Prof. Reza Abbaschian

University of California, Riverside, USA

Reza Abbaschian is Director of Winston Chung Global Energy Center, Distinguished Professor, and Winston Chung Endowed Professor in Sustainability at University of California Riverside (UCR).
Dr. Abbaschian received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, MS from Michigan Technological University, and BSc from University of Tehran. He has published more than 250 scientific articles including eight books on subjects ranging from metal processing to composites and high temperature-high pressure growth of jewelry diamonds. His research has led to the introduction of man-made diamonds to the market by Gemesis Diamond Company. He also holds five patents and eight patent disclosures held by Gemesis Inc.
Dr. Abbaschian is a past President of ASM International, and has been elected a Fellow of ASM, TMS and AAAS. His awards include the TMS Educator Award, Structural Material Division’s Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS Leadership Award, ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award, Davis Productivity Award of the State of Florida, and the 2016 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award of ASM. In 2017, he received the AIME Honorary Membership, an honor bestowed on only 1/10th of 1% of its membership, in recognition of being an "outstanding scientist and researcher in solidification fundamentals and materials processing, educator and leader in advancing the materials profession."
He began his tenure as UCR in September 2005 as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), a position that he held until July 2016. He also held the William R. Johnson, Jr. Professor until July 2017. During his tenure as Dean, BCOE steadily grew in prestige, research productivity, and student success, landing in the top 50 public engineering schools in the nation. With around 125 faculty, 2,400 undergraduates (100 BS/MS), 750 graduate students, and annual research expenditures of more than $40 million, BCOE now houses seven departments/programs and offers nine degrees in addition to a self-supporting Online Master’s Degree Program in Engineering.

Prof. Xiaoqing Pan

University of California, Irvine, USA

Xiaoqing Pan is a professor and Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering, at UC Irvine in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and the School of Physical Sciences Department of Physics & Astronomy. He is also the inaugural director of the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI). Previously, Pan was the endowed Chair Professor (Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering) in the University of Michigan’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was also Director of Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Nanjing University, and his doctorate in physics (1991) from the University of Saarland, Germany. After postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart, he joined the faculty of MS&E at Michigan as an associate professor without tenure in 1996, and was promoted to professor with tenure in 2004. Pan has received many awards, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the Chinese NSF’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award. He was awarded a named Cheung-Kong Distinguished Visiting Professorship (Nanjing University 2008 - 2010), and was also awarded the National Distinguished Professorship (China 1000 Talent Program) as Visiting Professor at Nanjing University in 2009. He was an overseas member of the Scientific Review Board, Chinese Academy of Science, 2005-2010. He has been serving as a member on the Advisory Committee of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, China, since 2011. He is also a member of the Physical Sciences Panel of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) since 2013. Pan was elected to be a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2011, a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013, and a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America.
Pan has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers in scholarly high impact factor journals, including e.g. Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, and Advanced Materials. His work has been cited over 7000 times with his highest single paper citation of 639 and his publication h-factor is 47.
Pan's research interests center on understanding the atomic-scale structure-property relationships of advanced functional materials, including oxide electronics, nanostructured ferroelectrics and multiferroics, and catalysts. He is recognized internationally for his work in materials physics and electron microscopy that have led to the discovery of new properties and novel functionalities in technologically important materials. His pioneering contributions include the development of methods to quantitatively map the electrical polarization in ferroelectrics at atomic resolution, and methods to uncover the effects of boundary conditions on ferroelectricity, including polarization mapping, first observation of ferroelectric vortices, and dynamic behaviors of ferroelectric domains during electrical switching under applied electric field in TEM.

Prof. Shu Yin

Tohoku University, Japan

Dr. Shu YIN, He received a B. S. degree in inorganic chemical engineering from the Dalian University of Technology in 1987. He received a M. S. degree in chemical metallurgy from the Institute of Chemical Metallurgy (ICM, latterly Institute of Process and Engineering, IPE), Chinese Academy of Science in 1990, then worked as a research associate for 2 years at ICM. He came to Japan and worked as a research fellow in the Hydrothermal Chemistry Research Laboratory (Prof. N.Yamasaki’s Group), Kochi University in 1992, then became a research assistant at the Institute for Chemical Reaction Science (ICRS, Prof.T.Sato’s group), Tohoku University during 1995-1997. He received a Ph.D. degree in applied chemistry from Tohoku University (research period shortened) in 1999. He has been a full-time research assistant at the ICRS in 1999, then a lecture and associate professor at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University in 2005, and then a full-time professor in 2016. He is also an affiliate professor of eight Chinese Universities / Institute(Lanzhou University; Dalian University of Technology; Guangxi Research Institute of Chemical Industry, Huaqiao University, Taiyuan University of Technology, Sichuan University, Beijing University of Technology , Beijing University of Science and Technology). His research papers were cited more than 8600 times and showed a citation h-index = 51. He has also participated in the organization of some international conferences and acted as session chair in more than 30 international conferences. Until now, he was invited to act as independent reviewer and referee for more than 40 academic journals. His research interests include morphological control of nanostructured materials, photocatalytic materials, UV-shielding materials, hydrothermal / solvothermal process, soft chemical synthesis. He has authored more than 440 original research papers(IF>4: more than 100 papers), contributed 25 book chapters/ review papers and 22 patents. He has co-authored nearly 300 international conference presentations and presented more than 70 invited talks since 2004.

"Novel Solvothermal Synthesis of Environmental Responsive Inorganic Functional Materials"

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Assoc. Prof. Hai M. Duong

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Hai M. Duong received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Melbourne University in 2004. Since then, he has expanded his research interests in science and applications of carbon-based nanomaterials through experiments and computational modelling. He was awarded four postdoctoral fellowships at world-class laboratories: University of Oklahoma, USA; University of Tokyo, Japan; Massachusette Institute of Techlogy (MIT), USA and University of Cambridge, UK. Currently, as an Assistant Professor of at National University of Singapore (NUS), he has awarded 3 global innovational awards and his research interests include a number of emerging fields such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), aerogels and their applications for aerospace structures, energy devices, environmental treatment, and thermal transport phenomena in small-scale of biological systems. He has 3 commercialized patents, published 9 book chapters, 150+ journal papers and conference proceedings, gave several keynotes and invited talks. Dr. Duong is also the key member of Functional Material Society and the technical committee on nanotechnology in Singapore and the editorial member of International Journal of Aeronautical Science and Aerospace Research (IJASAR).

"From Environmental Wastes to High-Value Aerogels for Engineering Applications"

Abstract: This talk will focus on how to reuse the environmental waste to solve environmental problems. The paper waste, fabric waste and plastic bottle waste can be converted into advanced eco-friendly aerogels for several applications such as oil spill cleaning, sound and thermal insulation, fire-retardant and CO2 filtering and medical devices. More facile, cost effective, much less time-consuming fabrication methods have been innovated. The continuous and large-scale process takes much less time and uses much less non-toxic chemicals than previous aerogel techniques. Water-repellent structures of the carbon-based aerogels are stable over 6 months in tropical climate. They can absorb oil excluding water 4 times larger than that of the best commercial sorbents. The aerogels can be squeezed to recover over 99% of absorbed crude oil and then reused several times. Thermal jackets using the carbon-based aerogels can maintain ice slurry inside water bottles for up to 4 hours. The compressed aerogels in the pallet form can be effective to be used to haemorrhage control within 5 seconds. With a simple but effective surface coating method, the aerogels can absorb large amount of CO2 from air and stand up to 620oC.