Organizing Committee
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Nobel Prize in Physics, NAE, Millennium Technology Prize Recipient, CREE Distinguished Professor, Materials, Materials Science
University of California, Santa barbara , USA
Biography :

Widely recognized as pioneer in light emitters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, Nakamura continues to focus on development of GaN thin film technology. Additional activities are directed towards growth of bulk GaN crystals with low defect density, for use as substrates in GaN-based devices such as LEDs, high brightness lasers and high-frequency, high-power transistors.

Research Interest :

Widely recognized as pioneer in light emitters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, Nakamura continues to focus on development of GaN thin film technology. Additional activities are directed towards growth of bulk GaN crystals with low defect density, for use as substrates in GaN-based devices such as LEDs, high brightness lasers and high-frequency, high-power transistors.

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Professor of Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
Stanford University , USA
Biography :

Zhenan Bao joined Stanford University in 2004 and is currently holds the rank of Professor in Chemical Engineering. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Precourt Institute, Woods Institute, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics and Bio-X. Professor Bao received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1995 and joined the Materials Research Department of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. She became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2001. Professor Bao currently has more than 300 refereed publications and ~65 US patents. She served as a member of Executive Board of Directors for the Materials Research Society and Executive Committee Member for the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering division of the American Chemical Society. She is an Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Chemical Science. She was an Editor for Polymer Reviews and Synthetic Metals and she serves on the international advisory board for Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Chemical Communications, ACS Nano, Nature Asian Materials, Materials Horizon and Materials Today. She is one of the Founders and currently sits on the Board of Directors of C3 Nano Co., located in Hayward, California. She is Fellow of AAAS, ACS, MRS, SPIE, ACS POLY and ACS PMSE. She was awarded the ACS Creative Polymer Chemistry Award in 2013 ACS Cope Scholar Award in 2011, and was selected by Phoenix TV, China as 2010 Most influential Chinese in the World-Science and Technology Category. She is a recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Beilby Medal and Prize in 2009, IUPAC Creativity in Applied Polymer Science Prize in 2008, American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award 2001, R&D 100 Award, and R&D Magazine Editors Choice Best of the Best new technology for 2001. She has been selected in 2002 by the American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee as one of the twelve Outstanding Young Woman Scientist who is expected to make a substantial impact in chemistry during this century. She is also selected by MIT Technology Review magazine in 2003 as one of the top 100 young innovators for this century. She has been selected as one of the recipients of Stanford Terman Fellow and has been appointed as the Robert Noyce Faculty Scholar, Finmeccanica Faculty Scholar and David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar.

Research Interest :

Material Characterization, Nanobiotechnology, Electrochemical Analysis, Functionalization, Electron Microscopy, Gold Nanoparticles, Bioelectrochemistry, Electrochemical Biosensors, Microbial Fuel Cell

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Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Materials Science and Nanotechnology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology , USA
Biography :

Prof. Polina Anikeeva joined DMSE in 2011. Dr. Anikeeva's Ph.D. thesis focussed on physical properties and design of light emitting devices based on organic materials and nanoparticles, working under the supervision of Prof. Vladimir Bulovic in EECS. She previously held the Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Medicine, Stanford and was in the group of Prof. Karl Deisseroth in the Department of Bioengineering. Her current research is focused on development of optoelectronic and magnetic materials and devices for recording and modulating activity of neurons in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral organs. When asked to describe her research interests, Dr. Anikeeva writes, "My research interests lie within the field of Bioelectronics, and specifically the development of materials and devices that enable recording and manipulation of signaling processes within the nervous system. Our ability to understand the dynamics of neural circuits and develop treatments for neurological (Parkinson’s, paraplegia) and psychiatric (depression) conditions is currently handicapped by the technology available for interacting with the electrical, chemical, and mechanical signaling modalities used by neurons. Today, neural probes remain limited in both function and longevity as they fail to communicate with the neural tissue across its signaling palette for extended periods of time. ....By combining physical modeling, materials synthesis and device fabrication with understanding of electrophysiological and anatomical structure of neural circuits, my group aspires to create enabling tools for systems neuroscience as well as advance the development of future neuroprosthetics." She is enthusiastic about pursuing her research interests at MIT, where collaborations between colleagues, departments, and schools create innovations almost daily. She explains that, "While research is a very significant part, of my life, I cannot possibly imagine a fulfilling career without teaching. My goal, as a teacher, is to infect the students with my curiosity for materials science and to inspire them to become future academic and industry leaders in the field." Every Spring she teaches core undergraduate course 3.024 "Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials" that takes students on a math-packed journey throught the structure-property relations governing optoelectronics and magnetism. In the Fall she teaches an advanced design course 3.156/3.46 "Photonic Materials and Devices" that allows students to engineer realistic photonic devices such as lasers, solar cells, and optical fibers.

