Invited Speakers

8th International Forum on Industrial Bioprocessing   

(IBA-IFIBiop 2019)

“Bridging Sustainability and Industrial Revolution through Green Bioprocessing”
Conference Venue: Imperial Hotel, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Conference Date:  1– 5 May, 2019

List of Invited Speakers

1. Prof. Armando T. Quitain

2. Prof. Carlos Riccardo Soccol

3. Prof. Xin-Hui Xing

4. Prof. Cristobal N Aguilar

5. Prof. Ganti S. Murthy

6. Prof. Guocheng Du

7. Prof. h.c. Dr. Ralf Greiner

8. Prof. Indu Shekhar Thakur

9. Prof. Jonathan Wong

10. Prof. Jo-Shu Chang

11. Prof. Koutinas A. Athanasios

12. Prof. Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

13. Prof. P. Gunasekaran

14. Prof. Rajeshwal Dayal Tyagi

15. Prof. Sang Jun Sim

16. Prof . Tetsuya Kida

17. Prof. Yonghong Wu

18. Prof. Zengqiang Zhang

19. Prof. Amit Bhatnagar

20. Dr. Anil K Patel

21. Dr. Arif Hidayat

22. Dr. Binod Parameswaran

23. Dr. Byoung-In Sang

24. Dr. Cheng-Di Dong

25. Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang

26. Dr. Deepak Pant

27. Dr. Eldon Rene

28. Dr. Gopalakrishnan Kumar

29. Dr. K. Madhavan Nampoothiri

30. Dr. S. Venkata Mohan

31. Dr. R. Sindhu

32. Dr. Syed Farman Ali Shah

33. Dr. Tsang Yiu Fai

34. Dr. Michael Sauer

35. Dr. Zainon Binti Mat Sharif

36. Dr. Kelly Yong Tau Len

37. Dr Veluri V P S Murthy

38. Dr Lam Su Shiung

39. Dr Sang-Hyoun Kim

40. Dr Rekha S. Singhal

41. Dr Ahmad Safuan Bujang

Prof. Armando T. Quitain
Topic: Microwave Carbocatalysis for Bioenergy and Biochemical Conversion
Prof. Armando T. Quitain is a professor at College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan. His research centered around the study of Microwave Carbocatalysis, Supercritical Fluids, and Biomass Conversion Technologies.

Prof. Carlos Riccardo Soccol
Topic: Biorefining the Soybean
Professor Carlos Ricardo Soccol is the research group leader of Department of Bioprocesses Engineering and Biotechnology (DEBB) at UFPR. Professor Soccol has experience in green technology, biofuels, applied microbiology, fermentation technology especially in industrial bioprocesses. The research carried out till-date has credited him with 1.207 publications, including patents (85), books (25), book chapters (155), original papers (360) and research communications in conferences/symposia (582). His research articles have so far been cited 20.400 times at Google Scholar Citations database with Index h=65. It has also led the successful Advisor of 80 PhD students, 135 Master’s students and 22 post doctorate students. In 2001, He did Professor HDR in Agri-Foods Biotechnology at Aix Marseille University, Marseille-France. He was visitor professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2009), University Lille 1-France (2014) and University Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand-France (2015). He received several national and international awards, including the Science and Technology award of the Government of Paraná (1996), Best Scientific Achievement of the Year 2001 by Ministry of Sugar of Cuba (MINAZ), The Scopus/Elsevier Award (2009), Dr. Honoris Causa, University Blaise Pascal-France (2010), Outstanding Scientist at 5th International Conference on Industrial Bioprocesses, Taipei, Taiwan, Henri Nestlé Award – Nestlé, Brazil (2014), Scientist of the Year – Nanocell Institute (2017), Medal of Scientific Merit by Ministry Science Technology and Innovation – Brazilian Government (2018). Since 2014, Prof. Soccol is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is occupying the position of the Editor of the Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology since 1997-2015. He also holds the position of scientist IA of CNPq, Brazil. He is a technical and scientific consultant of several companies, agencies and Editorial member of Scientifics journals.

Prof Xin-hui Xing
Topic: Development of Enabling High Throughput Platform Technologies for Smart Integrative Biobreeding of Microbial Cell Factories
His research field covers bioenergy, environmental biotechnology, enzyme engineering and nanobiotechnology. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2001, he had ever worked in universities of Japan for ten years. His current research interests include: 1) development of Rapid and visible quantification tools for bioprocess control and optimization by using fusion protein technology; 2) real-time functional analysis and construction of a multi-species microbial coupling systems 3) construction of novel NADH regeneration systems and their applications; 4) functional analysis of new hydrogenases and their applications; 5) cell membrane engineering and control of electron transport across the cells; 6) genetic engineering of methanotrophs and the reconstructions of metabolic pathway; 7) production of soluble heparinase I fused with affinity tags and the enzymatic process for clean production of low molecular weight heparin; 8) system biological engineering of Streptomyces sps.; 9) metabolic and bioprocess engineering for enhanced biohydrogen production with higher H2 yield from biomass; 10) mechanism of atmospheric-pressure low temperature plasma acting on microorganisms and the plasma biotechnology; 11) high cell density culture of methanotrophes and their bioindustry applications; 12) biological systems for wastewater treatment capable of on-site reduction of excess sludge; 13) application of microbubble system in industrial and environmental biotechnology.

Prof. Cristobal N. Aguilar
Topic: Rational and Integral reuse of wastes from food and bioproducts processing as effective alternative to reduce human malnutrition and hunger
Prof. Cristobal Noe Aguilar Gonzalez is the Director of Research and Postgraduate Programs as well as Head Researcher of the Group of Bioprocesses and Bioproducts, Food Research Department at Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico. His research areas interest includes biocontrol, solid-state fermentation, bioactive extraction/production, food biotechnology. valorization of natural resources: recovery of high valuable compounds through extraction and/or biotransformation for application in novel and functional foods, for their use in diagnostics and for novel industrial applications. biotechnologies to valorise the regional food biodiversity

Prof Ganti S. Murthy
Topic: Exploring nutrient recovery and reuse of algal biomass from wastewater treatment
Professor Ganti S. Murthy is a professor in Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at Oregon State University. Dr. Murthy’s research is broadly focused on sustainable bioprocessing and systems analysis for sustainability. For any proposed technology or policy, Murthy group seeks to answer the question: “Is this approach technically feasible, economically viable, resource sustainable and has lower environmental impacts compared to alternatives? If not, how can we make it so?” His group employs a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches using control theory, systems biology, process modeling, economic analysis and life cycle assessment (LCA) techniques to conduct molecular, cellular, industrial scale and systems level analyses of technologies to establish a sustainable bioeconomy. Murthy group is also works on the nutrient-energy-water nexus at regional and global scale with a particular focus on building the resilience of agro-ecological systems to pulse and pressure disturbances.

Prof. Guocheng DU
Topic: Engineering a glucosamine-6-phosphate responsive glmS ribozyme switch enables dynamic control of metabolic flux in Bacillus subtilis for overproduction of N-acetylglucosamine
Professor Guocheng DU is the Dean of Graduate School, Jiangnan University, China. He is the distinguished professor of Changjiang Scholars, Ministry of Education, China. His current main research focus is on bioprocess engineering and metabolic engineering. He has about 330 publications/communications, which include 72 patents, 11 books, 190 original and review papers, etc. He won two Second Prizes of State Science and Technology Award in 2006 and 2012, respectively. He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate degree from Jiangnan University, China. He is associate editors of Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, and Microbial Cell Factories, and Board member of Bioresource Technology.

Prof. h.c. Dr. Ralf Greiner
Topic: Application of phytate-degrading enzymes (phytases) in food processing
Prof. h.c. Dr. Ralf Greiner joined the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition, Karlsruhe, Germany in 1990 as a Ph.D. student after graduating in Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart. In the early steps of his career as Deputy Head of the Centre for Molecular Biology he was mainly engaged in research in respect to genetically modified food and enzyme for food processing, with phytases in the centre of his interests. In 2007 Ralf held a position as a Visiting Professor for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Bioprocess Engineering, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil working on solid state fermentation and fungal enzyme production. In 2008 he returned to Karlsruhe where he became Head of the Department of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering of the Max Rubner-Institut (MRI). His research is focused on studying and modelling conventional and new processing technologies, as well as on food nanotechnology, but phytases are still in the focus of his interests. Ralf is a representative of MRI in several international and national associations on food technology, food control and food nanotechnology. In 2012 Ralf accepted the position as an Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong. His research activities resulted in about 170 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 50 book chapters and 350 abstracts or short papers in congress proceedings. Currently, Ralf also acts as the Deputy of the President of the MRI. In addition, he is Editor for Food Control (Europe and South America).

Prof. Indu Shekhar Thakur
Topic: Lignin valorization: whole genome sequencing and proteomic analysis of Pandoraea sp. ISTKB for biofuel and biomaterials
Professor Thakur, FNASc, FNAAS, FIBA, FBRS, ENESA, Former Dean, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, developed bacteria by genetic breeding, and characterized by genomics, proteomics and metabolomics for Green House Gases sequestration for biofuel, bioflocculant, bioplastic and biomaterials production. Microorganisms applied for degradation of pentachlorophenol in tannery, lignin biovalorization, degradation of melanoidin, dioxin-like compounds, ecoestrogens, phthalates and emerging contaminants in industries, municipal sludge, landfill leachate, risk assessment and characterization was performed. Cyanobacteria and algae used for biofuel and biodegradation of emerging contaminants in waste water and risk assessment. Metagenomics of microbes from Pangong lake and lysimeter performed for environmental management, pesticide degradation and nutrient management. He published more than 181 research papers in peer reviewed journals, 4 patents and 25 Ph.D. students completed Ph.D. under his supervision.

