Plenary Talks Program

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Rafael Mato
Title of the contribution: Microwave-assisted extraction in natural products
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Rafael B. Mato obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from Valladolid University in 1988. He visited Virginia University as a visiting assistant professor from 1989 to 1990, with a Fulbright grant. Since 1992 he is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Valladolid University, where he develops his activity as a researcher at the High Pressure Group ( He is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and of the Spanish Society of Industrial Chemistry (SEQUI). In 2014 he became Spanish delegate to the Working Party on Process Intensification of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). The research field of Prof. Mato covers chemical engineering processes, equilibrium thermodynamics, modelling and microwave extraction processes. He has contributed to book chapters in “Extracting Bioactive Compounds for Food Products: Theory and Applications, CRC Press, 2008” and “Alternative Energy Sources for Green Chemistry (Microwave-Assisted Plant Extraction Processes), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016”.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. J. Ángel Menéndez-Díaz
Title of the contribution: Microwave Induced Pyrolysis for Producing Syngas
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: J. Angel Menéndez Díaz was born in Lugones, Asturias, Spain. He graduated from University of Oviedo, Spain, where received his M.Sc. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Then he worked as research assistant at the Penn State University (1995-1996). In 1997, he joined INCAR-CSIC, Spain, where he is currently working as a scientific researcher. His research activity is mainly focused in carbon materials and the use of microwave heating applied to industrial processes, leading various research projects on these fields. He is author and co-author of more than 150 scientific publications including various book chapters and patents. Former member of the executive committee of the Spanish Carbon Group (2003 2011). Founder Editor of the GEC Bulletin (2005-2014). Cofounder of Xerolutions Ltd.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Jon Binner
Title of the contribution: Microwave processing of ceramics; what is the state of play?
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Jon Binner obtained his PhD in Ceramic Science & Engineering, from Leeds University in 1984. He is Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials and Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. His research activity is focus on the generation of both the necessary scientific understanding and the required engineering solutions for the development of processing routes for ceramic materials that display technical and/or financial advantages over existing processes and which yield new or improved materials. He is a Fellow of the European Ceramic Society, the American Ceramic Society, and the Institute of Nanotechnology and of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) where was the President from January 2013 to December 2014. The IOM3 awarded him the Holliday Prize in 1995, the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2007 and the Verulam Medal and Prize in 2011. He has published 200 research papers and holds 7 patents as well as editing of 9 books/conference proceedings and contributing to 10 more.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Chris Dodds
Title of the contribution: Next generation Energy Efficient Mineral Processing Achieved through High Intensity Microwave Heating
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Dr Chris Dodds is an associate professor and head of the Microwave Process Engineering Research group, based within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He has worked there since 2003 on the design, scale up and evaluation of industrial microwave processes underpinned by an in depth understanding of the interaction of microwave and radio frequency energy across a wide range of materials. He has significant experience in the design and optimization of laboratory and on-site pilot and industrial scale applications of microwave technologies, including site commissioning work across a wide range of industries including the mineral processing, oil and gas, bulk minerals and chemical sectors.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Vadim V. Yakovlev
Title of the contribution: Frequency control over energy efficiency and temperature patterns in solid‐state‐fed microwave cavities
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Vadim V. Yakovlev received his Ph.D. degree in Radio Physics from Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia in 1991. In 1996, he joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, USA, where he now holds a position of Research Associate Professor. He is a head of the Industrial Microwave Modeling Group, a division of the WPI Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Yakovlev research interests in computational electromagnetics include neural-network-based optimization, microwave imaging, multiphysics modeling, microwave power engineering, and broadband/multiband antennas. He is author of more than 150 papers in referred journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Yakovlev is a senior member of the IEEE and currently serves as a Chair of a Sub-Committee of the IEEE MTT-S IMS TPRC. He is a member of the Board of Governors of IMPI, a member of AMPERE and a member of the MIT Electromagnetics Academy. He serves as a reviewer for several journals and as a member of program committees of several conferences.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. José Manuel Catalá-Civera
Title of the contribution: New insights about material heating mechanism during microwave processing
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Jose M. Catalá-Civera was born in Valencia (Spain) in February 1969. He received the Dipl. Ing. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, in 1993 and 2000, respectively. Since 1996, he has been with the Communications Department, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, where he received the Readership in 2000 becoming full professor in 2011. Currently he is head of the Microwave Applications Research Division of the Institute ITACA at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. His research interests encompass the design and application of microwave theory and applications, the use of microwaves for electromagnetic heating, microwave cavities and resonators, measurement of dielectric and magnetic properties of materials and development of microwave sensors for non-destructive testing. He has co-authored about 100 papers in referred journals and conference proceedings, more than 50 engineering reports for companies and he holds 13 patents. Dr. Catala-Civera is IEEE Member, IMPI Member, he is reviewer of several international Journals and is currently Board Member of the Association of Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education (AMPERE), a European-based organization devoted to the promotion of RF and microwave energy.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Robert Schiffman
Title of the contribution: Avoiding Injury from Microwavable Products: An Expert Witness’ Suggestions
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Bob Schiffmann has been microwaving for 55 years and is the current President of IMPI, a position he has filled for 16 years. In 2012 he was the first recipient of the Metals Microwave Pioneer Award. He has been an independent consultant since 1971 and served as an expert & expert witness for 37 cases to date of which nearly 40% involved injuries to consumers. His talk will describe proper testing could have prevented many of these.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Sumeet Dhawan
Title of the contribution: Tools Utilized for Microwave Cooking Instruction Development and Validation
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Sumeet received his Ph.D. in Food Engineering from Washington State University in 2013. His research focused on understanding Polymeric-Based Multilayer Food Packaging Films for Pressure-Assisted and Microwave-Assisted Thermal Sterilization.
Sumeet joined Nestlé R&D Center in Solon, Ohio in 2013 and has been working on microwave related applications for food products and packaging. He has been actively involved with activities associated to the International Microwave Power Institute.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Eli Jerby
Title of the contribution: The localized microwave-heating paradigm and its relevance to 3D printing
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Eli Jerby is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he was a post-doctoral Rothschild and Fulbright Fellow at MIT. His main experimental and theoretical studies since then have been oriented to novel schemes of free-electron and cyclotron-resonance masers, localized microwave-heating effects and applications (the microwave-drill invention, additive-manufacturing schemes, etc.), microwave-generated plasmas and fireballs, and thermite reactions and fuel ignition by localized microwaves. Eli was also involved in several industrial projects and start-up initiatives. Dr. Jerby served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy (JMPEE) in the years 2006-2009, and he is currently the Editor of AMPERE Newsletter.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Naoki Shinohara
Title of the contribution: Encounter of Microwave Chemistry and Microwave Engineering
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Naoki Shinohara received the B.E. degree in electronic engineering, the M.E. and Ph.D (Eng.) degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1991, 1993 and 1996, respectively. He was a research associate in the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University from 1996. He was a research associate of the Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere, Kyoto University by recognizing the Radio Atmospheric Science Center from 2000, and there he was an associate professor since 2001. He was an associate professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University by recognizing the Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere since 2004. From 2010, he has been a professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. Naoki has been engaged in research on Solar Power Station/Satellite and Microwave Power Transmission system. He is IEEE Distinguish Microwave lecturer, IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee 26 (Wireless Power Transfer and Conversion) vice chair, IEEE MTT-S Kansai Chapter TPC member, IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference advisory committee member, international journal of Wireless Power Transfer (Cambridge Press) executive editor, Radio Science for URSI Japanese committee C member, past technical committee chair on IEICE Wireless Power Transfer, Japan Society of Electromagnetic Wave Energy Applications vice chair, Wireless Power Transfer Consortium for Practical Applications (WiPoT) chair, and Wireless Power Management Consortium (WPMc) chair.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Satoshi Horikoshi
Title of the contribution: Cutting‐edge developments in microwave chemistry and material processing: latest applications of the microwave semiconductor generator
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Satoshi Horikoshi received his PhD degree in 1999, and was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at the Frontier Research Center for the Global Environment Science (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) until 2006. He joined Sophia University as Assistant Professor in 2006, and then moved to Tokyo University of Science as Associate Professor in 2008, after which he returned to Sophia University as Associate Professor in 2011. Currently he is Vice-President of the Japan Society of Electromagnetic Wave Energy Applications (JEMEA), and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy and other international journals. His research interests involve new material synthesis, molecular biology, formation of sustainable energy, environmental protection and CO2-fixation using microwave- and/or photo-energy. He has co-authored over 170 scientific publications and has contributed to and edited or co-edited 20 books.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Juming Tang
Title of the contribution: Bridging Gaps in Microwave Technologies for Industrial Production of Safe Foods
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Dr Juming Tang received his PhD in Agricultural/Food Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1991. He joined the Dept. of Biological Systems Eng., Washington State University in 1995 where he is currently working as a Regents Professor. His laboratory received the first ever FDA accepted filing for microwave sterilization of packaged low acid non-homogeneous foods in USA. He has published 270 refereed journal publications and holds 2 patents. He advised 36 PhD. Students, 4 MS students, and over 50 visiting professors and students. He was named a fellow of the International Microwave Power Institute where he was the President (2009-10) of the Board of Governors. Tang was also named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and received many awards, including the IFT Research and Development Award in 2010 and the ASABE International Food Engineer Award in 2012.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Kama Huang
Title of the contribution: Microwave propagation in chemical reaction
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Kama Huang was born in Chongqing, China, in 1964. He received the M.S. in 1988 and Ph.D in 1991 in Microwave theory and Technology both in the University of Electronic Science and Technology, China. In 1991 he joined the department of Radio and Electronics of Sichuan University, China, where he has been a professor in Radio physics since 1994, and has been the director of the Department, since 1997. Currently, he is the dean of the College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Sichuan University and the director of the Institute of Applied Electromagnetics. He is also a senior member of IEEE and the member of AMPERE committee of management. He has published over two hundred papers; some of them were published in international journals. He has received some research awards from Chinese government. He won National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in China, in 2001. His research interests are in the areas of microwave chemistry, microwave heating, and electromagnetic theory.

Name of the lecturer: PhD. Aditya Nayak
Title of the contribution: A Novel Microwave Assisted Precipitation Technique for Nanonization of Nutraceuticals
Duration: 25 min

Brief CV: Dr. Aditya obtained his first degree and PhD in Biochemistry from Kuvempu University, India in 2010. Later, he joined Sejong University in South Korea as a Postdoctoral Scientist. In 2015, he moved to University of Birmingham in UK to work for his Marie Curie Individual Fellowship funded by the European Union. In his current fellowship, Dr. Aditya is developing microwave-assisted nanonization technology to overcome the pharmacokinetic mismatch associated with ~50% of drug molecules and phytochemicals.