Keynote speakers

Gheorghe Fundueanu-Constantin is Principal scientist at "Petru Poni" Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry. Head of the Department of Natural Polymers, Bioactive and Biocompatible Materials. Highly specialized in synthesis and characterization of smart drug delivery systems based on polymeric microparticules, nanoparticules, microcapsules, hydrogels obtained from synthetic and natural polymers. Strong expertise on cell culture, in vitro and in vivo testing of the polymeric biomaterials including short term toxicity, bioactivity per se, biocompatibility, bioavailability, etc. Advanced specialized in protocols for the determination of the pharmaceuticals in biological fluids and pharmaceutical preparations.

Horia Iovu is a professor at Department of Bioresources and Polymer Science at University Politehnica of Bucharest and the Head of Advanced Polymer Materials Group. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1995. His research covers a broad range of aspects concerning polymer composites and their applications, drug delivery systems, polymer-based scaffolds, etc. In the last few years, he delivered oral contributions regarding synthesis and applications of polybenzoxazine/ carbon material composites. He published more than 150 papers in ISI rated journals.He is a full member of Academy of Romanian Scientists and fellow member of Royal Society of Chemistry.

Jean-François Lamonier is currently a Full Professor in Department of Chemistry and Deputy Director of the Chevreul Institute, Lille University, France.
He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Lille in 1993 on the topic « Selective Catalytic Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) ». He worked as Assistant Professor at the Littoral Côte d’Opale University in Dunkirk (France) from 1996 to 2007. In 2004 he obtained the accreditation to Supervise Research (Habilitation Thesis). In 2007 he was promoted to Full Professor at the University of Lille and joined the “Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide” (UCCS). Since 2015 Jean-François Lamonier leads the team “Catalytic Remediation (ReMCat)” of the UCCS.
His research is currently focused on catalytic oxidation technologies for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions removal. As recognition of his achievements in research he was honored with two innovative Techniques for the Environment awards from the French Agency for the Sustainable Development (ADEME) in 2001 and in 2010. As of March 2018, Jean-François Lamonier has published more than 110 peer reviewed journal articles on heterogeneous catalysis applied to the elimination of environmental pollutants (NOx, VOC). A recent search (March 2018) of Scopus shows his entire publications have been cited for over 2436 times. He has an H-index of 29. He is currently Academic Editor of “Catalysts” Journal and Associated Editor for Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Prof.dr.eng. Florica Manea teaches at Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, and she is the Head of Department of Applied Chemistry and Engineering of Inorganic Compounds and Environment.  Her scientific work has resulted in more than 170 scientific articles, 92 publication in impact factor journals and 15 national and international books/ chapters’ books.
Research interest:  
engineering of water/wastewater treatment processes;
• carbon based materials as catalyst/photocatalyst for environmental applications;
• advanced combined oxidation processes;
• electrochemical sensors for environmental, food and health application.

Professor Alice Mija teaches at University of Nice, France. She is a scientist with 25+ years of expertise in polymer chemistry & physico-chemistry research. She has now also interest in the development of new instrumentation for materials from bio resources and from wastes valorization. She is author of over 60 publications in peer-international journals, book chapters and oral communications in national and international conferences.
Research interests:
• the design, synthesis and characterization of monomers, polymers;
• hybrid materials and composites; self-assembly and self-organization of macromolecular and supramolecular polymeric systems;
• thermodynamics of complex reactions of anisotropic polymeric systems;
• phase transitions.

Professor Sebastien Royer teaches at University of Lille 1, France, and is the Head of Catalytic Materials -MATCAT research team. He focuses his research working in the field of solvent-free synthesis routes to produce nanocrystalline mixed oxides with improved surface areas.
He is author of over 110 publications in peer-international journals, patents, book chapters and oral communications in national and international conferences.
Research interest:
• the use of bio-sourced molecules as structure-directing agents for the production of single and mixed oxides with hierarchical porosity.
• the conception of precious metal-free catalytic formulations (iron, copper, manganese)
• the shaping of catalytic formulations.  

Carmen M. Torres was born in Santiago de Compostela (Spain, 1981). She graduated in 2006 as chemical engineer from the Santiago de Compostela University (USC) where she worked as researcher in the Astroparticle Physics Group (Physics Faculty) and Environmental Modelling Group of the Chemical Engineering Department. In 2013, she obtained a Ph D degree in the field of Chemical, Environmental and Process Engineering at the Rovira i Virgilli University, Tarragona (Spain).
Since 2013, she worked in the research group AGA (for the Spanish acronym of environmental analysis and management), first as postdoc and since 2016 as associated professor for the Chemical Engineering Department at Rovira i Virgili University.
His R&D has as central theme: sustainable industrial process modelling and optimization; ie the design, modelling and multicriteria evaluation of chemical processes based on computer aided techniques such as simulation and optimization. C.M. Torres has field experience with respect to environmental evaluation through Life cycle Analysis and modelling applied to 2nd and 3rd generation of biodiesel production (from vegetable oils, sewage sludge and microalgae), agricultural products (development of a carbon footprint calculator addressed to farmers) and water cycle processes (wastewater treatment, industrial water reclamation and waterborne pathogen analysis technologies).
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