International Conference and Exhibition on
Polymer Science and Technology
May 18-19, 2020 | Athens, Greece

Prof. Aharon Gedanken

Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Israel


Prof. (Emeritus) Aharon Gedanken, of the Department of Chemistry, is a member of the Nano Materials Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), and a recipient of the President of Israel Achievement Award for coordination of a European Funded Research. Gedanken is a pioneer of sonochemistry – a discipline in which chemical reactions are accelerated through the application of ultrasonic sound waves. Gedanken is an expert in the fabrication of nanostructures with special properties such as antibacterial, antiviral (i.e. Swine influenza), antifungal and antibiofilm. Among his discoveries is the fact that ultrasound radiation can coat a large variety of solid surfaces such as metals, ceramics, polymers, glass, textiles, and even paper, enabling him to impart a variety of properties to the solid. Gedanken uses sonochemistry to produce micro and nano-vehicles that deliver antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs in a rapid-release mode. These drugs are encapsulated in proteinaceous micro and nano spheres

Prof. Thomas J Webster

Northeastern University, USA


Prof. Thomas J. Webster degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995) and in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1997; Ph.D., 2000). He was appointed Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in 2012 in which the Department broke the record for the fastest increase in U.S. News and World Report ranking over a five year period. Prof. Webster has graduated/supervised over 189 visiting faculty, clinical fellows, post-doctoral students, and thesis completing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students. To date, his lab group has generated over 13 textbooks, 68 book chapters, 276 invited presentations, at least 583 peer-reviewed literature articles and/or conference proceedings, at least 867 conference presentations, and 42 provisional or full patents. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nano medicine (pioneering the open-access format). Prof. Webster currently directs or co-directs several centers in the area of biomaterials: The Center for Natural and Tropical Biomaterials (Medellin, Colombia), The Center for Pico and Nano medicine (Wenzhou China), and The International Materials Research Center (Soochow, China). Prof. Webster has received numerous honors including but not limited to: 2012, Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, representing the top 2% of all medical and biological engineers); 2013, Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society; 2015, Wenzhou 580 Award; 2015, Zheijang 1000 Talent Program; 2016, International Materials Research Chinese Academy of Science Lee-Hsun Lecture Award; 2016, International College of Fellows, Biomaterials Science and Engineering; 2016, Acta Biomaterialia Silver Award; 2018, Fellow, National Academy of Inventors; 2019, Overseas Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (UK); and 2019, Fellow, International Journal of Nano medicine. He also served as the President of the U.S. Society For Biomaterials. He has appeared on BBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the recent special ‘Year Million’ TV series on National Geographic talking about the future of medicine and science.

Prof. Mohsen Shahinpoor

University of Maine, United States


Mohsen Shahinpoor is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine. He has done his Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from University of Delaware, 1970. His interested to teach for following areas Intro to Biomedical Engineering; Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering, Strength of Materials; Modeling, Analysis and Control of Mechanical Systems; Kinematic Design of Mechanisms and Machines; Robot Dynamics and Control; Mechanics of Composite Materials; Mechanical Vibrations; Advanced Vibrations I; Smart Materials. His Professional Activities / Memberships: Talent Judge: National Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) sponsored by National Inventors Hall of Fame and conducted by: National Academy of Inventors; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry, Sigma Xi, AAAS. Research Areas: Smart/Intelligent Materials, Structures and Systems, Biomimetics, Nano-Bio Engineering and Artificial Muscles Biologically-Inspired Engineering Systems (BIES), and Robotic Devices and Systems (BIRDS) Intelligent Robotic Systems, Robotic Surgery and Microsurgery Health Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Advanced Nanocomposites and Electroactive Polymers Heart Assist Systems, Left Ventricular Assist Systems (LVAS), Heart Failure Prevention Bionic Vision and Ophthalmological Engineering Neuro and Endovascular Surgical Tools and Medical Implants.

