International Conference & Exhibition

Improving Chemistry – Road to a Sustainable and a Safer Future

  • 08 – 09 Nov, 2020
  • Pre-Conference Courses
  • 10 – 12 Nov, 2020
  • Conference & Exhibition
  • Gulf Hotel
  • Kingdom of Bahrain



On behalf of the organizing committee, I welcome you to the First GulfChemistry Association International Conference and Exhibition (GCA 2020), which will be held on 14 – 18 November 2021 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

The GCA 2020 is a unique forum to foster the transnational exchange and global collaboration to encourage dialogue between different branches of chemistry, to bring industry & academia decision-makers and pioneers together to emphasize the impact of chemistry and chemical researchers in our society.

In line with the 4th Industrial Revolution, the theme of GCA 2020 conference is “Role of Chemistry in Sustainable Energy for Oil and PetrochemicalIndustries” which will broadly cover all trending disciplines of Chemistry.

The GCA 2020 is the first Chemistry Association International event in the GCC region. And organizing committee members are the pioneers of chemistry from different industries and leading organizations who have global engagement and leadership experience with experts and talents in Chemistry and a wide variety of other disciplines. We are targeting 1500+ delegates and more than 100 exhibitors who will enrich your experience.

I have no doubt that GCA 2020 will be a great experience for you and your organization where we share together the recent trending subjects in chemistry.

We look forward to meet you all in GCA 2020 !



About GCA International Conference & Exhibition 2020

The GCU and the SAICSC-ACS are pleased to announce the International Conference & Exhibition (GCA 2020)

The GCA Conference is the leading Middle East strategic platform for Chemistry professionals to address business challenges, share best practices & unlock potential opportunities through collaboration and partnerships. Striving towards excellence, this forum aims at engaging regional & international stakeholders across the business, academia & technology providers to capitalize on solution, innovation & growth.

The conference will bring together regional, national and international experts in all aspects of laboratory operation, including staff development, quality management, health, safety and the environment. The conference aims to provide an opportunity for all delegates to interface with subject matter experts from testing laboratories, supporting gas, oil, petrochemical, and water industries; in addition to meeting with scientists, engineers, academics and technologists from all over the world.

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Ahmad Al Khowaiter
Chief Technology Officer at Saudi Aramco

Mr Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter is Saudi Aramco’s Chief Technology Officer.

Mr Al Khowaiter joined Saudi Aramco in 1983, where he held various technical roles in oil and gas production organizations, ranging from design, project management, commissioning, and operations; as well as a number of supervisory, managerial, and general management positions.

He held the position of Saudi Aramco Chief Engineer from 2011 to 2014, and Executive Director of Power Systems in 2014 before assuming his present role.

Mr Al Khowaiter holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MBA degree as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Takashiro Muroi
President of Industrial Catalysts Laboratory

Mr. Takashiro Muroi is a president of Industrial Catalysts Laboratory, consulting company, and a visiting fellow of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan, and a part-time teacher of Kanagawa University.

After graduating from the section of Applied Chemistry at National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, he joined central laboratory of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. from 1968 to 1970. Then he was seconded to NE Chemcat Corp. a joint venture with Engelhard (now BASF Catalysts LLC). He engaged in sales and marketing of industrial catalysts from 1971 to 1997. During the working, he handled not only development of petrochemical catalysts, fine chemical catalyst, but also licensing of refinery, environmental catalysts including auto exhaust catalyst, fuel cell catalyst and polyolefin catalyst.

He was assigned general manager of chemical catalysts from 1998 to 2004, vice president from 2004 to 2007. He was vice chairman of Catalysis Society of Japan from 2005 to 2007. And an invited researcher of Inovation laboratory of Waseda University.

After retirement of the company, he joined BASF Japan as senior consultant to 2010.  He has consistently contributed to the development of industrial catalysts and petrochemical industry in East Asia and Southeast Asia as well as Japan for over 50 years. He was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award in 2004 by the Catalysis Society of Japan.

Prof. Stefan Iglauer
Professor at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia

Stefan Iglauer joined Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2018 as a Professor to lead the developments in the Petroleum Engineering discipline. His research interests are in petro-physics and interfacial phenomena, mainly at pore-scale with a focus on CO2 geo-sequestration and improved hydrocarbon recovery. Stefan has authored more than 230 technical publications. He holds a PhD degree in material science from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and a MSc degree from the University of Paderborn (Germany).

