Keynote Speakers

ICFCM2020 Keynote Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Minoo Naebe

Deakin University, Australia

Biography: Minoo Naebe is Associate Professor in Carbon Fibre and Composites at Deakin University, Australia. Minoo leads the research team in high performance materials at Carbon Nexus, Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) and has more than ten year experience in carbon fibre and composites. The current focus of her research is on development of low cost carbon fibres in addition to studies on polymer composite materials reinforced with carbon fibre, graphene and other nano-materials for applications in transport, energy and construction. Minoo’s research to date has resulted in over 120 peer reviewed journal publications and her projects are well supported by government and numerous local and international industrial organizations. Minoo is the recipient of multiple awards including the recent Chemchina Patent Excellence Award.


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. Frank Caruso

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Biography: Frank Caruso FRS FAA is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. He is also appointed as a professor and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia.
During his appointment at The University of Melbourne, he held ARC Federation (2002–2012) and ARC Australian Laureate (2012–2017) Fellowships. He received his PhD degree in 1994 from The University of Melbourne and thereafter conducted postdoctoral research at the CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers in Melbourne. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and then group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany from 1997 until 2002.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2018), Asia Pacific Academy of Materials (2017), Australian Academy of Science (2009), and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2006). Prof. Caruso is also the recipient of the inaugural 2012 ACS Nano Lectureship Award (Asia/Pacific) from the American Chemical Society for global impact in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In 2012, he was awarded the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Physical Sciences, and after being a 2012 finalist, was awarded the prestigious 2013 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science – this category recognises an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact on science. He was also part of the team that won the 2013 UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. In 2018, he was awarded The Batteard-Jordan Australian Polymer Medal – the highest award offered by the Polymer Division for outstanding achievement in polymer science in Australia.