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ICC4 Environment, Energy and Transportation Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics

Krishan Luthra

Krishan Luthra, Technology Leader, Ceramic and Metallurgy Technologies, GE Global Research


Biography: Luthra got his Ph.D. in Metallurgy & Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Since then he has been at GE Global Research, head quartered in Niskayuna, NY, USA, where he has had a variety of roles over the years. He is currently the Technology leader for Ceramic & Metallurgy Technologies, leading an organization of over 130 scientists and engineers. He is well recognized for his work on high temperature thermochemistry, oxidation of high-temperature materials, and ceramic matrix composites. He has presented over 100 talks at conferences, has authored over 100 technical papers and has 34 patents based on his research activities. He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society.



Yutai Katoh

Yutai Katoh, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Biography: Katoh joined Oak Ridge National Lab in 2003 after his service as Associate Professor to Kyoto University (1996 – 2003) and as Assistant Professor to National Institute for Fusion Science (1995-1996). He earned his PhD in materials science in 1994 from the University of Tokyo. His research interest is in development and characterization of ceramics, composites, and other advanced materials for high temperature and severe environment applications; neutron and high energy particle irradiation effects in metals, alloys and ceramics, with an emphasis on irradiation effects on properties and microstructures of silicon carbide ceramics and composites. He has over 200 authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications in scientific journal s and conference proceedings and numerous invited presentations at international conferences. He is an inventor on 14 patents including one for NITE SiC composite. He is currently in chair of ASTM Subcommittee C28.07 on Ceramic Matrix Composites and IEA Fusion Materials Agreement Working Group on SiC/SiC Ceramic Composites.



Rajendra Basu

Rajendra Nath Basu, Head of the Fuel Cell and Battery Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India


Biography: Basu obtained his M.Sc. degree in Physics in 1983 and PhD degree in Materials Science in 1988 from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. More than two decades of his professional research career, mostly in the area of electroceramics, about six years he stayed abroad in carrying out his postdoctoral research work exclusively in the area of solid oxide fuel cell in world’s leading group in the USA, Germany, Japan and Canada. He has published one book chapter, about eighty research papers and holding sixteen patents including the US, German, International and Indian patents. Dr. Basu received several national and international awards. Besides SOFC, his research interest includes Li-ion battery and Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conductor (MIEC)-based dense ceramic membrane for hydrogen separation. He supervised four PhDs and currently six more PhD students are working under him. Dr. Basu is a member of large number of professional societies in India and abroad. He is a Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, India.



Wolfgang Rossner

Wolfgang Rossner, R&D Manager, Siemens AG


Biography: Rossner is R&D manager at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, Munich, Germany, heading the global technology field ‘ceramic materials and devices’ with focus on structural and functional ceramics. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 1984 he joined Siemens AG, Corporate R&D, and was responsible for developments in various fields, such as piezoelectrics, scintillators and lighting phosphors. In 2003 he was promoted head of Siemens Corporate Technology Department for Ceramics. He received the Siemens Innovation Prize for the development of the scintillating ceramic “Lightning UFC” in 1997 and was awarded Siemens Top Innovator in 2007.



S.K. Sundaram

S. K. Sundaram, Inamori Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University


Biography: Before joining Alfred University, Sundaram was a Materials Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He joined the PNNL in 1994 as a post-doctoral fellow and became a Senior Research Scientist in 1996. He was promoted to Chief Materials Scientist in January 2002. On technical front, he has been working on several aspects of advanced transformational materials science and engineering, focused on glass, ceramics, and semiconductors for various applications in energy, environment, health care, and national security. He is internationally recognized for interdisciplinary research. He has made over 100 technical presentations, edited/contributed to 11 books, published over 75 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports, mentored/supported over 40 students, and organized/co-organized several national and international symposia on advanced topics in materials science. He also has three issued patents and two provisional patent applications. He holds a PhD in Ceramic Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (1994), an MT in Materials Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (1986) and Executive Certification in Strategy and Innovation from Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007).



Alan W. Weimer

Alan (Al) W. Weimer, University of Colorado


Biography: Weimer, H.T. Sears Memorial Professor, joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1996 after a 16 year career with the Dow Chemical Company. He was named Dow Research Inventor of the Year in 1993 and received Dow’s “Excellence in Science Award” in 1995 for commercializing high temperature processing to produce advanced materials. He is recipient of the 2005 DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in R&D for solar-driven high-temperature thermochemical cycles for hydrogen production and more recently received the 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems and the 2010 AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award. His former students have co-founded two successful spin-off companies out of his university laboratory: ALD NanoSolutions in 2001 and Copernican Energy (merged with Sundrop Fuels) in 2006. Both have received the Physical Science Company of the Year Award by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office; combined providing for over 50 jobs. Prof. Weimer is a member of ACerS and ACS, and is a Fellow of AIChE.



