Council of Regional Coordinators: GMN's Council of Regional Coordinators is a group of leaders who represent their geographic region in the network and are outstanding models in their respective research fields. They serve as the main point of contact for their nodes and play an integral part in the enrichment of the materials community both on this online platform as well as in face-to-face collaboration and conference settings. If you have any questions on how to get more involved in the Global Materials Network, or if you have any materials related news that you would like to see on this website, please reach out to your Regional Coordinator by referring to the Contact Us page.
R. Geetha Balakrishna (India)
Centre for Nano and Material Sciences (CNMS)
Group Leader and Professor
Dr. R. Geetha Balakrishna's research is dedicated to activities on sustainable development issues to meet societal demands for energy production and preservation of our environment. An essential aim is to deepen the fundamental knowledge necessary to understand catalytic and membrane mechanisms, so as to develop the nanomaterials and methods for safer chemistry and better environment. Catalysis is an essential workforce for the socio-economic development of industrialized countries and it is the requisite tool to destroy air and water pollutants for environmental remediation and to synthesize products with a minimum of energy and waste. Also the exploitation of bio resources for bio fuels and bio products cannot be achieved without catalysis.
Vassilios D. Binas (Greece)
Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (IESL-FORTH) and
Crete Center of Quantum Complexity and Nanotechnology, Department of Physics, University of Crete
Dr Vassilios Binas research interests focuses on the experimental and applied Physics / Chemistry with emphasis on Innovative nanostructured materials for energy and environmental applications. His research interests include: metal oxides with graphene (for a range of applications such as TFTs, transparent/flexible electronics, batteries, membranes, photocatalytic and sensors), Inorganic Porous Materials, Hybrid – Inorganic materials, Mesoporous Organosilicates, Aerogels, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Visible Light Photocatalysts, Photocatalytic Decomposition of inorganic and Organic compounds, Clean and Healthy Air and Water, Energy Saving and Building Efficiency, ThermoChromic Materials, Gas Sensors, Gas storage and Selectivity of CO2/CH4, Printed Inorganic and hybrid surfaces. He currently works on ink development and especially on inorganic functional inks for inkjet printing for new and emerging applications.
Mingzhi Dai (China)
Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Optoelectronic Materials and Devices Research Group
Group Leader and Associate Professor
Dr. Mingzhi Dai's research group focuses on two areas, the first being: Key technologies for high efficiency low-cost c-Si solar cells. The high cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has been a major deterrant to the technology's market penetration; therefore the improvements of the solar cells efficiency and the decrease of the cost per watt are highly desirable. This research group is focusing on the developments of the advanced solar cells technologies. The second research area is: Low-voltage electric-double layer thin-film transistors (TFTs). TFTs have attracted much attention due to their potential applications in portable and low-cost electronics. The group has developed oxide-based TFTs gated by SiO2-based solid electrolytes.
Jiaxing Huang (US)
Jiaxing Huang Group, Materials Science and Engineering
Dr. Jiaxing Huang's research group is interested in functional nanomaterials by controlled assembly, a fundamental issue in materials science at all length scales. The property of a material is dictated by how its individual functional unites are assembled together. The group is developing a research program to create functional systems based on the rational assembly of material building blocks over a broad range of length scales from small molecules, polymers to nanoparticles. Other topics of interest include: how new structural insights on graphitic soft materials can be applied to material synthesis and processing for desired properties, the chemical synthesis, structure characterization and identification, and chemical properties of organic nanocrystals, and more.
Muhammad Huda (US)
University of Texas at Arlington
Condensed Matter Theory
Group Leader and Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Muhammad Huda's research can be described by the following:
Though the sun is considered to be the primary source for green and sustainable energy, there are stringent requirements for materials that can absorb sunlight and efficiently convert it into other forms of usable energy. To discover efficient energy conversion materials, Dr. Huda's theoretical research objectives can be addressed by these two questions: What would be the approach to predict a new material with a desired set of properties? And is that material thermodynamically stable against phase segregation? Addressing these questions to discover thermodynamically stable materials and their crystal structures call for new ideas, innovative interpretations of theories, proper filtering of existing knowledgebase and computational tools development. Dr. Huda's research group at UTA approaches these aspects from a theoretical and computational standpoint.
