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Nano Singapore 2020 Intl. Conference & Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Dr. Shah Kwok Wei

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Shah Kwok Wei was awarded an overseas scholarship by government statutory board JTC and graduated with degree from Tokyo University, Japan. Subsequently, he was awarded an A*STAR scholarship to pursue his PhD working on nanomaterials and nanotechnology. He helped JTC facility management team secured the inaugural Energy Smart Building Award for JTC Summit building. He also represented JTC in the inter-agency taskforce for Climate Change Working Group and Industry Sub-committee for National Climate Change Committee (NCCC).

He was a member of the SPRING’s Technical Review Committee for the review of Singapore’s Code of Practice (CP, now known as Singapore Standards SS) and also for CP 31 (now SS 535): - Mains Failure Standby Generating Systems and CP 16 (now SS 551) - Earthing.

Recently, he had been invited to give talks as an invited speaker at many prestigious conference events such as MND’s Urban Sustainability Congress 2013, ICMAT (International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies 2013), IMRE - NANOTEC Joint Workshop on Green Nanotechnology 2013. He is the Chairperson for the recent workshop on “Green Building Envelopes and Materials for the Tropics 2013”.

He is a member of the Technical Taskforce 2013 for SGBC Singapore Green Building Council. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee for Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad, 2012 and 2013.

He had filed 5 patents for ASTAR, JTC, MPA, NUS and co-authored several good papers. He is the Principal Investigator for SGD$1.13 million grant by the first A*STAR-MND Green Building Grant Call to work on enhanced phase-change materials. He is also the Principal Investigator for an industry project, collaborating with a MNC company to research on “green” energy-efficient solar-shading materials.

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Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna

National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng is a professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is regarded as the modern father of electrospinning and nanofibers. He Chairs the Circular Economy Taskforce. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics). An European study placed him among the top 500 researchers in the history of science and technology with H-index above 147. He co-authored over 1,000 SCI listed papers which received ~100,000 citations and 148 H-index. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy (https://www.springer.com/materials/journal/42824). He is a co-organizor of an NSF, USA sponsored conference on Circular Economy and Sustainability (http://www.ceasiapacific.com). He is an editorial board member of NATURE Scientific Reports, Elsevier Journal Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, and Springer Nature Journal Adanced Fiber Materials.

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Prof. Yen Nee Tan

Newcastle University, United Kingdom/ Agency of Science, Technology & Research, Singapore

Yen Nee Tan is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Newcastle University. She is also the Principal Investigator of Biosensors and Nanomaterials at the Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS) and Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR. She obtained her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National University of Singapore (NUS) under the Singapore-MIT Alliance Scholarship. Her current research focuses on the development of multifunctional nanomaterials inspired by Nature for the innovations in chemical/biological analysis and nanomedicine. She has published and served as the editor/editorial board members of several prestigious journals (e.g., ACS Nano, Nanoscale, JACS, etc.) and books (e.g., Springer Nature, ACS book). She holds 18 patents with 3 licenses on Nanosensor technologies for medical diagnostic, drug discovery, food safety and environmental applications. Her recent work on nanotheranostics has been selected as hot papers in RSC and Wiley journals, and featured in the Science news of The Straits Times, Singapore. She has contributed in the organisation of many sessions/conferences and actively promote women in science and engineering. She is the ASEAN scholar and the recipient of more than 15 international scientific awards, including Nano-Micro Science Innovation Award (Korea, 2018), IAAM Scientist Medal (Sweden, 2018), Young Giants of NanoScience (Hong Kong, 2016), ACCS Chemical Sensors Award (Malaysia, 2015), L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (Top 3 Singapore, 2013), AsiaNANO Young Researcher Award (Japan, 2010), etc.

 

Research Interests :

  • Nanobiosensors and assay design for biomedical, agriculture, environmental and PAT applications.
  • Multifunctional materials for nanomedicine (photosensitizers, antimicrobial agents, theranostic, etc.)
  • Metallic nanoparticles (anisotropic nanostructures, hollow nanotubes, alloy, core-shell, etc.)
  • Fluorescent nanomaterials (QD, carbon dot, AIE luminogens, metal nanoclusters, etc.)
  • Biomimetic materials design and synthesis (nanoenzyme, biocatalysis, etc.)
  • Nano-bio conjugation and surface fonctionnalisation (enzyme immobilisation, DNA nanoconjugates, etc.)

