29th GCCCD® Annual Conference -17th Parallel Forum of 2017 CIESC Annual Meeting “Sino-German New Materials Forum” Biographies of invited speakers

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Walter Kaminsky was born 1941 in Hamburg and studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg (1962-1968). From 1979 until 2006 he was Full Professor for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Hamburg, is now retired and consults in the field of Metallocene/MAO catalysis and Recycling of Plastics and Scrap Tires by Pyrolysis. His past experience includes the finding of a high active, soluble metallocene catalyst system for the polymerisation of olefins and the development of a technical pyrolysis plant for getting valuable fractions from hydrocarbon containing waste. Other research and lectures are in the fields of chemical engineering, energy production, recycling, land filling and macromolecular chemistry.

He was President of the German Chemical Society GDCH, Hamburg section, Dean of the Chemical Faculty of Hamburg University, Director of the Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, and is a member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, DECHEMA, Naturforscher und Ärzte, Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, and American Chemical Society. He has published more than 400 papers/books and holds 30 patents.

 He has received many awards and honors including the European Research Prize, the Heinz Beckurts Prize, the Carothers Award (USA), the Walter Ahlström Prize of the Finnish Academies of Technology, the Benjamin Franklin Medal (USA), the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers (USA), and the Hermann-Staudinger prize and is Honour Doctor of the Aalto University, Finland and Honour Professor of the East China and Zhejiang Universities.

Prof. Dr. Berend Eling studied chemistry at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he obtained his PhD in polymer chemistry in 1984. In the same year, he started in polyurethanes research in which he stayed active during his entire industrial career, first at ICI-Polyurethanes in Kortenberg, Belgium, and since 2002 at BASF-Polyurethanes GmbH in Lemförde, Germany, where at present he holds the position of principle scientist. In 2010 he became active as a lecturer and visiting scientist at the institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry of the University of Hamburg and was rewarded an honorary professorship in 2016.

Prof. Dr. An-Ping Zeng is the Director of Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering in China. He went to Germany in 1986 and received his doctoral degree in Biochemical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1990. Between 1990 and 2006 he worked as project/group leader at the former German Research Center for Biotechnology (GBF, now HZI) in Braunschweig and at the CSIRO of Australia (1992-1993), with a visiting stay at the University of Minnesota, USA (1995-1996) in between. He did his habilitation in 2000 and became Professor in 2004 at TU Braunschweig. Since 2006 he is a Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). He was Vice Dean and Dean of the TUHH School of Chemical Engineering from 2009 to 2012.

 Prof. Zeng’s main research interests are (1) New bioproduction systems including electro-biotechnology for chemicals, fuels and pharmaceuticals using microbial and mammalian cells; (2) Systems metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, especially the design and optimization of novel proteins and metabolic pathways. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers with citations more than 10000 (H-index 56). He is the Editor-In-Chief of “Engineering in Life Sciences” (Wiley), Associated Editor of “Bioresources and Bioprocessing”, and editorial member of other 4 renowned scientific journals.

 He is in Panels or Advisory Board of several research organizations or programs, i.e. for the working groups “Bioprocess Engineering” and “Systems and Synthetic Biology” of the German Society of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA). He is the Chairman of the DECHEMA temporary working group “New Bioproduction Systems”. Dr. Zeng received the award of “Excellent Young Oversee Chinese Scholar” in 2000 and was elected to the College of Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2008.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller is full professor of Main Group Chemistry at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg currently. He graduated from Chemistry in Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen with a doctoral degree in 1993. After that he joined the Technion Israel of Technology Haifa (Israel) and Humboldt Universität Berlin (FRG) as a postdoctoral fellow in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He did his habilitation at the Humboldt Universität Berlin and Goethe Universität Frankfurt in 1996 and obtained his tenure and venia legendi at Goethe University of Frankfurt in 2003. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a deputy professor of Main Group Organic Chemistry at the University of Rostock, and in 2006 he reached full professor position of Main Group Chemistry at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.

 Research interests of Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller spread over Element Organic Chemistry, Group 14 Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, NMR Spectroscopy, Bond Activation, Catalysis, and Unusual Compounds.

