Electrospin 2016 - Invited Speakers

Eva CampoProfessor Eva Campo

Professor Eva Campo leads the Laboratory for Matter Dynamics, holding a faculty appointment at Bangor University (UK) and a visitor appointment at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY). She was the founder of “Nano-Opto-Mechanical-Systems” FP7-NMP-22896, promoting her research interests in nanocomposites, electrospinning, and advanced materials characterization. Her initial electrospinning training was a collaborative with Professor Santiago (University of Pennsylvania), following the tradition of Professor MacDiarmid. That collaborative resulted in the fabrication of polymer-derived electrospun GaN. Here, electrospinning merged with the study of the III-V’s that she had completed during her doctorate studies under the supervision of Professor Slade G. Cargill at Lehigh University. Her work has pioneered the use of synchrotron spectroscopies and Helium Ion Microscopy in the study of electrospun systems, offering previously unobserved morphological details, relevant to the materials by design paradigm. She is an active contributor to the Materials Genome Initiative, and currently deploys both experimental and theoretical techniques to the study of nanointerfaces.She is an SPIE Senior Member and serves in multiple committees at the Electrospinning COST EU Action, SPIE and MRS. More info at www.matterdynamicslab.org.

Prof. Ioannis ChronakisProfessor Ioannis Chronakis

Ioannis S. Chronakis is an Associate Professor at the Nano-BioScience Research Group, DTU-Food, Technical University of Denmark. He received his PhD degree in physical and colloidal chemistry of biomacromolecules from Cranfield University (UK) in 1995. From 1995 to 2001 he was an EU Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at Lund University (Sweden) and at INRA, (France). During 2001 to 2010, he was research projects manager at the Swedish Institute for Industrial Research & Development, Swerea IVF (Sweden). The last fifteen years he has been actively involved in the development and applications of functional electrospun nanofibers. His research group is working also in the field of ‘smart’ nano-bio-structures (e.g. colloidal nanoparticles, nanocapsules, nanogels, hybrids) with tailor-made properties. Dr Chronakis has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 book chapters and is an inventor of 5 patents in the field of electrospun nanofibers.

Prof. Maria Letizia FocareteProfessor Maria Letizia Focarete

Maria Letizia Focarete is Associate Professor (Science and Technology of Polymeric Materials) at the Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician” of the University of Bologna.  She also leads the Biomaterials Laboratory activities of the Health Sciences and Technologies - Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research (HST-ICIR)  at the University of Bologna. She’s author of about 60 publications in international peer reviewed Journals, 4 book chapters, 2 Italian patents, 4 PCT patents and about 100 contributions to national and international conferences. Her academic research interests are focused on polymeric materials and related processing technologies, for advanced biomedical and energy applications. She founded an interdisciplinary research group on electrospinning (RGE-UniBo) at the University of Bologna. RGE activities are mostly focused on: extending basic current knowledge for better control and optimization of the electrospinning process, implementing and tailoring the new apparatus for specific requirements and for mass production, as well as fabricating innovative engineered nanofiber assemblies from selected polymers. The electrospinning technology developed in the group are now the focus of a start-up company, where M.L.F. is member of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Prof. You-Lo HsiehProfessor You-Lo Hsieh

Professor You-Lo Hsieh is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley. Her research integrates materials chemistry with biopolymers and biomimetic strategies to create functional nanofibers, hierarchical and hybrid structures as well as biologically derived nanomaterials. Professor Hsieh’s research has led to novel porous biomaterials, hierarchical hybrids and innovations in supercapacitors, nanocellulose super-absorbents, bio-functionalization of nanomaterials, etc. Professor Hsieh has mentored students in programs from chemistry, materials science, biological system engineering, forensic science to textiles, as well as post-doctoral researchers and international scholars. Professor Hsieh has served extensively professionally, including journal editorial boards, federal grant panels, professional organizations, such as American Chemical Society and the Fiber Society, as well as in leadership roles at the university.


Prof. Unyong JeongProfessor Unyong Jeong

Unyong Jeong received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea (1998). He received a M.A. degree (2000) and a Ph.D. degree (2003) on polymer physics in the same department. He joined Prof. Younan Xia’s group as a postdoctoral fellow to study the synthesis and applications of inorganic nanostructured materials. Then, he joined in Yonsei University in Korea (2006) and he moved to Dept. Materials Science and Engineering at POSTECH as an associate professor (2015). His research aims at understanding the mechanical electrical properties of conductive materials and fabricating stretchable electronic devices based on material synthesis, assembly of nanomaterials, and formation of nanocomposites.

