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Ryu Abe
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Kyoto University
Japan

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Michael Bowker
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Cardiff Catalysis Institute and Research Complex at Harwell
United Kingdom

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Vlasta Brezová
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Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava
Slovakia

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Joaquim Luis Faria
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University of Porto
Portugal

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Thomas Willum Hansen
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Technical University Of Denmark, Lyngby
Denmark

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Gianluca Li Puma
Plenary

Loughborough University
United Kingdom

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Marta I. Litter
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Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica
Argentina

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Gilles Mailhot
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Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand
France

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Daniel G. Nocera
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Harvard University
USA

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Leonardo Palmisano
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University of Palermo
Italy

Ryu Abe

Plenary

Ryu Abe

Kyoto University

Japan

Ryu Abe is Professor at the Kyoto University within the Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry of the Graduate School of Engineering. He received his PhD degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow and further as a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan. He was appointed in 2005 as Associate Professor at the Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan, before joining the Kyoto University as Professor. During his academic career, he received The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists in 2008.
His research is mainly focused on the development of visible light responsive photocatalysts for hydrogen production by water splitting, environmental purification, and selective reactions in fine chemical organic synthesis.

Mike Bowker

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Michael Bowker

Cardiff Catalysis Institute and Research Complex at Harwell

United Kingdom

Mike Bowker has worked in both industry (ICI) and academia (Stanford, Liverpool, Reading, Cardiff). He was a founder member of the Leverhulme Centre at Liverpool University, and of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) where he is currently Deputy Director and leads the Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science group. He is a senior member of the UK Catalysis Hub network, working both at Cardiff and at Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH).
Professor of surface sciences, he has been involved in research across a spectrum of activities in heterogeneous catalysis, nanoscience and surface imaging/reactivity, ranging from photocatalysis to selective oxidation catalysis, to studies of adsorption and catalysis on well-defined surfaces, to atomic resolution imaging, to nanofabrication. In all of this work the aim has been to understand structure/reactivity relationships and to determine the nature of active sites in catalysis. He is founding editor-in-chief of the journal Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity.

Vlasta Brezova

Keynote

Vlasta Brezová

Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava

Slovakia

Vlasta Brezová is Professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics (Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology) from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Her research and teaching expertise lies in the application of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy to study the processes coupled with the generation of paramagnetic species in the photochemical, chemical and biological systems. The investigations oriented on the photoinduced processes of the new photocatalysts represent a considerable part of her current research. She has a rich publications activity, wide international cooperation and her work was successfully presented at international scientific forums.

Joaquim Faria

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Joaquim Luís Faria

University of Porto

Portugal

Joaquim Luís Faria is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). He received his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and then worked at the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, before being appointed in 1994 at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials at the University of Porto where he is headed research activities on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis.
His work focuses on catalysis and catalyzed reactions, with thermal and photo activation, for environmental applications, energy and fine chemical synthesis. In recent years, he received from FEUP recognition for his contribute to scientific research. He co-authored about 100 scientific papers and book chapters, and acts as guest editor of Special Issues of periodicals.

Thomas Hansen

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Thomas Willum Hansen

Technical University Of Denmark, Lyngby

Denmark

Thomas W. Hansen is Senior scientist at the Center for Electron Nanoscopy at the Technical University of Denmark. He received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Denmark and the University of New Mexico in collaboration with Haldor Topsøe A/S, and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, before joining the Center for Electron Nanoscopy in Lyngby.
His main research field revolves around nanoparticles and heterogeneous (photo) (electro) catalysis, with emphasis on dynamic phenomena, interfaces and surfaces. The main tools are in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy for spatial characterization along with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy for chemical characterization.
He co-authored about a hundred of scientific papers, patents and invited talks, as well as book chapters dealing with Controlled Atmosphere Transmission Electron Microscopy.

