Plenary Speakers

Ray Dagastine

University of Melbourne, Australia

Talk title: Measuring the elevation-dependent diffusion and interactions of anisotropic nanoparticles near a confining interface

Raymond Dagastine is a Professor and the Deputy Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He completed his degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware and then received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Elena Ivanova

RMIT Melbourne, Australia

Talk title: How nanostructured surfaces are killing bacterial cells

Elena Ivanova received her 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 and GradDip from the Law Institute, Victoria.

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David Julian McClements

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Talk title: The future of colloidal delivery systems

David Julian McClements is a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts.

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Fiona Meldrum

University of Leeds, UK

Talk title: A colloidal chemistry approach to nanocomposite single crystals

Fiona Meldrum holds a Chair in Inorganic Chemistry at the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and her doctorate in bio-inspired crystallization from the University of Bath.

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Kathleen J. Stebe

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Talk title: Deck the walls with tunable energy fields for colloids in confined nematic liquid crystals

Kathleen J. Stebe is the Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation and the Goodwin Professor in the School Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

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2019 Darsh Wasan Award winner

Mietek Jaroniec

Kent State University, Ohio, USA

Talk title: Renaissance of Stöber method for synthesis of colloidal particles: New developments and opportunities

Mietek Jaroniec received his MS and PhD from M. Curie-Sklodowska University (Poland) and afterward became a faculty at the same University, and in 1985 Professor, which is the highest scientific title in Poland. Since 1991, he is Professor of Chemistry at Kent State University, Ohio (USA).

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Keynote Speakers

Romain Bordes

Chalmers University, Sweden

Talk title: Carbamate-based surfactants: a new family of metastable amphiphile?

Romain Bordes is researcher at the division of Applied Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Joao T. Cabral

Imperial College London, UK

Talk title: Microfluidic polymer encapsulation from molecular to macroscopic scales

João T. Cabral is Professor of Soft Matter Engineering at Imperial College London.

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Paul Chen

National University Singapore, Singapore

Talk title: Functionalized materials for treatment of contaminated water: material development, process evaluation and engineering, and studies of mechanisms/modeling

Paul Chen has been a professor in environmental engineering, National University of Singapore since 1998. Dr. Chen has worked in the field of chemical and environmental engineering, focusing on R&D in the areas of membrane, adsorption, heavy metals, oily water treatment, resource and energy recovery, exhaust gas treatment and new contaminants (e.g. microplastics).

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Omar A. El Seoud

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Talk title: Ionic liquid-based surfactants: Synthesis, properties and applications in drug delivery and decontamination

Omar A. El Seoud is a professor of organic chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Anne-Laure Fameau

L’Oréal & INRA, France

Talk title: Designing responsive foams with an adjustable temperature threshold of destabilization

Anne-Laure Fameau is researcher at L’Oréal company in the Physical-Chemistry Department, Paris, France.

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Valeria Garbin

Imperial College London, UK

Talk title: Dynamic capillary assembly of colloids at interfaces with 10,000g accelerations

Valeria Garbin is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.

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Jian R. Lu

University of Manchester, UK

Talk title: Rational design of short amphiphilic peptides with controlled morphologies, dimensions, and chirality

Jian R. Lu, Professor of Biological Physics and Head of the Group at School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester.

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Carla Meledandri

University of Otago, New Zealand

Talk title: Metal-organic framework nanocrystals from microemulsions

Carla Meledandri is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago and a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2009 from Dublin City University and held a postdoctoral appointment at the same university before moving to New Zealand in late 2009.

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Alison Paul

Cardiff University, UK

Talk title: Fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon surfactant mixtures: how much fluorosurfactant is enough?

Alison Paul obtained her PhD in 2001 from the University of Bristol, for her work on the synthesis and characterisation of fluorinated surfactants for forming microemulsions in supercritical carbon dioxide.

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Laurence S. Romsted

Rutgers University, USA

Talk title: Specific cation effects on AOT Micelle-to-Vesicle Transitions and interfacial cation and water molarities by chemical trapping: the specific ion-pair/hydration model

Laurence S. Romsted obtained his A.B. degree from DePauw University; Ph.D. from Indiana University, E. H. Cordes Advisor and carried out his Post-Doctoral Studies at the University of California, S.B., Ca. with C. A. Bunton; finally, from 1980 to present he has been an Asst., Assoc., and full Professor at Rutgers University.

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Maria Sammalkorpi

Aalto University, Finland

Talk title: Thermal response of hydrated polyelectrolyte complexes and multilayers: accessing the role of water and salt via molecular modelling.

Maria Sammalkorpi received her doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

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Amy Shen

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Talk title: Novel glass microfluidic fabrication: new opportunities to probe flow instabilities of complex fluids

Amy Shen leads the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. She was a tenured faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at University of Washington before moving to Japan in 2014.

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Conxita Solans

IQAC-CSIC Barcelona, Spain

Talk title: Emulsification by low-energy methods: Key role of surfactant self-assemblies in the generation of nano-emulsions by phase inversion

Conxita Solans is Professor Ad Honorem of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) in Barcelona (Spain).

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Lynn Walker

Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA

Talk title: Engineering fluid-fluid interfaces through multicomponent adsorption and processing

Lynn M. Walker is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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