Speakers 2018-08-20T08:45:05+00:00

Professor Jeffrey W. Fergus, Ph.D., PE
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University, USA
Presented Topic : Solid Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries

Professor Jeffrey W. Fergus finished his bachelor degree in Metallurgical Engineering with Honors in May 1985 from the University of Illinois, Urbana, USA. He then continued on his education in the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and received his Ph.D in Materials Science and Enginering in May 1990.
He worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Notre Dame from 1990 – 1992, In Summer 2013 he joined the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Wright-Patterson Air Force Laboratory. From 1992 he worked his way up to Full Professor in Auburn University and since 2014 serve as the Associate Dean for Program Assessment and Graduate Studies.

His research interest includes High-temperature and solid-state chemistry of materials: energy storage / conversion (fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectric devices), chemical sensors, chemical compatibility / stability in high-temperature materials. Professor Fergus is a Member At-Large of Executive Committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission for ABET, Member of Board of Directors: Professional Development Director and Chair of Sustainability in Materials Education Subcommittee of the Materials and Society Committee at The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society (TMS), and Editor of Electrochemical Society Transactions, Past Chair of High Temperature Materials Division and Education Committee, and ECS Fellow for Electrochemical Society (ECS).

Professor John W. Lund, Ph.D
Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of Technology, USA
Presented Topic : an overview of geothermal direct-use and power generation in Klamath Falls, Oregon

JOHN W. LUND a private geothermal consultant, recently worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado in their Low Temperature Geothermal Program.  He is the former Director of the Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and has worked in the direct utilization of geothermal energy for over 40 years.  He has a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and a M.E. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Civil Engineering.  He is an emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at OIT where he taught for 32 years.  He is also the emeritus director of the Geo-Heat Center, and was one of the founders of the Center in 1976.  He has taught at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and at Oregon State University.   He was in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, in Alaska as a 2nd and 1st Lieutenant during “the cold war”. While at Oregon Institute of Technology he was a Professor of Civil Engineering, Department Chair of Civil Engineering Technology, and Dean of Engineering and Industrial Technologies.  He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in California, Oregon and Colorado.

He has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Geothermal Energy for the United Stated Department of Energy, and a past president of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) (2001-2002).  He received the Geothermal Pioneer Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Development of Geothermal Resources” from GRC in 1997 and the Joseph W. Aidlin Award in 2008 for “outstanding contributions to the GRC and to the development of geothermal resources”.  He has also been an invited lecturer at the geothermal schools in New Zealand and Iceland.   He was recently doing consulting work for USAID/Winrock International developing geothermal projects in the Rift Valley of Kenya.  His latest geothermal consulting work has been for direct-use projects for the government of Eithopia, for remote villages in British Columbia, Canada and at a resort in California.

His interest is in geothermal energy related to direct utilization, geothermal heat pumps and small-scale and low-temperature power generations.  He has written several hundred papers on the utilization of geothermal energy, and has participated in numerous workshops, seminars, conferences and training session in 45 countries.  He has been responsible for collecting, editing, and summarizing the country update papers for the World Geothermal Conferences in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. He was the editor of the Geo-Heat Center Quarterly Bulletin

Professor Kunio Yoshikawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Presented Topic : Development of Portable Ultra-small Biomass Gasification and Power Generation System

Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa was born in 1953 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology and an associate editor of Applied Energy. His bachelor, master and doctor degrees were awarded from Tokyo Institute of Technology. His major fields are energy conversion, waste management and environmental engineering. He has been working in Tokyo Institute of Technology for more than 39 years as a research associate, an associate professor and a professor. He has published nearly 200 journal papers with the major award of AIAA Best Paper Award, ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal, JSME Environmental Technology Achievement Award and Best Educator Award of Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Associate Professor Dr. Lee D. Wilson
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Presented Topic : Starch Biopolymers as Alternative Desiccant Coatings for Harvesting Sustainable Energy

Associate Professor Lee D. Wilson, Ph.D finished his Bachelor degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1192 and he was awarded his Ph.D from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998. He was NSERC Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, National Research Council of Canada, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences – Functional Materials Program, Ottawa, in 1999-2003. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Chemistry at the University of

Saskatchewan and is an Associate Professor.

His research interests covers diverse topics in physical chemistry, materials science and environmental chemistry. Ongoing research activities are focused on the development of new types of materials and studies related to adsorption and interfacial phenomena related to water science and technology. The Wilson research group is developing new forms sustainable biomaterials for the controlled removal of contaminants from water and chemical separations using methods based on green chemistry. This research contributes significantly to the science and technology of “smart” adsorbent materials that relate to issues relevant to water and energy security.

Associate Professor Dr. Anwar Usman
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
Presented Topic : Polymer solar cells: Recent development and possible utilization of microsized polymer donor-polymer acceptor system

Associate Professor Dr. Anwar Usman received his bachelor degree in Physics from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Indonesia. He then continued his Master study in Institut Teknologi Bandung and Tohoku University Sendai Japan where he was awarded an M.Sc in 1993 and 1997. He continued on for his Ph.D in Tohoku University Sendai, Japan where he graduated in 2000.

From 2003 – 2013, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at various institution including: Max-Born Insitutute, Osaka University, Ecole Normale, and National Chiao Tung University. From 2013 – 2015 he was a Research Specialist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Currently he serve as Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

His research interest includes Light Matter Interactions, Photochemistry, Photobiology, Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, Nanoparticles, Nanoscience, and Nanotechnology. Based on Google Scholar, he has 195 publications, 1877 citations, 23 index-h and 50 index-i10.

Dr. -Ing. Ir. Nasrudin, M.Eng
Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

Associate Professor Dr Volkan Degirmenci
University of Warwick, UK
Presented Topic : The production of biomass derived platform molecules by Metal-Organic Framework heterogeneous catalysts

Dr Volkan Degirmenci is an Associate Professor in School of Engineering in the University of Warwick, UK. Dr. Degirmenci obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2007. Then he joined to the Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis research group at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. Next he moved to UK to the Queen’s University Belfast in 2012 where he was promoted to Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering. He joined the School of Engineering at University of Warwick in 2015. The research interests of Dr. Degirmenci are in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and reactor design with a focus on microporous and mesoporous materials. The topics of his recent research are directed towards the development of sustainable processes for biomass conversion, in-situ spectroscopy for the understanding of the reaction mechanisms and structure-activity relations in heterogeneous catalysis. In the School, he is the coordinator of MSc “Sustainable Energy Technologies”, and he is coordinating the International collaborations, developing international recruitment strategies, and lead on the development of strategic partnerships with external institutions.