Prof. Steivan Defilla
Visiting Professor of school of architecture, Tianjin University
The Role of Electricity in Urban Sustainability and Disaster Resilience – How Cities can win the “Race to Zero”
Steivan Defilla, Swiss national, visiting Professor of school of architecture, Tianjin University; President Assistant of APEC Sustainable Energy Center since 2018. Lead author of the “APEC Sustainable Urban Development Report - From Models to Results”. He is the former (2010 - 2016) Director of the Energy Charter, an intergovernmental energy organization with 50 Member states headquartered in Brussels. He managed the expansion of the Energy Charter to include 30 new observer states, among them China. He also supervised or co-authored 26 studies and analyses and 2 books on energy-related subjects. As Senior Energy Advisor to the Swiss Economics Minister (1999 - 2010) he contributed to the reform of the Swiss electricity sector, the Swiss infrastructure strategy and the Swiss foreign energy policy. He wrote a book prefaced by the Swiss Energy Minister and co-authored 13 articles in English, German, French and Russian languages. He also attended Governing Board meetings of the IEA and co-chaired multilateral negotiations at the Energy Charter.
Steivan holds a Master degree in Statistics and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He also holds a Postgraduate degree on Energy from the Federal Polytechnic Institute Lausanne. Steivan is winner of a United World Colleges scholarship and is fluent in eight languages.
Prof. Kai Yan
School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University
Electrocatalytic upgrading of biomass-derived chemicals into value-added products
Catalytic conversion of biomass into value-added chemicals and biofuels
Electro-and/or photocatalytic energy generation
Photodegration of pollutants
Dr. Yan is a full professor at Sun Yat-sen University at Guangzhou and worked as Ten Thousand Plan Young Talent of China. His group mainly concentrates on design of environmentally benign nanostructured materials for catalytic transformation of renewable sources into clean energy and value-added products. Dr. Yan’s research interests span the areas of heterogeneous catalysis, electrochemistry, green chemistry, biorefining, materials science and nanotechnology. He started his PhD study at Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in 2008 in Germany with the support of Max-Planck-Society Scholarship. He obtained his PhD from RWTH Aachen University in December 2011. After that, he received the Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked at Lakehead University (Canada) as a postdoctoral fellow in 2012. After that, he joined Brown University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in December 2013. In 2016, he obtained Hundred Talent Plan from Sun Yat-sen University and joined the university in 2017. Since January 2017, he is the leader of clean energy lab and the associate dean of Guangdong Provincial Lab of Resource Utilization. So far, his group has filed over 15 Patents and published over 85 papers in Angewandte Chem., Applied Catalysis B., ACS Catal., Green Chemistry, Small, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Chem. Eng. J. et al. He is the associated Editor of three international journals and editorial member of eight international journals. Since coming to Sun Yat-sen University, Dr. Yan has been the recipient of Hundred Talent Award, Science and Technology Award for Ecological Environment, IAAM Medal Award, National Ten Thousand Talent Award from Central Organization Department of China.
Assoc. Prof. Xiaofei SUN
School of Mechanical Engineering,Xi'an Jiaotong University
Rational design and advanced manufacturing of high-performance lithium/sodium batteries for high-efficiency energy storage
Advanced technologies for energy storage and conversion
Functional micro-nano materials and novel energy devices
Laser processing and intelligent manufacturing of energy materials and devices
Dr. Xiaofei Sun is currently an associate professor at School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China). He obtained his B.E. and B.M in 2005, M.E. in 2008 and PhD in 2013 from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and worked there since then. He was a visiting student in professor Gerbrand Ceder’s group at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2008-2009. His research interest is focused on understanding, designing and manufacturing of advanced materials and devices for high-efficiency energy storage and conversion, particularly of rechargeable lithium/sodium batteries. He has published around 60 papers (including papers in Advanced Energy Materials, Energy and Environmental Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Power Sources, etc.) and 3 book chapters (Chinese), and has delivered over 20 academic speeches. He has also applied more than 25 Chinese patents including 10 authorized ones. His work has been recognized by several academic awards including the Science and Technology Award (Second Class) of Shaanxi Province (China), the Science and Technology Award (First Class) of Colleges in Shaanxi (China), the VEBLEO Scientist Award, and the best poster award of 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2013). He also contributed one powder diffraction pattern to the International Center for Diffraction Data (ICDD) in 2016.