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European Graphene Forum 2016 Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Dr. Cinzia Casiraghi

School of Chemistry, University of Manchester - United Kingdom

Dr Cinzia Casiraghi received her BSc and MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2006. In 2005 she was awarded with an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, followed by the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2007 and the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, won in 2008. This Prize is given to young, cutting-edge researchers, providing them with risk capital to pursue innovative projects and establish their own lab at a very early stage in their careers. This allowed her to become a Junior Group Leader at the Physics Department of the Free University Berlin (Germany). From 2010 she is also a permanent Staff member of the School of Chemistry, at the University of Manchester (UK), where she has been appointed as lecturer in graphene’s chemistry. She is also member of the Athena Swan committee of the School of Chemistry.

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Prof. Giancarlo Faini

Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures- CNRS Paris, France

Giancarlo Faini is in charge of the project and the Director of the future Center for Nanosciences & Nanotechnology (C2N – CNRS/UPSud) that will be open on June 2016. From 2010 to September 2015, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Physics of the CNRS, in charge of the Condensed Matter Physics and the Nanosciences.

 

Senior researcher at the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures (LPN – CNRS), he defended a PhD thesis in 1988 at the Solid State Laboratory in Orsay University. The subject was the phase diagram investigations of low dimensional Bechgaard’s salts by thermodynamics measurements at very low temperature, using a new original experimental approach developed during this work. He was thus able to investigate the fractional quantum nesting in the organic metal (TMTSF)2ClO4.

 

Giancarlo’s present research fields of interest are in:

  • Mesoscopic physics with a particular focus on coherence mechanisms in quantum transport properties
  • Nanomagnetism and spintronics in metallic magnetic systems and in diluted magnetic semiconductors, with a focus on coherent quantum mesospintronics
  • Development of new nanofabrication process and approaches
  • Science – Art collaborative projects

 

Giancarlo Faini is co-author of more than 150 papers in International peer reviewed journals, of one patent and attended more than 30 conferences as invited speaker.

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari

Cambridge Graphene Centre, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge- UK

Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari is the director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge- UK.

Prof. Andrea is Professor of Nanotechnology and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. He is the Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Head of the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and Nanoscience Centre. He is Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College.

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Prof. Valerio Pruneri

Optoelectronics group at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain

Valerio Pruneri is an ICREA Industrial Professor, Corning Inc. Chair and group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). Previously he worked for Avanex, Corning, Pirelli, and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (University of Southampton).
He has more than 30 patents and 60 invited talks at major international conferences.
In recognition to his effort in industrially oriented research, he received the Philip Morris Prize for Scientific and Technological Research, the Pirelli Research Fellowship, the IBM Faculty Award, the Corning Inc. Professorship and the Duran Farell Prize for Technological Research.

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Prof. Giancarlo Faini

Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures- CNRS Paris, France

Giancarlo Faini is in charge of the project and the Director of the future Center for Nanosciences & Nanotechnology (C2N – CNRS/UPSud) that will be open on June 2016. From 2010 to September 2015, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Physics of the CNRS, in charge of the Condensed Matter Physics and the Nanosciences.

 

Senior researcher at the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures (LPN – CNRS), he defended a PhD thesis in 1988 at the Solid State Laboratory in Orsay University. The subject was the phase diagram investigations of low dimensional Bechgaard’s salts by thermodynamics measurements at very low temperature, using a new original experimental approach developed during this work. He was thus able to investigate the fractional quantum nesting in the organic metal (TMTSF)2ClO4.

 

Giancarlo’s present research fields of interest are in:

  • Mesoscopic physics with a particular focus on coherence mechanisms in quantum transport properties
  • Nanomagnetism and spintronics in metallic magnetic systems and in diluted magnetic semiconductors, with a focus on coherent quantum mesospintronics
  • Development of new nanofabrication process and approaches
  • Science – Art collaborative projects

 

Giancarlo Faini is co-author of more than 150 papers in International peer reviewed journals, of one patent and attended more than 30 conferences as invited speaker.

