PLENARY SPEAKERS

Prof. Thuc-Quyen Nguyen
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen is Full Professor in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids (CPOS) and Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, 1998, and 2001, respectively. Her thesis research focused on processing and photophysics of conducting polymers using ultrafast spectroscopy under the supervision of Professor Benjamin Schwartz. She was a research associate in the Department of Chemistry and the Nanocenter at Columbia University working with Professors Louis Brus and Colin Nuckolls on molecular self-assembly, nanoscale characterization and devices. She also spent time at IBM Research Center at T. J. Watson (Yorktown Heights, NY) working with Richard Martel and Phaedon Avouris on molecular electronics. She joined the faculty of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCSB in July 2004. Her current research interests are electronic properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, interfaces in optoelectronic devices, charge transport in organic semiconductors and biofilms, nanoscale characterization of organic solar cells, and device physics. She is co-authored 170+ publications that received over 12,500 citations and gave over 180 invited talks/keynote/plenary lectures. Recognition for her research includes the 2005 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the 2006 NSF CAREER Award, the 2007 Harold Plous Award (one of the UCSB's two most prestigious faculty honors), the 2008 Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the 2009 Alfred Sloan Research Fellows, the 2010 National Science Foundation American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellows, 2015 The World’s Most Influential Minds; Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters, and the 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists.



Prof. Tetsuya Osaka
Waseda University, Japan

Tetsuya Osaka is a professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, a position he has held since 1986. He currently serves as Director of Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Waseda University. Previously, he was Director of Department of Applied Chemistry from 1996 to 1998, Dean of Graduate School of Science and Engineering from 1998 to 2002, Provost of Research Promotion Division from 2002 to 2006, Director of Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering, and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Research and Engineering from 2008 to 2010. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in 1974 from Waseda University. In 1975, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Georgetown University, and in 1989 he served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Osaka served as President of the Magnetics Society of Japan, President of the Electrochemical Society of Japan, President of Japan Institute of Electronic Packaging, Vice President of the Surface Finishing Society of Japan, Vice President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), and Chair of Japan Local Section of the Electrochemical Society (ECS).

His recent work is focused on “electrochemical nanotechnology”, including electro- and electroless-deposition/ surface finishing, electronic packaging materials, magnetic storage and energy storage devices, and chemical- and bio-sensors. He has contributed as an author and/or editor of more than 70 books and published more than 890 original and review papers in these fields. He has been identified as one of the Highly Cited Researchers in the Materials Science category on the website of Thomson Scientific’s ISIHighlyCited.com. http://www.isihighlycited.com/

His technical contributions have been recognized by many awards including Medal with Purple Ribbon bestowed from the Decoration Bureau of the Cabinet Office, Japan in 2010, Prizes for Science and Technology in Development Category of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2008, Society Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan in 2006, Chemical Society of Japan Award for 2003 in 2004, Pergamon Electrochimica Acta Gold Medal of ISE in 1998, Society Award of the Electrochemical Society of Japan in 2001, Society Award of the Surface Finishing Society of Japan in 1999, Simon Wernic International Award of the International Union for Surface Finishing in 1996. A member of ECS since 1979, Dr. Osaka served as a leading organizer and a co-editor of many proceedings volumes. He received Research Award of the Electrodeposition Division of ECS in 1996 and was elected a Fellow of ECS (2002), IEEE (2002), IUPAC (2004) and ISE (2006).



Prof. Doug MacFarlane
Monash University, Australia

Professor Doug MacFarlane leads the Monash Ionic Liquids Group at Monash University. He is currently the holder of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship – one of the most prestigious fellowships for senior researchers in Australia. He is also the Program Leader of the Energy Program in the Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. His group, numbering around 25 research staff and students, focuses on a range of aspects of ionic liquids and their application in the energy sciences and sustainable chemistry. Current projects include applications in carbon dioxide capture and reduction, water splitting, nitrogen reduction to ammonia, biomass processing and advanced batteries. He has published more than 580 papers and patents including a number of papers in Science, Nature and Nature Materials. These have attracted more than 29,000 citations to date and have an h-index of 83.

Professor MacFarlane was a BSc(Hons) graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and then undertook his graduate work in Professor Austen Angell’s group at Purdue University, Indiana, graduating in 1983. After postdoctoral fellowships in France and New Zealand he took up an academic position at Monash. He has been a Professor of Chemistry at Monash since 1995 and was Head of School 2003-2006. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2007 and to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Royal Society of Chemistry journals Chemical Communications and Green Chemistry, as well as of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering and ChemSusChem.

