Keynote Speakers

Metals and Alloys

Prof. Fernand D. S. Marquis

Leading Researcher, RCFM,

Integrated Materials Technologies and Systems  

Rapid City, SD 57702, USA

United Nano Technologies

Seaside, CA 93955, USA

Speech Title:  Reaction Synthesis Mechanisms in Binary Metallic Systems under Intense Shock Loading

Brief Information: Professor, Dr., Eng., Acad., Fernand D S Marquis is currently the CEO of two corporations entitled Integrated Materials Technologies and Systems and United Nano Technologies. He has been a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the San Diego State University in San Diego California. He has also been a Professor at the Wayne E. Meyer Institute of Systems Engineering and the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. His most recent research focuses on Nanotechnology and Nano systems, Nanostructured Hybrid Material Systems, Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Defense Energy Systems, Microstructural Design of Multifunctional Materials and Sustainability. He received advanced degrees from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (PhD and DIC), and from the University of Lisbon (PhD and Diploma of Engineering). He has been a Chartered Engineer in the Council of Engineering Institutions in UK, a Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer, and a Registered Professional Chemical and Industrial Engineer. He taught extensively at the Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and at the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science at the University of California, San Diego, and at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Delaware, and Academic Visitor at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK. He has several patents and patent applications, eleven disclosed inventions of available technologies for licensing and commercialization, over 140 refereed publications, edited 14 books, wrote several book chapters, over 40 special reports and five monographs. He supervised over 40 Master and PhD students, delivered over 50 Plenary, Keynote, and Invited lectures and gave over 150 contributed presentations.

Advanced Composite Materials

Prof. Branko Matovic

Director of the Center for Excellence for the Synthesis, Processing and Characterization of Materials at Extreme Conditions

Institute for nuclear sciences Vinca, Belgrade University

Speech Title: Densification of B4C-SiC ceramic composites prepared by ultra-high pressure

Brief Information:  Dr. Branko Matovic is Professor and Scientific Advisor and he also serves as Director of the Center for Excellence for the Synthesis, Processing and Characterization of Materials at Extreme Conditions. He received Dr. Rer. Nat. degree from the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany. He is engaged in research that requires an interdisciplinary approach; ie. basic and applied research in the border area of basic sciences (chemistry, physics, biology) and engineering. experimental and computational investigations of materials obtained or operated under extreme conditions. The emphasis is on the innovative materials processed and/or exploited at high pressures, under high magnetic and electric fields, over a wide range of temperatures, radiation conditions, corrosive environments, under extreme mechanical loads and non-equilibrium thermodynamic conditions. He is currently acting as editor-in-chief of Journal of Innovative Materials in Extreme Conditions. 

Low-dimensional and Nano Materials

Prof. Yury Gogotsi

Distinguished University and Charles T. And Ruth M. Bach Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering,

Director, A. J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute,

Drexel University Materials Science & Engineering, Philadelphia, USA

Speech Title: TBA

Brief Information:  Dr. Yury Gogotsi is Distinguished University Professor and Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. He received his MS (1984) and PhD (1986) from Kiev Polytechnic and a DSc degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1995. His research group works on 2D carbides, nanostructured carbons, and other nanomaterials for energy, water and biomedical applications. He has been recognized as Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry and Materials Science, and Citations Laureate in Physics by Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. He has received numerous awards for his research including a European Carbon Association Award, S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanotechnology from the Materials Research Society, International Nanotechnology Prize (RUSNANOPrize), R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine and many other distinctions. He has been elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, International Society of Electrochemistry, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics. He holds honorary doctorates from several European universities. He is currently acting as Associate Editor of ACS Nano.


Prof. Oleg O. Vasylkiv

Leading Researcher, RCFM,

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS

1-2-1, Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0047, Japan

Speech Title:  Design of deformation resistant ceramics with superior flexural strength for next-generation structural systems with specific features under extreme conditions

Brief Information: Oleg Vasylkiv currently works in NIMS, conducting research in ceramic engineering, carbide, boride & oxide ceramics and composites. His current project is ‘Electric current activated sintering (ECAST) of bulk UHTC composites with unique high strength, ultra-hardness and toughness (static & dynamic).’ Oleg has combined the merits of powder synthesis, Electric Current Activated Processing Techniques and of processing strategies for the design of technologies with precise control of the parameters (current, temperature, pressure, atmosphere, etc.) applied on powder body with establishing morpho-structural and compositional features, which lead to fabrication of bulk multi-functional high-temperature ceramics within reactive & non-reactive approaches. Currently been confirmed that high-temperature (RD-ECAST) design of composites of MeIV–VB2, MeIV–V carbides and nitrides is beneficial in strength increase, elasticity & high temperature plasticity resulting in establishing of new class of multipurpose ceramic for ultra-hight temperature applications. These ceramics will be able to act as plasma-facing parts in fusion and/or new type of nuclear reactors, act as a special engine & vehicle protection for aerospace, cause the worldwide demand in new class of light-weight ceramic composites with incredibly high strength and sufficient balance of toughness, ultra-hardness, and high-modulus

Prof. Tetiana O. Prikhna

Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Head of the Department of High Pressure Technologies, Functional Ceramic Composites and Dispersed Superhard Materials of the V. Bakul Institute for Superhard Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Speech Title: Effect of pressure, synthesis and sintering technology on the structure and properties of composite ceramic materials

Brief Information: Prikhna Tetyana Oleksiivna, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Technical Sciences (Full), Professor, Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC), Academician of the Euro-Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences (EMAAS), Head of the Department of High Pressure Technologies, Functional Ceramic Composites and Dispersed Superhard Materials of the V. Bakul Institute for Superhard Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (ISM NAS of Ukraine), Professor of the Chair of Chemistry of the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA), Member of the Scientific Council of the National Research Foundation of Ukraine (NFDU), Member of the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (NAQA).
The main research activity of T.O. Prikhna connected with the development of new ceramic materials having the necessary set of physicochemical characteristics – their synthesis, sintering, study of structure, properties and practical application. Over the years under her leadership and with her direct participation, a number of materials with a unique set of functional characteristics have been developed and researched, including high-temperature superconductors in the form of massive blocks, wires, thin films and Josephson junctions, materials based on MAX phases in the form of massive materials and coatings, single crystals of aluminum dodecaborides, massive materials based on refractory and shock-wave-resistant borides, carbides, nitrides and silicides, as well as nano- and micropowders of metals and their oxides and carbides, heavy and hard alloys made by electroerosive dispersion method. In her scientific works Prikhna TO studies the regularities of consolidation and synthesis of ceramic materials in a wide range of pressures and temperatures, using high quasi-hydrostatic pressures transmitted through solid media, isostatic gas pressures, hot pressing, spark plasma sintering, pressureless and vacuum sintering, magnetron and vacuum-arc evaporation methods. She specializes in the study of the structure of materials by scanning electron microscopy and Auger spectroscopy, as well as a comprehensive study of superconducting, electromagnetic, mechanical properties, chemical and mechanical resistance in reducing and oxidizing media in a wide range of temperatures.

Surface Engineering and Protective Coatings

Dr.-Ing. Manel Rodriguez Ripoll

Area Manager “Wear Processes” at AC2T research GmbH

Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Speech Title: Design of self-lubricating metallic alloys for operating in extreme environments

Brief Information:  Dr. Manel Rodríguez Ripoll leads the Research Area “Wear Reduction Strategies forIndustry”at AC2T research GmbH, the Austrian Excellence Center for Tribology. His mainresearch focuses on surface engineering for reducing friction and wear in extremeenvironments. Current topics of research are the design of self-lubricating materials, surfaceprotection in tribocorrosive environments for off-shore and biomedical applications and thetribochemical formation of 2D solid lubricants. Dr. Rodríguez Ripoll graduated in Physics in Barcelona, Spain and holds a PhD inMechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He haspublished over 80 peer-reviewed articles (h=23, google scholar), one book, one book chapterand two patents. He also served as evaluator for the European Commission (H2020) and forthe Knowledge Foundation (Sweden).

Dr. Maksim Antonov

Head of the Research Laboratory of Tribology and Materials Testing

Tallinn University of Technology

Tallinn, Estonia

Speech Title: Tribology for European Green Deal

Brief Information: Maksim Antonov (PhD) is Senior Researcher and Head of the “Research Laboratory of Tribology and Materials Testing” at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) since 2006. He had training at “Aerospace Materials Technology Testhouse” (Austria), “University of Strathclyde” (UK), “École Centrale Paris” (France), “Łukasiewicz Research Network – The Institute for Sustainable Technologies”(Poland) and in “SKF Engineering & Research Centre” (the Netherlands). Maksim took part in EU WEMESURF project (Marie Curie Research Training Networks) and was TalTech coordinator of EU FP7 project NeTTUN. Maksim’s main areas of interest are wear testing, development and optimization of materials for tribological applications and the design of new tribological equipment. He serves as reviewer for more than 20 international journals, is a member of Estonian Centre for Standardization commission EVS/TK 37, member of IRG-WOEM OECD and a certified project manager. He has more than 170 scientific publications and 5 patents. He is currently supervising and already supervised 5 PhD students in tribology and materials engineering. His h-index is 25.