Nanotech Middle East 2017

Conference and Exhibition

4 - 6 December 2017
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Conference Speakers

Prof. Haris Doumanidis
Khalifa University - Dubai, UAE

Prof. Haris is a Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering and Acting Chair at the Department of Civil Engineering- Khalifa University, UAE. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a Professor and Director of the Thermal Manufacturing Laboratory at Tufts University in Medford, MA; Chief Scientist with Axcelis Technologies - Thermal Processing Systems in Beverly, MA; Founder of the Hephaistos Nanotechnology Research Center at the University of Cyprus; Visiting Professor at MIT in Cambridge, MA; Founding Director of the Nanomanufacturing Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA; Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno NV; and consultant for Honda R&D Americas etc. He is editor of 3 journals; organizer and chair of over 20 symposia for ASME, IEEE, NSF etc; speaker of over 30 keynote/plenary lectures and 100 invited seminars; author of over 200 refereed papers, distinguished by 4 best paper awards (ASME, ACC, ISNM, ICMCTF), 9 patents and 4 book chapters. He is a recipient of the Marie Curie Chair of Excellence by the European Commission, the ASME Blackall Award, the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award by the White House, the NSF Young Investigator and the Research Initiation Award, as well as several grants from the EC, NSF, SME, Honda Research Institute etc, totaling over $ 16 million. He mentors the research planning of numerous junior investigators worldwide.

Ray Gibbs
Hatydale Graphene Industries Plc - UK

Ray was appointed CEO of Haydale in 2013. Since then he has set the company strategy and defined the market focus into composites, inks/coatings and energy harvesting, culminating in a successful IPO on the AIM market in April 2014, raising $10m with a market capitalisation of £17m. Since then a second "oversubscribed" funding of $9m was concluded in November 2015, to finance expansion and growth plans. With its unique patented plasma functionalisation technology, Haydale is strategically positioned to enable raw material producers move up the nano materials value chain and at the same time provide solutions to product manufacturers looking to enhance the performance of their offering with appropriate and unique additive materials.

Dr. Miriam Balaban
Desalination and Water Treatment Journal, European Desalination Society - Rome, Italy

Miriam Balaban is a graduate in chemistry of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She is founder of Desalination, the international journal for desalting and purification of water and was Editor-in-Chief from 1966 to 2009. In 2009 she launched the monthly journal Desalination and Water Treatment to accommodate the growing flood of papers in the expanding field. She has reviewed and edited over 20,000 papers from over 100 countries. She has edited and published several books in the field. She is editor and publisher of the Desalination Directory, the international online database in desalination and water reuse which serves to network over 30,000 individuals and 5,000 academic and government institutions and companies with full access details, a calendar of events and other information.

She is Secretary General of the European Desalination Society at the University Campus Bio-Medico, Faculty of Engineering, Rome, Italy where she programs and organizes courses, conferences and workshops in desalination. She is associated with the desalination program of the Center for Clean Water and Energy in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has served as a board member and officer of the International Desalination Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association in 2009. She is an honorary member of the European Membrane Society and was a member of the review committee for the Desalination Roadmap of the US National Research Council National Academy of Science. In 2012 she was awarded the Star of Italy from the President of Italy, and in 2014 received the Sidney Loeb Award from the European Desalination Society. She has organized numerous desalination conferences around the world, is chairman, member of the Scientific Program Committees and speaker at numerous desalination conferences and is actively involved in paper selection and program composition.

She has been a research associate for science communication at Boston University, Center of Philosophy and History of Science. She was president of the International Federation of Science Editors and was Professor and Dean of the School for Science Communication at the Mario Negri Institute for Biomedical Research.

Prof. Alicia de Andres
Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC) - Madrid, Spain

Prof. Alicia de Andrés is PhD in Physics by the Autonomous University of Madrid and, since 2008, Research Professor at the Materials Science Institute in Madrid – Spanish Council for Scientific Research (ICMM - CSIC).  Leader of the Graphene based hybrid materials group and head of the Optical Spectroscopies Laboratory. She has authored over 150 ISI publications and leaded or participated in projects funded by national, regional and European agencies as well as industrial companies.

