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Plenary Speakers
(In alphabetic order, confirmed so far)
Soniya College of Pharmacy, India

Title (Tentative): Membrane Processes on Waste Treatment Abatement

Dr. Tejraj Aminabhavi obtained his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA in 1979. He has 45 years of experiences in academia and industries. His areas of expertise are in polymer science, membranes, and environmental engineering. Aminabhavi published 800 scientific papers in highly cited journals, three US patents, and 60 review articles. His work received 33000 citations with an H Index of 85. His text book on “Introduction to Macromolecular Science”, published by Wiley is widely read. Currently, he is serving as Professor Emeritus and Research Director at the College of Pharmacy, India and is the editor of Chemical Engineering Journal. He is the founder editor-in-chief of Materials Science for Energy Technologies (KeAi Publishers, China) in addition to advisory board memberships on several international journals. He is the visiting professor to several universities in the US and other countries. Aminabhavi received international awards from Japan, Iran and India.

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Title (Tentative): Beyond Biogas for Upcycling wastes and residues in a Bioeconomy

Irini Angelidaki (IA), PhD is Professor at DTU with wide expertise in the area of biofuels (biogas, biohydrogen, bioethanol) production, optimization of the anaerobic processes and development of sustainable solutions for organic waste and wastewater treatment. She has more than > 500 scientific publications , ( > 320 ISI publications); > 5 patents. She has been member of the editorial board in 3 international biotechnological/environmental journals. She has served in several national and international committees and worked with a range of organizations and research bodies. Examples hereof are: the Danish Research Council (Free Research Council; Research for Technology and production, FTP); the Swedish Danish Research Formas, the European Research Council’s (ERC) panel, for starters/consolidators for the Life Science program (LS9), the Swedish Research Council (VR) Panel 7uncil. She is a member of the managing committee of the AD Specialist Group IWA. She has the last 20 years coordinated/participated in a large number of projects financed both from EU and from national funding. IA is coordinator of the Bioenergy Group at DTU Environment an active and dynamic research group working in the following areas: Biogas, Biofuels, Microbial Electrochemistry, Algae as bioresource and Biorefineries.

Nanthi BOLAN Nanthi BOLAN
The University of Newcastle, Australia

Title (Tentative): Heavy Metal Bioavailability and Human Health

Professor Nanthi Bolan’s teaching and research interests include agronomic value of manures, fertilisers and soil amendments, soil acidification, nutrient and carbon cycling, soil remediation, and waste management. Nanthi is a Fellow of American Soil Science Society, American Society of Agronomy and New Zealand Soil Science Society, and was awarded the Communicator of the Year award by the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Sciences. He has supervised more than 50 postgraduate students, and was awarded the Massey University Research Medal for excellence in postgraduate students’ supervision. He has published more than 350 book chapters and journal papers, and is one of the Thomson Reuters Highly cited researchers for 2018.

Dr. Joo Hwa (Andrew) Tay is a world-class researcher in the field of wastewater treatment and one of the inventors of aerobic granulation technology. Since joining the University of Calgary in 2014, Dr. Tay has been a holder of two top research chairs: Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Wastewater Engineering and NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair (NSERC-IRC) in Advanced Technologies for Wastewater Treatment. Besides the four highest Singapore National Awards including the President’s Technology Award for outstanding research and inventions, since he came to Canada, Dr. Tay has also received several Outstanding Teaching Awards and the Schulich School of Engineering Research Excellence Award and is currently nominated for the ASTech Award due to his outstanding achievement in technology. Dr. Tay has shared his work with other researchers worldwide through numerous publications. He has written 32 books, book chapters and monographs and published more than 700 technical papers on water and wastewater treatment and environmental engineering management, including 388 SCI (Science Citation Index) journal papers, with a citation index of more than 14,200 and an H-Index of 66. Dr. Tay has also filed and been awarded 14 patents on wastewater treatment technologies, including 5 on aerobic granulation. Dr. Tay has been the Editor of the Journal of Hazardous Materials (I.F. 6.434 in 2019) since 2006 and was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Yoshihiko MATSUI Yoshihiko MATSUI
Hokkaido University, Japan

Title (Tentative): Development and Application of Super-fine Powdered Activated
Carbon for Water Treatment

Dr. Yoshihiko Matsui is a professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, with a joint appointment as a Senior Program Officer at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has been conducting research on physical-chemical water treatment and drinking water quality standard. He has published more than 80 papers in IWA journals, and his scholarship achievements have granted him an acclaimed academic career with several prizes, which includes Prizes for Science and Technology from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, The Government of Japan.

Sang-Eon PARK Sang-Eon PARK
Emeritus Prof. of Inha University, Korea

Title (Tentative): CO2 Use as Oxidant for Value-added Basic Chemicals

Prof. Sang-Eon Park is Emeritus Professor of Inha Univ., in which he had been the director of the Laboratory of Nano-Green Catalysis and Nano Center for Fine Chemicals Fusion Technology at Inha University at Incheon, Korea. He has received a PhD in Chemistry (1981) from KAIST and experienced in Chon Engrg. Co. for 1977 – 1984. And he had a post-doctoral carrier at Texas A.& M. till 1986. He was a principal investigator in KRICT, National Lab. for 16 years and moved to Inha University since 2003 as a full professor. Now, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of CO₂ Utilization and also serves as Honorary Prof. of several Universities and the editorial boards of several scientific journals and as an advisory member of several leading international conferences, specially International Conference of Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU). He published more than 450 scientific articles and 80 patents applied, with 7 industrialized projects. His current research interest involves carbon dioxide utilization as oxidant coined with Soft Oxidant, Promoter, and Enhancer. Prof. Park’s vision is to lay the scientific and technological foundation to bridge CO₂ research and industrial application to underpin the development of sustainable future technologies as sources of both O and C from CO₂.

Ming_Hung_WONG Ming-Hung WONG
The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Title (Tentative): Use of Biochar as Feed Supplements for Animal Farming

Professor Wong is currently Advisor/Research Chair Professor of Environmental Science, The Education University of Hong Kong; Distinguished Visiting Professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology; Emeritus Chair Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Springer).

Professor Wong served as the Coordinator of Central and North-East Asia of the project “Regionally based assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances”, and as a Panel Member (of three experts) of another project “Chemicals Management Issues of developing countries and countries with economies in transition”, both sponsored by UNEP/GEF, during 2001-2003, and 2010-2012, respectively.

Professor Wong’s research areas included “environmental and health risk assessments of persistent toxic substances”, “ecological restoration of contaminated sites”, and “recycling of organic wastes, with emphasis on upgrading food wastes as fish feeds”. He has published over 700 papers, edited 26 books/special issues of scientific journals, and has successfully filed 5 patents. He has been awarded two DSc Degrees, based on his publications, by University of Durham and University of Strathclyde (both UK) in 1992 and 2004, respectively. He is among one of the 3160 highly cited researchers (all disciplines) in the world, with an H-index>100. http://www.webometrics.info/en/hlargerthan100

He was awarded the Croucher Senior Fellow (Croucher Foundation of Hong Kong) in 1997, the Royal Society Visiting Fellow (Royal Society, UK) in 2000, Chang Jiang Chair Professor of Environmental Science (Ministry of Education of China) in 2014, and the Milton Gordon Award for Excellence in Phytoremediation (International Phytotechnology Society) in 2016.

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