This symposium is in honor of the distinguished work Prof. Karel Kolomaznik. In 1998, his lifelong scientific work and inspiring achievements in the field of recycling waste generated by the leather industry was recognized with the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise.
Professor Kolomaznik , 82, was born in Kromeriz, Czech Republic, a beautiful historical town in the eastern part of the country. He attended the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Faculty of Organic Technology, where he obtained an Engineer Degree in 1962 and Doctorate in 1967. In 1969, he joined Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Technology in Zlín as a Research Assistant, and later an Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer and Professor. He was granted the degree of Doctor of Science in 1988 at Brno Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, and Professorship in 1991. In 2001, the Faculty of Technology of Brno University of Technology was changed to the Faculty of Technology of Tomas Bata University in Zlín. In the same year, the Institute of Information Technologies (IIT) was founded at the Faculty of Technology, with Prof. Kolomaznik as one of the leading researchers. In 2006, Prof. Kolomaznik joined the newly established Faculty of Applied Informatics, where he currently holds the position of Professor of Engineering. In addition to his extensive educational activities, he is the head of a research group dealing with optimization of technological processes particularly in the field of valorization of waste generated by the tanning, leather and food processing industries. His rich research career has been devoted mainly to the following areas:
Indirect modeling of manufacturing processes for natural and synthetic polymers in view of their rationalization and optimization.
Development and implementation of recycling technologies for potentially hazardous waste of the meat, food and leather industries.
Control algorithms of chemical reactors in the production of regenerated tanning salts through oxidation-reduction reactions.
Transport phenomena in polymer systems.
Optimization of manufacturing processes in the leather and textile industries.
Development of modified aminoplasts from protein hydrolyzates.
Production of biodiesel from waste fats and oils generated by the tanning, food and textile industries.
Many of his research results have found application in industrial practice in cooperation with commercial partners from both the Czech Republic and abroad. He has had a long-term cooperation with the Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wyndmoor, PA, where he successfully applied the ammonia-free deliming of white hide. He has been an international expert in the ERRC since 1984, and an international consultant in US-AEP (US – Asia Environmental Partnership) and UNIDO in Vienna. In NIKE Inc. (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) he implemented a patented technology for the processing of manipulation waste from leather industry including the application of the products. In cooperation with the ECCO Tannery in Dongen (Netherlands) and a Mexican tannery in Leon he successfully tested the recycling technology of potentially hazardous chrome-tanned waste. He has been also active in industrial applications within the Czech Republic, e.g. implementation of a patented technology of a protein hydrolyzate production from animal-based organic waste in the Kortan, s.r.o. in Hradek nad Nisou.
Prof. Kolomaznik is a holder of many national and international awards and appreciations. In 1998 he was awarded the Rolex Award for Enterprise for the processing and recycling of potentially hazardous chrome-tanned waste produced by the leather industry and so far remains the only Czech holder of said award.
In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Alsop Award of the American Leather Chemists Association for outstanding contribution for the American Leather Chemists Association.
On the national level, he is a holder of the City of Zlín Award (in 2000), for his globally recognized contribution to the solution of contemporary ecological problems, particularly for the invention of progressive technologies of processing of leather waste, and for excellent representation of the city of Zlín in the world scientific community. He has also ranked three times among the top ten most distinguished personalities of the Zlín Region (2008, 2009 and 2014).
In October 28, 2018 he was awarded the Medal of Merit by the President of the Czech Republic in the field of Science and Education during the award ceremony on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia.
Below is a complete list of Prof. Kolomaznik's awards and honors for his lifelong educational and research achievements:
1997 - EUREKA "Médaille d'or avec mention" for the technology "Hydrolyse des enzymes résiduelles du tannage, leur visualization et controle par ordinateur", Brussels, 11/11/1997.
EUREKA "Prix Special" accorde par M. Karel Pinxten, Ministre de l`Agriculture et des Petites et Moyennes Enterprises" for the invention of "Hydrolyse des enzymes résiduelles du tannage, leur visualization et controle par ordinateur", Brussels, 11/11/1997.
1998 - Rolex Award for Enterprise for the processing and recycling of potentially hazardous chrome-tanned waste produced by the leather industry using innovative technology based on low-boiling alkyl amines.
An industrial unit was built in Hradek n. Nisou (Czech Republic) with the load capacity of 15 tons. The unit is still active, operated by the company Kortan Ltd.
2000 – City of Zlin Award for excellent representation of the city of Zlín in the world scientific community.
