Plenary Speakers

Dr Jeffery C Bricker

Senior Director of Research and Development

Dr Jeffery Bricker is the Senior Director of Research at UOP, which provides expertise and conducts research in the areas of New Materials, Catalysis, Advanced Characterization & Analytical, Membranes, Bio-Renewables, and Exploratory Platforms. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from Heidelberg University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1983.  Jeff joined UOP directly after graduate school and has worked at UOP for 34 years. He started at UOP as a catalyst scientist working in paraffin dehydrogenation, selective hydrogenations, natural gas utilization, and selective oxidation.  Jeff has held a variety of positions in Refining, Petrochemical, and Separations R&D and has had a key role in development of several UOP technologies and products. In his current role, he is accountable for UOP’s longer- range research programs and capabilities development. He has been awarded 61 U.S. patents. He is a member of the North American Catalysis Society and the American Chemical Society.  He has received a number of awards including the UOP Stine Star, the 2006 Honeywell Growth and Innovation Award , the 2008 Devon Meek Lecturer, the 2011 ACS National Award in Creative Invention, the 2015 Honeywell Distinguished Technologist Award, and  the 2017 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis by the North American Catalysis Society.

Prof Johan A Martens

Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
University of Leuven

Johan A. Martens was born in Brussels, Belgium, on January 22, 1958. He is professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is head of Catalysis Division and affiliated with the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis. Prof. Martens is renowned for design of zeolites, ordered mesoporous and hybrid organic-inorganic materials for catalysis, molecular separation and controlled release. His research spans a wide application rage including environmental protection, solar fuels, pharmaceutical formulation and food science and technology. Prof. Martens embodies innovation with over 100 patent applications and foundation of 3 spin off companies. He is recipient of Methusalem funding, the Highest level of structural funding by the Flemish Government granted to individuals in regard to proven excellence in research. Prof. Martens is an active member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.

Prof Xiulian Pan

Professor of the State Key Laboratory of Catalysis,
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics,
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof Pan has been a Professor of the State Key Laboratory of Catalysis as the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2009. She completed her Postdoctor in Membrane and membrane catalysis at the Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Germany in 2003. Her PhD on Membrane and membrane catalysis was completed in 2001 at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Franhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Germany

Prof Pan’s research interests are in synthesis and functionalization of nano-structured carbon (carbon nanotubes, graphene, porous carbon and SiC based composite); development of carbon-based metal-free catalysts; catalysis fundamentals over metal/carbon composites, particularly the confinement effects within limited space; and activation and conversion of small molecules such as CO, CO2, N2.

Prof Dr Ferdi Schüth

 Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

He studied Chemistry and Law at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster). He received his doctorate in Chemistry in 1988 and passed the First State Exam in Law in 1989.  After 5 years as scientific assistant at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität (Mainz) he became Professor in Chemistry in 1995. From 1995 till 1998 he worked as Professor for Inorganic Chemistry at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt). Since 1998 he is Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim an der Ruhr) and since 2014 Vice-President of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Ferdi Schüth received several awards, e.g. of the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award, Wöhler-Award, Hamburger Wissenschaft-Award and Friedrich-von-Weizsäcker-Award.

He is editor of “Chemistry of Materials”, member of numerous editorial boards and committees, e.g. Dechema Chairman of the selection committee of the German Future Award,  Professor h.c. at the Dalian University (China) and the University to Munich (Germany) and founder of the hte AG (BASF is main shareholder).

His research field comprises energy, biomass conversion, crystallization processes, synthesis of catalyst materials, catalysis, zeolites, ordered mesoporous materials and hydrogen storage materials.

Ferdi Schüth has about 430 publications, 50 plenary lectures, 230 contributions to conferences and approx. 35 patents or patent applications.