Prof. Show-An Chen

National Tsing Hua University,Taiwan


Show-An Chen is Tsing Hua honorary chair professor, the director of the Frontier Research Center on Fundamental and Applied Sciences of Matters, and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Polymer Research (Springer) since 1994. Professor Chen has been teaching in the National TsingHua University since 1973 and has been working since 1982 on the new generation polymer, conjugated polymers, in the aspects of molecular design/synthesis, structure-property relationship, and device fabrication/ physics. He has established single polymer approach system that is to integrate various functional moieties (including electroluminescence, electron/hole transport, interfacial dipole, energy level tuning, and prevention from triplet energy back transfer) into polymer as side chains for controls of electroluminescence, photovoltaic behavior, and charge injection/transport. The purpose is to promote device efficiency. This approach is now being the most prominent method for molecular design in polymer optoelectronic

Prof. Sergey Suchkov

Director Sechenov University, Russia


Sergey Suchkov, MD, PhD. Professor in Immunology & Medicine.Director, Center for Personalized Medicine, SechenovUniversity and Chair,Dept for Translational Medicine, Moscow Engineering Physical Institute (MEPhI). Born on 11 Jan 1957, Astrakhan, Russia; two sons. Education: MD, Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia, 1980; PhD, I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, 1985; Doctor Degree, National Institute of Im-munology, Russia, 2001. Positions held: Post Doc Research Associate, Institute of Medical Enzymology; Head of the Lab of Immunology, Helmholtz Eye Research Institute in Moscow; Trainee, Laboratory of Immunology, NEI, Bethesda, MD, USA; Chair, Department for Clinical Immunology, Moscow Clinical Research Institute; Executive Secretary-in-Chief of the Editorial Board, Biomedical Science International journal. Honours: Secretary General, United Cultural Convention, Cambridge, UK. Memberships: New York Academy of Sciences, USA; ISPM, Tokyo, Japan; PMC, Washington, DC, USA; ACS, USA; AMEE, Dundee, UK; AHA, USA; EPMA, Brussels.

Prof. Tanaka Masaru

Hokkaido University, Japan


Dr Tanaka started his scientific career at Hokkaido University, where he conducted research into DNA nanotechnology for novel functional materials. Dr Tanaka was part of a collaborative group arraying the DNA at the air-water interface and was successful in publishing J. Am. Chem. Soc. in 1997. Dr Tanaka worked for TERUMO Co. in 1996. He designed novel biocompatible polymers for medical devices such as, stent, catheter, and artificial lung (Commercialized in all over the world as Biocompatible X-coatingTM from 2000 and World shear No.1 from 2006; Biomaterials, 2000). In 2000 he moved to Hokkaido University and became a JST PRESTO researcher, and then moved to Tohoku University and found that the 3D patterned-films can control cell behavior (over 150 original patents). A bile-duct stent which is covered with the 3D films is now commercially available in the world clinical market. In 2009, he has full professorship at Yamagata University. He became a leader of Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (2011-2014). Thus far, he has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and has received some awards including the Award for Young Investigator of the Japanese Society for Biomaterials (2009), and SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award (2011). Dr Tanaka accepted the post of co-editor of Biointerphases and Section Editor for the Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition.

Prof. Joel R Fried

University of Louisville, USA


Joel R. Fried has industrial experience at the GE and Monsanto Corporate R&D; Centers and had a long and distinguished career at the University of Cincinnati where he is Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the Graduate School. During his time at Cincinnati, he served as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Polymer Research Center, and the Director of the Ohio Molecular Computation and Simulation Network and Center for Computer-Aided Molecular Design. More recently, he was Professor and the Wright Brother Institute Endowed Chair in Nanomaterial at the University of Dayton and Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Florida State University.

Prof. Eugenia Kumacheva

University of Toronto, Canada


Eugenia Kumacheva received her undergraduate degree and M.Sc. degree in The Technical University (Saint Petersburg) and her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry of Polymers (Russian Academy of Sciences). She was Minerva Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 1996, she joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the ranks of Professor in 2005. She was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, Moscow State University, Universitè Louis Pasteur and the University of Bayreuth. Since 2006, she is Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials (Tier 1). Among her awards are Killam Fellowship, Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Clara Benson Award (CIC), Schlumberger Scholarship (U.K.), International Chorafas Foundation Award in Physics and Engineering (Switzerland), Humboldt Research Award (Germany), Canada Chemical Society Medal (2017 and the 2009 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award “For Women in Science” (given to 5 laureates in the world). She is a University Professor, the University of Toronto, the highest distinction in recognition scholarly excellence, given to <2

