Richard J. Spontak was a research scientist with Procter & Gamble before he joined the NCSU faculty in 1992. Spontak has over 104 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and his work has been featured on the cover of Microsc. Res. Tech. and Langmuir. Spontak conducts studies to improve the current understanding of microstructural polymer systems, which are of scientific interest as self-assembling polymers and commercial value as adhesives, (bio)compatibilizing agents, nanotemplates, and membranes. His group’s efforts are at the cutting edge of block copolymer research: e.g., they have obtained the first 3D images of the bicontinuous gyroid (Ia3d) and sponge (L3) morphologies. They characterize polymers with electronspectroscopic microscopy, and dispersions/gels with freeze-fracture replication and cryo-TEM techniques. Use of these tools has expedited the study of block copolymers and their blends/gels, and has helped to elucidate novel polymer gelation mechanisms, PDLC composition/morphology relationships, and interpolymer complexation. Other areas of interest include polymer alloying through mechanical attrition, transmission electron microtemography, and modification of polymer solutions via salting-in.
Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos is a Professor and Finland Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. The work of his group focuses on the organic chemistry of wood components and the development of new chemistry for transforming the carbon present in our trees toward producing valuable chemicals, materials and energy. Dr. Argyropoulos received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he also served as a PAPRICAN professor with the Chemistry department. His teaching is primarily related to wood chemistry, biomaterial characterization, carbohydrate, lignin and polymer chemistry. Dr. Argyropoulos is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry. In addition to being a member to a number of professional societies (ACS, TAPPI, PAPTAC), Dr. Argyropoulos serves the editorial boards of five scientific journals as well the board of the International Lignin Institute and a number of International Scientific committees. He has also served as the Division Chair, and Secretary of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials of the American Chemical Society. Recent research in his group emerges from a significant finding that wood can be dissolved in Ionic Liquids, allowing for the creation of a variety of novel processing platforms for producing new materials, chemicals and energy. In addition, his group develops new methods based on organic chemistry, NMR spectroscopy and catalysis to modulate, direct and understand the transformations of wood biopolymers during industrial transformations such pulping, bleaching and bio-processing.
Thomas F. George (chancellor/professor emeritus) served as chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 2003 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNY-Buffalo, and promoted by age 29 to full professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley. Tom’s research specialty is chemical/materials/laser/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 800 papers, 8 authored and 24 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour from Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, he plays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania and Russian Siberia. Tom has been married since 1970 to Dr. Barbara Harbach, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeriti of Music, and former chair of the Department of Music, director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and director of Women in the Arts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They are the proud owners (actually, servants) of four cats – two tortoise females (Luna and Stella) and two younger, mischievous males (Jeremiah and Jarrett). email@example.com www.umsl.edu/tfgeorge
Davis L Ford is a practicing environmental engineer with over forty-five years of experience in the field. In addition, he serves on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin as an adjunct professor, has published more than one hundred technical papers, has co-authored or contributed to ten text books, and written two biographies and co-authored one children’s book. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and in countries of Europe, South America, and Asia. Ford received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Texas A&M University and his master and doctorate degrees in environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of both Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M. Ford was elected into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He has served as president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and chairman of the Academy Ethics Committee. His honorary affiliations include Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Chi Epsilon. Ford serves on the Board of a publicly-owned oil and exploration company (CWEI, NASDAQ) and the Board of the Texas A&M University Press. DFordPhd@aol.com
