Global Advanced Materials & Surfaces Forum 2015

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof Daniel Choi

Department Head - Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department, Masdar Institute, UAE

Dr. Daniel Choi received his BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Seoul National University (South Korea) and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Dr. Choi worked as a staff member for three years at the Aerospace Corporation in California, which supports the US Air Force, where developed high-resolution Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Lithography techniques, high-transconductance/low-noise nanometer-scale MOSFET and GaN high-speed electronic devices. He later joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/NASA in 1999 as a task manager, leading a number of space-related projects for nine years. He also has worked on the development of high sensitivity gas sensors, MEMS-gyroscopes, and novel microfluidic ion mobility chromatograph for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project. He served as the committee for NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Prior to joining the Masdar Institute, Dr. Choi was an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program for 2007-2013 at University of Idaho (USA), where he developed technologies in the area of energy storage, 3D-nanoelectronics and bio-applications (cancer treatments and smart drug delivery). His leadership at the University of Idaho included serving as the MSE program coordinator to design/improve the programs to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria, an academic advisor of the Tau Beta Pi University of Idaho chapter, and being the director of the University Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility.

Currently, Dr. Choi is an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Masdar Institute.


Dr. Matteo Chiesa

Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering / Materials Science and Engineering, Masdar Institute, UAE


Prior to joining the Masdar Institute faculty, Dr. Matteo Chiesa was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he investigated the properties of nano-engineered insulating material that may play a key role in addressing the technological challenges faced by the oil industry in enhancing oil recovery while minimizing its environmental impact. This research was performed in close collaboration with the R&D department at Aibel (former ABB Offshore System) for which he previously served as a technical advisor. He was also employed at SINTEF Petroleum and Energy, one of the largest European research institutions.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ali Khademhosseini

Harvard University, USA

Ali Khademhosseini is a Full Professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  He is also a Junior Principal Investigator at Japan’s World Premier International – Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR) at Tohoku University where he directs a satellite laboratory.   In addition he is an adjunct faculty at the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin and an eminent scholar at Kyung Hee University in Korea.


His research is based on developing micro- and nanoscale technologies to control cellular behavior with particular emphasis in developing microscale biomaterials and engineering systems for tissue engineering. He is also developing organ on a chip systems that aim to predict human response in vitro.  Currently, his laboratory is developing technologies to control the formation of vascularized tissues with appropriate microarchitectures as well as regulating stem cell differentiation within microengineered systems. His laboratory is also combining these microengineering technologies with state-of-art 3D printing and microfluidic devices to build organs-on-a-chip platforms with on-line sensing units for applications such as drug and toxin screening. He has edited multiple books and is an author on ~350 journal articles, ~50 book chapters/editorials, over 200 abstracts, and 20 patent/disclosure applications.  His work has been published in leading journals and routinely highlighted in international media.  He has been cited ~15500 times and has an H-index of 65.  Also, he has given over 250 invited seminars and keynote lectures.


Prof. Mohammad Reza Ejtehadi

full professor at department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Dr Mohammad Reza Ejtehadi obtained his PhD in Physics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, in 1998. He has worked in the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and in 2004 he joined Sharif University of Technology, where he has held a full professor position at the department of Physics since 2013.


He applies statistical physics and simulations to various problems in soft matter and biological systems.


He has been elected to be a board member of the Physics Society of Iran since 2009, and the member of Statistical Physics commission of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) since 2011.



Prof. Katsuyoshi Kondoh

Professor, Associate Managing Director, Osaka University, Japan

Professor Dr. Katsuyoshi Kondoh is adviser to President, Osaka University. He received both B.S./M.S. degrees and PhD from Osaka University majoring in arc welding process. His major research field is powder metallurgy materials and processing, in particular non-ferrous materials and their composites such as magnesium, titanium, aluminum and copper. He also studies on high-performance carbon nanotubes reinforced metal matrix composites and CNTs coating process for mechanical materials and biomaterials. He published more than 200 papers and has about 120 patents.


