5th Ed. Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS Conference

SMS 2019
23 Oct - 25 Oct 2019 | Lisbon - Portugal
Conference Speakers
Keynote Speakers
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Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

After his training as a machinist, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sinapius has studied mechanical engineering at the University of Kassel. Since 1989, he is a rese-archer of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and completed his PhD at the RWTH Aachen University in 1993. His first research areas at the DLR were Structural Dynamics. In 2013, he was appointed a professorship for Adaptive Lightweight Structures at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, and in parallel, became...

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After his training as a machinist, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sinapius has studied mechanical engineering at the University of Kassel. Since 1989, he is a rese-archer of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and completed his PhD at the RWTH Aachen University in 1993. His first research areas at the DLR were Structural Dynamics. In 2013, he was appointed a professorship for Adaptive Lightweight Structures at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, and in parallel, became deputy director of the DLR-institute for Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems in Braunschweig. In 2011, he was offered a position as a professor for Adaptronic Systems at the Braunschweig University of Techno-logy. For the past four years, he established the Institute for Adaptronics and Function Integration with 28 members already. Prof. Sinapius is the speaker of the German Research Foundation (DFG) research group 2021 of Acting Princip-les of Nano-Scaled Matrix Additives for Composite Structures. He is author and co-author of more than 200 publications.

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CEO, Chiba Science Institute, Japan

He is a CEO, Professor, Chiba Science Institute. He was an Executive Director for Advanced R&D Project Development, Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) till Jan. 2011.  He served on SRI for 20 years. Dr. Chiba was supervising advanced R&D programs including Japanese Government projects. Before joining SRI, he worked at Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute Technology, as visiting scientist for three years.

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He is a CEO, Professor, Chiba Science Institute. He was an Executive Director for Advanced R&D Project Development, Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) till Jan. 2011.  He served on SRI for 20 years. Dr. Chiba was supervising advanced R&D programs including Japanese Government projects. Before joining SRI, he worked at Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute Technology, as visiting scientist for three years.

He is the author or coauthor of more than 406 publications in the various areas including artificial muscle actuators & generators, hydrogen safety, and high temperature membranes for hydrogen production. He also wrote 41 books, as the author and co-authors, for computer simulation, nano/micromachines, catalysis, fuel cells, conductive materials, R&D Management, artificial muscles, high temperature membranes for hydrogen production, hydrogen safety, renewable energy, wave power generation, etc.

He has a Ph.D. in Metallurgy & Material Science from the University of Wales (Britain). He jumped to the Ph.D. course without doing M.Sc.

He received lots of prizes including “IAAM medal for outstanding contribution in the field of Advanced Material Science and Technology in 2016”, and “the best paper award from the 5th International Symposium on Environmental Conscious Design in 2007”.

He is acting as editors in several international journals including “Advanced Materials Letters”, “Journal of Materials Engineering and Applications”, “Journal of Steel Structure and Construction”,” Industrial Engineering & Management”, “Journal of Material Sciences”, “Scholar Journal of Applied Science and Research”, “Madridge Journal of Molecular Biology”,” International Journal of Hematology and Blood Research (IJHBR)”, and “Journal of Biomedical and Life Science

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University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal

Mario Ferreira has made contributions in a number of areas of surfaces and corrosion, such as electronic structure of passive films, corrosion in concrete, galvanized steel, aluminum and magnesium alloys, paints, anodizing, biomaterials, atmospheric corrosion, hybrid sol-gel films, inhibitors, self-healing and nanostructured coatings, smart surfaces, localized electrochemical techniques.

He is Full Professor at University of Aveiro....

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Mario Ferreira has made contributions in a number of areas of surfaces and corrosion, such as electronic structure of passive films, corrosion in concrete, galvanized steel, aluminum and magnesium alloys, paints, anodizing, biomaterials, atmospheric corrosion, hybrid sol-gel films, inhibitors, self-healing and nanostructured coatings, smart surfaces, localized electrochemical techniques.

He is Full Professor at University of Aveiro. He is a member of an Associate Laboratory, Aveiro Institute of Materials (CICECO), University of Aveiro. He was Head of the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in the period 2011-2017.

Mario Ferreira has been active in the field of surfaces/corrosion for 40 years and has made major contributions in corrosion through teaching and research.

Mario Ferreira’s publications are in top journals that publish on his subjects; his work is uniformly of the highest quality. The Scopus database reports an h-index=71 (April 2019), which is an extremely high number for his area and reflects the impact of his work. He is also co-author of 18 book chapters and 5 patents. In his career, he has trained a considerable number of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and post-docs, many of whom are now making major contributions on their own.  He has been frequently invited for keynote and plenary talks.

He has been extremely active in scientific societies, representing Portugal in the International Corrosion Council, participating in different working parties of the European Federation of Corrosion, and for 2 years a member of its Board of Administrators. He was also Member of the “Steel Advisory Group” of the “Research Steel and Coal Fund” of European Union (2010-2019). He was Deputy Director-General for Higher Education (Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Portugal) (2003-2007) and Member of the Scientific Council for Exact Sciences and Engineering of “The Foundation for Science and Technology” (FCT), Portugal (2013-2016).

