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Guest speakers

Regina Palkovits
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Regina Palkovits is Full Professor for Heterogeneous Catalysis & Chemical Technology at RWTH Aachen University. She graduated in Chemical Engineering from Technical University Dortmund in 2003 and carried out her PhD under supervision of Prof. Ferdi Schüth at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung until 2006. Afterwards, she joined the group of Prof. Bert Weckhuysen at Utrecht University as postdoctoral fellow. In 2008, she return as a group leader to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and since 2010 she is Professor at RWTH Aachen University. Her research focusses on the design of catalysts and processes for the efficient valorisation of renewable resources.

Catalyst design for the valorization of CO2 and biomass
Javier Pérez-Ramírez
ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

Javier Pérez-Ramírez studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 2002. Following a period in industry at Norsk Hydro and Yara International (2002-2005), he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia as an ICREA Professor before being appointed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as the Professor of Catalysis Engineering in 2010. His research focuses on the design of catalytic materials tackling current and future energy, resource, and environmental challenges of society. The main topics of interest include the selective conversion of renewables, carbon dioxide, and natural gas into valuable products using tailored nanostructured materials. These encompass supported single atoms, hybrid nanoparticles, hierarchically structured materials, and reducible oxides with controlled vacancy chemistry. He has published over 450 articles and is co-inventor of 17 patents, 4 of which are exploited industrially. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and his contributions have been recognized by several awards.

Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts for Sustainable Technologies
Graham Hutchings
Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Graham Hutchings is Regius Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute. He studied chemistry at University College London. His early career was with ICI and AECI Ltd where he became interested in gold catalysis. In 1984 he moved to academia and has held chairs at the Universities of Witwatersrand, Liverpool and Cardiff. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009, and he was awarded the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2013, the Menelaus Medal of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017 and the ENI Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize in 2017.

Catalysis using carbon-based nanomaterials