Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Vice President of Global Partnerships
University of Nicosia , Cyprus
Biography :

Professor Dimitris Drikakis is the Vice President of Global Partnerships at the University of Nicosia (November 2018). Prior to that, he was Executive Dean (Engineering) and Executive Director of Global Partnerships at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; Head of the Institute of Aerospace Sciences at Cranfield University; Professor at the Queen Mary University of London, as well as held academic appointments at the University of Manchester, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. To date, he has co-authored two books and has published about 400 papers in the above technical areas (www.drikakis.com)

Research Interest :

Prof. Drikakis expertise is in fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and nanotechnology (fluid/material interface). He is active in both fundamental and applied research, including technology transfer to industry and research establishments.

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Director Institute , Micro- and Nanomaterials
Ulm University , Germany
Biography :

Hans Fecht is Chaired Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ulm, Germany, and Director of the “Institute of Micro and Nano-materials". He received his PhD at the University of Saarbrücken in 1984 and became professor at the University of Augsburg after postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the California Institute of Technology, USA. In 1993 he was appointed Full Professor at the Technical University Berlin and in 1997 at University of Ulm. He directs a group of about 30 academics, students, technicians and visitors. He has published more than 450 scientific papers, coordinated numerous national, European and international research projects and (co)organized a number of international workshops, symposia and conferences. Hans Fecht was awarded with the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), "Pioneer of Nanotechnology" (Deutsche Bank), the Innovation Award of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In addition, he is the office director of the EUREKA Cluster Metallurgy Europe.

Research Interest :

Prof. Fecht directs a group of about 30 graduate students, PhD students and Post-Docs in the field. He has (co )authored more than 450 technical papers, (co-) organized several international conferences (micromaterials) and workshops (EPS, ESA, nanoDanube). He is a member of several international advisory boards and has a long standing history of managing national and international projects in the field of materials science and nanotechnology

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International Researcher, International Research Center
Kalasalingam University , India
Biography :

T.Theivasanthi Dr. (Ms) T.Theivasanthi of Kalasalingam University doing research in nanomaterials / nanotechnology; has 15 years of teaching experience; published many research articles/ books and h-index 10; life member of Indian Science Congress Association and Magnetics Society of India; member of International Association of Advanced Materials; serving as Editorial Board Member/ reviewer for some scientific journals; lead editor in JNNN special issue (SAGE Publications, UK); achieved many awards/ honours/ recognitions including - Madurai Women Achievers Award - 2013, Motivational Award - 2015 and 2015 Women’s Day Award of St.Annes College; achieved World Record in LIMCA Book of Records-2015 for nanotechnology invention “World’s first superparamagnetic plants materials” – named “Santhi Particles”, World Record– 2016 for innovative products "The World’s lowest priced graphene" & "World’s Smallest Particles of Vegetables" and World Record– 2017 for the invention "The World’s Smallest Anti-Viral Plant Particles". Other innovative products- Superparamagnetic lead nanoparticles, semiconducting lead Nanoparticles, Low cost-mass production of graphene, agricultural nanofertilisers, vegetable powder for diabetes, plants materials for diabetes & psoriasis and nanoparticles for treatment of EBOLA, DENGUE, HIV & H1N1 virus infection. Govt. of India shows interests to develop her inventions for the benefits of public; since Dec-2014, she has delivered lectures (more than 105) in International / National scientific conferences, foreign countries and renowned institutes like National Institute of Technology, Anna University, Central University of all over India; she delivered Motivational Lectures for women, students and staff of institutes / Multi-national corporate companies (Cognizant Technologies); Artha Nyana Academy (Malaysia), Intelligent Society of Malaysia etc. NanoDigest, Economic Times and Telegraph have published news about her research; Thanthi TV, All India Radio, Minnal FM (Malaysia) and Bernama TV (Malaysia) have broadcasted her interviews.

Research Interest :

Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Particle Science, Graphene, Chemistry, Biomaterials, Nanomaterials, semiconductors

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Professor, Director and Independent Consultant, Departments of Internal Medicine and Nanomedicine
California Innovations Corporation , USA
Biography :

Dr. Farid Menaa is an inter- and multi-disciplinary professional with worldwide reputation. He has three international post-doctoral terms in Oncology, Dermatology, and Hematology; MBA Entrepreneurship and MD candidate. During his ongoing career, he has mainly contributed to the identification and functions of new human disease-causing genes and variants, formulated natural products for anti-aging and developed innovative theranostic strategies against cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and infectious diseases. He has more than 10 years’ experiences either in the academic, hospitals or industrial sectors. As Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President R&D at Fluorotronics, Inc. he actively participated in the development of the disruptive “Carbon-Fluorine Spectroscopy”. Dr. Menaa collaborates with various organizations worldwide. He is a member of several prestigious medical and scientific organizations and editorial boards in the field of medicine, science, technology and business, including in the nano-segment. He has authored more than 100 articles including research and review articles, books, book chapters, textbooks, proceedings, and has participated to over 200 scientific international events including as co-organizer, keynote speaker, chairman. Dr. Menaa’s worldwide collaborations, holistic point of view and strong expertise in various fields led him to prevent, implement early diagnosis, and develop efficient and safer therapy.