Aquastry LLC (2016 – Present) Founder, Managing Partner/Principal Engineer Clean Water Technology, LLC, re-branded to Aquastry LLC is an Oregon certified WBE/DBE/ESB Enterprise and a Federal contractor providing water treatment chemistries, turn-key engineer solutions and in house manufacturing on a clean green sustainable platform servicing the municipal water, agriculture, food and beverage, stormwater and industrial water spaces. Our chemistries carry FDA, AAFCO, NSF/ANSI 61, AWWARF and State of WA DE certifications that they are 100% non-toxic, drinking water certified and pass the TCLP/CA WET test for non-hazardous solid waste disposal. We recently completed the NSF I-Corps program. Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc. (2005 – 2016) Founder, C.E.O./C.O.O. • Fundraising: Wrote and was awarded four SBIR grants from the National Science Foundation. A GAP grant the Oregon Micro and Nano Technology Institute (ONAMI) and secured investment from SAC and friends and family for a total of $2.25M (non-dilutive) Wrote company business plans and road show presentations. • Strategic Partnerships: Created strategic relationships (Cascade Designs Inc., RSR Technologies, Dow, Siemens WT, Ahlstrom, Big Park Water, Canyon State Filtration, Nano Business Alliance, ARCH Chemical, Jabil, Dungeness Environmental, GE Water, SRP, Navajo Indian Nation), Universities (UofO, UTEP, Ga Tech, ASU, NEWT), National Laboratories (Sandia, Lawrence Livermore) and the Naval Research Lab. Client of Astia which is a key strategic partner for business development, financing and product rollout. • Business Development: Identified customers need, price point and both technical and commercial success requirements. Market applications include agricultural, animal rendering, oil and grease harvesting, algae removal, storm water, municipal drinking water, municipal POTW water, industrial wastewater and fracking) • Technology: Defined nanotechnology roadmap in the National Science Foundation grant proposal and jointly oversaw all research and development activity. Crystal Clear developed seven issued patents internally and two through inbound licensing. Managed all IP applications, tracked all USPTO prosecutions both domestic and international. • Sales: Developed product line to commercialize developed technologies. • Press Relations: Company spokesperson for feature articles in the Business Week Online, Red Herring, San Jose Mercury News, Nano Business Alliance, LA Times, Oregon BusinessDevelopment, Clean Tech Open, Global Technology Symposium, Water Innovations Alliance, Ultrapure Water. • Finance: Full P&L responsibility, responsible for all financial reporting functions on all grants and government contracts as the PI. • Project Management: Maintained project schedule for R&D, manufacturing as well as commercialization efforts. • Business Plan Competitions: Wrote and competed in the Clean Tech Open in 2006 winning the business plan competition for best clean green technology for Water Management and the National Clean Tech Open in 2017. Won the Global Tech Symposium international business plan competition in 2009. EDUCATION • Golden Gate University EMBA 2000 San Francisco, California • San Jose State University Chem Engineering San Jose, California • Colorado State University BS Biology/Biochemistry Ft. Collins, Colorado AWARDS Business Woman of the Year (1990) Placerville, California Santa Cruz Public Education Volunteer Award (2000) Santa Cruz, California Rising Star Award – Golden Gate University (2007) San Francisco, California Profiles in Prominence – Golden Gate University (2007) San Francisco, California California Clean Tech Open (2006) (Water) San Francisco, California National Clean Tech Open (2017) (Water) San Francisco, California COMMERCIALIZATION EXPERIENCE • Built a manufacturing company that made wastewater treatment equipment for the electronics industries, sold it 8 years later. • Patented a Human Powered Water Purifier for the off-the-grid market • Developing a robust POU/POE water filter/purifier to compete against Brita/PuR. • Currently commercializing six chemistries and six engineered products for stormwater, food & beverage, municipal drinking water markets.
