Editorial Board

Our Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. They handle manuscripts within their areas of expertise, overseeing all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance.

Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. For past members of our Editorial Board, please see our Editorial Board Alumni page.

Zakaria Al Balushi, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Research areas: Electronic Materials Synthesis, Nanomaterials, Quantum Materials

Zakaria Al BalushiZakaria Y. Al Balushi is an Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Zakaria received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University where he worked on the epitaxy of group-III nitride thin films and nanostructures, and later on was a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on photonics in 2D Materials. At University of California, Berkeley, his research focuses on electronic materials synthesis of thin films (compound semiconductors heterostructures, quantum materials, etc.) and nanostructures (2D materials, nanowires, quantum dots, etc.) using a variety of chemical vapor deposition techniques.
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Maria Rosa Antognazza, PhD, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Research areas: Organic bioelectronics, biomaterials, conjugated polymers

Maria Rosa AntognazzaMaria Rosa Antognazza is a physicist by background and is currently a research technologist at the Italian Institute of Technology. Her main research interests are on the development of biophotonic devices for biology and medicine applications. She has expertise in the characterization and implementation of bio-hybrid interfaces based on conjugated polymers, studied by optical, electronic, photo-electrochemical, ion imaging and electrophysiology techniques. Optical and spectroscopic studies of organic semiconductors complete her profile. She is a coordinator and principal investigator in several European and national projects, in the emerging field of organic bioelectronics. In 2019 she was awarded an ERC-Starting Grant.
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Ayse Asatekin, PhD, Tufts University, USA

Research areas: Polymer self-assembly, membranes, water treatment, zwitterions

Ayse AsatekinAyse Asatekin is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, and the Steve and Kristen Remondi Faculty Fellow, at Tufts University. She completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Polymer Science and Technology, followed by a post-doc in Karen Gleason’s group. She then co-founded Clean Membranes, Inc., where she worked as Principal Scientist. Her research at Tufts focuses on the design of self-assembling polymers for filtration membranes with enhanced selectivity and fouling resistance. Her group also utilizes polymer science for energy storage and biomaterials applications. She is the Senior Scientific Advisor to ZwitterCo, Inc., a start-up commercializing membranes developed in her lab. She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2016.
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Sang-Hoon Bae

Research areas: Materials Science, Thin films, Nanomembranes, 2D materials, Quantum materials

Sang-Hoon Bae is an Assistant Professor in Washington University in St. Louis. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before joining Washington University. He earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in materials science and engineering from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea, in 2013. He worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (2014) and Samsung Display (2010) as a research intern. His research interest is centered on unraveling the hidden properties of materials through fundamental kinetics, thermodynamics, and solid-state physics.
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Bilge Baytekin, PhD, Bilkent University, Turkey

Research areas: Electrostatics, mechanochemistry, soft robotics

Bilge BaytekinBilge Baytekin is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department of Bilkent University. She received her Ph.D. from Freie Universitat Berlin and pursued her postdoctoral studies (2009-2014) at Northwestern University. Her research interests include static electricity, organic and polymer mechanochemistry, smart materials, and soft robotics. She is a recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Electrostatics Society of America.
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Andreja Benčan Golob, PhD, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Research areas: piezoelectrics, complex oxides, electron microscopy

Andreja Bencan GolobAndreja Benčan Golob is a senior scientist at Electronic Ceramics Department, Jožef Stefan Institute and Associate Professor at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She received her PhD in 2002 in the field of materials at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her main research interest is the synthesis and characterisation of piezoelectric, ferroelectric and multiferroic oxide materials in single crystal, bulk or thin and thick film form. Her research focuses on structural investigations of various functional materials, with emphasis on environmentally friendly piezoelectric ceramic materials, using scanning and transmission electron microscopy and microanalysis techniques down to the atomic level.
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Steven Caliari, PhD, University of Virginia, USA

