Keynote Speakers

Prof. Alan Lau

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


In 1987, Dr Lau joined the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) where he was employed as a craft apprentice in the aircraft maintenance division for 4 years. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University, Australia) in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Within that period, he also worked for General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd, Australia, as an Engineer Trainee, and for the Corporative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) Australia, as a Research Assistant designing a repair scheme for composite performs. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001. Thereafter, he was appointed Assistant Professor in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor and Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013, he was appointed as Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering and Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering.

Based on his outstanding research performance in the fields of advanced composites, FRP for infrastructure applications, smart structures and nano-materials, he has received numerous awards (for both research and teaching) including: The Best Paper Awards on Materials (1998), The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship Award (2000), Young Scientist Award (2002), Young Engineer of the Year Award (2004), Faculty Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2005), Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006), Chemical Physics Letters, Most Cited Paper 2003- 2007 Award, President Award in Teaching 2008, Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, USA (2009). He is also the Winner of the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, in the same Conference (the first scholar outside the United States to receive this honour) and the Most Cited Paper Awards in Composites Part B: Engineering (issued by Elsevier Science). In 2011, Dr. Lau received the Outstanding International Researcher Award and the Outstanding International Research Leader Award from the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMR). This marks the first time that anyone has received both the awards making his achievement quite exceptional. In 2013, he was also awarded The University Grant Committee (UGC) Award for Teaching Excellence.

Due to his significant contribution to the field of science and engineering, he was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2007, with the citation “For profound contributions to materials science and fundamental developments in the field of composite materials”, and was the first scholar in Hong Kong to receive this honor. In 2016, he was also elected as a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Three of his articles published in Composites Part B: Engineering; Composites Science and Technology; and Chemical Physics Letters were ranked in the TOP 1% MOST CITED ARTICLES within their field in 2006 and 2007, according to Essential Science IndicatorsSM. Six of his papers have been ranked among the top 25 hottest articles in Composites Part B: Engineering, issued by ScienceDirect, Elsevier (two of them were ranked No. 1 in 2007). Since 2002, Dr Lau has edited 5 books and published over 260 scientific and engineering articles and his publications have been cited over 4900 times with an h-index of 34 (Google citation 12,000 with the h-index of 52). Dr. Lau has also actively participated in many consultancy works with the industry. The scope of his works have mainly focused on failure analyses on different engineering systems.

Prof. WANG John

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Fellow, IoM3, UK, 2003

Professor Wang’s research focuses on new functional ceramics, electroceramic and composite materials that are inevitably required for the next generation of energy generation and storage, electronics and healthcare. His research group has been working on novel fabrication techniques for these materials and understanding of the correlations between their structural parameters, at various length scales ranging from molecular, nanometer to micrometer ranges, and their functional properties.

More recently, Professor Wang’s research is concentrating on carbon-based materials, nanohybrids and mesoporous materials for energy generation, energy storage and biomedical applications. He and his research group have successfully developed several types of new nanohybrids and mesoporous materials for applications in energy generation storage and drug delivery.

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Plenary Speakers

Prof. Mattheus F. A. Goosen

Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mattheus (Theo) F. A. Goosen has played key roles in the development of new start up academic institutions. For the past eleven years he has held the position of founding Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University a private start-up non-profit institution in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ( Since 2017 he has also held the post of Acting Dean of the College of Science & General Studies. Alfaisal University has been recognized as One of the World’s Top 200 Institutions under 50 Years Old & One of Top 18 for Millennials by the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017. The university was ranked second overall in Saudi Arabia by Times Higher Education University Ranking 2018. Previously Dr Goosen held the position of Campus Dean (CAO) at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Amman Campus in Jordan ( a private university based in New York. Prior to this appointment he worked in Puerto Rico, USA, where he held the post of Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the Universidad Del Turabo, an institution of 15,000 students which forms part of the Anna G. Mendez University System (SUAGM). He has also held academic dean positions at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. The doctoral degree of Dr Goosen is in chemical & biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto (1981) Canada. Theo has more than 200 publications to his credit including over 144 refereed journal papers, 45 conference papers, 11 edited books and 10 patents. His h index is over 50 and he has well over 10,000 citations on Google Scholar. On Scopus he has an h index over 40 with 145 publications and over 5600 citations. Dr Goosen’s research interests are in the areas of renewable energy, desalination, sustainable development, membrane separations, spray coating technology and biomaterials.

Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy & Advanced Materials Research

ABSTRACT: Sustainable growth using renewable energy sources is now considered by both the private and public sectors as being the model to follow. The use of advanced materials research is essential to meet the growing demand for applications such as water desalination. Furthermore, the expansion of renewable energy sources to run commercial processes at a larger scale is hampered by technical, economic, regulatory and environmental challenges including new material development. This critical review focusses on integrated approaches in using renewable energy such as solar technologies for water desalination. Innovative and sustainable processes which are suitable for integrated renewable energy systems are also presented, along with the benefits of these technologies and their limitations. The market potential, environmental concerns, regulatory & socio-economic factors are likewise evaluated as well as the need for accelerated development of renewable energy-driven technologies. The role of advanced materials in providing a possible solution to the global plastic pollution problem is also discussed.

Prof. Serge Zhuiykov

Ghent University Global Campus, South Korea

2015 – present, Professor, Ghent University Global Campus
2004 – 2015, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering Division, Melbourne
 2004 – 2006,Senior Lecturer (part time). Industrial Science Department, Swinburne University of Technology,
Melbourne, VIC. 3122, Australia
2002 – 2004, Manager, SSL, Australian Government Analytical Laboratories,177 Salmon Str., Port Melbourne, VIC. 3207, Australia


2009 – present,Member of the American Nano Society (ANS);Member of the American Nano Society (ANS);
2006 – present,Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS);
2002 – present,Member of the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA);
1995 – present,Member of the Australasian Ceramic Society (ACS);
1994 – present, Member of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS);

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Prof.Alfred A.Christy

University of Agder, Norway

Prof. Alfred A. Christy obtained his primary and secondary education from St. Patrick"s College Jaffna. He entered the then University of Ceylon (Peradeniya) and obtained a Bachelor degree in Chemistry (B.Sc., University of Peradeniya, 1976). The first position held by Professor Christy was as a Demonstrator/Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka (1976-1977). He then moved to Nigeria, where he worked first as a teacher and then as senior master in Chemistry at a local college (1977 - 1983) in Ondo State, Nigeria. He then moved to Bergen, Norway. In Bergen, he commenced furthering his education at the University of Bergen, while acting as a teaching assistant (1983-1987) and then as lecturer at the Department of Chemistry (1987-1991). He was awarded a master degree in Physical Chemistry in 1987 and Dr. Scient. Degree in 1990. He then worked first as a research Scientist (1991-1992) and later as a laboratory manager/research scientist in the FT-IR laboratory he built up at the department (1992-1998). He assumed a professorship in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Agder in 1998.

Professor Christy has accumulated an impressive list of scientific achievements during his career. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and presented more than 90 lectures at conferences, institutions of higher learning and industrial establishments around the world. Professor Christy has authored several book chapters and reports. He co-authored a book entitled "Modern Fourier transform Infrared Spectroscopy" (A. A. Christy, Elsevier-2001). He has also been a co-editor of a second book "NIR spectroscopy in Food Science and Technology" (Wiley, 2006). The breadth and depth of this work is well seen in the fact that Professor Christy has acted as a referee for some 25 different International Journals across a wide spread of disciplines related to chemistry.

Professor Christy's international standing earned him respect in his discipline and this fact is clearly reinforced by his appointment in the "Research Proposal Reviewer" for the National Science Foundation-Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and facilities Program, USA. Furthermore, Professor Christy has been included in the "Marquis who's who in the world" and several other directories from 1991onwards. He has also received several awards such as "Man of the Year 1994", "20th Century Achievement Award (1995)" and several other honours such "Five hundred leaders of influence in the world". Prof. Christy chaired the “First Scandinavian Conference on Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy” in 1994. Since then he has been in the steering committees of several international conferences in Chemistry and material science.

Prof. Christy has also been involved in International education as a Consultant & Co-ordinator for students in Norway, training Science teachers in Uganda on behalf of U.N.; serving in the scientific Committees for evaluating PhD theses from Universities in Pakistan and as an adviser and visiting professor at the University of Petroleum (Beijing) and Thammasat University in Thailand to name a few.

