Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker One


Prof. Jian Chen

Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


Education and Experience:

Professor Chen Jian received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1985, 1990 and 1994, respectively. He has worked in the department since 1990, becoming Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2001. He worked as a visiting scholar in Schlumberger, Canada in 2002.

Research interests:

Thermodynamics and Separation Engineering

Research interests cover 1) Molecular thermodynamics of fluid properties and phase equilibria for fluids across the critical point, unsymmetrical fluids in size or interaction, fluids with association. 2) Molecular design for solvents based on the quantitative structure-property relationship. 3) Engineering thermodynamics and process design for separation processes such as gas absorption, solvent extraction, and so on.

CO2 capture technology

Recently CO2 absorption used for greenhouse gas CO2 capture and sequestration CCS is the main research area, including molecular design of new capture solvents, thermodynamics and kinetics of vapor-liquid absorption systems, process simulation and optimization, technological design and intensifications.


Keynote Speaker Two

Prof. Frank Yang
East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA


Dr. Yu “Frank” Yang is a Professor and Director of Chemistry Graduate Studies at East Carolina University, located in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Mainz, Germany in 1993. He joined the Department of Chemistry at East Carolina University as an assistant professor in 1997, tenured in 2003, and promoted to full professor in 2007.
Dr. Yang's principal areas of interest and expertise include green chemical processes, environmental chemistry, subcritical water chromatography and extraction. The main goal of Dr. Yang’s research programs is to eliminate or minimize the use of toxic organic solvents in extraction, chromatography, environmental remediation, and other chemical processes. Honors include the University Five-Year Achievement for Excellence in Research Award, the Sigma Xi Helms Research Award, University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award, Cottrell College Science Awards from Research Corporation, and the Starter Grant Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.  

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