Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Xiang Zhang
University of Cambridge, UK

Royal Society Industry Fellow (University of Cambridge)
Principal and Head of Medical Materials & Devices (Lucideon)
Professor of Nanotechnology (CAS)

Prof. Xiang Zhang, Royal Society Industry Fellow at University of Cambridge, has over 34 years combined academia (17 years) and industrial (17 years) experience in materials science and biosensors science and technology. Prof. Zhang is Principal Consultant and Head of Medical Materials & Devices of Lucideon. Zhang’s industry experience was gained in leading an international healthcare company, where, as Principal Scientist and Principal Technologist, his work covered almost all aspects of min-medical devices (such as biosensors) from R&D and manufacturing support to failure analysis and QC. Zhang also worked as Director of a technology company, in the field of nano-conductive materials and diagnostic medical devices. In the last 3 years he has published three books “Inorganic Biomaterials” (2015), “Inorganic Controlled Release Technology” (2016) and “Science and Principles of Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Medical Polymers” (2017. As a materials scientist, he is passionate on “Science for Industry “and believes fundamental but applied sciences are the keys to solve industrial problems as well as develop good products that are much-needed by the society. Prof. Zhang undertook his PhD and postdoctoral research at Cranfield University where he studied materials physics and nano/micro-mechanics and fracture mechanics of polymeric hybrids (organic and inorganic). After spending a further four years on research for industrial applications, he was awarded an industrial fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 1995, where he carried out research on polymer ductile to brittle transition employing synchrotron X-ray (SAXS, WAXS) to study in situ deformation and fracture at nanometre scales, the results of which lead to completion of ductile to brittle transition theories in view of nano-mechanics and nano-fracture mechanics 1st time in the world.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Jordi Arbiol
ICREA & Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST

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).

Keynote Speaker III

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 IV

Prof. Luc Avérous

University of Strasbourg, France

Pr. Luc Avérous is a Group (BioTeam) Leader, Head of Polymer Research Department at ICPEES (UMR CNRS 7515) - University of Strasbourg (France), Head of Joint Research Lab (Mutaxio) and former Lab Director.
He started as Polymer Engineer (EAHP-Strasbourg). Then in 1995, he obtained his PhD in Polymer Sci. & Eng. (Ecole des Mines de Paris). After two post-doctoral positions (Ecole Polytech. de Montreal-Canada,), he became A/Prof. at the Packaging Eng. School (Reims) in 1997. Finally in 2003, he became a Full Professor at ECPM (Strasbourg), where he teaches biopolymers science, biomaterials, composites, polymers characterization & processing.
During the last two decades, his major research projects have dealt with biobased and/or biodegradable polymers for environmental & biomedical applications. As a leading international expert in these fields, he has developed strong collaborations with several foreign labs (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain,) and major companies (Total, Soprema, Tereos, PSA,). He serves as a member of research advisory boards for different companies. In France or overseas, he is regularly invited to co-organize Conferences, to chair Symposia, and to give plenary or keynote lectures. He has co-edited 4 books (2 Wiley, Elsevier & Springer). He is a member of several Editorial Boards, and Guest Editor for scientific journals. He is a referee for many scientific journals, books and international projects.
He has published hundreds of scientific communications with around 8000 citations & H-Index≈40 (Scopus data).
Main Topics:
- Biopolymers: polysaccharides & bacterial polymers
- Renewable and biodegradable (co-)polyesters
- Biobased and durable macromolecular architectures with building blocks from different biomass (lignins, tannins, fatty acids, sugars,)
- Multiphase bio-systems (Nano & composites, blends,)
- Enzymatic catalysis / White Biotech
- Biomaterials for biomedical (Tissue Eng.: Electrospin. & 3DPrinting, Biosensor, Control. release,)