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Kogakuin University, Japan

Title (Tentative): Understanding Fouling by Macromolecules and Proteins in
Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration

Dr. Kazuki Akamatsu is an associate professor in Department of Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Kogakuin University, Japan. He earned his Ph. D. in Chemical System Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2007. Then he started to work at the same university as an assistant professor. In 2010 he moved to Kogakuin Univeristy, and then he became an associate professor in 2013. From 2011 to 2012, he worked at Harvard University as a visiting researcher in School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research interest is membrane science and technology that can directly contribute to environmental and energetic issues, in particular (1) development of low-fouling membranes for water purification and wastewater treatment, (2) development of amorphous silica membranes for hydrogen production and purification, and (3) development of novel processing technologies for soft materials using membranes and microfluidic devices.

University of Alberta, Canada

Title (Tentative): Biochar as a Replacement Material in Advanced Separation

Daniel S. Alessi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, who specializes in environmental geochemistry and geomicrobiology. Since 2013, his research group has focused on understanding the surface chemistry and reactivity of environmental materials such as iron oxides, bacteria, and biochar, on lithium extraction from oilfield brines, and on improving our knowledge of the water cycle in unconventional oil and gas operations. Dr. Alessi holds the Encana Chair in Water Resources at the University of Alberta, and was named a 2017-2018 Petro-Canada Young Innovator. He sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals including Marine and Petroleum Geology, Geobiology, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology and Chemical Geology.

The University of Sheffield, UK

Title (Tentative): Understanding and Managing Discolouration Risk in Drinking Water Distribution System

Joby Boxall is Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Sheffield UK, and Head of Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Joby’s research interests are concerned with understanding and modelling hydraulic, water quality and infrastructure performance. His current research focus is on water distribution systems, covering many aspects of both quantity, with an emphasis on leakage, and quality, encompassing physical, biological and chemical processes and interactions. He research is also concerned with the grand challenges facing water, his current flagship activity here is leading the EPSRC grand challenge consortium on sustainable clean water for all, TWENTY65.

Soryong CHAE Soryong CHAE
University of Cincinnati, USA

Title (Tentative): Separation and In-Situ Inactivation of Pathogenic Microorganisms
using Electrically Conducting Carbon Nanotube Membranes

Dr. Soryong Chae is a global engineer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his PhD at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2004. Following his PhD, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Hokkaido University, Japan until 2006. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Research Associate at Duke University. Then he was a faculty at the University of Sydney, Australia until 2014. He has authored five book chapters and over 60 journal articles in water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery, membrane technology, and environmental nanotechnology over the last ten years. Dr. Chae is currently serving as Associate Editor/Editor for Environmental Engineering Research (Korean Society of Environmental Engineers), Journal of Environmental Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers), and Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier).

Xiaomin DOU Xiaomin DOU
Beijing Forestry University, China

Title (Tentative): Converting Biochar to Sulfonated Solid Acid Catalysts for
Spiramycin Hydrolyses: Insights on the Sulfonation Processes

Dr. Xiaomin Dou received his Ph.D. degree from the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China in 2006. He is presently an associate professor at the College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Beijing Forestry University, China. His recent research interests include pretreating pharmaceutical wastewater through physical-chemical methods, converting biomass to value-added functional materials, and mitigating hazardous ions (As, F and Sb, etc.) from water. He has published 47 scientific papers on the above-mentioned fields with more than 1900 citations.

University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Germany

Title (Tentative): Managed Aquifer Recharge: Comparison of the Infiltration Capacity
of Infiltration Trenches and Basins in Dresden, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Grischek is Professor of Water Sciences at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Germany. Dr. Grischek has 28 years of professional and academic experience in groundwater management and water supply. His main research interests are natural water treatment techniques, such as riverbank filtration and managed aquifer recharge, and the removal of iron, manganese, micropollutants and pathogens. He was involved in several national and international research projects including the EU projects SAPH PANI and AquaNES. He has initiated and supported feasibility studies on riverbank fitration in India, Egypt, Thailand and Vietnam. Dr. Grischek has more than 80 publications on water related subjects in peer-reviewed scientific journals, book chapters and international conference proceedings.

