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
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).
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