Keynote Speakers | 主讲嘉宾

Prof. Dong-Sheng Jeng, Griffith University, Australia / Qingdao University of Technology, China

Editor-in-chief and editor board member in numerous journals;Chair professor at Qingdao University of Technology, China

Dr. Jeng Dong-Sheng obtained his B.Eng. and M. Eng. in civil engineering from National Chung-Hsing University (Taiwan, China) and PhD in coastal engineering from The University of Western Australia (Australia). He has been worked in numerous universities, University of Western Australia, Griffith University, University of Sydney, University of Dundee (UK) in his academic career. Currently, he is professor at School of Engineering & Built Environment, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus (Australia) and chair professor at School of Civil Engineering, Qingdao University of Technology (China). He has authored more than 350 refereed journal papers, co-authored 3 books, 11 book chapters, holds 2 patents and has supervised to completion more than 30 graduate students. His research is on the porous flow modelling, coastal geotechnical engineering, groundwater hydrodynamics, solute transport in porous media, offshore wind energy, offshore fish farming and Application of Artificial neural Network in Civil Engineering. He is editor-in-chief of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Editor for Engineering Application of Artificial Intelligence, and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering; Associate Editor of numerous journals, Applied Ocean Research and Journal of Waterway, Ports, Coastal and Ocean Engineering (ASCE), editor brad member for numerous journals including Ocean Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Advances in Water Resources.

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Prof. Catherine Mulligan, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Director of the new Concordia Institute of Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems

Dr. Catherine N. Mulligan obtained her B.Eng. and M. Eng. in chemical engineering and PhD in geoenvironmental engineering from McGill University. She worked for the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council of Canada and SNC Research Corp. Of SNC Lavalin before joining Concordia University in 1999. She held a Concordia Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Sustainability (Tier I) and is a full professor in the Dept. of Bldg., Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has authored more than 130 refereed papers in various journals, co-authored or edited 8 books, holds 3 patents and has supervised to completion more than 75 graduate students. She is the founder and director of the Concordia Institute of Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems. The Institute trains students in sustainable development practices and performs research in new systems, technologies and solutions for sustainability. Her research is on the treatment of contaminated soils, water, sediment, and mining residues with biosurfactants and other treatment techniques, in addition to energy production via anaerobic treatment and pressure-reduced osmosis. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and its current Past President. She is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Royal Society of Canada and was a winner of the John B. Sterling Medal of the EIC.

Speech Title---Application of Biosurfactants for Oil Spill Remediation

Abstract-An evaluation of the management options must be made for contaminated sites. In particular, various techniques must be considered for the remediation of water and sediments when the release of hazardous materials becomes a serious problem. The options can include physical, biological, and/or chemical treatments. Sustainable management options for contaminated sites are required and will be evaluated.  Selection of the most appropriate remediation technology must coincide with the environmental characteristics of the site and the ongoing fate and transport processes. To be sustainable, the risk to human health and the environment at the site must be reduced, and not be transferred to another site.  Cost-effectiveness and sustainable solutions are significant factors in determining the treatment. The application of biosurfactants has been evaluated as alternatives to chemical reagents due to their surface active and emulsifying properties, low toxicity, biodegradability, unlimited applicability and relative low production cost for sustainable remediation. Studies showed that for effective application of biosurfactants, they should be selected based on pollutant characteristics and properties, treatment capacity, costs, regulatory requirements, and time constraints. Moreover, understanding of the mechanisms of interaction between biosurfactants and hydrocarbon contaminants or the contaminated environment can assist in selection of the appropriate biosurfactants for sustainable remediation. This presentation will include research on various environmental applications of biosurfactants, particularly for hydrocarbon remediation.

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