Keynote Speakers

Eduardo Agosin, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Eduardo AgosinBio: Eduardo Agosin is full professor of Biotechnology at the School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Santiago, Chile. His research interests are related with metabolic engineering of yeasts for the sustainable production of bioflavours. He has published more than 100 scientific papers (h-index (ISI) = 30) and 20 book chapters. He has been visiting professor at MIT (Boston, 1998), Technical University of Denmark (Lingby, 2005) and Université de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, 2015). He has graduated 17 Ph.D. students and 25 M.Sc. and currently supervises 6 Ph.D. and 4 M.Sc. students. He is also the founder and president of the Centro de Aromas y Sabores, a start-up focusing on chemical and sensory analyses of odor-active compounds, and the development of innovative technologies related with flavour optimization in foods and beverages.

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

Daniel Bélanger, Université du Québec

Bio: Daniel Bélanger is currently Professor and holder of a “Chaire de recherche sur les nouveaux matériaux pour les technologies de l'énergie” in the Département de Chimie de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Daniel Bélanger obtained a BSc in Chemistry at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), a MSc in Chemistry at Université Laval, and a PhD in photoelectrochemistry in 1985 under the supervision of Jean-Pol Dodelet at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS). He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) with Prof. Mark S. Wrighton, before joining the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1987 as an assistant professor. His current research interests in the area of electrochemistry include chemical and electrochemical modification of surfaces and electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. He has published over 185 publications, which have cited more than 12000 times (h-index= 51, Scopus). 

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Jorge Luiz ColodetteFederal University of Vicosa, Brazil

Bio: Jorge Luiz Colodette is a Professor at the Federal University of Vicosa, Forestry Department, in Brazil. Received Ph.D from State University of New York, Syracuse, USA in 1986. Worked as visiting scientist at Abitibi-Price Inc. in Toronto, Canada as visiting professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA. Worked as Pulp & Paper Research Manager for Praxair Inc. Currently works as a full professor at UFV. He has registered 18 patents worldwide, edited two books, published 38 book chapters, 237 papers in scientific journals in ten different countries and contributed to 363 scientific meetings worldwide. He was nominated Tappi Fellow in 2007. He created and organized the International Colloquium on Kraft Pulp (ICEP) for five times. He organized the International Pulp Bleaching Conference in 2017. He organized the 2017 International Symposium on Wood Fiber and Pulping Chemistry in 2017 (ISWFPC) in 2017. He has coordinated various public and private projects for the UFV Pulp and Paper Laboratory in the last 10 years, which resulted over US$ 30 million in grants. He was nominated fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science in 2013. He received the UFV Peter H. Rolfs Gold Medal for his merit in research. He received the Tappi Johan C.F.C. Richter Prize in 2016. His scientific publications have been mostly in the areas of wood chemistry, pulping, bleaching and bio-refinery, especially on eucalyptus wood. 

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts 

João Crespo, Nova Lisboa University, Portugal

Bio: Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Director of the Laboratory of Membrane Processes at iBET. Former Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and former Coordinator of NOVA Doctoral School.  Former Vice-President of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese National Science Foundation) and former Academic Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at NOVA. Member of the editorial board of “Journal of Membrane Science”, “Journal of Biotechnology” and “Desalination and Water Treatment”. Member of “Academia de Engenharia”, Portugal, former member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the “Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, member of the Steering Committee of the “Pôle de Chimie Balard”, France, and external expert of the “Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur”, France. Editor of 2 books in the domains of Membrane Science and Engineering, and of Sustainable Separation Processes, author of 21 book chapters and 240 publications referred in Scopus. Founder of the spin-off company “Zeyton Nutraceuticals”.

Research Keywords: Membrane materials and processes; Bioseparations; Valorisation of bioresources

Keynote Speaker: Separation and Bioseparation

Marc A. Dubé, University of Ottawa

Marc DubéBio: Prof. Marc Dubé is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and is the current Vice-Dean Research in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. With over 30 years’ experience in polymer reaction engineering research, he is recognized as a pioneer in the development of sustainable polymerization processes. Much of his work has included the synthesis of new polymers using renewable materials ranging from glycerol (waste by-product from biodiesel process) for hydrogel production; limonene (extract from citrus fruit peels) for adhesive applications; conjugated linoleic acid (from soybean oil) for binders; starch-based monomers for use in coatings and adhesive applications; and nanocomposites using cellulose nanocrystals. 
Prof. Dubé is a Fellow of both the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Engineering Institute of Canada, has over 100 journal publications and over 150 conference presentations. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 G.S. Glinski Award for Research Excellence at the University of Ottawa.

Keynote Speaker: for Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Tom Duever, Ryerson University

Keynote Speaker: Systems & Control





Kurt Faber, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Austria

Kurt FaberBio:
1973-79 Studies of chemistry at the University of Graz, 1982 Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.
1982-83: Post-doctoral fellowship at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
1983-89: University assistant at Graz University of Technology,
1990 Habilitation on Biocatalytic Transformations.
1997 Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology.
1998 Full Professor at University of Graz.
Visiting scientist / guest professor at:
University of Tokyo (1987/1988), Exeter University (1990), University of Trondheim (1994), Stockholm University (2001), University of Minneapolis (2005), ESPCI Paris (2010). 

