Speakers

Prof. Ricardo A. Torres-Palma

University of Antioquia (Colombia)

Prof. Ricardo A. Torres-Palma is graduated in Chemistry (1998) and Master in Chemistry (2001) by Universidad del Valle, Colombia. He received the PhD in Chemistry from the University of Savoie in France (2007). From 2009-2011, he was post-doctoral re-searcher in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto (Canada). He is Senior Researcher according to Colciencias (Colombia) and leader of the Research Group on Environmental Remediation and Biocatalysis of the University of Antioquia. He has dedicated his scientific life to the understanding and development of water treatment systems through electrochemical, photochemical, and sonochemical processes, among others. He has published around 80 articles in indexed journals and has more than 2700 citations (h-index: 29). He has published three book chapters, and the results of his research have been presented in around 100 congresses and symposiums around the world. He has been invited to deliver plenary/keynote/invited lectures at international conferences and scientific institutions such as the UNAM (Mexico), University of Porto (Portugal), Universidad Jaume I (Spain), Mahatma Gandhi University (India) and BITS Pilani University (India). He has mentored 10 master students, 6 Ph.D. students, and 1 Postdoctoral researcher. He is currently the supervisor of 6 Ph.D. students, and 1 postdoctoral researcher. He has also participated in 10 academic juries (4 MSc and 6 PhD) in different countries like Switzerland, India, Spain and Colombia. He acts as an expert evaluator of the National Accreditation Council of the Ministry of National Education, as well as in more than 20 international peer-reviewed journals. He has been also a Guest Editor for Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Journal of Hazardous Materials and Environmental Science and Pollution Research. He has been part of the scientific committee of renowned international congresses such as European Conference on Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes, Asia- Oceania Sonochemical Society Conference, Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies, and European meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the International PhD School on AOPs for Latin-American.

Prof. Camila C. Amorim

Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Prof. Camila Amorim is an Environmental Engineer who holds a Master and a PhD degree in Sanitation, Environment and Water Resources. Since 2010, Dr Amorim is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). She supervises Master’s and PhD candidates Dr Amorim has been Head of the Research Group on Environmental Application of Advanced Oxidation Processes (GruPOA) since 2011, and its guides research is on the development and application of advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater treatment, including the development of sunlight activated photocatalyst. GruPOA has been studying the application of different processes, such as Fenton and photo Fenton, ozonization and photocatalysis using renewable light sources such as solar irradiation and LED. These studies include various research areas such as industrial wastewater treatment and reuse, tertiary treatment of municipal wastewater, removal of contaminants of emerging concern, endocrine disruptors, antimicrobics and remediation of soil contaminated by fuels. Prof. Amorim was the Conference Chair of II CIPOA-Iberoamerican Congress of Advanced Oxidation, which was held in Belo Horizonte in 2016. She has been coordinating eight research projects, funded by the Federal Government Research Funding Agencies and the Ministry of the Environment, totalling a budget of more than R$ 11 M in 8 years. Since 2010, 14 members of her research group have successfully completed their Master’s studies and 4 members have successfully achieved their PhD degrees under her supervision. In the last 8 years, she has published 41 articles in research journals and 98 abstracts in events (310 citations and Index h 10). It collaborates with international institutes through the mobility of students and professors, including the Solar Platform of Almería - Spain, Manchester Metropolitan University - United Kingdom and Université de Lille 1 - Sciences et Technoligies.

