Invited Keynote & Plenary Speakers

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Plenary Speakers

Prof. Fei Wei Cheungkon | Tsinghua University, China | Nanocarbon structure control, macro preparation and application in lithium-ion batteries

Director of Beijing key lab of green chemical reaction engineering and technology, Fei Wei obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from China University of Petroleum in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Tsinghua University (China), he was appointed an associate professor in 1992 and professor of chemical engineering of Tsinghua University (China) in 1996. His scientific interests are technological applications of chemical reaction engineering, catalysis, multiphase flow, carbon nano materials, and sustainable energy. He has designed and successfully running over 30 industrial fluidized bed reactors, and authored four books and over 600 refereed publications including 4 papers in Science and Nature, with more than 50000 citations with H index 105.

Dr Ali Hassanpour | University of Leeds, UK | Particle Technology and Additive Manufacturing: current advances and future prospects

Dr Ali Hassanpour, is an associate professor at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds.He is fellow of royal society of chemistry and also serves as an executive committee member for Particle Technology Special Interest Group, IChemE, and Process Engineering Formulation Design and Manufacturing (PEFDM) focus group, APS. In the past 18 years, Ali's research has mainly focused on modelling and experimental work in various areas of particle science and engineering. He has been involved in numerous research projects at different Technology Readiness Levels, notably the EPSRC hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes ( where he also serves as an executive team member.

He has published more than 130 archival journal papers, authored 10 book chapters and edited a book in powder flow.

Prof. Richard A Williams | Heriot-Watt University, UK | Advanced Particle Tomography Systems

Professor Richard A Williams OBE FREng FTSE FRSE is Principal and Vice Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University and has worked widely in the sensing and modelling of particle technology of mineral and manufacturing processes involving process tomography, digital simulation and emulsion processing. He is an academician of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and The Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is an editor of the journals CHERD (Particle Technology) , Particuology and Minerals Engineering. He is a visiting professor at The Chinese Academy of Sciences and on Advisory Board of Association of British Chinese Professors.

Prof. Junji Cao | Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China | Ambient Air Purification by Nanotechnologies: From Theory to Application

Prof. Junji Cao is recognized nationally as a leading expert on atmospheric aerosol and has helped shape policy through his research, activities on national committees, leadership in preparing science assessments, and advice to senior levels of government. He is the principal or co-author of 700+ SCI papers with 60000 citations and H-index of 115 (data from Google Scholar). He is the Vice President of International Aerosol Research Assembly (IARA). He currently severed as the Editor-in-chief of Aerosol Science and Engineering and Co- Editor-in-chief of Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. He got several prestigious awards including AAAS Fellow (2021), Haggen-Smit Clean Air Awards (2019), TWAS Earth, Astronomy and Space Award (2018), IARA IAFA award (2016), Frank A. Chambers Excellence in Air Pollution Control Award (2013), and the Second class of National Natural Science Award of China (2012), etc. He has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher 2018-2022 in the world by Clarivate Analytics.

Prof. Qingshan Zhu | Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Qingshan Zhu is a full Professor from 2002 at Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and is currently the deputy director of IPE CAS. His research interests include fluidization, process intensification, mineral roasting, nanostructural materials, etc. For the past decade, he is dedicated to developing new mineral processing technologies for low-grade minerals of Chinese characteristics, where several pilot plants up to 200,000 t/a have been successfully established. He published over 140 reviewed articles in internationally refereed journals. He has more than 60 patents and over 10 patents have been licensed to several companies.

He is currently the president of Chinese Society of Particle Technology. He serves as the associate Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Process Engineering (Chinese) and The Chinese Journal of Powder Technology, and serves on several editorial boards, including Particuology, Int. Rev. Chem. Eng., J. Crystal. Phys. Chem., J. East China Uni. Sci. Tech. (Chinese), Iron Steel Vanadium Titanium (Chinese).