Prof. Jonathan Wong
Topic: Effect of leach bed reactor off gas diversion and headspace pressures on methane gas generation of two-phase anaerobic digestion
Prof. Jonathan Wong is currently a Professor and Head in the Department of Biology at the Hong Kong Baptist University. He is an Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and currently the Director of the Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture, and Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment. Prof Wong has been working in the area of solid waste management with specialization in bioconversion of organic wastes using innovative composting and anaerobic digestion technology. Over the years, he has received over HK$150 millions of research funding and published over 400 SCI publication and conference proceedings, 6 Books and 11 research patents with citation of > 10100 and H-index of 58. Jonathan was bestowed with Medal of Honor by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2011 and appointed as Justice of Peace in 2014 for his service and contribution to the Environment.

Professor Jo-Shu Chang
Topic: Optimizing growth conditions of Pavlova sp. for fucoxanthin production and using Pavlova sp. as the feed supplement for shrimp cultivation
Professor Jo-Shu Chang is a Distinguished Professor and University Chair Professor of Department of Chemical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. He also serves as Director of Research Center for Circular Economy and Deputy Director of Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy at NCKU. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Irvine in 1993. His research interests cover biochemical engineering, environmental biotechnology and applied microbiology with a recent focus on microalgae-based CO2 utilization for biofuels and biorefineries. Recently, his research interests have shifted to microalgae-based wastewater treatment and utilization of microalgal feedstock as aquaculture or livestock feeds. He plays an important role in Taiwan’s renewable energy R&D and policymaking. He is the leading PI of the national energy project of Taiwan and has established one of the world-leading teams in the area of microalgae biorefinery and bio-based CO2 capture and utilization. He has received numerous prestigious domestic and international academic awards, including three-time Distinguished Research Awards by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and 2014 Outstanding Scientist Award of the International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IFIBiop). In 2015, he became fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Professor Chang is very active in the international academic society. He has served as an executive committee member of Asia Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) since 2008. He is currently the Editor/Associate Editor of four renowned international journals, including Bioresource Technology, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Biochemical Engineering Journal, and Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. He also serves as editorial board member of nearly 10 SCI-indexed journals. He has published over 440 SCI journal papers with a total citation of over 16,500 times and an h-index of 66 (Web of Science) and 82 (Google Scholar). He also authored ten books and owns nearly 50 patents. Many of his research achievements were published in high impact and top ranking journals. Professor Chang is the founder of NCKU’s Center for Microalgae Biotechnology and Engineering. His team have constructed a commercial-scale microalgae cultivation & biorefinery plant located at NCKU’s An-Nan Campus. He also developed Asia’s first pilot demonstration system for the direct use of flue-gas from a steel-making factory to cultivate microalgae. He has established platform technologies for the re-utilization of CO2 via phototrophic microalgal carbon capture systems as well as microalgae-driven circular economy. Many of his key technologies have been successfully transferred to the industries and a few of them have already been commercialized.

Prof. Koutinas A. Athanasios
Topic: Cell Factories and Biocatalysts for Additional Bio-processing in the same batch Without Cloning
Professor Koutinas promoted successfully from the post of Lecturer to Full Professor  and now is active Professor Emeritus of Food Biotechnology in the Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, Greece. He published 182 papers in international journals, 6 patents, 5 books of which 4 text books for students, 13 chapters in books, 128 presentations in International conferences and 39 in National, more than 3800 citations and h-index 33. Supervised 21 PhD Graduates and from the Food Biotechnology Group established and headed by him, graduated 32 PhD and about 50 masters sdientists.  Presented three technologies in Innovation conference held in Washington DC, june 18-21, 2015 of which one achieved award. Professor Koutinas invited to teach Graduate courses by Universities in Portugal, Spain and Poland in the fields of GMO Foods, Dairy Technology and DNA Economy. His research has been funded by about 6.000.000 Euros total budget including companies budget of consortia.

Prof Mohammad J. Taherzadeh
Topic: Fungal-based biorefinery
Prof. Mohammad J. Taherzadeh is professor in Bioprocess technology since 2004 at University of Borås in Sweden and director of Research School at Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery. Prof. Taherzadeh has PhD in Bioscience from Sweden, and MSc and BSc in Chemical Engineering from Iran. He is developing processes to convert wastes and residuals to value added products with focus on pretreatment and fermentation. He has more than 230 publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters, 5 patents and 3 books.

Prof. P. Gunasekaran
Topic: Plant-Microbe Interaction at the Rhizosphere: Quorum Sensing and Root Colonization by Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria
Prof. P. Gunasekaran is currently serving as Vice Chancellor in VIT Bhopal University and Emeritus Professor in Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. He has 33 years of teaching and research experience in Microbiology, Biotechnology and Genomics. He has made significant contributions in Industrial Microbiology especially on ethanol fermentation technology and microbial enzyme technology. He has guided 44 Ph.D. students and published over 190 articles in international Journals, cited 5479 times in various journals with an h-index of 37 and i10 index of 122. In addition, he has contributed 28 book chapters in books published by leading publishers such as Springer. He served as the editor in Indian Journal of Microbiology, Applied Biotechnology and Biotechnology and Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. He has been elected as the President of Biotechnology Research Society of India (2011-14), President of Association of Microbiologists of India (2008-2009). He received Life time Achievement award, Biotechnology Research Society India (2014), Outstanding Service Award by International Board of the American Society for Microbiology (2011), Alagappa Centenary Excellence Award (2010), Fellow of Tamil Nadu Academy of Sciences (2010), 76th Indian Science Congress Eminent Scientist Award (2009), Life Time Achievement Award, Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists (2009), Fellow of the National Academy of Biological Sciences (FNABS) (2008), American Society of Microbiology International Professorship (2007), Fellow of Association of Microbiologists of India (2006), Fellow of Biotechnology Research Society of India (2004), Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (1999) and Louis Pasteur Award (1998).

