The 5th Edition of the European Graphene Forum 2019

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Pedro Alpuim

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Pedro Alpuim is group leader in 2D Materials and Devices at INL. He works in CVD and 2D materials device fabrication, with the emphasis in biosensors. In particular, he develops graphene devices to detect biomarkers for medicine and for environmental monitoring. Optoelectronic devices based on transition-metal di-chalcogenides for light detection and solar energy conversion are also within his research interests.

P. Alpuim is a professor in the Physics Department of the University of Minho (UM), where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the physics of electronic devices, nanotechnology, and clean-room fabrication.

He received a PhD degree in Materials Engineering from IST Lisbon in 2003, working in amorphous silicon thin film devices for flexible electronics, and a Master degree in Physics from the UM. He installed a thin-film laboratory at UM where he focused on fabrication of thin-film silicon solar cells, piezoresistive sensor arrays for health care, and thermoelectric junctions of telluride compounds for micro-cooling and energy scavenging. He published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has h-index=22.


Dr. Siva Böhm

University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Sivasambu Böhm received his first degree in Berlin in Chemical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry at Hahn Meitner Institute (MPI) in Berlin. After gaining his PhD at the University of Bath in the field of Chemistry/Electrochemistry, Dr. Böhm worked as scientific officer and research fellow at different academic institutions; University of Wales Swansea, TU Delft and the University of Birmingham. During 2014 – early 2016, he was an honorary visiting Professor at India Institute of Technology Bombay working in the field of synthesis of Graphene and its applications in protective coatings, corrosion protection, energy harvesting and storage, construction materials, light weight composite as well as sensors. Dr. Böhm has 16 years of industrial research experience (Tata Steel & Tata Group) in various research fields; metallurgy, corrosion inhibition, protective coatings in construction, electrical steel and automotive industry, functional and smart coatings and various aspects of nanotechnology, including synthesis and applications of Graphene. He is responsible for developing and implementing several new products at commercial scale, holds 29 patents and has written over 88 scientific publications. Since 2016, Dr. Böhm was working as Chief Technology Officer till July 2019 at Talga Technologies Ltd, Cambridge UK & Talga Advanced Materials GmbH, Germany, where he was focusing Swedish Ore to very Few layer Graphene and developing value-added products using industrial high volume Graphene, Graphite and Graphite Ore. Dr. Siva Böhm is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry with a charted chemist status and Fellow of Technical of Surface Coatings & Oil and Colour Chemist Association. In addition, he is reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals (Nanoscale, Journal environment energy, Corrosion…) and a member of the editorial board at Flatchem. Siva has been awarded part time the Royal Society Industrial Fellowship at University of Cambridge and from August 2019 CTO of CAMI consultancy Ltd.


Prof. Owen J. Guy

Swansea University, United Kingdom

Prof. Owen J Guy (OJG), is Head of Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Nanohealth at Swansea University; a unique facility applying device fabrication & cleanroom semiconductor processing to healthcare problems in collaboration with industry. OJG is also Head of the Systems Process & Engineering Centre (SPEC) one of 3 research centres within of Engineering. OJG’s group has 14 years’ experience in clean room device fabrication (silicon, graphene & MEMS technology). OJG has developed microneedle and microfluidics technology through EPSRC and Innovate UK projects. Owen Currently leads EPSRC and Marie Curie sensor projects at Swansea – in collaboration with Plymouth University – and a China-UK Newton fund project developing sensors for hepatitis. OJG has PI grant income of more than £4 million. OJG has published 60 papers and holds 2 granted patents (WO2011004136 and P100072GB).


Prof. Paula Pereira Marques

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Paula Marques (born 1969) has a first degree in Chemistry (1993), a MSc in Chemistry and Physics Teaching (1997) and a PhD in Materials Science Engineering, with specialization in Biomaterials (2003) from the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal.

Paula is a Principal Researcher at TEMA – Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation, Mechanical Engineering Department, UA. Currently is the Deputy-Director for Society and Social Responsibility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Sub-Director of the research unit TEMA (Centre of Mechanical Technology and Automation) board of Directors, responsible for new areas of specialization.

Her current research interests include the engineering and development of nanostructured multifunctional materials including graphene derivatives such as: (i) mechanical and electrical stimulus responsive 3D graphene-based scaffolds for tissue engineering; (ii) functional graphene-based macrostructures for water remediation; (iii) electrospun graphene/polymer fibres for photocatalysis; (iv) graphene-based materials as mechanical reinforcement of polymer matrixes.

Paula is author of 77+ original research or review papers in international journals (2900+ citations, h=28 – Scopus), about 7 book chapters, 2 books and 3 patents. Paula has been invited to review manuscripts from 30+ different international journals and to evaluate projects from Cost and Era-Net funding agencies. Paula supervised or co-supervised 10 MSc, 12 PhD students, and 8+ post-doctoral fellows. Since April 2019 she is coordinating a FET Open H2020 project, “NeuroStimSpinal: A Step Forward to Spinal Cord Injury Repair Using Innovative Stimulated Nanoengineered Scaffolds". She is also coordinating and co-coordinating several Portuguese Projects obtaining under competitive funding.

