Plenary Speakers

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Prof. Juming Tang

Washington State University, USA
Regents Professor Member of US National Academy of Engineering
Distinguished Chair of Food Engineering

Bio: Dr. Juming Tang is a Regents Professor at Washington State University and a member of US National Academy of Engineering. His research in advanced food processing technologies has led to over 420 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 14 licensed US and international patents. His laboratory has developed 915 MHz Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS) technology for commercial production of shelf-stable meals, with acceptance from US FDA and non-objection from USDA FSIS. He directed the Center of Excellence for Food Safety supported by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, leading to the development of 915 MHz microwave assisted pasteurization systems (MAPS) for control of bacterial and viral pathogens in frozen and chilled ready-to-eat meals. He is a member of Washington State Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of International Microwave Power Institute (IMPI), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Institute of Food Technologists, and US National Academy of Inventors. He has been an active member of IMPI since 1996, served as its president in 2009. Dr. Tang received B.S. from Central South University in China, M.S. from the University of Guelph, and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.


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Prof. Satoshi Horikoshi

Sophia University, Japan

Bio: Satoshi Horikoshi received his PhD degree in 1999, and was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at the Frontier Research Center for the Global Environment Science in Meisei University (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) until 2006. He joined Sophia University as Assistant Professor in 2006, and then moved to Tokyo University of Science as Associate Professor in 2008, after which he returned to Sophia University as Associate Professor in 2011 and was made Professor in 2020. Currently he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy, Molecules and three other international journals. His research interests involve new functional materials, nanomaterial synthesis, molecular biology, formation of sustainable energy, rubber and plastic recycling, in-liquid plasma chemical synthesis and environmental protection using microwave- and/or photo-energy. He has co-authored over 210 scientific publications and has contributed to and edited or co-authored 37 books. He frequently explains the role of microwaves on television and in newspapers.


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Prof. Jiaxi Xu

Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Bio: Jiaxi Xu received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and Ph. D. in organic chemistry at Peking University in 1987 and 1992, respectively. After a post-doctoral research at Beijing Medical University, he was appointed as an associate and full professor in Peking University during 1994-2007. He also worked as visiting scholar in Hong Kong and United States. Currently, he is a full professor in College of Chemistry at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. His research interests included synthetic methodologies, asymmetric synthesis and catalysis, synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, unnatural amino acids and peptides, interaction of microwave and organic compounds and microwave-assisted organic reactions.


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Prof. Ray Boxman

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Bio: Raymond L. Boxman received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1969 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1973. He was introduced to vacuum arcs, which became his career specialty, as a cooperative student at the General Electric Company in Philadelphia, and the subject of triggered vacuum gaps became the topic of his S.M. thesis, while laser interferometric measurement of electron and vapor densities in a vacuum arc became the topic of his Ph.D. thesis. Boxman worked as a Senior Research Engineer at GE where he investigated the behavior of vacuum arcs in high current switches from 1973 to 1975, at which time he took up a position on the Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Boxman co-founded of the Electrical Discharge and Plasma Laboratory at TAU. During the last decade Boxman focused his research work on the application of arc plasma to material processing, including deposition of thin films, surface treatments, and water treatment. In 1984 Boxman and his colleagues were awarded the Joffee Foundation Award by the International Union of Surface Finishing for their breakthrough work on pulsed vacuum arc deposition. In 1989 Boxman was named a Fellow of the IEEE for his contribution to vacuum arc theory and applications. In 2000, Boxman was presented with the Walter Dyke Award by the Permanent International Scientific Committee of the International Symposia on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum, for "his outstanding body of work in the field of electrical discharges in vacuum, in particular for his contributions to the physics, technology, and applications of vacuum arc plasmas". Boxman was named as a Fellow of the International Microwave Power Institue in 2018.
Boxman was Chairman of the International Conference on Superhard Coatings in 2006. He served as Secretary of the Permanent International Scientific Committee of the International Symposia on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum, and as a member of the Program Committee and Session Chairman for the Hard Coatings and PVD Symposium of the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films. He founded and was the first chairman of the Israel Plasma Science and Technology Association. Boxman served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, served as its guest editor for special issues on vacuum discharge plasmas, and on plasma deposition, and was a member of the Editorial Board for Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing. He currently serves on the editorial board of Plasma Sources Science and Technology. He organized and edited the text "Handbook of Vacuum Arc Science and Technology" which involved the coordinated efforts of 24 authors in seven countries. In addition, he has presented more than 500 scientific papers at conferences or in technical journals, as well as 12 patents. At Tel Aviv University, Prof. Boxman was the incumbant of the Kranzberg Chair of Plasma Engineering, and has served as Coordinator for the Materials Engineering Program, Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering. Boxman retired from TAU after 40 years of service in 2015.
For 16 years, Boxman taught a course on Technical Writing in English which was required for all engineering PhD students at Tel Aviv University. During much of his academic career, Boxman taught courses on electromagnetic fields. Boxman developed a transparent window for microwave ovens using transparent conducting coatings instead of the conventional metal grid, and founded Clear Wave Ltd. for commercializing it. He served as Chairman of the Technical Program Committee for the International Microwave Power Institute Symposium in 2014 and 2015 and is currently on IMPI's Board of Governors.
Boxman is married to Edith, a retired economist and manager at Bank Leumi, with whom he has four grown children and ten grandchildren. Together they have written a text book and present short courses on scientific writing, and in their spare time they enjoy hiking, swimming, tennis, folk-dancing and gardening.


