Damien P. Debecker is Associate Professor at the UCLouvain (Belgium), teaching physical chemistry, process engineering, principles of biorefining, and industrial waste treatment. His research group aims at developing new heterogeneous catalysts and biocatalysts, paving the way to the design of more sustainable chemical processes. At the interface between green chemistry, materials chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering, his expertise lies in the preparation of innovative solid (bio)catalysts and in their evaluation in relevant reaction conditions. Catalyst preparation methods include the aerosol-assisted sol-gel, emulsion-templating, non-hydrolytic sol-gel, colloidal methods, enzyme immobilization. Targeted applications cover biomass upgrading, volatile organic compounds total oxidation, biocatalyzed organic synthesis, CO2 methanation, olefin metathesis, etc.
Dr. Sasanka Deka is an Assistant Professor and joined the Department in June, 2010. He received his M.Sc. in Chemistry from Gauhati University, Guwahati in 2001 and Ph.D. degree from National Chemical Laboratory (NCL-Pune) in 2007. He has been awarded the TMS Foundation 2008 SHRI RAM ARORA AWARD, by the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Warrendale, USA for his contribution and leadership in materials science. He then moved to National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL), CNR-INFM, Lecce, Italy and Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy for postdoctoral research in the nanochemistry research group of Dr. Liberato Manna. Dr. Deka has published more than 50 research papers in different international peer-reviewed journals and meetings, and also wrote 2 books and 1 book chapter published by international publisher. He has been awarded with DAE-BRNS Young scientist research award. His current research interest deals with synthetic nanochemistry, multifunctional hybrid nanocrystals, novel nanomaterials for energy conversion and energy storage applications.
Dr. Junkuo Gao is professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China. He obtained his PhD in Zhejiang University, China in 2010. Then, he worked at Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as a postdoctor. In 2013, he joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University as Distinguished professor of Zhejiang Province, director of Institute of New Energy Fiber Materials. His research interest is metal-organic frameworks based nanomaterials for clean energy and green chemistry applications. He has published more than 110 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as J. Am. Chem. Soc., Small, Coord. Chem. Rev., J. Mater. Chem. A etc. with more than 5300 citations and a H-index of 40.
Prof. Alfonso Grassi graduated in Chemistry cum laude at the University “Federico II” of Naples (Italy); he moved later on to the University of Salerno (Italy) where he was appointed Assistant Professor (1983), Associate Professor (1991) and Full Professor (2002) in Inorganic Chemistry. The scientific interests have initially been in olefin polymerization catalyzed by group 4 metal complexes. Particular attention was devoted to the investigation of syndiospecific polymerization of styrene promoted by half-titanocene catalysts and stereospecific copolymerization of styrene with conjugated dienes. Structural characterization of crystalline polymers and organometallics was carried out using solution and solid state NMR techniques to design new metal catalysts and functional polymeric materials. To date the research group of Prof. Grassi is mainly interested in sustainable catalysis by metal nanoparticles and transition metal catalyzed copolymerization of CO2 and epoxides. Moreover controlled radical copolymerization of biosourced olefins and hydrocarbon monomers is currently under investigation to design new functional polymeric materials. The research activity was carried out in collaboration with international research teams and received financial support from public and private institutions. Prof. Grassi served in Salerno as Director of the Department of Chemistry (2002-2008) and deputy director of the Department of Chemistry and Biology (2015-…)
Dr Jennings obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Bath, United Kingdom in 2009. From 2009 to 2014 he worked as Research Fellow and then Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore. In mid-2014 he was appointed as Lecturer in Applied Physics at Universiti Brunei Darussalam and has since been promoted to Assistant Professor and Interim Programme Leader at the same institution. His research to date has included characterization and modelling of mesoscopic solar cells (especially dye-sensitized solar cells), solar water splitting cells and water oxidation electrocatalysts, redox flow Li-ion batteries, and novel electrochromic devices.
Dr. Jovan Nedeljković got his bachelor degree at the Faculty of the physical chemistry of the Belgrade University in 1984, and since then he has been employed in the Institute of nuclear sciences Vinča in Belgrade. Dr. Nedeljković obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1991 at the Clarkson University, Potsdam, USA. After that Dr. Nedeljković returned to the Institute of nuclear sciences Vinča, and in 1999 he was appointed as researcher professor. Dr. Nedeljković is the principal investigator in the field of nanomaterials. He has extensive international collaboration, and he worked in Argonne National Laboratories, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Under his supervision, 12 Ph.D. students graduated. Dr. Jovan Nedeljković published more than 170 scientific papers. Papers published by Dr. Nedeljković have been cited more than 6000 times, and his h-index is 40. Dr. Nedeljković is a referee for many journals. Dr. Nedeljković main research interest includes the development of colloidal methods for synthesis of nanoparticles of different type of materials. His research goal is to obtain nanoparticles with high uniformity and controllable shape (spheres, rods, wires, tubes), as well as to understand the size- and shape-dependent properties of materials at nano-scale. Also, the research interest of Dr. Nedeljković is a synthesis of nanocomposite materials using nanoparticles as building blocks (polymer-based nanocomposites, functionalized textile fibers, thin films, etc.).
Alexander M. Puziy is Head of Department of Carbon Adsorbents for Medicine and Protection of Environment at Institute for Sorption and Problems of Endoecology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research interests include development of new advanced carbon adsorbents and catalysts with enhanced performance for medical and environmental use as well as for energy storage. Alexander M. Puziy is expert in synthesis of highly porous carbon adsorbents using polymer and natural (coal, agricultural by-products) precursors, developing porosity in desired pore size range, functionalization of carbon adsorbents as well as characterization of texture, porous structure and surface chemistry.
Sreeprasad Sreenivasan is an Asst. Professor in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at El Paso. After completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Kansas State University and Rice University. Before joining UTEP, Dr. Sreenivasan was a faculty member at Clemson University (Research Scientist) and University of Toledo (Research Asst. Professor). His research interest is in two-dimensional quantum materials. In addition to probing the fundamental properties, his lab also applies quantum structures with engineered properties for electronics, energy, sensing, and biomedical applications.
Professor in Inorganic Chemistry and Principal Investigator of Nanomaterials and Catalysis Research Group
Jian Zheng (郑剑) obtained his Ph.D in inorganic chemistry at Technical University of Munich (Germany) in 2014. He was a research scientist at Southwest University of Science and Technology (China) from 2015 to 2016. He worked as a postoc (2016-2019) and staff scientist (2019-2020) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA). Currently, he is a professor at Sichuan University in China. Research interests: Heterogeneous catalysis; In situ spectroscopic techniques; porous materials.