 

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. ONG Choon Nam

Saw Swee Hock School of Public HealthNational University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Ong Choon Nam is a Professor at the School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (NUS)and was the Director of NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI), 2009 -2018. He is an editorial board member of several international journals on environment and sustainability. Prof Ong is currently a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. He served as a board member of Public Utilities Board, Singapore (2000-2008), and also as an advisor to the OECD, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China, and the US National Water Research Institute.Dr.Ong Chaired the International Expert Panel which advised the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of Singapore on the NEWater study (1997-2004). His team received the TechConnect Innovation award (Washington, 2015) for their on-line senor to monitor surface water Quality.Some of his research works were presented at the World Economic Forum Innovation Section. He is currently involving a programmatic research related to NEXUS of Space, Water and Energy for Sustainable Urban Agriculture. He has published more than 350 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals with an h-indexof 87and over 24,000 citations.

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Prof. Yugen Zhang

Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), A-Star, Singapore

Yugen Zhang is a Group Leader at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), A-Star, Singapore. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1987, where he received his PhD in Chemistry in 1992. After his PhD, he joined USTC as a faculty member and was promoted to Professor in 1999. He visited Riken (Japan) (1996 to 1997, 2000 to 2001), where he worked as visiting scholar in Prof. Zhaomin Hou’ group. Before he joined IBN in 2004, he had been working at Harvard University as a post-doctoral research associate in Prof. RH Holm’s group (2002-2004). He has co-authored more than 190 papers and 30 patents. His main research areas include: (1) antimicrobial technologies, focusing on development of green antimicrobial technologies; (2) functional materials, specifically porous organic polymers and their biological applications; (3) green catalysis for industrial applications. His current research work is supported by several major funding agencies, including NRF-CRP (2018-2023), IAF-ICP (2018-2021), ETPL GAP project (2018) and industrial RCAs (2017-2020).

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Prof. Ortwin Hess

Imperial College London, UK

Ortwin Hess currently holds the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials  in the Blackett Laboratory (Department of Physics) at Imperial College London. He obtained the PhD degree from the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) in 1993 and the Habilitation at the University of Stuttgart in 1997. From 2003 to 2010 he was professor at the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK) and visiting professor at Stanford University (1997/98) and at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (1999/2000).  Ortwin’s research interests bridge theoretical condensed matter physics with photonics and are focused on light-matter interaction in nano-photonics, metamaterials and spatio-temporal nano-laser dynamics. He discovered the ‘trapped-rainbow’ principle, had the idea of stopped-light lasing and made defining contributions to the fields of spatio-temporal dynamics of semiconductor lasers, ultraslow light in metamaterials, complex quantum dot photonics and photonic crystals and strong coupling in nanoplasmonics. Ortwin pioneered active nanoplasmonics and optical metamaterials with quantum gain for which he is awarded the 2016 Royal Society Rumford Medal.

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Prof. Jacques Jupille

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), CNRS Paris, France

Prof Jacques Jupille is Leader of the group “Oxides in small dimensions” at Institut des Nanosciences de Paris. He’s since 2003 Senior scientist CNRS of 1st class. He’s working on the following research areas: Physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces, from ultra-high-vacuum to ambient conditions, crystallographic and electronic structures, reactivity, catalytic activity, adhesion, wetting, hydration. Tools – Electron spectroscopies, near field microscopies (tunnel and atomic forces), vibrational spectroscopies (high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy), vacuum related techniques, synchrotron based techniques (x-ray diffraction and absorption edges), transmission electron microscopy.

Since 1979, he has been actively involved in the management and support of many societies and institutions including:

  • 1979 – 1986 Member of Section “Inorganic chemistry, catalysis and surfaces” of Comité National of CNRS, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1982 – 1986 Member of the Council of the Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1993 – 1997 Member of the Program Committee “Chemistry absorption” of LURE
  • 1996 – Member of the “ Surface and Interfaces Section ” (Condensed Matter Division -  European Physical Society)
  • 1996 – Member of the ECOSS (European Conference On Surface Science) Bureau
  • 1996 – 2002 Member of the Program Committee “Solid state physics” of LURE.
  • 1998 – Member de Board of Editors of Surface Review and Letters
  • 1998 – 2004 Member of the Surface Science Division - International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)
  • 1998 – Member of the Council of the French society of metallurgy and materials (SF2M)
  • 2001 – Member of the SF2M bureau
  • 2002 – 2006 Member of the Executive Committee of FEMS (Federation of European Societies of Materials)
  • 2003 – 2006 President of French Federation of Materials (FFM)
  • 2004 – 2008 Member of Section “Condensed Matter : organization and dynamics” of Comité National of CNRS, Physics Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2008 Member of the expert panel of the Section “Catalysis, Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry” for recruitment of Junior Scientists, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2007 Vice-President of SF2M
  • 2007 – President of SF2M
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Prof. Ken-Tye Yong