Prof. Rajeshwal Dayal Tyagi
Topic: Bio-transformation of wastes into biodiesel
Prof. Rajeshwal Dayal Tyagi is the Canada Research Chair at Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Quebec ,Canada. His research areas include wastewater treatment, biochemical engineering, bioreactor design and analysis, and industrial microbiology. He has several honors and awards which includes ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award (2017) and Outstanding Scientist Award (2015). He is a member of several editorial boards including Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Process Biochemistry, Bioresource Technology and Associate editor for Toxic Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management.

Prof. Sang Jun Sim
Topic: Multilateral approaches to improving CO2 mitigation of microalgal energy systems
Dr. Sang Jun Sim is a professor in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Korea University. He received B.S. in chemical engineering from Seoul National University, M.S and PhD in chemical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He has experience in the field of bioenergy, CO2-conversion, mass production of biomaterials using microalgae for over 15 years. Since 2011, he is the leader of research program, KOREA CCS 2020 project, which is a key project for CCS in Korea. He has published more than 200 SCI (including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, etc) papers and received various awards including National Scientist in this month of Korea (2017), Young Engineer Award (2016), Top 10 of excellent technologies for Climate Change Response (2015), Presidential Citation (2006) for the contribution to the algal research from government and many academic societies in Korea.

Prof .Tetsuya Kida
Topic: Electrochemical Applications of Graphene Oxide Nanosheets for Hydrogen Production and Carbon Dioxide Reduction
Prof .Tetsuya Kida is a professor at Division of Materials Science, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan. His research centered around the study of inorganic functional materials for electrochemical and catalysis applications.

Dr Yonghong Wu
Topic: A New Concept of Promoting Nitrate Reduction in Surface Waters: Simultaneous Supplement of Denitrifiers, Electron Donor Pool and Electron Mediators
Dr Yonghong Wu is a professor at Institute of Soil Science Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS) since 2013, and the head of Soil-water Interface Ecology Research Group in the ISSCAS, and the director of Zigui Ecological Station of the Three Gorges Project, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include nutrient management in wetland, non-point source pollution control, periphytic biofilm reactor, periphyton ecology, nanotechnology and nanotoxicology. As chief-investigator, Dr Wu has undertaken (is undertaking) more than 20 projects including the Outstanding and Excellent Youth Fund Projects, National Natural Science Foundation, China. Dr Wu has about 120 publications with about 1600 citations. He, as a sole author, created a book “Periphyton: Functions and Application in Environmental Remediation” published by Elsevier Publisher. He also received twelve patents, hereinto, six patents had been sold to commercial companies. He received many than 10 awards and fellowships from Chinese government and professional societies.

Prof Zengqiang Zhang
Topic: Black Soldier Fly composting using organic waste for high-value production
Dr. Zengqiang Zhang is one of the leading personalities in the field of Environmental Science and Technology. His major research interests are in the areas of environmental microbiology, organic waste composting, bioremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil, and mitigation of greenhouse gases emission during the organic waste composting etc. which include 3 books, 12 technical reports, 8 book chapters, 303 original and review papers and 65 research communications in international and national conferences.

Prof Amit Bhatnagar
Topic: Microalgae for Wastewater Treatment and Value-Added Products Generation – A Synergistic Approach
Prof Amit Bhatnagar is currently working as  Professor at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, Finland. He obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, in 2003. He has conducted postdoc research in various international universities/institutes such as Linnaeus University, Sweden; University of Porto, Portugal; Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany; University of Kuopio, Finland; Yonsei University, South Korea; Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland; Central Building Research Institute (CBRI)/CSIR, India under reputed fellowships. He has published 150 research/review articles in peer-reviewed journals. His current H-index is 48 (Google Scholar) with over 10200 citations. His main research interests included water and wastewater treatment (using microalgae, nanocellulose, biochar) and resource recovery. He is serving as an Associate Editor for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, and in the Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Reports and PLOS ONE journals. He has also served as Lead Guest Editor for Journal of Hazardous Materials in 2018 and 2019. He has been included in the list of prestigious 2018 Highly Cited Researchers from Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for publishing multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations worldwide.

