P.V. Polyakov,
Siberian federal university, Russia

«Life of aluminium reduction cell»

Prof. Peter Polyakov, Dr. Sci. (Chemistry) in the Department of Non-Ferrous Metals at the Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk) and honorary metallurgist of RSFSR.
In 1957, he graduated from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, in 1964 he defended his Candidate of Science thesis and in 1981 - his Doctor of Science thesis on "Mass and Heat Transfer in the Course of Electrolysis of Molten Salts” (specializing in Electrochemistry.) In 1984, he was awarded the honorary title of ‘Honorary Metallurgist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic’. In 1990, he was elected as a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Technological Sciences.
Professor Polyakov is one of the leading scientists in the field of metallurgy. He is well-known, both in Russia and abroad, for his fundamental works both on the theory & process of producing light metals and high-temperature electrochemistry.
He is an active participant in various international symposiums, and a member of TMS - the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ACS.
Since 1998, he has been leading the Advanced Russian Courses on Aluminum Production. In 1995, Peter Polyakov organized the Annual Aluminium of Siberia International Conference and Exhibition (Krasnoyarsk) and became the Chairman of the Organizing Committee. Since 2009, he has been the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Non-Ferrous Metals and Minerals International Congress and Exhibition.
He is the author of about 400 scientific works, including 150 inventions and patents. Currently he is engaged in development of “Dream Cell” – a cell of a future.

Markus Meier,
R&D Carbon, Switzerland

«Anodes – Influence of Raw Material Quality and Anode Manufacturing Process on the Performance in the Pots»

Markus W. Meier is Vice President Technical Services at R&D Carbon, a world leading research institute based in Switzerland and specialized in the carbon materials used for the aluminum and steel industries. He has joined R&D Carbon in 1991 to investigate with a PhD dissertation the cracking behavior of prebaked anodes used for the aluminium production. Today, he is responsible for plant audits and optimizations, technical assistance and quality assurance. Markus Meier is the director of training courses regularly taking place in Switzerland and at smelter locations. He is an active contributor to industry conferences and has published approximately 50 papers. Markus Meier has a PhD and MSc degree both from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Halvor Kvande,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

«Energy balance of aluminium reduction cell and ways of specific power consumption reduction»

Dr. Halvor Kvande got his PhD degree in 1972 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and in 1979 he defended his thesis for the Norwegian degree of Doctor Technicae from the same university.
From 1980 he worked in the aluminum industry in Hydro. His major field of interest has been research and development on the Hall-Héroult process for primary production of aluminum. From 1990 to 2005 he also worked part-time as Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater University in Norway. From 2009 to 2011 he was Professor and Qatalum Chair in Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. In 2012 he retired from his position as Chief Engineer at Hydro in Oslo, Norway.
Halvor Kvande is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific and technical papers, as well as 5 books on aluminum electrolysis and related topics. His research work has been appraised in the form of several TMS awards and honors, including his contribution (as a member of the IPCC) to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Zhaowen Wang,
Northeastern University, China

«Technology Development of Chinese Aluminum Industry»

Zhaowen Wang is a professor of School of Metallurgy, Northeastern University, China. He received a Ph.D. in Nonferrous Metallurgy from the Northeastern University, China. Prof. Wang has beenis an active member of Nonferrous Metals Society China, and a member of professional committee of Ionic Liquids, Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China, and a member vice director of Molten Salts Chemistry Committee affiliated with Physical Chemistry Branch of Chinese Society for Metals.
Prof. Wang's research interests are in the areas of the chemistry of molten salts for aluminum electrolysis, electrode materials for aluminum electrolysis and technologies for energy-saving in aluminum electrolysis. In the recent years, his work has been focused on waste heat utilization in aluminum electrolysis, numerical simulation of physical field in aluminum electrolysis cell and some technologies for transparent electrolysis cell. As the Pproject Lleader, he is in charge of many government projects including National Program on Key Basic Research Project, National High-tech R&D Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China(General Program and Key Program), and Specific Projects for Development of National Significant Industries.
He has published over 160 research papers. He has received several awards including The Second Prize of Chinese Universities Science and Technology Award (natural science), The Second and the Third Prize of Liaoning Province Science and Technology Award (natural science), The First and the Second Prize of Science and Technology awarded by China Nonferrous Metals Industry . He was selected for the first class of “Talents Engineering Project of Liaoning Province” in 2004.

