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Professor Darya Alontseva

School of Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence, D. Serikbayev East-Kazakhstan Technical University (EKTU), 19 Serikbayev St, Ust-Kamenogorsk, 070010, Kazakhstan

Darya Alontseva completed her PhD in Physics at East Kazakhstan State University in 2002. She completed her postdoctoral studies in 2013. In 2016 she was awarded the academic title of Professor of Physics. Currently she is a professor at the School of Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence, D. Serikbayev East Kazakhstan Technical University (EKTU).

Prof. D. Alontseva has 20 years of research experience in developing new materials and processes and leading funded research projects. She is a leading researcher in her areas of expertise: physics of condensed state and surface engineering. Her current research focuses on the development of robotic technology for microplasma spraying of metal and ceramic coatings onto medical implants and protective coatings on parts of cutting tools, crushing plates, etc.

Dr Jenny Baker  CEng FIMMM

Senior Lecturer Mechanical Engineering, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Fabien Way, SE1 8EN, UK

Jenny Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University and battery lead for the SPECIFIC project. SPECIFIC is a UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), accredited by UKRI, leading in energy technology research and full-scale demonstration.

Her group undertakes research in the following areas:

  • Materials processing of solid state electrolytes – translating methods from solution processed solid state photovoltaics to batteries
  • Remanufacturing methods for printed electrodes
  • Technoeconomic and life cycle assessment of renewable energy devices and associated systems

Prior to academia she worked in aerospace manufacturing (Rolls-Royce and VSMPO-Avisma) developing processing routes to enable a circular economy for aerospace grade titanium and brings this expertise into her research on sustainable manufacturing.

Dr Efthymios Balomenos

Laboratory of Metallurgy, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, 15780 Zografou, Greece

Dr Efthymios Balomenos studied Mining and Metallurgical engineering at National Technical University of Athens and received his PhD degree in Thermodynamics in the same school in 2006. Since 2008 he has been working in the Laboratory of Metallurgy as a postdoctoral researcher focusing on sustainable process development, CO2 mitigation strategies, exergy analysis and resource utilisation efficiency. He is involved in the research management and coordination of several collaborative large scale research projects (ENEXAL,  EURARE, SCALE, ENSUREAL, RemovAl, BIORECOVER, AlSiCaL, SISAL PILOT, HARARE, ReActiv) most of which focus on bauxite residue valorisation or alumina production. 

He has more than 80 research publications in journals and conference proceeding with more than 1000 citations and an h-index of 19. Since 2015, he cooperates with MYTILINEOS - Metals as a senior consultant in R&D projects. He was a recipient of the TMS Light Metals Subject Award – Alumina & Bauxite in 2017 and since 2022 he is on the ICSOBA’s Board of Directors.

Dr Ausilio Bauen

ERM, 2nd Floor Exchequer Court, 33 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8AA, UK

Ausilio Bauen has extensive research and consulting experience on technical, economic, sustainability, business and policy aspects of alternative fuels and sustainable energy more broadly. He has worked with industry, government, non-government and international organisations to support strategic decisions through an understanding of energy technologies, related supply chains and the energy system they play in. Ausilio is a Partner at the strategy consulting firm ERM which focuses on sustainable energy, and a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK.

Dipl.-Ing. techn. Karin Föttinger

Technische Universität Wien, Getreidemarkt 9/165, 1060 Wien, Austria

Karin Föttinger is associate professor at TU Wien, Austria, and head of the Technical Catalysis research group. She obtained her PhD from TU Wien in 2005, after which she carried out two years’ postdoctoral research with Professor Rupprechter and received a research fellowship at the Max-Planck-Society, Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany, with Professor Robert Schlögl. She obtained a tenure track position at TU Wien in 2008 and was a visiting scientist at the ETH Zürich, the University of Glasgow, and Universidad Rovira i Virgili Tarragona. In 2014, she successfully completed the habilitation in Physical Chemistry. Karin was Chair of the Austrian Catalysis Society until 2019 and Austrian representative in EFCATS and IACS. Her main research interest is centred around catalysis for energy and environment with a focus on H2 chemical storage, CO2 utilization, and catalytic conversion of bio-based feedstock. She aims at establishing structure-performance relations, identifying reaction mechanisms and active sites by spectroscopic characterisation of catalysts under reaction conditions.