Professor MacFarlane is an International Fellow of the Queens University Ionic Liquid Laboratory, Belfast and a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science.



Prof. Guoxiu Wang
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Guoxiu Wang is a Distinguished Professor, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Director, Research Centre for Clean Energy Technology Director, Research Strength Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency Member Director, MTEE - Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency Core Member, MTEE - Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency.

Professor Guoxiu Wang was a ARC Professorial Future Fellowship (2011- 2015), Associate Professor, School of MMM, UOW (2008 - 2010), Australia, ARC QEII Fellow, School of MMM, UOW, Australia (2007 - 2011), Senior Lecturer, School of MMM, UOW, Australia (2006 - 2007), Research Fellow, ISEM, UOW, Australia (2004 - 2006).

Guoxiu Wang was awarded: Best PhD thesis award, 2001, Faculty of Engineering, University of Wollongong; ARC Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Fellowship Award, 2007; Distinguished Award, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 2011; ARC Future Fellowship (FT3) awarded to Materials Engineering Professor; New South Wales Science and Engineering Awards, 2012; UTS Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence: Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Research, 2014. Professor Wang has been working in the areas of Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Energy storage and conversion, Battery technology, and NanoScience and Nanotechnology for over 15 years. He has performed extensive research on electromaterials for applications in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, lithium-air batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium–sulfur batteries, supercapacitors and fuel-cells, controllable synthesis of one dimensional semiconductor nanostructures and their applications for chemical and biosensors, and semiconductor quantum dots, quantum wires and quantum tubes for nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. He has won a large number of external research grants. Professor Wang has published over 330 refereed journal papers and delivered 100 keynote/invited talks/seminars worldwide. Wang's publications have attracted over 15400 citations with an h-index of 67 (Google Scholar), and over 12400 citations and h-index of 63 (Web of Science).

Professor Wang research areas are Battery technology; Electrochemistry; Electromaterials for battery applications; Supercapacitors; Hydrogen storage and Fuel-cells; Materials Chemistry; Semiconductor quantum dots, quantum wires and quantum tubes; Molecular nanoelectronics and photonics; Molecular chemical and bio nanosensors.



Prof. Dan Li
Monash University, Australia

Dr. Dan Li is currently a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University, Australia. He received his PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1999. After several years as a Research Fellow at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, University of Washington, University of California Los Angles, and University of Wollongong, he joined Monash University as an associate professor in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. He received the ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2006, the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (Engineering and Technology) in 2010, ARC Future Fellowship in 2011, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2012. He was named in the list of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science in 2014-15.

His current research interests are centred on synthesis and properties of graphene-based soft materials and their applications in energy storage and conversion, membrane separation, sensing, nanoionics and environmental protection. He is also very interested in developing new techniques to understand the ion/thermal transport phenomena in nanostructured porous materials.



Prof. Chun-Zhu Li
Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Professor Chun-Zhu Li obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 1993. After postdoctoral experience, he joined Monash University in 1996 where he served as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor. Professor Li moved to Curtin University of Technology in January 2009 to be the Director of Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (initially known as Curtin Centre for Advanced Energy Science and Engineering). Professor Li has co-authored more than 300 papers in journals and conference proceedings. He has also edited a book, Advances in the Science of Victorian Brown Coal, and co-authored three chapters in the book. He is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor. The research work he led in bioenergy/biofuels has resulted in the formation of a spin-off company Renergi Pty Ltd. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Fuel Processing Technology. He is also the Australian Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Energy and the Australia-India Joint Research Centre for Coal and Energy Technology.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Prof. Samuel Graham
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Samuel Graham is the Neely Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He leads the Electronics Manufacturing and Reliability Laboratory which is focused on the packaging and reliability of wide bandgap semiconductors, solar cells, and flexible electronics and it is the co-founder of the Heat Lab which address thermal issues in electronics. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a joint appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Energy and Transportation Sciences Division. He was a member of the Defense Science Study Group and serves on the advisory board of the Engineering Sciences Research Foundation of Sandia National Laboratories.



Prof. Luis(Nando) Ochoa
University of Manchester, UK

Luis(Nando) Ochoa is a Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects in the UK and abroad has led to 110+ publications, 40+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. His work currently has 1,200+ citations in Scopus and a H-index of 17. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and has also several leadership roles within IEEE PES, including Member-At-Large of the Governing Board, Chair of the Modern and Future Distribution System Planning WG, and Chair of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe Steering Committee. He is also a Member of the European Technology Platform (ETP) SmartGrids. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil). He is also a Visiting Professor at UNICAMP (Brazil) since 2014.



