PLENARY SPEAKERS



Prof. Clare Grey, University of Cambridge, UK
Talk title: Challenges in Designing New Batteries and Supercapacitors for a Low Carbon Economy
Clare Grey is a chemist and expert in the application to materials of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), a physical phenomenon that allows observations of atomic nuclei. In particular, she uses NMR to study rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and their potential for use in energy storage applications that benefit the environment. Clare and her team developed NMR methodology to monitor structural changes that occur during the operation of a battery. Her research has helped us to understand how batteries charge and discharge, and has also clarified the physical properties of a number of technologically important materials. Clare now investigates the effect of local structure and electronic properties on LIB performance and is testing wider applications of the technology. Her work has introduced LIBs for use in combination with new renewable energy sources and to the field of transportation. Clare’s research has been recognised by several awards, including the Günther Laukien prize in 2013, and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2014.



Prof. Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Talk title: Bio-electronic hybrid surfaces for sensing
Prior to joining the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998 Dr. Plaxco received his Ph.D. from Caltech and performed postdoctoral studies at Oxford and the University of Washington. Dr. Plaxco has co-authored more than 180 papers on protein folding, protein dynamics, folding-based biosensors and folding-based smart materials. He has also co-authored a popular science book on Astrobiology and more than a dozen patents. He is actively involved in the commercialization of the novel technologies emerging from his laboratory and serves on the scientific advisory boards of a half dozen companies.



Prof. Sarah Tolbert, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Talk title: Using Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials to Create a New Generation of Fast Charging and High Capacity Battery Materials
Sarah Tolbert is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. Research in her group focuses on self-organized nanoscale materials and includes both organic templated inorganic phases and colloidal materials. Current work in her group is aimed at understanding and controlling structure and periodicity in complex nanostructured composite materials, and in exploiting that periodicity for a range of structural, optical, and electronic materials applications. Projects in Prof. Tolbert's group range from examination of nanoscale phase transitions in surfactant templated inorganic solids to the designed assembly of electro-active composite materials. Professor Tolbert's honors include a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Development Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.



Prof. Takao Someya, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Talk title: Continuous long-term health-monitoring with smart skins
Takao Someya received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. Since 2009, he has been a professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Tokyo. From 2001 to 2003, he worked at the Nanocenter (NSEC) of Columbia University, and at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies as a Visiting Scholar. Since 2009, he has been a Global Scholar at Princeton University and currently serves as the Project Leader of the NEDO/JAPERA Project (from March 2011)and as a Research Director of a JST/ERATO Project (from March 2011). His current research interests include organic transistors, flexible electronics, plastic integrated circuits, large-area sensors, and plastic actuators.



Prof. George Malliaras, University of Cambridge, UK
Talk title: Interfacing with the Brain Using Organic Electronics
George Malliaras received a BS in Physics from the Aristotle University (Greece) in 1991, and a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, cum laude, from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1995. After postdocs at the University of Groningen and at the IBM Almaden Research Center (California), he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University (New York) in 1999. From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility. He moved to the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne (France) in 2009, where he started the Department of Bioelectronics and served as Department Head. He joined the University of Cambridge as the Prince Philip Professor of Technology in 2017. His research on organic electronics and bioelectronics has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences (Blavatnik Award), the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont. He is a member of the Hellenic National Council for Research and Technology, a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and serves as an Associate Editor of Science Advances.



INVITED SPEAKERS





Prof. Luisa Torsi, University of Bari, Italy
Talk title: How sensitive you can go with a filleter size biosensor?
Luisa Torsi is professor at the University of Bari (I) and immediate past-president of the European Material Research Society. She received her laurea in Physics in 1989 and the PhD in Chemical Sciences in 1993. She was post-doctoral fellow at Bell Labs from 1994 to 1996. In 2010 she has been awarded with the Heinrich Emanuel Merck prize. She is also the recipient of the Global-WIIN main overall platinum prize for 2015. She has also served as Chair of the E-MRS 2012 (Strasbourg) and of the MRS 2015 Fall Meeting (Boston). This year she has been elected Fellow of the MRS for pioneering work in the field of organic (bio) electronic sensors and their use for point-of-care testing. Torsi has authored more than 180 scientific contributions, including papers published in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, PNAS and is co-inventor of several awarded international patents. Her works gathered almost 10,000 citations resulting in an h-index of 49 (Google scholar). She has given more than 170 invited lectures, including plenary and key notes to international conferences. Awarded research funding comprises several European contracts as well as national and regional projects.



