Dr. Marta Alves
Instituto Superio Técnico (IST), Lisboa, Portugal
Talk Title: Functionalization of zinc fine-tunes this resorbable material bioactivity for distinct biomedical applications
Marta M. Alves, finished course on Chemistry in 2003 at the Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico and the PhD in Biochemistry in 2010 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
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Currently she is a researcher at Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento. Up to date, she has published over 30 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Marta M. Alves supervised MSc theses, short-term fellowships and supported several PhD students research. The main research topic is focused on promoting well-being for all at all ages through the development of new bioresorbable material solutions. This has been achieved by improving their biocompatibility, bioactivity and antimicrobial properties. The broader view of Marta's research has involved her in other areas, namely in the reviewer of scientific articles and projects, as a Managing Editor of a high impact journal in the field, as an organiser of scientific meetings, and as a member of the executive committee of her research center, Centro de Química Estrutural (CQE).
Dr. Paula C. Angelomé
National Atomic Energy Commission, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Talk Title: Growing and stabilizing metallic nanoparticles inside mesoporous oxide thin films
Paula C. Angelomé received her BS (2003) and PhD (2008) in Chemistry from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She subsequently joined University of Vigo (Spain) for a postdoctoral stay (2008-2012).
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She came back to Buenos Aires in 2012, where she joined the Chemistry of Nanomaterials Group (Gerencia Química & INN, CNEA) as a CONICET Researcher. Since 2017 she holds an Independent Research position. She has been in charge of several national and international research projects and supervised several PhD, MS and degree thesis. She has published around 50 scientific papers related to the synthesis, characterization and uses of mesoporous oxides thin films, metallic nanoparticles and composite materials containing both.
Prof. Ulrike Diebold
TU Wien University, Wien, Austria
Talk Title: Probing surfaces at the atomic scale
Ulrike Diebold is an experimental surface scientist and professor at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. Her main research focus is on oxide materials, and in understanding the structure/chemistry relation relevant in established and emerging schemes for energy conversion.
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Her group uses multiple surface science methods, in particular Scanning Probe Microscopy, to investigate fundamental properties at the atomic scale, and she collaborates closely with theorists for interpreting experimental results.
Diebold is an elected member of several National and European Academies of Sciences. She is also the recipient of 2 ERC Advanced Grant, and the ACS Adamson Award for distinguished service in surface chemistry.
Prof. Heriberto Fabio Busnengo
Instituto de Fisica de Rosario, Argentina
H. Fabio Busnengo was born in Rosario, Argentina in September 1968. He studied Physics at the National University of Rosario (UNR) where he got the Ph. D degree in December 1997 with a thesis on “Theory of Ion-Atom and Ion-Molecule Collisions at Intermediate and High Impact Energies”.
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Then, between 1998 and 2001 he spent three years in France as postdoc in the University of Bordeaux where he started working on Theory of Gas-Surface Interactions and Dynamics”. In 2001 he went back to Argentina as Permanent Staff Researcher of the National Research Council (CONICET). Since then, he has been member of the Physics Institute in Rosario (IFIR, CONICET-UNR). Today he is Principal Researcher of CONICET and Titular Professor of the Physics Department of the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Ingineering, and Surveying of UNR. He leads the “Group of Physical Chemistry at Interfaces and Nanostructures” that he started at IFIR in 2001. He has co-authored more than 100 international scientific publications in high-impact journals which accumulate more than 4,000 citations
Prof. Grzegorz Greczynski
Linköping University, Sweden
Talk Title: Undressing the myth of apparent constant binding energy of the C 1s peak from adventitious carbon in x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Grzegorz (Greg) Greczynski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Linköping University (LiU) and the head of the Fundamental Science of Thin Films Group. Greczynski received his PhD degree in surface science of organic materials in 2001 and has an eight-year industrial track record.
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In 2018 he was nominated Fellow of the American Vacuum Society for "seminal contributions to nondestructive X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) surface analysis, and the development of novel next-generation HiPIMS metal-ion deposition techniques". His research interests are presently focused on low-energy ion/surface interactions (including both gas and metal ions) for nanostructure control during low-temperature growth of transition-metal-based nitride, boride, and carbide thin films by physical vapor deposition. Greczynski is also active in the field of XPS, with the aim to develop nondestructive analysis methods and to enhance the reliability of the technique. He has published 140 peer-reviewed articles cited more than 5000 times.