Prof. Siu Fung YU
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Siu Fung YU received his B.Eng. degree from University College London and PhD degree from Cambridge University, England in 1990 and 1993 respectively. He is now a professor of the Department of Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. His research interests include design and realization of light-emitting devices using novel materials such as graphene and perovskites. He has authored or co-authored more than 230 journal papers, 12 invited conference papers, 3 book chapters, 2 patents and one book entitled 'Analysis and Design of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers', 2003 Wiley, NY USA (Google Scholar h-index is 44). He is also a senior member of IEEE.



Prof. Graham 'Gus' Nathan
University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Nathan is the founding Director of The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology and recipient of a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. He specialises in research supporting the development of innovative technology in concentrating solar thermal, combustion and gasification technologies, together with their hybrids. Gus is leader of Node 4 of the national Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative, which aims to lower the cost of solar fuels production, and project leader for an ARENA funded project to introduce concentrating solar thermal into the Bayer Alumina process in partnership with Alcoa and Hatch. He is an author of more than 10 patents, including three families of concentrating solar thermal technology, 50 commissioned reports, 150 international journal publications and 200 peer-review conferences.



Prof. Jose Alarco
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Professor Alarco is a Materials Scientist, with a very strong foundation in Physics, Mathematics, solid-state materials synthesis and characterization. He is also very experienced in industrial research and development. He did his undergraduate studies in Physics at The National University of Engineering, Lima, Peru. He then continued his research qualifications in Sweden, where he was awarded a PhD in Materials Science from the Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology in 1994. After his PhD, he joined The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and Advanced Ceramics Development (ACD), The University of Queensland (UQ), where he played an active role in various applied and industrial R&D projects. These projects involved a range of materials and component developments for the electrical distribution industry, construction of an automated machine for complex metal oxide chemical production, and advanced materials for waste water treatment, among others. After 5 years working at UQ, he left The University to co-found ScienceWorks Consultants Pty Ltd (SWC), where he has been playing a technical, scientific and executive director’s role for about 12 years. The work at SWC has involved invention of new processing methods for homogeneous, nanoscale, complex metal oxides for one of SWC’s major clients, Very Small Particle Company Ltd. The process invention was taken all the way from lab concept to prototype plant at tonnage scale and then to design of commercial plants. The process invention, combined with the capability to produce at larger scale, created significant interest worldwide. Based on this invention, Professor Alarco has participated in a range of collaboration and commercial developments with large multinationals. He is co-author of various patents on complex metal oxide and nano materials processing and products, several of them with applications within catalysis and in battery materials. In 2011, he joined QUT as scientific consultant/Adjunct Professor to assist in establishing more collaborations with industry. Since 2013, he has become full-time Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Future Environments and the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Science and Engineering Faculty. He is currently Chief Investigator in the Auto-CRC Project with the Malaysian Automotive Industry for Lithium Battery Manufacturing Scale-up and Process Optimisation, led by Professor Peter Talbot and awarded over $4,000,000 in late 2014.



Prof. Udo Bach
Monash University, Australia

Prof. Udo Bach currently holds a joint appointment with Monash University and CSIRO. He has been an Australian Research Fellow since 2006 and a CSIRO OCE Science Leader since 2011. Prof. Bach has a strong background in the area of photovoltaics and nanofabrication. He received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and worked for 3 years in a technology start-up company in Dublin (Ireland). Subsequently he spent 15 months as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Paul Alivisatos at UC Berkeley (USA), before moving to Monash University in November 2005 to establishing his own research group. Prof. Bach is involved in fundamental and applied research in the area of perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells. He has additional research activities in the area of nanofabrication, DNA-directed self-assembly, nanoprinting and plasmonics for sensing and photovoltaic applications.



Prof. Wojciech Lipiński
Australian National University, Australia

Wojciech Lipiński received his MSc Eng degree from Warsaw University of Technology (2000), and doctorate (2004) and habilitation (2009) from ETH Zurich. He is Professor and the Leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University, and Privatdozent at ETH Zurich. His research interests are in thermal and chemical sciences, optics, and applications to energy, environmental, biomedical and space engineering. Lipiński has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and contributed to several books, edited books and e-books. He was awarded the 2006 Hilti Award for Innovative Research from ETH Zurich, the College of Science and Engineering 2010–2011 Outstanding Professor Award from the University of Minnesota, and the 2013 Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award in Radiative Transfer. Since 2011, he has served as the Associate Editor in Bioconversion and Solar Chemistry for the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, ASME and several other professional societies.



