Plenary Lectures

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Plenary Lectures 2022-05-18T16:12:22+00:00

The following distinguished Speakers have accepted our invitation to give a Plenary Lecture at the Conference:

PARTICLE SUSPENSIONS IN SOLAR HEAT CAPTURE AND STORAGE

Jan Baeyens
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
University of Leuven, Belgium

Jan Baeyens (° 1946)  studied Nuclear Engineering (BSc, Brussels) and Chemical Engineering (MEng, Leuven). He obtained his Ph.D. in 1974 further to research in the team of Prof. Derek Geldart at the Postgraduate School of Powder Technology (Bradford-U.K.). After his military service and  13 years of employment (1975- 1988) in engineering divisions of various Belgian companies, he became a part-time professor at the University of Leuven (B) and worked as a process and project consultant in Europe and overseas.
He joined the University of Antwerpen (B) in 2003 as a full-time professor, responsible for teaching and research in the fields of environmental, powder en process technology.
Between 2005 and 2011, he was Chairholder of the Royal Academy of Engineering (Chair of Integrated Process Development) at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and at the University of Warwick (U.K.), where he lectured on process design, sustainable development and renewable energy. He moreover co-ordinated research in the above fields. Since October 2010, he became Visiting Professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) and Principal Investigator of the Beijing Advanced Innovation Centre for Soft Matter Science and Engineering (also BUCT), where he is actively involved in the life science/technology and renewable energy research. He continues to co-supervise PhD and Masters’ research at the University of Leuven and at BUCT. He has contributed to over 240 publications in international journals, is author/editor of 14 books and a regular speaker at international congresses.

POTENTIAL AND LIMITATIONS OF CFD AND DEM SIMULATION IN THE DESIGN OF ORALLY INHALED DRUG PRODUCTS 

Andrea Benassi
Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A, Italy

Andrea Benassi, PhD, is a New Technology & Innovation Scientist at Chiesi. He got his PhD in physics in 2009, and spent several years as an academic researcher working on mathematical and numerical modelling of surface and interface mechanical properties, mainly based in Italy, Switzerland and Germany. He joined Chiesi in 2015 as a GMP Process and Product Designer. In his current role, Dr Benassi develops and applies different modelling and simulation techniques to the design of inhalation products and related manufacturing processes.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRANULAR MATTER RESEARCH

Heinrich Jaeger
University of Chicago, USA

Heinrich Jaeger is the Sewell Avery Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1987 from the University of Minnesota and has been on the faculty at U Chicago since 1991, directing the Chicago Materials Research Center from 2001 – 2006, and the James Franck Institute from 2007-2010. Jaeger’s current research focuses on self-assembled nanoparticle-based structures, on the rheology of concentrated particle suspensions, and on studies of the flow and jamming properties of dry granular materials.

THE RHEOLOGY OF GRANULAR MATERIALS: FROM FUNDAMENTALS TO APPLICATIONS

Raffaella Ocone
Heriot-Watt University, UK

Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Università di Napoli, Italy and obtained her MA and PhD from Princeton University, USA. She holds the Chair of Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University since 1999 and she is the Guest Professor of Multiphase Multiscale Systems at RUHR Universität, Bochum, Germany. At RUHR Universität she was awarded the first “Caroline Herschel Visiting Professor” in Engineering (July-November 2017) in recognition of her work in ethics in engineering.  In 2007 she was appointed Cavaliere of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by the President of the Italian Republic and in 2019 was named as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector in the list produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times.Raffaella’s main research interests concern with the hydrodynamics and reactive behaviour of complex systems. She has developed rheological and large scale models for multiphase flows that allow for phenomena occurring at the meso-scale (the scale “in between”) to inform large scale processes. Recent studies have resolved long-standing inconsistencies observed in the rheology of powders; results obtained at the lab scale are scaled up to study the hydrodynamics developed in processes such as the conversion of biomass for production of clean energy, recycling of plastics and hydrogen production. Raffaella’s work on the integration of electrical capacitance tomography with mathematical modelling, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, resulted in the characterisation of the hydrodynamics of a 660MW Ultra-Supercritical Fluidised Bed Boiler operated at Langfang in China. Multiphase phenomena that develop in geophysical flows, such as pyroclastic and debris flows, are studied in collaboration with the British Geological Survey applying the state-of-the-art instrument developed in Raffaella’s laboratory. Her industrial collaborations include a secondment in 2014 to the Petroineos Refinery in Grangemouth.

CHARACTERIZATION OF FEEDSTOCK MATERIALS FOR POWDER
BED FUSION ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING 

Jochen Schmidt
Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany

Jochen Schmidt studied chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. After he completed his diploma in 2004, he joined the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Friedrich Schiller University Jena as a research assistant working in the field of colloid and interface sciences. He obtained his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry in 2008. After his PhD, he joined the group of Prof. Wolfgang Peukert at the Institute of Particle Technology (LFG) of Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, where he currently holds a group leader position. His research focus is on the development of processes for production and functionalization of novel feedstock powders for powder bed fusion Additive Manufacturing (AM), the characterization of these AM powder systems and the deduction of process-structure-property relationships along the whole AM process chain.

DEM-BASED METAMODELING – THE BOOSTER FOR DESIGN OF BULK SOLIDS HANDLING EQUIPMENT?

Dingena Schott
Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Dr.ir. Dingena Schott (Delft University of Technology – Dept. of Maritime and Transport Technology) is associate professor at TU Delft on Machine Cargo Interaction for Logistics, and Director of Studies of the MSc Programme Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics. She obtained her PhD in 2004 from Delft University of Technology on the homogenisation of bulk materials in mammoth silos. She is fascinated by the complex behaviour of granular materials and the interaction with equipment operating in a logistic context. In 2007 she started the DEMlab @ TUDelft to characterize, model, calibrate and validate granular materials for enabling simulation supported design for cargo handling equipment on an industrial scale. Since then Dingena has worked on developing calibration frameworks, and modelling particle based systems in various industrial scale design contexts; including terminal designs for particulate materials, as well as an award winning new grab design. She builds on opportunities at the intersection of cargo, machines, logistics, engineering design, system integrations, optimisation and AI/ML, and works with her research group on national and EU funded projects to develop more efficient, cleaner and more automated cargo handling systems.
Her main research interests include: machine-cargo interfaces, simulation supported design, biomass materials and energy transition driven handling and logistics.

FLOW OF BULK MATERIALS INTO SMALL CONFINED SPACES: CHARACTERISATION AND MODELLING. 

Chuan-Yu (Charley) Wu
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Prof. Chuan-Yu (Charley) Wu is a professor of chemical engineering in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey. UK. Prof. Wu has been the coordinator of two European Union (FP7 and H2020) consortia IPROCOM (2013-2016, €3.8m) and MATHEGRAM (2019-2023, €4.2m), which involve the development of computational tools for pharmaceuticals, and granular materials in general. Prof. Wu is an executive editor for Powder Technology, a leading peer reviewed journal on particle systems. He co-authored a monograph on “Particle Technology and Engineering” published by Elsevier in 2016 and edited two books entitled “Discrete Element Modelling of Particulate Media” and “Particulate Materials: Synthesis, Characterisation, Processing and Modelling” published by RSC publishing. He also edited five journal special issues and published over 140 scientific papers. He has given more than 70 invited presentations and seminars at international conferences, industrial companies and universities worldwide. Prof. Wu is a member of the advisory and editorial board for “Particuology”, “Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B (APSB) ” and “Journal of Engineering”.