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Dr. Ilias Louis Kyratzis is a team leader in Functional Nanomaterials within CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 1989. He has held appointments at various institutions including Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Pharmacy College Victoria and Swinburne University before joining CSIRO in 1994. His research interests include nanofibre and nano-architectures in materials especially in their application to environmental remediation, energy, filtration and biomaterials and disease control, as well as flexible electronic textiles, high performance, high strength materials for protective equipment. He has published widely across different scientific disciplines including 50 referred papers, several patents and numerous industry reports. He was a co-founder of his conference series starting in Melbourne in 2010.
Prof. Dr. Zenixole R. Tshentu is currently an associate professor of chemistry at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in South Africa. He currently serves as the head of the NMU Chemistry Department. He has experience in solid state and solution chemistry of transition metal ions, fuel chemistry, and fabrication of inorganic/organic polymeric materials towards separation technology as well as heterogeneous catalysis. The focus is in the design of functional reagents/catalysts which are hosted on microscale materials as well as nanomaterials such as nanofibers. He calls his philosophy “the quest for selectivity and specificity in chemical and biological systems”. Typically, molecularly imprinted polymeric systems are designed while also specific chemistries are developed in a quest to create functional materials. The full scope of his research is on beneficiation of earth and secondary resources, from precious metals separation/recovery to their application as well as development of catalysts and adsorbents for fuel applications. To date, he has supervised ten MSc and six PhD students to completion. He has published extensively in reputable peer-reviewed international journals (a total of 70 articles) and has published three book chapters. He also holds two SA patents in the area of “colorimetric probes for biomarkers”. He has contributed to more than 50 national and international conferences as a contributing co-author or author, and as a presenting delegate and invited speaker. He has visited the following institutions as a researcher: University of Florence (Italy), Emory University (USA) and Mokpo National University (South Korea). He was awarded a Research Excellence Award by NMU in 2015. In 2016, he received a Raikes Medal from the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) as well as an International Association of Advanced Materials Scientist Medal (IAAM Scientist medal) due to notable and outstanding contribution in the field of Advanced Materials Science and Technology.
Dario Pisignano, PhD in Physics, is Full Professor at the University of Pisa. He coordinates an interdisciplinary group working on Nanotechnologies on Soft Matter involving, in addition to University, the CNR-Nanoscience Institute. His research activity is focused on the development of advanced polymer processing and lithographic approaches, electrospinning, and soft lithographies, for realizing micro-nanostructured devices, organic lasers and functional systems. He has been awarded the “Young researcher” Prize at the National INFM-Meeting, the International Obducat Prize for Nanoimprinting Lithography, the National Award “Future in Research” of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the “Sergio Panizza” Award for Optoelectronics and Photonics (Italian Physics Society, SIF). He is the recipient of the NANO-JETS ERC Ideas Starting Grant, whose details can be found at: http://www.nanojets.eu.
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Tae-Woo Lee is an associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering at Seoul National University, Korea. He received his Ph.D in chemical engineering from KAIST, Korea in February 2002. Then, he joined Bell Laboratories, USA as a postdoctoral researcher in 2002. From September 2003 to August 2008, he worked in Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics as a member of research staff. From August 2008 to August 2016, he was an assistant and then an associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea. He received a prestigious Korea Young Scientist Award from the President of Korea in 2008 and The Scientist of the Month Award from the ministry of science, ICT and future planning in 2013. He is author and co-author of 176 papers including Science, Nature Photonics, Science Advances, Nature Communications, PNAS, Energy and Environmental Science, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, and Advanced Functional Materials, as well as inventor and co-inventor of 339 patents (155 Korean patents and 184 international patents). His research focuses on organic, organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, and carbon materials and their applications to flexible electronics, printed electronics, displays, solid-state lightings, solar energy conversion devices, and neuromorphic devices.
