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Sunday, 22 July 2018 to Wednesday, 25 July 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

ICC Sydney, Sydney, Australia




Organisation: EPFL, Lausanne

Position: Director, NCCR MARVEL

Nicola Marzari has a "Laurea" degree in Physics from the University of Trieste (1992), and a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge (1996). He moved to the US as an NSF postdoctoral fellow (Rutgers University, 1996-98), and then as a research scientist first at the Naval Research Laboratory (1998-99) and Princeton University (1999-01). In 2001, he was named assistant professor in computational material science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was promoted to associate professor in 2005, and named Toyota Chair of Materials Engineering in 2009. After 10 years at MIT, Nicola Marzari joined the University of Oxford, as its first Statutory (University) Professor of Materials Modelling, and as Director of the Materials Modeling Laboratory. He joined EPFL in 2011, where he heads the laboratory for Theory and Simulation of Materials, and directs the Swiss MARVEL Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials.


Organisation: Humboldt University

Position: Professor of Theoretical Chemistry

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and since 2006 external member of the Fritz Haber Institute (Max Planck Society). He is member of the Berlin-Brandenburg (formerly Prussian) Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, and the Academia Europaea.

His research has explored the application of quantum chemical methods in chemistry, with emphasis on surface science, particularly adsorption and catalysis. He has published 365 research papers, notably in the area of modeling the structure and reactivity of transition metal oxide catalysts and zeolites, and he has given 455 invited lectures.


Organisation: Pennsylvania State University

Position: Professor of Chemical engineering and Physics

Kristen Fichthorn is the Merrell Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering, the McWhirter Graduate Program Coordinator in Chemical Engineering, and a Professor of Physics at the Pennsylvania State University. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1989. She spent one year as an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at Santa Barbara before joining Penn State as an Assistant Professor in 1990. She has been at Penn State since 1990.

Professor Fichthorn’s research is primarily in multi-scale theory and simulation of fluid-solid interfaces, with a diverse array of applications in thin-film and (nano) crystal growth, colloidal assembly and stability, as well as wetting and spreading, lubrication, and separations. An area of emphasis is developing new methods to accurately include atomic-scale details in computer simulations that can reach large length scales and/or long time scales. She has authored more than 140 papers on these topics. In addition to being recognized by Penn State for her outstanding research and teaching, she is the recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1990), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (1998), she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2011), and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2017).


Organisation: University College London / Cardiff University

Position: Professor

Professor Richard Catlow earned a BA Hons in 1970, and DPhil in 1974, from University of Oxford.  He joined University College London’s centre of materials research in 2015 and holds a joint position with UCL and Cardiff University.
Professor Catlow has worked for over thirty years in the field of computational and experimental studies of complex inorganic materials. His group has pioneered a wide range of applications of computational techniques in solid state chemistry to systems and problems including microporous and oxide catalysts, ionic conductors, electronic ceramics and silicate minerals.
Professor Catlow's research has led to over 800 publications, and in 2004 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society for 'pioneering the development and application of computer modeling in solid state and materials chemistry.

Organisation: University of California, Berkeley

Position: Professor of Physics

Jeffrey B. Neaton is​ a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, a member of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley, and Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory​. He also serves as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, Director of the Molecular Foundry, and Associate Director of the Center for Computational Study of Excited-State Phenomena in Energy Materials at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory​. He received his Ph.D. in physics under Neil Ashcroft from Cornell University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University under Karin Rabe and David Vanderbilt, and later at UC Berkeley and the Molecular Foundry under Steven Louie. After having worked as a staff scientist and serving as the Theory Facility Director at the Molecular Foundry, he became Director of the Molecular Foundry in 2013. Neaton is a recipient of a DOE Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers award, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society

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Organisation: University of Science and Technology, China

Position: Executive Dean of Chemistry and Materials Science

Jinlong Yang is the Executive Dean of Chemistry and Materials Science, Deputy Director of Laboratory of Bond Selective Chemistry and Changjiang Professor at the University of Science and Technology, China. Furthermore, Professor Jinlong is also Head of Division of Theoretical and Computational Sciences at the Hefei National Laboratory of Physical Sciences at the Microscale. His current research includes DFT and TDDFT studies of atomic clusters, STM imaging and mapping simulations, electronic structure of novel surfaces and the development of new computational methods and codes.

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Organisation: Deakin University Institute for frontier materilas

Position: Professor Of Bionanotechnology

Prof. Walsh obtained a B.Sci(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, earned her PhD degree in theoretical chemistry from the University of Cambridge, U.K., as a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholar. She then joined the Dept. of Materials, University of Oxford, U.K. as a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Modelling Laboratory (MML) with Prof. Adrian Sutton (FRS). She held a Glasstone Fellowship, in addition to a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, University of Oxford. Following this, she joined the faculty of the University of Warwick, U.K., and in 2012 she returned to Australia on a veski Innovation Fellowship and joined the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University in Australia, where she currently holds the position of Professor of Bio/Nanotechnology.

Prof. Walsh's research interests and expertise focus on molecular modelling, chiefly of interfaces, using molecular dynamics simulations and first-principles calculations.


