2024 Speakers

Speaker I

Takao Mori, Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

Biography: Takao Mori received his PhD at the University of Tokyo, Dept. of Physics. He is a Field Director at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. He is also a Professor of the University of Tsukuba, Graduate School, and elected Board Member of the International Thermoelectric Society (ITS), elected President of ITS from July 2023. Mori’s research interests are, broadly speaking, to find ways to control structures and properties of inorganic materials. He is especially involved now in development of thermoelectric materials and multidisciplinary enhancement principles, such as utilizing magnetism, in order to find new routes to achieve high control over band structures and electrical and thermal transport. Mori is a Senior Editor of Materials Today Physics and Associate Editor of Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, an Editorial or Advisory Board Member of Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Advances in Applied Ceramics, Journal of Materiomics, Joule. He is a Program Manager of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Mirai Large-scale Program. Mori has published over 350 journal papers, 25 book chapters, and 35 patents.


Speaker II

Sergey V. Taskaev, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia

Biography: Prof. Sergey V. Taskaev is the rector of Chelyabinsk State University, Russia. He received master degree in physics from Chelyabinsk State University in 2000. In 2004 he obtained PhD degree in condensed matter physics. In 2012 Prof. Taskaev defended habilitation thesis devoted to first-principles calculations of Heusler alloys. He has been the dean of Faculty of Physics, Chelyabinsk State University, from 2012 to 2019. In 2019 he was elected rector of Chelyabinsk State University. Area of his scientific interests includes condensed matter physics, physics of magnetic phenomena, physics of metals and alloys. He co-authored over 140 scientific articles in the per-reviewd journal, 3 patents, 4 educational and methodical works and 4 monographs, among them chapters in “Chelyabinsk Superbolide” (Springer, ISBN: 978-3-030-22985-6) and “Encyclopedia of Smart Materials” (Elsevier, ISBN: 9780128157329).


Speaker III

Prof. Zhongwei Guan is Executive Director of Advanced Materials Research Centre of Technology Innovation Institute, Abu Dhabi

Professor Zhongwei Guan is Executive Director of Advanced Materials Research Centre of Technology Innovation Institute in Abu Dhabi. He received his first degree on Solid Mechanics in Sichuan University China in 1982 and was awarded PhD on Structural Behaviour of Polymeric Pipelining in University of Bradford UK in 1993. He was Reader in Lightweight Composite Materials and Structures at the University of Liverpool. He has published more than 170 SCI papers in refereed leading international journals on lightweight composite structures subjected to extreme loading conditions such as projectile impact and blast, covering fibre metal laminates, PVC foam-based sandwiches and SLM lattice structures, corrugated sandwiches, timber structures, high temperature TP prepreg, etc., with a h-index of 41 in Google Scholar and citation more than 5400. He was Chairman of the 5th International Conference on Computational Methods held in Cambridge in 2014. He is a member of editorial board of International Journal of Impact Engineering, Applied Composite Materials and Advanced Materials Letter. He also serves as a scientific committee member of more than 20 international conferences and has given more than 20 keynotes, thematic and plenary speeches.