Dr. Anil Kumar Patel
Topic: Cost effective production of algal biodiesel from industrial wastes
Dr. Anil Kumar Patel is currently working as Research Assistant Professor at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul. The area of his work is mainly Environmental Bioengineering, broadly focused on waste to energy program utilizing bacterial, and algal systems. Specific projects are on the conversion of Industrial solid waste into biofuels. Currently, working as Research Professor at KU, Seoul. My focus is to economize algal-bioprocess by improving mixotrophic growth in crude glycerol for lipid production. Previously He worked at HKBU, Hong Kong on solid waste management and University of Hawaii, USA on removal of sulfur from gaseous phase by applying designer-biochar which was ultimately used for sulfur nutrition in plants. He gained experience in biohythane production using ethanol plant wastes at IndianOil (IOCL), R&D center, India and continuous biohydrogen production and VFA separation from industrial waste using membrane bioreactors at Institute Pascal, France. In these studies, both bench-scale and pilot-scale studies were undertaken with techno-economic analysis. His H-index is 19 and citation >2400. He has 46 publications/communications, which include 03 patents, 29 original and review articles, 12 book chapters and 2 conference proceedings. He has chaired couple of scientific sessions, delivered three invited lectures and several conference communications as oral and posters in international conferences.

Dr. Arif Hidayat
Topic: Biodiesel Synthesis from Kapok Seed Oil using Red Mud as Heterogeneous Catalyst
Dr. Arif Hidayat is an Associate Professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Universitas Islam Indonesia. His main research areas revolve around renewable energy, materials from renewable resources, and catalyst with a total of 25 publications to date.

Dr. Binod Parameswaran
Topic: Development of green processes for the production of 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid
Dr Parameswaran Binod is currently working as a Scientist in the Microbial Processes and Technology Division of CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum, India. He obtained Ph D in Biotechnology from University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India. He had then worked as Post Doctoral fellow at Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, South Korea and later joined as Scientist at CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India. His research interest includes biomass to fuels and chemicals, biopolymers and enzyme technology. He has more than 100 publications including research papers, reviews and book chapters. He is a recipient of several awards and fellowships including Young Scientist Award from International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IFIBiop), France and Kerala State Young Scientist Award from Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment. He is a National Honorary Advisory Board Member of Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES), India and Central Office Executive of The Biotech Research Society, India.

Dr. Byoung-In Sang
Topic: Carboxylic acids from Anaerobic Digestion
Dr. Byoung-In Sang is a full time academic staff at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea since Mar 2011; currently Director of Environment& Health graduate program and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2001 and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Northwestern University, U.S.A. during 2001-2003. He joined Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Feb 2003 as a Senior Research Scientist and became a Principal Research Scientist in Mar 2008. During 2014-2016, Dr. Sang worked a Program Director of Bio- and Waste Energy R&D Program for Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Korea. From 2017 he has been a Committee Member of Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology, Korea. His research and publication in area of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology have produced >10 international patents, >50 domestic patents, and >120 peer reviewed papers with > 2,500 citations, h-index 28, i10-index 48. He is an associate editor of Water-Energy Nexus; Invited speaker, member of international scientific committees and chairperson at several international conferences.

Dr. Cheng-Di Dong
Topic: Characteristics of tetracycline degradation in seawater over a magnetically modified spent coffee ground biochar
Dr. Cheng-Di Dong is a Full Professor at the Department of Marine Environmental Engineering at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST). He is also the Dean of Marine Research and Development and the Director of Center for the Study of Sediments of NKUST. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineer from University of Delaware in 1993. His current research interests are broadly clustered in the areas of monitoring and remediation of contaminated water, soil and sediments. He is particularly interested in developing fate and transport of contaminants in marine sediments, and remediation of contaminated sediments for the purpose of reuse sediment materials using physical, chemical and biological processes. Prof. Dong has participated in the scientific committee of several conferences and associations and serves as a reviewer in a wide range of international renowned journals. He has published more than 140 papers in leading international journals, 5 book chapters, and edited 3 special issues of scientific journals.

Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang
Topic: Biorefinery using Biochar-supported Catalysts
Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang is an Associate Professor at Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests revolve around Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biosciences. Currently, he has 194 journal articles including 155 papers in Top 10% Cite Score and 8 highly cited papers in Web of Science, 2 edited books and 11 book chapters. He is also a member of the editorial board for Chemosphere, Journal of Soils and Sediments (Associate Editor) and Environmental Geochemistry and Health. He had won Gold Medal in 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Switzerland in 2017 and Champion Prize under Environmental Paper Award by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2015.

Dr. Deepak Pant
Topic: Technological advances in CO2 Electrobiorefinery: Linking Bioelectrochemical CO2 redcution with Renewable Energy
Dr. Deepak Pant is a Senior Scientist at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium. His research focuses on bioenergy, specifically, the design and optimization of bio-electrochemical systems for energy recovery from wastewater and microbial electrosynthesis for production of value-added chemicals through electrochemically driven bio-processes. He has 1 book (on Springer), 1 Patent, 96 peer-reviewed publications with >6200 citations (h-index 43) and 26 book chapters to his credit. He is a member of scientific communities like ISMET, ISE, BES, BRSI, IFIBiop and AMI. He is an Editorial board member for ‘Bioresource Technology’, ‘Electronic Journal of Biotechnology’, ‘Biofuel Research Journal’, ‘Heliyon’ and ‘Frontiers in Environmental Science’ and Editor for the new Elsevier Journal “Bioresource Technology Reports”.