Ms Teresa Frye

TechForm Advanced Casting Technology, 5558-D SE International Way, Portland, Oregon 97222, USA

Teresa Frye is the owner and President of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology, USA. In the early 1990s her firm introduced high-temperature casting methods from the aerospace industry to platinum manufacturing. A leading expert on shell casting methods and a prolific researcher, she has published technical papers and articles worldwide. Her publications have appeared in Platinum Metals Review, The Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, The Jewelry Technology Forum, MJSA Journal and JCK Magazine, among others. She has also presented her research at numerous venues across the globe.

Ms Frye’s company, TechForm Advanced Casting Technology, provides platinum castings to a broad customer base, including most of the top jewelry brands in the US. To further the sharing of technical information, in 2008 she founded the Portland Jewelry Symposium, an annual educational conference that specifically serves the educational needs of manufacturing jewelry retailers.

Dr Bo Ki Hong

Advanced Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Group, Fuel Cell Center, Research and Development Division, Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea

Dr Bo Ki Hong obtained his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Fiber and Polymer Science from College of Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea, in 1993, 1995, and 1999, respectively. He worked for Samsung General Chemicals Company and Samsung-Total Petrochemicals Company from 1999 to 2006. He joined Hyundai Motor Company in 2006 and has worked on developing fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen. He is a Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company, leading Advanced Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Group in Fuel Cell Center. He carried out visiting research at Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, from 2000 to 2001, then at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University, USA, from 2014 to 2015. He was awarded “2019 Korea Technology Prime Minister Award” in 2019. He has published 35 peer-reviewed journal papers and holds 88 registered patents.

Dr Ulrich E. Klotz

Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metals Chemistry (fem), Katharinenstrasse 17, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

Ulrich E. Klotz graduated from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, as a Diploma Engineer in Physical Metallurgy and has a PhD in Materials Science from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. From 1999 to 2007 he worked at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Since 2007 he is Head of the Department of Physical Metallurgy at the fem, Germany. His research interest includes process and alloy development by understanding the processing-microstructure-property relations. The focus is on investment casting, brazing and soldering and additive manufacturing of precious metals, copper and titanium alloys. His research has included computer simulation of casting processes, phase diagram determination and modelling as well as the measurement of thermophysical properties of liquid metals. He is author of numerous scientific papers and regular speaker at the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology. In 2010 and 2014 he received the Research Award and in 2013 and 2017 the Collaborative Research Award from the Santa Fe Symposium.

Dr Simon Kondrat

Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, UK

Dr Simon A. Kondrat completed his Master’s in Chemistry from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2007, before completing his PhD under Professor Graham J. Hutchings at Cardiff University, UK in 2007. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Loughborough with an interest in heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable hydrogen production and operando spectroscopy using tender X-ray absorption spectroscopy and neutron scattering techniques. He has a particular interest in the inorganic chemistry of catalyst preparation in areas including metal carbides, perovskites and single atom catalysis.

Simon was appointed as Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Loughborough University in October 2017. His research focuses on the preparation and advanced characterisation of heterogeneous catalysts for application in the hydrogen ecconomy and energy applications.

Assoc. Prof. Katalin Kovács

School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK

Katalin Kovács is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, School of Pharmacy to research healthcare provision in extreme and resource-limited environments using engineering biology. She has more than 10 years of experience in synthetic biology and has played a leading role in the development of synthetic biology tools and methodologies for non-model, aerobic and anaerobic organisms, with a particular focus on metabolic engineering to produce platform chemicals and high value molecules. 

Her current research activities include studying and exploiting the potential of hydrogen oxidising microorganisms for the sustainable production of onsite, on-demand molecules from CO2 and renewable energy via gas fermentation and microbial electrosynthesis.

Esa Kurkela

Senior Principal Scientist, BA5206 Gasification and Synthesis Gas Processing, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, PO Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland

Esa Kurkela is a senior principal scientist MSc (Tech), at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He has over 40 years of professional experience in the gasification technologies. He specialises in gasification of biomass, waste, peat and coal; fluidised-bed and fixed-bed gasification; hot gas cleanup and new high-efficiency power production and fuel synthesis systems. He has been the coordinator of several EU and national projects and also has participated in several industrial demonstration projects.

