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Professor Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Younan Xia is the Brock Family Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Nanomedicine at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1987, M.S. from University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1996. He started as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1997 and was promoted to associated professor and professor in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He moved to Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and held a position of James M. McKelvey Professor in the department of biomedical engineering until relocating to Georgia in 2012. Xia has co-authored over 700 publications in peer-reviewed journals, together with a total citation of over 125,000 and an h-index of 182. He was named a Top 10 Chemist and Materials Scientist based on the number of citation per publication. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including MRS Medal, ACS National Award in the Chemistry of Materials, and NIH Director's Pioneer Award. More information can be found at http://www.nanocages.com.



Senior Research Scientist Yen Truong, CSIRO, Australia 

Dr. Yen Bach Truong is a Senior Research Scientist, Project Leader and Research Team Leader of the Functional Materials team at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)-Manufacturing in Australia. She was recently awarded CSIRO’s Julius Career Award (2018-2021). She holds a Master in Analytical Chemistry from RMIT University, Australia and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in Fibre Science from Monash University, Australia. She has been working in the fabrication of electrospun nanofibres for a range of applications and has published over 38 peer-reviewed papers in this area. She chaired the Inaugural International Conference on Electrospinning (Electrospin 2010) in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. Her current research interests are in the use of electrospun composite materials in personal protection.


Senior Principal Research Consultant Ilias Louis Kyratzis, CSIRO, Australia

 Dr Ilias Louis Kyratzis is a Senior Principal Research Consultant within CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit.  His expertise lie in the development of high performance fibre based materials.  Specifically in the areas of nanofibres and microfiber fabrication methods such as electrospinning, polymer extrusion, development of fibre reinforced high performance, high strength materials for protective equipment fabrication of 3D textile structures – knitting, weaving and non woven – for tissue engineering, energy storage, flexible electronics, filtration devices and sensor, biosensor development.  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.

Staff researcher Luana Persano, Nanoscience Institute of the CNR, Italy 

 Luana Persano, PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies, is staff researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of the CNR. She has been Marie-Curie fellow at the FORTH, Greece, and visiting scientist at the Harvard University and at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include nanomanufacturing and lithographic processes onto nanocomposites and active materials in the form of films, nanoparticles, and fibers, and the implementation of nanophotonic and piezoelectric devices based on them. She is co-founder of the company Soft Materials and Technologies, which is focused on the development of additive manufacturing technologies applied to soft materials.


Professor Dario Pisignano, University of Pisa,Italy

Dario Pisignano, PhD in Physics, is Full Professor at the University of Pisa. He coordinates an interdisciplinary group working on Nanotechnologies on Soft Matter at the Department of Physics “Enrico Fermi” of the University of Pisa and at NEST, CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze. His research activity is focused on the development of advanced polymer processing and lithographic approaches, electrospinning, and soft lithographies, for realizing micro-nanostructured devices, organic lasers, microfluidics and functional systems. He has been International Evaluator for projects for the National Science Foundation (NSF) U.S.A., the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. He has been member, among others, of the International Advisory Committee of the “International Conference on Electrospinning” and of the Optical Materials, Fabrication and Characterization Committee of the “Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics” (CLEO). He authored about 240 papers, and has been awarded the “Young researcher” Prize at the National INFM-Meeting, the International Obducat Prize for Nanoimprinting Lithography, the National Award “Future in Research” of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the “Sergio Panizza” Award for Optoelectronics and Photonics (Italian Physics Society, SIF). He is the recipient of the NANO-JETS ERC Grant.


Senior Researcher Andrea Camposeo, Nanoscience Institute of the CNR, Italy

Andrea Camposeo, PhD in Physics (University of Pisa), is senior researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of the CNR. He has been visiting scientist at the University of Bonn, Toronto, Harvard, FORTH and St. Andrews. His research activities include the development of optically-active micro- and nano-structures by electrospinning and 3D printing for photonic applications and the investigation of the optical properties of light-emitting polymers, composites, nanofibers, and of organic-based light-emitting devices. He is the recipient of the xPRINT Grant from the European Research Council.



