Professor Yiu-Wing Mai graduated from Hong Kong University in 1969 with First Class Honours and the Williamson Prize; he received the PhD degree in the same university in 1972. After his PhD, he worked as a Management & Technology Trainer, Hong Kong Productivity Centre (1973); Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Michigan (1974-75) and Imperial College (1976). He then moved to the University of Sydney where he has held the positions of Lecturer (December 1976-78), Senior Lecturer (1979-82), Associate Professor (1983-September 1987), Personal Chair (October 1987-), Sydney University; Associate Dean (Research & Development) of Engineering (1990-93, 1995-98), Pro-Dean of Engineering (1998-2004) and Director, Graduate School of Engineering (1995-98) and Australian Federation Fellow (2002-07). Professor Mai was Acting Head and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1993-95); Head and Chair Professor of Materials Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong (2000-02). He now holds a University Chair at the University of Sydney and is Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology (CAMT). He has also been appointed Honorary, Adjunct or Guest Professor at: Tsinghua University, Peking University, Xian Jiaotong University, Tianjin University, Tongji University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Sun Yat Sen University, Hunan University, South China University of Technology, Huazhong University of Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry - Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and City University of Hong Kong.
Professor Mai has received several awards, honors and fellowships including: Fellow of the Royal Society of London (elected 2008); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (elected 2001); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (elected 1992); Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (elected 2003); Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (elected 2003); Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (elected 1999); Centenary Medal (2003); Honorary Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture (2001); Honorary Member of the Gruppo Italiano Fracttura (2002); Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship (2002-07); Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University (2003-04); President, International Congress on Fracture (2002-05); AFG Achievement Award, Australian Fracture Group, Inc. (2000); Founding President, the Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials (1997-98); ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science; UK Science Research Council Senior Visiting Fellowship (1980); RILEM Award and Robert L'Hermite Medal, International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures (1981); Fulbright Senior Scholar (1988); and Australian Academy of Science/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Exchange Fellowship (1989, 1996) among others. In addition, in 1999, he was awarded a DSc from the University of Hong Kong, and a DEng from the University of Sydney.
Professor Mai's major research interests are: Materials engineering and science covering processing-structure-property relations, manufacturing and development of new materials including polymers blends, composites, biological materials, ceramics and cementitious materials; Fracture and fatigue mechanics of materials and structures; Smart materials; Eco-materials; Tribology and surface engineering; Nano-materials and nano-engineering. He holds 2 patents; co-authored 3 books; edited 4 monographs; published 34 book chapters, over 550 SCI journal and 250 refereed conference papers. As a highly cited researcher, he has made major contributions to several areas of materials science and mechanics research:
(a) Crack-wake shielding as a general toughening mechanism in quasi-brittle materials,
(b) Science and engineering of fibre-matrix interfaces and design of high strength-high toughness fibre composites,
(c) Fracture mechanics of stitching and z-pinning to improve delamination resistance of composite laminates, and
(d) Energy approach to fracture leading to development of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) Test Protocol on Essential Work of Fracture for toughness measurements of ductile polymers in plane stress.
Professor Mai is Asian and Australasian Editor of Composites Science and Technology, Editor of Materials Forum and Key Engineering Materials; Associate Editor of IMechE Journal of Aerospace Engineering. He is also editorial board member of over ten major international journals on materials science and fracture mechanics.
Professor Akiyama has published more than 150 papers on graph theory, discrete geometry, solid geometry, applied math, and math education in journals including Journal of Graph Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Annals of Discrete Mathematics, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Discrete Geometry: Theory and Applications, The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematica and Graphs and Combinatorics. He is Founding Editor (1985) and editor-in-chief of Graphs and Combinatorics, and served as a member of the editorial board of Journal of Graph Theory for 17 years. He is author of close to 100 published books on graph theory, combinatorics, discrete geometry, and math education, many of which have been translated from Japanese into Mandarin and Korean.
Qiang Xu received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry in 1994 at Osaka University, Japan. After one year working as a postdoctoral fellow at Osaka University, he started his career as a Research Scientist in Osaka National Research Institute in 1995. Currently, he is a Chief Senior Researcher at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and adjunct professor at Kobe University, Japan. He received the Thomson Reuters Research Front Award in 2012 and was recognized as among the highly cited researchers (2014 & 2015 & 2016) in both fields of Chemistry and Engineering by Thomson Reuters. His research interests include chemistry of nanostructured materials, in particular porous materials, and related functional applications, especially for clean energy. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals with citation > 16000 and h-index > 65 (Web of Science). He is involved in a number of editorial/advisory boards of journals, including as an associate editor of Coordination Chemistry Reviews (Elsevier) and an advisory board member of Chem (Cell Press).