Barry Welch,
проф., Welbank Consulting Ltd., & LMRC, University of Auckland

«Optimizing the Cell control targets for 21st Century smelting»

Barry Welch is Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Auckland New Zealand. In his retirement he has become a permanent part-time Visiting Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he continues to co-direct aluminium smelting research, as well as consulting globally to aluminium smelters on cell design, process control and operational performance enhancement.
Most of his 55 years research and development in high temperature metallurgical processes has focused on aluminium smelting issues, and he has published several hundred reports and papers as well as co-authoring 2 books on aluminium smelting technology.
Last year he became only the second New Zealander to receive the “Chemeca Medal” for outstanding leadership and contributions to the chemical engineering profession. He has also received numerous other international awards for contributions to the electrochemical engineering and aluminium smelting - including the top two awards of the Light Metals Division of the Minerals Metals and Materials Society, as well as being: author or co-author of 12 “TMS Best paper awards”, a number that exceeds the total of any other organisation or company.

Richard Jeltsch,
Jeltsch Consulting, USA

«Life time of the aluminium reduction cell»

Graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, with a Master of Science in chemistry
22 years with Kaiser Aluminum in process engineering and environmental management. The last 12 years at Kaiser’s Primary Products Technical Center as Cathode Technology Specialist
Fourteen years consulting with an international clientele in the area of cathode technology, specializing in cell life improvement and reduction cell autopsies.
Several papers presented at TMS.
Lecturer on cathode technology for TMS Aluminum Electrolysis course since 1999.


Brunel University, UK


«Theory and practice of grain refinement of slabs and extrusion billets from aluminium deformable alloys»

After graduating and receiving PhD degree from Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1988, Dmitry Eskin worked in Baikov Institute of Metallurgy, Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1999 he was invited to the Netherlands and joined the Materials innovation institute and Delft University of Technology where he was a Fellow and Associate Professor until 2011; participating and later leading an extensive research program on direct-chill casting. He made significant contributions to understanding of mechanisms of hot tearing, cold cracking and macrosegregation. In 2011 he became a professor in Brunel University in UK and is currently leading research on ultrasonic processing of light alloys and composites. He authored and co-authored more than 200 paper and 6 monographs including those on DC Casting, Ultrasonic Melt Treatment and Phase Diagrams of Multicomponent Al alloys. Prof. Eskin is a frequent speaker at major international conferences and gives lectures at a TMS Aluminum Cast Shop Science and Technology course. He has received two Cast Shop Technology awards and a Technology Award from TMS (USA).

Samuel Wagstaff,
Novelis, Switzerland

«Defects during DC casting and their remediation»

Samuel Wagstaff has been working in the aluminum industry since age 14 with Novelis in Spokane, Washington. He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. His PhD is on the minimization of macrosegregation through jet erosion of a continuously cast ingot. This new process uses a turbulent jet to reduce the uneven distribution in aluminum alloy ingots by over 70 percent. Samuel Wagstaff finished his masters and doctorate at MIT in September 2016 after just three years. He has published over a dozen articles on DC casting and macrosegregation, and holds 4 patents. He now works for Novelis in Sierre, Switzerland as an automotive development and process engineer.

K.V. Nikitin,
Samara state technical university, Russia

«Silumin - a perspective alloy based on aluminium»

He has been working in the Samara state technical university since 1999, at first at the department “Casting high effective technologies” as a researcher, senior teacher and docent. In 2003 he defended his Candidate of Science thesis and in December 2013 - his Doctor of Science thesis.
On February 2015 he was elected a head of Faculty of engineering, metallurgy and transport. Nikitin K.V. is an author of more than 100 papers and also co-author of monographs “Heredity in cast alloys” – 2005, and “Quality control of Al-Si castings based on the structural heredity effect” -2015), he has 3 patents and a certificate of registration of program for ECM.
Presently N. Nikitin is a dissertation advisor of 3 students and earlier 2 students has defended their thesis under his supervision.
He is a very socially active person: a chair of Academic board of Faculty of engineering, metallurgy and transport, a member of Academic board and Science and Engineering board of Samara state technical university, Samara branch of Russian associate of foundry men. He was awarded the Honorary diploma of Samara region Ministry of education and Certificate of acknowledgement of Governor of Samara region. Research interests: investigation and development of basic mechanisms of the process of structural heredity in non-ferrous alloys.

Pete Forakis,

«Effective technology and equipment for degassing and refining of aluminium melts»

Pete Forakis, STAS’ Regional Director for STAS Middle East, has received his Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Wollongong. Prior to joining STAS’ team, Pete worked for major companies such as Emirates Aluminium, Hatch, Rio Tinto Alcan, Noranda and Alcoa, where he held positions in operations, engineering, R&D, technical support and business development. Moreover, he was the Subject Chair for the Cast Shop Sessions at the 2015 TMS conference and is also a member of the Technical Committee of the Australasian Casthouse Technology Conference.