Plenary Speakers and Honorary Keynote Lectures
Drexel University, USA
Yury Gogotsi is a Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and a Distinguished University Professor at Drexel University. He also serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. He received his Engineer (BS/MS) degree in 1984 and Cand.Sci. in 1986 from Kiev Polytechnic and a D.Sci. degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1995.
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After a Humboldt Fellowship in Germany (U Karlsruhe) and JSPS Fellowship in Japan (Tokyo Institute of Technology), he accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996 and joined Drexel University in Philadelphia as Full professor in 2000. He also has/had visiting professor positions at Paul Sabatier University and the University of Limoges in France, Shinshu University in Japan, Jilin University, Dalian University of Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology in China.
His research group works on the development nanostructured carbons, 2D carbides and nitrides (MXenes), and other nanomaterials for energy, water and biomedical applications. Gogotsi has contributed to shaping the field of materials for electrochemical capacitors, to understanding the behavior of ions in confinement, to the development of a large family of carbide-derived carbons, to the discovery of MXenes and new morphologies of carbon materials (conical and polyhedral crystals), and to the development of new methods of synthesis of nanotubes and other nanostructures.
He has co-authored 2 books, 16 book chapters, more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited 14 books (Nanomaterials Handbook and Carbon Nanomaterials are CRC bestsellers in 2nd edition now), and obtained more than 50 patents. He was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science and Chemistry by Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics in 2014-2017 (h-index 119/98, Google Scholar/Web of Science). He has received numerous awards for his research, including the European Carbon Association Award, S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, I.N. Frantsevich Prize from Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Nano Energy and Energy Storage Materials awards from Elsevier, International Nanotechnology Prize (RUSNANOPrize), R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine (twice) and two Nano 50 Awards from NASA Nanotech Briefs. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, NanoSMAT Society, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and a Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering. He has honorary doctorates from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, Institute of Materials Science (Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences) and Kiev Polytechnic (Ukraine). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and acts as Associate Editor of ACS Nano.
Rice University, USA
Naomi Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and founding director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University. She is the Director of the Smalley-Curl Institute.
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She was a graduate research fellow at IBM Research, Yorktown, NY, served as a postdoctoral associate at AT&T Bell Laboratories and joined the Rice faculty in 1990. Halas is one of the pioneering researchers in the field of plasmonics, creating the concept of the “tunable plasmon” and inventing a family of nanoparticles with resonances spanning the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum. Halas pursues fundamental studies of coupled plasmonic systems as well as applications of plasmonics in biomedicine, optoelectronics, chemical sensing, photocatalysis, and most recently in solar energy and sustainability, with ‘solar steam’ technology. She is author of more than 300 refereed publications, has more than fifteen issued patents, has presented more than 500 invited talks, and has been cited more than 40,000 times (H=107 on Web of Science, over 65,000 citations and H=121 on Google Scholar). She is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, a Houston-based company developing photothermal therapies for cancer and other diseases based on her nanoparticles, currently in multiple clinical trials, and is currently transferring other technologies from her laboratory. Halas is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering in 2014, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of the American Physical Society Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, the Willis E. Lamb Award, and the Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America. She is a Fellow of OSA, APS, SPIE, IEEE, MRS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors. She has been a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow of the U.S. Department of Defense and an advisor to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Photonics, Materials Horizons, Chemical Physics Letters and Laser and Photonics Reviews, and an Associate Editor of Nano Letters.
Beihang University, China
Lei Jiang received his B.S. degree in solid state physics (1987), and M.S. degree in physical chemistry (1990) from Jilin University in China. From 1992 to 1994, he studied at the University of Tokyo in Japan as a China-Japan joint course Ph.D. student and received his Ph.D. degree from Jilin University of China with Prof. Tiejin Li. Then, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Akira Fujishima’s group at the University of Tokyo.
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In 1996, he worked as researcher in Kanagawa Academy of Sciences and Technology, Prof. Hashimoto’s project. In 1999, he joined the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2015, he moved to the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS. Since 2008, he has also served as the dean of the School of Chemistry and Environment at Beihang University.
He was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences in 2009 and 2012. In 2016, he was also elected as a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with the Humboldt Research Award (Germany, 2017), Nikkei Asia Prize (Japan, 2016), MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award (USA, 2014), National Natural Science Award (China, 2005), and many other honors and awards.
He has published over 500 papers including; 3 papers in Nature, 1 paper in Science, 1 paper in Nature Nanotechnology, 1paper in Nature Reviews Materials, 1 paper in Nature Materials, 6 papers in Natural Communication, 3 papers in Science Advance, 2 papers in Chem. Rev., 7 papers in Chem. Soc. Rev., 6 papers in Acc. Chem. Res., 44 papers in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 29 papers in J. Am. Chem. Soc., and 114 papers in Adv. Mater. The works have been cited more than 54,000 times with an H index of 115.
