Invited Speakers Plenary

Hideki SAKAI, PhD

Professor Hideki Sakai graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1990 and got master degree (1992) and Ph.D. (1995) in Applied Chemistry from the same university under the supervision of Prof. Akira Fujishima. After receiving his PhD degree, he took the position in Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science (TUS) as an assistant professor (Prof. Masahiko Abe’s group). He collaborated with Prof. Eric W.  Kaler of University of Delaware (U.S.A.) as a visiting scientist from 1998 to 1999.  Currently he is a professor and chair of Division for Colloid and Interface Science, TUS.  His research interests include molecular assembly formation of amphiphilic molecules (vesicle, micelle, worm-like micelle), photo- and electro-responsive surfactants, and also preparation of nanostructured materials using interfacial chemical techniques.  He is a vice dean of Division of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Chemical Society of Japan since 2019.

Conference title

« Novel stimuli-responsive molecular assemblies »


Professor Slavka Tholakova obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry at Sofia University in 2004 after a MSc in Chemical Physics and Theoretical Chemistry.
From 2013, she is Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Sofia University. She is head of the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy Sofia University « St. Kliment Ohridski » from 2015. She is project leader of the research project “Natural bioactive substances for personal care products, cosmetics and dietary supplements”, Centre of Competence “Sustainable utilization of bio resources and waste of medicinal and aromatic plants for innovative bioactive products”, she is head of the Laboratory of “Formation and characterization of foams, emulsions and porous materials” in Centre of Excellence “National Centre for Mechatronics and Clean Technologies”. She is the authors of 121 scientific papers, incl. Nature (1), Nature Phys. (1), Nature Comm. (1), Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. (5), J. Colloid Interface Sci (7), Langmuir (37), Colloids Surfaces A (17) cited > 4000 times, h-index = 36 (Scopus), 10 patents – 6 international (WIPO, US, Europe), 1 German, 1 French, 1 Japanese, 1 Chinese, 105 lectures and posters presented at International conferences and symposia (18 plenary or keynote). She has 14 completed PhD theses and 6 others under preparation. From 2004, she is the PI of 56 projects funded by international companies, incl. Unilever, BASF, Saint Gobain, Wacker, Lubrizol, Productalysa. From 2019 to 2021, she was the Leader of the Bulgarian team, ERC project (CoolNanoDrop No 841827, in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London), in 2017-2018, the Leader of the Bulgarian team, ERC project (ShipShape No 766656, in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London).

Conference title

« Physicochemical control of foam and emulsion properties »

Andreas KLAMT, PhD

Andreas Klamt studied Physics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and gained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics at the Max-Planck-Institute and the University of Stuttgart, in 1987. He joined Bayer AG in 1987, learned Computational Chemistry on the job, and was promoted to the Head of the Computational Chemistry Department in 1996. He left Bayer in 1999 to found COSMOlogic which is now part of Dassault Systèmes where he is Senior Scientific fellow. In 2005, he obtained his Habilitation in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Regensburg where he currently holds the position of honorary professor.

Prof. Klamt is a pioneer in the prediction and quantification of solvation effects. As his first major achievement he invented the Conductor-like Screening Model COSMO, which is widely used in quantum chemistry for the quantification of solvation effects. He is the creator of the COSMO-RS method which combines a quantum chemical treatment of solutes and solvents with a fast and effective statistical thermodynamics procedure for the molecular surface interactions. His method enables the calculation of thermophysical data for liquid systems without any prior experiments. In recent years he has considerably extended the field of application of his method by developing new tools (COSMOplex and COSMOquick) which allows to predict the properties of relevant systems in formulation science such as micelles, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, polymers and complex materials.


Conference title

« Applications of the COSMO-RS and COSMOplex methods in formulation science »

Samiul Amin, PhD

Samiul Amin, is currently Professor of Practice at the University of Miami, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering Department. He is also the Director of the Engineering Corporate Affiliates Program (E-CAP) for the College of Engineering. Prior to this he was Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Manhattan College. At Manhattan College Chemical Engineering Department, Prof.Amin developed and led the Cosmetic and Biopharmaceutical Engineering focus area.

Prof. Amin has worked in industry and academia for the past 21 years working across Engineering, R&D and Innovation Management. He has worked in global multinationals such as ExxonMobil, Unilever, L’Oreal and Malvern Instruments in Asia, Europe and the US. Prof. Amin’s expertise is in formulation design of cosmetic/consumer, personal care, homecare and biopharmaceutical products, colloids & complex fluids (Surfactants, Polymers and Emulsions), rheology, tribology, advanced characterization. Prof. Amin’s research at University of Miami is focused on formulation design of smart gels and hydrogels and performance optimization of consumer, cosmetic and homecare products based on novel sustainable materials such as biosurfactants and biopolymers and novel polymer chemistries including stimuli responsive or smart polymers all of which are sourced through collaborations with polymer and materials companies. Prof.Amin’s research group additionally works on protein stability and rheology control in high concentration biotherapeutic formulations. Many of the research projects are carried out through collaborations with leading global cosmetic and biopharmaceutical companies.

Prof.Amin has served on many committees of national and international societies/organizations such as the SCC Education Committee, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)/Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) etc and has Chaired numerous international conferences in the complex fluids/soft matter area in Europe and the US. He is currently the section editor for Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science-Formulations and Cosmetics section and is an Associate Editor for Surfactants and Detergents.

Prof.Amin received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, his MS in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and his BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. Prof.Amin also carried out a postdoctoral fellowship in the Soft Condensed Matter Physics Group at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Conference title

« Formulation Design of Sustainable Cosmetic Products »