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Confirmed Invited Plenary Speakers

Robert Vajtai
Robert Vajtai
Rice University, Texas, USA

Dr. Vajtai received his M.S. degree in physics and his Ph.D. degree in solid-state physics from University of Szeged, Hungary (the highest ranked university in Hungary), in 1986 and 1997, respectively. From 1987 to 2002 he was a faculty member of the Experimental Physics Department of Szeged University, Hungary. He was rewarded by the Bolyai Fellowship of the Hungarian Scientific Academy for 1999-2000. He also spent sabbatical time as a Fellow of the Swedish Institute in The Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden from 1998 to 1999; as an Eötvös Fellow at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland from 1995 to 1996 and he also visited the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany in 1993 via Max Planck Fellowship. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a Laboratory Manager at the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, RPI, Troy, NY managing the nanoparticle generation by inert gas deposition and the carbon nanotechnology laboratories.

He is currently a Faculty Fellow at Rice University. His work is focused on growth and applications of carbon nanotube structures.

Michael Strano
Michael Strano
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA

Professor Michael S. Strano is currently the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, most recently including: the 2008 Young Investigator Award from the M.R.S., the Colburn award from the AIChE; and in 2009 was named one of Popular Science's Brilliant 10 for advances and new platforms for the biomedical detection of cancer.

Prior to MIT, he was a faculty member in the department of Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also held a post-doctoral position with Nobel Laureate Professor Richard Smalley at Rice University. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Most notable, he is the recipient of the Unilever award of the American Chemical Society (2007), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2006) and the DuPont Young Investigator Award (2004). Dr. Strano has published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and is an inventor/co-inventor on key patents/patent applications.
He serves on the editorial board of many professional journals and serves as a consultant to industry.

Dmitry Bavykin
Dmitry Bavykin
University of Southampton, UK

Dr. Bavykin is a specialist in the area of nanomaterials and photocatalysis with more than 10 years experience of research and problem solving using a variety of scientific techniques. He was awarded a one year Royal Society/NATO Fellowship for posdoctoral studies in 2002 for undertaking research in Bath University. These studies, which were supervised by Professor Frank C. Walsh and Dr Alexei Lapkin, explored the synthesis, characterization and application of nanotubular TiO2, which has applications in electrochemistry and catalysis.

During this time he started to work on the compact reactor systems under supervision of Dr. Pawel Plucinski and Dr Alexei Lapkin. His ambition is to use his background in material chemistry and physical chemistry to develop TiO2 (or other) nanotubular based self-assembled systems (thin film electrodes, catalyst coatings) having desired location of different functionalities and use of such system for different energy related modern challenges (hydrogen storage, lithium batteries, solar and fuel cells).

Z. J. Zhang
Z. J. Zhang
Tsinghua University, China

Professor Tsinghua University, Beijing 2002 - now
Associate Professor Tsinghua University, Beijing 2001-2002
Research Associate Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA 1999-2001
STA Research Fellow JAERI, Takasaki, Japan 1997-1999
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow Augsburg University, Germany 1996-1997

Areas of Research Interests/Research Projects:
Nanomaterials and nanotechnology
Thin films, device materials
Amorphization behavior in metal systems via non-equilibrium means

Mauricio Terrones
The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA
Shinshu University, Japan

Mauricio Terrones obtained his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics with first class honours at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico). In 1997 he obtained his PhD. with Sir Prof. Harold W. Kroto (Nobel Laureate, FRS) from University of Sussex (UK). He has co-authored more than 280 publications in leading journals, and holds > 11,000 citations to his work (H-index=56). Aged 42, his research now concentrates on the theory, synthesis and characterization of novel nanocarbon materials, including graphene, nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons.

Research Interests:
Nanostructure Synthesis of Carbo Graphene and other Layered Materials
Fabrication of nanoscale devices and biocompatible nanocomposites
Study of Carbon fluidity and metal encapsulated in graphitic sheets
Biocompatibility and Toxicological Effects of Doped, Functionalized and Pure Carbon Nanotubes and Other Nanostructures
Theoretical studies on novel carbon nanostructures
Characterization and Microanalysis of Nanostructures

David Díaz
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Full Staff Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Marianna Földvári
School of Pharmacy and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, Canada

Canada Research Chair in Bionanotechnology and Nanomedicine
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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