Boelo Schuur has studied Chemical Engineering in Groningen, The Netherlands and obtained his MSc and PhD degrees under supervision of Erik Heeres. In 2008 he became assistant professor in the group of André de Haan at the TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands and was visiting researcher in the Alan Hatton group at MIT, Massachusetts, USA.
In 2011 he moved to the Sustainable Process Technology group at the University of Twente, The Netherlands where he climbed the ranks and is currently professor in separation technology, with a main focus on affinity fluid separations. Among the application areas are biorefineries, e.g. based on microalgae and on lignocellulosic biomass, as well as recovery of valuable molecules from digested wastewater. To gain better insight in intermolecular interactions in affinity separations, molecular modeling in combination with isothermal titration calorimetry are helpful tools. Regeneration of solvents and sorbents is mostly done through changing conditions such as temperature or pressure, but in some cases is also done through the use of stimuli responsive separating agents such as CO2-switchable solvents.
Boelo has presented invited plenary and keynote lectures at seven international conferences, including the plenary lecture at the International Solvent Extraction Conference, ISEC 2017 in Japan. In 2018 he presented the plenary lecture at the Netherlands Process Technology symposium. He published 92 peer reviewed papers. He teaches on Industrial Chemistry and Processes, and Advanced Molecular Separations. Furthermore, he has been board member of the Netherlands Process Technologists NPT from 2012-2018, and currently still serves as NPT-representative at the EFCE, and as secretary of the EFCE Working Party on Fluid Separations. In 2018 he was chair of the international conference on Ionic liquids in separation technology, ILSEPT4, and served as guest editor for the Separation and Purification Technology special issues of ILSEPT2 and ILSEPT4, and for Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Green Solvents section 2021.
Full Professor at the Chemistry Department of University of Aveiro, Portugal where he is vice-director of CICECO, one of the leading European Laboratories in Materials Science. He leads a multidisciplinary research team that focuses on the development of green solvents and novel separation processes for biorefinery and circular economy. Currently he strives to apply biobased solvents, DES and ionic liquids to these processes and attempts to better understand their physical-chemical behavior. He supervised over 50 MSc, 30 PhD thesis and 25 Post Doctoral Fellows, authored over 600-refereed papers (h-factor 80, > 25000 citations) and 10 patents.
Professor Andrew Abbott is Professor of Physical Chemistry at Leicester University. Currently, he is a member of the Materials and Interfaces research group and also a Senior member of the Centre for Materials Research at University of Leicester. Additionally, he is the Research Director of a University Spin-out company Scionix Ltd and Chair of the Science and Engineering College Enterprise Committee.
During his academic career, professor Andrew has received many awards: the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Award, The Royal Society of Chemistry Industrial Chemistry Lectureship, the Royal Society of Chemistry – Green Chemistry Award and the Royal Society of Chemistry – Industrial Chemistry Lectureship among other awards.
The group of Andrew Abbott has fundamental insight into the viscosity, conductivity and mass transport in all types of ionic liquids. They are also investigating the effect of water, surfactants and pH on the physical properties of DESs. In addition to this, the group has developed the electrodeposition of metals in ionic liquids and is pioneer in using DESs for mineral processing.
Stefano Passerini is Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology since January 1, 2014 and Director of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm since October 2018. His research activities are focused on electrochemical energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors. Co-author of more than 500 scientific papers (Scopus H-Index: 83), a few book chapters and several international patents, he has been awarded in 2012 the Research Award of the Electrochemical Society Battery Division. Since 2015 he has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Power Sources.
Francesca D’Anna took her PhD in Chemistry in 2003, at the University of Palermo. Since 2015, she is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the same University. Her research activity is mainly focused on the study of properties and applications of Ionic Liquids. Recently, she has addressed her attention to the use of Deep Eutectic Solvents.
Since 2014, she has been interested in the obtainment of ionic liquid gels, paying particular attention to their use in catalysis, environmental preservation and remediation.
She is author of more than 110 paper published on ISI journals. Francesca D’Anna presented invited lectures at national and international conferences and served as Guest Editor for special issues about ionic liquids and supramolecular gels.
She teaches Green Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. She is member of the Italian Chemical Society and currently she covers the role of President of the Sicily Section of the Italian Chemical Society.