Prof. Joe Shapter
Flinders University, Australia

Prof. Joe Shapter is the Dean of School of Chemical & Physical Sciences. He obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto in 1990 working with Prof. J. C. Polanyi on the detection of small molecules and the determination of their energies. From 1990 to 1996, he worked at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) building a scanning tunnelling microscope and lecturing first year chemistry. He was appointed as a lecturer at Flinders in 1996, promoted to Senior lecturer at the start of 2000, promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and made full Professor in June 2008. He hos numerouse key responsabilities such as: Dean of School of Chemical & Physical Sciences; Course Coordinator Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology (Honours); Associate Dean (Teaching) Faculty of Science and Engineering; Member of the Board, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI); Deputy Director of the South Australian Regional Facility for Microscopy and Microanalysis (SARF); Member of the Operations Committee for the Australian Microscopy and Microanalaysis Research Facility (AMMRF); He received numerouse awards and grants such as 2009 ATLC Award for Teaching Excellence; 2007 Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning; 2003 Flinders Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching; 1991-1993 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship; 1985-1989 NSERC 1967 Science and Engineering Scholarship; 1985 Gold Medal in Chemistry (Memorial University of Newfoundland); 1985 Second Prize-Oral Presentation; Atlantic CIC Student Conference; 1984 H. J. Anderson Award; 1984 NSERC Summer Undergraduate Award; 1983 H. J. Anderson Award; 1983 NSERC Summer Undergraduate Award; 1981-1982 Centenary of Responsible Government Scholarship; 1980-1981 Centenary of Responsible Government Scholarship;



A/Prof. Jacek Jasieniak
Monash University, Australia

Jacek Jasieniak has worked in the area of advanced solution-processed materials and their applications for over a decade. During most of that time he was a research scientist and team leader at Australia’s national scientific laboratory CSIRO. In 2015 he moved to Monash University as an Associate Professor to focus on next-generation printed devices based on functional coatings made from novel materials. Jacek is also the director the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI). This Institute has over 80 researchers that are broadly focussed on working with industrial partners to deliver impact from research in the energy generation, storage and efficiency areas.



Prof. Eddie Shanqing Zhang
Griffith University, Australia

Prof. Eddie Shanqing Zhang obtained his PhD degree in electrochemistry in 2001 at Griffith University, Australia. Since then, he has been working on synthesis, modification, characterisation of nanostructured materials for sensing, energy conversion and energy storage devices. As an inventor, Eddie has developed a series of patented and commercialized photoelectrochemical sensors for environmental monitoring based on the functional nanomaterials. He was awarded Australia Research Council Future Fellow in photoelectrocatalysis for 2009-2013. Currently, Eddie is leading his group in research on energy conversion, energy storage and environmental monitoring, specialized in functional binders for low cost, sustainable and high capacity energy storage devices and nanomaterials for low temperature sodium ion batteries.



Prof. Ying (Ian) Chen Deakin University, Australia
Professor Chen is well-known and respected internationally for his work in nanomaterials and nanotechnology. His invention of a ball-milling and annealing method for the mass production of nanotubes and nanowires has made a significant impact on the emerging nanotube industry. The team he has put together is a world leader in nanomaterials production and commercialisation. His current research is focused on developing different synthetic methods (ball milling and annealing method, chemical/physical vapour deposition, and mechanical alloying) and new applications (energy storage in batteries, capacitors, solar cells and drug delivery) for a variety of nanomaterials including nanotubes (C and BN), nanosheets, nanowires, nanorods, nanoparticles, and nano thin films(graphene). Professor Chen is the Director of the Deakin node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Functional Nanomaterials.



A/Prof. Sang Hyuk Im
Kyung Hee University, Korea

Sang Hyuk Im received his B.S., M.S., Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1998, 2000, and 2003, respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington (UW) until 2005. He has worked in the LG Chemicals Research Park (∼2009) and Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) until 2013 as a senior research scientist. He is an associate professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at Kyung Hee University, vice head of Functional Crystallization Center (FCC), and PI of Nano Energy Convergence System Lab. His research interests include the development of shape, structure and morphology controlled nanomaterials such as polymers, metals, metal oxides, and semi-conductors and their applications to energy harvesting systems, including inorganic semi-conductors sensitized solar cells, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells, and perovskite hybrid solar cells.



