Prof. Porfyrakis is an Associate Professor of Materials, an EPSRC Fellow and the Head of the Laboratory for Carbon Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. He is also a visiting Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds an Undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1995) and an MSc Degree from UMIST, Manchester, UK (1996). After completing his DPhil at Oxford University in 2000, Prof. Porfyrakis has established a world-leading laboratory for the production and purification of both nitrogen-containing and metal-containing endohedral fullerene molecules. Prof. Porfyrakis has attracted over £2.5 M in funding as a Principal Investigator in the fields of endohedral fullerenes and organic electronics. He has over 100 publications (h-index: 26, i10-index: 51) that have attracted over 2330 citations. He has presented over 40 invited lectures and seminars, including 3 keynote lectures. In 2005 he won the Alan Glanvill Award of IOM3. In 2016 Prof. Porfyrakis has been admitted as a Fellow at the Royal Society of Chemistry for his contributions to Chemical Sciences. Prof. Porfyrakis is the Academic founder and Director of Designer Carbon Materials Ltd (www.designercarbon.com), a spinout company of the University of Oxford, aiming to commercialise endohedral fullerenes and their derivatives. The company has been featured at several newspapers such as the Sunday Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/12034595/This-is-themost- expensive-material-in-the-world.html) and the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/most-expensive-thing-in-the-worldendohedral- fullerene-science-oxford-a6763356.html) selling the “most expensive material in the world” for miniaturizing atomic clocks. That story has since been reproduced from dozens of media outlets around the world such as: (http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-create-world-s-most-expensive-materialvalued- at-145-million-per-gram) and (http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/12/oxfordcompany- now-selling-endohedral-fullerenes-priced-at-110-million-per-gram/).
Carbon Nanomaterials, Endohedral Fullerenes, Organic Electronics, Quantum Nannoelectronics
Hanshan Dong received his PhD degree in Surface Engineering in 1997 and became a full professor in 2010 at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham UK. He is Professor of Surface Engineering and Leader of Surface Engineering Research Group at the University of Birmingham. He is the Co-Director of EPSRC Doctor Training Centre in Metal Processing (IMPaCT) and a Fellow of IoM3. He is a leading surface engineering expert in developing novel surface engineering technologies for multi-functional surfaces and in characterisation of surface engineered materials. He won the Harvey Flower Titanium Prize awarded by IoM3 in recognition of his contribution to the science and technology of surface engineering of titanium alloys. He is active in international surface engineering activities including visiting professorships, plenary and invited lectures to major international conferences, organisation of national and international conferences. He is the Deputy Editor of ‘‘Chinese Surface Engineering'', Associate Editor, “International Journal of Surface Engineering and Interdisciplinary Materials Science” and on the editorial board of many other academic journals. In addition to six patents, about 300 papers have been published (including 200 journal papers).
He is a leading surface engineering expert in developing novel surface engineering technologies (including S-phase surface engineering of corrosion resistant alloys, ceramic conversion of Ti- and Zr-based alloys, plasma multi-functionalisation of carbon-based nano-materials, combined surface alloying and patterning for high-efficacy antibacterial surfaces, and low-friction & anti-adhesion coatings); in surface designing and modelling; and in characterising surface engineered materials using environmental nanoindentation, FIB/SEM & XTEM.