Speaker I

Prof. 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.

Speaker II

Prof. Zhijun Peng

University of Bedfordshire, UK

Professor Peng started his professorship in the University of Bedfordshire, UK in June 2017. Prior to his new role, he has been a Reader in Sustainable Energy Technology in the School of Engineering and Technology, University of Hertfordshire since 2013. As the leader of the Sustainable Energy Technology Research Group in University of Hertfordshire, his is responsible for research activities on sustainable energy technology development and application vehicle powertrains and vehicle energy efficiency technology with an emphasis on experimental investigation, though he also conducts some numerical simulations including CFD modelling. Prof Peng was a lecturer since 2004 and then as a senior lecturer since 2007 in the School of Engineering and Design, University of Sussex. He acquired his industry experience as a senior powertrain development engineer at the Dunton Technical Centre of Ford Motor Company between May 2003 and September 2004.

Speaker III

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).