Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
Dr. Birgitte Ahring (Battelle Distinguished Professor) brings extensive experience managing and directing complex renewable energy and applied biotechnology projects worldwide.
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She is an internationally recognized microbiologist for her studies on the use of anaerobic bacteria - bacteria that exists in an oxygen-free environment - to produce biofuels and bio-products or to reduce waste. She is further the inventor of the Wet Explosion pre-treatment process, an efficient process for deconstruction of lignocellulosic materials. This process is now in industrial scale and under expansion into new applications. She has also founded several firms in Denmark and the US that design and develop technologies to produce renewable fuels and products from lignocellulosic biomass or for making waste to value. In August 2008 she joined Washington State University as the Director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy where she was responsible for setting up leading research activities in a collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL within the field of bioproducts and biofuels with a focus on advanced biofuels such as drop-in replacement fuel. As part of this partnership she has participated in a number of large initiatives including National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC), (DOE) and The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), (USDA). Dr. Ahring has also extensive experience in international collaboration and has participated as the lead consultant for projects within the UN system (UNDP, UNIDO and World Bank) as well as being the lead on several EU projects.
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Lyngby, Denmark
Irini Angelidaki is Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Dpt of Environmental Engineering. Her area is in development of biotechnological processes for conversion of organic matter to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals.
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Focus in microbiology and processes technology; process optimization; molecular methods for characterization of bacteria; pretreatment of biomass; microalgae; macroalgae; microbial electrochemistry; and biorefineries.
Bio Based Industries Consortium, Belgium
Dirk Carrez is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). BIC represents the private sector in a public-private partnership (PPP) with the European Commission, known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU).
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Dirk Carrez is Bioengineer and holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. He has worked at SOLVAY in the research department, at the Belgian Federation for the Life Sciences and Chemical Industry as Director Innovation & Product Policy and as Secretary-general of the Belgian Biotechnology Industry Association and has been Director Industrial Biotechnology at EuropaBio.
Dirk Carrez is also the Managing Director of Clever Consult, member of the Board of Bio.be, and a member of the EC Expert Group for Bio-based Products.
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Professor Jo-Shu Chang is a Distinguished Professor and University Chair Professor of Department of Chemical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. He also serves as Director of Research Center for Circular Economy and Deputy Director of Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy at NCKU.
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He received his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Irvine in 1993. His research interests cover biochemical engineering, environmental biotechnology and applied microbiology with a recent focus on microalgae-based CO2 reutilization for biofuels and biorefineries. Recently, his research interests have shifted to microalgae - based wastewater treatment and utilization of microalgal feedstock as aquaculture or livestock feeds. He plays an important role in Taiwan’s Renewable energy R&D and policy making. He is the leading PI of the national energy project of Taiwan and has established one of the world-leading teamsin the area of microalgae biorefinery and bio-based CO2 capture and utilization. He has received numerous prestigious domestic and international academic awards, including three - time Distinguished Research Awards by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and 2014 Outstanding Scientist Award of the International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IFIBiop). In 2015, he became fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
Professor Chang is very active in the international academic society. He has served as executive committee member of Asia Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) since 2008. He is currently the Editor/Associate Editor of four renowned international journals, including Bioresource Technology. He also serves as editorial board member of nearly 10 SCI-indexed journals. He has published over 420 SCI-indexed journal papers with a total citation of over 14,000 times and an h-index of 61 (Web of Science) and 77 (Google Scholar). He also authored ten books and owns nearly 50 patents. Many of his research achievements were published in high impact and top ranking journals. Professor Chang is the founder of NCKU’s Center for Microalgae Biotechnology and Engineering. His team have constructed a commercial-scale microalgae cultivation & biorefinery plant located at NCKU’s An-Nan Campus. He also developed Asia’s first pilot demonstration system for the direct use of flue-gas from a steel-making factory to cultivate microalgae. He has established platform technologies for the re-utilization of CO2 via phototrophic microalgal carbon capture systems as well as microalgae-driven circular economy. His key technologies have been successfully transferred to the industries and some of them have already been commercialized.
Huu Hao Ngo
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Ngo is currently Professor of Environmental Engineering and serving as Deputy Director of Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, Co-Director of Joint Research Centre for Protective Infrastructure Technology and Environmental Green Bioprocess, University of Technology Sydney.
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Ngo is internationally well-known for his activities in the areas of advanced biological waste treatment technologies (e.g. membrane bioreactor, specific attached and/or suspended growth bioreactors, anaerobic digesters, wetland and bio-sorption), membrane technologies, solid waste management, water - waste - bioenergy nexus and greenhouse gas emission control. He is Editor of Bioresource Technology (Elsevier) as well as Editorial Board Member of several international journals.
Mohammad J. Taherzadeh
Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, University of Borås, Sweden
Mohammad J. Taherzadeh is professor in Bioprocess technology since 2004 at University of Borås in Sweden and director of Research School at Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery. Prof. Taherzadeh has PhD in Bioscience from Sweden, and MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering from Iran.
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He is developing processes to convert wastes and residuals to value added products with focus on pretreatment and fermentation. He has more than 210 publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals, 18 book chapters, 5 patents and 3 books.