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Prof. Dimitri Basov

University of California, San Diego, USA

Dr. Basov is a Professor of Physics at Columbia University in New York. He is an expert in infrared and optical spectroscopy of quantum materials. Recently, his group has advanced infrared methods to ultra-fast time scales and ultra-short length scales. He has made significant contributions to the field of correlated electron materials by exploring the electronic phase separation associated with the insulator-to-metal transition in prototypical correlated electron materials. His recent work on infrared nano-imaging has led to the discovery of propagating surface plasmons and phonon polaritons in two dimensional atomic crystals; a novel class of quantum materials. Dr. Basov has won numerous awards, including an Isakson Prize from the American Physical Society, the Humboldt Prize, and the Ludwig Genzel Prize. He is the Moore Investigator in Quantum Materials (2014). 

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Prof. Antonio H. CASTRO NETO

Director, Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Antonio H. Castro Neto got his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994. In 1994, he moved to the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1995, he became an Assistant Professor at University of California at Riverside. In 2000, he moved to Boston University as Professor of Physics. At Boston, Prof. Castro Neto became one of the leading theorists in the study of graphene and other two dimensional materials. Since 2010, Prof. Castro Neto is the Director of the Graphene Research Center and in 2014 he became Director of the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials funded by the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Prof. Castro Neto is a Distinguished Professor in the Physics Department and Professor at the Department of Electrical andComputer Engineering and the Department of Material Science Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

In 2003, Prof. Castro Neto was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and in 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the Colloquia Editor for Reviews of Modern Physics, and member of the Editorial Board of “Chinese Physics B” and “Acta Physica Sinica”. Prof. Castro Neto was awarded the 11th Ross J. Martin Award by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California Regent Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the visiting Miller Professorship by the University of California, Berkeley, the visiting Gordon Godfrey Professorship by the University of New South Wales, Australia, the Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor at the SKKU Advanced Institute of Nano-Technology (SAINT), South Korea, the Hsun Lee Lecture Award by the Institute of Metal Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Kramers Professorship at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Prof. Castro Neto has authored more than 250 manuscripts and has published in prestigious journals including Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, and Physical Review Letters, and has over 25,000 citations. Prof. Castro Neto has given more than 300 seminars worldwide.

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Prof. Sergey Mikhailov

University of Augsburg, Germany

Dr. Sergey Mikhailov received his PhD from the Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of Sciences (1987) and conducted research in different Universities and research institutes in Russia, Germany, Sweden and Japan. He is an author of several patents and more than 180 research papers and conference contributions, and an editor of two books on graphene. His research interests include the theory of low-dimensional electron systems in semiconductors and in graphene, as well as of the theory of electronic and optoelectronic devices based on these systems. He was the Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, and the Senior Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. At present he is a private lecturer at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and a principal investigator of several national and European research projects related to the physics of graphene based optoelectronic devices.

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Prof. Paolo Samorì

University of Strasbourg, France

Paolo Samorì is Distinguished Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director of the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), where he leads the Nanochemistry Laboratory. He obtained a master’s degree (Laurea) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Bologna, Italy in 1995 and a PhD in chemistry from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany in 2000. He was appointed Permanent Researcher at the National Research Council (CNR) in Bologna in 2001, Visiting Professor at ISIS in 2003 and Full Professor in 2008.

The current research activities of Paolo Samorì are focused on the chemistry of two-dimensional materials, smart supramolecular systems as well as high-performance multifunctional materials and (nano)devices in order to develop an “Internet of functions” for energy, sensing and optoeletronic applications.

Paolo Samorì was elected Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) in 2010, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2012, Member of the Academia Europaea and of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) in 2014 and Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) in 2019. He also received numerous prestigious awards, including the Guy Ourisson Prize from the Cercle Gutenberg in 2010, the CNRS Silver Medal in 2012, the Spanish-French Catalán–Sabatier Prize from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and the German-French Wittig–Grignard Prize from the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2017, the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award, the Pierre Süe Prize from the French Chemical Society (SCF) and the Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Science from EURASC in 2018, the ERC Advanced Grant (2019), the “Étoiles de l’Europe” Prize (2019), the ERC Proof of Concept Grant (2020), the RSC/SCF Joint Lectureship in Chemical Sciences (2020) and MRS fellow (2021).