Prof. Ludo Diels

University of Antwerp, Belgium


Prof. Ludo Diels, Dr. in chemistry & biotechnology, works at the University of Antwerp, and is senior advisor Sustainable Chemistry for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Mol, Belgium. During 15 year he managed the Environment and Process Technology Business Unit. He coordinated and is involved in many international research projects. Ludo Diels is strongly involved in the set up of a biobased economy in Flanders. He is also responsible for the collaboration between VITO and India and he is managing the creation of a road map and Strategic Research Agenda for R&D; on biomass and biowaste between India and Europe. He is a founding father of the Shared Research Centre on Bio-aromatics (BIORIZON) between the Netherlands and Flanders. He is also founder and Flanders coordinator of the BIG-C trilateral alliance between Flanders, the Netherlands and NordRhein Westfalia (Germany), focusing on a border denying collaboration for the chemical industry with focus on waste gases and biomass as renewable resources. He is case leader for bio-aromatics in the Vanguard Initiative, pilot Bio-economy, leading to smart specialisation of interregional collaboration. He is now vice-chair of the IRIAG (Industrial Research and Innovation Agenda Group) of the public-private-partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency)of 8 large industrial sectors.

Prof. Sahar Al-Malaika

Aston University, United Kingdom


Sahar Al-Malaika is professor of Polymer Science at Aston University and the Head of the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Subject Group. She specialise in the modification, oxidation and stabilisation of polymers and antioxidant chemistry, and have published extensively having been involved in the field for over 35 years. Most of her professional career has been spent at Aston University where she lead the Polymer Processing and Performance, PPP, Research Unit and Head the Polymer and Advanced Materials Research Group. Sahar Al-Malaika is president of a PAN-European Society on the Modification Degradation and Stabilisation of Polymers, MoDeSt, and the Chairperson of the biennial Conferences Polymer Degradation Discussion Group, PDDG, affiliated to the Macro Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, held in different parts of Europe.

Prof. Phillip Choi

University of Alberta, Canada


Phillip Choi is Professor of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta and a Federal Court approved Expert Witness in Polymer Science and Engineering. He is also elected Fellows of the Chemical Institute of Canada and Engineering Institute of Canada. Prof. Choi received his BASc (1988) in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and his MASc (1992) and PhD (1995), both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo. During the period of 1990 – 1995, he was a visiting scientist at Xerox Research Centre of Canada. His current research interests lie in the areas of design/development of synthetic and bio-based polymers for applications involving controlled release of small molecules and of solvent extraction of oil sands, respectively. He has authored and co-authored 3 book chapters, 120 referred journal publications and 1 US patent. He is also a coauthor of a textbook entitled “The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering,” 3rd edition (2013) published by Elsevier. When Prof. Choi was a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, in 1994, he won the Teaching Assistant Award from The Sanford Fleming Foundation. He was named the McCalla Professorship in 2007 and won the Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008 at the University of Alberta recognizing his dedication to undergraduate education. He received a National Young Innovator Award from Petro Canada Inc. in 2001 and an international IUPAC Travel Award in 2002, respectively, recognizing his work on polymer research.

Prof. Roy Shenhar

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Roy Shenhar is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Institute of Chemistry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Computer Science in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and spent 3 years as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and another year as a Zeff Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion. Since 2006 he heads the laboratory for Polymer-Based Nanomaterials Assembly at the Hebrew University, which focuses on developing self-assembly strategies that combine top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly approaches for photonic and biomedical applications. The main areas of expertise are block copolymers, nanocomposite film, and supramolecular polymers. Prof. Shenhar is the author and co-author of 55 peer-reviewed publications and 6 patents, serves on the board of the Israeli Polymers and Plastic Society since 2014, and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Polymer (Elsevier) between 2013-2018.

