6th Special guests

Prof. Tomasz Sosnowski, PhD


Vice-Dean for Scientific Affairs of the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology.

He received his PhD (in 1997) and DSc degree (habilitation, 2006) from Warsaw University of Technology for the research related to dynamic interfacial phenomena and their relevance for hydrodynamics and mass transfer in the human respiratory system. He was a post-doc fellow at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, USA (1999-2000) where he worked on aerosol systems for drug delivery by inhalation. From that time problems of chemical engineering applications in biomedicine have remained his main field of scientific activity. Prof. Sosnowski is an author of more than 60 scientific papers in JCR journals and more than 200 other scientific publications (journal papers, book chapters, conference communications). In 2010 he published a book “Respirable aerosols and inhalers” (in Polish; 2nd edition in 2012) which was focused on the application of engineering methods in designing medical inhalers, analysis of aerosol flow and particle-lung interactions. He is a co-author of 3 granted patents and several patent applications. He is also a scientific expert of European Medicines Agency (EMA - London), a member of the Managing Commitee of the European Initiative COST MP1106, and a member of the Committee of Chemical and Process Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN).

Prof. Jörg Vienken, PhD


Jörg Vienken graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and received a Doctoral Degree in Biophysics and Bioengineering from the Technical University of Aachen, both in Germany. He was then appointed the position of an Associate Professor at the Institute for Biotechnology of the University of Würzburg, Germany.

In 1985, he switched to the medical device industry and worked for 11 years at AKZO NOBEL Membrana in Wuppertal as Director for Clinical Research and Science Services, followed 1996 by a position as Vice President BioSciences in Fresenius Medical Care in Bad Homburg, Germany which he held until his retirement in 2013. From 2013 - 2015 he served as Board Member of Nephro-Solutions AG in Hamburg and is working since 2016 as a Freelance Advisor for the Medical Device Industry.

He has been awarded the “Emil-Bücherl-Award” for life-time achievement in the realm of Artificial Organs from the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) and is a distinguished fellow of ERA-EDTA, the European Dialysis and Transplantation Association.

Jörg Vienken is Past President of the International Federation of Artificial Organs (IFAO, representing the umbrella organisation of the continental societies from Europe (ESAO), the USA (ASAIO) and Japan (JSAO)). He was a long lasting Board member of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) and served as its secretary treasurer between 1998 and 2006. He is also Past President of the Association of German Biotech Companies (VBU- DECHEMA).

Jörg Vienken still teaches Biomaterials and Artificial Organs at several German and European Universities and has published more than 300 scientific publications and book chapters as well as 8 books.

Prof. Shinji Sakai, PhD


He is a full professor at the Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Osaka University (Japan). Prof. Sakai received his PhD (2002) from Kyushu University (Japan). He has 110 scientific publications in international journals since 2000, mainly in the field of biomaterial. He received Young Scientist Award of Chemical Engineering Society of Japan for a development of novel cell-encapsulation process using laminar flow in 2008. He studied in Warsaw University of Technology for 4 months in 2015 (Prof. Tomasz Ciach’s Lab).

His current work is a development of novel hydrogels and the processes using the hydrogels for biomedical applications. Especially, he enjoys bio-printing using his hydrogels.

Prof. Ilya Vorotyntsev, PhD


Ilya Vorotyntsev received his M.S. and PhD degrees in Physical Chemistry from Lobachevsky University (Russia). He spent several years in industry working on the products launch of ultra-high purity gases for semiconductors industry. In 2005, he joined Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev (NNSTU) to continue his teaching and research in the membrane area. In 2013, he became a Professor in NNSTU. His research activity covers material science, membrane gas separation, hybrid and integrated process. In 2016, his research group was awarded «Green Chemistry for Life», sponsored by UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Program (IBSP) and PhosAgro in close cooperation with IUPAC.

Marta Mazurkiewicz-Pawlicka, PhD


Dr. Marta Mazurkiewicz-Pawlicka works at the Graphene Laboratory at the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology. She finished her PhD in 2015 at the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology. Her thesis entitled “Preparation and characterization of palladium catalysts deposited on multi-walled carbon nanotubes for use in a direct formic acid fuel cell”. She is a co-author of 27 publications in international journals mainly on the topic of carbon nanomaterials. Her research activity focuses on the preparation, modification and applications of different carbon nanomaterials (including carbon nanotubes, graphene oxide and carbon nanofibers) in alternative energy sources.

Assist. Prof. Masaki Nakahata, PhD


He is an assistant professor at Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Osaka University (Japan). He received his PhD (2015) from Department of Science, Osaka University. He has 13 publications in international journals since 2011, mainly in the fields of supramolecular chemistry and materials science. He received 9 awards including JSPS Ikushi Prize (2015) and Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists (2016). His current research interest includes engineering new biomaterials based on smart molecular design.