Speakers

Prof Paul Burn

Professor Paul Burn is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry and the Head of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, and holds an ARC Laureate Fellowship at The University of Queensland, Australia. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney before moving to Cambridge University during which he held the Dow Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, England. In 1992 he moved to the University of Oxford and then in 2007 to The University of Queensland as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. His research focuses on the development of organic (opto)electronic materials and their application in technologies such as thin film photovoltaic devices and photodiodes, organic light-emitting diodes for displays and lighting, and sensors. He co-founded Cambridge Display Technology Ltd and Arborescent 2 Ltd, and developed the key technology for the Oxford University spin-out company, Opsys Ltd.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen

Klaus Müllen was director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and is continuing research at the universities of Heidelberg and Cologne. His broad research interests range from new polymer-forming reactions, to the chemistry and physics of single molecules as well as graphenes, dendrimers and biosynthetic hybrids. He published about 2000 papers. He received many awards, honorary doctorates and honorary professorships and he is member of national and international academies.

From 2008-2009 he served as president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). In 2013-2014 he was president of the German Association for the Advancement of Science and Medicine. In 2010 he won an ERC Advanced Grant for his work on nanographenes. He is associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Prof Latha Venkataraman

Latha Venkataraman received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 where she did her undergraduate thesis with Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus calculating the phonon modes of carbon nanotubes.  She then moved to Harvard University and obtained her Ph. D. in 1999 working under the guidance of Prof. Charles Lieber investigating electronic properties of one-dimensional systems. She worked as a research scientist at Vytran Corporation from 1999 to 2002. In 2003, she joined Columbia University as a research scientist. She started her independent career as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University in 2007, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012 and Professor in 2016.

She is currently Lawrence Gussman Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Chemistry Venkataraman has been serving as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs since January 2019. Prominent awards she has received include the National Science Foundation Career Award, Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Chemistry.

Prof Ni Zhao

Ni Zhao is currently a Professor at the Electronics Engineering Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2008. From 2008-2010 she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Her current research interests include optoelectronic devices, wearable biomedical devices and optical spectroscopy.

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