Keynote Speeches in 2019
Prof. Alan Lau
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Professor Alan Lau In 1987, Dr Lau joined the
Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) where he was employed as
a craft apprentice in the aircraft maintenance division for 4 years. He
received his Bachelor and Master degrees of Engineering in Aerospace
Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT
University, Australia) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Within that period,
he also worked for General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd, Australia, as an
Engineer Trainee, and for the Corporative Research Centre for Advanced
Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) Australia, as a Research Assistant designing
a repair scheme for composite performs. He received his Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001. Thereafter, he was
appointed Assistant Professor in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor
and Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013, he was appointed
as Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering and
Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering.
Based on his outstanding research performance in the fields of advanced composites, FRP for infrastructure applications, smart structures and nano-materials, he has received numerous awards (for both research and teaching) including: The Best Paper Awards on Materials (1998), The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship Award (2000), Young Scientist Award (2002), Young Engineer of the Year Award (2004), Faculty Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2005), Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006), Chemical Physics Letters, Most Cited Paper 2003- 2007 Award, President Award in Teaching 2008, Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, USA (2009). He is also the Winner of the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, in the same Conference (the first scholar outside the United States to receive this honour) and the Most Cited Paper Awards in Composites Part B: Engineering (issued by Elsevier Science). In 2011, Dr. Lau received the Outstanding International Researcher Award and the Outstanding International Research Leader Award from the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMR). This marks the first time that anyone has received both the awards making his achievement quite exceptional. In 2013, he was also awarded The University Grant Committee (UGC) Award for Teaching Excellence.
Due to his significant contribution to the field of science and engineering, he was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2007, with the citation “For profound contributions to materials science and fundamental developments in the field of composite materials”, and was the first scholar in Hong Kong to receive this honor. In 2016, he was also elected as a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Three of his articles published in Composites Part B: Engineering; Composites Science and Technology; and Chemical Physics Letters were ranked in the TOP 1% MOST CITED ARTICLES within their field in 2006 and 2007, according to Essential Science IndicatorsSM. Six of his papers have been ranked among the top 25 hottest articles in Composites Part B: Engineering, issued by ScienceDirect, Elsevier (two of them were ranked No. 1 in 2007). Since 2002, Dr Lau has edited 5 books and published over 260 scientific and engineering articles and his publications have been cited over 4900 times with an h-index of 34 (Google citation 12,000 with the h-index of 52). Dr. Lau has also actively participated in many consultancy works with the industry. The scope of his works have mainly focused on failure analyses on different engineering systems.
Plenary Speeches in 2019
Prof. Mattheus F. A. Goosen
Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia
Professor Mattheus (Theo) F. A. Goosen has played key roles in the development of new start up academic institutions. For the past nine years he has held the position of founding Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University a private start-up non-profit institution in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (www.alfaisal.edu). The doctoral degree of Dr Goosen is in chemical & biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto (1981) Canada. Theo has more than 180 publications to his credit including over 137 refereed journal papers, 45 conference papers, 11 edited books and 10 patents. His h index is over 48 and he has well over 9000 citations on Google Scholar. On Scopus he has over 137 publications with over 4500 citations. Dr Goosen’s research interests are in the areas of renewable energy, desalination, sustainable development, membrane separations, spray coating technology and biomaterials.
Title: Applications of Advanced Materials in Renewable Energy Technologies
ABSTRACT: The utilization of advanced materials in renewable energy technologies is indispensable to meet the rising demand for applications such as water desalination. Nevertheless, the growth of renewable energy sources to run commercial processes at a larger scale is hindered by technical, economic, regulatory and environmental challenges including new material development. This critical review focusses on integrated approaches in using renewable energy such as solar and geothermal technologies for water desalination. Advanced materials research plays a crucial role in these areas. Innovative and sustainable processes which are suitable for renewable energy systems are also presented, along with the benefits of these technologies and their limitations. The market potential, environmental concerns, regulatory & socio-economic factors are likewise evaluated as well as the need for accelerated development of renewable energy-driven technologies.
Prof. Serge Zhuiykov
Ghent University Global Campus, South Korea
2015 – present, Professor, Ghent University Global Campus
2004 – 2015, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering Division, Melbourne
2004 – 2006,Senior Lecturer (part time). Industrial Science Department, Swinburne University of Technology,
Melbourne, VIC. 3122, Australia
2002 – 2004, Manager, SSL, Australian Government Analytical Laboratories,177 Salmon Str., Port Melbourne, VIC. 3207, Australia
2009 – present,Member of the American Nano Society (ANS);Member of the American Nano Society (ANS);
2006 – present,Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS);
2002 – present,Member of the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA);
1995 – present,Member of the Australasian Ceramic Society (ACS);
1994 – present, Member of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS);
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Prof. Alfred A.Christy
University of Agder, Norway
Prof. Alfred A. Christy obtained his primary and
secondary education from St. Patrick"s College Jaffna. He entered the then
University of Ceylon (Peradeniya) and obtained a Bachelor degree in
Chemistry (B.Sc., University of Peradeniya, 1976). The first position held
by Professor Christy was as a Demonstrator/Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry
at the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka (1976-1977). He then moved to
Nigeria, where he worked first as a teacher and then as senior master in
Chemistry at a local college (1977 - 1983) in Ondo State, Nigeria. He then
moved to Bergen, Norway. In Bergen, he commenced furthering his education at
the University of Bergen, while acting as a teaching assistant (1983-1987)
and then as lecturer at the Department of Chemistry (1987-1991). He was
awarded a master degree in Physical Chemistry in 1987 and Dr. Scient. Degree
in 1990. He then worked first as a research Scientist (1991-1992) and later
as a laboratory manager/research scientist in the FT-IR laboratory he built
up at the department (1992-1998). He assumed a professorship in Chemistry at
the Department of Chemistry, University of Agder in 1998.
