Thomas J. Webster’s (H index: 86) degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995) and in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1997; Ph.D., 2000). Prof. Webster has graduated/supervised over 149 visiting faculty, clinical fellows, post-doctoral students, and thesis completing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine (pioneering the open-access format). Prof. Webster currently directs or co-directs several centers in the area of biomaterials: The Center for Natural and Tropical Biomaterials (Medellin, Colombia), The Center for Pico and Nanomedicine (Wenzhou China), and The International Materials Research Center (Soochow, China). He regularly appears on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and BBC News talking about science and medicine. He has received numerous honors and is current a fellow of AANM, AIMBE, BMES, NAI, and FSBE.
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.
Polymers, Sensor devices, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, Biomechanism
Dr. Chin-Tarng Lin, D.D.S., Ph.D., has devoted several decades to perform molecular pathological cancer research. He was a pathology professor and is an Emeritus professor right now at the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University. He has published more than 92 papers and obtained 12 patents and has been invited to give the scientific seminar over 75 times. He has presented 191 abstracts to attend the world wide biomedical science meetings. His research interests include the development of immunohistochemical localization of protein, mRNA and DNA molecules at the light and electron microscopic levels and peptide histochemistry to identify the peptide targeted binding protein. He has established 10 nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell lines (NPC-TW01to10) and five endometrioid cancer cell lines (OV-TW59-P0 to-P4) in his laboratory. His major interests are to investigate the molecular pathogenesis of NPC with or without Epstein-Barr virus infection and of ovarian cancer. He and his colleague have identified 3 specific peptides to localize their targeted proteins, to identify the cancer xenograft by MRI and to perform peptide-targeted chemotherapy for different cancers with a minimal adverse event.
Prof. (Emeritus) Aharon Gedanken, of the Department of Chemistry, is a member of the Nano Materials Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), and a recipient of the President of Israel Achievement Award for coordination of a European Funded Research. Gedanken is a pioneer of sonochemistry – a discipline in which chemical reactions are accelerated through the application of ultrasonic sound waves. His many discoveries include a process that removes heavy metals ions from polluted water using aquatic plants and microwave radiation – a fast and low-cost method for producing purified water on the one hand, and metallic nanoparticles on the other hand.
Shen-Ming Chen(???) received his PhD degrees in chemistry from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He was a visiting postdoctoral fellow with the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in 1997. He had been an associate professor of Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taipei Institute of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan from 1991 to 1997. Since August 1997, he has been a professor of Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. From 2010, he has been a Distinguished professor of Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. He has been the Dean(Curator) of library, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan from 2000 to 2006 and the Director of Extracurricular Activity, office of student affairs, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan from 1995 to 2000.His research interest includes Nanocomposite materials research, organic electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, conducting polymer Electrochemistry, Nanoelectrochemistry, chemical sensors, biosensors, electrocatalysis and electroanalysis.
Biomaterials and Nanomaterials
Michiya Fujiki was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1954. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry of Organic Synthesis from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1976 and 1978, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1993. Since 1978, he has worked for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Cooperation (NTT). From 1978 to 1982, he studied low-loss optical plastic fibers, and from 1983 to 1987, he studied the preparation and thin film properties of semiconducting phthalocyanine derivatives. In 1987, he joined the Basic Research Laboratories of NTT. Since then, he has been engaged in the study of synthesis and photophysical properties of optically active polysilanes and ?-conjugating polymers. He moved to NAIST as a full Professor in May, 2002. His research interests include the design and functionality of hierarchical architecture using the 14 group element polymers and phthalocyanine supramolecular polymers, and possible answers to the fundamental question of the origin of homochirality on Earth. He has contributed as an author and/or coauthor of 170 papers, 20 reviews, 15 books, and 150 patents. He is a member of the Chemical Society of Japan, the Society of Polymer Science Japan, the Society of Silicon Chemistry Japan, and the American Chemical Society.
Symmetry breaking at elemental particles, atoms, molecules, and polymers levels, the origin of life, Spinning photon chirality, Biomaterials as chiral platforms, The origin of our Universe and the arrow of time
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.
materials chemistry, polymers, biomaterials, organic and inorganic self-assembly, electronic materials and photonics
Dr. Barrera has been recognized for his achievements in research and education and for his efforts in minority mentoring and recruitment to engineering. His awards include the NASA Group Achievement Award (2001), NASA National Research Council Senior Fellow at the Johnson Space Center (1999), the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1993), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2002) and the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award Conference Award (2003). He is a Cluster Lead for the Rice University NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF AGEP), which is directed toward moving under-represented students in science and engineering to the Ph.D. level and the professoriate. Dr. Barrera has a recognized K-12 program called the Materials Magic Show which he and his students present to areas schools. He has published more than 100 papers, proceedings, books, and chapters, given more than 80 talks and has seven patents submitted in his research. He is the chief technical officer of NanoRidge Materials, Inc., which does advanced nanomaterials manufacturing. He is a member of the American Society of Materials (ASM), The Materials Society (TMS), and the American Society of Materials, ASM International, among other professional organizations.