Prof. Dr. Dongdong Gu
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China
Talk Title: Material-structure-performance integrated laser-metal additive manufacturing: From microscale to macroscale
Prof. Dr. Dongdong Gu is currently a Full Professor of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) and the Director of Jiangsu Provincial Engineering Laboratory for Laser Additive Manufacturing of High-Performance Metallic Components.
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He received his Doctorate of Engineering in Materials Processing Engineering from NUAA in 2007. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT/Chair for Laser Technology LLT, RWTH Aachen, Germany from 2009 to 2011. Prof. Gu is presently the Senior Editor of J Laser Appl, the Assistant Editor of Int J Mach Tool Manuf, and the Editorial Board Members of Additive Manuf, Appl Surf Sci, Int J Precis Eng Manuf, Laser Eng, & Chin J Mech Eng. He is the Standing Committee Member of Additive Manufacturing Technology Institution, Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society and the Standing Committee Member of Laser Processing Committee of Chinese Optical Society (COS). His principal research interest is laser-based additive manufacturing of high-performance/multi-functional metallic components. His obtained the financial support from more than 30 projects including National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the National Key Research and Development Program, the NSFC-DFG Sino-German Research Project, etc. Prof. Gu has authored/co-authored 3 books and more than 180 papers in a number of international peer reviewed journals. He has been involved in 36 international conferences as Co-Chairman, Academic Committee Member and Keynote/Invited Speaker. Prof. Gu has been awarded Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Germany (2019), Mercator Fellow Grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2018), Science and Technology Innovative Talents of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2017), Cheung Kong Young Scholars Award, Ministry of Education of China (2016), Top-Notch Young Talents Program of China (2015), Excellent Young Scientists Fund from NSFC (2013), and Green Talents from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (2012).
Prof. Byungchan Han
Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Talk Title: First-principles Data-driven Machine Learning for High Functional Catalyst Design
Byungchan Han is a tenured full professor at Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He earned his PhD degree in MIT at the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering in 2007.
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Before join to MIT He obtained Bachelor and Master degrees at Seoul National University. After his Ph.D program he spent two more years in MIT and another two years in Stanford University as Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research interests are developing emerging energy materials for renewable energy devices using knowledge-based AI computings. He was awarded by Korea Ministry of Science & Technology for the Excellent Research work on Nanotechnology. Currently, he is an editor of Applied Surface Science and the editorial board of NPG Scientific Reports.
Prof. Annick Hubin
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Talk Title: Time resolved analysis of electrolyte/materials interfaces by means of Odd Random Phase Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
Annick Hubin graduated from Vrije Universiteit Brussel as chemical engineer in 1983 and in 1985 as metallurgical engineer. The topic of her PhD research was ‘Study of the electrochemical reduction of silver thiosulphate and silver thiocyanate complexes’ and she obtained the title of doctor in applied sciences in 1989.
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In 1991, she became assistant professor in the department ‘Metallurgy, Electrochemistry and Material Sciences’, at the Faculty of Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Currently she is professor with a chair in Electrochemical Engineering. She is head of the research group SURF ‘Electrochemical and Surface Engineering’ at het department MACH ‘Materials and Chemistry’. Her research in the field of Electrochemical Engineering is oriented towards applications such as corrosion, plating, electrocatalysis, batteries and fuel cells, sensors and nano materials. The focus is on characterization of the electrode/electrolyte interface both from the electrochemical as the surface analytical point of view. Experimental techniques from the nano-meter to the macroscopic scale are combined with modelling techniques for unravelling complex electrochemical reaction mechanisms and for reliable prediction of the long term behaviour of electrochemical systems.
She was vice-president of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and member of the Executive Committee from 2008 till 2010. She was dean of the Faculty of Engineering at VUB from 2012 till 2016.
Prof. Peter Kingshott
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Talk Title: Control of Cell and Bacterial Surface Interactions with Complex Colloidal Crystals
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Prof. Andrzej Kotarba
Jagiellonian University in Krakow Faculty of Chemistry, Krakow, Poland
Talk Title: How to effectively promote catalytic surfaces: the concept of tuning the electronic properties
Andrzej Kotarba is a full professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He completed his PhD (1993) and DSc (2005) in chemistry working in the field of surface promotion in heterogeneous catalysis.