Gianluca Li Puma

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Gianluca Li Puma

Loughborough University

United Kingdom

Gianluca Li Puma is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Loughborough University and leads 'Environmental Nanocatalysis and Photoreaction Engineering' research in the fields of photocatalysis, environmental nanocatalysis, advanced oxidation processes, environmental applications, solar energy conversion and solar engineering. Current research is focusing on process intensification for the removal of contaminants of emerging concern and water reuse using microfluidics technology and oscillatory flow technology.
He is Editor of 'Journal of Hazardous Materials' (Elsevier). He has participated as committee member or as program chair in the organization of over 50 international conferences in catalysis, engineering and environmental science, including at ACS National Meetigs and Expositions, SPEA-8 2014, EAAOP-4 2015 and IWA AGRO 2014. He is member of the International Advisory Board of the Water Research Centres in Cyprus (NIREAS), the EPSRC Solar-Fuel Network (UK) and UK Management Committee Member of EU COST Action ES1403UK on New and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Wastewater Reuse (NEREUS).

Marta Litter

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Marta I. Litter

Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica

Argentina

Marta Litter is headed the Chemistry Department of the Remediation Technologies Division of the National Commission of Atomic Energy in Argentina. She is Senior Researcher at the National Reasearch Council (CONICET) and Full Professor at the General San Martí National University. She has been coordinated many projects on water treatment, mainly in the field of advanced oxidation processes and has published more than 200 scientific works.
She was awarded twice with the Mercosur Prize in Science and Technology, in 2006 for her investigations on water potabilization by low-cost technologies in isolated rural zones, and in 2011 for the develoopment of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach for reducing the arsenic problem, resepctively. In 2014, she chaired the Organizing Committee of the 5th. International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As2014) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the frame of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America.

Gilles Mailhot

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Gilles Mailhot

Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand

France

Gilles Mailhot is first class CNRS Research Director at the Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF), a joined research unit from CNRS and Blaise Pascal University. His main research interests are iron chemistry and photochemistry in water applied to environmental chemistry, atmospheric chemistry and Advanced Oxidation Processes. He co-authored more than 130 original papers in international journals and gave over 120 oral talks. He spent one year as associated researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) and three months as invited researcher and professor at Fudan University, Shanghai (China).
Very recently, he was awarded with the price of International Scientific and Technological collaboration by Shanghai government. Since 2012, he is headed the Federation of Research in Environment labelled by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, CNRS and INRA. This Federation brings together more than 450 people belonging to 15 research laboratories with a very large multidisciplinary research.

Daniel G. Nocera

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Daniel G. Nocera

Harvard University

USA

Daniel G. Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, after being the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT. He is widely recognized in the world as a leading researcher in renewable energy. His group has pioneered studies of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry with a particular focus on multielectron transformations and the coupling of protons to electron transfer (proton-coupled electron transfer).
A recent focus has been to exploit this mechanistic knowledge for the generation of solar fuels. He has recently accomplished a solar fuels process that captures many of the elements of photosynthesis and he has now translated this science to produce the artificial leaf. This discovery sets the stage for a storage mechanism for the distributed, deployment of solar energy.
His contributions to the development of renewable energy have been recognized by a number of awards, some of which include the Eni Prize, IAPS Award, Burghausen Prize, Elizabeth Wood Award and the United Nation’s Science and Technology Award and from the ACS the Inorganic Chemistry, Harrison Howe and Remsen Awards. In 2008, he founded Sun Catalytix, a company committed to bringing personalized energy to the non–legacy world.

Leonardo Palmisano

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Leonardo Palmisano

University of Palermo

Italy

Leonardo Palmisano is Professor of Chemistry at University of Palermo where he is headed the 'Schiavello-Grillone' Photocatalysis Group. Member of Italian Chemical Society, American Chemical Society and fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), his scientific activity has been mainly focussed on heterogeneous photocatalysis for environmental applications, although he also played activities in the field of Chemistry of coordination compounds and electrochemistry.
He has been the co-ordinator of many national and international research projects, producing many joint papers in international journals and books (ca. 300) and many papers and abstracts in proceedings of national and international conferences (ca. 400). He has been Chairman, co-chairman or member of the International Scientific Committee of many international conferences, and he chaired the SPEA 5 meeting held in Palermo in 2008. Moreover he acts as member of the advisory board of many international journals.