Research Interest :

Widely recognized as pioneer in light emitters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, Nakamura continues to focus on development of GaN thin film technology. Additional activities are directed towards growth of bulk GaN crystals with low defect density, for use as substrates in GaN-based devices such as LEDs, high brightness lasers and high-frequency, high-power transistors.

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Principal Investigator & Director, Nanomechanics Lab Principal Research Scientist, DMSE, Nanotechnology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology , USA
Research Interest :

Material Characterization, Nanobiotechnology, Electrochemical Analysis, Functionalization, Electron Microscopy, Gold Nanoparticles, Bioelectrochemistry, Electrochemical Biosensors, Microbial Fuel Cell

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Chair person in the Departments of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry, Departments of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry
Rice University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Ajayan holds joint appointments in the Departments of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry. Dr. Ajayan earned his B. Tech in metallurgical engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1985 and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 1989. After three years of post-doctoral experience at NEC Corporation in Japan, he spent two years as a research scientist at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay in France and nearly a year and a half as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Metallforschung, Stuttgart in Germany. In 1997, he joined the materials science and engineering faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an assistant professor and was the Henri Burlage Chair Professor in Engineering until 2007. He joined Rice University in July 2007. Dr. Ajayan is one of the pioneers in the field of carbon nanotubes and was involved in the early work on the topic along with the NEC group. He has published one book and 324 journal papers with more than 18,600 citations and an h-index of 67. He has given more than 230 invited talks including several keynote and plenary lectures in more than 20 countries. His awards include the Senior Humboldt Prize, 2006 MRS Medal, Scientific American 50 recognition in 2006, RPI Senior Research Award (2003), the Burton Award from the Microscopic Society of America (1997) and the Hadfield Medal for the Outstanding Metallurgist in India (1985). He has been elected as a fellow of AAAS and to the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is on the advisory editorial board of several materials science and nanotechnology journals and on the boards of several nanotech companies.

Research Interest :

development of functional nanostructured materials for variety of applications. His research group looks at the materials science and engineering aspects of these novel materials with three different focused application areas, nanomaterials in energy generation and storage, multifunctional composites, nano-enabled bio-mimetic systems and nanoelectronics, nanosensors and active nanosystems

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Professor Jan Czernuszka Assoicate Professor of Materials Fellow of Trinity College, Department of Materials
University of Oxford , United Kingdom
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Department Head, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania , USA
Biography :

Dr. Sinnott received her B.S. degree with honors in Chemistry from the University of Texas in 1987 and her doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1993. From there, she joined the Naval Research Laboratory, Surface Chemical Branch, in Washington D.C. as a National Research Council Post Doctoral Associate until 1995. Afterwards, Dr. Sinnott became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky through 2000. She then began her tenure at the University of Florida, where she was an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering until her promotion in 2005 to the rank of Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2007 she became an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and in 2012 she was named the Alumni Professor of Materials Science. Dr. Sinnott also became a member of the Quantum Theory Project in 2011 and the Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Atomistic Simulation (CAMS) in 2012. In 2015 Dr. Sinnott joined the Pennsylvania State University as Professor and Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering.

