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Visiting Professor Atul Parikh

Professor Atul N. Parikh is a Full Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Davis.

Professor Parikh graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. in Materials Science (Polymer Science) in 1994.

Professor Parikh is a renowned scientist with research expertise in the areas of biomolecular materials and dynamic self-assembly, synthetic chemical biology, and membrane biophysics.

     


 

Visiting Professor Banerjee Rajarshi

Professor Banerjee Rajarshi is a Full Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas (UNT). He is currently appointed as the Director for the Center of Advanced Research and Technology and the Program Director of the Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation at UNT. Professor Rajarshi is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Ohio State University.

Professor Rajarshi has strong research expertise in advanced metallic and functionally-graded composite (or hybrid) materials for aerospace and biomedical applications. His research focuses on nickel and titanium based alloys for structural components in aircraft, including jet engine components, as well as next-generation titanium based alloys. He also conducts research on metal-matrix composites for orthopedic implant (such as hip implant) applications.

The use of advanced characterization techniques, spanning over a range of length scales, including transmission electron microscopy (including aberration-corrected STEM) and atom probe tomography, constitute a common thread tying Professor Rajarshi’s multiple research activities. These techniques are used to identify the underlying mechanisms and phase transformations governing microstructural evolution and microstructure-property relationships in these complex multi-phase, multi-component materials systems.

     
 

Visiting Professor Björn Olof Lindman

Professor Björn Olof Lindman is Chair Professor with Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Lund University.

Professor Lindman graduated with Academic degrees Chemical Engineering from Lund University in 1971. He was an Associate professor with Biochemical molecular spectroscopy at Swedish Natural Sciences Research Council from 1976-78 and a Full professor (Chair) at Physical Chemistry from 1978-present. Professor Björn Olof Lindman was Director of Studies for undergraduate studies in Chemical Section, at Lund University from 1970-1974, and Director of Studies for PhD studies in Chemical Center at Lund University from 1974-1980.

Professor Lindman became President of International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists in 2006. He was in journal editorial and advisory boards with Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Colloid & Polymer Science, Progress in Colloid & Polymer Science, The Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Surface Science and Technology; Langmuir; Advances in Colloid and Interface Science; Colloid & Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, etc.

     
 

Visiting Professor Harm-Anton Klok

Professor Harm-Anton Klok is a Full Professor and Director of the Polymer Laboratory in the Institute of Materials and Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Professor Klok graduated from the University of Ulm, with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1997. After his postdoctoral research stint with Professor David N. Reinhoudt (University of Twente) and Professor Samuel I. Stupp (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA), Professor Klok joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) in early 1999 as a project leader in the group of Professor Klaus Müllen. In November 2002, he was appointed to the faculty of EPFL. Since 2012, he has been the Director of the Institute of Materials and Chemical Sciences and Engineering and he also directs the Molecular and Hybrid Materials Characterization Center at EPFL.

Some of the research accolades awarded to Professor Klok include the sought-after Emmy Noether Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in 1999, the Thieme Journal Award in 2002 and the Arthur K. Doolittle Award by the American Chemical Society for the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division in 2007.

Professor Klok is the Associate Editor of the ACS Journal, Biomacromolecules. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for various journals such as Journal of Polymer Science A: Polymer Chemistry, Macromolecules, ACS Macro Letters, Macromolecular Rapid Communications and Macromolecular Bioscience.

     
 

Canon Visiting Professor James Barber

Professor James Barber graduated in Chemistry from the University of Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a registered Chartered Chemist. He joined the Academic Staff of Imperial College in 1968 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship as the Unilever European Fellow at the State University of Leiden in The Netherlands. At Imperial College, in 1974, he was made a Reader and 5 years later promoted to a full Professorship in 1989.

Professor Barber was awarded an honorary doctorate of Stockholm University and elected as a member of the European Academy 'Academia Europaea' (1989). He has been Dean of the Royal College of Science at Imperial College and was Head of the Biochemistry Department for 10 years (1989-1999). He occupied the Chair named after the Nobel Laureate Ernst Chain (co-discoverer of Penicillin).

Professor Barber has published over 400 original research papers and reviews in the field of plant biochemistry, editing 15 specialised books, and was awarded the prestigious Flintoff Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2002. He was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2003 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005 and has been awarded the 2005 Italgas Prize for Energy and the Environment, 2006 Biochemical Society Novartis medal and prize, and the 2007 Wheland Medal and Prize from the University of Chicago. He is frequently requested to give lectures both in the UK and overseas and in 2008, delivered the Arnon Lecture at UC Berkeley. He has recently been elected President of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research.

The core of Professor Barber’s research has been to investigate photosynthesis and the functional role of the photosystems with emphasis on their structures. Much of his work has focused on Photosystem Two, a remarkable biological machine able to use light energy to split water into oxygen and reducing equivalents, a reaction upon which we are all dependent.

