Prof. Suwan Jayasinghe
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University College London
Topic: “Direct Tissue Engineering Approaches for Regenerative Biology and Medicine”
Prof. Jayasinghe started his academic career at Brunel University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At Brunel he obtained his B.Eng (Hon) and M.Eng degrees and subsequently joined the Department of Materials Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, where he earned his PhD. In the duration of his PhD, his research findings were awarded two top medals (the De Montfort and the Leonardo Da Vinci) presented to him at the House of Parliament in March and December respectively. Following his PhD he completed a post-doc and was later awarded a five year Robert’s Fellowship funded by RCUK. In the first year of his fellowship, Jayasinghe pioneered the ability to electrospray and electrospin living cells and whole organisms. These finding have received wide press coverage through learned society periodical, popular scientific press and television interviews. In 2006 Jayasinghe joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL. In 2009 he was awarded highest honour bestowed to a younger aerosol scientist (SMOLUCHOWSKI Award) by the Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (GAeF). In 2010 The Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals awarded him with the prestigious Sir George Beilby FRS memorial medal and prize for his seminal contributions to healthcare materials. Jayasinghe has published over 120 scientific papers and is at present fine tuning the discovered platform technologies for their wider utility in basic biology laboratories to their evaluation in the clinic.
Ashok Kumar Ganguli
Professor of Chemistry, IIT Delhi
Founding Director of Institute of Nano Science and Technology in Mohali
Topic: “Design of Nanostructures for Energy and Environmental Applications”
Dr. Ganguli is the founding Director of Institute of Nano Science and Technology in Mohali and also Professor of Chemistry, IIT Delhi. His areas of interest are in the design of nanostructured materials for energy and environmental applications and also high temperature superconductivity. He has published over 250 papers and has filed four patents. Dr. Ganguli obtained his Ph.D in Solid State Chemistry from IISc, Bangalore, and then worked in Dupont (USA), Ames Laboratory (US DOE), USA and EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the National Award of Nano Science and Nanotechnology given by DST, Government of India. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India.
Dr. Ganguli is also a very keen speaker for science education in schools and colleges and is spearheading an Outreach program at INST, Mohali for rural school students in remote parts of India in which he has visited more than 250 schools in the last two years.
IITD Website: http://web.iitd.ac.in/~ashok/
INST Website: http://www.inst.ac.in/
Prof. R.M. Gamini Rajapakse
Senior Professor in Chemistry at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Topic: “Nano-materials in Clean Energy and Health Applications”
Dr. Rohini M. de Silva
University of Colombo
Dr. Rohini M. de Silva is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She obtained her B.Sc. (Chemistry, First Class) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. She gained postdoctoral experience in Nanotechnology at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Louisiana State University, USA. She won the Presidential Research Award for four consecutive years and a National Research Award presented by National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka. She is a member of the National Committee for popularization of science at NSF. Recently she received a Rs. 50 million ($ 350,000) grant from the National Research Council for the development of advanced materials for water purification.
Dr. (Ms) T. Theivasanthi,
International Research Center,
Dr. (Ms) T.Theivasanthi of Kalasalingam University doing research in nanomaterials / nanotechnology; has 14 years of teaching experience; published many research articles/ books and h-index 9; life member of Indian Science Congress Association and Magnetics Society of India; serving as Editorial Board Member/ reviewer for some scientific journals; achieved many awards/ honours/ recognitions including – Madurai Women Achievers Award – 2013, Motivational Award – 2015 and 2015 Women’s Day Award of St.Annes College; achieved World Record in LIMCA Book of Records-2015 for nanotechnology invention “World’s first superparamagnetic plants materials” – named “Santhi Particles” and World Record in Limca Book of Records – 2016 for innovative products “The World’s lowest priced graphene” & “World’s Smallest Particles of Vegetables”; other innovative products- Superparamagnetic lead nanoparticles, semiconducting lead Nanoparticles, Low cost-mass production of graphene, agricultural nanofertilisers, vegetable powder for diabetes, plants materials for diabetes & psoriasis and nanoparticles for treatment of EBOLA, DENGUE, HIV & H1N1 virus infection. Govt. of India shows interests to develop her inventions for the benefits of public; she has been invited to deliver lectures (more than 90) in International / National scientific conferences, foreign countries (China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka & Greece) and renowned institutes like National Institute of Technology, Anna University, Central University of all over India; she delivered Motivational Lectures for women, students and staff of institutes / Multi-national corporate companies like Cognizant Technologies; Economic Times and Telegraph have published news about her research; Thanthi TV, All India Radio, Minnal FM (Malaysia) and Bernama TV (Malaysia) have broadcasted her interviews.
International Research Center,
Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil– 626190, India.
Phone: +91- 4563-258084. Mobile: +91- 9344643384, 9524818862.
Associate Professor Wojciech Ciesielski
Vice-Dean for Science of Faculty Of Mathematics And Natural Sciences
Head of the Department of Biology and Environmental Protection
Associate Professor Wojciech Ciesielski was born in Czestochowa, Poland. He successively completed his M.Sc. (Chemistry, 1995), Ph.D. (food technology, 1998) and habilitation (environmental engineering, 2012). Dr. Wojciech Ciesielski presently works as a Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa. He conducts researches in the area of functionalization of nanostructures, using starch and cereal in the environmental engineering processes and of advanced materials for hydrogen storage system and visited and collaborated with many international/national institutes (e.g. with the Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) and the Leibniz Institute (Dresden, Germany) over the last 10 years. More than 80 research articles in his research have been published. He is as a reviewer of many international/national journals (such as Journal of Environmental Management Molecules, Archives of Environmental Protection, Ecotoxicology, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). He is a member of Editorial Board of Chemistry. Environment. Biotechnology and International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering (IJEPE) and Biofuels, hydrogen storage, battery, energy, nanotechnology. He is a member of polish and international scientific or academic organizations.
He is the expert of teams of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland in the field of research: technological development and innovation in energy, nanotechnology and nanomaterials, research and development infrastructure in the area of regional smart specialization.