Dr. Robin D. Rogers is President and Owner of 525 Solutions, Inc., in Tuscaloosa, AL USA. He obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama before starting his professorial career at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL where he rose through the ranks to become Presidential Research Professor. In 1996, he returned to UA as a Professor where he held various titles including Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing (1998-2014), Distinguished Research Professor (2004-2014), and Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry (2005-2014). In 2007, he was also Chair of Green Chemistry and Co-Director of QUILL at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland (UK) before returning full time to UA from 2009-2014. Since 2009, he has been an Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing, China. In 2015, he became Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University in Montreal, QC, Canada, where he remained until 2017, when he returned full time to the start-up company he founded in 2004 to accelerate the introduction of academic advances in sustainable development directly to Society. Rogers holds 26 issued patents (plus numerous foreign equivalents) and has published over 790 papers on a diverse array of topics. His research interests cover the use of ionic liquids and Green Chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation and include Materials (advanced polymeric and composite materials from biorenewables), Separations (novel strategies for separation and purification of value added products from biomass), Energy (new lubricant technologies and selective separations), and Medicine (elimination of waste while delivering improved pharmaceutical performance). Most recently he has embarked on an effort to utilize biorenewable polymers such as chitin and cellulose in an effort to eliminate the need for synthetic plastics. He has been cited over 38,000 times, has a Hirsch index of 86, and an i10 index of 530. Rogers was named in the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Lists ranking among the top 1% most cited in chemistry. In 2006, Rogers was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2009 was selected to the inaugural class of American Chemical Society Fellows. In 2010, he was named a Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Senior Scientist for the Institute for Process Engineering, Beijing, China. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 and that same year named an ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Fellow. Rogers was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design. He is also an advisory board member of Separation Science & Technology, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, Chemistry Letters, Green Chemistry, Chemical Communications, ChemSusChem, Chimica Oggi/Chemistry Today, and Green Energy & Environment. He has had an influential role in the expansion of interest and research in ionic liquid systems, his initial paper on ionic liquid/aqueous partitioning (Chem. Comm. 1998, 1765) effectively kick-started interest in applying ionic liquids to clean separations. In 2005, he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic Division) for work related to the use of ionic liquids in sustainable technology. This technology was licensed later that year to BASF. He was awarded the ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology in 2011 and in 2012, he was named recipient of the Paul Walden Award given by the DFG-SPP 1191 Priority Program on Ionic Liquids. Rogers has co-organized a variety of meetings and symposia on Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids and in 2004 founded 525 Solutions, Inc. to help translate new ionic liquids technologies to Society. He is also currently Co-founder and Co-owner of CalAgua Innovations Corporation and Adjacency Labs Corporation, Calgary, AB, Canada, and Wyonics LLC, Laramie, WY, USA. The breadth of educational, research, industrial, editorial, and service endeavors gives Rogers a broad perspective on science and engineering research, development, and technology transfer.
Larry Canada is a seasoned litigator who specializes in cases involving professional liability, employment, intellectual property and commercial litigation. He began his legal career on the plaintiff's side, handling toxic tort and product liability claims. After two and a half years, he was hired by Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, against whom he had litigated several cases. Mr. Canada served as a Director with the firm of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith. Currently he is a Senior Trial Counsel with UA’s Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program department.
Dr. Ronnie M. Hanes has over 40 years of experience in organic and inorganic chemistry as well as R&D Management. He received his B.S. and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the University of Alabama and did post doctoral research at the University of Georgia.After this he spent 30 years in industrial R&D with Millennium Chemicals Corporation. He retired from Millennium Chemicals Corporation as Director of Acetyls, Analytical and Surface Science R&D.
He has extensive expertise in catalysis of organic reactions and during his industrial career he managed large groups in multiple technical areas. He also managed commercialization of process research projects from the initial lab concept to successful production on a scale up to a billion pounds per year. He has experience serving on business teams as well as developing and managing multi-million dollar budgets. For the past 6 years he has been a principal in a chemical technology development company.
He has 12 refereed publications and 26 patents or patent applications including patents for technology in current industrial use. Dr. Hanes is currently the PI on the U.S. Department of Energy SBIR Phase II project to develop advanced materials for extraction of uranium from seawater using shrimp shell waste/ionic liquid technology.
