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Keynote Speaker

September 10-12, 2016  |  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia |

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yahaya 
Emeritus Professor in School of Applied Physics, UKM Malaysia

Dr Muhammad Yahaya is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at Universiti Kebangsaan. Dr Muhammad Received his Ph.D at Monash University in 1979 and Drs from ITB, Indonesia in 1973. Dr Muhammad has 35 years of teaching and research experience with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia , Brown University, USA, Monash University, Australia. He was appointed Head of Physics Department (74-79), Deputy Dean, Center of Postgraduate studies (1994-1999), Director, Research Management Centre, (1999-02) Director, Centre of Academic Advancement, (02-07). Dr Muhammad maintains a diverse research interest including thin films, electronic property of metals, solar energy and computer in physics communication. Dr Muhammad holds membership to various organizations and institutions. He is actively involved in Physics and Science Terminology, Writing Malay language Text book in Physics. Dr Muhammad is currently a member of editorial board, UKM . He is currently the president, Malaysian Solid State Science and Technology, Fellow Malaysian Institute of Physics , member IEEE and member Malaysia Materials Science. Dr. Muhammad has received many awards for his academic and professional excellence. He received commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan to pursue his Ph.D (1975) DAAD -German Fellowship (1984), Fullbright fellowship (1984-1985), JSPS Fellowship and Associate member of ICTP,Italy, Fellow, Academy Science Malaysia (2006-now), KMN (1995) Anugerah KMN (1995),Tokoh Ilmuan MABBIM (1997),Award, Recognition of Service UKM (1999),ANS- Negeri Sembilan (2004), Award ‘Prominent Physics Figure –UPM (2005)- 100 years world year of physics, DSPN (Dato’ Penang (2007).

Keynote Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Jamaluddin Mahmud
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA



Skin in essence is a vital organ as it provides protection apart from offering outward appearance to a person. Burn injuries are unquestionably amongst the most complex physical injuries to be assessed and overseen as it affects both physical and psychological level of survivors. A number of study has been carried out to understand skin’s basic functions and behaviour which in turn, leads to the study of artificial skins as a feasible form of skin substitutes. The paper reviews and proposes a framework on synthesising potential materials that mimics skin deformation behaviour, its fabrication as well as its test procedures. The present study is significant and has contributed to the body of knowledge in the area of skin mechanics as it draws the route in synthesising potential artificial skin substitute materials.

Assoc Prof Dr Jamaluddin Mahmud has a PhD degree in (Biomechanical) Engineering from Cardiff University UK, an MSc (Manufacturing) Engineering degree from International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM) and a B.Eng. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering UiTM as a lecturer in 2001. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Deputy heading the Industry Linkage Divison at the UiTM Chancellery’s Office of Industry and Community Network. He has three years of industrial experience, working as a service engineer at UMW Equipment Sdn. Bhd. Dr. J Mahmud has been lecturing on Biomechanics, Composite Materials, Finite Element Method, Manufacturing Processes and Product Design, which happens to be his areas of research interest and has published more than 80 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings locally and internationally. Due to his active exploration on the new application of motion capture system, a paper entitled ‘Using motion capture and analysis to explore the mechanical properties of human skin in-vivo’ has been invited by IMechE, UK for presentation at the  IMechE Medicine and Health Division Meeting: 15 October 2009.

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Hui-Mi Hsu, National Ilan University, Taiwan

Factors Affecting the Quality of Concrete Containing Solar PV Cells through the Weighted Grey-Taguchi Method

ABSTRACT: Production of Portland cement consumes large amount of energy and releases lots of carbon dioxide, nevertheless, the developing of sustainable society means more urgent and important to search for new cementitious materials to replace Portland cement in future constructions. The research employs Taguchi method and Grey Relational Analysis (GRA) to identify the key factors influencing the performance of alkali activated silica fume concrete in which amorphous silicon solar cells are ground and added into the mixture in three-phase analysis. Firstly, this study used Taguchi’s orthogonal array to evaluate the influence of the control factors and identify the important factors influencing quality characteristics. Secondly, all normalizing experiment variables ranked the grey relational grades of multi-quality characteristics. Finally, this study integrated the Taguchi method and the equal (also entropy) weights by using GRA to establish equal and entropy weight-based grey relational values. Results have shown that the major factors affecting the quality of concrete containing solar PV cells are water-binder ratio of the substrate and the added alkaline activator.

Keywords: The weighted grey-Taguchi method, Solar PV cell, Compressive strength test, Resistivity test, Water absorption, Permeability test.

Prof. Hui-Mi Hsu received his bachelor and master from Feng-Chia University, Taiwan, and Ph.D. degree from Memphis State University, USA. From 1991, he started his professional career in Civil Engineering Department, National Ilan University, Taiwan. Since then, he has been thru the positions of Department Chair, Dean of General Affairs, Dean of Engineering School, Director, General Consultant….etc. of National Ilan University. Besides, he also served as the Head of several research or professional communities, such as Sustainable Development Association, Information and Resources Association, Construction Management Eastern Association, Civil and Hydraulic Engineering Eastern Association……etc. His research fields are Civil Engineering, Sustainable Development and Geographic Information System, especially related to concrete materials. Dr. Hsu also received many national and international honors and awards during his career. Currently, he is at the Dean position of the National DongHwa University, Taiwan. All the above-mentioned info about Dr. Hsu is only applied to whatever before June, 2016

Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Ali A. Ensafi

Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Application of New Nanomaterials in Sensors and Biosensors

ABSTRACT: Development of commercial electrochemical and optical sensors and biosensors are one of the most efficient methods to achieve a high specificity, short response time, and low analysis cost. The key factor involved in the fabrication of new platforms is the improvement of their chemical, physical and electrochemical properties, depending on the envisaged applications. Nanoparticles offer advantages as nanosensors in rapid and high-throughput detection methods. The strong physical confinement of electrons or holes at the nanoscale makes nanomaterials attractive candidate for electrochemical sensing. Their small size gives them correspondingly large surface-to-volume ratios [1]. Also, they have chemically tailorable physical properties, which are directly related to their size, composition, and shape. Surface-modified nanocolloids, such as gold nanoparticles, quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, graphene and porous silicon may have specific target-binding properties. Thus, the extremely small size, synergic effect, electrocatalytic behavior and exceptional nanoscale properties make nanoparticles useful for new-generation of electrochemical and spectroscopic sensors and biosensors.

Electrochemical sensors have been widely developed as an inexpensive, simple method to detect a variety of biological analytes sensitively. Moreover, nanomaterial optical sensors are among the most important types of chemical sensors that have been produced in the recent past for the continuous, real-time monitoring of diverse analytes [2]. Depending on the origin of the optical signals, these sensors may be roughly classified into luminescence-based and absorbance-based sensors. Here, I will introduce the development of nanomaterial for optical and electrochemical sensors and biosensors, and their applications in the field of pharmaceutical, inorganic, organic and biomaterial analysis. Here, some example of the modified nanoparticles and nanocomposites based on graphene oxide or porous silicon flour. They include Pt nanoparticles supported on porous silicon flour modified carbon ionic liquid electrode [3], graphene nanosheets functionalized with Nile blue-NiO [4], Nafion/exfoliated graphene oxide–Co3O4 nanocomposite [5], porous silicon/palladium nanostructure [6], Pt nanoparticles supported on porous silicon flour [7], copper/porous silicon based [8], porous silicon supported Pt-Pd nanoalloy [9], Ni-Al-Layered double hydroxide/graphene oxide-MWCNTs [10], cysteamine stabilized CdTe/ZnS quantum dots [11], cobalt ferrite nanoparticles decorated on exfoliated graphene oxide [12], polyoxometalates decorated graphene nanosheets and MWCNTs [2], Pt-Cu@silicon [13], porous silicon/silver nanocomposite [14], silver nanoparticles decorated anchored type ligands [15], and silver nanoparticles decorated organic functionalized MWCNTs [16].

Prof. Ali A. Ensafi received his bachelor, master and PhD degree (chemistry) from Shiraz University, Iran. From June 2001-June 2004, he was the Deputy of Research Affairs, Chemistry Department, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, I.R. Iran. From 2003-2007 he served as the Head of Center of Excellence Center in Sensors and Green Chemistry (IUT), Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Iran. From June 2004 to Aug. 2007, he served as the Head of Chemistry Department, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, I.R. Iran. And Prof. Ali A. Ensafi is the Head of Center of Excellence Center in Sensors and Green Chemistry (IUT), Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Iran from 2012 up to now. His research fields are Chemical (Optodes) and Electrochemical Sensors, Microsensors & Nanosensors, Especially Based on DNA and Antigen Interaction; Enegry, Supercapacitors and Enery Storages; Introduction of New Modified Voltammetric & Amperometric Sensors Based on Nanoparticles Using DNA and Antibody/Antigen to Construction of Biosensors and Pharmaceutical Sensors; Environmental Chemistry, Trace Analysis.

Prof. Ali A. Ensafi is one of Top 1% Scientists in Chemistry in ISI Essential Science Indicators and Top 1% Scientists in Sciences, Organization of the Islamic Countries.He is one of Top Authors Cited Papers, 2009-2012 (Elsevier) H-index: 44 (Google scholar)

Invited Speaker I

Dr. Adnan Younis

School of Materials Science and Engineering, the University of New South Wales, Australia

Metal Oxides: Potential Candidates for Future Nonvolatile Memories

Dr. Adnan Younis got his PhD. in University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. From 2011-2014, he was the Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant from The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. From 2014, he is the research fellow of School of Materials Science and Engineering, the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He won UNSW Australia Faculty of Science, Early Career Research Grant Award (2016) and Winner of Australian Academy of Science and Science and Industry Endowment Fund Fellowship to attend 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, in Lindau Germany (2016). Dr. Adnan Younis is the Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Materials Science.

Presently, his research focuses:

-Nano-micro structure synthesis of metal oxides via chemical methods such as; electrochemical deposition, hydrothermal method and sol-gel.

-The utilization of synthesized Nano-microstructures for high-performance memory and logic applications based on two-terminal resistive switches (memristors), non-conventional nanowire transistor devices, electrical transport in low-dimensional systems.

-The applications of fabricated metal oxides based materials for energy storage and harvesting applications (supercapacitors etc.).

-Projects of developing low refractive index materials for defense applications.

-Development of thermally charges supercapacitors.

-Demonstrated high-density memory based on resistive-switching devices.

-Projects on hybrid integration of nanowires/nanocubes thin film transistors (TFTs) with CMOS.

-Projects on spin and quantum transport in nanowires/nanocubes.


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