Prof.K. Byrappa, obtained his Master’s degree from the University of Mysore, India, and Ph.D. and Post-Doc both from Moscow State University, Russia. He has served as Vice Chancellor of Mangalore University, and currently working as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Adichunchanagiri University, India. He is specialized in Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Chemistry of Materials and Crystallography. He has successfully guided 21 students for their Ph.D. degrees. He has some of the most highly cited papers to his credit. He was the founder Coordinator of the M.Tech. course in Materials Science, Centre for Materials Science and Technology. A renowned academician and researcher Prof. Byrappa has about 400 research publications in international peer reviewed journals and is one of the world authorities on hydrothermal technology. He has over 34 book chapters and reviews, and has edited 9 books and authored a famous Handbook of Hydrothermal Technology, published by Elsevier Publishers, UK in two editions. He is an Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), London, Elected Fellow of World Academy of Ceramics, Italy, & Elected Fellow of Asia Pacific Academy of Materials. Prof. Byrappa has received several awards. In the year 2017, he was awarded Sir CV Raman Birth Centenary Award by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
Suk-Ho Choi is a professor in the Dept. of Applied Physics at Kyung Hee Univ. (KHU). He received BS from Seoul National Univ., MS and PhD from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He spent sabbatical years at National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA), Australian National Univ., and Samsung Institute of Technology. He worked as a director at Institute of Natural Sciences at KHU, and was appointed as Fellow Professor from 2009. He has established two major areas of research, one on the optical and electrical properties of low-dimensional nanostructures such as quantum dots/nanowires/graphene/2D-related materials, and the other on their applications in optoelectronic devices. He has published over 210 papers.
Elvira Fortunato is full professor in Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon, a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2009 and decorated with the grade of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the President of the Republic in 2010, due to her scientific achievements worldwide. In 2015 she was appointed by the Portuguese President Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Celebrations of the National Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities.