Keynote speaker

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Prof. Rajan Jose, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia

Research Area: Renewable Energy Materials & Devices

Title: Future of Materials Research: Renewable Materials & Smart Discovery Platforms 


Sustainability has emerged as a keyword in all aspects of life irrespective of resources, technologies, products or processes. Besides, nearly a billion new consumers join the society in 13-15 years; the growing demand for higher living standards make the worldwide materials consumption continuously growing. Strategic solutions are therefore required not only for addressing the gaps but also for eliminating the undesirable environmental effects of supply chain to ensure quality and sustainable living. Materials discovery is an incessant process and has been evolved through several stages – its current stage is recently termed as Materials 4.0. This lecture shares the experience in developing renewable materials for energy, environment, and drug-discovery to mitigate not only waste biomass but also to their value addition for viable products. Carbons and cellulose were produced from one of Malaysia’s largest agriculture sector – the oil palm industry. Nearly a ton of waste biomass, including palm kernel shell and empty fruit bunches, is produced for every 25 kg of crude palm oil – their efficient utilization would promote small and medium scale industries. High quality activated carbons were produced from palm kernel shells and evaluated their usefulness in energy storage applications; the palm kernel shell activated carbons gave one of the best supercapacitive charge storage performances. Besides, the performance of the materials are increased to many folds when hierarchical ceramic nanostructures were filled in their passive pores. We have further discovered formation of metallic cobalt at the palm kernel shell derived carbon surface, which has taken the supercapacitive charge storage to record values. Further, we have derived nanocellulose from empty fruit bunches which are developed into non-woven fibrous films, using them as filter membranes and palm kernel shell carbon as adsorbents portable water filters have been produced – a portable device that would support ecotourism. The fibrous films along with natural antioxidents are developed for regenerative medicine. The cellulose were found to be good dispersant as nanocoolants and so on. The lecture will also highlight development in composite materials from non-renewable sources for solar energy conversion and charge storage devices. 


Prof. Mailadil Sebastian, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology, India

Research Area:  Materials; Material Characterization; Materials Processing; Heat Treatment; Microstructure; Material Characteristics

Title: Materials for 5 th generation (5G) wireless communication and internet of things (IOT)


All reported polymer-ceramic composites or hard ceramic substrates for microwave circuit applications show an increase in dielectric loss with increasing frequency in the microwave frequency range. This is really problematic for high frequency applications such as Internet of Things (IOT) and 5 th Generation (5G) wireless communication systems which are at very high frequencies. The present talk discusses the development of a composite (polypropylene-high energy proton irradiated silicon) which shows a decrease in loss tangent with increasing frequency indicating the possibility of their use in 5G and IOT as well as other high frequency or mm wave applications. The results will be of great advantage in the future high frequency wireless communication applications.