You-Lo Hsieh is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley. Her research integrates green chemistry with biomimetic strategies to create biopolymer nanofibers, 2D and 3D hierarchical and hybrid structures as well as functional nanomaterials. Professor Hsieh’s research has led to novel biocatalyst membranes, amphiphilic super-absorbents, bio-active nanocomposites and innovations related to supercapacitors, molecular and mechanical sensors, bio-functionalized emulsions, etc. Professor Hsieh has mentored students in chemistry, materials science, biological and chemical engineering, forensic science to textiles, as well as international post-doctoral researchers and scholars. Professor Hsieh has served extensively professionally, including journal editorial boards, federal grant panels, professional organizations, such as American Chemical Society and the Fiber Society, as well as in leadership roles at the university.
Luana Persano, PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies, is staff researcher at CNR-Nanoscience Institute. She has been Marie-Curie fellow at FORTH, Greece, and visiting scientist at Harvard University and University of Illinois. Her research interests include nanomanufacturing and lithographic processes onto nanocomposites and active materials in the form of films, nanoparticles and fibers, and the implementation of nanophotonic and piezoelectric devices based on them. She is co-founder of Soft Materials and Technologies, a company focused on the development of micro and nanotechnologies for the production of nanostructured soft materials through the exploitation of unconventional soft lithography and electric-voltage driven techniques.
Jennifer Andrew is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Before coming to UF she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Michael J. Sailor’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.S. in Materials Science from Northwestern University in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering in 2008 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include the development of nanocomposite materials with novel multifunctional electronic and biomedical applications.
Geoffrey Mitchell is the Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Polytechnic Institute Leiria in Portugal. Geoffrey Mitchell carried out his doctoral work at the University of Cambridge in the UK and subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge and a JSPS Fellowship at Hokkaido University in Japan. Prior to his current position he was Professor of Polymer Physics at the University of Reading, UK and from2005 the founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at Reading. His research work bridges physics, biology, chemistry and technology and he is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Geoffrey Mitchell is passionate about direct digital manufacturing (DDM) which enables products to be manufactured directly froma digital design without the need for specialist tooling or moulds and the development of novel materials to support the emerging technologies. He is fascinated by the opportunities that arise from merging electrospinning in to the family of DDM technologies. He brings a wealth of experience working with polymer based materials both natural and synthetic. He is particularly interested in the scales of structure present in all materials and especially biopolymers. He has developed and made extensive use of x-ray and neutron scattering methods coupled to computational molecular modelling and electron microscopy techniques.
He is a Visiting Member of the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He is the editor of a book “Electrospinning; Principles, practice and possibilities” published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015.
Marc Simonet studied Chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. Concomitantly, he worked at EMS- Chemie AG, Switzerland in the Materials Testing Department. From 2003 to 2007, he was working in the Department of Materials at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, on developing and processing of bio-compatible polymers for tissue engineering applications. To further advance the electrospinning technique he worked as a Marie Curie Fellow in the Materials Department at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) until 2009. From 2009 until 2013 he was a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, TU/ Eindhoven, The Netherlands. There, the focus was on adapting and applying generic electrospinning techniques to bring the electrospinning technique and electrospun biomedical products closer to the market. All within the main goal to create an electrospun functional in-situ tissue engineered heart valve scaffold. Since April 2013 he is working as an electrospinning application specialist for IME Technologies, The Netherlands; developing electrospinning technologies and assisting customers with their product developments.
Andrea Camposeo, PhD in Physics (University of Pisa, Italy), is a staff senior researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of the CNR (NEST Laboratory of Pisa). He has been visiting scientist at the University of Bonn, Toronto, Harvard, FORTH and St. Andrews, and has authored more than 120 papers. His research activities include the investigation of the optical properties of light-emitting polymers, composites, organic crystals and polymer nanofibers, the design and characterization of organic-based light-emitting devices and the development of optically-active nanostructures by electrospinning and 3D printing for nanophotonic applications. He has been awarded the “Applied Physics” award at the XCVI Italian Physical Society meeting in 2010, the “CNR-Start-Cup” award in 2010, the “Start-cup Puglia” award in 2011. He is also the recipient of the xPRINT ERC consolidator grant.
