Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker Sessions 

ChemIndix 2016 Keynote Speaker Sessions List can be download from here


Prof. Omar M. Yaghi 
University of California, Berkeley, United States  

Prof. Omar M. Yaghi received his B.S. degree from State University of New York-Albany (1985), and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana (1990) with Professor Walter G. Klemperer. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1990-92) with Professor Richard H. Holm. He had been on the faculties of Arizona State University (1992-98), University of Michigan (1999-2006), and UCLA (2007-2011). He is currently the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute. He is also the Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute, and the California Research Alliance by BASF.

His early accomplishments in the design and synthesis of new materials have been honored by the Solid-State Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society and Exxon Co. (1998) and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2004). His work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular Science Magazine which listed him among the 'Brilliant 10' scientists and engineers in USA (2006), and the US Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award for outstanding contributions to hydrogen storage (2007). He was the sole recipient of the Materials Research Society Medal for pioneering work in the theory, design, synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published in Science (2007). He is also the recipient of the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award (2009), Izatt-Christensen International Award (2009), United Kingdom's Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010), China Nano Award (2013), King Faisal International Prize in Science (2015), and Mustafa Prize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2015).


Prof. Hee-Yoon Lee
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 

Prof. Hee-Yoon Lee is the Vice President of Research, and Professor of Chemistry at KAIST. As the Vice President of Research, Prof. Lee promotes research activities, industry-academia collaboration and entrepreneurship and start-up.

Prof. Lee obtained his M.S. in Chemistry at SNU in 1982 and PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Stanford University in 1988. After spending two years at Columbia University as a Post-doc. and four years at Merck Research Labs as a Sr. Research Chemistry, he was appointed to an assistant professor at KAIST in 1994. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 2004. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Associate Head for Education of the Department of Chemistry. From September 2013 to February 2015, he served as the Associate Vice President of Research and Director of Applied Science Research Institute.

His main research interests are total synthesis of natural products, development of new synthetic methodologies based on reactive intermediates, utilization of mesoporous zeolite materials for organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry targeting GPCRs and active Cys. containing enzymes and chemical biology of proteins with redox active Cys.


Prof. Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS
University of Manchester, United Kingdom 

Prof. Sir Konstantin ‘Kostya’ Novoselov FRS was born in Russia in August 1974. He has both British and Russian citizenship. He is best known for isolating graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, and is an expert in condensed matter physics, mesoscopic physics and nanotechnology. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for his achievements with graphene. Kostya holds positions of Langworthy Professor of Physics and the Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester.

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and undertook his PhD studies at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands before moving to The University of Manchester in 2001. Professor Novoselov has published more than 250 peer-reviewed research papers. He was awarded with numerous prizes, including Nicholas Kurti Prize (2007), International Union of Pure and Applied Science Prize (2008), MIT Technology Review young innovator (2008), Europhysics Prize (2008), Bragg Lecture Prize from the Union of Crystallography (2011), the Kohn Award Lecture (2012), Leverhulme Medal from the Royal Society (2013), Onsager medal (2014), and Carbon medal (2016). He was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours.


Dr. Bradley D. Miller 
American Chemical Society (ACS), United States 

Dr. Bradley D. Miller holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  He is currently Chief International Officer and Director, American Chemical Society (ACS) Office of International Activities, where he has worked since 1999 developing programs to advance chemical sciences and engineering through exchange and collaborations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Dr. Miller serves on the US National Commission for UNESCO and in 2011 and 2012, he received the ACS Catalyst Award for ACS’ contributions to global and domestic International Year of Chemistry celebrations and the International Chemistry Olympiad.   

In 2006, Dr. Miller was recipient of an NSF Chemistry Discovery Corps Fellowship fostering US/Brazil collaboration in the chemistry of biomass conversions to biofuels.  He has worked for university-based international programs, for a higher education association focused on principles of quality assurance for transnational education, and for a private voluntary organization dedicated to international allied health sciences. He has published ten articles and book chapters, serves as co-editor of the ACS Book Series on Jobs, Collaborations, and Women Leaders in the Global Chemistry Enterprise and the forthcoming, Chemistry without Borders: Careers, Research and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Miller is a frequent invited speaker on topics related to international aspects of non-profit S&T association management; scientific, professional and academic mobility; and chemistry-related international exchange and research collaboration. Dr. Miller speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.


Prof. Rainer M. Speh,
Siemens Ltd., Saudi Arabia

Prof. Rainer M. Speh is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Siemens Ltd. headquartered in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since February 1, 2015.

Prior to that, he worked in the Infrastructure & Cities Sector as well as in the Business Unit Power Plant Controls of Siemens as their CTO for more than 15 years. From 1985 to 1999, he joined several positions at ABB AG and AEG Aktiengesellschaft in Germany.

He received his Professorship from the Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 2014 and is lecturing since 1996. He earned his PhD from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1985, where he also studied Electrical Power Engineering from 1975 - 1980.

Prof. Speh is the current President of the Power Engineering Society (ETG) within the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) of Germany.