Prof. Jonathan Seville | University of Birmingham | Particle Technology in Pharmaceuticals, Food and Formulated Products

The manufacture of high-value formulated products such as pharmaceuticals and food is an ever larger activity in all modern economies. Most such products are particulate in some way, from suspensions to agglomerates and tablets. While the principles of particle technology remain the same, the tools – particularly advanced computational tools – have grown much more powerful. As ever, it is important that we use them in the most effective way. The consumer usage of formulated products is often in or on the human body, or in the case of cleaning products and coatings, in the domestic environment. Ultimately, there is a wider environmental burden to be considered. Particle technologists have an important responsibility to help improve the health of both consumers and the wider world.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Limin Wang | Chinese Academy of Sciences, China | Lattice Boltzmann method for modeling gas-solid two-phase flows

Limin Wang is a professor and director of Mesoscience Division, Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from IPE, CAS in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow working at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France. In 2009, he joined the State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Complex Systems of IPE, CAS as an Assistant Professor. From May, 2010 to July, 2016, he was an Associate Professor. Since August of 2016, he served as Professor. He was elected Member of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS in 2012. He won the Hou Debang Chemical Technology Youth Award from Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC) in 2017 and the Particuology Youth Award from Chinese Society of Particuology (CSP) in 2020. He serves as Secretary General of Simulation & Virtual Process Engineering Committee of CIESC and Youth Committee member of CSP. He also serves as editorial board of China Powder Technology and corresponding experts of Engineering. He has authored about 70 publications. He has been working on mesoscale concept for turbulence modeling and simulation (i.e. EMMS-based turbulence model), lattice Boltzmann modeling for particle-fluid two-phase flows (i.e. DNS, DPS, TFM), and particle methods for complex flows (i.e. turbulent flow, multiphase flow, nano/micro flows) for over 20 years during his research experiences.

Dr Kazunori Kadota | Osaka Medical & Pharmaceutical University, Japan | New approach to design of nutraceuticals to future generations

Dr. Kazunori Kadota is an Associate Professor at Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from Doshisha University. He then worked at Eisai Co., Ltd., a pharmaceutical company, from 2007 to 2013. He started an academic carrier at Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2013. Highly motivated scientist with extensive research experience in the field of pharmaceutical science focusing on powder technology. He won the Young Researchers’ Award from the Society of Powder Technology Japan in 2015 and from The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Kinki Branch in 2017 and Young Researchers’ Ward of Asahikasei Formulation Research from the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Japan in 2019. He serves as one of editorial member of Advanced Powder Technology and Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin. He has authored about 120 publications. He has been working on crystallization at molecular scale using molecular simulations. Also, he has been working on the design of the pharmaceutical products from a viewpoint of process development.

Prof. Defang Ouyang | Chinese Medicine University of Macau, China | Opportunity and challenge of artificial intelligence (AI) in drug delivery

Prof. Ouyang has a multidisciplinary background in pharmaceutics & computer modelling, with experience in academia and industry. He obtained his bachelor (2000) and master (2005) in pharmaceutics from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, China. He completed his PhD in pharmacy at The University of Queensland, Australia, in 2010 and progressed directly to his faculty position (Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, PI) at Aston University (UK). From the end of 2014, he moved to the University of Macau.

Since 2011, he has pioneered the integration of multi-scale modeling, artificial intelligence, and big data techniques in the field of drug delivery – “computational pharmaceutics “. He has published 2 books, 5 book chapters, over 80 refereed SCI journal papers, and over 100 invited talks. He held 11 approved patents, which had been used in medicinal products.

He is establishing the first global artificial intelligence (AI)-based formulation platform (Formulation AI). He successfully trained 6 PhD and 30 master students.