Associate Professor Gareth Williams University College London, United Kingdom

Gareth received a MChem (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford in 2002. He remained in Oxford for a DPhil (PhD) in materials chemistry working with Prof Dermot O’Hare, which was completed in 2005. Gareth then spent three years working in science programme management for the UK government, before returning to Oxford to take up a post-doctoral position in 2009. In September 2010 he joined London Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science, and in November 2012 was appointed to the UCL School of Pharmacy as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2016 and recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017. Gareth leads a group of around 20 researchers working on a range of topics in drug delivery and vaccine formulation. His group is particularly interested in using polymer based nanomaterials (particles and fibers) prepared by electrohydrodynamic approaches for improving the efficacy of vaccines, targeted drug delivery, and theranostics.


Professor Tao Xu, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Xu obtained his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Clemson University, SC in 2005 and worked as Research Scientist at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, NC from 2005 to 2008. He had been appointed as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso from 2008 to 2013 and served as CTO at Medprin Biotech LLC, California from 2013-2014. Since 2014 he has been working as a full Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Tsinghua University, a top university in China. Dr. Xu’s expertise is cell inkjet printing. As one of the pioneers in this emerging field, he owned the first patent of bio-printing of viable cells, which has been licensed to Organovo (NASDAQ: ONVO), the leading bio-printing company. So far he has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts and owned 53 licensed US, Europe, China and other international patents. Dr. Xu’s research has been supported from various U.S. and China federal agencies, such as US NSF, NIH, and DOD, and Chinese High-Tech 863 Program.


Professor Haoqing Hou, Jiangxi Normal University, China

Haoqing Hou is a professor in Jiangxi Normal University. He got his PhD degree in Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences, he had have two and a half years postdoc in Philipps University Marburg (Germany) and two and a half years postdoc in the University of Akron (USA). His research interests are high-performance polymers; polymer nanocomposites, electrospinning, electrospinning industrialization, polymer nanofibers, carbon nanofibers, carbon nanotubes, supercapacitors, lithium battery separators, lithium battery anode materials. He published more than 200 scientific papers and more than 60 authorized patents. He had following awards, (1) ACS Arthur K Doolittle Award for Outstanding Paper (2000); (2) Distinguished professor of Jiangxi Province (JingGang Scholar); (3) Chair professor of college of chemistry and chemical engineering, Jiangxi Normal University; (4) Natural Science Prizes of Jiangxi Province (three times: 2005, 2012 and 2017); (5) Natural Science Award of Jilin Province (2015).

Professor Hongbin He, Fudan University, China

Prof. He received his BSc in 1983 in Fudan University and his MSc degree in 1988 in Second Military Medical University of PLA, P.R.China. He worked as an Associate Professor of Surgery in First Military Medical University, P.R.China; He also worked as a visiting researcher in Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, General Hospital Wels ,Wels, Austria(1992-1993) , Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital Lainz , Vienna, Austria (1993-1994) , Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Cardiovascular Center, Osaka, Japan(1998-2001). Prof. He has 30 peer reviewed papers besides 4 authorized patents and 12 pending patents. He secured more than US$40M of VC and grants in the last 5 years. He was appointed as the Guest Professor in Fudan University (from 2009-2019) and the Researcher in Shanghai Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics (2017-2020).  He also had been elected as a committee member of National Standards Technical Committee of Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices (SAC/TC 248)(from 1999 till now) and a committee member of Chinese Vascular Surgery and Tissue Engineering Committee (from 2010 till now). He is the Founder & CEO of Shanghai P & P Biotech Co., Ltd.,which focuses on the development of novel superhydrophilic hybrid electrospun scaffold for musculoskeletal repair and regeneration.


Senior Researcher Fang Yang, Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands 

Dr. Fang Yang is a biomaterial scientist and interested in the development and evaluation of novel biomaterials-based approaches for tissue regeneration and the controlled delivery of drugs or growth factors. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna. After that, she joined Prof. John Jansen’s group at Department of Biomaterials in Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands until now. Her current research focuses on the development of nanofibrous matrix as an extracellular matrix with the incorporation of therapeutic agents for bone and periodontal tissue regeneration. She is also interested in local drug delivery to prevent implant-associated infections. Her expertise lies in biopolymers and biocomposites, electrospinning technique and biomaterials characterization (both physicochemical and biological evaluation). She has published more than 70 journal articles and served as a peer reviewer for about ten journals in the related field.


