Lin-Wang Wang is a Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, U.S. Dr. Wang has 25 years of experience in large scale electronic structure calculations. He has worked in O(N) electronic structure calculations in early 1990s. He invented the folded spectrum method which pushed the limit of nonselfconsistent electronic structure calculations from 100 atoms to thousands of atoms. He developed a linear combination of bulk bands (LCBB) method for semiconductor heterostructrure electronic structure calculations, which allows the calculation of million atom devices. He developed generalized moments method which calculates the density of state and optical absorption spectra of a given system without explicit calculation of its eigenstates. He also developed a popular parallel total energy plane wave pseudopotential program (PEtot). He invented a charge patching method, which enables the ab initio accuracy thousand atom calculations for nanosystems. He has developed a linear scaling three dimensional fragment method (LS3DF), which can be used to selfconsistently calculate systems with tens of thousands of atoms. Recently, he developed a new algorithm for real-time time-dependent DFT calculations which accelerates the traditional algorithms by hundreds of times.
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair is among the top three impactful authors at the National University of Singapore, NUS . He is the Director of Center for Nanofibers & Nanotechnology at NUS, and regarded as the guru of electrospinning & nanofibers. He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters), and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in materials science and cross-field categories (Clarivate Analytics). Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 26 authors out of three million materials researchers worldwide . 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 is an elected Fellow of International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE); Institution of Engineers Singapore; ISTE, India; Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK; and American Association of the Advancement of Science; ASM International; American Society for Mechanical Engineers; and American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, USA. He is a senior member of IEEE, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Springer NATURE journal Materials Circular Economy. European Commission Director-General for Environment, Excellency Daniel Calleja Crespo said “Professor Seeram Ramakrishna should be praised for his personal engagement leading the reflections on how to develop a more sustainable future for all” in his foreword for the Springer Nature book on Circular Economy. He is a member of UNESCO’s Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda.
Cheng (PhD, 1992, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR CAS)) is professor, IMR CAS; director of Advanced Carbon Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science. He was deputy director of IMR CAS and chairman of Asian Association of Carbon Groups. His prizes include the 2nd Class National Prize for Natural Science, China; Charles E. Pettinos Award, American Carbon Society; the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation; Felcht Award, SGL Group, Germany; ACS Nano Lecture Award, American Chemical Society. His research activities focus on carbon nanotubes, graphene, 2D materials, energy storage materials, photocatalytic materials, and bulk carbon materials. He is recognized as one of the Highly Cited Researchers in both materials science and chemistry fields by Thomson Reuters. He is a member of CAS and honorary professor of several universities. He is now the founding Editor-in-Chief of Energy Storage Materials and an Associate Editor of Science China Materials, and was Editor of Carbon and Editor-in-Chief of New Carbon Materials.
Professor Xiang Zhang is currently the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
Prior to joining HKU in July 2018, he was the Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Director of the Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (SINAM), and Director of the Materials Science Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Professor Zhang received his PhD from UC Berkeley (1996), MS from the University of Minnesota and MS/BS from Nanjing University. He was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University (1996-1999), and associate professor and full professor at UCLA (1999-2004) prior to joining Berkeley's faculty in 2004.
In 2008, Professor Zhang's research was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of the Year" and "50 Best Inventions of the Year", Discover Magazine's "Top 100 Science Stories" in 2007, and R&D Magazine's top 25 Most Innovative Products of 2006. His research has been frequently featured in international media, including BBC, CNN and the Wall Street Journal. In 2019, his research team’s work on ‘Casimir effect’ at UC Berkeley was selected as one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs for 2019 by Physics World.
Zhifeng Ren is the M. D. Anderson Chair Professor of Physics and the Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH). He received his BS in 1984 from Xihua University, MS in 1987 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and PhD in 1990 from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research has been on thermoelectrics, boron arsenide single crystals for high thermal conductivity, enhanced oil recovery, water splitting for H2 generation, heated filters for catching and killing SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 pandemic, carbon nanotubes, solar absorbers, flexible transparent conductors, superconductors, etc.