Dr Shibo Kuang| Monash University, Australia | Pipe transportation of bulk materials: Model development and application

Dr Shibo Kuang is currently a research fellow in ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology at Monash University. His research interests centre around computational process engineering. It aims to achieve fundamental elucidation, theory and method establishment, new technology exploration, and process optimization for multiphase transportation and processes. Both physics-based (mechanistic) models and data-driven (AI) models are thus developed and applied. The mechanistic models include multi-scale and multi-physics methods such as LBM, DEM, LBM-DEM, unresolved CFD (RANS, LES, DNS)-DEM, resolved CFD-DEM, TFM, and VOF. The research topics mainly cover particle transportation, particle separation, and multi-phase reacting flows. In this direction, he has supervised/joint-supervised 28 PhD students (16 completed so far), 7 exchange PhD students and 3 master students, published over 105 journal papers (>93 % in Q1 and Q2 JCR journals). The number of citations from these publications is about 3800 (H-index=34) according to Google Scholar. He has been invited to deliver nearly 30 invited lectures (including 13 keynote and plenary lectures) at international avenues. He is currently an editorial board member – a key reader (equivalent to associate editor) for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B.

Prof. Jun Yao| China University of Petroleum–Beijing | Modulation of turbulence by dispersed charged particles in pipe flow

Jun Yao, a full professor working in China University of Petroleum-Beijing, has been engaged in studying the application and fundamental research of particles and multiphase flows. He has conducted systematic research and exploration in the areas of the electrostatic effect on gas-solid two-phase flows and the erosion-corrosion occurred in multiphase flows by using numerical simulation and experimental measurement methods. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, 14 national invention patents and 2 Chinese monographs. As a principal investigator (PI), he has presided over more than 20 international and domestic research projects including National Natural Science Foundation, British Prosperity Fund, National Foreign Expert Project and so on. He won the Silver Award in High Performance Computing of Singapore Academy of Sciences (2004), the New Century Outstanding Talents of China Ministry of Education (2010), the Youth Granule Award of Chinese Society of Particuology (2012), the Advanced Powder Technology Best Editorial Board Award from Japan (2017), and the Advanced Powder Technology Outstanding International Contribution Award from the Society of Powder Technology Japan (2018), and so on.

Prof. Wu Zhou| University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China | Simultaneous Measurement of Size and Morphology of Nanoparticles by Polarized Image-based Dynamic Light Scattering Method

Dr. Wu Zhou is a professor in the School of Energy and Power Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China. She received her B.S. from Nanjing University of Science and Technology in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Power Engineering and Engineering Thermo-physics from Southeast University in 2011. She worked in Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany as a visiting researcher for one year in 2017-2018. She has been working in the research areas of particles and two-phase flow measurement, mainly by imaging methods based on photographic technique or optical methods using image sensors. Her researches have been funded by external agencies such as Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China and National Nature Scientific Foundation of China. She is a member of Youth Council of the Chinese Society of Particuology, as well as the Professional Committee of Multiphase Flow Measurement of the Chinese Society of Measurement.

Prof. Hongjun Mao| Nankai University, China | Vehicular Particulate Matter Emission: Laboratory Characterization, Field Observation and Model Development

Prof. Mao is a distinguished professor and doctoral supervisor of Nankai University, and the director of the department of Traffic Pollution Prevention and Control International Exchange and Cooperation Research Base, Ministry of Science and Technology. In the past five years, he has presided more than 10 national projects such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, etc. He has published over 100 articles in journals such as EST Letters, Atmos. Chem. Phys., and Environ. Int., including 2 highly cited (top 1 ‰ of ESI) academic papers. He has won many prizes, such as the second prize of China Environmental Protection Science and Technology Award, the second prize of Tianjin Science and Technology Progress Award, etc. His research activities cover: (1) Vehicle Emission Modelling and Inventory Technology; (2) Source Appointment and Air Quality Management; (3) Traffic-related Human Exposures and Health Effects.

Dr Qijun Zheng| Southeast University-Monash University Joint Research Institute, China | Continuum modelling and shape optimization of hopper to increase discharge rate

Dr Qijun Zheng is currently a senior lecturer at Monash University (Suzhou) and serves as the coordinator of the Advanced Computing Center of Monash Suzhou. Dr Qijun Zheng received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Department of Engineering Mechanics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and PhD degree from the School of Material Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales in Australia. His research interest is developing/using multiscale methods including DEM, FEM-DEM, continuum models for granular statics, flow, mixing and segregation, and endeavors to develop computer aided design (CAD) techniques for granular systems in various disciplines. He has published over 40 papers on prestigious journals like Physical Review Letters, Chemical Engineering Science, AIChE and Powder Technology, and serves as CI in the National Key R&D Program Young Scientist Project.

