Prof. Jan Baeyens | KU Leuven, Belgium/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).





Prof. Valentina Busini | Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Prof. Valentina Busini has expertise in safety engineering and chemical engineering. In particular, with regard to industrial safety, she usually works on the analysis of the consequences of industrial accidental events, such as the CFD modelling of: heavy gas dispersion in complex environments, dispersion of hydrogen and carbon dioxide, design of vapour curtains; and the definition of methodologies for the evaluation of industrial accidents triggered by natural events (the so-called NaTech events). As far as chemical engineering is concerned, she focuses on process intensification finding methodologies for the transformation of batch processes into continuous ones.






Prof. Raf Dewil | KU Leuven, 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.