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After the postdoc in Reaction Dynamic Group at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the post-rouge fellowship in Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface at UPMC in Paris, France, he set up Materials and Surface Chemistry Group at the Jagiellonian University. The research carried out in the group is focused on the processes taking place at the solid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces, with the aim to apply the acquired knowledge in designing surfaces with desired properties and functionalities. It includes the preparation and characterization of model carbon-based surfaces, catalysts and biomaterials and involves interdisciplinary studies at the border of chemistry, biochemistry and materials science. Andrzej Kotarba co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and 30 national and international patents.
Prof. Dr. Jörg Neugebauer
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Germany
Talk title: Identifying and understanding corrosion reactions: An ab initio approach
Jörg Neugebauer is Director and Executive at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany, heading the department of Computational Materials Design.
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He is scientific member of the Max-Planck-Society, elected member of the Academy of Sciences and Art in North Rhine-Westphalia, Professor at the University of Paderborn, Honorary Professor at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Director of the Advanced Study Group “Modeling” at ICAMS. His research fields include theoretical solid state physics, multiscale simulations, abinitio thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and machine learning applied to
computational materials design, optoelectronics, metallurgy, defect chemistry, biological
materials, electrochemistry and corrosion
Prof. Steve J. Pearton
University of Florida, USA
Talk Title: Exfoliated and Bulk β-Gallium Oxide Electronic and Photonic Devices
Steve Pearton received his B.S. degree in Physics from University of Tasmania in 1978 and a Ph.D from University of Tasmania in 1983. He was a postdoc at UC Berkeley prior to joining AT&T Bell Laboratories. He joined the University of Florida in 1994 where he is Distinguished Professor and Alumni Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
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His interests are in the electronic and optical properties of semiconductors. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AVS, ECS, TMS, MRS, SPIE and APS. He was the recipient of the J.J. Ebers Award from IEEE, Gordon Moore Award from ECS, John Thornton award from AVS, Adler award from APS and the Bardeen award from TMS.
At UF, Dr. Pearton has primarily focused on fabrication processes for blue/green/UV GaN-based LEDs, laser diodes and power electronics. The LEDs are used in displays, automotive lighting and general illumination when combined with phosphors. His most recent interests have been in developing solid state sensors.
His publications have been cited over 90,000 times in the literature. He is a Fellow of APS, IEEE, AVS, ECS, MRS and TMS.
Prof. Federico Rosei
National Institute for Scientific Research Energy Materials and Telecommunications Research Centre, Quebec, Canada
Talk Title: Multifunctional materials for emerging technologies
Federico Rosei received MSc (1996) and PhD (2001) degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He held the Canada Research Chair (Junior) in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials (2003–2013) and since May 2016 he holds the Canada Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials.
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He is Professor at the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes (QC) Canada, where he served as Director from July 2011 to March 2019. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage.
Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. His research has been supported by multiple funding sources from the Province of Quebec, the Federal Government of Canada as well as international agencies, for a total in excess of M$ 17. He has worked in partnership with over twenty Canadian R&D companies. He is co-inventor of three patents and has published over 375 articles in prestigious international journals (including Science, Nature Photonics, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Func. Mater., Adv. En. Mat., Nanolett., ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Small, Phys. Rev. Lett., Nanoscale, Chem. Comm., Appl. Phys. Lett., Phys. Rev. B, etc.), has been invited to speak at over 330 international conferences and has given over 240 seminars and colloquia, over 60 professional development lectures and 40 public lectures in 48 countries on all inhabited continents. His publications have been cited over 16,000 times and his H index is 68.
He is Fellow of numerous prestigious national and international societies and academies, including: the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Science, the African Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science, the World Academy of Ceramics, the Academia Europaea, the American Physical Society, AAAS, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ASM International, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Australian Institute of Physics, Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, Foreign Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, Senior Member of IEEE, Alumnus of the Global Young Academy and Member of the Sigma Xi Society.
He has received several awards and honours, including recently the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lectureship (2020–2021), the Guangxi Golden Silkball Friendship Award and the TMS Brimacombe Medal (2021).
Prof. Mary Ryan
Imperial College London, UK
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Dr. Ian Shuttleworth
Nottingham Trent University, UK
Talk Title: On length scales and approximations in the modelling of applied surface science phenomena
Ian Shuttleworth started his career with a PhD in Surface Physics earned at the Cavendish Laboratories, Cambridge University. He held post-doctoral positions at both the University of Nottingham and then Rutgers University, before accepting a faculty position at Nottingham Trent University.
