Professor Dr Jackie Y. Ying
A*STAR Senior Fellow
Director of NanoBio Lab

Jackie Y. Ying received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She was Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (1992-2005), and Founding Executive Director of Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (2003-2018). She is currently A*STAR Senior Fellow and Director of NanoBio Lab, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. For her research on nanostructured materials, Prof. Ying has been recognized with the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jubilee Medal, Materials Research Society Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship, Crown Prince Grand Prize in the Brunei Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellowship, Academy of Sciences of Iran Medal of Honor, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship, Islamic World Academy of Sciences-COMSTECH Ibrahim Memorial Award, Singapore National Academy of Science Fellowship, Islamic World Academy of Sciences Fellowship, U.S. National Academy of Inventors Fellowship, Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, and Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Academy Prize in Science and Engineering Sciences and Honorary Membership. Prof. Ying was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration. She was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 to be one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. She was named as one of the 300 most powerful and influential people in Singapore by The Tatler 300 List in 2018. She was selected as an Inaugural Inductee for the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. The laureate of this science and technology award receives a certificate, an engraved medal and US$500,000 in prize money. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today, which has an impact factor of 16.582.


Distinguished Professor Dr
Suresh Bhargava

Director of the Centre for
Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC)

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava is a world-renowned interdisciplinary scientist who has achieved excellence in five disciplines and is recognised for delivering research excellence that underpins significant industrial applications. He has published more than 450 journal articles and more than 200 industrial reports. His research has been cited more than 12,000 times amounting to over 5 citations per day with a h-index of 53 and i10-index of 273. Out of his seven patents, five have gone to industries or licensed to commercialisation. He has been quoted as being among the top 1% scientists in the resource sector and as the number one in mercury sensing research (Air pollution control). As a passionate supporter of technological science and engineering for innovation, he provides consultancy and advisory services to many government and industrial bodies around the world, including BHP Billiton, Alcoa World Alumina, Rio Tinto and Mobil Exxon. Professor Bhargava has also been on the Board of Directors of one of the Aditya Birla Group of industries for over seven years.


Professor Dr Amanda Barnard
Australia's Computational Scientists
Australian National University

Professor Dr Amanda Barnard is one of Australia's most highly awarded computational scientists. She currently leads research at the interface of computational modeling, high performance supercomputing, and applied machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).  She was awarded her BSc (Hons) in applied physics in 2000, and her PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics in 2003 from RMIT University.  After graduating she accepted a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (USA), and the prestigious senior research position as Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK) with an Extraordinary Research Fellowship at The Queen’s College. Prior to joining ANU she was an ARC QEII Fellow, Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader, and then Chief Research Scientist in Data61 at CSIRO, between 2009 and 2020. With more than 20 years experience in high performance computing and computational modeling, Prof Barnard is an advocate and champion for computational research in Australia and sits on boards for various institutions, including the Scientific Advisory Board for the Centre for Biomedical Data Visualisation (BioViS) at the Garvan Institute, the External Advisory Board for the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science (CTCMS) at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland, the Advisory Board of the Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH) Grand Challenge at ANU, and the external Advisory Board of ChoiceFlows Inc. Prof Barnard is a member of the Board of Directors for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), the Expert Panel for the CRP scheme of the National Research Foundation of Singapore, the Panel of Expert Advisors (Physical Sciences) for The Nature Index (NPG), the International Executive Board of Nano Futures (IOP), the Senior Advisory Board for the Journal of Physics: Materials (IOP) and the Editorial Advisory Board of Nanoscale (RSC).  She was formerly a Senior Associate Editor for Science Advances (AAAS) from 2014-2017, and the Chair of the Australian National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) from 2018-2019, having served as Deputy Chair from 2016-2017, and as a committee member since 2012. Prof Barnard is currently the Chair of the Australasian Leadership Computing Grants (ALCG) scheme at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), a member of the Programme Committee for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre PaCER Scheme, and a member of the ANU Academic Board. She has been recognised for leadership, including as a 2017 Woman of Achievement from the Black & White Foundation, as a Finalist for the 2015 Daily Life Women of the Year, and was named as one of the Top 10 Business Women in Australia by the Huffington Post in 2015. Her research has been awarded in five scientific disciplines, including the 2009 Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the 2009 Mercedes Benz Environmental Research Award, the 2009 Malcolm McIntosh Award from the Prime Minister of Australia for the Physical Scientist of the Year, the 2010 Frederick White Prize from the Australian Academy of Sciences, the 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the IEEE South Australia, the 2010 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2014 ACS Nano Lectureship (Asia/Pacific) from the American Chemical Society, the 2014 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory) from the Foresight Institute, and the 2019 AMMA Medal from the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia.




