Keynote & Plenary Speakers

ICEER 2018

Prof. Alírio E. Rodrigues, University of Porto, Portugal

Speech Title: Valorization of Lignin: A Contribution to the Circular Economy in the Pulp Industry

About: Alírio E. Rodrigues, Emeritus Professor at the U. Porto since 2013, was born in Funchal, Madeira (1943). He graduated in Chemical Engineering (U. Porto, 1968), and got his Docteur-Ingenieur (U. Nancy, 1973), and “Agregado“ (IST, 1976). He was Visiting Professor at U.T. Compiegne, 1983; U. Virginia,1988; U. Oviedo,1991. He received several awards: Medal of Scientific Merit of MCTES in 2016; AIChE The Separation Division, Honorary session, Atlanta, 2014; PSE Model-based Innovation Prize, (with C. Pereira and V. Silva), 2012; IChemE Award THE ABB GLOBAL CONSULTING AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY” (with V. Silva), 2008. He supervised more than 60 PhD students, and 60 Post-doc researchers, published +600 articles in SCI, several patents and books: “Sorption Enhanced Reaction Processes”, World Scientific Publishing (2017), “Simulated Moving Bed Technology. Principles, Design and Process Apllications”, Elsevier, (2015), Perfume Engineering: design, performance and classification, Elsevier (2013) and Moving Finite Element Method: Fundamentals and Applications in Chemical Engineering, CRC Press (2016) in collaboration with former students.
His research areas of interest are:
Cyclic adsorption processes: SMB, PSA, Electric Swing Adsorption ESA, Parametric pumping, Expanded bed adsorption for various separations: CO2 capture, olefins/paraffins, syngas, H2 purificarion, chiral separations, proteins separations; Perfusion chromatography.
Process Intensification: Simulated Moving Bed Reactor (SMBR) and PermSMBR for the synthesis of acetals and green solvents; Sorption Enhanced Reaction Processes (SERP) for H2 production.
Biorefineries: Lignin valorization to get vanillin, syringaldehyde & polyurethane.
Perfume Engineering and Microencapsulation

Prof. J. A. Tenreiro Machado, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

Speech Title: The Garden of Earthly Delights

About: J. A. Tenreiro Machado was born at 1957. He graduated with ‘Licenciatura’ (1980), PhD. (1989) and ‘Habilitation’ (1995), in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto. During 1980-1998 he worked at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Porto. Since 1998 he works at the Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He is presently Principal Coordinator Professor at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal. He published 98 chapters of international books, 345 papers in international journals, 364 papers in international conferences.
Editor of 14 books Guest-Editor of 39 special issues in journals. Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, Associate Editor of Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer), Communications Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (Elsevier), Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis (de Gruyter), Journal of Vibration and Control (Sage), Entropy (MDPI), Int. J. of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation (de Gruyter), Applied Mathematical Modelling (Elsevier), Computational and Applied Mathematics (Springer), Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, and others. Google Scholar, March/2018: h-index = 55, Scopus, Elsevier, March/2018: h-index = 40, Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics, March/2018: h-index = 33.
His research interests are: Complex systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractional Calculus, Modelling, Entropy, Control, Data series analysis, Biomathematics, Evolutionary Computing, Genomics, Robotics and Mechatronics, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Prof. Ambra Giovannelli, Dept. of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Italy

Speech Title: Development of Turbomachines for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy-Saving Applications

Ambra Giovannelli is Researcher of Fluid Machinery, Professor “Aggregato” of Turbomachinery (MS degree) and Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid-dynamics (BS degree) in the Department of Engineering at ROMA TRE University, Rome, Italy. She received the MSc degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering (2004) and a PhD in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2008).
Author of many papers and technical reports in the field of Fluid Machinery and Energy Conversion Systems, her research work is focused on turbomachinery modelling (Supercritical CO2 Turbomachines, Gas Turbines (GTs) fuelled with syngas, Solar GTs, Hybrid GTs), power production from renewable energy (high-temperature solar concentrators, reactors and TGs), storage systems (PCM storage systems and CAES) and energy-saving in refrigeration and cryogenic plants (e.g. regeneration in Vapour Compression Refrigeration Plants, regenerative cooling systems for automotive applications).
She, currently, serves as reviewer for indexed scientific journals (e.g. Elsevier, Springer, SAGE journals) and international conferences in the field of mechanical and industrial engineering (e.g. ASME, IEEE conferences).

Prof. Michael Hartnett, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

Speech Title: Developments in Marine Renewable Energy

Mike Hartnett is a Professor in Civil Engineering, NUI Galway, is a Visiting Professor at Hohai University, Nanjing, China and at the University of Edinburgh. He has co-authored 60 journal papers, and is on the editorial boards of 5 international journals. He is Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Research Centre, for Marine and Renewable Energy, MaREI. He leads the Hydraulic Modelling team at NUI Galway, much of his current research is focussed on marine renewable energy. He is a member of the Irish Committee of the International Hydrology Programme. His group set up the first Irish operational system for marine forecasting. His models have been used to provide national surge forecasts to the Irish Office of Public Works. His group has developed an innovative flood modelling system which is based on a nested approach for ultra-high resolution hydraulic modelling of flood events in urban areas. Mike has worked as Expert Advisor to the Irish Government on radionuclide transport in the Irish Sea. He was awarded the Excellence in Marine Research Award' at the Marine Industry Awards in 2016 and was awarded the Telford Premium Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. He delivered a Keynote Address at the UKACM 25th Annual Conference in 2017.

Prof. Jürgen Mahlknecht, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico

Speech Title: Water Energy Food Nexus: A Review on the Current Situation and Future Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Prof. Jürgen Mahlknecht is research chair of Water Science and Technology at Tecnológico de Monterrey (since 2014), founding director of the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (2008-2017) and serves as associated research professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey (since 2004). Previously he worked as researcher at University of Guanajuato (Mexico), University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna (Austria), National Autonomous University of Mexico and University of Guanajuato (Mexico). He is graduated in Water and Wastewater Management and Engineering and holds a PhD in Hydrogeology from University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria. He has more than 20 years of research on water resources management, hydrogeochemistry and isotope hydrology, groundwater contamination and remediation. He received several distinctions (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores), awards (Dr. Karl-Heinz Schleinzer, Austria) and prizes (Eternit-Tiefbau Preis, Austria).
His research areas of interest are:
Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous); Earth-Surface Processes; Environmental Chemistry Environmental Science (miscellaneous); Geology; Global and Planetary Change; Inorganic Chemistry; Pollution; Renewable Energy; Sustainability and the Environment; Soil Science; Water Science and Technology; Hydrogeology