Mario Ferreira received the “H.H. Uhlig Award” of Corrosion Division  of The Electrochemical Society (2013), CAVALLARO Gold Medal, Univ. Ferrara / EFC (2014), Fellow of ISE (2017), Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (2017),  European Corrosion Medal, EFC (2017), Engineers Association Award, Senior Adviser Member, (2015).

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Northumbria University, UK

He was a Reader in Thin Film Centre in University of West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK, and a lecturer in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and then worked as a Research Fellow in Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance, and a Research Associate in University of Cambridge.

He has extensive experience in smart thin film/materials, biomedical...

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He was a Reader in Thin Film Centre in University of West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK, and a lecturer in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and then worked as a Research Fellow in Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance, and a Research Associate in University of Cambridge.

He has extensive experience in smart thin film/materials, biomedical microdevices, energy materials, lab-on-chip, micromechanics, MEMS, nanotechnology, sensors and microfluidics. He has established a worldwide reputation from his pioneer research work on shape memory films, piezoelectric thin films, nanostructured composite/films for applications in MEMS, sensing and renewable energy applications.

His research has been funded by Engineering and Physics Science Research Council (EPSRC), Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Carnegie Trust, UK Fluidic Network, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Government, Scottish Union Physics Alliance (SUPA), Nuffield Foundation, Innovate UK/Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), AWE-UK, EU-Erasmus, Scottish Sensor System Centre/CENSIS, Scottish Funding Council and National Science Foundation of China, etc.

He published over 350 science citation index (SCI) journal papers (including Nat. Comm., Prog. Mater Sci, Nano Energy, Nano Lett., Chem. Mater., J Mater Chem A, Advanced Drug Delivery Review, etc.) 2 books, 20 book chapters, and over 120 conference papers. His current SCI H-index is 42 with over 6900 citations (up to Oct 2018), and his Google scholar H-index is 53.

He has extensive teaching experience in three UK universities with the teaching modules covering Mechanical Engineering, Material Science/Engineering, Physics, Renewable Energy, and Electrical Engineering. He has actively involved in departmental/institutional development in the past 10 years, and served various duties in teaching, research, social and networking activities.

He is associate editor/editorial board members for seven international journals including Scientific Report. He is regular journal paper reviewers for more than 40 journals, and has co-organized 12 international conferences worldwide, and co-edited eight special issues for journals.

He is now served as the Regional President of International Thin Film Society, and Regional Secretary of Taiwan Thin Film Society, and Committee Member of Chinese Society of Heat Treatment and Metallurgy/Chinese Society of Surface Engineering.

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University of Minho, Portugal

Prof. Vasco Teixeira has a PhD degree from University of Minho, Braga-Portugal in Applied Physics. He’s Professor, Entrepreneur and Researcher in the field of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, surface engineering, smart materials, layered nanocomposite functional thin films and nanostructured surfaces.

He is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Nano Research, JNanoR...

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Prof. Vasco Teixeira has a PhD degree from University of Minho, Braga-Portugal in Applied Physics. He’s Professor, Entrepreneur and Researcher in the field of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, surface engineering, smart materials, layered nanocomposite functional thin films and nanostructured surfaces.

He is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Nano Research, JNanoR ((Honorary Editor is Nobel Prize Sir Harry Kroto). He is author or co-author of more than 110 international scientific papers (ISI), 3 ISI journal volumes, 5 book chapters, 3 awarded industry projects in national industrial innovation contests and he gave 25 invited lectures at international conferences.

He is Vice-President of the SOPORVAC-Portuguese Vacuum Society. He is member of the Executive Committee of the SNN-Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is the Chair for the European Advisory Scientific Committee of the SNN. He is member of the Executive Council (Councillor-2004-2007) and 2007-2010 Triennium of IUVSTA-International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications. He is member of Directive Council of the Portuguese Materials Society. He is Coordinator of TTES-Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Division of the SPM-Portuguese Materials Society and Technical Advisory Member of Tribological and Decorative Coatings of the SVC-American Society of Vacuum Coaters.

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Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France

Prof. Jean-François GERARD got his PhD diploma in Polymer Science in 1985 from researches dedicated to syntheses of zwitterionic polyurethanes from sulfobetainic diols for self-emulsifying systems. He joined in 1986 CNRS as permanent scientist and his expertise deals with interfaces in polymer-based materials and nanostructured polymers. He is author of about 240 papers in international journals and 110 invited lectures in international conferences. He acts...

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Prof. Jean-François GERARD got his PhD diploma in Polymer Science in 1985 from researches dedicated to syntheses of zwitterionic polyurethanes from sulfobetainic diols for self-emulsifying systems. He joined in 1986 CNRS as permanent scientist and his expertise deals with interfaces in polymer-based materials and nanostructured polymers. He is author of about 240 papers in international journals and 110 invited lectures in international conferences. He acts also as vice-president of the European Center for Nanostructured Polymers) and President of the European Polymer Federation.

