Prof. Alidad Amirfazli

Before joining the York University as the founding Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Alidad Amirfazli held the Canada Research Chair in Surface Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. Amirfazli has produced exciting results in wetting behavior of surfaces, drop adhesion and shedding, understanding and application of superhydrophobic coatings. He has more than 200 scientific contributions, many in prestigious peer reviewed journals; he is the Editor for the Advances in Colloid and Interface Science (IF 6.2). Dr. Amirfazli has been the recipient of the Martha Cook Piper Research prize, the Killam Annual Professorship, and has been elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He also served in the board of Professional Engineers of Alberta, and been a consultant with various companies in USA, Europe, and Canada.

Prof. Volfango Bertola

Joined the University of Liverpool in 2011, after holding a Lectureship at the University of Edinburgh (2004-1011) and a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris (2001-2004). In 2009-10 he was Visiting Professor and Lagrange Fellow at Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He has more than 150 scientific publications in the areas of soft matter, multiphase flows, and thermodynamics, including several contributions on non-Newtonian drops and on the dynamic wetting of complex fluids. He has been the recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award (2009) and the UIT Young Scientist Prize (2001).

Prof. Marco Marengo

Graduated in Physics at the University of Turin cum laude and completed his Ph.D. studies at the Polytechnic of Milan and University of Erlangen with a thesis about ‘Drop Impingement on Liquid Film’. He was awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and by the European Community TMR Program. From 1998 to 2002 he was assistant professor of Thermal Physics at the University of Bergamo and then Associate Professor. From 2003 to 2005 he was the University Responsible for the European Research. He is European Editor of the Journal Atomization & Sprays. Visiting Professor at the University of Mons-Hainaut since 2005. He published more than 160 scientific papers, many in peer-reviewed journals about liquid sprays, drop impact, heat pipes, building physics. Prof. Marengo has been founder of two spin-off companies and holds seven patents.

Prof. Sergei Sazhin

Professor Sergei Sazhin received his PhD (candidate of physical and mathematical sciences) in St Petersburg State University (Russia) in 1977. Currently, he is working as Professor of Thermal Physics at the University of Brighton (UK). He has authored more than 600 publications, including 5 monographs and more than 270 papers in international refereed journals. His current ISI Web of Science (Scopus, Google scholar) citation index is 40 (45, 54). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) since 1994. Leadership in Research Excellence Awardee at the University of Brighton in 2017. Member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) since 2018.

Prof. Lucio Araneo

Graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan 1993, and later in 1996 at the IFP-School. He completed his PhD at the Polytechnic of Milan in 1999 with a Thesis on “Optical Techniques applied to Automotive Sprays”. He joined the University of Darmstadt during 1999-2001 in charge to develop Laser Doppler and Phase Doppler instrumentation and application. Since 2000 he joined the Italian National Research Council for applications in the spray laboratory, with cooperation with major industrial companies. In 2005-2007 he was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship, to join the Technical University of Valencia at the automotive spray laboratory, for research on the application of Laser based techniques. Since 2008 he is a tenure Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan, where his activity extended to a collaborating with ESA on the topic of two phase heat exchange and phenomena in microgravity, leading experiments on board of 15 Parabolic Flight Campaigns.

Prof. Vahid Bazargan

Dr. Bazargan is an Assistant Professor at the College of Engineering, University of Tehran, specializing in microfluidics and encapsulation. With a focus on microfabrication of fluidic devices, his expertise extends to active and passive flow control within integrated lab-on-a-chip devices. Leading a dedicated research team, he pioneers microencapsulation technology for personalized medicine. Noteworthy accolades include the Banting Fellowship, R Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship, Kashmir Singh Manhas Scholarship in Applied Science, Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Innovative Global Health Research, and the British Columbia Innovation Council Award. Dr. Bazargan earned his MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Following this, he contributed as a postdoctoral fellow at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge, focusing on supramolecular encapsulation for drug delivery applications.

Prof. Michele Battistoni

Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Perugia. He was appointed Visiting Professor at KAUST (Saudi Arabia) in 2019, and Visiting Researcher and Mechanical Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago in 2012-2014, then 2016 and 2018. He has 100+ papers in the areas of thermo-fluid dynamics, multiphase flow, CFD modeling, mainly applied to engines, fuel sprays, cavitation and combustion. He serves as SAE organizer for the Fuel Injection and Sprays sessions, and he is actively involved in the Engine Combustion Network activities where he is leader of the primary atomization and ammonia as fuel topics. He has been invited to give presentations at several Universities and Research Institutes in EU, US and China. In his early career he also worked at Fiat Powertrain in Turin as a design engineer. He is also founder of two spin-off companies. Battistoni received his MS cum laude and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Perugia.


Dr. Mattia Bruni

He is an engineer with a degree in industrial engineering, specializing in energy systems. His field of work involves conducting studies on the application of spraying systems to meet customer needs, with a particular focus on cooling, pollution control, and washing in various industrial sectors (such as food, chemical, steel, and naval industries). His commitment also extends to studying and analyzing new products, with a continuous inclination towards innovation. Dr. Bruni works in R&D of the company PNR as responsible for the computed design of nozzles.