Prof. Dave Winkler, Monash University and LaTrobe Unibersity, Australia
Talk title: Future synergies between automation, AI, and evolution for materials
Dave has a PhD in radioastronomy and microwave spectroscopy and degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics. He focuses strongly on fundamental science that can be translated into tangible impact. He has published over 250 research papers (e.g. Chemical Reviews, Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie, PNAS, Advanced Materials) and book chapters, almost 60 research and client reports, is an inventor on 25 patents. His current H-index is 39 and i10 index (number of papers with >10 citations) is 112. He is the current President of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies and past President of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, both umbrella organisations representing chemical and medicinal chemistry societies in the Asia-Pacific region. He is the recipient a diverse International awards and honours including the Herman Skolnik award from the American Chemical Society (informatics), the Adrien Albert award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (medicinal chemistry), the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) Distinguished Fellowship (bioengineering), the CRC for Polymers Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Commercialisation (drug design), and the CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence. Dave is a Fellow, former Board Chair and current Honorary General Secretary of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a Director and member of the Board Executive of Science and Technology Australia, a member of the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Chemistry, member of the Board and Fellow of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, He also served on a nomenclature committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and is the Australian representative on the Pacifichem 2020 organising committee.
An important aspect of his research has involved dissecting the quantitative structure-activity method and rebuilding it with modern mathematical and artificial intelligence methods, and adapting evolutionary methods to design of bioactive molecules and materials for diagnostics, therapeutics, and regeneration. He was a foundation member the CSIRO complex systems science group established and published seminal cited papers in this field. His most recent work involves modelling the interactions of materials with biology, particular the ability of materials surface chemistry, physicochemical properties and topographies to modulate cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation, and the design of small molecule and peptides to modulate protein-protein interactions as drug leads. His research output is summarised on his Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=P8DvrTgAAAAJ&hl=en) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-winkler-767375/) pages.



Prof. Anthony Weiss, University of Sydney, Australia
Talk title: Elastic materials and enhanced wound repair
Professor Weiss is the endowed McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology, Leader of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Node in the Charles Perkins Centre, Professor in the Bosch Institute at the University of Sydney. He is Visiting Professor in Brain Korea 21 Plus. He is an innovator, inventor and clinical stage company founder. His work has revolutionised elastin research by transforming tropoelastin into structures that can be used for cardiovascular, lung and skin repair. Professor Weiss is an inventor on 42 awarded patents in multiple patent families, on 10 Editorial Boards, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and awarded Australia’s highest category of recognition - the Order of Australia.



Prof. Norbert Koch, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Talk title: Organic molecular agents to control electronic material interfaces
Norbert Koch, born in Villach, Austria. At the age of 19, entered Technische Universität Graz; there he studied technical physics. In 2000, Koch received a doctorate in solid state physics; his thesis was about organic thin film growth. He spent the following two years as postdoc at Princeton University and worked on organic/metal interfaces and covalently surface-bound self-assembled monolayers. After moving to Berlin in 2003, he started building his own group, and contributed to the fundamental understanding of interfaces of organic semiconductors with inorganic materials and devising methods to optimize interface electronic properties. More recently, doping of organic semiconductors, and interfacial phenomena with perovskites and 2D materials became part of his research agenda.

Academic and Work History
2010- Group Leader, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
2009- Professor, Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2004-2009 Emmy Noether Group Leader, Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2003-2004 Postdoc, Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
200-2002 Postdoc, Electrical Engineering & Chemistry, Princeton University
1999-2000 Staff Scientist, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
2000 Dr. techn. In Solid State Physics, Technische Universität Graz


Awards and Honors
Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis, IUPAC & NMS (2017)
Coordinator, Collaborative Research Center 951 “HIOS” (since 2015)
Chair Professor, FUNSOM, Soochow University, China (since 2014)
Visiting Professor, Chiba University, Japan (since 2012)
Founding Member of IRIS Adlershof
Karl-Scheel-Preis der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin (2008)



