Nanotech Dubai 2013 International conference and exhibition

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari

Cambridge Graphene Centre, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge- UK

Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari is the director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge- UK.

Prof. Andrea is Professor of Nanotechnology and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. He is the Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Head of the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and Nanoscience Centre. He is Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College.


Prof. Erich Sackmann

Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Technische Universitat Munchen- Germany

Prof. Erich Sackmann is considered to be the founder of biophysics in Germany. In the German Physical Society, he initiated and established a work group for biophysics. His working area is influenced by numerous interdisciplinary and international co-operations, which also led to three Collaborate Research Centres in the German Research Foundation. In recognition of the groundbreaking results of his research on understanding the dynamics of membranes and biopolymer networks, the mechanical properties of cells as well as cell surface interaction, Erich Sackmann received the Stern-Gerlach Prize of the Germany Physical Society in 2006. Since 2007, he is involved with his current research project “Fundamental Physics” in the Technische Universität München’s Institute for Advanced Study.


Prof. Jackie Ying

Executive Director, Institute of Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore.

Prof. Jackie Ying is the Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

Prof. Jackie received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and was a NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow and Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute for New Materials, Germany. She was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore. Her interdisciplinary research is focused on the synthesis of nanostructured materials for catalytic and biomaterial applications. She has authored over 300 articles, and presented over 330 invited lectures at international conferences. She has over 120 patents issued or pending, and has served on the Advisory Boards of 6 start-up companies and 1 venture capital fund. She serves on the editorial board of 25 journals, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today.

Prof. Ying’s awards include the American Ceramic Society Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research and National Science Foundation Young Investigator Awards, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Colburn Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Chemical Engineering Science Danckwerts Lectureship, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Award in Materials Chemistry, Asian Innovation Silver Award, and International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Jubilee Medal. She was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, and named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration.


Prof. Axel Lorke

Faculty of Physics and CeNIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen-Germany

Prof. Axel Lorke received his PhD in Experimental Physics in 1991 from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU) Munich. He worked as a PostDoc at the University of Tokyo, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the LMU Munich, where he also received his ‘Habilitation’. Since the year 2000 he has been a Full Professor (C4) for Experimental Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His work focuses on the electronic and optical properties nano-structures and low-dimensional semiconductors. Starting in 2004 he has been coordinator of the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Nanoparticles from the Gas Phase’,funded by the German Research Foundation. He is co-founder and presently Director of the ‘Center for NanoIntegration Duisburg-Essen’ (CeNIDE), which represents about 35 research groups working in the nanosciences with a total of about 200 scientists.

Lorke is author and co-author of 4 patents and 125 refereed publications with a total of about 4000 citations.


Prof. Farzaneh Arefi-Khonsari

University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France

Prof. Farzaneh Arefi-Khonsari is currently a full professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pierre & Marie Curie and has been working in the field of plasma chemistry and plasma processing of polymers and plasma assisted CVD since 1981. She is on the editorial board of Plasmas Processes & Polymers and Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology She has been a member of the Plasma Science and Technique Division (PSTD) of IUVSTA (International Union of Vacuum Science Techniques and Applications). She is also an elected member of the board of directors of the Plasma Chemistry Society


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. Adnane Abdelghani

National Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Tunis-Tunisia

Prof. Adnane Abdelghani is a Full Professor in the National Institute of Applied Science and Technology (INSAT, Tunisia). He obtained the master degrees in "Microelectronics Devices" at the INSA of Lyon in 1994, then a Ph.D from Ecole Centrale of Lyon (France) in 1997. He was a post-doc researcher in Germany in the field of biophysics (1997-2000). He obtained a Habilitation in Physics in 2004 (Tunisia) and a Habilitation in 2009 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France). He organized in Tunisia two International Conferences in the Field of Nanotechnology (2009 and 2012) with the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (Germany). He is now the leader of research group working mainly on gas sensors based on Functionalized carbon nanotubes (metallic oxides, polymers) and on the development of interdigitated gold microelectrodes integrated in microfluidic cell for bacteria analysis in biologic medium. He published more than 80 papers in International Journals. He edited two chapters book in the field of sensors.


Prof. Joydeep Dutta

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Chair, Sweden

Prof. Joydeep Dutta is the Chair of Functional Materials division at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He was the Chair Professor in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination and other applications in Sultan Qaboos University until recently. He was the Vice President (Academic Affairs), Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology and a Professor in Nanotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, whose faculty he joined in April 2003 (until October 2011). He completed his Ph.D in 1990 from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India (Calcutta University). In 1991 and 1992 he did Post Doctoral work at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL, Japan) and at Ecole Polytechnique (France) before moving to Switzerland in 1993 where he was associated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland until 2003. From 1997-2001 he worked in technical and managerial qualities in high technology industries in Switzerland before returning back to academia in 2002. He has been the member of the board of two companies working in high technology electronics and environmental consulting respectively.

His broad research interests include nanomaterials in nanotechnology, self-organization, enhanced water treatment, catalysis, nanoparticles, nanorods and their applications. The current research interests encompasses two themes namely: Planetcare and healthcare. In the planetcare nexus research is focused on visible light photocatalysis, electrocatalysis of waste water (with focus on degradation of waste water, produced water and hospital waste), desalination (both membrane and capacitive deionization) and alternate energy sources (rainbow solar cells and hydrogen production from methanol steam reforming). In the healthcare nexus, work in the group encompass magnetic imaging, quantum dot labeling and in bone implants.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN) and the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA, founding member of the Thailand Nanotechnology Society, and member of several professional bodies. He has served to review projects of various scientific organizations of different countries and has organized a few international conferences and served as a member in several others.

Prof. Dutta is an award winning author (Choice award for Outstanding Academic title of 2010 from American Library Association) of the book “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology”. He has also written two other text books entitled “Introduction to Nanoscience” and “Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (CRC Press of Taylor and Francis Group LLC).


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.