Minoru Kanehira

Minoru Kanehira, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS


Biography: Kanehira (Ping Jin as his used name) obtained his PhD in 1992 from Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan. He became a senior research scientist of AIST of Japan in 1992, and kept the position until 2010. He had been a guest professor of North-west Institute of Light Industry of China in 1995, a guest senior scientist of Linköping University of Sweden in 1997, a distinguished senior scientist of Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of China in 2004, a guest professor of Aichi Institute of Technology of Japan in 2007. He has been working on chromogenic materials particularly the vanadium oxide thin films and nano-particles for thermochromic smart windows since 1992. He has made over 180 journal publications, co-authored 3 books, over 40 patents of Japan, USA and China, and many invited talks in international conferences. He is currently the professor and the director of the Research Center for Industrial Ceramics, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science, China and a guest senior scientist of AIST, Japan.



Juan C. Nino

Juan C. Nino, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida Research Foundation


Biography: Nino obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 at Los Andes University (Bogotá, Columbia). He was a Lecturer at the Colombian Engineering School before joining The Pennsylvania State University in 1998, where he completed his doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2002. After a postdoctoral appointment focusing on ferroelectric thin films at the Materials Research Institute, he joined UF in Fall 2003 as an Assistant Professor. Since, he has established the Nino Research Group (NRG) with main focus of the investigation of fundamental relationships governing energy-related materials towards enhancing their efficiency, performance, and sustainability. NRG’s research investigates ceramics, polymers, bio-inspired materials, and their composites. Nino has over 60 scientific publications and is Coordinating Editor of the Journal of Electroceramics and Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. He is a recipient of the CAREER award by the US National Science Foundation. In 2009 he received the J Bruce Wagner Jr Young Investigator Award from the Electrochemical Society, and in 2010 he was named the International Educator of the Year by the College of Engineering at UF.



Masaki Ozawa

Masaki Ozawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors


Biography: He has been researched on spent fuel (LWR, FBR) reprocessing by PUREX process and partitioning & transmutation (P&T) of radioactive wastes at Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) since 1975 to 2010. During the first 10 years (1975-1985), he devoted his R&D efforts at the Tokai-Reprocessing Plant. During 1981-1982, researched at the Institute fur Heisse Chemie (IHCh), Kernforshungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK), Germany. Since Nov. 2007 to Mar. 2011, he was a program officer of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in the field of nuclear science and technology. He and collaborators have been proposed a concept of “Advanced ORIENT Cycle” for utilization of nuclear rare metals and non-proliferation of actinides in the spent fuel, and a positive creation of the valuable elements, rare earth by transmutation is his current interest, “modern alchemy”. He was graduated from Yamanashi University, graduate school (MS, Applied Chemistry) 1975, and awarded doctor degree (Dr. Eng.) from The University of Tokyo, 1993.


Hasan Mandal

Hasan Mandal, Sabancı University


Biography: Mandal (Prof. Dr.) received his BSc in Metallurgy from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) in 1987 and PhD in Ceramic Materials from University of Newcastle (UK) in 1992. He stayed at the same university as postdoctoral research associate during 1992-1996 with funding by Cookson Technology Centre (Oxford/UK) and EPSRC/UK. In 2007-2008, Mandal was at Karlsruhe University as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. In 1996, he joined the Department of Ceramic Engineering at Anadolu University. He became the Head of Department (1999), Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Anadolu University (2004), Chairperson of Turkish Engineering Deans Council (2006), Chairperson of Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC-2009), Vice Rector of Anadolu University (2010). He is currently is Vice President and also the Director of Research and Graduate Policies at Sabanci University/Istanbul. He is the First Vice-President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and Bologna Expert. He has co-authored over a hundred publications, holds three patents about science and technologies on Si3N4 based ceramics including phase relationships, structure-property relations and applications, specifically on cutting tools.


Manfred Salinger, Pall Corporation


Biography: Salinger is a chemical engineer and a senior expert in filtration technologies and development of ceramic filter media with over 25 years of experience in filtration of gases and liquids. The main area of his expertise is hot gas filtration. He started his carrier as developer of ceramic filter media. For almost 10 years he was responsible for the filtration company / manufacturing site of ceramic filter elements “Schumacher” in Crailsheim, Germany. This company is at present a subsidiary of Pall Corporation. Since 2002 at Pall Corporation he is the Global Market Leader Hot Gas Filtration and SOx and NOx Control.


Paolo Colombo

Paolo Colombo, Professor, Materials Science and Technology, University of Padova, Italy; Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University; Visiting Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University College London.


Biography: Colombo graduated in chemical engineering, with a specialization in materials, from Padova University, Italy. He worked as a research associate at Padova University from 1990 to 1998, and as an associate professor at Bologna University from 1998 to 2005. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Penn State in 1991-92. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (UK), an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has published more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters and holds three patents. He co-edited two books. He has been Guest Editor of several special issues devoted to porous materials and polymer-derived-ceramics for various journals. He has been lead- or co-organizer of several international conferences in the field of porous ceramics and ceramic materials from preceramic polymers, and has given several invited talks and keynote lectures at various international conferences and research institutions. He was awarded the Pfeil Award 2007 (IOMMM), the Global Star Award 2010 (ACerS) and the Edward C. Henry Award 2011 (ACerS). He serves on 8 Editorial Boards of international journals, and is a reviewer for 40 ISI journals.



