Chinese Conference 2013: Ever Vibrant Particle Science and Technology

3 Oct 2013

The 20th Joint Annual Conference of CSCST-UK (the Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK) and SCI was successfully held on 14 September 2013 at Imperial College London, with more than 100 participants representing 15 universities and 13 companies. As usual the attendees were very enthusiastic in showcasing their own research and so the conference had a packed programme with two plenary talks, six keynote talks, 18 oral presentations, and 22 posters.

The theme for the conference was Ever Vibrant Particle Science and Technology and featured two plenary lectures. Dr Neal Williams (AkzoNobel), introduced AkzoNobel's research efforts in developing green coating technology that is important for a sustainable future. Prof Paul Luckham (Imperial College London), gave a very interesting talk on Manipulating Forces between Surfaces: and its Applications in Particle Technology.

The conference also presented six keynote talks by Prof Zhibing Zhang (University of Birmingham), Dr Jianping Wu (Pharmaterials Ltd), Prof Charley Wu (University of Surrey), Dr Haifei Zhang (University of Liverpool), Dr Shoufeng Yang (University of Southampton), and Dr Manel Torres (Fabrican Ltd).

In addition, there were 18 oral presentations given by researchers from University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, Queen Mary University of London, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, Tsinghua University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and Xaar Jet.

Ms Joanne Lyall, Executive Director of SCI 2010-13, gave an overview of SCI and the group's activities during the opening session, as well as covering the benefit of SCI membership. Later, during the closing session, the co-chairs of the SCI Chinese UK group, Dr Cigang Xu (Oxford Instruments) and Dr Kenneth Chung (Phillips & Leigh Patent and Trademark Attorneys) presented the SCI Oral and Presentation Award to the following students for their excellent research:

Oral Presentation

  • First Prize
    Yanping He (University of Birmingham)
    Adhesion of Perfume-Filled Microcapsules to Model Fabric Surfaces
  • Second Prize
    Yongfei Cui (Queen Mary, University of London)
    Effect of Ferroelectricity on Solar Light Driven Photocatalytic Activity of BaTiO3 – Influence on the Carrier Separation and Stern Layer Formation
  • Third Prize
    Xiaoyong Gao (Tsinghua University/ University of Surrey)
    Optimal Scheduling of Refinery Operations based on Piecewise Linear Models

Poster Presentation

  • First Prize
    Jiecheng Yang (University of Birmingham/ University of Surrey
    A DEM-CFD Analysis of the Dispersion Performance of Dry Powder Inhalers with Carrier-based Formulations
  • Second Prize
    Christopher Ness (University of Edinburgh)
    The Flow Properties of Dense Pastes
  • Third Prize
    Yan Wang (Imperial College London)
    Synthesised CaO Sorbents for CO2 Capture

The conference continues to be one of the most influential annual meetings for Chinese colleagues and the general feedback was very positive. Much of the success can be attributed to the excellent collaboration of conference co-chair Dr Nigel Dong (IEA Clean Coal Centre and Chairman of CSCST-UK) and Dr Jerry Heng (Imperial College) and the organising committee.

Dr Kenneth Chung
Co-Chairman of SCI-Chinese UK Group

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