ICNFM2022 invited experts in catalytic and materials research attend conference and deliver keynote/plenary speech. If you are interested in attending us, please send your CV with your speech title and abstract to us cfp@icnfm.org.

ICNFM2020 Keynote Speakers

Professor Zhen Zhao
China University of Petroleum,China

Professor Zhen Zhao is a Cheung Kong Scholar and Distinguished Professor, group leader of Environmental Catalysis at China University of Petroleum–Beijing. Besides, he has another position in Shenyang Normal University as a specially-appointed professor. He is the dean of College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, the director of Institute of Catalysis for Energy and Environment and the director of Key Platform for the Science and Technology in Liaonng Province’s Universities. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1996, and he also joined the same institute and worked as an assistant professor for 9 months. After AIST postdoctoral study at National Institute for Resources and Environment in 1997 and NEDO fellowship study at Osaka National Research Institute, Japan from 1998 to 1999, he moved to USA and undertook a postdoctoral study at Lehigh University from 2000 to 2002. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher associate at the Research Center of Akzo Nobel Chemical Inc. New York, USA, for 4 months in 2002. He joined China University of Petroleum–Beijing as a full professor at the end of 2002. His research is mainly focused on environmental catalysis, catalytic new materials, petrochemical industry catalysis and solid state surface chemistry. He is the author or co-author of more than 280 peer-reviewed scientific publications with ~ 6000 citations and 30 patents. He has been the Member of the Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Catalysis since 2014, and is an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Rare Earths, Journal of Petroleum Science,Journal of Applied Chemistry, Chinese journal of Industrial Catalysis, Chinese Science Bulletin.

Professor Krishna Murari Pandey
Department of Mechanical Engineering,National Institute of Technology Silchar,India

Dr. K.M. Pandey obtained his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from BHUIT, Varanasi in 1980. Dr. Pandey also did M.Tech in Heat Power from the same Institute in 1987. Prior to Joining REC Silchar Dr. Pandey served in BIT Mesra Ranchi as Associate Lecturer for a period of 3 Years and 6 Months. Dr. Pandey did his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 from IIT Kanpur. He has published and presented more than 425 papers in International & National Journals and Conferences. Dr. Pandey has also served in Colombo Plan Staff College Manila, Philippines in the year 2002 as Faculty Consultant seconded by Govt. of India. Currently he is working as Professor of the Mechanical. Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam, India. He also served the department in the capacity of head from July 07 to 13 July 2010. He has also worked as faculty consultant in Colombo Plan Staff College, Manila, Philippines as seconded faculty from Government of India in the year 2002. His research interest areas are the following; Combustion, High Speed Flows, Technical Education, Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks , Heat Transfer, Internal Combustion Engines, Human Resource Management, Gas Dynamics and Numerical Simulations in CFD area from Commercial Softwares. Dr. Pnadey has got 36 SCI indexed journal papers and in total 80 research articles are indexed in Scopus.

Professor Takashiro Akitsu
Tokyo University of Science,Japan

Takashiro AKITSU, PhD is a full Professor for the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division II at Tokyo University of Science. He completed his under graduate school training (chemistry) from Osaka University, Japan and his graduate school training (physical & inorganic chemistry, especially coordination, crystal and bioinorganic chemistry) from Osaka University (Ph.D. 2000). After Keio University and Stanford university, He moved to the current affiliation since 2008. Dr. Akitsu has published up to about 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has had posters presented at international level. He has been a peer reviewer of many journals and acted an organizing committee of several international conferences.

Prof. Günther Rupprechter
Technical University Vienna (Austria)

Günther Rupprechter received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). After being a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (with Gabor A. Somorjai), he became group leader for Laser Spectroscopy and Catalysis at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (Germany) from 1999 to 2005 (with Hajo Freund). In 2005 he accepted a Full Professorship in Surface and Interface Chemistry at Technische Universität Wien (Austria). His research emphasis is on heterogeneous catalysis, particularly in situ (operando) spectroscopy/microscopy on model and technological catalysts, applied to studies of the mechanisms and kinetics of processes relevant for energy and environment: hydrogen as clean fuel, methane reforming, CO2 hydrogenation and more efficient automotive pollution abatement. In 2005 he received the Jochen Block Award of the German Catalysis Society for “the application of surface science methods to heterogeneous catalysis” and became corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2012. He is Editorial Board Member of “Catalysis Letters” and “Topics in Catalysis”, and Vice-Chair of the Austrian Catalysis Society. From 2011 to 2019 he was Speaker of the Collaborative Research Center “Functional Oxide Surfaces and Interfaces (FOXSI)” of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), including more than 50 scientists. Since 2018 he is “Renowned Overseas Professor” of Shanghai University of Engineering Science.

Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar
National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar has a permanent position as a researcher at the National Institute of Chemistry (head), and is also affiliated with the Pulp and Paper Institute. He graduated in Chemical Engineering, then obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering as well. He is an expert in chemical reaction, reactor and process engineering, as well as multi-scale modelling simulations. He is experienced in unit operation design, construction and optimization, as well as ab initio modelling. Previously, he worked for one year at the University of Leoben, as well as six months at the University of Delaware (Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation). He is the author of >180 documents (peer-reviewed) (h-index: 25; Scopus). He has been involved in 14 H2020 projects.

Profesor Ir. Dr. Mohd Sapuan b. Salit
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Prof. S.M. Sapuan is a professor is currently Head of Advanced Engineering Materials and Composites Research Centre at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). His research interests include natural fiber composites, materials selection, biobased packaging and concurrent engineering. To date he has authored or co-authored more than 1300 publications in international journals (over 700 papers), books (17), edited books (15), chapters in books (110) and conference proceedings/seminars (over 600 papers). S.M. Sapuan received Rotary Research Gold Medal Award, Alumni Award, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 5 Star Role Model Supervisor, UPM and Khwarizmi International Award (KIA). S.M. Sapuan was recognized as the first Malaysian to be conferred Fellowship by the US-based Society of Automotive Engineers International (FSAE). He earned his B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Newcastle, Australia in 1990, MSc from Loughborough University, UK in 1994 and Ph.D from De Montfort University, UK in 1998.


Professor Katsuyuki Kida
University of Toyama, Japan

Professor Katsuyuki Kida was born in 1968 in Osaka, where he studied mechanical engineering at Osaka University from 1988. Apart from course work, he studied rolling contact fatigue (RCF) occurring in TiC and TiN coated steels using both X-ray diffraction and scanning acoustic microscopy. After graduation he pursued his academic career and obtained a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics in 2000, investigating RCF problems of all-Si3N4 bearings. By observing cracking and flaking failure under RCF, he succeeded in explaining the material`s features from the viewpoint of fracture mechanics. From 2000 he focused his work on investigating the contact problems of several materials used in machine elements. He has also continued fundamental research on contact problems, for which he received ‘The Best Paper Prize (FFEMS PRIZE)’ from ‘Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures’ journal in 2005. The awarded papers reported establishing a crack growth mechanism under contact pressure, a problem previously unsolved for over 70 years since S. Way’s proposed theory. His research interests now include the development of three dimensional scanning Hall-probe microscope technologies, fatigue phenomena in polymer bearing, crack growth mechanism under contact stresses and refinement of high-carbon steels. He holds and has held a number of prestigious leadership roles in academy-industry corroboration programs: refinement of steels, new joint system in humanoid robots and fatigue of polymer bearings in "Strategic Fundamental Technologies Strengthening Assistance Programs" (Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry, Japan, 2009-2013); scanning Hall-probe microscopy in "Fundamental Studies on Technologies for Steel Materials with Enhanced Strength and Functions" (Consortium of the JRCM, Japan, 2008-2012); and ceramic bearing elements in the project supported by "Japanese Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization" (NEDO, Japan, 2007-2011).” As a chairperson of department of mechanical engineering in University of Toyama, Professor Kida is heading education and research projects (2019-)."

Prof. Koshiro Mizobe
University of Toyama, Japan

Koshiro Mizobe is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toyama, Japan. He has published over 50 papers in various research fields including: evaluation of stress intensity factors, repeated heating, homology evaluation of microstructure, and polymer bearings. Koshiro studied mechanical engineering at Kyushu University, Japan, graduating in 2013. He studied the repeated quenching refinement method of high-carbon chromium steels in his PhD course. For this work he received the Research Fellowship for Young Scientists in 2013-2014 from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science as well as Top Young Researcher Award in 2012 from Kyushu University. Since 2015 he has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toyama. He has won some best paper awards from international committees (ICMDME, CMPSE and ICMTM) and received some grants (25th ISIJ research promotion grant from the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan and research promotion grant from JKA). His current research topics with a brief explanation are as follows. Repeated heating method Martensitic high-carbon high-strength bearing steel is one of the main alloys used for rolling contact applications where high wear resistance is required. Refining the prior austenite grain size through repeated heating is a process commonly used to enhance the material’s strength. He studied the effect of repeated heating on the microstructure near inclusions through the rolling bending fatigue tests. Development of hybrid polymer bearings Koshiro is focusing on polymer bearings because it is suitable for the no lubricant situation and the corrosive situations. In particular, he focuses on PEEK which is a tough semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer and PTFE which has low friction coefficient. Now, he develops the combination of PEEK races-PTFE retainer bearings.