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.

Prof. Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

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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. Takao Someya, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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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. Alex Jen, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Professor Alex Jen, a renowned scientist and eminent leader, joined City University of Hong Kong as Provost in December 2016.
Professor Jen received his bachelor's degree from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in USA. He was the Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He also served as Chief Scientist for the Clean Energy Institute endowed by the Washington State Governor.
Professor Jen is a distinguished researcher with a well-cited publication record. He has co-authored ~820 publications, given over 500 invited presentations, has >34,000 citations and an H-index of 93, and is co-inventor for more than 50 patents and invention disclosures. His research interests are inter-disciplinary, specializing in organic/hybrid functional materials and devices for photonics, energy, sensors, and nanomedicine. In January 2016, he was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2015" in the area of materials science.
Being an internationally recognized scholar, Professor Jen has been elected as Fellow by several professional societies including AAAS, MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, SPIE, and as an Academician by the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He has also demonstrated capability on technology transfer and fund raising, and is the founder of the Institute of Advanced Materials for Energy (i-AME) of the University of Washington.

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 10.00 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. 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. Irene Yarovsky, RMIT University, Australia

Talk title: Molecular simulations for rational design of novel materials: challenges and recent advances.

Irene Yarovsky is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Research Group Leader for Materials Modelling and Simulation at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She concurrently holds a Visiting Professor position at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK. Prof. Yarovsky completed her PhD in Computational Chemistry at Monash University, Australia, in 1995. She then joined industry (BHP Research, Australia) where she applied computational molecular modelling to help design advanced industrial coatings, minerals processing reagents and other materials. Following her industry appointment Irene joined RMIT University where from 2000 she has been leading a research group in theory and simulation of materials with a strong application focus, ranging from industrial to bio-materials and novel nanomaterials. At present, she is particularly interested in studying the interface between biological systems and nanomaterials as they interact in the living organisms, the environment and novel nano-bio devices for biomedical applications. Prof. Yarovsky published over 150 papers in leading journals, 2 book chapters, and 23 industry research reports. Prof. Yarovsky is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Prof. Mibel Aguilar, Monash University, Australia

Talk title: Tailoring Multi-function Peptide-Based Materials.

Professor Mibel Aguilar is a Bioanalytical and Biophysical Chemist at Monash University whose research focuses on biomembrane nanotechnology, peptide biomaterials and peptidomimetic drug design. She completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne studying the metabolism and toxicity of paracetamol. She then completed a Post Doctoral position at St Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research working on developing physical models for protein analysis and purification. She then moved to Monash University where her group now focuses on peptide-based biomaterials and drug design and biomembrane nanotechnology and are developing novel compounds that allow us to exploit the potential of peptides as drugs and biomaterials.
Her group’s work has transformed our understanding of how biomembranes control cell-based systems and introduced a new approach to the design of proteolytically stable bioactive peptides and biomaterials. She has published 195 papers and 27 book chapters, and edited a volume of Methods in Molecular Biology on HPLC applications. She has also supervised several PhD and Honours students and has served as secretary and co-Chair of the Australian Peptide Association. She is currently a member of the Science Planning Group on Epigenetics for the Asia-Pacific Office of the International Council for Science and is the sole non-US member of the Biophysical Society / Institute of Physics (BPS/IOP) Publication Advisory Board.
Her group is currently applying their technology to the development of new compounds for treatment of cardiovascular disease and also developing novel self-assembling systems for the production of new biomaterials and nanomaterials for tissue engineering. Our membrane nanotechnology projects involve the development of new biosensor methods for the analysis of membrane-mediated processes such as apoptosis, G protein-coupled receptor function and antimicrobial peptide function.

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. 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.

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.

Prof. Jingquan Liu, Qingdao University, China

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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. 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. Palani Balaya, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Just after graduating from Hyderabad University, India (1993) in the area of Solid State Ionics, Dr. Palani Balaya joined IISc, Bangalore as a Research Associate (1994-1996) and worked on insulating materials. He later joined the Inter University Consortium Mumbai, as a Scientist (1996-2001) before moving to Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart as a Guest Scientist (2001-2006) to work in the area of Nano-ionics. Dr. Palani Balaya joined the Faculty of Engineering, NUS as an Assistant Professor in January 2007. Since July 2014, he works as an Associate Professor at NUS. His research areas include energy conversion and storage. Specifically he works on fast chargeable lithium-ion battery for EV applications, sodium-ion battery for micro-grid and solar housing applications. He is one of the founding members of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore in NUS. He serves as a Topical (Battery, Fuel Cell, Capacitor) Editor for the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (Jan. 2013-Decem. 2018). He was recognized by the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) as an ACerS Global Ambassador (2016), recipient of Global Star Award (2015) from ACerS, Late Shri Har Mahandar Singh Chhatwal Memorial Award (2015) from Indian Ceramic Society, Shell Ideas360 Passionate Mentor (2015) from the Shell Companies in Singapore, the Max Planck Fellowship, etc. He has served in Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, in 2011. He serves in international advisory boards for several conferences on Energy Storage, also successfully organized several conferences/symposia on Batteries and Energy Storage in Singapore, USA, Canada, Mexico etc., Up to date, he has published 90 articles, filed 16 patents and delivered more than 60 Invited/Keynote/Plenary talks.

Dr. Róisín M. Owens, University of Cambridge, UK

Talk title: The world is not flat: 3D cell models and 3D organic electronic devices

Dr. Róisín M. Owens is a University Lecturer at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in the University of Cambridge. She received her BA in Natural Sciences (Mod. Biochemistry) at Trinity College Dublin, and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Southampton University. She carried out two postdoc fellowships at Cornell University, on host-pathogen interactions of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the dept. of Microbiology and Immunology with Prof. David Russell, and on rhinovirus therapeutics in the dept. of Biomedical Engineering with Prof. Moonsoo Jin. From 2009-2017 she was a group leader in the dept. of bioelectronics at Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne, on the microelectronics campus in Provence. Her current research centers on application of organic electronic materials for monitoring biological systems in vitro, with a specific interest in studying the gut-brain-microbiome axis. She has received several awards including the European Research Council starting (2011), proof of concept grant (2014) and consolidator (2016) grants, a Marie Curie fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship. In 2014, she became principle editor for biomaterials for MRS communications (Cambridge University Press), and she serves on the advisory board of Advanced BioSystems and Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley). She is author of 50+ publications.