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Ian Shuttleworth's research interests lie in the field of chemical processes that occur during heterogeneous catalysis – that is, when the phase of the catalyst is different to the phase of the reactants. Broadly, investigations within his group follow the themes of:
* Surface and interfacial science
* Nano-chemistry, and defect chemistry
Current project fields include:
* An accurate van der Waals description of the adsorbate-surface interaction
* Strain engineering, and its consequences for catalysis
* The efficient deconvolution of x-ray diffraction images
Prof. Marcel Somers
Danish Technical University, Denmark
Talk Title: On the role of stress in microstructure evolution during thermo-chemical surface engineering
Marcel A.J. Somers (1960) received his M.Sc. degree in physical metallurgy (1985) and his Doctor’s degree (1989) from Delft University of Technology (NL).
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In 89/90 he was with Philips Center for Materials, Technology and Innovation as section leader in advanced materials characterization. He returned to Delft University of Technology as assistant professor in physical chemistry of the solid state in 1990 and was appointed full professor of physical metallurgy at the Technical University of Denmark in 1997. A red thread through Somers’ scientific work is gas-metal interactions in surface engineering with interstitials and gaseous corrosion along with advanced microstructure characterization. Furthermore, his interests encompass martensitic transformations at cryogenic temperatures and thermodynamics and diffusion modelling. His work is of fundamental character with a technological importance and spin-off for industrial application. In 2000 he established a university group in Materials and Surface Engineering, which he has headed since. Marcel Somers is an enthusiastic educator in physical metallurgy, materials characterization and surface engineering and has co-authored over 300 contributions in international journals, conference proceedings and chapters in books. He is co-editor of the comprehensive book “Thermochemical Surface Engineering of Steels”. Moreover, he is co-inventor of 17 patents/patent applications and co-founder of the industrial spin-outs Expanite A/S and TRD Surfaces ApS. He was awarded the Brandsma prize (1989); ASM European Lecturer (1999); Reinholdt W. Jorck prize (2001); DTU's innovation prize (2007); Alex Foss gold medal for rewarding contributions to engineering sciences (2014); Fellow of ASM International (2016) and the IFHTSE Medal (2019). He is an elected member of the Danish Society for Technical Sciences (ATV) since 1999 and was chairman of the Danish Research Council for Technology and Production Sciences (FTP) from 2007 to 2009.
Prof. Jennifer Strunk
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Germany
Talk Title: New insights into surface active sites in photocatalysis: Single-site and single-atom catalysts
Jennifer 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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After a postdoctoral stay at UC Berkeley (2008-2010) and employment as (junior) research group leader at Ruhr-University (2010-2014) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (2014-2016), she became professor at the LIKAT in Rostock, Germany, in January 2017 to lead the new Department of Heterogeneous Photocatalysis.
Her prime research interest is to develop reliable reactors and reproducible research methodologies to understand the fundamental surface processes in heterogeneous photocatalysis and to identify the active sites.
Prof. Sefik Suzer
Bilkent University, Turkey
Talk Title: Tapping into Charge-Dynamics of Ionic-Liquid Electrolytes within Energy Storage Devices with Operando X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
ŞEFİK SÜZER is a Chemistry Department faculty member in Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
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He completed his Ph.D. at U. C. Berkeley in 1976 and worked in Middle East Technical University (Turkey), before joining Bilkent University (Turkey) in 1992. He has been conducting research on surface science and spectroscopy with a focus on charging phenomena in XPS, using both static (d.c.) and dynamic (a.c.) voltage stimuli, for material and device characterization involving thin films, solids as well as liquid interfaces.
Dr. Jolanta Swiatowska
CNRS-Chimie ParisTech, France
Dr Jolanta Światowska is CNRS Research Director (DR) at Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, Chimie ParisTech in a group of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces (dir. Philippe Marcus).
She received her PhD in Technological Science in 2003 from AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland where she was an Associate Professor (2003-2005). In 2005-2008, she was a postodoc at Chimie ParisTech in Paris.