Dr. Liz-Marzán has published over 400 peer-reviewed research papers, which received over 30,000 citations (h-index > 90), is co-inventor on 8 patents and has delivered more than 300 invited talks. He is one of the inaugural Co-editors of ACS Omega, has been Senior Editor of Langmuir, is in the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and serves on the Editorial Boards for numerous prominent journals, including Accounts of Chemical Research, ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Nano Today, Faraday Discussions, Advanced Optical Materials and Chemistry European Journal, among others.
Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2000 from The Queen′s University of Belfast. Following this he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and then at the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Subsequently he was promoted to staff scientist and research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute. In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.
He has received a number of honours and awards for his research including the Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist of the Year, a visiting professorship at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, a Miller Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley, a European Young Investigator Award, two European Research Council Grants (Startup and Consolidator), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He was also the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Marlow Award "For his innovative contributions in broad areas of surface and physical chemistry, with particular relevance to heterogeneous catalysis and improved understanding of the water-ice interface". In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Coday-Morgan Prize for “the development of computational methods and applications that have significantly advanced understanding of several important chemical systems”. In 2012 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and in 2013 a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK). Since 2011 has been a Director of the Thomas Young Centre and since 2013 he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics.
Research in his group () involves computer simulations of catalytic and environmental interfaces, aiming at reaching a fundamental new understanding of elementary processes at such interfaces. Water is a major focus of their work.
Prof. Su has received a series of major awards such as the Invention Award of Sinopec in 1992, the Chinese Excellent Patent award in 1994, the “Adolphe Wetrems Prize” of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2007 and the “IUPAC Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and their Synthesis” in 2011. He has published more than 450 scientific papers and book chapters and is the editor of one Wiley-VCH book and five special (Themed) issues of high profile journals with a number of citations around 14000 and an h-index of 62. He is the inventor of 27 patents and is coordinator and principle leader of more than 70 research and collaborative projects. He is a member of the editorial boards of 18 international scientific journals in the fields of chemistry and materials science.
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He has published more than 700 peer-reviewed scientific articles/book chapters, 8 books and scientific special journal issues (H-index = 88; overall citations > 38,000) and is the inventor of 70 patents. He is co-founder of NANO4 S.A., a spin-off company of UMONS and Materia Nova research center. Currently he is the president of the administration board of NANO4 S.A. He is a member of the editorial boards of 18 international scientific journals in the fields of polymer chemistry and materials science. He is a laureate of the FNRS Quinquennal Award in applied exact sciences (2011–2015), the highest scientific award of FNRS delivered every five years by the Belgian FNRS and personally awarded by King Philippe of Belgium. In 2016, he is awarded the excellence research program PEARL (4 millions €) by the National Foundation of Research FNR in Luxembourg. He is personally ranked (18th) in “Top 100 materials scientists of the 2000-2010 decade” by Thomson Reuters.
Ernst Wagner, PhD in chemistry in 1985 from TU Vienna, full professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at LMU Munich since 2001, is member of the Center for Nanoscience (CeNS), and executive board member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Nanosystems Initiative Munich’, contributing to polymer-based delivery systems for thirty years. Since 1988 as Group Leader at IMP Vienna, he developed synthetic virus-like gene transfer, including adenovirus-enhanced transferrinfection (AVET), which led to the first-in-world polymer-based gene therapy study (IL-2 gene-modified cancer vaccines) in 1994, developed under his function as Director for Cancer Vaccines at Boehringer Ingelheim Austria (1992-2001). His current research focuses on chemical evolution of sequence-defined carriers for drugs, proteins and therapeutic nucleic acids, with a medical focus on tumor-targeted therapies. He has authored ≥420 publications (h-index 75), is Editor-in Chief of The Journal of Gene Medicine, Editor of Pharmaceutical Research, board member of the German Society for Gene Therapy, committee member of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), invited guest professor at Utrecht University (1996), Fudan University (Shanghai 2012-13), Sichuan University (Chengdu 2014-17), and was awarded with the Attocube research award, Phoenix Pharma Science award, and the election into CRS College of Fellows.
She has been awarded prestigious fellowships/awards like the EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship and the NWO VIDI. In 2017 she won the NWO Athena price, which rewards excellent female chemists who act as a role model for other researchers. She is active in numerous science advisory and review panels of large research facilities and universities internationally, has published over 80 papers in high profile journals, given over 70 invited lectures worldwide. Additionally, Tromp develops gender bias and science and engineering programs for primary schools and is active in science outreach and education via lectures as well as TV programs.