Prof. Thuc-Quyen Nguyen
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is Full Professor in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids (CPOS) and Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, 1998, and 2001, respectively. Her thesis research focused on processing and photophysics of conducting polymers using ultrafast spectroscopy under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Schwartz. She was a research associate in the Department of Chemistry and the Nanocenter at Columbia University working with Professors Louis Brus and Colin Nuckolls on molecular self-assembly, nanoscale characterization and devices. She also spent time at IBM Research Center at T. J. Watson (Yorktown Heights, NY) working with Richard Martel and Phaedon Avouris on molecular electronics. She joined the faculty of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCSB in July 2004. Her current research interests are electronic properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, interfaces in optoelectronic devices, charge transport in organic semiconductors and biofilms, nanoscale characterization of organic solar cells, and device physics. She is co-authored 170+ publications that received over 12,500 citations and gave over 180 invited talks/keynote/plenary lectures. Recognition for her research includes the 2005 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the 2006 NSF CAREER Award, the 2007 Harold Plous Award (one of the UCSB's two most prestigious faculty honors), the 2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the 2009 Alfred Sloan Research Fellows, the 2010 National Science Foundation American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows, 2015 The World’s Most Influential Minds; Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters, and the 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists.
Prof. San Thang
Monash University and CSIRO, Australia
Professor Thang has published over 120 papers in refereed journals which to-date have received collectively over 14,600 citations and h-index of 45. He is the holder of 24 international patent families. He is responsible for several key inventions in the area of controlled/living radical polymerization; significantly, he is a co-inventor of the RAFT (Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer) process. Prof. Thang is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Fellow of IUPAC. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Science China Chemistry Journal. Prof. Thang has received many medals and awards in his career. Recently, he is recipient of the ATSE Clunies Ross Award, CSIRO Newton Turner Award, Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate, and Griffith University - Griffith Sciences Inaugural Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award. In December 2015, he was awarded the Doctor of the University (Griffith University).
Prof. Graeme Moad
Professor Graeme Moad obtained his BSc (Hons, First Class, 1974) and PhD (1978) from the University of Adelaide in organic free radical chemistry. Between 1977 and 1979, he undertook post-doctoral research at Pennsylvania State University with Prof Steven J, Benkovic in the field of biological organic chemistry. He joined CSIRO in 1979 where he is currently a CSIRO fellow. Dr Moad is (co)author of over 180 publications, co-inventor of 34 patent families and co-author of the book “The Chemistry of Radical Polymerization”. His research interests lie in the fields of polymerization mechanism, and polymer design and synthesis. In recognition of his work Dr Moad was awarded a CSIRO medal in 2003, the RACI’s Battaerd-Jordan Polymer Medal in 2012, a ATSE Clunies Ross Award and a Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate in 2014. Dr Moad is an adjunct professor at Monash University and the University of New England and an honorary professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He is an associate member of the IUPAC Polymer Division and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian Academy of Science.