Research Interest :

Material Characterization, Nanobiotechnology, Electrochemical Analysis, Functionalization, Electron Microscopy, Gold Nanoparticles, Bioelectrochemistry, Electrochemical Biosensors, Microbial Fuel Cell

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Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Materials Science and NanoEngineering
Rice University , USA
Research Interest :

Interface studies and processing of composites, coatings, and thin films. Development of new materials systems that take advantage of the unique properties of fullerenes and nanotubes. Research on new materials developments in nanotechnology. Formation of hybrid nanotube materials and the development of fully integrated nanotube composites.

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Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics Director, Materials and Process Simulation Center, Materials Science and Nanotechnology
University of California Los Angeles , USA
Biography :

The long-term objective of Professor Goddard's research has been to describe the properties of chemical, biological, and materials systems directly from first principles (without the necessity of empirical data). To accomplish this the group has been developing new theory, new methods, and new software. The group's approach builds from Quantum Mechanics (QM) through a hierarchy of more approximate methods suitable for longer length and times scales as indicated in the figure including Molecular Dynamics (MD), mesoscale dynamics, and macroscopic dynamics. The couplings between the length scales provide the means of determining the parameters [e.g. Force Fields (FF)] essential in the coarser descriptions. This research in methods involves QM (for example, new functionals for Density Functional Theory, new approaches to Quantum Monte Carlo methods, Forces due to solvation, and hybrid QM mixing various levels of theory). FF (describing chemical reactions and phases transitions) MD (describing solvation forces and complex properties of interfaces) Meso Dynamics (extracting effective FF for pseudoparticles) These methods are applied methods to critical problems in chemical, biological, and materials systems. Usually in such problems, there is a dearth of reliable experimental data, and hence they validate their new methods by application to problems well characterized experimentally. Areas of current research interest include: BIOTECHNOLGY (Protein Folding, Structure and function of G-Protein Coupled Receptors, design of non-natural Amino Acids to be incorporated in biopolymers, Pharma) POLYMERS (prediction of structures and properties of Dendrimers, Gas diffusion through polymers, Surface Tension of polymers) CATALYSIS (Methane Activation, Metathesis, Selective Oxidation and Ammoxidation of alkanes) SEMICONDUCTORS (Reconstruction and Epitaxial Growth of GaN, structure and properties of the Si/SiO2 interface, diffusion of dopants in Si nanoscale devices) CERAMICS (structures and phase diagrams, structural and catalytic properties) METAL ALLOYS [Plasticity (dislocations, crack propagation, spall), Glass Formation] NANOSCALESYSTEMS (Carbon Nanotubes, Self-Assembly, NanoStructured diamond, bionanotechnology) ENVIRONMENTAL (Dendrimers for Selective Encapsulation, phase equilibria in particulates) Most of these projects involve collaborations with experimentalists at Caltech, other universities, national laboratories, or industry.

Research Interest :

The long-term objective of Professor Goddard's research has been to describe the properties of chemical, biological, and materials systems directly from first principles (without the necessity of empirical data). To accomplish this the group has been developing new theory, new methods, and new software. The group's approach builds from Quantum Mechanics (QM) through a hierarchy of more approximate methods suitable for longer length and times scales as indicated in the figure including Molecular Dynamics (MD), mesoscale dynamics, and macroscopic dynamics. The couplings between the length scales provide the means of determining the parameters [e.g. Force Fields (FF)] essential in the coarser descriptions. This research in methods involves

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Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Associate Dean (CSE), College of Science and Engineering Acting Head (MSE), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Science
City University of Hong Kong , China
Research Interest :

Material Characterization, Nanobiotechnology, Electrochemical Analysis, Functionalization, Electron Microscopy, Gold Nanoparticles, Bioelectrochemistry, Electrochemical Biosensors, Microbial Fuel Cell