Research areas: Biomaterials, regenerative medicine, mechanobiology

Steven CaliariSteven Caliari joined the University of Virginia in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Previously he was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Steven completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida and received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His lab designs, synthesizes, and characterizes new biomaterials to explore the dynamic interplay between cells and their microenvironment, applying these platforms to address fundamental human health challenges in understanding disease and engineering tissues. Steven recently received the NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award.
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Rona Chandrawati, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia

Research areas: drug delivery, sensors, nanomaterials

Rona ChandrawatiRona Chandrawati is a Scientia Associate Professor and National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leadership Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia. She obtained her Ph.D. from The University of Melbourne in 2012 and was then a Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College London before returning to Australia in 2015 to head the Nanotechnology for Food and Health Laboratory. Her research interests are focused on the development of nanoparticles, polymers, natural enzymes and enzyme mimics for drug delivery and sensing.
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Johan Christensen, PhD, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain

Research areas: Metamaterials, topological insulators

Johan Christensen headshotJohan Christensen is a senior researcher at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA). He is interested in wave physics and the theoretical description and numerical modelling of acoustic and mechanical metamaterials and topological insulators. In 2010, he was awarded his PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He obtained various awards and grants including a Marie-Curie Doctorate fellowship, two Carlsberg fellowships, the Young Elite Researcher Prize from the Danish Research Council, and a Ramon y Cajal fellowship. In 2016 he received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, which aims to support promising up-and-coming research leaders in Europe. In 2019 he received the Phononics Young Investigator award from the International Phononics Society.
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Shelly Conroy, PhD, Imperial College London, UK

Research areas: Multiferroics, functional oxides, nitrides, thin films, electron microscopy

Shelly ConroyDr Shelly Conroy is an Associate Professor of Functional Thin Films and Microscopy at Imperial College London, and a Royal Society Tata University Research Fellow. Her research focuses on designing quantum and energy thin film materials at the atomic-scale using in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atom probe tomography techniques. Dr Conroy worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a permanent staff scientist, before joining the Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Ireland as a Science Foundation Ireland Analog Devices Research Fellow (thin film growth and in-situ TEM for spintronic based devices). Dr Conroy holds a PhD in III-N thin film growth for optoelectronic and high electron mobility transistor device applications and in-situ TEM from Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork, Ireland. Dr Conroy’s Royal Society grant ‘Improper Ferroelectric Domain Wall Engineering for Dynamic Electronics’ is focused on thin film growth of the ferroelectric/ferroelastic Boracites and in-situ 4D-STEM.
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Larisa Florea, PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 

Research areas: Polymers, micro-fabrication, sensors

Larisa FloreaLarisa Florea is an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and the AMBER Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research, Ireland. Larisa studied organic chemistry and chemical engineering at University Politehnica in Timisoara, Romania (B.Sc. Hons). In 2009 she joined the Adaptive Sensors Group at Dublin City University where she earned her Ph.D. in materials chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond. Larisa began her postdoctoral career at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and in 2016 she achieved a senior position as Team Leader in Materials Chemistry and Microfluidics. Since starting her independent career at Trinity College Dublin, Larisa has been the recipient of several awards, including an ERC Starting Grant (2018) and an Irish Research Council – Laureate Starting Grant (2018). Larisa’s research comprises several distinct strands in the soft matter realm, including development of new stimuli-responsive polymers, 3D fabrication technologies, micro-fabrication of polymeric actuators & sensors and development of smart micro-vehicles.
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Pascal Friederich

Research areas: machine learning for property prediction, simulation, and design of molecules and materials, graph neural networks, generative models for inverse design, self-driving labs

Pascal Friederich is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, focusing on AI for Materials Science. After his Ph.D. in physics, Pascal Friederich received a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University and the University of Toronto where he worked on machine learning methods for chemistry. In 2020 Pascal Friederich was appointed Assistant Professor at the Informatics Department at KIT and co-appointed at the Institute of Nanotechnology. He is leading the AI for Materials Science (AiMat) research group. In 2022, Pascal Friederich received the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the German Research Foundation.
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Vishal Govind Rao, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Research areas: Plasmonics, heterogeneous photocatalysis, spectroscopy of interfaces

