6th Nano Today Conference


Plenary speakers

Yi Cui

Stanford University, USA

Nano Today Award Lecture: Nanomaterials design for energy and environment

Yi Cui is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received B.S. in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Ph.D in 2002 at Harvard University.

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Andrey Rogach

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Talk title: Influence of molecular fluorophores on the emission of chemically synthesized carbon dots

Andrey L. Rogach is a Chair Professor of Photonics Materials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Functional Photonics at City University of Hong Kong.

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Paul S. Weiss

University of California Los Angeles, USA

Materials in Society' Lecture: Nanotechnology approaches to biological heterogeneity and cellular therapies

Paul S. Weiss is a nanoscientist and holds a UC Presidential Chair and is a distinguished professor of chemistry and of materials science at UCLA.

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Invited speakers

You Han Bae

Utah University, USA

Talk title: New ileal absorption pathway of nanoparticle for oral delivery of injectable

Dr. You Han Bae is Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutics at the University of Utah. His expertise includes responsive polymers and their biomedical applications and novel delivery systems for cells, proteins, genes, and small molecules.

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I-Wei Chen

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Talk title: Probing resistance nano memories using fracture, pressure and coherent electrons

I-Wei Chen is Skirkanich Professor of Materials Innovation at University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at University of Michigan and MIT, and received Humboldt Award in 1997.

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Jinwoo Cheon

Yonsei University, South Korea

Talk title: Interfaces: Nanomaterials and cells

Dr. Jinwoo Cheon is the Director of the Institute for Basic Science – Center for NanoMedicine (IBS CNM), and H.G. Underwood Professor of Chemistry at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

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Utkan Demirci

Stanford University, USA

Talk title: Innovative tools to isolate extracellular vesicles for broad applications in liquid biopsy and cardiovascular research

Dr.  Demirci  leads  a productive group of ~30  researchers  focusing  on micro-and  nano-scale  technologies. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 as a James B. Angell Scholar (summa cum laude) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Mingdong Dong

Aarhus University, Denmark

Talk title: Understanding of abnormal protein aggregation by scanning probe microscopy approach

Mingdong Dong (MD) is currently working as a group leader at Bio-SPM group at Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University Denmark. He obtained his PhD degree in 2006 from Aarhus University, Denmark.

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Hongwei Duan

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Talk title: Surface-engineered plasmonic nanostructures for diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Hongwei Duan is an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

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Ibrahim El-Sherbiny

Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt

Talk title: Smart nano- and nano-in-micro systems for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications

Dr. Ibrahim El-Sherbiny is Professor of smart nanomaterials and nanomedicine at Zewail City of Science and Technology.

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Harald Fuchs

Muenster University, Germany

Talk title: From on-surface chemical reactions to self-assembled multilevel functional systems

Harald Fuchs is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Münster, Germany. He spent from 1984 –1985 a post-doctoral year with IBM Research Laboratory Zurich in the group of G. Binnig & H. Rohrer.

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Corine Gérardin

Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, France

Talk title: Functional porous hybrid nanomaterials engineered by controlled polymer/inorganic cooperative assembly

Corine Gérardin is currently a CNRS Director of Research at the Institute Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier, France. In 1988 she received an engineer degree from the « Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris », and in 1991 she received her PhD degree from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Then she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University (NJ, USA) with Pr. A. Navrotsky and Pr. J. Benziger. In 1994 she was appointed at CNRS and spent two years in Strasbourg University, France.

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Zhen Gu

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Talk title: Leverage physiology for bioresponsive drug delivery

Dr. Zhen Gu is currently a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received B.S. degree in Chemistry and M.S. degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Nanjing University.

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Wim Hennink

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Talk title: Nanogels for the intracellular delivery of proteins for cancer treatment

Wim Hennink obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1985 at the Twente University of Technology on a thesis with a biomaterials research topic.

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Jiaxing Huang

Northwestern University, USA

Talk title: Materials innovation for better living - Some progresses in carbon nanomaterials

Jiaxing Huang is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. In research, his group uses chemical principles and tools to make material innovations for better living.

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Twan Lammers

RWTH Aachen, Germany

Talk title: Smart cancer nanomedicine

Twan Lammers obtained a DSc degree in Radiation Oncology from Heidelberg University in 2008 and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutics from Utrecht University in 2009. In the same year, he started the Nanomedicine and Theranostics group at the Institute for Experimental Molecular Imaging at RWTH Aachen University Clinic.

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Guanghui Ma

Institute of Process Engineering, China

Talk title: Bio-mimetic vaccine particle by using uniform polymer micro/nano particle

Prof. Ma received her Ph.D (1993) in Polymer Chemistry from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She joined the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology as an Assistant Professor (1994).

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Liberato Manna

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Talk title: Halide perovskite nanocrystals: Their synthesis, chemical, structural, and surface transformations

Liberato Manna received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Bari (Italy) and worked at UC Berkeley (USA) as a Visiting Student and subsequently at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab (USA) as a Postdoc until 2003.

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Ana Paula Pego

University of Porto, Portugal

Talk title: Nano-enabled systems for nucleic acid delivery to the nervous system

By using nanomedicine strategies my group – nBTT – nanoBioamterials for Targeted Therapies - aims to provide in situ and in a targeted manner the required signals to promote nervous tissue regeneration.