Paolo Samorì is Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances (RSC) and Member of the Advisory Board of Advanced Materials, Small, ChemPlusChem, ChemNanoMat, ChemPhysChem, ChemSystemsChem (Wiley-VCH), Chemical Society Reviews, Nanoscale Horizons, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Chemical Communications (RSC), ACS Nano, ACS Omega (ACS) and BMC Materials (Springer Nature).

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Dr. Norbert Fabricius

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Dr. Norbert Fabricius graduated in Physics and received his PhD from the University of Essen in 1985. In his industrial career between 1986 and 2002 he developed materials and processes for the manufacturing of integrated optical components used in telecommunication networks. His last industrial position was Director Operations at JDS Uniphase in Germany.

In 2003 he joined the Research Centre Karlsruhe (now KIT) as the head of the Helmholtz Program “Microsystem Technologies” and “Nanotechnology”. Since 2008 he is responsible for nanotechnology standardization.

He has experience in standardization on the national (DKE, DIN) and international (IEC, ISO) level for 25 years in different technology areas as well as in industrial and academic environments. He acts as the Secretary for the IEC Technical Committee 113 “Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems” and is a member in a number of related IEC and ISO technical committees. On the national level he is Divisional Chairman of Div. 1 “General electrical engineering, materials for electrotechnology, environmental protection” at the DKE and active in a number of national standardization committees.

His most recent activity is the establishment of a standardization committee within the EU FET Flagship Initiative Graphene and the CENELEC Workshop on “Specifications for Graphene Related Material”.

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Prof. Zhongfan Liu

Peking University, China

Liu Zhongfan received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Institute for Molecular Science (IMS), Japan, he became an associate professor (1993), full professor (1993) and Cheung Kong Chair professor (1999) of Peking University. He was elected as the member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2011. He is now the director of Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and Center for Nanochemistry of Peking University. His research interest is focused on low dimensional carbon materials and novel 2D atomic crystals targeting nanoelectronic and energy conversion devices together with the exploration of fundamental phenomena in nanoscale systems.

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Prof. Christian Schönenberger

University of Basel, Switzerland

Christian Schönenberger is an electrical engineer and experimental physicist by training. He was awarded a Ph.D degree in physics from ETH-Zürich in 1986 for his work conducted at the IBM research lab in Switzerland. He than stayed as a postdoc and staff researcher at Philips research Eindhoven for 5 years after he was appointed full professor in experimental condensed matter physics at the University of Basel. He is the director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and group leader of the nanoelectronics group at the Department of Physics of the University of Basel. His research focus is in electrical properties of nano-sized hybrid devices realized using carbon nanotubes, semiconducting nanowires and graphene. Please visit the web site www.nanoelectronics.ch.

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Dr. Paolo Bondavalli

Head of Nanomaterial topic team, Thales Research and Technology, France

Dr. Paolo Bondavalli is the Head of Nanomaterial team at Thales Research and Technology (CNRS/Thales, UMR137) and he is a member of the Nanocarb Lab. (joint team Ecole Polytechnique/Thales). Presently his work is focused on the development of new materials (e.g. graphene, cnts, nanowires) for the new generation of electronics devices and for energy storage applications and memristor. Dr Bondavalli has received his Hdr in 2011, at Paris-Sud on a work on “devices based on random network of carbon nanotubes”. During the last five years, he has participated, also as coordinator, in several EU projects (concerning MEMS, MOEMS, CNTs, graphene, spintronics) and ANR projects. He is involved in the Graphene Flagship initiative where he is in charge in the energy work package of the supercapacitor part.