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Her main research activity is focused on surface chemistry and electrochemistry. She is interested in the understanding of the reactivity of metals, alloys and oxides in liquid and gaseous environments, the mechanisms of surface/material modifications/degradation due to processes of passivation, adsorption, ageing induced by electrochemical reactions (e.g. in corrosion, batteries). In her research she combines the electrochemical techniques with advanced surface analytical methods such as X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. She has published over 80 articles and presented her work at over 120 conferences. She is a member of International Society of Electrochemistry, The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and CEFRACOR. She is also working as an expert/project evaluator for the European Commission, ANR - Agence nationale de la recherche (France), FWO - Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium). She has received visiting scholarships of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ECS, Marie Curie, Polish Foundation for Science and more recently CNRS scientific awards.
Prof. Jyh-Ming Ting
Mina Materials Lab, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Dr. Jyh-Ming Ting is an AES Chair Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan. He has a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and MS and PhD degrees at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati.
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After Dr. Ting received the PhD degree, he joined Applied Sciences, Inc. (ASI), Ohio, USA as a Scientist and then R&D Director. With 8-year working experiences, at ASI, Dr. Ting accepted a faculty in NCKU. Dr. Ting’s expertise includes synthesis of thin films/coatings, nanostructured materials, high entropy materials, and carbon (nano)fiber and its composites. These materials have been explored for functional applications, especially in energy generation/storage/saving and photodegradation. Dr. Ting has received a number of awards, authored over 200 refereed journal articles, and holds more than 30 patents.
Prof. Zhong-Shuai Wu
State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China
Talk Title: 2D Materials for Micro-Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices
Zhong-Shuai Wu received a BA in Chemistry and a MSc in Inorganic Chemistry from Liaoning University, and subsequently obtained a PhD from the Institute of Metal Research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany during 2011-2015.
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Then he became a full Professor and Group Leader of 2D Materials & Energy Devices at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS. In 2018, he was promoted to be a DICP Chair Professor. His research interests include graphene and 2D materials, surface- and nanoelectrochemistry, surface science applied to supercapacitors and batteries, flexible and microscale electrochemical energy storage devices, and electrocatalysts. He has published >130 peer-reviewed papers (IF>10, 70+ papers), with a total citation of >20000 times. He is a recipient of the National Natural Science Award (2nd class, 2017), the 2018 and 2019 High Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics), and the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Energy Chemistry, Energy Storage Materials, Journal of Physics: Energy, Physics.
Prof. Yan Yu
University of Science and Technology of China, China
Talk Title: Advanced Sodium ion Batteries
Yan Yu is a full professor of material science at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). She received her Ph.D. in material science at USTC in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Florida International University.
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After that she received a Humboldt Research Fellowship and the Sofja Kovalevskaja award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Her current research interests mainly include the design of novel nanomaterials for clean energy, especially for batteries and the fundamental science of energy-storage systems. She was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Materials Science. She also received several awards and honors, such as The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, The 16th China Youth Science and Technology Award, Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, etc.
Prof. Harold J.W. Zandvliet
University of Twente, Netherlands
Talk Title: 2D graphene-like materials
Harold J.W. Zandvliet (1963) earned his PhD in condensed matter physics at the University of Twente in 1990.
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He then joined Philips Research in Eindhoven. In 2005 he became a full professor in applied physics at the University of Twente. His current research interests involve one- and two-dimensional materials, molecular electronics and scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy. Harold Zandvliet is an APS outstanding referee and an elected Fellow of the IOP (Institute of Physics).
Prof. Han Zuilhof
Wageningen University & Research Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, The Netherlands
Han Zuilhof (born 1965) holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University. His interests focus on surface-bound (bio-)organic chemistry and novel organic reactivity.
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He obtained an MSc in Chemistry and MA in Philosophy from Leiden University (both highest honors). After a PhD in Organic Chemistry (Leiden University, 1994; highest honors), and postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester, NY, and Columbia University, he joined the faculty at Wageningen University. He has been a Professor of Organic Chemistry since 2007. He has written over 330 research papers, and more than 10 patents. He is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and a Perennial Distinguished Guest Professor of Molecular Science at the School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology (SPST) at Tianjin University, China. He serves/served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Langmuir, Advanced Materials Interfaces and Applied Surface Science, and was a Senior Editor of Langmuir (2016-2020). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his outstanding contributions to chemical science, and founder of a spin-off company Surfix (2011).