Plenary speakers

Professor John Kilner, Imperial college London
Prof. Kilner is Professor of Energy materials. He has been involved in research into ionic and mixed conducting ceramics for 30 years and has published over 350 papers in this and related fields of materials science.  He is currently  European Editor for the Journal Solid State Ionics. He is the holder of a number of patents relating to fuel cells and gas separation devices and the co-founder of a successful spinout company CeresPower Ltd. Prof.
Kilner is primarily interested in studying the exchange and diffusion of oxygen in oxide ceramic materials for applications in devices such as fuel cells, oxygen separators and sensors, and has been instrumental in the development of isotopic exchange-SIMS techniques to study these phenomena. Much of his work is now centred upon the development of the Intermediate Temperature Fuel Cell, Solid Oxide Electrolysers and Lithium batteries. He is now working on an  improved understanding of surface and interfacial phenomena, which is crucial for further development of these devices. In 2012 John was awarded the IOM3 Platinum medal for his outstanding services to the discipline.


Professor David Cole Hamilton, University of St Andrews 

David Cole-Hamilton’s work in homogeneous catalysis includes the development of new reactions, providing early examples of the production of alcohols from rhodium catalysed hydroformylation, the thermal production of hydrogen from alcohols, isomerising methoxycarbonylation of unsaturated compounds and amide hydrogenation to amines. He has recently developed a range of processes starting from waste bio-oils. He also pioneered several processes for homogeneous catalyst / product separation using water, supercritical fluids, ionic liquids and supported catalysts. In many cases he has transferred these separation techniques to continuous flow processes.



Professor  Zeger Hens, Ghent University

Prof. dr. ir. Zeger Hens is full professor at Ghent University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Ghent University, Belgium in 2000. After a postdoctoral stay at Utrecht University, he was appointed as a professor at Ghent University and started the research group Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures on colloidal nanocrystals in 2003. The main focus of his research today are the synthesis, processing and characterization of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals or quantum dots for applications in opto‐electronics.






Dr. Eng. Shigeru Takahashi

Dr. Shigeru Takahashi has worked at Japan Cement Association (JCA) from 1978.  One of main activities of JCA is developing the drafts of Japan Industrial Standard.  He has engaged in work related to standardization.  Further he has researched on the hydration of cement and the properties of hardened cement paste or concrete.  He belonged to the department of “Production & Environment” between 2011 and 2014.  The investigation of the use of wastes in cement industry of Japan was one of works related to environment.