Keynote Speakers

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.


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. 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.