Professor Christy has accumulated an impressive list of scientific achievements during his career. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and presented more than 90 lectures at conferences, institutions of higher learning and industrial establishments around the world. Professor Christy has authored several book chapters and reports. He co-authored a book entitled "Modern Fourier transform Infrared Spectroscopy" (A. A. Christy, Elsevier-2001). He has also been a co-editor of a second book "NIR spectroscopy in Food Science and Technology" (Wiley, 2006). The breadth and depth of this work is well seen in the fact that Professor Christy has acted as a referee for some 25 different International Journals across a wide spread of disciplines related to chemistry.
Professor Christy's international standing earned him respect in his discipline and this fact is clearly reinforced by his appointment in the "Research Proposal Reviewer" for the National Science Foundation-Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and facilities Program, USA. Furthermore, Professor Christy has been included in the "Marquis who's who in the world" and several other directories from 1991onwards. He has also received several awards such as "Man of the Year 1994", "20th Century Achievement Award (1995)" and several other honours such "Five hundred leaders of influence in the world". Prof. Christy chaired the “First Scandinavian Conference on Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy” in 1994. Since then he has been in the steering committees of several international conferences in Chemistry and material science.
Prof. Christy has also been involved in International education as a Consultant & Co-ordinator for students in Norway, training Science teachers in Uganda on behalf of U.N.; serving in the scientific Committees for evaluating PhD theses from Universities in Pakistan and as an adviser and visiting professor at the University of Petroleum (Beijing) and Thammasat University in Thailand to name a few.
Prof. Sung-Hoon Kim
Silla University, Republic of Korea
Prof. Sung-Hoon Kim is a renowned chemist and
materials engineer who has largely influenced his field and directly aided
in the development of new chemical synthesis methods and novel
nanomaterials. Dr. Kim received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from Seoul
National University in South Korea. Additionally, Dr. Kim went on to earn
another Ph.D. in Advanced Electronics & Optical Science in 2005 from Osaka
University in Japan. From 1988 to 1998, he was a Senior Researcher in the
New Materials Laboratory of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT).
In 1996, he was also an Adjunct Research Associate in the Materials Research
Laboratory of The Pennsylvania State University in the United States. Dr.
Kim’s experience also includes being a Visiting Scientist in the Division of
Advanced Electronics & Optical Science at Osaka University in 2000 and 2001.
Subsequently, he worked as a Researcher/Ronpaku Fellow at Osaka University
from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Kim was also a Visiting Scientist in the Department
of Materials Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University in the
United States from 2001 to 2003. Since 1998, Dr. Kim has been a Full
Professor in the Department of Engineering in Energy & Applied Chemistry at
Silla University in South Korea. He is now the Director of Industry-Academy
joint Small Bussiness Center in Silla University.
Dr. Kim’s career is marked by a multitude of pioneering contributions to the field of chemistry and materials, specifically in the areas of diamond thin films and carbon nanomaterials. Dr. Kim has not only developed novel methodologies to produce diamond thin films and carbon materials, but he has revolutionized their application in electronic products. For instance, he took advantage of the lubrication properties of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films to improve VCR heads. DLC components behave as lubricant components that protect the VCR film. Dr. Kim patented this astounding application of diamond-like films in Korea, Japan, and the U.S. The electronics giant Samsung incorporated his diamond-like film technology to its Samsung VCR Head, which became the commercially successful Samsung Diamond Head VCR.
Title: Controllable synthesis of carbon coil hybrid materials and their shielding effectiveness for the electromagnetic wave radiation
formation of the carbon nanocoils-carbon microcoils (CNC-CMC) hybrid
materials, namely the formation of the numerous carbon nanocoils (CNCs) on
the surface of the carbon microcoils (CMCs), could be achieved using C2H2 as
the source gas and SF6 or CS2 as the additive gas in a thermal chemical
vapor deposition system. During the reaction, SF6 or CS2 was injected into
the reactor in modulated on/off cycles. The CNC–CMC hybrid materials were
not observed without the on/off cycles of SF6 or CS2 flow. When we varied
the number of the on/off cycles, the density of CNCs formed on the surface
of CMCs increased with increasing the on/off cycle number. The cause for the
difference in CNC–CMC formation with cycle number was investigated. Based on
the results, a growth mode of the CNC–CMC hybrid materials was proposed.
Composites of CNC-CMC hybrid materials in polyurethane (CNC-CMC@PU) and CMCs in polyurethane (CMC@PU) were fabricated. The CNC-CMC@PU composites showed the higher shielding effectiveness than those of CMC@PU composites, irrespective of the mixture ratios of carbon nanomaterials in PU. Based on the resulting shielding effectiveness and the electrical conductivity values we conclude that the formation of the CNC-CMC hybrid materials can enhance the shielding effectiveness through the reflection-based mechanism as well as the absorption-based mechanism.
Prof. Takahiro Ohashi
Kokushikan University, Japan
Prof. Takahiro Ohashi is Head of Mechanical
Engineering Department at Kokushikan University. He is one of reprehensive
delegates of Japan Society of Technology of Plasticity from 2016 to now, and
he is the board of trustees of Association of Aluminum Forging Technology in
Japan. He was experienced in directing 3 research teams of Digital
Manufacturing Research Center of National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology (AIST).