Her research over the past 15 years has focused on the development and study of materials with applications in spintronics and optoelectronics seeking the correlation between properties and structure/morphology at nano and micro scales. She is regular user of synchrotron radiation facilities. At present her interests are mainly focused in:

1. Graphene and graphene oxide for optoelectronics: design and fabrication of hybrid materials with optimal synergy of organic semiconductors, inorganic nanoparticles and graphene properties for applications as transparent electrodes and nanostructured active layers in PVs, LEDs, sensors and SERS imaging.

2. Materials for lighting: Study, design and growth of hybrid materials and devices for applications in lighting, optical thermometry and phosphors. The focused materials are rare earth doped nanoparticles and metal organic frameworks with rare earths.


Prof. Ulla Birgitte Vogel
National Research Centre for the Working Environment - Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof Ulla Birgitte Vogel Research Interests are:

Molecular Epidemiology

The research focus is:

1. gene-environment interactions between lifestyle factors and genetic variation in relation to cancer in breast, lung, colon, skin, and prostate, in relation to risk of inflammatory bowl disease, in relation to coronary heart disease. Lifestyle factors include alcohol, smoking, air pollution, meat, fruit and vegetables, lipids, NSAID use ect. The aim is to identify gene-environment interactions which identifies genes as involved in carcinogenesis and which identify large subgroups which are more susceptible to carcinogens than the average population. The majority of the research is performed in collaboration with the Danish Cancer Society using the prospective ‘Diet, Cancer and Health Cohort’.

2. Identification of genetic variations that interact with treatment outcome in cancer treatment is another focus area. We search for genetic variations which crucially interact with chemotherapy in relation to treatment of multiple myeloma, colon cancer and lung cancer.

Nanotoxicology and particle toxicology

The research is focussed on the identification of the inflammatory and mutagenic effects of pure nanoparticles and nanoparticles imbedded in a matrix. Our research aims at studying:

1. biodistribution of inhaled, ingested and injected nanoparticles

2. physical and chemical characterisation of airborne and suspended particles

3. potential health effects of exposure to pure and imbedded nanoparticles in vitro and in vivo in terms of inflammation, acute phase response, DNA damage, and gene expression

4. health effects of prenatal exposure to nanoparticles in terms of inflammation, gene expression, DNA damage and DNA instability

Dr. Alberto Figoli
Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR) - Italy

Dr Alberto Figoli got his PhD degree at Membrane Technology Group, Twente University (The Netherlands), 1997-2001. Since 2001, he has a permanent position as Researcher at Institute on Membrane Technology  (ITM-CNR) in Rende (CS), Italy. Alberto Figoli is expert in the field of membrane technology, particularly in membrane preparation and characterisation and their application in environmental filed. He is working on the preparation and characterisation of polymeric membranes, both in flat and hollow-fiber configurations for water treatment. Furthermore, he is also involved on polymeric capsules preparation by membrane process and on pervaporation applied to the removal of contaminants (i.e. VOCs) from water and aroma recovery from natural matrices. He was awarded for Scientific Productivity 2006 in “Food Packaging Research – GSICA Awards” by the Italian Scientific Food Packaging Group, 22 June 2006, Catania (Italy) and selected for the best publications in the Environmental Section in the “Highlights of CNR” for the year 2010 and 2011 by CNR, Rome (Italy). He worked abroad at Quest International (Unilever) in the Netherlands for one year, 1996 and in the USA, at Environmental Protection Agency of United States (USEPA) in Cincinnati during the years 2004 and 2005. He is involved and responsible for ITM-CNR of several international project funded by EU and national projects with both Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research and private companies. He is co-author of three books, more than 90 peer-review scientific papers and more than 10 chapters published in international journals and books. He is also author of two international patents on membrane and science technology. He is expert evaluator for Italian Ministry of Instruction, Hong Kong SAR Government, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); Research Councils UK (RCUK). Since February 2015, he is serving the European Membrane Society Council (EMS) as Responsible for Awards and Summer School Activities.

Prof Ki-Bum KIM
Korea Nano Technology Research Society - Rep of Korea

The major research area of Prof. Kim is to investigate the structure and property relationship in thin film materials. In particular, he is actively working on the development of metallization processes for the next generation Integrated Circuits (ICs) including the development of silicides (titanium silicide and cobalt silicide), diffusion barriers (titanium nitrides and tantalum nitrides), and interconnect (aluminum and copper) materials and processes. He is also working on other applications of thin films such as polycrystalline Si thin film transistor, electrode for the dielectrics, and diamond field electron emitters.

