Keynote Lecturers

Confirmed Keynote Lecturers


csm boaro 2 3a1ffd7b59Marta Boaro, Associate Professor 
Catalysis for Energy and Environment Group, University of Udine, Italy

Tentative title: TBA

Interests and Background: Energy technologies with special regard to fuel cells, electro-catalysis, electrochemistry, materials science, heterogeneous catalysis for energy and environmental applications, CO2 and CH4 utilization.
Prof. Boaro has more than 20 years of experience in the field of rare earth oxides and their applications in catalysis and electrochemistry for energy systems and H2 production. Her research is addressed to the chemical-physical and functional characterisation of non-stoichiometric rare earth oxides and transition metals. The main aim is the understanding of the mechanisms behind catalytic and electrocatalytic performance of these materials in the investigated processes.


 Iva DimitrievskaIva Dimitrievska, Teaching Assistant
Faculty of Technology and Metallurg, Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Tentative title: Comparison on biochemical sensitivity of screen-printed electrodes for monitoring traces of anticancer drugs

Iva Dimitrievska holds a degree in Material Engineering and Nanotechnology (2019), master’s degree in Polymer materials (2021) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Technology from the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy,  Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She has conducted her research in North Macedonia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, focusing on the design and development of electrochemical sensors for detecting atmospheric and aqueous pollutants in the environment, as well as for the in vivo detection of pharmaceutical components. Currently she is a teaching assistant and researcher at the Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. 


Bernardo Frontana2032Bernardo Antonio Frontana Uribe, Full Researcher Professor
Instituto de Quimica-CCIQS UNAM, Toluca, Mexico 

Tentative title: TBA

Dr. Bernardo Frontana Uribe focused on Electrocatalytic electrodes for Organic Electrosynthesis based on organic conducting polymers, Search for new electrosynthetic reactions and their application to organic chemistry, Chemical and Electrochemical transformations of natural products (projects in collaboration with MC Jorge Cárdenas Pérez IQ-UN), The main characteristics are: a fastest process of crystallization due to acceleration on the kinetics of crystal growth, crystallization favored towards one of the electrodes, protein adsorption processes over electrodes and an excellent quality in the crystals obtained, useful in X-ray with a 1A resolution.


Sanjin Gutić, Associate ProfessorPicture1
Faculty of Science, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tentative title: Scalable electrochemical strategies for preparation of supported catalysts for electrochemical energy conversion

Sanjin Gutić obtained his PhD in 2016 at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Physical Chemistry and currently holds the position of associate professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Sarajevo – Faculty of Science. Primary research interests of prof. Gutić include electorcatalysis, active materials for energy storage and conversion systems, and electrochemistry of graphene-based materials. Through national and international research projects he has active collaborations with colleagues from Slovenian and Serbian institutions, as well as the active collaboration with industrial partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Viktor Hacker by Lunghammer tugrazViktor Hacker, University Professor
Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Tentative title: Production and development of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA)

 After a two-year research stay in Japan and his doctorate, Dr Viktor Hacker set up the fuel cell research group as part of the scientifically renowned Christian Doppler laboratory, habilitated in 2004 in the field of Electrochemical Energy Technologies and has since completed over 30 doctorates. He is currently working on production methods for fuel cells and electrolysers and has developed an innovative process for hydrogen production. He was appointed full professor in 2021 and heads the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at TU Graz with 70 employees.


2021 01 18 viliam kolivoskaViliam KolivoškaSenior Researcher
J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic 

Tentative title: 3D printing in the electrochemical research: from fundamental characterization of electrodes to practical cells, sensors and catalysts

 Dr. Viliam Kolivoška is a senior researcher working at J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He graduated from physical chemistry at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague in 2011. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow and teaching assistant at University of Bern in Switzerland. In 2014, he returned to Heyrovský Institute as a young scientist. In 2019, he received Otto Wichterle Award for exceptional young researchers. His main focus is the employment of computer assisted design and various techniques of 3D printing in the manufacture of devices for electrochemical sensing, synthetic and catalytic applications.


G Meszaros200Gábor Mészáros, Senior Researcher
Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Tentative title: Application of the electromagnetic piezoelectric acustic sensor (EMPAS) technique in electrochemistry

Gábor Mészáros received his diploma in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, but soon he started to work in a research group focusing on electrochemistry and corrosion. He defended his PhD thesis already in electrochemistry at Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences, Budapest. As a guest researcher he spent a few years in Research Centre Jülich, Germany and at University of Bern, Switzerland. His main interest is the development of sensitive measuring techniques, involving electrochemical impedance and noise, break-junction technique in molecular electronics, and piezoelectric acoustic gravimetry. Present position is senior researcher at the Research Centre of Natural Siences of the Hungarian Research Network.


