Keynote Speakers

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Professor Xueyuan CHEN

Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, CAS (Fuzhou)

Xueyuan Chen is currently a professor and group leader in the Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials Chemistry and Physics, and Director of International Center for Solid State Spectroscopy and Optical Physics at Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (FJIRSM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also Associate Editor of J. Lumin. and Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Editorial board of Nano Research and Sci. China Mater, and winner of the Distinguished Young Scientist Funding of NSFC (2013). He earned his B.Sc. degree from University of Science and Technology of China (1993) and his Ph.D. from FJIRSM, CAS (1998). From 2001 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Chemistry Division of Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy. In 2005, he joined the faculty at FJIRSM. His research focuses on the controlled synthesis, electronic structures, optical properties and biomedical applications of inorganic luminescent materials such as lanthanide (rare-earth) nano-bioprobes.  He has authored more than 140 SCI journal papers with total citation times of >5000, two books, six book chapters, and 34 patents. Four of his most recent findings were featured as The Most Important Advances for Optics in China in 2010.


Bing Gong



Professor Bing GONG
The State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo)

Bing Gong received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Sichuan University in China in 1984. He attended the University of Chicago for his graduate education under the supervision of Professor David G. Lynn and received his Ph.D. in 1990. He worked in the laboratory Professor Peter G. Schultz as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Fund Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1994, he began his independent academic career. Currently he is Professor of Chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is interested in directed intermolecular association and controlled folding and self-assembly of biomimetic structures.





Professor Yi-Chou TSAI
National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu)

Yi-Chou Tsai earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan and his PhD degree from MIT. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech, he joined the Department of Chemistry at National Tsing Hua University in 2003, where he is currently a full professor.

Zhiyong Tang


Professor Zhiyong TANG
National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (Beijing)

Zhiyong Tang is a Professor in National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China. Professor Tang obtained his Bachelor and Master degree from Wuhan University in 1996. He then moved to Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry of Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences with Professor Erkang Wang and obtained a Ph.D. degree in 1999. After six years as a postdoctoral fellow in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Oklahoma State University and University of Michigan, in November 2006 he won the 100-Talent Program, Chinese Academy of Sciences and started his current position.Professor Tang’s research interests are mainly focused on controllable synthesis, property manipulation and practical application of inorganic nanomaterials. In the past several years, he has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers, and among those 80 papers have been published in the journals of the impact factor higher than 10. Because of the pioneering work in nanostructured materials, Prof. Tang’s work has been extensively reported by both world-renown news magazines and academic journals including The New York Times, The Washington Times, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Science News, Chemical & Engineering News, etc.


Shuli You


Professor Shu-Li YOU
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS (Shanghai)

Shuli You was born in Henan, China, and received his BSc in chemistry from Nankai Univ. (1996). He obtained his PhD from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. Lixin Dai before doing postdoctoral studies with Prof. Jeffery Kelly at The Scripps Research Institute. From 2004, he worked at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as a PI before returning to SIOC as a Professor in 2006. His research interests mainly focus on asymmetric C-H functionalization and catalytic asymmetric dearomatization (CADA) reactions. He is the recipient of AstraZeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award (2011) and RSC Merck Award (2015).


Zuowei Xie


Professor Zuowei XIE
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Professor Zuowei Xie obtained a BSc degree from Hangzhou University in 1983 and a MS degree from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986. After earning a PhD from a joint Ph.D. program of Technische Universität Berlin and Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 1990, he moved to the University of Southern California as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He then joined the Department of Chemistry at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995 as an Assistant Professor, and is currently a Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science. Professor Xie has co-authored over 255 publications in peer-reviewed journals and received an array of honors and awards, including the State Natural Science Award in 2008, the Chinese Chemical Society Huang Yao-Zeng Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 2010, the Croucher Award (from The Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong) in 2003 and a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. He also served on the editorial board of Organometallics, Dalton Transactions, Frontier in Inorganic Chemistry, and Science China (Chemistry).


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Professor Ying Yeung YEUNG
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Ying-Yeung Yeung received his B.Sc. (2001) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He continued his graduate research in the same university under the supervision of Prof. Tony K. M. Shing. After four years research dedicated to natural product synthesis, Dr. Yeung obtained his PhD degree in 2005 and moved to USA to conduct postdoctoral research with Prof. E. J. Corey at Harvard University. In 2008, he joined National University of Singapore, Department of Chemistry. In 2015, he moved to The Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor. He is also currently the deparment chairman. His research interests include asymmetric catalysis, green oxidation, and methodology development. He is the recipent of Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, Asian Core Program Lectureship Awards, Young Investigator Award  (National University of Singapore), and MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 (Asia).


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Professor Peter ZHANG
Boston College (Boston)

Peter Zhang received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 under the direction of Prof. Bradford Wayland. He then undertook postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow during the period of 1996-2001, first with Prof. Stephen Lippard and then with Prof. Stephen Buchwald. Dr. Zhang began his independent career as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee in 2001. He moved to the University of South Florida as Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure in 2006 and was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 2010. In 2015, Dr. Zhang joined Boston College as Professor of Chemistry with tenure. His research program has centered on the development of fundamentally new catalytic systems for stereoselective chemical transformations and their applications for practical synthesis of organic molecules. His research and education activities have been recognized with several awards, including the NSF CAREER Award.


