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PACRIM 10 Plenary & Award Speakers



The plenary session, Future Energy Challenges and Opportunities for Ceramics, features:


Jeff Wadsworth, President, CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute


The Evolving R&D Model: Driving Energy Transformation Through Advances in Materials Science


Biography: Wadsworth formerly led Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations business, where he oversaw the management or co-management of six national labs, representing more than $3B in annual business, and the DHS’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center. He earned his BS (1972) and PhD (1975) from Sheffield University, England. He was awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy (1991) for his published work and received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree (2004). He has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has authored/co-authored nearly 300 scientific papers and one book, and he has been granted 4 US patents. He holds five honorary doctorates, two honorary professorships, and is a Fellow in three technical societies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Tomoyoshi Motohiro, Toyota Central R&D, Japan


Research Activities for Future challenges in Global Energy and Environment in TCRDL


Biography: Motohiro graduated from the University of Tokyo, Japan (’76). He earned his MS in 1978 and his PhD in 1986 from UT. In the same year, he joined Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Japan. After his commission as a manager, he acceded a post of senior fellow as a manager in 2007. Since 2006, he has been serving concurrently as an affiliate professor of the graduate school in Toyota Technological Institute. He is author/co-author of 99 refereed papers and 4 books. He won the R&D 100 Awards in 2000 for the development of DVD-CD compatible CD-R based on exothermic redox reaction at metal-sulfide thin film interface. He is an advisory board member in the funding program:”CREST” in Japan Science and Technological Agency; a selection committee member of XFEL facility “SACLA”, Japan; and a member of Surface Science Society of Japan, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Society for Science on Form, Japan and MRS.


M. K. Badrinarayan, VP & Research Director, Inorganic and Broad-based Technologies, Corning Incorporated


Glass and Ceramics for Energy Applications


Biography: Dr. Badrinarayan is Vice President of Inorganic and Broad-based Technologies within the Research group at Corning Incorporated. He has 15 years with the company in management positions in Inorganic Materials, Optics and Modeling. Badrinarayan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree in physics and a doctorate in electrical engineering. Prior to working at Corning, he held several management positions in Thomson CSF and Philips Display Components. He is a member of Optical Society of America and The American Ceramic Society.


Hong-Kyu Park, Fellow of LG Chem Battery R&D, Korea


Technology Trend in Lithium ion battery for Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage System Application


Biography: Dr. Park is in charge of Battery Materials Development for LIB and beyond LIB; LIB cathode materials by research and development; and material development of LIB for automobile applications at LG Chem. He earned his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering at KAIST (1996) and completed post doc work at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and Iowa State University. He is a board member of the Korea Electrochemical Society.



Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture

Walter Kob, Full Professor, Department of Physics, University of Montpellier, France


The Properties of Glassforming Systems at the Kauzmann Temperature


Biography: Kob earned his diploma in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Universitat Basel, Switzerland in 1985 and his PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (magna cum laude), Universitat Basel in 1989 and his Habilitation in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Universitat Mainz, Germany in 1997. He has been a full professor since 2003. Previously, Kob was an associate professor conducting research in statistical mechanical properties of disordered systems (supercooled liquids, glasses, Potts-glasses, oxide glasses). He held an assistance professor position in Professor Kurt Binder’s group at Universitat Mainz for six years. Among his many achievemtns, Kob was the 2011 recipient of the Ivan Peyches Award of the French Academy of Science and the 2007 recipient of the Otto Schott Research Award for “Outstanding research achievements in glass science”. He has more than 170 publications, including one textbook, and more than 7400 citations.

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