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University of Bath, UK

Dr. Salvador Eslava is a Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Chemical Engineering at University of Bath, UK. He did his MEng in Chemical Engineering at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and a taught master in Materials Science at Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy. He completed his PhD in Leuven, Belgium, at the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (COK) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the international microelectronics...

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Dr. Salvador Eslava is a Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Chemical Engineering at University of Bath, UK. He did his MEng in Chemical Engineering at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and a taught master in Materials Science at Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy. He completed his PhD in Leuven, Belgium, at the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (COK) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the international microelectronics center IMEC, in Prof. Johan Martens’s group. He then held postdoctoral positions in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Cambridge working with Professors Dominic Wright and Richard Lambert and the Department of Materials at Imperial College London working with Prof. Eduardo Saiz. He has published 47 articles on materials for sustainable chemical technologies, including graphene composites, metal oxide semiconductors and porous dielectric materials. Eslava’s lab currently focuses on finding greener routes for the production and optimization of semiconductor devices for solar energy conversion, with especial emphasis on solar fuels.

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University of California, USA

Dr. Peter Fischer received his PhD in Physics (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Technical University in Munich, Germany in 1993 on pioneering work with X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in rare earth systems and his Habilitation from the University in Würzburg, Germany in 2000 based on his pioneering work on Magnetic Soft X-ray microscopy. Since 2004 he is with the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley CA. He is Senior Staff Scientist...

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Dr. Peter Fischer received his PhD in Physics (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Technical University in Munich, Germany in 1993 on pioneering work with X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in rare earth systems and his Habilitation from the University in Würzburg, Germany in 2000 based on his pioneering work on Magnetic Soft X-ray microscopy. Since 2004 he is with the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley CA. He is Senior Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Non-Equilibrium Magnetic Materials Program and currently also Acting Division Director at MSD. His research program is focused on the use of polarized synchrotron radiation for the study of fundamental problems in magnetism. Since 2014 he is also Adjunct Professor for Physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Dr. Fischer has published more than 190 peer reviewed papers and has given over 280 invited presentations at national and international conferences. He was nominated as Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society in 2011. For his achievements of “hitting the 10nm resolution milestone with soft X-ray microscopy” he received the Klaus Halbach Award at the Advanced Light Source in 2010.

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Cambridge Graphene Centre, United Kingdom

Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad, PhD is a Research Associate at Cambridge Graphene Centre, The Department of Engineering at The University of Cambridge. His research work is based on 2d & layered materials Space based technologies. He was among the team of scientists on European Space Agency (ESA)’s Zero Gravity flight who were the first to test Graphene, a modern day marvel material, in Zero Gravity. Besides doing scientific experiments in Zero Gravity flights he...

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Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad, PhD is a Research Associate at Cambridge Graphene Centre, The Department of Engineering at The University of Cambridge. His research work is based on 2d & layered materials Space based technologies. He was among the team of scientists on European Space Agency (ESA)’s Zero Gravity flight who were the first to test Graphene, a modern day marvel material, in Zero Gravity. Besides doing scientific experiments in Zero Gravity flights he also performs experiments in Sounding Rockets. His invention on cooling devices in Space has been covered by international media including but not limited to Reuters, Techradar, CNET, InnovaSpace etc. He has won several awards for his research work such as The Innovator Of The Year by the technology development company, The Outstanding Research Reviewer of the year 2017 by the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, Nano Today Best Scientific Presentation and many other Best Scientific Talks awards at international scientific conferences.

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ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST, Catalonia, Spain

Prof. Jordi Arbiol was born in Molins de Rei (Catalonia) in 1975. Having graduated in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 from this same institution in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials. He was assistant professor at the UB. From 2009 to 2015 he was a group leader at the Institut de Ciència de Materials...

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Prof. Jordi Arbiol was born in Molins de Rei (Catalonia) in 1975. Having graduated in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 from this same institution in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials. He was assistant professor at the UB. From 2009 to 2015 he was a group leader at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), as well as the scientific supervisor of its electron microscopy facilities. He is President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME) since 2017 and held the position of vice-president  from 2013 to 2017, having been a member of its Executive Board since 2009. Since 2015 he has been the leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group. He was awarded the 2014 EU40 Materials Prize E-MRS, the 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award and was listed in the Top 40 under 40 Power List (2014) by The Analytical Scientist. He has more than 290 peer-reviewed publications and more than 10100 citations with h-index:56 (WoS).

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Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, University of Sunderland, UK

Professor Elmarakbi obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada (2004). After a couple of successful postdoctoral fellowships in Canada and Japan, he moved to the University of Sunderland, UK in 2007, where he is, currently, Professor of Automotive Composites. His research interests lie in the area of energy-efficient and safe vehicles (EESVs) including low carbon vehicles, advanced composite materials,...