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Racheff Professor; Director of Materials Research Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois , USA
Biography :

Prof. Paul V. Braun is the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He also has a co-appointment as a Professor in Chemistry and is affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Prof. Braun received his B.S. degree with distinction from Cornell University in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Illinois in 1998. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, he joined the faculty at Illinois in 1999. Prof. Braun has co-authored a book, authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, been awarded multiple patents, and has co-founded three companies. He is the recipient of the Illinois MatSE Young Alumnus Award (2011), the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010), the Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award (2010), the 2002 Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS, a Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001), a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2001), the Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2004, 2009), and multiple teaching awards. In 2006, he was named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois, and in 2011 was named the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Prof. Braun has served on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals. He was a member of the 2010-2011 DARPA Defense Science Study Group, and is now serving as a member of the National Academies Technical Advisory Board for the US Army Research Laboratory.

Research Interest :

materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, organic and inorganic self-assembly, electronic materials and photonics

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Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Hong Kong , China
Biography :

Dr. Min Wang is a tenured professor and currently Programme Director of the Medical Engineering Programme at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). (HKU's "Medical Engineering Programme" is re-titled as "Biomedical Engineering Programme" starting from 2018/19.) He is / was also a guest professor or adjunct professor of several universities in mainland China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, Southwest Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology, etc.). He was Chairman of the Biomedical Division of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Min Wang was awarded BSc (1985) and PhD (1991), both in Materials Science and Engineering, by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and University of London, U.K., respectively. For professional qualifications, he is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, 1995, U.K.) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci, 2005, U.K.). Dr. Wang has been elected a fellow (FIMMM, elected in 2001) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, U.K., a fellow (FIMechE, elected in 2007) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, U.K., a fellow (FHKIE, elected in 2010) of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Hong Kong, Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE, elected in 2011) by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE), a fellow (AIMBE Fellow, elected in 2012) of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, U.S.A., and a member (WAC Academician, elected in 2013) of the World Academy of Ceramics (http://www.waceramics.org/). Dr. Wang started his biomaterials research in 1991 when he conducted work on composite materials for medical applications. He was a founding member of UK's Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials at the University of London and worked on various projects in the IRC (at Queen Mary College, University of London) between 1991 and 1997. Before joining The University of Hong Kong in June 2003, Dr. Wang had conducted teaching and research in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (1997-2002), Singapore, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) (2002-2003), Hong Kong. At NTU, he set up and led the Biomaterials Strategic Research Programme and the Tissue Engineering Laboratory. At PolyU, he helped to set up facilities in the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratories. At HKU, he has played a key role in the administration and development of the interfaculty Medical Engineering (MedE) Programme and setting up Faculty of Engineering's Medical Engineering Laboratory. As Programme Director, he has taken HKU's MedE Programme through two successful accreditations by HKIE (in 2013/14, provisional accreditation; in 2016/17, full accreditation). In various places, Dr. Wang set up and taught / teaches courses in biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering. Over the years, Dr. Wang and his co-workers have investigated and developed various biomaterials for medical applications. The biomaterials that he and his co-workers have worked on include bioactive calcium phosphates [hydroxyapatite (HA), tricalcium phosphate (TCP), etc.], Bioglass, A-W glass-ceramic (Cerabone A-W), as well as nonporous composites (such as hydroxyapatite reinforced polyethylene (HAPEXTM), coatings and porous tissue engineering scaffolds containing these bioactive materials. The bioactive composites that he and his colleagues developed have been patented in the U.S.A. For developing tissue engineering scaffolds, his group has investigated various fabrication techniques, including emulsion freezing and