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Yong is an Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. He’s the Director of the Bio Devices and Signal Analysis (VALENS). He obtained his PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo in 2006. Currently, his research group interests include engineering nanomaterials for biophotonic and nanomedicine applications, nanotoxicity andpharmacokinetics of nanoparticles, fabricating miniaturized devices for drugdelivery, developing nanosensors for biodetection, and creating devices for nanophotonics studies.

Research interests

  • Nanotechnology approaches for cancer detection and therapy
  • Multifunctional nanoparticles or quantum dots for biomedical and nanomedicine applications
  • Biocompatible MEMS devices for activated therapies
  • Pharmacokinetics and toxicity from nanoparticle-based delivery systems
  • Novel biomaterials with controlled properties for targeted delivery/gene therapy
  • Nanomaterials for solar and optoelectronic applications

Research projects

  • Development of NTU/ NXP- Intelligent Transport Systems Test-Bed
  • Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals for High-order Multiphoton Microscopy
  • Multimode optical fiber-based NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) sensor using UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy
  • Provost’s Chair in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 

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Prof. Su Pei-Chen

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Su’s research interests are in applying microsystem technologies, nanoscale thin film materials engineering, and nano-patterning technologies at the interface of energy conversion devices, specifically fuel cells. She pioneered in development of high power density nano thin film oxide fuel cells at low operating temperature and keeps leading cell performance in the literature. Her research interests include low temperature solid oxide fuel cells, micro/nano fabrication, nanoionics, and thin film energy materials.

Her research group focuses on developing new electrode and electrolyte materials and nano-engineering of cell components via thin film deposition technologies, design and fabrication of scalable micro-SOFCs, and study of reaction kinetics between cathode and nano thin film electrolyte interface, all together with an ultimate goal of commercializing a practical device for SOFCs below 500°C.

She has expanded her research interest on polymer additive manufacturing, specifically fast curing of nanofiller resin for stereolithography (SLA), 4D printing of smart shape memory polymers and it’s applications.

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Prof. Boris Luk'yanchuk

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia/ Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Lukiyanchuk's significant research interests are related to Laser - matter interactions, Chemical processing with lasers, Nonlinear phenomena, Selforganization, Laser-ablation, Nanoclusters, Photo modification in polymers, Laser Cleaning, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Nanoscopy, Nanooptics, etc.

Boris Luk'yanchuk Personal site.

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Prof. Harald W. Giessen

University of Stuttgart, Germany

Harald Giessen (*1966) graduated from Kaiserslautern University with a diploma in Physics and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1995 as J.W. Fulbright scholar. After a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart he moved to Marburg as assistant professor. From 2001-2004, he was associate professor at the University of Bonn. Since 2005, he is full professor and holds the Chair for Ultrafast Nanooptics in the Department of Physics at the University of Stuttgart. He is also co-chair of the Stuttgart Center of Photonics Engineering, SCoPE. He was guest researcher at the University of Cambridge, and guest professor at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Sydney, at A*Star, Singapore, as well as at Beijing University of Technology. He is associated researcher at the Center for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. He received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2012 for his work on complex nanoplasmonics. He was co-chair (2014) and chair (2016) of the Gordon Conference on Plasmonics and Nanophotonics. He was general chair of the conference Photonics Europe (Strasbourg 2018) and is co-chair of the biannual conference NanoMeta in Seefeld, Austria. He is on the advisory board of the journals "Advanced Optical Materials", "Nanophotonics: The Journal", "ACS Photonics", "ACS Sensors", and "Advanced Photonics". He is a topical editor for ultrafast nanooptics, plasmonics, and ultrafast lasers and pulse generation of the journal "Light: Science & Applications" of Nature Publishing Group. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In 2018, he was named „Highly Cited Researcher“ (top 1%) by the Institute of Scientific Information. His research interests include Ultrafast Nano-Optics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, 3D Printed Micro- and Nano-Optics, Novel mid-IR Ultrafast Laser Sources, Applications in Microscopy, Biology, and Sensing.

