Keynote Speakers



A. Electronic and Optical Materials

Jin Young Kim, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Prof. Jin Young Kim received his B.S. (1998), Ph.D. in Physics from Pusan National University (2005). He is a Professor in the Department of Energy Engineering, Ulsan National University of Science and Technology (2008.07–present). He served as an Assistant Research Professor in the Heeger Center for Advanced Materials, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) (2007.07–2008) and he was a Post Doc. Researcher in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids, UC Santa Barbara (Prof. A. J. Heeger) (2005.04–2007.07). His research interests include polymer solar cells, perovskite solar cells and LEDs, and hybrid optoelectronic devices. He has authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers.


Amit Lal,  Cornell University

Prof. Amit Lal is Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor of Engineering at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Cornell University and director of SonicMEMS laboratory. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in the area of ultrasonic MEMS. After working at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he is now a professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds >30 patents and has published >190 research papers in the area of microsystem engineering. He has served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and the Whitaker Foundation Award. With his students he has won several best paper awards at the IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Symposium, and IEEE NEMS conferences. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Service Award, and a Best Program Manager Award for his work at DARPA.

Hoe Tan,  Australian National University

Prof. Tan received his B.E. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1992 and PhD in Materials Engineering from the Australian National University in 1997. He has been the past recipient of the Australian Research Council Postdoctoral, QEII and Future Fellowships. He has published/co-published over 420 journal papers and 6 book chapters with a total of over 12000 citations (Google Scholar). He is also a co-inventor in 4 US patents related to laser diodes and infrared photodetectors. His research interests include epitaxial growth of low-dimensional compound semiconductors, nanostructured optoelectronic devices, ion-implantation processing of compound semiconductors for optoelectronic device applications and solar water splitting with compound semiconductors. Prof. Tan is a Fellow of IEEE and was the Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2016 & 2017) and IEEE Photonics Society (2016-2017). He also holds an Overseas Distinguished Professorship appointment at Hefei University of Technology in China.

Qing Hua Wang,  Arizona State University

Prof. Qing Hua Wang is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. She obtained her BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University prior to conducting postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of 2D materials, in particular studying the interactions of these materials with molecules and materials for applications in electronics and energy. Her research interests also include scanning probe microscopy, optical spectroscopy, self-assembly and nanofabrication. Her work has resulted in publications in Nature Chemistry, Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Guangyu Zhang,  Chinese Academy of Sciences

Guangyu Zhang, Professor of Physics, is now the director of Nanoscale Physics and Devices Lab. in Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and deputy director of Songshan Lake Materials Lab. in Guangdong. He his education & working experience include: 1995-1999 Shandong University, BS; 1999-2004 Institute of Physics CAS, PhD; 2004-2008 Stanford University, Postdoc.; 2008-present Institute of Physics CAS, Associate Prof., Prof. His current research interests are low dimensional (especially 2D) materials with focusing on their novel electronic and mechanical properties and related device applications. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal papers. He also serves as editors for NPJ 2D materials and Nano Research.

 Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester


Lu Yalin,  University of Science and Technology of China 

 Lu Yalin, born in 1964, received his Ph.D from Nanjing University in 1991, and is now a full professor in the University of Science and technology of China (USTC). Before joining USTC, he was a professor in AFA, Tufts University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Lu was the recipient of China National Award for Natural Science (first class) in 2006. He currently serves as the Director of National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory of China and Deputy Director of the Hefei Science Center of CAS. His research focuses on quantum functional materials, nanophotonics, new energy materials and THz technologies. He is highly noted for the past inventions on transparent electro-optical PMN-PT ceramics, quasi-phase matched PPLN crystal, nonlinear microwave scanning tip microscope, quantum functional complex oxides, and terahertz compact FEL. Dr. Lu has ~ 320 publications, ~ 80 US and Chinese patents and applications, and 5 books/chapters.


Prof.  Shujun Zhang, University of Wollongong

 Shujun Zhang is Professor at ISEM, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong, Australia. Prior to which, he was a professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Scientist at Materials Research Institute of The Pennsylvania State University. He holds 8 US patents and has published over 500 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals (, he delivered more than 200 presentations. He is associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric and Frequency Control; associate editor for Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Science Bulletin and Journal of Electronic Materials; section Editor-in-Chief of Crystals. He is fellow of the American Ceramic Society and senior member of IEEE. He was the elected AdCom member of IEEE- UFFC society 2016-2018. His current interests are focused on the fabrication-microstructure-property-performance relationship of the dielectric and piezoelectric materials and their potential applications.

