Keynote program


Recyclable metal fuels as

future zero-carbon energy carrier




Fabien Halter


After obtaining a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, he worked on combustion phenomena in IC engines. He was appointed as full Professor at University of Orléans in 2014, where he developed canonical set-ups to experimentally investigate gaseous and multiphase combustion processes. He co-authored more than 100 papers and advised more than 20 PhD students. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Combustion and Flame and has served as colloquium co-chair for the two previous International Symposium on Combustion. He is currently the director of a Research Federation involving several laboratories in Orléans, with focus on energy-related research. He has led several national and international projects in the field of energy. He has co-organized several international workshops on premixed laminar flames and is actively working since several years in the research of new energy carriers, such as metal fuels.


Process intensification of CO2 capture

and CO2 utilization




Kevin Van Geem


Kevin Van Geem is full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University (UGent). He is director of the Center of Sustainable Chemistry and director of the board of the Laboratory for Chemical Technology of Ghent University. His main research interest is thermochemical reaction engineering in general, with a focus in particular the transition from fossil to alternative resources such as biomass, CO/CO2 and plastic waste. He is a former Fulbright Research Scholar of MIT and visiting professor at Stanford. He is in charge of the pilot plants for chemical recycling, oxidative coupling of methane, steam cracking, biomass pyrolysis and super dry reforming. He is the author of more than two hundred scientific publications, has 3 patents and he is managing director of his own spin-off company on modeling steam cracking. He is involved in electrification, process intensification, machine learning & data mining, product formulation, drug discover, scale-up and process modeling.


Assessing and maximising

sustainability trade-offs of bioenergy systems




Mirjam Röder


Mirjam Röder is a Reader at the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. She leads the Systems Analysis research in EBRI and is the Topic Group leader for Systems in the UK’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub.

Her research interests focus on the role of bioenergy and bioproducts in the transition to a low carbon future. Her research are the sustainability of bioenergy, bioenergy in the context of global challenges and development, the role of bioenergy systems in climate change mitigation, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage/utilisation (BECCS/U) and governance frameworks.


Ammonia for Net Zero Combustion




Agustin Valera-Medina


Agustin Valera-Medina is a Professor at Cardiff School of Engineering, U.K. He has participated as PI/Co-I in 29 industrial projects with multinationals including PEMEX, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Ricardo, Airbus, and BP, attracting approximately £9.7M in research. He has published 178 papers (h-index 26), 46 of these specifically concerning ammonia for power. He has supervised 28 PhD students, 9 on ammonia-combustion related topics. Prof. Valera-Medina led Cardiff’s contribution to the Innovate-UK “Decoupled Green Energy” Project (2015–2018) led by Siemens and in partnership with STFC and the University of Oxford, which aimed to demonstrate the use of green ammonia produced from wind energy. He is currently PI of the project SAFE-AGT (EP/T009314/1, £1.9M) to demonstrate the use of ammonia as an efficient gas turbine fuel. He leads the combustion work package of the H2020 project FLEXnCONFU (884157), a €12.7M project conceived to demonstrate ammonia power in large turbine engines. He is also PI and co-I of projects related to ammonia for transportation, propulsion, and heat/cooling (including OceanRefuel, MariNH3, Dock2Dock, Ammonia Optimization, Amburn, etc.). He has been part of various scientific boards, chairing sessions in international conferences and moderating large industrial panels on the topic of “Ammonia for Direct Use.” He supported the preparation of two Royal Society Policy Briefings on “Green Ammonia”. He is currently chair of the "Combustion and Emissions" working group of the Ammonia Energy Association, and co-Director of the Green Ammonia Working Group UK. He is the main author of the book 'Techno-economic challenges of ammonia as energy vector' (Elsevier).



Towards a better understanding

of biofuels' oxidation chemistry




Olivier Herbinet


Olivier Herbinet is Associate Professor at University of Lorraine since 2007. He is a specialist in the use of continuous flow reactors (e.g., jet-stirred and flow tube reactors) for the study of gas phase reactions (oxidation and pyrolysis) of organic compounds, using a wide range of diagnostics from gas chromatography to mass spectrometry with ionization using synchrotron radiation. These studies led to 94 peer-reviewed publications (H-index = 39 (WoS)). He was vice leader of the Working Package 1 of the Cost Action Smartcats (2015-2019).



HyNet, demonstrating

the reality of hydrogen as an energy vector




Andy Brown


Andy started as a Student Apprentice with what was then the Central Electricity Generating Board, initially studying Electrical Engineering, but switched to Mechanical Engineering, in which discipline he is Chartered as a Fellow. During a 29-year career with the GEGB and successor companies he worked on coal, nuclear and gas turbine plant before moving to a role providing technical support to Business Development. Following privatisation, Andy joined Progressive Energy as Engineering Director at its inception in 1997. Progressive’s pioneering of IGCC opportunities allowed Andy to develop further expertise (for which he was awarded the I.Chem.E’s Hebden Medal) burning syngas and hydrogen in Gas Turbines, and CO₂ capture, transportation and storage. He represents the UK in producing an ISO Standard for CO₂ transportation. More recently extending this to hydrogen, he was responsible for the I.Chem.E’s series on hydrogen (in recognition for which he was awarded their Ambassador medal). He has provided Engineering expertise across the many elements of the HyNet project. Andy co-chairs the Technical Working Group of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and is the Energy Institute representative for CCUS.


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