Scientific Programme



Professor Saulius Juodkazis is director of the Swinburne Nanofabrication Lab and Deputy Director of Centre for Micro-Photonics at Swinburne University of Technology, has been awarded a Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education in China. The Chang Jiang Scholar award, considered to be China’s most prestigious scholarly honour, is presented to fifty academics each year who have made special contributions in their field of research. Author of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal papers, reviews and several book chapters. In 2017 Saulius Juodkazis with Elena Ivanova received the UNSW Eureka Prize for their Scientific Research. In a novel approach to the growing epidemic of antibiotic resistant bacteria, they studied the wings of cicadas and dragonflies to determine how their surfaces resisted pathogens. Scientists discovered that tiny spikes – called nano-pillars – on the surface of the cicada and dragonfly wings provided physical resistance to the bacteria.

His advice to young researchers:
‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’ Albert Einstein


Lanqun Mao is a professor of key laboratory of analytical chemistry for living biosystems at Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has enormous experience in the area of in vivo electrochemistry. His group has been working on the interface of electroanalytical chemistry and neuroscience, aiming at developing electrochemical approaches through tuning electron transfer and ion transport to understanding brain chemistry in single vesicles, single cells, brain slices and ultimately a living brain. He has demonstrated a record of successful and productive research projects in the related area, and his expertise and experience have led to more than 280 research papers and more than 40 plenary/invited talks in the international conferences. 

His advice to young researchers is to be different and novel.


Professor Shelley Minteer
is an expert in the area of electrocatalysis. Her group has expertise in all classes of electrocatalysts from metals to enzymes to organocatalysts, as well as novel scaffolding techniques for immobilizing and stabilizing electrocatalysts on electrode surfaces. Her group also specializing in studying intermediate and product formation in fuel cells, sensors, and electrosynthesis cells via GC-MS, HPLC, NMR, and infrared techniques. She is a USTAR Professor of Chemistry at University of Utah and has authored more than 300 journal publications and more than 350 presentations at universities and scientific conferences in the US and internationally. She is a Past President of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry in the United States.

Her advice to young researchers is to get involved in professional societies early, because those networking opportunities can lead to a whole world of new scientific adventures in the future.


Patrick Unwin
is Professor of Chemistry (since 1998) and Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Analytical Science (since 2014) at the University of Warwick, where he founded the Electrochemistry & Interfaces Group. Pat has won a number of awards and prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society, International Society of Electrochemistry and Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry and is a member of a number of editorial committees including Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry and Langmuir. In these exciting times for electrochemistry, Pat and his group are pioneering innovative nanoscale electrochemical techniques as a means of characterizing 


Erik BAKKER (Switzerland)
Dermot DIAMOND (Ireland)
Justin GOODING (Australia)
Gediminas NIAURA (Lithuania)
Luisa TORSI (Italy)
Jan VACEK (Czech Republic)