Invited Speakers

  • Signe KJELSTRUP (Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Trondheim, Norway)
    • Prof.em. Signe Kjelstrup is principal investigator emerita in PoreLab Center of Excellence, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has spent sabbaticals for instance in Kyoto, ETH, and The Netherlands, and was adjunct professor in TUDelft 9 years. She has published 395 journal articles and 4 books. As a professor, she has supervised 62 MSc and 31 Phd. 3 from her group are winners of the JETC Prigogine prize. She holds the Guldberg-Waage medal from the Norwegian Chemical Society. In 2021 she was presented with the Michael L. Michelsen award from the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and with the Honorary Life-time membership award from Interpore. She is editor of Journal of Power Sources, ass. ed. of Energy and J. Thermophysical Properties.

  • Ronnie KOSLOFF (Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Jerusalem, Israel)
    • Ronnie Kosloff research has concentrated on quantum thermodynamics. Study of quantum models of heat engines has revealed that thermodynamic principles have no lower bound and are applicable up to the microscopic level. Ronnie Kosloff is an emeritus professor of theoretical Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Current research involves quantum open systems, finite time thermodynamics and quantum control theory. Member of Academia Europaea and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.

  • Giuseppe MENSITIERI (University of Naples “Federico II” – Naples, Italy)
    • Giuseppe Mensitieri, is currently Head of the Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II where, since 2000, he has been a professor of Materials Science and Technology. His current research interests are in the field of structure-properties relationships in polymeric materials with focus on thermodynamics of glassy and rubbery polymers, as well as on thermodynamics and mass transport properties of mixtures of polymers and low molecular weight penetrants and their analysis by vibrational spectroscopy techniques. He is author of around 200 journal publications on topics related to polymer science and technology and has authored a monograph on foaming with supercritical fluids (Elsevier 2021).

  • Tatiana MOROSUK (Berlin University of Technology – Berlin, Germany)
    • Professor Tatiana Morosuk (Tetyana Morozyuk) is the head of the department “Exergy-Based Methods for Refrigeration Systems” (since 2013) and the director of the Institute for Energy Engineering (since 2021) at TU Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on the development and applications of exergy-based methods to improve the thermodynamic, economic, and environmental performance of power generation systems, refrigeration/cryogenic systems, and energy-intensive chemical plants, including the energy storage systems and the hydrogen supply chain. She published 8 books and more than 400 research papers. Tatiana Morosuk is the first female recipient of the James Harry Potter Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for outstanding and innovative contributions to the science of theoretical and applied thermodynamics. Since July 2022, she is the Dual Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Energy Resources Technology (ASME).

  • Pamela Marie NORRIS (George Washington University – Washington, DC, USA)
    • Pamela Norris is the Vice Provost for Research at George Washington University and the Frederick Tracy Morse Professor Emerita of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Virginia. She is recognized globally as a leading expert in nanoscale heat transfer, especially interfacial thermal transport with a focus on thermal management across a range of length scales. Dr. Norris is well-known for her mentoring skills and for her dedication to increasing diversity in the STEM disciplines. In 2016 she was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator Award “for enduring, positive influence on students’ lives as a gifted teacher, mentor, and role model; and for promoting greater diversity in STEM higher education.” She is also well known for leadership in the field of nanotechnology education, chairing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) National Nanotechnology Institute’s Committee on Nanotechnology Education from 2003-2010 and organizing the first national Nano-Training Bootcamps, at the leading edge of the field. Just recently she was elected an honorary member of ASME for “international leadership in nano, micro and macroscale thermal science and engineering research; for tireless efforts to advance diversity in STEM fields; and for demonstrating engineering excellence as an outstanding mentor for students and faculty.” She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering.

  • Anna Marina PANDOLFI (Polytechnic University of Milan – Milan, Italy)
    • Professor of Structural Mechanics at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Anna Pandolfi holds an intermittent Visiting Associate Position at Caltech, Pasadena CA, USA. She has developed an active network of collaborators in Italy, Germany, France, UK and USA, with interaction and exchange of students. Currently she is the editor in Chief of Meccanica (Springer). Her major scientific contributions to the scientific research are in the field of computational mechanics, with the development of advanced fracture tracking techniques (cohesive elements, eigenerosion), particle methods for the discretization of failure of solids and diffusion of fluids, and multiscale material models for porous brittle materials (brittle damage) to simulate fracking.

  • Brian STRAUGHAN (Durham University – Durham, UK)
    • Brian Straughan works in the fields of Continuum Thermodynamics, Scientific Computation, and specializes in Stability problems. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1986, and he was awarded a Max Planck Research Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in 1994. He has been Research Professor in the University of Tennessee and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1994-1995. He held the Simson Chair of Mathematics in the University of Glasgow before taking up the Chair in Numerical Analysis at the University of Durham in 2000. He has published in many leading journals including over 30 in Proceedings A of the Royal Society of London. He has written 10 research monographs including 3 in the Springer Series in Applied Mathematical Sciences. He is currently a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Professor in the University of Durham.

  • Henning STRUCHTRUP (University of Victoria – Victoria, Canada)
    • Henning Struchtrup is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, BC, Canada since 2001. He obtained Diploma and PhD from TU Berlin, Germany, and held postdoc positions in Berlin, at the University of Catania, Italy, and at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in Minneapolis. Prof. Struchtrup’s research concentrates on nonequilibrium thermodynamics and the kinetic theory of gases. Central themes of his research are the moment method, and the development of suitable nonequilibrium boundary conditions. Recent work extends the moment models to diffuse phase interfaces and evaporation problems. Apart from journal publications on a wider range of topics in nonequilibrium thermodynamics, he authored a monography on the moment method (Springer 2007) and a textbook on technical thermodynamics (Springer 2014).

  • Moran WANG (Tsinghua University – Beijing, China)
    • Moran Wang is a Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Thermophysics at Tsinghua University. He obtained Bachelor and PhD degrees from Tsinghua University, and held postdoc positions in Johns Hopkins University and University of California of USA. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an Oppenheimer Fellow. He has been a full professor at Tsinghua University since 2011. He is working on micro/nanoscale fluid mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, nonlinear heat & mass transfer, and interfacial science. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers on international journals which gained over 11k citations based on Google Scholar Reports (H-index: 54). Prof. Wang has been serving as editorial board members for several international journals including “International Journal of Mechanical Sciences”, “Energy Science and Engineering”, “Journal of Colloids and Interface Science”, “Journal of Fluid Engineering-ASME” and so on. He has been invited to contribute comprehensive reviews on “Physics Reports”, “Material Science and Engineering R: Reports”, “Progress in Materials Science” and so on. He was awarded J.R. Oppenheimer Fellowship in 2008, Interpore P&G Award in 2019 and Fellow of IMMS in 2022.

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