The International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Interfaces

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dae-Soon Lim

Nano-Materials and Surface Engineering Lab, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Dae-Soon Lim has been a professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University since 1991. He was a Director of Semiconductor Technology Research Institute. He is currently Director of Green Manufacturing Research Center for Display and Semiconductor at the Korea University. Dr. Lim received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Korea University in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He then received his PhD from the department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, in 1986. He had worked at National Institute of Standards and Technology as a guest scientist from 1986 to 1988. Thereafter, He worked as a senior researcher at the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science for three years.

He had actively participated in his academic societies such as a President of the Korean Ceramic Society, a member of The National Academy of Engineering of Korea and international symposium organizer. He published more than 200 technical papers, and holds about 30 domestic and international patents.

Dr. Lim is interested in synthesis and characterization of carbon materials such as carbon nanotubes and nano-diamond. He also works in carbide derived carbon materials, ceramics and nano-carbon reinforced coatings for tribological applications. His group also fabricated boron doped diamond core shell hybrid structures for biosensors with improved sensitivity. He has been studied the applicability of diamond electrode with hybrid structures for waste water treatment and purification. He has been handling many industrial based collaborative projects.


Dr. Maria Dinescu

National Institute for Lasers Plasma Radiation Physics, Romania

Dr. Maria  Dinescu is graduated in Bucharest (1978) and worked in the field of Laser Materials Processing, Thin Film Growth. She’s  working in the areas of laser processing of thin films and heterostructure: ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, composite materials, biocompatibles, advanced laser techniques for soft matter processing. She coordinated two international projects: Co-Director of the NATO SfP Project 97-1934, "Laser Based Clean Technologies for Smart Sensor Applications," (1999-2002). Romanian Coordinator of IST-2001-33326 "Piezoelectric sensor arrays for biomolecular interactions and gas monitoring" (PISARRO) project (2002-2004). Editor of three books and author of two chapters published in books: F. Craciun, P. Verardi, M. Dinescu, "Piezoelectric thin films: processing and properties", Handbook of Thin Film Materials, Vol. 3. Ferroelectric and Dielectric Thin Films, Ed- H.S. Nalwa, Academic Press, (2002), pp. 231-309; F. Craciun and M. Dinescu, "Pulsed Laser Deposition of Piezoelectric Thin Films" R.W. Eason, (ed.), Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2005 (in press).


Prof. Toshio Ogino

Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan

Prof Toshio Ogino is graduated in Engineering from The University of Tokyo then he had his PhD at the same university 1979. He joined NTT Basic Research Laboratories as researcher till 2002.Since he is based at the Yokohama National University. He’s currently the Lab Director at the Division of Intelligent Systems Engineering- Faculty of Engineering conducting research projects in the area of  Thin film/Surface and interfacial physical properties.The aim of his research group is to establish a new interdisciplinary research field including nanotechnology and biotechnology. They are investigating fabrication of carbon nanotube three dimensional networks, application of carbon nanotube sheets, and basic processes towards semiconductor/nanotube/bio-molecule hybrid devices. The current projects include: (i) control of biomolecule/solid interfaces, graphene on insulator, solid surface , biomolecule , graphene (ii) Control of atomic structures on surfaces of sapphire and other oxide single crystals sapphire , surface , titania, etc


Prof. Jordi Fraxedas

Group Leader at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Spain

Prof Jordi Fraxedas (Tarragona, 1962) graduated in Physics from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1985 and obtained his PhD (Dr rer. nat.) in 1990 from the University of Stuttgart (Germany). His thesis work was performed at the Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung and at the Berliner Speicherring für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY), under the supervision of Prof M. Cardona.
After a post-doctoral position at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France) and an Established Researcher position at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva (Switzerland), he joined the Solid State Research Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in 1995 and worked as a Chercheur associé at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in 2002.

His research activity is focused on interfacial phenomena and surface science. He has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and published the books entitled Molecular Organic Materials: From Molecules to Crystalline Solids (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Water at Interfaces: A Molecular Approach (Taylor and Francis CRC (2014)).


Prof. Marcela Bilek

University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Marcela Bilek holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, a BSc from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Prior to her present appointment as Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Sydney (since 2000), she worked as a visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, USA, held a visiting Professorship at the Technische Universitat Hamburg-Harburg in Germany and a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Professor Bilek heads the Applied and Plasma Physics Research Group. Research projects in these areas are a stimulating mix of fundamental physics and practical applications, in areas which include materials physics, plasma deposition and processing, thin film materials, vacuum glazing, renewable and sustainable energy and cross-disciplinary research in the areas of biointerfaces and medicine.