A/Prof. Jenny Pringle
Deakin University, Australia

A/Prof. Jenny Pringle received her Chemistry Bsc (Hons) degree, and then her PhD on ionic liquids, at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She moved to Monash University in 2002 to work in the School of Chemistry and in the Centre for Green Chemistry. From 2004-2006 she was an ARC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash, investigating the use of ionic liquids for the synthesis of conducting polymers. From 2008-2012 she was an ARC QEII Fellow at Monash, in association with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, researching the development and use of ionic liquid and plastic crystal electrolytes for dye-sensitised solar cells. She moved to Deakin University in January 2013 to take up a position as Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Frontier Materials. Here, she is working on the development of new solid and liquid ionic electrolytes for thermal energy harvesting, dye-sensitised solar cells and lithium batteries. Research: A/Prof Pringle’s research focus within ACES is on developing new electromaterials for energy generation and storage. She has a particular interest in thermal energy harvesting, using a new type of thermocell that incorporates an ionic liquid electrolyte, and the ACES team at Deakin, Monash and the University of Wollongong are working towards improving the efficiency of these devices. A/Prof Pringle will be developing new redox couples and electrolytes for both thermocells and redox flow batteries, and incorporating these materials into new device structures. She has one ACES PhD student and one research fellow working in this area, and a number of other students working in related electromaterials and energy fields. A/Prof Pringle will also help lead the development of new research training initiatives and career development programs within ACES, for both our HDR students and ECRs. Through a variety of training programs, covering different aspects of communication, commercialisation and project management, our students will gain additional skills that are important to their leadership careers.



A/Prof. Francesca Iacopi
Griffith University, Australia

Francesca Iacopi received her MSc in Physics from Roma I University, Italy (1996), and her PhD in E.E./Materials Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2004). Materials Scientist and Nanotechnology expert with nearly 20 years experience in semiconductor Industry and Academia, she is author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and holder of 8 granted patents. She achieved international reputation for her contributions to the ITRS roadmap of materials and processes for advanced technologies across the area of devices, interconnects and packaging - particularly in the translation of basic scientific advances into manufacturable products. Research Scientist at IMEC (Belgium) over 1999-2009, she then took up a year Guest Professorship at the University of Tokyo (Japan). In 2010-2011 she directed the Chip-Package Interaction strategy for GLOBALFOUNDRIES (Ca, USA), the world’s second -largest semiconductor foundry. At Griffith University A/Prof Iacopi is inventor of an in-situ process for high-quality graphene on silicon, with applications in integrated micro-technologies, such as bio-compatible sensing and energy storage. She was a 2003 recipient of a Gold Graduate Student Award from MRS, a 2012 recipient of a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council, awardee of a Global Innovation Award for "Processes enabling low cost graphene/silicon carbide MEMS" in Washington DC, May 2014. She was listed among the Queensland’s 50 Top Thinkers in the Sunday Mail, March 2015, and appointed in October 2015 to the Advance Queensland Panel of Experts.



Dr. Anthony K. Burrell
National Renewable Energy Lab, USA

Anthony K. Burrell received a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1990 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Chair of Synthetic Chemistry in 1998-2001 Massey University, New Zealand. Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory 2001-2010 where he established new programs in materials chemistry including being one of the leads for the Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence. In 2011 he moved to Argonne National Laboratory where he was the Head of Department for the CSE Electrochemical Energy Storage Department and a PI in the Joint Center for Energy storage Research (JCESR) and the Voltage Fade Project. In addition he was the PI for the High Energy-High Voltage Deep Dive and the Intermetallic Anodes Consortium. In 2016 he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as Chief Technologist for Energy Storage. He has authored over 210 publications in refereed journals with over 6500 citations and has 34 issued US patents. He currently leads several multi-institutional research projects for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE.



Dr. Wallace Wong
University of Melbourne, Australia

Wallace Wong holds a PhD from University of Oxford (2005) and is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. For the past seven years, He has been working in the area of organic electronics with particular focus on organic solar cells. Wallace Wong has been the Chief Investigator on a number of projects including an Australian Research Council Discovery Project to study novel materials for next-generation organic photovoltaic devices. Wallace Wong is also the lead investigator in a collaboration research program with the University of Ulm and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany. He has broad experience in academic research having worked in ETH Zurich and the University of Oxford.
Wallace Wong is a member of Royal Australian Chemical Institute. MRACI. He received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, University of Melbourne, 2015 and EPSRC scholarship, University of Oxford,



Dr. Fiona Scholes
CSIRO, Australia

Fiona Scholes worked over the last 13 year as a researcher for CSIRO in the flexible electronics industry. For the past 10 years, Fiona Scholes also has spent her Sunday mornings on the radio. Until hanging up her headphones a few months ago, Scholes co-presented weekly Melbourne science show ‘Einstein A Go Go’. Now she is incorporating science communication into her day job as a research team leader at Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

In the lab, Scholes makes prototype thin-film flexible solar cells, testing their performance and longevity. It’s the kind of translational research that typifies CSIRO’s mission: to provide scientific solutions for industry, the community and the environment. As a result, the portfolio of research carried out by CSIRO’s 6500 staff is diverse – ranging from astronomy to zoology with plenty of chemistry in between.