California State University, Long Beach, USA

Title (Tentative): Performance Determining Properties of Custom-Made
Membranes in Reverse Electrodialysis Application

Dr. Jin Gi Hong is currently an assistant professor in the department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management at the California State University, Long Beach. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a MS in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Hong-Ik University, South Korea. His research interests include membrane-based technology for water and wastewater treatment, reverse electrodialysis for salinity gradient energy generation, sustainable waste-to-energy systems, and application of nanomaterials for membrane development.

Kochi University, Japan

Title (Tentative): Development of A Rotating Advanced Oxidation Contactor for
Removing Micro-Contaminants from Real Wastewaters

Dr. Fujiwara is currently a Professor at Kochi University, Japan. He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering from Kyoto University in 1999. He is the author or co-author of 85 refereed journal publications including 36 Japanese publications. He has been a member of the board of directors of Japan Society on Water Environment (JSWE) since 2013, and he is also a chair of research committee for water reclamation and material-cycle in agro-industries, JSWE. He was a chair of 9th IWA International Symposium on Waste Management Problems in Agro-Industries (AGRO’2014). He received several awards including Distinguished Researcher Award by Kochi University (2015), JSWE Technology Award by JSWE (2016), and Reviewers Award for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2014, 2017). He is an editorial board member of Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management.

Jianzhong HE Jianzhong HE
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Title (Tentative): Deciphering the Contribution of Anammox in Wastewater
Treatment Plants

Dr. Jianzhong He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 from Professor Frank Löffler’s lab. Prior to that, she obtained her M.S. and B.S. degrees from Tsinghua University and Harbin Institute of Technology in 1998 and 1995, respectively. She was a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Lisa Alvarez-Cohen’s lab at the University of California Berkeley for two years before joining the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor in 2005. Dr. He’s research focuses on discovering novel microorganisms to transform and detoxify environmental contaminants, enhancing biodegradation by optimizing the growth of functional microbes, biomass to bioenergy/biochemicals, nutrients removal from wastewater, and applying nucleic acid-based approach in laboratory cultures andin situ.
During her tenure at NUS, Dr. He has generated more than 70 peer-reviewed publications while securing significant amount of external funding from diverse funding agencies (>17million in the past 10 years). So far, her publications have been cited for more than 2700 times (Web of Science) and an H-Index of 26. She holds several patents and collaborates widely with industrial, governmental and scientific partners. She is also the editorial board member of the Journal of Scientific Reports, the ISME Journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and Frontiers in Microbiology.

Zeng-Yei HSEU Zeng-Yei HSEU
Nation Taiwan University, Taiwan

Title (Tentative): Extractability, Speciation, and Bioavailability in Soils

Professor Hseu is a professor of soil quality and environmental sciences in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan. He had been employed as a guest professor at Kyoto University in 2010 and at Meiji University in 2011, Japan. He had also been a visiting scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2018. Professor Hseu has been the president of the Chinese Society of Soil and Fertilizer Sciences (Taiwan) since 2016 for two terms and the president of East and Southeast Asian Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS) in 2018 and 2019. His major topics of interest are heavy metal dynamics and mineralogy of serpentine soil, morphology and genesis of wetland soil, soil chronosequences on river and marine terraces, and soil heavy metal contamination and remediation. Professor Hseu is the author or coauthor of approximate 100 scientific papers and book chapters.

National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Title (Tentative): Aerosol Particle Size Distribution, Chemical Composition
and Optical Properties - How Do Ambient Fine Particles Influence
Atmospheric Visibility?

Ta-Chih Hsiao is currently an associate professor of Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering at National Taiwan University. He received his BS degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University, and MS degree in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. He earned a Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and was named a McDonnell International Scholar. Dr. Hsiao is the recipient of awards such as The National Academies Postdoctoral and Senior Research Award from NRC (2009), AIHA David L. Swift Memorial Outstanding Aerosol Paper Award (2012), "Chiu-Sen Young Aerosol Scientist Award" by Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research (2016). He now serves on the editorial board of Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR). His current research interests include Aerosol Filtration and Separation Technologies, Particle Instrumentation and Characterization, Nanoparticle Generation and Physics, Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics, Health Effects of Particulate Matters.

