KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Prof. Jiashen Teh

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Speech Title: Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) for Enhanced Grid Reliability

Prof. Jiashen Teh graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK in 2016, and is currently an Associate Professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He is also a Technical Director at UPE-Power in Taiwan. He mainly explores the benefits of using flexible transmission power line ratings to enhance grid reliability. To date, he has published more than 60 journal articles published in the SCIE database, with most of them ranked in the top two quarters of the ranking, garnering more than 2900 citations and 31 h-index on Google Scholar. He was the top 2% of the world's most-cited researchers by field in 2019, 2020, and 2021, according to Stanford University. In 2021 and 2022, he received the Outstanding Engineer Award by the IEEE Power & Energy Malaysia and, the IET Malaysia Outstanding Young Professional Award, respectively.





Prof. Dr. Jinlong Zhang

East China University of Science and Technology, China

Speech Title: Rational Synthesis of Au-CdS Composite Photocatalysts for Broad-Spectrum Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

 

Prof. Dr. Jinlong Zhang studied Fine Chemicals at East China University of Science and Technology(ECUST), where he received a PhD in Applied Chemistry in 1993. In 1996 he received the Award of the JSPS and then studied in Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, as a postdoctoral. He became a full professor in 2000. He was selected as the Member of Academia Europaea and Distinguished Professor of Huixian in ECUST in 2019. He has published over than 600 original papers and reviews in “Nat. Comm.; Chem. Rev.; Chem. Soc. Rev., J. Am. Chem. Soc.; Angew Chem Int Ed; Chem.,ACS Nano,Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, et al , which were cited more than 40000 times (H-index: 105), serves on the editor of ‘‘Research on Chemical Intermediates’’ and the editorial boards of several international journals, for example, “Scientific Reports”, ‘‘Applied Catalysis B: Enviromental’’, ‘‘Dyes and Pigments’’ (2004-2015) and ‘‘Photographic Science and Photochemistry’’. His research interests include photocatalysis, mesoporous materials, environmental and energy science and materials science. He has been selected as the “Most Cited Chinese Researchers” in China by “Elsevier” from 2014 to 2023. Dr. Jinlong Zhang also was awarded as "Highly Cited Scientists" by Clarivate Analytics from 2018 to 2023.





Assoc. Prof. Farhad Shahnia

Murdoch University, Australia

Speech Title: Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants – Overview of their Technical, Economic and Regulatory Aspects

 

Assoc. Prof. Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently an A/Professor at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Farhad’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 11 book chapters and 250+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books. Farhad has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016. Farhad is currently a Subject Editor, Deputy Subject Editor, and Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Access, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Smart Grid, IET Energy Conversion and Economics, and International Transaction on Electrical Energy Systems and has served 40+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Program, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs. Farhad has led the IEEE Western Australia Section as the 2020-2021 Chair, and was the 2019 Founding Chair of the IEEE Western Australia Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Chapter. He was the 2023 Vice-chair of the IES’s Technical Committees on Smart Grids.





Prof. MOHAN KOLHE

Smart Grid & Renewable Energy, University of Agder, Norway

Speech Title: Green Hydrogen Revolution: A Case Study in Sustainable Energy Transformation

 

Prof. MOHAN KOLHE is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of full professorship in smart grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than twenty-five-years' academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems. He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world's prestigious universities. He was also a member of the Government of South Australia's Renewable Energy Board (2009-2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies. He was also leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid-ICT project 'Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household' as Technical Manager (2014-2017). His academic work ranges from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production, techno-economics of energy systems, solar and wind energy engineering, development of business models for distributed generation etc. He also did extensive teaching in renewable and electrical energy systems engineering as well as in energy economics. He has published extensively in the energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures/ courses/ key note addresses/ workshops.






Prof. Henry Hu

University of Windsor, Canada

Speech Title: Light Alloy for Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles

 

Dr. Hongfa (Henry) Hu is a tenured full Professor at Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering, University of Windsor. He was a senior research engineer at Ryobi Die Casting (USA), and a Chief Metallurgist at Meridian Technologies, and a Research Scientist at Institute of Magnesium Technology. He received degrees from University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1996), University of Windsor (M.A.Sc., 1991), and Shanghai University of Technology (B.A.Sc., 1985). He was a NSERC Industrial Research Fellow (1995-1997). His publications (over 200 papers) are in the area of magnesium alloys, composites, metal casting, computer modelling, and physical metallurgy. He was a Key Reader of the Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, a Committee Member of the Grant Evaluation Group for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Science Foundation (USA) and Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly. He has served as a member or chairman of various committees for CIM-METSOC, AFS, and USCAR. The applicant’s current research is on materials processing and evaluation of light alloys and composites. His recent fundamental research is focussed on transport phenomena and mechanisms of solidification, phase transformation and dissolution kinetics. His applied research has included development of magnesium automotive applications, cost-effective casting processes for novel composites, and control systems for casting processes. His work on light alloys and composites has attracted the attention of several automotive companies.





