Invited Speaker List (Alphabetical by Surname)


   Prof. Dr. Shahzada Ahmad

Professor / PhD / Basque Center for Materials Applications & Nanostructures, Spain  

Shahzada Ahmad is Ikerbasque professor, his scientific interests include materials for energy applications. Prior to this from 2012 to 2017 he was program director at Abengoa Research, a corporate research center and was leader of disruptive projects. His research spans across the fields of physical chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science with a view to developing advanced materials for energy application. His work has led to the invitation to speak at scientific and policy based conferences, editorial board member of scientific journals, European research council consolidator grant awardee, elected member of many scientific academy, Chief Editor “Emergent Materials” and cohort of distinguished scientist at World Economic forum. He is strong advocate for renewable energy and regularly write popular science articles for public at large at World Economic Forum.


 Prof. Dr. Bruno Ameduri

Professor / PhD / Institute Charles Gerhardt, Montpellier, France  

Directeur de Recherche au CNRS (DR1), Bruno Ameduri leads the “Fluoropolymers” team at the “Ingénierie et Architectures Macromoléculaires” Team of Institute Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier. His main interests focus on the synthesis and the characterization of fluorinated monomers (including cure site monomers and telechelics), telomers, and copolymers for various applications such as F-surfactants (especially alternatives to perfluorooctanoic acid, and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid), high performance elastomers, coatings, fluoropolymer/nanofillers nanocomposites, and polymers related to energy [protonic and alkaline, and quasianhydrous fuel cell membranes, polymer gel electrolytes for Li-ions batteries, electroactive copolymers (such as piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics), and PV]. Coauthor of 3 books, 40 reviews or chapters of books, >280 peer review publications and coinventor of more than 70 patents, achieved within the framework of national and most often international academic and industrial collaborations. He is also a member of the American and French Chemical Societies and is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, European Polymer Journal, Polymer Bulletin. He has gained international recognition in polymer synthesis by key methodologies, such as telomerization and conventional and controlled radical (co)polymerization of fluorinated monomers.


 Prof. Dr. Roohollah Bagherzadeh

Professor / PhD / Director of Institute for Advanced Textile Materials and Technologies, Iran

Dr. Roohollah is the Director of Institute for Advanced Textile Materials and Technology and the Head of Functional Fibrous Materials Research LAB. His field of research are: Functional Fibrous Materials, Wearable and Flexible Piezo&Triboelectric Nanogenerator, High-Performance textile and clothing, Smart & Functional Textile and Clothing. He is Referee in 11 international journals and has published over 80 scientific papers, 4 book chapters and is a holder of the US Patent US 2018/0064853 A1, 2018 "Hierarchically Structured and Multifunctional Nanofibrous Composite Structure for Soft-Tissue Engineering Applications".


 Prof. Dr. Avni Berisha

Associate Professor / PhD / Department of Chemistry, University of Prishtina, Kosovo

Avni Berisha is Associate Professor at the University of Prishtina (FNMS, Department of Chemistry), were his research interests among others include: nanotechnology (formation of covalently bonded organic films on the surface of: conductors and semi-conductors – 2D thin films),  electrochemistry (corrosion) and application of computational chemistry to study interfaces (using a number of methods from quantum and molecular mechanics)  He graduated from the University of Prishtina (Bch. –in Chemical Engineering / Msc.– in Organic Chemistry) and obtained his PhD from UPMC - Université Pierre et Marie CURIE (Paris) in the field of: Analytical and Physical Chemistry (he prepared his thesis at the ESPCI - École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles under the supervision of Prof. Combellas and Prof. Podvorica ”Electrografting and Photografting of Organic Layers Onto Conducting and Semi-conducting Surfaces”. Avni is author of 58 papers published in a number of reputable scientific journals, a book chapter and presented his work in more than 200 national or international conferences. In 2012 he was awarded the prize “The best young scientist of the year” and in 2015 “The best researcher” from the Government of Kosovo (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology -MASHT). For his scientific career he highly appreciate the support of: French Embassy (in Kosovo), OeAD (Higher KOS Stipendien), DAAD (MatCatNet), Langlois Foundation (Paris), Erasmus Programme (The development of “Electrochemical Investigation Course” - a joint project of several Swedish universities and University of Prishtina) and MASHT (Kosovo).


 Prof. Dr. Rajka Bozanic

Professor / PhD / Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Croatia 

Rajka Bozanic is a full professor at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. She is head of the Department for Food Technology and Engineering and the head of Laboratory for Milk and Dairy Products Technology, and teaches dairy issues at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies. So far, she has published 95 scientific and professional papers and actively participated in over 50 scientific conferences. She is the co-author of two university textbooks "Milk and Dairy Products" and "Types of Milk" and the university manual "Analysis of Milk and Dairy Products". She is the editor of the manual “The World of Cheese. Handbook for Cheese Tasters.”. She has reviewed 6 university textbooks and scientific books, mostly in the field of dairy. She is member of editorial board of 4 scientific journals and chief editor of scientific journal Mljekarstvo (Dairy). As a member of the Scientific Committee participated in the organization of more than 10 scientific conferences. She has participated in the development of 5 ordinances from the dairy areas. She is the winner of the state award for science for 2012 in the category "Significant scientific achievement" for the improvement of milk processing technology and the improvement of dairy products.


 Prof. Dr. Mikako Fujita

Professor / PhD / Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Science Farm Joint Research Laboratory, Kumamoto University, Japan

Mikako Fujita started her research career in a field of organic chemistry at University of Tsukuba in 1985, and later she moved on to medicinal chemistry, with obtaining her PhD at Kyoto University in 1996. She also worked in virology field at Tokushima University from 1999 to 2006. At the moment, her laboratory in Kumamoto University is aiming at drug discovery and functional elucidation of viral proteins. Recently, she has many collaborative studies with different research groups from Turkey.


 Prof. Dr. Attila Levente Gergely

Assistant Professor / PhD / Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sapientia University, Romania

Attila Levente Gergely is an assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Sapientia University, Romania. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Mechatronics Engineering at the Sapientia University, Romania and Transylvania University from Brasov, Romania, respectively. In 2014 he earned his Ph.D. at The University of Akron, OH, USA, in Polymer Science. During his doctorate studies he worked on developing and testing new thermoplastic elastomers by cationic polymerization. In 2015 he was the principle investigator on an NSF SBIR Phase II grant aiming to develop PEG based diagnostics for breast cancer. In 2016 he joined Sapientia University, Romania, where he has established a Polymer Laboratory. His current research focuses on nanofiber fabrication by electrospinning. He has worked on developing nanofiber mats from recycled PET, generating nanofiber based amorphous solid dispersions for drug delivery and optimizing the scape up process of nanofiber generation.


 Prof. Dr. Arif Hepbasli

Professor / PhD / Yaşar University, Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Turkey 

Arif Hepbasli, currently working in the department of Energy Systems Engineering,  Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey, has dealt with energy-related issues for 38 years, of which 10 years were spent working in various Turkish industries  while the remainder  has been spent  teaching at different universities as a Faculty Member (about 5 years as a Research Assistant before joining the Turkish industry in 1986)  since 1996. His research has been involved with exergy-based  analyses and assessments of energy-related systems, energy/exergy efficiency and management, and sustainable energy technologies. Dr. Hepbasli is also a Certified Industrial Energy Manager in Turkey while he is author and co-author of over 660 papers  (over 310 SCI-based papers) with  academic footprints of 57, 62 and  78, and citations of 10568, 13135 and 19400  (as of  March 5, 2021) on the Web of Science (WOS), Scopus  and Google Scholar basis, respectively, on a national and international basis as well as several national and international books and book chapters. He was  elected a Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Principal Member in 2019.