Oussama Moutanabbir (Canada)
Nano and Hybrid Materials Laboratory (NHL)
Group Leader and Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics
Dr. Oussama Moutanabbir's main work focuses on expanding the fundamental understanding of basic physical properties of a variety of semiconductor nanomaterials including nanomembranes, nanowires, superlattices, and quantum dots. Additionally, his group is also actively involved with major semiconductor companies in developing innovative integration processes to enable a variety of cost-effective and high-performance optoelectronic, photonic, photovoltaic, and electronic devices based on direct wafer bonding and ultrathin layer transfer technologies. The major objective of his research program is to establish collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and integrated research focusing on functional semiconductor nanomaterials.
Sangeetha Palanivelu (India)
VIT University, Vellore
Center for Nanomaterials, Materials Chemistry Division
Dr. Sangeetha Palanivelu's research group covers the following topics: synthesis of materials such as clays (anionic clays-Hydrotalcites), mesoporous materials, mixed oxides, synthesis of nanomaterials, supported metal catalytic systems, and characterization studies using XRD, surface area, XPS, TEM, SEM TPR and CO-chemisorption. Other topics include hydrogenation, preferential oxidation of CO, alkylation reactions, hydrogenolysis reactions, and fuel cells, batteries, and carbon materials for energy storage in double layer supercapacitors.
Aloysius Soon (South Korea)
Materials Theory Group (MTG)
Group Leader and Assistant Professor in Materials
Dr. Aloysius Soon's group focuses on ab initio investigations of materials and surface science phenomena. First-principles electronic structure calculations are used in conjunction with high performance computing to probe chemical reactions at interfaces and explore the energetics, atomic, electronic, and magnetic properties of polyatomic systems. The processes that occur at surfaces play a critical role in the manufacture and performance of advanced materials (electronic, magnetic and optical devices, sensors, catalysts and hard coatings). The research methods developed and knowledge gained have applications in a range of physical, chemical, biological, medical engineering and materials science problems.
Markus Valtiner (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH
Interaction Forces and Functional Materials
Dr. Markus Valtiner's research group focuses on the broad areas of adhesion, friction and interfacial forces; and their utilization for making new and/or better and especially energy-saving, energy efficient, cheaper, or longer lasting smart materials, interfaces and thin films for application in structural and functional materials. In particular they are also interested in dynamic interaction forces and soft matter physics in confined spaces. The group's aim is to gain insight into the fundamental interactions in complex interfacial processes, and to translate fundamental science into knowledge-based design of better and novel structural and functional materials for technological applications.
Aron Walsh (United Kingdom)
University of Bath
Walsh Materials Design Group
Group Leader and Professor of Materials Theory
Dr. Aron Walsh's research involves the application and development of classical, quantum and multi-scale computational techniques to model the properties of functional materials. His work covers the bulk, defect, surface, heterostructure and alloy properties of oxide and semiconductor systems, including hybrid organic-inorganic frameworks. His research interests include: next generation thin-film and quantum dot solar cells, hydrogen producing photocatalysts, transparent conducting oxides, hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductor networks and interfaces, and lone pair containing oxides.
Evan Laurence Williams (Singapore)
Institute of Materials Research and Engineering
Synthesis and Integration
Dr. Evan Laurence Williams research interests lie in the following areas: Organic electronics and opto-electronics, organic light-emitting diodes, organic photovoltaics, printed electronics, charge carrier transport and recombination, and excited state spectroscopy. His specialized expertise is in fabrication and characterization of organic opto-electronic devices, fluorescence lifetime measurements, and transient absorption measurements. Projects include: Organic/polymer electronics (novel materials and devices structures for application in OPV, OFET, and OLEFET) and ultrafast transient absorption techniques to study charge generation dynamics for holistic OPV materials and devices characterization from charge generation to collection.