Dr. Xiumei Mo is a professor in Donghua University. She once had two years Postdoc experience in Kyoto University, three years research fellow experience in National University of Singapore, one year visiting professor experience in Aachen University of Applied Science and Technology. In Donghua University she was granted 23 projects related with nanofiber fabrication for different tissue regeneration. She has published more than 250 papers. ISI Web of Science showed that she ranking No.4 in the world on electrospinning nanofiber publication. She got the Science Technical Invention Awards from Shanghai Municipality in 2008，Science and Technology Progress Awards from State Department of People’s Republic of China in 2009, Nature Science Awards from Shanghai Government in 2015. She is the committee members of China Biomaterials Society as well as Biomedical Engineering Society Biomaterials Branch.
Professor Tong Lin received his PhD degree in physical chemistry from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1998. He has served as Professor and Personal Chair at Deakin University since 2013. He has been an active researcher in the field of electrospinning, functional fibers and polymers. He contributes to the development of needleless electrospinning for large-scale nanofiber production and novel applications of nanofibrous materials. He has also been awarded the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK).
Kgabo Phillemon Matabola has a Ph.D (Polymer Science) from University of Free State, South Africa, which he obtained in May 2012, South Africa. The PhD study focused on the ‘Development of single polymer composites using electrospun nanofibers as the reinforcement’ under the supervision of Prof Adriaan S (Riaan) Luyt. He is currently a Senior Scientist at the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed Journals and has been involved in human capacity development in terms of postgraduate students training. His research is based on development of polymer membranes and nanotechnology-based materials for water treatment applications.
Makwena Justice Moloto has completed his PhD at the age of 30 years from the University of Zululand and spend time at the University of Manchester to complete his PhD hosted by school of chemistry. He is the researcher at one of the university of technology in the department of chemistry. He has published more than 55 papers in reputable and peer-reviewed journals and has been serving as a reviewer for a number of materials chemistry journals of repute. Served as chairperson for the organization of NanoAfrica 2014 conference hosted by the Vaal University of Technology in South Africa. Has presented his research work in countries including the UK, Germany, USA, Argentina, Iran, China, Zimbabwe, Israel, Morocco, UAE. Currently leading a group of researchers and students of 26 postgraduate students, 4 researchers and 2 postdoctoral fellows. Also served as acting head of department of chemistry at Vaal University of technology in the faculty of applied sciences for one and half years.
Jianhua Yan, professor from College of Textile of Donghua University in Shanghai of China. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Microelectronic Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University; Master degree in Microelectronic Engineering from Institute of Microelectronic, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Ph.D. degree in Materials Sciences from West Virginia University in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as a postdoc fellow in West Virginia University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in turn. From February of 2017, he started to work at Donghua University as a full professor. Until now, he has published more than 25 journal papers and 8 patents. His research focus on developing one-dimensional fibrous energy materials and material assembly techniques for soft energy storage devices and systems with electrospinning techniques. The research is interdisciplinary in nature with broad range applications in cutting-edge areas, such as soft lithium batteries, photoelectrochemical sensors and wearable electronic products.
Dr. Yen Bach Truong is a Senior Research Scientist and Research Team Leader of the Functional Materials team at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)-Manufacturing in Australia. She holds a Master in Analytical Chemistry from RMIT University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in Fibre Science from Monash University. She has been working in the fabrication of electrospun nanofibres for a range of applications and has published over 38 peer-reviewed papers in this area. She chaired the Inaugural International Conference on Electrospinning (Electrospin 2010) in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. Her current research interests are in the use of electrospun composite materials in personal protection.
