Keynotes Speakers


Professor G. Barbastathis, MIT (USA)

George Barbastathis is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering at  Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He obtained his M.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in Electrical Engineering, from the California Institute of Technology.  His current research includes 3D optical systems, volume holography for imaging systems (3D pupils), 3D spatial and spectral microscopy without scanning, underwater imaging by fleets of autonomous vehicles, holographic particle image velocimetry, quantitative phase recovery.





Dr. M. Meyyapan, NASA (USA)

Dr. Meyya Meyyappan is chief scientist for Exploration Technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Until June 2006, he served as the director of the Center for Nanotechnology at Ames. He also is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology (IWGN) established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. The IWGN is responsible for developing the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

He has authored or co-authored more than 320 articles in peer-reviewed journals, given more than 200 seminars at universities, and presented more than 250 Invited/Keynote/Plenary Talks on nanotechnology subjects around the world. His research interests include carbon nanotubes, graphene, and various inorganic nanowires, their growth and characterization, and application development in chemical and biosensors, instrumentation, electronics and optoelectronics.

Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Electrochemical Society (ECS), American Vacuum Society (AVS), Materials Research Society (MRS), Institute of Physics (IOP), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Institute of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Academy of Inventors, and the California Council of Science and Technology.  He is currently the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Distinguished Lecturer, and was the Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology for both the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and ASME.

For his contributions and leadership in nanotechnology, he has received numerous awards including a Presidential Meritorious Award; NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal; Arthur Flemming Award given by the Arthur Flemming Foundation and the George Washington University; IEEE Judith Resnick Award; IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award; AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award; Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award by the Engineers’ Council; Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology by the IEEE-NTC; Sir Monty Finniston Award by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK); Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award by the Engineers’ Council; IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award; AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award. For his sustained contributions to nanotechnology, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame in 2009. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 2015 from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa for his scientific contributions.

For his educational contributions, he has received Outstanding Recognition Award from the NASA Office of Education; the Engineer of the Year Award (2004) by the San Francisco Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); IEEE-EDS Education Award; IEEE-EAB (Educational Activities Board) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education.




Professor L. Vayssieres, XJTU (China)

Professor Lionel Vayssieres is Director for Division Research & Chief Scientist, International Research Center for Renewable Energy (IRCRE) at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Born in 1968, Dr. Lionel Vayssieres obtained his High School Diploma in Mathematics & Life Sciences in 1986, a BSc. and MSc. in Physical Chemistry in 1989 and 1990, respectively and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in November 1995 (after his 1994 military duty as a scientist for the French Navy) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France for his research work on the Interfacial & thermodynamic growth control of metal oxide nanoparticles in aqueous solutions. Thereafter, he joined Uppsala University, Sweden as a postdoctoral researcher for the Swedish Materials Consortium on Clusters and Ultrafine Particles to extend his concepts and develop purpose-built metal oxide nanomaterials for photoelectrochemical applications as well as to characterize their electronic structure by x-ray spectroscopies at synchrotron radiation facilities. He has been invited as a visiting scientist at: the University of Texas at Austin, USA; the UNESCO Centre for Macromolecules & Materials, Stellenbosch University, and iThemba LABS, South Africa; the Glenn T. Seaborg Center, Chemical Sciences Division, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), CA, USA; The Texas Materials Institute, USA; The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland; the University of Queensland, Australia, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He was also an independent scientist at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan for 8 years.
He has (co-)authored over 100 publications in major international journals, proceedings, and book series which have generated over 10150+ citations since the year 2000 (4550+ since 2012, Google Scholar); Top 1% Scientists in Materials Science (Thomson Reuters). Essential Science Indicators (March 2014) shows 232 citations per paper for Materials Science and 89 citations per paper for All Fields; All time 8 ESI highly cited papers (5 as first and corresponding author) in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Environment/Ecology. A single-author 2003 paper No. 1 in the Top 10 hot papers in Chemistry (Jul-Aug 05), No. 2 (Sep-Dec 05) and No. 3 (May-June 05) in the Top 3 hot papers in Materials Science and highest cited paper for the country of Sweden for the last 10 years (Essential Science Indicators). He has been interviewed by In-Cites and by Science Watch in 2006 for this single authored 2003 paper cited now over 2650 times and another time in 2010 for a 2004 highly cited paper in Chemistry cited now over 300 times. Two other first-and-corresponding author 2001 original research papers have already been cited over 1050 times each. A 2012 and a 2006 articles highly cited in Physics and Material Science, respectively have already been cited over 550 times each.
He has given 362 talks in 31 countries: 178 lectures at international conferences/workshops (47 plenary/keynote, 108 invited, 21 contributed, 2 tutorials) including one of the prestigious MRS Spring Symposium X lecture in 2015 as well as 184 seminars at universities, governmental and/or industrial research institutes.
He also acted as an organizer, chairman, executive program committee, and/or advisory member for major international conferences (MRS, SPIE, ACERS, IEEE, TCM…) and for various projects worldwide (UNESCO, IUPAC…).
He is, since 2003, a guest scientist at the Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanotechnology (JCR Impact Factor 2013: 1.144) and a referee for 80 SCI journals (Nature, Nature Photonics, Energy Environ. Sci., JACS, Angew. Chemie, Adv. Mater….) as well as for major funding agencies in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
He is currently a full time 1000-Talent Scholar Professor (China Global Expert Program), chief scientist, co-founder, and scientific director of the International Research Center for Renewable Energy (IRCRE), School of Energy & Power Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, P. R. China.
He’s also the recipient of the 2014 Sanqin and the 2016 National Chinese Government Friendship awards as well as one of the most cited researcher in China in the field of Materials Science in 2014, 2015, and 2016 (Elsevier).