Invited Speaker List (Alphabetical by Surname)

Prof. Dr. Metin H. ACAR

Metin H. Acar received PhD at 1989 and master’s degree in Polymer Science at 1984 and B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at 1981 from the Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prof. Acar has been working in Chemistry Department, Istanbul Technical University as R&TA (1981-1989), Assis/Prof. (1989-1991), Assoc/Prof. (1991-1999) and Professor (1999-….). He has 3 international patents, 51 SCI publications, 89 International (Plenary-Keynote-Invited speakers >25) and 32 National presentations. He has been visiting professor in Yamaguchi University, Yamagata University and Kinki University, Japan; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Hahn-Meitner Institute, Germany. He has been visiting scholar during graduate study in Hahn-Meitner Institute, Germany and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is expert in polymer chemistry related shape memory materials, baroplastics, fuel cell and UF membranes etc. using Living/Controlled polymerization systems.


 Prof. Dr. Klaus BENTE

Academic education:

- Diploma in Mineralogy (1968 -1972) University of Saarbrücken (Germany)

- Ph.D. in experimental Mineralogy (1973 – 1975) University of Heidelberg (Germany)

- Habilitation (1984) University of Göttingen (Germany)


- Post Doc (1976 – 1984) University of Göttingen

- Chair of Physical-Chemical Crystallography (1985 – 1990) University of Göttingen (Germany)

- subst. Professorship for Crystallography (1990 – 1993) University of Göttingen (Germany)

- Chair of Mineralogy/Crystallography and director of the institute of Mineralogy, Crystallography and Material Science (1993 – 2011) University of Leipzig (Germany)

- Guest professorships (1998) University of Florence (Italy) and Salzburg (Austria)

-  Dean of mineralogical studies (2000 – 2003) Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, University of Leipzig

- Head of "Studium Universale" at University of Leipzig (2000 – 2005)

Research Chronology:

- Petrography and Geochemistry of silicates; Experimental and analytical mineralogy of sulfides; powder, thin film and single crystal syntheses of sulfides and oxides; crystal structure analysis and chemical/physical properties; solar cell absorbers and thermoelectric nano-materials

- Archaeometry: Non-destructive material characterization of artefacts from Neolithic to early modern times; production technology and raw material provenance of antique ceramics and pigments; historical coral jewelry

Materials: - Complex metal sulfides (e.g. sulfosalts and sphalerite derivatives), oxides (e.g. perowskites) and silicates (pyroxenes, olivines, feldspars); mixed crystal compounds, phase transitions and exsolutions (sulfides); biomminerals (cabonates)

Methods:  - XRD and HT in situ XRD, TEM, SEM, Microprobe; optical microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray Computer Tomography, DSC, XRF,XPS


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Halil İbrahim CIFTCI

Dr. Ciftci received his BSc. in Chemistry from Ege University, Turkey in 2006 and M.Sc. in Cancer Pharmacology from Institute of Cancer Therapeutics, University of Bradford, UK in 2008. Then, he worked at major Turkish pharmaceutical companies (i.e. Neutec, Bilim and Deva) as an R&D senior scientist to manage all technical aspects of the product development processes. After working for 4 years at major pharmaceutical companies, he chooses to return to his academic career at the School of Pharmacy in Kumamoto University, Japan in 2012 as a Japanese Government (MEXT) PhD scholar to develop anticancer and anti-HIV drug candidates. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2016 and immediately after, he began working as a JSPS (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the same school. During his postdoc, he had a close collaboration with Stanford PULSE Institute for SFX-based drug development. In 2017, he entered the TECH PLANTER start-up business project competition with a project named as “Finding a Cure for HIV and AIDS by the New Treatment” and received two awards (Special Award, and Hakuzo Medical Award) in Japan. Subsequently, he launched a start-up company in 2018 named Science Farm Ltd. together with Professor Masami Otsuka and Mr. Kataoka Yoshitomo to commercialize their patented drugs. In November 2021, he joined Koc University Structural Biology & Innovative Drug Development Center (KUYBIIG-M) as Visiting Researcher for development of anti-HIV, anticancer and anti-ALS drug candidates and, also as Vice President of Science Farm Ltd. to make Japanese-origin drugs accessible in Turkey.


   Prof. Dr. Neven DUIC

Prof. dr. sc. Neven Duic is full professor at the Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. He is President-Elect of the Board of Directors of International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS). He is Secretary of Energy System Department of Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ). He has published over 640 scientific papers in addition to 301 in journals, of which 166 in journals listed in SCI. His papers have been cited 5544 times in Scopus and 4688 times in WoS. The H-index according to the Scopus base is 42, and according to the WoS base: 39. He has given more than 170 invited and keynote lectures. 

Prof. dr. sc. Neven Duic was awarded in 2017 with the National Award for significant scientific achievement in 2016 in the field of technical sciences, he is the winner of The Great Medal from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture for outsanding contribution in improving the work, development and promotion of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, and in 2021 he was awarded with the Medal Atanasije Stojkovi? from the Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia. 

