World Congress and Expo on
Nanotechnology and Materials Science
April 13-15, 2015, Dubai, UAE
Organizing Committee
Claudio Nicolini
Nanoworld Institute and The Fondazione EL.B.A.,
»»View BiographyClaudio Nicolini was born in Udine, Italy. He received the doctoral degree in physics from the University of Padua, in 1967. After serving as Adjunct Professor at the University of Bari, he moved for 17 years to the United States, of which he became citizen since 1974, and was originally at Brown University, MIT, and BNL. He then moved to Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, where after a period of intensive training and research in pathology he became Associate Professor of Pathology and then Professor and Chairman of the Biophysics in 1976. In 1985, he was called “Chiara Fama” Professor and Chair of Biophysics at the University of Genoa, in Italy until 2012 , where he was successively Director of the Biophysics Institute, the Department of Biophiscal M&O Sciences and Technologies and the CIRSDNNOBNanoworld Institute ( From 1993 until now is Life President of the Fondazione Electronics Biotechnology Advanced-Nicolini ( and from 2004 of the Fondazione Piantoni. He was Chief Editor of Cell Biophysics (USA) , Science and Technology Advisor to Italian Prime Minister Craxi, Member of the National Science and Technology Council upon Parliament election, Scientific Director Industrial Consortium CIREF, Founder and CTS President Technobiochip; President Polo National Bioelectronics , President Scientific Technological Park of Elba Island. On May 29 2008, has been elected in Moscow as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences for life (, while on January 25 2010 in Moscow (Russian Federation) has been awarded the Professorship Honoris Causa of Biophysics and Nanobiotechnology at Moscow State University for Life. From 1 November 2010 until October 31 2012 has been Visiting Research Professor at Biodesign Institute Arizona State University (USA) and at Curie Paris University, in addition to be Visiting Scientist at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and at New England Biolab. Presently is Life President of the Nanoworld Institute and of the Fondazione EL.B.A. ( ELectronics Biotechnology Advanced) Nicolini having headquarters in Bergamo and laboratories worldwide. Still now among the 100 Top Italian Scientists in all disciplines and times in the entire world (H index >30). He received several awards and prizes and has authored more than 500 publications in international scientific journals (SCI), 38 patents (WPI) , 29 books and Series Editor in Bioelectronics (Plenum) and Nanobiotechnology (Pan Stanford). His main scientific activities concerned cancer research, biophysics and nanotechnology, pioneering world-wide chromatin structure-function, molecular bioelectronics and nanobiotechnology.
Ravindra K. Pandey
Roswell Park Cancer Institute,
»»View BiographyRavindra K. Pandey, Distinguished Member, Professor of Oncology and Director of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is a trained synthetic medicinal chemist with extensive experience in drug design, drug delivery, molecular recognition, and tumor diagnostics. His research group has also been looking at the utility of nanoparticles (ORMOSIL, polyacrylamide, gold, rHDL, chitosan and certain polymers) in developing multifunctional platforms. Dr. Pandey received NIH funding in all five areas and his program has been continuously funded by the federal and private organizations since 1992.One of the photosensitizers (HPPH) synthesized in his laboratory is currently undergoing Phase I/II human clinical trials and other two candidates which show potential for tumor imaging by PET and near infrared (NIR) fluorescence-guided photodynamic therapy (including surgery) are at advanced stages of preclinical studies. The current focus of his laboratory is to develop tumor-targeted dual-modality agents, multifunctional biodegradable/biocompatible nanoparticles for imaging and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in combination with other treatment modalities (e. g., surgery and chemotherapy). Efforts are also underway to isolate plant products from Indian and Chinese medicinal plants and investigate their biological efficacy. Dr. Pandey has published/submitted 275 research papers, several review articles, book chapters and has 60 patents to his credit. He has organized several national and international symposiums on PDT and tumor-imaging, and have been invited to deliver Plenary and Invited lectures all over the world. He is the member of the Editorial and Advisory Board of several International Scientific Journals and reviewers of grant proposals of several countries, including the United States (NIH). Dr.Pandey has received western New York Inventor of the year awards (several),international award on heterocyclic chemistry, award for the excellence in PDT by an International Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, the American Chemical Society’s Jacob Schoelkopf award and recently China 1000 Talent Scientists Award for his contribution in translational research. Dr. Pandey is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Photolitec, LLC, a spin-off company of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. His research is “truly” translational, and some of his inventions are already licensed to various pharmaceutical companies.