Prof Daniel Choi
Masdar Institute - Abu Dhabi - 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.

Dr. Martin Kemp

Dr Martin Kemp is the founder of Xcience Ltd, specialising in graphene and nanotechnology.

Xcience is a consultancy for nanotechnology, marketing and innovation. Primary areas of expertise include graphene and nanotechnology, for engineering applications and clean energy including renewable energy harvesting and energy storage. Services offered include market analysis and strategy development, innovation workshops, new product development, B2B branding and marketing of science and technology.

Dr. Lajos P. Balogh
AA Nanotechnology Consulting - New York, USA

Lajos (Lou) Balogh is the Scientific Advisor and Owner of AA Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology, providing scientific guidance, feasibility assessment, and technology due diligence in Nanomedicine, Nanobiotechnology, and Nanotechnology for investors, private enterprises and government agencies since 2000. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the “Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine” journal (Elsevier). Dr. Balogh is a former Co-Director of the NanoBiotechnology Center and Director of Nanotechnology Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), and served as faculty at the University at Buffalo SUNY, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, UMass Lowell, and at the Kossuth Lajos University, Hungary.

He has broad interdisciplinary experience in nanotechnology, chemistry, bioengineering, drug delivery, and cancer research. His research expertise involves general nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, multifunctional contrast agents, and therapeutic materials; dendrimers and hybrid nanodevices. Dr. Balogh co-invented nanocomposites, photomechanical therapy and nanobrachytherapy; solved a number of synthetic, characterization, and purification problems for drugs, dendrimers, particles, and polymers. Dr. Balogh participates in the development of nanotechnology nomenclature, terminology, and standards as member of the US TC229 Technical Advisory Group to ISO on Nanotechnology. He received his PhD from Kossuth L. University, Hungary and is a member of a number of national and international expert committees. Lou has over 150 scientific publications, 1 book and six book chapters, 80 invited lectures, and 12 patents in chemistry, chemical and biomedical engineering, nanotechnology and Nanomedicine.

Prof Raed Hashaikeh
Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWater) - Masdar Institute - UAE

Raed Hashaikeh is a Professor at the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department and Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWater), Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Raed Hashaikeh completed his PhD in Materials Engineering from McGill University in 2005 and had one year of post-doctoral training on the gasification of biomass to hydrogen using supercritical water. Before joining Masdar Institute he spent two years at FP Innovations-Paprican division, Canada (the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute) as a scientist (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research and Development Fellow) where he studied sulphuric acid hydrolysis of pulp fibers to extract nanocrystalline cellulose. In the year 2008-2009 he was a visiting scholar at MIT.

Prof . Taleb Ibrahim
American University of Sharjah - UAE

Dr Taleb Ibrahim earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, Alabama, USA. He has taught and worked on research in chemical engineering and chemistry departments for more than 18 years at universities such as Auburn University and Tuskegee University, USA.

His areas of research and teaching interest are interfacial phenomena/surface, colloidal science, materials science, corrosion, separation processes and thermodynamics. In his research, emphasis is placed on problems that are related but not limited to polymers, composite materials, pharmaceutical products, environmental issues and corrosion. He has published over 50 journal and conference papers and organized/co-chair several conferences.

Prof Junhong Chen
Director, Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy and Environment Lab University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA

Junhong Chen is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and an Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He is also the Director of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Water Equipment and Policy, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and water-based industrial partners, and the founder of NanoAffix Science, LLC. Dr. Chen received his B.E. degree (in Thermal Engineering) in 1995 from Tongji University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (both in Mechanical Engineering) in 2000 and 2002, respectively, from the University of Minnesota (Advisor: Professor Jane Davidson). Dr. Chen’s dissertation research focused on understanding corona discharges and corona plasma-enhanced chemical reactions, e.g., ozone generation and chemical vapor deposition. From October 2002 to August 2003, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Advisor: Professor Richard Flagan), where he studied the use of plasma for nanoparticle synthesis. In August 2003, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UWM, where he was promoted to tenured Associate Professor and Professor in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He received a joint appointment in the UWM Department of Materials Science and Engineering in January 2013.