John Grace completed undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario in 1965 and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1968. From 1968-79 he was a faculty member at McGill University, then a Professor at the University of British Columbia where he was Head of Department of Chemical Engineering (1979-87), Dean of Graduate Studies (1990-96) and Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre (2008-9). He held a Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy Processes from 2001 until officially retiring in 2014. Professor Grace has >700 publications including several books, >38,000 citations and an h-factor of 84. He has supervised ~120 graduate students, as well as many postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. Research topics include fluidized bed hydrodynamics, heat and mass transfer, reactor modeling, scale-up, combustion, gasification, capture of CO2 and SO2, biomass processing, steam reforming, spouted beds, particle removal from gas streams, and spread of contaminants. Dr. Grace has often chaired conferences, been a consultant and served on national committees. He is a former President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He was founding president of Membrane Reactor Technologies Ltd. Honours include the RS Jane Award (CSChE), Montreal Medal (CIC), Thomas Baron and Particle Technology Forum Awards of the AIChE and an honorary doctorate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineering Institute of Canada, and Chemical Institute of Canada. In 2013 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Claude Billeaud received his MD degree from the Medical University of Bordeaux ( France) in 1979 after a graduation in human cytogenetics (1976). He then studied pediatrics and has been the Clinical Assistant Director of Bordeaux University in the departments of Pediatrics, Neonatology and Intensive Care since 1983. He currently serves as a pediatrician in the neonatal unit at the Children’s Hospital of Bordeaux, as a scientific manager of Bordeaux-Marmande human milk bank, as a lecturer and head of research (HDR : Habilitation to direct research) in neonatal nutrition at the Medical University of Bordeaux. His particular interest in research led him to graduate in Biology and Health (1988, Bordeaux), be awarded a master in statistics applied to clinical research ( 1991, Montreal) and complete a PhD in nutrition and food science (2000, Bordeaux). Along his career he has often been invited as a guest professor specialised in nutrition and neonatology in various universities abroad ( Montreal, Corrientes in Argentina). Over the last 35 years, he has been an active member of different scientific organisations, either French, European or American, specialised in perinatal medicine (neonatology, pediatrics and nutrition). In this instance, he has served as the President of the Association for Pediatric Education in Europe (A.P.E.E) since 2008 and behalf APEE he is Member of European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP). He has also been very involved in the French human milk banking association (ADLF) for more than 10 years, sharing his academic knowledge focused in nutrition and his long clinical experience in neonatology. He is currently carrying out several researches on the composition of human milk. As an expert in nutrition and perinatal medicine, he is also the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications.
Dr. Larisa G. Gordeeva is a Leading Investigator at BIC SB RAS (the Group of Energy Accumulating Materials and Processes). She was graduated from Novosibirsk State University and received her Ph.D. in Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russia, in 1998, and Dr. Sci. degree (Dr. Hab.) in Physical Chemistry at the same Institute in 2013. Larisa Gordeeva has 30 years of experience in Material chemistry, Nanocomposites salt/matrix, Adsorption, Adsorption heat transformation and storage. She has more than 75 relevant publications in peer-reviewed scientific Journals and book chapters with more than 1000 citations. She was a principle investigator of a number of Russian and International research projects. Larisa Gordeeva is deeply involved in joint international projects. She was a Visiting Researcher/Professor at Institute of Advanced Energy Technologies (Italy), Institute of Chemical Engineering (Poland), University of Warwick (UK). L. Gordeeva is a member of the Organizing/Advisory Committees of the International Conferences: Heat Powered Cycles (HPC), Actual Problems of Adsorption and Catalysis.
Born 1929 in Göteborg, Sweden Finish “high school” (gymnasium). June 1948 Studies in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Lund university from September 1948 B. Sc. 1952 M. Sc. (Chemistry) 1955 Ph.D. (Inorganic chemistry) 1960 Dr. Phil. (Inorganic Chemistry) 1963 Docent ( Ass. Professor ) 1963-69 Leader of the Research group on Catalysis, 1968--- Professor in Homogeneous Catalysis, 1984 – 1994. Professor emeritus, 1994 up to now Visit to University of East Anglia, UK, with prof Stephen Mason, Oct 1964-July 1965 Visit to Pittsburgh university, spring 1970 Visit to Univ. of California, Berkeley, spring 1991 with prof Gabor A. Somorjai. Number of publications up to now: 208 Two books for the school system.
Tamás Varga was born in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated at the University of Pannoniain Chemical Engineering in 2006. He received his PhD degree in chemical engineering, specializing in process engineering related field (process safety analysis, reactor runaway forecast) in 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Process Engineering at the University of Pannonia. His primary scientific interest is related to modelling and analysis of chemical reactors (mainly heterocatalytic reactors) and all the processes which affect the operating of these systems. He is the professional leader of one ongoing R&D project and the leader of one ongoing R&D subproject related to develop novel chemical technological processes.
