8th EYEC Special Guests

Prof. Jörg Vienken - Honorary Guest

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 a Director for Clinical Research and Science Services, followed by a position as a Vice President BioSciences in Fresenius Medical Care in Bad Homburg, Germany which he held until his retirement in 2013. Then he served as one of the Nephro-Solutions AG Board Members in Hamburg. Since 2016 he works as a Freelance Advisor for the Medical Device Industry.

He has been awarded the Emil-Bücherl Award for the 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 a 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 a 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. He has published more than 300 scientific publications and book chapters as well as 8 own books.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lorenz Ratke

Professor in Materials Physics at the Technical University of Aachen and retired head of the Aerogels Department of the Institute of Materials Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany.

He received his diploma in Physics from the University of Muenster and a PhD in Metal Physics from the University of Aachen. Professor Ratke held positions at the Vereinigte Aluminium Werke Bonn, the Technical University in Clausthal, the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart and visiting positions at the Technical University of Miskolc (Hungary) and the University of Iowa (USA).

He has received the Georg Sachs Award of the German Society of Materials, Acta Metallurgica et Materialia Outstanding Paper Award, Senior Scientist Award of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Silver Medal of the University of Miskolc. Moreover: a honoris causa doctorate degree of the University of Miskolc, the Innovation Award of the City of Cologne, the Bavarian State Innovation Award and the DLR Idea Award.

He has published over 300 papers in the areas of corrosion, powder metallurgy, in-situ composites, polyphase solidification, coarsening and aerogels. His current research activties are devoted to organic and biopolymeric aerogels, their nanostructure formation and properties.

Magda H. Barecka, PhD

Dr.-Ing. Magda H. Barecka is a chemical engineer with expertise in process intensification, process retrofitting and design. She was the first one to receive the PhD title from both TU Dortmund University and Lodz University of Technology as a joint Diploma.

She is an author of a systematic methodology supporting implementation of intensified technologies in the chemical industry. She is interested in the development and application of novel intensified operations that can overcome current limitations in chemical engineering.

Apart from research related to process simulations, modelling and photochemistry, she actively contributed in several European grants in the field of energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental impact assessment (LCA).

Heinrich Eckhard Kolb, PhD

Heinrich Eckhard Kolb became fascinated by the field of gas kinetics and filtration during his undergraduate study. This fascination continuously inspires him even after 8 years of academic and industrial experience.

He received his Diploma from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany in 2014 with a student research project about the permeability of dust cakes and a thesis on the nucleation and coagulation of sulfuric acid aerosols.

Eckhard has recently graduated with a PhD degree at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the group of Professor Gerhard Kasper. His research comprises many aspects of oil mist filters for the filtration of compressed gases. Recent publications of him in this field deal with the re-entrainment of droplets from filters, the impact of operating conditions, influences and description of glass fiber media properties as well as the extension of the “Film-and-Channel-Model” towards the efficiency of oil mist filters.

Wiktor Lewandowski, PhD

Wiktor Lewandowski graduated from the Inter-faculty studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Warsaw in 2008 with a Master's degree in chemistry and biotechnology. In 2013 he obtained a PhD degree in international doctoral studies at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Warsaw. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty.

During his studies he has been to several abroad internships spent in various institutions, ex. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and CICbiomaGUNE, Spain. He was the head of several research grants. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Aleksander Zamojski of the Polish Chemical Society Prize. Wiktor Lewandowski is a two-time winner of the START scholarship. He has also received a scholarship for outstanding young scientists of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In 2009-2010 he was a vice-chairman and a co-organizer of the Students' Section of Polish Chemical Society meetings.

He has published 18 papers (including top journals such as Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry of Materials) in the areas of material chemistry/nanotechnology, with a particular emphasis on utilizing organic chemistry tools in the development of nanomaterials. Lately, he has been focusing on the dynamic self-assembly of nanomaterials with the perspective applications in metamaterial, optoelectronic and chiral plasmonic technologies.