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.
Dr. Chandra P. Sharma was Senior Scientist G and Head, Biomedical Technology Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology Trivandrum and has been Head, Biosurface Technology Division, SCTIMST Thiruvananthapuram from January 1980 to February 2014. He has been Associate Head, Biomedical Technology Wing, and Associate Dean, PhD Affairs, SCTIMST Thiruvananthapuram. He is presently Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University and Hon. Emeritus Professor, CBEAS, Purbanchal University, Nepal. He is basically a Solid State Physicist from IIT Delhi and received his training in Biomaterials area in the University of Utah (USA) with Prof. D.J. Lyman as a graduate student and in the University of Liverpool, England with Prof. D.F. Williams as a Post Doctoral Research Associate. Dr. Sharma has been awarded FBSE by The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science & Engineering (IUS-BSE) in 2008 and FBAO (Fellow Biomaterials and Artificial Organs) by Society for Biomaterials & Artificial Organs (India) in 2011. He was also British Council Scholar/Research Fellow at Institute of Medical and Dental Bioengineering, University of Liverpool, UK during June 1989 to September 1989 under Indo-UK Programme, British High Commission, New Delhi. Dr. Sharma has published over 370 research papers with over 5000 citations (Scopus) and has processed 38 patents including in Canada, European Union, Japan and USA. He has edited several special issues of International Journals as a guest editor and a book with Dr. Michael Szycher on Blood Compatible Materials and Devices with Technomic Publishing Company - 1991. He is also editor of the book "Biointegration of Medical Implant Materials: Science and Design" with CRC Press/Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010, Update on Chitosan: A Non-Viral Gene Delivery Vector" with Dr. Viola B Morris - Smithers Rapra, 2012 and "Oral Delivery of Insulin" with Dr. Sonia TA - Woodhead Publishing, 2014. He has been recognized with various awards and honors such as MRSI medal (1994) and MRSI-ICSC Superconductivity & Materials Science Annual Prize Award 2009 - Materials Research Society of India, Distinguished Scientist award - Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, India (SBAOI) and shares Whitaker and National Science Foundation Award - International Society for Artificial Organs (ISAO) USA and Hall of Honors - International Biomaterials Center, USA (Founder Prof. C. William Hall). He has delivered many key note addresses, plenary lectures, invited lectures, IUS-BSE lecture and chaired sessions in National and International conferences including World Biomaterials Congresses and TERMIS World Congresses. Dr. Sharma also chaired and organized a symposium in the 7th World Biomaterials Congress, Sydney, Australia, May 17-21, 2004 on “The Scientific Basis for Biocompatibility and Biological Safety” for SBAOI with a keynote address of Prof. D.F. Williams. He has organized the Indo-Australian Conference on “Biomaterials, Implantable Devices and Tissue Engineering” (BITE 2005) as a Co-Chair with Dr Ramshaw, 2nd Indo-Australian Conference on “Biomaterials, Implants, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine” (BITE&RM 2007) as a Co-chair with Prof. C. Rolfe Howlett at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum on January 19-21, 2005 and January 10-12, 2007 respectively. He has been the Co-chair of the 3rd Indo-Australian Conference with Prof. Laura Poole-Warren at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia on January 21-23, 2009. He has also been the Co-chair of the 4th Indo-Australian Conference, 25th Aniversary celebration of SBAOI and 4th General Meeting of STERMI with a theme "Innovations in Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Systems" along with Prof. Harish Padh, L.M. Manocha and Prof. Zee Upton held at Sardar Patel University, Ahmedabad on February 10-12, 2011. He was the Co-Ordinator of the Workshop organised by Prof. David F Williams, Editor-in-Chief, Biomaterials during March 16-17, 2011 at SCTIMSt with a theme "New Visions for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine". He has organized the 19th Annual General Meeting of MRSI with a symposium on “Materials for Hostile Environments” during February 14-16, 2008 as a Co-Chair with Dr. G.S. Bhuvaneshwar at SCTIMST. Dr Sharma chaired and organized a symposium on “Diabetes Technologies” for SCTIMST with a key note address of Prof. N.A. Peppas in the World Biomaterials Congress, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 28-June1, 2008. Dr. Sharma also organized two symposia on “Nonviral gene delivery vectors: challenges and future perspectives” and “Tissue engineering applications in wound healing: challenges and future