Pr. M.P Pileni is a Distinguished Professor at University P&M Curie and Senior Researcher in Nuclear and Environmental Center, France. She is a member (1999- at present) and chair (2004-2010) of Institut Universitaire de France, IUF, which favors the development of high quality research and interdisciplinary projects among French universities. She has published more 450 articles with 20,241citations, 50 average citations per item and h factor of 73. Prof. Pileni research has been highly interdisciplinary over her entire scientific career, starting from biophysics to solar energy and developing nanoreactors to reach nano structures. Her recent major breakthroughs are related to chemical and physical properties of nanocrystals differing by their crystalline structures and/or self assembled in 3D superlattices. Over her carreer, she received significant awards and prizes: the Langmuir award of the American Chemical Society, the lecture award of the Japanese Chemical Society, the research award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the Descartes-Huygens prize of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts, Science and Emila Valori prize from the French Academy of Sciences, Catalán-Sabatier Lectureship award from the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain, Life Achievement award from Journal Colloid Interface Science, Pierre Süe prize from the French Chemical Society and Chalmers Lecture award. In addition, she received the French citation award laureate from the Institute of Scientific Information for most quoted French scientist between 1981 and 1998. She is a member of various European scientific academies. She is a commandor in “ l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur”.
Prof. Pileni research has been highly interdisciplinary over her entire scientific career, starting from biophysics to solar energy and developing nanoreactors to reach nano structures. Her recent major breakthroughs are related to chemical and physical properties of nanocrystals differing by their crystalline structures and/or self assembled in 3D superlattices.
Xavier Obradors is a Research Professor and Director of the Institut of Materials Science of Barcelona (CSIC). His scientific interests include materials preparation with controlled micro/nano structures and the comprehension of the physical mechanisms underlying the superconducting, magnetic and electronic properties of nanostructured materials, particularly complex oxides. He has published more than 490 articles (> 9600 citations, h=47), he has filed more than 12 patents and he was one of the creators of the spin-off company OXOLUTIA. He has received several awards: Fellow of Institute of Physics; Doctor Honoris Causa University of Pitesti; ENDESA Novare and National Materials Science Awards; Member of Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona; Narcís Monturiol Medal of Catalonia; French Academic Palms; City of Barcelona Prize. He served in the Editorial Board of Superconductor Science and Technology and he is Editor of Physica C. He was President of European Society of Applied Superconductivity.
His scientific interests include materials preparation with controlled micro/nano structures and the comprehension of the physical mechanisms underlying the superconducting, magnetic and electronic properties of nanostructured materials, particularly complex oxides.
Professor C. Suryanarayana is currently a Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. His research expertise includes non-equilibrium processing of materials, with special emphasis on nanostructured materials and nanocomposites. He has published over 350 technical papers and authored/edited 21 books and conference proceedings. He has also been a member of the editorial boards of several international journals. Professor Suryanarayana is a Fellow of ASM International, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK, and Fellow of the Electron Microscope Society of India. He is one of the most cited researchers in the field of materials science and engineering. He has over 18,000 citations to his research work with an h-index of 50 and i-10 index of 167. According to Thomson Reuters, he is as one of the top 40 researchers in the world in the field of materials science who achieved the highest citation impact scores for their papers published since January 2000. Professor Suryanarayana received many awards for his research contributions, including the National Metallurgists’ Day Award of the Government of India, Pandya Silver Medal of the Indian Institute of Metals, Science Academy Medal for Young Scientists by the Indian National Science Academy, and Distinguished Alumnus award from Banaras Hindu University, Lifetime Achievement Award in Engineering by Central Florida Engineers and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Electron Microscopy from India. During 2012-2013, he was a Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science Advisor at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2016 TMS Educator Award.
Dr. Abdel Salam Hamdy Makhlouf is a STAR Full Professor in the Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a multiple-award winner for his academic excellence: He has won numerous national and international prestigious awards in Germany (Humboldt Research Award for Experienced Scientists at Max Planck Institute); USA (Fulbright Visiting Scholar, NSF Fellow, and Dept. of Energy Fellow); Belgium (Belgian Federal Science Research Fellowship); Arab League (Arab Youth Excellence Award in Innovation 2013), Jordan (Abdul Hameed Shoman Award in Engineering Science 2012); Egypt (National Prize of Egypt in Advanced Science and Technology 2006; Egyptian Prize of Excellence in Surface Technology and Corrosion 2006; and Egyptian Prize of Excellence and Innovation in Materials Science and their Applications 2009); and Palestine (An-Najah Prize for Research 2014). His biography was selected to be included in Who's Who in the World® 2015, 2007 and 2006. He is Senior Editor of Insciences Journal, Nanotechnology Section, (Switzerland), Associate Editor: J. Nanostructure in Chemistry, Springer, and Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Int'l Journal of Applied Sciences. His research interests include preparation and characterization of advanced coatings, corrosion, nanomaterials, biomaterials, renewable energy and advanced materials and polymers. His publication list (+180) includes studies and review papers authored in journals from top publishers. He is the editor of 11 books and 20 book chapters. He supervised and graduated 11 PhD and Master’s students, and 5 postdoctoral fellows. He is a persistent journal reviewer, advisor, and judge of the work of his peers. He is a referee for over 30 int’l journals of a high caliber, and a continued board member of over 22 journals. He is also an experienced Editor with board titles at journals published by Springer and Elsevier, an Expert Evaluator for the EU’s FP7, with an estimated budget of over €50.521 billion, expert for the German Ministry of Education and Research, reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service, and expert for the German Aerospace Center. He is a reviewer/panelist for the NSF programs: MME, MEP, and CREST; with an estimated budget of over $7.6 billion. He is a reviewer for the US Fulbright Commission, the Qatar National Research Fund, and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. He is a Consultant for Innosquared GmbH, and for Covestro, Germany. He has organized and served as a head speaker at numerous highly prestigious international symposiums and conferences over 30 times.
