Professor Lia Addadi
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Lia Addadi addresses questions related to the formation of crystals in organisms, either fulfilling a physiological function, or pathologically induced. She studies the interactions between crystals and their biological environments, spanning several orders of magnitude from the molecular level to the cell and tissue level. In collaboration with Steve Weiner she investigates the strategies and design principles of mineralized tissues in biomineralization, from the formation pathways to the architecture, and finally to structure-function relations.
Professor Yi Cui
Stanford University, USA
He received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1998 at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) followed by a Ph.D in 2002 at Harvard University. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and in 2010 was promoted with tenure.
His current research is on nanomaterials for energy storage, photovotalics, topological insulators, biology and environment. Professor Cui has founded three companies to commercialize technologies from his group: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc. and EEnovate Technology Inc. He is a Fellow of Materials Research Society, a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of Electrochemical Society. He is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters. He is a Co-Director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium and a Co-Director of Battery 500 Consortium. Professor Cui is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published more than 430 research papers which have received over 150,000 citatiosn with a H-Index of 183 (Google scholar).
In 2014, he was ranked No.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. His selected awards include: Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004).
Professor Kazunari Domen
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Domen has been working on overall water splitting reaction on heterogeneous photocatalysts to generate clean and recyclable hydrogen. He has published more than 800 original and review papers and h-index is more than 110. His research interests is now being focused on development of photocatalysts for water splitting reaction and application of those photocatalysts to practical solar hydrogen production.