Prof. Vasco Teixeira

University of Minho, Portugal

Prof. Vasco Teixeira has a PhD degree from University of Minho, Braga-Portugal in Applied Physics. He’s Professor, Entrepreneur and Researcher in the field of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, surface engineering, smart materials, layered nanocomposite functional thin films and nanostructured surfaces.

He is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Nano Research, JNanoR ((Honorary Editor is Nobel Prize Sir Harry Kroto). He is author or co-author of more than 110 international scientific papers (ISI), 3 ISI journal volumes, 5 book chapters, 3 awarded industry projects in national industrial innovation contests and he gave 25 invited lectures at international conferences.

He is Vice-President of the SOPORVAC-Portuguese Vacuum Society. He is member of the Executive Committee of the SNN-Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is the Chair for the European Advisory Scientific Committee of the SNN. He is member of the Executive Council (Councillor-2004-2007) and 2007-2010 Triennium of IUVSTA-International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications. He is member of Directive Council of the Portuguese Materials Society. He is Coordinator of TTES-Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Division of the SPM-Portuguese Materials Society and Technical Advisory Member of Tribological and Decorative Coatings of the SVC-American Society of Vacuum Coaters.


Prof. Khaled Saoud

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar

Dr. Khaled saoud obtained his BS from Yarmouk University and his Master’s degree in applied physics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then completed his PhD in 2005 in chemical physics at the chemistry and Physics departments, Virginia Commonwealth University working on developing nanomaterials for different applications such as catalysis. He held many industrial positions at major American companies such as Philip Morris USA, Intel Corporation, and Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. He has recently initiated a research program in nanocatalysis, nanotextile and nanomaterials for the construction and development of new catalytic membranes for energy, water treatment, and environmental applications.

He has been working in the field of nanotechnology since 1998. He published over 20 research papers in the field of nanotechnology and holds two US patents. He holds many industrial positions in American companies. He participated in many conferences and holds for using nanomaterials in different applications. Recently, he was invited by Arab League as an expert to start the nanotechnology initiative in the Arab world.


Prof. Ernst J.R. Sudhölter

Chairman of Department Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Ernst J.R. Sudhölter obtained his PhD with distinction from the University of Groningen (1981). Subsequently, he has worked for Royal/Dutch Shell in Amsterdam (1981-1984), the University of Twente (1984-1990), Wageningen University (1990-2006) and currently Delft University of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering (2007). He is professor of Organic Materials & Interfaces and has a strong scientific interest in chemical surface modification, chemical- and biosensors and artificial photosynthesis.




Prof. Hedi Mattoussi

The Florida State University, USA


Prof Mattoussi is a professor at the Florida State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since August 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years working as a senior Research Scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, DC). He earned a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 1987, and a Habilitation to direct Research in Materials Physics (also from Paris VI) in 1994. His research experiences include postdoctoral stays at the Polymer Science Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and at MIT, Center for Materials Science. His group presently focuses on the development of inorganic nanoparticles and clusters (including semiconductor QDs, metallic and magnetic nanocrystals and fluorescent metal clusters such as those made of Au and Ag), their structural and optical characterization, and the development of effective schemes to interface them with biological receptors. His group has also been exploring the use of those materials in sensor development and live cell imaging. He is a fellow of the Royal society of Chemistry, the American Physical Society and the American Chemical society. He is also an Associate Editor of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.




Prof . Taleb Ibrahim

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr Taleb Ibrahim earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, Alabama, USA. He has taught and worked on research in chemical engineering and chemistry departments for more than 18 years at universities such as Auburn University and Tuskegee University, USA.

His areas of research and teaching interest are interfacial phenomena/surface, colloidal science, materials science, corrosion, separation processes and thermodynamics. In his research, emphasis is placed on problems that are related but not limited to polymers, composite materials, pharmaceutical products, environmental issues and corrosion. He has published over 50 journal and conference papers and organized/co-chair several conferences.