George Muntean

George Muntean, Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Biography: Muntean joined the laboratory in January 2002 after 16 years with Cummins Engine Company as a combustion research specialist/manager. He is currently the Director of Transportation Programs at the lab and leads the Energy Conversion Initiative. As such, he coordinates all activities associated with internal combustion engine research and transportation technology. This portfolio spans topics from battery research, lightweight materials, PHEV codes & standards, alternate fuels to aftertreatment R&D. In addition, he is directing the laboratory efforts in the fields of hydrocarbon gasification, synthesis gas & CO2 separations, and product synthesis from HC resources. Muntean is best known for his work in combustion research and emissions control. He has numerous publications, patents and presentations in this field. In his time with Cummins, Muntean led a combustion/performance/emissions development team responsible for the introduction of a proprietary Tier 2 light-duty diesel engine. This engine is designed for the light truck and SUV markets. In a previous assignment, he headed a research department that was responsible for the assessment, characterization, and development of diesel engine exhaust after-treatment technologies. Through both of these assignments, Muntean was a technical leader of the Cummins negotiating team during the CARB LEV II, EPA TIER 2, and EPA 2007 heavy-duty diesel rulemaking processes. In this role he crafted position papers and provided input to the negotiations with the various regulatory agencies.



James J. O'Brien

James J. O’Brien, Sr. R&D Director for the Powertrain & Emissions, The Dow Chemical Company


Biography: O’Brien joined Dow in 1988 after earning his Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. O’Brien was trained in organic chemistry with an emphasis toward polymer science, particularly in the area of microelectronics. During his career O’Brien has developed technical expertise and led breakthrough technology projects in the areas of emissions aftertreatment, building and construction products, ceramic materials, catalysis, advanced composites, electronic coatings, and various plastics. In his current role, O’Brien is responsible for the Dow’s disruptive AERIFYTM Diesel Particulate Filter technology platform. Dr. O’Brien is the author/co-author of numerous patents, publications and technology reports.



Koichi Eguchi

Koichi Eguchi, Professor, Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University


Biography: Eguchi obtained doctor of engineering from Kyushu University, Japan in 1984. He worked for the same school as a associate professor in 1986, He was promoted to a full professor of the same school in 1998. He is currently a full professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University since 2000. He has been serving as the regional editor of Solid State Ionics (Elsevier) and the Editor-in-chief of Catalysis Surveys from Asia (Springer). He specializes in environmental catalysis, solid catalysts for fuel conversion, and fuel cell materials.



Yuji Iwamato

Yuji Iwamato, Professor, Nagoya Institute of Technology


Biography: Iwamoto is a professor of Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in organic chemistry from The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Nagoya City University in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science from The University of Tokyo in 2004. Before joining NITech, he worked for Nippon Noyaku Co. (1987-1989), and Japan Fine Ceramics Center (1990-2006). He has received several awards including the Richard M. Fulrath Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2006, and the Academic Achievements Award from the Ceramic Society of Japan in 2007. His current research interests are chemical synthesis of ceramic-based materials from organometallic precursors, and development of environmental materials.




Louis Winnubst

Louis Winnubst, University of Twente


Biography: Winnubst is a staff member of the Inorganic Membranes group at the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research activities are in the field of ceramic processing for the development of new ceramic membranes. Examples are polymer grafting of inorganic membranes to be used in nanofiltration under extreme conditions and sol-gel derived membranes for gas separation and pervaporation. Louis is visiting professor at the School of Chemistry and Materials Science of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, Anhui, P.R. China. He is a member of the Permanent Executive Committee (PEC) of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS).




Do Kyung Kim, Professor, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)


Biography: Kim joined the faculty of Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST in 1994. He received his B.S.degree from Seoul National University in 1982 and earned M.S. and Ph.D. from Department of Materials Science and Engineering of KAIST in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Before joining KAIST, he worked for the Agency for Defense Development(1987-1994), Korea. He had spent several visiting professor positions in UC San Diego(1992), NIST(2002), and UC Berkeley(2008). He was awarded a Top 20 Most Outstanding Research Award from Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) in 1997 and Top Most Outstanding Research Award from Korea Research Foundation (KRF) in 2011. In 2007 he was awarded the Promising Scientist for Overseas Research by SBS Foundation. He has authored more than 150 technical articles, and has filled 17 Patents in US, Japan and Korea.


William Mustel, Manager of New Business, Ceramic Materials Division, Saint-Gobain


Biography: Mustel joined the Saint-Gobain Group in 1998 where he is now managing the New business activity within its Ceramic Materials Division. Since 1982 he has occupied different positions in R&D in two big French groups where he was in charge of several big research and industrial projects all dealing with advanced ceramics and refractories for thermo-mechanical applications. He has been working intensively on non-oxide ceramic materials, and especially on silicon carbide and silicon nitride materials. He has spent more than 10 years of his career in the field of Diesel Particulate Filters where he has also been as Vice President in charge of a DPF production unit in France. Mustel has a PhD in Material Science delivered from the French School of Mines. He is also graduate from the French National School of Ceramics.



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