Plenary speakers

The organising committee of ECCE9 / ECAB2 is delighted to announce the plenary speakers for the congress.

Monday plenary

A biomass success story

Peter Vadasz, Mayor of Güssing & Professor Hermann Hofbauer, University of Vienna, Austria

Mayor Vadasz and Professor Hofbauer will present the innovative processes for biomass conversion to electricity, district heating and diesel fuel to the village of Güssing, demonstrating the importance of the services to the needs of the local community. They will also reveal the importance of the partnership between Society and Academia for developing technologies, and how such a partnership takes shape.

Tuesday plenary

Sustainable solutions for a changing world

Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer DSM, Netherlands

Marcel Wubbolts will show how DSM’s innovations cover the main theme and all 14 sub-themes of the call for abstracts of the congress. DSM is a leading company in life science and chemical products. In recent years, DSM has featured consistently on the list of top chemical companies of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Wednesday plenary

From Molecular Computations to Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Their Role in Shaping a Sustainable Future

Professor Bernhardt L. Trout, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge USA

The current approach to pharmaceutical development and manufacturing is unsustainable. With a focus on trial and error experimentation and batch processing they are much more expensive than they need to be and much riskier in terms of potential quality issues, delays and stock-outs. We have been working to change this paradigm with more knowledge-based approaches to development and with continuous manufacturing, both of which need to be accompanied by changes in mindset and administrative structure.

Thursday plenary

Molecular Structures, Matter Elements, Thermodynamic Routes, Process Networks: Some Elements of the Future Toolbox for Chemical Process Design

Professor Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems & Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg/Germany

In the last 50 years, Chemical Engineering has developed the “unit operations” concept and has applied it successfully to the design of many chemical produc­tion processes. Since the 1980s, new ideas for further process improvements have been created which are summarized under the term “process intensification”. But, for being able to contribute to the solution of the upcoming extremely challenging problems that our society is awaiting in the coming decades, the discipline Chemical Engineering has to establish a new conceptual framework and new toolboxes containing powerful “screw drivers” for designing highly efficient and sustainable breakthrough technologies. Instead of building processes from existing libraries of materials and devices, chemical engineers have to solve the design task as a multiscale decision procedure, under consideration of all degrees of freedom available at the different process levels.