 Prof. Dr. Ahmed Jashari

Associate Professor / PhD / Group of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Tetova, Republic of North Macedonia 

Ahmed Jashari is Associate Professor at the University of Tetova (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Group of Chemistry) and his main research topics are: Organic Chemistry, Heterocyclic Chemistry and Natural Products, Organic Synthesis and Structural elucidation (UV/Vis, IR, NMR, MS) of organic compounds, Medicinal Chemistry; Design and synthesis of small molecules (mainly based on coumarins and flavonoids) with high anticancer activity, and their application in medicinal purposes; Furthermore,  using of carbaboranes as aryl mimetics in coumarins and flavonoids and their application in cancer therapy is in the center of his investigations; He developed his master and doctoral theses at the University of Skopje in collaboration with the University of Leipzig, staying for one master semester and many research stays at this University granted with DAAD scholarships. Afterwards, he was awarded with DAAD grant as post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins at the University of Leipzig, following with another DFG fellowship at the same group.


 Prof. Dr. Piotr Koczon

Professor / PhD / Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Food Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Poland  

Piotr Koczon completed his master degree at Chemistry Department, Warsaw University, Poland. Further education in area of food chemistry was carried out at Institute of Food Sciences, Chemistry Department, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, with obtaining PhD in 1998, Post Doctor Degree (habilitation) in 2010, and Professor title in 2020. He is an author or co-author of 65 scientific papers published in worldwide recognized journals e.g. Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Journal of Molecular Structure, Molecules, Cancer Nanotechnology. He is author or co-author of 12 scientific projects. Scientific activity covers evaluation of scientific projects submitted to EU and abroad organizations, revision of manuscript submitted to scientific journals e.g. Food Chemistry, Journal of Food Protection and Preservatives, and others. He is also active participant in scientific conferences. Total impact factor: 72. Hirsh Factor: 15 (according to Web of Science);  18 (According to Google Scholar).  Main area of scientific interest covers spectral methods of analysis, including infrared spectroscopy, UV/VIS spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, statistical methods e.g. PLS or PCA, rapid determination of microbial contamination in biological samples.  He actively cooperates internationally: Turkey (3 Universities); Croatia (1 University); Romania (1 University); Russia (1 University); Czech Republic (1 University). Italy (1 University), Spain (1 University). His cooperation with industry covers being volunteer advisor for small and medium enterprises, co-Author of approved application-scientific project to construct instrumentation for medicinal and food industries.


 Prof. Dr. Latifa Latrous

Professor / PhD / Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Laboratory of Applied Mineral Chemistry and Electrochemistry & Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of El Manar, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia  

Latifa Latrous is a professor of Chemistry at the Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of El Manar (Tunisia). She took a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 1996 from the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (Tunisia) then a Postgraduate degree (DEA) of Analytical Chemistry titled “contribution to the chromatographic study of some polar pesticides in aqueous media” in 1999 from the University Tunis El Manar (Tunisia) and from the same University she got her PhD in 2003 in the field of analysis of multiresidue pesticides in water; liquid chromatography -mass spectrometry and separation techniques.  Her research activity deals mainly with the analysis of organic micropollutants in water surface by liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. She is interested in Sample treatment based on extraction techniques. She developed advanced materials for solid phase extraction technique.  Latifa latrous authored 25 publications, several abstracts of communications presented at national and international conferences.


 Prof. Dr. Arben Merkoçi

Professor / PhD / Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Arben Merkoçi is ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), part of Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University (Albania), in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc and senior researcher/invited professor in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies in Italy, Spain, USA and since 2006 at ICN2. Prof. Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting-edge nanotechnology and nanoscience-based cost-efficient biosensors. The paper/plastic-based nanobiosensors involve integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other (bio)receptors with micro- and nanostructures/motors and applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 300 peer review research papers and has been invited to give plenary lectures and keynote speeches in around 150 occasions in various countries.


