7th Special guests

Prof. Jörg Vienken, PhD

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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. Mathias Ulbricht, PhD

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He is since 2001 a Full Professor for Industrial Chemistry at University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Prof. Ulbricht had studied chemistry at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 1987. He had worked at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA, from 1992 to 1993. Based on various postdoctoral research projects, mostly with a small group based at Humboldt University, he had received his “Habilitation” from that University in 1997. From 1997 to 1999 he had worked at GKSS Research Centre in Teltow, Germany. In 1999 he had founded ELIPSA Inc. in Berlin and was CEO of this private company until 2003.

His research interests are in the field of functional polymeric as well as nanohybrid materials and have a focus on synthetic membranes and membrane-based technologies for water purification, bioseparation and energy conversion. He is in the editorial board of several international journals including “Journal of Membrane Science”, “Polymer” and “Separation and Purification Technology” (all Elsevier). He has published more than 215 peer-reviewed scientific papers (current “Web of Science” h-index: 45), 14 book chapters and filed 30 patents (until now 19 issued).

Anne Ladegaard Skov, PhD

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Dr Tech, Ph.D. Anne Ladegaard Skov is an associate professor of polymer science and engineering specialising in silicone elastomers at the Danish Polymer Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, DTU. Her PhD project was performed at DTU with an external stay at Leeds University, UK. Subsequently, she held a research fellowship at Cambridge University, UK, before taking up a position as assistant professor at DTU. In 2010 she was promoted to associate professor and later promoted to head of the Danish Polymer Centre. She has worked with functionalisation and formulation of silicone elastomers with special focus on silicone elastomers utilised and optimised for dielectric elastomers. She is currently the president of the EuroEAP society which is a European society with the aim of promoting electroactive polymers.

She has published more than 100 articles and holds 8 patents within the field of dielectric elastomers and silicone-based materials. She has received numerous prizes for her research including the Statoil Prize and the Elastyren Prize as well as she holds the title of Dr Tech, the highest academic title in Denmark.

Anna Jackiewicz-Zagórska, PhD

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She graduated from the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering of the Warsaw University of Technology in 2004. Her master thesis was appreciated by the Award of the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Grant Fund of PGNiG S.A. for the best Master's thesis. In November 2010, she received a PhD degree and her Doctoral thesis entitled "Investigation into filtration of aerosol particles in inhomogeneous fibrous filters" was distinguished by the Faculty Council and by the jury awarding the Fiat grants. Dr Anna Jackiewicz-Zagórska has been employed by the Warsaw University of Technology as Assistant Professor since 2011. She is the supervisor of the filtration laboratory at the Department of Integrated Processes Engineering.

Dr Anna Jackiewicz-Zagórska is co-author of 57 papers published in periodicals and conference materials. She has presented her research results at 15 international and 11 national conferences. She received scholarships for distinguished Ph.D. students in the field of science and research and scholarship for young scientists awarded by the Centre for Advanced Studies, Warsaw University of Technology, and by the Marshal of the Mazowieckie province. In 2011, she was granted an individual Award of the Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology for scientific achievements. Her profile was presented at the exhibition entitled "Maria Skłodowska-Curie in the Service of Science Yesterday and Today" at the European Parliament in Brussels. Since 2012 Dr Jackiewicz is the manager of the Leader III project from the National Centre for Research and Development. She was awarded first place in the project called “Internship as a success of a scientist”, intended to strengthen the cooperation between researchers and enterprises.

Her scientific interests: separation processes of gas-solid and -liquid particles, design of modern polymer-based filtering media, modeling of filtration process in fibrous filters, techniques for aerosol generation and detection..

Marc Mueller, PhD

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He graduated in 2011 with a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Germany. In December 2017, he received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Gemany. He is working as a Post‐Doc at the Institute for Multiphase Processes (Leibniz Universitaet Hannover). His research focuses on processing, characterisation and testing of polymeric materials for medical applications (e.g. cardiovascular implants). Since 2014, he is leading the research group “Interfacial processes”, which is working in the fields of surface characterisation, biodegradation, flow visualisation and biocompatibility testing. Since he started working at the Institute for Multiphase Processes, he is responsible for the Master program in Biomedical Engineering at the Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, taking care for admissions, student advisory service and development of curricula.

Since 2016 he is one of the coordinators of the young researchers initiative of the European Society for Artificial Organs (yESAO), which brings together young researchers like engineers, scientists and clinicians, together with undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students coming from different university laboratories, hospitals and companies.