Carol Lopez de Dicastillo is a pHD on Chemistry and Food Science nd Materials Technology. She is a experienced researcher with a demonstrated history of working with food packaging issues and development of new polymeric materials with funcional and/or improved properties. Nowadays centered mainly on applied food packaging projects focused on recycled polymers and active packaging. The development of new antimicrobial nanostructures is my second main topic of research. Skilled in Materials Science, Nanomaterials, Spectroscopy, Nanotechnology, and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Strong professional with a Materials and Food Science pHD focused in Doctoral degree on Food Science Technology and Materials Science from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
Qibing Pei is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in synthetic polymers and composites for electronic, electromechanical, and photonic applications, with over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and 44 issued US patents. He directs the UCLA Soft Materials Research Laboratory. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Nanjing University and a PhD in polymer science from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science. He is a Fellow of SPIE, member of ACS and MRS, Associate Editor of Smart Materials & Structures, and Advisory Board Member of Soft Robotics, Advanced Electronic Materials, and Scientific Reports.
Sandrine Gerber holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry and the habilitation from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (France). Currently, she is Deputy Director of the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering and Head of the Group for Functionalized Biomaterials at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). The research activities of her group focus on the design, synthesis and evaluation of functionalized nanomaterials and biomaterials for therapeutic applications as cancer imaging probes and cell transplantation devices. She has published more than 80 papers in reputed journals and received several awards, including the Prize Eugène Schueller and the Werner Prize.
Sophie Monge is full Professor at the Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier, Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Material Sciences, at the University of Montpellier (France). Her research interests focus on the synthesis of well-defined (co)polymers bearing phosphorus atom, also showing stimuli-responsive properties in some cases. The developed materials in her research projects are mainly used in environmental or health fields. She has published more than 70 papers and patents, and supervised more than 30 PhD students and postdoctoral research associates.
Richard J. Spontak was a research scientist with Procter & Gamble before he joined the NCSU faculty in 1992. Spontak has over 104 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and his work has been featured on the cover of Microsc. Res. Tech. and Langmuir. Spontak conducts studies to improve the current understanding of microstructural polymer systems, which are of scientific interest as self-assembling polymers and commercial value as adhesives, (bio)compatibilizing agents, nanotemplates, and membranes. His group’s efforts are at the cutting edge of block copolymer research: e.g., they have obtained the first 3D images of the bicontinuous gyroid (Ia3d) and sponge (L3) morphologies. They characterize polymers with electronspectroscopic microscopy, and dispersions/gels with freeze-fracture replication and cryo-TEM techniques. Use of these tools has expedited the study of block copolymers and their blends/gels, and has helped to elucidate novel polymer gelation mechanisms, PDLC composition/morphology relationships, and interpolymer complexation. Other areas of interest include polymer alloying through mechanical attrition, transmission electron microtemography, and modification of polymer solutions via salting-in.
Michael Fischlschweiger is full professor at Clausthal University of Technology. He is heading the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics and Energy Efficient Material Treatment at the Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Fuel Technology. He holds a BSc and MSc in Polymer Engineering & Science and a PhD in Materials Mechanics and Numerical Mathematics from the University of Leoben, Austria. The doctoral theses was conducted jointly between the Centre des Matériaux (MINES ParisTech) and the University of Leoben. Additionally, he holds a PhD in Thermodynamics from Technical University of Berlin. His major research focus is on theoretical and experimental thermodynamics for developing resource efficient materials, processes and products.