Speaker I

Prof. Daniel GAUTHIER

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Daniel GAUTHIER is a chemical engineer, graduated from the University of Toulouse (France) in 1976. He obtained in 1978 his Master of Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA) where he was thereafter active as teaching and research assistant.
In 1979, he joined the French CNRS (National Center fro Scientific Research) in PROMES laboratory (Processes, Materials and Solar Energy) in Odeillo, obtained his Doctor of Science diploma from the University of Toulouse in 1992, and he became the Head of the Technical Division of PROMES in 2004. He retired from CNRS in 2017, but continued to asssist Prof. Jan Baeyens (BUCT and European Powder & Process Technology) as a consultant.
His main scientific and industrial activities address the applications of chemical engineering principles and technologies in concentrated solar energy technologies (especially solar-thermal treatment of carbonaceous materials and new thermal fluids), and in combustion and incineration with special emphasis on emission of harmful pollutants. All developed techniques involve gas-solid reactors and particularly gas-solid fluidization.
He published 85 peer-reviewed papers in international journals such as Solar Energy, ChERD, Chem. Eng. Sci., Applied Energy, Fuel, RSER, Energy, Comb. & Flame, RENE, Env. Sci. Tech., and other journals. He was moreover in charge of long-lasting collaborations with research centers from Argentina, Australia, China, Germany and Spain, and co-ordinated several multi-million European research projects.

Speaker II

Prof. Jan Baeyens

Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Jan Baeyens studied Nuclear Engineering (Brussels) and Chemical Engineering (Leuven). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Bradford-U.K. After 13 years of employment in engineering divisions of various Belgian companies, he became a part-time professor at the University of Leuven (B) and worked as a process and project consultant in Europe and overseas. In 2003. He started the Faculty of Bio-engineering at the University of Antwerp. In 2005, he moved to the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and the University of Warwick (U.K.), where he lectured on process design, sustainable development, renewable energy and powder technology, while also co-ordinating research in these fields. He has contributed to over 200 publications in international journals, is author/editor of 12 books, and is a regular speaker at international congresses. His h-factor is 55, and citations exceed 15000. Since 2010, he is Visiting Professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, where he is actively involved in Life Science and Technology research. Since 1989, he is managing director of European Powder and Process Technology (EPPT). Within EPPT, he continues to co-ordinate design and consultancies for Belgian and overseas companies, mostly in the field of powder technology and renewable energy. EPPT is a partner in European research projects (FP7, and H2020).


Speaker III

Prof. Raf Dewil

Head Cluster Sustainable Chemical Process Technology KU Leuven - Department of Chemical Engineering, Belgium

Prof. Raf Dewil holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (KU Leuven, 2003) and a PhD in Bioscience Engineering (University of Antwerp, 2006). Currently, he is a professor with the Chemical Engineering Department of the KU Leuven, where he heads the Laboratory for Process and Environmental Technology. Within the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the same university, he chairs the Sustainable Chemical Process Technology Cluster. His main research domains include (i) (bio)chemical conversion methods for the valorization of biomass and organic wastes (currently main focus on anaerobic digestion), and (ii) the integration of physicochemical treatment methods in wastewater treatment (e.g., advanced oxidation processes, ultrasound, microwave). He has (co-)authored over 80 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and about 90 presentations at international conferences. His papers received over 2800 citations and his h-index is 23. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier, IF 4.01) and in the editorial board of several renowned journals such as Chemical Engineering Journal and Renewable Energy.