His main areas of interest are energy policy and planning, energy economics, sustainable development and resource planning policy, climate change mitigation, combustion and radiation modeling.


  Assoc. Prof. Dr. İlaria FRATODDI

Ilaria Fratoddi is Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry and Polymeric Materials Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Chemistry, where she received her Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences and leads the “Nanosynthesis and Characterization Laboratory - NSC_Lab” team at the Department of Chemistry at Sapienza University.

She is a scientist with expertise in Inorganic Chemistry, and specifically chemical synthesis, structural and functional study of innovative and nanostructured materials with the final aim of developing knowledge-based materials for advanced technological applications. In particular, she is interested in the synthesis methods for organometallic complexes and rigid rod polymers, nanostructured polymers, and functionalized metal nanoparticles. She also works on structural and functional characterization of the materials, that are suitable for applications in optoelectronics, sensors, photonics, nanomedicine and biotechnology.  Ilaria Fratoddi (Orcid id 0000-0002-5172-0636) is author or co-author of more than 130 peer reviewed papers with 3500+ citation, and h-index of 36, Inventor and co-inventor of 4 patents.      


   Assoc. Prof. Dr. İlir MAZREKU

Ilir Mazreku is an assistant professor at the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Prishtina. His principal research interest is the influence of different nanomaterials on cell physiology. He is the leader of a team exploring the relationship between graphene oxide and it's impact on the cytoskeleton of cells and the cell cycle. His other areas of study include the effects of different magnesium-containing compounds  on the cognitive processes of the brain. He has published or co-written a number of papers, presented his work at several  conferences, and wrote/co-authored three books. 


   Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ziya MENCELOĞLU

Prof. Menceloğlu is a scientist and innovator with expertise in polymer synthesis/processing, nanotechnology, and materials science. He received his MSc and Ph.D’s. from İstanbul Technical University and B.S. degree from Karadeniz Technical University.  He worked as visiting scientist at Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, between 1988 and 1994, than, he moved to industry and served there six years before joining the Sabancı University.  Since 2000 he is serving as  Professor of Materials Science and Nanoengineering program at Sabancı University.

Dr. Menceloğlu has been working in polymer science since 1984 and in nanoscience and nanotechnology since 1991. Dr. Menceloğlu is author or co-author of more than 160 peer reviewed papers/proceedings with 4000+ citation, and h-index of 30 and several book chapters on polymers and nanosize materials. Inventor and co-inventor of 27 patents listed in Derwent Innovations Index. Dr. Menceloğlu has diverse research experience in polymers, composites, and Nanomaterial. Dr. Menceloğlu has taught courses in polymer science, polymeric materials and Nanoengineering in Food and Agriculture. He received national and international awards as well as educated over 50+ graduate students as a faculty member at Sabancı University. He is a founder and partner of technology based startup companies.


   Prof. Dr. Valentin MIRCESKI

Valentin Mirceski is full professor at the Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and member of the Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts. He got his PhD degree at the University of Zagreb, under the supervision of Milivoj Lovric, the prominent theoretician of pulse voltammetric techniques, from the institute Rudjer Boskovic, in Zagreb, Croatia. Supported by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt foundation, he conducted a post?doc research stay in the group of Fritz Scholz, a world leading electrochemist, at the University of Greifswald in Germany. He has published more than 140 articles in a high-ranking peer-review international scientific journals, with a Hirsch factor h = 32, ranging him among the most cited scholars from Republic of Macedonia. He is an author of the monograph Square?wave voltammertry: theory and application, as well as one of authors of the Dictionray of Electrochemistry published by Springer. According to the analysis of global scientific achievements published by the Stanford University in 2020 and 2021, Mirceski is ranged within 2% most influential scientists globally. In 2006, at the international congress of electroanalysis in Bordeaux, France, he has been awarded by the European Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry and France Society of Chemistry with “ESEAC 2006 Young Investigator Award”, for the best scholar up to age of 40 years. In Macedonia, he received one of the highest national awards from the Ministry of Education and Science, “Goce Delcev 2007” for exceptional contribution in the scientific development of the country.  In 2018 the University of Lodz, Poland, awarded him with „Medal Universitatis Lodziensis Amico“ for the longstanding scientific cooperation and fruitful scientific publishing. Since 2021, he is affiliated with the University of Lodz.


   Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jasmina Petreska STANOEVA

Jasmina Petreska Stanoeva is associate professor at Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, R. N. Macedonia.

Her main interest focused on development and application of chromatographic methods (HPLC and GC) coupled to mass spectrometry analysis for separation, characterization and quantification of different types of compounds in complex matrices (pesticides, pharmaceuticals, plant secondary metabolites etc) and also in identification and quantification of polyphenols in different plant samples (medicinal plants, fruits, vegetables etc.).

She is author of 50 scientific articles (all in peer reviewed journals with impact factor), 80 presentations at various scientific conferences and 2 books. She participated in 17 international projects (in 4 of them as coordinator). She is a member of the Society of Chemists and Technologists of Macedonia and is part of the executive council.

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