Michihiko IKE Michihiko IKE
Osaka University, Japan

Title (Tentative): Accumulation of Intracellular Storage Compounds by Waste
Activated Sludge as Value-added Products: for Turning Wastewater
Treatment Plants to Biorefinery Plants

Dr. Michihiko Ike is a Professor at Osaka University (OU; Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering), Japan from 2006. After working for Kubota Co. in the section of wastewater treatment plant/facilities, he joined OU as an academic member from 1990. He has stayed at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany as a guest researcher from 1998 to 1999. The research focuses on the technologies concerning conservation of environment and resources using biological/ecological means. Recently, the hot topics are the bio-recovery and -production of valued products from waste streams, and the uses of symbiotic relationship between aquatic plants (duckweed) and bacteria for application in eco-friendly bioremediation coupled with biomass production. More than 200 refereed journal papers in English have been published related to his research. He is a vice-president director of Japan Society on Water Environment and Japan Society of Water Treatment Biology, and a director of Japan Society for Environmental Biotechnology, and Society of Environmental Conservation Engineering.

Young-Shin JUN Young-Shin JUN
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Title (Tentative): Photothermal Membranes for Energy-Efficient Water Purification

Young-Shin Jun is a Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), where she leads the Environmental NanoChemistry Laboratory (http://encl.engineering.wustl.edu/). She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Environmental Chemistry from Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California, USA). Professor Jun received a 2011 U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award, and was named a 2015 Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a 2016 Frontier of Engineering Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a 2018 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She now serves on the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Science; an Editorial Board Member of RSC Advances (The Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC), the Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier), and Geochemical Transactions (Springer Nature); and an Advisory Board Member of Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts (RSC).

Her research is highly interdisciplinary: She investigates energy-related subsurface engineering systems, including geologic CO2 sequestration, conventional and unconventional oil and gas recovery, and hydrothermal energy. Based on a scientific understanding of nanoscale interfacial chemistry and solid nucleation, she also seeks new treatment techniques and new catalysts for purifying drinking water and remediating contaminated water and soil, benefiting water reuse, managed aquifer recharge, and membrane processes. In addition, she studies biomineralization and bio-inspired chemistry to develop novel materials for a more sustainable environment.

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Title (Tentative): Material Flow Analysis of WEEE in Thailand

Prof. Sutha Khaodhiar received his B.Eng. in environmental engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Oregon State University. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering of Chulalongkorn University, the director of the Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, and a board member of the Council of Engineers Thailand. His research interest focuses on industrial waste management.

Junbeum KIM Junbeum KIM
University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France

Title (Tentative): Particulate Matter Footprint and Its Relationship between Carbon
Footprint in Transportation Mode

PDr. Junbeum KIM is an associate professor in CREIDD Research Centre on Environmental Studies & Sustainability, Department of Humanities, Environment & Information Technology (HETIC) at University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France. He is conducting studies on environmental science and sustainable engineering and industrial ecology areas (sustainable resource management, material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, waste system etc.) He holds a Ph.D. from Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University (U.S.) on December in 2008, a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (U.S.) and Environmental Engineering from Inha University in South Korea. After 2 years Post-Doc. experiences in University of California, Santa Barbara and University of Minnesota, he joined to University of Technology of Troyes in 2012.

Katsuki_KIMURA Katsuki KIMURA
Hokkaido University, Japan

Title (Tentative): Membrane Technology for Resource and Energy Recovery from

Dr. Katsuki Kimura, is Professor at Hokkaido University, and has 20 years research experience into membrane processes. He is serving as the chairman of the IWA Particle Separation Specialist Group, and also serving as the chairman of Membrane Technology Specialist Group in Japanese Society on Water Environment. His current research interests cover both water treatment and wastewater treatment, including characterization of agents causing membrane fouling, resource recovery from wastewater by membrane processes, development of new measures to mitigate membrane fouling.

