Keynote Speakers

Timothy Leighton (UK)

Timothy Leighton FRS FREng FMedSci ScD is the founder and Chair of the Global Network for AntiMicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention (Global-NAMRIP). He is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the University of Southampton; and the Executive General Director and Inventor-in-Chief of Sloan Water Technology Ltd., a UK manufacturer and R&D establishment founded on his patents. A fellow of three National Academies, he has been awarded 8 international medals, and 6 international prizes. His fundamental discoveries have lead to changes in practice, and the introduction of new technology, for ocean and space exploration; for climate change prediction; for infection prevention and pandemic research; for the safety of human exposure to ultrasound; for marine mammal communications and behaviour; for the treatment osteoporosis, kidney disease and migraine; and for advanced radar and sonar. The Institute of Physics Paterson medal citation (2006) describes “Timothy Leighton’s contribution is outstanding in both breadth and depth. He is an acknowledged world leader in four fields”.

Judy Lee (UK)

Judy Lee obtained from Melbourne University, Australia: a degree in B.Eng. (Chemical) and B.Sc (Physics), and PhD on “Acoustic bubble dynamics in the presence of surfactants”.  She spent 1.5 years as a postdoc on “Ultrasonic processing of dairy ingredients”, 2 years as a JSPS Fellow in Japan exploring “Acoustic cavitation dynamics and production of functional shelled-microbubbles” and to diversify her research area, she spent further 2 years as a postdoc on membrane filtration for desalination. In 2012 she was awarded the DECRA by the Australian Research Council to work on “Ultrasound enhanced crystallisation”.  In 2015 she joined Surrey University UK as a Senior Lecturer and promoted to Associate Professor in 2021, and is currently Director of Learning and Teaching for Chemical Engineering. Her research interests are fundamental and applied aspects of ultrasound processing and membrane filtration, with a particular interest in water and wastewater treatment.

Claus-Dieter Ohl (Germany)

Prof. Claus-Dieter Ohl has graduated with a PhD in physics in 1998 in the group of Prof. Werner Lauterborn from Göttingen University. He then spent time as a postdoc with Prof. Andrea Prosperetti, at Johns Hopkins University, Prof. Detlef Lohse at Twente University, studying mostly bubbles in liquids with experiments. From 2005 he became group leader on bioeffects of cavitation as VIDI fellow. In 2007 he joined as Assistant Professor Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. The research remained with vapor and gas bubbles, but it also extended towards the surface nanobubbles. In 2021 Prof. Ohl was tenured and he joined in 2017 the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg as full professor. Current interest are cavitation in soft material, bulk nanobubbles, and surface waves.

Giancarlo Cravotto (Italy)

Giancarlo Cravotto became a researcher at the Department of Drug Science and Technology (University of Turin), after four years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. His research activity in the domain of green organic synthesis and processing, is documented by more than 500 scientific, peer-reviewed papers (H. Index 63, 17,000 citations by Scopus), 21 patents, 42 book chapters and 7 books as editor. He is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry and Department vice-Director (former Director 2007-2018). He is Editor-in-Chief of Processes (MDPI) and former ESS President (European Society of Sonochemistry). Recent Awards: Gold medal “Paternò” 2020 (Italian Chemical Society).

Mojca Zupanc (Slovenia)

Res. Assoc. Dr. Mojca Zupanc is a researcher at the University of Ljubljana in the field of cavitation exploitation, where she focuses on connecting basic science with real-world applications. After receiving her PhD in 2013 in the field of environmental science, where she studied the potential of cavitation for the degradation of micropollutants. She was awarded the Excellence in Science Award in 2022. Her innovative work in developing various cavitation devices resulted in two second prizes in the Best Innovation Award competition at the University of Ljubljana (2014 and 2022), a grant from the University of Ljubljana Innovation Fund (2020), UL Knowledge Transfer Office, for projects with industrial use potential, a national patent (SI 24180 A, 2014), and two international patent applications (LU501013: 2021; WO2022112191A1: 202). She is also a PI in a bilateral Slovenia-Turkey project (2023-2024).

Grzegorz Boczkaj (Poland)

Grzegorz Boczkaj is an associate professor at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Poland. He obtained a PhD (2012, with honors) in chemical technology (chemical engineering) at GUT and a habilitation in same discipline (2017). He is the leader scientist of research group working on new developments in the field of environmental science, separation techniques, chemical engineering as well as analytical chemistry. He was a principal investigator of several research projects (in total above 1,5 mln $). Few projects were dedicated to studies on fundamentals and applications of cavitation based processes.
He has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports.