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2nd Edition Smart Materials & Surfaces Conference

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof Elias Siores

Bolton University, United Kingdom

 Professor Elias Siores is the Provost and Director of Research and Innovation, Bolton University. Educated in the UK (BSc, MSC, MBA, PhD) and pursued his academic career in Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) and Asia (Hong Kong, Dong Guan) before returning to Europe (UK) as a Marie Curie Fellow. His R&D work concentrated on advancing the science and technology in the field of automated Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation including Ultrasound, Acoustic Emission, and Microwave Thermography. His recent R&D work focuses on Smart / Functional Materials and Systems development. In this area, he has developed Electromagnetic, Electrorheological, Photovoltaic and Piezoelectric Smart Materials based Energy Conversion Systems for Renewable Energy, Medical, Health Care and Wearable Devices. He has published over 300 publications including 8 Patents . He has been a member of editorial boards of international journals and a Fellow of IOM, TWI, IEAust, SAE and WTIA. He has served on Board of Directors of a number of research centres worldwide including UK, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, all associated with the Bio-Nano-Materials field. He has received 15 awards in his career for R&D achievements.

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Prof. Kwang S. Kim

Director, Center for Superfunctional Materials, Ulsan National Insitute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea

Kwang S. Kim is currently a Professor of chemistry, an Adjunct Professor in physics, and the Director of the Center for Superfunctional Materials of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in applied chemistry from Seoul National University and another M.S. degree in physics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent a few years as an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow and as a Research Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. He joined POSTECH in 1988 (until Feb. 2014, Professor, POSTECH Fellow). He is a Fellow of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology. He has been an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Physical Chemistry (A, B, C), Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, Journal of Computational Chemistry, and Chemistry An Asian Journal. He has been a Conference Board Member of the World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemistry and the Asian Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. His fields of research include investigations of density functional theory, ab initio calculations, nonequilibrium Green function theory, Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations, first principles ground and excited-state molecular dynamics simulations, intermolecular interactions, clusters, molecular recognition, receptors, drug design, bioinformatics, biomolecules, nanomaterials, molecular devices, spintronics, and quantum computing.

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Prof. Mohabattul Zaman Bukhari

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Malaysia

Mohabattul Zaman Bukhari is Professor of Materials Engineering from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP). He is presently the Director/Head of Cluster (Healthcare) of The Industry Centre of Excellence (ICoE) which was introduced by The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE) with the objectives of empowering and inspiring relationship between IHLs and industries in realizing their existence objectives. This will helps them to develop intellectual capital according to their respective needs/requirements and increase their effort in the areas of research, development and commercialization. With his 22 years of experiences in industry and academia, Mohabattul Zaman will definitely help in inspiring the proper collaboration between industry-academia in achieving the goal of the ICoE, in particular as well as the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, in general.

 

In 2014, Mohabattul Zaman has been appointed as a member of the 11th Malaysia Plan (2015 - 2020) Technical Working Group (TWG) under the initiative of Graduate Employability (GE) and Internet of Things (IoT) Effort for National Healthcare. Preceding his term at the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, Mohabattul Zaman was The President of UniMAP’s Postgraduate Students (SLAB/SLAI) at UK/Ireland and Europe (June 2010 – June 2013), Vice-President of Malaysian Postgraduate Students Association in Ireland (March 2010 – June 2011), Acting for the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Internationalization) of UniMAP (May 2009 - Aug 2009), UniMAP’s Dean of Academic (June 2006 - October 2009), KUKUM’s Deputy Dean of Academic & Internationalization (March 2005 - May 2006) and Director of KUKUM Quality Unit (July 2004 – February 2005).

 

During his tenure of services in Motorola Inc. (1994 - 2004), he had held several Malaysia & US Patents in electronics packaging technology, recipient of GM Office Award for 10x reduction in time for New Product Introduction (NPI) initiative, won numerous Engineering and Technical Excellence Awards in surface mount technology (SMT), soldering and encapsulation technology as well as Silver Quill Awards in publications.

 

On the other hand, Mohabattul Zaman has been appointed by The Engineering Accreditation Council of Malaysia (EAC) and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) as one of their panel members. Besides, he is one of the distinguished academics selected to participate in “Academic Peer-Review Survey” for QS-World University Rankings since 2013 and recently has been selected as one of the Peer-Review Members of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited for QS-Stars Rated Institution.

 

He receives a B. Eng. (Hons) in Materials Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), M.Sc. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and read Ph.D. in Electronics Materials from Dublin City University (DCU). He is a Professional Engineer registered with The Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM), Corporate Member of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM), Corporate Member of The Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM) and Life-Time Member with The International Who’s Who (in Professional Management) since 2003.