Prof. Dr. Sixto Malato Rodrígues

Plataforma Solar de Almería - Spain

Since 1990 he works at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA-CIEMAT) in all the EU R&D projects linked to the Solar Treatment of Water, being involved in 23 International, 30 National R&D Projects and different Contracts with Private Companies. Director or Co-Director of Joint Research Center (Univ. Almería-CIEMAT) of R&D in Solar Energy (CIESOL). http://www.ciesol.es. 2006- up to now. Director of Plataforma Solar de Almeria (www.psa.es). 2012-2017. Head of Research Unit at CIEMAT. 2012- up to now. He is author of 1 book and co-author of 18 books as well as >50 chapters in others. He has also co-authored more than 250 publications in indexed international journals, and more than 350 contributions to different International Congresses and 5 patents. He has participated in >90 Workshops and Conferences and participated as speaker in >60 specialized courses and masters. He has directed 15 PhD Thesis. >17000 cites, h-index: 75. Associate editor of the Environmental Chemistry Letters (Springer) and Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences. (RSC Publishing) up to now as well as Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies (Sci.& Technol. Network, Inc.; 2008-2016). Member of editorial board: Catalysis Today (Elsevier). The Jury’s Grand Prix of “European Grand Prix for Innovation Awards”. Jaime I Price (Most important in science in Spain) in Environmental Protection, 2011. http://www.fvea.es/medioambiente.html.

Prof. Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos

University of Cyprus

She is an Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of Nireas-International Water Research Center (Nireas-IWRC) at the University of Cyprus (UCY). Since 2011, she directs and coordinates all the scientific and administrative activities of Nireas-IWRC, which is the first Water Research Centre in Cyprus, and is very active in the research area of water and wastewater treatment, management and reuse. In 2012, she received the distinguished national research award 'Nikos Symeonides' by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation for her work on wastewater treatment and xenobiotics and in 2017 she received an honorary award for her long-standing contribution and activity in the research area of Environmental Protection, awarded by the Hellenic Open University. She is the Editor of the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Elsevier and the leader of the Working Group 5 'Wastewater reuse' of NORMAN Association. She is the Chair of the COST Action ES1403 'New and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse (NEREUS)' (2014-2018), the Coordinator of the ANSWER project 'Antibiotics and mobile resistance elements in wastewater reuse applications: risks and innovative solutions' (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015/675530) (with budget: 3.7 M€), and the Chair of the Scientific and Technological Advisory Board of the European Joint Programming Initiative 'Water Challenges for a Changing World'. She has over 137 peer-reviewed scientific publications in SCI journals, 170 conference papers, various chapters in book series and she has co-edited one book on the “Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle” by Springer (which is one of the very first and most popular books in the field), while two others books entitled “Wastewater Reuse and Current Challenges” and “Advanced Treatment Technologies for Urban Wastewater Reuse” in “The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Series” have been published by Springer. Also, she has participated in more than 70 research projects (European and national research projects of Greece and Cyprus). She serves on numerous scientific evaluation panels (e.g. National Research Funding Agencies from Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada, USA, the European Science Foundation, the European Commission).

Prof. Dr. Cíntia Soares

Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil

Prof. Cíntia Soares is a Chemical Engineer (FURB, Brazil, 1998) with Master and PhD degrees (UNICAMP, Brazil, 2000 and 2005, respectively) in the field of numerical simulation of chemical processes, and works as Professor at the Department of Chemical and Food Engineering at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Florianópolis, Brazil) since 2010. Prof. Soares was the head of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Program (PósENQ) at UFSC (CAPES level 7/7) (2015-2019) and has developed her research in the field of Chemical Reactions Engineering and Materials Development at the Laboratory of Materials and Corrosion (LabMAC). Prof. Soares has advised works on the application of computational fluid dynamics for the investigation of phenomenological and technological aspects in the field of design and optimization of photocatalytic reactors. Current works have been carried out in partnership with Portuguese and Dutch groups (Dr. Vitor J.P. Vilar and Prof. Timothy Noël, respectively) and are related to the intensification of photocatalytic processes through disruptive reactor designs, analysis of scale effects in microfluidic devices, scale-up/out of photocatalytic reactors, CFD-based investigation of control strategies for photocatalytic equipment, etc., always focusing on the integration of radiation, fluid flow and chemical reaction in a coupled way. Moreover, Prof. Soares has interest in the fields of multiphase reactors, plasma reactors and nano/microtechnology. Prof. Soares also integrated the Scientific Committee of III CIPOA hold at Medellín (Guatapé), Colombia, 2017.

Prof. André Bezerra dos Santos

Federal University of Ceará (Brazil)

Prof. André B. dos Santos is Associate Professor of the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering of the Federal University of Ceará. Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences (Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2005); M.Sc. in Civil Engineering/Environmental Sanitation (UFC, Brazil, 2001); Specialist in Ecological Sanitation (Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden, 2008); and Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with Magna cum Laude distinction (UFC, Brazil, 1998). Researcher level 1D of the CNPq Research Productivity Program, with an extensive list of publications, with about 2550 citations in Google Scholar, 30.41 in ResearchGate, and H-factor 16 in Scopus. He was the coordinator of the National Network on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, a project financed by FINEP/CNPq, and currently is the UFC coordinator in the National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT) Sustainable Wastewater (INCT ETEs Sustentáveis), project CNPq/Fapemig, led by UFMG in the coordination of Prof. Carlos Chernicharo. Has been acting as Editor, Editorial Board or Ad-hoc of relevant journals of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering. His current research is focused on environmental technologies mainly in the areas of treatment of domestic and industrial wastewaters, bioenergy, environmental biotechnology, emerging micropollutants and recalcitrant compounds, reuse, resource-oriented sanitation, among others. He is also a consultant for public and private companies.

Prof. Juan Matos Lale

University of Concepcion (Chile)

Prof. Dr. Juan Matos Lale completed his PhD in Physics and Surface Chemistry through the Franco-Venezuelan Program of Postgraduate Cooperation between the Central School of Lyon (France) and the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research in 1999 studying the "Influence" of carbon materials in heterogeneous photocatalytic reactions and in solar nanotechnology. He has been Visiting Professor at Clark University (USA), Claude Bernard University (France), University of Palermo (Italy), Max Plank Institute (Germany), Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), National Carbon Institute in Oviedo, Spain, and at the University of Orleans, France. He is co-founder and Director of the Chilean Association of Carbon Materials, and co-founder of the Latin American Carbon Federation of which he was its President since 2016 to 2018. He is Director of the Franco-Chilean Biochars Valorization Network for its Application in Energy and Environmental Remediation. Since 2015, he has been a Professor of the Energy Postgraduate Program at the Universidad de Concepción, and a Researcher in the Bioenergy area of the Technological Development Unit (UDT) of that university, where he has founded the Laboratory of Hybrid and Carbon Materials. He has made more than 240 presentations in congresses, close to 80 articles published in high impact journals and serialized books, 2 patents, around 2300 citations and H-factor of 23. He has developed different international research projects and technological application in collaboration with Mexico, Spain and France, as well as has been director of projects with Chilean funds such as FONDEF-IDEA, CORFO-INNOVA, FAE-SEREMI, FONDECYT, among others. At present, Prof. Matos is also Associate Professor of the Millennium Nuclei on Catalytic Processes towards Sustainable Chemistry (CSC), Chile.

Prof. Dr. Bernardo A. Frontana Uribe

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (México)

El Dr. Bernardo A. Frontana Uribe cursó la Licenciatura en Química (1989-1993) y la Maestría en Química Orgánica (1993-1995) en la Facultad de Química-UNAM. Realizó sus estudios de Doctorado en Ciencias Químicas en la Universidad de Rennes I en Francia (1995-1999) en electrosíntesis de compuestos heterocíclicos. Al término de su doctorado, en el año 1999 se incorporó al Instituto de Química de la UNAM para crear el Laboratorio de Electroquímica y Electrosíntesis. Posteriormente realizó una estancia post-doctoral (2005-2006) en la Universidad de Freiburg Alemania con una beca conjunta de la DAAD, y de la UNAM en el área de electrosíntesis de polímeros conductores. Realizó estancias de investigación en la Universidad de Bonn Alemania (1999), la Universidad de California Santa Barbara EUA (2003), Freiburg Alemania (2005), Mainz (2017-2018). Desde el año 2009 está comisionado en el Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEMéx-UNAM ubicado en la ciudad de Toluca, siendo el investigador responsable del laboratorio de electroquímica y electrosíntesis. En su producción científica destacan: 73 Artículos en revistas con arbitraje internacional y 8 Capítulos en libro publicados. Cuenta con 1670 citas factor H de 17. Ha dirigido 35 Tesis de Licenciatura, 16 de Maestría y 6 de doctorado. Es Investigador Titular C definitivo del Instituto de Química UNAM e Investigador Nacional Nivel III del SNI. Líneas de investigación: Síntesis orgánica empleando electroquímica, electrosíntesis de polímeros conductores para aplicaciones en fotovoltaica, electroanálisis y electroremediación de aguas, cristalización electroasistida de proteínas y producción electroquímica de compuestos de valor agregado. 