Prof. Aman Ullah

University of Alberta, Canada


Dr. Aman Ullah received his PhD (with distinction) in Chemical Sciences and Technologies in 2010 at the University of Genova, Italy by working together at Southern Methodist University, USA. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow before accepting an Assistant Professor position at the University of Alberta. He has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. He has been teaching a graduate course entitled “Renewable Biomaterials”. This course deals with fundamentals in bio-based materials development, characterization, and various industrial applications. Aman has published more than 45 papers in reputed journals and 5 patents/patent applications. His research is focused on the development of biochemicals, biopolymers/biomaterials, nanomaterials from lipids and other renewable resources. He has participated and presented his work in more than 100 National and international scientific meetings and conferences, including several keynote, plenary, and invited lectures at conferences and research centres in Asia, Europe, and America. In addition, he has received several awards including Canadian Rising Star award by Grand Challenges Canada.

Prof. Jurgen Seibel

University of Gottingen, Germany


Jurgen Seibel studied chemistry at the Georg August University of Gottingen. During his PhD thesis under the guidance of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Lutz F. Tietze, he was involved in the synthesis of Vitamin E. He moved to the University of Oxford to work with Professor Dr. Chris Schofield in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory (Department of Organic Chemistry) on serine proteases and Hypoxia-inducible factors (HIF) on the mechanisms and as therapeutic targets. After the Oxford period he came back to Germany starting his independent research at the University of Braunschweig, where he received his habilitation. He moved to Helmoholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). In 2009 he became professor at the University of Wurzburg. His present research interests are focused on Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology including the development of chemical and enzymatic syntheses, biocatalysis, protein engineering, drug delivery and glycosciences

Prof. Fouad Laoutid

Materia Nova research Center, Belgium


Dr Fouad LAOUTID obtained a master degree in material science from University of Montpellier (France) in 1999. He received his PhD degree from University of Montpellier in 2003 and joined Materia Nova research center in 2006. After his PhD, he has worked at the technical incubator of Ecole des Mines dAles in 2003 on the development of fire-resistant polyurethane foam before joining Ecole des Mines dAles in 2004 as a lecturer. He is currently R&D; Programe Manager of the polymeric and composite unit. His research interests concern the development of sustainable flame-retardant polymeric materials, including biobased materials, (nano) composites and polymer blends. He has in charge several academic and industrial research projects. Dr Laoutid obtained a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in polymer chemistry in 2016 at the University of Montpellier. He is Vice-President of the French Chemical Society Group "Thermal degradation and fire behavior of organic materials" since 06/2015.

Prof. Maude Jimenez

University of Lille, France


Prof. Maude JIMENEZ has completed his PhD from Lille University in Lille, France on the study of intumescent coatings. Her research interests include design of innovative pathways to flame retard plastics. She has published more than 70 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of Journal of Materials Science. In 2019, she also has been appointed junior delegate of the French University Institute (IUF).

Dr. Hiroyuki Aoki

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan


Dr. Hiroyuki Aoki is a Principal Scientist of J-PARC Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and a Professor of Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK). He obtained his degrees of BE, ME and PhD from Kyoto University in 1996, 1998 and 2001, respectively. He became an Assistant Professor of Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University in 2001 and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2006. He moved to JAEA as a Senior Scientist in 2016 and became a Principal Scientist of JAEA and a Professor of KEK in 2019. His research interests are focused on structure and dynamics of polymer materials at the single molecule scale. He was awarded with the Inoue Research Award for Young Scientist from Inoue Foundation for Science (2002), Young Scientist Lectureship Award (2008), SPSJ Award for the Outstanding Paper in Polymer Journal (2008), and Science Award from the Society of Polymer Chemistry, Japan (2016).

Dr. Fatima Ezzahra Hanana

Polymer/Process Engineer Montreal, Canada


Dr. Fatima Ezzahra Hanana Born in Morocco, graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Laval University, Canada. Over three years of experience in research scientist in polymeric composites, development and project management. Fundamental knowledge of polymer chemistry and polymer synthesis. Hands-on experience in polymer processing equipment such as rotational, injection and compression molding. Experience and background: processing and characterization tests including mechanical, physical and chemical properties of polymers and composites, structure-property relationship, materials science & treatment, wood products.

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