October 28-29, 2020
12:00 - 19:00 GMT

Catalysis Virtual 2020

Theme: Exchange questions, answers, and best practices in the field of Catalysis
Speakers / July 2020
Karl Sohlberg
Karl Sohlberg

Drexel University, USA

Biography
Title:
Modeling the thermal dependence of surface conductance in TiO2 and MoO3: Refuting the bottleneck hypothesis
Biography
Dr. Sohlberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. His broad research area is theoretical and computational materials chemistry, with specific research programs in complex catalytic materials and molecular nano-devices. Before joining the Drexel faculty in 2000 he was an Oak Ridge Associated Universities postdoctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, TN). Earlier, he held postdoctoral appointments at The Johns Hopkins University and Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Delaware under the supervision of Krzysztof Szalewicz. Sohlberg has more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.
Sunirmal Jana
Sunirmal Jana

CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India

Biography
Title:
Synthetic strategy and photocatalytic application of graphene hybridized metal oxide semiconductor nanocomposites
Biography
Dr. Sunirmal Jana, Senior Principal Scientist & Professor at CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI), Kolkata, India graduated as MS in Chemistry in 1991 from University of Kalyani and PhD (Science) in 1998 from Jadavpur University, India. He joined as a Junior Scientist at CSIR-CGCRI in December 1997. Dr. Jana worked as an invited Visiting Scientists including Brain Pool Scientist at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, South Korea. He is an Editor/Editorial Board Member of several peer reviewed functional thin films and nanomaterials related journals. Dr. Jana is also a Life Member of many academic/research organizations/societies. Presently, he has published about 70 SCI/peer reviewed research papers, more than 80 conference papers, 6 book chapters and 3 Indian patents. 
Dave White
Dave White

Climate Change Truth Inc, USA

Biography
Title:
Discovery: Reduction in photosynthesis correlation to carbon dioxide increase
Biography
Dave is a Chemical Engineer with Masters Studies in Statistics, currently working on Climate Change. He has 30 years’ experience since graduation in 1984. Promoting responsibility to environment and health of all species. Dave White graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1984. During the time at Oregon State University Dave worked on a cross flow counter current scrubber for coal fired power plants. Additionally took masters level classes on statistics. Then he moved to Hillsboro with his wife and worked in Semiconductors. In 2007 Dave along with Dr. Tom Wallow produced a paper on ArF double patterning for semiconductors. This multi-pattering scheme is widely used in today’s semiconductor manufacturing plants. In 2011 Dave started a consulting business for Semiconductors. In 2017 Dave Started Climate Change Truth Research Inc. Dave is seeking the truth about climate change. His research interests are evaporation from the ocean, rain forest destruction effects and diffusion of CO2 through the atmosphere.
Mayra Martinelli Costa
Mayra Martinelli Costa

University of Campinas, Brazil

Biography
Title:
Effect of metal loading on Nb2O5 supported catalysts for the hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol
Biography
Ms. Costa possesses a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Campinas, Brazil (2018). She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the same institution under the supervision of Dr. Suppino. She developed a research project on catalysis at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS/CNPEM), which led to a publication in Chemical Engineering Transactions (Scopus Journal). Her most recent work regarding the use of niobia in heterogeneous catalysis was accepted for an oral presentation at the 17th International Congress of Catalysis.
Katarzyna Jankowska
Katarzyna Jankowska

Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Biography
Title:
Electrospun materials for immobilization of oxidoreductases: Improving of their catalytic activity
Biography
MSc Eng. Katarzyna Jankowska studied Chemical Technology at Poznan University of Technology and graduated as MSc in 2017. She then joined the research group of Prof. Jesionowski at the Institute of Chemical Technology and Engineering at the same university. Biotechnology, enzyme immobilization and electrospinning technique are her scientific interests.
Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Emilia Paone

Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Biography
Title:
Catalytic conversion of lignin derived aromatic ethers under lignin-first conditions
Biography
Emilia Paone is a Post-Doc researcher at the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, where she obtained her PhD in April 2019 working in the Chemistry Research Group. Her research activities lie in the field of heterogeneous catalysis with particular emphasis on the valorization of biomass derived molecules through the catalytic C-O bond breaking promoted by heterogeneous catalysts. In particular, her research project is focused in the catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis (CTH) of lignin for the sustainable production of aromatic feedstocks. Emilia Paone is co-author of 14 publications in peer-reviewed ISI journals and 2 ISI Book Chapters and, during these years, she attended as speaker several International and National Conferences.
Lucia Steenkamp
Lucia Steenkamp

CSIR, South Africa

Biography
Title:
Combining biocatalysis and chemistryfor the development of industrial processes
Biography
Dr Lucia Steenkamp obtained her PhD in 1991 at the Rand Fricakkns University in Johannesburg, South Africa and was employed at Delta G Scientic and AECI before starting her career at the CSIR in 1999.  She is a Principal Researcher and heads the Biocatalysis Group at the CSIR.  She has 15 peer reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, 5 granted patents, 8 technology demonstrators and 5 complete Technology packages which were transferred and commercialized by industry partners.  She won the award: South African Woman in Science for Research and Innovation in 2018.
Owais Yousuf
Owais Yousuf