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Mousset

French National Center for Scientific Research

After getting an Erasmus PhD from ETeCoS3 joint doctorate program (University of Paris-Est (France), University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy), UNESCO-IHE (The Netherland)) in 2013, Dr Mousset pursued as post-doc successively in National University of Singapore (NUS) and in Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ; Germany) before getting a tenured position in 2016 at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) as senior scientist. He focusses his research work on advanced oxidation for 10 years, especially with electrochemical processes, for environmental protection including for wastewater treatment. He is currently implementing as principal investigator his research topics through individual projects as well as collaborative projects with French laboratory (Institut Européen des Membranes (IEM) from Montpellier) and with university of Nankai (China), university of Notre-Dame (USA) and university of Cadi Ayyad (Morocco). He is also expert examiner for national and international research funding and for PhD defenses as well as occasional consultant for companies. In the last five years he has published more than 20 papers in renown international journals in the field (Water Research, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, etc), 7 book chapters (Springer-Nature, Taylor & Francis, CNRS Editions), 3 patents. He has presented his work in more than 50 conferences including 9 as invited speaker in international congresses and chairman of 9 sessions in those events. He has been recently awarded the “International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)-Elsevier Prize for Green Electrochemistry 2018”.

Prof. Dr. Gianluca Li Puma

Loughborough University (UK)


Gianluca Li Puma is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Loughborough University. His academic qualifications include: Laurea, Chemical Engineering (University of Palermo, Italy, 1992) MPhil, Chemical Engineering (University of Bath, 1993) PhD, Chemical Engineering (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1996). This was followed by a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at HKUST on photocatalysis & photoreaction engineering research. From 2000-2010 he was Assistant and Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Professor Li Puma is Editor of “Journal of Hazardous Materials” (Elsevier, Impact factor 6.065), Member of the Editorial Boards of “Chemical Engineering Journal” (Elsevier), the “Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering” (Elsevier), the “International Journal of Photoenergy" (Hindawi), Guest Editor of 10 Journals Special Issues, Member of the Scientific/Organizing Committee of 65 international conferences in Water, Catalysis, Engineering and Environmental Science, Member of the review panel of the UK (EPSRC), Australian (ARC), Chinese (NSFC), Dutch (NWO), Polish (FNP), Swiss (SNSF), Korean (NRF), Israeli (ISF) Finnish (RCNSE), Czech (GACR), Qatari (QNRF) Kazakh (NCSTE), Hong Kong (ECF, NSFC/RGC JRS) and Singaporean (NRF) Research Councils and of 52 international refereed journals in Energy, Catalysis, Environmental Chemistry and Engineering. He is member of the International Advisory Board of the Water Research Centres in Cyprus (NIREAS), the EPSRC Solar-Fuel Network (UK), Chair of the ThinkThank4 of EU COST Action ES1205 on Applications and Implications of Nano-enabled Technologies for Water and Wastewater Treatment, and UK Representative in the Management Committee of EU COST Action ES1403UK on New and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Wastewater Reuse (NEREUS). He is founder member of the European Union PhD School on Advanced Oxidation Processes. In 2007-2010, he was nominated “Expert of International Standing” by the Australian Research Council College of Experts. Li Puma has been six times Symposium Organiser and Presider for the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (San Diego 2012, New Orleans 2013, San Francisco 2014, Boston 2015, San Diego 2016, San Francisco 2017) and has chaired 8 consecutive International Conferences on Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Treatment of Water Air and Soil (Niagara Falls 2007, San Diego 2008, Niagara Falls 2009, San Diego 2010, San Diego 2011, Jacksonville 2012, San Diego 2013 and 2014). Li Puma has delivered 62 plenary/keynote/invited lectures at overseas international conferences and organisations, including invitations at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), NASA Stennis Space Center (USA), Rice University (USA), Dalian and Nanjing Universities (China), HKUST (Hong Kong SAR), POSTECH (South Korea), Leibniz University (Germany) and many other. 

