July 23-27, 2012
Hilton Long Beach
Long Beach, California

Registration Information

The Materials Research Society was pleased to partner with the Microwave Working Group to provide logistical and operational support for the 2nd Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications. For more information about the Microwave Working Group, please visit their website at http://www.gcmea2.com/ or http://www.microwave-rf.org/   

The Second Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications (2GCMEA 2012), in beautiful Long Beach, California, featured plenary sessions, parallel topical sessions, poster sessions, an industrial exhibition, short courses, and a Department of Energy Session titled Microwave (MW) and Radio Frequency (RF) as Enabling Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing. The Conference Banquet was held on the historic Queen Mary, the famous floating museum.

An Important News Bulletin from Microwave Working Group President, Bernie Krieger

Plenary Speakers

Clark Gellings
Electric Power Research Institute

“Global Energy Policies”

George Wicks
Savannah River National Laboratory
President, American Ceramic Society

“Global Conversion to Electrical Energy – Potential for EM Processing Advances”

2GCMEA 2012 was presented by the Microwave Working Group, together with AMPERE, IMPI, JEMEA and microwave groups from China, India, Russia and Australia. Logistical and operational expertise was provided by MRS.

The conference topics consisted of the four categories described below.

  1. Energy/Environment 

    • Ultracapacitors
    • Thermoelectrics
    • Photovoltaics
    • Batteries
    • Energy Storage
    • Green Processing
    • Plasma
    • High Frequency
    • RF
  2. Microwaves in Everyday Life 

    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Construction
    • Ceramics
    • Metals
    • Polymers
    • Wood
    • Modeling
    • Dielectrics
  3. Medical/Chemical 

    • Devices
    • Delivery Systems
    • Enhanced Reactions
    • Nanotechnology
    • Meta-Materials
    • Analyses   
    • Cell Growth
    • Material Synthesis 
  4. Manufacturing/Processing Controls 

    • Equipment
    • Measurements
    • Process Control
    • Applications
      • Commercial
      • Industrial
      • Research
    • Modeling


Topics | Final Author Index | Complete Conference Details  

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  1. Energy/Environment 
  2. Microwaves inEveryday Life 
  3. Medical/Chemical 
  4. Manufacturing/Processing Controls 
  5. Plenary 

Energy/Environmental: sessions focused on how microwave and RF energy can have an impact on the global environment by creating a greener process, shorter times, waste minimization, process energy devices, energy storage devices, recycling

Microwave in Every Day Life: sessions focused on the impact of microwave/RF energy in our daily lives – topics included new material processes for polymers, ceramics, metals, transportation, construction, biologicals, modeling of processes and dielectric data 

Chemistry and Medicine: sessions focused on microwave/ material interactions, material synthesis, nanotechnology, microwave in the medical/dental fields, cell growth, drug delivery, meta-materials 

Manufacturing, Equipment and Process Control: sessions focused on Equipment, measurements, process control, applications (commerical, industrial, research), modeling


Microwave Working Group  

  • Rebecca L. Schulz, Corning Incorporated
    - Conference Chair, Technical Chair
  • Bernie Krieger, Cober Electronics
    - Exhibit Chair, Liaison—International Microwave Groups
  • Bob Schiffmann, R.F. Schiffmann Associates
    - IMPI Program Chair
  • John Gerling, Gerling Applied Engineering
    - Logistics
  • Ben Wilson, PSC. Inc.
    - Budget
  • Dinesh Agrawal, Pennsylvania State University
    - Funding
  • Diane C. Folz, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    - Technical Chair
  •  Ed Ripley, Y-12 National Security Complex
    - Short Courses—AMPERE
  • Joe Cresko, U.S. Department of Energy
    - Interface with U.S. Department of Energy

IMPI – Program Chairs  

AMPERE – Program Chairs  

JEMEA – Program Chairs 

China MW Representatives – Program Chairs  

India MW Representatives – Program Chairs   


Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center
701 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90831-3102
Tel: +1-562-983-3400
Fax: +1-562-983-1200 


Long Beach provides the epitome of southern-California living.  Over 50 square miles of beach and boardwalk combined with sunshine 345 days of the year makes Long Beach America’s favorite playground. This is an ideal conference and vacation destination. In your free time, take a deep-sea adventure with over 1,000 aquatic species at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Enjoy all the fun water activities Long Beach provides – sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing and sunbathing. Add in a lively guided tour through downtown and the colorful East Village, and you’ve got something for everyone. Nothing else quite compares to the paradise found at beautiful Long Beach, CA.


Two Short Courses were offered on Monday, July 23, prior to the opening of the 2GCMEA 2012 conference.

SC1 – Microwave and Radio Frequency – MW 101

(This short course was offered in conjunction with SC2: Fundamental and Advanced Topics in RF and Microwave Processing) 

Microwave (MW) and radio frequency (RF) technologies have seen considerable progress in the last decade as effective tools in advanced materials processing. Traditionally, these dielectric heating technologies have seen successful applications in the process operations of heating, drying, tempering, and curing across a wide range of industries. Building on these successful applications, advances in the manufacture of advanced materials are evolving as these highly efficient electromagnetic processing tools are harnessed to yield materials with improved qualities and properties.