Vishal Govind RaoVishal Govind Rao joined the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 2019 as an Assistant Professor. Previously he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Department of Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His lab seeks to understand the fundamental properties of photocatalytic materials that affect their catalytic efficiency. His main research interest is plasmonic photocatalysis, interfacial charge transfer dynamics, efficient solar energy utilization strategies, and carbon dioxide reduction into hydrocarbon fuels. He specializes in time-resolved and single-molecule spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, interface science and materials chemistry.
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Alannah Hallas, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada

Research areas: quantum materials, crystal growth, magnetism

Alannah HallasAlannah Hallas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia and a Principal Investigator at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. She completed her PhD from McMaster University as a Vanier Scholar in 2017 and was then a Smalley-Curl Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University. Alannah’s research centers on the design and synthesis of new quantum materials using high-pressure, floating zone, and flux crystal growth techniques. She is particularly interested in frustrated magnets, topological semimetals, itinerant magnets, and high entropy oxides. In 2019, Alannah was named a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in the Quantum Materials program.
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Toru Hirahara, PhD, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Research areas: topological materials, surface and nano physics

Toru HiraharaToru Hirahara is an associate professor at the Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D in physics from the University of Tokyo in 2008. He continued to work as an assistant professor (research associate) at the University of Tokyo before moving to Tokyo Tech. as a principal investigator in 2014. His research interests include surface/nano physics, topological materials, quantum Dirac systems, and thin film growth. The goal of his research is to develop novel ultrathin materials and understand the quantum physical phenomena, such as superconductivity, magnetism, and topological properties as well as their interplay at the atomic scale.
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Rostislav Hrubiak, PhD, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Research areas: high-pressure, materials science, X-ray science and technology

Rostislav HrubiakRostislav Hrubiak is a staff scientist at the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT) synchrotron facility, X-Ray Science Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Florida International University in 2012. He was a postdoctoral researcher, and later a research scientist, at the Carnegie Institution for Science before joining the Argonne National Laboratory as staff scientist in 2018. His research interests are focused on understanding the physical process of materials at ultrahigh pressure and temperature conditions, high pressure phase transitions, melting, materials synthesis, viscosity, and elastic properties. He is also responsible for research and development efforts including developing user programs for the HPCAT synchrotron facility, promoting the developed/established techniques to large user communities, and supporting the HPCAT user program.
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Sunkook Kim, PhD, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Research areas: 2D materials nanodevices, flexible electronics, thin-film transistors, augmented human electronics

Sunkook KimSunkook Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He earned his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in 2009, and worked in Intel and Samsung Electronics in 2012. His research interests include a large-area synthesis of 2D materials, high-mobility thin-film transistors, wearable electronics and human-digital interactive sensors. He received the Young Scientist Award from Korean President in 2015 and Display Challenger Award (Foldable OLED Display) from Samsung Electronics in 2010.
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Youn Soo Kim

Research areas: Functional Gels, Bioelectronics, Stimuli-responsive polymers

Youn Soo Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). She completed her Ph.D. in chemistry and biotechnology at the University of Tokyo, where she worked on anisotropic hydrogels and hydrogel actuators. She received the Dean’s Award for PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2015. She later expanded her research into self-oscillating hydrogels as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials Engineering at the University of Tokyo (2015-2017). Her research focuses on the development of functional gels for applications, including energy storage, bioelectronics, adhesives, and soft actuators.
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Xiaokang Li

Research areas: Anomalous Hall transport phenomena, phonon thermal Hall effect, Nernst thermopiles

Xiaokang Li is an Associate Professor in the Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). He obtained his PhD degree in the School of Physics at HUST in 2020. After graduation he was awarded the fellowship of China National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents. His research interests include the anomalous Hall transport phenomena (such as anomalous Hall effect, topological Hall effect, anomalous Nernst effect, and anomalous Righi-Leduc effect) in topological magnetic materials, the phonon thermal Hall effect in insulating quantum materials, as well as the Nernst thermopiles design for the transverse thermoelectric applications.
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Xiaoyan Li, PhD, Tsinghua University, China