Matthias Wuttig, University of Aachen

Junichiro Shiomi, University of Tokyo

Junichiro Shiomi is Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (UTokyo). He received B.E. (1999) from Tohoku University, and Ph. D. (2004) from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. Leading the Thermal Energy Engineering Lab, he has been pursuing research to advance thermal management, waste heat recovery, and energy harvesting technologies based on nano-to-macro innovation in materials, structures, and systems. He is a Fellow of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of Science Council of Japan. He serves as associate editors of Applied Physics Express, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, and Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a recipient of the Zeldovich Medal from the Committee on Space Research, the Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Educational, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Academic award of Heat Transfer Society of Japan. (

SuDong Park, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute


• Chairperson of KTS (Korea Thermoelectric Society) and ICT/ACT2019 OC, 2017 to Present
• Board Member of ITS, 2017 to Present
• President of AAT, 2019 to Present
• Team Leader, Thermoelectric Technology Research Group, Korea Electrotechology Institute, Korea, 2014 to Present
• Director, Creative Electrotechnology Research Center, Korea Electrotechology Institute, Korea, 2011 to 2014
• Director, Thermal to Electric Energy Conversion Research Group, Korea Electrotechology Institute, Korea, 2009 to 2011
• Executive Manager, Sub-Committee of Thermoelectric, Korea Institute of Metal & Materials, 2011 to Present
• Member of ICT2007 Organizing Committee, Korea Electrotechology Institute, Korea, 2007

• Minister’s Prize, Veteran Honorees of Renewable Energy Industrial Development, Ministry of Knowledge Economic, 2011


Sabah Bux, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology

Sabah K. Bux received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2005 and received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from UCLA in 2010. Currently she is a technical group supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working in the thermal energy conversion technologies group (3464) where she is the lead researcher and task manager in the development of high performance advanced thermoelectric materials for space applications. Her main research focus is the investigation of novel high temperature materials and synthesis of them using novel synthetic techniques/processes. She holds several patents and publications on the synthesis and characterization of materials such as nanostructured Si1-xGex alloys, Mg2Si, and silicon-based composites, III-V semiconductors, metal-matrix composites and complex Zintl phases. She won the 2015 International Thermoelectrics Society Young Investigator award and is the 2017 recipient of the JPL Lew Allen early career award for excellence in research and technology.

Kedar Hippalgaonkar, IMRE A-Star, NTU Singapore

 Kedar Hippalgaonkar is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) in Singapore. He was also affiliated as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2014, working on nanoscale thermal transport.

He is interested in interactions between electrons, phonons and photons in nanoscale materials and how these can be manipulated to design and create novel functional devices, specifically for renewable energy technologies such as thermoelectrics, PV and thermo-photovoltaics. His approach is multi-disciplinary, focusing on accelerating novel material development by using a confluence of High Performance Computing, High-Throughput Experiments and Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

B. Energy and Environment Materials

Prof. Masakazu Sugiyama, The University of Tokyo

Masakazu Sugiyama is a Professor at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo. He received the B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Systems Engineering, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively. In 2000, he became a Research Associate at the Department of Chemical System Engineering, the University of Tokyo. In 2002, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering as a Lecturer. He became an Associate Professor in 2005. In 2016, he was promoted to a full professor and then moved to RCAST in 2017, managing a field “energy systems.”

His major research topics are high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) devices using the nano-epitaxial structures of III-V compound semiconductors and the application to solar-to-chemical energy storage and transport. He is specialized in the epitaxial crystal growth by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE), with special attention to in situ monitoring technology, chara

cterization on the behavior of carriers and photon management in PV devices. His activity is extended to high-efficiency hydrogen production using PV devices and water electrolysis. He authored and coauthored 270 refereed journal publications and 475 international conference papers. He is participating in the research and development of program of low-cost and high-efficiency III-V solar cells sponsored by NEDO.