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Dr. James Kah Chen Yong

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. James Kah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in NUS. He received his B.Eng. with first class honours in Electrical Engineering and subsequently completed his Ph.D. both from National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining NUS as a faculty, James was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Nanomedicine & Nanorobotics Laboratory at NUS, and also the Associate Editor of RSC Advances and International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a focus on the nanobiology section. His current research interests focus on understanding and engineering the nano-bio interface to effectively probe and modulate biological processes for diagnostic and therapeutic applications particularly in cancer and infectious diseases.

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Prof. Fengzhou Fang

University College Dublin, Ireland

Professor FengzhouFang has over 30 years of experience in working in manufacturing science and technology. He was responsible for setting up the Centre of Micro/nano Manufacturing Technology (MNMT) at Tianjin University in 2005. MNMT has been recognised as a leading manufacturing research organization in the world. His specialist areas of interest include micro/nano manufacturing, optical freeform design and manufacturing, medical devices/implants manufacturing, ultra-precision manufacturing and metrology. The topic of the Atomic and Close-to-atomic Scale Manufacturing (ACSM) he proposed has also become one of his main research areas. Amongst the applications areas are in medical devices, bio-medical implants, aspheric and freeform optical systems, aerospace and engineering components. Fengzhou has worked with over hundred industrial partners assisting companies to develop their R&D activities. He is the Founding President of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing (ISNM), a former Council Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), a Charted Engineer of UK Engineering Council, and the editor-in-chief of Nanomanufacturing and Metrology (NMME). He is a Fellow of ISNM, CIRP, AET,and SME.

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Prof. Yong Zhang

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Yong Zhang is a Provost’s Chair Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), and a senior faculty member of NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS). His current research interests include nanobiophotonics, nanomedicine, and microfluidic devices. Professor Zhang has authored over 300 peer-reviewed research papers in international journals such as Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, Nature Protocols, PNAS, and Chemical Reviews, and has delivered more than 50 Plenary/keynote/invited talks in prestigious international conferences. He has won numerous research awards such as IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award and NUS Young Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Highly Cited Researcher amongst the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds named by Clarivate Analytics.

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Prof. Nicolas Voelcker

University of South Australia, Australia

Professor Nicolas Voelcker is the Strand Leader and Lloyd Sansom Chair in Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine at the Future Industries Institute. He was trained in Germany (RWTH Aachen, PhD, 1999) and the US (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, 1999-2001).

He took up a lectureship at Flinders University in 2001 and became a full Professor in 2008. Since 2012, he has been a full Professor at the University of South Australia. 

A distinguished research professor, Prof Voelcker has published over 290 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of bio- and nanomaterials and has won more than AU$68 million in public and private research funding, and has graduated over 40 PhD students. His research focus is bio-nano science and technology with applications in diagnostics, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Highly experienced in translating research results into real-world applications, Prof Voelcker's extensive list of externally-funded research projects includes an Australian Federal Police-funded project to develop forensic partner platform technologies for roadside and workplace testing based on nanostructured silicon chips.

Most recently, Prof Voelcker was successful in securing an ARC Discovery Project grant to develop new technology that enables the prompt, cost-efficient and accurate detection of harmful pathogens in our water and food supplies.

He is a Node Leader at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science and Technology, a Humboldt Fellow in Germany and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

He is also a Professorial Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Germany.

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Prof. Renaud Bachelot

UTT Troyes, France

Renaud BACHELOT, 51, is a full professor of physics at the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) that he joined in 1996 after graduate studies and PhD at the University of Paris 7 and ESPCI graduate school (Paris). His area of expertise includes nano-optics, near-field optics, local light/polymer interaction, scanning probe microscopy, nano-optoelectronics and nanoplasmonics.

At UTT, R. Bachelot is the director of a new graduate School “Nanooptics & Nanophotonics”

From 2011 to august 2019, RB has been the head the Light, nanomaterials nanotechnologies Laboratory involving more than 90 people (l2n.utt.fr). He has also been the director of the UTT “material science” engineering master program (MTE, 230 students) from 2006 to 2011 and the vice-president of the UTT’s scientific boards for 4 years (2011-2014)

His national influence includes activities such as Board Member of the Faculty of Physics of the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Sorbonne University, Paris, since 2017), President of the scientific board of the EPF-Ecole d’ingénieur(e)s graduate school (since 2011), elected board member of the French Society of Physics, condensed matter section (2009-2013) and expert for the National Observatory for Micro-Nano Technologies (OMNT, 2009-2014).

His international influence lies on positions such as (e. g.) joint-professor of the Shanghai University (since 2019), invited scholar in Argonne National Laboratory USA (2003-2004) and Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore, summer 2012).

