10th EYEC Scientific Commission

Giorgia Fugallo, PhD

Giorgia Fugallo is a permanent CNRS researcher at the Thermal and Energy Laboratory (LTEN) of Nantes Polytechnique (France).

She obtained her PhD at King’s College London (2012), was postdoc at Sorbonne University-Paris VI and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on ab initio description of thermal properties of 3D and 2D materials, and later became EDF & École Polytechnique Fellow Researcher (2013-2016) with a project on  exciton dispersion on 2D and layered materials for photovoltaic applications. She joined CNRS in 2017 to develop a multi-scale approach to study thermal and optical properties of semiconductor materials. Her main research interests have indeed always focused on theoretical and numerical modeling of material properties for energy applications, ranging from conductive and radiative thermal properties for thermal management applications, to electronic excitations and excitonic effects for photovoltaic applications.

She is also keen on computational development in ab initio and classical Open Source codes. Among others she developed the “thermal2” package in the Open Source Quantum-ESPRESSO suite of codes on the variational resolution of the Boltzmann transport equation. This method allowed her and co-workers to be the first in evaluating the intrinsic thermal conductivities of graphene and other 2D materials.

Prof. Elzbieta Jastrzebska, D.Sc. Ph.D. Eng. 

Elzbieta Jastrzebska received her MSc in chemical technology from the Department of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland in 2008, PhD in chemistry from the same faculty in 2012, and D.Sc. in biotechnology in 2018. Her current research interests are: development of the microsystems used in cellular engineering and in biotechnology as well as modification of the materials, i.e. poly(dimethylsiloxane) used in the fabrication of such microsystems. She develops Lab-on-a-chip systems used for two-dimensional and spatial (spheroids, hydrogels, multilayers) cell cultures and analysis of carcinoma cells as well as for testing of the selected therapeutic methods (i.e. photodynamic therapy) using free and encapsulated compounds. She also performs study based on Heart-on-a-chip systems and stem cells as a solution in cancer- and cardiotherapies. 

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Seyfang

Department for Life Sciences and Engineering, th Bingen, University of Applied Sciences, Bingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Seyfang received his Diploma from Universität Karlsruhe (TH), specializing in chemical reaction engineering and electrochemical engineering. He then joined Paul-Scherrer-Institut to work on the simplification on polymer electrolyte fuel cell and received his PhD from ETH Zürich. Ten years of industrial experience, in a start-up company and in an enterprise producing chemical and pharmaceutical products, resulted in several publications covering topics about process engineering in industrial applications. 

Since April 2018 Bernhard Seyfang is professor for chemical reaction engineering at th Bingen, a university of applied sciences cooperating with the whole range of chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the wider area around Frankfurt. His research and development interests cover process optimisation procedures, surface characterisation of additively manufactured devices for process engineering applications as well as extraction centrifuges.

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 was 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 48 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 catalysis, including low-temperature fuel cells and hydrogen generation, polymer composites, and biomedical applications. She received M. Wolfke’s Prize from Warsaw University of Technology and a scholarship for outstanding young scientists granted by the Minister of Education and Science for her scientific achievements.  

Karol Ćwieka, PhD

Karol Ćwieka received his PhD degree in Materials Science from the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in 2018. Currently he works at the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering WUT. His major research areas are heterogeneous photocatalysis for hydrogen generation, materials for molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs), and microstructureproperties relationships in porous materials.  

Karol Ćwieka gained experience in several projects related to the materials design for the key components of high temperature fuel cells (particularly molten carbonate fuel cells MCFCs: electrodes, matrix and electrolyte). His activities have been focused to date on the design of the porous microstructure and characterization of molten carbonate fuel cell catalysts, before and in the operation conditions, including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements with regard to the various microstructures of the cathode.  

In 2021, he was awarded by the Intelligent Development Center for leading the research project LIDER “High performance flow system for photocatalytic hydrogen production from biomass”. 

Assoc. Prof.

Jakub M. Gac

Jakub M. Gac is a graduate of the Faculty of Physics of the Warsaw University of Technology (MSc received in 2005) and the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering at the same university (MSc in 2006). He received his PhD in physics from the Faculty of Physics WUT (2009) and DSc in chemical engineering from Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering (2017). Since 2018 he works as an associate professor at the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering. His main scientific interests are separation processes (gas, water, wastewater filtration and membrane separation) and synthesis and properties of silica-based aerogels and xerogels (especially for separation applications). He is also involved in numerical modeling of chemical and environmental engineering processes (e.g. spray drying technique, atmospheric aerosol dynamics) and nonlinear time series analysis (in co-operation with Faculty of Physics). He is an author and co-author of 40 publications in international journals. He received a scholarship granted by the Minister of Science and scholarship for outstanding young scientists granted by Foundation for Polish Science for young scientists at the outset of their career START.