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.-Ing. Markus Lehner 

Head of Chair & Research Group "Energy Process Engineering", Montan Universitat Leoben, Franz-Josef-Str. 18, A-8700 Leoben, Austria

Markus Lehner studied chemical process engineering at TU Munich, Germany. He achieved doctoral graduation in 1996 and held a postdoctoral position until 1998. He worked at RVT Process Equipment GmbH (previously Rauschert Verfahrenstechnik GmbH), Steinwiesen, Germany from 1999 to 2010. His last position was as area manager for sales, engineering and construction. Since October 2010 he is full professor and head of the chair of process technology, Montanuniversität Leoben. His fields of activity are energy process engineering, thermal cracking, catalytic processes for CO2 utilisation and P2G.

Professor Bruce H. Lipshutz

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

Bruce Lipshutz began his academic career at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, in 1979, where today he continues as a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. His programme in synthesis focuses on new reagents and methodologies entirely within the area of green and sustainable organic synthesis, with the specific goal being to get organic solvents out of organic reactions. To accomplish this, the Lipshutz group has introduced the concept of ‘designer’ surfactants that enable key transition metal-catalyzed cross-couplings, and many other reactions, to be carried out in water under mild conditions. Most recently, his group has turned its attention to developing new catalysts for key Pd-, Ni, and Au-catalyzed reactions that enable C–C, C-N, C-B, and C-H bond formation at the parts per million level of the metal, each catalyst being utilized in a neat or aqueous medium. The potential for his group’s work in this field to significantly influence, and possibly transform the way in which organic chemistry is performed in the future, led to a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2011, and more recently, the ACS GCI Peter J. Dunn Award.

Professor Jon McKechnie

Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK

Jon McKechnie is Professor of Engineering Sustainability in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the development and application of LCA and TEA methodologies. Application areas include industrial biotechnology, renewable and low carbon fuels, transportation systems and emerging materials.

Dr Stewart F Parker

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK

Stewart Parker is the ISIS Facility Catalysis Scientist. After earning his PhD at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA, he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of East Anglia, UK, before joining the Analytical Division of the BP Research Centre at Sunbury-on-Thames, UK. In 1993 he moved to the ISIS Facility. He is currently responsible for promoting the use of neutrons in catalysis research. He interacts with a wide range of scientists from academia and industry studying areas that range from Fischer-Tropsch catalysis to methanol-to-hydrocarbons to selective hydrogenation catalysts using a variety of structural and spectroscopic neutron methods.

Dr Jonathan Pearce

National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK

Dr Jonathan Pearce FInstP is a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK, responsible for realising and maintaining temperature measurement standards to ensure practical traceability of measurements to the SI unit of temperature, the kelvin. This involves developing fit-for-purpose measurement systems and instrumentation, developing numerical and analytical models of physical systems, and assessment of measurement uncertainty. He is a specialist in thermocouple thermometry, platinum resistance thermometry, metallurgy and phase change materials, and is experienced in providing robust, practical contact thermometry solutions for process measurement and control to a wide range of stakeholders across government, industry and academia. He has led several large collaborative projects aimed at solving process control problems in high value manufacturing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and represents the UK on the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET) Technical Committee for Thermometry, as well as Task Groups of the Consultative Committee for Thermometry at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM). He has published 182 technical papers.

Professor Jun Peng

Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN6 7TS, UK

Prof Peng achieved his PhD degree from National Engine Combustion Lab, Tianjin University in 1996. After five years working experiences as research fellow in Brunel University and two years as senior development engineer in Ford Motor Company, he held the position of Lecturer since 2004 and Senior Lecture since 2007 in the University of Sussex. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as Professor in Engineering in the University of Bedfordshire. Jun Peng’s research interest lies in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion with applications on flows and combustion in IC engines, gas turbines, etc. His recent research works have contributed to sustainable vehicle powertrain, non-carbon water transport technology, etc. 

Jun Peng is a fellow of IMechE and a member of Professional Review Committee of IMechE. He was an invited fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Professor Dr. Bruno G. Pollet

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), 3351 Boulevard des Forges, Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5H7, Canada

Professor Dr. Bruno G. Pollet is director of the Institute for Hydrogen Research (IHR), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Canada. He is a member of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) - An Independent Advisory Council to the United Nations’ Secretary-General as well as the CEET’s Hydrogen Task Force leader. He is also member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) “Hydrogen Task Force” as well as a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program (TCP)’s “Renewable Hydrogen Task Force”. He is President of the Green Hydrogen Division of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), Board members of the IAHE, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) and Hydrogène Québec. 