Since 2017, RB is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Nanoscale Materials (Argonne National Laboratory, USA. He also has been member of the management committee of the European ICT COST action “Integrating devices and materials: a challenge for new instrumentation in ICT” ICT1208 (2012-2017).

RB’s experience in project management is strong: he has been the PI of seven major research projects (by “major” one means “duration > 2 years”, “grant > 200k€”) among them two international ones: i) «New MULti functional and multi color HYbrid Nano-emitter”, joint France-Singapore ANR-NRF international program 2016-2020 ii) “Hybrid plasmonics”, Partner university Funds (with Argonne National Laboratory, USA) 2010-2013

RB has been the chair of the NFO-15 international conference that took place in August 2018 in Troyes, France.

Finally, RB has been the (co)supervisor of 23 PhD students and the co-author of more than 140 peer-reviewed articles (H=38, cf. google scholar), 10 book chapters and 5 patents.

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Prof. Elena Polyakova

Graphene Laboratories Inc, NY, USA

Dr. Elena Polyakova is the CEO of Graphene Laboratories Inc, NY, USA. Dr Polyakova served as Co-Chief Executive Officer at Graphene 3D Lab. Previously Dr. Polyakova had served for two and a half years as the company's Chief Operating Officer. She was instrumental in bringing the first graphene filament to market. Dr. Polyakova is also the co-founder of Graphene Laboratories, Inc. where she has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President since 2009. The company pioneered the commercial graphene production market. Dr. Polyakova has grown the company's client base substantially in the past six years. Her expertise in 2D materials has been covered by prestigious news publishers such as BBC and Bloomberg. Dr. Polyakova has co-authored papers with Nobel and Kavli prize winners, as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences. She previously was one of the first graphene researchers in the Flynn Group at Columbia University. She received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Southern California and a Master's degree in Physical Chemistry from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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Prof. Liu Bin

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Liu Bin, Provost’s Chair is the Vice President (Research and Technology) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since September 2019. She has been the Head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since July 2017.

Liu Bin graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Nanjing University, and PhD in Chemistry from NUS. She had postdoctoral training at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She joined NUS as an Assistant Professor in 2005, and was promoted to full Professorship in 2016.

Liu Bin is a leader in the field of organic functional materials, who has been well-recognised for her contributions in polymer chemistry and applications of organic nanomaterials for biomedical research, environmental monitoring and energy devices. She is named among the World's Most Influential Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. She is a prolific researcher with over 350 publications and holds 30 patents with 16 of them licensed to different companies in US, UK and Asia. In 2014, she co-founded Luminicell, an NUS spin-off company that produces organic luminescent nanoparticles for use in medical and biological applications.

Liu Bin has an impressive list of accolades to her name, including the National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award 2008, L'Oréal Women in Science National Fellowship in 2011 and the 2016 President’s Technology Award. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious 2019 American Chemical Society ACS Nano Lectureship Award, which honors three award recipients from around the world who have significantly impacted the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Liu Bin is a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Engineering, Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, and Royal Society of Chemistry. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of more than a dozen top peer-reviewed chemistry and materials journals. Since 2019, she serves as the Deputy Editor to launch and develop ACS Materials Letters, a flagship materials journal of the American Chemical Society. She is passionate about nurturing the next generation research leaders and encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

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Dr. Jeroen Anton van Kan

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Current Research:

- Micro and Nano fabrication using: Proton Beam Writing (PBW), Nano Imprint Lithograph (NIL) and mold fabrication

- Micro & Nanofluidic lab on chip devices for single molecule detection and particle separation

- Materials modification using ion beams, e.g. Graphene, Magnetic materials and Diamond films.

- Ion source development for next generation ion nano-probes.

 

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Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna

National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng is a professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is regarded as the modern father of electrospinning and nanofibers. He Chairs the Circular Economy Taskforce. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics). An European study placed him among the top 500 researchers in the history of science and technology with H-index above 147. He co-authored over 1,000 SCI listed papers which received ~100,000 citations and 148 H-index. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Springer NATURE Journal Materials Circular Economy (https://www.springer.com/materials/journal/42824). He is a co-organizor of an NSF, USA sponsored conference on Circular Economy and Sustainability (http://www.ceasiapacific.com). He is an editorial board member of NATURE Scientific Reports, Elsevier Journal Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, and Springer Nature Journal Adanced Fiber Materials.