 Prof. Dr.  Jelena Miocinovic

Professor / PhD /  Department of Animal Source Food Technology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Dr. Jelena Miocinovic is a Full Professor at the Department of Animal Source Food Technology with a demonstrated history (20 years) of working at Faculty of Agriculture - University of Belgrade. She is skilled in Dairy Science & Technology, Sensory Evaluation and Food Rheology and Texture. So far, she has co-authored 43 papers indexed in SCOPUS, 1 University book and 5 Chapters in international monographs. Her professional training took place at Texas AM University (USA), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), University of Ghent (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden) and Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia). She has been involved in 5 projects funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and 3 projects funded by the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water management. Her membership of professional organizations includes Serbian Association of Food Technologist.


 Dr.  Patricia Munsch-Alatossava

PhD /  Independent Researcher, Helsinki, Finland

I obtained my PhD at the University of Pau et Pays de l´Adour (France) in 1994: the research work, that focused on a bacteriophages-based biocontrol of a bacterial disease occurring on the cultivated mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), was performed at the INRA Research Centre or Bordeaux and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. As a post-doctoral scientist, at the Universities of Oulu and Helsinki (Finland), research efforts concerned the study of one Lactobacillus delbrueckii bacteriophage, the characterization of Pseudomonas sp. causing blotch diseases on cultivated mushrooms (Agaricus and Pleurotus); major investigations concerned raw milk-associated bacteria and the conceiving of a strategy such as to preserve the quality and safety of raw milk during its storage; in 2016, I obtained a docentship in General Microbiology.


 Prof.Dr. Masami Otsuka

Professor / PhD /Director R & D, Science Farm Ltd., Japan / Professor Emeritus, Kumamoto University, Japan

Masami Otsuka started his research career in a field of medicinal chemistry at University of Tokyo in 1977 and obtained his PhD in 1983 and further worked in the same university in the field of chemical-biological study of anticancer drugs. He moved to Kyoto University in 1992 and worked in signal transduction field. In 1997 he was promoted as a Professor of Kumamoto University, School of Pharmacy and worked on bioorganic medicinal chemistry until his retirement in 2019.  Currently he is a Director of R & D. Science Farm Ltd., a startup company established in 2018. He has many collaborative studies with different research groups from Turkey.


 Prof. Dr. Aysegul Uygun Oksuz

Professor / PhD / Suleyman Demirel University, Department of Chemistry, Turkey

Aysegul Uygun Oksuz is a Professor in Chemistry Department, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta/Turkey. She graduated from Department of Chemistry, 19 May University, Turkey in 1993 and received PhD- degree from Gazi University, Ankara-Turkey (2002). Prof Uygun Oksuz studied at Osaka University, South of Florida (US), University of California-San Diego (US), Wisconsin University (US) and Freiburg University (Germany), as a post-doctoral research scientist in 2019, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2004. Her research is focused onto the synthesis and characterization of conducting polymer composites including different metal nanoparticles, metal oxides and carbon nanomaterials using chemical, electrochemical and plasma techniques. These materials have been used in electrochromic devices, nano/micromotors, nanofibers and biosensors applications. She has published around 135 published papers in international and national journals; she joined over 160 conferences and symposia in international and national level. 


 Prof. Dr. Serdar Salman

Professor / PhD / Marmara University & Turkish National Defence University, Turkey  

