Keynote speakers

José Luís FIGUEIREDO, Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering
University of Porto, Portugal

José Luís Figueiredo (PhD, Imperial College, London, UK, 1975) is Professor Emeritus at the Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, and Director of the Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM), Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM. Most of his research has been focused in the areas of Carbon Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals CARBON and Fuel Processing Technology (Elsevier), and Periodica Polytechnica – Chemical Engineering (Budapest University of Technology and Economics). He is also a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon.

Tentative title of the lecture: Carbon gels with tuned properties for catalysis and energy applications

Kazuyuki KURODA, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Kazuyuki Kuroda received his doctorate degree in Applied Chemistry from Waseda University in 1979. He has been a full professor since 1989 at the same university. His carrier includes president of Japanese Sol-Gel Society and vice-president of the Chemical Society of Japan. He has received several awards including the Academic Award of the Ceramic Society of Japan, The Chemical Society of Japan Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award of International Mesostructured Materials Association. His current research interests include inorganic materials chemistry focusing on mesoscale materials, intercalation chemistry, sol-gel chemistry, inorganic-organic hybrids, self-organized materials, silicate chemistry, and inorganic polymers.

Tentative title of the lecture: Critical role of sol-gel chemistry for preparation of porous and hierarchically structured materials

Sidney J. L. RIBEIRO, Institute of Chemistry, São Paulo State University-UNESP, Araraquara-SP, Brazil

Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. On-going research projects deal with natural polymers (bacterial cellulose, silk fibroin), organic-inorganic hybrids, waveguides (optical fibers and thin films), porous materials and luminescent markers for biomedicine.
Member of the International board of the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology and Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.

Tentative title of the lecture: Biopolymers based organic-inorganic hybrids for energy and environmental applications

Dongyuan ZHAO, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China

Dongyuan Zhao received B.S. (1984), M.S. (1987) and PhD (1990) from Jilin University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Weizmann Institute of Science (1993–94), University of California at Santa Barbara (1996–98). Now he is a Professor (Cheung Kong and HaoQing Professorship) in the Department of Chemistry at Fudan University. He was a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Science (TWAS), President of International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA). He is now senior Editor of ACS Central Science. He was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Chemistry. He published more than 550 peer-review papers and is listed as one of highly cited researchers in ISI both in Chemistry and Materials. His research interests mainly include designed synthesis, assembly, structure and application of ordered mesoporous materials.

Tentative title of the lecture: Interfacial sol-gel assembly of functional mesoporous materials.