Plenary Speaker


Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr. Hassan Said
Vice Chancellor
Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia









Talk Title: TBC

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan Said is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor’s University. He was appointed as the Director General of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia from January 2005 until April 2008. He was also the Director, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia, a position he held since May 1998 before his appointment as the Director General.

He obtained his
• Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, UK in 1979
• Master of Science from Brunel University, UK in 1981 and
• PhD from Brunel University UK in 1984 – area specialisation is Computer Aided Geometric Design.

He joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1984 as a lecturer in Mathematics at the School of Mathematical Sciences, and was later appointed Dean of the school in 1990. He was then appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the university in1995, before being seconded to the Ministry of Education in 1998 as the Director of the Department of Higher Education.

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of various local public and private universities, and council members of various local and international bodies including the Governing Board Member of the South- East Asia Minister of Education for the Regional Centre of Higher Education (SEAMEO- RIHED) from 1999-2008. He currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of Asia e University (AeU), and Chairman, Board of Directors, Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis. He is also a board member of the Security Commission Malaysia (SC) and also in its Capital Market Development Fund (CMDF) Board. He is the Chairman of the Institute of Capital Market Research (ICMR) and he was a member of the National Higher Education Council (MPTN), and currently is heading the Science and Mathematics Cluster of the National Professorial Council (MPN).

He is a Fellow of the Malaysian Mathematical Society, Fellow Institute of Mathematical and Its Applications, United Kingdom (FIMA) and Fellow Academy Science of Malaysia (FASc).

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan has received a number of Federal and State Honours, including JMN (Federal), DPMP (Perlis), DMSM (Melaka), DSPN (Penang), PGBK (Sarawak), DPMK (Kelantan) and DPMS (Selangor). He has also received the Chevalier de l’ Ordre National du Merite Award from the Government of France.

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan received the following Honorary Awards:

• Honorary Doctor of Science from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNiMAP)
• Honorary Doctor of Science from Multimedia University Malaysia (MMU)
• Honorary Doctor of Engineering from The University of Birmingham (UOB), UK
• Doctor of Business Administration (Honorary) from University of West England, UK
• Honorary Doctor of Educational Leadership from Asia e-University, Malaysia (AeU)
• Honorary of Doctor in Human Resources Management from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
• Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Toulouse Jean Jaures, France
• Emeritus Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia
• Honorary Doctor in Law, University of Nottingham, UK




Prof. Vladimir Fal’ko
Director of the National Graphene Institute
University of Manchester, UK









Talk Title: New class of 2D materials: optoelectronic properties of atomic films of post-transition metal chalcogenides, InSe & GaSe

We present the analysis of electronic band structure of InSe and GaSe films, from the stoichiometric mono- to N-layer films, and we describe the resulting optical properties of these 2D materials [1,2] and conduction/valence band parameters. This study is based on the ab initio DFT and related multi-orbital tight-binding model analysis of the electronic band structure and wave functions in the two-dimensional N-layer InSe crystals, and it is compared to the results of ARPES and luminescence spectroscopy of this material. We show [1-3] that the band gap in InSe (and GaSe) strongly depend on the number of layers, with a strong (more than twice) reduction from the monolayer to crystals with N>6. We find that the conduction-band-edge electron mass in few-layer InSe is quite light (comparable to Si), which suggests opportunities for high-mobility devices and the development of nanocircuits. In contrast, the valence band in mono-, bi- and trilayer InSe is flat, opening possibilities for strongly correlated hole gases in p-doped films. Using the band structure and wave functions, we analyse optical transitions in thin films of InSe and GaSe, identify their polarisation and compare the results of modelling to the measurements performed on hBN-encapsulated atomically thin InSe and GaSe crystals. Then, we show that the same materials have potential for optical functionality in the far infrared range, for which one can exploit the intersubband transitions in InSe and GaSe few-layer films.
[1] D. Bandurin, A. Tyurnina, G. Yu, A. Mishchenko, V. Zólyomi, S. Morozov, R. Kumar, R. Gorbachev, Z. Kudrynskyi, S. Pezzini, Z. Kovalyuk, U. Zeitler, K. Novoselov, A. Patanè, L. Eaves, I. Grigorieva, V. Fal’ko, A. Geim, Y. Cao, Nature Nanotechnology 12, 223–227 (2017)
[2] Magorrian, S., Zolyomi, V., Falko V. , Phys. Rev. B 94, 245431 (2016); S. J. Magorrian, V. Zolyomi, V. I. Fal’ko, Phys. Rev. B 96, 195428 (2017); Zolyomi, N Drummond, V.I. Fal’ko, Phys Rev B 89, 205416 (2014); V. Zolyomi, N. Drummond, V.I. Fal’ko, Phys. Rev. B 87, 195403 (2013)
[3] Mudd, G. W., Molas, M. R., Chen, X., Zólyomi, V., Nogajewski, K., Kudrynskyi, Z. R., Kovalyuk, Z. D., Yusa, G., Makarovsky, O., Potemski, M., Fal’ko, V. & Patanè, A., Scientific Reports. 6, 39619 (2016)

