The following are among the invited speakers that will present at the conference.
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Dr. Alexandra ter Halle
Paul Sabatier University, France
Session: Solving the Micro and Nano Plastic Issues
Alexandra ter Halle is an environmental chemist studying plastic pollution since 2014 at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. Alexandra is studying plastic degradation and fragmentation in the environment and particularly paying attention to the very small plastic particles at the micro- and the nano-scale. The detection on nanoplastic in environmental samples is possible via multi-scale characterization.
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The use of techniques like diffusion light scattering after sequential ultrafiltration allows to study the size distribution of the nanoplastics. Mass spectrometry is essential to apprehend the chemical nature of the colloids. Nanoplastic appears to be a complex mixture of various polymers interacting strongly with natural organic matter and ions.
Author of 56 publications and 6 patents.
Prof. Arjan W. Kleij
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Spain
Session: CO2 Utilisation / Sustainable Chemistry and Climate Change
Arjan received his MSc and PhD from the University of Utrecht working in the group of Prof. Gerard van Koten on the application of polymer-supported homogeneous catalysts.
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He spent more than 3 years in industry working at Avantium on biopolymers, and at a later stage at Hexion Specialty Chemicals in the Epoxy & Phenolic Resins Division. As a postdoctoral fellow, he joined the group of Prof. Javier de Mendoza (UAM, Madrid, Spain) and continued afterwards in Amsterdam working with Prof. Joost Reek in the area of small molecule catalysis.
He was awarded a NWO TALENT fellowship in 2000, was named ICREA junior fellow in 2006 and was offered a position as Group Leader at ICIQ (Tarragona, Spain, 2016) where he was promoted to ICREA professor in 2011. In 2018, he was featured in the “Author Profile section” of Angewandte Chemie. Arjan has (co)authored around 175 international journal publications and 4 patent applications with total citations beyond 9000 (h-index 52). He is an advisory board member for Current Organic Chemistry (2014-), ChemSusChem (2016-), and member of the editorial board for the Journal of CO2 Utilization (2017-), and Molecules (2017-), and has been guest editor for Catalysis Science & Technology (2014), ChemSusChem (2017 ) and Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis (2019). He is chair of the Carbon Dioxide Conversion Catalysis (CDCC) conference series, and chairs the 4th EuCheMS Congress on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (EUGSC-4) in Tarragona (2019). His main research interests are in the area of CO2 valorization catalysis, synthetic applications of organic carbonates and the use of renewable monomers in biobased polymer applications.
Prof. Dr. Janusz Pawliszyn
University of Waterloo, Canada
Session: Green Analytical Techniques
The primary focus of Professor Pawliszyn's research program is the design of highly automated and integrated instrumentation for the isolation of analytes from complex matrices and the subsequent separation, identification and determination of these species.
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The primary separation tools used by his group are Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography and Capillary Electrophoresis coupled to variety of detections systems, including range of mass spectrometry techniques. Currently his research is focusing on elimination of organic solvents from the sample preparation step to facilitate on-site monitoring and in-vivo analysis. Several alternative techniques to solvent extraction are investigated including use of coated fibers, packed needles, membranes and supercritical fluids. Dr. Pawliszyn is exploring application of the computational and modeling techniques to enhance performance of sample preparation, chromatographic separations and detection. The major area of his interest involves the development and application of imaging detection techniques for microcolumn chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and micro chip separation devices.
Professor Pawliszyn has supervised 45 PhD and 64 MS students and he is an author of over 550 scientific publications and a book on Solid Phase Microextraction. His Hirsch Index (H-index) is 90. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada and Chemical Institute of Canada, editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, Trends in Analytical Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Separation Science and Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis. He initiated a conference, “ExTech”, focusing on new advances in sample preparation and disseminates new scientific developments in the area, which meets every year in different part of the world. He received the 1995 McBryde Medal, the 1996 Tswett Medal, the 1996 Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography Award, the 1996 Caledon Award, the Jubilee Medal 1998 from the Chromatographic Society, U.K., the 2000 Maxxam Award from Canadian Society for Chemistry, the 2000 Varian Lecture Award from Carleton University, the Alumni Achievement Award for 2000 from Southern Illinois University, the Humboldt Research Award for 2001, 2002 COLACRO Medal, 2003 Canada Research Chair, in 2006 he has been elected to the most cited chemists by ISI, in 2008 he received A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award from Eastern Analytical Symposium, 2008 Andrzej Waksmundzki Medal from Polish Academy of Sciences, 2008 Manning Principal Award, 2010 Torbern Bergman Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society, 2010 Ontario Premier’s Innovation Award, 2010 Marcel Golay Award, 2010 ACS Award in Separation Science and Technology, 2011 PittCon Dal Nogare Award, 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Award, 2013 CIC Environmental Research and Development Award, 2013 CIC LeSueur Memorial Award, 2015 Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal from Polish Chemical Society, 2015 Halász Medal Award from the Hungarian Society for Separation Sciences, 2017 Pittsburgh Conference Analytical Chemistry Award, the 2017 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, 2018 ACS Award in Chromatography, 2018 North American Chemical Residue Workshop Excellence Award and 2019 Talanta medal. He presently holds the University Professor, Canada Research Chair and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies.
B.Sc./Chem.Eng., 1977, Technical University of Gdansk
M.Sc., 1978, Technical University of Gdansk
Ph.D., 1982, Southern Illinois University
PDF., 1984, University of Toronto