Day 1 :
University of Alberta, Canada
Keynote: Small things offer big promise
Time : 10:00-10:25
Driven by the principles of excellence, honor and responsibility and an unwavering commitment to education as an engine of economic prosperity, Carlo Montemagno, PhD has become a world-renowned expert in nanotechnology and is responsible for creating groundbreaking innovations which solve complex challenges in the areas of informatics, agriculture, chemical refining, transportation, energy, and healthcare. He was Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Cincinnati; received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Bio Engineering from Cornell University; a Master’s Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State and a PhD in Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences from Notre Dame. He is now in Alberta as the Director of Ingenuity Lab, professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, AITF Strategic Chair of Bionanotechnology, Program Lead of the Biomaterials Program at the National Institute for Nanotechnology and Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems. “Research and education are critical to success because the transfer of knowledge creates economic prosperity.” — C. Montemagno Carlo Montemagno has been recognized with prestigious awards including the Feynman Prize (for creating single molecule biological motors with nano-scale silicon devices); the Earth Award Grand Prize (for cell-free artificial photosynthesis with over 95% efficiency); the CNBC Business Top 10 Green Innovator award (for Aquaporin Membrane water purification and desalination technology); and named a Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Winner (for a pH sensing active microcapsule oral vaccine delivery system which increased vaccine stability and demonstrated rapid uptake in the lower GI tract.)
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Time : 10:25-10:50
Beng Ong is presently Director of Research Centre of Excellence for Organic Electronics and Chair Professor of Materials Science at Hong Kong Baptist University. He was formerly a Nanyang Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, who also held joint appointments as Director at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Prior to his relocation to Asia in 2007, Prof. Ong was a Senior Xerox Fellow and 21st-Century Materials Strategist at Xerox Corporation as well as Area Manager at Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Over the years, he had had held adjunct professorships at various universities including McMaster University and University of Waterloo in Canada, and Honorary Professorship at Shanghai East China University of Science and Technology in China. Prof. Ong publishes extensively in advanced materials, organic electronics, nanotechnology, etc. and currently has a patent portfolio of 230 US patents and many foreign equivalent patents.
Durham University, United Kingdom
Keynote: Scalable functional nanocoatings
Time : 11:05-11:30
Jas Pal Badyal FRS was awarded BA/MA and PhD degrees from Cambridge University; where he subsequently held King’s College and Oppenheimer fellowships. He is the primary author / inventor on 175 peer reviewed journal publications / 41 patent families. He has been recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Harrison Medal; the British Vacuum Council Burch Prize; the International Association of Advanced Materials Medal; and in 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) – UK and Commonwealth National Academy of Sciences. His research has led to 3 successful start-up companies: Surface Innovations Ltd; Dow Corning Plasma Ltd; and P2i Ltd.
The worldwide market for functional surfaces exceeds $100 billion per annum (US Department of Energy). A key driver is the added value that can be imparted to commercial products through the molecular engineering of their surface properties. For example, the cleanliness of optical lenses, the feel of fabrics, the resistance of biomedical devices to bacteria, the speed of computer hard disks, and even the wear of car brake pads are all governed by their surface properties. The fabrication of such surfaces requires the incorporation of specific functional groups; for which there exists no shortage of potential methods including: self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), Langmuir-Blodgett films, dip-coating, grafting, chemical vapour deposition, to name just a few. However such techniques suffer from drawbacks including substrate-specificity (cannot be easily adapted to different materials or geometries) and environmental concerns associated with the utilization of solvents, strong acid / base media, or heat. A range of innovative solutions will be described for the molecular tailoring of solid surfaces. Applications will include: super-repellency, non-fouling, anti-fogging, thermoresponsive, rewritable bioarrays, opto-chiral, antibacterial, electrical barrier, water harvesting, capture and release, oil-water separation, and nano-actuation. This research has led to 41 patent families and the establishment of 3 successful start-up companies: Surface Innovations Ltd, Dow Corning Plasma Ltd, and P2i Ltd (2015 International Business Award for 'Most Innovative Company in Europe').
Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, TNO, Netherlands
Time : 11:30-11:55
Dr. Hamed Sadeghian received his PhD (Cum Laude) in 2010 from Delft University of Technology. He continued his career as a research associate and developed several nano-opto-mechanical instruments for nano-scale interaction measurement. He is currently a Principal Scientist at TNO. His research program NOMI focuses on development of instruments based on the interaction of electromagnetic or mechanical/quantum waves with matter, with a focus on industrial and societal applications. Examples are the parallel AFM as a sub-nm, high throughput metrology and inspection solution for Semiconductor industry and the high resolution optical microscopy with metainstrument and 3D nanotomography to resolve invisible nanostructures below the surface. He is the scientific leader of the TNO Early Research Program 3D nanomanufacturing. In the last 5 years, Hamed has participated in several EU-funded projects such as E450EDL, E450LMDAP, SeNaTe, Value4Nano, 3DAM and TakeMi5. In 2014 he received his MBA degree from Leuven Vlerick Business School, Belgium. He was also a co-founder of Jahesh Poulad Co. (2002), which designs, manufactures and installs mechanical and electrical equipment for steel industries. Hamed holds 40 patents, and has (co-) authored more than 60 technical papers and a book. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Sensors & Transducers Journal and a member of the technical committee of SENSORDEVICES conference. In 2012 he received the “TNO excellent researcher” award.