Professor Chen’s current research focuses on nanomaterial innovations for sustainable energy and environment, including nanomaterial synthesis, assembly, and nanofabrication; energy conversion, storage, and conservation; nanostructure-based gas sensors, biosensors, and water sensors; carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, and hybrid nanomaterials; pollution control; and corona discharges and plasma reacting flows (For more details, please visit his research group website at

Dr. Abdulaziz AlHazaa
King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology - KAIN, King Saud University - Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abdulaziz AlHazaa Assistant Professor & vice dean of King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology Physics & Astronomy department, college of science King Saud University.

Dr AlHazaa has a PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from University of Calgary - Canada, area of specialization is Joining Technologies. He got his Msc in surface physics from University of Texas-Austin, USA and his Bsc in Physics with first class honor from College of science, King Saud University in 1997.

Prof. Aldo Di Carlo
University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' - Rome, Italy

Aldo Di Carlo is Full Professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Electronics Engineering. In 1991 he graduated (summa cum laude) at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and obtained in 1995 the Ph.D. at Technical University of Munich (Germany). In 1996 he became research assistant at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and in 2001 Associated professor. Since December 2012 he is Full Professor in the same University. Di Carlo is author/coauthor of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals (h-factor = 33), several reviews on the microscopic description of nanostructures (on Semiconductor Science and Technology and on Report Progress in Physics), several book chapters and coauthor of two books (in Italian language) "Appunti di Optoelettronica: I materiali semiconduttori" e "Appunti di Optoelettronica: fibre ottiche e componenti a semiconduttore" (Aracne ed.). He is co-inventor of 13 patents and was developing the ECOLUCE system for zero-emission music events.

The research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices, their analysis and optimization and the fabrication of organic electronic devices. In the last years, his research activities focussed on the charge trasport in nanostructured devices, HEMT, organic TFT, molecular devices and CNT-FET. The development of the non-equilibrium theory for the microscopic description of the transport process in nanostructured devices has been the subject of invited talks at international conferences and University seminars. Recently, was involved in the realization of the "Polo Solare Organico della Regione Lazio" (Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy) CHOSE and he is currently co-director of the center.

Aldo Di Carlo is local principal investigator of one H2020 project and 4 FP7 project. He was European coordinator of the FP7 EU project OPTHER dedicated to the THz amplifiers based on vacuum nanoelectronics components and is node coordinator for the EU FP7 Project SMASH devoted to Nanowire LEDs with Osram as European Coordinator. He has been/is local scientific coordinator of several National and International projects: Two European Marie Curie Project (CLERMONT and CLERMONT II on Microcavities), European STREP Project (STIMSCAT on Polariton Lasers), MADESS II Project, (Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers), INFM-PRA Project (Experimental and theoretical investigation of optical and transport phenomena in superlattice long-wavelength infrared quantum cascade lasers), Progetto Finalizzato Nanoelettronica PF22 (Organic Semiconductor Light Emitters).

Dr. Muataz Ali Atieh
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) - Qatar

Muataz Ali Atieh is a senior scientist at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). He was an Associate Professor at Chemical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from University Putra Malaysia in 2005. His research focuses on design and fabrication of different types of CVD reactors for production of micro and nano materials for different applications. He produced different materials from Nanostructure materials such as Carbon Nanotubes, Carbon Nanofibers, Nanocatalyst and Graphen to Microstructure materials such as Activated Carbon, Vapor grown carbon fiber, inorganic and organic membranes. Currently he is working in different applications such as water treatment, water desalination, water disinfection, organic and inorganic membrane synthesis, nanofluid, nanocomposite, nanocatalyst, polymerization, nanosensors.

Dr. Atieh was the head of nanoscience and nanotechnology research group at International Islamic University Malaysia and the head of nano carbon research unit under chemical engineering department at KFUPM. He was led P.I and Co.I in 20 funded projects. He is the author of over 55 peer-reviewed publications, 50 conference papers, holds four USA patents and 12 filed. In 2013, he was awarded an Excellent Research award at KFUPM.

Prof Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub
Masdar Institute - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Professor Abu Al-Rub is currently an Associate Professor at Masdar Institute. He has been an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University with joint appointments with the Materials Science and Engineering Program since 2007. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Air Force Institute of Technology of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2004, and his MS in 2001 and BS in 1999 in Civil Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

He has published one book and over 150 publications in book chapters, archival journals, and conference proceedings. Professor Abu Al-Rub has served as the principle/co-principal investigator of more than 20 projects sponsored by various state, federal, and international agencies; he is responsible for more than $7Million. In 2007, he has been selected among nine leading scientists in the US by National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to design new grades of advanced high strength steels for the auto industry. He is one of the members of the US National Science Foundation supported “International Institute for Multifunctional Materials for Energy Conversion.”