Gérard de Nazelle
Head of Technology at R&DC, Saudi Aramco

Gérard de Nazelle joined Saudi Aramco end Sep 2019 from Reliance Industries, where he was Head of Technology from 2014 to 2019.

From 2010 to 2014, as an entrepreneur, Gerard de Nazelle was the CEO of Polygenta Technologies in India: Polygenta won the Financial Times – International Finance Corporation Award (FT-IFC) of the “Sustainable Investment of the Year 2012”.

Before joining Polygenta, he was a Director at the European Commission, and served as the first Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), to contribute to the improvement of Europe’s innovation performances.

He joined Shell in 1990 and was Global Manager Innovation & Research, responsible for the development of new technology options for all Shell businesses and clean energy futures, until he joined the EIT in 2009. In 1994, he moved to Japan, then to Singapore, where he participated in the construction and start-up of two large petrochemical projects (1996 – 2003). He held the position of Technology Manager of Shell (Singapore), before becoming Chief Technologist of the multi-billion CNOOC-Shell project in China (2004-2007).

Dr. de Nazelle has been a member of the “Chemical and Environmental Engineering Consultative Committee” of the National University of Singapore (2001-2003), and a member of the Expert Panel on Carbon Capture and Utilization at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A* Star) in Singapore. Other involvement into Joined Industry Partnerships includes his participation (representing Shell) to the CO2 Capture and Storage Committee of the Energy Technology Institute (ETI, UK). An entrepreneur in creating both profitable and sustainable businesses, Gerard de Nazelle has presented the success story of Polygenta at various conferences as a (modest) example of innovation driven growth.

He holds an MSc degree (Chem. Eng.) from ENSIC (France) and a PhD (Physics) from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).

Dr. Thomas Blanton
Executive Director International Center for Diffraction Data, USA

Dr. Blanton is a superb X-ray diffraction and microscope specialist and known world-widely for his significant contributions in this field. He is a great scientist, administrator, speaker, and pleasant professional to work with.

Dr. Blanton is a scientific manager leading a team of 40 scientists. Results-driven research and development scientist with success in leading materials development from benchtop R&D to commercialization. Expert in materials characterization, establishing structure-property relationships. Coordinates technical team activities with business research, commercialization, corporate legal, health and safety, intellectual property, and program management teams. Collaborates with universities and industrial partners taking advantage of external resources to perform novel materials analyses and reduce product development cycle time.

Proven track record of innovation with U.S. (46) and international (57) patents; and >100 journal papers. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Dr. George Manos
Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering at University of College London

Dr George Manos joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1998 and is currently a Professor. Dr Manos’s research activities are primarily in the area of Hydrocarbon Catalytic Reactions (Coking/Deactivation of Zeolites, Polymer Recycling via Catalytic Cracking of Plastic Waste), Homogeneous Catalysis, Supercritical Fluid Reactions, and Molecular Simulation/Statistical Mechanical Modelling (Adsorption on Zeolites, Supercritical Fluids, Electronic Functional Materials). Total number of publications: 127. Additionally, Dr Manos is co-editor of the book “Adsorption and Phase Behaviour in Nanochannels and Nanotubes” published by Springer Publishers in 2010 and reviewer for a number of international journals. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, a European Research Programmes Evaluator and reviewer ofinternational research grant proposals. Dr Manos is a member of the UCL Materials Chemistry Centre. Moreover, Dr Manos is a member of the Greek Engineering Council (Chartered Engineer Status) and the Greek Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is also a graduate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a member of its Applied Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Subject Group.

Dr. rer.nat. Klaudia Hradil
Senior Principal Scientist Technischen Universität Wien, Austria

Dr. rer.nat. Klaudia Hradil is Head of the X-ray Center of the Vienna University of Technology; application of scattering methods (X-rays and neutrons) to investigate structural and physical properties of technological materials. She has published many papers and patents. Also, she has supervised students who are doing their advanced degree program, trained scientists, and provided consultation works to the industry.

