Nanotech Middle East 2017 Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Haris Doumanidis

Khalifa University, UAE

Prof. Haris is a Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering and Acting Chair at the Department of Civil Engineering- Khalifa University, UAE. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a Professor and Director of the Thermal Manufacturing Laboratory at Tufts University in Medford, MA; Chief Scientist with Axcelis Technologies - Thermal Processing Systems in Beverly, MA; Founder of the Hephaistos Nanotechnology Research Center at the University of Cyprus; Visiting Professor at MIT in Cambridge, MA; Founding Director of the Nanomanufacturing Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA; Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno NV; and consultant for Honda R&D Americas etc. He is editor of 3 journals; organizer and chair of over 20 symposia for ASME, IEEE, NSF etc; speaker of over 30 keynote/plenary lectures and 100 invited seminars; author of over 200 refereed papers, distinguished by 4 best paper awards (ASME, ACC, ISNM, ICMCTF), 9 patents and 4 book chapters. He is a recipient of the Marie Curie Chair of Excellence by the European Commission, the ASME Blackall Award, the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award by the White House, the NSF Young Investigator and the Research Initiation Award, as well as several grants from the EC, NSF, SME, Honda Research Institute etc, totaling over $ 16 million. He mentors the research planning of numerous junior investigators worldwide.


Mr. Ray Gibbs

Haydale Graphene Industries Plc, UK

Ray was appointed CEO of Haydale in 2013. Since then he has set the company strategy and defined the market focus into composites, inks/coatings and energy harvesting, culminating in a successful IPO on the AIM market in April 2014, raising $10m with a market capitalisation of £17m. Since then a second "oversubscribed" funding of $9m was concluded in November 2015, to finance expansion and growth plans. With its unique patented plasma functionalisation technology, Haydale is strategically positioned to enable raw material producers move up the nano materials value chain and at the same time provide solutions to product manufacturers looking to enhance the performance of their offering with appropriate and unique additive materials.


Dr Alberto Figoli

Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), Italy

Dr Alberto Figoli got his PhD degree at Membrane Technology Group, Twente University (The Netherlands), 1997-2001. Since 2001, he has a permanent position as Researcher at Institute on Membrane Technology  (ITM-CNR) in Rende (CS), Italy. Alberto Figoli is expert in the field of membrane technology, particularly in membrane preparation and characterisation and their application in environmental filed. He is working on the preparation and characterisation of polymeric membranes, both in flat and hollow-fiber configurations for water treatment. Furthermore, he is also involved on polymeric capsules preparation by membrane process and on pervaporation applied to the removal of contaminants (i.e. VOCs) from water and aroma recovery from natural matrices. He was awarded for Scientific Productivity 2006 in “Food Packaging Research – GSICA Awards” by the Italian Scientific Food Packaging Group, 22 June 2006, Catania (Italy) and selected for the best publications in the Environmental Section in the “Highlights of CNR” for the year 2010 and 2011 by CNR, Rome (Italy). He worked abroad at Quest International (Unilever) in the Netherlands for one year, 1996 and in the USA, at Environmental Protection Agency of United States (USEPA) in Cincinnati during the years 2004 and 2005. He is involved and responsible for ITM-CNR of several international project funded by EU and national projects with both Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research and private companies. He is co-author of three books, more than 90 peer-review scientific papers and more than 10 chapters published in international journals and books. He is also author of two international patents on membrane and science technology. He is expert evaluator for Italian Ministry of Instruction, Hong Kong SAR Government, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); Research Councils UK (RCUK). Since February 2015, he is serving the European Membrane Society Council (EMS) as Responsible for Awards and Summer School Activities.


Dr. Martin Kemp


Dr Martin Kemp is the founder of Xcience Ltd, specialising in graphene and nanotechnology.

Xcience is a consultancy for nanotechnology, marketing and innovation. Primary areas of expertise include graphene and nanotechnology, for engineering applications and clean energy including renewable energy harvesting and energy storage. Services offered include market analysis and strategy development, innovation workshops, new product development, B2B branding and marketing of science and technology.


Prof. Junhong Chen

Director, Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy and Environment Lab University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Junhong Chen is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and an Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He is also the Director of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Water Equipment and Policy, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and water-based industrial partners, and the founder of NanoAffix Science, LLC. Dr. Chen received his B.E. degree (in Thermal Engineering) in 1995 from Tongji University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (both in Mechanical Engineering) in 2000 and 2002, respectively, from the University of Minnesota (Advisor: Professor Jane Davidson). Dr. Chen’s dissertation research focused on understanding corona discharges and corona plasma-enhanced chemical reactions, e.g., ozone generation and chemical vapor deposition. From October 2002 to August 2003, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Advisor: Professor Richard Flagan), where he studied the use of plasma for nanoparticle synthesis. In August 2003, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UWM, where he was promoted to tenured Associate Professor and Professor in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He received a joint appointment in the UWM Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2013.


