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Plenary speakers

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Yoshiro Kaneko

Structural Control Preparation of Silsesquioxanes and Siloxanes

He received his Ph.D. Eng. at Yamagata University (Japan) in 2001. 
2001–2002 Post-Doc at Yamagata University (Japan). 
2002–2004 - National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) (Japan)
2004 –2010 - assistant professor at Kagoshima University (Japan). 
Since 2010 - associate professor at Kagoshima University. 


His present research focuses on the preparation and application of the regularly structured siloxane compounds, such as ladder-like polysilsesquioxanes and hybrid polymers, POSSs, cyclotetrasiloxanes, etc.


Publications – ca. 150, incl. 7 review papers (H index = 38)

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Joe Lichtenhan
[United States]

The Evolution of Coupling Agents into Nano-Chemical Additives

He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at University of California Irvine, USA in 1991. 
1998 – established Hybrid Plastics Inc. as a spin-off from the Air Force Research Laboratory (Edwards AFB, CA). 


He is a pioneer and world authority in the field of POSS® nanoscopic-chemical additives. His insights into their commercial utility launched the global sales for POSS®. 

Academic publications ca.75
(Scopus -H index = 28)
US Patents - 32 US Patents
Consumer publications - 30 


Awards, i.a. 2015 Tibbetts Award, US Small Business Association 1996 Basic Research Award USAF & AFOSR

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Michel Wong Chi Man

Silsesquioxanes: Syntheses for Targeted Applications

Michel WONG CHI MAN received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in at University Montpellier 2 (France). 

1988– Post Doc - Lab. Chimie Organométallique: University of Montpellier 2 (France)

1989–1990 - Post Doc (A. von Humboldt fellowship) University of Heidelberg (Germany)

1990– Assistant Professor (University Montpellier 2 – France)

1990–2003 - Junior CNRS scientist (University Montpellier 2 and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier-ENSCM)

2003– Senior CNRS scientist (Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier)


His research is predominantly based on sol-gel chemistry and covers quite a broad area, including synthesis of hybrid silica (mainly Bridged Silsesquioxanes) and their applications, such as catalysis, porosity control, separation chemistry, optics, molecular imprinting, drug delivery. He is also developing silsesquioxane-based nanoparticles including HPMO (Hollow Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas).


Publications ca. 156, incl. 2 reviews and 5 book chapters (Scopus - H index = 45)

Patents: 5

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