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Speakers Bios

Dr. Yury GogotsiDr. Yury Gogotsi is Trustee Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also holds appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University and serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 2003 to 2007.  He received his MS (1984) and PhD (1986) degrees from Kiev Polytechnic and a DSc degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Science in 1995. His research group works on all kinds of nanostructured carbons and other nanomaterials.  He has co-authored two books, edited ten books, obtained more than 20 patents and authored about 250 research papers. He currently serves as an Editor of CARBON (Elsevier) and is a member of the editorial board of several other journals.

He has received several awards for his research including S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, G.C. Kuczynski Prize from the International Institute for the Science of Sintering, R. Snow Award from the American Ceramic Society (3 times), I.N. Frantsevich Prize from the Ukrainian Academy of Science, R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine (twice) and two Nano 50TM Awards from NASA Nanotech Briefs. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Ceramic Society, The Electrochemical Society, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering.

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François BéguinFrançois Béguin is Professor of Materials Chemistry in Orléans University, France. His research activities are devoted to chemical and electrochemical applications of carbon materials, with a special attention to the development of nano-carbons with controlled porosity and surface functionality for applications to energy conversion/storage and environment protection. He is the leader of the “Energy-Environment” group in Orléans University. The main topics investigated in this team are lithium batteries, supercapacitors, electrochemical hydrogen storage, reversible electrosorption of pollutants. He owns several patents related with the synthesis of nano-structured carbon materials (nanotubes, carbons from seaweeds, …) and their use for electrochemical systems. He published more than 250 publications in high impact international journals and his works are cited in more than 5000 papers. He is also involved in several books dealing with carbon materials and energy storage. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Carbon Conferences, chairman of the Advisory Board for the International Symposium on Intercalation Compounds (ISIC) and he launched the first international conference on Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection (CESEP). He is member of the editorial board of the journal Carbon. He is the Director of two national programmes in the French Agency for Research (ANR), one on Energy Storage (Stock-E), the other on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (H-PAC).

Dr. Katsumi KanekoKatsumi Kaneko is a distinguished professor of ExoticNanocarbon Research Center, Shinshu University since April, 2010. He had been a professor of chemistry, Chiba University until March in 2010. He graduated the master program of Chemistry of the University of Tokyo in 1971. He became a research associate of Faculty of Science, Chiba University just after graduation of the master program of the University of Tokyo. He finished the dean of Faculty of Science and of graduate school of Natural Science, Chiba University. He was an editor of Adsorption Science and Technology until 2009. He has developed nanospace molecular science with various kinds of techniques. The current researches are associated with the sustainable nanoscience using molecular adsorption and structural analyses. He published over 400 papers on international journals. His study “Structures and reactivity of molecular assemblies in solid nanospaces” was awarded by Chemical Society of Japan in 1999. He is a recipient of the Charles Pettinos Award by American Carbon Society in 2007 on molecular adsorptivities of nanocarbons. 

Dr. Hui-Ming ChenDr. Hui-Ming Cheng is a Professor and Executive Deputy Director of the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has led several national key projects in synthesis and applications of carbon nanotubes and energy storage materials. He published a book entitled Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications in Chinese, and authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited for more than 6700 times. He has received several international and national awards, such as National Natural Science Award (2nd class) in 2006, the Khwarizmi International Award in 2007 and the Charles E. Pettinos Award in 2010. He serves as Editor of Carbon, Editor-in-Chief of New Carbon Materials, and in a few expert panels. His research activities mainly focus on the synthesis, properties, and applications of carbon nanotubes, graphene, energy storage materials, solar energy conversion materials, and high-performance bulk carbon materials.


Max LuMax Lu is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research) at the University of Queensland - a world top 100 University. He is the Foundation Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and two-time Federation Fellow.

Professor Lu’s research expertise is in carbon and nanoporous materials for clean energy and environmental technologies. With over 400 journal publications in high impact journals including Nature, JACS, Angew Chem, Adv Materials, and Carbon, he is also co-inventor of 18 international patents. Professor Lu is an Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science with over 8400 citations (with h-index of 47). He has received numerous prestigious awards nationally and internationally including the Orica Award, RK Murphy Medal, Le Fevre Prize, ExxonMobil Award, IUMRS Young Scientist Award, Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia (2004 and 2010). He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Fellow of The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Among his other commitments, he is a Director of the Board of Uniseed Pty Ltd and the Australian Synchrotron.

Conference Chairman

Peter ThrowerDr. Peter Thrower is Professor Emeritus of Materials Science, The Pennsylvania State University, and Editor-in-Chief of the CARBON (Elsevier) Journal, a position he has held for 28 years. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK. From 1960 to 1969 he worked as a research scientist at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s research facility at Harwell, where he studied the effects of high energy neutron irradiation on graphite. In 1969 he moved to The Pennsylvania State University where he remained until he retired in 1998. During this time he worked on various aspects of carbon and graphite materials, particularly the effects of erosion and oxidation on carbon/carbon composites. While at Penn State he organised three international carbon conferences (1979, 1989 and 1997) and served on the Executive Committee of the American Carbon Society from 1982 to 2004. He was also Editor of the Chemistry and Physics of Carbon review series (1973-1998). He was most recently the recipient of the International Exceptional Contribution Award, jointly given by the American Carbon Society, the Asian Association of Carbon groups, and the European Carbon Association.