ICFMS 2018 Keynote&Plenary Speakers


Prof. Takahiro Ohashi, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Kokushikan University, Japan

Biography: Prof. Takahiro Ohashi is Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Kokushikan University. Prof. Takahiro Ohashi is one of the representative delegate of Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity from April 2016 to now. Also, he is the board of trustees of Aluminum Forging Association in Japan. Prof. Takahiro Ohashi experienced in directing a national research project for a new die structure of Ministry of Economy, Trading and Industry (METI), as well as experienced in directing 3 research teams of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Meanwhile, Prof. Takahiro Ohashi gained the Best Paper Award in ICAMEM2016 at April 2016, and won the Second Paper Award in ICMEA2016 at September.


Prof. Hisaki Watari, Tokyo Denki University, Japan

Biography: Hisaki Watari has received his PhD in Mechanical System Engineering, from Gunma University, Japan in 2006. He has been researching into properties of magnesium alloy by rapid cooling by using twin roll casting in these fifteen years in Gunma University and Oyama National Colleague of Technology in Japan, in UMIST in the UK. He is now the chair of the Japan Association of Aluminum Forging Technology. He has published more than 130 papers in journals and conducting works relating metal forming of light metals, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys.


Prof. Muhammad Yahaya, Emeritus Professor in School of Applied Physics, UKM Malaysia, Malaysia

Biography: Dr Muhammad Yahaya is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at Universiti Kebangsaan. Dr Muhammad Received his Ph.D at Monash University in 1979 and Drs from ITB, Indonesia in 1973. Dr Muhammad has 35 years of teaching and research experience with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia , Brown University, USA, Monash University, Australia. He was appointed Head of Physics Department (74-79), Deputy Dean, Center of Postgraduate studies (1994-1999), Director, Research Management Centre, (1999-02) Director, Centre of Academic Advancement, (02-07). Dr Muhammad maintains a diverse research interest including thin films, electronic property of metals, solar energy and computer in physics communication. Dr Muhammad holds membership to various organizations and institutions. He is actively involved in Physics and Science Terminology, Writing Malay language Text book in Physics. Dr Muhammad is currently a member of editorial board, UKM. He was a former president of Malaysian Solid State Science and Technology (1991-2012), Fellow Malaysian Institute of Physics, member IEEE and member Malaysia Materials Science. Dr. Muhammad has received many awards for his academic and professional excellence. He received commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan to pursue his Ph.D (1975) DAAD -German Fellowship (1984), Fullbright fellowship (1984-1985), JSPS Fellowship and Associate member of ICTP,Italy, Fellow, Academy Science Malaysia (2006-now), KMN (1995) Anugerah KMN (1995),Tokoh Ilmuan MABBIM (1997),Award, Recognition of Service UKM (1999),ANS- Negeri Sembilan (2004), Award 'Prominent Physics Figure-UPM (2005)-100 years world year of physics, DSPN (Dato' Penang (2007).

Speech Title: Metal Oxide Nanostructure for Optical Gas Sensor


Abstract: The optical detection technique is considered as one of the accurate technique for gas detection and this technique has progressed very rapidly due to the design of detectors and radiation sources. Essentially, the technique measures the optical absorption and scattering of a gas species at a certain optical wavelength. The absorption spectrum with wavelength provide information on the nature of gas. Nanostructured materials offer a new promise for achieving high gas sensitivity and performance of gas sensor. Numerous processing methods have been used such as vacuum evaporation, laser ablation, magnetron sputtering and sol-gel. The selected processing techniques should be able to provide the desired oxide composition with specific dopant and less processing steps. Furthermore, in sensor miniaturization and integration with electronics, processing compatibility with silicon-based technologies is essential. This presentation will focus on the application of ZnO nanorod material for carbon monoxide  gas  sensor. The understanding and application of sensor and the integration with big data concept is crucial for future research.



Prof. Dr. Sinin Hamdan, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

Biography: Prof. Dr. Sinin Hamdan focus on the field of specialization is Mechanics of Materials based on his PhD in that area from Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, England (1994). That educational experience with his MSc in Welding and Adhesive Bonding of Engineering Materials from Brunel University, London (1986) and BSc in Physics (1984) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia allow him to retool himself to fit into Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) priority area of Materials and Manufacturing when he joined this university in 2001. Prof. Dr. Sinin Hamdan attended a 6 months scientist exchange program (post doc) under Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS/VCC) in 1999 at Wood Physics Laboratory, Kyoto University and obtained a good experience working with wood physics. From 9-31 March 2003, Prof. Dr. Sinin Hamdan went to Wood Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan (under Japanese Society for Promotion of Sciences-JSPS) to study The Application of Acoustic Emission Monitoring to Forest Product Research. From 7 May-7 Jun 2007, Prof. Dr. Sinin Hamdan work with Collaboration on Dynamics, Materials and Machining GeM Laboratory, Ecole Central Nantes (ECN), Nantes France. From 1 august-31 october 2012, he worked on gamelan in Physics Laboratory, Loughborough University.

