Keynote Speakers

Prof. Xiao-Dong Zhou
University of Connecticut, USA

Professor Xiao-Dong Zhou is the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund professor in Sustainable Energy, The Nicholas E. Madonna Chair in Sustainability, Director of the, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, and a Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at University of Connecticut. He is a special advisor to UConn President Radenka Maric in Sustainability. Dr. Zhou received J. B. Wagner Jr. Young Investigator Award in 2007 from the Electrochemistry Society - High Temperature Materials Division. He is the recipient of 2011 US DOD – DARPA Young Faculty Award. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. His research interests span theoretical and experimental studies of materials and interfaces for energy systems, including batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers.


Prof. Jihyun Hwang
Korea Institute of Energy Technology, South Korea

Prof. Dr. Jihyun Hwang holds a PhD in offshore cryogenic liquefaction process optimization from graduate school of Seoul National University, South Korea. He is an experienced Hydrogen, LNG, Oil & Gas process professional who brings 20 years of relevant experience to specific projects and technology development. He is a Professor, Head of Hydrogen Energy at KENTECH ( ), a managing director for FIP (Fraunhofer Innovation Platform)-H2Energy@KENTECH ( FIP-H2ENERGY@KENTECH ) as well as Head of the HYLOT R&D lab ( ), specialized in Hydrogen & LNG processes and project engineering. Before joining KENTECH, Prof. Dr. Jihyun Hwang worked as an expert in different international companies in South Korea, the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany. He is an esteemed technology development leader for (floating and onshore) hydrogen production & storage projects with in-depth knowledge and technical expertise in process engineering for cryogenic processes (LNG, hydrogen) and liquefaction engineering, blue hydrogen, green and blue ammonia, and methanol production.


Speech title "Development of Technical Specifications and Process System Requirements for the World’s Largest LH2 Refueling Station"


Prof. Hossam A. Gabbar
Ontario Tech University, Canada

Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the Department of Energy and Nuclear Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Ontario Tech University (UOIT), where he has established the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL), Smart Energy Systems Lab, and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is recognized among the top 2% of worldwide scientists with high citation in the area of energy. He is a Distinguished Lecturer – IEEE NPSS on Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems and Plasma-based Waste-to-Energy. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, energy safety and control systems, and waste to energy using advanced plasma technologies. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan). From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as an Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He also worked as process control, safety, and automation specialist in energy and oil & gas industries. Dr. Gabbar has more than 230 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers.


Speech title "Resilient Energy Systems for Interconnected Infrastructures"


Prof. Akira Kondo
Osaka University, Japan

Prof. Kondo Akira was graduated from Faculty Engineering, Osaka University in 1982 and from Graduated School of Engineering, Osaka University in 1984. After that, he had worked in Matsushita Electric Industry (Panasonic) for 5 years. From 1989, he has been working in Osaka University as an assistant professor, associated professor and professor. He received PhD in 1999 and its thesis is “Study on development of numerical simulation model in order to mitigate urban atmospheric environment”. He is researching on the environmental dynamics modeling in the wide ranges from global scale to indoor scale. Moreover he carried out the joint researches in South-East Asia; Nepal, Indonesia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Throughout these researches, he received the best paper award from The Society of Heating, Air Conditioning and Sanitary Engineering of Japan in 2010 and received the best paper award from the Society of Environmental Science of Japan in 2012 and received the best academic award from Atmospheric Environmental Society of Japan in 2015. He is also the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles including articles written in Japanese, and 80 international conference papers with limited peer review.


Speech title "Evaluation on Current and Future Air Quality in Southeast Asia by using WRF/CMAQ"


Prof. Kokyo Oh
Center for Environmental Science in Saitama, Japan

Prof. Dr. Kokyo Oh is a senior researcher in Center for Environmental Science in Saitama, Japan. He obtained Ph.D. degree (soil science) in 1995, and was honored as a research fellow by Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA) from 1997 to 1999. His research areas include soil science, environmental conservation, environmental chemistry and biology, and environmental agronomy. He has published more than 200 major academic papers, has presided over and participated in more than 100 scientific research fund projects, and has been invited to be the chairman of more than 20 international conferences.


Speech title "Contaminated Soils: Valuable Utilization and Resource Conservation with Phytoremediation Technology"