Keynote Speaker

Juan G. Santiago
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University



Juan Santiago received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.  His research includes the development of microsystems for on-chip chemical and biochemical analysis, methods for DNA quantitation and hybridization, and electric-field based deionization methods. Applications of this work include genetic analysis, pathogen detection, and the production of drinking water.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  He is an Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Analytical Chemistry, and an Associate Editor of the journal Microfluidics and Nanofluidics.  He is co-founder of several companies in the microfluidics area, co-inventor of micron-resolution particle image velocimetry (Micro-PIV), and director of the Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory.  He has served as Associate Editor of the journal Lab on a Chip (’08-’13).  Santiago has given more than 30 keynote and named lectures and more than 150 additional invited lectures.  His work is cited about 1500 times per year (Google Scholar h index of 68).  He has graduated 28 PhD students and advised eight postdoctoral researchers. 19 of his former advisees are now professors at major universities.  He has authored and co-authored over 190 archival publications and 200 conference papers.  He is a named inventor on 50 patents, 24 of which are currently licensed.  

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Keynote Lecturer

Victor V. Nikonenko
Professor of Physical Chemistry
Kuban State University, Krasnodar, Russia



Victor Nikonenko graduated from the Mathematical Faculty of the Kuban State University; defended his Doctor of science thesis at the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (1996) and the HDR thesis at the Paris-Est University (2001). He is working in the field of transport phenomena in membrane systems including ‘membrane structure – properties’ relationships, coupling between ion and water transport, in particular, current-induced convection, as well as coupling between ion/molecule transport and chemical reactions. His publications are sited about 500 times per year, h index is 32 (Scopus). He is Russian co-director of the French-Russian International Associated Laboratory “Ion-exchange membranes and related processes”. Member of the editorial board of “Russian Journal of Electrochemistry” and “Membranes and Membrane Technologies” journal (published in English within the “Petroleum Chemistry” journal). Member of the editorial board and guest editor of the “International Journal of Molecular Sciences” (MDPI) journal. Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Montpellier, France; associated professor at the Laval University, Québec, Canada.