Prof. dr. Thomas Altantzis
Thomas Altantzis is a research assistant Professor at the faculty of applied engineering of the University of Antwerp. He received his PhD in Physics in 2015 in the field of electron tomography applied to atomic clusters, nanoparticles and their assemblies. Next he did a postdoc at the electron microscopy for materials research (EMAT) laboratory in Belgium from 2016 to 2018 together with Prof. Sara Bals working on the quantitative 3D characterization of assemblies of nanoparticles. During his postdoc he did two research stays in the groups of Prof. Luis M. Liz-Marzán in San Sebastian (Spain) in 2017 and Prof. Alfons Van Blaaderen in Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 2018, where he worked on the synthesis of complex assemblies of nanoparticles. Since January 2019 that he became a professor at the University of Antwerp, he does his research at the Applied Electrochemistry and Catalysis (ELCAT) and the EMAT groups of the same University. His research focuses on the structural, morphological and compositional characterization of energy related materials, both in- and ex-situ, using advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The main philosophy of his work is to apply the most relevant, high-end TEM techniques to characterize nanomaterials and also develop new approaches for specific research questions.
Dr. Yuvraj Birdja:
Yuvraj Birdja is a research scientist and project manager at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) involved in electrocatalysis research in the unit Separation and Conversion Technology. He obtained his PhD degree (2018) from Leiden University in the Netherlands under the supervision of prof. dr. Marc Koper on the topic of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction on heterogeneous catalysts and heterogenized molecular catalysts. Yuvraj also holds a master degree mechanical engineering (2012) with the specialization in Sustainable Processes & Energy Technologies. Currently at VITO, his research areas include development, screening and optimization of electrocatalysts, electrosynthesis, CO2 and N2 electroreduction, oxygen evolution reaction, sugar electrochemistry and hydrogen technology. Activities are focused on the valorization of new value chains from alternative feedstocks such as biomass, N2 and CO2 for industrial processes. Yuvraj is project manager of the Interreg 2 Seas Mers Zeeën project: Electrons to high value Chemical products (E2C) project at VITO and project coordinator and project manager of respectively the Power to Chemicals (P2C) project and Novel nanomaterials and nano-architectures for CO2 capture and utilization (Nano-CCU) project in the Flanders Industry Innovation (VLAIO) Moonshot framework. He is also coordinating consultancy activities for industrial partners related to electrocatalysis (contract research) and has the pleasure to be involved in education as a supervisor of thesis projects for bachelor and master students and as a guest professor at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS) responsible for the course physical chemistry of the bachelor program.
Prof. dr. Ib Chorkendorff:
Professor Ib Chorkendorff is director of the The Villum Center for the science of sustainable fuels and chemicals (V-SUSTAIN) see also http://www.v-sustain.dtu.dk/. He is furthermore section leader of the section for Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat) at department of Physics DTU see also www.surfcat.dtu.dk.His research focuses on the fundamental aspects of catalysis in a broad sense relating to Heterogeneous Catalysis in the fields of Thermal Catalysis, Electro-Catalysis and Photo-Electro-Catalysis. Thermal catalysis relates to large scale production like the methanol synthesis process, the steam reforming process and ammonia synthesis, but also processes in relation to energy production are of great interest. In the latter, the research is focused on designing and realizing new electrode material for fuel cell technology and the reverse process, electrolysis, where hydrogen is produced. Also the primary production of energy from sun light in the form of hydrogen is a topic of major interest. All the research activities share a fundamental approach to the processes on the atomic level developing new nanomaterials with special functionality for the specific use. The nanomaterials may be used for solving some of the future’s major environmental and energy challenges mankind is facing.
Prof. dr. ir. Earl Goetheer:
Prof. Dr. Earl Goetheer graduated for his MSc. (specialization organic chemistry and process engineering) at the Wageningen University and has more than 15 years of experience in chemical engineering since. He obtained a PhD in chemical engineering (subject: applications using high pressure CO2) from the Eindhoven University of Technology.Earl Goetheer is now working as principal scientist process technology at TNO (the largest research organization in the Netherlands) amongst others on the development of CO2 capture and utilization processes. Throughout his career, he has been involved in several large international EU-projects (eg. ALIGN, CASTOR, CESAR, CAPRICE, OCTAVIUS, ICAP). He has published more than 100 publications and more than 40 patents related to process engineering. He has been appointed as part time professor at the Technical University of Delft on the field of power to chemicals.