Zhaomin Hou


Professor Zhaomin HOU
RIKEN (Wako)

Zhaomin Hou was born in 1961 in Shandong Province, China. He received his B.Sc. in 1982 from China University of Petroleum and his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. in 1986 and 1989, respectively, from Kyushu University under the direction of Professor Yuzo Fujiwara and Professor Hiroshi Taniguchi. After postdoctoral studies with Professor Hiroshi Yamazaki at RIKEN and Professor Douglas Stephan at the University of Windsor, he joined RIKEN in 1993 as a tenured Research Scientist. He is now the Director of the Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory at RIKEN and holds a joint appointment as the Group Director of the Advanced Catalysis Research Group and Deputy Center Director of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science. His research focuses on the development of new catalysts, new reactions and new functional materials. He is a recipient of the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work (2007), the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award (2007), the JSPS Prize (2007), the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of MEXT of Japan: the Prizes for Science and Technology (2008), the Rare Earth Society of Japan Award (2009), the Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2012), the Chinese Chemical Society Yaozeng Huang Award in Organometallic Chemistry (2014), and the Nagoya Silver Medal (2015).

2004-present, Associate Professor; NRF Investigator; 2009-2013, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, NRF Fellow, Singapore. 2007-2009 postdoc (UC-Berkeley); 2002-2007 PhD (UW-Madison), 1998-2002 undergraduate (Tsinghua and HKBU).


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Professor Chien-Tien CHEN
National Tsing Hua University(Hsinchu)

Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D. 1994, Prof. S. Denmark).
Scripps Research Institute (Postdoc. 1995, Prof. B. Sharpless)
Dept. of Chemistry, National Taiwan Normal University (Associate Professor, 1995-2009)
Dept. of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (Professor, 2010-present)
[Field of Research]:asymmetric catalysis, organic optoelectronic materials and optical switches in LC and catalysis, and directed assembly for synergistic ion-specific transport.


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Professor Robin CHI
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

2004-present, Associate Professor; NRF Investigator

2009-2013, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, NRF Fellow, Singapore

2007-2009 postdoc (UC-Berkeley)

2002-2007 PhD (UW-Madison)

1998-2002 undergraduate (Tsinghua and HKBU)




Professor Bengang XING
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Bengang XING is currently an associate professor (since 2011) in Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His academic experience: He received his Ph.D. in Department of Chemistry, Nanjing University in 2000. From end of 2000, he moved to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to work as research associate until early of 2003. Then from 2003 – 2005, he held his Post-Doc. Fellow appointment at Crump Institute of Molecular Imaging at University of California, Los Angles and Molecular Imaging Program at School of Medicine, Stanford University. In 2006, he was appointed as Assistant Professor at NTU and later promoted to Associated Professor in 2011.

His current research interests: Biomedical Fluorescent Imaging, Chemical Biology and Nano-medicine.




Professor Tahsin J. CHOW
Academia Sinica (Taipei)

Tahsin J. Chow received a B.S. in National Taiwan University in 1972, a Ph.D. in the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He spent two years in the University of Utah as a postdoctoral fellow. Form 1982, he was appointed to an Associate Research Fellow in Academia Sinica, and was promoted in 1986 to a Research Fellow. He has served as the Deputy Director in 1997-1999, and the Director in 1999-2011. In the meantime, he was also appointed as joint Associate Professor and Professor in National Taiwan University. His research interests include organic materials, physical organic chemistry, and photochemistry.


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Professor Nanfeng ZHENG
Xiamen University (Xiamen)

Professor Nanfeng Zheng received his B.S. from the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University in 1998. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemistry, Univ. of California -Riverside. During 2005-2007, he worked on gold catalysis with Prof. Galen D. Stucky as a research associate at Univ. of California - Santa Barbara. In 2007, he moved to Xiamen Univ. as a full professor. He is currently a Changjiang Chair professor at Xiamen Univ.. Dr. Zheng's research interests mainly focus on the development of advanced functional materials for both fundamental research and practical applications, particularly in the fields of catalysis, energy, environmental science and biology. Most of current research efforts of his group are directed to: 1) metal nanocrystals well-defined exposed surfaces; 2) molecular mechanisms of surface and interface effects in heterogeneous catalysts; 3) surface and interface chemistry in solar energy utilization and energy storage systems; and 4) chemistry of nanoclusters. He has published 110 articles with over 7600 citations.

