Opening Lecture

Professor Chao-Jun Li

Green Chemistry Centre, McGill University, Canada

Opening talk

Dr. Li received his Ph.D. at McGill University (1992) and was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University (1992-94). He was an Assistant (1994), Associate (1998) and Full Professor (2000) at Tulane University.  Since 2003, he has been a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Green Chemistry and an E. B. Eddy Chair at McGill University.   He served as the founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network (2008-2016), the Director of CFI Infrastructure for Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals, the Director of NSERC CREATE (Center) for Green Chemistry, and the Co-Director of the FQRNT Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis.

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Keynote and invited speakers

Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi

Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana

Session: Sustainable chemistry and developing countries – Focus on Africa

Dr. Sam Adu-Kumi holds a PhD degree in Nuclear and Environmental Protection from the University of Ghana and two Master degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry. He has been working as international and national expert in the area of sound management of chemicals and waste since 1998.

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Dr. Lorena Betancor

Universidad ORT Uruguaya , Uruguay

Session: Recent Advances in Green Synthesis and Catalysis

Dr. Betancor has focused her scientific career working in enzymology, enzyme technology and biocatalysis with diverse biotechnological applications: food industry, fine chemistry, pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Prof. Dr. Ingo Eilks FRSC

Department for Biology and Chemistry, University of Bremen, Germany

Session: Sustainable Chemistry in Society (Economy and Education)

Ingo Eilks is a full professor (chair) in chemistry education at the University of Bremen, Germany, since 2004. Having been a grammar school teacher for chemistry and mathematics he later engaged in the domain of chemistry education research and development.

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Prof. Dr. Claude Grison

ChimEco (Bio-inspired Chemistry and Eco Innovations Laboratory), Montpellier University, France

Session: Sustainable Chemistry and Environmental Science

Claude Grison is CNRS Research Director. She is leading the Laboratory of Bio-inspired Chemistry and Ecological Innovations (Montpellier, France), which is dedicated to the implementation of new ecological solutions and innovative chemical tools for the ambitions of tomorrow’s chemistry.

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Prof. Dr. Richard A Gross

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,  USA

Session: Recent Advances in Green Synthesis and Catalysis

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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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Prof. Dr. Niklas Hedin

Stockholm University, Sweden

Session: CO2 Utilisation / Sustainable Chemistry and Climate Change

Niklas Hedin has a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Physical Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden. He has conducted Postdoctoral research in the University of California at Santa Barbara, and at the ExxonMobil Corporate Research Laboratory, Annandale, US.

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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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Prof. Dr. Alexei  Lapkin

University of Cambridge, UK

Session: Artificial Intelligence for Solving Sustainability Problems

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Dr. Jian Liu

University of Surrey, UK

Session: Energy Conversion and Storage

Dr. Jian Liu is currently a Reader in Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China, in 2008, to study inorganic materials chemistry and catalysis.

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Dr. Avtar Matharu

University of York, UK

Session: Waste recycling and re-use

Dr Avtar S Matharu, CChem, FRSC, is Deputy Director of the internationally-renowned Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York.  He is an expert on renewable resources and materials, in particular unavoidable food supply chain wastes.

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Prof. Dr. Stephen Matlin

Imperial College London, UK

Session: Sustainable chemistry in society

Stephen Matlin is a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, a Senior Fellow in the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva and Secretary and Head of Strategic Development for the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) in Belgium.

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Dr. Eucharia Oluchi Nwaichi

University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Session: Sustainable chemistry and developing countries – Focus on Africa

Dr. Eucharia Oluchi Nwaichi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria with vast work experience in diverse industries. Eucharia has contributed significantly in the understanding of the soil – plant – biota interactions and the influences of various soil amendments at remediation of contaminated soil and promotes green chemistry.

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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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Prof. Dr. Elia Psillakis

Technical University of Crete, Greece

Session: Green Analytical Techniques

Elia Psillakis is a Water Chemistry Professor at the School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece. She received her degree in Chemistry from the Universitè Montpellier II, France (1994) with Summa Cum Laude and her PhD from the University of Bristol, U.K (1997).

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Prof. Veena Sahajwalla

University of New South Wales, Australia

Session: Waste Recycling and Re-use

Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’

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A/Prof. Dr. Kei Saito

Monash University, Australia

Session: Photochemistry and photocatalysis

A/Prof. Dr. Kei Saito is currently an Associate Professor of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Monash University, Australia.

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Prof. Charlotta Turner

Lund University, Sweden

Session: Green Solvents

Charlotta Turner is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden. She is the Head of the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis at the Department of Chemistry. Her research interests are in green analytical chemistry, sustainable development and supercritical fluid technology.

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Dr. Qihua Yang

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Session: Photochemistry and Photocatalysis

Qihua Yang received her PhD in Chemistry in 1997 and did postdoctoral research at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, LCOMS-CNRS/CPE (France) and Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc. (Japan). Since 2013 she worked at the State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Zimmermann

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Session: Green Analytical Techniques

Stefan Zimmermann received his diploma in electrical engineering in 1996 and his Dr.-Ing. in 2001 from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. His research focused on sensor design and technology. In 2001, he joined the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California, Berkeley, USA, as a postdoctoral scientist with support of a Feodor-Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Finalists: Elsevier Foundation Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

Miloudi Hlaibi


Talk: Treatment and valorization of olive oil toxic effluents

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Shalini Kandasamy


Talk: Conversion of biodiesel waste into fuels and chemicals

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Clifford Owino


Talk: Ecofuel

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Diana Parada


Talk: Use of cocoa waste for green composites production in Pangoa

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Antonio Otavio Patrocinio


Talk: Solar-driven clean fuels production from biodiesel residues

Antonio Otávio T. Patrocinio received his B.S. degree from Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil (2004), and his Ph.D. from São Paulo State University, Brazil (2009). He spent one year as a visiting scholar in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as part of his PhD work.

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