Professor Omar M. Yaghi
James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California

Professor Omar M. Yaghi accomplishments in the design and synthesis of new materials have been honored by the Solid-State Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society and Exxon Co. (1998) and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2004). His work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular Science Magazine which listed him among the ‘Brilliant 10’ scientists and engineers in USA (2006), and the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award for outstanding contributions to hydrogen storage (2007). He was the sole recipient of the Materials Research Society Medal for pioneering work in the theory, design, synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published in Science (2007). He is also the recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009), Izatt-Christensen International Award (2009), United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010), China Nano Award (2013), King Faisal International Prize in Science (2015), Mustafa Prize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2015), TÜBA Academy Prize in Basic and Engineering Sciences (2016), Royal Society of Chemistry Spiers Memorial Award (2017), King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the First Class (2017), Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry International Award (2017), Bailar Medal in Inorganic Chemistry (2017), Kuwait Prize in Fundamental Sciences (2017), Albert Einstein World Award of Science conferred by the World Cultural Council (2017), BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences (2018), and Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2018). He published >250 articles.

Prof. Martin Tangney OBE
Founder and President of Celtic Renewables

Internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol. Professor Tangney is Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, which conducted the innovative research to develop the fermentation technology being commercialised by Celtic Renewables. Martin advises the Scottish Government on biofuels, and represents the government on its MOU with India on Renewable Energy. Martin is a prominent international speaker in the biofuel area and regularly features in the media, and his international profile, domain expertise and connections will be hugely beneficial to Celtic Renewables Ltd.

Prof. Richard N. Zare
Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University

Richard N. Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University. He was born on November 19, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received his B.A. degree in chemistry and physics in 1961 and his Ph.D. in chemical physics in 1964. In 1965 he became an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but moved to the University of Colorado in 1966, remaining there until 1969 while holding joint appointments in the departments of chemistry, and physics and astrophysics. In 1969 he was appointed to a full professorship in the chemistry department at Columbia University, becoming the Higgins Professor of Natural Science in 1975. In 1977 he moved to Stanford University. He was named Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University in 2005. In 2006 he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor.

Professor Zare is renowned for his research in the area of laser chemistry, resulting in a greater understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level. By experimental and theoretical studies he has made seminal contributions to our knowledge of molecular collision processes and contributed very significantly to solving a variety of problems in chemical analysis. His development of laser-induced fluorescence as a method for studying reaction dynamics has been widely adopted in other laboratories.

Professor Zare has received numerous honors and awards. They include:

1 Phi Lambda Upsilon’s Fresenius Award (1974)
2 Michael Polanyi Medal, the Gas Kinetics Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1979)
3 The APS Earle K. Plyler Prize (1981)
4 Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Award (1983)
5 The National Medal of Science (1983)
6 The Evans Award and Lectureship, Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University (1984)
7 The ACS (Maryland Section) Remsen Award (1985)
8 The ACS (Rochester Section) Harrison Howe Award (1985)
9 The APS Irving Langmuir Prize (1985)
10 The ACS (New Haven Section) Kirkwood Medal (1986)
11 Michelson-Morley Award, Case Western Reserve University (1986)
12 The ACS (Chicago Section) Willard Gibbs Medal (1990)
13 The ISCO Award for Significant Contributions to Instrumentation for Biochemical Separations (1990)
14 The National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences (1991)
15 The ACS Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry (1991)
16 The Harvey Prize (1993)
17 The Dannie-Heineman Preis (1993)
18 The ACS (Puget Sound, Oregon, and Portland Sections) Pauling Award (1993)
19 The ACS (Division of Analytical Chemistry) Award in Chemical Instrumentation (1995)
20 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award (1997)
21 The California Scientist of the Year Award (1997)
22 The Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Analytical Chemistry (1997)
23 National Science Board’s Distinguished Service Award (1998)
24 The ACS (Auburn Section) G. M. Kosalapoff Award (1998)
25 The ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry (1998)
26 The Centennial Medal, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University (1998)
27 The ACS E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy (1999)
28 The Welch Award in Chemistry (1999)
29 The APS Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science (2000)
30 The ACS (North Alabama Section) Madison Marshall Award (2000)
31 The California Separation Science Society Scientific Achievement Award (2000)
32 The ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education (2000)
33 Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Lecture (2001)
34 The ACS Charles Lathrop Parsons Award (2001)
35 The ACS (Sierra Nevada Section) Distinguished Chemist Award (2002)
36 The ACS (New York Section) Nichols Medal (2004)
37 The Chandler Medal, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University (2005)
38 Pupin Medal “for service to the nation,” Columbia University School of Engineering (2005),
39 The Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Israel (2005)
40 The ACS (University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Section) Oesper Award (2006)
41 The Dudley R. Herschbach Award for Excellence in Research in the field of Collision Dynamics
42 Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Meeting, Santa Fe (2007)
43 The H. Julian Allen Award, NASA Ames Research Center (2007)
44 The Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry, and Texas A&M Section, ACS, F. A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research (2009)
45 The ACS (Northeastern Section) Richards Medal (2010)
46 The ACS Priestley Medal (2010)
47 The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category (shared with Michael E. Fisher) (2010)
48 The Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (elected 2010)
49 The R. B. Bernstein Award in Stereodynamics (shared with R.D. Levine) (2010)
50 King Faisal International Prize in Science, King Faisal Foundation (2011)
51 Honorary Membership into the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry (2011)
52 The Einstein Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011)
53 The Torbern Bergman Medal (2012)
54 The International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China (2012)
55 The Othmer Gold Medal from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (2017)

