PLENARY SPEAKERS



Prof. Clare Grey, University of Cambridge, UK
Talk title: To be announced
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: To be announced
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. Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Professor Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies. In order to facilitate the creation of functional devices from fundamental discoveries he has pioneered the development of 3D additive fabrication (including 3D printing) using advanced materials. He is committed to fundamental research and the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. He is a passionate communicator, dedicated to explaining scientific advances to all in the community from the lay person to the specialist. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia 26 January 2017. He received Wollongong’s award for Innovation in 2017 and served as Wollongong’s Australia Day Ambassador. Gordon was named NSW Scientist of the Year 2017. He received the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation in 2016. He was appointed to the Prime Ministers Knowledge Nation 100 in 2015. Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the Royal Society of NSW. He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Science in Bologna. He has published more than 900 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 35,000 citations; a monograph (3rd Edition published in 2009) on Conductive Electroactive Polymers: Intelligent Polymer Systems and co-authored a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012). He has recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform. This has attracted in excess of 20,000 participants from around the globe including UK, USA, India, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Brazil. Gordon has supervised almost 100 PhD students to completion and has mentored more than 50 research fellows. He completed his undergraduate (1979) and PhD (1983) degrees at Deakin University and was awarded a DSc from Deakin University in 2000. He was appointed as a Professor at the University of Wollongong in 1990. He was awarded an ARC Professorial Fellowship in 2002; an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2006 and ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2011. His other passions include Soccer, Australian Football League (Geelong Football Club) and Music.



Prof. Sarah Tolbert, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Talk title: To be announced
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: To be announced
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
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.



INVITED SPEAKERS



Prof. Alex Jen, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Talk title: To be announced
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. Russell Crawford, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: Bactericidal behaviour of self-assembled fatty acid crystals on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite
Professor Russell Crawford is the Executive Dean of RMIT's School of Science. Russell obtained a Master of Science from Swinburne and a PhD from The University of Melbourne. Previous roles include Dean of Science, Dean of the Faculty of Life & Social Sciences and Head, School of Biophysical Sciences and Electrical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. He has also held the position of President, Australian Council Deans of Science. His research is in the broad area of surface science, with his early work focussing on the surface chemistry of mineral flotation and the removal of heavy metals from aqueous environments. His more recent research investigates the ways in which biological organisms interact with solid substrate surfaces, particularly those used in the construction of medical implants, with a view to developing implant surfaces that resist or prevent bacterial attachment.



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: To be announced
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. Ying Shirley Meng , University of California San Diego, USA
Talk title: Assessing the critical pathways to next generation high energy safe lithium batteries
Dr. Y. Shirley Meng received her Ph.D. in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005, after which she worked as a postdoc research fellow and became a research scientist at MIT. Shirley currently holds the Zable Chair Professor in Energy Technologies and professor in NanoEngineering at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Meng’s research focuses on the direct integration of experimental techniques with first principles computation modeling for developing new materials and architectures for electrochemical energy storage. She is the founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC), consisting faculty members from interdisciplinary fields, who all focus on making breakthroughs in distributed energy generation, storage and the accompanying integration-management systems. Dr. Meng is the principle investigator of the research group - Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC). She received several prestigious awards, including C.W. Tobias Young Investigator Award of the Electrochemical Society, BASF Volkswagen Electrochemistry Science Award, Frontier of Innovation Award and NSF CAREER Award. Dr. Meng is the author and co-author of more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter and four patents. Web: LESC http://smeng.ucsd.edu/ and SPEC http://spec.ucsd.edu



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. 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. Maria Antonietta Loi, University of Groninge, The Netherlands
Talk title: Organic inorganic hybrid perovskites: from photophysics to solar cells
Maria Antonietta Loi studied physics at the University of Cagliari in Italy where she received the PhD in 2001. In the same year she joined the Linz Institute for Organic Solar cells, of the University of Linz, Austria as a postdoctoral fellow. Later she worked as researcher at the Institute for Nanostructured Materials of the Italian National Research Council in Bologna, Italy. In 2006 she became assistant professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She is now full professor in the same institution and chair of the Photophysics and OptoElectronics group. She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles on photophysics and optoelectronics of different types of materials. In 2012 she has received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. She currently serves as associated editor of Applied Physics Letters and she is member of the international advisory board of Advanced Electronic Materials and Advanced Materials Interfaces. In 2018 she received the Physicaprijs, Physics prize for the Netherlands.



