A. Pizzi, is full professor of industrial chemistry at the ENSTIB, University of Lorraine. Prof. Pizzi, who holds a Dr.Chem. (Polymers, Rome, Italy), a Ph.D.(Organic Chemistry, South Africa) and a D.Sc.(Wood Chemistry, South Africa), is the author of more than 1000 research and technical articles, patents, contract reports and international conference papers as well as 10 books on adhesion and adhesives published in New York. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international prizes for new industrial developments in his fields of specialization such as, among others the Descartes Prize of the European Commission (UK), the Schweighofer Prize for Wood Research Innovation (Austria), the Gold Medal from the Academie de l'Agriculture de France (France) and the Wake Memorial Medal of the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives (UK). His best-known area of specialization is on wood and fiber glueing and wood adhesives chemistry, formulation and application, in particular in bioadhesives and their application to composite products based on natural materials.
Chinese Academy of Forestry, CHINA
Prof. Jiang is an expert of forestry engineering, and honored as an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering. He served as chairman of Bio-based Materials and Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance, and vice chairman of Forest Chemistry branch of Chinese Society of Forestry and Biomass Energy and Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance. Prof. Jiang also served as an expert of “863” in Energy & Technology area in 2004. He served as an adjunct professor of both Nanjing Forestry University and Southeast University. Prof. Jiang’ research interests focus on fundamental research and industrialization through thermochemical conversion：charcoal and actived carbon adsorption materials preparation; biomass pyrolysis gasification for central gas supply, heat supply and power generation; catalytic pyrolysis and liquefaction of biomass, waste oils and fats for drop-in fuels; chemical conversion of biomass for fine chemicals, including rigid foams, plasticizers, surfactants, etc. Prof. Jiang’s research achievements have been widely introduced and applied in both China and foreign countries, including Japan, Italy, etc. He has won the award of National Scientific and Technological Progress of China four times, respectively in 2006, 2009, 2013, 2016.
Central South University of Forestry and Technology, CHINA
Yiqiang Wu, Elected Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2021, is an expert in field of forestry engineering. Prof. Wu is specializing in the field of efficient utilization of wood, bamboo and straw resources, as well as green and low-carbon manufacturing of wood-based panels. He is the inventor of the theory of instantaneous shrinkage and maximum instantaneous shrinkage of wood cells and invented the superposition coupling theory of flame retardant and smoke suppression functions of wood materials. Recently, he is expanding his research to develop nano functional materials from sustainable bio-resources for the potential applications in fields of energy storage, catalysis and other functional materials. He graduated from Central South Forestry College in 1991, majoring in wood machining. He obtained his PhDs from National Ehime University of Japan (Wood science and technology). He has worked in the Central South University of Forestry and Technology since 1991, and was promoted to full professor in 2007. He won 2010 and 2018 National Scientific and Technological Progress Award (the second prize), 2014 National Teaching Achievement Award (the second prize), and 2017 National Innovation and Competition Award.
Guangxi University, CHINA
Shuangfei Wang, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, is a professor and doctoral supervisor at Guangxi University. He was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Sciences in 2021. Professor Wang has made original and innovative contributions to the development and application of clean pulp and paper making, waste treatment, and the high-value utilization of lignocellulosic biomass. With over 30 years of experience in the field of chlorine dioxide preparation, clean pulp bleaching, advanced treatment, and reuse of wastewater, Professor Wang has established a high-temperature chlorine dioxide bleaching and high-purity chlorine dioxide preparation technology and equipment system. These systems effectively solved the technical bottleneck of clean bleaching in China. Professor Wang's contributions have been recognized through numerous prestigious awards, such as the 2019 National Technology Invention Award (2nd Class), the 2016 National Scientific and Technological Progress Award (2nd prize), the Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation by Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation, the Special Contribution Award of the Guangxi Science and Technology Award in 2019, and others.
