New Materials Science & Technology

New material industry is a revolutionary power to boost technological innovation. The development of new material will facilitate industrial transformation and upgrading. Currently, China is attaching great significance to its development. In formulating the national development plan of technology and industries, new material technology is prioritized among the key technologies of the 21st century. However, in the process of its development, China is still confronted with bottlenecks, like lack of innovation and core technology, poor app development, poor practical application of research outcomes, poor integration of new material industrial technology, poor process technology and equipment manufacturing, poor utilization of resource and energy, poor professionalism of practitioners, etc.

As a response to industry development and market demand, DeTao incorporates the resources from industries and the academic world and develops cooperation with universities, enterprises and research institutes. The construction of DeTao New Material Technology Center is well underway. It is an effort to provide resources for China’s new material technology, find solutions to problems in industry development, and build a base for China’s new material industry. Currently, DeTao New Material Technology Center has brought together Professor Digby Macdonald, Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, Professor Peter Robertson, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Robert Gordon University, Professor Dinesh Agrawal, Director of Microwave Processing and Engineering Center at Pennsylvania State University, to facilitate the development of China’s new material industry.

  • Digby Macdonald

    DeTao Master of Electrochemistry

    Dr. Digby Macdonald is now a Professor in Residence, Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Professor at the Center of Research Excellence in Corrosion - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He has just retired as an eminent Professor from the Center of Electrochemical Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University. After concluding his studies at the University of Auckland and the University of Calgary in Chemistry, he worked as an honorary associate professor at the chemistry department of the University of Calgary, director and professor of the Fontana Corrosion Center of Ohio State University and the vice president of Physical Sciences Division in SRI International, Menlo Park in California. Professor Macdonald has received many awards and honours: notably, the 1991 Carl Wagner Memorial Award from The Electrochemical Society, the 1992 Willis Rodney Whitney Award from The National Association of Corrosion Engineers for contributions to the science of corrosion and the LEE HSUN (H. LEE) Research Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has published over 850 papers and books in all, which are highly regarded by his students and research peers.

  • Peter K. J. Robertson

    DeTao Master of Photocatalytic Technology Application

    Prof. Peter K. J. Robertson is currently Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Robert Gordon University, Scotland. He became a member of staff for the School of Applied Sciences at Robert Gordon University in September 1995 where he was involved in teaching and research in environmental science and technology, analytical science and photocatalysis. Peter is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Chemist, whilst also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland and the Energy Institute. His research focuses on Photocatalytic treatment of waste products and potable water. Solar energy conversion and storage is also a key area of interest, as well as clean synthetic technology, environmental applications of power ultrasound and assessment and rehabilitation of contaminated land and water. In addition, he dedicates his time to the development of sensor technologies to support the off-shore oil and gas industry: specifically the development of in-situ multicapability array sensors for monitoring hydrocarbon, synthetic based fluid and heavy metal pollution in the marine environment."

  • Dinesh Agrawal

    Detao Master of Brand Strategy & Design

    Prof. Dinesh Agrawal is currently positioned as Professor of Materials, and Engineering Science & Mechanics at Pennsylvania State University in USA. Besides, he is a Senior Scientist & Director of Microwave Processing and Engineering Center at Pennsylvania State University. He is an Elected Professional member in World Academy of Ceramics. He is also a Fellow of American Ceramic Society. Professor Dinesh Agrawal has over 30 years of experience in the area of materials processing for variety of applications. He has been a pioneer in the field of the application of microwave energy to develop energy efficient processing of variety of materials, including ceramics, composites, and metallic materials. Prof. Dinesh Agrawal has also been involved in the development of new low thermal expansion materials; he had co-developed a new family of low thermal expansion materials, now popularly known as [NZP]. His interests also include radio-active waste management, involving the development of ceramic waste forms using microwaves and traditional processes. He has over 20 patents to his credit in various fields.