 

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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.

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Keynote Speakers

Prof Elias Siores

Bolton University, United Kingdom

 Professor Elias Siores is the Provost and Director of Research and Innovation, Bolton University. Educated in the UK (BSc, MSC, MBA, PhD) and pursued his academic career in Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) and Asia (Hong Kong, Dong Guan) before returning to Europe (UK) as a Marie Curie Fellow. His R&D work concentrated on advancing the science and technology in the field of automated Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation including Ultrasound, Acoustic Emission, and Microwave Thermography. His recent R&D work focuses on Smart / Functional Materials and Systems development. In this area, he has developed Electromagnetic, Electrorheological, Photovoltaic and Piezoelectric Smart Materials based Energy Conversion Systems for Renewable Energy, Medical, Health Care and Wearable Devices. He has published over 300 publications including 8 Patents . He has been a member of editorial boards of international journals and a Fellow of IOM, TWI, IEAust, SAE and WTIA. He has served on Board of Directors of a number of research centres worldwide including UK, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, all associated with the Bio-Nano-Materials field. He has received 15 awards in his career for R&D achievements.

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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).

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Prof. Kun-Hong Lee

Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, and Dean of Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

Kun-Hong Lee is Professor and Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, and Dean of Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). He received his B.S. (Seoul National University, Korea), M.S. (KAIST, Korea) and Ph.D. (University of Delaware, U.S.A.) all in Chemical Engineering. In 1987, he started his career as an assistant professor of POSTECH, and has been staying at the same school since then. He was appointed as the Director of the National Institute for Nanomaterials Technology (NINT) in 2005, and is now serving as the Research Director of the NINT. He was the vice president of the Korea Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE), and the Korean Carbon Society (KCS). He received the Simgang Award from KIChE, and published 180+ papers, and presented 300+ at various conferences, though his main concern lies on real applications, which are proved by his 90+ patents. He is the inventor of “Electochemical Porosimetry” is Professor and Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, and Dean of Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). He received his B.S. (Seoul National University, Korea), M.S. (KAIST, Korea) and Ph.D. (University of Delaware, U.S.A.) all in Chemical Engineering. In 1987, he started his career as an assistant professor of POSTECH, and has been staying at the same school since then. He was appointed as the Director of the National Institute for Nanomaterials Technology (NINT) in 2005, and is now serving as the Research Director of the NINT. He was the vice president of the Korea Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE), and the Korean Carbon Society (KCS). He received the Simgang Award from KIChE, and published 180+ papers, and presented 300+ at various conferences, though his main concern lies on real applications, which are proved by his 90+ patents. He is the inventor of “Electochemical Porosimetry”.

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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. Terry Steele

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Terry Steele obtained his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry in 2006 at the University of Minnesota and completed his post-doctorate training under Prof. Dr. Thomas Kissel of Philipps-Marburg University.  In 2009 he accepted the position of Research Fellow to design Drug Eluting Balloon prototypes at NTU-MSE in Singapore.  Dr. Steele was subsequently promoted to the position of Assistant Professor in 2011.  His research interests lie in methods of on-demand adhesion, surface functionalization, tailored drug delivery, and stilbene biosensors.

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Prof. Manish Kumar

Centre for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology- NU-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano-Materials School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Dr Manish Kumar received his Ph.D. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi (India) in 2010, which involved experimental and theoretical investigations on synthesis of mesoporous oxide, and metallo-dielectric nanocomposite thin films. During 2010-12, he worked as Research Associate at Inter University Accelerator Centre and worked on Ion beam-Matter interactions. During 2012-14, he worked as Assistant Professor at Central University of Rajasthan. Since 2014, he has been working as Research Professor at Center for Advance Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University and 'NU-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma-Nano Materials' (International Research Centre with Nagoya University, Japan). He has published more than 50 research articles in leading peer reviewed International journals and conferences. He is also an active reviewer for 14 leading International journals. His research interests involve Thin Film and Nano-Materials, Surface-interface effects, Plasma processes and technology, Plasmonics and Ion-beams induced Materials modification.

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Dr. Joo Eun Chung

Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore

Joo Eun Chung received her Ph.D. degree from Waseda University, Japan. She was Assistant-professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University after her postdoctoral training at the same university. She also performed research fellow experience at Kyoto University. She joined Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore, and is currently Senior Research Scientist. She was received Crown Prince Grand Prize and First Prize in ASEAN Category in the Brunei Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award in 2015, Polymer Research Association Award and Mizuno Award from Waseda University in 1995. Her research interests include the design of micellar nanocomplexes for drug delivery system to fight cancer as well as enzyme-mediated injectable hydrogel system for drug delivery and tissue engineering.

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