Abhinav Bhushan (Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering): Study of inflammation and metabolic diseases through novel microfluidics and microfabrication that are used to engineer tissues as well as to develop sensors for chemical and biochemical measurements, and to ultimately translate the discoveries from bench-to-the-bedside to improve health outcomes.

Pranjal Chandra (Associate Professor, School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)): highly interdisciplinary research spanning a wide range in biotechnology, biosensing devices, material engineering, and translational healthcare technologies. He has designed patented, commercially viable sensing technologies that can be operated for onsite analysis in biomedical diagnostics and environmental monitoring. 

Chen Chen (Tech Lead of Product Development, Intel Corporation): Special interest in overall manufacturing strategy, execution, and manufacturing standardization. Expertise in product definition, post-silicon manufacturing development, and first silicon execution/debug; taking complex products to Product Requirement Qualified and into High Volume Manufacture. Tasks focusing on manufacturing development and execution for products in Intel’s client portfolio.

Jim Clark (Principal Systems Engineer, Advanced Development Group, Zebra Technologies Corporation): Currently develops thermal printer technology with special expertise in quantitative print analysis. Prior industrial R&D experience includes development and design of robotic biofluid dispensing systems, industrial ink jet printing systems, direct laser marking equipment and electrophotographic developers.

Basman Dahleh (CTO, UICO LLC): 30 years of research and product development experience with various standard and custom communication systems and devices, public safety systems, wearables for industrial applications, device software applications and integrated enterprise software applications for industrial markets, and more recently touch sensor technology. Research interest in sensor technology in various scientific circles that can be cross-utilized to create accurate and robust touch sensors.

Sameh Elsaidi (Assistant Professor, Materials Chemistry): Porous Materials; Metal-Organic Frameworks; Covalent-Organic Frameworks; Porous Organic Cages; Advanced Composites; Membranes; Coatings; Gas Separation; Gas Storage; Gas Sensing; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Global Warming; Carbon Capture; Production of Synthetic Fuels; Extraction of Valuable Elements; Energy Storage; Nuclear Waste Management; Nuclear Forensic; Radiation-Resistant Materials.

Chunhai Fan (Professor and Chief, Division of Physical Biology & Bioimaging Center, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces): Electrochemical/optical biosensors for cancers and infectious diseases; Nanoscale cellular imaging; Self-assembled DNA nanotechnology for nanoscale construction and biomedical applications.

Xiyun (Richard) Guan (Professor, Chemistry): Development of nanopore biosensors for bio-terrorist/bio-defense chemicals, environmental pollutants, toxins, DNA and protein molecules; direct and in-situ environmental monitoring and medical diagnosis.

Gretchen Gutierrez (Technical Director, Northland Laboratories): Analysis of foods and beverages and their ingredients for nutritional components, contaminants, microbial safety and quality; shelf life studies; validation studies; method development; regulatory for the food industry.

John-Bruce D. Green (Senior Scientist, Baxter Healthcare Corporation): Creation and characterization of nanoscale architectures and the development of specialized instrumentation geared toward these functions; development of hybrid and high-throughput techniques which pushed force measurements with atomic force microscopy to more rapid and parallel formats; development of single molecule devices with electrical, mechanical and/or biological function (e.g., testing the capabilities of viral mapping of cells); kinetics of complex phenomena such as protein aggregation, emulsion destabilization and crystal nucleation and growth, among others.

Jeremy Hajek (Associate Industry Professor, Information Technology and Management): Embedded systems and small computers; rapid prototyping solutions; battery and solar panel implementation; creating mesh- data networks for collection and transmission of data; mobile and web application development in support of data collection.

James A. Kaduk (The President and Principal Scientist of Poly Crystallography, Inc.; Research Professor of Chemistry): Characterization of the atomic and microstructure of materials using powder and single crystal diffraction techniques, as well as by quantum chemical techniques.

Ishaque Khan (Professor, Chemistry): Design, synthesis and properties of advanced materials including nanostructured materials for applications in chemical sensing, energy storage, biomedical usage, and heterogeneous catalysis.

Yanlin Li (Staff Engineer, pSemi): Currently participate in and lead design activities in RF cellular products in 5G NR and EM infrastructure enhancement. Prior academia R&D experience includes investigations on polarization enhancement of semiconductor nanoparticles and applications.

Tudor Luchian (Professor, Biophysics, Alexandru I. Cuza University, Romania): Molecular characterization and manipulation (e.g., nano-tweezing) of analytes electro-diffusion across nano-channels; use of protein nanopores to assess physical properties of single peptides and small proteins with the ultimate goal of achieving primary structure readout of elongated proteins; understanding the action mechanism of lipid membrane-active peptides (e.g., antimicrobials, amyloidic peptides) to reveal novel membrane-related modulatory pathways of such peptides activity in biomimetic structures.

Yuanbing Mao (Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry): Development of luminescent inorganic nanoparticles for contactless thermometry, biomedical monitoring and diagnosis, decontamination of bacterial and viral infections, and destruction of environmental pollutants.

Mathew T. Mathew (Cedric W. Blazer Endowed Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford; joint appointment at UIC College of Dentistry): Simulation of human artificial joints, biomechanics and tribocorrosion of implanted biomaterials used in dentistry and orthopedics; sensor development for metal ion detection for orthopedic and dental implant patients, and cancer diagnosis from Urine.