Prof Wataru Ueda

Department of Material and Life Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering,
Kanagawa University

Wataru Ueda is currently a Professor at Kanagawa University. He is also an emeritus professor of Hokkaido University. He gained a PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1981 and following that worked as a research associate at the Utilization, Tokyo Institute of Technology Research Laboratories of Resources. In 1985-1987 he was a Ramsey memorial fellow at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Cambridge University and Royal Institution, UK, working with Prof. J. M. Thomas. In 1990 he had a lectureship in the Department of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology and then in 1998 became Professor at the Department of Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Science University of Tokyo in Yamaguchi. In 2001 he became Professor at the Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University. In 2014 he became Professor at Department of Material and Life Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University and Visiting professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology and National Taiwan University.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Xiao-Ming Chen

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xiao-Ming Chen obtained his BSc (1983) and MSc (1986) degrees from Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), Guangzhou, China, and PhD degree (1992) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He joined the chemistry faculty at SYSU since 1992, and became a professor since 1995. He is Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (since 2009), Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS), and Fellow of IUPAC (since 2013). His research interests include synthesis, structures and properties of functional coordination polymers (or MOFs) and metal complexes, especially the porous and electric/magnetic coordination materials. He has published more than 430 papers in the international journals including Science, Journal of American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Accounts of Chemical Research, Chemical Society Reviews, and Chemical Reviews. He has currently more than 34,000 citations and H-index of 97 in Web of Science. He is member of advisory boards of Chemical Communications (RSC), CrystEngComm (RSC), ACS Central Science, and Crystal Growth & Design (ACS), Chemistry An Asian Journal, etc. He was awarded China National Natural Science Prize in 2007, TWAS prize in Chemistry in 2012 and Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry (Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017).

Jie-Sheng Chen

Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Jie-Sheng Chen is currently a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his BSc (1983) and MSc (1986) degrees from Sun Yat-sen University and PhD degree (1989) from Jilin University. After a short work experience as a lecturer at Jilin University from 1989 to 1990, he moved to the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London as a postdoctor. In 1994, he returned to Jilin University and was promoted to a full professor later on. In 2008, he joined the faculty of School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interest is focused on the interfacial interactions of material components and the electrochemical and catalytic performances of solids including porous materials.

Prof Mark E Davis

Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Mark E. Davis is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA USA. He has over 450 scientific publications, two textbooks and over 90 US patents. He was elected in the National Academy of Engineering in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and the National Academy of Medicine in 2011. In 2014, he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research from the King of Spain, and in 2015, he was elected into the National Academy of Inventors.

Prof Jean-Pierre Gilson

Université de Caen – CNRS

Jean-Pierre Gilson graduated cum-laude from the University of Namur (Belgium) under the guidance of Prof. Eric G. Derouane and Zélimir Gabelica.

During his industrial (UOP, Grace & Shell) and academic (Distinguished Professor, ENSICAEN, France) career he combined fundamental studies in catalysis with their applications in oil refining, petrochemistry and renewables. He has a keen interest in Academia-Industry cooperation, developed during an attachment to Total where he managed their extra-mural research in the refining division. He was Director of the LCS (Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry) for 12 years and brought it to the A+ level (highest rating) in its latest research assessment exercise. He is the recipient in 2018 of an Industrial Chair (Total, ENSICAEN, French National Research Agency).

He is the author of more than 80 papers and 1 book, was granted 37 patents and developed 3 commercial catalytic processes in the fields of oil refining, petrochemistry and natural gas upgrading. He teaches physical chemistry and petrochemistry/oil refining processes and is an invited professor in China (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China University of Petroleum Qingdao and Jiling University Changchung).

Christopher W. Jones

Love Family Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and the Associate Vice President for Research, Georgia Tech

Professor Jones is the Love Family Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and the Associate Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech.

He has been recognized with a number of awards for his research and teaching, including the Ipatieff Prize from ACS in 2010 and the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis in 2013 from the NACS.

In 2016, he was recognized by the AIChE for his work in catalysis and CO2 capture with the Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress.

Dr. Jones is the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis, and he is Vice-President of the NACS.

Prof Johannes A. Lercher

Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Department of Chemistry
TU München

Johannes A. Lercher, studied Chemistry at TU Wien, receiving his PhD in 1981 at the same institution. After a year at Yale University, he joined TU Wien as Lecturer, later Associate Professor. 1993 he was appointed Professor in the Department of Chemical Technology at the University Twente, the Netherlands and in 1998 in the Department of Chemistry of TU München, Germany. Since 2011 he is also Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. Being member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences, and the US National Academy of Engineering, he has been President of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and the International Zeolite Association. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis. Recent awards include the ENI Award (hydrocarbons), the David Trimm and Noel Cant Lectureship of the Australian Catalysis Society, the R.B. Anderson Award of the Canadian Catalysis Society, the Francois Gault Lectureship Award of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies, and the Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis of the North American Catalysis Society. Research interests are related to catalysis in nanostructured catalysts, focusing on understanding the influence of the steric and chemical environment to tailor catalytic sites.