Dr. Gabriela Gurau's interests cover the areas of ionic liquids (industrially applicable and biologically active), heterocyclic chemistry, and green chemistry. After receiving her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from The University of Alabama, Dr. Gurau accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at QUILL (Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, an industrial consortium with members from all sectors of the chemical industry. Here she conducted and directed research on the synthesis and applicability of ionic liquids for the industrial sector. In 2015 Dr. Gurau accepted a position at McGill University, Montreal, Canada as an Academic Associate in Green Chemistry. Besides being involved in educating students about Green Chemistry and how does this translates to society, and connecting with Green Chemistry and Sustainability networks, she also emphasized the importance of translating the academic developed technologies to market, meeting with industrial companies and government representatives. While serving as 525's CEO, Dr. Gurau acted as a Principal Investigator on several awarded projects including: (1) U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant entitled "Catalytic Fractionation of Biomass in Ionic Liquids", a research project that investigated methods for lignocellulosic biomass fractionation utilizing ionic liquid technology; (2) National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I/IB project to develop chitin/alginate composite fibers (using ionic liquid technology) for the wound care market; and (3) U.S. Department of Energy SBIR Phase I and Phase II project to develop advanced materials for extraction of uranium from seawater using shrimp shell waste/ionic liquid technology. She is a Co-founder and co-owner of Wyonics, LLC. She has 45 refereed publications, 66 conference papers, and 5 patents and 12 patent applications.
Senior engineer, Jonathan Bonner, Agora Consulting, LLC. Mr. Jonathan Bonner is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama and has been a practicing engineer since 1987. Mr. Bonner has twenty-five years consulting experience with industries ranging from textile, primary metals, metal fabrication, automotive, food processing, chemical, petrochemical and petroleum, wood and paper products, alternative energy, and pharmaceuticals.
He serves as Town Engineer for several small towns and cities in West Central Alabama. He has also worked as Regional Environmental Manager, ERM Southeast, Environmental Manager, Sentell Engineering Inc., and most recently Engineering Services Manager for CFM Group, LLC. During his years of service, he has developed expertise in manufacturing processes and design, waste management, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, and infrastructure development.
Mr. Bonner’s most recent project has been the design and construction of a 15,000 SF LEED certified seafood waste by-products processing facility on the Alabama Gulf Coast. This facility processes 5,800 tons of seafood waste annually using renewable energy, water recycle, and other innovative operations.
Mr. Bonner also has extensively consulted with major world-wide cellulosic fiber production concerns. He is an expert in waste-to-energy systems, high-strength industrial wastewater treatment, and sustainable process design. Mr. Bonner holds an Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Engineering from Brewer State Junior College (1985), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (1987) and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (1995) with a specialty in Environmental Engineering.
All Dr. Shamshina’s work from the time of graduation until now has been directed towards commercialization of research findings conceived by academia into private sector. After gaining relevant experience during her PhD and postdoctoral studies at The University of Alabama (UA), Dr. Shamshina joined Streamline Automation, LLC (Huntsville, AL) in 2010, where she was working on development and commercialization of advanced technologies for the aerospace and defense markets. This research was supported by leading U.S. governmental agencies, such as the US Air Force, Army, and NASA. (In 2011, she received NASA Tech Brief Award “Ionic Liquids: Unlocking the Gate to Replacing Hydrazine,” DRC 010-041, March 21, 2011). In 2012, Dr. Shamshina joined the UA start-up company 525 Solutions, Inc., as CTO, where she has accumulated extensive experience in: developing a company’s technological backbone ‘from the ground up’ and directing the strategic design, management, data acquisition, and implementation of technology infrastructure, at the same time providing technical leadership and ensuring the implementation of many technological solutions. Her engineering education also allows her conducting the economic analysis, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of new technologies. Within 525, successful development of a UA developed technology resulted in a $1.5M award from DOE to further scale-up the technology to a commercial stage. In 2016 – 2017, Dr. Shamshina was employed by McGill University as an Academic Associate in Green Chemistry, in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. (While at McGill she maintained a consultant agreement with 525 Solutions, Inc. where she continued to pursue 525 technologies’ development and implementation.) The nature of her assignment at McGill was focused on bridging the academic/industry environments and helping linking academic innovation with commercialization. She was responsible for building a powerful pilot-scale facility at McGill, for both internal and service-oriented research, from testing various feedstocks to biopolymers isolation to the production of materials with specific characteristics, perusing concepts for elimination of synthetic plastics. The pilot-scale facility development included design of processing equipment, choosing needed analytical instrumentation, etc. She was actively involved with, and participated in grant writing such as application to a grand challenge, MacArthur 100&Change ($100M) to find a solution that would help solve a critical problem of our time, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant ($8M). Dr. Shamshina’s research interests focus on all aspects of ionic liquids, from overall design and synthesis and fundamental studies to industrial applications, organic synthesis (with a focus on natural product synthesis), and green chemistry. She is particularly interested in potential industrial uses of ionic liquids and their use in development of technological solutions to societal challenges. She authored 50 papers, 4 book chapters, and 13 patents/applications. Dr. Shamshina is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Lubbock, TX.