Nanotech Middle East 2019

Conference and Exhibition

3 - 5 November 2019
Dubai World Trade 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.

Prof. Daniel Choi
Masdar Institute - Abu Dhabi - UAE

Prof 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, Prof. Choi is an associate professor of the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Masdar Institute.

Prof. Hussam Jouhara
Brunel University London - United Kingdom

Having worked in academia and the industry, Hussam has unique expertise in working on applied heat exchangers and energy-related research activities with direct support from research councils and various UK and international industrial partners. He has extensive expertise in designing and manufacturing various types of heat exchangers, including heat pipes and heat pipe-based heat exchangers for low, medium and high temperature applications. His work in the field of heat pipe based heat exchangers resulted in novel designs for recouperators, steam generators & condensers and flat heat pipes. These have been implemented across various industries including, but not limited to: food, electronics thermal management and low to high industrial waste heat recovery and Energy from Waste. Over the last few years, he has successfully managed to achieve new designs for industrial waste heat recovery and many thermal systems that have enhanced the performance of various industrials processes in the UK, Europe and world-wide.

Throughout his academic and industrial career, he received over £6.5M in research funding from various UK/EU based research councils (RCUK & EU H2020) and from British and European industrial partners. He is a published author of academic books with many filed patents in areas related to heat pipes engineering and manufacturing and Energy from Waste systems. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both Engineers Ireland (Ireland) and IMechE (UK).

Dr. Tapas Sen
University of Central Lancashire - United Kingdom

Tapas completed his first degree in Chemistry (BSc. Hons) followed by a Master in Physical Chemistry (MSc) and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the premier research institution, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. He worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel during 1997 to 1999 in the world leading Solid state NMR group as a post-doctoral visiting scientist. He then moved to UK in February 2000 and worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester (2000-2003) on an industrial project funded by ICI Synetix. He later worked on multimillion Euro projects under EU framework V and VI programmes (2003-2008) in various parts of UK before joining as a lecturer in Chemistry (December 2008) at the University of Central Lancashire. Currently he is leading the Nano-biomaterials Research group dedicated on researching in the area of nanomaterials and their applications in separation science, drug delivery, industrial catalysis and bio-sensors. Currently the group is running three multinational projects in collaboration with world leaders from academia and industries.  Tapas organised the first International Symposium on Functional Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in March 2016.

Prof. Jean-Marie Basset
Director of KAUST Catalysis Center - KAUST - Saudi Arabia

Professor Jean-Marie Basset is the Distinguished Professor for Chemical Science in the Physical Science and Engineering Division at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology. Prof. Basset, who has authored more than 500 scientific papers 50 patents, pioneered the field of “Surface Organometallic Chemistry", which focuses on possible relationships between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Professor Basset received his Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Lyon, France. After a postdoctoral position in Toronto, he moved to the Institute of Catalysis in Lyon where he became vice-director. In 1987, he founded the Laboratory of Surface Organometallic Chemistry that became later the laboratory of Chemistry, Catalysis, Polymer, Process (C2P2). Professor Basset’s Lyon lab was home to 100 scientists, including Nobel Laureate Yves Chauvin who got his Nobel in 2005. In 2009 he moved to the King Abdulla University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia as director of the KAUST Catalysis Center.

Prof. Ricardo Ibarra
University of Zaragoza - Spain

Professor M. Ricardo Ibarra was born in Baza (Granada, Spain) in 1955. In 1979 moved to the University of Zaragoza, where he obtained a PhD in Physics in 1983, under the supervision of Prof. A. Del Moral. He has been developing his academic and research activity as Full professor at the University of Zaragoza since 1995. He was head of Condensed Matter Physic Department (1993-2000), commissioned for the foundation of the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) in 2000, and Director since its foundation in 2003. Furthermore, he is Director of the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (LMA) since 2007.

His research has been developed in Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. During the past few years his research activity has been focused on the magnetic properties of nanostructured materials and the application of nanotechnology in biomedicine.

He has coordinated large scale national and international R&D projects on nanotechnology and the application in biomedicine. He is first author or co-author of more than 400 publications -414 papers belonging to the Science Citation Index (18 of them cited more than 100 times). He has an H-index of 49 according to the ISI Web of Knowledge database on 28 September 2015.

