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Prof. Eduard Babulak


National Science foundation, USA



Professor Eduard Babulak is a global scholar, educator, consultant and professional engineer with thirty years of experience. He served as Chair of the IEEE Vancouver Ethics, Professional and Conference Committee. He was Invited Speaker at the University of Cambridge, MIT, Purdue, Yokohama National University and University of Electro Communications in Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, Purdue, Penn State in USA, Czech Technical University in Prague, University at West Indies, Graz University of Technology, Austria, and other prestigious academic institutions worldwide. His academic and engineering work was recognized internationally by the Engineering Council in UK, the European Federation of Engineers and credited by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and APEG in British Columbia in Canada. He was awarded higher postdoctoral degree DOCENT - Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in the Czech Republic, Ph.D., M.Sc., and High National Certificate (HNC) diplomas in the United Kingdom, as well as, the M.Sc., and B.Sc. diplomas in Electrical Engineering Slovakia. He served as the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Co-Editor, and Guest-Editor. He communicates in 16 foreign languages and his biography was cited in the Cambridge Blue Book, Cambridge Index of Biographies, Stanford Who’s Who, and number of issues of Who’s Who in the World and America. He is:  Fellow of the Royal Society RSA, London, UK;  Life Chartered Professional IT Fellow, Mentor and Elite Group Member of British Computer Society, London, UK  Invited Panel Member for National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, USA  Expert Consultant for EU HORIZON2020 & CORDIS FP6 - FP7 European Commission, Brussels, Belgium  Founding Member of Future AI Lab, Germany  Mentor and Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM, USA  Nominated Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, UK and Distinguished Member of the ACM, USA  Chartered Member of the IET, London, UK  Professional Member of American Society for Engineering Education, American Mathematical Association, and Mathematical Society of America, USA

Prof. Benjamin K. Sovacool


Highly Cited Global Researcher
University of Sussex, UK



Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University in the United States, where he is the Founding Director of the Institute for Global Sustainability, as well as Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School in the United Kingdom. He is also University Distinguished Professor of Business & Social Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy justice, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, the ethics and morality of energy decisions, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change. His research has been endorsed by U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, among others. He is the recipient of multiple national and international awards and honors, including the “Distinguished Graduate Alumni Achievement Award” from his Alma Mater Virginia Tech, the 2019 USERN Prize for his work on “Social Justice in an Era of Climate Change and Energy Scarcity,” the “Dedication to Justice Award” given by the American Bar Association, and a “Distinguished Visiting Energy Professorship” at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. With much coverage of his work in the international news media, he is one of the most highly cited global researchers on issues bearing on controversies in energy and climate policy.

Prof Ben Hankamer


University of Queensland, Australia



Dr Ben Hankamer (Eisenhower fellow) is a Professor at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience based in the University of Queensland, and the founding Director of the Centre for Solar Biotechnology. A key driver of his work is that the international community is faced with a series of tough challenges including ensuring food, fuel, water, and climate security on which our economic, environmental, social, and political stability are based. Solar biotechnologies are positioned at the nexus of these challenges as they tap into the huge energy resource of the sun and use it to capture CO2 for the production of a broad range of products from valuable renewable fuels, biomaterials, foods, nutraceuticals, through to high-value recombinant protein and small molecule drug leads. This R&D and translational work is enabled by the international Centre team, its industry partners and the centre’s multidisciplinary and multiscale approach (atomic resolution cryo-electron microscopy to industrial scale techno-economic analysis). Prof Hankamer specialises in microalgae biotechnologies, system design, technoeconomic simulation and scale up and is focused on fast tracking systems optimisation, de-risking scale up and the development of robust business models to support the translation of these solar biotechnologies.

Prof. Jason Jieshan Qiu


Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researchers
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China


Functional Carbon Materials from Biomass: Opportunities and Challenges


Dr. Jason Jieshan Qiu is Cheung-Kong Distinguished Professor of Carbon Science and Chemical Engineering, and the Dean of Chemical Engineering College at Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China. He is an internationally recognized research and thought leader in chemical engineering and carbon science. His research encompasses both fundamental and applied aspects of carbon materials and science, with a focus on the methodologies of producing carbon materials for energy storage and conversion, catalysis, and environment protection. He has published 800+ papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Mater., Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., PNAS, Nature Commun., Nano Energy, ACS Nano, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Chem. Soc. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Joule, Matter, Chem, Sci. Adv., etc., with a citation 43100+ times and h-index of 101 (web of sci.), and his work has been featured on 67 covers of high profile journals. He has been invited to give 140+ plenary/invited/keynote talks in conferences and in universities and research institutes. He has filed 140+ Chinese and International patents, of which some have been successfully commercialized in China. He has won 20+ prestigious awards and prizes including the 1st class award for fundamental research and industrialization technologies awarded by the Education Ministry of China. Currently, he is the Associate Editor of CIESC Journal, and Battery Energy; and is on the advisory boards of several journals, including Chemical Engineering Science, Science China Materials, and Energy Technology, etc. He is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher and an Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researchers in the field of chemical engineering, and 2019 Top 1% highly cited Chinese authors in the field of energy & sustainability in 2019 by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has served as Associate Editor of three international journals for years, including: Carbon, FlatChem and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Prof. Zhiyu HU


Director, Institute NanoMicroEnergy
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


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Prof. Yingjia Zhang


School of Energy and Power Engineering
Xi’an Jiaotong University



Dr. Yingjia Zhang is a full professor of School of Energy and Power Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University, He serves as a colloquium co-chair for Chemical Kinetics at China National Symposium on Combustion in 2019-2021, a Convener for Laminar Flame and Chemical Kinetics at National Young Scholar Meeting on Combustion Research in 2020-2023, a section chair for the 38th International Symposium on Combustion and the 12th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion. He also awards board members of internal journals related to combustion, engine fuels and chemical kinetics. He earned this Ph.D in Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics in 2011 at Xi’an Jiaotong University. Prior to promote professor in 2018, Dr. Zhang contributed multiple research projects at NUI Galway as a postdoctoral researcher. His main research interests are in the fields of combustion chemistry, laser diagnostics in reacting flow and Nano technologies for propulsion and energetic applications. He has published over 60 papers in archival journals. With the research contributions above, Dr. Zhang has won the National Natural Science Award in 2015 and the MOE Natural Science Award in 2013.

Prof. Ganesh D. Sharma


The LNM Institute of Information Technology, India


Recent advances in nonfullerene organic solar cells


Prof. Ganesh D. Sharma has been working as a Senior Professor of Physics, Electronics Communication and Engineering and Dean (Research and development) at The LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur (Raj.), India, since December 2015. Prof. Sharma obtained his PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology in 1985 and after that he joined JNV University, Jodhpur (Raj), India, as Assistant Professor and subsequently as Professor. His area of research is organic solar cells, nanocrystalline organic–inorganic hybrid solar cells and fuel cells, and organic nanomaterials for energy conversion. He has published more than 330 research papers. He had research collaboration with different international (Spain, France, Greece, UK, Sweden, Canada, China and Taiwan) and national research organizations. He is the reviewer of many International journals published by ACS, RSC, Wiley and Elsevier. He is the expert member of many funding agencies of India and overseas to review the projects. His google citation is 9662 with h-index of 49.