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Maurizio Prato

CIC biomaGUNE and University of Trieste, Italy

Talk title: Shaping interfaces with carbon nanostructures at the molecular scale: Applications in energy and neurosciences

Maurizio Prato graduated in Padova, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in 1983. He moved to Trieste in 1992 as an Associate Professor to become Full Professor in 2000.

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Victor Puntes

Institut Catala de Nanocienca i Nanotecnologia, Spain

Talk title: The colors of the void: Plasmons in hollow AuAg nanocrystals

Prof. Dr. Victor Puntes is ICREA Research Professor with joint appointments in Vall Hebron Institute de Recerca (VHIR) (2014) and at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) (2005).

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Shizhang Qiao

The University of Adelaide, Australia

Talk title: Nanostructured electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes

Dr. Shi-Zhang Qiao is currently a professor (Chair of Nanotechnology) at School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Adelaide. His research expertise is in nanostructured materials for new energy technologies including electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, fuel cell, supercapacitor and batteries.

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Clément Sanchez

College de France, France

Talk title: Design and properties of nanoparticles and functional nanostructured inorganic and hybrid solids

Clément Sanchez is Professor at the Collège de France  chair of « 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).

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Shi-Gang Sun

Xiamen University, China

Talk title: Nanomaterials of well-defined structure and high performance for electrochemical energy conversion and storage

Shi-Gang Sun obtained his Bachelor of Science from Xiamen University, China, in 1982, Doctorat d’Etat (Docteur ès Sciences Physiques) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France, in 1986. After one-year post-doctoral research in the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Interfaciale du CNRS, France.

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Shouheng Sun

Brown University, USA

Talk title: Hard-magnetic L10-MPt/Pt nanoparticles for enhanced electrocatalysis

Shouheng Sun received his BSc from Sichuan University in 1984, MSc from Nanjing University in 1987, and PhD from Brown University in 1996. He joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center first as a postdoctoral fellow (1996-1998) and then as a research staff member (1998-2004).

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Michel Trudeau

Hydro-Quebec, Canada

Talk title: Nanomaterials for a future hydrogen economy

Dr. Michel L. Trudeau has been involved in the physical understanding and characterization of metastable and nanostructured materials for more than 37 years. He started his career studying quantum transport properties at low temperature in metallic glasses, investigating magnetic transport and superconductivity.

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Andreas Walther

University of Freiburg, Germany

Talk title: Self-assembled bioinspired nanocomposites: Molecular engineering and light adaptation

Andreas Walther is a Professor for Functional Polymers at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (Germany).

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Hailiang Wang

Yale University, USA

Talk title: Materials design for cooperative catalysis in electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion

Hailiang Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University. He is also a faculty member of the Energy Sciences Institute on Yale West Campus.

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Yong Wang

Zhejiang University, China

Talk title: In-situ visualization of the dynamic behaviors of nanocatalysts under environment

Dr Yong Wang is a professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University. He received his PhD from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006.

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Yung-Eun Sung

Seoul National University, South Korea

Talk title: Durable nanoparticle for energy conversion and storage

Professor Yung-Eun Sung got a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and investigated electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST) in Korea. He joined Seoul National University as professor since 2004.

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Michael S. Wong

Rice University, USA

Talk title: The role of nano-catalysis at the energy-water nexus

Dr. Michael S. Wong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University.

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Yusuke Yamauchi

University of Queensland, Australia

Talk title: Nanoarchitectonics: Synthesis of porous materials with highly crystallized frameworks

Professor Yamauchi is a full professor at School of Chemical Engineering and a senior group leader at AIBN at The University of Queensland.

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Hong Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Talk title: Design of nanostructures as catalysts for electrochemical and thermochemical redox reactions of oxygen

Professor Hong Yang is the Richard C. Alkire Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

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Zhimou Yang

Nankai University, China

Talk title: Enzyme assisted peptide folding, self-assembly and bioactivity

Zhimou Yang was born in 1978 in Guangdong Province, China. Dr. Yang received his BS from Nanjing University in 2001. He obtained his PhD in 2006 from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology under the supervision of Professor Bing Xu.

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Shu-Hong Yu

University of Science and Technology of China, China

Talk title: Bioinspired synthesis and self-assembly of functional materials

Shu-Hong Yu completed PhD in inorganic chemistry in 1998 from University of Science and Technology of China. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in Tokyo Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was awarded the AvH Fellowship (2001-2002) in the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany.

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Karim Zaghib

Hydro-Quebec, Canada

Talk title: Lithium metal solid state batteries: From the nanomaterials to the system

Karim Zaghib innovates within Hydro-Québec, the company in charge of the production, transmission and distribution of electricity in the province of Quebec, CA. He currently holds the positions of General Director at the Center of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage of Hydro-Quebec [CETEES], CEO of SCE France and CTO of InnovHQ and HQ Energy Storage [HQES].

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Zhigang Zou

Nanjing University, China

Talk title: Solar fuel production: opportunities for nanostructures

Zhigang Zou devotes himself in the research field of new energy and photocatalytic materials of a long term, where he has made systematic and original contributions to the design theory, material preparation, and applications of the energy and environmental materials, specifically photocatalytic materials. He is now “Yangtze River Scholars” Distinguished Professor at Nanjing University, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, and an academician of the Third World Academy of Science.

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