Thomas J. Webster’s (H index: 118; Google Scholar) degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995; USA) and in biomedical engineering from RPI (Ph.D., 2000; USA). He has served as a professor at Purdue (2000-2005), Brown (2005-2012), and Northeastern (2012-2021; serving as Chemical Engineering Department Chair from 2012 - 2019) Universities and has formed over a dozen companies who have numerous FDA approved medical products currently improving human health. He is currently helping those companies and serves as a professor at Hebei University of Technology, Saveetha University, Vellore Institute of Technology, UFPI, and others. Dr. Webster has numerous awards including: 2020, World Top 2% Scientist by Citations (PLOS); 2020, SCOPUS Highly Cited Research (Top 1% Materials Science and Mixed Fields); 2021, Clarivate Top 0.1% Most Influential Researchers (Pharmacology and Toxicology); 2022, Best Materials Science Scientist by Citations (Research.com); and is a fellow of over 8 societies. Prof. Webster is a former President of the U.S. Society For Biomaterials and has over 1,350 publications to his credit with over 53,000 citations. He was recently nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2023).
Richard Spontak, a Distinguished Professor at NC State University, received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and pursued post-doctoral research at Cambridge University before joining P&G in 1990 and NC State in 1992. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers and 40 book chapters and invited works. He has received numerous research awards including the NC State Holladay Medal for Excellence, the ACS-PMSE Tess Award, the SPSJ International Award, the IChemE Underwood Medal, the ACS-RUBB Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, and the IOM3 Colwyn Medal. An IOM3, ACS-PMSE, APS and RSC fellow, he is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.
Professor Raman Singh’s primary research interests are in the relationship of Nano-/microstructure and Environment-assisted degradation and fracture of metallic and composite materials, and Nanotechnology for Advanced Mitigation of such Degradations. He has also worked extensively on use of advanced materials (e.g., graphene) for corrosion mitigation, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion and corrosion-mitigation of magnesium alloys (including for the use of magnesium alloys for aerospace, defence and bioimplant applications).
Prof Singh is a senior professor at Monash University, Australia. He is a Guest Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2020, 2023, 2024), US Naval Research Lab, Indian Institute of Science, and University of Connecticut. He worked as a scientist at Indian Atomic Energy and as a post-doc fellow at University of New South Wales, Australia.
Prof Singh’s professional distinctions and recognitions include: Guest Professor of ETH Zurich, Editor of a book on Cracking of Welds (CRC Press), Lead Editor of a book on Non-destructive Evaluation of Corrosion (Wiley), Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier and two MDPI journals, leader/chairperson of a few international conferences and numerous plenary/keynote lectures at international conferences, over 265 peer-reviewed international journal publications and 15 book chapter, and several competitive research grants (that includes 4 Discovery, 7 Linkage and one ITRH grants of Australian Research Council).
Prof Singh has supervised 52 PhD students. His vibrant research group at Monash University comprises of PhD students from different disciplines (Mechanical, Chemical, Materials and Mining Engineering, and Science) as well as from different cultural backgrounds (Australian, Middle-eastern, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, African, North American and Israeli).
Vistasp M. Karbhari is a Professor in the Departments of Civil Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he served as the 8th president from 2013 to 2020. An internationally reputed researcher, Dr. Karbhari is an expert in the processing and mechanics of composites, durability of materials, infrastructure rehabilitation, and multi-threat mitigation and has authored/coauthored over 460 papers in journals and conference publications and is the editor/co-editor of 6 books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the National Academy of Inventors (NAI); the American Society of Civil Engineers; ASM International; the International Institute for Fiber-reinforced Polymers in Construction; the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure; ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute, and is an elected member of the European Academy of Science and Arts, as well as a Fellow of Complete College America (CCA).
Hans Fecht is Chair Professor in the faculty of engineering science, computer science and psychology at Ulm University, Germany and the Director of the Institute of Functional Nanosystems. He is also the office director for Cluster Metallurgy Europe, an international non- profit organization, since 2015. Prof. Dr. Fecht has published over 500 scientific papers. He has served as the European editor for the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the regional editor for the American Journal of Nanotechnology, and as the associate editor for the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Nanotechnology. An elected fellow and member of the Max Kade Gesellschaft in New York, Dr. Fecht is also a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1998, he was awarded a G.W. Leibniz Award from the German Research Foundation.
Baoguo Han, Professor of Civil Engineering at Dalian University of Technology since 2012, holds a BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering (Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, 1999, 2001) and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics (Harbin Institute of Technology 2005). He was invited to the University of Minnesota and has worked as a visiting research scholar there for three years. His main research interests include cement and concrete materials, nano-engineered cementitious composites, smart materials and structures, multifunctional concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, and ultra-high performance concrete. He has published five authored books and one book video, three edited books, 17 book chapters, and more than 200 technical papers. The citations and h-index/i10-index in Google are 10734 and 54/156, respectively. The research outcomes have been reported as research highlights more than 20 times. He has held more than 20 authorized national invention patents and was awarded the first prize of Natural Science by the Ministry of Education of China. Professor Han is a Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials, and has served as a member in more than 30 scientific professional societies (including an academic organization, as journal chief editor and editorial board member, and on a review panel for scientific research projects and awards) and as a reviewer for more than 150 books and journals. He has been awarded Top Peer Reviewer in the Global Peer Review Awards powered by Publons in both Materials Science and Cross-Field, listed in Highly Cited Chinese Researchers by Elsevier, and named in the world’s top 2% scientists by Stanford University.
Dr Prabir Sarker is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Curtin University, Western Australia. His research expertise includes green structural materials using wastes and by-products, sustainable geopolymers, concrete durability and microstructures. His publications are highly cited by researchers. Professor Sarker is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia.
Juan Fraire received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cordoba (Argentina). After his PhD, Juan joined the Laboratory of General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy at Ghent University (Belgium) headed by Prof. Stefaan De Smedt and Prof. Kevin Braeckmans as postdoctoral researcher. During this period, his research was centered on the photoporation concept as an advanced drug delivery technique for nucleic acid therapeutics and cell transfections. He is a former Fulbright (Boston University) and FWO (Ghent University) fellow, and his early-career achievements have been recognized by the Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award and Sabato Institute Award. In 2021, Juan joined the Smart Nano-Bio-Devices group led by Prof. Samuel Sanchez at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia - IBEC (Spain) as senior postdoctoral researcher, and in 2022 he became a Beatriu de Pinós - Marie-Curie COFUND fellow. Juan is currently Senior Researcher at IBEC, where he leads projects related to the design and evaluation of “Advanced Nanotechnological Tools for Drug Delivery” at the Smart Nano-Bio-Devices group. His research focuses on exploring the synergy between nanocarriers, advanced light-triggered effects, and cutting-edge enzymatic nanobots for biomedical purposes.
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