     
 

Visiting Professor John Taylor Groves IV (Jay Groves)

Professor John Taylor Groves IV (Jay Groves) is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC, Berkeley. He joined the Chemistry Department at UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in 2001. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and Professor in 2010.
 
Professor Groves received his B.S. degree in Physics and Chemistry from Tufts University, and then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Biophysics with Professors Steven Boxer and Harden McConnell at Stanford University. He then spent a year as a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan before becoming the Division Director’s Fellow in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
 
Professor Groves has received the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences in 2000, the Searle Scholars Award in 2002, the MIT TR100 in 2003, the Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2004, and the NSF CAREER Award in 2005. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry since 2006.
 
Professor Groves is primarily interested in role of spatial organization in biochemical reaction systems. Living cells are not at all well-mixed reaction chambers. Rather, the molecular processes of life occur in elaborate spatial patterns. This interplay between spatial organization and the chemical reactions themselves in living systems adds a fascinating new dimension to chemistry that is rarely encountered outside of biology. Specific research in Professor Groves’ laboratory focuses on how spatial organization influences signal transduction processes at the cell membrane. The research methods combine techniques in optical microscopy and spectroscopy with materials fabrication methods and cell biology.

     
 

Visiting Associate Professor John Vincent Hanna

Associate Professor John Vincent Hanna graduated from Griffith University with a M.Phil. in Chemistry in 1987. He is an Associate Professor and Group Leader for Materials Solid State NMR at the University of Warwick. His research is primarily in the development and application of multinuclear solid-state NMR techniques, including DFT calculations in the study of organometallic chemistry, glasses and bioglasses, and ‘energy-related’ materials, such as solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen storage, battery and metal-incorporated biomass systems. His previous appointments include Principal Research Scientist and Director of the ANSTO Solid State NMR Facility within the ANSTO Institute of Materials Engineering. He is also affiliated to the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, International Society for Magnetic Resonance and the UK Institute of Physics. He has published more than 200 articles and has an impressive record of winning numerous research grants.

     
 

Visiting Professor Julius Vancso

Professor Julius Vancso graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and University of Sciences “Eötvös Lorand” in Budapest, with a Ph.D. in Materials Science (Solid State Physics and Statistical Physics) in 1982. He is currently a Full Professor and Department Head of the Department of Polymer Materials Science and Technology at University of Twente. He holds Visiting Professorship positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Budapest Technical University, Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona), and ETH in Zürich. In 2010, Professor Vancso was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Professor Vancso is a renowned scientist with research expertise in the areas of macromolecular nanotechnology and materials science of soft matter, especially surface engineering, surface-initiated polymerizations (polymer brushes), single molecule chemistry and physics, atomic force microscopy, single emitter photonics, nanostructured materials, materials chemistry of organometallic polymers and biointerfaces.

     
 

Visiting Professor Marcelle Mahlouf

Professor Marcelle Mahlouf is a Full Professor and Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering in Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She is concurrently holding the positions of Deputy Executive Vice President for Research for the Pre-Clinical Research Authority and Head of the Interdepartmental Program in Biotechnology.

Professor Mahlouf won the Juludan Research Prize for her outstanding research in the application of modern scientific or engineering techniques to medicine, which holds the potential of developing processes, products, or devices having practical application in 2014. Professor Mahlouf is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Tissue Engineering and a member of The International Cancer Research Association and The International Control Delivery Society.

As a programme leader, Professor Mahlouf has been working very closely with MSE and NTU in the NRF CREATE Programme for Regenerative Medicine in Cardiac Restoration Therapy since 2010.

Professor Mahlouf’s research focus centers around tissue engineering and cell based delivery, drug delivery and gene therapy. Her research includes developing platforms for cell based delivery and tumor therapy, developing scaffolds for tissue engineering of heart and blood vessels, development of micro and nano drug delivery systems for cancer therapy, and delivery of cDNAs to cells and tissues using ultrasound energy and synthetic nanopolymeric particles.

     
 

Visiting Professor Michael Tam

Professor Michael Tam joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo as a tenured full professor. He was hired to teach and conduct research in Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology.

Professor Tam was born in Malaysia, and he studied Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia, and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1991. He then spent 18 months on a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Bob Pelton at the Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada. In 1992, he took up an academic position at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and was promoted to full professor in 2004.

Professor Tam's research interest focuses on the microscopic and macroscopic properties of self-assembly systems such as surfactants, block copolymers, and associative polymers.