Teaching awards: Stanford University’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1987), the Bing Fellowship Award, “to recognize excellence in teaching and commitment to undergraduate education,” Stanford University (1996), the Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research, Stanford University (1997), the Laurance and Naomi Carpenter Hoagland Prize for excellence in undergraduate education, Stanford University (2003), the ACS (Northeastern Section) James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry (2004), the ACS George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education (2008), and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2009).

Professor Zare holds honorary degrees from the University of Arizona (1990), Northwestern University (1993), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (1993), Uppsala University (2000), Columbia University (2000), The University of York (2001), The State University of West Georgia (2001), Hunan University (2002), Université Paul Sabatier (2003), Chalmers Institute of Technology (2007), the University of South Florida (2013), and the University of Edinburgh (2016).

Member of the National Academy of Sciences (1976), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1976), American Philosophical Society (1991), and the World Jewish Academy of Sciences (2004). Fellow of the American Physical Society (1969), American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985), the Association for Women in Science (2008), and the American Chemical Society (2009). Honorary Fellow of California Academy of Sciences (1991), the Royal Society of Chemistry (2001), the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) (2007), and the Indian Academy of Sciences (2008). Fellow of TWAS, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (2009). Non-Resident Fellow of the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics (1969). Foreign Member of the Royal Society (London) (1999), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2004), and the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (2004).

During 1992-1995, Professor Zare chaired the National Research Council’s Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, and chaired the National Science Board the last two years of his 1992-1998 service. In 1997-2000 Professor Zare served as the Chair of the President’s National Medal of Science Selection Committee. In 2007, he was appointed to be an advisor to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2010. And most recently in 2012, Professor Zare was appointed chair of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP) of the three academies, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. He also currently acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Annual Reviews, Inc.

Professor Zare has given named lectures at numerous universities, has authored and co-authored over 900 publications and more than 50 patents, and he has published four books.

Prof. Kuo-Wei Huang
Professor of chemical sciences at KAUST

Kuo-Wei Huang is currently Professor of Chemical Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. from National Taiwan University and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Prior to joining KAUST as a founding faculty member in 2009, he had been an Assistant Professor in National University of Singapore and a Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has coauthored over 230 publications and is a co-inventor of 20 patents and patent applications. The research interests of his group include CO2 utilization, hydrogen storage, small molecules activation (particularly on the PN3(P) ligand platform his group has developed) and kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and organocatalysis. He has received numerous awards, including Appreciation of distinguished teaching contribution, Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia (2017), Rising Stars Lectureship, 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (2014), and Asian Rising Stars Lectureship, the 15th Asian Chemical Congress (2013).

Prof. Reuben Jih-Ru Hwu
Chair professor at National Tsing Hua University


9/78–6/82 – Stanford University, Stanford, California, U.S.A.

Ph.D. Chemistry, June 1982

 9/72–6/76 – National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

B.S. Chemistry, June 1976



Tsing Hua Distinguished Chair Professor

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan



 Federation of Asian Chemical Societies


Chair Professor

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan



The 9th AFMC International Medicinal Chemistry Symposium 2013


Regional Editor 

Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


Editorial Advisory Board Member

 Anti-Infective Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


Editorial Board Member

Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Ex Officio, Editorial Advisory Board Member

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


Editorial Advisory Board Member

European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


National Representative of Chemical Society Located in Taipei

Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry


National Representative of Chemical Society Located in Taipei 

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry,

Chemistry and Human Health Division Committee


Founding Director, Preparatory Office for College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, National Central University

Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan


Dean, College of Science, National Central University

 Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan


Curriculum Director (4/96–6/99) and Principal Lecturer

  The International Scientific Instrument Technology Workshops, International Foundation for Sciences (Headquarters at Sweden) and National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.