Sandeep KUMAR Sandeep KUMAR
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, India

Title (Tentative): Development and Application of Nanostructured Materials
for Efficient Water Management

Dr. Sandeep Kumar is working as Associate Professor at the Department of Bio and Nano Technology, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana, India. Dr. Kumar did his PhD from Panjab University, Chandigarh. His research interests include synthesis of nanomaterials, nanocarriers for healthcare applications, nanomaterials-based sensors, biomaterials, and nanotoxicology. He has one patent and published more than 100 research papers in many reputed SCI journals. Dr. Kumar runs both international and national sponsored research projects from different funding agencies. Dr. Kumar visited Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea as a visiting Professor and University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA as Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) fellow. Dr. Kumar also visited Australia, UK, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Belgium, France under different supporting schemes (DST) of Govt of India. Dr. Kumar received the Haryana Yuva Vigyan Ratna Award in 2017.

Su Shiung LAM Su Shiung LAM
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Title (Tentative): Microwave Pyrolysis Conversion of Biomass Waste into
Value-Added Biofuels and Carbon Products for Environmental

Dr. Su Shiung Lam holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, and is currently a tenured Associate Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He leads a 12-member research group working mainly on Chemical & Environmental Engineering, focusing on Waste Management, Thermal Process (Pyrolysis, Gasification, Microwave Heating), Waste & Biomass Utilization, and Clean Technology. He has collaborations and is active on the research, development, optimization, and application of thermal technology (especially pyrolysis) in many aspects, currently ranked No. 4 in the world in microwave pyrolysis and No. 1 in Malaysia for pyrolysis with respect to the number of SCI-indexed publication. He is also active in servicing as Associate Editor for Energy & Environment and Frontiers in Energy Research, and Guest Editor for Journal of Hazardous Materials, Bioresource Technology, Environmental Research, Environmental Pollution. He has secured 20 research grants, both international and in Malaysia, worth nearly RM 2.5 million (~USD 600,000), publishing about 87 articles in journals, file patent and commercialize inventions from his research team.

Patrick K. H. LEE Patrick K. H. LEE
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Title (Tentative): Understanding the Composition and Transport of Bioaerosols
in Indoor and Outdoor Environments

Dr. Patrick Lee is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. He received his BS degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University in Canada in 2001, and his MS and PhD degrees in environmental engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and 2007, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, he carried out post-doctoral research, also at University of California, Berkeley. He started his independent career in 2011. Dr. Lee is the recipient of awards such as the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Post-doctoral Fellowship, World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award and Bioenergy Society of Singapore Achievement Award. His research group applies multi-omics tools in a systems biology framework to study topics in microbiology and microbiome for applications in the energy and environmental areas.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Title (Tentative): Water Reclamation and Reuse for Urban Agriculture –
a Solution for Key Water-food Nexus Challenges?

TorOve Leiknes is Professor of Environmental Engineering, at the Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC/BESE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He joined KAUST in 2013 and served as the Director of WDRC from 2014-2017. Prior to KAUST, he was Professor of Environmental Engineering at NTNU, Norway. His main research interest is the application of membrane technology in environmental engineering and has more than 25 years experience working in this area. Research activities include coupling membranes with physical / chemical and biological processes for advanced water and wastewater treatment, energy efficient water treatment, sustainable strategies targeting water reuse. Current research focus is on integrated technologies for water reclamation and use in urban agriculture by applying various membrane treatment technologoies allowing use of reclaimed water and resources in the wastewater for production of high-quality food in different controlled enviromental agriculture strategies (e.g. aquaponics, hydroponics, greenhouses, vertical gardens, etc.)

Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, The World Bank, USA

Title (Tentative): Investing in Urban Resilience: A World Bank Perspective

Dr. Leitmann is Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank, heading teams on Resilient Recovery and Urban Resilience at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). He is also GFDRR’s focal point for humanitarian and fragility/conflict issues. He has worked in over 40 countries and held long-term assignments in Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, Haiti, and the South Pacific (the latter as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer). Dr. Leitmann holds a PhD in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of a textbook on urban environmental management (SUSTAINING CITIES), co-author of INVESTING IN URBAN RESILIENCE and numerous articles.

