The Seventh International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium

Keynotes/Invited Talks

Changing thermodynamic dimensions and directions

Dr. Ibrahim DINCERIbrahim DINCER

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4, Canada
E-mail: Ibrahim.Dincer [at]

Ibrahim Dincer is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at UOIT. He is Vice President for Strategy in International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) and Vice-President for World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (WSSET). Renowned for his pioneering works in the area of sustainable energy technologies he has authored and co-authored numerous books and book chapters, more than 1000 refereed journal and conference papers, and many technical reports. He has chaired many national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. He has delivered more than 250 keynote and invited lectures. He is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies, and serves as editor-in-chief, associate editor, regional editor, and editorial board member on various prestigious international journals. He is a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards, including the Premier’s research excellence award in Ontario, Canada in 2004. He has made innovative contributions to the understanding and development of sustainable energy technologies and their implementation. He has actively been working in the areas of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and his group has developed various novel technologies/methods/etc.

Biofuels from microalgal biomass


Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Nantes, GEPEA CNRS UMR 6144
CRTT, Boulevard de l'Université, 44600 Saint-Nazaire, France
E-mail: Jack.Legrand [at]

Jack LEGRAND is Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Nantes since 1988. He is specialist in transport phenomena and mixing in processes and (photo) bioreactors. He has more than 200 publications in international journals and is co-author of 16 patents. He is Director of the Joined Research Unit (UMR), constituted by about 200 people, GEPEA (Process Engineering for Energy, Environment and Food) between CNRS, University of Nantes, ONIRIS and School of Mines of Nantes. Since 2009, he is co-coordinator of the thematic group “Biomass for Energy” of the French Alliance for the Research Coordination for Energy (ANCRE). Member since 2010 of the European Science Foundation in the EUROCORES (EUROpean COllaborative RESearch) programme EuroSolarFuels; Molecular Science for a ConceptualTransition from Fossil to Solar Fuels. Since 2014, he is the CNRS representative in the Joint Programme Bioenergy of the European Energy Research Alliance for Bioenergy.

Dr. Ebrahim SHIRANIEbrahim SHIRANI

Professor (Emeritus) of Mechanical Engineering (Fluids Engineering)
Isfahan University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Department, Isfahan, Iran
E-mail: eshirani [at]

2012-present: Professor Emeritus, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran
2012-present: Professor, Foolad Institute of Technology, Isfahan, Iran
2000-2012: Professor, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran
2002-2003: Visiting Scientist, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
1990-2000: Associate Professor, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran
1989-1990: Visiting Scientist, University of California, Davis, M.E. Dept., Davis, Ca.
1981-1989: Assistant Professor, IUT, Mechanical Engineering Department, Isfahan, Iran
1977-1981: Research Assistant, Stanford University, M.E. Dept., Stanford, Ca.

Research Topics
Computational Fluid Mechanics, Micro and Nano Fluid Flows, Interfacial Flows, Turbulence Modeling and Biofluid Dynamics.

Scientific Journals
- Director and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics (IF: 0.505), 2004-present
- Editor-in-Chief, Isteghlal Journal, IUT, Isfahan, Iran, 2004-2004.

Energy, Environment, … (Economy): what to do with?

Dr. Michel FEIDTMichel FEIDT

Emeritus Professor
University of Lorraine, LEMTA, ENSEM-INPL
2, Avenue de la Forêt de Haye, BP 160, F-54504 Vandœuvre-Lès-Nancy, France
E-mail: Michel.Feidt [at]

Founding member of ICAT (International Center of Applied Thermodynamics)
Member of IIF-IIR (secretary section E2)
Member of French Thermal Society (SFT)

Articles in journals and books: papers more than 120 ; international conferences more than 240 ; national conferences more than 120 ; books 5
Contracts: 55 reports of contracts
Director of 43 thesis
Member of doctoral committees more than 110 In scientific committee of 5 scientific journals (thermotehnica Ro; IJEX; IJOT; IJEEE)

Energy conservation and ventilation efficiency in indoor ice rinks

Dr. Nicolas GALANISNicolas GALANIS

Emeritus Professor
University of Sherbrooke, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
2500, boul. de l'Université, Sherbrooke (Québec) CANADA J1K 2R1
E-mail: Nicolas.Galanis [at]

Nicolas GALANIS was born in Greece and obtained a Diploma in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Athens as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y., USA). For the past 40 years he has been on the academic staff of Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada where he has taught courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, energy conversion and turbomachinery.  His research activities include numerical and experimental studies on mixed convection with and without mass transfer, the performance of unconventional heat transport fluids (nanofluids and ice slurries) and heat exchangers, energy efficiency and air quality of buildings, the recovery and valorization of waste heat from industry and other low-temperature heat sources as well as solar and wind energy. He has collaborated in R&D projects for government and private organisations in Australia, Canada, France, Greece, Morocco and Tunisia. Professor Galanis is the author of 139 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 189 articles in peer-reviewed proceedings of international and national conferences, 29 technical reports and numerous presentations in symposia or conferences without peer-reviewing. He received the “Jules Stachiewicz Medal” awarded by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering “for outstanding contributions to heat transfer in Canada” in 2005 and was the holder of a NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Senior Industrial Research Chair on Energy Efficiency in Industry from 2006 to 2012.   

