Radek Zboril received his Ph.D. degree at the Palacky University, Olomouc. After his Ph.D. studies, he took positions at the Universities of Tokyo, Delaware, and Johannesburg. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry and a general director of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials at Palacky University, Olomouc. His research interests are centered on nanomaterials, including iron- and iron oxide-based NPs, silver NPs, carbon nanostructures, and magnetic NPs, and encompass their synthesis, physicochemical characterization, and applications in catalysis, water treatment, antimicrobial treatment, medicine, and biotechnology. He has published more than 250 scientific papers, including 10 review papers in American Chemical Society (ACS) journals (e.g., , , ).
Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He is also a member of the Rutgers Institute for Materials, Devices, and Nanotechnology (IAMDN) and the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI). In December 2009, he helped to put together the Rutgers Catalysis Research Center (RCRC). His group at Rutgers is involved in the development of synthetic methods of a wide array of functional and core/shell nanomaterials and the investigation of their potential applications in catalysis, electrocatalysis, targeted delivery of drugs to specific cells, nanocytotoxicity, solar cells, and environmental remediation. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2007–2012), the NSF Special Creativity Award in 2011, the Rutgers Board of Governors Research Fellowship in 2012, and multiple federal and local research grants. He was named the National Science Foundation American Competitiveness Fellow (NSF ACIF) in 2010 and also serves as a panelist for several federal and international agencies. He has recently coedited a book on nanocatalysis (Wiley) and has written over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several book chapters over the past decade.