Carol S.K. LIN Carol S.K. LIN
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Title (Tentative): Enhancing Succinic Acid Productivity in the Yeast Yarrowia
Lipolytica with Improved Glycerol Uptake Rate

Dr. Carol Sze Ki Lin is currently an Associate Professor at School of Energy and Environment in City University of Hong Kong. Her research group focuses on waste-based biorefinery which aims at valorization of organic waste materials through bioconversion processes to recover their inherent nutrients for transformation into value-added products via green and sustainable approach. The recent development of integrated biorefinery strategies includes valorization of agricultural residues, food, beverage and textile wastes. She has been involved in over 15 research projects as PI or co-PI. She published over 110 journal papers, 6 patents and has more than 3,200 ISI citations with H-index of 31. She has served as Guest Editor of Bioresource Technology (2019) and Green Chemistry (2019). Dr. Lin has been involved as an active member of various national and international commissions and committees, and regularly serves as an external assessor for national and international funding institutions.

Kun-Yi (Andrew) LIN Kun-Yi (Andrew) LIN
National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan

Title (Tentative): Liquid-phase Environmental Catalytic Applications using
MOFs and their Derivatives

Dr. Lin received his Ph.D. from the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University (USA). He is currently working as a Full Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, and section chief at the Research Center of Sustainable Energy and Nanotechnology in National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. His research focuses on development of advanced materials and catalysts for energy and environmental applications. In the past few years, he has been becoming one of leading experts for environmental applications of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and their derivatives. He has also served as editors and editorial members for several open-access journals and reviewers for more than 100 high-impact journals. Dr. Lin has co-authored more than 130 SCI journal papers.

Yu Bon MAN Yu Bon MAN
The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Title (Tentative): Recycling of Food Wastes as Feeds for Fish Culture

Dr. MAN Yu Bon obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham (2005), a M.Sc. in Environmental and Public Health Management (2006) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (2011), both from Hong Kong Baptist University. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr. Man has a broad research interest in the area of environment science, which included (1) Biogeochemical cycles of persistent toxic substances in the environment; (2) Soil contamination; (3) Health risk assessments with a focus on food safety; and (4) The use of food waste for culturing fish. He is an editorial member of Environmental Pollution and published more than 50 SCI papers with an h-index: 19. He was awarded the Silver Medal (Upgrading food wastes as fish feeds) of Salon International des Inventions (Geneva), in 2019.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Title (Tentative): Photogranulation in Wastewater Treatment and Elsewhere

Dr. Chul Park is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received BS in Environmental Engineering at Yeungnam University in South Korea. He obtained MS and PhD in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech in the USA. His research areas reside in environmental bioprocesses for both built and natural systems. He is particularly interested in bioaggregation, especially from the aspect of microbial physiology, and its application for engineering systems as well as its phenomenal occurrences in natural environments. Dr. Park is the recipient of 2013 Paul Busch Award presented from Water Environment Research Foundation. He has also carried out several NSF research projects, including recent grants on photogranules for aeration-free wastewater treatment and the impact of upgrading wastewater treatment systems (for biological nutrient removal) on persistent algal blooms in coastal waters

Ameet J. PINTO Ameet J. PINTO
Northeastern University, USA

Title (Tentative): Disinfection Exhibits Systematic Selective Pressures on the Drinking
Water Microbiome

Dr Ameet Pinto is an Environmental Engineer and Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. Ameet is a Chemical Engineer with post-graduate degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alaska (2005) and Virginia Tech, USA (2009). Prior to joining Northeastern University in 2016, he was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. His research has received support through prestigious grants like EPSRC’s Bright IDEAS Award in 2015 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2018. Ameet was the recipient of the prestigious International Water Association/International Society of Microbial Ecology's BioCluster Award (Rising Star) in 2018. Ameet’s research focuses on the development and application of state-of-the-art molecular and modelling tools to monitor and manage the microbiology of drinking water systems to improve the sustainability of treatment processes and enhance the safety and security of drinking water.