Application of CFD to Marine Hydrodynamics Including Vertical Axis Turbines and Scour

Dr. Philip A. RubiniPhilip A. Rubini

CEng, FIChemE, MIET, MInstP
Reader in ThermoFluids and Acoustics
School of Engineering, University of Hull
Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, HU6 7RX, United Kingdom
E-mail: p.a.rubini [at]

I joined the University of Hull in 2007 as Reader in the Department of Engineering and was appointed as Head of Department for a three year term from 2008 until 2011. I am now Programme Leader for our Chemical Engineering degree programmes in what is now the School of Engineering.
I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology and a PhD in the then developing field of Computational Fluid Dynamics. I now have over 25 years of experience in the development and application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to practical engineering problems. After 15 years at Cranfield University, working in close collaboration with Prof. Barrie Moss as the Computational Flows and Combustion Group, in 2007 I relocated to the University of Hull to establish an independent thermo-fluids and acoustics research group.
Over my career, research interests have broadened from originally concentrating upon gas turbine combustion, to now encompassing more general process systems, fire safety and heat transfer as well as low speed aerodynamics typified by Motorsport applications and a rapidly developing activity in the field of thermofluids and acoustics. Today this is all within the context of large scale parallel computing.
Please follow the links to the left for further information about my research and teaching activities or contact me directly.

MSc Research/ MPhil / PhD Opportunities
I supervise PhD research projects across a broad selection of topics. Applications are always welcome for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research degrees topics related to the application and development of CFD, thermo-fluids and acoustics to practical engineering problems.
Please contact me directly to discuss opportunites, topics and available funding.

Energy transitions - Observations and implications

Dr. Peter D. LundPeter D. Lund

Department of Applied Physics
Aalto University School of Science
P.O.Box 14100
FI-00076 AALTO
E-mail: peter.lund [at]

Peter D. Lund is Professor in Advanced Energy Systems and Engineering Physics at Aalto University (Helsinki) where he chairs the Energy Science Initiative. He is also Visiting Chutian Chair Professor at Hubei University in China. His primary interest is on sustainable energy systems, innovations, and policies. Dr. Lund is active in senior roles with EU initiatives in energy: he chaired the Advisory Group Energy of E.C. 2002-06, he chairs the Energy Steering Panel of European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and is steering committee member of the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research and Euro-CASE energy platform. He has served in advisory role in many energy programmes worldwide, including IEA, EIT, Baltic and Russia cooperation. Dr. Lund is Editor-in-Chief for Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment and Editor-Europe for Energy Research (Wiley). Peter Lund has given numerous invited talks and written 500+ research papers on energy.

Ultra-Large Type Cool/Thermal Energy Conversion Systems by Carbon Dioxide

Xin-Rong (Ron.) ZhangProf. Xinrong Zhang

Peking University Director,
Center for New Energy System
Director, Beijing Engineering Research Center of City Heat
E-mail: xrzhang [at]

Dr. Xin-Rong (Ron.) Zhang has been a professor at Peking University since January 2010. Dr. Zhang’s research interests focused on supercritical and near-critical flow dynamics and heat transfer. He has made significant contributions to the supercritical heat transfer area through numerous innovation, experimental methodology and technical inventions spanning from sub to super-critical fluids. Particularly, he proposed the concept of low temperature solar (or waste heat) powered trans-critical power generation cycle. Through 15 years’ continuous efforts, his invention on the low and medium temperature trans- critical Power generation and CO2 vapor compression cycle have been translated into real applications. In 2014, Dr. Zhang was selected as a most cited Chinese researcher by Elsevier. Now he is Vice Board Chairman of China Energy Society. He created five research institutes for recent years and was selected for Beijing Science Nova Honor and also awarded the first prize for the excellent research by Beijing Institute of Energy. He published more than 100 International Journal papers and was authorized more than 50 patents.

Sustainable Green Fuels from Wastes and Residues

Edwin Geo VaruvelEdwin Geo VARUVEL

Associate Professor
Department of Automobile Engineering, SRM University, Kattankulathur-603 203, Tamil Nadu, India
E-mail: edwingeo.v [at] - vedwingeo [at]

Edwin Geo Varuvel is an Associate Professor of Automobile Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at SRM University Chennai, India. He worked for Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France about 2 years as a research engineer in the field of waste to biofuels. He has published more than 50 refereed International journal, conference papers and book chapters. He has 8 years of research and 13 years of teaching experience at engineering level. He has attended many national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and technical meetings as chair person, keynote speaker and judge. He has handled more than 10 research projects in the field of alternate fuels for automobiles. He was awarded with huge fund by AICTE India to develop an Electronically Controlled High Performance RSO-Hydrogen Dual Fuel Engine. He received awards for his teaching and research excellence.

Thanatia: The Exergy Reference Environment for Assessing the Loss of Mineral Capital on Earth

Antonio VALEROAntonio VALERO

Chair in Thermal Systems. Ph.D. in Chem.Thermodynamic
Research Center for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE), University of Zaragoza,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Mariano Esquillor Gómez 15, Zaragoza 50018, Spain
E-mail: valero [at]

Apr 1993–present: Director General
CIRCE - Research Center for Energy Resources and Consumption University of Zaragoza, Spain • Mineral resources; Renewable resources; Energy resources, Spain Zaragoza
CIRCE is composed of 200 researchers devoted to Renewables, Energy efficiency and CO2 Sequestration, among other fields of activity.

Apr 1986–present: Professor at the University of Zaragoza. Chair in Thermal Systems
School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Zaragoza Department of Mechanical Engineering Spain Zaragoza, Aragon.
Antonio Valero became Associate professor at University of Zaragoza in 1983 and Chair in Thermal Engines at this University in 1986. Contributions since 1986 to date are related to:
1) Thermoeconomics,
2) Exergoecology,
3) Physical Hydronomics

Jul 1975-Jun 1978: University of Zaragoza: Doctor of Chemical Science, Spain • Zaragoza

Book published June 2014: Thanatia: The Destiny of the Earth's Mineral Resources. A Thermodynamic Cradle-to-Cradle Assessment
By (authors): Antonio Valero Capilla and Alicia Valero Delgado. Imperial College Press / World Scientifi
ISBN 9789814273930