4th International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry
From May 8th to 10th, 2017 – Ben Guérir - UM6P Congress Center


Symphos 2017 / Speakers 2017

Speakers 2017

Seeram Ramakrishna
Position : Academician, Professor, Director of Center for Nanofibers and Nanotechnology at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

M. Ramakrishna is a Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is an elected Fellow of International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE); Institution of Engineers Singapore; ISTE, India; Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK; and American Association of the Advancement of Science; ASM International; American Society for Mechanical Engineers; American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, USA.
He chairs the Future of Manufacturing at the Institution of Engineers Singapore. He co-authored ~ 1,000 scientific papers which attracted ~ 65,000 citations and ~120 H-index. He is a Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science. Thomson Reuters identified him among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.

Bruce E. Rittmann
Position : Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University, USA.

His research focuses on the science and engineering needed to “manage microbial communities to provide services to society.” Services include generating renewable energy, cleaning water and soil, and improving human health. Dr. Rittmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of AAAS, WEF, IWA, and NAI; and a Distinguished Member of ASCE. Dr. Rittmann was awarded the first Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology from the NWRI, the Walter Huber Research Prize and the Simon Freese Award from ASCE, the G.M. Fair Award from AAEES, and the Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders Award. Dr. Rittmann has published over 610 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and he has 16 patents. With Dr. Perry McCarty, Dr. Rittmann co-authored the textbook Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications (McGraw-Hill Book Co.).

M. Khalil Amine
Position : Senior Materials Scientist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Laboratoire national d’Agronne, USA

Presentation Title : High Energy & high power electrodes for automotive battery applications

Dr. Khalil Amine is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and the director of the Advanced Battery Technology team at Argonne National Laboratory, where he is responsible for directing the research and development of advanced materials and battery systems for HEV, PHEV, EV, satellite, military and medical applications. Dr. Amine currently serves a committee member of the U.S. National Research Consul, US Academy of Sciences on battery related technologies. He is an adjunct distinguished professor at Stanford University, Hong Kong University of science & Technology, Peking University, Beijing Institute of Technology and Nanjing science & technology University. Among his many awards, Dr. Khalil is a 2003 recipient of Scientific America’s Top Worldwide 50 Researcher Award, a 2008 University of Chicago distinguished scientist award, a 2009 recipient of the US Federal Laboratory Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, 2013 DOE Vehicle technologies office award and is the five-time recipient of the R&D 100 Award, which is considered as the Oscar of technology and innovation. In addition, he was recently awarded the ECS battery technology award and the international battery association award.
Dr. Amine holds over 176 patents and patent applications and has over 439 publications with a google h-index of 88. From 1998-2008, Dr. Amine was the most cited scientist in the world in the field of battery technology. He serves as the president of IMLB. He is also the chairmen of the international automotive lithium battery association and associate editor of the journal of Nano-Energy.

M. Tom Bruulsema
Position : CCA Phosphorus Program Director, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Canada

Presentation Title : Industry Initiatives Enhancing Phosphorus Sustainability

Dr. Tom Bruulsema joined the Potash & Phosphate Institute in 1994, which in 2007 became the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). Based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Bruulsema is Phosphorus Program Director with IPNI. He has played key roles in the development of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept, including the co-editing of the IPNI 4R Plant Nutrition Manual. Dr. Bruulsema has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy. He is a Certified Crop Adviser and has served a number of leadership roles in the International Certified Crop Adviser Program.

M. Tekalign Mamo
Position: Head of Center for Soil and Fertilizer Research in Africa, Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Ethiopia

Presentation Title: Exploiting the potential role of fertilizers in increasing food production in developing countries amidst worsening food insecurity and climate change

Tekalign Mamo is a professor of Soil Science and currently Head of Center for Soil and Fertilizer Research in Africa, a newly launched program at Mohamed VI polytechnic University in Ben Guerir, Morocco. Before this, he was a Senior Director at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency where he launched and led the Ethiopia Digital Soil Fertility Mapping and Fertilizer Blending Projects, thus for the first time customizing chemical fertilizers for Ethiopian farmers. He served as State Minister of Agriculture; Vice President of Haramaya University; and Senior Researcher and Director of Research and Founding Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS). He is the founder and first Editor-in-Chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Natural Resources and Founding Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS).. He is the recipient of the 2014 African Green Revolution Laureate Award, 2015 UN FAO International Global Ambassador for Soils Nomination, 2016 International Norman Borlaug Laureate Prize given by International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), Certificate of Recognition and Gold Medal Award for Meritorious Achievements in Agricultural Research; Swiss Trans-disciplinarily Award; and Recognition by the International Potash Institute (IPI). He has published extensively and serves in several international scientific committees.