Senior Application Specialist Marc Simonet, IME Medical Electrospinning, Netherlands

Marc Simonet is the Senior Application Specialist at IME Medical Electrospinning, the Netherlands. With over 15 years of experience in electrospinning, he coordinates the R&D activities for Medical Device applications within IME. Marc started his electrospinning career while developing and processing biocompatible polymers for tissue engineering applications at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, CH (2003-2007). After a 2 year Marie Curie Fellowship at Queen Mary University in London (QMUL), UK he worked from 2009 to 2013 on his PhD thesis at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The focus of his research was to adapt and apply generic electrospinning techniques to the development of Medical Devices. The main project in his theses was to electrospin a functional in-situ tissue engineered heart valve with Xeltis, Eindhoven, NL.


Professor You-Lo Hsieh, University of California, Davis, USA

You-Lo Hsieh is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis. Professor Hsieh’s research integrates polymer chemistry with materials engineering to develop strategies for generating bio-nanomaterials and to create 1D to 3D advanced functional materials, including hierarchical and hybrid nanofibers, micro-/meso-porous fibers, thin films, and network structures such as hydrogels, aerogels and membranes. These approaches expand soft material potentials to create novel structures, foundation nanomaterials and biological nanomaterial innovations. Professor Hsieh champions sustainable materials research and interdisciplinary initiatives and has promoted early outreach in the STEM fields, sponsored students in national and international competitions as well as initiated established international exchange programs. Professor Hsieh has mentored graduate students and researchers in disciplines and programs such as biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, forensic science, and textiles as well as undergraduates across colleges. Professionally, Professor Hsieh is active in the American Chemical Society, the Fiber Society and nanomaterials scientific communities as well as mentors and collaborates with scientists from around the globe.


Associate Prof. LIfeng Zhang, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA

Dr. Lifeng Zhang is currently a tenured associate professor of nanoengineering in North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (USA) and an adjunct professor in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA).  He earned his Ph.D. degree in Fiber and Polymer Science from the University of California at Davis (USA) in 2006.  Dr. Zhang has a firm background in fiber and polymer materials. His research interests lie in engineered materials at nanometer scale. The advanced nanomaterials developed in his research including polymer, ceramic and carbon nanomaterials and their nanocomposites have seen a wide range of applications such as energy conversion and storage, optical/gas/bio sensors, photo-catalysis, ballistic protection, and biomedical uses. Dr. Zhang has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book and 6 book chapters. He has been granted 2 U.S. patents with another 3 pending. Dr. Zhang’s publications have been cited over 4,000 times by researchers from more than 40 countries/ territories across the world.


Assistant Professor Jingwei Xie, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA 

Jingwei Xie received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1999 and 2002, respectively, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology. He then continued his Ph.D. study with Prof. Chi-Hwa Wang in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore. He received his Ph.D. in June 2007, and immediately joined Prof. Younan Xia’s group as a postdoctoral research associate in Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (2007-2010). He then worked as a Senior Scientist in the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research at Marshall University (2011-2013). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery-Transplant and Holland Regenerative Medicine Program at University of Nebraska Medical Center (2014 – now). His research interests include micro- and nanofabrication, biomaterials, drug delivery, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering.


Associate Professor ANG Bee Chin, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Ir. Dr. Ang Bee Chin completed her Ph.D in year 2011 at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. She was the scholarship holder in University of Malaya and currently served as an Associate Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. She obtained her Chartered Engineer (CEng) in year 2014 under Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom and Professional Engineer (Ir.) in year 2016 under the Board of Engineers, Malaysia. She published more than 50 high impact papers in her field. Her research interest includes the synthesis and application of nanoparticles, nanocomposites, nanofiber and materials characterization. Currently, she is concentrating in developing a polymer based nanofibrous membrane embedded with nanoparticles for waste water treatment, bio-scaffold and sensor applications. She is the key person in organizing international and national events such as conferences, symposia or seminars for the past few years. In addition, she is a member of Young Scientists Network - Academy of Sciences Malaysia and currently serving as Secretary in the Centre of Advanced Materials.


