• Chemistry
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Materials
  • Environment Protection
  • Education
  • 4th Symposium “Vladimir Prelog”

Tentative Program

14:00-17:00 Registration
17:00-17:30 Opening ceremony
17:30-18:30 Plenary lecture – Hermann J. Feise
18:30-19:00 Celebration of 100th anniversary of
the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology of
the University of Zagreb
19:00-20:00 Welcome reception coctail

9:00-10:00 Plenary lecture – Sven Henning
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
SECTION – Chemistry SECTION – Materials
Invited lectures Invited lectures
10:30-11:00 Lukasz Cwiklik Bakhtiyor Rasulev
11:00-11:30 Krunoslav Užarević Muhamed Sućeska
11:30-11:50 Section lectures Section lectures
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Posters
14:00-14:45 Royal Society of Chemistry workshop with RSC
Advances editor, Dr Andrew Shore
14:45-15:30 Workshop – Student Section of CSCE
15:30-16:30 Plenary lecture – Len Barbour
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
SECTION – Chemistry SECTION – Chemical Engineering
Invited lecture Invited lecture
17:00-17:30 Predrag Novak Gordana Matijašić
17:30-17:50 Section lectures Section lectures
20:30 Student mixer

9:00-10:00 Plenary lecture – Dionysios D. Dionysiou
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
SECTION – Chemistry SECTION – Environmental Protection
Invited lectures Invited lectures
10:30-11:00 Klaus Zannger Mira Petrović
11:00-11:30 Sanja Tomić Marina Trgo
11:30-11:50 Section lectures Section lectures
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Posters
14:00-14:45 CAS workshop – sci finder
14:45-15:30 Workshop – Vladimir Stilinović
15:30-16:30 Plenary lecture – Ivo Leito
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
SECTION – Chemistry SECTION – Biochemical Engineering
Invited lecture Invited lecture
17:00-17:30 Marko Mihovilović Stela Jokić
17:30-17:50 Section lectures Section lectures
20:30 Gala dinner

9:00-10:00 Plenary lecture – Ivo Stary
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
SECTION – Education 4th “Vladimir Prelog” Symposium
Invited lectures Invited lectures
10:30-11:00 Tomislav Friščić Olivier Thomas
11:00-11:30 Tajana Preočanin Dobitnik nagrade VP
11:30-11:50 Section lectures Section lectures
12:30-14:00 Closing ceremony and poster awards

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Plenary lecturers

Dr. Hermann J. Feise
EFCE President, BASF SE, GOI Innovation Management / OC-C006, Ludwigshafen, Germany

In BASF, Dr. Hermann J. Feise is the Senior Manager responsible for R&D Cooperations receiving Public Funding. In this function, he operates as contact point for researchers from academia as well as from the BASF research divisions. Before joining BASF’s Innovation Management team Hermann Feise was responsible for the Particle Formulation and Handling group at BASF’s Chemical and Process Engineering department, providing expert services to the plants and laboratories of the BASF group. His technical interests are in the fields of drying, agglomeration and handling of particles as well as the simulation of particle flow with modern numerical methods.

Hermann Feise received a Mechanical Engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany and the University of Waterloo, Canada. He went on to complete a doctorate on the „Mechanical Behavior of Bulk Solids“ at the institute of the late Prof. Jörg Schwedes, TU Braunschweig, Germany. In 1999 he received the Johannes – Möller – Preis, awarded for outstanding PhD – work in particle technology.

For the last decade Dr. Feise has been very active in professional associations at a national and international level. He led the EFCE Working Party “Mechanics of Particulate Solids” from 2002 – 2007. From 2008 to 2012 he served as the Scientific Vice-President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and was also the chairman of the 8th European Congress on Chemical Engineering in Berlin. In 2016 he let the internal audit team of the EFCE Board of Trustees. Today he is active in working parties concerned with education of chemical engineers on the national and European level and serves as President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering

Prof. Dionysios D. Dionysiou
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Professor Dionysiou was born on the Island of Cyprus. He is currently a UNESCO co-Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability” and a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC). He teaches courses on water quality, treatment and reuse, advanced unit operations for water treatment, advanced oxidation technologies (AOPs), and physical-chemical processes for water quality control. His research interests include (i) physical chemical processes for treatment of surface water, groundwater, and industrial wastewater, (ii) AOPs, (iii) development of advanced functional materials, (iv) treatment of contaminants of emerging concern (i.e., pharmaceuticals and personal care products, biotoxins, heavy metals), (v) remediation of Harmful Algal Blooms/cyanotoxins, (vi) environmental nanotechnology and nanosensing, and (vii) water sustainability. Dr. Dionysiou is the author or co-author of over 370 refereed journal publications and 140 conference proceedings, book chapters, and editorials. He has also edited several books. He is passionate about service to the field of environmental engineering and science in general and water quality in particular. He has provided service as editor, associate editor or member of the editorial board of more than 10 scientific journals. He served as committee chair or member for various functions in many professional societies. Dr. Dionysiou is fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and recipient of several professional awards. Dr. Dionysiou has been featured in several international symposia, professional meetings, news media, and scientific publications. He has trained over 120 graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars in his laboratories.