Miguel_Angel_SANZ Miguel Angel SANZ
Director of Strategic Development - SUEZ International, France

Title (Tentative): Overview of Global Desalination Market and Drivers

Miguel Angel SANZ has over 36-year professional experience in Desalination as well as in Drinking and Waste Water fields, in Municipal and Industry Markets. He is Director of IDA and President of Board of Directors of IDA until end of October 2019, Director of AEDyR (Spanish Desalination and Reuse Association), he served 8 years in the board of Directors of EDS and also member of IWA, Aladyr, CaribDA and ASTEE. Industrial Engineer Master Degree received in 1981 from Bilbao High Technical School of Engineers in Spain.

Jens_Ejbye_SCHMIDT Jens Ejbye SCHMIDT
The University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Title (Tentative): Sustainable Concepts of Biorefineries in Arid Regions

Oct 2018 Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, The University of Southern Denmark, Department Chair and Professor

2012 - Sept 2018 Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Masdar Institute for Technology and Science; Abu Dhabi, UAE
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Head of Institute Center for Energy - iEnergy

2007 - 2012 The Biofuels and Biorefinery programme (NRG), Biosystems Department, Risø - National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Head of Program for the Biofuels and Biorefinery programme

His research activities fall into several categories within sustainable energy with focus on a common theme of valorization of waste, wastewaters and biomasses. Particular interest in waste/biomass to energy technologies, biorefinery concepts and innovative wastewater treatment methods.

Jeffrey R. SEAY Jeffrey R. SEAY
University of Kentucky, USA

Title (Tentative): Building Momentum for Global Sustainability Using
the Principles of Behavioral Economics

Dr. Jeffrey Seay is the PJC Board of Trustees Engineering Professor and Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Extended Campus Program. He also holds an appointment as Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Seay joined the University of Kentucky in 2008 after a 12-year career as a process engineer in the chemical industry. His research interests include the integration of sustainable biomass supply chains with thermochemical modeling of biomass utilization processes as well as the application of appropriate technology to the production of alternative energy in underdeveloped regions. Dr. Seay is a past Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) as well as past Vice-Chair and Education Committee Chair for the SEF. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the AIChE International Committee, Programming Chair for the AIChE Environmental Division and is a member of the Managing Board for the AIChE Institute for Sustainability.

Dr. Seay leads the University of Kentucky Appropriate Technology and Sustainability (UKATS) research group at the University of Kentucky Paducah Extended Campus. UKATS is focused on developing sustainable, renewable energy solutions for underdeveloped regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Dr. Seay is the inaugural recipient of the AIChE SEF Sustainability Education Award (2013). He has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award in Chemical Engineering (2013) and the Dean’s Award for Service (2014) at the University of Kentucky. He is the 2017 winner of the University of Kentucky Provost Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2018 Henry Mason Lutes Outstanding Teaching Award. He has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist Roster Member for 2016 – 2021. Dr. Seay has a BS from Auburn University (1996), an MS from the University of South Alabama (2005) and a PhD from Auburn University, all in chemical engineering.

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Title (Tentative): Adsorption Technology for Gas Separation

Dr. Jin Shang is an assistant professor in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. He did his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne and postdoc work at the University of Melbourne and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Shang specializes in molecular adsorption, separation, and storage using porous materials such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks. His research is focused on understanding the fundamental physical chemistry of molecular adsorption process via combined experimental and computational methods, in order to rationally develop high-performance adsorbents. The target applications include carbon capture and utilization, methane purification from nature gas/biogas/landfill gas, nitrogen oxides removal and abatement, volatile organic compounds removal, energy gas storage, etc. Dr. Shang has published over 50 papers (h-index 15, citations 690) in journals such as Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Letters, Chemical Communications, Green Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Journal, etc.

University of California. Los Angeles, USA

Title (Tentative): Water Management Solutions in Water Scarce Cities and Areas

Michael K. Stenstrom is a Distinguished Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University and is a registered professional engineer in California. He has been with UCLA since 1977 in the capacity of assistant, associate professor, professor and distinguished professor in addition to several university administrative assignments, including Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water and wastewater treatment and has performed research in several areas of environmental engineering. He has won several awards including the Harrison Prescott Eddy Prize for innovative research (Water Environment Federation, 1992, 2014), the Walter L. Huber Award (ASCE), the Best Dissertation Award (Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors), the Dow Environmental Care Award, the Los Angeles Basin Section (California WEF) Research Award., and research innovation awards from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, the AEESP's Fredrick George Pohland Medal for sustained and outstanding efforts to bridge environmental engineering research practice and education and most recently the WEF Camp Award for unique application of basic research or fundamental principles through the design or development of a wastewater collection or treatment system. Recently Professor Stenstrom has been working on stormwater management and best management practices for stormwater manangement and beneficial resuse in highly urbanized environments such as Los Angeles.

Akihiko TERADA Akihiko TERADA
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Title (Tentative): A Membrane-aerated Biofilm Reactor for Effective Nitrogen Removal
from Wastewaters: Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Akihiko Terada is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He earned Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Waseda University in Japan in 2006. Before joining Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Terada has been a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Technical University of Denmark from 2006 to 2009. His expertise lies in environmental biotechnology and microbiology for wastewater treatment, mitigation of greenhouse gas emission from engineered systems, and resource recovery from wastewater streams. Throughout his research activities, he has published > 100 scientific papers in ISI journals. He is a management committee member of Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering, and Biofilms in IWA, and also serves an editorial member of Frontiers in Microbiology, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Water and Environment Technology (Co-Editors-in-Chief), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Asian Editor) and others.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Title (Tentative): Waste lignin depolymerization over two-dimensional CuO/BCN catalysts

Prof. Daniel CW Tsang is currently an Associate Professor and Programme Leader (EOSH) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was an IMETE Visiting Scholar at Ghent University in Belgium, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the US, Senior Lecturer and 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. With a strong link to real-world environmental challenges, Dan’s research group strives to develop low-impact solutions to ensure sustainable development and foster new ways in which we utilize biomass waste, contaminated land, and urban water. Dan has published over 300 SCI journal papers, and currently serves as Editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials, Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environment, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and Journal of Soils and Sediments, as well as Editorial Board Member of Bioresource Technology, Environmental Pollution, and Chemosphere. Dan has also served as Guest Editor of 20+ Special Issues at Environment International, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Cleaner Production, Bioresource Technology, etc., and received the Young Scientist Award (International Bioprocessing Association) and Excellence in Review Award (Environmental Science and Technology, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, and Chemosphere). Dan is the Chair and Organizer of 2nd Biological Waste as Resource Conference (BWR2017), 4th Contaminated Land, Ecological Assessment and Remediation Conference (CLEAR2018), 3rd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology 2018 (BEEM2019), and 5th Asia Pacific Biochar Conference (APBC2020).

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Title (Tentative): Future of Biochar as a Nanomaterial for Environmental
Engineering Applications: Potential and Toxicity

Dr. Meththika Vithanage is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP), Sri Lanka, an Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Visiting Associate Research Professor of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. She serves as the Head of the Ecosphere Resilience Research Center of the USJP. Dr. Vithanage’s research approach builds on environmental science; key/emerging pollutants in the environment, assess their fate and transport and remediate those using geo/bio/nano materials. She is a Young Affiliate of the Third World Academy of Sciences and she became the Chairperson of the Young Scientists Forum in 2017. She was awarded as the Best Young Scientist, 2018 and 2016 by the Young Scientist Forum of the National Science and Technology Commission and National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. Recently she was selected as one of the Early Career Women Scientists by the Organization for Women Scientists in the Developing Countries, Italy. She has contributed over 130 Science Citation Indexed journal articles, over 30 book chapters and three co-edited books published by Elsevier Inc. Her citation record is close to 3500 with an H index of 28.

Chi-Hwa WANG Chi-Hwa WANG
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Title (Tentative): A Circular Economy Approach by Co-Gasification of Algal Bloom
and Chicken Manure