Dr Hong-Xin Li

R&D Director
Zeolyst International

Dr Hong-Xin Li is the R&D Director at Zeolyst International, a joint venture of PQ Corporation and Shell.  His responsibilities include new products development, zeolite applications, and technical support to market development.  Prior to joining Zeolyst in 1998, he had worked on development of zeolite adsorbents and catalysts at Air Products.

Dr Li earned his Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1984 from Dalian University of Technology in China.  He studied zeolite synthesis and catalysis under the guidance of Prof Peter Jacobs at Katholic University of Leuven in Belgium and obtained a Ph.D. Degree in 1989.  He was a postdoctoral fellow in Pro. Mark Davis’s group at Virginia Tech and Cal Tech.   He has published 23 peer-reviewed papers and holds 21 US patents.

Lynne McCusker

Lynne McCusker has been studying the crystal structures of zeolites for over 40 years, the last 30 of these at ETH Zurich. There, together with Christian Baerlocher, she led a research group devoted to developing methods for solving crystal structures from powder diffraction data, with an emphasis on zeolitic materials. She received the Breck Award (with Osamu Terasaki and Christian Baerlocher) in 2007 and served as the IZA Ambassador from 2010 to 2013. Since her retirement in 2016, she has enjoyed extended visits to Stockholm University and UC Santa Barbara, where she has learned more about electron crystallography and MAS NMR spectroscopy, respectively.

Dr. Nikolay Nesterenko

Total Research & Technology Feluy, Seneffe, Belgium

Dr. N. Nesterenko (b. 1977) started his career in heterogeneous catalysis in 1996 with a specific focus on zeolite-based materials. He is a member of Total Associate Professor Association, visiting scientist at university of Caen (France) and leader of the R&D program on catalytic conversion of natural gas in Total.

Dr. N. Nesterenko studied chemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). He completed his PhD at University of Montpellier (France) in 2003 and his MBA in 2014 at HULT international business school in London (UK). In 2005, he joined R&D division of Total.

Prof Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Professor of Catalysis Engineering
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Javier Pérez-Ramírez studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 2002. Following a period in industry at Norsk Hydro and Yara International (2002-2005), he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia as an ICREA Professor before being appointed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as the Professor of Catalysis Engineering in 2010. His research focuses on the design of catalytic materials tackling current and future energy, resource, and environmental challenges of society. The main topics of interest include the valorization of renewables, carbon dioxide, and natural gas using tailored nanostructured materials. He has published over 350 articles and is co-inventor of 17 patents. He has been recognized by several awards, most recently the Otto-Roelen-Medal (2012), the EFCATS Young Researcher Award (2013), the Beilby Medal and Prize (2014), and the RSC Sustainable Energy Award (2017). He serves as Associate Editor of Catalysis Science and Technology and as President of SwissCat, the Catalysis section of the Swiss Chemical Society.

Prof. Bao-Lian Su

University of Namur

Dr. Sc of the University Pierre and Marie Curie, France in 1992,  Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Clare Hall Life Member, University of Cambridge, Prof. Su held “Belgian Francqui Chaire”. He joined the faculty of the University of Namur in Sept. 1995 and created the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry.

He has received “First Class Invention Award of Sinopec” in 1992, the “China Patent Excellence Award” in 1994, the “Adolphe Wetrems Prize” of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2007 and the “Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis” by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2011.

He has published 440 SCI papers with more than 16000 citations and an H index of 65 and is a coordinator and a principle leader of more than 70 research and collaborative projects.

Prof. Su’s current research fields include the synthesis, the property study and the molecular engineering of zeolites, highly organized and hierarchically porous materials, bio-integrated living and bio-inspired materials for catalysis, photocatalysis, artificial photosynthesis, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy storage and conversion and cell therapy.

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