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Professor Elmarakbi obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada (2004). After a couple of successful postdoctoral fellowships in Canada and Japan, he moved to the University of Sunderland, UK in 2007, where he is, currently, Professor of Automotive Composites. His research interests lie in the area of energy-efficient and safe vehicles (EESVs) including low carbon vehicles, advanced composite materials, including graphene related materials, for automotive applications, hierarchical meso-architectures as heterogeneous catalysts, and multi-functional materials modelling and design.

His work outcomes are recognised both nationally and internationally as evident from his 90+ invited talks and presentations; 150+ peer-reviewed research papers and patents. Most recently, he has published the book: A. Elmarakbi (2013) “Advanced Composite Materials for Automotive Applications: Structural Integrity and Crashworthiness”, Wiley, UK.

He is member of the EU Graphene Flagship and also is laureate in the '1000 talents'-program of China. He has been involved in various professional activities: served as an Expert Reviewer for FP7, Horizon2020 and EPSRC; Founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Automotive Composites; Chaired and convened a number of international conferences; and Chairman of the International Conference of Automotive Composites (1st edition was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 21-23 Sep. 2016).

He has an extensive track record of international collaboration with the automotive industry and world-class academic institutions over the last 20 years. He has extensive experience in managing national and international projects, including multi-disciplinary collaborative projects with Europe, USA, Canada, China, Japan, and Brazil. He has received many prestigious awards and grants world-wide, including EPSRC, NSERC, JSPS, OGS, FP7, Horizon2020, Graphene Flagship, and several fellowships.

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Nottingham Trent University, UK

Jake Kaner is a Professor in the School of Art and Design at the Nottingham Trent University. As Associate Dean for Research he is responsible for all research groups within the School, which includes the Advanced Textiles Research Group led by Prof Tilak Dias, a renowned world expert on e-textiles. He was a panel member of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF14) and is also a panel member for the UKREF21 which has an expected annual budget of £2B.

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Jake Kaner is a Professor in the School of Art and Design at the Nottingham Trent University. As Associate Dean for Research he is responsible for all research groups within the School, which includes the Advanced Textiles Research Group led by Prof Tilak Dias, a renowned world expert on e-textiles. He was a panel member of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF14) and is also a panel member for the UKREF21 which has an expected annual budget of £2B.

Jake is currently supervising a PhD on the use of sensors in the smart habitat for the older persons, where sensors are embedded in upholstery and wearables to detect and monitor a number of functions. Jake leads a working group for the COST Action CA16226 Smart Habitat for the Elderly, which focusses on the interior environment to improve lives of older persons. He received a PhD from Brunel University in 2001 and has supervised doctoral students in areas from furniture to the smart habitat

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Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Feng’s research field is the high-performance structures with emerging materials and advanced construction technics for civil engineering, including the following interests:

  • ALL FRP (FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER) STRUCTURES AND FRP HYBRID STRUCTURES, including FRP-concrete-steel hybrid columns, FRP bridges and FRP-concrete hybrid bridges, FRP woven web structures, FRP transmission towers, FRP-aluminum hybrid structures,...
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Dr. Feng’s research field is the high-performance structures with emerging materials and advanced construction technics for civil engineering, including the following interests:

  • ALL FRP (FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER) STRUCTURES AND FRP HYBRID STRUCTURES, including FRP-concrete-steel hybrid columns, FRP bridges and FRP-concrete hybrid bridges, FRP woven web structures, FRP transmission towers, FRP-aluminum hybrid structures, and FRP tendons/cables.
  • FRP STRENGTHENING EXISTING STRUCTURES, including FRP strengthening steel to resist buckling or to resist fatigue failure, steel pipeline strengthening, and anti-collapse strengthening for reinforced concrete structures.
  • ADVANCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES, including durable concrete structures, 3D-printed cementitious structures, cold-formed thin-walled steel reinforced concrete structures, industrialized precast concrete structures, and bionic engineering design.
  • INTEGRATION OF STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, including corrosion resistant structures in server environments, sandwich panels integrated solar cell, life-cycle behavior of desulfurization system in power stations, FRP gas flues and chimneys, and maintenance-free offshore structures.

 

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University of Zaragoza, Spain

Prof. José María De Teresa leads the group of Nanofabrication and Advanced Microscopies (NANOMIDAS) at the Institute of Materials Science of Aragon (CSIC-University of Zaragoza, Spain).

Coordinator of the Spanish network on Nanolithography (NANOLITO) and the FIB-SEM area in the Spanish National facility for Advanced Microscopies. Board member of the Condensed Matter Division in the European Physical Society. My main...

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Prof. José María De Teresa leads the group of Nanofabrication and Advanced Microscopies (NANOMIDAS) at the Institute of Materials Science of Aragon (CSIC-University of Zaragoza, Spain).