freeze-drying, selective laser sintering (SLS, also called "3D printing"), and electrospinning. He and his research staff / students have won many awards at international conferences for their research. Dr. Wang has authored / co-authored a large number of research papers as well as many book chapters. His research has been widely cited by other researchers. For his research work, he has given many presentations, including more than 150 invited talks, at various conferences. He has also given more than 100 seminars in universities, research institutes or hospitals in Western Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. He has provided consultancy on biomaterials and biomedical engineering to multinational companies headquartered in the U.K., U.S.A. or Hong Kong. Since 1990, Dr. Wang has served as a reviewer for more than 110 international scientific journals in the fields of materials science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, medical devices, biofabrication, nanoscience, nanotechnology and 3D printing, including all top journals in the biomaterials and tissue engineering fields. Dr. Wang has been the Series Editor of Springer's books series Springer Series in Biomaterials Science and Engineering (http://www.springer.com/series/10955) since it was launched in 2012. He is the Section Editor for Biomaterials for Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering . He has also been an Editor / Associate Editor / Regional Editor of several international journals (Materials Letters, Nano LIFE , Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing , etc.) and has served as an Editorial Board member of many international journals, including (1) Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (Springer, Germany), (2) Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (IOP, UK) (2006 - 2012), (3) IET Nanobiotechnology (IET, UK), (4) Journal of Orthopaedic Translation (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (5) Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (American Scientific Publishers, USA), (6) International Journal of Tissue Regeneration (Catholic University of Korea, Korea), (7) Biomaterials Research (Korean Society for Biomaterials, Korea), (8) Composites Science and Technology (Elsevier, the Netherlands), (9) Surface and Coatings Technology (Elsevier, the Netherlands) (2004 - 2015), (10) Frontiers of Materials Science (Higher Education Press, China, and Springer, Germany), (11) Journal of the Royal Society Interface (The Royal Society, London, UK) (2010 - 2016), and (12) International Materials Reviews (IOM3, UK). Since 2000, Dr. Wang has reviewed research grant applications for national research councils / funding agencies of a number of countries (U.S.A., Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). He has served as an Expert Member (2003 - 2007) of the Project Selection/Awarding Panel for Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and as a Member of the Engineering Panel (2016 - Present) of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. He has also served in three Technical Committees (TC) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Since 1999, Dr. Wang has served as Chairman and/or Organizer (or Co-Chair / Co-organizer) of 22 international conferences / symposia / workshops, including the 2nd International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials (ISSIB-II, Feb. 4-6, 2010, Hong Kong, http://web.hku.hk/~memwang/files/cm03/ISSIB-II.pdf) and symposia in World Biomaterials Congresses. He has also served in committees of more than 70 conferences. In recent years, he has served as a member of HKIE's Visiting Team for the accreditation of biomedical engineering programmes in universities in Hong Kong. Dr. Wang actively participates in professional societies' activities and has served in various roles in these societies. He has been a Council Member of the Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSBM), China, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), Asian Biomaterials Federation, and World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE), Regional Group Representative for Asian-Pacific and member of the Administrative Council of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), and a member of the ICF-BSE Steering Committee of the International College of Fellows in the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE). He is also a member of the Engineers Registration Board in Hong Kong and serves in the Technology Advisory Panel of the Technology Business Incubation Programme in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. Dr. Wang's current research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, materials and systems for drug / biomolecule / gene delivery, and theranostics. He teaches courses in materials science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering for undergraduates, postgraduates and clinicians. To promote the engineering profession in general and both materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering in particular, Dr. Wang has also gone to local schools (in Singapore and Hong Kong, respectively) to give talks of various topics to high school students. (Updated: August 2017.)

Research Interest :

Biomedical materials (ceramic, metals, polymers, and composites, including nano-biomaterials; in various forms: dense or porous, bulk or coating, particulate or fibrous, etc.); In vitro and in vivo evaluation of biomaterials; Tissue engineering; Materials and systems for controlled release of drugs / biomolecules / genes; Theranostics; Surface engineering; Composite materials; Nanotechnology; 3D printing.

