Professor Hu is got PhD from the University of Manchester, is a world-renowned expert in smart materials for textiles, wearables and biomedical applications, a top 2% world's most highly cited scientists by Stanford University with actual ranking of top 0.097%, 278 among 285331 material scientists with an overall rank of 24313 among around 10m scientists worldwide. She joined in City University of Hong Kong in 2020 and she is the Professor of Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of Textile Institute, UK and Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Textiles and Apparel respectively. Professor Hu received about 60 awards for her science and technology research achievements. Exclusively, she is also a recipient of the China National Talent Award (1000-person scheme), Distinguished Achievement Award by the US-based Fiber Society, First-Class Sang Ma Textile Science and Technology Award by The Hong Kong Sang Ma Trust Fund. Apart from her outstanding performance in academic research, what distinguishes her distinctively from many professors is that Professor Hu has compelling impacts on industries. Specifically, Professor Hu is a pioneer and distinguished academic leader with world-wide impact in shape memory materials and artificial spider silks for textiles and clothing, healthcare and biomedical applications. She has Google H-index of 60 with 15149 citations, published 14 books, 34 book chapters, >120 plenary/keynote conference lectures and >350 refereed journal Papers. As corresponding or 1st author, her publications appeared in top journals such as Advanced Materials，Advanced Functional Materials, Biomaterials and Angewandte Chemie and are frequently highlighted in cover pages and journal websites. Her laboratory in CityU currently focuses on unearthing scientific principles and providing solutions to key problems in Healthcare of Wearable Materials in three major areas: Traditional Chinese medical therapies and their materials, energy materials and healthcare as well as spider silks and their relatives as biomaterials as well as personal protective integration.
Dr Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 25 years of experience on various shape memory materials (alloys, polymers, composites and hybrids), he has published over 200 papers in journals, such as Materials Today, Accounts of Chemical Research, and Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 300 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, Elsevier and CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over three dozen of journals.
Jeffrey C. S. Wu received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA. From 1989 to 1994 he was a Senior Research Engineer at the Alumina Company of America (Alcoa), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He joined National Taiwan University (NTU) as an Associate Professor in 1994, and became Distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at NTU in 2019. Professor Wu's current research interests are to develop improved strategies and materials for (a) the highly efficient photoreduction of CO2 with H2O to fuel; (b) photocatalytic water splitting for H2 prodution; (c) photocatalytic selective catalytic reduction of NOx air pollutant; and (d) biodiesel systhesis using solid acidic catalysts. His laboratory developed an optical-fiber photo reactor to perform the CO2 photoreduction in gas-phase. The advantage of this optical-fiber photoreactor is that it can deliver light uniformly to the catalyst surface allowing for higher quantum efficiencies. Professor Wu was elected a Fellow of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2022. He received a number of prestigious awards including "Lai Tzai-Der award" of Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009, "Chemical Technology Award" of Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2006, "Silver medal of National Invention", Taiwan in 2004, "Outstanding Research Achievement," National Taiwan University in 2004 and "Outstanding Scientist and Engineer, Taiwan Tai-Ching Educational Foundation in 2000. He is currently an editor of Catalysis Communications. He served as a member of the editorial boards of Applied Catalysis A: General (Elsevier Journal Publication) in 2009 and Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier Journal Publication) from 2006. He was a guest editor of the special volume "Catalysis for New Energy Resources & Environmental Protection" of Catalysis Today (Elsevier Journal Publication) in 2004. He served as international committee members of the 5th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis, Sapporo Japan in 2005 and the 13th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress, Taiwan in 2010..
Professor Dr Sinin bin Hamdan area of specialization is Materials Mechanics. His Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Honor in Physics was from National University Malaysia, 1984, Master of Science (MSc) in Welding and Adhesive Bonding of Engineering Materials from Brunel University of West London, UK 1986 and Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Mechanics from Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom 1994. He had successfully supervised 7 PhD students. His main interest in research include wood polymer composite, acoustic of wood, biodegradable composite and gamelan musical instrument. Most work concentrate on physical, mechanical, thermal and acoustic properties of materials. His main expertise is in dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermal gradient analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR) and vibration. He is an Associate member of the Plastic and Rubber Institute Malaysia (PRIM) and a fellow to Malaysian Association of Solid State Science (MASS). He was appointed as a senate member for 3 years from 26th October 2015 to 25th October 2018. Currently he is a senior felo at Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Prof. Laichang Zhang
School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
Prof Laichang Zhang was awarded his PhD of Materials Engineering at the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Laichang is currently a Professor of Materials Engineering and Program Leader Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering. Prior to joining the Edith Cowan University, Dr Zhang has worked at The University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) in 2009-2012, University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia) in 2007-2009, Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden (Dresden, Germany) in 2006-2007 and Darmstadt University of Technology (Darmstadt, Germany) in 2005-2006.
Prof. Zhang has considerable expertise and extensive cross-disciplinary research activities in advanced manufacturing of different types of materials (including nanocrystalline / ultrafine-grained materials, bulk metallic glasses, biomaterials, and high-strength steels) and the understanding of their processing, microstructure and properties (e.g. mechanical properties, fatigue properties, corrosion behavior and catalytic performance). Laichang has extensively contributed to a number of research grants supported by Australian Research Council, European Union, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China. Laichang has been serving as Editorial Board Members for many prestigious academic journals such as Advanced Engineering Materials, Materials Science and Technology, Metals, Heliyon and so on. He also has good links to industry both for teaching and research.
Dr. Elias Randjbaran
Speech Title: Offsetting textile waste and cork in the built environment to achieve Net Zero
Dr. Elias Randjbaran is a highly experienced Metallurgical Engineer with a PhD and Master's degrees in Materials Engineering from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). With over 20 years of expertise in the Composite Materials Industry, Dr. Randjbaran has developed a strong research interest and focus on Progressive damage analysis of thin-walled composite laminated structures, Buckling and post-buckling of nano composite structures, Structural crashworthiness, and ballistic impact analysis.
Furthermore, Dr. Randjbaran is a member of several prestigious societies, including Aerospace Society Malaysia (AEROS Malaysia), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Space & Satellite Professionals International. Dr. Randjbaran is a skilled research professional with a proven track record, having led his team in publishing over 30 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, achieving a citation of more than 430, an h-index of 11, and an i10-index of 15. His areas of expertise include defence, space, and advanced manufacturing.