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Prof. Ben Zhong Tang

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong

Ben Zhong Tang is Stephen K. C. Cheong Professor of Science, Chair Professor of Chemistry, and Chair Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  His research interests include macromolecular chemistry, materials science, and biomedical theranostics.  He is spearheading the research on aggregation-induced emission (AIE), a topic ranked no. 2 in the areas of Chemistry and Materials Science by Thomson Reuters in its report on Research Fronts 2015.

Tang received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from South China University of Technology and Kyoto University, respectively.  He conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto.  He joined HKUST as an assistant professor in 1994 and was promoted to chair professor in 2008.  He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He is currently serving as Dean of the SCUT-HKUST Joint Research Institute.

Tang has published > 1,600 papers.  His publications have been cited > 90,000 times, with an h-index of 139.  He has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in both areas of Chemistry and Materials Science by Web of Science Group from 2014. the State Natural Science Award (1st Class; 2017) from the Chinese Government, the Scientific and Technological Progress Award from the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (2017), National Natural Science Award from the Chinese Government (2007) and Senior Research Fellowship from the Croucher Foundation (2007).  He is now serving as Editor-in-Chief of Materials Chemistry Frontiers (RSC & CCS).

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Prof. Heike Riel

IBM Research-Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Heike Riel is a distinguished scientist known for advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. She is responsible for leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and Technologies, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Precision Diagnostics and Smart System Integration. Dr. Riel is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology and nanosciences and focuses her research on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. Her research has contributed to advancements in OLED display technology, molecular electronics and semiconductor nanoscale materials and devices. Her recent research interests include topological states of compound semiconductor nanowires for quantum information processing. In 2013, Heike Riel was named IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical distinction, and inducted into IBM’s Academy of Technology. She studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and received a PhD from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2003 for her work on optimizing multilayer organic light-emitting devices performed at IBM Research. In 2011, Heike graduated with an MBA from Henley Business School.

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Prof. Ghim Wei Ho

National University of Singapore

Ghim Wei Ho is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She leads the Nanomaterials & Nanosystems Innovation research group working on fundamental and applied research on nanosystems with emerging low dimensional nanomaterials, interfacial interactions and hybridized functionalities for energy, environment, electronics and healthcare.

She has co-authored more than 150 papers in the international refereed journals. She was an elected Scholar at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge and is a Cambridge Commonwealth Society Fellow since 2006. In 2014, she was awarded the L’OREAL UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship. In 2015, she was the honoree winner of the JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Award in the Science and/or Technological Development category. In 2016, she was honoured as the Science & Technology winner for the Great Women of Our Time as well as the ASEAN-US Science Prize for women.

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Prof. Mary B. Chan-Park

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Mary Chan-Park received her B. Eng (Chem) and PhD from National University of Singapore and MIT (USA) respectively. She then worked in various technical management positions in USA and Singapore for ten years before joining NTU in 2001. In her last industrial job, she was the senior technical manager responsible for roll-to-roll embossing for flexible display. Since is now an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.

Dr Chan-Park has interest and expertise in nanoimprint, micro- and nano-patterning, biomaterials, tissue engineering and carbon nanotubes. She has published more than 80 journal papers and holds more than 15 patents/patent applications in these areas. She has supervised more than 12 PhD students and 15 postdoctoral fellows.

 

Current Projects:

  • 2019 Board of Trustees Chair in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Antibacterial and Biofunctional Wound Dressing
  • Antimicrobial polymeric nanoparticles with good efficacy in a complex environment
  • Development of sustainable, biodegradable packaging materials for enhancing safety and quality of food
  • Evaluation of the prebiotic potential of Tamu's fiber mixtures in batch gut model including crystallization study
  • Fabrication of Disposable Biochips using UV embossing Technology
  • NTU Food Technology Center (NAFTEC)
  • Project C - Hierarchical Composite Research
  • Selective Contact-active Cationic Antimicrobial Biomacromolecules
  • Selective contact-active antimicrobial bio-macromolecules
  • Suspension of carbon nanotubes by polymers for sensing
  • Sustainable Antimicrobial Polymer Technology for Application in Consumer Products
  • Synthetic Biology Collaboration with Imperial College

 

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Prof. Wenxin Wang

University College Dublin, Ireland

 Wenxin Wang is Professor in Skin Research and Wound Healing and a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principle Investigator at the Charles Institute of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD) (Website: www.wenxinwang.group). He won the highly prestigious “SFI Young Scientist Prize in Regenerative Medicine” in 2010 at TERMIS-EU conference, the “SFI Principle Investigator award” in 2011 and the DEBRA Award for Excellent EB Patient Service in 2014, which highlight his work ethic and achievements.

