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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Virender K. Sharma

PhD/Professor/Director of the Program on Environmental and Sustainability, Texas A&M University, United States


Dr. Virender K. Sharma is currently a Professor at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health (SPH), Texas A&M University. He is also serving as the Director of the Program for the Environment and Sustainability of the SPH. Dr. Sharma has made seminal contributions in the areas of chemistry and environmental applications of ferrates. Dr. Sharma has also made key contributions in elucidating stabilization and toxicity of natural nanoparticles in an aquatic environment, resulting in an impact on human and ecological health. He is also working on understanding mechanism of the formation of disinfection byproducts in water. His research also includes studying environment fate of environmentally persistent free radicals and antibiotics resistant bacteria and genes. He has published more than 330 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Sharma has also published 55 book chapters, 36 proceedings, and authored/edited 8 books. His distinguished awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Bush Excellence Award for International Research, Faculty Excellence in Research by Florida Tech, Outstanding Chemist by the American Chemical Society (Orlando Section), Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Award by Sigma Xi (Texas A&M University Chapter), International Fellowship awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Invited Professorship by University of Paris, France.

Khaled Murtada

PhD of Analytical Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada


Dr. Khaled Murtada is a postdoctoral scientist at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Waterloo (ON, Canada). His research focuses on developing green analytical methods for environmental and food and bio-analysis. Also, he is developing analytical methods based on novel nanomaterials. He received his B.Sc. (2012), M.Sc. (2014) in Chemistry at An-Najah National University (Palestine) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2019) at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). Since 2019, Dr. Murtada joined Prof. Janusz Pawliszyn’s research group at the University of Waterloo as postdoctoral scientist and GC laboratory manager.

Irene Carra

PhD of School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, United Kingdom