Prof. Leslie Yeo, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: Phonon‐Mediated Synthesis, Processing and Manipulation of Two‐Dimensional and Bulk Crystals
Leslie Yeo is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at RMIT University, Australia. He received his PhD from Imperial College London in 2002, for which he was awarded the Dudley Newitt prize for a computational/theoretical thesis of outstanding merit. Prior to joining RMIT University, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, after which he held a faculty position at Monash University. He also held the Australian Research Fellowship and Australian Research Council Future Fellowship from 2009 to 2017. Dr Yeo was the recipient of the 2007 Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute for Policy & Science ‘in recognition of the achievements of outstanding young researchers in the sciences including physical, biomedical, applied sciences, engineering and technology’, and the Dean’s and Vice-Chancellor’s awards for excellence in early career research at Monash University. Dr Yeo is co-author of the book Electrokinetically Driven Microfluidics & Nanofluidics (Cambridge University Press), and the author of over 200 research publications and 20 patent applications. He is also the Editor of the American Institute of Physics journal Biomicrofluidics and an editorial board member of Interfacial Phenomena & Heat Transfer and Scientific Reports.



Dr. James A. Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Talk title: The materials genome initiative and artificial intelligence
Dr. James A. Warren is the Technical Program Director for Materials Genomics in the Material Measurement Laboratory of NIST. His aspirations of an academic physicist’s career took a turn in 1992 when he received an NRC post-doctoral appointment at NIST. He came to the Metallurgy Division after receiving his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which was preceded by an A.B. (also in Physics) from Dartmouth College. In 1995, with three other junior NIST staff members, he co-founded the NIST Center for Theoretical and Computational Materials Science, which he has directed since 2001. From 2005-2013 he was the Leader of the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group. His research has been broadly concerned with developing both models of materials phenomena, and the tools to enable the solution of these models. Specific foci over the years has included solidification, pattern formation, grain structures, creep, diffusion, wetting, and spreading in metals. In 2010-11, Dr. Warren was part of the ad hoc committee within the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that crafted the founding whitepaper on the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), and has served as the Executive Secretary of the NSTC MGI Subcommittee since 2012.



Prof. Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh, University College London, UK
Talk title: Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Sensing Applications
Professor Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh, FRSC, MInstP (http://www.ntk-thanh.co.uk) held a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2005-2014). She was appointed a Full Professor in Nanomaterials in 2013 at Biophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, UK. She leads a very dynamic group conducting cutting edge interdisciplinary and innovative research on the design, and synthesis of magnetic and plasmonic nanomaterials for biomedical applications. A very strong feature of her research program is the development of new chemical methods and in collaboration with chemical engineers to produce the next generation of nanoparticles with very high magnetic moment, and novel hybrid and multifunctional nanostructures. Detailed mechanistic studies of their formation by sophisticated and advanced analysis of the nanostructure allows tuning of the physical properties at the nanoscale; these can subsequently be exploited for diagnosis, treatment of various diseases and waster water treatment.

She has published 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, with ~900 citations in 2017 alone. She has been Visiting Professors at various Universities in France, Japan, China and Singapore. She has been invited to speak at over 200 institutes and scientific meetings. She has been chairing and organising 30 high profile international conferences such as American Chemistry Society symposia in 2018, 2012, 2010; Royal Society of Chemistry UK Colloids Conferences in 2017, 2014, 2011; European Material Research Society Symposia in 2016, 2013; ICMAT Singapore in 2019, 2015, 2013; Faraday Discussions in 2014 and being a member of advisory boards in Europe, USA and Japan. She served in Joint Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry Colloid & Interface Science Group and the Society of Chemical Industry Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group (2008-2017). She is an elected member of The Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Division Council and currently serving in Awards Committee and was a representative member of Joint Colloids Groups (2013-2016). She is a workgroup leader of EU COST Action TD1402 on Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Magnetic Hyperthermia and Indirect Radiation Therapy (RADIOMAG). She is a Co-chair of the 13th International Conference on the Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers in June 2020, London, UK and Co-Chair of World Wide Meeting of Young Academy and Nanomaterials for Heaalth jointly organized with Global Young Academy and Vietnam Young Academy, Da nang, Vietnam 2019.



