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Prof Walter W Focke

Prof Walter W Focke

Professor Walter W Focke obtained Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria and a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from MIT. He is a full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Institute of Applied Materials.

He teaches Materials Science and Engineering as well as Phase Equilibrium Thermodynamics at undergraduate level and Polymer Processing and Polymer Additive Technology at postgraduate level. Professor Focke is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of the American Chemical Society, the Polymer Processing Society, the International Pyrotechnics Society and the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers.

His core research is in chemical product design with emphasis on carbon materials, polymer additive technology, pyrotechnics and malaria vector control. Various thermal analysis techniques are employed to characterise and control oxidative processes in pyrotechnics, biodiesel and materials such as polymers and graphite. According to Scopus, Walter Focke has published more than 144 papers in peer-reviewed journals that have been cited more than 2384 times with a Scopus h-Index of 18. Walter is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology,International Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives and International Polymer Processing.

Prof Charlotta Turner

Prof Charlotta Turner

Charlotta Turner is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University (LU) in Sweden. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University in 2001. Charlotta did her postdoc from 2001-2004 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Albany, California, after which she returned to Uppsala University where she started her research group, the Green Technology Group.

In 2009, she moved back to Lund University, and in 2012 she became a full professor. Turner´s research interests are in green analytical chemistry, sustainable development and supercritical fluid processing. Charlotta Turner has published over 100 scientific articles, review papers and book chapters.

She has received several awards for her research, including the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's award for environmental science (2005), the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Ingvar Carlsson Award for returning postdocs (2006), the Herbert J. Dutton Award for analytical chemistry (2015), and the Svante Arrhenius Award for her research in green chemistry (2017). Charlotta Turner is the chair of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Swedish Chemical Society, and the head of her department – the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis at Lund University.

Prof Graham Cooks

Prof Graham Cooks

R. Graham Cooks was educated at Port Shepstone High School and then at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, where he obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry and mathematics. He earned B. Sc. (Hons), M. Sc. and Ph. D. in chemistry from Natal for research in natural products chemistry working under Prof. Frank L. Warren. He was awarded an Elsie Ballot scholarship to Cambridge and obtained a Ph. D. (Cantab.) for work on reactions of sulfur compounds under the direction of Dr. Peter Sykes in 1967.

After post-doctoral work with Dr Dudley Williams at Cambridge he took a position as Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. He moved to Purdue University in 1971 where he was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 1980 and Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor in 1990. He has served as major professor to 137 Ph. D. students and has held visiting positions at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Tsinghua University and the University of Warwick.

Cooks has been recognized with Mass Spectrometry and Analytical Chemistry awards of the American Chemical Society, the Robert Boyle Medal and the Centennial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Inventors and the US National Academy of Sciences.

Prof Gary M. Hieftje

Prof Gary M. Hieftje

Gary M. Hieftje is Distinguished Professor and Mann Chair of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His research interests include the investigation of basic mechanisms in atomic emission, absorption, fluorescence and mass spectrometric analysis, and the development of instrumentation and techniques for atomic, molecular, and biomolecular methods of analysis.

He is interested also in the on-line computer control of chemical instrumentation and experiments, the use of time-resolved luminescence processes for analysis, the application of information theory to analytical chemistry, analytical mass spectrometry, near-infrared reflectance analysis, metallomics, and the use of stochastic processes to extract basic and kinetic chemical information. He has won numerous awards in the fields of analytical chemistry, chemical instrumentation, and spectroscopy, has held major offices in several scientific societies, has delivered many named lectures, and has served on the editorial boards of many major journals.

He is the author of over 600 publications, 13 books, 20 chapters, and 22 patents. To date, 70 students have received doctorates under his direction; many others have received M.S. degrees, and scores of undergraduates and visiting scientists have performed research in his laboratories.