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Plenary speakers

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Daria Boffito
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James Kwan
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Sergey Nikitenko
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Simon Kuhn
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Hesheng Xia

Keynote speakers

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Judy Lee
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Wim de Malsche
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Heidy Ramirez
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Giancarlo Cravotto

Awardee Alfred L. Loomis Award for Research Excellence

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Muthupandian Ashokkumar

Plenary speakers

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Daria Boffito

Polytechnique Montréal

Tentative presentation title: Sonoprocessing: from concepts to sound commercial applications

Daria C. Boffito is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She holds the Canada Research Chair (2021-2026) in Engineering Process Intensification and Catalysis (EPIC) and leads the EPIC research team at Polytechnique Montréal. She was previously Canada Research Chair in Intensified Mechano-Chemical Processes for Sustainable Biomass Conversion (2016-2021).

She received Canadian and International prizes. In 2019 she was featured as an Emerging Leader in Chemical Engineering (Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering). As a post-doc at Polytechnique Montréal she was awarded an FRQNT Fellowship – Excellence Program for Foreign Students (2013). In 2014 she received the NSERC Banting post-doctoral fellowship. During her PhD at the University of Milan (2010-2013), she was selected as part of the “GreenTalents 2012”, a German Government competition that identifies every year the most promising young scientists worldwide in the field of sustainability. She spent part of her PhD at The University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar with a fellowship from the Australian Government.

Professor Boffito has edited several special issues on sonochemistry. She is one of the executive editors of Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, the leading journal in the field. Her research interests in sonochemistry expand from fundamentals and computational fluid dynamics to biomass conversion, metal extraction, and catalyst synthesis.

Besides sonochemistry, Professor Boffito’s research interests include process intensification, biomass conversion, heterogeneous catalysis (and photocatalysis), CO2 conversion, and recovery of critical metals from end-of-life streams.

Professor Boffito collaborates with several Canadian and international companies in the fields of sonoprocessing, process intensification, gas-to-liquids, and metal extraction. Together with colleagues and students, she has recently founded the MedTech company “Breaking Bone”, and the Climate Tech company “Carbon Exel”.

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James Kwan

Oxford University

Tentative presentation title: Decarbonising Chemistry with Sonochemistry: A Holistic Approach

James Kwan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College. He leads the Physical Acoustics Lab (PacLab) where his research interests include studying and engineering sound and bubbles for applications including drug delivery and sonochemistry.

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Sergey Nikitenko

 CEA – Marcoule

Tentative presentation title: The Quantum Effects in Sonochemistry

Sergey Nikitenko is a Director of Research at CNRS, Head of the Laboratory of Sonochemistry in Complex Fluids (LSFC) at the Marcoule Institute for Separation Chemistry (ICSM), France. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Moscow State University, Russia. In 2005, he joined French CNRS. His research interests focus on the mechanisms of sonochemical reactions and on the development of technologies for carbon-free energy production, more specifically, on sonoluminescence, synthesis of functional nanomaterials, nuclear chemistry, sono- and photo-catalysis. He published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters, delivered more than 100 conference contributions, and obtained 5 patents. He is an Editorial Board Member of  Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, Heliyon, and Frontiers of Chemistry. Also, he is a Board Member of the European Society of Sonochemistry (ESS).

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Simon Kuhn

KU Leuven

Tentative presentation title: Ultrasound as a process intensification tool in small-scale reactors

Simon Kuhn obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and was a SNF postdoctoral fellow at MIT (US). Currently, he is a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. He was awarded starting and consolidator grants by the European Research Council for his work on intensified flow reactors for multiphase reaction systems and particle synthesis. His research interests lie in the characterization of transport processes in complex flows, scaling-up micro-chemical systems, and the design of novel flow reactors.

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Hesheng Xia

Sichuan University

Tentative presentation title: Preparation of Polymer Nanomposites Through Ultrasonic Irradiation

Prof Hesheng Xia received his PhD degree from Sichuan University, China in 2001. In 2003-2005, he worked as a research associate at Loughborough University, UK. He became a full professor at Sichuan University since 2005. He is an international representative of Polymer Processing Society (PPS), and also an affiliated professor at the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB-CNR), Italy. His main research interests include polymer micro/nano-composites, polymer materials for additive manufacturing, covalent adaptable network, To date, he has published over 260 peer-reviewed publications, 110 patents, and 3 book chapters.