Prof. Elena P. Ivanova, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Talk title: Biomimetic mechano-bactericidal surfaces
Professor Elena P. Ivanova received PhD from the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Ukraine; ScD from the Pacific Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Russian Federation; JD from the University of Melbourne; GradDip from the Law Institute, Victoria. Professor Ivanova worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan; Visiting Researcher at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland; Visiting Professor at Hokkaido University, Japan; Cambridge University, UK and Institut Charles, Sadron, CNRS, France; she joined Swinburne University of Technology in 2001 and moved to RMIT University in 2018. Professor Ivanova is recipient of AIST and JSPS Fellowships, Japan; UNESCO Biotechnology Fellowship; Research Excellence Award of the Governor of Primorye; Prominent Young Doctor of Science Award of Russian Federation, Morrison Rogosa Award from American Society for Microbiology, U.S.A, Australian Museum Eureka 2017 for Scientific Research, etc. She published two and edited 3 books, 26 book chapters, 4 patents, and in excess of 300 research papers. She is subject editor for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), editor for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (Springer), FACETS (Canadian Scientific Publisher), editorial board member for Microbes and Environments (Japan), NanoScience and NanoTechnology (Switzerland), reviewer for 20 plus scientific journals, served as a member of NHMR Advisory Panel, ARC and NHMRC assessor, external PhD thesis examiner. Professional activity is concentrated in fundamental and applied fields of Nanobiotechnology. The research interests are also focusing on design, fabrication and operation of planar micro-devices; immobilization of bio-molecules and micro-organisms in micro/nano/environments, bacterial taxonomy and bacterial interactions with macro/micro/nano-structured surfaces.



Prof. Hin-Lap Yip, South China University of Technology, China
Talk title: Interface and Optical Design for Polymer Solar Cells
Hin-Lap Yip is a Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices and the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department in South China University of Technology (SCUT). He studied MSE at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSc 2001 and MSc 2003) and completed his PhD degree in MSE in 2008 under the guidance of Prof. Alex Jen at the University of Washington, Seattle. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the same group before joining SCUT through the “Young Thousand Talents” program in 2013. His current research focuses on the use of an integrated approach combining materials, interface, and device engineering to improve both polymer and perovskite optoelectronic devices. He had published more than 140 scientific papers with citations over 14000 and H-index of 66. He was also honored as “Highly Cited Researcher” in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters from 2014-2017.



Prof. Ángela Sastre-Santos , Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain
Talk title: Towards the Synthesis of Advanced Molecules for the Generation of Energy
Ángela Sastre-Santos is currently Full Professor of Organic Chemistry (2010) and Deputy Head of the Instituto de Biongeniería at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche. She studied chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she obtained her Ph.D under the supervision of Tomás Torres. Subsequently, she spent 6 months as a European Postdoc Fellow in the École Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles in Paris (Prof. Jacques Simon). She worked as posdoctoral fellow to Prof. Fred Wudl’s group for 2 years at the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solid, University of California, Santa Barbara and at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles. She moved in 1998 to the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (Elche, Spain). Her research interest focuses on the synthesis of molecular and supramolecular electroactive systems with nano- and biotechnological applications. She is member of the American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society, Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines and the Spanish Royal Chemical Society; within the latter, she is the President of the Nanoscience and Molecular Material Division (March 2013-). She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles.

Prof. Alberto Bianco, CNR, France
Talk title: Designing multifunctional carbon nanomaterials for biomedical applications
Alberto Bianco received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Padova (Italy). As a visiting scientist, he worked at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Tübingen (Germany) (as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow) and the University of Padova. He is currently Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene and adamantane) for therapeutic, diagnostic and imaging applications. He has been invited to Japan as JSPS fellow in 2012 (Tohoku University, Sendai) and 2105 (AIST, Tsukuba). He is member of the American Chemical Society and in the Board of the French Society for the Studies on Carbon (SFEC) and of the International Research Network on Graphene and Nanotubes (GDRI-GNT). In 2017 he has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science (EURASC). He is co-author of over 240 papers. He is also in the Advisory Board of Nanomedicine, Nanotechnology Reviews and the Journal of Peptide Science. Since 2011 he is Editor of the journal Carbon.

