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Keynote I

Prof. Mohamed Gamal El Din
University of Alberta,Canada
 

Dr. Gamal El-Din is internationally recognized for his fundamental and applied research in the area of water and wastewater treatment. His fundamental research work has resulted in important advancements in the area of advanced oxidation treatment and reactor design for fast-reaction environments, particularly, the application of ozone treatment as an advanced oxidation process. Related advances included the characterization of the flow dynamics in complex multi-phase flow environments, particularly, gas-liquid flows. This research has resulted in numerous refereed publications. 

When Dr. Gamal El-Din started his career at the University of Alberta in 2001, he had a strong interest in conducting research in areas that were related to his Ph.D. work which was focused on the application of ozonation and advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater treatment, and the application of laser measurement techniques to characterize the flow hydrodynamics in complex multi-phase flow environments. Over the years, Dr. Gamal El-Din has developed an interest in venturing into new areas of research, including the application of artificial intelligence, alone or coupled with mechanistic modeling approaches or remote sensing, in describing the behaviour of environmental and engineered treatment systems; and the development of new materials and treatment processes/technologies in the areas of areas of nanotechnology, membrane science and engineering, and biofilm reactors. 

 

Keynote II

 

Prof. Jiancheng (James) Zheng
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Ottawa

 

Jiancheng (James) Zheng is a research scientist (cold regions chemistry) with Geological Survey Canada (GSC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) based in Ottawa (since 1999). He completed his undergraduate program in chemistry in Wuhan University, China, his master program in geosciences with Ottawa University, Canada and his PhD program in Environmental Geochemistry in Heidelberg University, Germany. He is an adjunct professor with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Ottawa.

In the past 30 years, James was working on climate changes and anthropogenic contaminants via studying snow/ice cores and environmental waters. His major research areas included archive reconstruction of inorganic trace metals and paleoclimate variations as well as monitoring of current climate trends with ice and snow in the Canadian High Arctic. James developed his GSC version of ultra clean protocol for snow/ice sampling, processing and sample storage/protection for studies of trace elements with ultra low concentrations. James is currently working on development of methodologies and quality control protocols for practical operation in laboratory and in the filed. He has recently set up a laboratory for tangential flow filtration systems for studying mobility and fate of trace elements in environment waters. James’ interest also extends to other contaminants, both inorganic and organic, contaminant source apportionment, the linkage of archives between ice cores and other records.