Professor Chen’s current research focuses on nanomaterial innovations for sustainable energy and environment, including nanomaterial synthesis, assembly, and nanofabrication; energy conversion, storage, and conservation; nanostructure-based gas sensors, biosensors, and water sensors; carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, and hybrid nanomaterials; pollution control; and corona discharges and plasma reacting flows (For more details, please visit his research group website at


Prof. Aldo Di Carlo

Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Aldo Di Carlo is Full Professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Electronics Engineering. In 1991 he graduated (summa cum laude) at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and obtained in 1995 the Ph.D. at Technical University of Munich (Germany). In 1996 he became research assistant at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and in 2001 Associated professor. Since December 2012 he is Full Professor in the same University. Di Carlo is author/coauthor of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals (h-factor = 33), several reviews on the microscopic description of nanostructures (on Semiconductor Science and Technology and on Report Progress in Physics), several book chapters and coauthor of two books (in Italian language) "Appunti di Optoelettronica: I materiali semiconduttori" e "Appunti di Optoelettronica: fibre ottiche e componenti a semiconduttore" (Aracne ed.). He is co-inventor of 13 patents and was developing the ECOLUCE system for zero-emission music events.

The research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices, their analysis and optimization and the fabrication of organic electronic devices. In the last years, his research activities focussed on the charge trasport in nanostructured devices, HEMT, organic TFT, molecular devices and CNT-FET. The development of the non-equilibrium theory for the microscopic description of the transport process in nanostructured devices has been the subject of invited talks at international conferences and University seminars. Recently, was involved in the realization of the "Polo Solare Organico della Regione Lazio" (Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy) CHOSE and he is currently co-director of the center.

Aldo Di Carlo is local principal investigator of one H2020 project and 4 FP7 project. He was European coordinator of the FP7 EU project OPTHER dedicated to the THz amplifiers based on vacuum nanoelectronics components and is node coordinator for the EU FP7 Project SMASH devoted to Nanowire LEDs with Osram as European Coordinator. He has been/is local scientific coordinator of several National and International projects: Two European Marie Curie Project (CLERMONT and CLERMONT II on Microcavities), European STREP Project (STIMSCAT on Polariton Lasers), MADESS II Project, (Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers), INFM-PRA Project (Experimental and theoretical investigation of optical and transport phenomena in superlattice long-wavelength infrared quantum cascade lasers), Progetto Finalizzato Nanoelettronica PF22 (Organic Semiconductor Light Emitters).


Prof. Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub

Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Professor Abu Al-Rub is currently an Associate Professor at Masdar Institute. He has been an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University with joint appointments with the Materials Science and Engineering Program since 2007. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Air Force Institute of Technology of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2004, and his MS in 2001 and BS in 1999 in Civil Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

He has published one book and over 150 publications in book chapters, archival journals, and conference proceedings. Professor Abu Al-Rub has served as the principle/co-principal investigator of more than 20 projects sponsored by various state, federal, and international agencies; he is responsible for more than $7Million. In 2007, he has been selected among nine leading scientists in the US by National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to design new grades of advanced high strength steels for the auto industry. He is one of the members of the US National Science Foundation supported “International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion.”

He is a member of the Asphalt Research Consortium (ARC) of $30Million research efforts funded by the Federal Highway Administration to develop PANDA (Pavement Analysis using a Nonlinear Damage Approach) finite element software. Professor Abu Al-Rub has received the 2012 ASME Certificate of Appreciation Award, and has been selected among the Scholar Google 100 Most Cited Authors in Civil Engineering. He has twice been recognized by The Texas A&M University System with its student-led teaching excellence award, in 2009 and 2011.

In 2010 he received the Truman R. Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and the Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2011, he received the Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is on the editorial board of three journals and member of several professional organizations (ASME, ASCE, SES, AIAA, ASEE, etc).


Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

Asso. Professor, Integrated Nanotechnology Lab, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Dec 2005) is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in KAUST. Before joining KAUST in Aug 2009, he was Program Manager of Novel Emerging Technology Program at SEMATECH, Austin, Texas. His program was funded by DARPA NEMS, CERA and STEEP programs. A regular panelist of US NSF grants reviewing committees, Dr. Hussain is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience (Springer) and an IEEE Senior Member since February 2010. He has 190 research papers (including 15 invited and 11 cover articles). Prof. Hussain has given 57 invited talks and has offered 3 tutorials in international conferences. He has 15 issued and pending US patent applications. His 4 PhD graduates have landed researcher positions in UC Berkeley, UC Davis and in DOW Chemicals. His students have won numerous research awards including DOW Chemical SISCA Award 2012, World Intellectual Property Indicator 2013. Dr. Hussain is an IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer and a Fellow of Institute of Nanotechnology, UK.


