Dave H.A. Blank

prof. dr. ing. Dave H.A. Blank Prof. Dr. Ing. Dave H.A. Blank was born in 1953 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He started his studies on the primary technical school (LTS), followed by the secondary (MTS) and higher technical school (HTS). After his masters in Applied Physics, he received in 1991 his PhD in Physics from the University of Twente, Netherlands for his dissertation on High-Tc thin films prepared by laser ablation: an experimental study, under supervision of prof. dr. Horst Rogalla.

In 1992 he became assistant professor in Rogalla’s group. After a research fellowship at Stanford in the group of prof. Malcolm Beasley and prof. Theodore Geballe in 1998, he was appointed as associate professor and programme director on the materials science of interfaces in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Since October 2002 he is full professor in Inorganic Materials Science at the same university. From January 1, 2007 he is the Scientific Director of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente. MESA+ host 500 scientists with an annual budget over 40 MEuro. More information can be found at: www.mesaplus.utwente.nl.

His research is based upon growth studies, deposition and structuring techniques, and properties of complex materials, especially oxides. The class of investigated materials includes superconducting and related materials, ion conductors, passivation layers and anti-reflection coatings, tuneable inorganic membranes, transparent conductors, high-K dielectrics, ferroelectrics, PIEZO’s, ferromagnetics, and multiferroics.

Together with dr. Guus Rijnders, associate professor in his group, the first time-resolved high pressure RHEED-system was developed; operating in-situ during pulsed laser deposition at high pressures up to 100 Pa. With this system several new growth phenomena have been observed, leading to new growth techniques of complex materials, like pulsed laser interval deposition. Furthermore, the systems can be used to study and realize block-by-block deposition of (artificial) complex materials. More information about his research activities can be found in the section: noteworthy scientific results.

In 2002 he was awarded with the VICI laureate of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) for his work on artificial materials for nanoscale devices.

In 2004 he became Flagship Captain of nano-electronic materials science of the NanoNed programme (Dutch initiative on nanotechnology). From 2007 on he is member of the board of governors of NanoNed.

His research group has 18 PhD students, 5 postdoc’s and 4 scientific staff members. He has over 180 papers in refereed journals, given over 100 lectures for scientific as well as general audience, and has been author and/or editor of several books.

Ian Hutchings

Ian Hutchins


‭Ian Michael Hutchings

Date of Birth

‭6‭ ‬May‭ ‬1950,‭ ‬Barnet,‭ ‬England



Current positions

‎University of‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬Department of Engineering
GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering‭ (‬since‭ ‬2001‭)
(Deputy Head of Department‎ (‏Graduate Studies‭) ‬2002-2005‭)
Fellow,‭ ‬St John‭’‬s‭ ‬College,‭ ‬Cambridge‭ (‬since‭ ‬1975‭)
Chairman,‎ ‏St John‭’‬s Innovation Centre Ltd.,‭ ‬Cambridge‭ (‬since‭ ‬1996‭)
Editor-in-Chief,‎ ‏Wear,‭ ‬Elsevier‭ (‬since‭ ‬1998‭)

Previous employment‭

University of‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬Dept.‭ ‬of Materials Science and Metallurgy
‏Reader in Tribology,‭ ‬1997-2000
‎‏Deputy Head of Department,‭ ‬1998-2000
‎‏University Lecturer‭ ‬1982-1997 ‬ University Demonstrator‭ ‬1977-1982‭

St John‎’‏s‭ ‬College,‭ ‬Cambridge‭
Director of Studies in Materials Science and Metallurgy,‭ ‬1990-2000
College Lecturer‭ ‬1978-2001
Tutor with responsibility for engineering students‭ ‬1983-1996
Admissions Tutor‭ ‬1988-90
Research Fellow‭ ‬1975-1978‭
(‬working in the Cavendish Laboratory‭ ‬1975-1977‭)

Visiting Research Scientist,‎ ‏Lawrence‭ ‬Berkeley Laboratory,‭ ‬University of‭ ‬California,‭ ‬July-August‭ ‬1980

‎ ‏Visiting Research Scientist,‭ ‬German Federal Materials Research‭ Establishment‭ (‬BAM‭)‬,‭ ‬Berlin,‭ June-August‭ 1992‭


Trinity‎ ‏College,‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬1968-1974
‎ ‏Natural Sciences Tripos Part II‭ (‬Physics‭) ‬1971
‎ ‏Research student,‭ ‬Cavendish Laboratory,‭ ‬Cambridge‭ ‬1971-4
‎ ‏Senior Rouse Ball Student‭ ‬1974-1975
BA‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Cambridge‭ ‬1971
‎ ‏MA,‭ ‬PhD‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Cambridge‭ ‬1975

Awards and distinctions

‎‏Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬Tribology Silver Medal‭ ‬1994
‎‏University of‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬Pilkington Teaching Prize‭ ‬1996
China‭ ‬University of Mining and Technology,‭ ‬Beijing,‭ ‬Honorary Professor‭ ‬1999 ‏Institute of‭ ‬Materials,‭ ‬NPL Award for Materials Metrology‭ ‬2000
‏Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬Donald Julius Groen Prize‭ ‬2000
‏Fellow of the Royal‭ ‬Academy of‭ ‬Engineering‭ ‬2002
‏Xi‭’‬an‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Architecture and‭ ‬Technology,‭ ‬China,‭ Visiting Professor‭ ‬2004
‏Xi‭’‬an‭ ‬Jiaotong University,‭ ‬China,‭ ‬Adjunct Professor‭ ‬2004 ‏ETH‭ ‬Zürich,‭ ‬Switzerland,‭ ‬Staudinger-Durrer Prize and Medal‭ 2007

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the‭ ‬Institute of‭ ‬Materials‭ (‬FIMMM‭) ‬since‭ ‬1993‭ (‬MIM‭ ‬1981-92‭)
Fellow of‎ ‏the‭ ‬Institute of‭ ‬Physics‭ (‬FInstP‭) ‬since‭ ‬1994‭ (‬MInst P‭ ‬1978-93‭) Chartered Engineer‎ (‏CEng‭) Chartered Physicist‎ (‏CPhys‭)

Current and recent professional activities

President,‭ ‬International Research Group on Wear of Engineering Materials‭ (‬IRG-OECD‭) ‬2007‭ ‬– present‭ (‬Vice-president‭ ‬1997-2007,‭ ‬UK National representative‭ ‬1993-97‭)
Member,‭ ‬Surface Engineering Divisional Board,‭ ‬Institute of‭ ‬Materials,‭ ‬2007-present‭ (‬member‭ ‬1999‭ ‬– present‭)
Joint‭ ‬director,‭ ‬Annual Cambridge Course on Tribology,‭ ‬1993‭ ‬-‭ ‬present‭
Member,‭ ‬Steering Group,‭ ‬Leonardo Centre of Tribology and Surface Technology,‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Sheffield,‭ ‬from‭ ‬2008
Member,‭ ‬International Review Panel,‭ ‬Department of Materials,‭ ‬University of Bologna,‭ ‬Italy,‭ ‬2006
External examiner,‭ ‬Open University course T173,‭ ‬Engineering the future,‭ ‬2001‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006
External examiner,‭ ‬Brunel‭ ‬University,‭ ‬BEng/MEng‭ ‬Mechanical Engineering‭ ‬2002‭ ‬– 2005
External examiner,‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Nottingham IGDS MSc in Surface Design and Engineering‭ ‬1997-2001
Member,‭ ‬Organizing Committee,‭ ‬International Conference on Wear of Materials,‭ ‬2003‭ ‬– present‭ (‬Tutorial Chair,‭ ‬2005‭ ‬– present‭)
Chairman,‭ ‬1st International Conference on Abrasive Processes ICAP,‭ ‬2008
Chairman,‭ ‬2nd International Conference on Erosive and Abrasive Wear,‭ ‬ICEAW II,‭ ‬2003
Member of judging panel,‭ ‬Manufacturing Excellence Awards‭ ‬2001‭ ‬and‭ ‬2002,‭ ‬Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬London
Member,‭ ‬International Advisory Board,‭ ‬International Colloquia on Tribology,‭ ‬Esslingen,‭ ‬Germany,‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬2008
Member,‭ ‬International Advisory Committee,‭ ‬International Conference on Advanced‭ ‬Tribology,‭ ‬Singapore,‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬2008
Chairman,‭ ‬Programme and Publications Committee,‭ ‬World‭ ‬Tribology Congress,‭ ‬Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬1997
Joint chairman,‭ ‬8th International Conference on Erosion by Liquid and Solid Impact,‭ ‬1994‭ ‬and International Conference on‭ ‬Abrasive and Erosive Wear,‭ ‬1998
Chairman,‭ ‬Tribology Group,‭ ‬Institute of Physics‭ ‬1993-95‭ ‬ (Committee member‭ ‬1987-97,‭ ‬Hon.‭ ‬Treasurer‭ ‬1989-91‭) Member,‭ ‬Peer Review College of EPSRC‭ (‬1995‭ ‬-‭ ‬present‭)
Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Wear,‭ ‬1993-98‭ (‬and‭ ‬Editor-in-Chief since‭ ‬1998‭) Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Tribology International,‭ ‬1992‭ ‬-‭ ‬present Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Tribology Letters,‭ ‬1994‭ ‬– present‭ Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design,‭ ‬2004‭ ‬– present Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Tribology‭ ‬-‭ ‬Materials,‭ ‬Surfaces and Interfaces,‭ ‬2007‭ ‬– present Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Journal of Materials Processing Technology,‭ ‬2007‭ ‬– present Member,‭ ‬Advisory Board,‭ ‬Elsevier Tribology and Interface Engineering Book Series,‭ ‬2003-‭ ‬present Chairman,‭ ‬St John's Innovation Centre Ltd.,‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬since‭ ‬1996‭ (‬Member of Board of Directors since‭ ‬1993‭)


List of‭ ‬more than‭ ‬280‭ ‬journal papers,‭ ‬book chapters etc.‭ ‬on tribology,‭ ‬surface engineering,‭ ‬aspects of materials and manufacturing engineering and inkjet printing available

Mustafizur Rahman

Prof. Mustafizur Rahman - photo Professor Mustafizur Rahman has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore since 1982. His research interests include micro/nano machining, design and development of miniature machine tools and devices for micro/nano machining, and high speed machining of difficult-to-machine materials. He has received Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Singapore Institute of Engineers and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He has authored more than 300 journal and conference papers. He is in the editorial board for 8 International Journals.

Currently, he is a director of a NUS spin-off company, Mikrotools Pte Ltd. which produces machine tools for micro and nano fabrication.

Roland Zengerle

Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle Photo Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle is the director of the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He also heads the Laboratory for MEMS Applications at IMTEK and in addition he is a director at the Institute for Micro- and Information Technology of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft (HSG-IMIT). HSG-IMIT is a non-profit organisation supporting industries in development of new products based on MEMS technologies. Since June 2008 Dr. Zengerle is also the vice-chairman of the new centre for “Biological Signalling Studies (bioss)” at the University of Freiburg; the centre is funded by the national science foundation in the framework of the German excellence initiative.

The research of Dr. Zengerle is focused on microfluidics and covers topics like miniaturized and autonomous dosage systems, implantable drug delivery systems, nanoliter & picoliter dispensing, lab-on-a-chip platforms, tools for research on cells, thermal sensors, miniaturized fuel cells as well as micro- and nanofluidics simulation. Dr. Zengerle co-authored more than 300 technical publications and 30 patents. He is the European editor of the Springer Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. Dr. Zengerle serves on the international steering committee of the IEEE-MEMS conference as well as on the technical program committees of several other international conferences.

Shiv G. Kapoor

Dr. Shiv G. Kapoor Dr. Shiv G. Kapoor is Grayce Wicall Gauthier Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been a significant contributor to the field of manufacturing engineering research and education and a pioneer in the field of mathematical modelling and simulation of machining processes both at micro and macro-scale.

He has published more than 200 technical articles in technical Journals including ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution, International Journal of Machine Tool and Manufacture , International Journal of Wear, Journal of Corrosion Science, etc. The funding for his research program has come from both government agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and companies, including Motorola, John Deere, Mori Seiki, General Electric Corporate Research and Development, Caterpillar, Inc., General Motors Research Laboratory, Ford Motor Company Scientific Research Laboratory, and Kennametal Inc.

A Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Prof. Kapoor has received the ASME’s Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award for an outstanding research paper in 1992, 1997 and 2008. He was given the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award in 2003 and one of the SME’s most coveted Education Award in 2005. He currently serves as an editor-in-chief for the Journal of Manufacturing Processes.

Sylvain Ballandras

Sylvain Ballandras Sylvain Ballandras was born in Strasbourg in 1965. He joined the CNRS in 1991, after his PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Université de Franche-Comté. From 1991 to 1995, he has been working on surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, but he was mainly involved in the development of micromachining technologies. He initiated the development of a finite element analysis package devoted to acoustic transducers and also new researches on miniaturized transducers for endoscopic applications. He joined TMX in 1997 for a one year industrial training project. From 1999 to 2005, he was responsible for the research group entitled « Acoustique et Microsonique » at LPMO. He created its own consulting office to answer specific demands from industry.

In October 2003, he was promoted Research Director at the CNRS, in the newly created FEMTO-ST Institute in Besançon. In 2008, Sylvain Ballandras' group joined the Time-Frequency Department of FEMTO for the purpose of scientific coherence and moved to Besançon's national engineering school ENSMM. Its present scientific developments concern the fundamentals in acoustics and guided propagation, as well as technologies dedicated to acousto-electronic devices and systems, focused on sources, filters and sensors.

Sylvain Ballandras also benefitted from the 25.2 agreement of the French research rules to join as a member of senior staff of SENSeOR (a spin-off from TEMEX dedicated to SAW and BAW sensors) at the end of 2008.