Plenary speakers

Bogdan Simionescu is Vice President of the Romanian Academy, professor at "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi and Senior scientific researcher at Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of Iasi. Prof. Simionescu is a specialist of block copolymers and macromolecular architectures with innovative applications. Together with his group, he is also interest by the development of combined polymer synthesis techniques.
Editorial Activities: 1978 – present, scientific secretary of the "Memoriile Sectiilor Stiintifice" (Romanian Academy); 1990 – present, member of the European Association of Science Editors; 2001 – present, member of the Editorial Board of "Revue Roumaine de Chimie" (Romanian Academy); 2004 – 2009, member of the Editorial Board of "Carbohydrate Polymers"; 2005 – present, member of Editorial Board of “Materiale Plastice”; 2007 – present, member of the Editorial Board of “Fungi and Mycotoxins”; 2007 – present, member of the Editorial Board of “Environmental Engineering and Management Journal”.
Publications: Papers: more than 300 papers (more than 250 papers in international journals); Books: 2 books (in cooperation), book chapters; Citations: more than 1300; More than 100 invited lectures in Europe, USA, Canada, and Japan.
Research Interests:
• radical polymerization and copolymerization;
• plasma-induced polymerization;
• unconventional polymerization reactions;
• solution properties of ultrahigh molecular weight polymers;
• polysiloxanes;
• block copolymers;
• macromolecular architectures.

Dr. François Krier is Associate Professor in Microbiology in Lille University. He is a specialist of the study of the antimicrobial properties of natural compounds. He is author of more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Nicolas Kalogerakis is Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (Greece) where he has served as Vice-President of the University Council and as Department Head (twice). Prior to that he was a Professor at SUNY-Buffalo (USA) and at the University of Calgary (Canada). He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from NTUA (Athens), an MEng from McGill University and a PhD from the Univ. of Toronto. His area of expertise includes environmental biotechnology focusing on bioremediation and phytoremediation technologies for the restoration of contaminated sites; protection and restoration of the marine environment; novel oxygenation systems and wastewater treatment. Currently his group is participating in 3 EU-funded research projects (H2020) and he is the coordinator of an ERA-MIN2 project (nanoBT). He was the coordinator of the large FP7-project KILL*SPILL. Prof. Kalogerakis’ publication record includes five patents, one book, 200 articles in referred journals and more than 180 presentations at international conferences. He was been an invited speaker in several conferences and academic institutions worldwide. He has >13400 citations & H-index of 62 (Google Scholar). He has served as a member of the European Commission Environment Committee (2007-2011) and as Sherpa at the European Commission High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies (2013-2015). He is member of the Advisory Board of several Research Institutes and in 2017, he was the recipient of the TUC Research Excellence award.