perspectives” during the 9th World Biomaterials Congress held at Chengdu, China from June 1- 2012. Dr. Sharma was WBC Ambassador 2012 in Chengdu China. Dr. Sharma chaired a session entitled "Biomaterials and Biocompatibility" and organized a symposia entitled "Tissue Engineering and Implants: Role of Biocompatibility" (with a keynote by Prof. D.F. Williams) during the TERMIS AP 2013 Annual Conference (Oct 23-26, 2013) held at Wuzhen, China. Dr. Sharma was also Co-Chair of the first three national conferences of SBAOI (1987-89). He has also delivered invited/special lectures in various Universities such as Columbia University (USA), Kansas State University (USA), Nanyang Technical University, Singapore and Philipps University, Marburg, Germany (under DST-DAAD programme). His staff and students have received several awards like Institute Award for best scientific contributions SCTIMST (Chandy T., 1989), Whittaker Foundation and National Science Foundation Student paper Award (Sindhu CV, 1997), “Bajpai-Saha” award for the best paper presentation, SBAOI (Sindhu CV - 1996, Shefi Angel - . Dileep KJ - 1998), MRSI Best poster presentation award (Sunny MC - 1994, Paul W. -1996 & 1998), Best oral presentation award, MACRO 2004 (Kaladhar K, 2004), Elsevier Travel Award (Viola M. - 2008, Soniya TA - 2008), Rudolf Cimdins Scholarship (Viola M., 2009), AAPS International Affairs Committee Travel Award (Sonia TA 2010), SBAOI Best Oral Presentaion Award (Paul W. and Susan Alex 2012) etc. Paul W. was awarded with FBAO (Fellow - Biomaterials and Artificial Organs) by Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs (India) in 2011. Dr. Sunita Prem Victor was awarded the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), DBT New Delhi in 2014. Dr. Sharma is member of editorial board of several international journals and many national and international societies and reviewer of reputed journals such as Molecular Pharmaceutics, Langmuir, Biomacromolecules and Biomaterials etc. He is listed in MARQUIS WHO'S WHO, Reed Elsevier Inc., NJ. He has also been chosen as the International Man of the Millennium by IBC Cambridge, England. He is the founder of the Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, India (SBAOI) and the Society for Tissue Engineeering and Regenerative Medicine, India (STERMI). He is the founder editor - Trends in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs - a journal published by SBAOI. He has been the member of IUSBSE since 2003 and observer member since 1996 and has represented SBAOI as Ambassador in the WBC 2004 - Sydney and WBC 2008 - Amsterdam. He is also the council member of TERMIS-AP, 2005-08, 2008-10. He has also been President SPSI, Trivandrum Chapter and Convener MRSI, Trivandrum Chapter, India. The projects ongoing and completed by his group relate to the development of Small Diameter Vascular Graft, Hemoperfusion Column, Artificial Wound Dressing Materials - Transdermal Delivery system, Synthesis of Hydroxyapatite, development of nanoparticles and its uses towards drug (peptide) delivery systems and coatings to enhance tissue compatibility of implants, Hemodialysis membranes, improvement of Bioprosthetic Heart valve via surface modifications, and Oral Insulin Delivery Systems (under NMITLI, CSIR, New Delhi) using pH sensitive microspheres/nanoparticles loaded with liposome/ b-cyclodextrin derivatives/ lipids encapsulated insulin. Basic activities also relate understanding of blood/tissue-material interactions at the interface. In case of chitosan, an encouraging wound healing material, Dr. Sharma's group has studied for the first time during 1990s that its haemostatic potential is independent of classical coagulation cascade and appears to be an interaction between the cell membrane of erythtocytes and chitosan. His laboratory has completed prestigious programmes under NMITLI-CSIR New Delhi on oral delivery of insulin and has been awarded the FADDS project (Facilities for Micro/Nanoparticles based Advanced Drug Delivery Systems) under Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Research Programme, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, with a funding of over US$ 1 million. It is being planned to convert FADDS as a National Facility with a funding of about US$ 3 million.
Biomaterials and Artifical organs
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.
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.
Material Characterization, Nanobiotechnology, Electrochemical Analysis, Functionalization, Electron Microscopy, Gold Nanoparticles, Bioelectrochemistry, Electrochemical Biosensors, Microbial Fuel Cell
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.
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.
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.)
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.