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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 Eric Reiner

Prof Eric Reiner

Eric Reiner is a adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Department of Chemistry and a visiting scientist at the Laboratory Services Branch of MOECC. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1986 in Analytical Chemistry / Mass Spectrometry. Working in the field of ultra-trace environmental analysis for more than 30 years he has co-authored over 180 publications.

His research interests include the analysis of dioxin-like and other emerging toxic persistent and bioaccumulative organics including halogenated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds and industrial chemicals as well as advanced analytical techniques such as multidimensional chromatography, chemical ionization mass spectrometry, ultrahigh resolution and tandem mass spectrometry and analytical automation.

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.