     
 

Visiting Professor Philip Demokritou

Dr Philip Demokritou graduated from the National Technical University of Athens with M. Eng and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 and 1994 respectively. He then stayed on to pursue his postdoctoral training in Indoor Environmental Quality and moved on subsequently to the Harvard School of Public Health to research on Environmental Health from 1997 – 1998. From 2012, he was appointed as an Associate Professor in Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr Demokritou currently holds joint academic appointments at Shanghai University, University of Alabama and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In addition to these appointments, Dr Demokritou is also the Founding Director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Research Initiative on Sustainable Nanotechnology. Through this collaborative partnership, Dr Demokritou functions as a catalyst to bring together nanoscientists from both institutions to drive research programmes centered on 2 thematic areas – (1) Develop sustainable nano-enabled approaches in agriculture and food to enhance efficiencies from “farm to fork’ and address environmental health and safety implications, and (2) Assess environmental and health risks of nano-enabled products. This initiative is well positioned to shed more light in the field of nanoparticle safety in the local context as it is a new area which has not been adequately studied.

Dr Demokritou sits on the boards of various international bodies, committees and working groups, where he lends his expertise and advice in steering overall strategies and directions of leading institutions. A much sought after speaker, Dr Demokritou regularly shares his research breakthroughs at international conferences.

     


 

Visiting Professor Raffaele Mezzenga

Professor Raffaele Mezzenga received his master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Perugia University in Materials Science and Engineering, while actively working for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and NASA on elementary particle-polymer interactions (NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS91). In 2001, he obtained a PhD in Polymer Physics from EPFL, focusing on the thermodynamics of reactive polymer blends. He then became a postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working on the self-assembly of polymer colloids from 2001 – 2002. In 2003, he moved to the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne as a research scientist, working on the self-assembly of surfactants, natural amphiphiles and lyotropic liquid crystals. He became an Associate Professor in the Physics Department of the University of Fribourg in 2005. He joined ETH Zurich in 2009 as a Full Professor.

In 2016, he founded BluAct Technologies, an ETH spinoff exploiting a revolutionary technology for water purification. His research focuses on the fundamental understanding of self-assembly processes in polymers, lyotropic liquid crystals, food and biological colloidal systems.

Professor Mezzenga has been a Visiting Professor in Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), a Nestlé Distinguished Scientist, and recipient of several international distinctions, such as the 2011 AOCS Young Scientist Research Award [citation: "For his pioneering work on polymers, colloids and liquid crystals"], the 2013 John H. Dillon Medal and the 2017 Fellowship of the American Physical Society [citation: "For exceptional contributions to the understanding of self-assembly principles and their use to design and control materials with targeted functionalities"], the Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules 2013 Young Investigator Award of the American Chemical Society [citation: “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of self-assembly processes in polymers and biological colloidal systems”], and the 2004 Swiss Science National Foundation Professorship Award.

     
 

Visiting Professor Reinhold H. Dauskardt

Professor Reinhold H. Dauskardt is the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Surgery in the Stanford School of Medicine.

Professor Dauskardt has won numerous awards including the Henry Maso Award from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for fundamental contributions to skin science in 2011, the IBM Shared University Research Award in 2011, the Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award in 2010, an IBM Faculty Award in 2006, the ASM International Silver Medal in 2003, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2002, and the U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award in 1989.

Professor Dauskardt and his research group have worked extensively on integrating new hybrid materials into emerging device, nanoscience and energy technologies and also on the biomechanical function and barrier properties of human skin and other soft tissues. He is an internationally recognized expert on reliability and damage processes in device technologies and soft tissues, specifically the biomechanics of human skin and regeneration processes in cutaneous wounds.

     
 

Visiting Professor Sean Li

Professor Sean Li is a Full Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering in The University of New South Wales (UNSW). He joined UNSW in 2004 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. Prior to UNSW, Professor Li was an Assistant Professor in MSE, NTU from 1998 to 2004.  Professor Li received his PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1998.

Professor Li has strong research expertise in advanced multifunctional materials, energy materials, magnetic and spintronic materials, electronic and photonic materials, nanotechnology and thin film technology. Professor Li has been awarded more than $42 mil in competitive research and industry grants for his research work in the past 10 years.

For his recent accolades, Professor Li was awarded the UNSW – Innovation of the Year Award in 2016 for his work in graphene enhanced high performance electric power grid transmission lines. For this groundbreaking work, Professor Li was also presented with the Knowledge Commercialization Australasia Award – Best Commercial Innovation 2016. Professor Li secured a $20 million in capital investment collaboration with Chinese corporation Hangzhou Cable Co. Ltd. (HCCL), which aims to commercialize new power cables which could help overcome persistent electricity leakages in conventional power grids, saving consumers money and preventing unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions from wasted power generation.

With more than 340 publications in top tier journals, Professor Li has earned himself an impressive H-index of 41. He has also published 3 books, 12 book chapters and more than 90 conference publications. 

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