9th EYEC Scientific Commission

Jozsef Kupai, PhD

Jozsef Kupai from the Faculty of Chemical and Bioengineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics defended his PhD thesis ’Synthesis and application of chiral 18-crown-6 ethers containing a pyridine subunit’ in 2012 at the Faculty of Chemical and Bioengineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Since 2016 he is employed as an Assistant Professor at Deparment of Organic Chemistry and Technology.

He was a principal investigator (2013–2017) of the ‘ Synthesis and application of new thiourea, amide and sulfonamide type organocatalysts containing heterocycle subunits” National Research, Development and Innovation Office project financed by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This grant was received excellent (10/10) quailification by the reviewers. Since then he is focused on the synthesis, application and recovery of cinchona-based organocatalysts.

In 2016 Dr. Kupai worked as a visiting academic in School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester, UK in the laboratory of Professor Gyorgy Szekely.

Jozsef Kupai is the co-author of 27 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, and has recently (2018) been awarded the Bolyai Research Fellowship by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is a supervisor of 2 PhD students, 3 MSc and 7 BSc students and takes the Organic chemistry I and II lectures, practicals for foreign students at the university. 

Dr. Kupai is a Guest Editor of a Special Issue entitled ’Advances in Organocatalysts: Synthesis and Applications’ at the MDPI journal Materials, and Review Editor of the Separation Processes section of the journal Frontiers in Chemical Engineering. 

This year he won the prize for the best Hungarian article in the chemical field (the so-called Kisfaludy Prize) with his paper published in ACS Catalysis (IF=12.2).

Aleksandra Ziemińska- Stolarska, PhD

Aleksandra Ziemińska-Stolarska since October 2016 works as assistant professor in the Faculty of Heat and Mass Transfer Processes Lodz University of Technology. From 2008 to 2009 completed
Erasmus training course in Biochemistry at Evora University, Portugal. From June to September 2015 completed an internship at Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) Oslo, Norway in the frame of the MONSUL project. Took part in realization of international scientific projects:

1. Waterpraxis (2008-2011) “From theory and plans to eco-efficient and sustainable practices to improve the status of the Baltic Sea.” 

2. Cluster: “Baltic Impulse – saving the Baltic Sea waters” reducing pollution & eutrophication in the Baltic Sea (2012-2013),

INREP (2015-2018, Horizon 2020), TOWARDS INDIUM FREE TCOs

MONSUL (2015-2016, Norwegian Funds)“The Analysis of Factors Affecting the Ecological Condition of the Sulejów Reservoir Waters Based on Continuous Monitoring and an Integrated 3D Model of the Reservoir” PL03 operational programme: “Improving environmental monitoring and inspection”.

INVITES (2016-2019) Innovative Equipment for Intensified Recovery of CO2 from Flue Gases –
INVITES Project co-financed by the Polish National Center for Research and Development and the
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, within the "STAIR II/2/2016" Polish-German
Cooperation for Sustainable Development

HIPERION (2019-2023, Horizon 2020) HybrId Photovoltaics for Efficiency Record using Integrated
Optical techNology

Research activity covers the area of mathematical modeling of water quality, laboratory analysis of water and sediments, CFD simulations of hydrodynamic in large water bodies, LCA analysis. Author and co-author of over 15 papers. Co founder of biotechnology startup AKRIMTECH. The company is at the stage of creating a prototype of a high-performance bioreactor for multiplying stem cells. 

Magda H. Barecka, PhD

Dr. Magda H. Barecka is a chemical engineer with both academic and industrial expertise in process intensification, process retrofitting and design. She received the PhD title from 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, which has been successfully transfer into industrially applicable tools. Currently, Dr. Barecka is working at an overseas department of University of Cambridge (Cambridge CARES) in Singapore, focusing on application of novel intensified operations in the field of carbon dioxide conversion.

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

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.