Marcela has received a number of honours for her work including the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2002, an ARC Federation Fellowship and an MIT TR100 Young Innovator award in 2003, the Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal in 2004 an Australian Innovation Challenge Award in 2011 and an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. In 2013 she was elected to the Fellowship of the American Physical Society (APS) "for outstanding contributions to the physics of plasma processing, resulting in plasma sources, processes and materials with applications to industries ranging from information technology to biomedicine". In 2015 she was elected to the Fellowship of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the science and application of plasma processes for materials modification and synthesis".


Prof. Abraham Atta Ogwu

West of Scotland University-UK

Professor Abraham Ogwu is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FinstP) and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). He served on the Fellowship election panel of the institute of physics (2007-2011) in the materials physics section. He has held previous academic appointments at the School of Materials, University of Manchester, England and the School of Engineering, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and in overseas universities before joining the University of the West of Scotland in 2002 as Professor of Thin Film devices, Nanotechnology and Biomaterials. He was on leave of absence between 2008-2010 as Rector/Vice-Chancellor of an African government owned University of Science and Technology, which was admitted to membership of the association of commonwealth universities during his tenure. I was a member of the governing council (court) of the former University of Paisley (now UWS) and the policy and resources committee of the institution from 2005 to 2008. I was an Academic staff and Warden of the University residences at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, U.K. from 1999-2002 and principal investigator at then Northern Ireland nanotechnology centre.. I was a visiting scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada in 1998, hosted by Professor Tom Coyle in Materials Science and Engineering. I was a visiting Professor at the Surface Engineering group, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal in 2003, hosted by the late Professor Jose Gracio and at the Technical University of Lodz, Poland, hosted by Professor Stanislaw Mitura in 2005. I set up and led the only Materials 2008 RAE unit of assessment submission in Scotland, based in UWS, which was ranked 12/20 in the U.K. I am currently on the Editorial board of four Materials Science journals including the international Journal of molecular engineering. I have been a keynote speaker, member of the scientific and organising committee of major conferences in Nano/biomaterials in the U.K, Europe and Asia. I review research funding applications in the U.K. (EPSRC), Canada (MITACS) and for other overseas governments. I am regularly invited as external assessor for Professorship/Readership appointment in U.K universities (Russell group and post-92) and overseas. I have been a PhD examiner for Universities in Europe, Asia and Australia. In the fields of materials science and engineering/applied physics.


Prof. Jang-Hsing Hsieh

College of Environment and Resources, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan

Jang-Hsing Hsieh is a Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering and Dean of the College of Environment and Resources at Ming Chi University of Technology- Taiwan. He was graduated in 1978 from National. Cheng Kung University-Taiwan. He had then his MS and Ph.D.degrees from  the School of Materials Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology- USA. He then joined  Argonne National Laboratory- USA as a Research Associate then Toshiba Tungaloy (USA) Corp. -Technical Dept, Elk Grove, IL, USA as Staff Engineer (1992 - 1994). He moved in 1994 to the Surface Technology Group, Institute of Manufacturing Technology- Singapore then to I-Shou University, Taiwan as an associate Professor. In 2000, he got an associate Professor position at the School of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Nanyang Tech. University, Singapore. Since 2005, he is Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology- Taiwan, working in the areas of Nano-Composite thin films, Functional thin films, Plasma engineering, Thin film solar cells, etc.


Prof. Jean-Francois Berret

Laboratoire Matiere et Systèmes Complexes UMR 7057 University Paris-Diderot/CNRS, France

Prof Berret research consists in developing novel functional nanostructures with stimuli-responsive features and biocompatibility. The particles, proteins and other biomacromolecules are elementary bricks of colloidal scaffolds designed for applications. These scaffolds include core-corona structures, clusters of engineered nanoparticles and magnetic nanowires. Based on techniques of assembly at the nanoscale using non-covalent interactions, this approach offers versatility and simplicity for the fabrication of novel nanomaterials with enhanced functionalities. The second objective deals with the applications of these nanoscale materials for medicine and biology. It includes their use as tools for imaging and therapy in living cells and tissues, as well as the study of their cyto- and genotoxicity. In this research, emphasis is put on key features such as interactions, localization and titration of nanomaterials in biological environments.