The original notes for this short course were available for purchase with registration. They included slides from:

  • Bob Schiffmann -
    Microwave Heating Consultant, R.F. Schiffmann Associates, In
  • Dinesh Agrawal -
    Professor of Materials and Director of Microwave Processing and Engineering Center at The Pennsylvania State University
  • John F. Gerling -  
    President of Gerling Applied Engineering, Inc. (GAE)
    Treasurer of the Microwave Working Group
  • Bernie Krieger -
    President of Cober Electronics
    President of the Microwave Working Group
  • Ben Wilson -
    Sales Manager at PSC, Inc., A Litzler Company.
  • Ed Ripley -
    Nuclear/Metallurgical Engineer - Y-12 National Security Complex.  

SC2 – Fundamental and Advanced Topics in RF and Microwave Processing

(This short course was offered in conjunction with SC1:Microwave and Radio Frequency – MW 101) 

This short course focused on the Principles of Microwave-Heating Technology, Advanced Microwave Measurements, Design and Selection Criteria of Microwave Applicators, Modeling and Optimization of Microwave Applicators and a Review of Industrial Applications.

8:00 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am -11:00 am
11:00 am -11:30 am
11:30 am -1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Principles of microwave-heating technology - Juan Monzo-Cabrera
Advanced Microwave Measurements - Juan Monzo-Cabrera
Design and selection criteria of microwave applicators - Paolo Veronesi
LUNCH (not provided)
Modeling and Optimization of Microwave Applicators - Vadim Yakovlev
Review of Industrial Application - Ricky Metaxas




Juan Monzó-Cabrera
Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

Juan Monzó-Cabrera received the Dipl. Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He has co-authored more than 60 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings and holds several patents regarding microwave-heating processes. Dr. Monzó-Cabrera is the General Secretary of the Association of Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education (AMPERE), a European association devoted to RF and microwave energy promotion. His current research areas cover microwave-assisted heating and drying processes as well as numerical and measurement techniques in electromagnetism.


José Manuel Catalá-Civera
Communications Department, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Jose M. Catalá-Civera received both his Dipl. Ing. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, in 1993 and 2000, respectively. Currently he is leading the Microwave Research Division of the Institute ITACA at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

His research interests encompass the design and application of microwave theory and applications, the use of microwaves for electromagnetic heating, microwave cavities and resonators, measurement of dielectric and magnetic properties of materials and development of microwave sensors for non-destructive testing.

He has co-authored about 140 papers in referred journals and conference proceedings, more than 50 engineering reports for companies and he holds 19 patents. Dr. Catala-Civera is an IEEE Member, a reviewer for several international Journals and is currently a Board Member of the Association of Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education (AMPERE), a European-based organization devoted to the promotion of RF and microwave energy.


Paolo Veronesi
Modena and Reggio Emilia University

Paolo Veronesi received his BSc and PhD degrees from the Dept. of Materials Engineering of the Modena University (Italy) in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He is an assistant professor in Metallurgy at the Faculty of Engineering. His research activity is focused on the thermal applications of microwaves, trying to develop new processes or to improve materials properties. During last few years, he started using commercial electromagnetic modeling in order to design new microwave applicators for high and low temperature heat treatments and microwave plasmas. Recently, he dedicated himself to the development of microwave applications for metals and inter-metallics. He is the author of more than 100 papers published in Italian and international journals, as well as of 6 Italian and international patents. He is member of the technical committees IEC - CT27 (EU) and CEI CT27 (Italy) – Electroheat.


Vadim Yakovlev
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

Vadim V. Yakovlev received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (IRE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Moscow, Russia in 1991. From 1984 to 1996, he held research positions with IRE RAS. In 1993, he worked as Visiting Researcher at Electricité de France (Centre “Les Renardières”).

Currently, he is a head of the WPI’s Industrial Microwave Modeling Group which he established in 1999. His research interests in microwave power engineering include multiphysics modeling, microwave imaging, and neural-network-based optimization. He has authored more than 120 papers and is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of IMPI and AMPERE.


Ricky Metaxas 

Ricky Metaxas received his BSc and PhD degrees from the University of London in 1965 and 1968 respectively. After graduating he spent 10 years working for the electricity supply industry. From 1982 to 2002 he was seconded to the Engineering Dept, University of Cambridge where he founded and led the Electricity Utilisation Group. He co-authored Industrial Microwave Heating (IEE, 1983) and authored a textbook, Foundations of Electroheat: A Unified Approach (Wiley, 1996) and is the author of over 250 research and journal publications. He was a founding member of AMPERE and its President from 1995-2005. He is a Fellow of the IET and a Life Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, UK.  