Prof. T. Randall Lee, University of Houston, USA
Talk title: Applied Photonic and Magnetic Nanoparticles and Nanoscale "Teflon" Coatings
T. Randall Lee earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Rice University (Magna Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University before pursuing an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech. Currently a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston, he holds the title of Cullen Distinguished University Chair, where his research focuses on nanomaterials, including nanoscale surface coatings that inhibit corrosion and resist biofilm formation and nanoparticles for biomedical and energy applications. Additionally, Prof. Lee serves as the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston. After seven years as an Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, he is now the Deputy Editor for ACS Applied Nano Materials. Prof. Lee has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and seven patents/applications while mentoring 25 postdoctoral fellows, 60 graduate students, 92 undergraduate researchers, and 34 visiting scientists/scholars. His awards include the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1993), NSF CAREER Award (1995), UH Research Excellence Award (1999), UH-Enron Teaching Excellence Award (1999), HAO Outstanding Faculty Award (2000), UH Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (2006), and National Science Council of Taiwan Visiting Scholar (2010 & 2016).



Prof. Harald Ade, North Carolina State University, USA
Talk title: Burn-in in Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells is Determined by Miscibility, Crystallization, and Vitrification
Alberto Bianco received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Padova (Italy). As a visiting scientist, he worked at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Tübingen (Germany) (as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow) and the University of Padova. He is currently Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene and adamantane) for therapeutic, diagnostic and imaging applications. He has been invited to Japan as JSPS fellow in 2012 (Tohoku University, Sendai) and 2105 (AIST, Tsukuba). He is member of the American Chemical Society and in the Board of the French Society for the Studies on Carbon (SFEC) and of the International Research Network on Graphene and Nanotubes (GDRI-GNT). In 2017 he has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science (EURASC). He is co-author of over 240 papers. He is also in the Advisory Board of Nanomedicine, Nanotechnology Reviews and the Journal of Peptide Science. Since 2011 he is Editor of the journal Carbon.



Prof. Iain McCulloch, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Talk title: Development of semiconducting polymers for electrochemical transistors in organic bioelectronics
Iain McCulloch holds positions as Professor of Chemical Science within the Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering of KAUST, and a Chair in Polymer Materials within the Chemistry Department at Imperial College. He is also the Director of KAUST Solar Center, and a co-founder and director of Flexink Limited. Previously, he spent 18 years managing industrial research groups at Hoechst Corporation in the US and Merck in the UK, focussed on understanding the control of microstructure and energy levels in conjugated aromatic semiconducting molecules. He is co-inventor on over 60 patents and co-author on over 300 papers with a current h-index of 84. His papers have been cited over 30000 times, including three papers with over 1000 citations. He was cited in Thompson Reuters “Global Top 100 Materials Scientists, 2000-10, Ranked by Citation Impact” at number 35 globally and number 2 in the UK, and was listed on ISI Highly Cited Researchers List 2014, 2015 and 2016, based on ESI Highly Cited Papers 2002-2012. He was awarded the 2009 Royal Society of Chemistry, Creativity in Industry Prize, the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize for Advances in Chemistry and a 2014 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award.



Prof. Garry Rumbles, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Talk title: Tracking Charges in Organics using Microwave Conductivity
Prof. Garry Rumbles is a Senior Research Fellow in the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and holds affiliated faculty positions in the Departments of Chemistry at University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University and Imperial College London. He is also the Associate Director for Research of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between CU-Boulder and NREL. Prior to joining NREL in 2000, he was a member of physical chemistry faculty at Imperial College. His current research interests are in solar energy with a focus on the basic science of solar photoconversion processes and photoinduced electron transfer processes in polymer-based nanostructured interfaces. His primary research expertise lies in photochemistry and laser spectroscopy with a special interest in the photophysics of conjugated polymers. He has published over 200 articles, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).



Prof. Kilwon Cho, University of Science and Technology , Korea
Talk title: MOF-derived Active Materials for Energy Storage and Energy Conversion
Kilwon Cho is a University Professor in the department of chemical engineering and director of the Polymer Research Institute at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea. He is also a Director of the Global Frontier Research Center for Advanced Soft Electronics. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Seoul National University in applied chemistry and a Ph.D. from the University of Akron in polymer science (1986). After working as a researcher at IBM Research Center, he joined the faculty at POSTECH in 1988. His current research interests include polymer surface and thin-film, and organic and soft electronics (organic transistors, organic photovoltaics). He has published over 350 papers, which received over 19,000 citations (h-index of 73). He was also honored as “Highly Cited Researchers” in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters. (http://crg.postech.ac.kr )



Prof. John Wang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Talk title: MOF-derived Active Materials for Energy Storage and Energy Conversion
Professor John Wang is Professor and Head of Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Senior Faculty Member, NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering (NGS), National University of Singapore. He has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research of functional materials and materials chemistry. His current research focuses include: energy materials and devices, 2D materials chemistry, and nanostructured materials for sustainable energy. Professor John Wang has published >400 papers in prestigious, top international refereed journals. He has been invited, on a regular basis, to give plenary/keynote/invited lectures at major international conferences/symposia/workshops.