Prof. Dr. Philipp Vana is currently the dean of Faculty of Chemistry at Georg-August- University of Göttingen. He graduated from Institute of Physical Chemistry in University of Vienna with a doctoral degree in 1999, and continued research there. In 2001 he moved Sydney, Australia, working as a research fellow at Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design in University of New South Wales. In 2003 he joined Institute of Physical Chemistry in Georg-August-University of Göttingen, and in 2010 he reached a full professor (W3) for Macromolecular Chemistry.

 The research activities of the Prof. Vana’s group target the design of complex macromolecular architectures and polymeric surfaces, the correlation of polymer topology and microstructure with macroscopic material properties, and the fundamental physicochemical understanding of the polymerization reactions. They conduct fundamental studies into the mechanism and kinetics of RAFT polymerization, and probe the process at various reaction conditions of technical interest in order to pave the way for industrial applications.

Prof. Dr. Yong Lei is a Chair Professor at the Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany. He obtained his PhD at Institute of Solid State Physics in Chinese Academy of Sciences of China in 2001. After that he joined SMA (Singapore-MIT Alliance) in National University of Singapore as a research fellow. From 2003 to 2006, he worked at as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and Research Scientist at Institute of Nanotechnology in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Then he joined Institute of Materials Physics and Center for Nanotechnology in University of Muenster as a Group Leader and a Junior Professor in 2006 and 2009 respectively. Since 2011, he is the head of the Three-Dimensional Nanostructuring group at Institute of Physics in Ilmenau University of Technology.

 Prof. Lei’s current research focuses on template-based nanostructuring, energy-related devices (sodium-ion battery, supercapacitors and PEC cells), optoelectronic applications of functional nanostructures, and surface nano-patterns. He has authored about 140 papers in SCI-indexed journals and 2 patents. Prof. Lei received a few prestigious prizes and large projects in Europe and in Germany, including Starting Grant and Proof of Concept Grant from ERC (European Research Council), BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany) and DFG (German Research Foundation).

Dr. Jiaxi Cui is a Junior Group Leader of “Switchable Microfluidics” in – Leibniz Institute for New Materials. Dr. Cui obtained his Ph. D. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Peking University in 2008. He continued his research in several institutes, including Peking University, Max-Plank Institute and Harvard University before he joined Leibniz Institute for New Materials in 2015.

 Dr Cui’s research focuses on three aspects: (1) Dynamic polymer networks: develop reversible crosslinking mechanisms to prepare re-mendable and mechanical robust elastomers/hydrogels. By further integrating initiating systems that allow for living polymerizations into the chemical structure of these materials, I create polymers with the ability to "grow", like nature materials. (2) Programmable soft (micro) actuators: apply novel printing technologies to fabricate complex soft micro-actuating systems with stimuli-responsive polymers. These actuating systems can undergo programmable deformations and be used for the manipulation of tiny substances such as liquid droplets, cells etc. (3) Switchable surfaces: modify surfaces with polymer brushes, gel thin films, or polymer layer with hierarchical textures. These coatings enable the surfaces to alternate both their geometries and properties. These functional surfaces are relevant for anti-fouling, self-functionalization, adhesion, or anti-wearing coatings.

 He is an organization committee member for 2018 MRS Spring Symposium “Smart Hydrogels and Living Materials” in Phoenix, USA.

Prof. Dr. Li Zhang is the Professor in School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai, China). She obtained her PhD from Tianjin University in 2004. Her research interests cover a range of engineering topics including structured catalyst and microreactors, heat transfer enhancement technique and their application in future distributed energy generation systems. She achieved several outstanding theoretical and practical accomplishments, such as 5 Provincial or Ministerial Prizes on Science and Technical Progress.

Prof. Hong XU obtained his Ph.D. degree of Chemical Process Equipment and System from the East China University of Science and Technology in July 1985. He has been working in ECUST since then and is a professor of National Key Lab of Chemical Engineering. His research areas include the heat transfer enhancement and energy conservation, hydrogen energy, surface engineering and energy materials. Now, Prof.Xu is the director of Engineering Research Center for Chemical Process Equipment and Energy Saving of Chinese Ministry of Education. Also, he is the director of the Join Lab of ECUST-SINOPEC Dalian(Fushun) Research Institute.