Dr Mohd Rosdzimin Abdul Rahman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Kem Sg. Besi, 57000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mohd Rosdzimin Abdul Rahman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Malaysia. He received his Ph.D. degree at Keio University, Japan. Mohd Rosdzimin Abdul Rahman has diverse professional experiences, gained throughout 20+ years of industry and academic endeavors. He has published over 60 research papers in international journals and conference proceedings. Rosdzimin’s primary research interests are in thermal and fluid science.

Dr Elizabeth Rowsell OBE

Johnson Matthey, Bounts Court, Sonning Common, RG4 9NH, UK

Liz Rowsell is Director of the Johnson Matthey Technology Centres, with locations in the UK, USA and South Africa. Liz was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List for her services to Chemistry, Commercialisation and Promoting Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

She received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Essex, UK, in collaboration with the Nitrogen Fixation Unit at Sussex University, UK, investigating charge interactions in Fe-S proteins and Fe coordination complexes using Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Liz joined Johnson Matthey as a Research Scientist developing metal-based therapeutics for the treatment of sepsis in 1993. During her career with Johnson Matthey, Liz has worked on the development of catalysts for use in pharmaceuticals, food and personal safety, as well as programmes in biomass processing, gas purification and materials for energy production.

She also works closely with Universities and Research Councils, both in the UK and globally; represents Johnson Matthey on several Industry Advisory Boards; is a board member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is Chair of its audit and risk committee.

Professor Peter Styring

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK

Peter Styring is Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry and Director of the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilization at The University of Sheffield, UK.

He is a former Head of the Chemistry Department. His expertise lies in carbon dioxide capture and utilisation with particular interests in catalysis and the production of low-carbon synthetic transport fuels and fertilisers.

Professor Athanasios Tsolakis

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Professor Athanasios Tsolakis, James Watt Research Chair, has academic and industrial expertise in the field of low-carbon energy carriers including ammonia (NH3) and Hydrogen (H2), environmental catalysts and pollutant control technologies. He works at the forefront of basic and translational research to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and power generation sectors. Before his academic appointment at the University of Birmingham, he worked as a research scientist at Johnson Matthey in the design and characterisation of environmental catalysts for aftertreatment systems. In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and in 2011 he was elected Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Since 2015 he is the Director of Research for the School of Engineering and In 2021 he led the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) for the School of Engineering.

Professor Richard Walton

Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

Richard Walton is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, and director of Warwick’s X-ray facility. His research group investigate the synthesis and structures of inorganic materials, particularly from solution-based crystallisation, such as hydrothermal chemistry. This includes open-framework zeotypes and MOFs, as well as condensed oxide structures, that may have practical applications in areas related to energy and heterogeneous catalysis. He has collaborated with various scientists at Johnson Matthey for the past 20 years, and was Royal Society Industry Fellow from 2015–2019 at Johnson Matthey.

Dr Iakovos Yakoumis

Monolithos Catalysts and Recycling Ltd, 83 Vrilissou Str., 11476 Polygono, Athens, Greece

Iakovos Yakoumis obtained his PhD in Metallurgy/Platinum Group Metals Recycling and his MEng degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He has published 38 Research Papers and he is the Inventor of 4 European Patents. The citation index of his work is more than 2220 (Google Scholar) and the h-index of his work is 15. According to Researchgate, he is amongst the 7% top researchers in all research fields.  

He is the Founder and the Managing Partner of MONOLITHOS Catalysts and Recycling Ltd, with extensive commercial and industrial experience in the fields of catalysis, emission control, critical raw materials recycling and circular economy. He has coordinated 10 European Research & Innovation Projects (Horizon 2020, EIT Raw Materials, Horizon Europe), while he has led MONOLITHOS team for more than 30 more projects. At the age of 26, he was honored from the Organization of the Greek Small and Medium Enterprises with the Panhellenic Award of the Best Young Businessman of the Year. He is the President of the Greek Association of Innovative SMEs (Innovation Greece). He has served as elected Vice-President of the city council of Naxos and Small Cyclades Municipality (2014).

Dr Rencheng Zhu

Institute of Atmospheric Environment, School of Ecology and Environment, Zhengzhou University, 450001 Zhengzhou, China

Dr Rencheng Zhu received his PhD from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2017 for his work on Effects of Fuel Properties on Vehicular Emissions (Jointed with Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences). He currently serves as an Associate Professor at Zhengzhou University. His main research interests include Transport Environment and Health Impacts, Characteristics and Control of Vehicle Emissions, Vehicle Fuels and Detergents. 

He is the author of more than 60 publications and received the Environmental Science and Technology Progress Award in 2016, 2017 and 2022.

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