Ravi Naidu

Laureate Professor at University of Newcastle, Australia

Chemical pollution: a growing peril and potential catastrophic risk to humanity

Ravi’s work focuses on the remediation of contaminated soil, water and air, and the potential impacts of contaminants upon environmental and human health at local, national and global levels. For more than two decades, Ravi has been a global leader in the move to the now widely accepted ‘risk based’ approach to managing contaminated sites. He has also been a leader in the shift to in-situ remediation – cleaning up contamination where it lies, rather than the traditional ‘dig and dump’ approach. Together, these approaches potentially save industry millions, if not billions, of dollars annually and make clean-up far more feasible and effective.

Ravi received his PhD and DSc in environmental science from Massey University, New Zealand. He is an elected Fellow of the Soil Science Societies of America (2000) and New Zealand (2004), the American Society of Agronomy (2006), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2017), the Royal Society of Chemistry (2017), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2017), the Indian Academy of Agricultural Science (2021), and the Royal Society of New Zealand (2021). He has authored or co-authored over 750 journal articles and 80 technical publications as well as 11 patents, and co-edited 16 books and 118 book chapters in the field of soil and environmental sciences. He has also supervised over 50 PhD completions.

Caijun Shi

Chair Professor at Hunan University, China

Dr. Caijun Shi is vice president of Asian Concrete Federation, a national distinguished expert of China, Chair Professor of College of civil Engineering, Hunan University. He received his B. Eng and M. Eng from Southeast University, Nanjing, China and his Ph.D from the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Cement-based Materials, Co-Editor of Journal of Ceramics in Modern Technologies, former associate editor of Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and current associate editor of Journal of Chinese Ceramic Society, and an editorial board member of Cement and Concrete Research, Cement and Concrete Composites, Construction and Building Materials, Materiales de Construccion, Heliyon, Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, Journal of Asian Concrete Federation, Materials Review and Journal of Building Materials. Dr. Shi is currently a member of many technical committees within ACI and RILEM.
His research interests include characterization and utilization of industrial by-products and waste materials, design and testing of cement and concrete materials, development and evaluation of cement additives and concrete admixtures, and solid and hazardous waste management. He has developed several novel technologies and products in these areas, and has been granted 4 US patents and 22 Chinese patents. I have authored/co-authored more than 420 technical papers, seven English books, three Chinese books and edited/co-edited seven international conference proceedings. My Google citation is over 19720 and H-index is 70 (by Dec 31, 2020). I was elected as a fellow of International Energy Foundation in 2001, American Concrete Institute in 2007, and RILEM in 2016 in recognition of my contributions to these organization and relevant field.

Satinder Kaur Brar

Professor at York University, Canada

Bioremediation and Microorganisms: It takes two to Tango

Prof. Satinder Kaur Brar is the James and Joanne Love Chair in Environmental Engineering at York University. Her research is on the intersecting areas of environmental engineering and its impact on the overall well-being of the global community. She primarily works in the two converging fields of value-addition of wastes and removal of emerging contaminants. Many national and international awards and honors have been bestowed on her that prove her research mettle. Recent ones being, in 2019, Eddy Principles/Processes Wastewater Medal winner, honored by the Water Environment Federation; in 2017, her research on “Novel and Advanced Hybrid Oxidation and Enzymatic Technologies for Emerging Trace Environmental Contaminants” were awarded the Grand Prize in University Research for Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES. She leads the Bioprocessing and NanoEnzyme Formulation Facility (BANEFF) at York University which has successfully led to the training of 69 HQP (including 45 undergraduates and summer interns). Currently, she is supervising 4 PDFs, 2 research associates, one research assistant, 11 Ph.D.s and 2 M.Scs. She has published more than 385 articles, edited 11 books and at least 52 invited talks to her credit.

Antonio Caggiano

Senior Researcher at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Highly-porous PCM-enhanced cementitious systems for thermal storage and energy-saving solutions in environmental friendly constructions and buildings

Dr. Antonio Caggiano is senior researcher at the Institut für Werkstoffe im Bauwesen of TU Darmstadt. He joined the Institute as Humboldtian (2017-2020) and is currently running and part of the coordination team of the EU-H2020 project “Integrated porous cementitious nanocomposites in non-residential building envelopes for green active/passive eNeRGy STORAGE” (NRG-STORAGE, number 870114, www.nrg-storage.eu). He is specialized in computational mechanics, multiscale and multi-physics modelling of cementitious systems. Fracture mechanics, transport phenomena, thermal energy storages, energy efficiency, green solutions and self-healing mechanisms of construction and building materials are also part of his expertise and research interest. He is member of the Argentine Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.

