Conference Speakers

Prof. Ying-Cheng Lai

(Keynote Speaker)

Arizona State University, USA






Keynote Lecture: Unconventional physics in pseudospin-1 Dirac materials

Abstract: Quantum materials hosting a flat band, such as pseudospin-1 lattices and magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene, can exhibit drastically new phenomena including unconventional superconductivity, orbital ferromagnetism, and Chern insulating behaviors with topological edge states. These materials are relevant to a variety of physical systems ranging from photonic crystals, optical lattices, two-dimensional electronic lattices and superconducting qutrit to crystalline solids and even bosonic systems. In this talk, two unexpected physical phenomena will be presented: one in massless and another in massive pseudospin-1 Dirac material systems....(Learn More)

Biography: I earned BS and MS degrees in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1982 and 1985, and MS and PhD degrees in Physics/Nonlinear Dynamics from University of Maryland, College Park in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Currently I am the ISS Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. I have authored/co-authored about 460 refereed-journal papers and a comprehensive research monograph on Transient Chaos. Honors include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House in 1997, election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999, selection by the Pentagon as a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow (class of 2016), and election into the National Academy of Science and Letters of Scotland as a Corresponding Fellow in 2018. My papers have been cited more than 21,000 times (Google-Scholar, H-index 70). My current research interests are nonlinear dynamics, complex networks, physics of Dirac materials, quantum chaos, mathematical biology, data analysis and machine learning.

Prof. Alan Kin Tak Lau

(Keynote Speaker)

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia









Biography: Professor Lau is a practical engineer, academic and manager in both the academic and commercial sectors. He received 4-year craft apprentice training in an engineering company in Shenzhen beginning in 1987. He went on to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University, Australia in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Shenzhen Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2001. He was appointed Assistant Professor at PolyU in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor and then Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013, he was appointed Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering in the same university. Due to his strong connection with the Shenzhen product design and development industry, he was also appointed as Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering in the same year. Currently, he is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development) of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Since 2002, Professor Lau has received numerous research and teaching awards which include but not limited to Young Scientist Award (2002), Young Engineer of the Year Award (2004), Faculty Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2005), Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006), Chemical Physics Letters, Most Cited Paper 2003- 2007 Award, President Award in Teaching 2008, Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, USA (2009). He is also the Winner of the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, in the same Conference (the first scholar outside the United States to receive this honour) and the Most Cited Paper Awards in Composites Part B: Engineering (issued by Elsevier Science). In 2013, he was also awarded The University Grant Committee (UGC) Award for Teaching Excellence. Professor Lau has been working in advanced composite, nano-composite and bio-composite materials research for over 20 years, and his published articles have been frequently cited by other researchers. He has received over 13,000 citations with h-index of 56 to date (Google Scholar Citations). For his significant contributions to the field of science and engineering, he was elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2007 and 2016, respectively. In the past 10 years, he has conducted over 40 consultancy projects in Shenzhen to help solve many engineering problems in relation to materials and structural design, and failure analysis. Besides, he has also been frequently invited as an expert witness of different legal cases.

Prof. Yihe Zhang

(Keynote Speaker)

China University of Geosciences, China


Prof. Haitao Huang

(Keynote Speaker)

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR, China



Keynote Lecture: One Dimensional Nanostructured Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Abstract: One-dimensional nanostructured electrodes are playing more and more import roles in electrochemical energy conversion and storage due to increased number of active sites, enhanced electron transport, shortened charge transport distance, and prolonged light-matter interaction, etc. In this talk, I will give two examples of our recent work on the fabrications and applications of one-dimensional nanostructured electrodes in solar cells, electrochemical energy storage, and electrocatalysis. (1) Top-down approach: Electrochemical anodization was used to fabricate one-dimensional TiO2 nanotube photonic crystals to direct the propagation of light and/or slow down the group velocity of light for the realization of photon management in dye-sensitized solar cells with enhanced light harvesting efficiency. (2) Bottom-up approach: Electrochemical deposition was used to fabricate core-shell structured nanotube arrays of transition metal compound for enhanced electrochemical energy storage and improved oxygen evolution reaction.

Biography: Dr. Huang Haitao is currently the Professor in the Department of Applied Physics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His current research interests include materials for energy storage and conversion (such as supercapacitors, rechargeable batteries and solar cells), and ferroelectric materials for energy applications. He has published over 240 refereed papers in top journals, including Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Joule, Chem, Energy & Environmental Science, and Advanced Materials, etc. He obtained theScience and Technology Award (2nd class) from the Ministry of Land and Resources of China in 2017, and the Natural Science Award (2nd Class) from the Ministry of Education of China in 2019. He has been a Guest Editor for Composites Part A, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, and Key Engineering Materials, and an advisory board member of Journal of Materials Chemistry C. He is currently on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, Composites Communications, Science of Advanced Materials, and Materials Reports: Energy. He is also the board committee member of the International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES).

Prof. Jinqing Wang

(Keynote Speaker)

Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, China


Keynote Lecture: Property and Application of Graphene-Based Lubricating Materials

Biography: Dr. Jinqing Wang is a full professor of Materials Chemistry in State Key Lab of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (LICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He got his Ph.D. degree from LICP in 2004. He spent two years (2005–2007) as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials, Kyushu University, Japan, supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship. In recent years, his research interest mainly focuses on the micro/nanostructured functional materials (such as ultrathin lubricating films, 2D/3D structures of graphene, fluorographene, and MoS2 nanosheets, etc.) for various applications in lubrication and protection, energy storage, sensors, and biomedical fields. He has published more than 100 journal papers.

Prof. Lingbinig Kong

(Invited Speaker)

Shenzhen Technology University, China


Biography: Ling Bing KONG joined Shenzhen Technology University, as a Professor, in July 2018. He obtained his PhD, MSc and BSc degrees from Xi’an Jiaotong University, The University of Science and Technology of China, and Anhui Educational Institute, P. R. China, in 1997, 1992 and 1989, respectively. He joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore, in Jan. 1998, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Two years late, he moved to the School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU, as a Research Fellow, working for another two years. Then, he joined the Temasek Laboratories, National University of Singapore (TL@NUS), in Apr. 2002 as a Research Scientist initially and a Senior Research Scientist later. In Feb. 2012, he returned to NTU, as an Associate Professor. He joined with Shenzhen Technology University, Shenzhen, China, in Jun. 2018. His research interests include processing and characterization of functional ceramics, electromagnetic composite materials and functional nanomaterials. He has published 250 journal papers, with an ISI total citation number of >6000 and an H-index of 40, 4 books, 16 book chapters or conference proceedings, and >70 conference presentations/abstracts. He is a Member of Editorial Board for Soft Nanoscience Letters (SCIRP)Research & Reviews in ElectrochemistryISRN Ceramics, and Journal of Advanced Dielectrics, and an Associate/Academic Editor of American Chemical Science JournalIndian Science and Engineering Journal and Open Physics.

Dr. Xi Zhang

(Invited Speaker)

Shenzhen University, China


Invited Lecture: Photocurrent, exciton and ferromagnetism of several 2D materials

Abstcat: We reported our recent progresses on the theoretical investigations of photocurrent, exciton and ferromagnetism of several 2D materials - bilayer tellurene, few-layer InSe and layered FeTe2. Through a density functional theory coupled nonequilibrium Green’s function (NEGF-DFT) calculation, we found that bilayer tellurene, which has a one-dimensional van der Waals structure, perform a broad photoelectric response over the range from the visible to near-infrared region. Besides, bilayer tellurene photodetector presents an ultra-strong anisotropic photo-responsivity and an ultra-high extinction ratio (~2812 at the photon energy of 3.4 eV) due to its non-layer/chain structure, which is superior to antimonene (~145) and phosphorene/blue phosphorene bilayer (~240).
Through time-dependent density functional theory calculations of InSe, the normal carrier lifetimes at lower probe photon energies are attributed to in-plane excitons, whereas the abnormal size-independent carrier lifetimes at higher probe photon energies are found to be stimulated by surface-bound excitons. In view of the robust surface exciton, this suggests that InSe may possess an outstanding optoelectronic performance in the shorter wavelength range.

First-principles calculations are performed to study the magnetic properties of predicted FeTe2. Results unveil that Ferromagnetic (FM) is the ground state with lower energy compared to antiferromagnetic (AFM).

Dr. Shuhui Yu

(Invited Speaker)

Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, China