4349Viorica Mirzac, University Assistant
Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chişinău, Republic of Moldova

Tentative title: Microelectrodes in electrochemistry

Viorica Mirzac graduated from the Moldova State University, Faculty of Chemistry, and continued her doctoral studies at the same university. The practical research in the field of electrochemistry was carried out in the "Boris Lazarenco" Laboratory of Electrophysical and Electrochemical Methods of Materials Processing of the Institute of Applied Physics, MSU. Her research focused on the electrodeposition of micro- and nanomaterials, the study of corrosion of materials. She published 14 articles in the field of electrochemistry and quantum chemistry. She worked for many years as an university assistant in the Chemistry Department of ASUM, and holds the same position since 2015 in the General Chemistry Department of "Nicolae Testemitanu" State University of Medicine and Pharmacy.


tumberJana Mišurović, Teaching Associate
Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology, University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro

Tentative title: Vine shoots-derived carbon: from Al-ion supercapacitors to Na-ion batteries

Jana Mišurović is a Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology, University of Montenegro. She received her PhD from the University of Belgrade-Faculty of Physical Chemistry in 2021. Her research interests lie within Physical Chemistry of materials, especially conducting polymers and carbon materials, their synthesis, characterization and possible applications in the field of energy storage. She has been involved in several national and international projects regarding materials for energy storage and conversion.


Athanasios PapaderakisAthanasios Papaderakis, Research Associate

Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum; Germany

Title: Electrowetting for advanced electrochemical technologies
Dr. Athanasios A. Papaderakis obtained his PhD from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, under the supervision of Prof. Sotiris Sotiropoulos. Subsequently, he joined as a postdoctoral researcher Prof. Robert A.W. Dryfe’s research group at the University of Manchester in the UK, where he spent four years. Currently he is working in the research group of Prof. Kristina Tschulik at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. His research interests target the physical electrochemistry of the electrochemical interface under operational conditions of various electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems, with a particular emphasis on carbon-based materials and non-conventional electrolytes.

ipivacIvan Pivac, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, Croatia

Tentative title: Diagnostics and characterization of hydrogen technology devices

Ivan Pivac, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB) at University of Split (Croatia). His education background (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) is in mechanical engineering, with the nine-years research and teaching experience in applied thermodynamics and the utilization of renewable energy sources, especially diagnostics of hydrogen-powered PEM fuel cells, electrolyzers and electrochemical hydrogen compressors, including various numerical and experimental testing methods for characterization on cell and stack level, coupled with control techniques for efficient performance and durability. As the active member of the hydrogen research group in the Laboratory for New Energy Technologies, he has actively participated on the several international research projects and techno-economic professional case studies, and participated in many international scientific conferences worldwide by presenting his research work. He is reviewer also in several international peer-reviewed journals and local organizing committee member of several international conferences in Croatia. His h-index is currently of 9.


BiljanaSP200Biljana R. Šljukić Paunković, Full Professor
Faculty for Physical Chemistry, University of Belgraeda, Serbia

Tentative title: TBA





Peter RodicPeter RodičResearch Associate
Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tentative title: Functional coatings to enhance corrosion protection of aluminium and its alloys

Dr Peter Rodič, the doctor of chemical sciences. His research work is focused on two areas in the world’s currently intense research of corrosion protection of metals and their alloys: (i) protection with cerium salts (the addition to corrosion media or the formation of the cerium conversion coating) and (ii) protection using hybrid sol-gel coatings. In particular, cerium acetate has been recognised to have the ability to self-heal, which is a significant breakthrough. Moreover, hybrid sol-gel coatings demonstrate an innovative approach to developing barrier coatings, which also have great potential in the industry. Such coatings can be modified to obtain innovative coatings with a self-healing or self-cleaning ability on the metal surface.


director4Evelina Slavcheva, Professor
"Acad. Evgeni Budevski" Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Tentative title: TBA

Graduated from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, with a specialty in Electrochemistry. Awarded a PhD degree for the study on corrosion inhibitors, and a Doctor of Chemical Sciences degree with a dissertation in the field of Hydrogen Technologies. Founder and Head of the Department of Hydrogen Systems with Polymer Electrolyte at IEES. An expert in the areas of: generation of hydrogen by electrolysis of water in cells with polymer electrolyte, fuel cells, electrocatalysis, electrochemical sensors, functional electrostimulation, corrosion. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK; the German Academic Exchange Service; Volkswagen Foundation ; Senior researcher at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, 2002-2005; Beneficiary of the "Marie Curie" EU career development program for experienced researchers, 2009-2011.