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Judy Lee

Surrey University

Tentative presentation title: Characterisation of ultrasonic and sonochemical reactors

Judy Lee obtained from Melbourne University, Australia: a degree in B.Eng. (Chemical) and B.Sc (Physics), and PhD on “Acoustic bubble dynamics in the presence of surfactants”.  She spent 1.5 years as a postdoc on “Ultrasonic processing of dairy ingredients”, 2 years as a JSPS Fellow in Japan exploring “Acoustic cavitation dynamics and production of functional shelled-microbubbles” and to diversify her research area, she spent further 2 years as a postdoc on membrane filtration for desalination. In 2012 she was awarded the DECRA by the Australian Research Council to work on “Ultrasound enhanced crystallisation”.  In 2015 she joined Surrey University UK as a Senior Lecturer and promoted to Associate Professor in 2021, and is currently Director of Learning and Teaching for Chemical Engineering. Her research interests are fundamental and applied aspects of ultrasound processing and membrane filtration, with a particular interest in water and wastewater treatment.

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Wim de Malsche

VUB

Tentative presentation title: Bulk acoustic streaming in channel arrays

Wim De Malsche is staff member at both the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Bioengineering Sciences Department at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). The current research focus of his µFlow group is on enhancing mass transfer by inducing vortices, analytical and continuous separations, handling dense particle suspension and advanced particle manufacturing. During his post-doctoral research De Malsche was the first to experimentally demonstrate the performance gain of an order of magnitude of ordered chromatographic columns. This required theoretical considerations but also the development of novel micro- and nanofabrication techniques. Since about 5 years he is very active on microreactor research and continuous (larger scale) separations using microfluidics, with currently a large focus on acoustic separations. He is academic Director of a class 100 microfabrication Core Facility (Microlab) at VUB dedicated for scalable microfluidics/microreactor devices with open access to industry and academia. He is currently heading a Strategic Research Program Spearpoint of VUB aimed at the development of novel microfluidic based strategies to handle and study biocondensates.

Heidy Ramirez

Arkema

Tentative presentation title: Use of ultrasound: a new path for the continuous zeolite synthesis

Heidy Ramirez obtained his PhD from KU Leuven in December 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Tom Van Gerven, working on sonochemistry for zeolite synthesis. Currently she is a research scientist at Arkema France on the field of zeolite synthesis with a particular interest in the transition from batch to continuous production. She has participated, on behalf of Arkema France, in multiple European projects within the Horizon2020 framework with a focus on process intensification by implementing new technologies and/or alternative energies for zeolite synthesis. She leads one of the case studies of the SIMPLI-DEMO project dealing with modular flow operation of zeolites.

GIANCARLO CRAVOTTO

University of Turin

Tentative presentation title: New industrial frontiers for ultrasound and hydrodynamic cavitation unveiling innovative applications

Giancarlo Cravotto is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry and vice-Director of the Department of Drug Science and Technology (University of Turin) and past President  of the ESS. He started his academic career after one year of experience at the Technische Universität Berlin and few years in the pharmaceutical industry. His research activity in the field of green chemistry, enabling technologies and process intensification is documented by about 550 scientific peer-reviewed papers (H.I. 67 and 19,600 citations by Scopus), 21 international patents and several book and book chapters. He developed several non-conventional technologies in particular in the field of sonochemistry. He apply ultrasound and hydrodynamic cavitation from laboratory to semi-industrial scale using ad hoc designed reactors. He is Editor-in-Chief of Processes (MDPI, Basel) and associate Editor or Editorial board member of several journals (by Springer Nature, Elsevier, De Gruyter, Frontiers etc.). Most recent awards Gold medal “E. Paternò” 2020 by the Italian Chemical Society and the International RoGuiltlessplastic 2023 Price “Emerging High Technologies”.

Awardee Alfred L. Loomis Award for Research Excellence

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Muthupandian Ashokkumar

University of Melbourn

Talk on Monday May 27, 2024 at 04:45 pm

Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar (Ashok) is the Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor International at the university of Melbourne, alongside his role as a Professor of Physical Chemistry and Head of School of Chemistry. He has the responsibility for international strategy and relationships with India. He was the Acting Director & CEO of the Australia India Institute and the Deputy Head of School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. Prior to his current position, Ashok was the Associate Dean International (ADI) in the Faculty of Science from 2013 to 2017. During his ADI tenure, he established Melbourne India Postgraduate Program, Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy and BSc Blended programs involving partner institutions across India. He is currently leading the implementation of BSc Dual Degree program in India. He has served on several University of Melbourne management committees and scientific advisory boards of external scientific organisations. Ashok has made major contributions to the Materials, Food and Dairy industries through his research in the field of Ultrasonics & Sonochemistry. He has received about $ 15 million research grants to support his research work that includes several industry projects. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Ultrasonics Sonochemistry (Elseiver, Journal Impact Factor 8.4), has published ~520 refereed papers (H-Index: 86) and was the President of the Asia Oceania Sonochemical Society. He has delivered over 250 invited/keynote/plenary lectures at international conferences and academic institutions.

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