2018 Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jean-François Berret

Universite Paris Diderot, France

Dr. Jean-François Berret is a director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, working at the Université Paris-Diderot, Paris-VII in France. He is a world-renowned expert in the fields of soft condensed matter and in biophysics.

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Brad Chmelka

UC Santa Barbara, USA

Brad Chmelka received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 under the supervision of Prof. Clayton Radke and Prof. Eugene Petersen. Prior to graduate studies, he was a plant-start up engineer for two years with Unocal’s Oil Shale Operations in Colorado (U.S.), after receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University. Following receipt of his PhD, he conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley with Prof. Alexander Pines and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany with Prof. Hans Spiess.

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Jian Ren Lu

University of Manchester, UK

Jian Ren Lu is Professor of Biological Physics and head of the group at School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester.

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Rachel O'Reilly

University of Birmingham, UK

Rachel O’Reilly is currently Chair in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She got her first degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003. She then moved to the US where she was under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley.

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Erica Wanless

University of Newcastle, Australia

Erica Wanless completed her PhD at the Australian National University in 1995. Then followed a successful postdoc with William Ducker at the University of Otago, where she advanced the field of AFM soft contact imaging of adsorbed surfactant. Since then she has been employed at the University of Newcastle (Australia).

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Dongyuan Zhao

Fudan University, China

Darsh Wasan Award Lecturer

Dongyuan Zhao was born in north-eastern China. He received his B.S. (1984), M.S. (1987) and PhD (1990) from Jilin University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1993–94), University of Houston (1995–96) and University of California at Santa Barbara (1996–98). Now he is a Professor (Cheung Kong and Hao-Qing Professorship) in the Department of Chemistry at Fudan University.

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Keynote Speakers

Ben Boyd

Monash University, Australia

Professor Ben Boyd is a colloid and physical chemist with PhD from the University of Melbourne (1999).

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Melanie Britton

University of Birmingham, UK

Melanie Britton obtained a BSc in Chemistry from London University (RHC) in 1992 and a PhD from the University of Surrey in 1995, under the supervision of Les Sutcliffe and Duncan Gillies. She was a postdoctoral research fellow with Paul Callaghan at Massey University in New Zealand (1996 – 1998) and Ken Packer at Nottingham University (1998 – 2000).

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Jinfeng Dong

Wuhan University, China

Jinfeng Dong has been a full member of the Wuhan University since 2003. She studied as a visiting scholar under the supervision of Prof. Julian Eastoe in Bristol, UK.

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Jingcheng Hao

Shandong University, China

Jingcheng Hao received his PhD from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Lanzhou, P. R. China in 1995. Subsequently, Dr. Hao had a series of postdoctoral research positions at Lanzhou Institute, Nagoya University (Japan) as a Daiko Foundation Fellow, Bayreuth University (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow, and finally at SUNY-Stony Brook (USA) as a Research Specialist.

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Daeyeon Lee

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Daeyeon Lee is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Daeyeon received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University in 2001 and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering/Program in Polymer Science and Technology at MIT in 2007, co-supervised by Robert E. Cohen and Michael F. Rubner.

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Minghua Liu

National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Minghua Liu graduated from Nanjing University in 1986 and received his PhD in 1994 from Saitama University, Japan.

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Tommy Nylander

Lund University, Sweden

Tommy Nylander did his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering with specialization in Food Technology at Lund University. He completed his PhD in Biophysical Technology at Lund University under the supervision of Prof. Kåre Larsson in 1987 with a thesis entitled, “Proteins at the metal water interface- adsorption and solution behaviour”.

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Rossen Sedev

Curtin University, Australia

Rossen Sedev is a physical chemist with an overarching interest in interfaces, including wetting dynamics, electrowetting and superhydrophobicity, interfacial and electrochemical behaviour of ionic liquids, and microfluidics. His work involves wettability, adhesion and surfaces forces but also targets specific systems, e.g. surfactant layers, thin films, foams and particles.

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Slavka Tcholakova

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Slavka Tcholakova received her M.Sc. in Chemistry (1996) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (2004). She was appointed Assistant Professor (2006), Associate Professor (2009) and Professor (2013) all at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Sofia University, Bulgaria. She is Head of the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering since January 2015. She has been a visiting researcher in the Research Center Paul Pascal, CNRS, Bordeaux, France since 1997.

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Shaobin Wang

Curtin University, Australia

Shaobin Wang obtained his Ph.D from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a full Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Curtin University, Australia. His research interests focus on synthesis and application of nanomaterials for carbon dioxide utilization, energy conversion, and environmental remediation. He has published over 300 refereed journal papers with an h-index of 67 and is listed as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics. He also serves as an editorial board member for several international journals.

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Catherine Whitby

Massey University, New Zealand

Catherine Whitby is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Massey University, appointed in late October 2014. Prior to this she was an ARC Future Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia

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Yun Yan

Peking University, China

Yun Yan earned her Ph.D. degree from Peking University in 2003. She conducted her postdoctoral work at Bayreuth University, Germany, with Professor Heinz Hoffmann and at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, with Professor Martien A. Cohen Stuart. She joined Peking University in 2008.

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Jiaguo Yu

Wuhan University of Technology, China

Jiaguo Yu received his BS and MS in chemistry from Central China Normal University and Xi’an Jiaotong University, respectively; his PhD in Materials Science in 2000 from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT). In 2000, he became a Professor at WUT.

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Jianling Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Jianling Zhang obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in 2003. She has been a Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, CAS, since 2012. Her research interests cover the properties and applications of green solvent systems, e.g. constructing novel assemblies of amphiphilic molecules (or particles) in green solvents and utilizing them in material synthesis and chemical reaction.

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