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    The keynote information for the 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications (ICNFA'12) is as follows:




Dr. Sivaram Arepalli

    Dr. Sivaram Arepalli is with the department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, Korea. He was the Chief Scientist of the Applied Nanotechnology Program at NASA-Johnson Space Center before moving to Korea. He received Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1979. He finished postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to joining Lockheed Martin at Houston in 1987. In 1997, he initiated the carbon nanotube project at NASA by starting nanotube production using a double pulse laser oven process. He was responsible for improving understanding of the nanotube growth mechanisms. He helped ISO to establish standards for nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and Senior Member of APS. He received the "Nanocarbon 2008 Award" from the Carbon Society of Japan in 2008. He conducted several Nanotechnology and Nanomaterial based workshops and conferences. In 2009, he organized the first International Green Energy Nanocarbon Conference. He currently serves as an associate editor for the "Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" and as editor-in-chief for the "Journal of Nano Energy and Power Research". His current interests include synthesis and processing of nanomaterials for energy applications such as fuel cells, solar cells, batteries and supercapacitors. His group also works on nanocomposites for aerospace structures, environmental sensors and bioimplants.

Topic of Keynote: Energy Storage Using Carbon Nanostructures


Dr. Mathieu Brochu

    Prof. Brochu graduated in 1999 from Laval University with a Bachelor in Metallurgical Engineering and received his Ph.D. (Hons) in 2003 from McGill University. He then worked at the National Research Council of Canada – Aerospace Manufacturing and Technology Center on electron beam welding and freeforming of aerospace materials. He then accepted a post-doctoral position at the Advanced Materials Laboratory - Sandia National Laboratories. Late 2004, Dr. Brochu returned to Canada to start an academic career at McGill University, and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering. He is holder of the Canada Research Chair on Pulse Processing of Nanostructured Materials and the Hydro-Québec NanoEngineer Chair. He is the Associate Director of REGAL, a Quebec Research Center focusing on aluminum production and transformation, including metallurgy and new aluminum products. He received several distinctions, including the ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers in 2009 and the METSOC Brimacombe Award in 2011. His research activities are focused in three areas: powder metallurgy applied to nanostructured materials, rapid solidification welding processes for joining and freeforming of nanostructured materials and energy related materials.

Topic of Keynote: Fabrication of Metallic Nanostructured Materials; The Powder-Based Approach


Dr. Daryl C. Chrzan

    Daryl C. Chrzan is a Professor of Materials Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an appointment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as well, where he is a member of the Electronic Materials Program. He received his Ph. D. in Condensed Matter Theory from Physics Department of the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. Immediately thereafter, he joined the Computational Materials Science Group at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. In 1995, he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California. He has received an NSF CAREER award, and was awarded a Miller Research Professorship. Professor Chrzan's research interests include the mechanical properties of metals and metallic compounds, the structure of extended defects in solids, and the growth and properties of nanostructures.

Topic of Keynote: Embedded Binary Eutectic Alloy Nanostructures


Dr. Joshua B. Edel

    Joshua B. Edel received his PhD on the development of single molecule detection within microfluidic systems at Imperial College London in 2004. He then did postdoctoral research in nanobiotechnology at Cornell University. In 2005 he was awarded a research fellowship at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University to study the structure and interactions of individual biomolecules in their native cellular environment. In July 2006 he was appointed to a joint lectureship between the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. In 2009 JBE was promoted to Senior Lecturer. JBE specialises in the development of micro and nanofluidic devices for analytical and bio-analytical applications, and ultra-high sensitivity optical detection techniques. His expertise includes micro and nanofabrication, sample preparation and handling, laser induced confocal microscopy, material processing, surface modification chemistries, and standard semiconductor processing and characterisation techniques.

Topic of Keynote: Molecular Isolation on the Nanoscale


Dr. Hongrui Jiang

    Hongrui Jiang received the B.S. degree in physics from Peking University, Beijing, China, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, from 2001 to 2002. He is currently an associate professor with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Faculty Affiliate with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a faculty member of the Materials Science Program, University of Wisconsin - Madison. His research interests are in optical MEMS, bioMEMS, biological and chemical microsensors, microactuators, smart materials and micro-/nanostructures, lab on a chip, and biomimetics and bioinspiration. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, the University of Wisconsin H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship in 2011, and the NIH Director's New Innovator Award in 2011. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Microelectromechannical Systems.

Topic of Keynote: Nano Materials for Photo-Mechanical Actuators


Dr. Zetian Mi

    Zetian Mi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan in 2006. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of III-nitride semiconductors, low dimensional nanostructures, molecular beam epitaxy, and nanophotonics. Dr. Mi has published over 190 journal and conference papers and five book chapters. He has received the Hydro-Quebec Nano-Engineering Scholar Award in 2009, the William Dawson Scholar Award in 2011, and the Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence (Early Career) in 2012 at McGill University. He has also received the Young Investigator Award from the 27th North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Conference in 2010. Prof. Mi currently serves as the Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology.

Topic of Keynote: Rolled-up Semiconductor Tubular Structures for Emerging Nanophotonic Applications


Dr. David Mitlin

    Dr. David Mitlin is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta and a Principal Research Officer at the National Institute for Nanotechnology. Dr. Mitlin's core expertise includes structure-properties relations in metallic alloys, nano-composites and thin films, and materials characterization. His current activity is focused on the development of advanced nanomaterials for a variety of energy related applications such as electrochemical supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, ORR electrodes, and metal hydrides. Recently Dr. Mitlin was a recipient of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award for the hydrogen storage research. Dr. Mitlin has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, holds a U.S. patent, is a regular reviewer for a wide range of scientific journals including Nature Materials, is an Editor for Journal of Materials Science, and serves on the Board of Review for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. Prior to joining the University of Alberta in 2004, Dr. Mitlin was at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA), where he was awarded a Directors Funded Post Doctoral Fellowship. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Mitlin worked as an Integration Engineer at the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center, in Hopewell Junction NY. Dr. Mitlin received his Doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in 2000.

Topic of Keynote: High Rate Electrochemical Capacitors from Three - Dimensional Arrays of Vanadium Nitride Functionalized - Carbon Nanotubes


Dr. Andriy Voronov

    Dr. Voronov primary research focus has been in polymer science, with well-documented years of experience in synthesis, characterization and self-assembly of polymers and polymer-related materials, including responsive polymer materials. He made his MSc and doctoral degree at Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine. His postdoctoral research was carried out at the Institute Charles Sadron in Strasbourg, France and University of Ulm, Germany. He worked in Bayreuth University, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (AvH Fellowship, 2000-2001, and Long-term cooperation AvH Fellowship, 2001-2003), where his focus was on the investigations of microphase separation of thin triblock copolymer films. In 2003 he moved to Institute of Particle Technology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg where worked 4 years as a Staff Scientist. His research activities were focused on nanoparticles' synthesis, stabilization, and nanoparticulate structure formation. He joined Coatings and Polymeric Materials Department at North Dakota State University in the fall of 2007 as an Assistant Professor. His current research is focused on several areas including synthesis, characterization, self-assembly and application of various functional amphiphilic macromolecules for developing responsive polymeric materials. His research team has been able to synthesize a novel class of responsive (invertible) macromolecules that self-organize in assemblies both in polar and non-polar environments. Amphiphilic properties of these assemblies are the basis of new nanoscale structures, both in solution and on solid surfaces, and could be used in a broad range of applications.

Topic of Keynote: Self-Assembly of Invertible Polymeric Micelles: New Promise for Polymer-Based Nanopharmaceuticals





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