Professor Xiaofeng Lu, Jilin University, China

Dr. Xiaofeng Lu is a full professor and teaches at the Alan G. MacDiarmid Institute, College of Chemistry, Jilin University. He was born in Heilongjiang Province in P. R. China in 1978. He studied polymer chemistry and physics at College of Chemistry, Jilin University, China, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 2007. After a postdoctoral research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, he joined Jilin University in 2008 as an associate professor, where he became a professor in 2012. During 2015–2016, he worked as a visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, respectively. His research focuses on the design and fabrication of one-dimensional nanomaterials for the applications in the fields of catalysis, sensing, electromagnetic interference shielding, energy conversion and storage, etc.

Professor Yanzhong Zhang, Donghua University, China

Yanzhong Zhang is a Professor of Biomaterials at the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology of the Donghua University (DHU), located in Shanghai, China. He received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the Northwestern Polytechnical University (Xi’an, China) and the National University of Singapore (Singapore), respectively. He has been working on electrospinning related researches since the year of 2001. His team and/or laboratory at the DHU exclusively focuses on the biomimetic fibrous biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, 5 book chapters and 7 granted patents, among which 12 of those papers were listed as the Essential Science Indicators’ (ESI) Highly Cited Papers (top 1% papers). So far, his research papers have been cited more than 10,000 times with an H-index of 34.



Professor Xiaohong Qin, Donghua University, China

Prof. Xiaohong Qin is currently a professor and vice dean of College of Textiles at Donghua University in China. She received her Ph.D. from Donghua University in 2002, did her post doctorate at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2003 before joining Donghua University later on in 2003. Her investigative work mainly involves in nanofiber electrospinning theory and methods to solve its uncontrollable process, low yield, and ordered aggregation problems that challenge scientists globally. She has been the principal investigator for over 30 multi-year grants, including five from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. She has received the first-place award in the “Science and Technology Progress” competition in 2014 from China National Textile and Apparel Council. She was selected as the Chang Jiang Scholars Program (Youth Scholar) in 2015. She has co-edited 3 books, published over 70 SCI journal articles as the first or corresponding author (including the one advocated on the cover of March issue of J. Mater. Chem. B in 2015).  She also holds 30 issued patents, 10 of which have been successfully turned into the factory productions.


Professor Yongpeng Lei, Central South University, China

Yongpeng Lei is currently a professor at Central South University. He received his Bachelor (2003), Master (2006) and Ph.D. degree (2011) from National University of Defense Technology. He is the author of Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Hunan Province (2014) under guidance of Prof. Yingde Wang. Presently his main research interest includes advanced ceramic (such as SiC and BN) fibers for high-temperature application and nano-materials for photocatalysis/electrocatalysis. He has hosted several projects such as National Natural Science Foundation of China, et al. He has been awarded 5 China invention patents. Also, He has published more than 50 papers in SCI journals, such as ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Nano Research, Chemical Communications, et al. He has been awarded as Nano Research Top Papers award in 2017 and Journal of Inorganic Materials Excellent Papers in 2017. Besides, he is the young editorial board of Chinese Chemical Letters.


Professor II-Doo Kim, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Prof. Il-Doo Kim received his Ph.D. degree (2002) from KAIST. From 2003 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Harry L. Tuller at MIT. He returned to Korea Institute of Science and Technology as a senior research scientist. In Feb. 2011, he joined at KAIST as a faculty member in Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The Il-Doo Kim group’ research work is focused on novel synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials optimized for application in ultra-sensitive chemical sensors (exhaled breath gas analysis for disease diagnosis), highly efficient energy storage devices (Li-ion batteries), and functional nano-electronics including nanofiber-based transparent electrodes. Our research works aim at developing new synthetic methods that relies on a modified electrospinning to produce unique nano-building blocks such as highly porous nanofibers and nanotubes. Kim’s research group also develops multi-dimensional catalyst-functionalized nanofibers, i.e., oxide and nitride materials, as cost-effective and highly efficient nano-catalysts, especially optimized for Li-O2 batteries. Prof. Kim has published over 239 articles, 5 book chapters, and holds 195 international patents. Moreover, a number of patents related with nanofiber synthesis and applications have been successfully licensed to 7 companies. Prof. Kim is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Electroceramics, a member of Young Korea Academy Science and Technology (YKAST), and an associate member of Korea Academy Science and Technology (KAST). He is a director of Advanced Nanosensor Research Center at KAIST.