2003 - Certificate of Member in good standing for the year 2003, commemorating the 100th Anniversary year of The American Leather Chemists Association.
2008 - Honorary Doctorate of Engineering awarded by The Yorker International University, Florence, Italy.
2009 - Alsop Award of the American Leather Chemists Association for outstanding contribution for the American Leather Chemists Association. Complex recycling of chromium from solid and liquid wastes of the leather industry including proposal of automatic control algorithms of technological processes.
2012 - Werner von Siemens Excellence Award 2012, Czech Republic (top free finalist) in category "Most significant achievement in the field of development and innovation"–proposal of a technology for complex processing of tannery waste fats (head of the research team).
2012 – Czech Innovation, Czech Republic (top three finalists) in category Innovative Idea for the "Innovative catalytic-recycling system for biodiesel production from waste fats and oils"
2014 - Czech Brain Award, category Invention Prize for Natural Sciences for Total processing of chromium waste produced by the Leather Industry.
2018 - The Medal of Merit by the President of the Czech Republic in the field of Science and Education.
He is an active member of the American Leather Chemists Association (ALCA), the American Chemical Society (ACS), international consultant of the Leather Panel of UNIDO and long-time member of the International Union of Environment (IUE) Commission of International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS).
On this second episode, Dr. Florian Kongoli talks about Kolomaznik International Symposium on Sustainable Materials Recycling Processes & Products, on its 8th International edition.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
A round table discussion open to everyone interested will be organized at a specific date and time during the symposium. It will be a platform for high level representatives of various industries, technologies, and academic disciplines to freely discuss and debate all topics of this symposium, and identify positive and efficient pathways towards sustainability in industrial practices, technologies, and research.
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Dr. Florian Kongoli CEO FLOGEN Technologies Canada, [Bio]
Dr. Florian Kongoli holds 3 degrees: a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science/University of Montreal, Canada and a Doctor of Science Degree/Tohoku University, Japan. Since 1996 he is CEO of FLOGEN Technologies Inc., (www.flogen.com) a Sustainable High Tech applied research institute incorporated in Canada and USA that today have offices and representations in more than 15 Countries around the world while carrying out high tech projects in more than 40 countries. Since 2007 he is Chairman of FLOGEN STAR OUTREACH (www.flogen.org), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to (1) achieving sustainability through science and technology, (2) raising the profile of science and engineering in the society and (3) properly honoring scientists and engineers. Since 2003 Dr Kongoli has been President of the Organizing Committee of the Sustainable Industrial Processing Summits (SIPS) held every year in several countries around the world with an average participation of 500 authors from academia, industry, government and the entrepreneurship world representing an average of 80 countries. Dr Kongoli has about 25 years of rich scientific and applied technology experience through direct involvement in numerous invited engagements in all continents. He has worked with more than 60 well-known chemical and metallurgical companies and several well-known universities around the world. Dr. Kongoli is has published 77 books and about 190 scientific articles in the last 10 years and has delivered in numerous countries about 200plenary, keynote and invited presentations as well as articles, technical reports and research presentations. He has served in many leadership positions in national and international organizations. Dr. Kongoli is an Elected Member of Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences (EMAAS) and member of the Industrial Achievement Award Committee of International Federation of Automatic Control. In 2017 he was Awarded “The Environmental Tech CEO of the year 2017” by CEO-Monthly magazine in UK and in 2019 was given the official title of Honorary Citizen of Rio de Janeiro by a special Legislative Decree voted unanimously by the Rio de Janeiro City Council. He is Editorial Board member of several International Journals. He has participated in business and government delegations in numerous countries accompanying Prime Ministers, Minister and other government officials. A more detailed biography can be found at: http://www.flogen.com/elt/pdf/Kongoli_Short-CV.pdf Latest news can be found at: https://www.flogen.org/?p=33
Michaela Barinova (née Uhlirova) obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees at University of Southern Bohemia, in Biology and Parasitology, respectively. In 2005 she joined Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Faculty of Applied Informatics, as a researcher in the team of Prof. Karel Kolomaznik. In 2013 she obtained her PhD in Technology of Macromolecular Substances at Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Faculty of Technology with a Thesis on “Optimization of raw hide preservation”. From Dec 2013 to Aug 2015 she took a postdoctoral position during which she spent 3 months at Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology in Bratislava. Since 2015 she is a researcher at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Regional Research Center CEBIA-Tech. Her research interests include diffusion in natural polymers, leather technology, processing of solid waste from the leather industry, chromium control in wastes from tanneries, fiber proteins (collagen, keratin), protein hydrolysates and natural product chemistry. Awards and Recognitions • 2012 Werner von Siemens Excellence Award, Czech Republic (top free finalists) in category „Most significant achievement in the field of development and innovation"–proposal of a technology for complex processing of tannery waste fats (research group: Kolomaznik K., Barinova M., Pecha J., Sanek and Plsek S.). • 2014 - Certificate of Merit from the Dean of Faculty of Applied Informatics for significant contribution to the development of R&D activities of the Faculty She has participated in both national and international research projects (funded e.g. by EUREKA, Foreign Talents Science, Technology and Innovation grants in Vietnam), and besides publications in peer-reviewed journals she is co-author of a European patent. She also repeatedly taught a 2-day intensive training course on collagen in Devro company, Jilemnice, Czech Republic.
