Keynote and Plenary Lectures

ICANM is pleased to present world-class keynote speakers at our 2019 Conference in Montreal.

The Keynote Lecture " Applications of Hybrid Chitosan-Based Nanomaterials in Regenerative and Nano-medicine " will be given by Dr.Maryam Tabrizian.  

Dr.Maryam Tabrizian is professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Faculty of Dentistry, and James McGill professor at McGill University. She became FRSQ-Chercheure nationale awardee (2006), Guggenheim Fellow in Biomedical Sciences (2010), the Fellow of the Biomaterials Science & Engineering (2011) and Fellow of Royal Society of Canada-Academy of Science (2017) for her contribution to the field of Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences. She has received her PhD degree in Physical Sciences from Université Pierre et Marie Curie-École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie de Paris in 1990. She has established expertise in the design of nano-biomaterials and nano-biointerfaces for their application in nanomedicine, regenerative medicine and Lab-on-a-chip devices. She was the director of the Centre for Biorecognition and Biosensors (CBB) for 10 years that she founded in 2001.She is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers (H-index 59), 100 invited lectures, many book chapters, patents, and over 335 communications. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Materials (MDPI ISSN 1996-1944; CODEN: MATEG9).

The Keynote Lecture "  Boron Triangular Sheet: Calculation of Ground-State and Electronic-Structure Parameters  " will be given by Dr.Levan Chkhartishvili.   

Dr. Levan Chkhartishvili is Professor in the Engineering Physics Department at Georgian Technical University and Senior Scientist in the Boron-Containing & Composite Materials Laboratory at Ferdinand Tavadze Metallurgy & Materials Science Institute. He is the (co)author of about 320 publications, among them 2 monographs, 6 inventions, and about 190 journal papers and book chapters. His research interests are focused on geometric and electronic structures of boron-rich nanomaterials. In 2016, he was awarded with the Georgian National Academy of Sciences’ Certificate of Honor for scientific achievements in the field of Nanotechnologies. He participated in organization of many international scientific forums. In particular, since 2011 he is the Standing Member of the International Scientific Committee of the ISBB (International Symposia on Boron, Borides & Related Materials). He is Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the Nano Studies journal and Editorial Board Member of Am. J. Mater. Sci., Am. J. Nanores. & Appl., Eur. Chem. Bull., Heliyon, Karbala Int. J. Mod. Sci., World J. Nanosci. & Nanotechnol., and other journals. Currently, he is Scientific Director of the Project: “Obtaining of boron carbide-based nanostructured heterophase ceramic materials and products with improved performance characteristics”.

The Keynote Lecture "   Nanomaterials as hierarchical catalysts for artificial photosynthesis    " will be given by Dr. Jérôme Claverie.    

Dr. Jérôme Claverie is currently Canada Research Chair in Organic and Hybrid Advanced Materials  & Professor at Université de Sherbrooke, Shrebrooke , Canada.  He has worked previously as a research scientist (until 2001) in National Research Center in France and then became   Director of Chemistry R&D in Flamel Technologies a biotech company.His research topics include  materials Chemistry, Polymers and Photocatalyst. 

The Keynote Lecture "  Metallization by Atomic Layer Deposition: New Metals for Nanoelectronics   " will be given by Dr. Sean Barry .      

Dr. Seán Barry is a Full Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), where he works on precursor compounds for atomic layer deposition (ALD).

He started in Carleton University in 2003 working on guanidinates of the group 13 metals (Al, Ga, In), and has recently studied guanidinates, iminopyrrolidinates and carbenes of the coinage metals (Cu, Ag, Au) for depositing thin films of these metals.  His group works mainly on the mechanisms of thermal decomposition and thin film deposition and have invented several novel characterization methods to better understand mechanism.

He was previously the founder and Senior Scientific Advisor for Precision Molecular Design, a start-up company with GreenCentre Canada to commercialize precursors for atomic layer deposition.  Seán is also the director of the Facility for Nanoscience, Surfaces, and Sensor Interfaces (FANSSI), which was commissioned in 2015 by a $1.9M Canadian infrastructure grant to study surface chemistry and ALD.  

He is recognized as a world expert in metal ALD and precursor design.  He has long-standing and extensive industrial collaborations in ALD, including Applied Materials, Air Liquide, the Royal Canadian Mint, and BASF, to name a few.  He has over 50 papers and 6 patents and patent applications in ALD precursor and process design:4 of the patents were established while an independent researcher at Carleton.  

In 2012, he was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship as part of the EU-funded European Research Training Network ENHANCE to undertake metal ALD at the University of Helsinki, and in 2015 he was awarded a $295k Vinnova VINNMER Mobility grant to undertake CVD/ALD research in Sweden.

The Keynote Lecture "  Intercalation of polymers into layered materials   " will be given by Dr. Rabin Bissessur .     

Rabin Bissessur received his B.Sc (Honours) degree in chemistry from the University of Manitoba (1987), his M.Sc in organometallic chemistry from the University of Rochester (1989), and Ph.D. in materials chemistry from Michigan State University (1994). He pursued postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University (1994-1996) and Laval University (1997-1998). He has been at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1999, where he is currently Professor of Chemistry. His research interests are in the field of nanocomposite materials, conductive polymers and solid polymer electrolytes. 

The Keynote Lecture "  Nano-materials for degradation control in reinforced concrete structures   " will be given by Dr. Dessi Koleva  .      

Dr. D.A. Koleva,  is an expert in the field of electrochemistry and corrosion, cathodic protection with emphasis reinforced concrete structures. Visiting AProf at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA. Holder of patent on pulse cathodic protection; Winner of a prestigious VENI research grant and three Marie Curie Grants on galvanic nanocomposite coatings and corrosion/protection for infrastructure. She is a principle investigator and/or project leader of corrosion- related, self-healing research projects grants of duration more than two years each, funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, NL. She has performed a pioneering research on simultaneously evaluating electrochemical phenomena and cement based microstructural properties, related to corrosion and corrosion control in reinforced concrete. More recently this cross-border research involves the application of nano-materials and wastes for corrosion control. She is main supervisor of post-doc and PhD projects on corrosion & corrosion protection, nano-materials utilisation and sensor technology. She is the main lecturer and organiser of the international post-graduate course on corrosion and Corrosion Control for infrastructure,  

The Keynote Lecture "   Lightweight composite materials with 3D network structures for defence applications    " will be given by Dr. Gobinda Saha   .       

Dr. Gobinda Saha is an Associate Professor and Director of 'Nanocomposites and Mechanics Lab' in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Before le led the R&D at two successive Nanocomposites manufacturing companies in Calgary, AB in conjunction with academic appointment at the University of Calgary. His work served as the bridge divulging theoretical knowledge in nanocomposite materials into the design, synthesis, testing, and commercialization of two nanostructured coatings systems developed on the HVOF thermal spraying methodology. Simultaneously, his research in design, fabrication, processing, and characterization/testing of smart optical sensor reinforced FRP composites and modeling has contributed to the dissemination of knowledge through peer-review publication in over 50 papers, has patent protection application in process. Dr. Saha has given numerous keynote talks on the topic of Nanostructured Composites and Biocomposites. He has served as the Chair of ASME Composites & Heterogeneous Materials Technical Committee, as well the founding member of the Joint Canada-USA Regulatory Cooperation Council on developing strategies for nanomaterials including risk assessment and management and uses of industrial nanomaterials