He has been invited to many relevant Congresses and Workshops during the last years and selected as Member of several Advisory Committee Boards. He has been the head of the Magnetism Section of the European Physical Society since 2000, and he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the AGH University (Krakow – Poland) in 2008.

Prof Antonio Di Bartolomeo
Salerno University - Italy

Prof Antonio Di Bartolomeo is now Full Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics since 2017 in Experimental Physics at the Salerno University, Italy. He obtained an M.S. in 1993 and Ph.D in 1997 in Physics at the Salerno University, Italy.He had an career in industry as he worked as Device and Integration Engineer at Intel Corporation, Leixlip-Ireland (3.5 years), STMicroelectronics, Phoenix-AZ (1.5 year) and System Engineer at Creative Electronic Systems, Geneva-CH (1 year).He’s working on: Optical and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes, graphene, 2D materials, and composite materials. Semiconductor heterojunctions and their application as photodetectors, solar cells and chemical sensors. Van der Waals heterojunctions of 2D layered materials. Field-effect transistors. Tunneling transistors. Non-volatile memories. CMOS technologies. Solid-state radiation detectors. Field emission.

Prof. Hicham Idriss
Chemisty Department, University College London (UCL) - United Kingdom

Hicham Idriss is Fellow at SABIC Corporate Research & Development (CRD) at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia and an Honorary Professor here at the Department of Chemistry. He received his undergraduate (BSc Biochemistry/Chemistry) and postgraduate (MSc Applied Chemistry, PhD Applied Chemistry/Materials Science and Dr. of Science/habilitation (Applied Chemistry/Materials Science) education from the University of Strasbourg (France). Prior to joining SABIC he held positions from 2008 to 2011 as Aberdeen Energy Futures Chair and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and from 1995 to 2008 as Associated Professor at the Department of Chemistry, the University of Auckland (New Zealand). His main research work is on the surface reactions of metal oxides both at the experimental and computational levels. In the last decade, he has been focusing his research on hydrogen production from renewables both by thermal and photocatalytic methods. He has about 230 papers and over 150 patents/patents applications. He is member of the editorial board of Catalysis, Structure and Reactivity; Applied Sciences “Environmental and Sustainable Science & Technology" and Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.

Prof. Shahzada Ahmad
Basque center for materials, applications & nanostructures BCMaterials - Bilbao, Spain

Shahzada Ahmad is an Ikerbasque professor (tenure full professor). Prior to his current position, Dr. Ahmad has worked as program director (2012-2017) at Abengoa Research, a research division of multinational energy based conglomerate Abengoa. He was leader for many disruptive technologies with high forecast production growth in the field of energy generation and storage. He finished his Ph.D from National Physical laboratory in the field of Materials chemistry and subsequently moved to the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow to work on surface and interface studies. At École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, he developed nanoporous films for metal-free electro-catalysis and new redox shuttle. Dr. Ahmad is a prolific author and his scientific publications list reflects his diverse field of interest in the domain of physical chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science with a research mission to develop advanced materials for energy application. His work has led to the invitation to speak at many scientific or policy based conferences, inventor of patents, member of young academy of Europe, and his work was also endorsed by European research council consolidator grant (2016). He has been also selected as young champions of 2018 by World Economic forum. He is an advocate of renewable energy and passionately works on radically innovation technologies to address societal challenges.

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 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).

Prof. Taleb Ibrahim
American University of Sharjah - UAE

Prof. 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. Robert E. Simpson
Singapore University of Technology and Design - Singapore

Prof. Robert E Simpson (Assistant Professor) holds an Assistant Professor position at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His group’s research lies in the design and development of new materials for applications in photonics, electronics and data storage. Before Joining SUTD Robert spent his postdoc years in Japan and Spain. After completing his PhD he was awarded a fellowship from Japanese Society for Promotion of Science and spent 3.5 years at the CAN-FOR research group, directed by Prof Junji Tominaga, at the Japanese national institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). In Spain Robert joined the group of Prof Valerio Pruneri as a COFUND Marie Currie Fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona.

