Plenary speakers

  • Paul Dalton (University Clinic Würzburg, Germany):
    Convergence of melt electrospinning writing into tissue engineering & regenerative medicine

  • Jean-Pierre Habas (University of Montpellier, France):
    Overview of home-made biobased polymers or when science meets industry requirements
  • Takashi Miyata (Kansai University, Japan):
    Responsive bioconjugated gels with dynamic crosslinks
  • Ramani Narayan (Michigan State University, USA):
    Current Status & Future of BioPlastics
  • Marc in het Panhuis (University of Wollongong, Australia):
    3D and 4D printing of polymer and hydrogel materials
  • G. Julius Vancso (University of Twente, The Netherlands):
    Hydrogels with memory
  • Sandra Van Vlierberghe (Ghent University, Belgium):
    Functionalization of biopolymers tailored towards tissue engineering needs

Keynote speakers

  • Jens Hamprecht (BASF SE, Germany):
    Biodegradable plastics in a circular economy. Best practice case studies from Europe

  • Michael Niaounakis (European Patent Office, Netherlands):
    Recycling of biopolymers – the patent perspective
  • Xiaofeng Sui (Donghua University, China):
    Regenerated cellulose-reinforced PLA composites via a Pickering emulsion approach

  • Abbas Tcharkhtchi (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers | ENSAM, France):
    Physico-rheological behavior of PLA polymer during FDM process

  • Istvan Toth (University of Queensland, Australia):
    Nanotechnology based delivery systems for peptides and vaccines


Paul DaltonPaul Dalton

Paul Dalton is a Professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany with over 20 years’ of interdisciplinary experience in biomedical materials, including polymer processing, surgery, nanotechnology and hydrogels. A graduate from Curtin University, Australia, he was part of a successful team in the 1990s taking an artificial cornea from concept to the clinic at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth. Paul post-docced with Molly Shoichet at the University of Toronto, Canada, on neural tissue engineering topics and then with Martin Möller at RWTH Aachen, Germany, applying nanotechnology to life science applications. As a researcher at the University of Southampton, he performed experimental spinal cord surgery on rodents, while initiating melt electrowriting (MEW) research as a “hobby” on the side. The impressive capability of this direct writing approach led him to split his time between the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China until 2014 when he joined the University of Würzburg as the first professor in biofabrication in Germany. MEW is now recognized as a distinct class of additive manufacturing for the manufacture of biomedical materials. Paul has published over 100 research articles in journals including Advanced Materials, Progress in Polymer Science and Nature Materials and has nearly 7,000 citations with an H-Index of 45.


HabasJean-Pierre Habas

Jean-Pierre Habas was born in 1969 in Orthez (France). He studied physics and materials science at the University of Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (France). In 1995, he obtained his PhD degree for researches conducted on the synthesis and physicochemical studies of high temperature polymers. After his military service, he was appointed at the end of 1996 as associate professor in LPMI, a laboratory specialised in polymers rheology in Pau. In 2001, he contributed to the creation and growth of a joint laboratory between ALSTOM Transport and Hispano-Suiza companies for developing innovative polymers for use in power modules packaging. In 2006, he joined the Pluridisciplinary Institute of Research on Environment and Materials (Pau). In September 2009, he was promoted to full Professor in the University of Montpellier and joined the polymer team of the Charles Gerhardt Institute (ICGM). His research interests include high performance polymers and composites but also biobased polymers using vegetable oils and polysaccharides derivates as prefered building blocks. Determined to contribute to concrete applications, he developed many scientific and international collaborations with varied industrial partners engaged in transport (railway, aircraft, space, automotive, sailing...) electrical engineering, building or medicine.