Coordinator of the Spanish network on Nanolithography (NANOLITO) and the FIB-SEM area in the Spanish National facility for Advanced Microscopies. Board member of the Condensed Matter Division in the European Physical Society. My main research interests are nanofabrication with focused electron and ion beams, magnetic nanostructures, nano-superconductivity and epitaxial graphene. More than 200 research articles (h factor=40) and 75 invited conferences. Supervisor of 13 PhD thesis (4 in progress).

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AAT Composites (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Louis has an M.Eng (Mech) degree (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a D.Eng (Mech) degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He began his career in 1994 as a short-term contract researcher at the CSIR. This was followed by a 4 year research period in Tokyo, Japan.  In 1999, he joined Aerodyne Aviation Technology (the forerunner of AAT Composites) as engineer, and later was promoted to Engineering Manager, and subsequently Snr Manager:...

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Louis has an M.Eng (Mech) degree (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a D.Eng (Mech) degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He began his career in 1994 as a short-term contract researcher at the CSIR. This was followed by a 4 year research period in Tokyo, Japan.  In 1999, he joined Aerodyne Aviation Technology (the forerunner of AAT Composites) as engineer, and later was promoted to Engineering Manager, and subsequently Snr Manager: Engineering.  Currently he holds the position Snr Expert: Composites Innovation and Portfolio.

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School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore

Galina Mihaleva is an Assistant Professor at the school of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Her work and research deal primarily with the dialogue between body and dress, driven by the idea of having both a physical and a psychological relationship with a garment as a responsive clothing - wearable technology. Prior to joining NTU, Galina thought at Arizona State University for more than 15 years...

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Galina Mihaleva is an Assistant Professor at the school of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Her work and research deal primarily with the dialogue between body and dress, driven by the idea of having both a physical and a psychological relationship with a garment as a responsive clothing - wearable technology. Prior to joining NTU, Galina thought at Arizona State University for more than 15 years costume design and designed for world renown choreographers in USA, ASIA and Europe. She is the founder of Galina Couture in Scottsdale Arizona, where her team develops exclusive collections of one of kind designs. Her art and design work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums across United States, Asia, Central and South America and Europe. In 2007 she was nominated for the best design award at Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Galina received the Rumi award in USA and the first place at the Tiffany’s Paris fashionweek in 2016. Beyond in-depth analysis of cultural values she combines traditional tailoring methods while developing and using new materials and innovative construction proses. Unbounded by the old rules, Galina now offers her work as a testimony to the power of beauty and expression, and to the transcendent human spirit.

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Institute for Biomedical Research Málaga, Spain

Guillermo de la Cueva Méndez studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He obtained his PhD at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, also in Madrid, studying the regulation and mode of action of toxin Kid and its antitoxin Kis, two proteins that contribute to the survival of plasmid R1, an antibiotic resistance factor, in its bacterial hosts. Afterwards he joined Professor Ron Laskey´s group at the...

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Guillermo de la Cueva Méndez studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He obtained his PhD at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, also in Madrid, studying the regulation and mode of action of toxin Kid and its antitoxin Kis, two proteins that contribute to the survival of plasmid R1, an antibiotic resistance factor, in its bacterial hosts. Afterwards he joined Professor Ron Laskey´s group at the Wellcome/Cancer Research Campaign Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom, were he analyzed the effects of bacterial Toxin-Antitoxin pairs in animal cells. His work showed that toxin Kid induces apoptosis in human cells, and that this effect is neutralized by the antitoxin Kis. These results led him to propose the possibility of creating synthetic genetic circuits that allow modulating precisely and differentially the relative amounts of Kid and Kis in different cells of an organisms, depending on their origin, differentiation state, environmental stimuli or genetic integrity, to achieve selective killing of target cells. The biotechnological and therapeutic potential of this proposal led Guillermo to join the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre, also in Cambridge, as principal investigator in the MRC Cancer Cell Unit. Since then, research in his group has focused on the design and development of synthetic systems using Kid and Kis that kill cancer cells in a controlled, precise and autonomous manner, without harming other cells, and of parallel technologies that allow the personalization and facilitate the implementation of these systems in the clinic. His efforts to understand the biology of Toxin-Antitoxin pairs and to apply this knowledge to the development of smart biopharmaceuticals using Synthetic Biology has produced a number of patents and publications. Currently, Guillermo is Principal Investigator in the Synthetic Biology and Smart Therapeutic Systems Laboratory in BIONAND.

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Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuário (CITEVE), Portugal

With a degree on Systems Engineering and Informatics by University of Minho, Paulo has background experience in large companies such as SONAE or TMG (Textile Manuel Gonçalves). At the present, he’s in charge of Innovation Management Department of CITEVE, accumulating to this function the responsibility of IT Department and the secretariat of european platform TEXTRANET.

With his large experience in Project Management...

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With a degree on Systems Engineering and Informatics by University of Minho, Paulo has background experience in large companies such as SONAE or TMG (Textile Manuel Gonçalves). At the present, he’s in charge of Innovation Management Department of CITEVE, accumulating to this function the responsibility of IT Department and the secretariat of european platform TEXTRANET.

With his large experience in Project Management where he manages several european consortiums with different types of companies from different nationalities, according the PMBOK methodology, he's also responsable for all IPR and entrepreneurship issues of CITEVE.

In terms of IT management, Paulo is responsible for the management of the infrastructure (hardware and software level), analysis of contracts, licensing negotiation and proposals to purchase equipments.

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University of Lisbon, Portugal

Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa and Researcher of Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica - IDMEC/IST. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. His research activities have been related to modelling, optimisation and testing of composite and adaptive structures, inverse characterisation of composite and piezoelectric materials, sandwich structures, structural damping and active...

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Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa and Researcher of Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica - IDMEC/IST. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. His research activities have been related to modelling, optimisation and testing of composite and adaptive structures, inverse characterisation of composite and piezoelectric materials, sandwich structures, structural damping and active control of multifunctional structures for noise and vibration attenuation. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Automotive Composites.

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National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece

Dr. Christos RIZIOTIS is a faculty Researcher at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute of the National Hellenic Research Foundation -NHRF, Athens, Greece where he is leading the activity "Applied Photonics-Materials and Devices". He holds a Ph.D. in Photonics from Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK (2001),...

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Dr. Christos RIZIOTIS is a faculty Researcher at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute of the National Hellenic Research Foundation -NHRF, Athens, Greece where he is leading the activity "Applied Photonics-Materials and Devices". He holds a Ph.D. in Photonics from Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK (2001), an M.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Degree in Physics both from National University of Athens. His research interests and work cover the areas of photonic materials, integrated optics, direct laser writing & micromachining, fibre sensors, optical communications, nanophotonics, plasmonics, with successfully demonstrated applications in defence industry, Structural Health Monitoring, industrial process monitoring,  chemical sensors and biomedical / healthcare applications. He has participated or developed a number of collaborations and R&D projects with industry (Pirelli Cavi, Southampton Photonics, Stratophase, MBDA Missile Systems, Kleemann Lifts S.A., Bayern Chemie Propellants GmbH etc) and has authored a wide thematic range of research publications, holding also three (3) international patents. He is reviewer in over 30 technical Journals, Member of Editorial Board in several Journals in sensors, materials and instrumentation, and organizer of four Journals' special issues in optical materials and sensing. He was the Chair of the 6th IC-MAST "International Conference on Materials and Applications for Sensors and Transducers" and serves as committee member in a number of international conferences. He serves also as Management Committee Member for a number of research academic networks like COST Actions in the areas of sensing, novel materials, manufacturing, and healthcare, while served also as expert in the IEC Standardization Committee for Fibre Optic Sensors.

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University of Lyon, France

Prof. Jannick Duchet-Rumeau got a PhD diploma of University of Lyon in 1996 focused on modelling of the interface in a polyethylene/glass system tuned by the grafting connecting chains to improve the adhesion properties. She had a post PhD position in Louvain La Neuve (Belgium) where she worked on polymer nanotubes. In 1998, she got a full professor position in 2010 in the laboratory ‘Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères’ UMR CNRS #5223....

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Prof. Jannick Duchet-Rumeau got a PhD diploma of University of Lyon in 1996 focused on modelling of the interface in a polyethylene/glass system tuned by the grafting connecting chains to improve the adhesion properties. She had a post PhD position in Louvain La Neuve (Belgium) where she worked on polymer nanotubes. In 1998, she got a full professor position in 2010 in the laboratory ‘Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères’ UMR CNRS #5223. Her research topics are related to nanocomposites materials, mesoporous materials, nanomaterials from Ionic Liquids (Head of GDR LIPS http://www.gdr-lips.fr) and tailoring of interfaces/interphases in the heterogeneous materials.

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University of Coimbra, Portugal
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University of Tartu, Estonia

Prof. Alvo Aabloo, from Institute of Technology, Tartu University in Estonia, received his PhD from Tartu University in 1994. Made his postdoc in Uppsala University. Main research interests are electroactive polymer actuators and sensors, computational materials science, robotics incl educational robotics. He is a famous polymer material professor and has wide research interests including Electro-active polymer, Polyelectrolyte and new energy, Simulation on polymer...

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Prof. Alvo Aabloo, from Institute of Technology, Tartu University in Estonia, received his PhD from Tartu University in 1994. Made his postdoc in Uppsala University. Main research interests are electroactive polymer actuators and sensors, computational materials science, robotics incl educational robotics. He is a famous polymer material professor and has wide research interests including Electro-active polymer, Polyelectrolyte and new energy, Simulation on polymer material, Special robots and soft robots, Space application technology etc. Now Prof. Alvo Aabloo is the group leader of Intelligent Materials and Systems Laboratory (IMS lab, www.ims.ut.ee), which is multidisciplinary research unit with aim combine computer modelling techniques, polymeric materials science and engineering at Tartu University. He is leading a multi-discipline group with about 14 core members including polymer, electronic material, computer and robot scientists.

