Invited Speakers

 

Professor Urszula Stachewicz,
University of Science and Technology in Krakow,
Poland.

Professor Urszula Stachewicz is currently an associate professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland, where she obtained her Habilitation (DSc) in 2017. She graduated from the Delft University of Technology with Ph.D. in electrohydrodynamic processes while working at Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Her postdoctoral study on electrospun polymer fibers was conducted at Queen Mary, University of London, and spin-out company Nanoforce Technology Ltd, UK. In 2020, she received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant and currently works on the application of polymer fibers for tissue engineering, energy, and water harvesting. See more at http://biocom4saven.agh.edu.pl/

 

Professor Seema Agarwal,
University of Bayreuth.
Germany.

Seema Agarwal is an academic director and professor at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Her research interests are biopolymers, smart and functional polymers, fibers with special morphologies, electrospinning. She has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles. She coauthors two books on the topic of electrospinning: Electrospinning: A practical guide to nanofibers (De Gruyter) and Electrospinning: Materials, Processes, and Applications (Wiley). She is an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and got the Hermann-Schnell award from the German Chemical Society. She is the chief editor of e-Polymers and an international advisory board member of the journal Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.

 

Prof. Dario Pisignano,
University of Pisa,
Italy.

Prof. Dario Pisignano, Ph.D. in Physics, is currently the Director of the Physics Department at the University of Pisa (Italy). He is a Full Professor and coordinates an interdisciplinary group working on Nanosciences and Soft Matter at the University of Pisa and at CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze (Italy). His research activity is focused on the development of advanced polymer processing, electrospinning, and 3D printing methods, for building micro-nanostructured architectures, lab-on-chip devices, lasers and other photonic components, and new functional nanosystems and adaptive/intelligent devices. Further applications of the realized materials include nanomedicine, and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine. ERC grantee (2013-2018), he authored about 300 research papers.

 

Prof. Luana Persano,
CNR-nanoscience Institute,
Italy.

Prof. Luana Persano is director of research at the Nanoscience Institute of the CNR and professor at the University of Pisa in Italy. She has been Marie-Curie fellow at FORTH, Greece, and visiting scientist at the Harvard University and at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include nanomanufacturing and lithographic processes onto nanocomposites and active materials in the form of films, nanoparticles, and fibers, and the implementation of nanophotonic and piezoelectric devices based on them. She is member of the editorial board of Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley) and chair of the conference on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies in the framework of the SPIE Remote Sensing & Security+Defence conference.

 

Dr. Yen Bach Truong,
CSIRO,
Australia.

Dr. Yen Bach Truong is a Research Team Leader and Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO-Manufacturing. She holds a Master in Analytical Chemistry from RMIT University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in Fibre Science from Monash University, Australia. She has been working in the fabrication of electrospun composites for a range of applications and has published over 68 peer-reviewed papers in this area. She chaired the Inaugural International Conference on Electrospinning (Electrospin 2010) in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010.

 

Professor Nesrin Horzum

Izmir Kâtip Celebi University in Izmir,

Turkey

Professor Nesrin Horzum is currently an associate professor at Izmir Kâtip Celebi University in Izmir, Turkey. She graduated from the Izmir Institute of Technology, with a thesis about the applications of electrospun nanofibers in filtration processes under the supervision of Prof. M. M. Demir. During her Ph.D., she joined the department of Professor K. Landfester in the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in August 2011 as a visiting scholar, investigating colloid electrospinning and surface functionalization of electrospun nanofibers. In 2014, she joined the group of Prof. Bo Liedberg at the Nanyang Technological University, where she worked at the Centre for Biomimetic Sensor Science on paper-based sensing platforms. Her current research interests include filtration and sensing applications of polymeric and hybrid nanofibers, as well as smartphone-based sensors for water quality monitoring and glucose detection. See more at http://www.pncalab.com / 

 

Prof. Xiumei MO

Donghua University,

China.

Prof. Xiumei MO is a professor of Biomaterials in Donghua University. She once had two years Postdoc experience in Kyoto University, three years research fellow experience in National University of Singapore, one year visiting professor experience in Aachen University of Applied Science and Technology. Her main research work is electrospinning nanofiber and nanoyarn for different tissue regeneration, including skin, tendon, nerve, blood vessel, bone and cartilage tissue regeneration. She also do hydrogel research and 3D printing scaffolds. She was granted 42 projects related with nanofiber fabrication for different tissue regeneration and hydrogel as tissue adhesive. She has published more than 453 papers, the papers were cited more than 12,000 times, her H-index is 55. She edited 11 books/chapters, ISI Web of Science showed that she ranking No.7 in the world on electrospun nanofiber publication. She got the Science Technical Invention Awards from Shanghai Municipality in 2008, Science and Technology Progress Awards from State Department of People’s Republic of China in 2009, and Nature Science Awards from Shanghai Government in 2015. She is the Committee Members of China Biomaterials Society as well as Biomedical Engineering Society Biomaterials Branch. She is also Vice Chairman of China Composite Materials Society Super-fine Fiber Branch.

 

Prof. Ir. Dr. Ang Bee Chin,
University of Malaya,
Malaysia.

Ir. Dr. Ang Bee Chin completed her Ph.D. in the year 2011 at the Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. She was the scholarship holder in Universiti Malaya and currently served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. She obtained her Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the year 2014 under Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom, and Professional Engineer (Ir.) in the year 2016 under the Board of Engineers, Malaysia. She published more than 90 high-impact papers in her field. Her research interest includes the synthesis and application of nanoparticles, nanocomposites, nanofiber, and failure analysis. Currently, she is concentrating on developing a polymer-based nanofibrous membrane embedded with nanoparticles for various applications. She is the key person in organizing international and national events such as conferences, symposia or seminars for the past few years. In addition, she is currently serving as an Exco in Material Technical Division in The Institute of Engineers, Malaysia. Ir. Dr. Ang has won awards at numerous international/national exhibitions pertaining to her research work.

 

Dr. Farina binti Muhamad,
University of Malaya,
Malaysia.

 

Dr. Koh Ching Teng
UTHM,
Malaysia.

Dr. Koh Ching Theng is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. She received a Bachelor of Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia before moving to the Institute of High-Performance Computing in Singapore working in finite element simulation. Dr. Koh received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in the USA and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are in electrospinning, biomaterials, biomechanics, tissue engineering, and finite element analysis.

 

Dr. Neo Yun Ping
Taylor’s University,
Malaysia.

Dr. Neo Yun Ping completed her Ph.D. degree in Food Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently a senior lecturer as well as the Programme Director for Bachelor of Science (Hons) Food Science, School of Biosciences Taylor’s University. Her research areas include food contact material, food nanotechnology, food hydrocolloids, and the development of functional food, for which she has secured several research grants. She authored/co-authored various peer-reviewed publications as chapters in books or articles in international journals. She is also on the editorial board for Frontiers in Nutrition (Food Chemistry) and was appointed as a co-opted council member of the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT).

 

Dr. Norizah Abdul Rahman
UPM,
Malaysia. 

Norizah Abdul Rahman (Industrial Chemistry) B.Sc. (Hons) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2002; M.S., Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2005; Ph.D., University of Auckland, 2012. Dr. Norizah joined Universiti Putra Malaysia as a senior lecturer in 2012. Her research works involve the synthesis and application of polymers for a wide range of applications including scaffold for tissue engineering, drug delivery, and removal of heavy metals.