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Professor, Firat University, Department of Physics
Firat University , Turkey
Biography :

Dr. Osman Adiguzel graduated from Department of Physics, Ankara University, Turkey in 1974 and received PhD- degree from Dicle University, Diyarbakir-Turkey. He studied at Surrey University, Guildford, UK, as a post doctoral research scientist in 1986-1987, and his studies focused on shape memory alloys. He worked as research assistant, 1975-80, at Dicle University and shifted to Firat University in 1980. He became professor in 1996, and he has already been working as professor. He published over 50 papers in international and national journals; He joined over 100 conferences and symposia in international and national level as participant, invited speaker or keynote speaker with contributions. He served the program chair or conference chair/co-chair in some of these activities. In particular, he joined in last four years (2014 - 2017) over 30 conferences as Keynote Speaker and Conference Co-Chair organized by South Asian Institute of Science and Engineering (SAISE), web: http://saise.org/, Science and Engineering Institute (SCIEI), web: http://www.sciei.org, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, web: http://www.iacsit.org/, The Academic World Education and Research Center (AWER-Center), web: http://www.awer-center.org/, and other institutes and companies. Dr. Adiguzel served his directorate of Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Firat University in 1999-2004. He supervised 5 PhD- theses and 3 M.Sc theses. He is also Technical committee member of many conferences. He received a certificate which is being awarded to him and his experimental group in recognition of significant contribution of 2 patterns to the Powder Diffraction File – Release 2000. The ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) also appreciates cooperation of his group and interest in Powder Diffraction File.

Research Interest :

Shape memory effect and displacive phase transformations in shape memory alloys and other alloys, molecular dynamics simulations, alloy modeling, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and crystallography.

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CEO and Professor Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine, Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine
Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine (Ltd) Commercialisation Centre, The London BioScience Innovation Centre , United Kingdom
Biography :

Alexander Seifalian, Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine worked at the Royal Free Hospital and University College London for over 26 years, during this time he spent a period of time at Harvard Medical School looking at caused of cardiovascular diseases and a year at Johns Hopkins Medical School looking at treatment of liver. He published more than 647 peer-reviewed research papers, and registered 14 UK and International patents. He is currently CEO of NanoRegMed Ltd, working on the commercialisation of his research. During his career Prof Seifalian has led and managed many large projects with successful outcomes in terms of commercialisation and translation to patients. In 2007 he was awarded the top prize in the field for the development of nanomaterials and technologies for cardiovascular implants by Medical Future Innovation, and in 2009 he received a Business Innovation Award from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). He was the European Life Science Awards’ Winner of Most Innovative New Product 2012 for the “synthetic trachea”. Prof Seifalian won the Nanosmat Prize in 2013 and in 2016 he received the Distinguish Research Award in recognition of his outstanding work in regenerative medicine from Heals Healthy Life Extension Society. His achievements include development of the world first synthetic trachea, lacrimal drainage conduit, and vascular bypass graft using nanocomposite materials, bioactive molecules and stem cell technology. He has over 15,000 media report from his achievement, include BBC, ITV, WSJ, CNN, and many more. Currently he is working on development and commercialisation of human organs using graphene based nanocomposite materials and stem cells technology.

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Professor in Physics (Surface interactions and Nanostructures), Science and Engineering
University of Groningen , Netherlands
Biography :

George Palasantzas was born in Amfikleia (Greece) and studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece from 1984-1988. He obtained Fulbright fellowship and completed his MSc at Northeastern University in USA from 1989-1991, and subsequently his PhD with a Prof. J. Krim from 1991-1994. From 1994-1996 he did obligatory military service in Greece, and after PostDoc at TUDelft from 1996-1998 in the NEXT Laboratory (Nanophysics). From 1998-2000 he was PostDoc for NIMR/Groningen. From 2001-2014 worked as University Lecturer at the University of Groningen. From 2010-2013 he was the chairman of the ESF RNP CASIMIR. From 2014-present he was promoted to Professor in Physics. His current research interests are in Nanoscale roughness, Casimir effect and surface interactions, and Nanoparticle Physics (Energy storage, wetting, solar cells). He teaches Mathematical Physics (1 year) and Electronics (2 and 3 years).