Louis KyratzisProfessor Louis Kyratzis

Dr. Ilias Louis Kyratzis is a team leader in Functional Nanomaterials within CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit.  He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 1989.  He has held appointments at various institutions including Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Pharmacy College Victoria and Swinburne University before joining CSIRO in 1994.  His research interests include nanofibre and nano-architectures in materials especially in their application to environmental remediation, energy, filtration and biomaterials and disease control, as well as flexible electronic textiles, high performance, high strength materials for protective equipment.  He has published widely across different scientific disciplines including 50 referred papers, several patents and numerous industry reports.  He was a cofounder of his conference series starting in Melbourne in 2010.


Prof. Tae-Woo LeeProfessor Tae-Woo Lee

Tae-Woo Lee is an associate professor in the department of the materials science and engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. He received his Ph.D in chemical engineering from KAIST, Korea in February 2002. Then, he joined Bell Laboratories, USA as a postdoctoral researcher in 2002. From September 2003 to August 2008, he worked in Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics as a member of research staff. He received a prestigious Korea Young Scientist Award from the President of Korea in 2008 and The Scientist of the Month Award from the ministry of science, ICT and future planning in 2013. He is author and co-author of 138 papers including Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, PNAS, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, and Advanced Functional Materials, as well as inventor and co-inventor of 322 patents (143 Korean patents and 179 international patents). His research focuses on printed nanofibers, organic/inorganic/hybrid nano-materials, and their device applications based on organic, organic-inorganic hybrid, and carbon materials for flexible electronics, printed electronics, displays, solid-state lightings, solar energy conversion devices, and neuromorphic devices.

Prof. Xiumei MoProfessor Xiumei Mo

Prof. Xiumei Mo got her Ph. D degree from Donghua University in 1991, she then worked as an associate professor in East China University of Science and Technology from 1991 to 1997. She had two years Postdoc experience in Kyoto University, three years research fellow experience in National University of Singapore, one year visiting professor experience in Aachen University of Applied Science and Technology. She served as a professor in Donghua University from 2004, built a Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Lab. She was granted 20 projects related with nanofiber fabrication for different tissue regeneration. Her researches are also related with electrospinning nanofiber for drug delivery and injectable hydrogel for tissue engineering. She has published more than 200 papers. ISI Web of Science showed that she ranks No.4 in the world on electrospinning nanofiber publication. She got the Science Technical Invention Awards from Shanghai Municipality in 2008 and Science and Technology Progress Awards from State Department of People’s Republic of China in 2009. She is the committee member of China Biomedical Engineering Society Biomaterials Branch.

Prof. Gregory RutledgeProfessor Gregory Rutledge

Gregory C. Rutledge is the Lammot du Pont Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as Director of the Program in Polymer Science and Technology and as Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His group conducts research in the molecular engineering of high performance polymers and the development of electrospun fibers and membranes. He currently serves as editor for the Journal of Materials Science and the Journal of Engineering Fibers and Fabrics, as well as on several editorial advisory boards. He is a recipient of the NSF Young Investigator Award, an H.A. Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Akron, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society, and the 2014 recipient of the Founders Award of The Fiber Society.

Eugene SmitDr. Eugene Smit

Eugene Smit is an inventor, scientist, and entrepreneur. He received his PhD in polymer science from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) in 2008 with a focus on electrospinning and studies towards high-throughput production of nanofiber yarns. He is the main inventor on 32 granted nanofiber and electrospinning related patents and has several additional patents pending. He founded the Stellenbosch Nanofiber Company (SNC) in 2011 with the goal of commercializing the SNC BESTTM  high-throughput electrospinning technology. The SNC team works with partners in regenerative medicine, advanced wound care and drug delivery and take pride in turning great nanofiber concepts into commercial realities.


Prof. Yen TruongProfessor Yen Truong                              

Dr. Yen Bach Truong is a Senior Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)-Manufacturing, which is the Australia's national science agency. She holds a Master in Analytical Chemistry from RMIT University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in Fibre Science from Monash University. She had been working in the fabrication of electrospun nanofibres for a range of applications and has published 27 peer-reviewed papers in this area. She chaired the Inaugural International Conference on Electrospinning (Electrospin 2010) in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010.               