MiyataTakashi Miyata

Takashi Miyata received his Master's degrees from Kobe University in 1989. He started his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Kansai University in 1991. Then he received his PhD degree from Kobe University in 1994. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1999 and a full Professor in 2008 at Kansai University. He also conducted researches as a Visiting Scientist of Stanford University (1997) and a PRESTO Researcher of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (2002–2010). His research group has designed various smart soft materials such as hydrogels, membranes, films and particles for biomedical and environmental applications. He has focused on biomolecular complexes and supramolecular interactions as dynamic crosslinks for designing smart biomaterials and biomedical systems. He received several scientific awards, for example, Award for Encouragement of Research from The Membrane Society of Japan (2002), Award for Encouragement of Research from The Adhesion Society of Japan (2003), and SPSJ Wiley Award from The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2008).



NarayanRamani Narayan

Professor Narayan is Scientific Chair of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) USA; and convener/technical expert on ISO committees; He has 200+ refereed publications, 30 issued patents, and graduated 20 Ph. D and 25 Master’s students. He is also a successful entrepreneur and technical advisor to many organizations and groups in the bio space – WWF led bioplastics feedstock alliance; USDA Biopreferred; Coca-Cola’s plant bottle advisory Board. He was named University Distinguished Professor in 2007 by Michigan State University; Governor’s (State of Michigan) University Award for commercialization excellence; Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award for developing biodegradable packaging and insulation foams, 2011; University Distinguished Faculty Award, 2006, Withrow Distinguished Scholar award, 2005; Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship Chair in Science & Technology Management & Commercialization (University of Lisbon; Portugal); DuPont’s Packaging Award for excellence in Innovation & Sustainability, 2010 as part of the Coca Cola Plant bottle team, and serve on Coca Cola “Plant bottle" Advisory Board. Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors; Fellow of ASTM & ASTM award of merit -- the highest award given by the society to an individual member.



PanhuisMarc in het Panhuis

Marc in het Panhuis is from Grevenbicht in the south of the Netherlands. He is a chemical engineer (Ingenier, University of Twente, the Netherlands) and a physicist (PhD, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland). After 10 years of country hopping (the Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom and USA) he settled in 2006 in Australia. At present, he is a Professor of Materials Science in the School of Chemistry and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong (UOW, Australia). His research laboratories are located in the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials at UOW’s Innovation Campus and his activities are focused on tough hydrogels, their mechanical (including recoverability) and electrical characterization, interactions with living cells, and their processing using Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing) for applications in water treatment, tissue engineering, edible electronics, soft robotics and fins for
surfboards. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.



VancsoG. Julius Vancso

Julius Vancso is Professor and Chairholder of Materials Science and Technology of Polymers at the University of Twente (UT) in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology since 1995. He additionally holds appointments as Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and as Consulting Professor, Donghua University, Shanghai. Professor Vancso's scientific interests revolve around macromolecular nanotechnology and materials science of stimulus responsive polymers. Particular attention is given to surface engineering, surface-initiated polymerizations (polymer brushes), single molecule chemistry and physics, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), nanostructured materials, and materials chemistry of organometallic polymers. Biointerfaces, specifically synthetic polymers in contact with seawater, and biomaterials, including smart hydrogels, receive increasing attention in his work.



VlierbergheSandra Van Vlierberghe

Prof. Dr. Sandra Van Vlierberghe holds a 20% professorship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and a full professorship at Ghent University (Belgium). She has acquired expertise related to the synthesis, the modification and the processing of (bio)polymers including thermoplasts (e.g. polyesters) and hydrogels (e.g. proteins and polysaccharides) for a variety of applications in regenerative medicine. She is experienced in the field of polymer processing using 3D printing, electrospinning and two-photon polymerization (2PP). She received her PhD in Sciences in 2008 at Ghent University. She authored 108 Web of Science Core Collection cited papers, she has a h-index of 22 (WoS), is promoter of 17 PhD’s and she edited a book, authored 7 chapters in books of which 5 invited. She is treasurer of the Belgian Polymer Group (BPG), spokesperson of the ‘Young Scientist Forum (YSF)’ and associate editor of Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine.