Education and degrees: 1. Education (1954 – 1960) - Higher Institute of Chemical Technology (Sofia, Bulgaria); 2. PhD (1968) – USSR, Moscow Institute of Chemical Mechanical Engineering; 3. Doctor of Technical Sciences (1978), Higher Institute of Chemical Technology (Sofia, Bulgaria). Specializations: 1963, USSR, Moscow, Supervisor-Prof. V.G. Levich, 4 months; 1968, USSR, Novosibirsk, Supervisor-Prof. M.G. Slinko, 4 month. Awards: Bulgarian Order of Cyril and Methodius (first class); Russian Federation Order of Mihailo Lomonosow (National Committee for Public Prizes). International activity: Editor-in-Chief of the “Transactions of Academenergo” (Scientific journal of the Russian Academy of Science); Chairman of the Scientific Council of the International Scientific Centre for Power and Chemical Engineering Problems (http://www.int-sci-center.bas.bg). Scientific publications: Monographies 9 (www.iche.bas.bg/Books_BG.htm). Scientific papers – 220: http://www.iche.bas.bg/WWW_IChE_EN/LABORATORY _IChE/Process_Systems_Engineering_Laboratory/ STAFF_Laboratory/CV_Christo_Boyadjiev/List%20of%20publications.pdf PUBLICATIONS SCINTIFIC PAPERS – 225: 86% published in international journals (135 published in impact factor journals), 64 - independent publications, 15 translated in the International Chemical Engineering (English translations of the best in the chemical engineering). MONOGRAPHIES – 9: www.iche.bas.bg/Books_BG.htm BOOK REALISATIONS (until 2018): 1. Chr. Boyadjiev, “Theoretical Chemical Engineering. Modeling and simulation”, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2010, 594 pp. - 13700 chapter downloads. 2. Chr. Boyadjiev, M. Doichinova, B. Boyadjiev, P. Popova-Krumova, “Modeling of Column Apparatus Processes”, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2016, 313 pp. - 4032 chapter downloads. 3. Chr. Boyadjiev, M. Doichinova, B. Boyadjiev, P. Popova-Krumova, “Modeling of Column Apparatus Processes” (Second edition), Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2018, 456 pp. - 1557 chapter downloads. CITATIONS (until 2019): Book – 219; Papers – 429.
Material Engineering, Master and PhD at UFMG/Brazil. Researcher in the subject area Materials Characterization, Materials Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry to environmental and biological applications. As it conduct research in the area of environmental problems in the rivers of State capital of Minas Gerais/Brazil. Professor at Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (UFVJM) at Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology, in the Department of Materials Engineering. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0202-2452 Reviewer of Journal: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering Materials Chemistry and Physics Carbohydrate Polymer Journal of Polymers and The Environment Iranian Polymer Journal Powder Technology Water, Air and Soil Pollution Journal of Environmental Pollution and Management Engineering Science & Technology Associate Editor: Journal of Food Science and EngineeringInternational Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Journal of Materials New Horizons Advanced Chemicobiology Research (ACBR) Journal of Physics
Professor Sivakumar Manickam is a Chemical Engineer specializing Process Engineering of Nanomaterials especially Nanopharmaceuticals. He is working in the area of Ultrasound and Hydrodynamic Cavitation since 1997. He has graduated from UDCT, Mumbai, India. Presently he is working with University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus and his research group concentrates on the process development of cavitation based reactors towards technologically important nanomaterials. He is also heading the Manufacturing and Industrial Processes Research Division and is the Coordinator of the Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (CENTAM). He was also the recipient of the prestigious JSPS fellowship from the Goernment of Japan. He has published ~150 peer reviewed journal and conference papers. He is the Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK) and member of Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN).
Dr. Chan Yi Jing is graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Malaya (UM). She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. She is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. Her research interests include wastewater treatment and bioreactor design.