Prof. Sung-Hoon Kim

Silla University, Republic of Korea

Prof. Sung-Hoon Kim is a renowned chemist and materials engineer who has largely influenced his field and directly aided in the development of new chemical synthesis methods and novel nanomaterials. Dr. Kim received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from Seoul National University in South Korea. Additionally, Dr. Kim went on to earn another Ph.D. in Advanced Electronics & Optical Science in 2005 from Osaka University in Japan. From 1988 to 1998, he was a Senior Researcher in the New Materials Laboratory of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). In 1996, he was also an Adjunct Research Associate in the Materials Research Laboratory of The Pennsylvania State University in the United States. Dr. Kim’s experience also includes being a Visiting Scientist in the Division of Advanced Electronics & Optical Science at Osaka University in 2000 and 2001. Subsequently, he worked as a Researcher/Ronpaku Fellow at Osaka University from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Kim was also a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University in the United States from 2001 to 2003. Since 1998, Dr. Kim has been a Full Professor in the Department of Engineering in Energy & Applied Chemistry at Silla University in South Korea. He is now the Director of Industry-Academy joint Small Bussiness Center in Silla University.

Dr. Kim’s career is marked by a multitude of pioneering contributions to the field of chemistry and materials, specifically in the areas of diamond thin films and carbon nanomaterials. Dr. Kim has not only developed novel methodologies to produce diamond thin films and carbon materials, but he has revolutionized their application in electronic products. For instance, he took advantage of the lubrication properties of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films to improve VCR heads. DLC components behave as lubricant components that protect the VCR film. Dr. Kim patented this astounding application of diamond-like films in Korea, Japan, and the U.S. The electronics giant Samsung incorporated his diamond-like film technology to its Samsung VCR Head, which became the commercially successful Samsung Diamond Head VCR.  


Prof. Takahiro Ohashi

Kokushikan University, Japan

 Professor Takahiro Ohashi is Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Kokushikan University. He is one of reprehensive delegates of Japan Society of Technology of Plasticity from 2016 to now, and he is the board of trustees of Association of Aluminum Forging Technology in Japan. He was experienced in directing 3 research teams of Digital Manufacturing Research Center of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

Invite Speaker

Prof.Yusuf Şahin

Near East University, Turkey

Professor Yusuf ŞAHİN is Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Near East University. Dr.Şahin completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degree at Department of Manufacturing Technology/Engineering of Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. He joined to Production Research Group in Gazi University, worked as a research assistant till 1989. He was funded by Higher Eduation Council (YOK) to United Kindom to do some researchers on “Composites Materials”. He awarded his Ph.D Degree in “Development of metal matrix composites, their mechanical and wear properties” at the Department of Mechanical Engineering from University of Aston in Birmingham (UK), 1995.

Dr. Şahin was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Mechanical Education Department of Gazi University in Ankara, promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He worked as a Lecturer in Gazi University from 1996 to 2002, and promoted to Professor as a Lecturer from 2002 to 2011. He was given a lecturer about “Mechanics”at Turkish Military Academy (1999-2002). He was given a lecture about “Machine Theory”course at Department of Mechanical Engineering in Atilim University (2010-2011), as part-time. He then transferred to the Department of Manufacturing Engineering of Technology Faculty at Gazi University as a Seniour Lecturer (2011).

Prof. Şahin has accumulated a list of scientific achievements during his career. He has published over 50 papers in scientific journals and presented more than 60 lectures at conferences at different universities&institutions. Professor Şahin has authored several books, which are entitled "Metal Cutting Prenciples, Vol I and II “(Seçkin Distribution); “Introduction of Composite Materials”(Seckin Distributions);”Manufacturing Processes”(Gazi Publication), and ”AutoCAD” (Seckin Distribution). Prof. Şahin has acted as a referee for some International Journals related to Materials Science/Manufacturing&Mechanical Engineering.

Prof. Şahin has been involved in Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia Polytechnic (USA,2013) and Ghent University (Belgium,2016). He has also been served as an adviser for evaluating Ph.D theses from Universities in India.

More recently, Prof. Şahin has been concentrated on “development of basalt fabric and carbon fabric-reinforced epoxy composites and their frictional behaviours to find out optimum solution of parametric design”.These studies have been carried out for understanding of the correlations between their structural / process parameters and to improve their mechanical&physical properties for automotive applications.

His research interests included Material&Mechanical sciences; Composite materials and Processing, Mechanical properties, Tribology, Powder metallurgy, Manufacturing processes, Machine Tools/Cutting tools/Machining of hardened materials, Polymer/Polymer composites, and Experimental design and analysis.