Jens HamprechtJens Hamprecht

Dr. Jens Hamprecht leads the Global Market Development of Biodegradable Plastics at BASF. He is promoting solutions to enable a circular economy. As a former Vice President of the European Bioplastics Association he has set up several associations worldwide promoting organics recycling and biodegradable plastics. Currently, he is serving on the boards of the German association Verbund Kompostierbare Produkte and the British Biodegradable and Biobased Industries Association. He was a senior researcher at the Chair of Sustainability and Technology at ETH Zurich between 2006 and 2017. A native of Germany, Dr. Hamprecht studied industrial engineering at ETH Zurich and at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. He completed his doctoral research at University of St. Gallen in 2005 in collaboration with Nestlé Corporate Technologies, Vevey.


Michael NiaounakisMichael Niaounakis

Michael Niaounakis is a senior patent examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague, The Netherlands. He holds a BSc in Physics from the National University of Athens, an MSc in Polymer Science & Technology from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Physics of Polymers and Composite Materials from the National Technical University of Athens. He works for more than 27 years on the recycling of plastics and compositions of bioplastics, and he is also involved in all types of waste management from olive waste to marine plastic debris. He is the author of five books with Elsevier: three books on biopolymers, one book on marine plastic debris and one book on olive-mill wastewater, and co-author of several scientific articles.



Xiaofeng Sui

Xiaofeng Sui

Prof. Dr. Xiaofeng Sui obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tsinghua University (2006) and his master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Tsinghua University (2008). In 2012, he received his PhD degree from Materials Science and Technology of Polymers group, University of Twente. He was a researcher in Akzonobel (2012-2013) and a postdoc in Radboud University (2014). Thereafter, he joined College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University. In 2015, he received the grant of Thousand Young Talents Program. His research subjects are centered around bio-based functional materials.



Abbas TcharkhtchiAbbas Tcharkhtchi

Abbas Tcharkhtchi is professor, exceptional class at “Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM)”. In 1993, he obtained his PhD degree for researches conducted on Chemiluminescent of polymers during oxidation. After PhD, he continued his research in the field of microstructure-process-properties relationship of polymers and composites”. During this period he had several responsibilities: Head of polymers and Composites group of ENSAM (2006-2018), Head of processing, mechanic and materials department (1998-2006) and member of research council of ENSAM.
At present, He is the scientific Manager of the doctoral training of the ENSAM-Campus Paris at the PIMM laboratory and the Naval Academy and the responsible of 60 PhD students. He is the president of technical and scientific commission of Francophone Association of Rotational Molding (AFR). More than 60 companies are the member of this association. He is also the Director of common laboratory between ENSAM and CEA (French Atomic Energy Commissariat) for the development of the fuel cell and the use of hydrogen as energy source for the vehicles. Other responsibilities may be listed as follows: Member of International office of ENSAM, Member of national strategic committee of polymers and composites, elected member of the educational council of ENSAM. He authored around 110 publications and 6 patents; managed more than 50 industrial projects.




TothIstvan Toth

Professor Toth PhD, DSc, Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Art and Science, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is a chemical engineer with a research focus on medicinal chemistry. He was awarded his PhD in 1972 and has since worked in Hungary, Canada and the United Kingdom before relocating to Australia in 1998. His major research interests are drug delivery, immunoadjuvants, synthetic vaccines and gene delivery. His research has attracted over $80 million in competitive grants, research contracts and investment funds in the past 10 years. He has over 400 peer-reviewed publications, 43 patents, and an excellent track record in research commercialization as a key founder of Alchemia (ASX listed), Implicit Bioscience Pty Ltd, Neurotide Pty Ltd and TetraQ. Professor Toth works to develop synthetic peptide- and nanoparticle-based vaccines including the development of delivery platforms and safe synthetic adjuvants. He also works to improve the stability and delivery route of existing medicines or promising drug leads. He also investigates gene delivery with the aim of overcoming the hurdles of cell targeting and penetration, endosomal escape, and nuclear incorporation to develop effective gene therapies.



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