Keynote Speakers (To be updated)


Prof. Ramesh K. Agarwal
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Professor Ramesh K. Agarwal is the William Palm Professor of Engineering in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis. From 1994 to 2001, he was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he was the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. Dr. Agarwal received Ph.D in Aeronautical Sciences from Stanford University in 1975, M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1968. Over a period of forty years, Professor Agarwal has worked in various areas of Computational Science and Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Materials Science and Manufacturing, Computational Electromagnetics (CEM), Neuro-Computing, Control Theory and Systems, and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization. He is the author and coauthor of over 500 journal and refereed conference publications. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited lectures at various national and international conferences worldwide in over fifty countries. Professor Agarwal continues to serve on many academic, government, and industrial advisory committees. Dr. Agarwal is a Fellow eighteen societies including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has received many prestigious honors and national/international awards from various professional societies and organizations for his research contributions.

"Multi-functional Layered Nanocomposites for Aircraft Applications"

In recent years, there has been increased emphasis on ‘Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA)’ with the dual aims of reducing the energy consumption as well as emissions. Several new concepts for the aircraft have been proposed to reduce drag, improve engine efficiency, and reduce mass. In addition to various aerodynamic and propulsion technologies that are being researched to achieve the goals of ERA, reduction of aircraft mass has become one of the major drivers in developing new aircraft design concepts, novel materials and manufacturing processes. Among the novel materials, nanocomposites with multi-functionality offer the promise of weight reduction, reduced complexity, and integrated health management of aircraft components/systems. The new aircraft structures using multi-functional nanocomposites can be built using additive manufacturing. The focus of this paper is on recent developments in layer-by-layer assembly of nanomaterials in developing new nanocomposite structures.
Macroscale assembly of the nanomaterials requires special techniques with molecular scale component manipulation; it is different from conventional composite processing techniques. This technique offers the possibility of controlling the structure of composite materials at nanometer scale with high degree of accuracy and therefore allows the establishment of design rules for composite structures initially at small scale and then their possible replication at a larger scale using other methods of composite manufacturing. It is a method of alternating deposition of oppositely charged components from dilute solutions or dispersions on a suitable substrate. It is becoming a widely used method for the preparation of multifunctional thin films due to its simplicity, robustness and versatility. Introduction of hybrid organic/inorganic films has further enriched the functionality and applicability of layer-by-layer assembly. While this field covers a vast number of molecular species and architectures, this paper reviews the state-of-the-art in synthesis and properties of multilayer hybrid nanocomposites based on two commercially available functional nanomaterials - the clay nanosheets and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Each of these two building blocks possesses unique structural and physicochemical properties thus enabling preparation of variety of functional composites. Furthermore, they are only a few nanomaterials that allow evaluation of the efficiency of stress transfer in composites since the mechanical parameters of individual nanotubes and individual clay sheets are available. The properties and functionalities of clays- and CNT-based multilayered structures are discussed. In addition, some of the future challenges in this field are discussed.


Prof. Changduk Kong
Chosun University, South Korea

Prof. Changduk Kong graduated with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Korea Aerospace University and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. He worked as Head of the Aero-Propulsion Division of ADD (Agency for Defence Development in1978-1994. He has served as Professor at Department of Aerospace Engineering of Chosun University since 1994, and was appointed as Dean of the School of Aerospace and Naval Architecture Engineering in 1999 and 2005-2006, and Dean of the Facility Management Office at Chosun University in 2011-2012.

Prof. Kong has contributed greatly to the development of Aerospace Engineering in Korea, primarily through his roles as a non-standing Executive Director of KIAST(Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology) in 2015-2017, President of SASE(The Society for Aerospace System Engineering) in 2013-2016, President of ICRC (International Collaboration Research Centre in Natural Composites, Chosun University in 2012-2014, President of
KSAS(The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences in 2010, President of KSPE(The Korean Society of Propulsion Engineers in 2007-2008, Chair of Cycle Innovation-IGTI-ASME in 2009-2011, President of RIME(Research Institute of Mechanica Engineering-Chosun University in 2006-2008, and First Lieutenant of ROKAF(Republic of Korea Air Forces in 1974-1978.

He was Visiting Professor at Imperial College London (2001-2002) and is the Editorial Board Members of IJTJ(International Journal of Turbo & Jet Engines), IJCM(International Journal of Composite Materials), CJS(Chinese Journal of Aeronautics) and AEAT(Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology), and Editor-in-Chief of JKSAS(Journal of Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Science) and JKSPE(Journal of Korean Society of Propulsion Engineers)(2006-2010). He received the Korean National Decoration in Science for his scientific achievement and contribution to Korean aerospace development, Academic Achievement Awards from KSAS, SASE and KSPE and the 2015 KAI-KSAS Prize.

Prof. Kong has authored and co-authored more than 610 papers including 65 SCI journal papers, and has received numerous lecture invitations from companies, research institutes and universities and delivered seven keynotes and invited lectures at international conferences. He has organized 24 national conferences, forums and workshops and was co-organiser on four international conferences.

Invite Speakers


Prof. Choi Seong Soo
Research Center for Nanobio Science, SunMoon University, Ahsan 31460, and Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419, South Korea

Seong Soo Choi, Director of Research Center for Nano bioscience, honorary Professor of Physics and Nanoscience, SunMoon University and Sungkyunkwan University. Expertise: Nanofabrication of Plasmonic Nanopore for single molecule analysis, Characterization and Fabrication of Nanostructure

Professional Career:
2004. July – 2009. April; Principal Investigator, National Research Lab ,:
2003. March- 2004 Feb, Dean of the Graduate School, SunMoon University
2000. Feb - 1997. March ; Associate Professor of Physics, Sun Moon University
1992. Feb - 1990. Jan; Visiting Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-Ch, Chapel Hill
1989. Dec - 1987. May : Research Associate in Physics Department, North Carolina State University,

Visiting Professor:
(1) Professor Luke Lee’s group, Department of Bioengineering,
UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, May 2010- Aug. 2010, CA, USA
(2) CNRS-LAAS, June 2000- Sept. 2000, Toulouse, France

“Towards the Plasmonic Optical Nanopore for Single Molecule Analysis”

Abstract: Recently there have been tremendous interests about the single molecule analysis by using the plasmonic optical nanopore. Presently the MINion solid state nanopore device for single molecule detection, with an electrical detection technique have been fabricated by Oxford Nanopore, USA. However, high error rates have been reported due to various detection difficulties such as formation of the electrical double layer along the pore wall. We present the fabrication of a plasmonic nanopore on the Au membrane, which can provide huge enhancement of the Raman signal intensity. Initially, the nano-apertures on the Au film were drilled with a 30 keV Ga ion focused ion beam technique. Then, the Au nanopore can be formed either by diffusion of Au atoms under electron beam irradiation, or by drilling Au pore on the thin Au film by using focused electron beam irradiation. We found the diffused membrane contains Au and C atoms. Then, several months later, the Au clusters of ( 2~ 6 ) nm size are formed due to Ostwald ripening process. Drilling an Au nano pore with its diameter less than 5 nm by using 200 keV electron beam can be also achieved. During this process, evaporation of Au atoms induced by electron- beam thermal spike may occur. The Au nanopore formed either by diffusion or drilling can be utilized for next generation nanopore bio-sensor technology.