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Plenary Session

ACCM12 Plenary Speakers

Prof. Michael R Wisnom

University of Bristol, UK  

Presentation Title:Behaviour of thin-ply hybrid composites

Professor Michael R. Wisnom is Professor of Aerospace Structures at the University of Bristol, and was the founding Director of Bristol Composites Institute. He is a leading expert on the mechanics and failure of fibre reinforced composites, with over 400 published papers. He is Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites. Professor Wisnom was the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and is a past President of the International Committee on Composite Materials.

Prof. Jinsong LENG

Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China

Presentation Title:Programmable Shape Memory Composites and 4D Printing: from aerospace to biomedical applications

Jinsong Leng is a Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dean of School of Future Technology, Director of the Center for Smart Materials and Structures (CSMS), and Director of International Center for Applied Mechanics at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China. His research fields include smart materials and structures, sensors and actuators, stimulus-responsive polymers (shape memory and electro-active polymers) and their composites, multifunctional nanocomposites, 4D printing, space deployable structures, etc. He currently serves as Vice President of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM), Vice President of the Chinese Society for Composite Materials (CSCM), Vice President of Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (CSAA), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials (IJSNM). He was elected as the Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), Fellow of Institute of Physics (IOP), Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IMMM) and Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has published over 390 peer-reviewed papers and holds over 140 issued patents.

Prof. Meifang Zhu

Donghua University

Presentation Title:Construction of Functional Composite Materials via Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Strategy and their Applications

Prof. Meifang Zhu (Ph.D, 1999, Donghua University), member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, TWAS Fellow. Currently, she is the dean of the College of Materials Science and Engineering and the director of the State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials at Donghua University. She also serves as the vice-president for Chinese Materials Research Society (C-MRS), for Chinese Association of Women Scientific Workers, and for China Textile Engineering Society, as well as the editor-in-chief of Advanced Fiber Materials.

Prof. Zhu has long been engaged in the research of functional fibers, nanofibers and intelligent fiber materials, organic /inorganic hybrid materials. She is renowned for both her fundamental and technological contributions to the design and development of polymer-based nanocomposites and their fiber processing. She published more than 500 papers in peer-review journals, 10 books (chapters), as well as authorized more than 300 National Invention Patents. She received many honors and awards, including Second Prize of National Award for Technological Inventions (2020), Second Prize of National Award for Progress in Science and Technology (2006), National Innovation Competition Award (2017), First Prize of Shanghai Natural Science Award (2018), the Cheung Kong Scholars (2013), Award for Chinese Youth Woman Scientist (2010), Scientific and Technological Youth Innovation Award of the Ho Leung Ho Lee (2009), Shanghai Science and Technology Elite (2011), etc.

Plenary talk dedicated to Professor Adrian Mouritz given by Professor Chunhui Wang


Professor Adrian Mouritz was a plenary speaker for the conference. Sadly, he passed away on March. 

Professor Chunhui Wang will give a talk at this plenary slot in memory of Professor Mouritz’s life-long contribution to the composites society.


Adrian Mouritz was the Dean of Engineering and Distinguished Research Professor in Aerospace Materials at RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). Professor Mouritz performed fundamental and applied research into fibre reinforced polymer composites covering a wide range of topics, including composites with through-thickness reinforcement, delamination toughening of composites, fire structural properties of composites, additive manufacturing of composites, energy storage composites, and novel joining techniques for composites. Professor Mouritz had conducted research with a large number of organisations, including Boeing, Airbus, Ford, US Office of Naval Research, and Defence Science & Technology Group (Australia).

Professor Mouritz was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (FTSE), Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and Certified Practising Engineer (CPEng). He was also a World and Life Fellow of the International Committee of Composite Materials.  He was also the Editor of Composites Part C and Composites Communications, and an editorial board member of numerous journals including Composites Part APolymer CompositesMaterials & Design and Journal of Sandwich Structures & Materials.

Prof. Rodney S. Ruoff

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea  

Presentation Title:Dissolving diamond, growing diamond in new ways, protonating diamondoid molecules, zeolite templated carbons

Rodney S. Ruoff, UNIST Distinguished Professor (The Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science, and The School of Energy Science and Chemical Engineering), directs the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), an Institute for Basic Science Center (IBS Center) located at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) campus. Prior to joining UNIST in 2014, he was the Cockrell Family Regents Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Texas at Austin from September, 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1988, and was a Fulbright Fellow in 1988-89 at the Max Planck Institute für Strömungsforschung in Göttingen, Germany. He was at Northwestern University from January 2000 to August 2007, where he was the John Evans Professor of Nanoengineering and director of NU’s Biologically Inspired Materials Institute, and did research at the Molecular Physical Laboratory, SRI International for 6 years after being a postdoctoral fellow at IBM TJ Watson Research Center. 

Further information about Rod is at http://cmcm.ibs.re.kr/ 

and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_S._Ruoff.

Prof. Asami Nakai

Gifu University

Presentation Title

Open Molding Technology for Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites



1994 Graduated from Faculty of Textile Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan. 

1996M. Eng. from Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering, Graduate School in KIT

1999 D. Eng. from Graduate School in The University of Tokyo


2000-2006 Research Associate, Kyoto Institute of Technology

2006-2012 Associate Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology

2012- present Professor of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University.