Our studies are centered on analytical chemistry applications with special emphasis on bioanalytical analyses. Two major analytical techniques are used: fluorescence spectroscopy and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Our fluorescence spectroscopy research efforts are focused on the longer wavelength region of the electromagnetic spectrum, the near-infrared (NIR) region. The NIR region is advantageous due to the inherent low interference and the high molar absorptivities of the NIR absorbing chromophores. When NIR spectroscopy is coupled with the use of semiconductor lasers and detectors, an especially useful technique emerges. Semiconductor lasers have all the properties of other types of lasers with the added benefits of compactness, lower power consumption and low cost. We are currently studying several bioanalytical applications. These include, but are not limited to, NIR DNA sequencing; NIR fluorescence immunoassays, including fiber optic and conventional applications; DNA probe techniques; pH, metal ion and hydrophobicity determinations. Additionally, new environmentally important NIR analytical techniques are studied in our research group, including separation and bioremediation applications. Another component of our studies is the development of new biosensors using fiber optic techniques. Our CE research is mainly focused on new high sensitivity detection methods, bioseparations and NIR labeling techniques. The latest area of our research is development of new spectroscopic method for forensic applications. Our research group developed a new latent blood detection method using new fluorescin chemistry. In addition to latent blood detection we also develop new analytical techniques for latent fingerprint detection and determination of other chemical residues, e.g., pepper spray residues, gun shot residues and explosive residues. The most promising part of our research is the combination of forensic analytical chemistry with NIR spectroscopy.
Professor Makhlouf is an internationally recognized leader in the field of materials science and engineering with more than 27 years of independent research project management, teaching, and consulting. He has a blend of both industrial and academic leadership as a President of EMC3, Full Professor at Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute, Egypt, and a Former Full Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Texas, USA. He is the recipient of numerous national and international prizes and awards including the Humboldt Research Award for Experienced Scientists, at Max Planck Institute, Germany; Fulbright Scholar, NSF, and Dept. of Energy Fellowships, USA; Shoman Award in Engineering Science; and the State Prize of Egypt in Advanced Science and Technology, and more. He is a member of TMS-USA, EPSRC-UK, European Science Foundation - College of Expert Reviewers, Fulbright Alumni, Alexander von Humboldt Alumni, Max Planck Institute Alumni, etc. Dr. Makhlouf has published over 200 journal articles, 30 bookchapters, 6 review articles, +100 technical report, as well as 19 books and handbooks for Springer and Elsevier on a broad range of cross‐disciplinary research fields including advanced multifunctional materials, nanotechnology, smart coatings, corrosion, biomaterials, waste/water treatment, and materials for energy applications. Dr. Makhlouf has served as both a Senior Editor and board member of many international journals, as well as a reviewer for several international funding agencies. He has excellent knowledge of USA, EU, and UK research policies. He is a Consultant and Reviewer for several universities, and Advisory Editor for Elsevier USA.
Dr. T. S. Srivatsan ("Dr. Sri") finished his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University in 1980, and subsequently received his graduate degrees (M.S. in Aerospace Engineering ’81 and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering ’84) from Georgia Institute of Technology. He specialized in fields synergizing all aspects related to processing, characterization and mechanical behavior of engineering, and engineered materials. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Srivatsan worked in the position of Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Instructor (part-time) at Georgia Institute of Technology and later as Lead Project Engineer and Manager of Research and Development at Materials Modification Inc. in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Srivatsan joined the faculty in The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron in August 1987. He currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Harold Craighead received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, with High Honors, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1974. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University in 1980. His thesis work involved an experimental study of metal nanoparticles. From 1979 until 1984 he was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Device Physics Research Department at Bell Laboratories. From 1984 until 1989 he was Research Manager of the Quantum Structures Research Group at Bellcore. Dr. Craighead joined the faculty of Cornell University as a Professor in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics in 1989. From 1989 until 1995 he was Director of the National Nanofabrication Facility at Cornell University. Dr. Craighead was Director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics from 1998 to 2000 and Director of the Nanobiotechnology Center from 2000 to 2001. He served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2002. He served as co-Director of the Nanobiotechnology Center from 2002-2006, and the Director of Nanobiotechnology Center 2006-2009. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has been a pioneer in nanofabrication methods and the application of engineered nanosystems for research and device applications. Throughout his career he has contributed to numerous scientific journals with over 280 published papers. Dr. Craighead's recent research activity includes the use of nanofabricated devices for biological applications. His research continues to involve the study and development of new methods for nanostructure formation, integrated fluidic/optical devices, nanoelectromechanical systems and single molecule analysis.
Professor Nguyen Thị Kim Thanh, FRSC, FInstP, FIMMM FRSB (http://www.ntk-thanh.co.uk) held a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2005-2014). She was appointed a Full Professor in Nanomaterials in 2013 at University College London. She leads a very dynamic group conducting cutting edge interdisciplinary and innovative research on the design, and synthesis of magnetic and plasmonic nanomaterials for biomedical applications. In 2019, she has been honoured for her achievements in the field of nanomaterials, and her impactful project proposal and was awarded highly prestigious Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Medal. She published 116 research papers, book chapters, theme issues, proceedings. Among them 11 papers were featured in cover pages. With total 11000 citations, h index 33, i10 index of 58 and over 14 papers with over 100 citations among them 1 attracted over 2400 citations. She has been Visiting Professor at various Universities in France, Japan, Singapore. She has been invited to speak at over 250 institutes and scientific meetings. She has been chairing and organising over 40 high profile international conferences. She is Editor-in-chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry book Series, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. She edited 4 theme issues: The Royal Society (2016), Interface Focus, “Multifunctional nanostructures for diagnosis and therapy of diseases”; The Royal Society Chemistry, RSC (2014), Faraday Discussions, “Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles"; RSC (2013) Nanoscale, Special issue "Functional Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications" and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (2010), “Nanoparticles”. She is the sole editor of two seminal books on Magnetic Nanoparticles from Fabrication to Clinical Applications (https://tinyurl.com/y5bgxb3r) and Clinical Applications of Magnetic nanoparticles (https://tinyurl.com/yyjawnz2). She is coorganising a Magnetic Carrier Meeting in Jun 2020 in London http://magneticmicrosphere.com/meeting-thirteenth
Dr. Alexander L. Kalamkarov is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada since 1993, and Director of Smart Materials Centre since 1995. He was awarded PhD degree from the Moscow Lomonosov State University in 1979 and the Doctor of Sciences (Habilitation) from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1990. His academic career spans over 40 years in Research and University teaching. He has taught in the Universities in the USA, England, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil and visited numerous Universities and Research Institutes around the world. Prof. Kalamkarov is awarded the CANCAM Gold Medal for the “outstanding contribution in the area of Applied Mechanics” in 2011. He is awarded the Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2002; the Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2001; and the Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2007. Prof. Kalamkarov is a Member of numerous prestigious International Editorial and Advisory boards and the International Conference Organizing Committees in the area of advanced composite materials and smart structures. Research performed by Prof. Kalamkarov in the areas of advanced composite materials and smart materials and structures is internationally recognized. He has authored more than 350 research publications, including over 150 refereed journal papers, 8 Research Monographs and 2 US patents. Prof. Kalamkarov has made major contribution to the fundamental analysis, design and optimization of composite materials and smart composite structures, composite reinforced shells and plates.
Dr. Xiaosheng Fang is professor in Department of Materials Science at Fudan University, China.He received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Solid State Physics (ISSP), Chinese Academyof Sciences in 2006. After then, he was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute forMaterials Science, Japan, as well as a research scientist at the International Center for YoungScientists (ICYS). He was a visiting scholar at MIT and Harvard University in 2009 and 2016,respectively. His current research topic mainly focuses on inorganic semiconductors and high-performance photodetectors. He is listed as Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science 2014.
Sotirios Baskoutas obtained his Ph.D. from the Physics Department of the University of Patras, Greece. He joined the Materials Science Department of the University of Patras in 2001, where he is currently Professor (Full). Dr. Baskoutas has visited and worked in several Universities and Research Institutes outside Greece, such as the Department of Physics, Universita di Roma La Sapienza (Italy), Department of Physics Fundamental y Experimental, University of Laguna, Tenerife (Spain), Free University of Brussels (Belgium), Research Institute of Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest (Hungary), Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Canada), Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, Munich (Germany), INT Institute for Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe (Germany), Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany), Department of Chemistry, University of Hamburg (Germany) and Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan (Armenia). His research interests are focused mainly in theoretical but also experimental studies in semiconductor nanostructures, with emphasis to their electronic and optical properties. Dr. Baskoutas has authored over 160 research articles in peer reviewed journals in the field of condensed matter physics and materials science with more than 5200 citations and h index 40. He serves as an editorial board member in several scientific journals and has been a member of 40 International and Greek research projects (in 20 of them as project leader).
He received his PhD degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 1998, and joined the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, for a postdoctoral fellowship in the same year. Currently, he is a Professor and an excellent research fellow at the National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. Professor Ma Yuanrong of the Department of Physics, ranked second in the most accessed papers, and was ranked second in the internationally renowned journal Advanced Functional Materials with an impact factor of 11.805. Prof. Yuan-Ron Ma's feature article published in Advanced Functional Materials (impact factor is 10.179) and ranked in the 2nd place for most access. In August 2012, a team led by Professor Yuan-Ron Ma’s published an article about one-dimensional metal oxidation A review article on physical nanostructures, published in Advanced Functional Materials, a top journal of Wiley Publishers, Germany, entitled One-dimensional metal-oxide nanostructures: Recent developments in synthesis, characterization, and applications. This paper was published on August 21, 2012. It is the only review article that the Advanced Functional Materials journal has invited the Taiwan team to write in recent years. The 45 pages of the whole article have been devoted to the research of one-dimensional metal oxide nanostructures for nearly ten years