He is a member of the Asphalt Research Consortium (ARC) of $30Million research efforts funded by the Federal Highway Administration to develop PANDA (Pavement Analysis using a Nonlinear Damage Approach) finite element software. Professor Abu Al-Rub has received the 2012 ASME Certificate of Appreciation Award, and has been selected among the Scholar Google 100 Most Cited Authors in Civil Engineering. He has twice been recognized by The Texas A&M University System with its student-led teaching excellence award, in 2009 and 2011.

In 2010 he received the Truman R. Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award and the Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 2011, he received the Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is on the editorial board of three journals and member of several professional organizations (ASME, ASCE, SES, AIAA, ASEE, etc).

Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) - Saudi Arabia

Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Dec 2005) is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in KAUST. Before joining KAUST in Aug 2009, he was Program Manager of Novel Emerging Technology Program at SEMATECH, Austin, Texas. His program was funded by DARPA NEMS, CERA and STEEP programs. A regular panelist of US NSF grants reviewing committees, Dr. Hussain is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience (Springer) and an IEEE Senior Member since February 2010. He has 190 research papers (including 15 invited and 11 cover articles). Prof. Hussain has given 57 invited talks and has offered 3 tutorials in international conferences. He has 15 issued and pending US patent applications. His 4 PhD graduates have landed researcher positions in UC Berkeley, UC Davis and in DOW Chemicals. His students have won numerous research awards including DOW Chemical SISCA Award 2012, World Intellectual Property Indicator 2013. Dr. Hussain is an IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer and a Fellow of Institute of Nanotechnology, UK.

Prof. Khaled Saoud
Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar - Qatar

Dr Khaled Saoud obtained his BS from Yarmouk University and his Master’s degree in applied physics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then completed his PhD in 2005 in chemical physics at the chemistry and Physics departments, Virginia Commonwealth University working on developing nanomaterials for different applications such as catalysis. He held many industrial positions at major American companies such as Philip Morris USA, Intel Corporation, and Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. He has recently initiated a research program in nanocatalysis, nanotextile and nanomaterials for the construction and development of new catalytic membranes for energy, water treatment, and environmental applications.


He has been working in the field of nanotechnology since 1998. He published over 20 research papers in the field of nanotechnology and holds two US patents. He holds many industrial positions in American companies. He participated in many conferences and holds for using nanomaterials in different applications. Recently, he was invited by Arab League as an expert to start the nanotechnology initiative in the Arab world.

Dr. Haider Butt
Nanotechnology School of Engineering, University of Birmingham - UK

Dr. Haider Butt is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Nanotechnology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Previously he was a Henslow Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, from where he also received his PhD in April 2012. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and around 35 conference publications. His research work focusses on healthcare technologies, nanophotonic devices and holographic laser ablation. His research work has received substantial recognition in the form of awards and media interviews. He has secured several prestigious research awards include Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Prof. Jingyuan Chen
University of Fukui - Japan

Jingyuan Chen received her PhD degree from University of Fukui in 1996, supervised by Prof. Koichi Aoki. Since then she has set the life aiming to solving “fundamental subjects of basic electrochemistry” and defined the work focus into physics of interfacial phenomena. During her career, over the past 17 years has supervised more than 30 PhD students. 19 of them become a professor who work in university.

She born in 18 Sepetember 1957, Xiamen, China. She was working as a farmer for three years untill 1977. She earned her Engineering diploma in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in China in 1982, then worked as an engineer for eight years in China. She earned her Engineering diploma in Biochemistry from the University of Fukui in 1993. Three years after that, in 1996, he completed his PhD thesis, entitled “Statistical thermodynamics of redox interaction at polynuclear transition-metal complexes” at Department of Applied Physics. She then spent 2.5 years as a senior researcher in Dr. Jingyuan Chen's laboratory at MAEDA KOSEN Company Limited. From 1998 to 2000, she was a full-time lecturer at Faculty of Science in Kanazawa University. In 2000-2001 she worked as a visiting scholar at Henry White's laboratory in University of Utah. In 2001 she moved to University of Fukui and worked as an associate professor and was appointed as a full professor of Applied Physics in 2017. 