Research areas: micro- and nano-structured materials, solid mechanics, multiscale modelling

LiXiaoyan Li received his Ph.D. degree from Brown University in 2012. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University. His research interests include deformation and fracture of micro- and nano-structured materials (including nanocrystalline and nanotwinned materials, low-dimensional nanomaterials and energy storage materials), design, fabrication and mechanics of high entropy alloys and metamaterials, and development of multiscale modelling. He received the Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award in 2018 and the Eshelby Mechanics Award for Young Faculty in 2018.
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Yuzhang Li

Research areas: batteries, electrochemistry, cryo-electron microscopy

Yuzhang Li is an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. The main research interest of the Li group is to exploit and invent tools and materials that can accelerate next-generation renewable energy solutions. Yuzhang has expertise in using cryogenic electron microscopy to study batteries and electrocatalysts. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Department of Energy Early Career Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the Packard Fellowship.
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Daniela Loessner, PhD, Monash University, Australia

Research areas: Tissue engineering, precision medicine, 3D cancer models

Daniela LoessnerDaniela Loessner has a background in biology, graduating with a PhD in Natural Sciences from the Technical University of Munich. From 2007 to 2017 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. In 2017 she joined the Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London as a Reader in Bioengineering and Cancer. Daniela moved to Monash University in 2020 with a multi-departmental appointment, and leads the 3D Cancer Models Team. She holds a joint appointment at the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, enabling her research at the interface of tissue engineering, biomaterials and cell biology. Her research is on the role of the extracellular and cellular microenvironment in modulating cancer progression and therapy response by applying tissue-engineered technologies.
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Reinhard Maurer, PhD, University of Warwick, UK

Research areas: dynamics at surfaces, machine learning, photoelectrocatalysis

Reinhard MaurerReinhard Maurer is an Associate Professor of Computational Chemistry at the University of Warwick. He received a Diploma degree in Computational Chemistry from the University of Graz (Austria) in 2010 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2014 from the Technical University Munich (Germany). He was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University before starting his independent career in 2017. His research interests include non-thermal chemical dynamics at surfaces, molecular device design, and the development of machine learning and first-principles methods to study problems in heterogeneous catalysis and surface science. He received the TU Munich President’s Young Investigator Award in 2016 and was a Runner-Up for the Psi-K Volker Heine Early Career Award in 2018.
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Eun Soo Park, PhD, Seoul National University, South Korea

Research areas: Physical metallurgy, alloy design, high entropy alloys, metallic glasses

Eun Soo ParkEun Soo Park is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a director of the Center for Self-Healing Materials at Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Yonsei University, Korea in 2005 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Applied Physics at Harvard University from 2006 to 2008. His research interests are in the tailor-made design and synthesis of advanced engineering alloys and composites for extreme conditions as well as the physical understanding of phase transformations, microstructure evolution, and deformation mechanisms in metallic materials (including bulk metallic glasses, quasicrystals, high-entropy alloys, and self-healing metals). He received the TMS SMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award (US, 2016) and a Prime Minister’s Commendation for Innovative Inventions (Korea, 2019).
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Yanzhong Pei, PhD, Tongji University, China

Research areas: thermoelectrics, transport properties

Yanzhong PeiYanzhong Pei is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Tongji University, China. He holds a B.E. from Central South University in China, a Ph.D from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, CAS, and postdoctoral research experience for about 5 years from Michigan State University and the California Institute of Technology. He has been working on advanced thermoelectric semiconductors for about 2 decades, from synthesizing the materials to understanding the underlying physics and chemistry. His interests include materials physics and chemistry for energy applications. He received both 2013 Young Investigator and 2007 Goldsmid Awards from the International Thermoelectric Society.
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Nicola Poccia, PhD, IFW-Dresden, Germany

Research areas: Nanoscale superconductivity, Topological superconductivity, Low-dimensional superconductivity

