Invited Speakers


Prof. Anja Pfennig
HTW-Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Anja Pfennig was born in Büdelsdorf, Germany in 1970. She studied Minerology at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany, where she graduated in 1997. Her Ph.-D. in the field of ceramic moulds for liquid metal casting was earned in 2001 from the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen, Germany. She then worked for Siemens Energy in charge of ceramic shields for stationary gas turbines and transferred to Berlin in 2008 where she conducted scientific research on the oxidation of high temperature materials and corrosion behavior of steels used in Carbon Capture Techniques. 2009 she became full professor at the Applied University Berlin, HTW where she currently teaches material science for engineering students. Anja Pfennigs research interest and expertise is in the field of corrosion fatigue of materials at high temperature and high pressure simulating geothermal environments.



Assoc. Prof. Anatoly Zinchenko
Nagoya University, Japan

Anatoly Zinchenko is currently an Associate Professor of the Materials and Energy Design unit at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan. He earned his master’s degree at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2001 and received his PhD degree from the University of Nagoya in 2004 working on the physical chemistry and biophysics of DNA. After completing his PhD, he continued his work as a postdoc at the Science Department of Kyoto University (Japan) on the construction of artificial systems mimicking DNA assembly in nature. In 2007, Anatoly accepted a Lecturer position at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University where he began developing materials based on biopolymers such as chitosan and cellulose for environmental cleaning. He was promoted to Associate Professor at the same Graduate School in 2011 where Anatoly established the Sustainable Materials Laboratory in 2019 which works on the utilization of waste plastics and biomass for environmental and civil engineering applications including wastewater treatment, soils improvement, and others. Anatoly has authored about 100 refereed publications that received over 2000 citations.