It is this diversity, and the opportunities that arise from working for an organisation of CSIRO’s sheer size, that appeals to many of its employees. In the decade since she joined CSIRO as a postdoc, Scholes has worked on a wide range of projects, from self-healing aircraft skins to chemical sensors, all employing her surface chemistry skills.

But as well as lab research, Scholes has recently been working on a ‘science communication gym’, a training course to help CSIRO researchers share their science with the public. ‘CSIRO has allowed me not just to become a research scientist, but to contribute in other ways as well.

Scholes’ research forms part of an effort to encourage and support a nascent Australian flexible electronics industry, and is backed by government funding. Other projects are highly applied and involve direct company contact. CSIRO research consultant Paul Savage leads a team of scientists supporting Australian biotech start-ups. ‘They’ll often come to CSIRO with a particular problem to be overcome, for which they don’t have the equipment or the expertise,’ he explains. If CSIRO decides that the project has merit, and aligns with its mission statement, then it will offer its services.

As an example, Savage recalls a project carried out around a decade ago for biotech company Peplin (now owned by Australian pharmaceutical company Leo Pharma). The firm was working on the sap of the milkweed plant, which was purported to have anti skin cancer properties. CSIRO assisted with the initial natural product isolation and structure elucidation work to pinpoint the active compound. This compound became the drug Picato (ingenol mebutate), which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in January 2012 for the treatment of the disease actinic keratosis, a precursor to non-melanoma skin cancer.

In return for these services, a company may pay a direct fee, or offer equity or milestone payments. Around half of CSIRO’s funding comes from these paid projects, plus earnings from its intellectual property portfolio, with the rest coming directly from the federal government.



INVITED SPEAKERS

Prof. Mats Andersson
University of South Australia, Australia

Mats Andersson performed a joint PhD-work at the former Departments of Organic Chemistry and Polymer Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, and he received his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry in 1995. He spent one year as a post doctoral fellow at the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), working in Prof. Alan Heegers group. Thereafter, he returned to Chalmers where he was appointed Professor in Polymer Chemistry in 2004 and he held a chair in Polymer Chemistry 2007-2015. Between 2008-2012, Mats was the head of the division of Applied Chemistry at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology. In 2011 he received the Arrhenius medal from the Swedish Chemical Society and in 2012 he was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. In 2014 Mats moved from Sweden to Adelaide to join UniSA and the Ian Wark Research Institute as a Research Professor. The institute was converted into the Future Industries Institute in 2015. He was awarded a South Australian Chair in Energy in 2014 and he is currently maintaining a close cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology.



Professor Baohua Jia
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Professor Baohua Jia is a Research Leader at Swinburne University of Technology. She received her BSc and MSc degrees from Nankai University, China. She was awarded a PhD (2007) from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She is now the Honorary Treasurer of Australian Optical Society. Dr Jia’s research focuses on ultrafast laser imaging, spectroscopy and nanofabrication of novel photonic nanostructures and employment of nanostructures and nanomaterials for clean energy related research. Dr. Jia has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications in highly ranked journals and prestigious international conferences. She has delivered more than 30 invited talks at prestigious international conferences and serves multiples professional committees. She has received numerous prizes and awards, with the most recent ones including the 2015 Significant Women in Australia, 2013 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, 2012 L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (2012), Vice-Chancellor's Industry Engagement Award (2011), Victoria Fellowship from the Victorian Government (2010).



Prof. Gunther Andersson
Flinders University, Australia

Professor Gunther Andersson graduated from Dortmund University (Germany) in 1994. Soon after he started his PhD in a project on applying ion scattering spectroscopy on liquid surfaces at the University of Witten/Herdecke (Germany) under the supervision of Prof Harald Morgner. In 1998 Gunther completed his PhD and joined the research groups of Prof Hidde Brongersma and Martin de Voigt at the Eindhoven Technical University (The Netherlands). There he worked on a project on polymer based light emitting diodes. At the end of 2000 Gunther moved as Research Associate to the group of Prof Harald Morgner at Leipzig University (Germany) were he developed the method neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) for investigation of soft matter surfaces to its current stage. He completed his Habilitation in 2006 and received his Venia Legendi. In 2007 he was appointed at Flinders University (Australia).

Professor Andersson is leading a research group with activities in soft matter interfaces. The research activity in his group is in solar to fuel energy conversion, organic photovoltaic and liquid surfaces. The main activity of his group is in using metal clusters on surfaces for enhancing the photocatalytic and thermal conversion of CO2 and water to hydrocarbons. His group is also working on optimising interfaces in organic based photovoltaic.