Prof. Serdar Salman started his undergraduate education at İstanbul Technical University, Department of Metallurgical Engineering in 1980, he graduated in 1984. In 1985, he became a research assistant in Marmara University, Department of Metal Education. In 1991, he studied in England (Huddersfield University) as part of the Turkish Higher Education Council and World Bank II Industrial Education Project. In 1995, he completed his PhD thesis titled “Properties of Al2O3-13wt.% TiO2 and Cr2O3-5wt.% SiO2-3wt.% TiO2 ceramic coated materials with plasma and flame spraying technique” in Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul. Prof. Salman was appointed as assistant professor in Marmara University, Department of Metal Education in 1995. He took the title of associate professor in 1997 and professor in 2003 in the same department. He worked as a Visiting Professor at Georgia Technical University, Department of Material Science in the USA for a year. Prof. Salman served as the Founder Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University. After serving as the head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at Marmara University, Faculty of Technology between 2016 and 2017, he was appointed as the Vice Rector of the Turkish National Defence University on 06 December 2017. Having more than 200 articles and papers at international and national levels, 60 of which were published in indexed journals, Prof. Salman, has directed five research projects. He is currently project coordinator of two TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) projects. Prof. Serdar SALMAN has studies in the fields of welding technology, powder metallurgy, ceramic coating and biomaterials. He published two books titled as “Fundamentals of Material Science” and “Metalography”. He has acted as an advisor for eight Ph.D. dissertations and 33 Master’s theses.


 Dr. Sarper Sarp

PhD / Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Swansea University, UK  

Dr. Sarper Sarp, MSc. PhD. FHEA, is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Swansea University (SU). He has 17 years of experience in water quality, monitoring, and water treatment systems. He authored 39 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 5 intellectual property documents (h-index:18, Citations: 1610). He has previously worked in Korea and Qatar in industry (GS E&C) and application focused research organisations (Qatar Foundation). His research team recently published an analytical sample preparation and analysis method that is capable of identifying and semi-quantifying nano-size plastics in water sources (
) and an article on impact of disposable facemasks on water sources (
). Dr. Sarp is a fellow of Higher Education Academy and currently serves an Editorial Board Member for the journals ES&T Water and Desalination.


 Prof. Dr. Arturs Viksna

Professor / PhD / Faculty of Chemistry, University of Latvia, Latvia  

Prof. Viksna (Dr. Chem.) is Professor at Faculty of Chemistry, University of Latvia. He obtained his scientific degree in analytical chemistry of ion selective electrodes at University of Latvia in 1993, but licentiate degree in Environmental Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg (Sweden) in 1996. Now he is a chair of the Department of Analytical Chemistry at University of Latvia, Director of academic Doctoral degree program in Chemistry at University of Latvia, Chairman of Doctoral School: Physics and chemistry of interaction between electromagnetic radiation and materials, Member of science council and Member of the Promotion Council in Chemistry at University of Latvia. His research interests are related to development and application of new analytical methods in trace elements analysis for the studies of environmental pollution (including airborne particles), archaeological samples, different apatites and other functional materials. Research is focused on application of different elemental analysis methods: ICP-MS with laser ablation system, X-Ray fluorescence, light stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry and some other techniques.


 Prof. Dr. Kledi Xhaxhiu

Professor / PhD / Chemistry Department, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, Albenia

Kledi Xhaxhiu is a full time professor at the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. He is also acting as a co-coordinator of the Albanian Unit of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoAlb). For 1.5 year he was deputy minister of the environment of Albania. Kledi Xhaxhiu studied Food Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. Elaborated the diploma thesis at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry & Biology, University of Siegen, Germany. Completed PhD at the same university and faculty at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Participated in an internship at the Intermediate Products Department, BASF A.G. Ludwigshafen, Germany. He Post-doctorated at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He has co-authored over 50 publications in international and national scientific journals and has presented in more than 40 international and national scientific conferences. He is an as editorial board member of 6 scientific international journals and member of scientific/advisory board of 12 international conferences. His research interests of include syntheses and structural characterization of solid compounds, thermal expansion and thermal behavior of solids, physical properties of solid compounds and their composites with conducting polymers, such as: thermoelectric and photo-sensorial; adsorption-desorption of heavy metals on layered/channeled solids, adsorption-desorption of organic pollutants from clays and fly ash; carbon paste electrodes for targeted determination and quantification of electro-active compounds in aqueous solutions; sub- and supercritical extraction of essential oils from plants and fruits. Actually cooperates with several research groups in distinguished universities abroad.

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