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Prof. Herre van der Zant

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Prof Herre van der Zant finished his Ph.D in 1991 at the Delft University of Technology on measurements of classical and quantum phase transitions in Josephson junction arrays. After his Ph.D, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work on superconducting electronics. After three years, Herre van der Zant returned to Delft to start a new direction in mesoscopic charge density waves. On this subject he received a five year fellowship from the Royal Academy for Sciences. In 2005, he cofounded the Molecular Electronics and Devices group in the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology. As a professor in this group, his research focuses on transport through single molecules and nano-electromechanical systems.

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Prof. Alberto Morpurgo

Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Prof. Alberto Morpurgo is an expert in the investigation of the electronic properties of materials through the study of transport in nano-fabricated devices. He received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Groningen, where he worked on mesoscopic superconducting proximity effect and other aspects of mesoscopic physics (for which he was awarded the Miedema Prize for the best Dutch PhD thesis in condensed matter physics). After a two-year postdoctoral stay at Stanford University –where he mainly worked on carbon nanotubes- he moved to Delft University where he remained nearly nine years and became Associate Professor. In this period, next from starting his research on organic semiconductors, he worked on different aspects of quantum transport (Cooper pair splitting, Rashba two-dimensional electron gases, spintronics with carbon nanotubes) and started a successful research line on graphene electronics in 2006, just after the discovery of this material. Since Septembber 2008, Prof. Morpurgo is Professeur Ordinaire at the University of Geneva, where he is continuing his work on organic semiconductors and graphene, and starting new activities in the areas of topological insulators, oxide hetersostructures, and ionic liquid gating. - nanocomposites.

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Dr. Julio Gomez

CEO, Avanzare, Spain

Dr. Julio Gómez Cordón is the CEO of AVANZARE, Spain. AVANZARE is a supplier of high-performance nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based solutions used in a wide range of products for everyday life. AVANZARE nanomaterials and nanocomposites create added values and competitive advantages for their customers. In many applications, their developments allow the reduction of costs compared to traditional materials. AVANZARE nanomaterials are liquid or solid formulations and custom solutions for big consumers. Principal customers are automotive, aeronautic, fabric, wood, paper, plastic, rubber, paint and building industries, the wire & cable sector and manufacturers of household appliances and packaging.

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Dr. Cinzia Casiraghi

School of Chemistry, University of Manchester - United Kingdom

Dr Cinzia Casiraghi received her BSc and MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2006. In 2005 she was awarded with an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, followed by the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2007 and the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, won in 2008. This Prize is given to young, cutting-edge researchers, providing them with risk capital to pursue innovative projects and establish their own lab at a very early stage in their careers. This allowed her to become a Junior Group Leader at the Physics Department of the Free University Berlin (Germany). From 2010 she is also a permanent Staff member of the School of Chemistry, at the University of Manchester (UK), where she has been appointed as lecturer in graphene’s chemistry. She is also member of the Athena Swan committee of the School of Chemistry.

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Prof. Arben Merkoçi

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona, Spain

ICREA Research Professor and leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, Arben Merkoçi obtained his PhD at the University of Tirana (Albania) in ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has carried out research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at the Polytechnic University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ioannina (Greece), Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State University (USA). His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures of interest in the design of novel (bio)sensors.

Prof. Merkoçi is Co-Editor in Chief of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the principal international journal devoted to research, design development and application of biosensors and bioelectronics, member of editorial board of Electroanalysis, Microchimica Acta and other journals.

Prof. Merkoçi has published 305 articles (H-index / citations: Google Scholar 79 / 21920; WOS 66 / 16334 as of 08/09/2020) and supervised 30 PhD theses. He is also involved in teaching PhD courses in field of nanomaterial-based biosensors in several Spanish and international centres. He has been member of commission for establishing of the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology undergraduate academic curricula at UAB, the first one in Spain started during the academic year 2010-2011. He is member of the Academics Working Group of BIST and coordinator of the Nanodiagnostics module of Nanotechnology Master of UAB. He has got several national and international grants related to nanomaterials application in biosensors and his group is collaborating with several worldwide leading labs in the field of nanobiosensors.