Anton Liopo
TomoWave Laboratories Inc.,
»»View BiographyAnton Liopo earned his PhD degree from the Institute of Physiology of National Academy Science of Belarus (NASB). Dr. Liopo went on to join the Institute of Biochemistry of NASB, where he had much success and was able to work his way up the ladder from a young scientist to a Senior Scientist, Associate Professor and eventually the Director of Government Program. He specialized in biochemistry of bioactive compounds, addiction biology, and investigation of the structural changes of neuronal membrane by atomic force microscopy.
After moving to the United States (2002) Dr. Liopo obtained intensive trainings in molecular biology and nanotechnology at the University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). In two years Dr. Liopo went from his training level to being a leading Researcher for nanoparticle biomedical application at the Center for Biomedical Engineering at UTMB.
In 2010 he was invited to join TomoWave Laboratories Inc. (Houston, TX, USA), where he is presently the lead Scientist over the nanobiotechnology program and director in vivo study. He has created the nano-based contrast agents for optoacoustic imaging and sensing, such as hollow gold nanoshells and gold nanorods at different size and aspect ratio, carbon nanotubes and polymeric nanoparticles. Dr. Liopo is currently performing the investigations of novel nanoparticles to develop molecular probe for improving optoacoustic imaging, laser nanothermolysis, molecular sensing, and contrast diagnostics and therapy. As visiting scientist Dr. Liopo has joined Rice University, Department of Chemistry where he works on biomedical applications of nano-base composites.
Dr. Liopo has served as a member of the International conference committees. He is a regular reviewer for many scientific journals and member of several international scientific societies. Dr. Liopo has more 60 publications in peer-review journals, proceedings of international conferences and book chapters.
Hassan A. Arafat
Masdar Institute of Science and technology,
»»View BiographyHassan A. Arafat received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH, USA) in 2000. From 2000-2003, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) (Illinois, USA) as a researcher and project manager for the United States Department of Energy (DOE). His research at ANL was focused on process development for nuclear waste treatment at DOE sites. Between 2003 and 2010, Dr. Arafat served as a faculty member at the Chemical Engineering Department at An-Najah University (Nablus, Palestine). Between 2009 and 2012, he also served as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at Utah State University (Utah, USA). In 2010, he joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a visiting scholar for six months, after which he moved to Abu Dhabi (UAE) where he now works at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology as an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. He is a PI/co-PI on 15 research grants, totaling USD $8.5M, and a recipient of several prestigious international awards and international research fellowships. He is an author of 58 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal papers, one patent, and 70+ conference papers. The focus of Dr. Arafat's recent research interests is on the development of novel membranes for Reverse Osmosis and Membrane Distillation applications in desalination, sustainable and autonomous desalination processes, life cycle analysis, and the development of sustainable solid waste management processes and strategies.
Ramesh K. Agarwal
Washington University,
»»View BiographyRamesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering and the director of Aerospace Research and Education Center at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of 35+ years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He has also worked in Nanotechnology and computational modeling of top-down Nanofabrication, in particular in nanoparticles properties, synthesis, and their applications in drug delivery and their health effects. For past ten years, he is also working in the area of clean and renewable energy; the topics include, wind energy, solar thermal energy, chemical looping combustion for carbon capture, geological sequestration of CO2, fuel cell and battery modeling, and energy economics. He is the author and coauthor of over 460 publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow sixteen societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions.
Ahmad I. Ayesh
United Arab Emirates University,
Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology,
»»View BiographyAbu Al-Rub is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2004. Before joining Masdar Institute, he has been an Assistant/Associate Professor at Texas A&M University - College Station with joint appointments with the Civil Engineering Department, the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Mechanical Engineering Department, and the Texas Transportation Institute since 2007. Before joining Texas A&M University, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and an Assistant Professor at Catholic University of America. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Air Force Institute of Technology of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. Professor Abu Al-Rub primary research field of interest is on the development of macro/micro/nano-mechanics-based constitutive models and computational tools that can be used effectively in guiding the design of advanced materials and structural systems. He is the leader of the SMART MASDAR Group (Sustainable Materials for Advanced and Revolutionary Technologies at Masdar). He has served as the principle/co-principal investigator of more than 25 projects sponsored by various state, federal, and international agencies; he is responsible for more than $13Million. Professor Abu Al-Rub is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Engineering Science (SES), the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics, ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has been awarded several teaching and research awards in mechanics of materials. Among those awards, he received the 2011 Beer and Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.Recently, Professor Abu Al-Rub has been selected among the Scholar Google 100 Most Cited Authors in Civil Engineering. He is on the editorial board of several journals in the area of multi-scale computational mechanics.
Evgeniya Peshkova
University of Genova,
»»View BiographyEvgeniya Peshkova (Eugenia Pechkova), born in Moscow, Russia, 24 May 1976, after taking her Doctoral degree in Chemistry at Moscow State Lomonosov University in 1998, enter the PhD course in Biophysics with the fellowship from Polo Nazionale Bioelettronica. Research contract award for protein crystallization, project for young investigator of University of Genova. After taking her PhD degree in Biophysics with the thesis entitled Protein Crystallography By Thin Film Nanotechnology at University of Genova in 2003, became firstly (2003-2006) Scientific Secretary of Fondazione EL.B.A. (Electronic Biotechnology Advanced) and then Scientific Director (2006-2008) and Principle Investigator of a big FIRB research grant on Organic Nanotecnology. In this context following a postdoctoral position she has acquired the scientific responsibility of the laboratory of Nanobiocrystallography at the Nanoworld Institute,University of Genoa. In 2007 she worked as a Visiting Scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble both in Macromolecular crystallography group, Soft condensed matter and Nanofocusing group. Now is one of the PI of Radiation Damage BAG. She participated as invited speaker to the international conferences on Crystallography, Nanobiotechnology and Medicine and carried out stages at Harvard University; IBM at Almaden, Jefferson Cancer Center, Univ of Massachusetts Medical School and UCLA. From June 1, 2008 she has the permanent position of Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Genova Medical faculty. Author of 37 international scientific publications (SCI), 2 patents; a textbook on Proteomics and Nanocrystallography, chapters to books, co-author in “Biofisica e Propedeutica Biofisica” textbook “ Biofisica” (Italian)
Debjyoti Banerjee
Texas A&M University,
»»View BiographyBanerjee received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA (with minor in MEMS). He received 3 M.S. degrees and was invited to 4 national honor societies. He attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur for his Bachelor of Technology (Honors). Prior to TAMU, Dr. Banerjee worked as a Manager of Advanced Research & Technology (ART) group at Applied Biosystems Inc. (ABI), CA, (currently merged into Life Technologies). Also as a Hiring Manager at ABI he hired ~ 30 PhDs in ~6 months and managed a group of 10~15 PhD engineers / scientists. Previously in a singular capacity, he developed from concept to a commercial product at NanoInk Inc. (called “InkWells™”, which are microfluidic platforms used for bio/nano-lithography of proteins, nucleic acids, etc.). Dr Banerjee has 9 US patents (27 intellectual properties/IP: 8 US provisional patents, 5EP and 5 WO applications), from his work at ABI, Ciphergen Biosystems, NanoInk, Coventor Inc. and TAMU. Since 2005 he has advised 9 PhD and 16 MS students. He received the “Amlan Sen Best Mechanical Engineering Student Award (Endowment)” at the graduation convocation at IIT and the “J.C. Bose National Science Talent Scholarship” from the Govt. of India. He received the “Morris Foster Fellowship (2007-2008)” from Mechanical Engineering Department, the “TEES Select Young Faculty Fellowship (2008-2009)” from the D. Look College of Engineering and was designated as a Faculty Fellow at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at TAMU. He received the “2001 Best Journal Paper Award” from the ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD), the “New Investigator Award (2005)” from the Texas Space Grants Consortium (TSGC), “3M Non-Tenured Faculty” award (’09-’12), the “ASEE/ AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship (’06, ’07)” at AFRL, and the “ASEE/ ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship (’09)” at SPAWAR.
Md Enamul Hoque
University of Nottingham,
»»View BiographyMd Enamul Hoque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering and served as Head for the Bioengineering Research Group at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He received his PhD in Bioengineering from NUS, Singapore in 2007. He has been intensively involved in numerous research projects that are collaborated locally and internationally. His research has been funded by quite a number of funding bodies including Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Nottingham University intercampus research fund etc. He has graduated 3 PhD Students and currently supervising 5 PhD students in collaboration with some local as well as global academics/ researchers. So far, he has filed 2 Malaysian patents out of his research innovations, authored 2 books, edited 2 books and co-authored 7 book chapters. He has also published more than 110 technical papers in high impact referred journals and international conference proceedings. He serves as an editor for 5 journals, as member of editorial board for 6 journals, and technical reviewer for about 25 journals. He has been invited to deliver speeches in a number of international conferences notably as plenary speaker, invited speaker and so on. He has also organized several scientific conferences around the world assuming various roles in the organizing committees. He is an Associate Fellow to the Higher Education Academy, UK. Besides, He is a member of several professional scientific bodies including Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), UK; Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) and Tissue Engineering Society Malaysia (TESMA). His research interests include the areas of Rapid Prototyping Technology, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, Nanomaterials, Composite Materials, Bioenergy and Food Technology.