Dr. Lajos P. Balogh

AA Nanotechnology Consulting, New York, USA

Lajos (Lou) Balogh is the Scientific Advisor and Owner of AA Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology, providing scientific guidance, feasibility assessment, and technology due diligence in Nanomedicine, Nanobiotechnology, and Nanotechnology for investors, private enterprises and government agencies since 2000. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the “Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine” journal (Elsevier). Dr. Balogh is a former Co-Director of the NanoBiotechnology Center and Director of Nanotechnology Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), and served as faculty at the University at Buffalo SUNY, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, UMass Lowell, and at the Kossuth Lajos University, Hungary.

He has broad interdisciplinary experience in nanotechnology, chemistry, bioengineering, drug delivery, and cancer research. His research expertise involves general nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, multifunctional contrast agents, and therapeutic materials; dendrimers and hybrid nanodevices. Dr. Balogh co-invented nanocomposites, photomechanical therapy and nanobrachytherapy; solved a number of synthetic, characterization, and purification problems for drugs, dendrimers, particles, and polymers. Dr. Balogh participates in the development of nanotechnology nomenclature, terminology, and standards as member of the US TC229 Technical Advisory Group to ISO on Nanotechnology. He received his PhD from Kossuth L. University, Hungary and is a member of a number of national and international expert committees. Lou has over 150 scientific publications, 1 book and six book chapters, 80 invited lectures, and 12 patents in chemistry, chemical and biomedical engineering, nanotechnology and Nanomedicine.


Dr. Haider Butt

Nanotechnology School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Haider Butt is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Nanotechnology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Previously he was a Henslow Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, from where he also received his PhD in April 2012. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and around 35 conference publications. His research work focusses on healthcare technologies, nanophotonic devices and holographic laser ablation. His research work has received substantial recognition in the form of awards and media interviews. He has secured several prestigious research awards include Philip Leverhulme Prize.


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.


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.


Prof. Shiho Kawashima

Columbia University - USA

Prof Shiho Kawashima’s work is in experimental cement and concrete research, which aims to tie nano-/microstructural behavior to macroscale structural response. She specializes in cement rheology, particularly in the development of innovative measurement techniques to further the understanding of the structural and temporal evolution of the fresh-state microstructure of cementitious systems. She is also interested in nanocomposites, including the integration of nanomodification with the use of supplementary cementitious materials to aid in the design of sustainable infrastructural materials.


Dr. Himanshu H Mishra

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), KSA

Himanshu Mishra is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and a principal investigator at the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at KAUST. His Group investigates physical and chemical phenomena at interfaces of water with air, oils, and perfluorinated coatings such as wetting, surface forces, electrification, and proton-catalyzed reactions. Technologies developed in his Group range from sustainable mulches for growing more food/biomass with less water in arid regions, to perfluorocarbon-free gas-entrapping microtextured surfaces (GEMS) for drag reduction. He has published 40 peer-reviewed articles in top journals, including Nature CommunicationsScience Advances, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and journals of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He holds nine granted/pending patents.


Invited Speakers

Dr. Nader Shehata

Department of Engineering Mathematics, Alexandria University, Egypt

Nader Shehata is currently an assistant professor in the department of Engineering Mathematics and Physics in Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt. In addition, he is the associate director and co-founder of Center of Smart Nanotechnology & Photonics (CSNP) inside SmartCI research center, Alexandria University. Also, he is currently an adjunct assistant professor in Faculty of Science at Utah State University. He was awarded his PhD degree in the Bradley Department of electrical and computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2012. Then, he continued as a post-doc researcher and adjunct instructor in the same department till 2013. In 2005, he received his BSc in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Engineering Physics in 2010 both from Alexandria University in Egypt. Currently, his research is mainly in nanotechnology field related to the development of different nanostructures applied in optical processes, solar cells, biomedical engineering and gas sensing. Dr. Shehata has a strict background in semiconductors, modern physics, solid state physics, and nanomaterials. He has more than 25 accepted peer-reviewed publications including journal and conference papers, one book and four book chapters. Also, he has four awarded research grants from local and international funding agencies. In addition, Dr. Shehata has been selected as a reviewer in different peer-review journals and funding agents.