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, USA

Bio: Dr. Yury Gogotsi is Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor, Distinguished University Professor and Trustee Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. He received his MS (1984) and PhD (1986) from Kiev Polytechnic and a DSc degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1995. His research group works on nanostructured carbons, 2D carbides and other nanomaterials for energy, water and biomedical applications. He has co-authored 2 books, 16 book chapters, more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited 14 books, and obtained more than 50 patents. He was recognized as Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics in 2014-2017 (h-index 113/95, Google Scholar/Web of Science).

He has received numerous awards for his research including the European Carbon Association Award, S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, Nano Energy award from Elsevier, International Nanotechnology Prize (RUSNANOPrize), R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine (twice) and two Nano 50 Awards from NASA Nanotech Briefs. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, NanoSMAT Society, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering. He also serves on the MRS Board of Directors and acts as Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

Keynote Speaker:Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Martin Guay, Queen’s University

Keynote Speaker: Systems & Control





Axel Guenther, University of Toronto

Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology





Josephine Hill, University of Calgary

Bio: Dr. Josephine Hill is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She received her education and training at the University of Waterloo (BASc and MASc) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (PhD) and worked for two years at Surface Science Western at the University of Western Ontario between her graduate degrees. Dr. Hill’s research is in the area of catalysis with applications to hydrotreating, gasification, and the conversion of solid waste materials, such as petroleum coke and biomass, into catalysts supports and activated carbon.

Keynote Speaker: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering


Hayley Hung, Environment and Climate Change 

Hayley HungBio: Dr. Hayley Hung is a Senior Research Scientist of the Air Quality Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada.  She studies the temporal and spatial trends, sources and transport pathways of atmospheric organic contaminants to the Arctic, the Great Lakes and other ecologically sensitive environments. She also investigates the impact of climate change and variations on the cycling of environmental pollutants.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering/ Environmental Collaborative Program) under the supervision of Professor Don Mackay.  She leads the long-term air monitoring programs for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging concern in the Canadian Arctic and the Great Lakes Basin.  Hayley is Canada’s Key National Expert (KNE) of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) POPs Expert Committee.  She is the lead and co-author of over 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is a chapter lead in numerous international assessments on POPs and emerging chemicals of concern, including the UNEP Stockholm Convention on POPs Global Monitoring Plan First and Second Reports.

Keynote Speaker: Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don Mackay

Phil Jessop, Queen's University

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process- Affected Water





Do Heui Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Do Heui Kim

Bio: Prof. Do Heui Kim is currently an associate professor in School of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University.  After obtaining PhD in Chemical Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2000, he joined Prof. Harold Kung’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.  He worked as a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) from 2002 to 2011, when he returned to Korea to take the current position.  His work has focused on the application of heterogeneous catalyst to solve the energy and environmental issues, such as catalytic activation of methane and biomass to produce value-added products, and catalytic elimination of vehicle exhaust gases (NOx, CO and hydrocarbon), while he is also interested in understanding the role of catalyst and reaction mechanism during reaction.  He has published more than 120 scientific papers.

Keynote Speaker: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Alcides Leao, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil

Keynote Speaker: Advanced Functional Materials





Shawn Lister, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies





Emily Moore, Hatch

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process - Affected Water





Dan V. Nicolau, McGill University

Bio: Dan V. Nicolau is Maria Zelenka Roy Chair of Bioengineering; and the first Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill University. Prof. Nicolau has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, a MS in Cybernetics, Informatics & Statistics and a MEng in Polymer Science & Engineering. He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, a similar number of full papers in conference proceedings and 6 book chapters. He has co-edited one book on microarray technology and applications, and edited or co-edited the proceedings of more than 40 international conferences. Prof. Nicolau is a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). His present research aggregates around three themes: (i) intelligent-like behaviour of microorganisms in confined spaces, which manifests in the process of survival and growth; (ii) dynamic micro/nanodevices, such as microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip, and devices based on protein molecular motors, with applications in diagnosis, drug discovery and biocomputation; and (iii) micro/nano-structured surfaces for biomedical microdevices.

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources

Adalberto Noyola RoblesNational Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico

Bio: Adalberto Noyola is an environmental engineer with a PhD in wastewater treatment engineering from INSA-Toulouse, France. He is a senior researcher and former Head of the Institute of Engineering (2008-2016) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); he is a member of the National System of Researchers (3, highest level). He has served as president of several professional associations, including the Inter American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS). His work has focused on developing research for providing innovative solutions for wastewater and sludge treatment by biological processes. As a result, he developed 5 patents, 2 of them transferred and in application, and published more than 60 research papers in leading scientific journals (JCR). He has been the supervisor of 52 undergraduate students, 27 master in engineering and in science students and 10 PhD students.