Prof. Feng Li | Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China | Carbon materials for Lithium Sulfur Battery

Feng Li is a professor at Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR, CAS). He received his Ph.D. in materials science at IMR, CAS in 2001 supervised by Prof. Hui-Ming Cheng. He mainly works on the energy materials. He has published more 350 papers on peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Energy, Nano Energy, Energy Storage Materials, Adv Mater, J Energy Chem, etc. with more 60, 000 citations and H-index about 106. He obtained the award of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars by National Foundation of Science China, and Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics from 2016 to 2022.

Prof. Ying Wan | Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China | Optimising d charge of transition-metal catalysts for selective hydrogenation

Dr. Ying Wan completed each of her academic degrees in Industrial Catalysis from the East China University of Science and Technology. In 2005 - 2007, she carried out her postdoctoral research at Fudan University. Now she is a professor of Chemistry in Shanghai Normal University. Her research focuses on the design and synthesis of stable and efficient mesoporous carbon supported metal catalysts based on electronic structure descriptor strategies and their applications in confined catalysis. She has published 3 books as a co-author, and over 80 papers in reputed journals including Nature Catal. Nature Commun. JACS, Angew. She is now an Editor in Green Catalysis of Chemical Synthesis.

Prof. Yurong He | Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China | Multiscale flow characteristics in non-spherical particle system

Yurong He is a professor from Harbin Institute of Technology and a director of Heilongjiang Key Laboratory. She has been engaged in the research of multiphase flow thermophysics in the process of energy utilization. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from Harbin Institute of Technology. As far, she has received funding from National Natural Science Foundation of China Outstanding Young Scholars, Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province Distinguished Young Scholars and Natural Science Foundation of Harbin Distinguished Young Scholars. She has published over 190 SCI indexed papers with a total of 5615 SCI citations. 12 papers have been selected as ESI highly cited papers, including 3 hot papers. Prof. Yurong He was awarded as 2022 Highly Cited Chinese Researcher by Elsevier.

Prof. Stefan Heinrich | Institute of Solids Process Engineering & Particle Technology, Hamburg University |

Stefan Heinrich is full professor and director of the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany.

He is the chairman of the DECHEMA/VDI working party on agglomeration and bulk solids technologies and chairman of the working party on agglomeration and member of the working party on mechanics of particulate solids of the EFCE. Stefan was also the coordinator of the DFG Priority Programme 1679 „Dynamic simulation of interconnected solids processes and is the vice-spokesman of the DFG Research Training Group 2462 „Processes in natural and technical particle-fluid-systems” and a member of the DFG Collaborative Research Centers 1615 “SMART Reactors” and 986 „Tailor-made multiscale materials systems“ and member of the „Center of Advanced Materials (ZHM)“, Hamburg Stefan is also member of the judging panel for the IChemE Geldart Medal and works as executive editor of the journal „Advanced Powder Technology“ and as thematic editor of the journal „Particuology“. He is member of the selection committees of the German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD) and of the renowned dutch NWO Spinoza Price and NWO Stevin Prize.

Stefan was also the chairman of the Partec 2019 - International Congress on Particle Technology, Nürnberg, Germany, April 2019.

Stefans main research interests are fluidized bed technology, particle formulation with granulation, coating and agglomeration, drying of solids, development of particular composite materials, particle based simulation methods (discrete element modelling, population balance modelling) and coupling with continuum approaches (CFD), contact, deformation and breakage mechanics of particles as well as flowsheet simulation of solids processes.

For his research activities in fluidized bed spray granulation Stefan received the

DECHEMA-Prize 2015 of the Max Buchner Research Foundation and numerous other research awards.