Plenary Speakers of ICPEAM2018
PROF. KANG LI
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Professor Kang Li has been a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London since 2007. Currently, he leads a research group (12 post-docs/PhDs) at Imperial to conduct multidisciplinary research in membrane science, solid oxide fuel cells, wastewater treatment, membrane catalysis, separation processes and reaction engineering. He received Rector’s Award and Research Excellence Award at Imperial in 2007 and MND R&D Award 2013, Singapore. His commitment to working at interdisciplinary boundaries is evidenced by his involvements as an editor in Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, Elsevier (Chemical Engineering), as an editorial board member of Journal of Membrane Science, Elsevier (Membrane Technology) Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Wiley (Chemical Technology) and Polymers, MDPI, Switzerland (Polymer Science) and as a guest editor in Reactive and Functional Polymers, Elsevier (Functional Polymers) and International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier (Energy). He has published extensively in international referred journals (cited over 13310 times) with h-index of 63 (Google Scholar) and has authored a book on Ceramic Membranes for Separation and Reaction (Wiley 2007). Kang Li has been named as one of most cited researchers in Chemical Engineering by Shanghai Jiaotong University (http://www.shanghairanking.com/The-Most-Cited-Researchers-Developed-for-ShanghaiRanking-Global-Ranking-of-Academic-Subjects-2016-by-Elsevier.html).
MR. PAUL ELLIS
Managing Director, Schaefer Kalk (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Mr. Paul Ronald Ellis graduated from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University, United Kingdom in 1975 with B.Sc. (Hons) Chemical Engineering. Currently, he is holding a position of General Manager in both Schaefer Kalk (Malaysia) and Hangzhou (China). He has played leading roles in various companies including Revertex (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Lambson Speciality Chemicals Co. Ltd. (UK), ICI and Magadi Soda Co. (Kenya). He was actively involved in Malaysia’s Government response to the REACH legislation, working party on Transportation of Hazardous goods, Malaysia Northern Region Responsible Care Program Committee, programs with SMI’s and many more. Paul is also a Fellow of Institute Chemical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer, Past Chairman and Director of IChemE (Malaysia), Vice President International of IChemE Council, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturing (FMM) National Environmental Committee, National Executive Committee member of Chemical Industry Council of Malaysia (CICM) and Executive Committee Member of International Lime Association.
MR. PRAKASH KUMAR
SKG 16.4 Discipline Head, GTS PETRONAS
Mr. Prakash Kumar was graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with bachelor degree in Applied Physics. He is currently the Group Technical Authority (G-TA) for PETRONAS Advanced Process Control (APC), Custodian Engineer of APC, PETRONAS Skill Group 16.4 Discipline Head, PETRONAS APC and Process Simulation & Optimisation (PSO) groups, Leadership Team (LT) for PETRONAS Chemical Engineering fraternity, Advisor (former head) for APC Community-of-Practice (APC CoP) and Digital Lead for Group Technical Solutions (GTS). His career objective is to deliver dynamically stable and optimised plant processes through the development of innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions in the field of Advanced Process Control, and providing enabling and technical solutions for digital transformation, while enhancing personal capability to develop and sustain these solutions autonomously. Mr. Prakash is also a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA), Associate Member of Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK) and member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
PROF. KLAUS HELLGARDT
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Klaus Hellgardt (KH) is a Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He is the current Director of Undergraduate Studies. KH’s research focuses on advanced reaction engineering and applied catalysis, with specific emphasis on solar (bio)fuels, smart petrofuels engineering, kinetics, (electro-) chemical and bioreactor modeling, design and application. He is the head of the REaCT group (Reaction Engineering and Catalytic Technology). To date, his cumulative grant support exceeds £20M. He has published over 100 papers (H-Index 28), a similar number of conference proceedings, six book chapters and eight patents.
In 2003 KH was awarded the international title of EurIng by the Federation of European Engineers (FEANI). In 2008 he was awarded an Excellence for Teaching award by Imperial College London. The same year he also secured the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering/Exxon Mobil Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 2006 to 2013 KH served as the Secretary of the IChemE’s Catalysis subject group and is currently a senior academic member of the AIChE (since 2007). KH is also a member of the German VDI and the Marie Curie Fellowship Association since 1996.
In 2008 KH established a successful MSC/PhD exchange programme between Imperial College London and the University of Tokyo, which is still flourishing today.
Whilst at Loughborough University and later at Imperial College KH developed an integrated Final Year Design programme for MEng student, which is still regarded today as the leading exemplar in the discipline.
KH serves as External Examiner of UG programmes at a number of national (Queen’s University, Lancaster University) and international (Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu) universities.
He frequently acts as international advisor to foreign research councils, most recently in support of the allocation of CAN$1B to Canadian Universities. KH is also frequently called upon as external assessor for professorial appointments.