Speech Title: The Effects of Nanoclay & Tin(IV) Oxide Nanopowder on Morphological, Thermo-mechanical Properties of Hexamethylene Diisocyanate Treated Jute/Bamboo/ Polyethylene Hybrid Composites


Abstract: Jute cellulose composite (JCC), bamboo cellulose composite (BCC), untreated hybrid jute-bamboo fiber composite (UJBC), and jute-bamboo cellulose hybrid biocomposite (JBCC) were fabricated. All cellulose hybrid composites were fabricated with chemical treated jute-bamboo cellulose fiber at 1:1 weight ratio and low-density polyethylene (LDPE).The effect of chemical treatment and fiber loading on the thermal, mechanical, and morphological properties of composites was investigated. Treated jute and bamboo cellulose were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to confirm the effectiveness of treatment. All composites were characterized by tensile testing, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additionally, surface morphology and water absorption test was reported. The FTIR results revealed that jute and bamboo cellulose prepared are identical to commercial cellulose. The tensile strength and Young's modulus of composites are optimum at 10 weight percentage (wt%) fibers loading. All cellulose composites showed high onset decomposition temperature. At 10 wt% fiber loading, JBCC shows highest activation energy followed by BCC and JCC. Significant reduction in crystallinity index was shown by BCC which reduced by 14%. JBCC shows the lowest water absorption up to 43 times lower compared to UJBC. The significant improved mechanical and morphological properties of treated cellulose hybrid composites are further supported by SEM images. Hybrid composites were fabricated by hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) treated jute–bamboo fiber, nanoclay, tin(IV) oxide nanopowder, and low-density polyethylene. The composites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry. Surface morphology, tensile testing, and water absorption test were also reported. FTIR results revealed that treated fiber had covalence bonding with polymer matrix which enhanced mechanical properties. All HDI treated hybrid composites showed significant improvement in activation energy, lower crystallinity index, significant high tensile strength, and Young's modulus compared to untreated hybrid composites. All treated hybrid composites also showed extreme low water absorption. The addition of nanoclay or tin(IV) oxide into treated hybrid composites had a negative impact on thermal-mechanical properties. Surface morphological results revealed the bonding condition among hybrid composites.


Prof Hajime Hirao, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Biography: Dr. Hajime Hirao received his BEng and MEng degrees from Kyoto University and his PhD from The University of Tokyo. He underwent his postdoc training at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Emory University, and Kyoto University. Prior to that, he worked for three years on computer-assisted drug design at the Novartis institute in Japan. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, he worked as faculty at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Over the years, he has been interested in computational and theoretical aspects of chemistry, especially chemical reactions. One of the major goals of his research is to figure out how difficult chemical transformations can be achieved using simple catalytic platforms built from earth-abundant elements.

Dr. Hirao's research applies quantum chemistry, multiscale models, and many other computational chemistry techniques to a variety of complex molecular systems of practical importance such as transition-metal catalysts, metalloenzymes, drugs/drug targets, porous materials, and nanomaterials. Using computational approaches and often with experimental collaborators, his group seeks to derive key insights into chemical reaction mechanisms and bonding patterns of complex molecules, with the ultimate aim of designing new functional molecules and materials. He is also interested in developing new concepts and computational methods that may enhance our understanding of chemistry or improve the efficiency of computational analyses.


Prof. D. S. Robinson Smart,  Karunya University, India

Biography: Dr. D.S.Robinson Smart is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering department in the Karunya University , India. He received his Bachelor of engineering, Master of Engineering and Doctorate from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India. He has 26 years of teaching experience to his credit and has more than 15 years of experience in administration. He has guided more than 100 Under Graduate and Post Graduate projects. In addition to his long teaching experience, he has published more than 50 paperss in the reputed journals and conferences. At present, he is guiding eight Ph.D Scholars. His main research areas are composite materials and abrasive jet machining. He has also specialized in research works in the area of CFD, Fluid mixing, Lean Manufacturing, Ergonomics of farming equipments and Composite materials for offshore & marine applications. He is a member in professional bodies such as ISTE, SAE, ISAMPE and IACSIT.

He is serving as a member of Doctoral committee in more than 20 committees and reviewer for four reputed international journals. He has served in advisory committees of many International Conferences and also organized many technical events. During July 2007, he received the ¡°Certificate of Merit¡± awarded in recognition of his dedication and commitment in discharging the duties at Karunya University. During the year 2016, he received a ¡°Long Service Award¡± for his distinguished and dedicated service to the Institution.