Prof. Hossam A. Gabbar

Director of Smart Energy Systems Lab, Ontario Tech University, Canada

Speech Title: Hybrid Energy with Hydrogen Deployment Strategies for the Transition to Zero Carbon Communities

 

Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the Department of Energy and Nuclear Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Ontario Tech University (UOIT), where he has established the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL), Smart Energy Systems Lab, and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is recognized among the top 2% of worldwide scientists with high citation in the area of energy. He is a Fellow IET (FIET) and a Distinguished Lecturer – IEEE NPSS on Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems and Plasma-based Waste-to-Energy. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, energy safety and control systems, and waste-to-energy using advanced plasma technologies. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan). From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as an Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He also worked as process control, safety, and automation specialist in energy and oil & gas industries. Dr. Gabbar has more than 230 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers. .





Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia

Speech Title: Role of pore geometry of Ca1+xAl1-xLaxO3 composite catalyst supported on MCM-41 in selective glycerol etherification to lower molecular weight polyglycerols as potential oxygenated fuel additives

 

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah has significantly advanced both scientific research and environmental sustainability throughout his distinguished career. He earned his B. Tech (Hons), MSc, and PhD in 1995, 2000, and 2004, respectively. At Universiti Sains Malaysia's School of Chemical Engineering, he has held pivotal roles, including Deputy Dean (Industry and Community Network) from 2010-2012, Deputy Dean (Research and Postgraduate Studies) from 2013-2018, and is currently serving as Dean for the 2022-2024 term. Dr. Abdullah's professional affiliations reflect his extensive expertise and contributions. He is a Fellow of Akademi Sains Malaysia and Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM), a Professional Technologist at the Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT), and a Life Member of the Malaysian Oil Scientists and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA). He frequently serves as an MBOT accreditation auditor and an external examiner for numerous academic programs across Malaysian universities, ensuring high standards in education and research. His research primarily focuses on the use of ordered and porous catalytic materials in oleochemical reactions, renewable energy, waste treatment, and waste valorization. These areas are critical for advancing sustainable technologies and reducing environmental impact. By developing efficient catalytic processes, Dr. Abdullah's work helps convert waste into valuable products, thereby addressing both environmental and economic challenges. With nearly 300 refereed publications and numerous contributions to books and book chapters mostly as the main author, Dr. Abdullah is deemed a prolific author and a leading figure in his field. His work is widely recognized and cited, with an h-index of 64 and over 13,000 citations on Scopus, highlighting his influence in the scientific community. He is also a technical committee member of nearly 150 international scientific conferences and is regularly invited to share his research at conferences in Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, the Philippines, and China. Dr. Abdullah's expertise is sought after globally. He evaluates research proposals for various local ministries and international scientific bodies, including those in the EU, USA, Oman, Qatar, Kazakhstan, and Chile. As an expert panel member of the Department of Environment Malaysia, he assesses Environmental Impact Assessment reports for major commercial projects, such as petrochemical complexes, heavy oil facilities, paper mills, metal smelting operations, and lead-acid battery recycling plants. This role is crucial in ensuring that industrial developments adhere to environmental regulations and sustainability principles. His contributions have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) award in 2014. He was also listed among the World's Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University from 2020-2022, underscoring his global impact. Additionally, as a certified trainer with the Human Resource Development Corp (HRDC) of Malaysia, Dr. Abdullah is dedicated to advancing knowledge and skills within the scientific community. Through his extensive research and leadership, Dr. Abdullah has made substantial contributions to scientific progress and the development of environmentally sustainable technologies. His work not only addresses critical environmental issues but also promotes sustainable practices in various industries, positioning him as a key figure in both scientific and environmental spheres.








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The 10th International Symposium on Hydrogen Energy, Renewable Energy and Materials (HEREM 2024) will be held as an on-site conference during October 17-18, 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand. If you are interested in delivering a keynote speech in HEREM conference, you could apply to be a keynote speaker at HEREM 2024. Look forward to your participation!

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