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Plenary Speakers

Dr Anita Hill

Executive Director of Future Industries, CSIRO

Professor Lei Jiang

Technical Institute of Chemistry and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

and Monash University

Professor Dongyuan Zhao

Fudan University 

and Monash University

Professor Tony Fane

The University of New South Wales

Professor Liang-Yin Chu

Sichuan University

Keynote Speakers

Professor Joe Da Costa

The University of Queensland

Professor Chung-Hak Lee

Seoul National University

Professor Dan Li

The University of Melbourne

Professor Weishen Yang

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Zongping Shao

Curtin University

Professor Mikel Duke

Victoria University

Professor Guanglei Cui

Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Stephen Gray

Victoria University

Professor Yanlin Song

Institute of Chemistry,

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Jian Jin


Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Amanda Ellis

The University of Melbourne

Professor Liping Wen

Technical Institute of Physics

and Chemistry,

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Long Nghiem

University of Wollongong

Professor Graeme Millar

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Hokyong Shon

University of Technology Sydney

Professor Lingxue Kong

Institute of Frontier Materials,

Deakin University

Professor George Simon

Monash University

Professor Vicki Chen

The University of New South Wales

Professor Wenlong Cheng

Monash University

A/P Xuchuan Jiang

Monash University

Professor Shaomin Liu

Curtin University

Professor Jianfeng Yao

Nanjing Forestry University 

Dr Gyorgy Szekely

The University of Manchester

Invited Speakers

A/P Matthew Hill

Monash University

A/P Dewei Chu

The University of New South Wales

A/P Zhe Liu

The University of Melbourne

Dr Qianhong She

The University of Sydney

Professor Qunfeng Cheng

Beihang University

Prof. Mingzhu Li

Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

A/P Huan Liu

Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Dr Yi Huang

The University of Edinburgh

Prof. Yong Zhao

Beihang University

Professor Shengji Luan

Peking University

Dr. Ludovic Dumee

Deakin University

Dr David Wang

University of Sydney

Professor Jingxia Wang

Technical Institute of Chemistry and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr Haolan Xu

University of South Australia



Conference Program


To view the conference program click here.


Themes of the conference

  • Synthetic, Biomimetic and Bioinspired Membranes

  • Bioinspired Nanostructured Materials

  • Bioinspired Interfacial Materials

  • Design and Synthesis of Biomaterials

  • Self-assembly and Bioprinting of Biomaterials

  • Innovative Energy-efficient ​Separation Science and Technology

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

  • Environmental Science and Technology

  • Bioinspired Catalysts for Energy and Fuels

  • Biosensor and Biomechanics

Early Career Researcher Workshop

Tuesday, January 23, 4 pm to 6 pm
Pullman Albert Park

Young early career researchers are invited to our early career researcher workshop. The workshop is specially designed for early career researchers including PhD graduate, current PhD and master students in their final year and post-doctoral research associates who are looking to further develop their skills or in search of opportunities in the academia and industry. The workshop will be capped at a maximum of 20 participants to allow for some individualised attention so you will need to register ASAP in order to secure your place.

Registration fees: $55

All fees are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST).


Invited speakers are young academics and professionals from both industries and academia from Australia and around the world. Coming from different part of the world, the speakers will share their experience and insights on how they prepare for their career in academia, industry or both.

Dr. Gyorgy Szekely (Lecturer, The University of Manchester, U.K.)

Topic: Research Career Dilemma: Academia or Industry?

Gyorgy Szekely received his MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary and he earned his PhD degree in Chemistry under Marie Curie Actions from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. He worked as an Early Stage Researcher in the pharmaceutical R&D center of Hovione PharmaScience Ltd in Portugal and as an IAESTE Fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He was a visiting researcher at Biotage MIP Technologies AB in Sweden. Gyorgy held a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Imperial College London, UK. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK. 



Dr. Matthew Lay (Patent Attorney, FB Rice, Melbourne, Australia)

Topic: Intellectual Property - Transferable Skills from Research to Corporate Life

Matthew is a patent attorney at FB Rice and based in Melbourne. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne with the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology in 2006. His research involved semiconductor device fabrication and studying thin film materials with accelerators, electron microscopy, and scanning probe microscopy. Matthew did a post-doc at CSIRO where he studied heat treatment of alloys such as metallic glasses with positrons, EXAFS, NMR and mechanical testing. Matthew has a strong interest in protecting inventions and joined a corporate law firm in 2011 to begin training as a patent attorney. He registered as a patent attorney in 2015 and has gained experience in drafting and prosecuting patents as well as advising clients on patenting strategies. His patent experience extends over fields such as photonic devices, MRI, scientific instrumentation, construction, mining, medical devices, and software.



Dr. Geoffrey Johnston-Hall (Membrane Research and Development Manager at Evoqua Water Technologies, Sydney, Australia)

Topic: Transitioning into Industry and Transferring Skills from Academia to Industry

Geoffrey Johnston-Hall is an experienced technical leader and industrial research innovator. Geoff graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Materials Science) and from the University of Queensland with a PhD in Chemistry (Polymer Chemistry). He has held research and management positions at companies including Evoqua Water Technologies, Life Therapeutics, Redfern Optical Components and Weir Minerals. In 2008 he took up a position at ‘Evoqua’, where he currently works as the Principal Chemist and Membrane R&D Manager developing and commercialising membrane technologies for the water and wastewater markets.