University of Bristol, UK
Ian Manners was born in London, England and, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, he conducted postdoctoral work in Germany and then in the USA. He joined the University of Toronto, Canada as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995 and was made a Canada Research Chair in 2001. In 2006 he returned to his Alma Mater to take up a Chair in Inorganic, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry supported by an EU Marie Curie Chair. In 2018 he was awarded a Canada 150 Research Chair and will take up a position at the University of Victoria, Canada in the next year.
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Ian’s research interests broadly focus on synthetic problems at molecular, macromolecular, and longer length scales. His current research projects include: catalytic main group chemistry and main group polymers, functional metallopolymers, crystallization-driven self-assembly of block copolymers, nanoelectronics with soft materials, and biological-synthetic hybrids based on DNA and viruses. He is the recipient of a range of awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (from the US), the Steacie Prize (from Canada), the RSC Award in Main Group Chemistry, and a Humboldt Research Award from Germany. Most recently he received the RSC de Gennes Prize (2017).
His work is documented in ca. 670 career publications and 4 books and has been presented in ca. 560 invited lectures worldwide. He has a current h-index of 89 (Web of Science) and his work has received over 24,000 citations from other scientists. He is an elected member of both the Canadian and the British National Academies of Science.
Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Prof. Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin’s current research at EPFL focuses on Perovskite Solar Cells and Light-emitting diodes. He has published more than 556 peer-reviewed papers, ten book chapters, and inventor/co-inventor of over 75 patents. The high impact of his work has been recognized by invitations to speak at several international conferences.
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According to the Web of Science in 2016, Nazeeruddin is the 5th most cited chemist in the world and is one of the 19 scientists identified by Thomson Reuters as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2015 (from all scientific domains).
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Prof. Nazeeruddin is one of the Top 10 University Researchers in the SciVal topic "perovskite; solar cells; methylammonium lead" (2014 to 2017).
Times Higher Education: The World University Rankings: Top universities and researchers in perovskite solar cell research
Prof. Nazeeruddin has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry.
HONORARY KEYNOTE LECTURES
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Kris Matyjaszewski is J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.
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He discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, commercialized in 2004 in US, Japan and Europe. He has co-authored >1000 publications (cited >126,000 times, h-index 171, Google Scholar) and holds 59 US patents. Matyjaszewski received 2017 Franklin Medal in Chemistry, 2015 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, 2014 National Institute of Materials Science (Japan) Award, 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and from the ACS: 2015 Overberger Prize, 2013 AkzoNobel North America Science Award, 2011 Hermann Mark Award, 2011 Award in Applied Polymer Science, 2002 Polymer Chemistry Award, 1995 Creative Polymer Chemistry Award. He received 10 honorary degrees and is a member of National Academy of Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Inventors.
Collège de France, France
Today Clément Sanchez , is Professor at the Collège de France chair of the « Chemistry of Hybrid Materials ». He was Director of The Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (UMR 7574, University of Pierre and Marie Curie-Collège de France-CNRS) (1999-2013). He did a large part of his career at the CNRS where he was Director of Research and he was also Professor at l'Ecole Polytechnique.
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He received an engineer degree from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris in 1978 and a “thèse d'état” (PhD) in physical chemistry from the University of Paris VI in 1981. He did a post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently performing research at the Collège de France in Paris. He is specialised in the field of nanochemistry and physical properties of nanostructured porous and non-porous transition metal oxide based gels and porous and non-porous hybrid organic inorganic materials shaped as monoliths, microspheres and films. He was organiser of several international meetings associated to the field of soft-chemistry, hybrid materials and related bio-aspects.
Hybrid materials are obviously also of interest to manufacturers. The researcher is also sensitive to the "useful" side of his inventions. Clément Sanchez is not only very interested in science but also in innovation and application, as evidenced by the seventy patents he has already filed with his collaborators. Knowing how to translate an industrial problem into a basic research question can also be a source of inspiration for research. But it also allows itself to create new materials out of curiosity, for pleasure without immediate application or clear industrial valorization today. Because basic research is essential. It's a way to understand the present, to prepare for the future ... and to remain a researcher, or an artist, who takes risks.
To explore widely, not to rely on one's achievements and to open oneself to the public, is what Clement Sanchez appreciates in the constantly renewed courses he gives today at the Collège de France, where he was appointed in January 2011. Each year, we must invent a new way of "disseminating recent scientific advances" to a wide variety of audiences. An activity that the researcher pursues on the scale of his "dynamic and brilliant" research team. Even though he now has less time to spend on these experiences, he wants to remain available to talk with and support young researchers and students, to pitch ideas and to promote new topics. Create rich links to secure the future of others.
2017 – 2018 Becomes a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, receives the Grand Prize of the French Society of Metallurgy and Materials (SF2M), is appointed to the "World Academy of Ceramics" and elected to the French Academy of Technology, gets the chair "International Francqui Professor" in Belgium
2014 Winner of the Eni Grand Prize "Protection of the Environment"
2011 Is elected professor at the College of France with the Chair of "Chemistry of Hybrid Materials" and member of the Academy of Sciences
2010 Elected to the European Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea and wins the IFPEN Grand Prize of the Academy of Sciences
2009 Winner of the P. Süe Grand Prize of the Société Chimique de France
2008 Winner of the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Award