Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I

 

 

Prof. Wei Gao

University of Auckland, New Zealand

 

Brief Biography: Dr Wei Gao, ONZM is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Auckland, Fellow of the Royal Society NZ and Fellow of Engineering NZ. Received his DPhil from Oxford University UK, he worked at MIT for 4+ years as a Research Fellow and Lab Director. His active research covers Nanomaterials, Thin films and coatings, Electronic materials, Corrosion and oxidation, Light alloys, and Photocatalysis. He has >500 SCI journal papers, and received prestigious awards including “Scott Medal”, “James Cook Award”, “Shorland Medal”, “Distinguished Materials Scientist of China” and “Officer of New Zealand Merit”.


 

Keynote Speaker II

 

 

Prof. Pankaj Vadgama

Queen Mary University of London, UK

Director of IRC in Biomedical Materials

 

Brief Biography: Professor P Vadgama is currently Director of the IRC in Biomedical Materials, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, and was recently Head of Service in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Barts Health NHS Trust. Prior to this he was Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Manchester and Professor of Medical Biomaterials, Manchester Materials Science Centre.

 

Research Overview: Professor Vadgama's research interests include the development of biocompatible biosensors for reliable metabolite monitoring in critically ill patients. Specific systems include sensors for glucose and lactate. He is also investigating the interaction of cells and proteins at materials surface and is presently studying the use of spider silk as a tissue engineering scaffold. Underpinning techniques and technologies include: polymeric membranes, electrochemistry, impedance spectroscopy, in vivo metabolite sensors, bioprocess monitioring contact angle measurement and piezoelectric sensing.

 

Expertise: Biosensors, interfaces, polymers, membranes

 

 

 

Keynote Speaker III

 

 

Prof. Maria Tomoaia-Cotisel
Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

Brief Biography: University professor Maria Tomoaia-Cotisel completed PhD at Babes-Bolyai University (BBU, 1979) of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and postdoctoral studies from London University, King’s College (1981, 1986, 1989), UK. She was the visiting scientist at Philipps University of Marburg, (1989/1990), Germany, State University of New York at Buffalo (1990/1991), US, National Institutes of Health, (1991-1993) and Molecular/Structural Biotech., Inc., (1994-1997), Bethesda, MD, USA. She is the founder and director of Research Center in Physical Chemistry (2007- ) at BBU. She published over 250 original research papers, 5 patents, and 10 books in physical chemistry, including thermodynamics, chemical structure, biophysics, bionanomaterials, colloids and interfaces. She got awards, e.g., Gheorghe Spacu Award (1983, from the Academy of Sciences in Romania), Alexander von Humboldt Award (1986, Germany), Japan Society for Promotion of Science and Technology Award (1986, Japan) and Fogarty Award (1991, USA) for science and technology. Research Interests: Nanomaterials, advanced nanotechnology for biomedical applications, nanostructured advanced biomaterials, multi-substituted hydroxyapatite based bioceramics for osteoporotic bone remodeling and regeneration, nanomaterials for tissue engineering, nanomicrobials, biocomposites, biomimetic self-assembled scaffolds, porous bioresorbable scaffolds, regenerative medicine, cancer cellular therapy, nanoparticles of gold and silver for cancer therapy, nanoscale materials for drug delivery, Biomolecular immobilization and surface modification strategies.

 

 

Keynote Speaker IV

 

 

Prof. Jordi Arbiol

ICREA & Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST

 

Brief Biography: Prof. Jordi Arbiol graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, where he also obtained his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials. He was Assistant Professor at UB. From 2009 to 2015 he was Group Leader at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC. He is President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME), was the Vice-President from 2013 to 2017. Since 2015 he is the leader of the Group of Advanced Electron Nanoscopy at Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). He has been awarded with the EU40 Materials Prize 2014 (E-MRS), the 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award, listed in the Top 40 under 40 Power List (2014) by The Analytical Scientist and the PhD Extraordinary Award in 2001 (UB).