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Prof. Jang Kyo KIM - Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong
Electrospun carbon nanofiber composites for high performance rechargeable batteries


KimProf. Kim is currently a Chair Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) and directs the Finetex-HKUST R & D Center and the Advanced Engineering Materials Facilities. Having graduated with PhD in composite materials from University of Sydney (1991), Kim was on the faculty at Australian National University before joining the HKUST (1994). He served as Associate Dean of Engineering at HKUST (2007-11). Prof. Kim’s research is centered on advanced materials, ranging from fiber-reinforced composites to nanocomposites, and to nanostructured carbon materials and carbon nanofibers for energy storage devices and multi-functional applications. Kim has written over 300 refereed journal papers with more than 13,000 citations and a h-index of 60 (by WoS), 15 books including three research monographs on composite interfaces (1998), carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposites (2011) and graphene thin films (2015); and edited 8 books and holds 8 patents. He was the President of the Asian Australasian Association for Composite Materials (2008-10). Kim has been serving as the Editor of Composites Part A and the Associate Editor of Aerospace Science and Technology in addition to editorial board members of another 12 journals, including Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier) and Nanoscale Horizons (RSC). He is an elected fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Eng. Sci., the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers.


Dr. Luca MERLO - Solvay Specialty Polymers, Belgium
Centrifugal-spinning technology and its applications for energy


MerloMr Luca Merlo obtained his master degree in Chemical Engineering (1999) in Politecnico di Milano with an orientation in physical-chemistry. After working few years in Nuvera Fuel Cells as designer, He joined Solvay Specialty Polymers in 2004 as chief electrochemist. Since 2010, He had been responsible of Aquivion® PFSA research and development. From March 2018 He is responsible of the Architected Materials & Coating Laboratory in Solvay central research in Brussels. He is Author of 15 publications on peer reviewed Journals, invited speaker in more than 10 international Conferences and inventor of 34 patent families. During his career He actively participated as WP leader in 12 funded projects (FP6, FP7, H2020).


Prof. Dario PISIGNANO - University of Pisa, Italy
Electrospinning of active organic materials, functional polymers, and nanocomposites for photonics and energy harvesting


PisignanoDario Pisignano, PhD in Physics, is Full Professor at the University of Pisa. He coordinates an interdisciplinary group working on Nanotechnologies on Soft Matter involving, in addition to University, the CNR-Nanoscience Institute. His research activity is focused on the development of advanced polymer processing and lithographic approaches, electrospinning, and soft lithographies, for realizing micro-nanostructured devices, organic lasers and functional systems.He has been awarded the “Young researcher” Prize at the National INFM-Meeting, the International Obducat Prize for Nanoimprinting Lithography, the National Award “Future in Research” of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the “Sergio Panizza” Award for Optoelectronics and Photonics (Italian Physics Society, SIF). He is the recipient of the NANO-JETS ERC Ideas Starting Grant.


Dr. Ivan PONOMAREV - Elmarco s.r.o., Czech Republic
Electrospun materials based on high-performance polymers applied for energy devices. From laboratory up to industrial scale.

  Ponomarev2Ivan Ponomarev is head of chemistry and technology department at Elmarco, the electrospinning technology company. His R&D team works on prototyping nanofiber materials for final applications and on its scaling up to high volume industrial manufacturing for various applications such as air and liquid filtration, fuell cell, different type of batteries, performance apparel, life science and others. In addition to the optimization of the process and nanofiber webs themselves, final composite material development is covered within the scope of Elmarco’s R&D projects. I.Ponomarev graduated at Russian University of Chemical Technology in Moscow and his first work experience gained at A.N.Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, where engaged in project of high-tech polymers synthesis for fuell cells, including design of membrane electrode assembly.


Dr. M.V. REDDY - National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Electrospun Nb, Ti, and Fe based oxide nanofibers and their Electrochemical Properties


ReddyDr. M.V. Reddy obtained his Ph. D (2003) in the area of Materials Science from ICMCB-CNRS)/ENSCPB, University of Bordeaux, France. From July 2003, he is working in National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. For the last 15 years, he has been working in area of Li-ion battery materials (cathodes, anodes, electrolytes) and supercapacitors, including novel methods of synthesis, Electrospunning, molten salt method etc characterization and evaluation of the electrochemical properties. He has published around 162 papers in various international journals and gave 70 talks (Plenary (10), keynote (10) and Invited talks (38) and 16 contributed talks) at various conferences. His h-index; 48 and 9000 citations. He is serving as editorial advisory board member in Materials Research Bulletin and several open access Journals, and he served as theme chair for Energy and Environment and session chair for Batteries, Fuel cells and materials for Environmental protection in International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM-IUMRS) 2012, 2014 and 2016, Singapore. He trained around many high school/college, Ph.D and International exchange students. His projects won many awards in national and international conferences. He won Outstanding Science Mentorship Award (2010 to 2016), and Inspiring Research Mentor Award (2011 to 2017).


Prof.  David CORNU - ENSCM, Montpellier University, France


cornuProf. David CORNU received his master degree in materials chemistry from the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) in 1995, and his Ph.D. from the same university in 1998 (Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces (LMI), Pr. H. Mongeot and CNRS senior researcher Dr. B. Bonnetot). After post-doctoral researches in the lab of Prof. M. F. Lappert (University of Sussex, Brighton UK), he obtained a position of Assistant Professor at the University Lyon 1 (LMI, Prof. P. Miele) in 1999. His research interests were boron chemistry, polymer-derived ceramics and nanowires/nanotubes. In 2000, he obtained an invited professor position at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic, Senior Researcher Dr. B. Grüner). In 2008, he accepted a full Professor position at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM, France) and Institut Européen des Membranes (IEM). He is director of industrial relations and technology transfer office of ENSCM since 2012. His research activities are mainly focused on electrospinning and inorganic nanomaterials as building blocks to construct porous materials/membranes for health, energy and environmental applications


Prof. Christel LABERTY – Sorbonne University, France
Ion Conducting Membrane Elaborated by Electrospinning

ID Laberty LCMCPResearch interest: Materials/Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage, fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, Water Splitting, Mesoporous Thin Films and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials