Composites 2023 International Conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Richard Spontak

North Carolina State University, USA

Dr. Richard J. Spontak is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Alumni Distinguished Graduate and Undergraduate Professor at North Carolina State University.

He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering (with honors/high distinction) from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and was later awarded the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. He then pursued post-doctoral research in Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and Condensed Matter Physics at the Institute for Energy Technology (Norway) before joining the Corporate Research Division of The Procter & Gamble Company in 1990.

In 1992, he accepted a faculty position at North Carolina State University, where he supervises the Macromolecular Materials & Morphology Group. Since that time, Spontak has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 35 scholarly works as book chapters and invited monographs, and his work has been featured on 31 journal covers and cited over 14,000 times according to Google Scholar (as of November 2021). Although active in a diverse range of disciplines, his primary research interests relate to the phase behavior and morphology/property development of nanostructured polymers, polymer nanocomposites and coatings, electron microscopy, and stimuli-responsive soft materials.

In recognition of his fundamental and applied research endeavors, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the Alcoa Foundation Engineering Achievement and Distinguished Engineering Research Awards, Alexander von Humboldt and Tewkesbury fellowships, the North Carolina State University Alumni Outstanding Research and Global Engagement Awards, the 2006 American Chemical Society (PMSE Division) Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science & Engineering, the 2007 German Society for Electron Microscopy Ernst Ruska Prize, the 2008 American Chemical Society (Rubber Division) Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, the 2011 Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3) Colwyn Medal, the 2012 Norwegian University of Science & Technology Lars Onsager Medal, the 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers International Award, the 2021 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2021 International Association of Advanced Materials Researcher of the Year Award.

An elected fellow of the American Physical Society, IOM3, and the Royal Society of Chemistry, he is or has been on the editorial advisory board of more than 20 international journals and holds editorial positions on three of them. He has been recognized as a 2007 Outstanding Scholar Alumnus and a 2012 Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, and he is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and the North Carolina State University Research Leadership, Global Engagement and Outstanding Teaching Academies.

Spontak is also a highly acclaimed educator and academic mentor. For his instructional effectiveness employing cooperative and active learning pedagogies in the classroom and his widespread efforts to promote interdisciplinary engineering design and undergraduate research, he has received college- and alumni-level Outstanding Teaching Awards, as well as the university-level Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest institutional honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina system. He has also received the 2006 International Network for Engineering Education & Research Recognition Award and the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Southeast Region Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award, and he has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and an Erasmus Fellow.


Prof. Jie Yang

RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Yang is a Professor in Engineering in the School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. He received PhD in solid mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2002. Prior to joining RMIT as a Lecturer in 2007, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland from 2002-2004, a research fellow then a lecturer at the Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong for 3 years from the end of 2004. His main research interests include advanced composite structures, nanocomposites, structural stability and dynamics, smart structures and control, and nano/micro-mechanics.

He is an author of over 370 papers including 275 journal papers which have so far attracted over 19900 Google Scholar citations with h-index 79. He is the Highly Cited Researcher (Cross Field) in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 by Clarivate Analytics and is named by Australian Research Magazine as Global Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering in 2020, Australia’s Research Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 as well as in Structural Engineering in 2021. Prof Yang is the Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Structures (JCR Q1), Associate Editor of Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines (JCR Q1), and the editorial board member of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Thin-Walled Structures, International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Scientific Reports, Materials, and Shock and Vibration, etc


Prof. Francesco Paolo La Mantia

University of Palermo, Italy

Scientific activities:

Rheological and mechanical properties of polymer systems; processability, characterization and compatibilization of polymer blends; liquid crystal polymers; nanocomposites; biodegradable polymers; plastics recycling.

Author of about 380 scientific papers (Citations 11500, h = 52, Google Scholar; Citations 8300, h = 43, SCOPUS. (October 2022)), four books on plastics recycling and two books on liquid crystal polymers, as well as several book chapters and two teaching books on polymers. About 400 communications at National and International conferences, about 50 technical papers and 12 patents. Many invited plenary lectures at National and International conferences.

Coordination activities:

  • Coordinator and Responsible of many national and international research projects, as well as contracts with industries and public organizations.
  • Chairman of several National and International conferences.
  • Former President and currently treasurer of the MoDeSt International scientific society.
  • Former President of AIMAT (Italian Association of Materials Engineering) Society.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of International Peer Reviewed Journals, such as Polymer Degradation and Stability, Polymers, Nanomaterials, Materials, Recycling, Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials, Polimery, Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology.
  • Guest Editor of 12 Special Issues of Polymers, four Special Issues of Materials and two on Recycling.

Evaluation activities

  •  Reviewer of research projects for public national and international Institutions (Research Ministries of France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Luxembourg, etc.), as well as private Institutions.
  •  Referee for several scientific ISI journals, such as: Polymer Degradation and Stability, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering and Science, Polymer, Polymer Composites, Journal of Rheology, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Composites Engineering, International Polymer Processing, etc.

Managing activities

  • Coordinator of the Degree Courses in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chairman of the Department of Chemical, Processes and Materials Engineering, University of Palermo.
  • Member of the Administration Board of the University of Palermo (1997-2002) and President of the Finance and Business commettee.
  • Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Palermo (2004-2010)
  • Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Palermo (2004-2010)
  • Vice-Rector of the University of Palermo, March-October 2015.
  • Delegate of the Rector for: Research and Research Evaluation, Strategic Planning,Decentralization, etc
  • Vice-Rector for Planning, Development and Strategic Management
  • President of the Polythecnic School of the University of Palermo.

Prof. Alejandro J. Müller

University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain

Prof. A.J. Müller holds an IKERBASQUE (Basque Foundation for Science) Research Professorship at POLYMAT and the Department of Polymers and Advanced Materials: Physics, Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. He is an Editor for POLYMER (Elsevier), IF (2021): 4.432 (Q1), in the joint areas of Polymer Physics and Physical Chemistry. He is a Corresponding Member of the “Academia Nacional de la Ingeniería y del Hábitat de Venezuela (ANIH)". In 2021 he was elected as a corresponding member of the “Academia de Ciencias de America Latina (ACAL). He has co-authored more than 500 publications and achieved an h index of 71 and 17000+ citations to his publications. He has won several awards, including the international "Paul J. Flory Polymer Research Prize." (2011).