Bio-sketch Farman Ahmed (PhD) Farman Ahmed obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1997 from the Bahawalpur, the southern part of the Punjab Province of Pakistan. In 1998, he joined the International Centre for Chemical & Biological Sciences, HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan for Ph. D. program. He conducted research in the Medicinal Chemistry of Marine plants. After the doctoral thesis in 2003, he joined the Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) and worked in medicinal chemistry. In 2004, he transferred to a different division of PSCIR i.e. the Leather Research Center in Karachi where he served as the Quality Manager & Senior Scientist. Leather is among the leading exports of Pakistan and its quality control testing is vital to consumer acceptance of leather products. In LRC, Dr. Ahmed studied the optimization of the extraction efficiencies of harmful substances (e.g. azo dyes, formaldehyde, banned aromatic amines, chlorophenols and fungicides). Also the development of environmental friendly leather chemical development was being his important task at LRC. In 2009, Ahmed was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship to conduct research in USA to explore environmental impact of the textile and leather industries. Eco-friendly chemical advances was of his major research interests. Dr. Ahmed visited Middle Tennessee State University & University of California, Davis during his stay in United States. In 2019, Ahmed has been moved to look after the Food Safety Section of PCSIR Karachi. There, his role is to develop Detoxification Technologies to Mitigate Mycotoxins in Food Commodities. Ahmed is keen to work with Health & Environment friendly products improvement.
Prof.Dr. Hasan Ozgunay studied Leather Technology at the University of Ege (Turkiye) 1991-1995. After working in Leather Industry for one year, he joined the staff of Leather Engineering Department as research assistant in 1996. He obtained his M.Sc. in the same department in 2000. He studied on vegetable tanning materials and obtained his Ph.D. in Leather Engineering in 2005. He is currently working as researcher / lecturer in Leather Engineering Department. His research activities and fields of interests are; tanning materials, leather processing technologies and cleaner leather processing methodologies.
Dr. Keyong Tang obtained his PH.D in 1998 from Sichuan University, China, and got the full professor position in 2002. He worked as a visiting scholar in Texas Tech. University (USA) in 2008-2009, and had the experience of senior visiting scholars in University of British Columbia (Canada, 2014), University of Groningen (Netherlands, 2016), and University of Western Ontario (Canada, 2018). Research Interests: As the Director of the International Joint Laboratory of Biomass Resources and Materials (IJLBRM) of Henan Province, Dr. Keyong Tang’s research fields include: (1) Structure and Properties of Leather and Collagen; (2) Extraction and Application of Collagen for Biomedical Materials; (3) Intelligent Materials Based on Natural Polymers; (4) Cleaner Leather Making Technologies; (5) Recycling of Tannery Solid Waste and Chrome Tanned Liquors; and (6) Key Technologies for the Protection of Organic Material Relics.