A/Prof. Teppei Yamada
Kyushu University, Japan

Teppei Yamada received his BS (2001) and MS (2003) degrees in Science from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He worked at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (2003–2004) before moving to Kyushu University. He received his PhD in Science from Kyushu University in 2010. He then moved to Kyoto University as an assistant professor in the Division of Chemistry. He moved back to Kyushu University as an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Engineering. From 2014, he concurrently became a researcher of Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) project in Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) until 2018. His current research includes ionic conduction and electrochemistry in soft materials such as metal–organic frameworks, plastic crystals, and host–guest materials.



A/Prof. Hongxia Wang
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Hongxia Wang is currently an Associate Professor and an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She received her PhD in Physics from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and M.E in Applied Chemistry and B.E in Analysis Chemistry from Central South University, China. After completing her PhD, Dr. Hongxia Wang held research positions at both universities and industry including Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Bath, UK and Dyesol Ltd, Australia. In 2012, Dr. Hongxia Wang was appointed as Senior Lecturer at QUT and was then promoted to Associate Professor in 2014.
Dr. Hongxia Wang was awarded ARC Future Fellowship in 2012 and QUT Vice-Chancellor Performance Award in 2015. She was also appointed as guest professor at Central South University, China in 2015.

Dr. Hongxia Wang has over 14 years research experience in the area of nanostructured solar cells (DSCs) including dye/quantum dots-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells and earth-abundant thin films solar cells. She is currently leading a dynamic research group with focus on development of cost-effective, environment friendly route for fabrication of high efficiency solar cells, solar fuel generation and high performance energy storage devices such as supercapacitors.



A/Prof. Aijun Du
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Aijun Du is currently an Associate Professor in School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. He received his PhD degree from Fudan University of China in 2002. Before joining QUT in 2013, he has worked at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the University of Queensland for 8 years. He was awarded both ARC Future Fellowship and ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2011. His research lies at the interface of Physics, Chemistry and Engineering, focusing on the design and development of innovative materials for energy, electronics and environmental applications using advanced theoretical modeling approaches.



A/Prof. Antonio Tricoli
Australian National University, Australia

Antonio Tricoli is head of the nanotechnology Research Laboratory of the Australian National University. His group focuses on the nanoarchitectonics of advanced materials for enhanced fluid-light interaction. He received his master in Mechanical and Process Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2004 with his thesis "Numerical calculation of the blood flow through a cerebral aneurism featuring MR-reconstructed real geometry and an elastic artery wall" under the supervision of Prof. D. Poulikakos. Immediately after, he joined the Renewable Energy Laboratory of Prof A. Steinfeld at ETH where he worked on the production of hydrogen from solar energy. He continued his PhD studies in 2005 at the Particle Technology Laboratory of ETH Zurich working with Prof. S.E. Pratsinis on advanced nanomaterial synthesis by scalable flame reactors. In 2010, he received his PhD in the field of Nanotechnology with his thesis "Gas sensitive nanostructured films by direct flame synthesis and deposition". His thesis received numerous awards including the prestigious HILTI Prize for the most innovative PhD thesis of ETH Zurich in 2010. He continued his work as research fellow and lecturer at ETH Zurich working on the nanofabrication of nanoparticle and nanowire layers for renewable energy production and medical devices. In 2012, he joined the Australian National University under the Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellowship and founded the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory at the Research School of Engineering. His research efforts have been recognized by numerous awards including one of the four Westpac Research Fellowships awarded in 2015 in Australia.



Dr. Enrico Della Gaspera
RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Enrico Della Gaspera obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy in 2011, where he developed inorganic nanocomposite thin films for application in optical sensing of hazardous gases. After his PhD, Enrico moved to the US, first as a visiting researcher at Stanford University to work on transparent electrodes based on doped colloidal nanocrystals, and then as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a research project on nanomaterials for energy harvesting and storage devices, under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Dunn. He was then awarded an OCE postdoctoral fellowship from CSIRO, and he moved to Australia in 2013 to be part of the CSIRO Flexible Electronics team based in Melbourne. During the three years spent at CSIRO, Dr. Della Gaspera developed novel solution-based processes to synthesise inorganic materials and thin films with tunable properties for application in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs). In 2015 he was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s fellowship from RMIT University, and joined the School of Science (Applied Sciences) in early 2016. His current research focuses mainly on solution-processed charge transport layers and electrodes for optoelectronics, novel inorganic semiconductors, and doped nanocrystals for plasmonic and catalysis.



