Antonio Pizzi is Emeritus Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the School of Wood Science and Timber Engineering at the University of Lorraine, France. He held previously the ad hominem chair of Polymer Chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. Prof. Pizzi who has been director of three national Institutes in South Africa has also held long term positions in the timber industry. He holds three doctorates (Dr. Chem, Rome, Italy, PhD, South Africa, D.Sc. South Africa) in Chemistry and Wood Science. He has also received a number of prestigious international scientific prizes (such as twice the finalist prize of the René Descartes prize of the European Commission, in 2000 and 2005, and the Schweighofer Innovation prize, in Austria). He specialises in thermosetting resins, synthesis and formulation of resins and wood adhesives, adhesives from natural products, polymer chemistry, polycondensation, wood panels and other composites technology, environment-friendly wood preservatives, materials science, wood welding. He is the author of 10 books published in New York and of 800 publications in refereed journals of standing, 40 patents, and several other reports and conference proceedings. He is considered as a leading specialist in wood adhesives, especially from renewable materials, and in wood panels. H Index = 70
Prof. Ramaswamy Nagarajan
Ramaswamy Nagarajan is a Professor of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has a science and engineering background with bachelor degrees in chemistry and rubber technology from India and a doctoral degree in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts. His research interest is in the development of “greener”/sustainable routes to advanced functional materials (polymers, additives and surfactants). Working at the interface of science and engineering his research group has been involved in translating fundamental research into engineering applications for advancing technology in new and emerging areas. He has published more than 55 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 17 U.S. patents.