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Invited speakers

Grace Burke
University of Manchester

Bringing the “Real World” into the Analytical Electron Microscope: Developments and Applications of in situ Microscopy to Materials Research.
Prof. M. Grace Burke, FASM, FMSA, FIMMM, is an expert in environment-sensitive behaviour and advanced microstructural characterisation of materials, with over 35 years of R&D experience in environmental degradation of steels/alloys, and irradiation damage of materials used in nuclear power systems.  She joined the University of Manchester as Professor and Director of the Materials Performance Centre of the University of Manchester in late 2011 after many years in industry including Westinghouse/Bettis where she was Consultant in Materials Technology/Physical Metallurgy.   Her research focuses on understanding the role of microstructure in controlling the behaviour of materials, particularly in aggressive environments.   Grace and her research group are actively applying novel in situ advanced analytical TEM to understanding initial reactions between materials (including conventional alloys) and their environment to further the understanding of the initial “precursor” stages of materials degradation.   She has authored or co-authored over 140 publications.  Grace is also the Director of the Electron Microscopy Centre of the School of Materials at the University of Manchester.
William Chueh
Stanford University

Electrochemical Ion Insertion at the Mesoscale
Will Chueh is an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science & Engineering department and a Center Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. He received his B.S. in Applied Physics, M.S. and Ph.D. (2010) in Materials Science from Caltech. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, he was a Distinguished Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. Prof. Chueh has received numerous honors, including the NSF CAREER Award (2015), Solid State Ionics Young Scientist Award (2013), Caltech Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy (2012), and the American Ceramics Society Diamond Award (2008). In 2012, he was named as one of the “top 35 innovators under the age of 35” by MIT’s Technology Review. 
Hongjun Gao
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Construction of Novel 2D Atomic Crystals on Transition Metal Surfaces and Physical Properties: Graphene, Silicene, Germanene, Hafnene, PtSe2 and HfTen
Hongjun Gao is a professor in the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World
Deputy director, the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shuji Hasegawa
University of Tokyo

Symmetry-Broken Monolayer Superconductors
Prof. Shuji Hasegawa’s group at the Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, investigates charge and spin transport at surface electronic states of crystals, such as monolayer superconductivity, spin-polarized current and spin current at surfaces.
Andreas Heinrich
IBM Almaden

Electron Spin Resonance of Single Atoms on a Surface
Andreas Heinrich leads a research team at IBM's Almaden Research Center focused on exploring atomic-scale structures for possible applications in computation and data-storage. In 2012 his team reported the storage and retrieval of 1 bit of digital information in only 12 magnetic atoms, about 100,000 times smaller than commercial magnetic devices. In 2014 his team pioneered coherent spin manipulation of single atoms on surfaces by employing high-frequency spin resonance in a low temperature STM. Heinrich studies the world of atoms and structures, built with atomic-scale precision, and educates the public on nanoscience as demonstrated by the 2013 release of the movie “A Boy and his Atom”. Heinrich’s team has a strong focus on advancing the experimental capabilities of state-of-the-art research tools. A native of Germany, Heinrich received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Goettingen and joined IBM in the same year as a postdoc in Dr. Donald Eigler’s team.
Andrew Westphal
UC Berkeley

A Golden Age of Space Exploration:  Extraterrestrial Materials Research in the Laboratory

Andrew Westphal is a Research Physicist and Senior Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory at U. C. Berkeley. He got his PhD at Berkeley in 1992 in high-energy astrophysics, and migrated to planetary science about a decade ago. He has been intensively involved in analyses of the cometary and interstellar collections returned by the Stardust mission. Most recently he was the leader of the Interstellar Preliminary Examination for the Stardust mission, and is involved in the planning for new missions, including an new interstellar dust mission and a mission to collect a surface sample from a comet.