Prof. Jingquan Liu, Qingdao University, China
Talk title: To be announced
Prof. Jingquan Liu received bachelor degree from Shandong University. His master and PhD were obtained from University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1999 and 2004, where his PhD was undertaken under the guidance of Prof. Justin Gooding. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as a CSIRO-UTS post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Michael Cortie. In 2007 he returned to UNSW with Prof. Tom Davis as a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow until taking up a professorship at Qingdao University in 2010. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers with more than 8000 citations and 6 book chapters. His research interests mainly focus on RAFT polymerization, graphene-related nanomaterials and versatile novel bio- and nano-hybrids for varied applications.



A/Prof. Bright Walker, Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Talk title: Implementation of Low-Power Electronic Devices Using Solution-Processed Tantalum Pentoxide Dielectric
Bright Walker is a Professor of Chemistry at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, where he researches semiconducting devices based on a variety of materials including conjugated organic molecules and polymers; metal oxide and sulfide semiconductors; perovskites and other hybrid semiconductors. His goal is to develope innovative new materials for application in solar cells, transistors, light-emitting transistors and new and unique types of semiconducting devices. Bright holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (2003) as well as a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara (2012). He worked as a Research Scientist and Research Professor at Ulsan National University of Science and Technology, (UNIST), South Korea (2012-2018). Prior to working with semiconducting devices, Bright worked for several years in the setting of a start-up company, synthesizing and characterizing commodity polymers.



A/Prof. Alberto Salleo, Stanford University, USA
Talk title: Artificial synapses made with conjugated polymers: a new organic device
Alberto Salleo is currently an Associate Professor of Materials Science at Stanford University. Alberto Salleo graduated as a Fulbright Fellow with a PhD in Materials Science from UC Berkeley in 2001. From 2001 to 2005 Salleo was first post-doctoral research fellow and successively member of research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. In 2005 Salleo joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. Salleo is a Principal Editor of MRS Communications since 2011. Since 2015 he is a Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science. While at Stanford, Salleo won the NSF Career Award, the 3M Untenured Faculty Award, the SPIE Early Career Award and the Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford’s highest teaching honor.



A/Prof. Darren J. Lipomi, University of California, San Diego, USA
Talk title: Molecularly Stretchable Electronics for Healthcare and Virtual Touch
Darren J. Lipomi earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in physics from Boston University in 2005. Under Prof. James S. Panek, his research focused on total synthesis and heterogeneous catalysis for efficient asymmetric synthesis. He earned his PhD in chemistry at Harvard University in 2010, with Prof. George M. Whitesides, where he developed unconventional, green approaches to fabricate nanostructures for electronic and optical applications. From 2010 – 2012, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Zhenan Bao at Stanford University, where his research was directed toward increasing the mechanical compliance of electronic skin and organic photovoltaic devices using organic semiconductors and carbon nanotubes. He is now an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego. He holds appointments in the chemical engineering and materials science and engineering degree programs, and an affiliate appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The interests of his research group include the mechanical properties of organic semiconductors for robust and stretchable devices for energy and healthcare, and green chemistry and nanoengineering. He is the recipient of the NSF BRIGE award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Program award, and the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.



A/Prof. Guillaume Wantz, Université de Bordeaux, France
Talk title: Stable and efficient polymer solar cells: a mass production ready technology
Guillaume Wantz obtained his “Ingénieur” degree, i.e. Master, from the Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics of Bordeaux (ENSCPB) in 2001 including a thesis work at Philips Research (Eindhoven, NL) on ink-jet printing. He received his Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bordeaux in 2004 working on Polymer Light Emitting Diodes. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Bordeaux working on Organic Field Effect Transistors with research stays at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). He has been appointed as tenure Associate Professor at the Bordeaux Institute of Technology (Bordeaux INP) since 2006. His research interest is on Organic Electronics with a focus on polymer photovoltaic solar cells, light-emitting electrochemical cells and the use of organic semiconducting single crystals. He was invited-professor at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) in Spring 2012 and at Univ. of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA) in Fall 2014. He has been appointed at the “Institut Universitaire de France” (IUF Paris) in 2016. Since 2017, he is Associate Editor for the journal “Materials Chemistry Frontiers” (RSC). To date, he has published 102 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and issued 7 patents.



