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The ICONN 2024 organising committee is assembling a stellar lineup of plenary, keynote, and invited speakers who will undoubtedly enrich the conference with their expertise and insights.

Renowned figures from diverse areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology have been selected to deliver captivating talks during the conference. With their groundbreaking research, innovative discoveries and visionary perspectives, the ICONN24 speakers promise to inspire and enlighten attendees, further advancing the frontiers of this dynamic field.

‘We have a truly diverse range of speakers joining us at ICONN24 from across academia, industry and government to explore our themes of Innovation, Collaboration and Commercialisation. There will be something for everyone across our nanomaterials and nanotechnology community. We are really excited to be getting everyone back together face to face to reignite our networks and partnerships.’ ICONN 2024 Co-chairs Prof. Sally McArthur and Prof. Madhu Bhaskaran.

Headlining the impressive group of speakers are Plenary Speakers Prof. Teri Odom and A/Prof. Sierin Lim.

Teri Odom, Northwestern University
Sierin Lim, Nanyang Technological University

The 1st Plenary Speaker will be Teri Odom from Northwestern University & Editor-in-Chief for Nano Letters. Prof. Odom will join us to discuss her research on making precious metals more precious by tuning the size and shape of noble metals at the nanoscale. Sierin Lim from Nanyang Technological University Singapore will be joining us as a Plenary Speaker on Day 2 as we explore collaborations between disciplines, with industry & across countries. Prof. Lim will share her insights on working at the interface between biology and nanotechnology. 

Do you want to know who else will be joining us in Melbourne next February for ICONN24? Take a look at to keep up to date as keynote and invited speakers are announced over the next few weeks. 

Contribute your valuable research to the body of knowledge we will be sharing at ICONN2024. Due to popular demand, the deadline for abstracts has been extended to 11 September, so it is not too late to Join Us! To submit your abstract for consideration, go to 

Speaker Biographies: 

Teri Odom is the Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University.  

Odom’s research group focuses on controlling materials at the 100 nm scale and investigating their size- and shape-dependent properties. Odom’s group has developed parallel, multi-scale pattering tools to generate hierarchical, anisotropic, and 3D hard and soft materials with applications in imaging, sensing, wetting and cancer therapeutics. As a result of Odom’s nanofabrication tools, she has developed flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit, and tunable plasmon-based lasers. Odom also conducts research into nanoparticle-cell interactions using new biological nanoconstructs that offer imaging and therapeutic functions due to their shape (gold nanostar). 

Sierin Lim is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU).  

Her research group focuses on the design and engineering of hybrid nano/microscale devices from biological parts for applications in health and the environment. Specifically, her Bioengineered and Applied Nanomaterials Lab (BeANs Lab) uses protein cages as the building blocks and a platform for formulation and delivery of active molecules to the skin. Her lab also explores the utility of protein cages to enhance contrast in imaging atherosclerotic plaques. In her Molecular & Cellular Bioengineering Lab (MCBe Lab), she leads a program in engineering PETase to up-cycle plastic waste to oil and cellulose using cyanobacteria, cellulose bacteria, and yeast. 

She is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Global Partnerships at the NTU Graduate College and Chair of the Promotion of Women in Engineering, Research and Science (POWERS) programme. She has been named Singapore 100 Women in Tech List and received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).