Prof. Wang’s scientific interests are in the areas of biomaterials, stem cell and gene therapy for the treatments of skin wounds, cardiovascular and neural degenerative diseases. His scientific contribution and achievements have been recognized both nationally and internationally including 185 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers (Nat. Commun., Sci. Adv., Angew. Chem., JACS, Chem. Sci. and Nano Letters etc.), 4 book chapters, 11 patents granted, 8 patent applications, 134 conference abstracts and presentations, and 96 invited lectures and keynote presentations. His achievements have met the increased interest in the wider public community with publicity media activities (engaging 49 times in TV Documentary, Videos and Newspapers), for example in ‘The Sunday Times’, ‘The Irish Times’, ‘Science Daily’ and ‘Chemistry World’. He has been awarded significant funding (ca. 10 million Euros) from different sources, e.g. SFI, Health Research Board (HRB), Irish Research Council (IRC), Enterprise Ireland (EI) and European Union (EU-FP7 & EU Horizon 2020) to support his research activities.

Prof. Wang acted as the symposium convener and chair, the member of organizing committees and the member of the conference advisory board for 26 international conferences and has been selected as an expert reviewer and panel member by 22 international research councils and funding bodies. As the founder, Prof Wang has launched 3 companies - Vornia Ltd (www.vornia.com, sold to Ashland - a Fortune500 US company in Jan. 2018, renamed as Ashland Specialties Ireland), Blafar Ltd (www.blafar.com), and Branca Bunus Ltd. Three companies employ 20 people in Dublin, Ireland. Furthermore, He has licensed 5 new technologies to 3 companies: Ashland, Amryt Biopharm and Blafar, and successfully launched and commercialized 5 newly developed technologies onto the market.

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Prof. Jun Chen

University of California, USA

Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Zhong Lin Wang. From 2016 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University. His current research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and healthcare applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. He has already published 2 books, 86 journal articles and 46 of them are as first/corresponding authors in Nat. Energy, Nat. Sustain., Nat. Commun., Joule, Matter, and many others. He also filed 10 US patents and licensed 1. Jun also received the 2015 Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, and the 2015 National Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. He is currently an Associate Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, and on the list of the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers from the Web of Science. His current h-index is 57. For more information, please visit www.junchenlab.com.

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Prof. Matthias G. Wacker

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. phil. nat. habil. Matthias G. Wacker is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, NUS. Initially, he studied Pharmacy at Goethe University in Frankfurt where he obtained his doctoral degree in pharmaceutical technology. As a post-doc and group leader he has joined Jennifer Dressman and Jörg Kreuter in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology, Goethe University. There, he also finished his habilitation in the area of nanocarrier-based drug delivery and received the venia legendi for pharmaceutical technology. Prior to joining NUS, he was heading the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Nanosciences of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology led by Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Geisslinger. His research on the design and characterization of nanocarrier systems was honored with the Eudragit® Best Paper Award in 2014 and the Phoenix Pharmaceutics Science Award in 2017. He has published and lectured extensively and organized symposia on various aspects of nanotechnology. Further, he is a known expert for nanomaterial regulations and drug release testing with focus on nanocarrier systems.

 

Research interests

  • Design and continuous manufacture of nanotherapeutics
  • In vitro-in vivo correlations (IVIVC) for novel dosage forms using innovative drug release assays and PBPK modelling
  • Clinical translation of novel dosage forms with focus on cancer therapeutics and brain delivery
  • Nanomaterial regulations and implications for industry applications of nanotechnology

 

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Dr. Shah Kwok Wei

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Shah Kwok Wei was awarded an overseas scholarship by government statutory board JTC and graduated with degree from Tokyo University, Japan. Subsequently, he was awarded an A*STAR scholarship to pursue his PhD working on nanomaterials and nanotechnology. He helped JTC facility management team secured the inaugural Energy Smart Building Award for JTC Summit building. He also represented JTC in the inter-agency taskforce for Climate Change Working Group and Industry Sub-committee for National Climate Change Committee (NCCC).

He was a member of the SPRING’s Technical Review Committee for the review of Singapore’s Code of Practice (CP, now known as Singapore Standards SS) and also for CP 31 (now SS 535): - Mains Failure Standby Generating Systems and CP 16 (now SS 551) - Earthing.