Professor Yuyuan Zhao obtained his BEng and MSc degrees from Dalian University of Technology, and PhD degree from Oxford University. He worked as a Lecturer at Dalian University of Technology, a Research Associate at the MADYLAM Laboratory of CNRS, and a Research Fellow at Birmingham University, before he joined Liverpool University in 1998 as a Lecturer. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and then Professor, and served as Head of the Centre for Materials and Structures from 2014 to 2016. He is currently professor in materials engineering in the School of Engineering, the University of Liverpool. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). He is a member of the Particulate Engineering Committee, the British Composites Society Committee and the Editorial Board of Powder Metallurgy. He served as the President of the Liverpool & North Wales Materials Society and in a number of scientific committees of international conferences. Professor Zhao’s current research is focused on the manufacture, characterisation and applications of porous metals and metal matrix syntactic foams. His past research has covered many areas, including plasma carburising of steels, manufacturing of fibre-reinforced metal matrix composites, vacuum plasma spraying, spray forming and powder production by centrifugal atomization. He pioneered the Sintering and Dissolution Process (SDP) for manufacturing aluminium foam, which inspired the subsequent developments of several powder-based space-holder methods for manufacturing metal foams. He further invented the Lost Carbonate Sintering (LCS) process, a more versatile and cost-effective method for producing micro-porous metals. The LCS technology has led to the creation of Versarien, a highly successful start-up company which was floated on London Stock Market in 2013. Professor Zhao was awarded the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2015 by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for his contribution to powder metallurgy in developing and commercialising innovative powder based technologies for manufacturing metal foams.
He is author of more than 300 technical papers, mainly oriented to the brittle failure of different materials, notch effect, the application of the finite element method to the structural analysis, the mechanical behaviour of metallic materials, the fatigue performance of notched components as well as the reliability of welded, bolted and bonded joints. Since 2003, he has been working on different aspects of the Structural Integrity discipline, by mainly focusing attention on problems related to the static and fatigue assessment of engineering materials and components. In particular, he has attempted to devise engineering methods suitable for designing components (experiencing different kinds of stress concentration phenomena) against fatigue as well as against static failures. According to his modus operandi, he has performed both theoretical and experimental investigations and all the design methods he has formalised so far have always been validated through a systematic experimental work.
Professor Hui Tong Chua, PhD (NUS), M.Eng. (NUS), B.Eng (1st Class Hons, NUS), is Professor of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering Program Chair at the University of Western Australia (UWA). His research interest covers Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermodynamics, Process Engineering and Nanomaterials syntheses. Seven of his international peer reviewed journal articles are among the top 1% percentile in the field of Engineering in terms of citation. One of his key research achievements is the successful spinning off of his catalytic methane cracking technology, now known as the Hazer Process, as Hazer Group Ltd., which raised $5m in their Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:HZR) in November 2015. Hui Tong is also a China Shanxi Province Hundred Man Distinguished Professor at the Taiyuan University of Technology, Shanxi Province, China.
Dr. Ivoyl P. Koutsaroff is a Principle Engineer working on new acoustic materials targeting improvement of microacoustic device performances by lowering their viscous losses and development of improved new piezoelectric materials suitable for high performance RF front-end components, Technology R&D with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Maitland, Florida, USA. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he has been working at Qorvo Inc. Since 2005, for a decade, he was working as a Principle Research Engineer at New Technology Center, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Kyoto, Japan, responsible for ferroelectric thin film research, new functional oxides (oxynitrdes) and electrode materials development, process integration and performance improvement of various RF front-end devices (e.g., BST varactors and piezo-MEMS). He was core member of a national join collaborative project supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for development of tunable SAW filters combined with BST varactors monolithically integrated on the same chip. Dr. Koutsaroff has given invited lectures at ISIF Symposia, MRS Symposia, FMA, ISAF, Ceramics Society of Japan, ICC3, ISSP, WCAM-2013, WCSM-2015, E-MRS 2015, etc. conferences as well various industrial R&C Centers in Japan, USA, Canada, Germany, France and Switzerland, co-edited proceedings in the ferroelectric thin films field, and he holds more than 40 patents in areas such as high density thin film capacitors, oxynitride perovskites materials and tunable SAW filters. He is a member of the IEEE, the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Electrochemical Society (ECS). He also an Editorial Board Member of AU Journal of Technology, Assumption University, Thailand. Regular referee for JAP, APL, APL Materials, J Chem Phys, American Institute of Physics (AIP) publications.