Keynote Speakers


Nanogenerators for self-powered sensors and piezotronics for smart systems
Zhong Lin Wang
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang is the Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Regents' Professor, Engineering Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization, at Georgia Tech. Dr. Wang is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, member of European Academy of Sciences, fellow of American Physical Society, fellow of AAAS, fellow of Microscopy Society of America and fellow of Materials Research Society. He has received the 2001 S.T. Li prize for Outstanding Contribution in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America, and the 2009 Purdy award from American ceramic society. Dr. Wang has made original and profound contributions to the synthesis, discovery, characterization and understanding of fundamental physical properties of oxide nanobelts and nanowires, as well as applications of nanowires in energy sciences, electronics, optoelectronics and biological science. He invented and pioneered the in-situ technique for measuring the mechanical and electrical properties of a single nanotube/nanowire inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). His breakthroughs in developing nanogenerators established the principle and technological road map for harvesting mechanical energy from environment and biological systems for powering a personal electronics. He coined and pioneered the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics by introducing piezoelectric potential gated charge transport process in fabricating new electronic and optoelectronic devices, which have potential applications in MEMS/NEMS, nanorobotics, human-electronics interface, sensors, medical diagnosis and photovoltaic. Dr. Wang is the world's top 5 most cited authors in nanotechnology and materials science. His entire publications have been cited for over 40,000 times. The H-index of his citations is 93. Details can be found at:



Why going towards plastic and flexible sensors ?
Danick Briand
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Microengineering, Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory (SAMLAB), Lausanne, Switzerland

Danick Briand received his B.Eng. degree and M.A.Sc. degree in engineering physics from École Polytechnique in Montréal, Canada, in collaboration with the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France, in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the field of micro-chemical systems from the Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 2001. His Ph.D. led to the successful technological transfer of micromachined gas sensing platforms to industry. He is currently leading the research team on EnviroMEMS, Environmental and Energy MEMS, at EPFL-IMT SAMLAB. He is in charge of European, national and industrial projects, he supervises doctoral students, and he is contributing to the educational program. He is a member of the technical program committee of different conferences on sensors and Microsystems and of the steering committee of the Eurosensors and ISOCS conferences. He has been awared the Eurosensors Fellowship in 2010. He has been author or co-author on more than 125 papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His research interests in the field of sensors and Microsystems include MEMS packaging and reliability, harsh environment sensors, polymeric and Power MEMS printed sensors, sensors and smart systems on foil, environmentally-conscious Microsystems, green microtechnologies and microfabrication, and the development of microsystems for environmental and energy applications.



Liquid condition monitoring using physical sensors
Bernhard Jakoby
Institute for Microelectronics and Microsensors,, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

After obtaining his PhD degree from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 1994, Bernhard Jakoby has worked as an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium, in the area of electromagnetic fields in complex media. Subsequently he was a Research Associate and later Assistant Professor at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, working in the area of microacoustic sensors and devices. From 1999 to 2001, he was with the Automotive Electronics Division, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany, where he was responsible for development projects in the field of automotive sensors. In 2001 he obtained a venia docendi (habilitation) and joined the newly formed Industrial Sensor Systems Group at the Vienna University of Technology as an Associate Professor. In 2005, he was appointed full professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, where he is now heading the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsensors. Dr. Jakoby has served as TPC Co-Chair and Local Chair for IEEE Sensors Conferences and as General Chair for the Eurosensors 2010 conference. In 2009 he was awarded Eurosensors Fellow.



A New Game Changer for Immunoassays and IVD: Microfluidics and Lab Chips
Chong H. Ahn
School of Electronic and Computing Systems, University of Cincinnati, USA

Dr. Ahn is Mitchell P. Kartalia Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering in the School of Electronics and Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently Co-Director of the Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation (OCMI) at the University of Cincinnati, which was funded from the Ohio 3rd Frontier Wright Projects Program. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY, USA. Since joining the University of Cincinnati in 1994, he has successfully initiated and established an excellent Microfluidics and BioMEMS program ( at the University of Cincinnati, and he has been recognized internationally as one of the pioneers in the BioMEMS and lab-on-a-chip fields. One of his key inventions and pioneering contributions includes the new concept of "smart polymer lab-on-a-chip" for the point-of-care testing (POCT) clinical diagnostics and "lab-on-a-tube" for the neurosurgical diagnostics of traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has published over ~300 journal and peer-reviewed conference papers, and chaired numerous international conferences and steering committees. His research interests include the design, simulation, fabrication and characterization of MEMS and BioMEMS devices, microfluidic device and systems, biosensors and biochips, lab-on-a-chips, in vitro diagnostics (IVD), and point-of-care clinical diagnostics or neurosurgical monitoring. He received the Scientific Leadership Award at the 4th Annual BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology World in 2003 and received the Best Journal Paper Award of the IEEE Sensor Journal in 2009. He is currently serving as Editor of the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (JMEMS), and Editorial Boards of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (JMM) and Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. He is now a Fellow at the Institute of Physics. He was the founder of Siloam Biosciences Inc ( in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

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