Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Richard G. Haverkamp, Massey University, New Zealand
Biography: Professor Richard Haverkamp holds a Personal Chair in Nanotechnology at Massey University in New Zealand and teaches in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. His research covers nanostructure and mechanical relationships in collagen materials, nanomaterials for electrochemical processes, and materials from mineral resources. He makes extensive use of a variety of synchrotron techniques, most often at the Australian Synchrotron. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and he has held visiting research positions at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway and MIT, Cambridge, USA. He has published about 100 journal papers and received a number of awards including the President’s Medal from the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ, and the Gold Award from the Ministry of Innovation Business and Employment, NZ. He has received research funding from government and industry sources from NZ, US, Norway, Australia, France, Canada, Taiwan and Japan.
Speech Title: Iridium Oxide and Iridium-Ruthenium Oxide for Oxygen Evolution
Abstract: Hydrogen can be produced using proton exchange membrane water electrolysis. In this process, water is split to give oxygen, electrons and protons at the anode. These protons pass through the membrane and are reduced at the cathode to hydrogen gas. The anodic reaction requires the largest overpotential and therefore limits the current efficiency of water electrolysis. In acidic conditions IrO2 based catalysts are the most active. Here we discuss catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction consisting of both pure IrO2 and of mixed IrO2-RuO2 catalysts. Structure and activity of mixed catalysts prepared in different ways is demonstrated. Structure and activity of mixed catalysts when supported on conductive doped SnO2 is also discussed. The nature of the electronic structure of electrochemically formed iridium oxide films (EIROF) is investigated by in-situ conductivity measurements in an electrochemical cell and ex-situ current-sensing atomic force microscopy (CS-AFM). This work expands our fundamental knowledge of the mechanism of action of these catalytic materials and brings the technology closer to more energy efficient electrolytic production of hydrogen for a sustainable transport fuel option.
Keynote Speaker II
Prof. C. W. Lim, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Biography: Currently a fellow of ASME, ASCE, EMI, HKIE and ISEAM, Ir Professor Lim received a BEng from Univ of Tech. of Malaysia, MEng and PhD from National Univ of Singapore and Nanyang Tech. Univ., respectively. Prior to joining CityU, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Dept of Civil Eng, The Univ of Queensland and Dept of Mech Eng, The Univ of HK. Professor Lim is also a visiting professor at various universities including the Univ of Western Sydney, Dalian Univ of Tech., Huazhong Univ of Science and Tech., etc. He has expertise in vibration of plate and shell structures, dynamics of smart piezoelectric structures, nanomechanics and symplectic elasticity. He is one of the editors for JoMMS, Assoc Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for JVET, Assoc Editor for IJBC, subject editor for AMM, etc. and also on the editorial board of a few other international journals. He has published one very well-selling title in Engineering Mechanics entitled “Symplectic Elasticity” and co-authored with W.A. Yao and W.X. Zhong from Dalian Univ of Tech., as recorded in April 2010 by the publisher, World Scientific. He has published more than 250 international journal papers, accumulated more than 3800 independent citations and has an ISI H-index 35. One of his papers was granted the IJSS 2004-2008 most cited article award. He was also awarded Top Referees in 2009, Proc. A, The Royal Society. Professor Lim is also a registered professional engineer in HK.
Plenary Speaker I
Prof. Syuma Yasuzuka, Research Center for Condensed Matter Physics, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan
Biography: Syuma Yasuzuka was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1972. He obtained his B. Eng. (1996) degree from the Muroran Institute of Technology, and M. Eng. (1998) and Ph. D. (2001) degrees from the Hokkaido University. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba (2001-2003). During that period, he stayed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) in Florida, from May to December 2002 as a visiting researcher. He moved to the Osaka City University, as a postdoctoral fellow (2003-2006). He was an assistant professor at University of Tsukuba (2006-2011). He worked at the Hiroshima Institute of Technology as an associate professor (2011-2017). Since 2017, he has been a professor at the Hiroshima Institute of Technology. He has worked on the experiments of vortex dynamics, fermiology (Fermi surface study), and pairing symmetry in organic superconductors and strongly correlated electron systems. One of the recent publications is “Dimensional Crossover and Its Interplay with In-Plane Anisotropy of Upper Critical Field in beta-(BDA-TTP)2SbF6.” [J. Phys. Soc. Jpn., 86 (2017) 084704/1-6.] This paper has been selected as the Papers of Editors' Choice by JPSJ Editorial Board.
Plenary Speaker II
Prof. Josip Brnić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Biography: Professor Josip Brnić, D. Sc., was born in 1951. on the Island of Krk, Croatia. Primary and secondary education was acquired on the island of Krk. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka (Croatia). He received his master’s degree at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and his doctoral degree at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka (Croatia). Currently he is professor with tenure at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka. One period, at the beginning of his career (12 years) he worked in parallel as a university professor at the Faculty of Engineering at the Department of Engineering Mechanics and in the project organization "Brodoprojekt" Rijeka on structure analyzes of submarines and other floating objects. He was Vice-Dean and Dean (two mandates) of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Rijeka, Vice-Rector and Rector of the University of Rijeka. He was a member of the National Council for Science of the Republic of Croatia (two mandates), and President of the Scientific Council for Engineering Sciences of the Republic of Croatia (three mandates). Also, he is an Associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Apart from being active at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka, he is teaching also on doctoral study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Slavonski Brod / Croatia. He gave a number of lectures at the Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin / China), Tai-Yuan University (Tai- Yuan / China), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan / China), Shanghai University (Shanghai / China), Shenyang University of Technology (Shenyang / China) as well as at Henan Polytechnic University (Jiaozuo / China). His scientific researches are focused primarily on two essential points, the first of which is numerical analysis of structures and machines using finite element method and the second referring to the experimental analysis of the material behavior of structure subjected to different environmental conditions, i.e., to different stress levels and differenet temperatures (lowered and elevated temperature regime), creep and fatigue. He is a mentor to candidates for doctoral theses, masters and diploma theses. He is a reviewer of scientific papers for several prestigious international journals indexed in Current Contents as well as many books. He speaks English and uses German and Slovenian.