He also entered into climate change issues by studying methane emissions from wastewater treatment facilities, mainly for municipal sewage, based on a 3-year project funded by IDRC Canada (2010-2013) under his supervision. At present, his research projects deal with anaerobic processes (wastewater treatment, sludge digestion, membrane bioreactors) and the determination of methane emission factors from municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
He is an associate editor for Water Science & Technology since 2011, and Chemosphere since 2016

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

Alejandro D. Rey, McGill University

Keynote Speaker: Advanced Functional Materials




Anne-Virginie Salsac, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

Anne-Virginie Salsac

After having graduated from University of California, San Diego (USA) in 2005 with a PhD in Biofluids, Anne-Virginie Salsac joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London (UK) as Lecturer. In 2007, she became Researcher at the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) and joined the Biomechanics and Bioengineering Laboratory at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France). She is at the head of the ‘Biological Fluid Structure Interaction’ research team since 2011 and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Bioengineering, Queen Mary University of London (England) since 2014.
She is specialized in biofluids applied to the study of hemodynamics from the large blood vessels to the microcirculation, and of biomedical engineering applications. She has a double expertise in in vitro and in silico modeling of blood flows. She studies, among others, the behavior of bioartificial and natural capsules in microchannels and develops new therapeutic and preventive approaches through the use of microcapsules and of endovascular biomedical devices. 
Anne-Virginie Salsac was distinguished for her pluridisciplinary research studies with various prices and awards, including the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2015, 2 ‘Trophées des Femmes en Or’ in 2015 and the Medal of the National Order of Merit in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant. She has authored over 200 papers and conferences, is co-inventor of one patent, and is strongly involved in dissemination of scientific activities.
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Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology

Chris Sideroff, Applied CCM Inc.

Chris SideroffDr. Chris Sideroff has a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta and obtained his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University in 2009. Prior to starting Applied CCM in Canada he has held a variety of industrial engineering positions. He is currently the founder and managing director at Applied CCM Inc, a company conducting research and development, providing technical support, and offering training for both open-source and commercial CFD software such as as Caelus, OpenFOAM, and Pointwise. His current professional interests are the simulation of complex multi-phase flows, automation methods for mesh generation, robust solution methodologies for industrial-scale applications, overset grid technologies, and uncertainty quantification and error estimation. He is an active contributor and one of the maintainers of the open-source library, Caelus. 

Keynote Speaker: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

David Sinton, University of Toronto

Bio: David Sinton is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microfluidics and Energy at the University of Toronto.  He is currently an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow, before which he was the Associate Chair of Research in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as well as the Interim Vice-Dean of research in the Faculty of Applied Science.  He is a co-founder and the CTO of Interface Fluidics Ltd, a start-up focused on improving the economic and environmental performance of current energy operations.  Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a BASc from University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and PhD from University of Toronto.  Dr. Sinton’s research interests are in fluidics and energy. This research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis.  He became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2012, the University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow in 2013, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology

Ponisseril Somasundaran, Columbia University, USA

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources





Ana Inés Torres, Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Uruguay

Keynote Speaker: Systems & Control





Bingjun Xu, University of Delaware, USA

Bio: Bingjun Xu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Delaware. Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, advised by Prof. Friend, from Harvard University in 2011. His thesis established a mechanistic framework for oxidative coupling reactions on the Au surface through surface science studies. Dr. Xu worked with Prof. Davis at Caltech on the development of a low temperature, manganese oxide based thermochemical cycle for water splitting. Upon finishing his postdoc, he joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at University of Delaware in 2013. The current research interest of the Xu lab spans heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis and in-situ spectroscopy. Dr. Xu is an awardee of NSF Early Career Award (2017), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2017), and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award (2015).   

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Chunbao (Charles) Xu, Western University

Bio:Dr. Charles Xu is a full Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Director of the Industrial Bioproducts Laboratory of Western University, and was the NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery between 2011 and 2016. Dr. Xu graduated from Anhui University of Technology (formerly East China Institute of Metallurgy) with a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering in June 1993, and he earned two Ph.D. degrees, one in Metallurgical Engineering (1998) from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and the other in Chemical Engineering (2004) from The University of Western Ontario. He has acquired international reputation in the field of biorefinery, particularly in the production of bio-energy, bio-fuels, bio-based chemicals and materials from forestry and agricultural wastes and residues. In the past 10 years, he has contributed to training of 110+ HQP (25+ PDF/research assistants, 60+ graduate students and 30+ BSc undergraduate students), and authoring of 2 Springer books on biorefinery, 14 book chapters and over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In accordance to Google Scholar, his work has received a total citation of 5400+ with an H-index of 40 to date. His research has also resulted in 9 international patent (PCT) or US/Canadian provisional patents filed, and over 20 invention disclosures reported. He was the recipient of the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award in 2011 from CSChE, the 2014 Outstanding Profile Award in Professionals Sector from Fairchild Television, and more recently the 2015 VELUX Visiting Professorship at Aalborg University, Denmark, 2016 Visiting Erskine Fellowship at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the 2016 Vanguard Award for License Agreement Signed from WORLDiscoveries. He has been serving as the co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE) since 2011.

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources

Sohrab Zendehboudi, Memorial University

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies