24-27 May 2022, Kyiv, Ukraine

Keynote Speakers

Synthesis and Properties

Prof. Oleg O. Vasylkiv

Leading Researcher, RCFM, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

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

Professional Biography

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
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Specially engineered Zr-Ta multiboride ceramic with a supercomposite structure

Prof. Petre Badica

Senior Researcher 1st degree at NIMP

National Institute of Materials Physics, Romania

Professional Biography

BADICA Petre is a Senior Researcher 1st degree at NIMP.  He graduated in 1992 from University ‘Politehnica’ Bucharest, Romania and was awarded in 1996 a PhD in Engineering Sciences from National Technical University of Ukraine, ‘Kiev Polytechnical Institute’. He is a former JSPS-STA, NIMS, NEDO, MANA, Alexander von Humboldt fellow and Visiting Prof. of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and
Tohoku University, Japan. His interest is in synthesis/processing of materials by conventional and unconventional technologies, advanced complex characterization, and applied physics of selected materials (refractors and structural materials, superconductors, optoelectronic materials and sensors, biomaterials, archaeometry). He published over 220 ISI articles and 9 book chapters. He acted as co-editor of 1 book and was awarded 5 patents.
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Selected Boride Materials for Different Applications

Prof. Murat Durandurdu

Professor, Nanotechnology Engineering

Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri, Turkey.

Professional Biography

His research focuses on computational materials science. He uses ab initio techniques to explore the fundamental principles and functions of crystalline and amorphous materials and their behavior under extreme conditions.

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First Principles Study of Amorphous Boron Suboxide and its High-Pressure Behavior

Low-Dimensional Materials and Nanostructures

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

Professional Biography

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.
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2D Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes) Open New Horizons in Electronic and Communication Technology

Prof. Andrey V. Ragulya

Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Vice-Director of Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science, NAS of Ukraine
President of Frantsevich Ukrainian Materials Research Society

Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science, National Academy of the Science of Ukraine  

Kyiv, 03142, Ukraine

Professional Biography

Full member of the National academy of sciences of Ukraine, full member of the International Institute of Science of Sintering. Dr. A. Ragulya graduated from Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology (USSR) in 1983. The M.S. degree in Powder metallurgy and Materials science he received in the Baikov Institute of Metallurgy AS of the USSR in 1985. In the
Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science NAS of Ukraine (IPMS) in Kiev he defended his Ph.D. (1993) and D.Sc. (2001) theses and was awarded with these two doctoral degrees. Since 1985 he works for IPMS and deals with science and technology of sintering. At the beginning of 90th Dr. A. Ragulya is an author of the strict theoretical basis for the well-known process titled Rate Controlled Sintering (RCS), which previously had been experimentally considered by Prof. H.Palmour III. At the first time the rate-controlled sintering has been applied in the area of nanograined sintered materials. He put forward a new ideology of so called rate-controlled thermally activated processes, which has been confirmed experimentally for numerous technological processes, in particular, synthesis of nanosized particles of ceramic and metallic materials. His recent and today’s research activity is focused on obtaining and characterization of nanosized particles and nanostructured ceramics & ceramic nanocomposites. In 2015 he was awarded with State Prize of Ukraine for these efforts. Since 2002 he is on the position of vice-director of IPMS and a leader of the nanomaterials research & development at IPMS. He is an author of 6 books and 1 textbook, all in the area of nanomaterials, more than 270 papers and 16 patents.
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Nanocomposites: Paths to Perfection of Materials

Ceramics and Сomposites

Dr. Vuk Uskoković

Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer at TardigradeNano LLC, a biotech startup and think tank, Irvine, California, USA

