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: 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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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).