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Aeronautics and Astronautics Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Paula is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where she works on alternative fuels for civil aviation. She was born and raised in Florianópolis, Brazil. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. and an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and a B.S. in Business from Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina. During her undergrads, she did internships in London, Germany and Brazil and...

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Paula is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where she works on alternative fuels for civil aviation. She was born and raised in Florianópolis, Brazil. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. and an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and a B.S. in Business from Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina. During her undergrads, she did internships in London, Germany and Brazil and was active in student leadership. Motivated to give opportunities to minority students, Paula has worked with many different NGOs and is now Outreach Director at the Women’s Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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University of Cantabria, Spain

José Miguel López-Higuera, (1954), Fellow SPIE 2012; Fellow OSA 2014; Senior IEEE 1998. Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Cantabria, 2015. Member of CIBER-BBN of Instituto de Salud Carlos III, 2016 and also member of instituto de Investigación Valdecilla, IDIVAL, 2017.

Founder and Head of the Photonics Engineering Group, at the University of Cantabria. Founder and Director of the International School...

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José Miguel López-Higuera, (1954), Fellow SPIE 2012; Fellow OSA 2014; Senior IEEE 1998. Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Cantabria, 2015. Member of CIBER-BBN of Instituto de Salud Carlos III, 2016 and also member of instituto de Investigación Valdecilla, IDIVAL, 2017.

Founder and Head of the Photonics Engineering Group, at the University of Cantabria. Founder and Director of the International School of Light Sciences and Technologies, ISLIST at UIMP, 2016. Member of international Committees of Conferences of more than 32 (+32) R&D Institutions and Companies in the field of Photonics (mainly in sensing): International Steering’s (ISC), Technical Programs (TPC), Scientific SC). Director of 17 PhD theses (8 with extraordinary PhD award) framed inside the Photonics/Fiber Sensing field.

His R&D work focuses on Optical Fibre Sensor Systems and Instrumentations for Civil Engineering, Construction, Electrical Power Generation, Aero-space, Siderurgy, Automotive, Environmental, Medical and Biomedical, Smart Structure applications. 112 R&D&i projects (58 with public and competitive funding) acting on 93 of they as manager, coordinator or main researcher).

More than 740 research publications (including 71 invited talks) and 20 patents closely related to optical and fiber techniques for sensors and instrumentations

He has received numerous awards and recognitions being the most recent: admission to the Royal Academy of Medicine of Cantabria 2014; 2014 Awards for their R&D results by the Board of Trustees of the University of Cantabria Research Award; the Lifetime Achievements Award by the EWOFS, Limerick, Ireland, May 2016.

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Minho University, Portugal

Paula Margarida Vidigal Soares Teixeira Ferreira is associate professor at the Chemistry Department of Universidade do Minho and a senior researcher in Centro de Química from Universidade do Minho. She received her MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Universidade de Coimbra (1989) and her PhD in Chemistry from the Universidade do Minho (1996). Her current research is focused on the development of new methodologies for the synthesis...

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Paula Margarida Vidigal Soares Teixeira Ferreira is associate professor at the Chemistry Department of Universidade do Minho and a senior researcher in Centro de Química from Universidade do Minho. She received her MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Universidade de Coimbra (1989) and her PhD in Chemistry from the Universidade do Minho (1996). Her current research is focused on the development of new methodologies for the synthesis of non-proteinogenic amino acid derivatives and their application as fluorescent markers, conformational probes and new materials for biomedical applications.

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Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research-National Research Council, Italy

Antonella Macagnano received the Biological Science’s Degree in 1993 at Lecce University and the Professional’s Degree in 1994. Since 2001 she is Research Scientist at the National Research Council (CNR). She has been leader (2001–2013) of the job-order entitled “Bio-inspired Sensoristic Systems and Technologies for Space and Human Safety” at Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) of CNR. Since 2013, she...

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Antonella Macagnano received the Biological Science’s Degree in 1993 at Lecce University and the Professional’s Degree in 1994. Since 2001 she is Research Scientist at the National Research Council (CNR). She has been leader (2001–2013) of the job-order entitled “Bio-inspired Sensoristic Systems and Technologies for Space and Human Safety” at Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) of CNR. Since 2013, she is Researcher and Leader of the action called “High-Performance Sensors and Sensing Systems for Monitoring Air Quality and Environment” at Institute of Atmospheric Pollutant Research (IIA) of CNR. She has been cooperating with many International and National scientists for designing and studying novel sensors (gravimetric, conductive, capacitive) and bio-inspired sensing strategies, based on nanostructured and biofunctionalized materials for environmental and biomedical applications, within several projects (among them, various as a leader). At present, she is member of the Management Committee of a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action MP1206 entitled “Electrospun Nano-fibres for Bio-inspired Composite Materials and Innovative Industrial Applications” (2013–2017) and the leader of the Working Group devoted to Industrial/Technical applications.

