Plenary lecture title:

The role of technology in a specialty chemical company – Competency build-up to reach process intensification & intensified material usage

Vice President Technology and Application Development | Process Technology & Engineering

Evonik Operations GmbH | Technology & Infrastructure, Germany

Generation of business opportunities by developing new applications and markets by technology with focus on:

– Developing technical system solutions based on specialty chemical products

– Creating references by deployment & upscaling

– Providing global access to technology competencies & fostering collaboration in new eco-systems

Achievements are in the field of technology platforms & technology deployment

Plenary lecture title:

Thermally and electrically conductive structured reactors for the intensification of energy-related catalytic processes

Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes, Dipartimento di Energia, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Enrico Tronconi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he leads the Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes. He is the author of more than 300 refereed publications and has given over 50 invited talks. His research interests concern the applications of Catalytic Reaction Engineering to environmental protection and to energy conversion. Enrico has investigated DeNOx aftertreatment technologies for the automotive sector during the last twenty years, in collaboration with leading Companies including e.g. Mercedes Benz. He is also active in the study of novel structured catalysts and reactors for process intensification: for his work on the distributed production of hydrogen and of clean synthetic fuels Enrico has been awarded both an Advanced Grant and a Proof of Concept Grant by the European Research Council: He has chaired the 26th edition of the International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering in Florence, Italy (2018), and is Topical Editor for Chemical Reaction Engineering of Chemical Engineering Research and Design, the official journal of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.

Plenary lecture title:

Alternative energy forms as enablers for the transition from batch to flow processing

Department of Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

Tom Van Gerven is full professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven, Belgium. He is heading the Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems research section, which consists of 4 professors and ca. 70 researchers and supporting staff. His own research group focuses on the use of alternative energy forms (ultrasound, light, centrifugation) in multiphase systems. He is heavily involved in European projects, currently coordinating three of them. Tom is board member of EUROPIC and vice-president of the European Society of Sonochemistry. His h-index is currently at 47.

Plenary lecture title:

Process intensification for the future of distillation

Leiter des Instituts für Systemverfahrenstechnik an der Technischen Universität Hamburg (TUUH), Institute of Process Systems Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

Mirko Skiborowski is Full Professor and head of the Institute of Process Systems Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology. In recognition of his PhD thesis at RWTH Aachen University, he was awarded with the EFCE Excellence Award on Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) in 2018. After his PhD he was leading a research group on Process Synthesis and Intensification at the Laboratory of Fluid Separations in the Department of Bio- and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University, where he concluded his habilitation in Fluid Separations (2019). Since 2020 he is appointed as full professor at Hamburg University of Technology. His research focusses on the interface of Process Systems Engineering and Process Intensification, with specific emphasis on hybrid and reactive separation processes, as well as innovative equipment for the development of energy efficient, economic and sustainable processes.