Keynote Speakers

ICFCM2019 Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Prof. Amanda Ellis

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Biography: Prof. Amanda Ellis graduated with a Ph.D (Applied Chemistry) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. After two postdocs in the USA, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New Mexico State University. Later she secured a prestigious Foundation of Research Science and Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Industrial Research Ltd (now Callaghan Innovations). In 2006 Amanda commenced at Flinders University as a teaching/research academic in Chemical and Physical Sciences. During this time she became a Full Professor (2013). She was an ARC Future Fellow (2014-2018). In May 2017 she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She has secured over $20 M in funding from the ARC and non-ARC sources on projects as well as publishing over 145 peer-reviewed publications involving novel polymer coatings, membrane science, functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene, microfluidics, genotyping and DNA nanotechnology. She is a Board member of the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) and a College of Experts MCPE panel member.  


Prof. David Andrew Lewis

Flinders University, Australia

Biography:Professor Lewis joined Flinders University in 2009 following a 21 year career in industry in the USA and Australia and is the founding Director of the Flinders Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology. This follows a 21 year career in industrial Research at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre in New York, USA and research management roles at SOLA Optical / Carl Zeiss in Australia.
Throughout his career, David has focused on translational research and product / technology development becoming internationally recognized for his research in polymer science and the microwave processing of polymers. He had key roles in the development of photochromic lenses, including Transitions Velocity and a range of high index ophthalmic lens materials and coatings and has co-founded two companies to commercial technology since joining Flinders University as well as NanoConenct, a mechanism to allow companies to explore the potential of nanotechnology on their business. David is the inventor of 50 patent families, coauthored over 50 scientific papers and his achievements in applied and translational research have been recognised through the RACI Applied Research Medal, election as Fellow of the RACI and citations and awards for commercialisation and contributions to Polymer science in Australia. Since joining Flinders,
Davids research interests are currently include the creation of functional particles and surfaces at the nano and micro scales to address challenges in 3D printing, the creation of self-assembled biomimetic surfaces and printable solar cells.  


Prof. Darren Martin

University of Queensland, Australia

Biography: Professor Darren Martin is the Chief Scientific Officer for start-up company TenasiTech Pty Ltd, which is commercialising a polymer nanocomposites platform as applied to large polyurethane and acrylic polymer markets and applications. TenasiTech is the first Queensland start-up to receive Commercialisation Australia funding; has won the prestigious iLab Prize in the national Enterprize Competition; and received the 2010 UQ EAIT Commercialisation award. Professor Martin’s research operates at the nexus of three key themes; (1) Strong fundamental materials science with global benchmarking; (2) Safe biomaterials and nanomaterials; (3) Scalable advanced manufacturing. His efforts in these areas during the past two decades have contributed to two successful start-ups, numerous products and a strong platform for globally competitive nanocomposites innovation. 


Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Biography: Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science 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 forty 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), Neuro-Computing, Control Theory and Systems, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 journal and refereed conference publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow eighteen 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.  


Assoc. Prof. Rongkun Zheng

The University of Sydney, Australia

Biography: Rongkun Zheng obtained his BSc in Physics from Shandong University in China in 1999 and his PhD in Physics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2004. He joined the University of Sydney in late 2004. He currently is an Associate Professor at the School of Physics. His research interest span from Condensed Matter and Materials Phyiscs, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Nanomagnetism and Spintronics, to 1D and 2D Nanostructures, with focus on the Structure-Property relationships in functional materials. Ha has published more than 130 papers and has received over 5000 citations. He has received a number of awards, including an ARC fellowship, and has been invited to national and international conferences in his field.