electrostatics 2015

Invited speakers


Bill Bright memorial lecture


Prof. M N Horenstein, Boston University, USA
Title: The contribution of surface potential to diverse problems in electrostatics
Mark N. Horenstein is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University, where he has been on the faculty since 1979. He has worked in numerous areas related to electrostatics, including instrumentation and measurement, discharges, applications and theory of corona, MEMS devices, charge and voltage sensors, dust particle dynamics, electrostatic dust removal, and high-voltage insulation. Prior to coming to B.U., he worked at Spire Corporation in the area of high-voltage pulsed power.
He is the author of two text books, one about electronics, the other on the subject of engineering design. He is the author of two book chapters and has authored or co-authored over 50 journal and conference papers. He holds five U.S. patents in areas related to electrostatics. In 2013, Prof. Horenstein was named International Fellow by the European Working Party - Static Electricity in Industry. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, member and past president of the Electrostatics Society of America, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electrostatics, a position he has held since 2001. He earned his Ph.D. and S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, all in electrical engineering. When not teaching or working in the electrostatics lab, he may often be found sailing the waters around Boston.


Invited speakers


Prof. D B Go, University of Notre Dame, USA
Title: Atmospheric-pressure ionization processes: New approaches and applications for plasmas in contact with liquids
David B. Go is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with a concurrent appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely in the areas of plasma science and gas discharges, heat transfer and fluid dynamics, and chemical analysis. He has authored or co-authored 25 journal articles, over 50 conference papers and presentations, and one book chapter and holds two patents. Prof. Go has also been recognized with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Award in 2010 and the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2013. Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2008, Prof. Go received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is also a graduate of the Edison Engineering Development Program at G.E. Aviation (formerly G.E. Aircraft Engines), where he worked from 2001-2004.


Prof. M Okubo, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Title: Development of super-clean diesel engine and combustor using non-thermal plasma hybrid after-treatment
Masaaki Okubo is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Osaka Prefecture University. His current research interests include environmental applications of plasmas, particularly the development of super-clean diesel engines and combustors with nonthermal plasma aftertreatment, and surface treatment for materials with atmospheric-pressure plasmas and its biomedical applications. Dr. Okubo works in the multidisciplinary areas of electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and coauthored 10 books. Masaaki Okubo received his B. Eng., M. Eng., and Ph. D. degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1985, 1987, and 1990 respectively. He is a Fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering, and received the Environmental Engineering Award (Environmental Engineering Division) in 2013. He is also a member of IEEE, the Institute of Electrostatics Japan, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, and the Japan Institute of Marine Engineering.

Prof. H von Recum, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Title: Electrospun materials for affinity based drug delivery
Horst A. von Recum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. His research is on novel “smart” materials for uses ranging from tissue engineering to drug delivery to non-biomedical applications. He has authored more than 60 journal articles, review papers, and book chapters. His article on electrospinning published in Biomaterials, the top journal in the field, is one of the top cited articles in that journal. Currently he is Member-at-Large in the Executive Board for the Society for Biomaterials; Associate Editor for the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine; and Conference Co-Chair for an upcoming Gordon Conference on Biomaterials and Drug Delivery. Prof. von Recum attained his Master’s and undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Rice University; his PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Utah; and was a postdoctoral fellow both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. He has received numerous awards in his career including a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Trombly Award from the Ohio Cancer Research Associates, and the Glennan Fellowship from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. J M Smallwood, Electrostatic Solutions Limited, UK
Title: ESD in industry - present and future
Jeremy spent seven years as an electronics designer before returning to Southampton University to do a PhD researching measurement of electrostatic discharge (ESD) ignition of pyrotechnic materials. He later worked at ERA Technology Ltd. on electrostatics R&D projects and consultancy. In 1998 he started Electrostatic Solutions Ltd, specialising in training, consultancy, test and R&D for the electronics industry, electrostatic hazards avoidance, and electrostatic materials and applications development.

Jeremy has over 40 publications in the fields of electrostatics, ESD ignition hazards and ESD prevention and is a regular speaker at international conferences and workshops. He is active in British Standards panels on handling of electrostatic sensitive devices and control of undesirable static electricity. Between 2000 and 2012 he was Chairman of International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 101 (Electrostatics) responsible for world standards in electrostatics.

In October 2010 Jeremy was awarded the ESD Association Industry Pioneer Recognition Award. In 2013 he commenced a part time post as Snr. Research Fellow at Southampton University High Voltage Group while maintaining his Electrostatic Solutions Ltd consulting, research and training activities.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (poster only):
    9 January 2015
    • Paper submission deadline:
      3 February 2015
  • Early registration deadline:
    28 February 2015
  • Registration deadline:
    1 April 2015

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