Prof. Lourdes F. Vega is a Full Professor in Chemical Engineering, Acting Senior Director of the Petroleum Institute, devoted to Sustainable Fuels, from a broad perspective, and Director and Founder of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and hydrogen (RICH Center), focused on decarbonization, hydrogen and clean energy, at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prof. Vega has developed her career between academia and industry, with relevant positions in the USA, Europe, and the UAE. With more than 220 publications, 10 commercialized products and 6 patents under exploitation, she is internationally recognized for her contributions on molecular thermodynamics, moving fundamental science to the applied world in the areas of clean energy and sustainable products, focused on the whole value chain of hydrogen, CO2 capture and utilization, sustainable fuels, sustainable cooling systems, and water treatment. She has successfully led several large industrial-academic consortia related to these topics. Among other recognitions, she received in 2020 the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal of Scientific Distinguishment for her contributions in clean energy and sustainable products, and the award in Physics, Innovation and Technology by the BBVA Foundation and Spanish Royal Society of Physics in 2013. She is an elected member of the MBR Academy of Scientists, a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Mathematics, Physical Chemistry and Natural Sciences of Granada, and an Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She serves as a member of the Emirate Scientist Council, led by the Ministry of advanced technology, and as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Molecular Liquids (Elsevier). She is also an independent member of the Board of Directors of two companies and several academic institutions.
Prof. Hans Hasse is a Professor of Thermodynamics at RPTU Kaiserslautern, Germany. His research focusses on properties of complex fluid mixtures and links molecular thermodynamics to fluid separation process design. He is author of more than 400 scientific papers and 40 patents and has received many distinctions, including an ERC Advanced Grant and the Ernest Solvay Prize. Since 2020, he is Vice President of the German Science Foundation DFG. Before joining RPTU Kaiserslautern, he was a Professor of Thermodynamics and Fluid Separations at University of Stuttgart, and a process engineer at BASF, Ludwigshafen.
After studying physics at the Univ. of Konstanz (Germany) I received my PhD degree from the Weizmann Institute, Israel, in Soft Matter Physics. Following postdoctoral research at the Univ. of Montpellier and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble (France), I joined the University of Amsterdam as Assistant Professor, where I started research on DNA-driven self-assembly of colloids, DNA hydrogels and the self-assembly of various other systems using various microscopy and rheology methods. My group continues this work in Cambridge.
Michael Elmhirst Cates FRS FRSE HonFInstP is a British physicist. He is the 19th Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and has held this position since 1 July 2015. He was previously Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and held a Royal Society Research Professorship from 2007-2022. His work focuses on the theory of soft matter, such as polymers, colloids, gels, liquid crystals, and granular material. He has worked on theories of active matter, particularly dense suspensions of self-propelled particles which can include motile bacteria. His interests also include fundamental field theories of active systems in which time-reversal symmetry is absent. Such theories are characterised by non-zero steady-state entropy production. He was elected an international member of the US NAE in 2019 and NAS in 2021.