Lecturer in engineering, San Diego State University, USA

Professional Biography

Vuk Uskoković, PhD, MSc, MS, BSc, is a Serbian-Slovenian-American scientist and educator, currently the Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer at TardigradeNano LLC, a biotech startup and think tank located in Irvine, California, and a Lecturer in engineering at San Diego State University.
Dr. Uskoković holds degrees in physical chemistry, materials science and engineering, and nanoscience and nanotechnologies. He was a professor in the schools of engineering, pharmacy and medicine at the University of California in Irvine, Chapman University and University of Illinois in Chicago, respectively, where he taught biomaterials, nanophysics, medical devices, biologics, bio-optics, and other subjects. He was also a principal investigator and a research scientist at University of California in San Francisco, Clarkson University in New York, Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dr. Uskoković is the Director of the Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, whose broad aim is to synthesize and understand the fundamental properties of advanced nanomaterials and harness them to address various medical and pharmaceutical needs. Dr. Uskoković’s research program is focused on the application of soft and colloidal chemistry techniques for the purpose of creating nanoscale materials for biomedical applications, including targeted and controlled drug delivery, bone tissue engineering and advanced antimicrobial and anticancer therapies. His research in the last two decades has provided a significant contribution to biomaterials for the treatment of infectious diseases and various cancers, including osteosarcoma and glioblastoma. He has authored over 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles and a dozen books, and has held over 50 invited lectures worldwide. A true renaissance scientist, Dr. Uskoković has a long history of contribution to arts and humanities, which complements and inspires his lifelong dedication to research in natural sciences.
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The Samsonov Configurational Model: Instructive Historical Remarks and the Extension of Its Application to New Problematics

Dr. Mathias Herrmann

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

Professional Biography

Dr.  Mathias Herrmann is head of department of Sintering and Characterization Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS. His research focuses on corrosion properties of ceramics in aqueous environments and hot pressing and hot isostatic pressing.


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Prof. Tohru S. SUZUKI

Professor of Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengieering, the Graduate school of Advanced Science and Technology at Waseda University

Group leader of the Ceramics Processing Group, Research Center for Functional Materials at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

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

Professional Biography

Tohru S. Suzuki is a group leader of the Ceramics Processing Group, Research Center for Functional Materials at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan and a professor of Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengieering, the Graduate school of Advanced Science and Technology at Waseda University. 
He received his Ph. D. in 1995 at materials science and engineering from Waseda University in Japan. After working as an assistant professor at Waseda University, he joined National Research Institute for Metals in 1996, which was reorganized into NIMS in 2000. He was a visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during 2000-2001. Dr. Suzuki has published more than 250 original journal articles, more than 30 reviewed papers and 17 patents. His primary fields of research are ceramic processing for controlling the microstructure including the crystallographic orientation using colloidal processing and a strong magnetic field, and densification by spark plasma sintering for transparent ceramics.
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Microstructure control in ceramics by colloidal processing and magnetic field

Films and Сoatings

Prof. Volodymyr Ivashchenko

Doctor of Physics and Mathematics,
Head of Department of Material Science of Refractory Compounds

Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Material Science, NAS of Ukraine

Kyiv, 03142, Ukraine

Professional Biography

Doctor of physics and mathematics, Ph. D., professor, heard of department of material science of refractory compounds in Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Material Science, NAS of Ukraine. Specially: Experimental and theoretical material science (thin films, refractory compounds and alloys, semiconductors, first-principles calculations).
Member of Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), MRS and E-MRS. He is the Al Sonntag (STLE, USA, 2007) and Frantsevich (Ukrainian National Academy of Science, 2007) prizes laureate. Author of several variants of the PECVD and PVD technologies and of over 130 scientific publications in SCOPUS.
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Role of interfaces in strength enhancement of superhard nanocomposite coatings

Prof. Vyacheslav Beresnev

Doctor of Science in Technical Science (Materials Science),

Professor of the Department of Reactor Engineering Materials, School of Physics and Technology.

V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

Kharkiv, 61000, Ukraine


Professional Biography

Doctor of Science in Technical Science, PhD, professor of the Department of Reactor Engineering Materials in V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Prof. V.M. Beresnev made a significant contribution to the development of Physical Materials Science and Materials Technology, in particular, technologies for the formation of nanocomposite structures,
which significantly influenced the level of research in Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials, understanding of physical principles of treatment and modification of solid surfaces, as well as interaction of higher education institutions with academic research institutes. His main research areas are fundamental and applied aspects of solid state physics and materials science, including synthesis of advanced hard nanocrystalline and nanocomposite thin films and coatings of optimized structures and physical properties, advanced structural characterization, characterization of mechanical properties, measurements of residual stresses, investigations of thermo-mechanical properties, study of thermal stability and oxidation resistance, and design and architecture. Author of more than 160 papers in refereed journals and more than 10 patents for inventions; Head of more than 10 R&D projects; Managing Editor of Journal of Surface Physics and Engineering; Member of the Editorial Board of the Eastern European Physics Journal; Recognized Expert in reviewing research projects of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
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Newly-developed functional nanocomposite multilayer coatings based on transition and refractory nitrides: advantages and limitations