Prof. Jun Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Liu possesses a strong background in materials synthesis, colloidal and surface science, and high-resolution electron microscopy. He joined PNNL in 1992, became a Laboratory Fellow in 2000, and over time initiated and led a broad range of basic and applied research programs in materials science.

In 2001, he left PNNL for a position with Lucent Bell Laboratories, and later Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as manager of the Chemical Synthesis and Nanomaterials Department, and as a thrust leader in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. Dr. Liu returned to PNNL in 2005 to head the synthesis task within the catalysis initiative, and also led the Transformational Materials Science Initiative, as well as energy storage research. In addition, he served as the Director of the Energy Processes and Materials Division, and currently serves as the Cross-Science Lead on the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub in which PNNL is a partner.

Dr. Liu has more than 400 peer reviewed publications, has received more than 55 U.S. patents. He was named a Distinguished Inventor of Battelle in 2007 and was selected as PNNL’s 2012 Inventor of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Hunan University, a master’s degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering, also from the University of Washington.

Prof. Dmitri Golberg, Queensland University of Technology

Dmitri Golberg is a Professor of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and an Australian Laureate Fellow. He joined QUT in 2017 after twenty years of his career development in Japan, where he held the positions of Group Leader and Principal Investigator of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and a Professor of Tsukuba University. He was a recipient of Tsukuba Prize (2005), Thomson Reuters Research Front Award (2012), Seto Prize by Japan Microscopy Society (2016), and NIMS President Award (2017). Dmitri published over 650 papers which yielded more than 44,000 citations (H-120) and was nominated as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters during the last consecutive years. He also registered more than 100 Japanese and International patents, authored numerous book chapters, and delivered over 100 Invited, Keynote and Plenary lectures at the numerous International Forums. Dmitri is currently placed within top 250 most-cited world materials scientists on the Web of Science.

 Prof. J.R. Morante, IREC

Professor J.R. Morante is, since 1985, full professor of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona. Since 2009 he has been the director of the advanced materials for energy area of the Energy Research Institute of Catalonia, IREC, and since the end of 2015 he has been appointed as director of this institute. Previously he has been Vice Dean and dean of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona, director of the Department of Electronics of this university, head of studies in Electronic Engineering and co-coordinator of the interuniversity master between the University of Barcelona and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia of the master on Engineering in Energy.

His activities have been centered in electronic materials and electronic devices; the assessment of their related technologies and production processes, specially emphasizing electronic materials and device technology transfer. He was involved on sensors, actuators and Microsystems, especially on chemical sensors paying attention to the catalytic process at the interface solid-gas.

Currently, he is also now focused in the mechanisms of energy transfer in solid interfaces involving electrons, photons and phonons as well as chemicals. Likewise, he is specialized in the development of renewable energy devices and systems for applications in the field of energy and environment based on nano structures and their functionalization. His special attention is focused on advanced materials and structures for artificial photosynthesis including the production of hydrogen and fuels at solar refineries.

He has co-authored more than 600 publications, without proceedings and books, with more than 26.000 citations (h=86) according GS data base. He has 24 patents, has been advisor of 50 doctoral theses, has participated / coordinated numerous projects in different international and industrial programs (> 55). He has organized various international technological scientific conferences in the field of sensors / microsystems and “nano-energy” and has been distinguished with the medal Narcís Monturiol of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has also served as vice president of the European Materials Society and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.

C. Bio-Materials

Prof Yufeng Zheng, Peking University

Prof Ritsugun Gen, Kumamoto University

Prof Yuelian Liu, ACTA, VU University and University

Dr Shirley Shen, CSIRO

Dr Vijay Rajagopal, University of Melbourne

Prof Hui Yang, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Dr Damon Kent, University of the Sunshine Coast

A/Prof Tony White, QIMRB, metal drugs & neurodegeneration

Prof Peter Kingshott, Swinburne University of Technology

D. Advanced Functional Materials

Pooi See Lee, Nanyang Technological University

Emily Hilder, University of South Australia

Prof. Chao-Nan Xu, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Chao-Nan Xu is a principal research manager and leader of the research team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, where she was the founding chair of the Mechanoluminescence Technology Consortium. She has been a concurrent professor at Kyushu University, Japan, since 2005, and also serves as the Director of the Electronic Division of The Ceramic Society of Japan (CerSJ). She holds more than 150 patents and published more than 400 papers. Her awards include the CerSJ Fellow Award and Distinguished Researcher (Gold metal) of the MEXT Minister Prize. She pioneered the new repeatable mechanoluminescent materials and their novel applications particularly in lighting, health care, and stress/strain visualization. Her recent research interests include advanced functional materials and their applications.


