Biography: Dr. Lu is Editor-in-Chief of Functional Materials Letter, Associate Editor of Materials Technology – Advanced Functional Materials and editorial board member of Scientific Reports. Dr. Lu Li is a full professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering of National University of Singapore. Dr. Lu received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering from the Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China in 1977 and 1982 respectively, and received his Ph.D from Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 1989. He joined the National University of Singapore as a research scientist in 1991 and was promoted to a full Professor in 2004.
Dr. Lu's research interests include nanostructured materials, and functional thin films such as all-solid-state microbatteries and ferroelectric thin films. He has been invited to numerous conferences. He is one of the two authors of Mechanical Alloying, Kluwer Academic Publishers, USA, the first book of its kind in this area. Dr. Lu is also one of the three authors of the books of Laser-induced Materials Processes for Rapid Prototyping, and Image-based Fractal Description of Microstructures, Kluwer Academic Publishers, USA. He has published more than 380 papers in international journals. Dr. Lu has been involved in wide international collaborations in nanostructured materials, ferroelectric thin films and microbatteries with various universities.
Title of Speech: Solid ionic conductor and solid-state battery
Abstract: Solid ionic conductors have attached tremendous attentions due to their potential capability to replace current organic liquid electrolytes. Furthermore, solid ionic conductors have also been studied for other type of energy storage devices through using their multi-functionality. One of examples is use of solid ionic conductors as Li ion conductor as well as separator to separate different types of liquid electrolytes in Li-air batteries. The key to success to use solid ionic conductors as electrolyte is ionic conductivity. However, most of current oxide-based solid ionic conductors possess about one to two orders of magnitude lower than those of liquid electrolytes. Therefore, increase in ionic conductivity is important. Moreover, Li ion transportation in current battery is through liquid-solid interface whereas the format of solid-state battery requires Li ions to transport through solid-solid interface, leading to large increase in the interface impedance. We at National University of Singapore and National University of Singapore Suzhou Research Institute have developed various type of solid electrolyte which have been used in Li-air battery and all-solid-state battery that can be operated at room temperature of 25oC. This presentation will provide an overview of current state of Li ion conductors and solid-state batteries.
Biography: Wenlong Cheng is a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia, and the Ambassador Technology Fellow in Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. He earned his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and his BS from Jilin University, China in 1999. He held positions in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering of Cornell University before joining the Monash University in 2010. His research interest lies at the Nano-Bio Interface, particularly addressing plasmonic nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, nanoparticle anticancer theranostics and electronic skins. He has published >90 papers including 3 in Nature Nanotech, 1 in Nature Mater and 1 in Nature Comm.
Title of Speech: GOLD NANOWIRE-BASED E-SKIN WEARABLE SENSING TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM
Abstract: Next generation of electronic devices will be not only flexible but also stretchable, enabling applications impossible to achieve with existing rigid circuit board technologies. This needs new materials and new design principles. In this talk, I will discuss the Monash e-skin-based wearable technology platform including the electronic skin materials using gold nanowires, ionic liquid and bio-inspired design. These materials can be used to fabricate high-performance wearable biomedical sensors enabling real-time monitoring artery wrist pulses, body motions and sporting activities in real-time and in-situ. Our sensors can communicate via smartphone, indicating the potential of remote health management anytime anywhere.
Biography: Dr. Xiaohong Zhu is currently a full professor at Department of Materials Science, Sichuan University, China. Dr. Zhu received his BSc degree in Materials Physics from Sichuan University in 2000 and PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After that, he did 3-year postdoctoral research at CNRS and CEA in France, and then joined Sichuan University as a professor in 2009. From April 2012 to April 2013, he was also a research scholar at the Department of Physics & Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was selected as a New Century Excellent Talent in University of China in 2009 and an Outstanding Young Scientific and Technological Leader of Sichuan Province, China in 2011. Dr. Zhu’s research interests include mainly graphene-based electrode materials and novel solid-state electrolytes for energy storage devices (supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries), piezoelectric ceramics, as well as multifunctional oxide thin films and related electronic devices. Until now, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 SCI-indexed papers and 2 scientific books.
Title of Speech: Inorganic solid electrolytes for all-solid-state lithium batteries
Abstract: As a typical type of energy storage devices, lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) play a more and more important role in the modern life. However, organic polymer-based electrolytes are widely used in commercial Li-ion batteries, which may cause a large number of safety issues, considering the flammability, electrochemical stability, and leakage. Fires and explosions of LiBs have been reported throughout the world, and thus, safety has become one of the main obstacles for the wide application of LiBs. Therefore, the continued drive for high-performance lithium-ion batteries has imposed stricter requirements on the electrolyte materials and all-solid-state lithium batteries (ASSLiBs) have entered the field. In contrast to organic liquid electrolytes, solid inorganic ones show better thermal and chemical stabilities and also present a great advantage to the point that they can enable the use of high capacity electrode materials. Accordingly, a great deal of effort is underway to improve further the ionic conductivity and electrochemical/chemical stability of inorganic solid electrolytes and the solid electrolyte/electrode interface as well, thereby pushing them further for practical applications. In this talk, I will present our research breakthroughs in studying the preparation, structure, electrochemical properties, and potential applications of several important inorganic solid electrolytes, such as Li-oxide garnets like Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO), perovskite-type La2/3−xLi3xTiO3 (LLTO), and sulfide-based LGPS-type Li10.35Ge1.35P1.65S12.
Biography: Professor Chen is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. After receiving his Ph.D. from University of Florida, Prof. Chen joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University in 1986. He is the Editor of “Selected Papers on Photoelasticity”, SPIE Milestone Series, 1999. He was an Adjunct Professor in Department of Material Sciences and Mechanics, Michigan State University in 2000. Since 2004, he served as the Chairman of Photoelasticity Division of Society for Experimental Mechanics for 10 years, and received Zandman Award in 2009. He was the Vice Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department in 2005, and the Director of Research and Education Division in 2010, and Distinguished Research Fellow in 2012, Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University. He has published more than 100 papers, guest edited a special issue of Journal of Strain, contributed chapter in more than 10 books, and gave invited or keynote talks in various international conferences. His current research is focused on materials/structures measurement and testing, digital photomechanics, optical inspection and nondestructive testing for various applications.
Title of Speech: Mechanical Characterization of Materials by Digital Image Correlation Method
Abstract: Materials are often subject to forces (loads) when they are used. Understanding the mechanical behavior of materials is crucial for mechanical design and manufacturing. Currently, the displacement and strain fields of a deformed material can be measured by various methods such as interferometric method, strain-gauge method, and digital image correlation (DIC). Owing to the advantage of full-field, non-contact, macroscopic or microscopic scale, simple to use and cost effective for full-field displacement and strain measurements, digital image correlation techniques have been widely used in many fields in last decade. A self-designed DIC software program has been developed for years in Photomechanics Lab., NCKU. Considering the effect of correlation criteria, image distortion, and subset size on DIC vision system, a proper scheme is developed for obtaining more accurate measurement. Application of this scheme to mechanical characterization of semiconductor material, dental composite materials, and bio-tissue will be discussed and reported.
Biography: Dr. Jingliang Li is an associate professor at the Institute for Frontier Material (IFM), Deakin University, Australia. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2004. After three years’ postdoctoral research in supramolecular gels at the Physics Department of NUS, he moved to Australia. His current research focus is crystallization control of the fiber formation in soft materials including supramolecular gels and three dimensional tissue engineering scaffolds, which have been suported by the Australian Research Council through Future Fellowship and Discovery Projects. His work has been published in 115 journal articles in journals such as Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials and Biomaterials.
Title of Speech: Crystallization Control for Soft Materials Fabrication
Abstract: Soft materials having fibrillar networks have important applications in fields such as foods, cosmetics, pharmaceutics and tissue engineering. The hirerchical structure of the fiber network of such a material determines its mechanical properties and performance in applications. Therefore, significant efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of new molecules in order to achieve materials with desirable hirerachical fiber network structures. However, the chemical approaches have been proved to be costly and labrious. In contrast, developing convenient physical approaches to control the formation of the fiber networks of existing materials is cost-effective. In recent years, it has been demonstrated that the fiber networks of soft materials are formed through crystallization. In this presentation, the different thermodynammics and kinetics approaches, based on the crystallization mechanism, that have been developed by the speaker and colleges to control the fiber network formation in molecular gels and protein scaffolds will be discussed. The structure-properties-performance correlations of these materials will be covered. The outcomes of the research are significant to the fabrication of high performing materials for foods and biomedical scaffolds.