Prof. Merkoçi serves also as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various international governmental and nongovernmental agencies (FP EU including ERC panel, USA, various EU and other countries), member of scientific committee of various international congresses, director of several workshops and other scientific events and have been invited to give plenary lectures, keynote and invited speeches in more than 200 occasions in various countries. Prof. Merkoçi is the co-founder of two spin-off companies: GraphenicaLab, devoted to graphene patterning, and PaperDrop, to clinical diagnostics.

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Prof. Thomas Mueller

Institute of Photonics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Thomas Mueller received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. His Ph.D. work focused on terahertz spectroscopy of nanostructures. After civil service (2004-2005) he worked as a University Assistant at TU Vienna (2005-2007). In 2007, he joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, USA, as a postdoc where he worked on carbon-based electronics. End of 2009, he returned to Vienna, where he currently holds an Assistant Professor position. His research focuses on photonics and electronics using graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Selected awards include the START-Prize, the Fritz Kohlrausch-Prize, and the ASciNA Award. More information can be found at http://graphenelabs.at.

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Prof. Vladimir Falko

Manchester University - United Kingdom

Prof. Vladimir Fal’ko is condensed matter theorist responsible for several advances in the theory of electronic and optical properties of atomically thin two-dimensional crystals and fundamentals of nanoelectronics. His current research interests include graphene-based electronic and optoelectronic systems and electronic and optical properties of various atomically thin two-dimensional crystals and their heterostructures. He is one of the initiators of the European Graphene Flagship Project, founder of Graphene Week Conference series and Editor-in-Chief of the IoP Journal ‘2D Materials’.  Falko is currently Director of the National Graphene Institute and Professor of Condensed Matter Theory at the University of Manchester.

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Prof Qiaoliang Bao

Group leader of Optoelectronics Lab at FUNSOM, Soochow University, China

Prof Qiaoliang Bao is the group leader of Optoelectronics Lab at FUNSOM, Soochow University, and also one of the core members at Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials. Bao has a PhD in materials physics and worked as senior research fellow on graphene photonics in Graphene Research Centre, National University of Singapore (NUS). He was enrolled in Thousand Young Talents Program of China in 2012. His main contributions include the demonstration of graphene-based mode-locked laser and graphene broadband polarizer. His current research interests include photonic and optoelectronic devices based on two-dimensional materials including graphene, perovskite, black phosphorus, layered transition metal dichalcogenides and topological insulators. Bao has over 100 peer-review publications in prestigious journals such as Nature Photonics, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials and ACS Nano, etc. His publications have received >8000 citations, with an H-index of 40.

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Invited Speakers

Prof. Gerasimos Konstantatos

The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain

Prof Gerasimos Konstantatos received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D in 2004 and 2008 from the University of Toronto. He then moved to ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain in 2009  initially as an assistant professor and then as a full professor (2015) where he leads the Functional Optoelectronic Nanomaterials group. His interests lie in the field of colloidal quantum dots and 2D-materials and their applications in optoelectronics and solar cells. He has been the recipient of Fresnel Prize 2013 in Applied Aspects and the MIT-TR35 Spain award both for his salient contributions in the field of quantum dot optoelectronics.

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Prof. Kristian S. Thygesen

Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Kristian S. Thygesen is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Denmark. His research is mainly focused on the development and application of density functional theory (DFT) and many body methods for quantum transport as well as ground- and excited states properties of solids and nanostructured materials including single-molecule junctions, metal-organic interfaces, metal-oxides, graphene and other two- dimensional materials. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2005 and after a post doc at Freie University Berlin he moved back to DTU where he became Associate Professor in 2009. From 2010-2011 he was the Director of NanoDTU and in 2012 he became a spokesperson for Quantum Transport in Nanostructures within the European network Psi-k. He became full Professor at DTU in 2013.

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