Research Interest :

Nanoscale surface roughness, Casimir effect, Nano/microelectromechanical systems, Nanoparticles, Kinetic roughening, Scanning probe microscopy, Adhesion, Friction / FULL-LIST OF PUBLICATIONS Teaching: Mathematical (Physics, 1st year), Electronics (Physics, 2nd year), Electronics (Biomedical Technology, 3rd year)

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Emeritus Professor, Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics
University of Rochester , USA
Biography :

Henry M. Sobell completed his studies at Brooklyn Technical High School (19481952), Columbia College (1952-1956), and the University of Virginia School of Medicine (1956-1960). Instead of practicing clinical medicine, he then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to join Professor Alexander Rich in the Department of Biology (1960-1965), where, as a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow, he learned the technique of single crystal X-ray analysis. He then joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Rochester, having been subsequently jointly appointed to both the Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics departments (the latter at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry), becoming a full tenured Professor in both departments (1965-1993). He is now retired and living in the Adirondacks in New York, USA.

Research Interest :

X-ray Crystallography, Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction, Structural Chemistry, Molecular Biology

OCM Member
Co-director
Harvard Medical School , USA
Biography :

Dr. Xudong Huang has received his PhD degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). He is the Co-Director of Neurochemistry Lab, Psychiatry Department of MGH, a world leading hospital. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IJBNN). In addition, Dr. Huang has served as a manuscript reviewer for more than 50 research journals and a grant reviewer for private foundations and government agencies including Alzheimer’s Association, American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), and NIH.

Research Interest :

Nanoneurotoxicity and its potential link to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, ALS, and depression. Novel applications of nanotechnology. Dr. Huang’s major research activities and achievements are centered upon: (i) validating potential correlation of environmental stressors such as exposure of metals and metal oxide nanoparticles with neurodegeneration using in vivo molecular imaging modalities; (ii) CNS drug discovery initiatives using artificial intelligence (AI)-based computer screening and cell-based high throughput screening (HTS) techniques; (iii) exploring novel biomedical big data analytics in gene expression clustering and MRI data classification using clinical data, machine learning (ML) methods such as support vector machine (SVM), etc., and deep learning (DL) algorithms such as convolution neural network (CNN).

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Professor
University of Southern California , USA
Biography :

Mirela Olympia Fagarasan Palmer works in academia as an internationally recognized neuropharmacology and neuroimmunology researcher. She published more than 500 scientific reports in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and signal transduction. She is leading a laboratory interested in understanding the fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders to contribute at development of new pharmacological treatments. Uses genetic, neuroendocrine and neurochemical methods. She recognized the role of the immune system in modulating neuropsychiatric diseases and we are developing in vitro cellular models and in vivo animal models to study the neuro-immune interactions under normal and disease states. She has successfully combined research, teaching, administration and clinical care and continue to work on advancing and understanding the cause of serious mental illness.

Research Interest :

Neuropsychopharmacology, Aging,Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegeration, Regeneration, Signal Transduction.

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Professor, Department of Physics
University in Vienna, Austria , Austria
Biography :

Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber is a University Professor of Physics from Austria, Europe. She is expert in Nanotechnology, Biomimetics and Tribology. She was born on April 10, 1969, in the small city Kindberg. On the schoolbus, when she wrote a message on the window to a friend who was outside, she discovered that - a natural lefthander - she can write in mirror. She uses this ability to stimulate the right side of her brain and thereby her creativity and cross-border thinking. This has had major influence on her scholarly development and achievements - unlike most other physicists and engineers her approach to science is wide and holistic, and inherently trans- and interdisciplinary, bridging over to biology, the arts and the social sciences. 2017 she was elected 'Austrian of the Year' in the category 'Research'. From 2008 untill 2015 she was living and working in Malaysia, since 2016 she is back at her home institution, the Vienna University of Technology. Prof. Ille is associate editor of the IMechE Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (SAGE Publishing, London, UK), editorial board member of various scientific journals, author of two books on biomimetics and nanotechnology and editor of a book on biomimetics by Springer Scientific Publishing. Since 2011 she has been scientific advisory board member regarding nanotechnology for the Lifeboat Foundation, a US American think tank safeguarding humanity. Her research interests comprise the use of nanotechnology and biomimetics to address global challenges for humankind. Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber serves on various international strategy boards. She has been acting as reviewer and advisor for agencies, universities, research institutions and public bodies. Prof. Ille is doing extensive public science outreach work and her professional activities are widely covered in the media. She loves to go on rainforest expeditions with her students, who come from different cultures and different fields (Europe & Asia, physics, engineering, biology, veterinary medicine, applied arts, fine arts). Her research interests are located at the interface of biology, engineering and the arts, systems thinking and nanotechnology. She has experience in various expert panels, including the Science Advisory Board (Arlington, USA), the Strategy Board of the Austrian Center of Competence for Tribology (Wiener Neustadt, Austria), QS and THES University Rankings and the ISESCO Expert Panel on Nanotechnology.

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