Distinguished Professor Dr
Panchanan Pramanik

GLA University, Mathura, India

Distinguished Professor Panchanan Pramanik, Indian chemist, educator and an expert in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Achievements include development of of many chemical methods for making nano-structured materials. Recipient medal, Indian Institute of Technology, 1969. Member of Indian Science Congress, Chemical Research Society India (medal 2003), Materials Research Society India (medal 1993). Graduate of Science, Scottich Church College, Kolkata, 1966. Master of Science, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, 1976. His carrier starts as junior research assistant Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1970-1976), senior research assistant (1976-1977), lecturer chemistry (1977-1984), assistant professor chemistry (1984-1990), associate professor chemistry (1990-1993) and professor chemistry, since 1993.


Distinguished Professor Dr
Kantam Mannepalli
Indian Scientist & Director of CSIR-IICT

Prof. Lakshmi Kantam (PhD, 1982, Kurukshetra University, India) is Dr.B.P. Godrej Distinguished Professor at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. Earlier, she served as Director at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad. She is an Adjunct Professor at Tezpur Central University, Tezpur, Assam and RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a fellow of Indian National Science Academy , National Academy of Sciences, India  ; J.C. Bose Fellow(SERB-DST)  ;  Fellow of The world Academy of Sciences, Italy and  Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. Her prizes include Goyal Award- Applied Sciences,  Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra;  Indian Chemical Council(ICC) -D.M.Trivedi Life time Achievement Award; Eminent Scientist Award – Catalysis Society of India and Vasvik award.  She is a Member of scientific councils, DST, DRDO, GAIL, IIT-Hyderabad, CSIR, DAE. She is Non-Executive Independent Director, Godavari Biorefineries Ltd, Vinati Organics Ltd and Indo-Amines Ltd. She has 37 years of experience in the research, design and development of catalysts for innovative green and economical processes for chemical industry. She has authored more than 347 publications, 52 patents and five book chapters. 




Professor Dr Abdul Rohman
Universitas Gadjah
Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Professor Dr Abdul Rohman completed his S-1, Pharmacist and S-2 programs at the UGM Faculty of Pharmacy in 2002, 2003 and 2006. Meanwhile, his doctorate was completed at the Halal Product Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia in the field of Halal Food Analysis in 2011. The focus of his research is analysis of product halalness and authentication of food products and pharmaceutical products. Some of his studies have been published in Scopus indexed journals, to date as many as 134 articles, with the h-index in Scopus = 21. In the SINTA (Science and Technology index) system, Abdul Rohman is ranked 6th nationally. Currently, Abdul Rohman is listed as an Associate Editor at the Indonesian Journal of Pharmacy (Scopus indexed journal) and a reviewer in several Thompson and Scopus indexed journals. Some of the awards received were the Young Scientist Scopus award 2014 and the recipient of the Extraordinary Intellectual Property Award in the Field of International Publication from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in 2014.


Professor Dr Volker Hessel
University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Dr Volker Hessel studied chemistry at Mainz University (PhD in organic chemistry, 1993). In 1994 he entered the Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH. In 2002, Prof. Hessel was appointed Vice Director R&D at IMM and in 2007 as Director R&D. In 2005 and 2011, Prof. Hessel was appointed as part-time and full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, respectively. In 2018, he was appointed at the University of Adelaide, Australia, as Deputy Dean (Research) at ECMS Faculty and Prof. Pharmaceutical Engineering. He was honorary professor at TU Darmstadt, Germany 2009-2018, and is guest professor at Kunming University of Science and Technology, China (2011-). Prof. Hessel is (co-)author of > 460 peer-reviewed (h index 57). He received the AIChE Award “Excellence in Process Development Research” in 2007, the ERC Advanced Grant “Novel Process Windows” in 2010, the ERC Proof of Concept Grant in 2017, the IUPAC ThalesNano Prize in Flow Chemistry in 2016, and the FET OPEN Grant in 2016. From 2014-2016, Prof. Hessel was authority in the 35-man teamed Enquete Commission "Future of the Chemical Industry" in Germany’s State Parliament in Nordrhine-Westfalia.