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Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Director, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at MIT, Materials Science and Nanotechnology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology , USA
Biography :

Professor Thompson and his students carry out research on thin films and nanostructures for use in micro- and nano-systems, especially electronic, electromechanical and electrochemical systems. His group carries out basic research on structure evolution during deposition and post-deposition processing of thin films. The latter includes research on templated solid-state dewetting of thin films and nanostructures, for development of new patterning methods and for basic studies of capillary-driven morphological evolution. Prof. Thompson's group also carries out research on the mechanisms of carbon nanotube growth and metal-catalyzed etching for creation of semiconductor nanowire arrays. Carbon nanotubes are also used in research on metal-air batteries and capacitive desalination devices, and nanowires are used in research on solid state supercapacitors. Thin film Li-ion microbatteries and thermogalvanic energy harvesting devices for applications in autonomous microsystems are also under investigation.

Research Interest :

Widely recognized as pioneer in light emitters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, Nakamura continues to focus on development of GaN thin film technology. Additional activities are directed towards growth of bulk GaN crystals with low defect density, for use as substrates in GaN-based devices such as LEDs, high brightness lasers and high-frequency, high-power transistors.

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Founding Director, Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization (NUANCE) Center Founding Director, Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource, an NSF-NNCI Node, Materials Science
Northwestern University , USA
Biography :

The properties and performance of materials - whether physical or biological or hybrid - are dictated by complex atomic and nanoscale architecture and associated phenomena. Our research is geared towards not only their understanding but manipulation and tailring to yield favorable response and behavior. Such materials include nanostructures, especially inorganic/organic hybrids, and phenomena oftenr revolve around various defects and their dynamic behavior. Thus, the core theme in Dravid group is the paradigm for "Form-Function" and "Structure-Property" relationship in diverse materials. On one front, we are investigating the patterning and characterization of complex multicomponent nanostructured materials such as metal/alloy nanocrystals, biomolecular nanopatterns (DNA/proteins), interfaces between inorganic nanostructures and biomolecules, etc. These structures possess unique and novel morphologies and chemistry, and their electronic structure alsdepends on size and shape. We are exploring applications of such structures, including drug delivery, bio-diagnostics and bio-chem sensing. We are also involved in atomic-scale structure-property relationship for internal interfaces, domains and mosaics. In a large number of material systems, such as electroceramics, semiconductors, superlattices, and structural composites, the property and performance of the bulk material are intimately connected to the structure, chemistry, and electronic structure of interfaces. The philosophy of our approach is based on sound fundamental foundation of complex phenomena, liberal use of advanced instrumentation and techniques and quest for proof-of-concepts for devices as well.

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Associate Director MPRL and Associate Professor, Materials Science
Georgia Institute of Technology , USA
Biography :

Dr. Muhlstein has worked as an engineering consultant at Exponent, Inc. (Failure Analysis Associates). In September, 2002 he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2008. Dr. Muhlstein’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of fracture and fatigue in bulk and thin film materials. Dr. Muhlstein is a member of Alpha Sigma Mu and Keramos honor societies and an NSF CAREER award recipient. In 2007 he was also named the Corning Research Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.

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Dean and Founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering, Biomedical engineering and Nanotechnology
The university of Chicago , USA
Biography :

Matthew Tirrell is the Founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) at The University of Chicago. His personal research specializes in the manipulation and measurement of polymer surface properties. Tirrell’s work has provided new insight into phenomena such as adhesion, friction, and biocompatibility, and contributed to the development of new materials based on self-assembly of synthetic and bio-inspired materials. Tirrell also serves as Deputy Laboratory Director for Science at Argonne National Laboratory. He is responsible for integrating the laboratory’s research and development efforts and science and technology capabilities. He develops and drives strategy to support integrated teams across disciplines in support of Argonne’s strategic initiatives. Before becoming founding director of the IME in 2011, Tirrell served as the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and as professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering and faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to that, he was dean of engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara for 10 years. Tirrell began his academic career at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and later became head of the department. Tirrell received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He has received many honors, including the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society and election to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. To download a copy of Professor Tirrell's most updated biography, please click here.

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