Organizing Committee

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Thomas F. George

Chancellor and Professor

University of Missouri–St. Louis

Thomas F. George served as chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 2003 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNYBuffalo, and promoted by age 29 to full professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley. Tom’s research specialty is chemical/materials/laser/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 800 papers, 7 authored and 18 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour from Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, he plays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania, and Russian Siberia.

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Anna Backerra

Theoretical Physicist

Anna Backerra has graduated in theoretical physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. After working for several years on the science staff at the Philips Research Laboratories, she began an independent theoretical study on quantum mechanics and complementarity. To develop a way of complementary thinking, she studied composition at the Conservatory in Enschede (The Netherlands) and in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She discovered that new musical and physical developments in history usually occur simultaneously, revealing a deeper scientific understanding. Using this similarity, she constructed a complementary mathematical language and applied this to physics, obtaining twin physics. The results are described in two books and nine articles. The last one is titled “Relation between Planck’s Constant and Speed of Light, Predicting Proton Radius More Accurately” and published in Applied Physics Research; Vol. 11, No. 5; 2019.

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Qiquan (Quinn) Qiao


South Dakota State University (SDSU)

Dr. Qiao is currently a Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor and Graduate Director in Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He is Director of EDA University Center, Site Director for the NSF IUCRC Planning Center on Solid-State Battery and Director of SDSU Cleanroom Nanofabrication Center. He is founder for Nano Tek, LLC, a spin-off start-up company to commercialize photovoltaics, batteries, biodevices, and biosensors. His current research focuses on energy conversion (e.g., photovoltaics), energy storage (e.g., lithium metal batteries), sensors, food-energy-water (FEW) sustainability and precision agriculture technologies. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals including Science, Nature Communications, Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanoscale, Joule, ACS Energy Letters, Nano Energy, IEEE Sensors Journal, etc. He has received research grants from NSF, NASA, USAID, EDA, 3M, Agilent, Raven Industries, Sanford Health, etc.

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Dr. Tiago Alves Jorge de Souza

Criminal Expert

Institute of Criminalistics of the Scientific and Technical Police

Tiago Alves Jorge de Souza has graduated in Biological Sciences at the State University of São Paulo - Brazil. He holds a master's and Ph.D. in Genetics by the Department of Genetics of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. During his research he received grants from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). He is the author of articles and chapters books about NanoGenotoxicology and Nanomaterial’s Green Synthesis. His current research focuses on Cytogenetic, Molecular Genetics, NanoGenotoxicology, Green Synthesis Methods, and Forensic Sciences. He teaches the discipline of Genetics and Evolution and is the Coordinator of the Forensic Research Group at the Adventist University Center of São Paulo (UNASP-EC). Currently, he holds the position of Criminal Expert at the Institute of Criminalistics of the Scientific and Technical Police of the São Paulo State, Brazil

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Dr. Helinando P. de Oliveira

Associate Professor

Federal University of Sao Francisco Valley

Prof. Dr. Helinando P. de Oliveira obtained a doctorate (D.Sc.) in Physics from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) and post-doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Currently, Dr. de Oliveira is an Associate Professor (level IV) of the Federal University of Sao Francisco Valley (Brazil). He has published more than 100 papers and inventor of 13 Brazilian patents. Dr. de Oliveira is currently the Review Editor of Frontiers in Materials and Current Graphene Science.