Professor Dr Gabriele Centi
University of Messina, Italy

Professor Dr Gabriele Centi is Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy, and President of the European Research Institute of Catalysis (ERIC). Research interests concern the areas of applied heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable energy and chemical processes, biomass conversion and environmental protection. He was coordinator of the European network of excellence IDECAT, and is currently president of IACS (International Association of Catalysis Societies), in the past also president of EFCATS (European Federation of Catalysis Societies). He has been coordinator or PI in over twenty EU projects (including the Network of Excellence on catalysis IDECAT), as well as many other national and industrial projects. He recently initiated and coordinated an ERC Synergy project on plasma catalysis. He is also a member of the board of SUNERGY, the European initiative on solar fuels. He has received several awards, including the International Fellowship Initiative of the President of the Chinese Academy of Science, PIFI, as a Distinguished Scientist, and the Humboldt Research Award, and is involved in various publishing activities. He chaired the editorial board of ChemSusChem until 2019 and is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Energy Chemistry (both elevated to high IF journals) and the Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis series of books, one of the oldest and best known in catalysis. He has been president of numerous international conferences, including Europacat 2017 in Florence and the 16th International Conference on Zeolite together with the 7th International Symposium on Mesostructured Materials (Sorrento, Italy, 2010). He is the author of nearly 500 scientific publications, 12 books and editor of over 20 special issues of journals. The current h-index is 86 with around 29,000 citations and over 350 articles with more than 10 citations (Google Scholar, March 2021).


Professor Dr Karen Wilson
Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology (RMIT)

Professor Dr Karen Wilson is Professor of Catalysis at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), having recently left her role as Research Director and Professor of Catalysis at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. In her previous position at Cardiff University in 2011, she was awarded an Industry Fellowship to work with Johnson Matthey on the development of catalysts for biofuel synthesis.


Professor Dr Saifollah Abdullah
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

Professor Dr Saifollah Abdullah, Malaysian physics professor that has been listed as a noteworthy physics professor by Marquis Who's Who. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physics (honorary), University Malaya in 1986 and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Nanostructured Materials, University Malaya in 2004. Prof. Dr. Saifollah bin Abdullah is currently the Director of Centre of Foundation Studies in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) . His area of Expertise are nanostructured materials, quantum dots (QDs), nano-oxide materials, herbal nano-powder/ particles.


Associate Professor Dr Ruslinda A. Rahim
Director at National Nanotechnology Centre & 
Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering,
Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr Ruslinda A. Rahim obtained her PhD in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering from Waseda University, Japan in 2012, Currently, Director at National Nanotechnology Centre under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Associate Professor at Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering, UniMAP. Her research interests include Aptamer, Electrochemical, Nanoelectronics, Nanocarbons and Nanobiosensors.


Professor Ir Dr Norhayati Soin
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Professor Ir Dr Norhayati Soin received the B.Eng. (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Liverpool Polytechnic, U.K, in 1991 and M.Sc. degree in Microelectronic and Information systems from Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, U.K., in 1998. She received Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Systems (MEMS Technology) from the National University of Malaysia, Malaysia, in 2006. She is currently a Professor with the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her current research focuses on reliability of semiconductor devices/integrated circuit and MEMS sensor. Norhayati Soin leads the VLSI reliability Research Group and Center of Printable Electronics at University Malaya. She has extensive international collaborative networks and has served as an invited researcher for Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. She has been awarded IEEE Senior Member and currently is the Chair of IEEE Electron Device Society Malaysia Chapter. She was the Chairman for IEEE International Conference in Semiconductor Electronics 2020. She served astechnical committee member for International Symposium on the Physical and Failure Analysis of Integrated Circuits (IPFA)and Electron Devices Technology and Manufacturing Conference (EDTM) technical committee member from 2016. Her work has been published both locally and internationally in more than 150 papers in journals and proceedings locally and internationally.


Professor Dr Azhar Ariffin
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Azhar Ariffin obtained his PhD from University of Nottingham in Asymmetry Organic Synthesis. After graduation in 1999, he returned to Malaysia and joined Chemistry Department, Universiti Malaya working as young lecturer. In 2003 he was promoted to Associate Professor, then to full Professor in 2016. His research interest mainly focus on Organic Synthesis. Currently he have two research projects. One is on the synthesis of Quinazoline derivatives as anti cancer agents and the other one is on the synthesis of carbazole derivatives for application in OLED.


Professor Dr Wan Jeffrey Basirun
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Professor Dr Wan Jeffrey Basirun graduated with a BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Malaya in 1991. He then furthered his studies to the University of Southampton and was conferred a PhD in Electrochemistry in 1997. He started his career as a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry University of Malaya in the same year, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2011. He is currently supervising more than 10 PhD students and has supervised/co-supervised 12 PhD students to completion. His research areas are Electrochemistry, Material Science and Nanotechnology, has published more than 130 research papers. He has managed to establish research collaboration with several groups in South Korea, Australia and Iran.