Dr. Eldon Rene
Topic: Comparison of different bioreactor configurations for wastewater and waste-gas treatment: Potential for resource recovery and modelling aspects
Dr. Eldon R. Rene is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at IHE-Delft, Institute of Water Education, The Netherlands. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras (India). Eldon’s broad research interests are related to the development of biological treatment processes for wastewater and waste-gas treatment, resource recovery, and the use of artificial intelligence tools for environmental monitoring and environmental process control. He has published 2 books (Sustainable heavy metal remediation – Volume 1: Principles and processes and Volume 2: Case studies), more than 150 research/review articles in scientific journals, 32 book chapters, ~100 conference papers and 7 monographs. He is the managing editor of the journal ‘’Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology’’, the associate editor of the ‘’Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE)’’ and the editorial board member of ‘’Bioresource Technology Reports’’. He has also edited several thematic special issues in the following journals: Bioresource Technology, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE), Chemosphere and International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation.
Eldon is the two time recipient of the ‘’Young Scientist Award’’ conferred by the Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering Conference (CESE) organizers in Sydney (Australia) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan), respectively. Previously, for his post-doctoral research stays, he was awarded the ‘’Juan de la Cierva’’ fellowship by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spain), and the ‘’Brain Korea 20 (BK20) Fellowship’’ from the South Korean government. For the years 2018 and 2019, he has recently been awarded Research Fund for International Young Scientists by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). As a part of his educational campaign and capacity building activities on improving scientific writing skills for non-English speaking researchers, he regularly conducts scientific writing workshop at all the major conferences. Notably, since 2015, he has conducted these workshops to more than 1400 MS, PhD students and young staff members from Asian countries. He is also affiliated as a life member at the International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IFIBiop). At IHE-Delft, Eldon teaches courses on (i) industrial resource management and cleaner production, (ii) ecotechnologies for waste management, (iii) aquatic ecosystems and processes, (iv) online course on urban system analysis, planning and management: developing skills and attitudes, (v) research proposal for MSc students, and (v) communication and writing skills for engineers II.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan Kumar
Topic: Valorization of Spent coffee grounds (SCG) to Biofuels and Bioproducts: Recent Progress
Dr. Gopalakrishnan Kumar serves as Professor in Institute of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway. Additionally, he is also Adjunct professor and Head of “Green Processing Bioremediation and Alternative Energies Group” at Ton Duc Thang university, Vietnam. Prior to these positions he worked as KRF fellow- School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University & Research Professor- Department of Environmental Engineering, Daegu University, South Korea. He has received his Ph D from Feng Chia University, Taiwan. He was the recipient of prestigious JSPS post-doctoral fellowships (JSPS, Japan) and also Emilio Rosenblueth Fellowship (Mexico) for his post-doctoral studies. He is also visiting faculty in many universities around Europe (Hungary, Czech, Poland), India, Vietnam, China and Turkey. He has extensively published more than 150 SCI papers in highly prestigious Journals (including 2 cover image articles, 3 high cited articles and 1 key scientific article), with total citations of > 2400 & h-index of 27. He also contributed to more than 15 book chapters and edited/editing 2 books. His major research interest includes biofuel/biochemical production from lignocellulose/waste/wastewater and algal biomass via biorefinery and valorization schemes and also Microbial fuel/electrolysis cell (MFC& MEC) technologies. Additionally, he is working on application of green synthesized activated carbon and Nano particles for various environmental remediation applications. He also delivered more than 50 speeches (keynote/invited) in various conferences, seminars and workshops.

Dr. Madhavan K. Nampoothiri
Topic: An expedition through extracellular polysaccharides of lactic acid bacteria
Dr Madhavan Nampoothiri, PhD FBRS , who is presently working as Senior Principal Scientist and leading the Bioprocesses and Technology section of CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum. Dr.Madhavan took his graduation and Post graduation in Zoology from University of Kerala. In 1997, he obtained his PhD in Microbial Biotechnology from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). After the doctoral studies, he worked as Research Associate in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and As Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Post doctoral fellow in Germany and as Welcome Trust Post Doctoral fellow in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. In 2001 he joined in CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum. He is actively involved in Microbial Biotechnology R&D and has nearly 140 publications which include research papers in International journals, reviews articles and book chapters. Dr. Madhavan also made around 40 NCBI gene sequence submissions and he also has one Indian patent and Six US patents. In 2003, he received Young scientist award from Biotech Research Society of India and was the recipient of outstanding performance award for the year 2008-09 from CSIR-NIIST. In 2016, he was elected as Fellow of the BRSI. He is a reviewer of many international journals in the field of Microbial Biotechnology and Food Biotechnology and in the Editorial boards several journals. Dr. Madhavan has research collaborations with institutes and universities in Germany, France, Hungary and Mexico. His Research interests are in the areas of bioprocess and microbial products, functional genomics and infectious diseases, therapeutic enzymes and inhibitors, probiotics and biopolymers etc.