Organisation: University of Technology Sydney and Shanghai University

Position: Professor

Jeff Reimers studied organic spectroscopy under Ian Ross and Gad Fischer before doing a PhD with Bob Watts on the structure, thermodynamics, and spectroscopy of water and ice.  He then studied semiclassical quantum mechanics in USA under Kent Wilson and Rick Heller before returning to Australia to be an ARC Research Fellow from 1985 to 2010 at the University of Sydney.   There he collaborated extensively with Noel Hush and Max Crossley on problems involving electron transfer, molecular electronics, porphyrin chemistry, self-assembly, electronic-structure theory, and photosynthesis.  In 2014 he moved to a joint appointment at University of Technology Sydney and Shanghai University, focusing on new methods for protein crystallography and molecular electronics.  His work spans a wide range of chemical applications, from biochemical function to electronic devices to the origins of consciousness.  He has received the RACI Physical Chemistry Division Medal and the H.G. Smith Medal, the David Craig Medal of the Australian Academy of Science, and the Shanghai Magnolia Medal; he is a Fellow of the RACI, the Royal Society of NSW, and the Australian Academy of Science.

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Organisation: Beijing Normal University, China

Run Long is a Professor of Chemistry at Beijing Normal University, China. He obtained his Ph.D in atomic and molecular physics at Shandong University (2008), and was a Marie Curie Fellow at University of Rochester (2010), and later took an associate professor position of physics at University College Dublin (2012). His current research focuses on excitation dynamics in nanoscale systems, in particular energy and charge-transfer dynamics in condensed phase and at interfaces.


Organisation: University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Zhenyu Li is​ a Professor of Chemistry at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and a PI of the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from USTC in 2004. He then joined University of Maryland at College Park and University of California at Irvine as a postdoctoral researcher. Zhenyu Li is a recipient of the Young Chemist Award from Chinese Chemical Society. His research interests involve the theoretical design and computational characterization of materials and physical/chemical processes, mainly based on electronic structure calculation and molecular simulation.


Organisation: Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry, Nankai University

Zhen Zhou received his BSc in 1994 and PhD in 1999 at Nankai University, China, and then joined the faculty in 1999. Two years later, he began to work at Nagoya University, Japan as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow. In 2005, he returned to Nankai University as an associate professor. In 2011, he was promoted as a full professor. He is now the director of Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry, Nankai University. So far, he has published over 240 scientific papers with about 12000 citations and personal h-index of 61, and 6 book chapters. His main interest is computational design, preparation and application of advanced materials for energy storage and conversion.


Organisation: Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof. Dr. Lichang Yin is currently a research fellow in the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics, Jilin University (China) in 2002. His current research interest focuses on energy conversion and storage materials, mainly including Li-ion/Li-S battery materials, photo-/electrocatalytic materials by using DFT calculation. To date, he has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers on PNAS、Energy Environ. Sci.、Adv. Mater.、Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.、Nano Letters、Nano Energy etc. with more than 5000 citations.

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Organisation: University of Queensland

Position: Professor

Qinghong Yuan is a young scientist in the theoretical study and
computational modeling of low-dimensional nanomaterials. She
received her Ph. D from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in
2010. After that, she worked in Hong Kong Polytechnic
University as a postdoctoral researcher for three years and
became a full professor in East China Normal University in 2015.
Qinghong Yuan received DECRA support from ARC in 2016. Her
research interest focuses on theoretical study of low-dimensional
nanomaterials, including the mechanism of chemical vapour
deposition (CVD) growth of graphene and carbon nanotubes,
theoretical design of new carbon nanomaterials, and catalysis.
Her research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, ARC etc, resulted in over 30 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals, including Nat. Mater., Nat. Commun., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Phys. Rev. Lett., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Edit., ACS Nano, and Adv. Funct. Mater.


Organisation: Beijing Computational Science Research Center

Position: Head of the Materials and Energy Division

Su-Huai Wei received his B.S. in Physics from Fudan University in 1981 and Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in 1985. He joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1985 and was a Laboratory Fellow and Group Manager of the Theoretical Materials Science Group before he joined the Beijing Computational Science Research Center in 2015 as Head of the Materials and Energy Division. His research is focused on developing electronic structure theory of materials, especially for semiconductors and energy related materials and applications. He has published more than 460 papers in leading scientific journals, including 70 in Physical Review Letters with more than 42,000 citations and an H index of 102. He is a Fellow of both of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

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Organisation: University of Sydney

Position: Professor, School of Chemistry

Leo Radom is Emeritus Professor in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.  His field of interest is the use of quantum chemistry computations to study the structures and stabilities of molecules and the mechanism of their reactions.  He has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science and to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.  He is the current President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists and a Past President of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists. (WATOC)  He has published approximately 530 papers and has an H-index of 89.


Organisation: South East University

Position: Prof

Jinlan Wang is currently a distinguished professor in the School of Physics at Southeast University. She attained her Ph. D from Department of Physics, Nanjing University in 2002. Then, three year's Postdoctoral experiences at Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory. In 2006, she joined Southeast University as a faculty leader and developed a computational physics and chemistry group. She published more than 160 peer-reviewed publications including Science, Nat. Commun., J. Am. Soc. Chem., Angew. Chem., Nano Lett., ACS Nano, etc. Her current research interests mainly focus on Multi-scale simulation of two-dimensional materials.