Dr. Jörg Schlüter
Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Jörg Schlüter received his Master’s degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Engineering Science with a major in Fluid Mechanics from the Technical University Berlin in Germany in 1997. Thereafter, he commenced his PhD studies on the simulation of gas turbine burners at ENSEEIHT/CERFACS in Toulouse, France. After graduating in 2000, he joined as a researcher the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University, USA, where he worked on the simulation of entire gas turbine engines. He worked at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from 2005 to 2015 as an Assistant Professor teaching and researching in aerodynamics and computational methods. In 2015, he joined Deakin University. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from wind turbine engineering, flapping wing aerodynamics to the control of turbulent boundary layers for drag reduction.



Dr. Joel van Embden
RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Joel van Embden obtained his PhD from the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2008 under the mentorship of Laureate Professor Paul Mulvaney. His PhD focused on the synthesis and optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals. He spent a short time at the CAESR Institute (Max Planck) in Bonn, Germany working on super bright quantum dot emitters. Dr. van Embden then undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Swinburne University’s Centre of Excellence with Laureate Professor Min Gu to conduct research into nanocrystal/polymer composite materials. After a short Fellowship at RMIT University’s School of Aerospace Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering working on novel semiconductor nanomaterials for solar cells he was appointed at CSIRO to conduct research into solution processed inorganic photovoltaics. In 2015 Dr. van Embden joined the School of Science (Applied Science) at RMIT University as an ARC Research Fellow with the goal of developing strong research-based initiatives in nanocrystal synthesis and semiconductor thin films. Dr. van Embden’s current focus is on solution-based manufacturing techniques for optoelectronic devices and solar cells.



Dr. Porun Liu
Griffith University, Australia

Dr. Liu received his PhD in Chemical Science from Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University in 2011. He then commenced his postdoctoral research at Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE), Griffith University. In 2014 he was awarded the Griffith University postdoctoral research fellowship. His research focuses on development of photocatalytic, electrocatalytic materials via novel approaches for environment remediation, sensing and energy conversion applications.



Dr. Dongchen Qi
La Trobe University, Australia

During 1999 to 2003 Dr. Qi studied physics in Peking University for his undergraduate education before he moved to Singapore. After receiving his PhD degree from the National University of Singapore in 2009, he spent another two years as a research fellow at the same institute. In 2012, he joined the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMRE) as a staff scientist. He took up a faculty position as a lecturer in physics at La Trobe University in 2013. Dr. Qi’s research interests lie in the area of experimental condensed matter physics, focusing on electronic structures and device physics of functional materials studied using advanced spectroscopic techniques based on synchrotron radiation. He is particularly interested in understanding important interface phenomena and physics essential to enabling electronic devices based on emerging materials including diamond and organic semiconductors. Dr. Qi has published over 75 papers in internationally refereed journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Progress in Surface Science.



Dr. Gregory Knowles
Monash University, Australia

Gregory Knowles is a Senior Research Manager (Monash University) with research focus interests in carbon capture technology, nanomaterials for adsorption and catalysis, separation science and technology, and physical chemistry of materials. His activities encompass project management and supervision, materials & process design, the production and characterization of materials, and assessments of their fitness for purpose.



Dr. Akshat Tanksale
University of Queensland, Australia

Akshat Tanksale holds PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland (2008). His PhD focussed on the production of renewable hydrogen from sugars and polyols for which he received Dean’s award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis. He is currently appointed as Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He is working in an interdisciplinary research area where he develops novel catalysts based on nanomaterials, and applies them in the chemical conversion of biomass into renewable liquid fuels, green chemicals and hydrogen. Tanksale has also worked on photocatalytic conversion of water into hydrogen, and hydrogen storage onto magnesium hybrid nanoparticles. He has been a chief investigator on several national competitive grants, including Australian Research Council Industry Transformation Research Hub. Akshat Tanksale has also won several awards like the Australia-India Science and Technology Award, 2010 by the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australia-Japan Emerging Research Leader program, 2010 (ATSE).



Dr. Jie Zhang
Monash University, Australia

Dr. Jie Zhang is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Chemistry, Monash University and a chief investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. His current research mainly focuses on the electrochemical activation of small molecules in the context of biosensing and energy applications. He has published 5 book chapters, 5 international patents and more than 150 refereed journal articles. His work has received more than 2300 citations with an H index of 28. Dr. Zhang has been awarded two medals from both the Electrochemistry Division and the Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for his contribution to electrochemistry and analytical chemistry. Dr. Zhang is also a recipient of the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2009-2013) and the Monash Research Accelerator award (2013-2014).



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