Name: Tom Lynch
Position: Chairman PEFTEC Conference, Petro Industry News Consulting Editor
Country: United Kingdom
About Tom Lynch: Tom Lynch is an independent analytical consultant with over 37 years experience in analytical chemistry in the Petroleum industry. He is currently a consultant editor for Petro Industry News and International Environmental Technology and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of LC-GC Europe.
Tom has published over 35 citable papers, 4 book chapters and has given over 70 presentations at conferences. He is a member of the International Organising Committee and Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the HTC-15 conference in Cardiff in January 2018. In 1997 he received a BP Chairman's Award for Innovation and in 2003 was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal by the Chromatographic Society. In 2011 was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Work in leading the Energy Institutes rapid response task force to develop a reference method to measure trace biofuel contamination in Jet Fuel.
Tom is a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) where he was also as a past Vice President of the RSC Analytical Division and a past Chairman of the RSC Separation Science Group.
In his spare time he enjoys sailing and is a fully qualified Offshore Yachtmaster.
Name: Anupam Giri
Position: Co-Chairman PEFTEC Conference, Senior Scientist
Country: The Netherlands
About Anupam Giri: Anupam has earned his PhD in 2010 from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan working on “Characterization of flavor and bio-active components by diverse analytical tools”. His thesis resulted in 10 peer-reviewed publications and a best overseas thesis award from Indian professional society. Since then he had completed several post-docs in Japan (The University of Tokyo; Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology), China (South China University of Technology), France (Institute of National Research Agricole), Belgium (European Commission; University of Liege in collaboration with Total, France) for about 10 years. Since 2017, he is working at SABIC, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands as a Senior Scientist within the Analytical Technology team and focused on CHROM-MS. His academic background and further specialization focused on analytical chemistry, development and validation of analytical methods by various chromatographic techniques coupled with mass spectrometry including high resolution mass spectrometry. His hands on experience in chromatography includes, but is not limited to: GC×GC-HRTOF-MS coupled to different ion-sources and selective detectors, GC-QTOF and GC-MS/MS, GC-MS-O, multi booth GC-MS-8O, SPME, purge & trap GC-MS, heart-cut GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, Orbitrap, QTrap, ESR etc. He also authored/co-authored over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters.
Name: Rod Robinson
Company: National Physical Laboratory
Position: Chairman Industrial Methane Measurement Conference, Principal Research Scientist
Country: United Kingdom and Europe
About Rod Robinson: Principal Research Scientist at National Physical Laboratory, technical lead for emission and carbon measurement scientific area. Expertise in measurement of fugitive emissions from industrial sources including refineries. Long history of working in standardisation, Former Chairman and Quality officer of STA, involved in developing uk methods eg instrumental SO2, Vice Chair of CEN air quality technical committee, Chairman of UK mirror BSI group, EH 2/1, and convenor of CEN TC 264 WG 38 which is currently standardising the measurement of fugitive and distributed emissions of VOCs from refineries.
Name: Frank David
Company: Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC)
Position: R & D Manager
About Frank David: Dr. Frank DAVID received his PH.D degree in 1986 at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of the University of Gent under the direction Prof. Dr. M. Verzele. Since October 1986, Frank David is R & D manager at the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC) in Kortrijk under the direction of Prof. Dr. Pat Sandra.
Frank David is author of more than 100 scientific papers in different areas of separation science. His expertise includes capillary gas chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), GC-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), liquid chromatography (HPLC), liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS), multidimensional chromatography (GC-GC, GCxGC, LC-GC) and miniaturisation and automation of sample preparation.
Frank David is also consultant for instrument manufactures and for industrial laboratories in environmental, petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. In addition, Frank David is also member of the scientific committee of the HTC (Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography) symposia and of the organizing committee of ISCC (Riva del Garda, Italy).
Name: Edo Johann Becker
Position: Technical Consultant
About Edo Johann Becker: Dr Edo Johann Becker obtained his PhD in the field of spectroscopic studies of the polar arctic atmosphere whilst working at the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany. He then spent two years at the Centre for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Sunderland investigating the formation of aerosols over boreal and costal areas using particle counters and volatility analysers. Leaving academia in 2000 he started to work for BP Chemicals in Hull for 17 years in diverse areas such as technical product support, development of new catalysts using high-throughput technology and technical coordination of pilot plant programmes, but spent the bulk of his time on the deployment of cutting edge spectroscopic process analytical technology (PAT) for the analysis of liquid, gaseous and solid processes in petrochemical, biofuels and refinery streams. He has also worked on the development of novel process analytical tools, like the use of non-invasive ultrasonic process analysers. He has published or is co-author on several papers and is named as the inventor on 4 patents in the area of chemical engineering and process analysis.