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Prof. Paolo Veronesi

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Bio: PAOLO VERONESI obtained the PhD title in Materials Engineering in 2001. He is currently full professor of Metallurgy and deputy director of the Department of Engineering 'Enzo Ferrari', Modena and Reggio Emilia University, Italy.
He is currently member of the CEI technical committee 27- 'Industrial Electroheat and electromagnetic processing + Equipment for electric welding' and of TC 26-27 'Electroheat and electric welding' of IEC-CENELEC as well as of the 'Powder metallurgy and additive techniques' committee of AIM (Italy). He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy and of Technologies.
He is author of more than 250 publications, either international or national (180 are indexed by SCOPUS), prepared in collaboration with 130 different co-authors. He is author or co-author of 9 patents involving microwave applications to materials processing and sterilization and microwave applicators design. He has presented his research activity in a large number of national and international congresses, as invited speaker, in the field of microwave applicator design and of microwave applications to powder metallurgy.
His research activity is mainly focused in the metallurgy field, and in particular in the study and development of new materials and processes, preferably involving thermal applications of microwaves. In parallel, this activity involved the characterization of the microwave-synthesized materials and the comparison of results with conventional heating techniques, as well as the assessment of energy consumption of the investigated dielectric heating processes. Recently the main research activities are in the metallurgy field, and in particular in the synthesis of intermetallic compounds, magnetocaloric materials and high entropy alloys, as well as in the heat treatment of steels and powder metallurgy in general.


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Prof. Xin Gao

Tianjin University, China

Bio: Prof. Xin Gao received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University in 2011, and did academic scholar from 2017 to 2018 at the University of Manchester, UK. He has been a Peiyang Talented professor in Tianjin University, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology. Prof. Xin Gao is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 30 patents, and worked in more than 20 research projects as Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-PI. He is the member of Editorial Board for Separation and Purification Technology, Results in Engineering, Journal of Engineering Thermophysics. He won the Te-Pan Hou Chemical Engineering Award for Young Scientist, RINENG Young Investigator Award et al. His research focuses on application of microwave energy in the process intensification of chemical reaction and separation processes, process intensification and energy saving of advanced distillation/reactive distillation technology.


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Dr. Guido Link

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Bio: Guido Link received the diploma and Dr. rer. nat. degree in physics from the Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany in 1990 and 1993, respectively. His diploma thesis and graduate research was devoted to the frequency and temperature dependent dielectric characterization of low loss ceramics and ionic crystals. Since 1993, he has been working at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe) in the field of high power microwave and millimeter-wave processing of materials as a team leader at the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology. His research interest includes dielectric measurements, design and simulation of microwave systems and processes, microwave assisted sintering, curing of polymer composites, additive manufacturing, plasma chemistry.


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Assoc. Prof. Tomohiko Mitani

Kyoto University, Japan

Bio: Tomohiko Mitani (M'05) received the B.E. degree in electrical and electronic engineering, M.E. degree in informatics, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1999, 2001, and 2006, respectively. In 2003, he was an Assistant Professor with the Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere, Kyoto University. Since 2012, he has been an Associate Professor with the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. His current research interests include the experimental study of magnetrons, microwave power transmission systems, and applied microwave engineering. Dr. Mitani is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and the Japan Society of Electromagnetic Wave Energy Applications (JEMEA). He has been a board member of JEMEA since 2015. He was the treasurer of IEEE MTT-S Kansai Chapter from 2014 to 2021, and has been the technical committee chair of IEEE MTT-S Kansai Chapter since 2022.


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Assoc. Prof. Shuntaro Tsubaki

Associate Professor, Kyushu University
Invited Associate Professor, Osaka University
JST PRESTO Researcher

Bio: Shuntaro Tsubaki is currently an Associate Professor at Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Science, Kyushu University, Invited Associate Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, and JST PRESTO Researcher. He received PhD Kyoto University in 2010. He became an Assistant Professor at Kochi University (2011-2014) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (2015-2020), then he moved to Osaka University in 2021. His expertise is biomass conversion and heterogeneous catalysis under microwave irradiation.


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