Polymers 2023 International Conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Paschalis Alexandridis

University at Buffalo, USA

Paschalis Alexandridis is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), where he has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering, co-Director of the Materials Science and Engineering program, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and has been visiting professor at Shinshu University, Kyushu University, and Technical University of Crete. He has a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in chemical engineering, and has carried out postdoctoral research in polymer physical chemistry at Lund University.

Alexandridis' research utilizes molecular interactions and supramolecular assemblies to develop processes that are environment friendly and energy efficient, and products with desired properties and function. Ongoing projects address structuring via self-assembly and directed assembly of block copolymers, environmentally responsible solvents, and fluorinated surfactant sequestration from aqueous solutions. In the field of plastics recycling, Alexandridis is leading projects on advanced sorting, chemical recycling, recycling of multilayer films, and recycling of medical waste. He has authored 190 articles and 6 US patents (Google Scholar h-index 75 and 22300 citations).

Alexandridis is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and International Association of Advanced Materials, and has served as chair of AIChE Area 1C: "Interfacial Phenomena" and on the executive committee of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics section), and Review Editor of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.


Prof. Alejandro J. Müller

University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain

Prof. A.J. Müller holds an IKERBASQUE (Basque Foundation for Science) Research Professorship at POLYMAT and the Department of Polymers and Advanced Materials: Physics, Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. He is an Editor for POLYMER (Elsevier), IF (2021): 4.432 (Q1), in the joint areas of Polymer Physics and Physical Chemistry. He is a Corresponding Member of the “Academia Nacional de la Ingeniería y del Hábitat de Venezuela (ANIH)". In 2021 he was elected as a corresponding member of the “Academia de Ciencias de America Latina (ACAL). He has co-authored more than 500 publications and achieved an h index of 71 and 17000+ citations to his publications. He has won several awards, including the international "Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Prize." (2011).


Prof. Francesco Paolo La Mantia

University of Palermo, Italy

Scientific activities:

Rheological and mechanical properties of polymer systems; processability, characterization and compatibilization of polymer blends; liquid crystal polymers; nanocomposites; biodegradable polymers; plastics recycling.

Author of about 380 scientific papers (Citations 11500, h = 52, Google Scholar; Citations 8300, h = 43, SCOPUS. (October 2022)), four books on plastics recycling and two books on liquid crystal polymers, as well as several book chapters and two teaching books on polymers. About 400 communications at National and International conferences, about 50 technical papers and 12 patents. Many invited plenary lectures at National and International conferences.

Coordination activities:

  • Coordinator and Responsible of many national and international research projects, as well as contracts with industries and public organizations.
  • Chairman of several National and International conferences.
  • Former President and currently treasurer of the MoDeSt International scientific society.
  • Former President of AIMAT (Italian Association of Materials Engineering) Society.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of International Peer Reviewed Journals, such as Polymer Degradation and Stability, Polymers, Nanomaterials, Materials, Recycling, Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials, Polimery, Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology.
  • Guest Editor of 12 Special Issues of Polymers, four Special Issues of Materials and two on Recycling.

Evaluation activities

  •  Reviewer of research projects for public national and international Institutions (Research Ministries of France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Luxembourg, etc.), as well as private Institutions.
  •  Referee for several scientific ISI journals, such as: Polymer Degradation and Stability, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering and Science, Polymer, Polymer Composites, Journal of Rheology, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Composites Engineering, International Polymer Processing, etc.

Managing activities

  • Coordinator of the Degree Courses in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chairman of the Department of Chemical, Processes and Materials Engineering, University of Palermo.
  • Member of the Administration Board of the University of Palermo (1997-2002) and President of the Finance and Business commettee.
  • Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Palermo (2004-2010)
  • Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Palermo (2004-2010)
  • Vice-Rector of the University of Palermo, March-October 2015.
  • Delegate of the Rector for: Research and Research Evaluation, Strategic Planning,Decentralization, etc
  • Vice-Rector for Planning, Development and Strategic Management
  • President of the Polythecnic School of the University of Palermo.

Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis

King Abdullah University of science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Nikos Hadjichristidis Distinguished Professor of Chemical Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. The research of Professor Hadjichristidis focuses mainly on the synthesis of novel homopolymers and copolymers with well-defined complex macromolecular architecture (star, comb, dendritic, cyclic, etc), by using anionic polymerization (AP) high vacuum techniques as well as, combinations of AP with other polymerizations (C1 and C3, ROP, ROMP, ATRP, etc.). These polymers are ideal models for checking theories (e.g., de Gennes tube theory and hierarchical motion theory in branched polymers), understanding/improving the performance of industrial polymers (e.g., PE and PMMA), and are potential candidates for high-tech applications (e.g., nanolithography, high-temperature membranes, and drug delivery). Lately, Professor Hadjichristidis started research on biodegradable polyethylene, vitrimers, circular polymer economy and non-covalent (hydrogen bonding, stereocomplexation)-based macromolecular architectures. He has published more than 600 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, 35 patents, is the editor of four books, including the Macromolecular Engineering, 2nd Edition, 5-volume book (Wiley 2022), and author of one book on “Block Copolymers” (Wiley 2003). Professor Hadjichristidis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK, 2022) and has received several awards, including the Hermann F. Mark Medal (Austria, 2020); the University of Athens, Chemistry Department Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Research, Teaching, Mentoring, and Administration in Chemistry (Greece, 2018); the Macro Group Medal for Outstanding Achievements (UK, 2016); the American Chemical Society National Award for Polymer Chemistry (USA, 2015); the American Chemical Society, Rubber Division, Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award (USA, 2011), the American Chemical Society, Polymeric Materials Science, and Engineering Division, Cooperative Research Award (USA, 2010); and the International Award of the Japanese Society of Polymer Science (Japan, 2007).


Prof. Saisamorn Lumyong

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Emeritus Professor Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong was born on 19th January 1950. She was curious about biology around her locality and her later in her career as a great microbiologist. She obtained B.Sc. in Agriculture in 1971 from Chiang Mai University and an M.Sc. in Microbiology from Kasetsart University, Thailand in 1975. She received her Ph.D. from the prestigious Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1993 through the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) RONPAKU Fellowship Program. In 1975, she obtained the position of lecturer at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at Chiang Mai University (CMU). In 1979, she was promoted to Assistant Professor and she became Associate Professor in 1982. She was promoted to a full Professor in 2006. In 2018, she became Emeritus Professor and has been very active in her research until present.


Prof. Huang Wei Min

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore

Dr. Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has 17 years of experience on shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid) and technologies. He has published two books (Thin Film Shape Memory Alloys [co-ed., Cambridge University Press, 2009]; Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer [co-au., CRC, 2011]) and over 100 papers in journals, such as Materials Today, Soft Matter, Journal of Materials Chemistry etc, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 60 international journals and proposals from American Chemical Society etc. He is currently on the editorial board of four journals.

Research Interests: Shape memory materials and technologies, Smart actuators and devices, Active assembly and disassembly, Surface patterning, Yield surface of materials, Materials selection, etc.


Prof. Federico Carpi

University of Florence, Italy

Federico Carpi is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florence. His main research interest concerns smart material-based biomedical and bioinspired mechatronic devices. From 2013 to 2017 he has served as the first President of the ‘European Society on Electromechanically Active Polymer Transducers and Artificial Muscles’. Since 2019, he is included in the ranking of the top 100,000 most influential scientists according to standardized citation metrics (source: PLoS Biology). He is an Editorial Board member of several journals, and member of the scientific committees of several conferences. His publications include around 80 articles in international journals, 3 edited books and several contributions to books and conferences.


Prof. Pornchai Rachtanapun

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Pornchai Rachtanapun currently works at the Faculty Of Agro-Industry, Chiang Mai University. Pornchai does research in Packaging Technology and Food Science. Their most recent publication is 'Biodegradable Rice Starch/Carboxymethyl Chitosan Films with Added Propolis Extract for Potential Use as Active Food Packaging.