University of New Brunswick, CANADA
Prof. Xiao, a Professor in Chemical Engineering at University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), obtained his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in Canada in 1995. Before joining the UNB in 2001, he was a tenured Lecturer and PhD supervisor at the University of Manchester in the UK from 1996 to 2001. Since 2016, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of J. Bioresources and Bioproducts. His research interests mainly cover the functional modification of cellulose/cellulosic nanofibres or polymers as environmentally friendly materials, especially focusing on multi-barrier enhanced green packaging materials, bioadsorbents and smart or responsive hydrogels for water/soil remediation, antiviral and antibacterial polymers and cellulose nonwoven materials. Over the past decades, Dr. Xiao has attracted substantial research funding from various recourses; and acted as Theme leader for two NSERC strategic networks in Canada. To date Dr. Xiao has published over 400 SCI peer-reviewed journal papers with high impact in relevant areas; supervised more than 60 PhD students and PDFs and some of them have won various prestigious awards.
Nanjing Agricultural University, CHINA
Zhen Fang, Elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2021), is leader and founder of biomass group of the College of Engineering at Nanjing Agricultural University. He is the inventor of “fast hydrolysis” process. Prof. Fang is specializing in thermal/biochemical conversion of biomass, nanocatalysts synthesis and their applications, pretreatment of biomass for biorefineries and supercritical fluid processes. He obtained his PhDs from China Agricultural University (Agricultural Engineering, Beijing) and McGill University (Materials Engineering, Montreal) as well as received further postdoc training in Chemical Engineering in Spain (Marie Curie Fellowship, Universidad de Zaragoza) and visiting exchanges in bioenergy in Japan (AIST fellowship). He is listed in the “Most Cited Chinese Researchers” in energy for 2014-2019 (Elsevier-Scopus). He has more than 20-year international research experiences at top universities and institutes around the world, including 1 year in Spain (University of Zaragoza), 3 years in Japan (Biomass Technology Research Center, AIST; Tohoku University), and more than 8 years in Canada (McGill) in renewable energy and green technologies. He has worked for 7 years as a senior engineer in energy, bioresource utilization and engine design in industry before moving to academia. He won the Governor’s Friendship (Caiyun) Award in 2012 in Yunnan for the significant contributions to the Jatropha biodiesel industry and bioenergy, 2013 S&T Progress Award (the first place) of Xishuangbanna Prefecture for Breeding of New Varieties of Jatropha, and 2017 CAS Excellent Supervisor Award for training students (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences).
Orlando J. Rojas
University of British Columbia, CANADA
Professor Rojas is a Canada Excellence Research Chair in the University of British Columbia and Director of the Bioproducts Institute. Prof. Rojas received the Anselme Payen Award, the highest recognition in the area of cellulose and renewable materials. He is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2013), the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (2017) and recipient of the Tappi Nanotechnology Award (2015). During his career Prof. Rojas has advised 50 postdoctoral fellows, 61 PhD and 50 MS students. He has also hosted 112 international visiting scholars and professors. With a h-index of 90 and 37000 citations (Google Scholar), he has authored about ca. 550 peer-reviewed papers and a larger number of conference contributions related to the core research, mainly dealing with nanostructures from renewable materials. He is a top 1% researcher by citations for field and year according to Clarivate 2022.
University of Göttingen, GERMANY
Prof. Kai Zhang is the Head of the Department for Wood Technology and Wood-based Composites, and Executive Director of Biotechnology Center of Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen, Germany. The department has currently research fields including sustainable materials and functional materials including energy materials, green chemistry, polysaccharides, wood-based composites, hybrid materials etc. He serves currently as editorial board member of 'Smart Materials in Medicine' and 'Scientific Reports'. He was Associated Editor of 'Hydrogels' and editorial board member of 'Journal of Semiconductors'. He carried out a number of projects, such as from EU, German Science Foundation (DFG), Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, and German Chemical Industry Association and so on. He published more than 130 papers, such as in Nature Sustainability, Chem, Angewandte Chemie Int Ed, Advanced Materials, ACS Energy Letters, ACS Nano and Advanced Functional Materials.