Prof. Hitoshi TABATA, The University of Tokyo

Prof. Rodrigo Martins, New University of Lisbon

E. Advanced Structured Materials

Prof Sybrand van der Zwaag, Technical University Delft

 Novel Aerospace Materials group, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands

Sybrand van der Zwaag is a distinguished professor at the Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands, where he leads the group Novel Aerospace Materials in the faculty of Aerospace Engineering. He holds an MSc in metallurgy (specialisation radiation damage in metals), obtained his PhD at Cambridge University (UK) for research on supersonic impact phenomena in glasses and IR-transparent ceramics and has been a postdoc in the field of amorphous metals. From 1882-1992 he worked at Akzo NV on the development of aramid fibres.  In 1992 he returned to Delft University to take up the chair Microstructural Control in Metals at the Materials Science department.  In 2003 he accepted his current chair at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering. His research involves the creation of new materials, polymers, metals, functional ceramics and in particular self healing materials.  He has published over 550 journal papers and supervised 55 PhD students.  He did receive an honorary doctorate from Mons University (Belgium) in 2016 and has received several academic awards from Germany, USA, France and UK. In 2018 he was awarded the Chinese 1000 talent Foreign Scholar award and a part-time professorship at Tsinghua University Beijing.

Professor Tim Sercombe, University of Western Australia

F. Computational Materials

Krishna Rajan, University of Buffalo

Krishna Rajan (University of Buffalo, Sponsored by IOP)

Professor Rajan is the leading proponent of the field of Materials Informatics. His research is centered on the application of information science and data intensive methodologies for the discovery, characterization and modeling of materials. Along with computational studies, he is a leader in the field of advancing quantitative methods for the interpretation of nanoscale chemical imaging techniques such as, atom probe tomography.  Among other accolades he is the winner of the 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, and gave the 2014 Presidential Lecture at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan.


Paul Kent Oak, Ridge National Laboratory

Dr Kent directs the Center for Predictive Simulation of Functional Materials, and also leads development of the QMCPACK application for exascale computing as part of the Exascale Computing Project. His research specialises in the application and development of first principles methods for predicting and explaining the properties of materials using computer simulation.  Among other accolades he is the winner of the 2008 IEEE Gordon Bell prize, and the 2017 APS Fellowship.


G. Advanced Fabrication, Characterisation and Devices

Prof Karena Chapman, Stony Brook

Karena Chapman is Joseph Lauher and Frank W. Fowler Endowed Chair in Materials Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Before moving the Stony Brook University, she was a chemist at Argonne National Laboratory, building the dedicated Pair Distribution Function instrument at the Advanced Photon Source.

Her research focuses on understanding the coupling of structure and reactivity in energy-relevant materials using advanced synchrotron-based characterization tools. She is currently engaged in projects on battery electrodes and electrolytes,  nanoporous framework materials for catalysis and new materials synthesis.  Her work has been recognized as one of ACS’ Talented 12 in 2016 and was awarded the 2015 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award. She is main editor of the Journal of Applied Crystallography and Associate Director of the GENESIS  DOE EFRC on next generation materials synthesis


Prof. Luise Theil Kuhn, DTU

Luise Theil Kuhn holds a PhD degree in solid state physics from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. She has since 2008 been Head of Section for Imaging and Structural Analysis, Department for Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark. She has since 2015 been Head of Studies for BSc in General Engineering. Luise Theil Kuhn’s scientific profile is fundamental understanding of the properties of interfaces and micro-/nanostructures in granular/porous functional materials for energy applications and how these are linked to performance, degradation and lifetime. Luise Theil Kuhn is an expert in 2D and 3D ex-situ and in-situ advanced imaging methods by neutron scattering and electron microscopy. Recent successes include in-situ neutron Bragg-edge imaging at high temperatures in reactive gases, and magnetic field and current imaging by polarized neutrons. Further, in-situ high-T transmission electron microscopy of an electrochemical cell in reactive gas and under current flow.