He received his B.S. from Hunan University in China (1981) and Ph.D. from Tohoku University in Japan (1990). Since 1990, he had worked in Riken Corporation (Chief Engineer), National Aerospace Laboratory, Tohoku University (Associate Professor) and University of Michigan (Visiting Scholar). He joined Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) as a professor in 2001. He had Served as deputy director of SICCAS from 2004 to 2013. At present, he is the director of State Key Lab of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of npj Computational Materials. His research activity has majorly been focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of thermoelectric materials, as well as the integration of thermoelectric devices.
Andrew is the Class of ’62 Professor of Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was previously Vice President, University and Global Relations (Apr 2014-Dec 2019), and Dean, Faculty of Science (Apr 2007 – Mar 2014). He is also Adjunct Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).
Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS), Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), Institute of Physics, UK (FInstP), and Academician, Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM). He was a Rhodes Scholar (1987) and Commonwealth Fellow (1997) at the University of Oxford, UK. He is an Associate Editor, ACS Nano (from 2011), and on the several editorial boards including Surface & Interface Analysis, Surface Review and Letters, Applied Surface Science Advances (APSA).
Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos is a Professor and Finland Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. The work of his group focuses on the organic chemistry of wood components and the development of new chemistry for transforming the carbon present in our trees toward producing valuable chemicals, materials and energy.
Dr. Argyropoulos received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he also served as a PAPRICAN professor with the Chemistry department. His teaching is primarily related to wood chemistry, biomaterial characterization, carbohydrate, lignin and polymer chemistry. Dr. Argyropoulos is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry. In addition to being a member to a number of professional societies (ACS, TAPPI, PAPTAC), Dr. Argyropoulos serves the editorial boards of five scientific journals as well the board of the International Lignin Institute and a number of International Scientific committees. He has also served as the Division Chair, and Secretary of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials of the American Chemical Society.
Dr Manoj Gupta was a former Head of Materials Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Director designate of Materials Science and Engineering Initiative at NUS, Singapore. He did his Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, USA (1992), and postdoctoral research at University of Alberta, Canada (1992). In August 2017 he was highlighted among Top 1% Scientist of the World Position by The Universal Scientific Education and Research Network and among 2.5% among scientists as per ResearchGate. To his credit are: (i) Disintegrated Melt Deposition technique and (ii) Hybrid Microwave Sintering technique, an energy efficient solid-state processing method to synthesize alloys/micro/nano-composites. He has published over 590 peer reviewed journal papers and owns two US patents and one Trade Secret. His current h-index is 67, RG index is 48 and citations are greater than 17500. He has also co-authored six books, published by John Wiley, Springer and MRF - USA. He is Editor-in-chief/Editor of twelve international peer reviewed journals. A multiple award winner, he actively collaborate/visit Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, USA and India as a visiting researcher, professor and chair professor.
Ghenadii Korotcenkov received his PhD in Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Materials and Devices in 1976 and his Dr. Sci. degree (Doc. Hab.) in Physics of Semiconductors and Dielectrics in 1990. He has more than 45-year experience as a teacher and scientific researcher. Long time he was a leader of gas sensor group and manager of various national and international scientific and engineering projects carried out in the Laboratory of Micro- and Optoelectronics, Technical University of Moldova. 2007-2008 years he was an invited scientist in Korea Institute of Energy Research (Daejeon). After which, until 2017, Dr. G. Korotcenkov was a research professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Korea. Currently, G. Korotcenkov is a chief scientific researcher at Moldova State University, Chisinau, Moldova. His present scientific interests starting from 1995 year include material sciences, focusing on metal oxide film deposition and characterization, surface science, thermoelectric conversion, and design of physical and chemical sensors, including thin film gas sensors
Brian Cantor is a Professor of Materials at Oxford and Brunel Universities. He is also a Trustee of the Science Museums Group and an Editor of Elsevier’s premier review journal, Progress in Materials Science. He has published over 300 books and papers. He invented the field of High Entropy Alloys and discovered “Cantor alloys”.
