Prof. Hao Gong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Biography: Dr. Hao GONG is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at National University of Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the transmission electron microscopy laboratory at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include transparent oxide conductors and semiconductors (n-type and p-type), energy storage materials and devices (mainly supercapacitors), energy harvest materials and devices (mainly solar cells), gas sensors, functional thin film and nano-materials, materials characterization (mainly on transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction). Dr. Gong received his B.S. degree in Physics at Yunnan University in 1982. He passed his M.S. courses in Yunnan University, carried out his M.S. thesis research work at Glasgow University, UK, and received M.S. degree of Electron and Ion Physics at Yunnan University in 1987. He then did his PhD at Materials Laboratory at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and obtained PhD degree there in 1992. He joined National University of Singapore in 1992, and is currently full professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has published about 200 refereed papers in major international journals.
Prof. Alfonso Maffezzoli, University of Salento, Italy
Biography: Alfonso Maffezzoli received his master degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and the Ph.D. degree in Materials Technology at University of Naples in 1991, working also as associate researcher at University of Washington (Seattle, USA). In 1991 he won the Young Scientist Award of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS). In 1992 he joined to the University of Salento as lecturer and presently he is full professor at the department of engineering for innovation. He leads a research group of about 20 people operating in the area of technology of polymers, composites, ceramics and biomaterials, working on many research project either supported by public institutions either supported by private companies. His didactic activity covered the general aspects of materials science and technology and polymer science at the engineering faculty. He is actually teaching courses on composites science and technology and process modelling. Now he chairs the Ph.D. program in “Materials and structure engineering and nanotechnology”. His research interests are related to polymer, composites and biomaterials. More recently, original contribution were developed in the field of processing of thermoplastic and thermosetting matrix composites, additive manufacturing, bio-based polymers, rotational moulding, ultrasonic characterization of polymers and polymer matrix nanocomposites. He is author of more than 190 papers on international journals besides to several patents and many conference papers. He acts as reviewer for more than 20 international journals.
Prof. X.H. Zhu, Sichuan University, China
Biography: Dr. X.H. Zhu is currently a full professor at Department of Materials Science, Sichuan University, China. Dr. Zhu received his BSc degree in Materials Physics from Sichuan University in 2000 and PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After that, he did 3-year postdoctoral research at CNRS and CEA in France, and then joined Sichuan University as a professor in 2009. From April 2012 to April 2013, he was also a research scholar at the Department of Physics & Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was selected as a New Century Excellent Talent in University of China in 2009 and an Outstanding Young Scientific and Technological Leader of Sichuan Province, China in 2011. Dr. Zhu’s research interests include mainly graphene-based electrode materials and novel solid-state electrolytes for energy storage devices (supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries), piezoelectric ceramics, as well as multifunctional oxide thin films and related electronic devices. Until now, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 SCI-indexed papers and 2 scientific books.