Prof. Ce WangProfessor Ce Wang

 Ce Wang became Professor of Chemistry at the Jilin University in 2001, after she got Bachelor degree (1982), Master (1993) and Ph.D degrees in Austria (1995) and experience in USA as a postdoctor (1997). She was introduced into Jilin University as a talent. Since 2001 she has been professor of chemistry and Ph.D. Supervisor. She, as a pioneer of electrospinning field, organized national meetings of electrospinning technology and nanofibers for eight times in 2006-2015. She is a Member of Chinese Chemistry Society and The Nanochemistry Committee as well as Women Chemists Committee. She has 36 Chinese patents, near 300 publications with over 3000 citations. She has received the Future Award of division of Nanocatalysis and Techique of the American Chemistry Society (2000), China New Century Women Inventor (2004), Dupont Outstanding Youth (2004), the William Penn Award of the American Chemistry Society in Philadelphia (2005). She was awarded Changchun Special Government Allowances (2013) and Organization Award of Symposium “Electrospinning Technology and Nanofibers” of CCS (2014). She took the first prize of The Jilin Natural Sciences (2015). She is/will be a member of advisory committee of several of international conferences (2013 - 2016).

 Professor Jingwei Xie     Prof. Jingwei Xie

Jingwei Xie received his B.S. and M.S. degrees (with Prof. Xiaohua Lu) in 1999 and 2002, res pectively, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology. He then pursued his Ph.D. study (with Prof. Chi-Hwa Wang) in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2007. After graduation, he joined the Xia group as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a Senior Scientist at Marshall University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery-Transplant and Holland Regenerative Medicine Program at University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research interests include micro- and nanofabrication, regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and drug delivery.

Alexader YarinProfessor Alexander Yarin

MSc-1977 (in Applied Physics), PhD (in Physics and Mathematics)-1980, DSc (Habilitation, (in Physics and Mathematics)-1989. Affiliations: Junior&Senior Research Associate at The Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow (1977-1990) [and concurrently Professor at the Dept. of Molecular and Chemical Physics of The Physico-Technical Institute (1985 – 1989) and The Aviation Technology Institute, Moscow, USSR (1988-1990)]; Professor at The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (1990-2006; Eduard Pestel Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering at The Technion in 1999-2006); Distinguished Professor at The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (2006-present); Director of the The Multiscale Mechanics and Nanotechnology Laboratory at The University of Illinois at Chicago; Fellow of the Center for Smart Interfaces at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (2008-2012); Visiting Professor at Korea University (Seoul, S. Korea, 2013-present). Dr. Yarin was a Visiting Professor on sabbatical at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chem. Eng. Dept.) in 1996-1997, and at The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003-2004. Prof. Yarin is the author of 3 books, 12 book chapters, 272 research papers, and 6 patents. He is one of the three co-Editors of “Springer Handbook of Experimental Fluid Mechanics”, 2007, and the Associate Editor of the journal “Experiments in Fluids”. He is also the Member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and of the journal “Archives of Mechanics”, as well as the Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal “Electrospinning”. Prof. Yarin was the Fellow of the Rashi Foundation, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and was awarded Gutwirth Award, Hershel Rich Prize and Prize for Technological Development for Defense against Terror of the American-Technion Society.

Sam S YoonProfessor Sam S. Yoon

Dr. Sam S. Yoon is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Korea University since 2005. He received a B.S. degree from Colorado School of Mines in 1997, a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Purdue University in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Fire Science & Technology (9132) at Sandia National Lab from 2002 to 2005. He was a Visiting Professor at the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in 2011. He has so far published over 127 peer-reviewed journal papers in the areas of electronics thermal management, heater, thermal barrier coating; supersonic cold spraying, inkjet printing, electrospraying, electrospinning, aerosol deposition; surface modification (superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic), self-cleaning, self-healing composite materials with focus in energy and environment applications.


Dr. Yen Bach Truong is a Senior Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) -Manufacturing, which is Australia’s national science agency. She holds a Masters in Analytical Chemistry from RMIT University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in Fibre Science from Monash University. She has been working in the fabrication of electrospun nanofibres for a range of applications and has published 27 peer-reviewed papers in this area.  She chaired the Inaugural International Conference on Electrospinning (Electrospin 2010) in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010.