Luigi Coppola

Associate Professor at University of Bergamo, Italy

A new perspective in net zero carbon construction materials

Luigi Coppola, Civil Engineer, Associate Professor at University of Bergamo (Italy) – Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences and President of American Concret Institute Italy Chapter. He has authored more than 300 original papers, and 21 books on admixtures for concrete, alternative low-carbon binders, waste management in concrete production, deterioration, durability and repair of concrete structures, mixdesign, deterioration and restoration of historical buildings, corrosion and protection of rebars in reinforced concrete structures. In June 2000 Luigi Coppola was conferred an award for the “Outstanding and sustained contributions to enhance the Durability of Concrete” by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Canadian Institute of Materials, Energy and Transportation (CANMET). Editor and member of many international Journals, he is the chairperson of Thirteenth International Conference on Superplasticizers and other Chemical Admixtures in Concrete – Milan, Italy, October-November 2021 and Fifteenth International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues – Milan, Italy, October-November 2021.

Marco Corradi

Associate Professor at the University of Northumbria, UK

Sustainability considerations in remediation, retrofit and seismic upgrading of historic masonry structures

Dr. Corradi is actually an Associate Professor at the University of Northumbria, UK. He has 20 years experience including eight years as an aggregate professor at the University of Perugia, Italy. From 1998 to 2013  Dr  Corradi was Coordinator and Lecturer of the course “Mechanics of Structures” and “Experimental analysis of existing structures”. With an internationally recognised research profile in the field of structural analysis and retrofitting of historic constructions, he has been invited as a guest speaker at numerous research seminars in universities across Europe and USA. In addition, he sit on the editorial board of 4 scientific engineering journals. Dr Corradi is an Editor of Journal of Construction and Building Materials, edited by Elsevier. The research component focuses on the use of new advanced materials for upgrading of existing masonry and wood historic constructions. He is author of 221 articles and 4 books. He is also a chartered member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE) and a fellow of the High Education Academy (HEA). He is also an honorary partner of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of 234 articles and 4 books.

Jian-Guo Dai

Ir Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Production of Green Artificial Aggregates through Geopolymer Technology

Prof Dai is currently a full Professor and Associate Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated with his PhD degree from Hokkaido University, Japan. His research theme is “Emerging materials and structural systems for sustainable concrete infrastructures”. He has received many awards for his research work, including the Best Basic Research Paper Award from ASCE, Journal of Composites for Construction. He is a contributor of more than 260 technical papers (including some 130 SCI journal papers), with more than 3000 citations and h-index = 30 at Web of Science. Prof Dai is the Committee Manager of ISO/TC71 SC6, Vice President of International Institution of FRP for Construction (IIFC) and Chair of Technical Board of Asian Concrete Federation”. He is a Fellow of IIFC, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and Hong Kong Concrete Institute (HKCI). And has served other journals (e.g., ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Construction and Building Materials, Advances in Structural Engineering, Journal of Asian Concrete Federation) as a Guest Editor or an Editorial Board Member, and more than 60 international journals as a referee.

José Iván Escalante García

Principal Research Scientist  at Cinvestav Campus Saltillo,México

Optimization of sustainable alkaline binders of limestone-metakaolin

J Ivan Escalante-Garcia is a principal research scientist at Center for Research and Advanced Studies campus Saltillo since 1997. He holds memberships of the Mexican National Academy of Sciences and of the National System of Researchers (of the National Council of Science and Technology) with the highest level.  He is member of Editorial boards of 3 scientific journals indexed in JCR (Materiales de Construcción, Adv in Cement Research,  Adv in Concrete Construction), 1 in Scopus (J of Sustainable Cement Based Materials) and 1 in Latindex/Scielo (Alconpat Journal).   Escalante-Garcia has participated in the direction of 17 Ph.D thesis, 46 of MSc and 22 BSc.    His research interests are on the Design, processing and characterization of conventional and alternative cementitious materials; development of new cements of lower environmental impact based on limestone, volcanic materials, waste glass, slags, fly ash and other industrial by products. His laboratory has recently filed for 17 patent applications.