David Minh (Associate Professor, Chemistry): Computational prediction of binding affinities between analytes and macromolecular receptors; data analysis methods.

Ralu Nana Silvia Divan (Senior Chemist, Dep. Group Leader, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Lab): Micro- and nano-fabrication expertise with 30+ years experiences in developing high resolution, high aspect ratio lithographic processes; development of etching and growth processes for advanced micro- and nano-devices; synthesis of nanoparticles and their use in micro-nanodevices; characterization of interfacial and compatibility properties of materials used in MEMS and NEMS, and development of membrane-based devices.

Marius Naris (Principal Research Scientist, AbbVie): Implementation of sample preparation robotics in support of multivariate model building for pharmaceutical applications and novel analytical technologies, Process Analytical Technology (PAT). 

Ali K. Oskouie (Senior Scientist with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago [Strategic Planning]; Adjunct Professor -Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Chemistry Departments): Design, analysis and optimization of wastewater and biosolids systems; design and analysis of air pollution control systems; analysis for odors and corrosion in wastewater infrastructure; micropollutants (aerosol) characterization using time-of-flight laser based systems; modeling environmental systems; water resources and hydraulics.

Victor H. Perez-Luna (Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering): Surface modification and analysis of materials, self assembled monolayers, hydrogels, metallic nanoparticles with plasmonic properties, protein interaction at interfaces and biocompatibility of materials.

Russell Pesavento (Assistant Professor, UIC College of Dentistry): Synthetic inorganic chemistry, metal oxide nanoparticles, biofilms, oral biology,  restorative dentistry, dental pharmacology, characterization of nanoparticles, formulation development for topical antimicrobials.

Sandra E. Rodil (Professor, Materials Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico): Thin-film deposition and film engineering for biomedical applications. Development of biocompatible, antimicrobial, and osteogenic surfaces and components. Thin film electroanalytical sensors, photocatalysis, and photochemistry.

Nathan Schattke (Electrochemist, Calibration Technologies Inc): an innovative sensor and instrument engineer; extensive experience in electrochemical sensors; developed sensors for Bedbug, Feces, heart attack, Oxygen, NOx, CO for many companies.  CTI is a leader in ammonia detection for food cooling factories, producing an industry leading NH3 sensor.

Parthasarathy Sudhakar (Manager, Analytical Chemistry Division, Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute): 20+ years experience leading various Analytical and Process development teams in CDMO, CRO, Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostic industries; core expertise including molecular spectroscopy, bio and immune assays and chromatography for testing small therapeutic molecules, bio-organics, recombinant proteins, polyclonal, peptides, and amorphous materials; a deep understanding of analytical test method development, tech transfer requirements, method validation, quality control, requirements for regulatory submissions, and program management in GLP and cGMP environments.

Jason Wan (Professor, Interim Director of IFSH): Molecular microbiology and development of DNA-based methods for detection, differentiation and tracking of foodborne pathogens in food systems and environment; dairy processing, protein chemistry, and development and evaluation of bioactive dairy ingredients for functional food applications; food processing microbiology of emerging nonthermal technologies, i.e. high pressure processing (HPP), pulsed electric field (PEF), ultrasound, UV and cool plasma, for microbial inactivation, shelf-life extension and food safety enhancement.

Heng Wang (Assistant Professor, MMAE): Electrical and thermal transport in semiconductors. Study of defect influences on charge doping and transport properties of different materials. Thermoelectric materials and device design. Infrared radiation sensors. Solid state chemistry and solution synthesis of inorganic semiconductor materials. Low dimensional materials for thermoelectric applications. Additive manufacturing techniques for thermoelectric and other electronic devices.

Rong Wang (Professor of Chemistry, Director of ICSSE): Development of new materials and methods for detection and intervention of bioprocesses, with expertise in molecular imaging (Atomic force Microscopy, Fluorescence Spectroscopy/Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy/Microscopy, etc.) for detection and identification of virus particles, spores, microbials, proteins and cells; engineering biocomposite materials for tissue regeneration, cell therapeutics; electrospinning technique for generating nano/microfibers; bioconjugate chemistry and surface chemistry to develop/format photothermal responsive materials;  nano/micro-fabrication; cell and micro- biology techniques.

Gregory K. Webster (Sr. Principal Research scientist, AbbVie): Implementation of current and novel analytical technologies for pharmaceutical applications; chemical sensors, Process Analytical Technology (PAT).

Thomas T.Y. Wong (Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering): Characterization of electromagnetic properties of materials; space-charge interactions in mesoscopic structures; and microwave instrumentation.

Yan Yan (Gladwin Development Chair Assistant Professor, Computer Science): Computer Vision, Multimedia and Machine Learning. Particularly, large-scale image and video analysis, multimodal machine learning, cross-modal generation, video surveillance, efficient AI system, biomedical image analysis, neuroscience. 

Hongjun Zeng (Lead Scientist of Product Development, Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.): Novel thin-film diamond products including doped micro-, nano- and ultrananocrystalline diamond, super thin diamond coating, low temp diamond deposition, and film engineering. These new diamond technologies are used in several industrial and academic applications of MEMS/Nano devices, nanofabrication, electrochemistry (water/treatment and biosensing), as well as biocompatible surface engineering and components.