Plenary Speakers

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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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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Taeghwan Hyeon

Institute for Basic Science, Korea

Talk title: Inorganic Nanomaterials for Medicine and Energy

Taeghwan Hyeon joined the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Seoul National University in 1997. His research has focused on the synthesis and applications of uniform-sized nanoparticles and related nanostructured materials and he has published > 350 papers in prominent international journals (> 52,000 citations and an h-index of > 120).

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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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Keynote Speakers

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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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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Emilia Nowak

Massey University, New Zealand

Talk title: Drop with Dissimilar Drop Interactions: Mass Transfer with the Simultaneous Polymerisation Reaction

Dr Nowak’s research is in Dynamic Colloids and Surface Science and she is currently leading two major projects that challenge the current understanding of how soft matter interacts with each other in highly dynamic conditions.

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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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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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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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Hai Xu

Chinese University of Petroleum, China

Talk title: Left or Right: What Determines the Handedness of Nanofibers Self-Assembled from Short Peptides?

Prof Hai Xu received his PhD in chemical engineering from China University of Petroleum (UPC) in 2002. He then spent three years working as a research associate in the Biological Physics Group led by Prof Jian R. Lu, at the University of Manchester.

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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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