Deon Bezuidenhout (Ph.D. Polymer Science, Stellenbosch), currently Associate Professor in the Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Head of Biomaterials Sciences at the Cardiovascular Research Unit (CRU), has more than 20 years experience in the design, synthesis, modification, and processing of synthetic and bioprosthetic materials for use in cardiovascular and related devices. He specializes in the development of biomaterial scaffolds and biomimetic matrices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches to vascular grafts, heart valves and myocardial infarction therapies, with 55 publications, 10 book chapters and 30 patents in the field. He is also co-founder and technical director of Strait Access Technologies (Pty) Ltd, a university startup company focused on the development of prosthetic heart valves and related devices for the developing world and emerging economies.
Dr Brendan Robb joined The Electrospinning Company as a Senior Research and Development Scientist in February 2015, where he is now employed as the Head of Production. He gained his PhD in processing novel electrospun biomaterials from the University of Manchester, working with both the Biomaterials Group in the School of Materials and the Process Control Group in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Building on this experience Brendan secured funding to develop novel osteogenic electrospun materials for dental applications and worked in collaboration with industrial partners to develop the methodology to easily scale out production. His current role within The Electrospinning Company has allowed him to leverage this experience by engineering processes and accompanying hardware solutions to a variety of diverse and novel product concepts.
Bert Klumperman was born on 23 September 1962 in Hellendoorn, the Netherlands. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands). He graduated in 1985 for his MSc under the supervision of Prof A Bantjes on a biomedical topic. Immediately after that he started to work at DSM Research (Geleen, The Netherlands) as a Research Associate. In 1994 he obtained a PhD degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology under the supervision of Prof AL German (Eindhoven), and Prof KF O’Driscoll (University of Waterloo, Canada). In 1995, Bert joined the Eindhoven University of Technology as an Assistant Professor, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002. His research is largely focused on Living Radical Polymerization. In 1998 he came in contact with the Institute for Polymer Science at the Stellenbosch University. From that time onwards he was involved in the supervision of MSc and PhD students at Stellenbosch. In 2006 he was among the first twenty scientists who were awarded a South African Research Chair by the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology. In 2007 he received an A-rating from the NRF, which was renewed in 2012. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, and in 2009 he received the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research at Stellenbosch University. From July 2009 onwards he is one of the Editors of Elseviers European Polymer Journal. In 2012, Bert was awarded a second doctorate (DSc) at Stellenbosch University with Prof PE Mallon as promoter. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI) in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University. From 2015 he is the Editor-in-Chief of Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa. In 2015 he has been awarded the SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year medal. In 2016 he received the prestigious National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Lifetime Award as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research at Stellenbosch University. Recently, he has been awarded the 2018 John FW Herschel medal of the Royal Society of South Africa. His current research interests are reversible deactivation radical polymerization (RDRP) and Nanomedicine.
Seema Agarwal is academic director and professor at university of Bayreuth in Germany. She is also guest professor at Donghua University and Jiangxi Normal University in China. Her research interests are biopolymers, smart, functional polymers, and fibers with special morphologies. She has published more than 190 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is Alexander von Humboldt fellow and got Hermann-Schnell award of German Chemical Society. She is the chief-editor of e-Polymers.
MSc-1977 (in Applied Physics), PhD (in Physics and Mathematics)-1980, DSc (Habilitation, (in Physics and Mathematics)-1989. Affiliations: Junior&Senior Research Associate at The Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow (1977-1990). Professor at The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (1990-2006; Eduard Pestel Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering at The Technion in 1999-2006); Distinguished Professor at The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (2006-present). Prof. Yarin is the Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the author of 4 books, 12 book chapters, 310 research papers, and 6 patents. He is one of the three co-Editors of “Springer Handbook of Experimental Fluid Mechanics”, 2007, and the Associate Editor of the journal “Experiments in Fluids”. He is also the Member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and of the journal “Archives of Mechanics”, as well as the Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal “Electrospinning”. Prof. Yarin was the Fellow of the Rashi Foundation, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and was awarded Gutwirth Award, Hershel Rich Prize and Prize for Technological Development for Defense against Terror of the American-Technion Society.
