6th Euro-Asia Zeolite Conference

Plenary Lectures

Prof. Jihong Yu
Jilin University, China

Tentative title of the lecture:
Progress in science: from synthesis to application
Prof. Jihong Yu is the Vice President of National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and the director of International Center of Future Science (ICFS), Jilin University. She has been a full Professor in the Chemistry Department, Jilin University since 1999. She was elected as the Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015, the Fellow of TWAS in 2016, the Member of Academia Europaea in 2019, and the Foreign Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2021. Currently, she serves as the Executive Editor of JACS, the Editorial/Advisory Board Members of Chemical Reviews, Accounts of Chemical Research, JACS-Au, Advanced Materials, Chem, Matter, ACS Nano, National Science Review, etc. She is the Chair of Chinese Zeolite Association, and Vice President of Chinese Chemical Society.
Her research interest focuses on the designed synthesis and application of zeolitic nanoporous materials in catalysis, separation, host-guest assembly, energy storage and others.

Prof. Toru Wakihara
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Tentative title of the lecture:
Tracking sub-nano-scale structural evolution in zeolite synthesis
Dr Toru Wakihara completed his doctoral thesis in the same department in 2004 on Elucidation and Control of Aluminosilicate Species Contributing to Zeolite Crystallization. In 2004, Dr Wakihara took up a post as Research Associate in the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences at Yokohama National University where the main topics of his research were on Nitride, Oxynitride, Carbide and Ceramic Processing and also zeolites. In 2007 and 2012, he was appointed as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Yokohama National University. In 2013, he was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, where the main topics of his research are on zeolite and related micro and mesoporous materials and also Ceramic Processing. In 2020, he was appointed as Professor at the University of Tokyo. Up to now he has published 210 papers in international journals, 7 review paper in an international journal, has given 90 invited lectures and has published 60 patents.

Prof. Unni Olsbye
University of Oslo, Norway

Tentative title of the lecture:
Fundamental studies of correlations between lattice composition/topology and preferred reaction pathways/reaction kinetics
Unni Olsbye obtained an MSc in Industrial Chemistry at NTNU, Norway, in 1987, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway, in 1991. She then worked at SINTEF and Nordox Industrier before returning to UiO as associate professor in 2001. She was promoted to full professor in 2002. In 2008-15 she was managing director of inGAP, a national center for research-based innovation. She is elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She serves as a senior editor of Journal of Catalysis and member of several scientific advisory boards. Her research group focuses on catalysis for sustainable valorization of light molecules (C1-C3), using studies of kinetic and mechanistic consequences of single material parameter variation as a guiding tool for catalyst design.

Prof. Jeffrey D. Rimer
University of Houston, USA

Tentative title of the lecture:
Elucidating and controlling zeolite crystallization for the design of advanced materials
Jeff Rimer is the Abraham E. Dukler Endowed Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston. Jeff received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University prior to joining Houston in 2009. Jeff’s research in the area of crystal engineering focuses on the rational design of materials with specific applications in the synthesis of microporous catalysts and adsorbents. Jeff is a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors and has received numerous awards that include the NSF CAREER Award, the 2016 Owens Corning Early Career Award from AIChE, the 2018 Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research from The Welch Foundation, and the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering. He is an executive committee member for the International Zeolite Association, vice chair of the IZA Synthesis Commission, and he has also chaired the Gordon Research Conferences on Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications. Jeff is an Associate Editor of Crystal Growth & Design and serves on the advisory boards for several other journals.