Edo Becker currently works as a technical consultant for the application of PAT in the manufacturing industry in Hamburg, Germany.
Name: Prof. Ralf Zimmermann
Company: University of Rostock
Position: Full Professor
About Ralf Zimmermann: Prof. Ralf Zimmermann received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany. He moved as post-doc to the GSF Research Centre for Environment and Health in Oberschleißheim, Germany and the University of Antwerp. From 2001 to 2008 Zimmermann was appointed as Associated Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Augsburg as well as head of the Chemistry Department of the bifa-Environmental Institute in Augsburg. Since 2008 he is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Rostock (UR) and in personal union head of the Department "Comprehensive Molecular Analytics" (CMA) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU). His research interests are in the field of the physical properties, organic composition as well as biological- and health-effects of anthropogenic aerosol emissions and ambient aerosols. The instrumental on-line and off-line analysis of the chemical signature of complex molecular mixtures such as petrochemical matrices or environmental samples using high resolution Mass Spectrometric (MS) approaches, comprehensive chromatographic and thermal analytical techniques as well as novel photo ionisation based MS tools are further focal points of his research interest. Since 2012 Zimmermann is leading the Virtual Helmholtz Institute “HICE-Aerosol and Health”, which is addressing the composition, biological effects and health implications of combustion aerosol emissions in the framework of an international cooperation network and from 2019 on, he is heading the Helmholtz International Lab aeroHEALTH. Within aeroHEALTH, the HMGU, the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel are investigating within a joint long-term initiative the impact of photochemical ageing and atmospheric processing of aerosol emissions and ambient air on human health.
Name: Marcel van Engelen
Company: Dow Benelux B.V.
Position: Technology Manager
Country: The Netherlands
About Marcel van Engelen: Marcel received his MSc in Chemistry from University of Utrecht where he studied metal-mediated organic synthesis and heterogeneous catalysis, and his PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of Amsterdam. Marcel has previous work experience at Unilever, Hercules and RIKILT Institute for Food Safety and joined Dow Core R&D Analytical Sciences in 2007 where he provided advanced problem solving using (high end) NMR, MS and separation techniques in support of R&D and manufacturing activities. Marcel has (co)authored several papers and patent. Marcel has hands on experience in NMR (1D, 2D); liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-MS; MS/MS); SEC-MS(/MS); GC-MS (Including a wide variety of introduction techniques). In his current role, Marcel participates and leads multidisciplinary teams that uses the fundamentals of science and engineering to solve difficult, often multi-root cause problems in R&D scale up and plant operations.
Name: Pierre Giusti
Position: Head of the Molecular Characterization
About Pierre Giusti: Pierre obtained his PhD in 2006 from University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France, in Analytical Chemistry. Prior to that he got masters degree from University of Singapore in 2002. He also completed Habilitation (HDR) from Rouen University, France. He is co-founder and scientific coordinator of the International Joint Laboratory i-C2MC (Complex Matrices Molecular Characterization), involving 35 scientists from TOTAL - CNRS – Rouen Univ. – Pau Univ. – Florida State Univ. He chaired the 18th Petrophase Conference, 2017, Le Havre, France. Co-supervised research for 8 Post Docs, 5 PhDs, 7 Masters. Represented more than 50 conferences (talks and posters) / 8 invited oral/ international communications. Authored 36 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and 3 patents. His expertise is not limited but to different aspects of molecular separation sciences, mass spectrometry, complex matrices analysis, analytical strategy in the field of refining, petroleomics and environmental science, instrumental development in analytical chemistry.
Name: Senthil Kumar Kaliappan
Position: Lead Researcher
About Senthil Kumar Kaliappan: In 2007, Senthil obtained his PhD from University of Siegen, Germany for his work "Characterization of physical properties of polymers by AFM force-distance curves" carried out at Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin. He then worked at Borealis Innovation Headquarters in Austria and Goodyear Innovation Center, Luxembourg developing combinatorial use of various morphological characterization and spectroscopic techniques to support development of polyolefins and tires. Since 2013, he is working on developing thermal analysis and spectroscopic methods for polyolefins characterization at Borouge Innovation Center Abu Dhabi, UAE to improve structure-property relationships. He has published 5 scientific journal articles and holds 5 patents. Besides analytical method development and implementation, he is passionate about HSE and laboratory efficiency improvement programs.