Invited Speakers

Plenary Session

Prof. Kosior (Nextek Ltd): "Recycling symposium, Title TBD"

Edward Kosior, Professional Biography:
Edward Kosior received a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry and Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and Masters of Engineering Science in Polymer Engineering from Monash University Australia.
He then worked at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia from 1975 to 1997, reaching the level of Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering teaching polymer engineering and supervising PhD and MEng students. He was the inaugural Director of the RMIT Polymer Technology Centre that conducted industry focused polymer research into recycling.
He joined Visy Industries in 1997 and was based in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia where he was the Senior Research and Development Manager for Visy Recycling. In this role he was responsible for the plant design and business development of markets for recycled plastics.
He then set up Nextek Ltd in London in 2005 as the inaugural Managing Director. This involved overall management of the business and responsibility for the research and development activities of Nextek. Recent activities have included strategic advice and consulting to Fortune 500 organisations on end of life options for packaging wastes as well as complex materials. Projects delivered have included:

– UK: Development of a food grade PP recycling process and large scale trials
– Switzerland: Strategic advice and options for using recycled materials in branded products
– Australia and New Zealand: Design and commissioning a large new plastic recycling facilities
– USA: Re-design of large scale PET recycling facility to increase output and quality targets
– UK: Design of recycling plant for the recovery of post-consumer films plastics shopping bags
– Canada: Best practice in collection and reprocessing of post-consumer plastic films
– UK: Development of detectable black colourants for automatic sorting of plastics packaging
– UK: Development of fluorescent markers for the high speed sorting of post-consumer plastics packaging
– UK - Malaysia: Development of bio-based meat and fruit packaging with extended shelf life
– UK - India: Development of affordable films with controlled permeability for food waste reduction

He is an Honorary Professor at Brunel University London, at the Wolfson Materials Processing Centre. He is a Fellow of The Society of Plastics Engineers (FSPE), Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FMMM), and a Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). His most recent award ws the Prince Philp Medal for "Polymers in the service of Man".
He holds several patents for the recycling plastics and been instrumental in the introduction of recycled plastics into food packaging in Europe and Australia (PET, HDPE and PP).
His goals are to help preserve and improve the natural environment through novel technologies that reduce waste generation and increase the closed loop economy that promotes high efficiencies in the use of limited resources and truly sustainable materials. He is also working on mitigating plastics in oceans and encouraging adoption of science and best practices in avoiding the environmental problems facing developing countries.

Prof. Charitidis (National Technical University of Athenas): " Implementing circular chemistry in composite materials"

Costas Charitidis, Professional Biography:
Costas Charitidis is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens and Director of the Laboratory of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology. He is member of the General Assembly of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation and since 2018 President of the Body. He has been elected in the Deanship of the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA since 2017. From 2010 to 2016 he has been Director of Section III: Materials Science & Engineering of the School, while from 2011 he is Director of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate (MSc) Program: Materials Science & Technology (NTUA). He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Carbon-based materials and Safety impacts of Nanotechnology. He has extensive R&D experience through collaborations with international research centers since he has participated in more than 60 European and National funded projects, in many of them as Scientific Coordinator (most recent are: Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, Resource Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials NMP FP7, Horizon 2020). He is a referee in International scientific journals, evaluator & scientific advisor of R&D projects. He is the author of several scientific books, chapters in international text books and more than 270 scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals and conference proceedings and cited ~4000 by other researchers (h-index 35). He has been supervisor of 15 PhD Theses and member of the examining committee of more than 50 PhD theses.

Prof. Pantani (University of Salerno): "Title TBD"

Roberto Pantani, Professional Biography:
Born in 1971, Roberto Pantani graduated "cum laude" in Chemical Engineering in 1995. He received the PhD degree in February 2000 from the University of Palermo, defending a thesis entitled "Analysis of Shrinkage Development in Injection Molded Samples". From 1999 to 2001 he was research fellow at University of Salerno (UNISA). From 2001 to 2007 he has been an assistant professor of Transport Phenomena at UNISA, Dept. of Chemical Engineering; in 2007 he became Associate Professor and in 2017 he was appointed Full Professor at the same Department, which is now named "Department of Industrial Engineering" (DIIn). Currently he is Director of the Department.
His main research interests focus on the analysis and simulation of injection molding of thermoplastics, of structure development in polymer processing, of mechanisms of cooling stresses development, of volume accuracy and stability during polymer processing, of processing and degradation kinetics of biodegradable polymers. His activity is characterized by the application of innovative devices, methods and original models, designed and developed with the specific purpose of characterizing polymer behavior in processing conditions, always searching for an integration of theoretical and experimental work. He takes part to several research projects at European, National, Regional and Local level, in many of them as Principal Investigator.

Prof. Maia (Case Western Reserve University): "Title TBD"

Joao Maia, Professional Biography:
Dr. Maia was born in 1970, in Barreiro, Portugal. He graduated in Technological Physics Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1992 and obtained his PhD Degree in Rheology from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 1996, under the supervision of Professor Ken Walters, FRS. Between 1996 and September 2009 he was faculty at the University of Minho, Portugal and since October 2009 he has been with the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering of Case Western Reserve University. Since November 2011 he is the Director of CAPP Center for Advanced Polymer Processing, of CWRU.
His main research interests lie in the areas of rheology applied to polymer processing, with an emphasis on the development of new functional multiphase polymeric materials, e.g. blends and composites, on-line sensoring of extrusion and compounding, and extensional rheology.
He has published more than 300 scientific works, including 8 patents, more than 80 papers in international refereed journals and more than 200 communications to International Conferences, of which more than 20 were Invited/Plenary/keynotes. He was a Fulbright Fellow in 2007 and received the 2010 Annual Award of the British Society of Rheology and the 2011 Morand Lambla Award of the Polymer Processing Society, the latter the highest honor of the PPS. He was the organizer and Co-Chairman of the XVIth International Congress on Rheology held in Lisbon, Portugal in August 2012.
He currently leads five scientific R&D projects and another twelve in cooperation with industry, for a total funding in excess of $5,000,000. His research group is currently constituted by three post-doctoral researchers, fifteen PhD students and several undergraduate students.
In addition to Professor Maia and his research group, CAPP draws resources as required from both the physical infrastructure and from other faculty members of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, one of the premier Polymer departments in the country, and from the highly specialized Human Resources of Thermo Fisher Scientific.