A/Prof. Michael Higgins, University of Wollongong, Australia
Talk title: Cellulose-Based Magnetoelectric Composites
Assoc. Prof. Michael Higgins is based at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia. He is a former ARC Australian Research Fellow and currently Chief Investigator on both the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and ARC Transformational Industrial Research Hub. His research interest is electromaterials, nanomaterials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, coatings, and characterization using scanning probe microscopy to understand nanoscale properties and molecular forces and interactions between biological systems and materials.



Dr. Georgina Such, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: Understanding the Impact of Nanoparticle Structure on Therapeutic Delivery
Dr Georgina Such completed her PhD in 2006 from the University of New South Wales. After her PhD, Dr Such commenced postdoctoral work in the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science (NIMS) group headed by Professor Frank Caruso. Her research in this group focused on making nanoscale polymer carriers for targeted drug delivery. In 2013, she commenced a Future Fellowship in the School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, enabling her to start her own research group in the area of stimuli-responsive materials. Dr Such is now a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Dr Such has authored 67 peer-reviewed publications including 3 book chapters. Her work has been recognized with the 2011 L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowship and a Tall Poppy award in 2012. Her research interests include polymer synthesis, self-assembly and stimuli-responsive materials.





A/Prof. Jonathan Rivnay, Northwestern University, USA
Talk title: Mixed ionic/electronic conduction and the design of new organic bioelectronic materials
Jonathan earned his B.S. (2006) from Cornell University, and his M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) from Stanford University in Materials Science and Engineering. In 2012, he joined the Department of Bioelectronics at the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne in France as a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, working on conducting polymer based devices for bioelectronics. Jonathan spent 2015-2016 as a member of the research staff in the Printed Electronics group at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, a Xerox company) before joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor in 2017. He is a recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (2018).



A/Prof. Kenneth Graham, University of Kentucky, USA
Talk title: Development of low-energy ultraviolet and inverse photoelectron spectrocopies and their application to investigating hybrid organic-metal halide perovskites
Ken earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, with Prof. Royce Murray as his undergraduate research advisor. He then pursued a PhD under the guidance of Prof. John Reynolds at the University of Florida, where he focused on the morphological and photophysical properties of organic semiconductors and graduated in 2011. Ken worked as a SABIC post-doctoral research fellow in the groups of Prof. Mike McGehee at Stanford University and Prof. Aram Amassian at KAUST, where his research focused on how the interfacial properties at donor-acceptor heterojunctions influence the performance of organic photovoltaic material systems. He started as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky in 2014, and his group specializes in applying photoelectron spectroscopies to understand the energetics and interfacial properties of organic semiconductors and hybrid organic-metal halide perovskites. Ken’s current research interests center on understanding how material and interfacial chemistries influence material energetics and how these energetics impact the electronic and optical properties of thermoelectric materials and photovoltaic devices.



A/Prof. Huinan Liu, University of California, USA
Talk title: Bioresorbable Alloys for Future Medicine
Dr. Huinan Liu currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and participating faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering, the Stem Cell Center, the Microbiology Program, the Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Program, and the Biomedical Sciences Program of the School of Medicine, at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). Professor Liu received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in 2008 and her M.S. and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University and the University of Science and Technology in Beijing. Her research focuses on engineering novel biodegradable materials and nanostructured interfaces for controlling cellular functions toward improving tissue regeneration and reducing infections, with support from U.S. National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Hellman Foundation, etc. She has provided 70+ refereed journal articles, 30 conference proceeding papers, 4 books, 12 invited book chapters, 4 patent applications, 60+ invited talks, and 130+ conference presentations and abstracts. She is the recipient of 2015 University of California Regents Faculty Development Award, 2013 Materials Science and Engineering C Young Researcher Award, 2012 American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award, 2012 Hellman Faculty Fellowship, 2008 ACerS GEMS award, 2008 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2008 Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Research Award, etc. She has served as symposium organizer and session chair for Materials Research Society (MRS) annual Meetings, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meetings, Society for Biomaterials (SFB) annual meetings, 2012 and 2016 World Biomaterials Congress (WBC), etc. She previously served as Chair of the Education & Professional Development Council for SFB and currently serve as the chair of Nanomaterials Special Interest Group for SFB. More information at the website below.
Faculty website: http://www.engr.ucr.edu/people/huinanliu.html
Research website: www.liugroup.org
Huinan Liu Google Scholar Citation:
http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NkDkHH0AAAAJ&hl=en .