Nicola PocciaNicola Poccia is a Group Leader of the “Superpuddles Lab” at the Institute for Metallic Materials of the IFW-Dresden. He received his "Laurea" in physics at the Sapienza University of Rome and received his Ph.D. in Physics from Sapienza University. He was Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Twente and at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, then joined as postdoctoral fellow the Department of Physics at Harvard University. His laboratory focuses in the two-dimensional materials and heterostructures of superconductors in complex quantum matter. In our lab we synthetize and isolate atomically thin superconductors, assemble these materials into novel multicomponent system and quantitatively interrogate them by means of electronic quantum transport and synchrotron radiation microscopies. Nicola recently received funding for his research from the DFG.
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Oleksandr Pylypovskyi

Research areas: micromagnetic and spin-lattice analysis of ferro- and antiferromagnetic materials, curvilinear magnets

Oleksandr Pylypovskyi received his PhD in theoretical physics in 2016 from the Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyiv, Ukraine. He started as an assistant professor at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Now, he works at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany, since 2019. His research is focused on the physics of ferro- and antiferromagnetic materials. These studies include the properties of magnetic solitons, symmetry phenomena, and the magnetism of curvilinear nanomagnets.
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Rubén Rizo

Research areas: Electrocatalysis, spectro-electrochemistry

Rubén is a senior researcher at the University of Alicante. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrochemistry from the University of la Laguna. He then moved to Berlin for a postdoctoral experience at the Fritz Haber Institute, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Alicante. He obtained various awards and grants, including an “Extraordinary PhD Award”, an “ISE Travel Award”, a Juan de la Cierva fellowship, and a Ramón y Cajal fellowship. His research background includes fundamental electrochemistry on well-defined single crystals and electrocatalysis at nanoparticle surfaces.
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Dawei Shen

Research areas: quantum materials, electronic structure, photoemission spectroscopy, reactive molecular beam epitaxy

Dawei Shen is a professor in the national synchrotron radiation laboratory at University of science and technology of China (USTC). He received his Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics from Fudan University in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as the postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. His research focuses on the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) study of electronic structure of novel quantum materials, including single crystals and epitaxial heterostructures/superlattices. During the academic career, he has received a variety of awards, including the National Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of China in 2011, LU JIAXI Award for Junior Scientists in 2013, and Award for Outstanding Member in Youth Innovation Promotion Association of CAS in 2017.
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Natalia Shustova, PhD, University of South Carolina, USA

Research areas: Metal- and covalent-organic frameworks, stimuli-responsive materials, photophysics

Natalia ShustovaNatalia B. Shustova received her M.S. degree in Materials Science from Moscow State University and holds two Ph.D. degrees, from Moscow State University (physical chemistry) and Colorado State University (inorganic chemistry). She then completed postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, she is a McCausland Professor at the University of South Carolina. During her independent career, she has received various awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, USC Breakthrough Scholar Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Award, IAS Hans Fischer Fellowship, and the Dreyfus Teaching Scholar Award. She has also been named a Scialog Fellow of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, which accelerates 21st century transformational science through research, dialog, and community outreach.
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Alejandro Silhanek

Research areas: superconducting thin films, superconducting vortices, superconducting devices

Alejandro Silhanek is a professor at the Department of Physics, University of Liège, Belgium. He received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche (Argentina) in 2001. He was awarded Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) from 2004 to 2006 and Postdoctoral Researcher of FWO at the KULeuven (Belgium) from 2006 to 2011. The scientific activities of his group are mainly within the field of experimental mesoscopic physics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, magnetism, superconductivity, electromigration, low -frequency metamaterials and quantum transport.
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Hairen Tan, PhD, Nanjing University, China