Professor Urszula Stachewicz, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland

Urszula Stachewicz is an associate professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. She is also working in the International Centre of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science. She graduated from Delft University of Technology with PhD in electrohydrodynamic of liquids to use electrospray as an on-demand deposition method, with research performed at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She conducted the postgraduate study at Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and work at spin-out company Nanoforce Technology Ltd. in polymer science and electrospun fibers. In 2018 she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge at Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, UK. Her research activity is focused on surface properties of electrospun fibers for biomedical and water and energy harvesting, and in situ mechanical testing of synthetic and naturally structured materials. She developed advanced 3D tomography protocols using focus ion beam and scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) for nanofibrous biomaterials and membranes. More information can be found at http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5102-8685.


Professor Seema Agarwal,University of Bayreuth, Germany

Works at University of Bayreuth as academic director and professor with research interest in synthesis of functional speciality polymers, processing methods and nanostructures. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is Alexander von Humboldt fellow and got Hermann-Schnell award of German Chemical Society. She is the chief-editor of e-Polymers


Associate Professor Theodora Krasia-Christoforou, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS 

Theodora Krasia-Christoforou (Dr.Rer.Nat. in Physical Chemistry, Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (2003)), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cyprus. She is the Head of the Polymer and Polymer Processing Laboratories, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of polymer-based nanocomposites in the form of electrospun fibers, organic-inorganic hybrid micelles and 3D networks designed for use in various fields including optoelectronics, sensing, biomedicine, catalysis, water-remediation, agriculture and energy storage.  Several postgraduate students and more than 25 diploma thesis students working in Dr. Krasia-Christoforou’s research group have been involved in topics dealing with electrospinning. She has published ~ 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 9 book chapters (6 Invited) on the fabrication, characterization and applications of functional, polymer-based electrospun fibrous nanocomposites and on related areas. She has been also an active MC member of the COST Action MP1206 “Electrospun nano-fibres for bio-inspired composite materials and innovative industrial applications” and the Chairperson of the ElectrospinCY_2017 International Conference on Electrospinning: From Design and Processing to Advanced Nanomaterials and Applications (http://electrospin.ucy.ac.cy/)

Assistant Professor Nesrin Horzum,Izmir Katip Celebi University, Turkey

Nesrin Horzum studied chemistry at the Pamukkkale University in 2004. She did her M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in Department of Chemistry at the Izmir Institute of Technology. From 2008 to 2013 she worked under the supervision of Professor M. M. Demir, and she received her doctoral degree in 2013 from the Izmir Institute of Technology, with a thesis about the applications of electrospun nanofibers in filtration processes. During her Ph.D., she joined the department of Professor K. Landfester in the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in August 2011 as a visiting scholar, investigating colloid electrospinning and surface functionalization of electrospun nanofibers. In 2014, she joined the group of Prof. Bo Liedberg at the Nanyang Technological University, where she worked at Centre for Biomimetic Sensor Science on paper based sensing platforms. She is now Assistant Professor in the Izmir Katip ?elebi University, Turkey. She has coauthored about 30 scientific peer-reviewed publications and 5 book chapters. Her current research interests include filtration and sensing applications of polymeric and hybrid nanofibers, as well as smartphone-based sensors for water quality monitoring and glucose detection.