Prof. dr. ir. Annick Hubin:
Annick Hubin is full professor at the Faculty of Engineering of VUB with a chair in Electrochemical Engineering, and is head of the research group SURF ‘Electrochemical and Surface Engineering’ in the department MACH ‘Materials and Chemistry’. She is mainly teaching in Bruface, the Brussels Faculty of Engineering, a joint initiative of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), offering masters in different engineering disciplines in English. Her research is looking at the applications of electrochemical engineering in fields such as corrosion, electrocatalysis, batteries and fuel cells, sensors, and nano materials. The focus is on the in-situ characterization of the solid-liquid interfacial behavior from the macroscopic to the nanometer scale.Since 2003, she took executive positions in the Faculty and the University in Educational Boards and also outside VUB as Vice President of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Currently she is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering for the next academic years.
Prof. dr. Marc Koper
Marc Koper is Professor of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He received his PhD degree (1994) from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) with Prof. J.H.Sluyters on a thesis on nonlinear dynamics and oscillations in electrochemistry. He was an EU Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ulm (Germany) and a Fellow of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Eindhoven University of Technology, before moving to Leiden University in 2005. He was awarded with the Hellmuth Fischer Medal of the German Society for Chemical Technology (DECHEMA) in 2012, with the Carl Wagner Memorial Award of the Electrochemical Society in 2013, with the Brian Conway Prize for Physical Electrochemistry of the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2016, and with Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 2017. His main research interests are in fundamental aspects of electrocatalysis, theoretical electrochemistry, and electrochemical surface science. He is a Fellow of ISE, and was vice-president of ISE from 2012 to 2014. In 2016, He had the pleasure to (co-)chair the Annual Meeting of ISE in The Hague (The Netherlands). He enjoys the professional, international yet distinctly personal and diverse atmosphere of ISE. As President, He would do his best to preserve and promote this unique flavor of our society. These are exciting times for electrochemistry, and there is an important role to play for ISE in organizing and supporting high-quality meetings providing our members and other interested scientists with excellent electrochemistry, technological expertise, and education.
- Dr. Ruud Kortlever:
Dr. Ruud Kortlever is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Large-Scale Energy Storage section of the Department of Process & Energy. He received his PhD from Leiden University in 2015, working with prof.dr. Marc T.M. Koper on “Selective and efficient electrochemical CO2 reduction on nanostructured catalysts”.Ruud then spent almost two years working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Joint Center of Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) at the California Institute of Technology. Working closely with prof.dr. Theodor Agapie and prof.dr. Jonas C. Peters he concentrated further on electrochemical CO2 reduction, setting up and designing analytical techniques for product analysis and developing new electrocatalytic systems for efficient CO2 conversion.In January 2018 Ruud returned to the Netherlands to start his independent career as assistant professor at Delft University of Technology. His group is interested in electrochemical conversions that are relevant for renewable fuel production and the electrification of the chemical industry. With the help of mechanistical insights, modelling and theory predictions his group contributes to solving contemporary energy problems by developing new electrocatalytic systems and devices.
- Prof. dr. Xiahong Li:
Xiaohong Li is Professor of Energy Storage in Renewable Energy Group at University of Exeter. She holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from joint education of Peking University and Lanzhou University, an MSc in Analytical Chemistry and a BSc in Organic Chemistry from Lanzhou University. Her research interests focus on energy conversion and storage, with an emphasis on water electrolysers, flow batteries, and nanoscale materials for electrocatalysis. She is currently the principal investigator at the University of Exeter side for a €7.2M EU Interreg 2 Seas project of E2C Electrons to high value Chemical products and a €4M Horizon 2020 project of MELODY Membrane-free low cost high density redox flow battery, and Co-investigator of ERDF project of Cornwall Marine Hydrogen Centre and Interreg project of Funding Atlantic Network for Blue Economy Technology Transfer. She was also the principal investigator of a £1M EPSRC project of Zinc-Nickel Redox Flow Battery for Energy Storage. Since 2003, as the leading researcher, she had contributed to other five research projects (2 EPSRC, 2 Innovation UK and 1 EU-FP7) including the Innovate UK project of HydroGEN Development of Low Cost Alkaline Water Electrolyser for Hydrogen Production. She is the author of >100 papers in refereed journals and conferences, including 2 book chapters and 6 critical review articles in the field of energy storage. She is a Science Board member of the EPSRC Energy Storage Supergen Hub and a board member of EPSRC Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub.