Dr. Ludovic Dumee (DECRA Fellow, Institute of Frontier Materials, Victoria, Australia)

Topic: What Makes ECRs Competitive in Academia? Track Record Against Selection Panel Expectations

Ludovic Dumee is a materials / chemical engineer with interests in interfacial chemistry and nanoporous structures development for environmental applications. Currently an ARC DECRA Fellow leading a team at the Institute for Frontier Materials (Deakin University), he previously worked at the University of Melbourne and the CSIRO on the application of membrane materials for solvent separation and reclamation and water desalination. He is also a stream leader at the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotech Center in Delhi, India. Hobbies: traveling, arts and opera, plus hiking and squash.




For more information please contact us at

ECR Worskshop

Conference Venue

Conference Venue
Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004

IBBM-iEESEP 2018 will be held in Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Only three kilometres from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing. The park is just 10-minute drive from Melbourne CBD and St Kilda beach, and is easily accessible by trams, buses and taxi.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004


(03) 9529 4300

Getting Here

From Melbourne Airport:

Distance from airport to Pullman Melbourne Albert Park: ~30 km

Taxi: (~AUD70)

Shuttle transfer: (~AUD25)

From City Centre:

Tram line: 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 (require Myki)

Google Maps:

Journal Planner:

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner

Thursday, January 25, 18:30 - 22:30
River Room, Crown Tower

The Conference Gala Dinner will take place in the river room of the Crown Tower. With an impressive Forbes 5 star rating, Crown Towers sets the benchmark for luxury hotels in Melbourne. Lavishly appointed, this extravagant accommodation, in the heart of the Melbourne's CBD, delivers impeccable attention to detail and unrivalled customer service.
Participation information
The ticket to Conference Dinner is included in the registration fees.
Participants are welcome to bring their partner to the Conference Dinner.

Accompanying person registration fee is AUD 132 per person including 10% GST.
To attend this event you need to register through our conference system. 
Reaching Crown Tower
By Conference Bus (access only with conference dinner ticket)
Buses will leave from conference venue (Pullman hotel lobby) between 6 pm to 6.45 pm

By Uber/ Taxi (10- 20 minutes)

Taxi: 13 2227

Uber: Uber app (Android/ iOS) is required


Address: Level 1 Crown Towers, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006



It is recommended that participants dress in formal attire for this event. 

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentation Guidelines
Posters will displayed for the duration of the conference hours on Wednesday, 24th and Thursday, 25th January 2018. Poster presenters will be assigned a poster presentation number and presentation date upon acceptance of their submitted abstract.

Presenters are encouraged to present for the duration of their scheduled poster presentation session. However, we encourage poster presenters to display their posters for the duration of conference hours on Wednesday, 24th and Thursday, 25th January 2018.

Poster Set-Up:
Any time after 8:00 a.m. (on Wednesday, 24th)

Poster Tear-Down:
Any time after 4:00 p.m. (on Thursday, 25th January 2018)
NO LATER THAN 6:00 p.m. (on Thursday, 25th January 2018)

Poster Board Guidelines
Poster Dimensions:
Poster size: A0 (1189mm x 841mm), portrait only

Each board will be numbered on the upper left corner.

Please place your poster on the board for which you have been assigned. 

Pushpins/ velcro tapes will be available to mount your poster. 

In case of questions related to the poster presentation please contact us at



Melbourne is Victoria’s capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state. 

Wander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of connecting laneways and arcades; these provide intimate spaces and mystery, and are home to many of Melbourne’s bar, dining and shopping secrets. Meanwhile, the skyline is a fascinating mix of modern cutting-edge building designs and heritage architecture.

Melbourne has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. There are a range of galleries and museums, both large and small, as well as world-renowned universities and research facilities. The city also provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art.

Our multicultural population contributes to the city’s unique atmosphere. Melbourne is home to people of 140 different cultures: Indigenous Australians, post-war European migrants and recent arrivals from India, Somalia, Malaysia and beyond.

With its vibrant energy and unique offerings, Melbourne’s lifestyle is something for both visitors and residents to enjoy.


Nearby Attractions

Melbourne's city centre is characterised by spacious, tree-lined streets, many with tram lines running along them. The retail precinct includes the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre complete with its own underground railway station, the Bourke Street Mall, the Swanston Street Mall, and Collins Street which is home to exclusive fashion and jewellery stores. Chinatown, located along the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, features traditional Chinese shopping and dining experiences, established during the gold rush of the 1850s. A well-know landmark is Federation Square which is situated across the road from Flinders Street Station and opens out onto the Yarra River and adjacent parkland, features the city's official visitor information centre, cafes, restaurants, and a hotel.








Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing.

Apart from the lake itself, other attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track. Sporting facilities include a golf driving range, gymnasium and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.





Melbourne's Infamous Shopping and Dining Precinct. Chapel Street is a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It has myriad shops ranging from exclusive upmarket fashion designers at the South Yarra end to trendy retailers and eateries in Windsor.





Melbourne’s seaside playground! St Kilda is renowned for its expansive view of Port Phillip, safe sandy beach, palm-lined boardwalk, huge range of beach activities, big skies, gorgeous sunsets, parks and gardens, great restaurants, bars and cafés, fabulous old buildings, and its colourful past and present. Famous visitor attractions include: Luna Park, Catani Gardens, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. 



Day Tours

Day Tours

We have partnered with ExtraGreen Holidays to provide our delegates tours around Victoria at discounted rate. All delegates will be provided with a discount voucher from ExtraGreen Holidays.


Booking can be made by Wechat, email or in retail shop. Please quote IBMM2018 or print the voucher during booking.

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Skydeck 88

Luna Park, Melbourne

Luna Park, Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne

Melbourne Park

Melbourne Park

Flinders Street Railway Station

Flinders Street Railway Station

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy

Melbourne City Swanston Retail Shop
260-262 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia.

(03) 9623 9900
1300 006 888

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