Prof. Dr. Ivo Leito
University of Tartu, Institute of Chemistry, Tartu, Estonia

Ivo Leito works as professor of analytical chemistry at University of Tartu, leading the analytical chemistry research group ( involved in a variety of research directions ranging from fundamentals of MS ionization and analytical chemistry of cultural heritage objects to metrology in chemistry and studies of acids and bases. He coordinates the Estonian Center of Analytical Chemistry (, a distributed interdisciplinary scientific research infrastructure for the development and application of modern analytical methods.

Measurements and computations of acidities and basicities (pKa values) in different non-aqueous solvents (acetonitrile, tetrahydrofuran, 1,2-dichloroethane, etc) and obtaining new chemical insight into properties of compounds and materials is a key topic of the group ( The group is able to predict and interpret the acidity and/or basicity of molecules in a wide selection of solvents and routinely receives requests for measurement or prediction of different acidity-basicity-related parameters.

Ivo Leito is also a passionate analytical chemistry educator. He is the coordinator of international study programmes related to measurements and analytical chemistry, Applied Measurement Science ( and Erasmus Mundus joint programme Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (, as well as on-line courses on measurement uncertainty in chemistry ( and LC-MS method validation (

Dr. Sven Henning
Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, Halle (Saale), Germany

Sven Henning is senior scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in Halle (Saale), Germany, and lecturer in Polymer Materials Science at the Technical University Ilmenau, Germany. He studied physics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and received his PhD in Physics in 2006. The focus of his scientific work is on electron microscopy of polymers and biomaterials and on the development and application of techniques to study micro- and nanostructures and micromechanical mechanisms of deformation and fracture of advanced materials. He is author of about 60 papers, 7 contributions to books, and 3 patents. In 2011, he was awarded with the International Materials Science Prize of the Polychar World Forum on Advanced Materials.

Prof. Len Barbour
Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Len Barbour completed his PhD in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1994. He then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC), USA. In 1997 he was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at UMC, during which time he established an international reputation in the field of solid-state supramolecular materials chemistry. In 2003 he was appointed as an Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, where he set out to establish a world-class laboratory for the investigation of porous supramolecular systems. Barbour was awarded the NRF top research rating of A in January 2005 and was consequently promoted to full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science later in the same year. In 2013 he earned a DSc at Stellenbosch University and in 2016 he was appointed as a Distinguished Professor. Based on his research standing and productivity, he was awarded one of the first 21 South African Research Chair Initiative Chairs (in Nanostructured Functional Materials) in 2006/7 – the Chair has been renewed twice since then and he is currently in the third year of his third term. He has co-authored over 200 articles and maintains a sustained record of publishing about 50% of his articles in Nature Index journals.

Dr. Ivo Starý

Dr. Ivo Starý
Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry ASCR, v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic

Ivo Starý is a head of the senior research group at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. His research interests are nonplanar π-electron & aromatic systems, chirality, on-surface chemistry and self-assembly, molecular electronics and (single)molecule devices. Most of his activities have been devoted to the synthesis of helicenes and studies on their physico-chemical properties. He has published over 90 papers with an H-index of 29. He earned degrees from Charles University, Prague (M.Sc, 1984) and Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague (Ph.D., organic chemistry, 1990). He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Geneva, Switzerland (with P. E. Kündig, 1993-1994) and as a research assistant at University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (with P. Kočovský, 2000). He is a fellow of The Learned Society of the Czech Republic. Outside of work, he enjoys playing viola in a chamber orchestra and ballroom dancing.

Invited lecturers

  • Dr. Lukasz Cwiklik, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Prof. Tomislav Friščić, Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Prof. dr. sc. Stela Jokić, Zavod za procesno inženjerstvo, Prehrambeno-tehnološki fakultet, UniOs, Osijek, RH
  • Prof. dr. sc. Gordana Matijašić, Zavod za mehaničko i toplinsko procesno inženjerstvo, Fakultet kemijskog inženjerstva i tehnologije, UniZg, Zagreb, RH
  • Prof. Marko Mihovilovic, Vienna University of Technology – Institute for Applied Synthetic Chemistry, Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Mira Petrović, Catalan Institute for water research, Girona, Spain
  • Prof. dr. sc. Muhamed Sućeska, Rudarsko-geološko- naftni fakultet, UniZg, Zagreb, RH
  • Prof. Olivier Thomas, Marine Biodiscovery , School of Chemistry, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
  • Prof. dr. sc. Marina Trgo, Zavod za inženjerstvo okoliša, Kemijsko-tehnološki fakultet, UniSt, Split, RH
  • Prof. dr. sc. Sanja Tomić, Zavod za organsku kemiju i biokemiju, Institut Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb, RH
  • Dr. sc. Krunoslav Užarević, Zavod za fizičku kemiju, Institut Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb, RH
  • Prof. Klaus Zangger, Institute of Chemistry / Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Graz, Graz, Austria
  • Prof. Bakhtiyor Rasulev, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, North Dakota State University, Fargo
  • Prof. dr. sc. Predrag Novak, Kemijski odsjek Prirodoslovno-matematičkog fakulteta, UniZg, Zagreb, RH
  • Prof. dr. sc. Tajana Preočanin, Kemijski odsjek Prirodoslovno-matematičkog fakulteta, UniZg, Zagreb, RH

Best Poster Awards

The best poster will be selected for each section (Chemistry, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Environment Protection and Materials). The awards will be presented during the Closing Ceremony. The awards include free participation at the 27th Croatian Meeting of Chemists and Chemical Engineers (awarded by the Scientific and Organizing Committee) and a Book voucher (awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry).