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          Associate Professor Brian L. Wardle

          Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

          Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA



Prof. Wardle will support projects in terms of expert advice and knowledge on CNT synthesis and CNT-nanocomposites. He is the Director of MIT's Nano-Engineered Composite Aerospace Structures Consortium, and is a principal member of the Technology Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures. Professor Wardle's research interests are in the area of structures and materials, primarily focusing on aerospace applications.  Current research areas are composite systems, active materials, structural health monitoring, and power-conversion devices at the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) scale. Topics of interest to him include: structural mechanics, durability, advanced material systems, safety/reliability and performance of structural systems, and nanocomposites. Professor Wardle's educational activities cover experimentation and modeling of materials and structures.   Prof. Wardle has a clear vision about the engineering applications of CNT-based nanomaterials through great research achievement, close contact with industry and business consultant skills at McKinsey & Company. Great potential industrial applications of the CNT-based materials of the project are very capable under his supervision.


         Professor Dimitrios Papavassiliou

         School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

         University of Oklahoma, USA




Prof. Papavassiliou has been focusing on the fundamental understanding and modeling of transport processes with industrial and environmental interest and also including transport phenomena in biological systems and small-scale transport (at the interface between statistical mechanics and classical mechanics). Novel computational methods have been developed and applied to explore turbulent transport of mass and heat, turbulent jet flows, turbulent drag reduction, flow and transport through porous media, and heat transfer in microfluidics. High Performance Computers are utilized to conduct the numerical experiments and to interpret the data. Parallel to the development of prototype software, off-the-shelf software is used to predict flows that can improve industrially important processes. With 100+ papers and international conference proceedings (prior to September 2010) on computation work and supercomputing facilities at the national supercomputing centre, Illinois, USA, Prof. Papavassiliou’s supervision is truly essential on computational studies of the nanostructured transport of CNT-based micro/nanosystems projects.




       Professor Amy Marconnet

      School of Mechanical Engineering

      Purdue University


      Research interestes of Prof. Marconnet are: Nanoscale thermal transport and energy

      conversion, Electronics cooling and thermal management,

                                  and Novel nanostructured materials and devices




       Assistant Professor John Hart

      Department of Mechanical Engineering

      University of Michigan, USA




Research in the Mechanosynthesis Group focuses on synthesis, properties, and applications of nanostructures and nanomaterials. Our work encompasses fundamental studies of synthesis and structure, development of novel material and device applications, and creation of machines and processes for scalable and precise nanomanufacturing. Many of our current projects utilize carbon nanotubes, which are long molecular structures having exceptional mechanical stiffness and strength, high electrical and thermal conductivities, and unique chemical and optical functionalities.



       Dr. Gyula Eres

       Nanomaterials Synthesis and Properties Group

       Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA





       Associate Professor Jing Kong

       Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

       Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


The RLE Nano-materials and Electronics Group pursues investigations of carbon nanotubes, including studies of chemical vapor deposition methods, electron transport in single-walled carbon nanotubes, nanotube synthesis, and tunable Raman systems for characterizing the chirality of nanotube materials. A major objective of the group is to develop synthesis and control techniques to create electronic devices based on carbon nanotubes.



      Lecturer James Elliott

      Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

      University of Cambridge, UK



With modern computational techniques, it is now possible to predict the properties of novel materials from first principles using advanced simulation techniques. This has the advantages of being both quicker and cheaper than a trial-and-error experimentation process, and also yields detailed structural and dynamical information that can provide a stringent test of theoretical models. Often, the phenomena of interest in industrial processes occur over much larger length and time scales than those at the underlying molecular level, requiring the use of a multi-scale modelling approach, which is a theme that unifies my research in several diverse materials system.



      Dr. Krzysztof Koziol     

     Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

     University of Cambridge, UK




Research work of Dr. Koziol  involves exploration of the chirality-controlled synthesis of carbon nanotubes (substrate-bound and gas-phase-grown), manufacture of carbon nanotube fibres (with diameters of several micrometers and length of several kilometers) and their applications.



       J-Prof. Dominik Eder

      Institute of Physical Chemistry

      University of Muenster , Germany



The group's research involves the synthesis and characterisation of multifunctional inorganic nanostructures and their application in (photo)catalytic (environmental, fuel) and (photo)electrochemical (solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors) devices. These materials include metal-ion doped inorganic nanotubes (using CNT as templates), well-ordered mesoporous metal oxides and zeolites (using self-assembling diblock-copolymers), and CNT- and graphene-inorganic hybrid structures.




       Professor Shigeo Maruyama

       Department of Mechanical Engineering

       University of Tokyo, Japan




Prof. Maruyama will support the projects in

terms of expert advice and knowledge on CNT synthesis and fuel cells. He has published 140+ papers, 6 books and chapters,and 200+ proceedings (prior to September 2010) on microscale thermo-physical engineering, science and applications of fullerene and CNTs. Prof. Shigeo is highly respected in the international CNT community and is very famous for inventing a new technique called alcohol catalytic CVD to synthesize the high purity vertically aligned SWNT forests. It is a great honour to have his fully support on the research project. His supervision on synthesis and thermophysical property measurement of CNTs and Molecular dynamics (MD) work will definitely highlight the research outcomes and receive the respect from other workers.

       Associate Professor Junichiro Shiomi

       Department of Mechanical Engineering

       The University of Tokyo, Japan




Heat transfer in nanoscale is very different from that in bulk scale. As the phonon mean free path becomes comparable to or larger than the system size, ballistic phonon transport becomes important in addition to the usual diffusive one. This

gives rise to "non-Fourier" heat conduction. In the "Knudsen" regime, interfaces dominantly determines the overall heat transfer and, thus, "environmental effects" becomes siginificant. We have been probing such nanoscale aspects of heat transfer by mainly targeting carbon nanotube systems, using molecular dynamics methods. Carbon nanotubes are expected to exbit high and unique thermal transport owning to their low dimensional structures. 


      Assistant Professor Yoichi Murakami

      Global Edge Institute

      Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan




This laboratory is performing fundamental and applied studies of photonic energy conversion with an emphasis on exploring energy transfer between different energy levels of nanomaterials and organic molecules.  Development of materials or devices that realize an efficient photon upconversion for low-energy incident photons to enhance conversion efficiencies of solar cells. Development of methods that efficiently disperse carbon nanotube bundles into individual tubes to form materials usable for photonic energy conversion applications.

      Assistant Professor Roland Bouffanais
      Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
 Modeling of biolocomotion and biosensing — external biofluiddynamics: Self-organizing behaviors of cooperative swimmers across scales. Swimming of microorganisms: low-Reynolds-number flow interaction. Fish swimming: sensing of the environment through the fluid flow Biomimetics: applications to autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and microbot/micro-AUV. Computational Engineering: High-order numerical methods — High-performance parallel computing: Spectral element method and boundary element method Massively-parallel computation on IBM Blue Gene BG/L and large-scale computation on commodity clusters.