Integral University, India

Biography
Title:
Comprehensive valorization of agro-industrial waste via green extraction: futuristic food engineering
Biography
Dr. Owais Yousuf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Integral University, Lucknow, India. His principal research and teaching interests encompasses the field of Food Engineering and Technology. He was awarded his Ph.D. (Process & Food Engineering) in 2019 from G. B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. Before perusing Ph.D., he has completed his M.Tech (Agricultural Process Food Engineering) from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India in 2014 and B.Tech (Food Technology) from Islamic University of Science & Technology, JK, India in 2012. He is an author of 12 research articles with several Citations. He is an ardent writer and a voracious reader and writes often for a number of magazines and newspapers as well. He is an Editorial Board member of numerous renowned journals and also serving as an eminent reviewer for several journals. He has actively participated in more than 30 Conferences, Workshops and Training programs at both National and International level. During his Doctoral program, he was selected by French ministry of agriculture under DEFIAA program for Two month training in Food Processing from various vocational and professional institutes of France.
Chandra Mohan
Chandra Mohan

K R Mangalam University, India

Biography
Title:
Clay modified with heteropoly acid (HPA)as environmental friendly catalyst for organic synthesis
Biography
Dr. Chandra Mohan obtained his Ph.D degree in the field of “Schiff based metal complexes and their applications as Chemical Sensors” from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India. He has done M.Phil in Inorganic Chemistry from Delhi University and performed his research work on “Heteropoly acid intercalated clays as catalysts” in 2009. He has keen interest in research and development activities. He has 8 years of teaching experience and about 8 years of research experience. He has published 15 research papers in reputed journals and has presented 10 research papers in various conferences and workshops held in India. He is an awardee of a national fellowship from University Grant Commisiion Delhi for his Ph.D. degree. He was also invited for a lecture from Sensor Lab, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa in May 2015 and as keynote speaker in the International conference at Imperial College London, UK in September 2018. Presently he is a reviewer & editorial member of 7 International Journals and 8 scientific bodies in India and abroad.He supervised one PhD student in 2018 and published more than 5 papers on recent COVID-19 pandemic in the year 2020. He has been involved in social welfare activities as NSS Coordinator and also worked on several projects based on COVID-19 outbreak.
Laasri Laila
Laasri Laila

Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco

Biography
Title:
A green approach for the synthesis of benzaldehyde using zr/natural phosphate heterogeneous catalyst
Biography
Dr. Laila LAASRI is currently Professor at the Faculty of Sciences Ben M’Sik, Casablanca, Morocco since 2013. She was awarded her PhD in 2007 from the University of Hassan II of Casablanca, Morocco. She then worked in an engineering school, ESITH-Casablanca, where she held the position of R&D Director. Her research interests include the introduction of green organic chemistry in laboratory describing the environmentally benign preparation of highly added value products, while enhancing natural phosphate as an efficient heterogenous catalyst and a very abundant Moroccan natural resource. The author holds two patents related to the valuation of Moroccan natural resource.
Dounia Elbasyouni
Dounia Elbasyouni

University Blida, Algeria

Biography
Title:
Preparation of activated carbons from biomass and application as a support for silver nanoparticles in bacterial depollution
Biography
My name is Dounia Elbasyouni, I am a recent college graduate, I finished my master degree in Process Engineering of Materials. At my last year in college I worked on "Preparation of activated carbons from biomass and application as a support for silver nanopartcles in bacterial deppolution" project. And now am searching for a PhD scholarship. I always keep my goals and tasks arginized to maintain productivity. I believe that the skills that I have attained from the dynamic environment and competitive university life define me and I am looking forward to implementing and polishing them in any opportunity that I receive. 
Julieta Lorena Sacchetto
Julieta Lorena Sacchetto

Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina

Biography
Title:
Environmentally friendly synthesis of catalyst based on chitosan for the degradation of phenolic contaminants
Biography
Julieta Lorena Sacchettostudied Chemistry at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Argentina and graduated as MS in 2017. She joined the Photochemistry and Environmentresearch group of Dr. Walter A Massad at the Instituto de DesarrolloAgroindustrial y de la Salud (IDAS) CONICET-UNRC. In 2017, she worked as a quality assistant at SGS Argentina S.A. She is doing her PhD degree, she started in 2018 at the same institution. She has published 6 articles in national and international conferences.
 Shalaka Varshney
Shalaka Varshney

Ariel University, Israel

Biography
Title:
Kinetic study of catalytic hydrogen evolution and 4-nitrophenol reduction reactions on Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles
Biography
Shalaka Varshney was born in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1993. She is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Sciences, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel under the supervision of Dr. TomerZidki and Prof. Dan Meyerstein. She received her Dual Degree B.Tech. andM.Tech. in Nanotechnology from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India in 2016.Her research currently focuses on the investigation of nano-catalytic reaction mechanism on the surface of metallic and bimetallic nanoparticles catalyzed reduction reactions. Herinterests are in the synthesis and characterization of metallic, bimetallic nanoparticles and different dimensional nanomaterials and their self-assembly in discotic liquid crystals.
Leonardo Rios Solis
Leonardo Rios Solis

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Biography
Title:
Optimising the in vivo biocatalysis of oxygenated and acetylated Taxol precursors in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using advanced bioprocessing strategies
Biography
Dr Rios is a Lecturer at the Institute for Bioengineering at the School of Edinburgh with more than 10years of proven track record inBiocatalysis, Synthetic Biology and Biochemical Engineering. His research group has ample expertise in precision genome engineering and enzyme engineering combined with using high-throughput automated microscale tools. Dr Rios is currently the director of the Bio-automation network at the University of Edinburgh.  Dr Rios is also currently representing the UK in the Management Committee of the European Union Coordination Support Action (CSA) project “BioRoboost” setting up an international collaborative network on synthetic biology and automation standards.
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