Dr. R. Sindhu
Topic: Bioconversion of waste cooking oil to poly-3-hydroxybutyrate by a microbial consortium
Dr. R. Sindhu is currently working as DST WOS-B Scientist at MPTD, CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, India. She obtained PhD in Biotechnology from School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, India. She had then worked as Post Doctoral Fellow at RGCB, Trivandrum, India from 2006 – 2008 in the area of Metagenomics. She later joined CBF as a Project Scientist and has contributed to the Centre’s activities in biomass conversion to biofuels and products, especially on pre-treatment and allied technologies. Her current research focus is on biofuels, biopolymers and microbial enzymes. She has about 158 publications/communications with an h- index of 27 (Google Scholar Citations). She is a recipient of several awards and fellowships including Elsevier BIORESTEC 2018 Impactful Research Award, Women Scientist Award for the year 2016 from BRSI, Top Reviewer Award 2017 (Bioresource Technology), Visiting fellowship from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland – 2014, 2016, 2017; Marie Curie Fellow – University of Naples, Italy (2016) and University of Jaen, Spain (2016); International Training Fellowship from Department of International Programmes of National Science Council (NSC), Taiwan (2012); DBT Bio-CARe Fellowship, DST WOS-B Fellowship, Best oral Presentation Award (SEEC 2018), BIORESTEC 2018 Best Paper Award, Elsevier Best Paper Award (NHBT 2015), Best Paper Award – Renewable Energy (Elsevier) – 2014, Best Paper Award (ICETB, 2009), and Fellow of the Society for Applied Biotechnology (FSAB). She is an editorial board member of three Journals – Annals of Agricultural and Crop Sciences, Journal of Environmental Sciences and Renewable Resources and EC Microbiology. She is a reviewer of 79 SCI Journals in the field of bioprocess and products. She is a recipient of Outstanding Reviewer Certificate from leading publishers like ACS, RCS, Wiley, Springer and Elsevier. She is a National Honorary Advisory Board Member of Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES, India).

Dr. Syed Farman Ali Shah
Topic: Policy implications for sustainable ethanol production
Dr Syed Farman Ali Shah is the Chairman for Department of Chemical Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Pakistan. His area of interest is mainly on chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering, energy, HSE, HR and social work. He has supervised 50 research projects in total with 29 peer reviewed research journals, 19 peer reviewed conferences, 3 book chapters and 1 book under progress. 

Dr Tsang Yiu Fai
Topic: Removal of Lead from Water Using Biogenic Hydroxyapatite Prepared from Biowaste
Dr Tsang Yiu Fai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Environmental Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Prior to joining EdUHK, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Energy & Environment, Subject Editor of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Associate Editor of Water Science and Technology, and Editorial Board Member of Chemical Engineering Journal and Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.

Dr Michael Sauer
Topic: Biorefinery of Plant Oil Production Derived Carbon Side Streams
Michael Sauer is industrial microbiologist at the Department of Biotechnology. His research is dedicated to microbial chemical production from renewable resources. The philosophy of his team is to combine synthetic biology with natures’ diversity and to develop processes as close as possible to industrial realities. One focus is on the characterization and optimization of natural producers, thus exploiting natural diversity. Strong focus is given on valorization of glycerol to polymer precursors and solvents. A second line of research is dedicated to the development of synthetic tools aiding metabolic engineering approaches with a focus on the spatial organization of metabolic pathways within a given cell. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainon Binti Mat Sharif
Topic:The Development of Goat/Sheep Holding Cage Slaughtering Mechanism (Cage for Animal Slaughter – Ref: MY 18-E0123-0101)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainon Binti Mat Sharif is a full time academic staff and principal researcher at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN @ The National Energy University) Putrajaya Campus, Kajang, Malaysia since January 2016; currently as a Principal Lecturer in College of Graduate Studies. She obtained her Ph.D. at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2008. She joined Malaysian Palm Oil Board in December 1994 as a Researcher and became a Senior Research in March 2003. She has a vase industrial experience for more than 20 years in Oil Palm/Palm Oil Industry.  During 2014-2016, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainon worked as a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at East Coast Environmental Research Institute (ESERI), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.  Her research and publication in area on Sciences and Social Sciences, mainly on Food Chemistry and Technology, Industrial and Environmental Technology, Green Building and Environment, Educational, Social Science and Management Research have produced >10 International/domestic patents, and >100 peer reviewed papers, as invited speaker, member of international scientific committees, chairman and chairperson at several international conferences.