Prof. Dr. Manuel A. Rodrigo

University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)

Manuel A. Rodrigo was born in Plasencia (Spain) in 1970. He studied Industrial Chemistry at the University of Valencia, where he was graduated at the top of his class in 1993. He also got the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Valencia in 1997, with a Thesis focused on the development of automation systems (control algorithms) for the optimization of the biological nutrient removal processes in municipal wastewater treatment facilities.  In 1997, he joined the University the Castilla La Mancha as Assistant Professor and, casually, he began researching on electrochemical technology, a new topic in which no one else was specialized in that young University (founded in 1982) and no facilities were available. In this first postdoctoral stage, his research was focused on the electrolyses of industrial wastewater, trying to develop reactors that combined GAC adsorption and electrolysis. In 1999, he did a first postdoctoral training in the Lab of Prof. Comninellis (EPFL, Switzerland), where he was trained in electrochemical technology and he started working in electrolysis with diamond electrodes, one of the key topics in his research. In 2000, he was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, and expand his research lines by starting to work on electrocoagulation and high temperature PEM fuel cells. Then, oxidants production, microbial fuel cells and soil electro-remediation have also focused his research attention. A second training in the group of Comninellis was carried out in 2003, that time, focused on electrocatalysis. In 2009, he was promoted to Full Professor in Chemical Engineering at the UCLM. From that moment on, he has tried to consolidate a highly-competitive and internationally-minded research team, with more than 10 PhD researchers, focused on the development of new and value-added applications of electrochemical engineering, with expertise in the frontiers between electrochemistry-energy and electrochemistry-environment and with a relevant transfer of knowledge to the industry. Over these years, he has kept a strong consultant collaboration with many companies in energy and environmental engineering, with many private-financed projects. He has also opened joint research lines with different research groups all around the World, promoting specially collaboration with Latin-America groups. Author of more than 400 papers in referenced journal and books (h index 60), more than 80 technical reports for companies and 5 patents. He has supervised 16 doctoral theses. Prof. Rodrigo has been invited professor at the universities Paris Est Marne la Vallée (France) and Politécnica de Valencia (Spain).  He has served as Vicedean of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Chemical Sciences and Technologies of the UCLM (2007-2015), vice-chair of Division 5 of ISE (2014-2016) and Chairman of the Working Party of Electrochemical Engineering of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (2011-2018). At present, he is serving as Chair Elected of the Division 5 of ISE. He has been attached to Chemical Technology area of ANEP (National Agency for Research Projects Evaluation) (2015-2017) and now he is serving as expert in research on Chemical Technology (2015-2019) for the Spanish AEI (National Agency for Research).

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Salazar

University of Santiago, Chile (USACH)

Ricardo Salazar is Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at University of Santiago of Chile. His academic qualifications include: Chemistry (University of Chile, Chile, 2004) PhD, Chemistry (University of Chile, 2009). This was followed by a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at University of Santiago of Chile on photocatalysis & photoelectrocatalysis research and one year at University of Barcelona. From 2015 he is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Chemistry and Biology at the University of Santiago of Chile. He is founder of the Chilean Electrochemical Summer School. In 2012-2014, he was nominated “Member of the Chilean Science Academy” by the Science Academy of Experts. He is currently the director of the group Chemistry 2 of the national science and technology fund, FONDECYT Chile. Since 2016, Dr. Salazar is the President of the Electrochemistry Division of the Chilean Chemical Society. He was Regional Representative of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) 2012 - 2018 (2 periods). Salazar has delivered 14 plenary/keynote/invited lectures at overseas international conferences and organisations. He focusses his research work on electrochemical advanced oxidation processes and solar wastewater treatment for 10 years, especially with electrochemical treatments for industrial wastewater. Dr. Salazar has handled more than 10 projects as principal investigator as well as collaborative projects with several groups. In the last five years he has published more than 30 papers in international journals in the field of water treatment, electrochemistry and solar energy and 2 book chapters. He has presented his work in more than 80 conferences including 10 as invited speaker in international congresses and chairman of 12 sessions in those events.

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