Speaker I

Prof. Chengzhong Yu
The University of Queensland, Australia

Senior Group Leader, Deputy Director Graduate Studies

Dr Chengzhong Yu received his bachelor and Master’s degrees (1990, 1993) from East China Normal University, and his PhD from Fudan University in 2002. He was a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Fudan University till 2010. Currently he is a professor and group leader at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the University of Queensland, Australia.

Prof. Yu is a chemist and materials scientist in functional nanostructured composites and their applications. Since 2000, he has published over 260 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been cited over 16,900 times and resulted in an H-index of 64. He has developed broad industrial collaborations to extend the applications of functional materials in a real world. He has received several awards including the Le Févre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science, the ARC Future Fellowship, and the Second prize of the National Science Award of China (3/5).

Speaker II

Prof. Gong Hao

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Hao GONG is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at National University of Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the transmission electron microscopy laboratory at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include transparent oxide conductors and semiconductors (n-type and p-type), energy storage materials and devices (mainly supercapacitors), energy harvest materials and devices (mainly solar cells), gas sensors, functional thin film and nano-materials, materials characterization (mainly on transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction).

Dr. Gong received his B.S. degree in Physics at Yunnan University in 1982. He passed his M.S. courses in Yunnan University, carried out his M.S. thesis research work at Glasgow University, UK, and received M.S. degree of Electron and Ion Physics at Yunnan University in 1987. He then did his PhD at Materials Laboratory at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and obtained PhD degree there in 1992. He joined National University of Singapore in 1992, and is currently full professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has published about 200 refereed papers in major international journals and a few US patents. He has delivered several invited talks at international conferences. He has been chairman or committee member of several international conferences, and editor of special issues of some journal.

Prof. Gong Hao's research areas are in electronic, functional, and sustainable energy materials thin films, nanostructures, heterostructures and devices. Considerable efforts have been made in the design, fabrication and study of electronics and functional thin films and structures. PVD, CVD and chemical solution techniques are used for thin film deposition and nanostructure fabrication. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction and several other material characterisation methods are also of interest to his research group. Of particular interest and concentration are supercapactors, solar cells and transparent and functional semiconducting and conducting oxide (TSO and TCO) and compound semiconductor thin films; nanostructures and devices, owing to their unique and special applications; supercapacitors; solar cells; functional devices. One of the most challenging and difficult parts of the TSOs work is the fabrication of highly conductive p-type TSOs and compound semiconductors, whose success can lead to new generation devices and applications. The p-type TSOs we have fabricated successfully include Cu-Al-O (a USA patent has been issued), ZnO (a USA patent has been filed), and Cu2O. The n-type TSOs and TCOs we have successfully fabricated include nanostructured or/and amorphous ZnO, SnO2, IZO (indium zinc oxide), and ITO (indium tin oxide) thin films. Transparent p-n junction diodes have also been succeeded. Other functional II-VI and III-V semiconductor thin films for photovoltaic applications are also our interest. High energy density supercapacitors have been succeeded. In addition, gas sensors based on semiconducting oxide films have been studied. Furthermore, They have studied various layers of films in solar cells and integrated circuits through collaboration with solar cell and semiconductor wafer fabrication industries.

Speaker III

Prof. Jiaqiang Xu
Shanghai University, China

Vice Dean of Department of Chemistry at Shanghai University.

Jiaqiang Xuis currently a Professor and Vice Dean of Department of Chemistry at Shanghai University. He is internationally recognized as an expert in gas sensor and nanostructuredmaterials. His accomplishments include over 200 peer-reviewed journalpublications with 5700 cited times and 42 H-Index; 6 provincial science andtechnology achievement awards and tens of patents.

Currently, he is a director of SpecialCommittee on Gas and Humidity Sensor Technologies within China Electronics Society, An academic leader of nanostructured materials and devices fieldbelong to Nanomaterials Chemistry Key Discipline of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. He also is a member of Council of Sensors and ActuatorsTechnical Committee, China Instrument and Control Society, and China sensors alliance.

Prof.Jiaqiang Xu’ group focuses on the design and synthesis of novel nanomaterialsfor a broad range of applications, including chemical sensing, biomedicalanalysis, catalysis, fuel cell and lithium battery technology. Their currentefforts on nanomaterials include the controllable synthesis of semiconductingnanomaterials, bimetallic nanocrystals, mesoporous silica, and organic/inorganichybrid materials. For the semiconductor nanomaterials research work, they aredeveloping different semiconductor nanomaterials with different morphology andstructure, and exploring the use of these nanomaterials as gas sensingmaterials for environmental and industrial monitoring, personal safety orpublic security. They have synthesized and assembled hierarchical semiconductornanomaterials from integrating low dimensional building blocks for gas sensingwith improved stability and sensitivity. They introduced monodispersed metalnanocrystal on the surface of semiconductor nanowires to construct diversefunctional nano-architectures for fabricating chemical sensors with tunableperformances.

They also synthesized different silica-based mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrid materials to construct QCM gassensors, and used for the detection of hazardous substances, including nerveagent simulant, organic vapor, and heavy metal ion. Other research interests inhis group are taken to the synthesis of functionalized bimetallic nanomaterialsand graphene to exploit their applications in chemical sensing, catalysis andenergy storage and conversion.

Speaker IV

Prof. Yonghui Deng
Fudan University, China

Prof. Yonghui Deng received his B.S. in chemistry from Nanchang University (2000) and Ph.D in polymer chemistry and physics from Fudan University (2005). He worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Dongyuan Zhao (2005–2007), and was promoted as associate professor (2007) and full professor (2011) in Department of Chemistry at Fudan University. He worked in University of California at Berkeley (2009–2010) as visiting scholar. He has coauthored over 120 papers in refereed journals with total citation over 8000 times and h-index of 46. He received the second prize of Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education (the first awardee), the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars by NSFC, the National “Youth Top-notch Talent Support Program, and Youth Cheung Kong Professor” by Ministry of Education. He is currently the acting associate editor of Chinese Chemical Letters (SCI indexed) and the assessor of Australian Research Council (ARC). His research interests include functional porous materials, core–shell nanomaterials, and their applications in catalysis, chemical sensor, biomedicine, etc.

Speaker V

Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelfattah Elzatahry
Dean of Graduate Studies, Qatar University, Qatar

Dr. Elzatahry’s research interests include design of advanced materials and mesoporous materials and its applications in Biomedical, renewable energy, water treatment and environmental applications. He was the leader of Nanosurfaces Control and Design group at Dept. of Chemistry, King Saud University (2011-2014). Dr. Elzatahry has established strategic partnerships with many international scientific groups. Areas of collaboration include research, students exchange, joint publications and research projects with participants from several institutions. Dr. Elzatahry has published and coauthored more than 140 peer reviewed papers, reviews, and communications, including high impact ISI journals in Science Adv, J. Am. Chem. Soc ., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS NANO, Adv. Eng. Mater., Nano. Lett., Nano Today, Chem. Mat., J. mat. Chem., Sci. Adv. Mat., and Int. J. Nanomedicine. He also supervised over 15 postgraduate research students successfully for PhD (4), and MSc (11). In addition, Dr. Elzatahry has extensive experience in postgraduate (MSc and PhD) teaching and research. These include postgraduate management, supervision, training, courses development, training, tutoring, accreditation and examination. Currently, he is the dean of graduate studies at Qatar University.

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