Nanotech Middle East 2017

Conference and Exhibition

4 - 6 December 2017
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Conference Speakers

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.
Dr 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 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.
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 Joydeep Dutta
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Chair - Sweden
Prof. Joydeep Dutta is the Chair of Functional Materials division at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He was the Chair Professor in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination and other applications in Sultan Qaboos University until recently. He was the Vice President (Academic Affairs), Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology and a Professor in Nanotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, whose faculty he joined in April 2003 (until October 2011). He completed his Ph.D in 1990 from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India (Calcutta University). In 1991 and 1992 he did Post-Doctoral work at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL, Japan) and at Ecole Polytechnique (France) before moving to Switzerland in 1993 where he was associated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland until 2003. From 1997-2001 he worked in technical and managerial qualities in high technology industries in Switzerland before returning to academia in 2002. He has been the member of the board of two companies working in high technology electronics and environmental consulting respectively.
His broad research interests include nanomaterials in nanotechnology, self-organization, enhanced water treatment, catalysis, nanoparticles, nanorods and their applications. The current research interests encompass two themes namely: Planetcare and healthcare. In the planetcare nexus research is focused on visible light photocatalysis, electrocatalysis of waste water (with focus on degradation of waste water, produced water and hospital waste), desalination (both membrane and capacitive deionization) and alternate energy sources (rainbow solar cells and hydrogen production from methanol steam reforming). In the healthcare nexus, work in the group encompass magnetic imaging, quantum dot labeling and in bone implants.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN) and the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA, founding member of the Thailand Nanotechnology Society, and member of several professional bodies. He has served to review projects of various scientific organizations of different countries and has organized a few international conferences and served as a member in several others.
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).