M. David Ivell
Position: Manager of Operations, Jacobs Engineering, Lakeland, Florida

Presentation Title: The Production of NPK Fertilizers

Mr. Ivell has 41 years of experience in the fertilizer industry. He has extensive knowledge of processes for the production of granular fertilizer and his experience includes both design and start-up work.
Mr. Ivell has traveled extensively, visiting almost 40 countries in the execution of his duties. Mr. Ivell worked for a fertilizer producer for many years before joining Jacobs.
Prior to his current position Mr. Ivell has held roles as Director of Process Technology, Manager of Projects and Manager of Process and Technology in the Lakeland, Florida office. Currently Mr. Ivell is Manager of Operations, responsible for the Lakeland office.

M. Vaughn Astley
Position: President, Dr. Phosphate, Inc., Lakeland, Florida

Presentations Titles :
  • - Recovery of Administratium from Phosphates.
  • - Moving to The 20th Century!!! APC
  • - The Occurrence of Serendipity During 50 Years of Phosphate Research… Crystals Galore.

Vaughn Astley is a graduate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry. and received his PhD in Chemistry from Salford, Manchester, England in 1972. He was a technical manager at Albright and Wilson at their WPA, STPP and Industrial Phosphates complex in Northern England. He joined Freeport McMoRan in 1981 and worked in R&D related to sulphur, phosphate, uranium and water treatment. Later he became Agrico Technical Services Manager for the Faustina, Uncle Sam and Taft operations, and then the IMC-Agrico joint venture, and formed the IMC Technology Development group in 1995, and named Vice president in 1997. He left Mosaic following the merger with Cargill in 2004 and is an independent consultant , President of Dr. Phosphate Inc.

M. Vasil Statev
Position : Manager, B.C.Consult LTD, Bulgaria

Presentation Title : Overview of feed phosphates production technologies

Vasil Statev is a highly experienced with extensive onsite time plant troubleshooting, commissioning and operations optimisation across a number of International Projects in Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Asia.

He has more than 25years practical experience with number of phosphate rocks types processing.

Main expertise and activities are the field of Technical Sodium phosphates, Feed Calcium phosphates, Phosphate fertilizers and Phosphoric acid treatment to Technical and Feed grade.

Vasil is Manager of B.C.Consult LTD. Consultant of OCP concerning their Feed phosphates production activities in MC and MP 1.

M. Paul Anthony Smith
Position : Technical Consultant, Phosphates & Phosphoric Acid, Paul Anthony Smith EPP, Araxa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Presentation Title : Sizing factors for phosphoric acid plant design

M. Smith worked for over 40 years in the phosphates industry, the last 13 years as a free lance Technical Consultant. Prior to this worked for Fisons/Yara, Davy McKee, Prayon Technologiess, Bunge Fertilizantes/Vale, amongst others.
Detailed knowledge of design and operation of phosphoric acid processes in both DIhydrate and HH & HDH modes of operation. Responsible for process design of Pequiven DH expansion in Venezuela, 2 HDH expansions for Sterlite in India, DH expansion for Bunge, with conversion from air cooling to flash-cooling. Later designed a HH reactor with flash-cooling for their HDH plant at their site in Cajati, Brazil.
Basic engineering for a new 800 tpd HDH plant for Sterlite in India. Design of two proprietary flash-coolers for Copebras in Brazil. Conversion of a Nissan”H” process into a HDH for a client in India. Besides this many consultancy missions, training and technical audits for clients throughout the world.

M. John Wing
Position: President of the consulting firm John Wing, PE, Lakeland, Florida

Presentation Title: Hemi versus Dihydrate. Why Hemi Is Often the Better Choice for Phos Acid ?

John is president of the consulting firm John Wing, PE, LLC. He has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honors from University of Florida and Master of Engineering Administration from Univ. of South Florida. His decades of service to the phosphate industry have involved consulting, process design, project management, technical service, process development, & production supervision.
He was Sr. VP of HiTech Solutions, Inc. and previously employed by other engineering and phosphate companies. He engineered or managed projects in nearly all of the phosphate chemical plants in the United States, plus several in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, India, Australia, Africa, and South America.
John helped pioneer the Hemi phosphoric acid process with process engineering for Belledune and Arcadian Hemi conversions, the multi-train Ma’aden plant, and for converting the Oswal plant in India to Hemi-Di. He consulted for Indo-Jordan’s Hemi plant.
Technical presentation topics have included phosphoric acid, DAP, and by-products. He has been featured in several articles in Fertilizer International journal.