Joseph D. Smith
Director, Energy Research and Development Center
Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
His current research interests focus on developing Hybrid Energy Systems which combine legacy energy (coal, gas, nuclear) with renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal). He also conducts research on developing commercial scale processes to recover unconventional hydrocarbons including oil sands/oil shale. Dr. Smith was part of the design team to develop the Dow Chemical Coal Gasification technology (now ConocoPhillips E-GAS) and has founded and led two startup companies to provide engineering services to the petrochemical and fossil power industries.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Read Interview session with Junwang Tang
University College London, UK
Dr Tang received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2001 from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics. Between 2002-2005, he had been Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow & NIMS researcher working on solar energy conversion in NIMS, Japan. After that, he moved to the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College as a senior research associate. In 2009, Dr Tang joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, UCL as a Lecturer in Energy. He has been recognized by an Outstanding President’s Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2001), JSPS Fellowship (2003) and Young Scientist Award by the International Association of Catalysis Societies (2008).He is the Guest Editor-in-Chief of a special issue of International Journal of Photoenergy, 2012 and sits on the editorial board of several international journals. He is an Honorary Lecturer in Chemistry at Imperial College London and visiting professor in Chinese Academy of Sciences and so on. Up to now, he has published more than 60 papers with a total citation of ~2400.
His Research Interest are Nanostructured crystals and films synthesis, in particular by microwave promoted flow chemistry; Solar H2 synthesis; CO2 capture and conversion to a renewable fuel (Artificial Photosynthesis); Inorganic/polymer hybrid solar cell; Photocatalytic contaminant decomposition;Biomaterials; Microwave catalysis.
Professor, Department of Chemical engineering, The Petroleum Institute
Professor Fawzi Banat obtained his BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Jordan in 1988 and 1991, respectively. In 1995, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering working in the area of membrane distillation applied to desalination and removal volatile organic compounds from water. He then moved on to teaching and research at different universities. In 2003 he was promoted to Professor at the Jordan University and Science and Technology (JUST). Currently, he works as a professor of chemical engineering at The Petroleum Institute. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications in refereed journals, among them 3 book chapters. In addition, he has served as the Dean of research at JUST University in Jordan and as the Dean of graduate studies and acting Dean of Natural Resources Engineering at the German-Jordanian University. Prof. Banat’s research contributions have been recognized by a number of prestigious awards for young investigators, namely, Shoman’sAward for Young Arab Researchers, Hijjawi’s Awards for Applied research, and the award of exceptional researcher from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan. In recognition of his international research reputation, Prof. Banat was listed among the leading scientists in the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).
Prof. Banat’s research interests focus on fundamentals of multicomponent mass transfer, membrane separations applied to desalination and wastewater treatment, renewable energy and gas treatment.