Prof Shiho Kawashima
Columbia University - USA

Prof Shiho Kawashima’s work is in experimental cement and concrete research, which aims to tie nano-/microstructural behavior to macroscale structural response. She specializes in cement rheology, particularly in the development of innovative measurement techniques to further the understanding of the structural and temporal evolution of the fresh-state microstructure of cementitious systems. She is also interested in nanocomposites, including the integration of nanomodification with the use of supplementary cementitious materials to aid in the design of sustainable infrastructural materials.

Dr. Himanshu Mishra
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - Saudi Arabia

Dr Himanshu Mishra obtained an M.S from Purdue University in 2007 and a Ph.D from California Institute of Technology in 2013. He was then awarded the Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow (University of California Santa Barbara, 2013-2014). He’s since an assistant professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - KAUST, Saudi Arabia. With a complementary application of experiment and theory, Prof. Mishra's research group addresses complex challenges in the following areas:

Physics and Chemistry at aqueous interfaces: environmental chemistry, specific-ion effects, self-assembly, proton dynamics in cellular metabolism,

Exploring intermolecular forces between surfaces submerged in electrolytes. Examples include metals, polymers, minerals, and biomaterials,

Materials and devices for energy conversion and sensing: thermoelectrics, nanostructured carbon, artificial olfactors and taste receptors,

Smart surfaces/coatings: omniphobicity, biomimicry, wetting, adhesion, and friction.

Dr. Nashaat Nassar
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary - Canada

Dr. Nassar is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary. Dr. Nassar leads a large research group focusing on nanotechnology and its applications in oil and gas industry including enhanced heavy oil upgrading and recovery, inhibition of asphaltene formation damage, asphaltene gasification, natural gas processing and conditioning, oil spillage remediation, and produced and wastewater treatment. Dr. Nassar has trained more than 50 graduate students and researchers. He published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers, 110 refereed conference abstracts, 5 book chapters, filed 7 patents, chaired 11 conferences and delivered a number of keynote speeches at the national and international levels. He is an associate editor for the journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, published by Elsevier and the reviewer of more than 100 international journals in science and engineering. Dr. Nassar received over 25 international and national prestigious awards for his technical, innovation, academia and society in recognition to his dedication and commitment to teaching and research. He taught 25 undergraduate and graduate level courses and has won several teaching awards including Outstanding Teaching Performance, Teaching Excellence Award and Great Supervisor Award.

He designed two natural gas processing and technology graduate courses which are highly sought after by the industry leading him to act as an expert in obtaining US patents in this area. Dr. Nassar has received several research grants from Canadian and international funding agencies as well as numerous industrial funding from the United States, Middle East and Mexico. He is a professional member (PEng) of APEGA, Canada; and granting agencies and prestigious international engineering and technology publications routinely call him up for expert reviews.

Prof Ali Bumajdad
Kuwait University - Kuwait

Ali Bumajdad is a professor at Kuwait University. His specialty is nanoparticles and nanotechnology with focus on surfaces and colloidal properties of nanomaterials.  He has special interests synthesizing, characterizing and test the catalytic activity of nanomaterials prepared using wet chemistry methods with focus on colloidal templates and sol/gel processes. In his research he also targeted materials with environmental, renewable energy, sensors, and green chemistry applications (e.g. pure and doped CeO2, TiO2 and ZnO, Ag, graphine and carbon nanotube), magnetic and drug delivery applications (Fe2O3), and microbial and cancer applications (Au & Ag). He is also interested in liquid crystals research  and he is familier with many characterization techniques (both bulk- and surface-related like XPS, HR-TEM, SEM, AFM XRD, N2 sorptiometery, TGA, DTA, IR, Raman …etc)

Porf. Bumajdad Published more than 45 peer-reviewed paper and he was the chair of the first Kuwait International Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition that was held in 2016.

Editorial activities

Reviewer to 37 international journals in the field of  nanotechnology and surface chemistry (e.g. Langmuir, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science,  Journal of Physical Chemistry, Materials Letters, Material Research Bulletin, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Current NanoScience, Nanoparticle Research, Nanotechnology, Journal of Colloid and Surfaces A,  Journal of Colloid and Polymer Science, Journal of Materials and Manufacturing Processing, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Journal of Surface Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering Communication, Journal of Materials and manufacturing Process, Journal of Molecular Liquids,  Journals of Energy and Fuels…..etc).