Keynote Speakers

Prof.Alexander Korsunsky  


Department of Engineering Science and Trinity College, University of Oxford UK

Prof.Alexander Korsunsky is a world-leader in engineering microscopy of materials for optimisation of design, durability and performance. He leads the MBLEM lab (Multi-Beam Laboratory for Engineering Microscopy) at Oxford, and the Centre for In situ Processing Science (CIPS) at the Research Complex, Harwell. He consults Rolls-Royce plc on residual stress and structural integrity, and is Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London, UK. Alexander holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from Merton College, Oxford. He was Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and Lecturer at Newcastle University, before returning to academic position at Oxford. Each year he gives several keynote and plenary lectures at major international conferences. He developed extensive links that included visiting appointments in Italy (Roma Tre), France (ENSICAEN) and Singapore (NUS, NTU, A*Star). Prof Korsunsky’s research interests concern improved understanding of integrity and reliability of engineered and natural structures and systems, from high-performance metallic alloys to polycrystalline ceramics to natural hard tissue such as seashell nacre and human enamel, the subject of a major research project he leads on understanding and combatting human dental Caries. He co-authored books on fracture mechanics (Springer), elasticity (CUP) residual stress (Elsevier), and published ~450 papers in scholarly periodicals on subjects ranging from multi-modal ‘live’ microscopy, neutron and synchrotron X-ray analysis, contact mechanics and structural integrity to micro-cantilever biosensors, and size effects. His h-index is 46, with top publications cited over 500 times. Support for Prof Korsunsky’s research came from EPSRC and STFC (major UK Research Councils, over £2M current funding) and the EU (~€6M project iStress), as well as from Rolls-Royce, Oxford Instruments, the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), NRF (South Africa), DFG (Germany), etc. He is member of editorial boards of the Journal of Strain Analysis, FFEMS, TAML, and Editor-in-Chief of Materials & Design, a major interdisciplinary Elsevier journal (2020 impact factor 6.289). Prof Korsunsky plays an important role in the development of large-scale research facilities across the world. He was Chair of the Science Advisory Committee at Diamond Light Source (2010-14), and in 2017 was named a Leading Light in UK synchrotron science, and in 2020 championed the imaging and tomography theme of Diamond-II Upgrade programme. His activities expand the range of applications to real engineering problems. Members of Prof Korsunsky’s research team at Oxford came from every part of the globe (UK,FR,DE,IT,BE,GR,China,India,Korea,Turkey,Malaysia,Argentina,South Africa).

Prof. Masaru Tanaka 


Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan 

Masaru Tanaka is a professor at Kyushu University. In the period of 1996-2000 he worked for TERUMO Co. and designed novel biocompatible polymers and commercialized as an artificial lung. In 2000 he moved to Hokkaido University and in 2007 he moved to Tohoku University. Stents covered with the self-organized porous 3D films are commercially available in the world clinical market. In 2009 he was awarded a full professorship at Yamagata University. He became a leader of Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program, Japan 2011-2014). He has received several awards, including the SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award for his intermediate water concept based on the role of interfacial water at materials' interphases. Intermediate water content is a good predictor of biological responses to materials and is using for high-through put materials discovery.

His recent selected papers in 5 years:
ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2021, 7, 472; Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 2862; ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2020, 6, 6690; Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 8570; ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2020, 2, 4749; ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2020, 6, 3915; ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2020, 3, 1858; ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2020, 6, 2855; ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2019, 2, 4154; Biomacromolecules 2019, 20, 2265; Langmuir 2019, 35, 2808; ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2019, 3, 981; Adv. Healthcare Mater., 2019, 8, 1900130; Science Advances 2018, 4, eaau2426; ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2018, 4, 1591; Biomacromolecules2017, 18, 4214; Biomacromolecules 2017, 18, 3834; Biomacromolecules 2017, 18, 1609; Macromolecules 2016, 49, 8154; Macromolecules 2016, 49, 2493; ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2016, 2, 212; Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, 3808. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 18096; Langmuir, 2015, 31, 7100; Adv. Healthcare Mater., 2014, 3, 775-784; Langmuir, 2014, 30, 10698; Nanomedicine, 2014, 10, 313. etc., Also, more than 200 patents.

Assoc Prof. Simcha Srebnik


Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada 

Dr. Simcha Srebnik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. She was previously an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in the development of statistical models and molecular simulation to describe thermodynamic and nonequilibrium behavior of polymers, biopolymers, and interfacial phenomena. Her focus is on fundamental research, specializing in the development of simple physical models to underpin universal molecular behavior. Recent problems of interest in this area include protein folding and misfolding as well as biopolymer assembly. Recent activity also includes modeling the degradation of anionic exchange membranes under low hydration conditions and evaluation of materials for carbon capture. Computational methods include multiscale models and optimization algorithms used to analyze existing molecular and material databases. Dr. Srebnik actively collaborates with experimental and theoretical researchers in various fields including mathematics,

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