achievement awards and 69 research product awards have been won. His capability in carrying out quality research work of international standard has been further supported by publication of 383 articles in high impact factor international refereed journals, with current cumulative citation number of 12,298 and h-index of 52.

Title of talk: Membrane Technologies for Treatment of Contaminants Emerging Concern

Abstract: Diverse chemicals are being introduced by society in vast quantities for a range of purposes including agricultural, industrial, household as well as for human and animal healthcare. These chemicals are referred to collectively as ‘contaminants of emerging concern’ (CECs). These contaminants are widespread in the aquatic and terrestrial environments, and include anthropogenic and naturally occurring chemicals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), metabolites and transformation products of PPCPs, illicit drugs, engineered nanomaterials, and antibiotic resistance genes. Even though it is not yet regulated in drinking water supplies and are not commonly monitored in the environment, these contaminants have the potential to cause adverse ecological and human health effects even at low levels concentration. Many CECs are present at extremely low concentrations making detection and assessments of it challenging. In addition, improper treatment of these contaminants will eventually cause major environmental pollution. However, recent advances have given researchers the ability to detect wide range of contaminants in environment at extremely low concentrations which encouraged researchers to advance on this research topic. Various potential treatment methods to treat the CECs will be presented such as membrane bioreactor (MBR), adsorption and liquid membrane.


Professor Dr. Y.H. Taufiq-Yap
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h-index: 32, Citations: 4,182
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Y.H. Taufiq-Yap is currently a Professor of Catalysis, Head of Laboratory for Sustainable Chemicals and Bioenergy, Catalysis Science and Technology Research Centre, Faculty of Science and Deputy Director of Research Management Centre, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He earned a BSc (Hons) and MSc in 1992 and 1994, respectively at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He then went on to earn his PhD (1997) in heterogeneous catalysis at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK. His research interests lie on designing heterogeneous catalysts and nanocatalyst for sustainable energy and chemicals production from biomass and renewable resources and environment protection, including the reduction of greenhouse and toxic gas emissions by catalytic technologies. He published various reviews on biodiesel and hydrogen production from biomass, and is author of over 310 scientific publications, several communications in international conferences (over 30 plenary or invited/keynote lectures in the last 5 years), he is author/editor of 2 books on biodiesel. Throughout his career, Professor Taufiq-Yap has been the recipient of the following Awards and Distinctions: National Young Scientist Award, 2002; Top Research Scientist Malaysia (2013); Visiting Researcher, Cardiff University, 2004, 2005; Appointed Fellow of Academy Science of Malaysia (2015), Malaysia Institute of Chemistry (2009) and Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2008); Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Japan, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and Curtin University Sarawak, elected Titular Member of International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and Council Member of Asia-Pacific Association of Catalysis Society (APACS).

 Title of talk: Catalysis, Green Chemistry & Sustainability: Challenges & Opportunities

Abstract: Catalysis is one of the fundamental pillars of green chemistry which include the design of chemical products and reaction or processes that can reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The design and application of new catalysts and catalytic systems are simultaneously achieving the dual goals of environmental protection and economic benefit. Green chemistry also known as sustainable chemistry is defined as the practice of chemical science and manufacturing in a manner that is sustainable, safe, and environmental friendly and that consumes minimum amounts of materials, chemicals and energy while producing little or no waste material and hazardous chemicals. Developing green chemistry methodologies is a challenge that may be viewed through the framework of the “Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry”. These principles identify catalysis as one of the most important tools for implementing green chemistry. Catalysis offers numerous green chemistry benefits including lower energy requirements, catalytic versus stoichiometric amounts of materials, increased selectivity, and decreased use of processing and separation agents, and allows for the use of less toxic materials. Heterogeneous catalysis, in particular, addresses the goals of green chemistry by providing the ease of separation of product and catalyst, thereby eliminating the need for separation through distillation or extraction. In addition, environmentally benign catalysts such as clays and zeolites, may replace more hazardous catalysts currently in use. This lecture highlights a variety of ways in which catalysis may be used in green chemistry reactions. The role of chemistry in ‘greening’ existing processes will drive the development of more efficient, selective catalysts and reduced energy consumption.

Associate Professor Dr. T.M. Sridhar

h-index: 10, Citations: 854
University of Madras

Prof. Dr. T.M. Sridhar is currently a Associate Professor and head of analytical chemistry department at University of Madras. He has over 21 years of experience in teaching and research arising from his work at Sathyabama University (Asst. Prof.), Rajalakshmi Engineering College (Professor) and University of Madras. His research interest is in biomaterials, electrochemistry and catalysis, among others.