Invited Speakers Keynote


Frank RUNGE, PhD

BASF, Germany, Vice-President – Research Program Leader Advanced Formulation and Manager

Frank Runge studied Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany, and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry of microemulsions in 1992. This was followed by a Postdoc in Physical and Polymer Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, working on polymer monolayers.
In 1994, he joined BASF’s Polymer Research Division and worked on formulation and colloid chemistry aspects for various industrial (paper chemistry, home and personal care, coatings, resins) and life science (agricultural, nutrition and pharmaceutical) applications.
Afterwards he moved to the BASF operating division Nutrition & Health and later to Agricultural Solutions working in different functions in R&D, Marketing and Operations, fostering his scientific and technical-economical experience in formulation. From his managerial assignments including a 6 year stay in Brazil he gained experience in leading international teams (Europe, USA, Brazil, Japan).
Returning to Germany in 2015, he headed the Global Formulation Research Platform within BASF’s Central Research with laboratories in Germany, USA and China, collaborating with all BASF operating divisions that are active in formulation.
In 2022, he took over the BASF Research Program Lead Advanced Formulation including Corporate Research and Operational Development project groups

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Jean-Christophe Castaing, Phd

Solvay Novecare R&D, Aubervilliers, France

 Jean-Christophe Castaing (Solvay, Research and Innovation, Center of Paris) is Open Innovation Director at Solvay Novecare.  He graduated from Ecole Centrale (Paris) and holds a PhD in Physical chemistry and materials Science from Univ. P&M Curie (Paris). Since he is working in industry, his research focus has been in the field of complex water borne formulations, bridging the design of individual components with the functionalities expected in markets such as coated paper, paints, home and personal care and agro-chemistry. He held several project leader or managerial positions in R&D within Solvay, striving to build links with research in Academia (he was the Director of a CNRS-Solvay joint lab, and coordinator of an EU project). He is a Solvay Research Fellow

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Tim J Wooster

Dr Tim J Wooster, Phd

Nestlé R&D, Lausane, Swiss

Dr Tim J Wooster is a colloids and polymer scientist focusing on the biophysics of emulsions, foams and particles. He has been working at Nestlé Research Lausanne for the past 12 years, where he is a Dispersions Expert within the Institute of Materials Science. Fascinated by colloids science he is passionate about the formulation challenges associated with dairy and plant based liquid products. A leading international reputation in food emulsion science, he has published over 56 publications (H-Index 32, >4900 citations) in leading colloid, polymer and interface science journals. At Nestlé he has a lead role in developing scientific understanding enabling the formulation of stable, nutritious, and more sustainable emulsion & foam-based products.

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« Sustainable, Nutritious, Plant based and/or Dairy? How Nestlé is addressing its future formulation challenges using advanced & traditional approaches »

Barbara Heyberger, Phd

TotalEnergies Research Center at Solaize (France)

Barbara Heyberger holds a PhD from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine obtained in 2002. She is working for TotalEnergies since 2002 on heavy fuel oil and spent the first ten years at Solaize Research Center (France) trying to reduce pollutants emissions from boilers and refining furnaces using additives or urea injection. In 2009, she joined the ISO experts working group in charge of the marine fuel specifications and the CIMAC (International Council on Combustion Engines) working group dedicated to Fuels. In both WGs she is leading the sub-group dedicated to marine fuel stability. She has also the chair of the marine fuel special task force at Concawe. She contributes to CIMAC guidelines and Concawe Technical Reports related to marine fuels properties including safety, stability, bio marine fuels formulation…
In 2013 she moved to TRTG (TotalEnergies Research & Technology Gonfreville) where she is in charge of the marine fuel laboratory at OneTech, Technical Lines, Process department and recognized as marine fuel specialist. The marine fuel laboratory is working on the evaluation of sustainable bases that will help to achieve the decarbonization targets of the shipping industry.

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Dr. Anne-Laure Fameau

Researcher at INRAE in Nantes (France)

Dr. Anne-Laure Fameau studied Food Science before coming to soft matter during her thesis. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Nantes in 2011. During her Ph.D, she worked at the Laboratory Léon Brillouin at CEA Saclay (French Neutron Center) as well as the French National Institute of Agricultural & Environment Research (INRAE) in Nantes. At the end of 2011, she obtained a researcher position at INRAE in Nantes. In 2015, she joined L’Oréal company in the Physical-Chemistry Department in Paris. In 2018, she received the European Young Lipid Scientist Award and the Langmuir Prize at ECIS Conference. In 2021, she received the AOCS Young Scientist award. She came back to academia at INRAE in October 2021.
Her research interests are in the field of responsive soft materials based on lipids and green surfactants with a particular emphasis on foams and interfaces. Her research is focused on the development of these systems and their detailed structural characterization using scattering techniques such as SAXS and SANS. In the past few years, she is also focusing on oil foams based on vegetable oils and lipid components for Food and Cosmetic applications. All of her work resulted in 36 scientific papers, 12 review articles, 5 book chapters, and 19 patents.
Dr. Fameau also enjoys transmitting her passion for science to young students. She visited many schools and gave scientific talks to students to promote science in France, and especially to promote science for girls.

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Ronald Márquez Phd

researcher at ESPCI-Paris and TotalEnergies

Ronald Márquez holds a Chemical Engineering degree and a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from Universidad de Los Andes (ULA), Venezuela. He is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at ESPCI-Paris and TotalEnergies, and a visiting scholar at the University of Lille, France. His research focuses on the compatibility of wood pyrolysis oils with petroleum-derived fuels, with one patent in the application process. In 2020-2021, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University. In 2019-2020, he served as Associate Professor and Head of Department of the Chemical Engineering School at ULA. His research has been primarily focused on upcycling biobased materials to value-added products, physicochemical formulation of surfactant-oil-water systems, and emulsion stability, including their characterization through interfacial rheology and surface science techniques. He has won the prize for the Best original paper of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) in both 2019 and 2023, which was awarded by the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and the American Cleaning Institute. He is an Associate Editor of the JSD and a Guest Editor in Frontiers in Chemical Engineering. He has an H-index of 10 and over 300 citations according to Scopus.

Jesus Fermin Ontiveros Phd

Associate Professor at ENSCL – Centrale Lille Institute

Jesus Fermin Ontiveros is an Associate Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL-Centrale Lille Institute).  He graduated as an engineer in Mérida-Venezuela, where he started his research on separation processes using surfactants in the Formulation Interfaces Rheology and Processes (FIRP) laboratory directed by Jean Louis Salager. He obtained his PhD in 2014 at the University of Lille focused on the Classification of biocompatible surfactants and oils by measuring the Phase Inversion Temperature and comparing equilibrium phase diagrams.  In 2015, he joined the Colloid Catalysis and Oxidation team (CISCO-UCCS) in which he developed a research activity related to the formulation of emulsions and microemulsions, using in particular the phase inversion process to characterize the hydrophilic-lipophilic balance of surfactants but also for industrial applications such as enhanced oil recovery or emulsification of viscous oils. He has published 32 papers and 2 patents and has co-supervised 4 PhD students.

Title of the Twinning Conference (Ronald Márquez - Jesus Fermin Ontiveros)