Chinese American Chemical Society, U.S.A.


Associate Member 

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Commission on Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry


Sssociate and Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.


                         Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)

Marquis Who’s Who

                         Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution (2017),

Asia Pacific Society for Materials Research

National Academic Research Innovation Award (2017, co-inventor),

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, Taiwan

                         National Chair Professorship (2015–2018),

Ministry of Education, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Taiwan Conference & Exhibition Award:  Convention A Class (2014),  Ministry of Economy, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Distinguished Service Award (2014)

The Chemical Society Located in Taipei

                         Nano Industrial Technology Excellence Award (2013),

(co-principal investigator), Ministry of Economy, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Book Prize of ChemMedChem Wiley–VCH at AIMECS (2013)

                         Outstanding Scholar Award (2007–12),

Foundation for Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship, Taiwan

Asian Core Program Lectureship Award of China (2010),

Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia

                         Award for an Outstanding Achievement (2008),

International Journal of Molecular Medicine and

International Journal of Oncology

                         Honorable Research Fellow Award (2008),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

National Innovation Award (2007),

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, Taiwan, R.O.C.

National Biotech. and Medical Care Quality Award (2007, co-inventor),

Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Senior Distinguished Research Fellow (2005–07),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Service Medal (2004),

The Executive Yuan, Republic of China

                         Distinguished Research Fellow (2001–04),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Distinguished Research Award (1999–2001),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

The 1997 Third World Academy of Sciences Award (in Chemistry), 

The Third World Academy of Sciences

                         Distinguished Research Award (1995–97),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

The Outstanding Young Persons of the World for 1994 

                               (in Scientific and/or Technological Development),

Junior Chamber International

Outstanding Research Award (1994–95),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Federation of Asian Chemical Societies 1992 and 1993 Distinguished Young Chemist Award,

Federation of Asian Chemical Societies

                         Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Taiwan, R.O.C. (1993),

(in Scientific and/or Technological Development),

Taiwan, R.O.C. Junior Chamber

                         Distinguished Research Award (1992–94),

National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                         Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1986–1988 and 1988–1990),

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S.A.

Stuart Pharmaceuticals Achievement Award (1986),

ICI Americas Inc.


                               Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts


                               Co-principal Investigator of Higher Education Sprout Project:

Enhance International Competitiveness (2018–2023),

Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology, R.O.C.

                         President-elect, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (2017–2019)

                               Bentham Ambassador (2016–2017), Bentham Science Publishers

                               Representative of Chemical Society Located in Taipei for bidding with  success on hosting the 2019 Asian Chemical Congress in Taipei (2016)

                         Fellow of Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (2013–present)

                         President of Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (2012, 2013)

                         Consortium Partner of FP7 SILVER Project, European Commission


                         Vice-Chairman of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Association of

Taiwan, R.O.C. (2010–2013)

                         Guest Professor of Peking University, China (2007–2009)

                         Honorary Visiting Professor of Zhengzhou University, China (2007–2009)

Honorary Professor of Henan Normal University (2007–)

Guest Researcher of Institute of Chemistry,

Henan Academy of Sciences, China (2007–)

Honorary President of Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs Association (2007–)

                         Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (2005present)

                         Visiting Chair Professor of Peking University, China (2005)

Senior Superior Educationist, Ministry of Education, R.O.C. (2002)

                         Visiting Scholar of Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst for

Six Universities and Institutes of Germany (2001):

Universities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, and Osnabrück, as well as Bayer AG, Pharma Research

                         Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2000­–present)

                         Visiting Professor of Royal Society of Chemistry for Five Universities of United Kingdom (2000):  Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Manchester, and Nottingham, as well as Imperial College

                         Fellow of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World


                         Visiting Professor of Universite Louis Pasteur and C.N.R.S.,

France (1998)

Biographee of Asia/Pacific-Who’s Who (1998)

                         Glory of the Association for Ten Outstanding Young Persons of  Taiwan, R.O.C. (1997)

                         Binational Exchange Visiting Professor and Academic Consultant (1997) Foundation for Research Development, South Africa and

University of Cape Town


                          Invented >14 new biochemical products as merchandize being sold on the

market, including AquaClean, BB King, CleanMite, FluFree, FungiFree, Happy, HappyToe, K99, MaxFresh, PetClean, SmoKiller, TickleFree, VegClean, WELLAST, etc.



                          Drug Design and Synthesis, DNA-cleaving Agents, Nano-biomaterials, Natural Product Synthesis, Organosilicon Chemistry, New Reactions and New Reagents, Synthetic Methods


More than 220 scientific papers in international journals,

more than 50 patents, and more than 443 presentations worldwide

Prof. Christopher Brett
President of IUPAC

Christopher Brett is a professor of chemistry at the University of Coimbra, Portugal and is President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2020-21.

After his MA and DPhil in electrochemistry at the University of Oxford, he spent a year at British Petroleum, London before moving to Coimbra in 1981. His research interests have focused on the development of new materials in electrochemistry and their application in different areas, particularly in sensing. This has included new nanostructured electrode materials and nanomaterials on modified electrodes, the use of electroactive and redox polymers, corrosion and its inhibition, electrochemical aspects of green chemistry, electrochemical sensors and biosensors. Most recently, he has been exploring deep eutectic solvents for the preparation of nanostructured materials with different properties than those made in aqueous media and room temperature ionic liquids for electrochemical sensors and biosensors. Applications have been in the environmental, food and pharmaceutical areas, the subject of over 300 publications.

He is Director of the Electroanalysis and Corrosion Laboratory, Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra, the technological innovation link between the University of Coimbra and the industrial sector and which provides services in analytical electrochemistry, environmental chemistry, and evaluation of corrosion.

He was President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) from 2007-8 and is President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society 2018-20.

Prof. Mohamed Kheireddine
Head of the Centre for CCDCU at Sunway University

Professor Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tunisia and a Master in Material Sciences and Engineering from the University of Nancy 1, France. He obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 1992 from the University of Nancy I, France.

He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, the University of Malaya in 1993 as a lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002, then to a Professor in 2007 and to a senior Professor in 2010.

He was appointed as the Deputy Dean of the Institute of Graduate Studies from May 2009 until July 2016 and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering from 2016 to 2017. In addition, he has been the Head of the Center for Separation Science and Technology (CSST) from 2012 to 2017.

Currently, he is a Professor with Sunway University, Malaysia and Lancaster University in the UK and was appointed as Honorary Professor at the University of Malaya since January 2018. He is also the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Science and Technology and Head of the Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization (CCDCU) at Sunway University.

He is very active in postgraduate student supervision. So far 27 Ph.D. including 2 Dual Ph.D. and 20 Master students successfully graduated under his supervision and currently he is supervising 7 Ph.D. and 3 Master students.

His research focuses on three challenges facing mankind namely water security, energy security, and environment and climate change. More specifically, he is leading research in fundamental and applied separation processes such as CO2 capture using alkanolamine technology, membrane processes, adsorption, and electrochemical processes using activated carbon and modified activated carbon produced from agriculture waste. He is also active in research related to biodiesel from various feedstocks such as Jatropha seeds and oil, the development of super-adsorbent materials produced from agriculture waste by physical and chemical modifications, CO2 separation using ionic liquids, and membrane processes for drinking water supply during disasters and to remote villagers.

Professor Mohamed Kheireddine outstanding scientific research generated more than 200 scientific articles in ISI journals and his work was cited more than 8000 times. With an h-index of 44, his work has impacted significantly the field of his research. He has 2 granted patents and 2 patent applications. He was listed by Clarivate Analytics as Top Cited Researcher 2018 and 2019.

Recently his team developed a solar-powered self-cleaning mobile Ultrafiltration (UF) system. The innovative self-cleaning system has already touched and impacted the lives of many people. It was used during the recent severe floods that hit Malaysia to treat flood and river water to produce clean water to flood victims and 6 units were recently installed in remote villages (without access to clean water) in the states of Kelantan, Sarawak, and Perak in Malaysia to produce drinking quality water. This work made him the winner of the 2016 University of Malaya’s award of outstanding achievement in the category of community engagement and the project was a winner at the IChemE Global Awards 2018 in Water category.