Dr. Chi-Hwa Wang is currently a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He had the following joint appointments in his service to the same university (i) Assistant Dean for Research at the Faculty of Engineering, NUS (2006-2008), and (ii) Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance (2001-2006). He received his M.S. degree (Biomedical Engineering) from Johns Hopkins University, M.A. and PhD degrees (both in Chemical Engineering) from Princeton University, respectively. He was holding several visiting appointments throughout different stages of his career: Kyoto University (2003, JSPS Visiting Fellow), Cambridge University (2004, Sabbatical Academic Visitor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004, Visiting Associate Professor). His current research interests include particle technology, biomass gasification, and waste to energy and resource. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Controlled Release (2009 - present), Powder Technology (2008 - present), Advanced Powder Technology (2009 – present, also Executive Editor, 2009-2012), and Applied Energy (2017- present). He is currently an Executive Editor for Chemical Engineering Science (Elsevier, 2013 - present). Chi-Hwa is the recipient of a few recent awards such as AIChE Shining Star Award 2016, Teaching Commendation List, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2017. WSSET (World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies) Award 2017, Bologna, Italy, 2017, and AIChE Shell Thomas Baron Award, Pittsburgh, USA, 2018.

Hailong WANG Hailong WANG
Foshan University, China

Title (Tentative): Contaminant Immobilization by Applying Biochars to Soils
Contaminated with Heavy Metals and Phthalates

Hailong Wang is a professor in environmental soil science at School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Foshan University, China. He is also an adjunct professor at Zhejiang University and Zhejiang A&F University. His research program focuses mainly on environmental functions of biochar and environmental remediation. He has published >180 papers in SCI journals, including 14 ESI highly cited papers, with total citations > 4000 times. Prof. Wang is the Director of Biochar Engineering Technology Research Center of Guangdong Province, China, a director of the Biochar Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance of China, a member of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) Advisory Committee, and an editor of "Environmental Science and Pollution Research", "Journal of Soils and Sediments" and "Biochar".

Siming YOU Siming YOU
University of Glasgow, UK

Title (Tentative): Economic Feasibility and Environmental Impacts of Distributed
Waste-To-Energy Network in Glasgow, UK

Dr. Siming You is a lecturer in the James Watt School of Engineering of Glasgow University. Before joining the School, he worked as a Research Fellow at NUS (National University of Singapore) Environmental Research Institute. He also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Nanyang Technological University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Dr. You received his Ph.D. in Thermo-fluids from Nanyang Technological University in 2014. He has an area of expertise in the design and analysis of waste management and waste-to-resource generation, and the valorization of waste-derived products like biochar and hydrogen. He has served as a guest editor for various Special Issues in journals like Applied Energy, Bioresource Technology and Journal of CO2 Utilisation on topics related to environmentally friendly waste-to-resource development. He has been an Invited Speaker and a member of the International Scientific Committee for various International Conferences (e.g., BEEM 2018 and E2S2-CREATE and AIChE Waste Management Conference 2019). Dr. You was awarded the Outstanding Young Researcher Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), Singapore Local Section in 2018.

Shicheng ZHANG Shicheng ZHANG
Fudan University, China

Title (Tentative): Hydrothermal Conversion of Biomass Waste to
High Value Added Chemicals and Materials

Dr. Shicheng Zhang is a Full Professor and a Vice Chair at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. His research group is focusing on the biofuel, biochemical and bio-based materials production from biomass wastes by chemical, biological and biochemical methods, especially hydrothermal conversion of biomass waste to high value-added products. He has been involved in more than 30 research projects as PI or Co-PI. Has published more than 120 journal papers, 30 patents, and has more than 3200 ISI citations with H index 29. He has served as Guest Editor of Bioresource Technology (2017) and Green Chemistry (2019). Dr. Zhang has been an active member of numerous national and international commissions and committees, and regularly serves as external judge for national and international funding institutions.

Qingliang ZHAO Qingliang ZHAO
Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Title (Tentative): A Macrophyte Sediment Microbial Fuel Cell for Polluted Urban
River Sediment Remediation and in-situ Bioenergy Generation

Dr. Qingliang ZHAO is currently a professor at School of Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He was one of the recipient of 2004 Scientific Fund of Heilongjiang Provincial Outstanding Youth. His major research interests include wastewater/leachate treatment and resource recovery, sludge treatment/disposal and nutrient recovery, microbial fuel cells. He has carried out 8 national scientific research projects, published more than 130 research articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and co-authored 6 books in Chinese and 7 invited book chapters in English. He is the Committee Member of IWA Working Group on Alternative Water Resource (China) — IWA joint with China Desalination Association (CDA) and Board Member of the IWA China Anaerobic Digestion Committee.

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