Dr. Antonella Macagnano since 2001 is Research Scientist at the National Research Council (CNR) that is the biggest Government Research Institution in Italy and Leader of the Macro-Activity in her laboratories called “High-Performance Sensors and Sensing Systems for Monitoring Air Quality and Environment” at Institute of Atmospheric Pollutant Research (IIA) of CNR. She has been involved, within several projects (among them, eight as a leader), to set up and optimize artificial multisensory devices for environmental, agrifood and medical applications, acquiring a deep experience about sensing strategies mimicking natural sensing systems. Specifically, her research activities have concerned the study and the design of chemical (conductive polymers, hybrid and composite materials functionalised nanostructured polymers designed and developed by electrospinning technology, but also metallo-porphyrins, cavitands and metallo-oligomers), and biological membranes (oligopeptydes, oligonucleotides, hybrid nanostructures) for selective interactions with both gases and volatile organic compounds. She has been MC member of the COST Action MP1206 (Horizon 2020) entitled “Electrospun Nano-fibers for Bio-inspired Composite Materials and Innovative Industrial Applications” (2013/2017), leader of the Working Group 4 devoted to Industrial/Technical applications and co-Editor of the book (Springer) entitled “Electrospinning for High Performance Sensors”. She is author of more than 170 papers focused on sensors and smart nanostructured materials for sensing application and book’s chapters, and more than 90 conference talks.
Dr. Eyal Zussman is the Winograd Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion – Israel institute of Technology. He holds a DSc degree from the Technion in mechanical engineering. He held postdoctoral appointment at Technical University in Berlin, Germany. Since joining the faculty at the Technion, he has served as Director of the NanoEngineering Group. His group research is in the area of molecular engineering of soft matter, in particular the development of process-structure-property relationships, through the use of simulations and experiments, and the development of functional electrospun fibers. He was Visiting Professor at the Northwestern University (2003), and at the National University of Singapore (2010-2015). He has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Prof. Il-Doo Kim received his Ph.D. degree (2002) from KAIST. From 2003 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Harry L. Tuller at MIT. He returned to Korea Institute of Science and Technology as a senior research scientist. In Feb. 2011, he joined at KAIST as a faculty member in Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The Il-Doo Kim group’ research work is focused on novel synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials optimized for application in ultra-sensitive chemical sensors (exhaled breath gas analysis for disease diagnosis), highly efficient energy storage devices (Li-ion batteries), and functional nano-electronics including nanofiber-based transparent electrodes. Our research works aim at developing new synthetic methods that relies on a modified electrospinning to produce unique nano-building blocks such as highly porous nanofibers and nanotubes. Kim’s research group also develops multi-dimensional catalyst-functionalized nanofibers, i.e., oxide and nitride materials, as cost-effective and highly efficient nano-catalysts, especially optimized for Li-O2 batteries. Prof. Kim has published over 194 articles, 5 book chapters, and holds 186 international patents. Moreover, a number of patents related with nanofiber synthesis and applications have been successfully licensed to 6 companies. Prof. Kim is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Electroceramics, a member of Young Korea Academy Science and Technology (YKAST), and an associate member of Korea Academy Science and Technology (KAST).
Andreas Greiner received his Ph D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Marburg in 1988. In 1989 he joined University of California as postdoc, Santa Barbara, USA. He was appointed associate professor for organic chemistry and macromolecular chemistry at the University of Mainz and became head of the TransMIT Center for Plastic Science and Nanotechnology in 1999. In 2000 he became full professor for polymer chemistry and technology at the University of Marburg and joined in 2012 University of Bayreuth as distinguished professor for macromolecular chemistry. He is board member of Dechema Nanotechnology section and is heading the business unit Future Solution of New Materials Bayreuth GmbH. Present research topics are functional biobased polymer synthesis, electrospinning of polymer nanofibers, polymer-functionalized nanoparticles, poly(p-xylylene)s, functional polymer dispersions, polymers for coatings, filtration, textiles, medicine, pharmacy, and agriculture.