Plenary Speakers

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Dganit Danino

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Talk title: Nanostructure and Dynamics of Soft Colloids Unfold by CryoEM and Cryo Electron Tomography

Prof. Danino completed her Engineering, MSc and PhD studies in Chemical Engineering at the Technion. In 2002, after 2 years of postdoctoral training at NIH she joined the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion, where she heads the CryoEM Laboratory of soft Matter.

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David Green

David Green

University of Virginia, USA

Talk Title: Detection, Prediction, and Visualization of Monolayer Phase Separation on Metallic Nanoparticles

David Green is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He and his team collaborate with chemists, physicists, pharmacists, and oncologists to develop design principles for monolayer-protected nanoparticles.

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Nikolai Denkov

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Talk title: Drop Self-Shaping and Self-Bursting: New Approaches to Obtain Regularly Shaped Micro- and Nanoparticles

Prof. Nikolai Denkov is Head of laboratory “Active formulations and materials” at Sofia University, Bulgaria. His research includes studies on the formation, stability, rheology and applications of various disperse systems.

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Qiang He

Qiang He

Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Talk Title: Bioinspired Colloidal Motors for Biomedical Applications

Qiang He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS). He then joined the ICCAS as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 2006.

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Jennifer Strunk

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany

Talk title: The Role of Noble Metal Nanoparticles in Photocatalysis Unraveled to the Atomic Scale

Prof. Strunk received her diploma and PhD degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

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Jackie Ying

NanoBio Lab, Singapore

Talk title: Synthesis and Engineering of Nanostructured Materials for Energy and Biomedical Applications

Jackie Y. Ying received her B.E. from The Cooper Union and Ph.D. from Princeton University. She was Professor of Chemical Engineering of MIT (1992-2005), and Executive Director of Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore (2003-2018).

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2020 Darsh Wasan Award Winner

Bao-Lian Su

Bao-Lian Su

University of Namur, Belgium / Wuhan University of Technology, China

Prof. Su is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Royal Academy of Belgium and Clare Hall Life, University of Cambridge. He held the Belgian Francqui Chair from 2012 to 2013.

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Keynote Speakers

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Rob Atkin

University Western Australia, Australia

Talk title: Switching on Superlubricity Using Ionic Liquids

Rob Atkin is a physical chemist with research interests that span fundamental to applied areas including ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents, surfactant and polymer adsorption, surface coatings, lubricants, electrolytes, production of biofuels from coal and biomass, microencapsulation, preparation of 2D materials, and protein droplet formation in cells.

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Alireza Bahramian

Tehran University, Iran

Talk title: Bold Ideas on the Structure of Fluid-Fluid Interfaces

Prof. Bahramian is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Tehran. His interests are focused on the interfacial thermodynamics of complex fluids, e.g. micellar/surfactant, polyelectrolyte, nanofluids, etc.

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Maria Pilar De Lara

CSIC Madrid, Spain

Talk title: First-Principles Modelling of the New Generation of Subnanometer-Sized Metal Catalysts and Photocatalysts

María Pilar de Lara-Castells is a theoretical chemist and an expert in computational chemistry and spectroscopy, fundamental physics, and material science.

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Jean-Paul Douliez

French National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA, France

Talk title: Using Water in Water Emulsion Droplets as Templates for the Preparation of Capsules, Colloidosomes and Hybrid Vesicles.

Jean-Paul Douliez obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux in 1995. After a 1-year post-doc at the Max Planck Institute of Martinsried, he obtained a permanent position at INRA, Nantes, to work on plant lipid transfer proteins.

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Karen Edler

Karen Edler

University of Bath, UK

Karen J Edler is Professor of Soft Matter in the Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK. After undergraduate BSc/LLB degrees at Sydney University, she graduated with a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Australian National University (1998). She did a postdoc at Cornell University before being appointed as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at Bath, where she attained Professor in 2014.

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Yujun Feng

Sichuan University, China

Talk title: Self-Assembly of Long-Chain Surfactants under Subzero Conditions

Prof. Feng is currently a research professor at Sichuan University, P.R. China.He has been focusing on soft materials including viscoelastic surfactants, smart polymers, as well as colloidal materials for oil and gas production. He holds 13 issued patents and has published two books and more than 150 publications in international journals.

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Tamar Greaves

RMIT University Melbourne, Australia

Talk title: Understandings Solvent-Solute Interactions of Ionic Liquids

Tam Greaves obtained her PhD in Physics from Monash University in 2014. She worked for 10 years at CSIRO and is now an Associate Professor at RMIT University, Australia.

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David Green

David Green

University of Virginia, US

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Margarita Sanchez-Dominguez

CIMAV Monterrey, Mexico

Talk title: From Nano to Macro: Bicontinuous Microemulsions as Confined Reaction Media for the Synthesis of Metallic and Bimetallic Hierarchical Superstructures

Margarita Sánchez-Domínguez received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Bristol in 2004. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Institute Charles Sadron (CNRS, Strasbourg), and at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC, Barcelona).

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Amy Shen

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan

Talk title: New Nano/Microfluidic Platforms for Diagnostic Applications

Amy Shen is a professor in Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Her research is focused on microfluidics, rheology, and self-assembly, with applications in nanotechnology and biotechnology.

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John Texter

Eastern Michigan University, USA

Talk title: Thermodynamically Stable Dispersions for New Materials

Professor Dr John Texter has over 25 years’ experience in industrial small particle and coating technologies. He is Professor of Polymer and Coating Technology in the School of Engineering at Eastern Michigan University. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and has worked for Strider Research Corporation and for Eastman Kodak Company in various areas of dispersion and emulsion technology.

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<span id=Ilja Voets">

Ilja Voets

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Talk title: Precision Packing of Enzymes in Polymeric Tectons for Assembly into Functional Soft Materials

Prof.dr.ir. Ilja Voets is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. She leads a team of chemists, physicists, biologists, and engineers, studying self-assembly processes in (biological) soft matter.

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<span id=Roseanna N. Zia">

Roseanna N. Zia

Stanford University, USA

Talk title: Phase Mechanics of Arrested Colloidal Gels: A New Paradigm for Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions in Soft Matter

Roseanna N. Zia received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 with Professor John F. Brady, for development of theory in colloidal hydrodynamics and microrheology.  Dr. Zia subsequently conducted a post-doctoral study of colloidal gels at Princeton University, in collaboration with Professor William B. Russel.  She began her faculty career at Cornell in January 2013, then subsequently moved her research group to Stanford University in 2017.

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