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.



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 working across many disciplines and now specialising in research focuses on biomembrane nanotechnology 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 drug design and biomembrane nanotechnology and are developing novel compounds that allow us to exploit the potential of peptides as drugs. She has published 164 papers and 24 book chapters, and edited a volume of Methods in Molecular Biology on HPLC publications. She has supervised several PhD and Honours students.



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: To be anounced
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. 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. Christian Masquelier, LRCS of Université Picardie Jules Verne , France
Talk title: The crystal chemistry of vanadium-containing phosphates for Li- and Na-ion batterie
Christian MASQUELIER is currently a Full Professor in Chemistry at LRCS of Université Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, since 2000. He is presently Director of the ALISTORE European Research Institute and is deputy Director of the LRCS Laboratory. He has been working for 25 years on the crystal chemistry of sodium ion conductors and positive electrode materials for Li-ion batteries, in particular phosphate-based positive electrodes. He is the co-author of ~140 publications and 15 international patents in this field.



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. 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. Palani Balaya, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Talk title: To be announced
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. 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.



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.



A/Prof. Elizabeth von Hauff, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
Talk title: To be anounced
Elizabeth von Hauff studied Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her PhD in 2005 at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, with focus on charge carrier transport in organic semiconductors. In 2011 Elizabeth completed her habilitation in experimental physics, and then accepted a joint appointment as Associate Professor between the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). In 2013 Elizabeth was appointed Associate Professor in Physics at the VU Amsterdam. She is interested in fundamental questions in physics and chemistry within the context of real applications.



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).



Dr. Phong Tran, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Phong Tran (PhD in BioPhysics 2010, Brown University) is leading the Interface Science and Material Engineering (ISME) group at Queensland University of Technology QUT, focusing on material research for biomedical applications. His research has resulted in 50 refereed publications and more than 1000 citations. He has strong linkage with industrial and end-user partners, conducting translational research and develop technologies to address unmet medical needs. Two of the developed technologies have been taken up by medical device companies for production and commercialization. Phong is also passionate about teaching and is currently lecturing second year Physics and fourth year Biomaterials.
Phong earns his B.S (2004) from Hanoi University of Technology (Vietnam), his M.S (2009) in Electrical Science and Computer Engineering and Ph.D in Physics (2010) from Brown University (USA). He then joined Orthopaedic Research at Rhode Island Hospital (USA) as a Research Associate and moved to Australia in 2011 under the McKenzie Fellowship at University of Melbourne. In 2015 and 2018 he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Advance Queensland Fellowship (Queensland’s Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Australia) respectively (Australia). He is currently a Fellow of Engineers Australia (Biomedical Engineering).



A/Prof. Derya Baran, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Talk title: To be announced
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. Tran Viet Cuong, Nguyen Tat Thanh Hi-Tech Institute, Vietnam
Talk title: Solution-process of multidimensional nanostructures for flexible and transparent ultraviolet sensor application
Tran Viet Cuong received Ph.D. degree in Semiconductor Science and Technology from Chonbuk National University, Korea, in 2006. Dr. Tran is currently employed at Nguyen Tat Thanh Hi-Tech Institute after working as a postdoctoral at University of Ulsan, Korea and visiting assistant professor at University of Notre Dame, USA. His current scientific interests are multidimensional nanostructure and their applications in optoelectronic and chemical sensing.