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Zaragoza University, Spain

Dr. Raul Arenal received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Univ. Paris-Sud (Orsay, France, 2005) and in 2013, he obtained his Habilitation (HDR) also at this University. From April 2005 to August 2007, he joined the Electron Microscopy Center in Argonne National Laboratory (ANL, USA) as post doctoral fellow. In 2007, he became research scientist (Chargé de Recherches) at the CNRS (France). From September 2010 to December 2011, he was visiting scientist (sabbatical...

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Dr. Raul Arenal received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Univ. Paris-Sud (Orsay, France, 2005) and in 2013, he obtained his Habilitation (HDR) also at this University. From April 2005 to August 2007, he joined the Electron Microscopy Center in Argonne National Laboratory (ANL, USA) as post doctoral fellow. In 2007, he became research scientist (Chargé de Recherches) at the CNRS (France). From September 2010 to December 2011, he was visiting scientist (sabbatical position) at the Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA) at the Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA) of the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). Since 2012, Dr. Arenal is on leave from the CNRS, and he is currently ARAID research scientist at the LMA-INA-Universidad de Zaragoza. Since 2018, he is the Director of the TEM area of the LMA-INA. In addition, since 2007 he is visiting researcher at the ANL (USA). He has published more than 170 papers (H=35) in refereed journals, edited 1 book and published 6 chapters of a book. In 2017, Dr. Arenal has been elected member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) and also from this year he has been elected at the board of the YAE. His broad area of research interest lies in electron microscopy focused on materials science and nanoscience: TEM (EELS, HR(S)TEM, electron diffraction, electron tomography). These studies are mainly focused on the growth mechanism, structural and physical (electronic, optical, vibrational, mechanical) properties of nanomaterials based on carbon, boron and nitrogen as well as other nano-structures (in particular, metallic nano-objects for plasmonic/photonic interest). Among his scientific activities, Dr. Arenal is the chair of the HeteroNanoCarb conference series (http://heteronanocarb.org) focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials.

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Laboratoire Léon Brillouin- CEA/ CNRS, France

Dr. Laurence Noirez is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), Université Paris-Saclay (France). Working in a Large Facility that welcomes around 500 experimentalists per year, Dr. Noirez has a 25 years expertise in neutron scattering, diffraction and instrumentation. Her main developments concern a multiscale structural and dynamic study of simple and complex fluids (microfluidics) taking into account in particular the liquid/surface...

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Dr. Laurence Noirez is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), Université Paris-Saclay (France). Working in a Large Facility that welcomes around 500 experimentalists per year, Dr. Noirez has a 25 years expertise in neutron scattering, diffraction and instrumentation. Her main developments concern a multiscale structural and dynamic study of simple and complex fluids (microfluidics) taking into account in particular the liquid/surface boundary conditions. Dr. L. Noirez established that liquids are long range elastically correlated and measured their low frequency shear elasticity. She also evidenced the impact of the interfacial forces on the liquid flow showing in particular that liquids can produce cold. She has published over SCI 130 articles.

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Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Prof Kaspar Jansen received his MSc degree at Twente University. In January 1988 he started his PhD on injection molding at the Delft University of Technology. Part of his PhD research he performed at Philips Research Laboratories (1991). He received his PhD in March 1993 and worked for two years at the university of Salerno (Italy). After two more Postdocs he started working as an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. First at the faculty of Mechanical...

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Prof Kaspar Jansen received his MSc degree at Twente University. In January 1988 he started his PhD on injection molding at the Delft University of Technology. Part of his PhD research he performed at Philips Research Laboratories (1991). He received his PhD in March 1993 and worked for two years at the university of Salerno (Italy). After two more Postdocs he started working as an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. First at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering and since April 2012 the IDE department. In October 2015 he started as the head of the new Emerging Materials research group. His research interests are: wearables, smart and interactive materials and their integration in design.

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University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Xiaoyi Bao is a Professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bao's research includes study of nonlinear effects in fibers for sensing, devices and communications, development of distributed fiber optics sensors for temperature, strain, vibration, acoustic wave, birefringence and refractive index for chemical and bio-sensing, static and dynamic monitoring of civil structures, nonlinear scattering and parametric amplifications, study of the dynamic polarization...

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Dr. Xiaoyi Bao is a Professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bao's research includes study of nonlinear effects in fibers for sensing, devices and communications, development of distributed fiber optics sensors for temperature, strain, vibration, acoustic wave, birefringence and refractive index for chemical and bio-sensing, static and dynamic monitoring of civil structures, nonlinear scattering and parametric amplifications, study of the dynamic polarization mode dispersion effects in field fibers, Rayleigh, Brillouin and Raman scattering based distributed sensors and their applications; micro- and nano -fibers based sensors and devices, and highly coherent fiber laser design and development.

From 1994 to 2000 she was a Professor at the University of New Brunswick. In 2000 she joined the Department of Physics of the University of Ottawa as a professor. In 2003 she became a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Fibre Optics and Photonics. She received the University of Ottawa Inventor of the Year Award for 2003. She is fellow of Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE. She has published over 210 refereed journal papers in journals.

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