In 2012 Robert moved to the Singapore University of Technology and Design, where he formed the ACTA research group. The ACTA research group aims to exploit atomistic modelling and experimentation to design new functional chalcogenide materials for applications in photonics, data storage and nanoelectronics. Robert’s PhD is from the University of Southampton, UK, where he studied under the guidance of Prof. Dan Hewak in the Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC). His PhD thesis was titled “Chalcogenide Materials for Next Generation Data Storage”.

Dr. Abdullah Demir
Bilkent University - Turkey

Dr. Abdullah Demir received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Computational Science & Engineering from Koç University in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optics & Photonics from the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at University of Central Florida (UCF) in the USA in 2007 and 2010, respectively. His doctoral research studied quantum dot lasers and vertical-cavity-surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), where he developed the first GaAs-based oxide-free VCSEL currently under development for commercialization in the USA. In 2011-2015, he worked as Senior Scientist and Staff Engineer in R&D groups of semiconductor laser companies (JDSU Corporation and Lumentum LLC) in the USA. His industrial research focused on semiconductor laser chips for kW level high power laser systems and the development of consumer laser products. He worked as a research associate in the Physics Department of Bilkent University in 2016-2017. Currently, he is a European Union Marie Curie Fellow (EU MSCA-IF) at Bilkent University.

Dr. Giovanni Palmisan
Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Masdar Institute - United Arab Emirates

Dr. Giovanni Palmisano earned his MSc in Chemical Engineering and his PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy. Before joining Khalifa University (Masdar Campus), Dr. Palmisano’s research activities were mainly developed in Italy and Spain and concern photo-catalytic processes for organic chemistry, hydrogen production, water and air remediation, and self-cleaning coatings, with a special attention to materials characterization, kinetics, modelling of photo-reactors and radiant fluxes. From 2009 to 2012, he was administrator, chief engineer and safety manager at Hedera Engineering Srl – an Italian company operating in design and construction of photovoltaic plants in Italy. From 2008 to 2013 he has held free-lance consulting activity for private companies and Italian municipalities. Dr. Palmisano has co-authored ca. 95 highly cited papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and he has to his record seven patents, six books and six invited book chapters. He is regularly invited to offer lectures and serve as chair-person at international conferences and workshops. He is member of the editorial board of three international journals and he has guest-edited three special issues of international journals.

Dr. Yogendra Kumar Mishra
Institute for Materials Science, Kiel University - Germany

Privat Dozent Dr. habil. Yogendra Kumar Mishra is working as Group Leader at Functional Nanomaterials, Institute for Materials Science, Kiel University, Germany, After Ph. D. in 2008 in Condensed Matter Physics from JNU New Delhi, India, he migrated to work at Functional Nanomaterials group Kiel with the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship award (Feb. 2009 to Feb. 2011) where he continued working till today. Recently in 2015, he finished his Habilitation degree (Venia Legendi) in Materials Science from Kiel University and currently leading a sub-group on 3D Nanomaterials at Functional Nanomaterials. In Kiel, he introduced a new fabrication technique known as 'Flame Transport Synthesis-FTS' which offers versatile (1D to 3D) nanostructuring of different metal oxides including their three-dimensional (3D) interconnected ceramic nano-networks. His main research focus is the growth of highly porous and mechanically flexible 3D interconnected materials built from ZnO nano- and microtetrapods by FTS approach which could be used as next generation 3D flexible semiconducting ceramics for advanced technologies or as sacrificial templates for fabrication of new 3D nanomaterials including hybrids. His recent research developments include growth of carbon based ultra-light Aerographite material, Aerographite-GaN hybrid 3D networks, ZnO tetrapods network based devices, ZnO networks as viral traps, SnO2 nanowire based stretchable ceramic materials for UV sensing, alongwith several other applications. He has published more than 80 papers in high rank international magazines. He is referee for many prestigious peer-reviewed magazines and also serves as an Editorial Board Member in Nature-Scientific Reports, as an Academic Editor in PLoS ONE, including Advisory Board Members in several international conferences.

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).