SC3 – Microwave Chemistry and Polymer Processing

This short course covered the following topics:
What are microwaves?
Electromagnetic energy interactions with matter
Microwave energy versus other electromagnetic energy - Ionizing or non-ionizing?
Microwaves and their interactions with matter
Microwave heating vs. Conventional heating
Microwave equipment for heating applications
From laboratory to industry: scale up.  

AHMED AL-SHAMMA'A: 8:00 am – 9:15 am  

  1. What are microwaves?

    1. Transverse electromagnetic waves
    2. Frequency and wavelength
    3. Electromagnetic spectrumd.
    4. ITU allocated bands for ISM applications
  2. Microwave energy versus other electromagnetic energy.

    1. Ionizing or non-ionizing?
  3. Brief introduction to Microwave sensors.
    BREAK: 9:15 am – 9:30 am 

GEORGE DIMITRAKIS: 9:30 am – 11:00 am 

  1. Microwaves and their interactions with matter

    1. Main parameters
    2. Heating mechanisms
    3. Classification of materials
    4. The effect of wavelength (frequency) on heating homogeneity
    5. Rates of heating for liquids and solids
    6. Thermal effects
    7. Hazard, leakage & safety.
  2. Brief Introduction into dielectric measurements
  3. Microwave heating vs conventional heating
    LUNCH: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

GARY BOND: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 

  1. Environmental Applications of Microwave Energy

    1. a. Treatment of solid wastes.
    2. b. Remediation of Gaseous Effluents.
    3. c. Remediation of aqueous effluents.
  2. Microwave Chemistry

    1. a. Microwave heating of homogeneous reactions.
    2. b. Solvent free synthesis
    3. c. Microwave Effects in Heterogeneously Catalysed Reactions

MARILENA RADOIU: 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm 

  1. Microwave equipment for heating applications

    1. Basic equipment
    2. Multimode applicators
    3. Single mode resonant cavities & standing wave formation
  2. From laboratory to industry: scale up
    BREAK: 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm 


  1. Hands on - heating with MiniFlow 200 SS, role of frequency, tuning etc.



Marilena Radoiu

Dr Marilena Radoiu (Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry) received her M.Sc. in Organic Technological Chemistry from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry from the same University in 1998. After 2 years of post-doctoral research, she joined the Exhaust Gas Management division of BOC Edwards, U.K. as the Section Leader Chemistry where she led a team involved in the Research & Development of plasma technologies with applications to the abatement of exhaust gases from the semiconductor manufacturing. In November 2008 she joined SAIREM SAS as R&D Director where she focuses on the development of microwave equipment for microwave-assisted chemical synthesis, plant extraction and plasma for Laboratory and Industrial users.


George Dimitrakis
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham

George Dimitrakis received his Dpl-Ing in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2003. George received his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2006. In 2005 he joined NCIMP where he focused mainly in the areas of dielectric characterisation of materials at RF and microwave frequencies under high temperatures and pressures and the design of microwave applicators for industrial processes, also during a period in 2005 he was seconded to NPL, which is the UK’s metrological authority, helping in further strengthening the ties between NCIMP and NPL. He is the author or co-author (including articles in press) of more than 30 papers in scientific journals and world conferences. He is a licensed Electrical Engineer registered with the Technical Chamber of Greece, and he is also member of several professional bodies such as the IET, IEEE and IOP.


Ahmed Al-Shamma’a
Built Environment and Sustainable Research Institute (BEST), Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma’a has established its credentials as an industry focused. Ahmed has extensive research area covers a wide range of applied industrial science including advance microwave technologies for chemical synthesis, renewable energies from waste including biodiesel, bio ethanol and bio-butanol, wireless sensors for the construction, healthcare, automotive and aerospace industries, Material processing, Bespoke software solution to monitor real time energy levels in various industrial applications and near zero carbon initiatives for the energy sectors. Ahmed is one of the EU scientific officers on Renewable Energies and has obtained various supported applied research projects funded nationally and internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust, Technology Strategy Board and direct funding from industry with a portfolio of various Knowledge Transfer Partnerships between academia and Industry. The success of the research has led to the establishment of three spin out companies in Liverpool John Moores University. Ahmed has published over 250 peer reviewed scientific publications, 15 patents and coordinated over 20 research projects.  






Hilton Long Beach
701 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90831, USA
Tel: 562.983.3400 

Exhibit Hours

  • Monday, July 23
    • 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
      (in conjunction with Welcome Reception)
  • Tuesday, July 24
    • 9:30 am to 10:30 am
      (in conjunction with morning break)
    • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
      (in conjunction with afternoon break)
    • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
      (in conjunction with Poster Session)
  • Wednesday, July 25
    • 10:00 am to 11:00 am
      (in conjunction with morning break)
    • 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
      (in conjunction with Poster Session / lunch included)
  • Thursday, July 26 
    • 10:00 am to 11:00 am
      (in conjunction with morning break)
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