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The founder of reticular chemistry and the second most-cited chemist in the world. Since 2012, Prof. Omar Yaghi has been the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He is the Founding Director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute, as well as the Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute and the California Research Alliance by BASF. Additionally, from 2009 to 2016, he was the head of the Center for Reticular Materials at NIMs, Tsukuba, Japan.
Prof. Omar Yaghi received more than 55 prestigious global awards and medals throughout his celebrated career, including the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 2017.
Among his inventions, Prof. Omar Yaghi is famously known for his invention of MOF and COF technologies, which helps in achieving cleaner air, cleaner energy, and cleaner water.
He demonstrated the ability to design and develop novel materials, with atomic processions, that can be used for the capture, storage, separation, and controlled chemistry of a wide range of gases and molecules. They have a wide range of potential applications in support of the transition to zero net carbon, purification, catalysis, and sensing.
Dr. Taha has more than 20 years of experience in R&D, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in ICT and Nanotechnology. He started his work as an R&D scientist at Intel technology group in Oregon, where he worked for 5 years. Then, between 2007 and 2017, he founded and led the expansion of two startups in the fields of ICT and managed the delivery of more than $200 million of ICT projects.
He was later appointed as the Executive Chairman of Revonence, a value-add private equity holding group, where he shifted the focus of the group toward nanotechnology commercialization. Between the years 2018 and 2020, Dr. Taha worked closely with Nobel Laureate, Professor Fraser Stoddart, and his team of scientists, on the scaling and commercialization of the CD-MOFs (Cyclodextrin-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks) technology, the only edible and biodegradable MOF known to date. He also led the development of a manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in the world, based in Irvine, California, for the large-scale synthesis, activation, and integration of the organic nanotechnology CD-MOF.
Samer received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and worked at the Center for Research in Knowledge Communications (CRKC) in Pennsylvania, as a postgraduate researcher from 1999 to 2001.
Prof. Glover has over 20 years of experience separating gases with porous materials, and since 2012 Prof. Glover has operated a university research group focused on understanding mixed-gas adsorption, mass transfer in porous materials, and absorption in ionic liquids. He has published numerous journal publications, government reports, and patents detailing gas adsorption and porous materials development, and he is the editor of the 2018 book Gas Adsorption in Metal Organic Frameworks: Fundamentals and Applications published by CRC Taylor & Francis. In 2017 he received the Russ and Robin Lea Faculty Innovation Award, and the South Alabama College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award.
Prior to his academic appointment, Prof. Glover worked for SAIC/Leidos as a Defense Department contractor where he executed experiments studying the filtration of acutely toxic compounds from air, managed a pilot scale test facility, and supervised novel adsorbent materials research for chemical defense. During his time at SAIC/Leidos he received the Living Our Values Award and the SAIC Division Level Employee of the Year Award.
Prof. Glover holds a B.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Benjie Limketkai has over 15 years of industrial R&D experience in the nanotechnology field working on specific applications in the semiconductors, displays, photovoltaics, and biotechnology industries. He started his work as lead research scientist at Intel Labs where he worked for 7 years, he was the lead research scientist for organic nanotechnology research at Intel Labs and engaged in collaboration with multiple universities. Then, from 2015 and until 2020 he led the R&D collaboration efforts with Nobel Laureate, Sir Fraser Stoddart, and his team to commercialize novel organic nanomaterials, with special focus on skincare applications. He then joined Noble Panacea Labs in 2020 to lead its R&D and manufacturing activities.
Benjie received his PhD degree in Engineering (Materials Science) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Magnus Bach has more than 20 years of experience from international B2B, managing senior commercial roles within the areas of sales, marketing, segment management, commercial planning, and market intelligence. In 2004, Magnus joined the Danish Trade Council at the Danish Embassy in Beijing, China. In 2005, he joined Emborg as Chief Representative and Head of Sales in Shanghai, heading import, export, and retail activities in Mainland China. Then in 2007, he entered the emerging renewables sector, when joining Vestas, the world’s largest wind energy turbine OEM. At Vestas, Magnus has managed a variety of commercial roles, most recently – from 2017-22 – heading the Group Marketing function as VP Marketing.
Magnus Bach has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from ESCP Business School in Paris and a Master of Arts from University of Copenhagen. During his career, he has been stationed in China, US, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and now Dubai, UAE.