- Prof. dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya:
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya is currently the director of the Interface Science Department at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (Germany). She began her academic career by completing her MSc in Physics in Spain in 1998 and a PhD in Physics in Germany in 2001. Her postdoctoral research took her to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA). In 2004 she joined the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida as Assistant Professor becoming a full professor in 2012. In 2013, she moved back to Germany and became a Chair professor of Solid State Physics at the Ruhr-University Bochum. She then joined the FHI in 2017.
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications. She is an Associate editor of ACS Catalysis and serves in the editorial board of the Journal of Catalysis and the Chemical Reviews journal, and in the Advisory Committee of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy. She is also a member of the Academia Europaea. Recently she was recognized with the 2022 Paul H. Emmet Award of the North American Catalysis Society, the AVS Fellow Award (2021) and the Röntgen Medal (2022).
- Dr. Asif Tahir:
Dr Asif Tahir is Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy at College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter. He has 15 years of experience in the field of nanoarchitecture controlled fabrication of energy materials, theoretical modelling, simulation and device development. His research focuses on energy material design, sustainable energy generation through cost effective approaches, electrochemical energy storage, thermal energy storage, device characterisation and optimisation of device for high performance. He is involved in several projects funded by Research Council in the UK (1) SUPERGEN Super Solar International and Industrial Engagement fund to develop collaboration with leading researches, (2) Supergen Energy storage focused on device development for domestic space heating, (3) UKIERI-DST focus on solar fuel production by photooxidation of water, (4) EPSRC-GCRF Institutional Sponsorship Award (2016) to establish international collaboration with academics in ODA countries, (5) EU Interreg 2 Seas project, entitled “E2C: Electrons to high value Chemical products” and currently, (6) he is involved as CoI of the EPSRC project on “Advanced building façade design for optimal delivery of end use energy demand” and (7) he is leading 1.6M EPSRC funded project on “Smart Composite Material for Advanced Building Fenestration to Enhance Energy Efficiency” under EUED-Tech-1 scheme. He has published 95 peer-reviewed research papers in high impact research journals and one book chapter. His publication has received an overall citation in excess of 4350 and his h-index is 33.
- Dr. Ward van der Stam
Dr. Ward van der Stam is a tenure track assistant professor at Utrecht University. His research has focused on the development of colloidal synthesis strategies toward well-defined nanoparticles of various compositions, with a strong emphasis on the use of earth-abundant materials, like copper. Furthermore, he acquired expertise regarding self-assembly of nanoparticles, the development of cation exchange and doping reactions, and in-situ X-ray diffraction. He obtained his PhD degree from Utrecht University in 2016 under the supervision of dr. de Mello-Donegá and prof. Meijerink. Thereafter, he did a postdoctoral stay at Delft University of Technology under the supervision of prof. dr. Arjan Houtepen, where he worked with in-situ (spectro)electrochemical methods and ultrafast spectroscopy techniques to elucidate the influence of electrochemical doping on the structural and optical properties of colloidal nanomaterials. Currently, his research at Utrecht University combines the acquired expertise in colloidal nanoparticle synthesis strategies, electrochemistry and in-situ spectroscopy and diffraction techniques to access and understand novel reaction pathways in the electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 into value-added chemicals and fuels. Furthermore, Ward likes to share his passion for sustainability research and what chemistry can do to mitigate CO2 emissions with the next generation of scientists through knowledge dissemination events for children.