Ioannis Zuburtikudis
UAE University,
»»View BiographyIoannis Zuburitkudis joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CPE) in the United Arab Emirates (UAEU) in September 2012. He is also a Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Design Engineering (MIDE) Faculty of T.E.I. of Western Macedonia in Greece. His prior appointments were at Hellenic Petroleum Company, in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Vacuum and Electrostatics Research Lab of Eastman Kodak Co., in Rochester, NY, USA. He studied Chemical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and continued his graduate studies in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY, USA. His research tries to identify and understand the impact that nano-scaled dimensions have on material properties, and to use such insights to adapt and affect the design and engineering of advanced materials, surfaces and processes that may lead to valuable products. His work on the experimental clarification of the size effects of supported-metal catalysts through solid-state micro-fabrication techniques and the development of a new class of heterogeneous catalysts with very well defined geometrical characteristics at the nano- and micron-scales was pioneering and was recognized by receiving an American Vacuum Society National Prize and traveling funds from the Nanoscale Science and Technology Division of the Office of Naval Research in the USA. At TEI–WM in Greece, he has organized and still directs the NanoMaterials& Manufacturing Processes Laboratory (NanoMaMa Lab), while he has served as the Head of the IDE (now MIDE) faculty. His research has been funded by Greek and EU (European Union) research agencies. Since 2008, he is an active member of EU research networks in the framework of Collaboration in Science and Technology (COST) Action and acts as a Greek Management Committee (MC) member for two of these networks.His current work is mainly concentrated on hybrid organic/inorganic nano-systems (nanocomposites, nanofibers) for various applications. He has published in various peer-reviewed journals, while he has presented his work in many international conferences and has served as an organizer of European conferences. In addition, he has been serving as an editorial board member of a Nanotechnology-related journal.
Mosab Arafat
Al Ain University,
»»View BiographyMosab Arafat from New Zealand is a licensed pharmacist who graduated with Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) and Master (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Technology and later obtained his Doctoral Degree (PhD) in nanomedicines from School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, New Zealand. His research work interests involved the application of nanotechnology on oral drug delivery system to develop and characterize a nanoformulation of a protein like drug molecules such as insulin for oral administration. Dr Mosab Arafat has developed, improved and formulated a novel oral nanoformulation of the broad-spectrum antibiotic, cephalosporin. He succeeded to increase the intestinal absorption of this antibiotic from 1 to 20 times after been given by mouth instead of injection. He has also applied the advanced in biotechnology to control the release of cardiovascular drug, Diltizem-HCl from 3 to 12 hours inside the human body by using polymers. His novel nanoformulations were tested on both animals and humans. Dr Arafat has lately moved to UAE and currently he is an Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Technology and faculty member of the College of Pharmacy at Al Ain University of Science and Technology, UAE. Dr Arafat was invited as research visitor at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK in 2009, The University of Tokyo, Japan in 2011 and lately at the University of Warwick, England, UK in 2014. Dr Mosab Arafat is also working very closely with many pharmaceutical industries and provided consultancy services to several local/international pharmaceutical companies in UAE, Malaysia and New Zealand.
Pance Naumov
New York University Abu Dhabi,
»»View BiographyPance Naumov after acquiring his PhD in chemistry and materials science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2004, Dr. Naumov continued his research as an independent research fellow of the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan. There he established a new laboratory for the study of solid phenomena, while simultaneously performing research at two Japanese synchrotrons. In 2007, he was appointed as Associate Professor at Osaka University, where he established a second, new laboratory for solid-state chemistry, and led a small but very active research group and in 2012 he became an Associate Professor at New York University’s new campus in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The Research in Dr. Naumov’s group at NYUAD is in the domain of structural and solid-state chemistry, nanoscience and photochemistry. In the past few years, he has been focusing on the development of new, frontier, diffraction-based methods for the study of reaction mechanisms in the solid state. His publication portfolio includes about 140 publications that have been cited more than 1600 times, with an h-index of 21. He serves as a member of the review panels with the National Science Foundation (NSF), European Research Council (ERC), The Petroleum Fund of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. He is active reviewer for more than 40 journals published by the Nature Publishing Group, the American Chemical Society, Wiley-VCH, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier and other publishers.