Professor Vladimir Fal’ko is currently the Director of the National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester, an institute with state-of-the-art facilities for industry and universities academics to collaborate on graphene-based applications and the commercialization of graphene. Professor Vladimir Fal’ko is one of the UK’s leading condensed matter theorists, who has made substantial contributions towards the understanding of electronic and optical properties of graphene, including the discovery of bilayer graphene. His research interests are on heterostructures of 2D atomic materials such as graphene, hBN, etc., strongly correlated states of electrons in 2D materials and its quantum Hall effect, fundamentals of nanoelectronics, spintronics, and nano-electro-mechanical systems, and studying the quantum optics and optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots. He has published 286 papers in notable and prestigious journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters and many more with citations of 15022. He is actively involved in organizing various conferences and workshops throughout the world. The most notable is when he established the “Graphene Week” conference series and leading the European Graphene Flagship work package. He is also co-director for the Graphene NOWNANO Center for Doctoral Training programme, based at the University of Manchester.




Prof. Dr. Yang Farina Abdul Aziz, FSc FMIC
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia








Talk Title: Metal Ions: Are they toxic or therapeutic?

Professor Dr. Yang Farina Abdul Aziz is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She specializes in the synthesis, structural and biological studies of novel organotin and transition metal complexes. Her main research area is centred on the synthesis of metal complexes with various ligands such as thiosemicarbazones, hydroxymates, dithiocarbamates, catecholates and carboxylates. These newly synthesised complexes are then structurally characterized utilizing spectroscopic techniques and single crystal X-ray crystallography. The main thrust of the research effort is in the manipulation of a multitude of synthesis techniques in order to isolate novel complexes.

She graduated from the University of Manchester in Chemistry in 1984. Later on she obtained her PhD from the University of Reading in 1988 under the supervision of the late Prof. GWA Fowles and Prof. David Rice.

Professor Yang Farina has published more than 100 scientific papers in international and national journals as well as more than a hundred proceeding papers. Currently she is the Manager of the Water Research and Analysis (ALIR) Laboratory which was accreditated with the ISO17025 in July 2015. She is also the leader of the Research Group on Social Perception Study on Treated Sewage and Sludge Reuse Potential in Malaysia which is a joint undertaking between UKM and Indah Water Konsortium. The result of this study is used to educate school children on the importance of clean and safe water conservation.

Professor Yang Farina has been appointed as an Associate Member for Division II (Inorganic Chemistry) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for the period of 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. She is a Fellow and currently serves as the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry (IKM). She is the Editor in Chief of the Malaysian Journal of Chemistry and also the Chairman of the Inorganic Chemistry Committee of IKM. She is a Fellow of the Malaysian Academy of Sciences Malaysia. As a Fellow she has served as the Chairman of the National Science Challenge Steering Committee. She also chairs the Working Group 6 on Strategic International Alliances of the Science Outlook 2016/2017 Committee.

In her spare time, Professor Yang Farina loves riding her bicycles, running, hiking, writes in her FB, and reads novels.