Dr. Sanjay Mavinkere Rangappa

King Mongkut's Univ. of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Sanjay Mavinkere Rangappa, is currently working as a Senior Research Scientist and also 'Advisor within the office of the President for University Promotion and Development towards International goals' at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand. He has received the B.E (Mechanical Engineering) in the year 2010, M.Tech (Computational Analysis in Mechanical Sciences) in the year 2013, Ph.D (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Science) from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, India in the year 2018 and Post Doctorate from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand, in the year 2019. He is a Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and an Associate Member of Institute of Engineers (India). Also acting as a Board Member of various international journals in the fields of materials science and composites. He is a reviewer for more than 100 international Journals (for Nature, Elsevier, Springer, Sage, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, IOP, Hindawi, NC State University USA, ASM International, Emerald Group, Bentham Science Publishers, Universiti Putra, Malaysia), also a reviewer for book proposals, and international conferences. In addition, he has published more than 150 articles in high-quality international peer-reviewed journals indexed by SCI/Scopus, 6 editorial corners, 60 book chapters, one book, 18 books as an Editor (Published by lead publishers such as Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley), and also presented research papers at national/international conferences. In 2021, his 17 articles have got top-cited article status in various top journals (Journal of Cleaner Production, Carbohydrate Polymers, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Journal of Natural Fibers, Journal of Industrial Textiles). He is a lead editor of Several special issues. He has delivered many keynote and invited talks in various international conferences and workshops. His current research areas include Natural fiber composites, Polymer Composites, and Advanced Material Technology. He is a recipient of the DAAD Academic exchange-PPP Programme between Thailand and Germany to Institute of Composite Materials, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has received a ‘Top Peer Reviewer 2019’ award, Global Peer Review Awards, Powered by Publons, Web of Science Group. The KMUTNB selected him for the ‘Outstanding Young Researcher’ Award 2020. He is recognized by Stanford University’s list of the world’s Top 2% of the Most-Cited Scientists in Single Year Citation Impact 2019 and also for the year 2020.


Prof. Ramin Sedaghati

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Prof. Ramin Sedaghati is currently full professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering at Concordia University and also Concordia Research Chair (CURC-Tier 1) in smart materials and adaptive structure. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Victoria, BC, Canada in 2000. Following his PhD study, Prof. Sedaghati was awarded Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) post-doctoral fellowship in Canadian Space Agency, John. H. Chapman Space Center, Quebec.  Prof. Sedaghati is director of smart materials and adaptive structure lab (SMASL) at Concordia University and his main research activities include smart materials particularly magnetoactive materials, smart and functional elastomers and composites, adaptive structures, adaptive vibration absorbers and isolators, magnetoactive soft robots and structural optimization. He has published over 140 journal articles and 150 conference papers and technical reports and supervised over 85 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as well as 100 undergraduate students for their research projects.   He is Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Prof. Sedaghati is currently serving as associate editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and on the editorial board of number of journals including Vibration and Actuators (MDPI). He was also the general chair of 30th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies (ICAST2019), one of the oldest and well-known conference in the area of smart materials and adaptive structures.


Prof. Stanislaw Kuciel

Cracow University of Technology, Poland

Stanisław Kuciel is a graduate of the Bartłomiej Nowodworski High School in Krakow, and then the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Krakow University of Technology. In 1998, he defended his PhD in the field of recycling and Materials Engineering. He is the author and co-author of over 250 publications on the testing mechanical properties under variable loads and the problems of recycling, polymer composites, biomaterials and biocomposites. He is the supervisors of over 250 engineering and master's theses in the fields of Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical and Materials Engineering. He deliver many lectures in the field of Strength of Materials, Polymer Composites, Polymer Processing and Engineering Materials. He was the manager of several projects in the field of biomedical engineering, polymer waste utilization or innovative biocomposites from renewable raw materials, etc.


Prof. Marina Tsianou

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, USA

Marina Tsianou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York (SUNY). She joined UB after receiving a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, a PhD degree in Chemistry from Lund University, Sweden, and having worked in industry. Tsianou’s research interests and activities involve the design, development, characterization and applications of molecularly-engineered nanomaterials with desirable functionalities. Her research has addressed thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of polymer mediated crystallization, bio-inspired material synthesis, nano- and meso-scale organization and structure, complex fluids and soft interfaces, nanostructured polymers in films and on surfaces, and biomass processing. Her current focus is on environmental separations: PFAS sequestration and polymer recovery from plastic waste. In addition to her research, Tsianou is very dedicated to improving undergraduate education and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. For her outstanding contributions to education and mentoring, she has been recognized with the 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Tsianou has been active with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  In AIChE, she has served as chair of Area 1C, “Interfacial Phenomena” and Area 2B “Crystallization and Evaporation”, and as a Director of the Separations Division.  She is currently serving on the executive committee of AIChE’s Women in Chemical Engineering and as the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Separations Division.