Prof. Emile van Zyl obtained a PhD at Princeton University, USA in 1989 and is currently Distinguished Professor in Microbiology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Prof. van Zyl gained international recognition as research leader in the development of recombinant yeast for bioethanol production from cellulosic plant biomass. He has published 147 research articles and reviews in reputed journals with an Scopus h-index of 37 and has 14 joint international patents.
In 2007 Prof. van Zyl was awarded the prestigious SANERI/NRF Senior Research Chair in Biofuels and he is currently leading up a large research programme focussing in advanced second generation technologies for biomass conversion.
Mingxuan Mao has completed his PhD at the age of 29 years from Chongqing University. He currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow in the State Key Laboratory of Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Power System Safety and New Technology. He has published more than 20 papers in reputed journals and applied for or obtained 10 Chinese national invention patents.