Assoc. Prof. Alessandro ROMAGNOLI, BA (Hons), MEng, CEng, PhD


School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Co-Director of the Surbana Jurong Corporate Lab @ NTU




Speaker:Lizhong Yang
Research associate at the Thermal Energy Systems Lab and Surbana Jurong – NTU Corporation Lab in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Speech Title: State of the art and research directions for cold thermal energy storage (CTES) materials at sub-zero temperatures

Alessandro is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Since 2020, Alessandro has been appointed as Co-Director of the NTU-Surbana Jurong Corporate Lab, a S$60M effort looking at Intelligent Urban Solutions, Active Solutions for Sustainability, and Future of Construction and Underground. Since 2015 Alessandro is also serving as Cluster Director on Multi-Energy Systems and Grids at the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University.
During his time at NTU, Alessandro established the Thermal Energy Systems Lab @NTU which focusses on industrial energy efficiency, power generation - from large scale to distributed energy generation applied to micro-grids, and energy systems integration for different energy mix - including renewables and energy storage. Focus is being put on Liquefied Natural Gas, Cryogenic Energy Storage (Liquid Air Energy System and Hydrogen), Waste Heat Recovery and Thermal Energy Storage. Alessandro’s work also covers studies on the Cold-Economy for Singapore and developing countries by developing predictive and intelligent algorithms for optimal design, planning and integration of diversified energy systems.
Alessandro’s research activity is mainly focussed towards serving the industry by providing advice and viable solutions for some of their most pressing challenges, such as reducing carbon footprint, energy efficiency, and energy prosumption. Alessandro is advising the World Bank - International Finance Corporation on energy related projects looking at maximizing energy efficiency in cold energy applications. Alessandro has published more than 100 articles in top-tier research journals, and he is recipient of several awards and recognition in the academic and research field.

Lizhong Yang is a research associate at the Thermal Energy Systems Lab and Surbana Jurong – NTU Corporation Lab in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research focuses on renewable energy and energy saving-related topics, including thermal energy storage technologies, concentrating solar power, carbon capture, data center energy saving and poly-generation, liquefied natural gas cold energy recovery and utilizaiton.

Prof. Bertrand Lenoir

Institut Jean Lamour, University of Lorraine, France


Speecch Title: Development of μ-thermoelectric generators based on Bi2Te3with high electrical power

Professor Bertrand Lenoir completed his PhD from Lorraine University (France) and has been teaching Physics and Materials Science at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy (France) since 1994. His research, performed at Institut Jean Lamour (France), focuses on experimental studies of thermoelectric properties in a variety of materials. Much of recent efforts have been directed towards the identification and exploration of novel thermoelectric materials and the development of modules for electrical power generation from waste heat. He has published more than 185 publications in international peer-review journals, has supervised Ph.D. thesis of fifteen graduate students and mentored twelve postdoctoral researchers. He is serving as an Editor or Editorial Board Member for Applied Sciences, Energy, Materials and Open Physics. He is also serving on the board of the European Thermoelectric Society (ETS) and is the Director of the French “Groupement d’Intéret Scientifique” (GIS) on Thermoelectric.

Prof. S.A. Sherif

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,University of Florida,USA


Speech Title: Review of Liquid Hydrogen Storage Potential and Issues in a Hydrogen Economy

Dr. S.A. Sherif is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He is a Life Fellow of ASME, a Life Fellow of ASHRAE, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Vice President of Commission B-2 on Refrigerating Equipment of the International Institute of Refrigeration, a Member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, and a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE). Dr. Sherif currently serves as Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. He also served as Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications (2014-2019). He is on the editorial boards of 30 other thermal science journals. Dr. Sherif has 300 refereed papers, one book, 20 bound volumes, 24 book chapters, 190 technical reports, and two US patents.

Prof. Farzad Nasirpouri, PhD

Faculty of Materials Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Iran


Speech Title: Nanomagnetic-induced highly electrochemically active electrode surfaces

Farzad Nasirpouri was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1976. He received a B.Sc. degree in Materials Engineering from Sahand University of Technology, Iran in 1998 with honor and an MSc. and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2006. During his PhD study, he won two visiting scholarship awarded by the British Council, UK and Iranian Ministry of Science to work as a Ph.D. visiting student at the Universities of Bristol and Bath, United Kingdom, in 2004 and 2005, respectively. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nanoscience group at the University of Bath, UK in 2007-2008. His independent academic career has been started since he took up an Assistant Professorship at Sahand University of Technology where he was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Full Professor in 2016 in a row having led a research group of Functional and Energy NanoMaterials. He was affiliated as a visiting fellow of the Royal Society at the Physics Department of the University of Bath, UK. He has held two visiting professorships at Materials Research Department GSI Helmholtz centre for heavy ion research during 2017-18 based on a Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst (DAAD) award and more recently in 2019, at the Physics Department of Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, Canada on a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
He has published over 80 refereed scientific papers, one fully authored book on electrodeposition, one edited book and book chapters. His research interests mainly focus on Functional Nanomaterials, Electrodeposited Nanostructured Materials, Electrochemical Energy Harvesting/Storage, Nanomagnetism and Spintronics, and Sustainable Materials and Coatings.

Dr. Wei Gao

John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA


Speech Title: Stretchable and freeze-tolerant organohydrogel thermocells with enhanced thermoelectric performance continually working at subzero temperatures

Wei Gao is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA. Wei received his Ph.D. from Southeast University (China) in 2019 and his B.S. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) in 2014. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2019 to present.
Wei Gao's research covers a wide range of topics in low-grade heat harvesting, radiative cooling and droplet microfluidics. He has co-authored 20 contributions to international journals, including Science Advances, Joule, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemical Engineering Journal, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer and Langmuir, and his research paper has been cited by Web of Science over than 700 times.

Assoc. Prof. Grigoriev, Sergey Alexandrovich

National Research University "Moscow Power Engineering Institute"
Russian Research Center "Kurchatov Institute". Russia


Speech Title:Graphene-like materials as components of PEM FCs electrocatalysts and active layers

Grigoriev, Sergey Alexandrovich has more than 20 years of experience from research, teaching and industry in the field of hydrogen electrochemical systems (water electrolyzers, fuel cells, etc) and more than 10 years of experience in administration.
Published more than 300 papers, and has more than 25 patents.
Developed 4 book chapters (monographs) and 4 educational books (textbooks).

Prof. Chung-Jen Tseng

Distinguished Professor, Dept. Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Energy Research National Central University
President, Taiwan Association for Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cells


Speech Title:Development of anode materials for protonic ceramic fuel cells

Dr. Chung-Jen Tseng is Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Center for Energy Research at College of Engineering, National Central University. Professor Chung-Jen Tseng received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in 1986 and 1988 respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He received NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) Fellowship from the Japanese government and worked on hydrogen energy in Yokohama from 1995 to 1998. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of National Central University in 1998. Professor Tseng is now the President of Taiwan Association for Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Energy Engineering.His current research interest is in energy conversion and storage, such as fuel cell (PEM & SOFC) material development, innovative fuel cell and stack design, hybrid system analysis and design, and hydrogen production by photoelectrochemical process and electrolysis.

Dr. Yifei Wang

Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen),China


Speech Title:Paper-based electrochemical power sources for the micro electronic market

Dr. Yifei Wang is currently an Associate Professor in School of Mechanical Engineering and automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen. He received his B.Sc. degree from Department of Modern Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China in 2012, and his Ph.D. degree from Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong in 2016. Afterwards, he worked as a Postdoc in the same university. His research interest is mainly focused on microfluidic energy conversion and battery additive manufacture, including fuel cells, metal-air batteries, aqueous ion batteries and electrolyzers. Till now, he has published 45 scientific articles in these areas and filed 5 related patents.







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