Professor Quanxi Jia is an Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor of Materials Research at the University at Buffalo (UB), the State University of New York. He is also the Scientific Director of New York State Center for Excellence in Materials Informatics. Jia’s research areas include synthesis and study of the structure-property relationships of nanostructured materials, multifunctional materials, and thin films; development of novel deposition techniques for the growth of electronic materials; as well as development and fabrication of novel solid-state microelectronic/electro-optic devices.
Professor Hong Ding is a Distinguished Professor of the Institute of Physics (IOP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Managing Director and Chief Scientist of Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics. He obtained his PhD degree in Physics from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995. Over the past 20 years, he has made important contributions to understanding of high temperature superconductors and topological materials using angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. His major scientific achievements include the discovery of pseudogap in cuprate superconductors, the observation of s-wave superconducting gap in iron-based superconductors, and the discovery of Weyl fermions in solid-state materials.
Professor Qingjie Zhang is the President of Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at WUT, and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing. He received both his graduate and doctoral degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in the year 1984 and 1990 respectively. Right after receiving his doctorate, Prof. Zhang started working at the Wuhan University of Technology and went on to become an Associate Professor in 1992 and Full Professor in 1994. Three years later, in 1997, he became the Vice President of the university and served for thirteen years at the post until in 2010 when he became the President of WUT. As of now, Prof. Zhang serves as the Vice President of the Building Materials Industry Union of China and a member of the Strategic Consultant Committee for Materials Science appointed by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. His research interests include thermoelectric materials and their applications. As a result of his work, he is the Chief Scientist of the Chinese National “973” program for Thermoelectric Materials. In the span of the last two decades, Prof. Zhang has been focused on inorganic non-metallic materials and composites including energy storage materials, conductive ceramics, intelligent composite materials, and thermoelectric materials. He has been the recipient of three National Awards for Technological Invention along with a National Natural Science Award of China. Dr. Zhang holds a number of patents and has also published as many as 264 peer-reviewed international scientific journals with over 4800 citations.