Mr Nguyen Nhu Thanh was born in 1970 in Hanoi city, Vietnam. He graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology in 1992 with a degree in materials technology engineering. He then went on to study Jurisprudence at Ulianov University in Russia where he obtained his first master's degree in 1997. A second master's degree was granted in 2019 about Management of Science and Technology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Ha Noi City. In 1998, he joined Chrisal NV Group (Belgium) in Moscow - Russia as a biotechnology expert. After more than 10 years studying and working in Russia, in 2010 he returned to Vietnam and held the position of director of Chrisal Vietnam Co., Ltd., headquartered in Long Bien, Hanoi, which is a branch of Chrisal NV Group in Asia region. In 2011, he joined the Leather and Shoes Research Institute as a researcher and is currently the director of Centre for Application Research and New Technology Transfer, which is a center of the Institute's organizational system. During his work at the Leather and Shoes Research Institute, he participated in and chaired many state-level research projects and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The research direction mainly focuses on technological processes in the field of the environment such as: • Leather solid waste treatment technology. • Methods and systems for treating domestic wastewater and wastewater from the tanning industry, dyeing, and textile, aquatic product processing wastewater ... • Probiotics for soil improvement. Many research results have been patented in Vietnam and implemented in industrial practice, such as MBG-OAAO methods and systems for treating wastewater (Microbubble - Oxic - Anoxic - Aerobic - Oxic )... Research interests: • Development and implementation of recycling technologies for potentially hazardous • Optimization of manufacturing processes in the leather and textile industries. • Collagen • Biotechnology
Dr. Carmen Gaidau is a Senior Researcher and Head of Leather Research Department (https://erris.gov.ro/Leather-Research-Department) of Leather and Footwear Research Institute, a Divison of Research and Development National Institute for Textiles and Leather from Bucharest, Romania. She has a Ph.D. title in Chemistry received from „Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Faculty of Technology and Chemistry of Textiles. The topic of her thesis refers to the reduction of chromium basic salts in leather processing by synthesis and application of new metal heterocomplexes with low ecological impact on effluents- a topic of interest in the 90’s. Other research topics refer to wet-white leathers, organic tanning, the best available technologies for the leather industry, biodegradable leathers, smart leather surfaces based on nanoparticle coatings. Over the last twenty years Dr. Gaidau’s research focused on leather byproducts reclaiming and new added value materials processing for agriculture (keratin and collagen-based biostimulators and fertilizers), medical applications (protein nanofibers or bioactive keratin powders for wound healing biomaterials), circular technologies (leather and wool byproducts recovery and recirculation), unconventional methods for leather treatment (gamma radiation, cold plasma). Her international research partnerships include Tomas Bata University of Zlin (Prof. Karel Kolomaznik, dr. Jiri Pecha) from the Czech Republic, Catalonia and Lleida Universities from Spain, Sichuan University Chengdu and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology Xi’an from China, Ege University from Turkey, Leather Institute from Lodz Poland, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy from Sofia Bulgaria, Kaunas University from Lithuania, etc. Dr. Gaidau published more than 70 indexed papers, 9 books, 140 communications, and she has 12 awarded patents. She was a member of the doctoral examination committees of Anna University Chennai India, Catalonia University Spain and Politehnica University of Bucharest Romania. Dr. Gaidau is the representative for Romania of IULTCS as an associate member, President of Technical Committee CT105 for Standardisation (Romanian Standardisation Association, ASRO). In 2012 she was awarded a Guest Professorship from Sichuan University, she was a Member of the Editorial Board of Leather Science and Engineering magazine from R.P.China (2007-2021), she received the award for the most cited paper from Romanian Chemistry Society in 2013 and gold medals at Geneva Inventions Fair in 2018 and Inventica Fair in Iasi 2021.
Dr.Guo Xueyi is professor of School of metallurgy & Environment, Central South University (abbreviated as CSU),China, he is director of Research Institute of Resource recycling and vice president of CSU. From 1985-1995, he finished his study in School of Metallurgical Science & Engineering, Central South University of Technology (In year of 2000, renamed to Central South University by united with other two uinversity) and awarded Bachelor Degree in 1989, Master Degree in 1992 and Ph.D in 1995. During 1996-1997, he worked as post-doctor in National Key Lab of Powder Metallurgy, China. During 1998-1999, he employed as lecturer, then associate professor in School of Metallurgical Science & Engineering, CSU. During 1999-2000, he worded as visiting scholar in Saga University, Japan. 2000-2002, he was engaged as visiting scholar in The University of Tokyo, Japan. From 2003, he was employed as professor in School of metallurgy & Environment, CSU. From 2010，he served as director of Research Institute of Resource recycling, and from 2016, he was appointed as vice president of CSU. Dr.Guo Xueyi main research interests including: Clean Metallurgy of Nonferrous Metals, Resource recycling, Advanced Material Preparation. He was authorized more than 100 patents for invention, published over 200 papers, and is the most high cited researcher in the field of metallurgical engineering worldwide. He has made great contribution to the innovation on resource recycling of e-waste urban mines, precious metals, spent lithium-ions power battery and established industrial demonstration in large scale in China. With his efforts together with the faculty partners, the metallurgical engineering and resource recycling of nonferrous metals in CSU are in the leading way of the world at present.
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