Guoxin Jin

Professor Guo Xin JIN

Fudan University (Shanghai)

Guo-Xin Jin was born in Nanjing, China in April 1959. In 1978 he entered Nanjing University majoring in Chemistry. He obtained his B.Sc. and Master degree in Organic Chemistry in 1982 and 1984 separately and then his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 1987 from Nanjing University. In 1988 he was awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and went to Germany, and began his academic career as a post-doctor at Inorganic Chemistry Institute, Bayreuth University with Prof. Dr. Max Herberhold. In 1995 he returned to China and worked in the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences as professor and head of a Laboratory, and started the research of chalcogenide chemistry of organometallic transition metals and catalysts for olefin polymerization. He moved to Chemistry Department, Fudan University, Shanghai in 2001 as Chair Professor (CheungKong Scholarship), and head of Inorganic Chemistry Institute. His current research interests include various aspects of organometallic chemistry and catalysts for olefin polymerization. He has published more than 310 research papers and 18 review papers and books, and has been involved in 45 patents. He is Members of the Editorial Advisory Board for Dalton Transactions, Organometallics, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Chinese Science Bulletin, Chinese Journal of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and Chinese Journal of Organic Chemistry. He is Associate Editor of Dalton Transactions.




Professor Hua ZHANG
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Hua ZHANG obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Nanjing University in China in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Zhongfan Liu at Peking University in China in July 1998. He joined Prof. Frans C. De Schryver’s group at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium as a Research Associate in January 1999. Then he moved to Prof. Chad A. Mirkin’s group at Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2001. He started to work at NanoInk Inc. (USA) as a Research Scientist/Chemist in August 2003. After that, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore from November 2005 to July 2006. Then he joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor on March 1, 2011, and Full Professor on Sept. 1, 2013.

Prof. Zhang’s research is highly interdisciplinary. His current research interests focus on the synthesis of ultrathin two-dimensional nanomaterials (e.g. metal nanosheets, graphene, metal dichalcogenides, metal-organic frameworks, etc.) and their hybrid composites for various applications in nano- and biosensors, clean energy, (opto-)electronic devices, catalysis, and water remediation; controlled synthesis, characterization and application of novel metallic and semiconducting nanomaterials, and complex heterostructures; scanning probe microscopy; lithography-based fabrication of surface structures from micro- to nanometer scale; self-assembly and self-organization of nano- and biomaterials; self-assembled monolayers; etc.



Professor Ru-Shi LIU
National Taiwan University (Taipei)

Professor Ru-Shi Liu received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Shoochow University (Taiwan) in 1981. He got his Mater Degree in nuclear science from the National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 1983. He obtained two PhD degrees in Chemistry from National Tsing Hua University in 1990 and from University of Cambridge in 1992. He joined Materials Research Laboratories at Industrial Technology Research Institute as an Associate Researcher, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist and Research Manager from 1983 to 1995. Then he became an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the National Taiwan University from 1995 to 1999. Then he promoted as a Professor in 1999. He got the Excellent Young Person Prize in 1989, Excellent Inventor Award (Argentine Medal) in 1995 and Excellent Young Chemist Award in 1998. He got the 9th Y. Z. Hsu scientific paper award due to the excellent energy saving research in 2011. He received the NSC award for distinguished research in 2013. In 2015, he received the distinguished award for Novel and Synthesis by IUPAC & NMS. His research is concerning in the Materials Chemistry. He is the author and coauthor of more than 500 publications in scientific international journals. He has also granted more than 100 patents.



Professor Andy T S HOR
The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Professor Andy Hor is the Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair Professor of Metallic Chemistry & Materials in the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Board Member of its business arm Versitech Ltd. He established his academic career in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and spent five career-transformational years as the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR of Singapore before he moved to HKU. In research, he specializes in organometallic materials and heterometallic catalysis and has published >400 international papers with ~900 citations in 2015, filed patents in areas like nanostructures and battery materials, and delivered numerous plenary, keynote and invited lectures in various meetings. He is Concurrent Professor of Fudan University in China, Senior Fellow of A*STAR and Research Visiting Professor of NUS. He is Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science, President of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry and immediate-Past President of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies.



Professor Xiao-Ming CHEN
Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou)

Professor Xiao-Ming Chen obtained his B.S.c in 1983 and Ph.D in 1992 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, he is a Professor in Sun Yat-Sen University and a member of the Standing Committee of Chemistry Division, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He co-authored 390 peer-reviewed papers, 1 text-book (in Chinese) and 8 book chapters. Receiving numerous awards and honors, his papers received more than 29,000 citations with an H-index of 88. Up to November 2016, he delivered 55 plenary, keynote, invited or oral lectures in international conferences/symposia on both chemistry and materials sciences.



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Professor Vivian Wing-Wah YAM
The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Professor Vivian W.W. Yam obtained her BSc (First Class Hons) in 1985 and PhD in 1988 from The University of Hong Kong, and is currently the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor there. She was elected to Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea in 2015, Fellow of TWAS in 2006 and Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong in 2015. She was the Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and recipient of the RSC Centenary Medal, RSC Ludwig Mond Award, State Natural Science Award, Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (JSCC) International Award, Japanese Photochemistry Association (JPA) Eikohsha Award, Chinese Chemical Society-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize, Docteur Honoris Causa (U Rennes 1), Lee Lectureship (U Chicago), Seaborg Lectureship (UC Berkeley), Lavoisier Lectureship (U Paris Diderot), Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress, and Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship. Her research interests include inorganic and organometallic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, photophysics and photochemistry, and metal-based molecular functional materials for sensing, organic optoelectronics and energy research.


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