A/Prof. David Huang, University of Adelaide, Australia
Talk title: High-throughput screening of porous functional materials
David Huang is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at The University of Adelaide. He received his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. After a stint as a scientific copy editor for Springer-Verlag, he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Lyon, then at the University of California, Davis, before beginning his independent research career at The University of Adelaide. His research is broadly concerned with theory and computation of soft condensed matter on the molecular and nano scales. He is particularly interested in devising ways to control the properties of soft matter for applications in renewable energy and functional materials.



A/Prof. Derya Baran, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Talk title: Photocurrent conversion in high efficiency nonfullerene solar cells
Dr. Derya Baran earned her B.Sc. degree from the Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University-Turkey in 2008 and completed her M.Sc. studies in 2010. Afterwards, she received her doctorate degree in Material Science and Engineering from Friedrich-Alexander Erlangen-Nürnberg University in 2014. In 2015, she received the prestigious Helmholtz Association postdoc grant in Germany and pursued post-doctoral studies as a joint research associate at Imperial Collage London (London, UK) and Jülich Research Center (Jülich, Germany). Since January 2017, she is a faculty at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Material Science and Engineering Division. Her scientific studies and collaborative work have been published in over 60 peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on the engineering smart materials for organic electronic applications such as solar cells, thermoelectrics and photodiodes.



Dr. Dong Chan Lim, Korea Institute of Materials Science, R.O.Korea
Talk title: Efficient Semi-transparent Organic Photovoltaics for Low-power Indoor Applications
Dr. D.C. Lim is Principal researcher and head of Energy Materials for Energy Convergence Center of Energy of Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) which is one of the government research institutes in Korea. He has nearly 15 years of experience in material- and physical-chemistry. He got a Ph.D in Physics department, Konstanz university, Germany, and has authored more than 100 manuscript, 30 patents till now, which are related to the fabrication of various nanomaterials, thin film, beyond nanomaterials like size-selected metal cluster, and energy materials/device such as next generation photovoltaics, solar-to-fuel, water splitting/purification, and etc.



Dr. Antje Vollmer, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, HZB, BESSY II, Germany
Talk title: Large scale research infrastructures: a gateway to novel materials and international collaboration
Antje Vollmer studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, where she received a diploma degree in 1992 (synthetic organic chemistry). After one year at Stanford University in the group of Richard Zare, she moved to Free University Berlin to do a PhD in surface science in the group of Klaus Christmann and a first postdoc with Günter Kaindl (magnetic layers). An extended postdoc period at Cambridge University, UK, in the group of Trevor Rayment was dedicated to the development of a novel ambient pressure electron detector. In 2003 she started at the synchrotron BESSY II in Berlin setting up and supervising a photoelectron spectroscopy station, focussing on organic/inorganic and organic/organic interfaces. Since 2012 she is involved in science administration and management and became head of user coordination of HZB in 2015. In this context, her main interest shifted from performing to facilitating science with a particular focus on the scientific and infrastructural needs and requirements of synchrotron users, involvement of emerging as well as established communities, and international integration and cooperation.



Dr. Soniya Yambem, Queensland University of Technologye, Australia
Talk title: Proton sensitive organic thin film transistors using sulfonated mesoporous silica
Dr Soniya Yambem completed her Ph.D. at the University of Houston, Texas, USA in 2011. She then moved to Australia to work as a post-doctoral researcher at Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. In 2015, Soniya joined Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane as a VC’s research fellow and started building her own research group. Soniya is now a lecturer at QUT. Starting from her Ph.D., Soniya worked in the area of organic electronic devices. At QUT, her work is focussed on organic optoelectronic devices and bio-electronic interface devices for applications in bionics and sensors.