The 4th International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems 2019 NENS2019 www.nens.cn are delighted to announce that the winners of the 2019 Nano Energy Awards are Professor Thomas Thundat, the University at Buffalo, USA; Professor Jr-Hau He, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST), Saudi Arabia; and Professor Caofeng Pan, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. The three scientists were selected by the committee from dozens of nominees for their outstanding work in research and innovation related to energy. Congratulations to all of them!
The Nano Energy Awards were established by Elsevier NENS conferene in 2014, and the awards are honored once every two years.
Dr. Thomas Thundat is an international recognized leader in high performance sensors based nanomechanical cantilever platform. Dr. Thundat has made outstanding contribution in the physics and chemistry of interfaces, molecular adsorption on engineered interfaces, interaction of light with adsorbed molecules, scanning probes, nanoscale phenomena, and quantum confined atoms. His recent work includes energy nano energy harvesting, energy storage and diagnostics, and non-radiative wireless electricity transmission using single wire with no physical return.
Dr. Thundat received his PhD from the State University of New York at Albany in 1987. After having a very distinguished career at Oak Ridge National Lab from 1992-2009 to the level of cooperative fellow, Dr. Thundat took the Canada Excellence Research Chair CERC at the University of Alberta in 2010. Currently, Thomas is the SUNY Empire Innovation Professor at the University at Buffalo. He has over 420 publications, 57 conference proceedings, and 15 book chapters, and holds 40 US patents.
Dr. Jr-Hau He was selected for his has major contribution to understanding light-mater interaction, which reflects on his achievement on the photon management for the light harvesting devices including photodetectors, solar cells, LEDs, and photoelectrochemical cells. Dr. He also has pioneered the field of optoelectronics of 2D materials by employing the photon management.
Dr. Jr-Hau He is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST). He got BS and PhD degrees at National Tsing Hua University in 1999 and 2005, respectively. He was an asistant/tenured associate professor at National Taiwan University in 2007-2014. He has been a pioneer in optoelectronics and energy. He has conducted highly interdisciplinary researches to bridge those gaps between various research fields and between academia and industry. He is the Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Device Society and IEEE Nanotechnology council. He is a Fellow of OSA, RSC and SPIE.
Dr. Caofeng Pan was selected for achieving significant progress in piezotronic and piezo-phototronic devices based on low-dimensional piezoelectric semiconductor nano materials, and realizing untra-high resolution strain sensing, mapping, and recording. He also developed several kinds of e-skin for strain, heat, humidity sensing, integrated with smart robotics for the reestablishing of touching feeling.
Prof. Pan received his B.S. degree 2005 and his Ph.D. 2010 in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. He then joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow. He is currently a professor and a group leader at Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2013. His main research interests focus on the fields of piezotronics/piezo-phototronics for fabricating new electronic and optoelectronic devices, self-powered nanosystems, electronic skin, and human-machine interface integration with over 160 paper published in prestigious journals.
The Nano Energy Awards will be presented during the 4th International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems 2019 NENS2019 that takes place in Beijing on 15-17 June www.nens.cn). The winners will also give plenary talks.