Kei-ichi Imamoto

Professor at Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Green concrete with clinker-free cement and blast furnace slag aggregate and its application to concrete-filled-bamboo (CFB)

Kei-ichi IMAMOTO is a Professor at Department of Architecture, Tokyo University of Science. His research interest includes Conservation of RC buildings, reuse of industrial by-product to building materials, creep and shrinkage of Concrete. He belongs to Architectural Institute of Japan, Japan Concrete Institute, RILEM and ACI. He is a member of RILEM Technical Advisory Committee and a secretary of RILEM TC 192-ECM, TC 255-FRS, TC 270-CIM and TC-DOC. He contributed as a keynote speaker of RILEM Spring Convention at Rovinj (2019), 14 th DBMC at Ghent (2017) and RILEM International workshop of TC 230-PSC at Zagreb (2014) and, so far, published more than 300 papers. He received awards of “Young researcher`s award” from Architectural Institute of Japan on 2008, “Prize for paper” from Japan Society for Finishing Technology on 2012, “Prize for paper” from Japan Concrete Institute on 2017 and “Prize for Suga Weathering Technology Foundation” on 2018.

Jamal Khatib

Emeritus Professor at University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Jamal Khatib, BEng, MEng(Sc), PhD, CEng, EUR ING, FICE, FHEA, PG.Cert. Ed, PG.Cert. PjtMgt, Cert. EnvMgt, MIEI(till 2015), MEPC, MIRED, SMUACSEE, MOIA, is presently Professor of Civil Engineering at the Faculty Engineering at Beirut Arab University (BAU)-Lebanon and Emeritus Professor of the University of Wolverhampton (UoW) – UK. His academic career began in 1987 as a Research Student/Assistant/Fellow, at the University of Aberdeen. In 1994 he moved to take another Research Fellow post at the University of South Wales (USW) until 1997. He then took a permanent position as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). During that time and due to research collaboration with IMUST-China, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor in 2001. After 9 years at SHU, he moved to the UoW as a Reader in Civil Engineering and became a Professor in July 2012. He achieved the Chartered Engineer status of the Institution of Civil Engineer (ICE) in 2010, the European Engineer status (EUR ING) in 2015 and the Fellowship status of the ICE in 2016. Areas of research specialism include a number of sustainable construction materials themes: a) use of waste in the production of construction materials, b) novel construction materials (e.g. metakaolin), c) concrete subjected to harsh environments, d) lightweight and self-compacting concrete and e) behaviour of structural materials. Prof Khatib was one of the early UK researchers who conducted research on metakaolin as partial substitution of cement and his publications in this area have been extensively cited. The products of his extensive research activities have been comprehensively disseminated through: over 400 refereed academic journal & conference papers, text books, abstracts, research seminars and workshops; articles and features. According to the ISI Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar Prof Khatib has an H-index of 23, 25 and 33 respectively. According to a study conducted by Stanford University in October 2020, Prof Khatib was classified as one of the top 2% researchers in the world in the building and construction field (https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/2). Microsoft Academic classified Prof Khatib as one of one of the top authors in cement (G-Index:18). According to Google scholar Prof Khatib has about 7000 citations and many of his papers were ranked as the top 25 articles. He acts as a reviewer to 150 international academic journals, book publishers & others. He sits on the technical committees of over 100 international conferences. Publons classified Prof Khatib as one of the top reviewers globally. He is an Editorial Board member of 10 academic Journals including the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor roles. Prof Khatib was a submitting member for the RAE/REF 1996 (USW), 2001 (SHU) & 2008/2014 (UoW).

Yifeng Zhang

Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Advanced microbial electrochemical technologies for micropollutants removal

Dr. Yifeng Zhang is Associate Professor at DTU Environment of Technical University of Denmark. He has been doing frontier research in the field of microbial electrochemistry, anaerobic digestion, fermentation, and advanced oxidation processes., A number of scientific breakthroughs have been achieved, leading to several cutting-edge technologies and applications, which have provided a wealth of novel findings to push forward the fundamental understanding and technical development of microbial electrochemistry. All these achievements have been well documented as scientific publications, patents, and several conference contributions. He has more than 75 ISI scientific publications and several conference presentations. His works have been well cited (over 3100 Citations) and his H index is 31 (Google Scholar).