Keynote Speakers

The Keynote & Plenary Speakers information of ICSMR 

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 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 and acting Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In May 2017 she joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. She has secured over $20 M in funding from the ARC and non-ARC sources on projects involving novel polymer coatings, functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene, microfluidics, genotyping and DNA nanotechnology. She was an ARC Future Fellow (2014-2018), and is currently a Board member of the Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) and a current 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: Darren is an expert in polyurethanes, polymer nanocomposites and renewable nanomaterials. His work has led to two successful spinoff companies. He is a co-inventor of the spinifex nanocellulose platform technology, which involves a landmark agreement and commercial partnership between The University of Queensland and The lndjalandji-Dhidhanu traditional owner group. This innovative partnership between The University of Queensland, UniQuest and Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation is cooperating to commercialise the spinifex nanocellulose product in cement, rubber and polymer composite products, where the nanocellulose primarily acts as a strengthening and toughening agent. 


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.  


Prof. Yinong Liu

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Biography: Yinong Liu obtained his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1991. After completing a postdoctoral research in Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France in 1993 under an Australia-France Reciprocal Fellowship, he returned to UWA to commence his academic career. He is currently appointed Professor of Materials Engineering at UWA, and has served as the Head of the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, and Acting Pro Vice Chancellor (International) of the University. He has also been appointed guest professors in a number of foreign universities in Japan, France and China. He currently serves as an associated editor of two international scholarly journals and on the international advisory committees of several international conferences in the field of nano and functional materials. He has also served as the chair of the National Committee on Nanoengineering of Engineers Australia, a member of the Standards Australia, and a member of the College of Experts of Australian Research Council. His main research interests are in the field of physical metallurgy and functional materials, including shape memory alloys, superalloys, magnetic materials, thin film materials for MEMS applications, and carbonaceous materials.  


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, and currently is an Associate Professor at the School of Physics. His research interest spans from Condensed Matter and Materials Physics to Microscopy and Microanalysis, with focus on the growth-Structure-Property relationships in functional materials and devices using sophisticated microscopy and microanalysis, particularly atom probe tomography (APT) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). He has published more than 170 papers and has received 7000 citations. He has received a number of awards, including a prestigious fellowship from the Australian Research Council, and has been regularly invited to national and international conferences in his field.