Dr. Kelly Yong Tau Len
Topic: Lignophenol from Oil Palm Biomass as Carbon Fibre Precursor
Dr. Kelly Yong Tau Len is the Deputy Dean (Academic and Technology) at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Chemical & Bioengineering Technology (UniKL MICET). She obtained her Doctorate of Engineering from Hiroshima University, Japan in 2013, specializing in Mechanical Science and Engineering. She is currently the member of Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM) as well as Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Dr Kelly’s areas of specialization include Biomass for Renewable Energy, Supercritical Fluids and Reaction Engineering, Kinetics, and Mechanism. She has a wide range of research publications including various refereed international journals, chapters in academic book (International Publisher), conference proceeding books and translation of academic books. Dr Kelly also actively involves in postgraduate supervision at her institute. She has received various awards and recognition from her local and international contributions.

Dr Veluri V P S Murthy
Topic: Application of Palm Oil for the Enhancement of Process Performance in Biopolymer Production
Dr Veluri V P S Murthy is a Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, at Manipal International University, Nilai, Malaysia. His research interests include Bioprocess Development for Value-added Products from heap raw materials & industrial wastes. He has over 32 years of professional experience in Education, R&D and Industry. His past research was on the development and characterization of various bioreactors such as pulsed column, fluidized bed and membrane bioreactors for various applications. His industrial experience was in DuPont, where he contributed to the stabilization of anoxic fluidized bed bioreactors and to cost reduction in the denitrification of high strength wastewaters from nylon intermediates plants.

Dr. Su Shiung Lam
Topic: Microwave pyrolysis processing of household and agricultural waste into bioenergy and
valued-added char products 
Dr. Su Shiung Lam holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, and is currently a tenured Associate Professor of the School of Ocean Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He is also a Visiting Professor at Henan Agricultural University in China. He leads a Pyrolysis Technology Research Group actively focusing on transforming waste and biomass materials into energy and green chemical products.
He ranks among the top in the field of microwave pyrolysis for the past 10 years with respect to the number of SCI-indexed publication, currently ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in Malaysia. He has published nearly 70 articles in SCI-indexed journals (1 ESI Hot paper, 3 ESI highly cited papers in Web of Sciene), file patent and commercialize inventions from his research team. Lam has collaboration with scientists in universities in countries like UK, Australia, China, Korea, Malaysia (e.g. Cambridge, Monash, Tianjin, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Henan Agricultural, Southampton, University of Seoul, Korea University, and University Technology Petronas), plus partnerships and investments from the industry.


Dr Sang-Hyoun Kim
Topic: Biogas production from food waste using dynamic membrane: Effect of shear velocity
Dr Sang-Hyoun Kim is an Associate Professor at Yonsei University, Korea. His area of expertise includes but not limited to waste treatment and managemnet. He actively involves in scientific publications with 107 SCIE publications and 34 non-SCIE publications to date. Dr Sang-Hyoun Kim also have 15 issued patents under his name. He is awarded with various awards and honours in recognition for his contributions in scientific research. Dr Sang-Hyoun Kim has a vast experience in academic teaching from his current and previous institutions. He is also actively involves in research supervision and advisory. Curently, dr Sang-Hyoun Kim holds the position of Director of Conference Organizing Committee of Korea Organic Resource Recycling Association and Editorial Board of Korean Society of Water and Wastewater.

Dr Rekha S. Singhal
Topic: Immobilization of Acrylamidase from Novel Isolate Cupriavidus Oxalaticus ICTDB921 for Mitigation of Acrylamide from Industrial Waste Water
Dr Rekha Singhal obtained her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in Food Technology from University of Mumbai in 1984, 1986 and 1990, respectively. She began her career as a lecturer in food technology since 1991, and then as reader and professor of food technology. She is currently the Dean of Research, Consultancy and Resource Mobilization after heading the Department of Food Engineering and Technology for 3 years at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Dr Rekha has 26 years of teaching and research experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. Throughout her career, she has successfully supervised 100+ M.Tech and 34 doctoral candidates so far. Her areas of research include carbohydrate chemistry and technology (modified starches, microencapsulation of sensitive food components using conventional and newer wall materials, enzyme-polysaccharide interactions, biofuels from agro-industrial waste and many others), fermentative production and downstream processing of biomolecules, chemistry and technology of traditional Indian foods, food quality assurance, supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of sensitive compounds of significance to food industry. She also works as investigator and co-investigator of projects sponsored by AICTE, DBT and UGC as well as several industrial houses. Dr Rekha is also the editor of Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2009-2012, 2016 – till date. She refereed several peer-reviewed internationally reputed journals. Apart from that, she is also a member of scientific panel of FSSAI on ‘Food Additives’ and ‘Water…’. Dr Rekha received the Young Scientist Award from AFST (I), Mysore for the year 1995 and awarded several prizes for best posters at various national and international conferences. For publications, Dr Rekha is the Author/Co-author of 1 book, 31 book chapters, 2 patents, 32 review papers, and more than 275 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals; widely cited with more than 9000 citations on scopus and 14000+ on google scholar.

Dr Ahmad Safuan Bujang
Topic: Techno-economic Evaluation of Thermal Post-Harvest Bulk Processing of Stingless Bee (Kelulut) Honey