Professor Yun-Ze Long,Qingdao University,China

Dr. Yun-Ze Long, received his BS degree from University of Science & Technology of China (USTC) in 2000, and PhD degree from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOP, CAS) in Condensed Matter Physics in 2005. Then he worked in the Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel (IMN), CNRS, France, as a postdoctoral Fellow. He has been with the Qingdao University since Dec. 2006, where he is currently a full Professor and tutor of doctoral degree candidates. From 2009, he also worked as a visiting professor in the University of Sydney, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), IMN-CNRS and National University of Singapore (NUS), respectively. He was awarded the National Model Teacher, New Century Excellent Talent in University of Ministry of Education, Shandong Taishan Scholar, Young Expert with Outstanding Contributions in Shandong Province, second prize of Shandong Natural Science Award and Beijing Science & Technology Award. He has published more than 240 papers and 8 book chapters, and holds more than 60 China patents. His research interests are focused on electrospinning, functional nanofibers and their applications. His research result in rapid nano-hemostasis in liver resection surgery has been reported by “ChemistryWorld” (UK), Science and Technology Daily (China), etc. Some research results have been commercialized in Qingdao International Academician Park.


Professor Wenguo Cui, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China

 Wenguo CUI is a full professor in the Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D degree from Southwest Jiaotong University in 2009 and continued research for regenerative medicine & materials at Harvard Medical School in 2013. Prof. CUI’s research focuses on the development of novel electrospun fibers and nanomaterials for tissue regeneration, drug delivery and disease treatment. He worked as PI for three projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China and eight other grants in Shanghai. He has published more than 140 SCI papers (IF>600, H=34, Citation>4100, including two over 300 citation article), 13 granted patents and 9 book chapters as first or corresponding author. He is the Associate Editor for Mater Sci Eng:C (IF=5.1) and serves as editorial board for PLoS One (IF2.8). He is now serving as the specialized member in China Society for Biomaterials for bone regeneration and China Anti-Cancer Association for nanooncology. He is also the youth committee member in Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine for restoration surgery and Chinese Medical Association for orthopedics. He has won the prize of Fundamental Bone Research Scholar in Chinese Medical Association, first prize of Scientific and Technological Progress (4th) of Shanghai, second prize of Outstanding Achievement Award in Science Research in the Ministry of Education twice and Chinse Medicine Award and Huaxia Medicie Award.



Professor Gregory C. Rutledge,Massachusetts Institute of Technology,USA

Gregory C. Rutledge is the Lammot du Pont Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Lead PI for MIT in AFFOA, a Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on functional fabrics. He served as Director of the Program in Polymer Science and Technology and as Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society, and the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society, and he is a recipient of The Founders Award of the Fiber Society. He was the H.A. Morton Distinguished Visiting Professor in Polymer Science at the University of Akron, and a Thinker in Residence at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. Prof. Rutledge’s research on molecular engineering of soft matter examines relationships between processing, structure and properties of engineered polymers, using statistical mechanics and knowledge of their molecular structure. His expertise includes both computations and experiments. His group has been instrumental in the development of molecular level modeling of polymer crystals, crystallization kinetics, and the structure and properties of semicrystalline materials. Since 2001 he and his coworkers have published extensively on the fabrication, properties and applications of ultrafine polymer fibers formed by electrospinning. Prof. Rutledge is an editor for the Journal of Materials Science and serves on several editorial boards.

Associate Professor Deon Bezuidenhout, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Deon Bezuidenhout is an Associate Professor in the Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Head of Biomaterials Sciences at the Cardiovascular Research Unit (CRU), with more than 20 years of research experience in the design, synthesis, modification, and processing of synthetic and bioprosthetic materials for use in cardiovascular devices, specializing in the development of biomaterial scaffolds and biomimetic matrices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches to vascular grafts, heart valves, myocardial infarction therapy and allied applications. He has established masters and doctoral degrees at UCT and teaches biomaterials science and medical device development to students in Engineering, Medicine, Chemistry and other disciplines, has published 60 papers and 11 book chapters in the field, and holds more than 30 international patents on cardiovascular devices and technologies. He is also co-founder and technical director of Strait Access Technologies, a university startup company developing affordable heart valve devices and related therapies for low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Professor Xiangyang Shi, Donghua University, China