Recently, he had been invited to give talks as an invited speaker at many prestigious conference events such as MND’s Urban Sustainability Congress 2013, ICMAT (International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies 2013), IMRE - NANOTEC Joint Workshop on Green Nanotechnology 2013. He is the Chairperson for the recent workshop on “Green Building Envelopes and Materials for the Tropics 2013”.

He is a member of the Technical Taskforce 2013 for SGBC Singapore Green Building Council. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee for Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad, 2012 and 2013.

He had filed 5 patents for ASTAR, JTC, MPA, NUS and co-authored several good papers. He is the Principal Investigator for SGD$1.13 million grant by the first A*STAR-MND Green Building Grant Call to work on enhanced phase-change materials. He is also the Principal Investigator for an industry project, collaborating with a MNC company to research on “green” energy-efficient solar-shading materials.

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Prof. Yen Nee Tan

Newcastle University, United Kingdom/ Agency of Science, Technology & Research, Singapore

Yen Nee Tan is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Newcastle University. She is also the Principal Investigator of Biosensors and Nanomaterials at the Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS) and Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR. She obtained her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National University of Singapore (NUS) under the Singapore-MIT Alliance Scholarship. Her current research focuses on the development of multifunctional nanomaterials inspired by Nature for the innovations in chemical/biological analysis and nanomedicine. She has published and served as the editor/editorial board members of several prestigious journals (e.g., ACS Nano, Nanoscale, JACS, etc.) and books (e.g., Springer Nature, ACS book). She holds 18 patents with 3 licenses on Nanosensor technologies for medical diagnostic, drug discovery, food safety and environmental applications. Her recent work on nanotheranostics has been selected as hot papers in RSC and Wiley journals, and featured in the Science news of The Straits Times, Singapore. She has contributed in the organisation of many sessions/conferences and actively promote women in science and engineering. She is the ASEAN scholar and the recipient of more than 15 international scientific awards, including Nano-Micro Science Innovation Award (Korea, 2018), IAAM Scientist Medal (Sweden, 2018), Young Giants of NanoScience (Hong Kong, 2016), ACCS Chemical Sensors Award (Malaysia, 2015), L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (Top 3 Singapore, 2013), AsiaNANO Young Researcher Award (Japan, 2010), etc.

 

Research Interests :

  • Nanobiosensors and assay design for biomedical, agriculture, environmental and PAT applications.
  • Multifunctional materials for nanomedicine (photosensitizers, antimicrobial agents, theranostic, etc.)
  • Metallic nanoparticles (anisotropic nanostructures, hollow nanotubes, alloy, core-shell, etc.)
  • Fluorescent nanomaterials (QD, carbon dot, AIE luminogens, metal nanoclusters, etc.)
  • Biomimetic materials design and synthesis (nanoenzyme, biocatalysis, etc.)
  • Nano-bio conjugation and surface fonctionnalisation (enzyme immobilisation, DNA nanoconjugates, etc.)

 

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Dr. Kavitha Palaniappan

University of Newcastle, Singapore

Kavitha holds a doctorate in Environmental Health Engineering from Sri Ramachandra Medical University, India.  She has been with the University of Newcastle, Australia, since January 2010, first as an associate lecturer and then as a full-time lecturer from September 2012.  She teaches the Occupational Health and Safety components of the BEnvOHS Program.  She is also actively involved in research related to the effects of lead exposure on children, mental health illnesses on adults, alternative approaches to enhance sleep, epidemiology of dengue fever, climate change, biofuels and nanotoxicology.  She is a member of IOSH and Nanosing Initiative of Singapore.

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Dr. Lei Dangyuan

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dangyuan Lei is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in City University of Hong Kong. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees all in Physics from Northwest University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London in 2005, 2007 and 2011, respectively. His research interest centers on nanophotonics and optical spectroscopy, with particular interest in plasmon-enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanoscale and their applications in energy harvesting, biosensing and bioimaging. Two of his publications have been respectively selected into the RSC “Emerging Investigators” themed issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2016) and the IOP “Emerging Leaders” edition of Journal of Optics (2017). He has received several prestigious awards, including the “Deputy Rector’s Award” (2008-2011) and the “Anne Thorne PhD Thesis Prize” (2012) both from Imperial College London, the “Early Career Grants Award” from Hong Kong Research Grants Council (2013), the “Municipal Science and Technology Project Award” from Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation (2013 & 2014), a Royal Society International Exchange award (2016), and a Key Technology Partner Visiting Fellow of University of Technology Sydney (2017).

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