José Serra (Universitat Politècnica de València, ITQ, CSIC)

Graduated (1999) in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnical University of Valencia (UPV) and PhD (2004) at UPV on the field of industrial catalysis in collaboration with the Institute Français du Pétrole. He worked (2004-2006) as postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Materials and Processes in Energy Systems (IEK-1, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany), working on the development of nano-structured SOFC electrodes and membranes. In 2006 he joined again ITQ and leads the Fuel Cells and Ionic Membranes research line. In 2015 he was appointed as Research Professor at CSIC. He is co-author of more than 145 scientific articles and book chapters and 22 patents in the field of catalysis and energy. He is involved in several international projects dealing with systems for efficient energy conversion. He holds the PhD award of the Spanish Catalysis Society and UPV, the ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award 2005, Christian Friedrich Schönbein Medal 2009, European Ceramic Society Young Scientist Award 2015 and 2016 Medal of the Royal Spanish Engineering Academy. He is cofounder of the spin-off company Kerionics, which develops ceramic membrane modules for industrial oxygen separation at medium-scale.
His activities are focused on the application of catalysis, materials science and engineering in (a) understanding of mechanisms and fundamental physicochemical steps of industrial processes; (b) developing ceramic electrochemical cells (based on oxide-ionic or protonic solid electrolytes); (c) developing ceramic mixed ionic-electronic conducting membranes and advanced catalytic reactors; and (d) process intensification and optimization in energy and chemistry industry.

Maria Norberta de Pinho (Lisbon, Portugal)

She is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Porto (1970) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Florida ,U.S.A.(1976). Professor of Chemical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico(IST),University of Lisbon(1977-2015). Professor Jubilado (2015-present). Researcher at Center for Physics and Engineering of Advanced Materials (CeFEMA) .Has been teaching Transport Phenomena, Separation Processes and Membrane Processes and coordinating research on Membrane Synthesis and Characterization; Flow and Mass Transfer Modelling (Computer Fluid Dynamics);Design &Engineering of Separation Processes and Membrane Processes in Food , Pulp& Paper and Chemical Industries; Biorefinery ; Extracorporeal Blood Circulation Devices .Supervisor of 30 MSc Thesis and 20 PhD Dissertations .Researcher/Coordinator of 30 projects sponsored by Portuguese Science Foundation and European Community (BRITE/EURAM(1991-1994);ECSC Coal Research(1997-2000) ). Member of the European Network of Excellence, NanoMemPro , 2004-2008.Visiting Scientist in: Max-Planck Instituit für Biophysik, Frankfurt(1977/78); National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (1984/85);Verfahrenstechnik Institute, RWTH Aachen (Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship,1986/87) ;MIT(2003); Columbia University, N:Y.( 2014) She is co-author of more than two hundred publications referred in ISI Web of Knowledge and more than two hundred in Books & Proceedings of Congresses. Two European and US patents .A text book on MassTransfer.
She has a H-index of 23 .
At present as Professor “Catedrático Jubilado” of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST),University of Lisbon, is Researcher at Center for Physics and Engineering of Advanced Materials (CeFEMA) of IST and Scientific Coordinator of the Project ”Hemocompatible Nanostructured Membranes for Artificial Organs”,PTDC/CTM-BIO/6178/2014 ,sponsored by Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT).