Plenary Speakers

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Prof. A. K. Sood (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA)

Prof. Sood, FRS is an Honorary Professor in Department of Physics at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is currently the President of the Indian National Science Academy and the Secretary General of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He was the President of the Indian Academy of Sciences from 2010 to 2012.
His research interests include Physics of Nano systems such as grapheme and other 2D materials and soft condensed matter, with a strong focus on innovative experiments. The latter includes the flow behaviour such as rheochaos, nonequilibrium phase transitions, deconstruction of glass physics using colloid experiments, active matter and stochastic thermodynamics. The experimental probes used for exploring physics at nanoscale are Raman spectroscopy, Ultrafast time resolved spectroscopies including terahertz spectroscopy, transport measurements and x-ray diffractions He has published close to 400 papers in refered international journals and holds a few national and International patents.  His work has been recognized by way of many honors and awards .These include the Fellowship of the Royal Society ( FRS) , all the three science academies of India and TWAS ; the civilian honor, Padma Shri by Government of India,  S.S. Bhatnagar Prize, G.D. Birla Award, TWAS Prize in Physics, FICCI Prize, Goyal Prize, M.N. Saha Award and Millennium Gold Medal of Indian Science Congress, Sir C.V. Raman Award of UGC, Homi Bhabha Medal of Indian National Science Academy, DAE Raja Ramanna Award of JNCASR, National Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology by Government of India, Nano Award by Government of Karnataka, G.M. Modi Award of Science and  R D Birla Award for Excellence in Physics by Indian Physics Association.

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Prof. Limin Qi (Peking University, Beijing, CHINA)

Prof. Limin Qi received his PhD degree from Peking University in 1998. He then went to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces to work as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2000, he joined the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Peking University, where he has been a full professor since 2004. His research interests include colloidal chemistry, nanomaterials, self-assembly, biomineralization, biomimetic synthesis, and energy-related materials.
He has published more than 170 refereed papers with a total citation of more than 13,000 times and an h-index of 64. He received the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2003), the Young Chemist Award from Chinese Chemistry Society (2003), the First Rank Award for Excellent Young Teachers in Universities from the Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation (2004), and the “Asian Rising Stars” awarded by the 15th Asian Chemical Congress (2013). He served on the editorial board of Advanced Functional Materials (2005-2018) and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2011-2017). Now he is an associate editor of ACS Applied Nano Materials and an editorial board member of Chinese Science Bulletin. His current research is focused on the controlled synthesis and hierarchical assembly of functional micro- and nanostructures by colloidal chemical methods and bio-inspired approaches, with particular attention paid to their applications in energy conversion and storage as well as molecular sensing.

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Prof. Kirk Schanze (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)

Prof. Schanze earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. He was appointed a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984-1986 and began his independent faculty career at the University of Florida in 1986.
Schanze was University Distinguished Professor and Prominski Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida until 2016. Since 2016 he was appointed the Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a Senior Editor of the ACS journal Langmuir from 2000 - 2008. Since 2008, Schanze is Editor-in-Chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the ACS journal focused on chemistry and engineering of applications-focused research in materials and interfaces. Since 2003, he has authored or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed articles on basic and applied research topics, with a primary focus on organic and organometallic materials chemistry, and is named in 20 patents or disclosures. His selected honors and accolades include CAS Presidents Fellowship, ICCAS, Beijing, Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship, Florida Award, American Chemical Society, Florida Section, Honda-Fujishima Lectureship Award, Japanese Photochemical Association, Special Creativity Extension Award, National Science Foundation, University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, National Research Council, Research Associateship Program, Panel Member, Gibson Term Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of FloridaNASA Group Achievement Award, NASA Langley Research Center, Teaching Incentive Award, University of Florida.