Research areas: Solar cells, metal halide perovskites, renewable energy

Hairen TanHairen Tan is a Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nanjing University. He obtained his PhD degree in the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy at Delft University of Technology in 2015, Master of Science in Material Physics and Chemistry at the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his Bachelor of Engineering in Materials at Central South University. After graduation he was awarded the Rubicon Fellowship and joined Ted Sargent’s group at University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow during 2015-2018. His research focuses on developing high-efficiency and cost-effective photovoltaic devices, including perovskite solar cells, silicon solar cells, and perovskite-based tandem solar cells.
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Klaas-Jan Tielrooij, PhD, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Research areas: ultrafast dynamics, light-matter interaction, optoelectronics

Klaas-Jan Tielrooij headshotKlaas-Jan Tielrooij is an Associate Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Senior Group Leader at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona, Spain. He leads a research group called Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems. Previously, he was visiting professor in Mainz, Germany, and research fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for which he received the FOM Physics Thesis Prize 2011. His main interests are in the field of ultrafast dynamics, optoelectronics, nonlinear optics, terahertz technologies, light-matter interaction and two-dimensional quantum materials. 
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Milica Todorović, PhD, University of Turku, Finland

Research areas: ab initio simulations, artificial intelligence, organic/inorganic interfaces

TodorovicMilica Todorović is an Assistant Professor in Materials Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Turku. She gained an MSci in Physics at University College London, followed by a DPhil in Materials Science from Merton College at the University of Oxford. She went on to specialise in development and high performance computing applications of large-scale first principles calculations at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and scanning probe microscopy simulations at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid before settling in Finland. Her research focuses on interfacing artificial intelligence algorithms with first principles simulations of materials with the aim to optimise material functionality.
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Haotian Wang, PhD, Rice University, USA

Research areas: Electrocatalysis, renewable energy, nanomaterials

Haotian WangHaotian Wang is a William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He obtained his PhD degree in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University in 2016 and his Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011. In 2016 he was awarded the Rowland Fellowship and began his independent research career at Harvard University as principal investigator. He received the Azrieli Global Scholar award from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His research focuses on developing catalytic materials and reactors for energy and environmental applications, including energy storage, chemical/fuel generation and water treatment.
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Shun Watanabe, PhD, University of Tokyo, Japan

Research areas: Polymers, organic semiconductors, thin-film devices

Shun WatanabeShun Watanabe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Materials Science at the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in materials science from Nagoya University in 2011, then carried out postdoctoral research on charge and spin transport physics in organic semiconductors at the University of Cambridge. In 2016, he started his independent research career at the University of Tokyo as principal investigator. His research focuses on materials science in solution-processable organic semiconductors and condensed matter physics, with the goal of potential applications in printable optoelectronic devices.
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Jie Xiao, PhD, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Research areas: batteries, electrochemical energy storage, electrochemistry

Jie XiaoJie Xiao is a Laboratory Fellow and Group Leader in the Battery Materials & Systems group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She obtained her Ph.D degree in materials chemistry from State University of New York at Binghamton. Her research interests range from materials synthesis and electrochemical kinetics to cell design and fabrication, with the goal of understanding synthesis-structure-performance relationships and their underlying reaction mechanisms at the atomic level and in realistic systems. She is the recipient of awards such as Distinguished Inventor of Battelle, The Electrochemical Society Battery Division Technology Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer and Young Researcher Award from International Automotive Lithium Battery Association etc.
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Cang Zhao, PhD, Tsinghua University, China

Research areas: Metal additive manufacturing, high-speed synchrotron and neutron characterization

Cang ZhaoCang Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2015, his master’s degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011, and his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2009. Prior to his current position, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, from 2016 to 2019. His current research focuses on understanding and controlling microstructures and defects in metal 3D printing.
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Guangmin Zhou

Research areas: batteries, electrochemical energy storage, battery recycling

Guangmin Zhou is an Associate Professor in Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014, and then worked as a postdoc in UT Austin during 2014-2015. After that, he was a postdoc fellow at Stanford University from 2015 to 2019. His research mainly focuses on the development of advanced energy-storage materials and devices, and battery recycling. He is the recipient of awards such as the Materials Today Rising Star Award, Young Scientist Award of Hou Debang Chemical Science and Technology, and Energy Storage Materials Young Scientist Award.
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