In the recent past, he has been Vice-Chancellor of the Universities of Bradford and York, Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Oxford, a research scientist at GE Labs in the USA, a consultant for Alcan, NASA, and Rolls-Royce, and a Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has worked at other universities such as Sussex, Northeastern, Banaras, Washington State, IISc Bangalore, and the Kobe Institute, and chaired or been on boards such as the Marshall Aid Commission, the UK Universities Pensions Forum, and Bradford, Leeds, and York Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs). He founded, chaired, and built up the Begbroke Science Park, the Heslington East Campus, the Hull-York Medical School, the Institute for Effective Education, the Wolfson Cantre for Applied Health Research, the Centre for Applied Human Rights, the Digital Health Enterprise Zone, the National Science Learning Centre, and the World Technology Universities Network.
He has received academic prizes, honorary professorships, and fellowships in the UK, USA, China, and India.
He was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in 2013.
Dr. Daoud is an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Technology Graz, Austria, with a Dipl-Ing degree (BS and MS) in Chemical Engineering and received his Ph.D. in flexible bilayer photovoltaic cells from the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Daoud’s current research is mainly focused on the areas of energy harvesting and wearable energy technologies, where his pioneering research on solar self-cleaning and kinetic energy harvesting has received international renown and several awards and has featured in Nature (2004) and Science (2008) and broadcasted through interviews by major international media, such as Reuters (2014), BBC (2015) and SCMP (2017). He has secured over HK$25M funding from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Innovation Technology Commission of Hong Kong, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Australian Research Council. He has published over 110 journal papers in top journals including Adv Energy Mater, Nano Energy, Adv Funct Mater, ACS Nano, Small, and Solar RRL, 1 book, 2 book chapters, and 6 international patents. He has been invited to present Plenary and Keynote lectures at International conferences and is currently serving as the Chief Editor of Wearable Electronics, Frontiers in Electronics, and Editorial Board member of the Journal of Power Sources Advances.
Following the completion of his PhD at London Metropolitan University, Professor Mark H Rümmeli spent several years working in the United States and the West Indies developing e-learning platforms for Healthcare education. Subsequent to this he joined the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) a joint research collaboration between the German Space Agency (DLR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). He then joined the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Science, in Germany, where he was responsible for founding the Molecular Nanostructures Group which he still oversees at present as a guest professor. He then worked in the Republic of South Korea as a professor in the Department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University. While in the aforementioned role, he was concurrently appointed as the founder of the Structural Analysis Group within the Korean Institute of Basic Science. He currently works as a professor at the College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy & at the Soochow Institute for Energy & Materials InnovationS (SIEMIS), at Soochow University, in China. At SIEMIS he is in the process of establishing a research group which will utilize state of the art transmission electron microscopy for the investigation of novel nano-materials and their structures. As a visiting professor, Mark H Rümmeli as well heads a nano-sensor laboratory at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He collaborates globally with many outstanding research universities and institutes such as: Peking University, the University of Oxford, NASA Ames Research Laboratories, Wuhan University, Cornell University, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) among others. To date, Professor Mark H. Rümmeli has published over 350 scientific papers with many appearing in leading journals such as Science and Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie etc.
Ruwen Peng, Professor of Physics.
Prof. Ruwen Peng received her Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics from Nanjing University in 1998. Currently, she is a distinguished professor at Nanjing University and a principal investigator at the National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures (NLSSMs). She has published about 190 SCI journal papers. She received the Distinguished Young Scholar Fund from the NSF of China in 2006. And she was honored with the Chinese Young Women Scientists' Award in 2011, and Xie Xide Award in 2013. Her current research interests include nanophotonics, metamaterials, photonic quasicrystals, phononic transport, and heat transfer in nanostructures.
Dr.Khadijeh Sona Najafi is currently a researcher at IBM Q start and associate at the physics department at Harvard. She was a Postdoc associate at Harvard and Caltech during Jan 2020-Sep 2020 and, she also was a Postdoc associate at Physics Department at Virginia Tech from June 2018 to Dec2019. She did her Ph.D. from the Georgetown University in the department of physics from the year Dec 2012 and doctorated in May 2018