Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Robert Bedard, New Materials Synthesis Research UOP, a Honeywell Company, USA

Title: Zeolite Synthesis and Catalysis in Petrochemicals

Bob received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1985 from University of Wisconsin Madison, he then began working in Edith Flanigen’s zeolite synthesis group at Union Carbide, which became part of UOP in 1988.  Bob discovered the first non-oxide nanoporous frameworks, a large family of germanium and tin-based metal sulfides, in his first project at Union Carbide and subsequently worked on synthesis of new nanoporous oxide framework compositions containing octahedral and other metals such as titanium, zirconium, rare earth, indium, bismuth, and other elements as well as novel applications of zeolites in ceramics, ion exchange and in medical and optical/electronic applications.  Bob then spent eight years in adsorbent development at UOP, was appointed an R&D Fellow in 2007, and in 2010 assumed his current position of Sr. Manager of the New Materials Synthesis Research group at UOP/Honeywell.


  • Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany


Martin Hartmann obtained his PhD from the University of Dortmund in 1993. After postdoctoral stays with Larry Kevan at the University of Houston and with Jens Weitkamp at Stuttgart University, he finished his Habilitation at TU Kaiserslautern Chemical Technology and in 2006 was appointed Professor of Advanced Materials Science at the University of Augsburg. In 2009 he moved to his current position as Professor of Catalysis and Director of the Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research focuses on porous materials with special emphasis on their applications in separation and heterogeneous (bio-)catalysis.


  • Prof. Dr. Raul F. Lobo, University of Delaware, USA

Title: tbc

Raul Lobo obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1995 in the Californian Institute of Technology in the group of Mark Davis. He moved to the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in 1995, where he is now a full professor and directs the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology.  The Lobo group investigates the molecular structure, synthesis, properties and application of porous materials to solve problems of societal interest such as sustainable energy conversion and pollution abatement.


  • Dr. Jacek Jagiello, Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, USA

Title: tbc

Jacek Jagiello completed his PhD at the M. Curie-Sklodowska University in 1984. He later was an Assistant Professor and Research Assistant at the University of Science and Technology in Krakow, and undertook Postdocs in the groups of Dr. Papirer at the French National Centre for Scientific research and Prof. Schwarz at Syracuse University. In 2008, he joined Micromeritics, where he is involved in the development of methods for interpretation and modeling of adsorption measurements with a particular focus on advancing the understanding and characterization of activated carbons.


  • Dr. Jeff Kenvin, Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, USA

Title: tbc

Jeff Kenvin received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He then worked at the Mobil Research and Development Company as a member of the Mobil Lubes – Process and Products Research Division, where he managed research and development projects involving the commercialization of new hydrotreated base oils. He later directed leveraged-research at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a member of the Hoechst A.G. North America Next Generation Process-Polymer Group. His areas of expertise include the characterization of porous materials and catalysts using physical and chemical adsorption and mercury porosimetry.


  • Dr. Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Title: tbc

Roland Pellenq obtained his PhD at Imperial College, London and is currently a 1st Class Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific research and a Senior Research Scientist at MIT. Dr. Pellenq’s research interests focus on the thermodynamics and dynamic properties of molecular, ionic and covalent fluids confined in porous materials (zeolites, microporous carbons, mesoporous oxide materials, clay, cement, and others). Using atomistic simulation techniques, he integrates adsorption intermolecular potentials to describe a material’s texture at the nano level.


  • Prof. Dr. Clément Sanchez, College of France, France

Title: Molecular Engineering of Nanostructured Catalysts

Clément Sanchez received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Paris VI in 1981 and later undertook a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley. He currently holds the chair of the Chemistry of Hybrid Materials at the College of France and is Director of the Laboratory of the Chemistry of Condensed Matter of the University of Pierre and Marie Curie. He was Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research and Professor at l’Ecole Polytechnique. He is specialized in the field of nanochemistry and physical properties of nanostructured porous and non-porous transition metal oxide based gels and porous and non-porous hybrid organic inorganic materials shaped as monolith, microspheres and films.


  • Dr. Silke Sauerbeck, Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH

Title: Zeolite up-scale – a long and winding road

After completing her studies, a PhD in the group of Prof. Stefan Ernst at the Kaiserslautern University of Technology investigating “Basic solid catalysts by nitridation of microporous and mesoporous aluminosilicates and aluminophosphates: Synthesis and properties”, and a post doc at the University of Cape Town with Prof. Cyril O’Connor, related to MCM-22, I started to work at Tricat Zeolites in 2006. Since this time, even after the company acquisition by Süd-Chemie and later by Clariant, she continues researching on the synthesis of zeolites and zeotype powders and dealing with their use in catalysis, heat management and VOC adsorption.


  • Dr. Ben Slater, University College London, England

Title: tbc

Ben Slater completed his PhD in 1995 at the University of Reading after which he joined University College London, where he currently holds the position of Reader in Computational Materials Chemistry. His research interests include computational chemistry, ab-initio and pair potential simulations, surface chemistry and crystal growth processes, nanoporous materials science –zeolites and MOFs, water ice structure and reactivity


  • Prof. Dr. Bert Weckhuysen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Title: 3-D chemical imaging of the number, strength and accessibility of acid sites in advanced porous materials

Bert Weckhuysen obtained his PhD from Leuven University in 1995 under the supervision of Professor Schoonheydt, he worked as a postdoc with Professor Wachs at Lehigh University and with Professor Lunsford at Texas A&M University. In 2000 Bert Weckhuysen became a full Professor in inorganic chemistry and catalysis at Utrecht University. The central research theme of the Weckhuysen group is the development of structure-activity relationships in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science with special emphasis on the use of advanced spatiotemporal characterization techniques under in-situ conditions.

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