Plenary Lectures

Guy B Marin, Ghent University, Belgium

Guy B Marin

Bio: Guy B Marin obtained his Master’s degree (1976) and his PhD (1980) in Chemical Engineering at Ghent University. He held a Fulbright fellowship (1981) at Stanford University and Catalytica Associates, USA. From 1988 to 1997, he taught reactor analysis and design at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is currently a Professor in Chemical Reaction Engineering at Ghent University.

The main focus of his research is the investigation of chemical kinetics, targeting the modeling and design of chemical processes and products all the way from molecule up to full scale. His publications include the book: Kinetics of Chemical Reactions: Decoding Complexity with G Yablonsky and more than 300 papers in international journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Chemical Engineering, Co-Editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal and a member of the editorial board of Applied Catalysis A: General. In 2012 he received an Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council on "Multiscale Analysis and Design for Process Intensification and Innovation” and delivered the Danckwerts Memorial Lecture. He chairs the EFCE Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering and is an overseas academic "Master" for the "Plan 111" project of the Chinese Government in this field.

Abstract: Bridges in Modelling and Simulation of Steam-cracking: From Fossil to Renewable Feedstock and from Molecule to Furnace

Jean-Luc Dubois, Arkema, France

Jean-Luc Dubois

Bio: Jean-Luc Dubois is Scientific Director at Arkema, in charge of Corporate R&D linked with Catalysis, Processes and Renewables After earning an engineering degree from the École des Hautes Études Industrielles, he was appointed as head of the surface studies laboratory at the King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals Research Institute. He obtained his PhD from the French Institute of Petroleum (and the Pierre and Marie Curie University) in 1991 for his work on Catalysts for Oxidative Coupling of Methane. After post-doctoral work at the National Chemical laboratory for industry (Tsukuba, Japan), he joined the Elf group (now TOTAL) in the refining division of the R&D Centre in Solaize, France. He spent 2 years at Japan Energy as part of a research exchange project on hydrodesulphurisation catalysts. He left refining to join the chemical division of the Elf Group – Elf Atochem in 1997, where he worked at the Saint-Avold (Lorraine) and Pierre-Bénite (Rhône-Alpes) research centres, on a variety of research projects. He is a member of the Catalysis Division of the French and Japanese chemical societies. He has been a member of the CNRS National Committee and is the author of more than 100 publications and 150 patent applications.

Abstract: Acrolein Production from Renewable Resources: Glycerol and Ethanol Routes

Jamal Chaouki, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Jamal Chaouki

Bio: Jamal Chaouki obtained his engineering degree from ENSIC in Nancy, France in 1979 and PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal in 1985 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia from 1985 to 1986. Since 1985 he has been a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, where he has supervised more than 80 PhD and Master's students, and more than 40 post-doctoral fellows. His work is mainly dedicaded to develop processes from waste and biomass to heat & power, fuels and chemicals. At Polytechnique, he has one of the largest laboratories for thermal treatment of waste in the world.

Professor Chaouki has published over 400 articles in refereed journals and in different reviewed proceedings, he holds more than 17 patents on different processes and is currently editor of Chemical Product and Process Modeling. He is director of the Biorefinery Center and a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has co-chaired 8 International Conferences including the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering 2009 where he was technical director. He is a world-renowned consultant for at least 20 national and international companies and created four start-ups with his students: Formmat Tech. Inc., Shopmedia Inc., Pyrowave Inc and Ecolomondo.

Abstract: Yesterday, Waste was a Problem. Today, it is a Valuable Resource

Shiping Zhu, McMaster University

R.S. Jane Memorial Award Winner

Shiping Zhu

Bio: Shiping Zhu received his Bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University (1982) and his PhD from McMaster University (1991), both in chemical engineering. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster as a faculty member in 1994 and served as Department Chair in 2009-2014. He holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University and he is a Canada Research Chair in Polymer Reaction Engineering. He is an elected Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He received the CIC’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award in 2011. His research interest is in the areas of controlled radical polymerization, catalytic polymerization of olefins, polymerization kinetic and process modeling, surface modification, smart polymers and their applications in chemical engineering separation. His research group has published over 300 refereed journal papers, presented in more than 200 conferences and delivered over 100 invited seminars. His technical papers have received more than 10,000 citations and his H-index is over 50. He has trained about 100 postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other highly qualified researchers.

Abstract: Polymer Reaction Engineering for Advanced Materials