Dr. Thanikaivelan Palanisamy from CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, India
Development of new and advanced materials in the field of Nano, Bio and Composite Materials
Environmental science and technology and Biotechnological applications relevant to leather and allied industries
Clean technologies and solid waste management
Speech Title: Collagen Derived Advanced Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications
Abstract: Collagen, the most abundant protein on earth, is a fibrous structural protein with intriguing mechanical properties namely high viscoelasticity and large fracture strength. It plays a crucial role in making Nature’s structural materials tough. It is being processed in a variety of industries such as slaughterhouse, meatpacking, leather and related. Nevertheless, these industries generate significant amount of collagen containing co-products (bio-wastes), which can be used as a precursor for the bulk synthesis of nanomaterials and nanocomposites for high-value applications. The talk will feature novel ways of converting these collagen co-products into a range of advanced multifunctional materials such as self-doped carbon nanomaterials, Cr@C / Fe@C core-shell nanomaterials, N-rich carbon nanoonions, magnetic and conducting nanobiocomposites for energy and environmental remediation applications. The proposed new avenues for converting industrial bio-wastes into useful multifunctional advanced materials based on nanoscience approach are scalable and inexpensive thereby minimizing pollution and maximizing environmental sustainability.
Dr. Ruomei Li from Tsinghua University, China
Research Area: Power Electronics, energy, power generation
WIP (Women in Power) Chair of IEEE PES.
IEEE WIE Committee Member.
Senior member of IEEE, Honorary Member of CIGRE.
Invited Research Fellow of Energy Internet Research Institute in Tsinghua University.
Dr. Ruomei Li is now in Board of Supervisors of CWAST (China Women's Association for Science and Technology), Steering Committee of CHINA IGBT Technology Innovation and Industry Alliance. She received her Ph.D. from University of Bath, UK, in 2000; M.E. from CEPRI in 1989; and B.E. from Hefei University of Technology, China, in 1982. During 1994~1995, Ruomei studied in UMIST, UK, upon Lee Kai Hueng Fellowship Foundation. She started her career as an electrical engineer from the Electric Power Dispatching Center of AnHui Province. She has been working on research, strategy planning and project management in China electric power research institute (1989~1994, 2000~2004), engaged in long-term planning, system simulation and analysis, operation control and power electronics. Since 2004, she has served as deputy secretary-general, secretary-general (2004~2013) Moreover, she is Chair/Co-chair of WIE in CIGRE during 2013~2018 and received IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award in 2019.
Speech Title: The Role of Human Nature in the Energy Revolution
Abstract: In order to achieve the goal of carbon emission reduction, the work on energy sector is mainly through two paths – 1) Renewable energy alternatives; 2) Increasing energy efficiency. This article has mainly analyzed the negative reactions from different sectors of the energy industry in facing the challenge of energy revolution, and Point out that those are the natural reflection of human nature. The energy policies and institutions are critical on the prospect of energy revolution, which should the premise of guaranteeing people's basic needs, we should try our best to stimulate the positive energy in human nature. Meantime, we need high technologies like AI, to provide customers with the best possible service, and overcome management bottlenecks and create new job prospects.