Keynote Speaker I


Prof. Carlo Montemagno

University of Alberta, Canada

Carlo Montemagno, PhD, is the former and founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. Immediately prior, he was the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute as well as the Roy & Carol Doumani Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UCLA. Previous to Montemagno’s tenure with UCLA, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.

Montemagno earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell (1980) and M.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University (1990). After completing his undergraduate studies in 1980, he joined the United States Navy and served for ten years in several senior management positions as a Civil Engineering Corps Officer. He then joined Argonne National Laboratory where he led laboratory and field investigations developing bioremediation technology for the treatment of hazardous waste. In 1995 Montemagno earned his PhD in Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences from Notre Dame University. Upon obtaining his PhD in Civil Engineering, he began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering where he was one of the pioneers in the field of Nanobiotechnology.

Montemagno has amassed a distinguished scholarly record resulting in a number of patents as well as appointments to numerous editorial boards and governmental committees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nanomedicine, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advance Concepts. He is a recipient of the Feynman Prize for Experimental Work in Nanotechnology.
Montemagno’s current research and near term investigations focus on the development of experimental techniques to integrate metabolic functionality into materials through the engineering of biomolecular systems. Recent efforts addressed the creation of advanced systems for water purification and treatment, and the development of materials for the synthesis of high-value chemicals through the harvesting of solar energy.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Kwang Leong Choy

University College London, UK

Prof Kwang Leong Choy was a Violette and Samuel Glasstone Research Fellow at Oxford where she has developed flame assisted vapour deposition (a variant of CVD) of films, before joining Imperial College in 1994 as a Governor's Lecturer. In 2001, she was promoted to Reader for her pioneering research on the innovative non-vacuum Electrostatic Spray Assisted Vapour Deposition (ESAVD) method at Imperial College London. She has been the recipient of the Grunfeld Medal and Prize from Institute of Materials (UK) for the recognition of her contribution to innovative coating materials/processes and later she has founded a spin-out company known as IMPT Ltd to exploit the ESAVD technology. ESAVD is capable of addressing the increasing industrial demand in cost-effective and environmentally friendly manufacturing of high performance ceramic films with fine structural and composition control at the nanoscale level for high value added engineering applications. ESAVD has been exploited and being scaled-up by industry for the manufacture of functional films for capacitors, selective gas separation, reforming catalyst and thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine blades, biocompatible thin films, and transparent conducting oxide films for display and solar cell applications. She has been invited to publish her work on ESAVD and edited a book on “Innovative Processing of Films and Nanocrystalline Powders” by Imperial College Press (2002).

She came to Nottingham in October 2002 to take up a Professorship in Materials. She was the research director of University Innovation Centre in Aero Engine with AVIC. While at Nottingham, her team has invented a novel Aerosol-Assisted Ion Deposition (AAID) process and developed super thin polymeric films and nanocomposite coatings with unique physical and chemical properties. The method is being exploited to put sub-micron/micron thick high performance polymeric coatings on steels to create high value added products, as well as developing solid lubricant coatings and high performance nanocomposite coatings for tribological applications, ceramic coatings and next generation multifunctional films for deicing, antifogging and anti-lightning applications in aerospace. She is working closely with numerous leading research institutions and industrial companies to exploit the sustainable and cost-effective ESAVD and AAID technologies, as well as novel coating materials for engineering applications. Over the past four years, Professor Choy’s work has led to her participation in numerous multimillion pounds interdisciplinary research programmes. These include EU, EPSRC and government flagship grants, as well as research contracts and collaboration to develop new engineering products with particular characteristics with industrial companies such as Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Control, EADS, Oxford Instruments, QinetiQ, DSTL, BG/Advantica and IMPT. She has been the international expert reviewer for Ontario Research Fund, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Greek Ministry of Education/European Commission. She has been awarded Guest Professorships at the University of Uppsala (2001/03), Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE, 2010/2012), and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientist (2011/2013).


Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Detlef W. Bahnemann

Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany


March 1988 – Apr. 2002  Department Head of the Photochemistry and Thin Film Technology Department at the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hannover/Germany. In charge of the Photocatalysis Research Group.
since May 2002  Head of Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology Research Unit at the Institute of Technical Chemistry, Leibniz University of Hannover. Supervisor of Ph.D. and master theses.
since April 2002  Honorary Professor at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen/Scotland (United Kingdom).
April 2012  Habilitation in the field of Technical Chemistry at the Leibniz University of Hannover.
since January 2014  Director of Megagrant Laboratory "Photoactive Nanocomposite Materials" at St. Petersburg State University (Russia).
since July 2014  Supernumerary Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Leibniz University of Hannover.

Author of more than 270 publications in refereed journals and in books and more than 100 other publications with a current Hirsch-Factor (h-Index) of 59 (papers have been cited more than 23,000 times altogether) according to Web-of-Science. According to Google Scholar Citations the current Hirsch-Factor (h-Index) is 66 and the papers have been cited more than 30,000 times altogether. Presented more than 400 lectures at scientific meetings, in various universities, research institutes and at industrial research and development centres (approx. 50% invited keynote and plenary lectures). Editor of 3 Scientific Books.

2002  Honorary Professorship at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen/Scotland (United Kingdom).
2011  Erudite Professorship, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (India).
2012  DeTao Master of Photocatalysis, Nanomaterials and Energy Applications (China).
2013  Guest Professorship at the Tianjin University in Tianjin (China).
2014  Honorary Professorship at Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (China).
2015  Visiting Professor under Academic Icon Programme to the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Amongst various other activities, Dr. Bahnemann has been elected and is currently active as:
Chairman of the German DIN-Standardisation-Committee Photocatalysis (NMP 293)
Member of the European CEN-Standardisation-Committee Photocatalysis (CEN/TC 389)
Member of the International ISO-Standardisation-Committee Photocatalysis (ISO/TC 206)
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Jour¬nal of Photoenergy
Member of the International Scientific Committees of the some important Conference Series


Invited Speaker I

Prof. Xuanhua Li

Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China

Xuanhua Li received his B.S. degree from Wuhan University of Technology in 2007, and M.S. degree from USTC in 2010. After that, He started his doctoral studies under the direction of Dr. Wallace Choy and received a Ph.D. degree at HKU in 2014. After a short research in the Institute of Intelligent Machines, CAS, he began his career at the Center of Nano Energy Materials, Northwestern Polytechnical University as a professor. His research is focused on synthesis of 2D nanomaterials and novel metal NPs. He is also interested in plasmon-enhanced solar cells, photocatalytic reaction, and optical sensors. He has published more than 30 papers in reputed journals such as Chem. Soc. Rev., Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., etc , and has been serving as an editorial board member in two SCI journals

Speech title: MoS2 based hybrid nanostructures for high performance photocatalytic water splitting

Abstract- Recently, MoS2 nanostructures have attracted a lot of attentions due to their excellent electronic and catalytic properties. However, the narrow light response range and the recombination of photo-generated carriers are prevailing problem of the photocatalyst, resulting in low photocatalytic efficiency. To address these issues of the low light absorption and poor stability of MoS2 photocatalysts, we design two plasmonic photocalysts with core–shell structures. Firstly, we strategically design a high performance photocatalyst Au@MoS2 core-shell hybrid structures through hydrothermal method. And we simultaneously integrate the metal NPs and semiconductors with MoS2 nanomaterials to form Au@MoS2-ZnO hybrid photocatalysts via a hydrothermal method and a seedgrowth method for photocatalytic hydrogen production. This photocatalyst maintains great stability. Furthermore, the uniform and monodispersed Au multimer@MoS2 core-shell structures have been prepared for the first time, which show a strong performance enhancement for the hydrogen gas evolution. As a result, a 240.2% increment in hydrogen gas production amount (2997.2 μmol/g) is achieved as compared to that of the pure MoS2 spheres (881.6 μmol/g). The hydrogen gas production amount of Au multimer@MoS2 spheres is among the highest values reported in the plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production.


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