Prof. Xiangyang Shi graduated with B.Sc. (chemistry, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang), M.E. (applied chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing), and Ph.D. (organic chemistry, Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing) in 1992, 1995 and 1998, respectively. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Tsinghua University (1998-2000, Beijing) and Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (2000-2001, Potsdam, Germany). He then moved to California State University, Los Angeles (2001-2002) as a visiting scholar. From 2002-2008, he worked as a Research Fellow, Research Associate II, Research Investigator, and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He then became a professor of special appointment both in Donghua University and in Shanghai Institutions of High Learning (Eastern Scholar) since 2008. Since 2010 he is also appointed as an “Invited Chair in Nanotechnology” at University of Madeira, Portugal. Prof. Shi has authored or coauthored 327 SCI-indexed peer-reviewed journal articles and 278 technical conference abstracts or proceeding papers, along with 14 invited book chapters and 76 approved patents. His current research interests are focused on the development of organic/inorganic hybrid nanoplatforms and microfluidic platforms for sensing, imaging, and theranostic applications, in particular for precision cancer imaging and therapy. 

Professor Liqiang Mai, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Liqiang Mai, Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), Dean for School of Materials Science and Engineering at WUT, fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from WUT in 2004 and carried out his postdoctoral research in Prof. Zhonglin Wang’s group at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006-2007. He worked as an advanced research scholar in Prof. Charles M. Lieber’s group at Harvard University in 2008-2011 and Prof. Peidong Yang’s group at University of California, Berkeley in 2017. His current research interests focus on new nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage and micro/nano energy devices. He has published over 300 papers tagged by SCI in leading journals. He has conducted more than 30 research projects as project principal. He is the winner of China Youth Science and Technology Award, and Guanghua Engineering Award, Nanoscience Research Leader award, etc. He is the guest editor of Adv. Mater., and serves on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of Joule (Cell press), Acc. Chem. Res., ACS Energy Lett., Adv. Electron. Mater., Nano Res. and Sci. China Mater.

Professor Yong Zhao, Beihang University, China

Yong Zhao is currently a professor at School of Chemistry, Beihang University. He received his Ph.D from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in 2007 (with Prof. Lei Jiang). He worked at ICCAS from 2007-2011. Then he moved to Beihang University since 2011. During 2016-2017, he worked as a visiting scholar at Harvard University (collaborate with Prof. David A Weitz). He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in Nature, Nat. Commun., JACS, Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Adv. Funct. Mater., Small etc, which were cited more than 5000 times with H index 33. His current scientific interests are focused on electrospinning Janus nanofibrous membranes with both structure and composition anisotropy for liquid unidirectional transportation and multiphase liquid separation. He is also concentrated on co-electrospinning multistructured hollow nanofibers such as multichannel, wire-in-tube, tube-in-tube structures for catalytic and energy storage applications.

Professor Eyal Zussma, Technion–Israel institute of Technology, Israel

Dr. Eyal Zussman is the Winograd Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion – Israel institute of Technology. He holds a DSc degree from the Technion in mechanical engineering. He held a postdoctoral appointment at Technical University in Berlin, Germany. Since joining the faculty at the Technion, he has served as Director of the NanoEngineering Group. His group research is in the area of molecular engineering of soft matter, in particular, the development of process-structure-property relationships, through the use of simulations and experiments, and the development of functional nanostructures such as electrospun fibers. He was Visiting Professor at the Northwestern University (2003), and at the National University of Singapore (2010-2015). He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Assistant Professor Norbert Radacsi, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Norbert Radacsi received his Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in chemical engineering in 2012, where he stayed as a postdoc, and discovered a new technique for separation of solids (Angewandte Chemie, 2016). He moved to the USA, where he worked at Purdue University and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). As a postdoctoral researcher, he focused on the fabrication of nanostructured pharmaceuticals and fuel cell electrodes. While still at Caltech, Norbert got promoted to a staff research associate. Norbert became a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Chemical Engineering at The University of Edinburgh in 2016. He is currently the director of the Nano Materials Laboratory at The University of Edinburgh. Norbert has filed 1 US patent on a novel electrospun material, and wrote a book chapter (invited) on 3D/4D electrospinning. He recently published a paper on a novel 3D electrospinning method (RSC Advances, 2018), and fabricated a new nanostructure for advanced fuel cells (Nature Communications, 2018)