Regarding Paula’s pedagogical role, she is the teacher in charge for the 3rd cycle curricular unit Carbon Nanostructures, and teacher of the 2nd cycle curricular unit Technologies and Processes at Nanoscale.


Dr. Raul Arenal

University of Zaragoza, 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 (now, Paris-Saclay University). He joined the Electron Microscopy Center in Argonne National Lab. (ANL, USA) as post doctoral fellow. In 2007, he became research scientist (Chargé de Recherches) at the CNRS (France; LEM, ONERA-CNRS). From 2010 to 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 senior research scientist at the LMA, INMA, CSIC-U. Zaragoza. Since 2018, he is the Director of the TEM area of the LMA-INA. Dr. Arenal has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals ( and edited one book (Springer).
Arenal’s 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 properties of low dimensional materials 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 ( focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials


Prof. Javier García de Abajo

ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain

Javier García de Abajo obtained his PhD in condensed matter theory from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 1993. After spending three years in Berkeley National Lab., he became staff scientist at CSIC (Spain) and he was promoted to Research Professor in 2008. He is currently leading the Nanophotonics Theory group at ICFO. He has worked in atomic collisions, surface science, electron microscope spectroscopies, plasmonics, and theoretical nanophotonics. He has coauthored 350+ papers that have accumulated 24,000+ citations and a h index of 76 (WoK, Jan. 2019). He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.

Javier García de Abajo's research program on the theory nanoscale photonics ranges from optical characterization with electron-microscope spectroscopies to studies of ultrasensitive single-molecule detection, quantum aspects of light-matter interaction, excitation and characterization of plasmons by electron beams, plasmonic metamaterials, quantum friction, radiative transfer and coherent control, and graphene plasmonics. These topics cover a broad spectrum of research in nanophotonics. This theoretical effort encompasses classical and quantum methods, both analytical and numerical, which are the basis to understand and propose new phenomena with application to biosensing and quantum plasmonics.


Prof. Daniela Iannazzo

Department of Engineering, University of Messina, Italy

Daniela Iannazzo graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Messina in 1995.

In 1999 she obtained the PhD qualification in Pharmaceutical Sciences and in 2001, the postgraduate qualification in Applied Microbiology at the University of Messina.

In 2001 she received a four years research contract at the University of Messina for the design, characterization and vehiculation of antivirals possessing a modified nucleosidic structure.

In 2003 she was Visiting Professor at the Departamento de Quimica Asimmetrica of the Faculty of Science at the University of Zaragoza and she was interested to the asymmetric synthesis of new modified nucleosides and to the application of quantomechanical calculations for the rationalization of pericyclic reactions.

In 2006 she became University Researcher in Organic Chemistry at the University of Messina.

In 2011 she performed research activity at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Trieste; the research activity regarded the organic functionalization of nanostructured materials for biomedical applications.

In 2018 she became Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Engineering of the University of Messina.

From 2019, she is member of the Doctoral Course in Bioengineering Applied to Medical Sciences of the University of Messina.

Daniela Iannazzo is author of 80 international publications on highly qualified international journals and 4 book chapters with H-index of 28 and number of citations greater than 1700 (font SCOPUS, May 2019). She is also author of  2 patents, one of which is an international patent.


Mr. Bruno Reis Figueiredo

Graphenest - Advanced Nanotechnology, Portugal

PhD. Bruno Figueiredo is the Graphenest’s COO and Head of R&D. He is a chemical engineer PhD that has the ability to solve any problem related with reactions and separation processes. He was elected as member of the 2017 Industry class at Forbes 30 under 30. His main interests are related with the synthesis and characterization of known and novel materials. He has a strong aptitude to work with engineering software and laboratory teams. His specialization is the Graphenest’s process, and his responsibilities include continuous improvement of the production system and its inputs. He is now leading the way in adding to the unit to produce other forms of graphene, GO, and rGO


Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad

CEO of NanoMalaysia Bhd, Malaysia

Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2013 under a secondment from Khazanah Nasional. He is also a Board Member of NanoMalaysia and Nano Commerce Sdn Bhd, Founding Chairman of NanoVerify Sdn Bhd and Founding Director of Nanovation Ventures Sdn Bhd. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Advanced Materials Investment Advisory Panel Working Group under Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Treasurer for Asia Nano Forum and Chairman of Commercialization Working Group under Asia Nano Forum. In September 2017, he was appointed the International Advisor to China Graphene Industry Alliance (CGIA), linking Malaysia’s National Graphene Action Plan 2020 and mutual economic benefits. Formerly attached to the College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional as an academician from 1998 to 2007, he was also an engineer at Tenaga Nasional ICT in 2003. In 2000, he co-founded Malaysia-Events Sdn Bhd, a start-up for the e-commerce platform.

He holds a PhD in Nanotechnology, Electronic/Electrical Engineering from the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London as the first Khazanah PhD Scholar from 2007 to 2010 with publications in high impact journals. In 2014, he was instrumental in crafting out Malaysia’s National Graphene Action Plan 2020 and co-authored chapters pertaining to innovation and commercialization under the 11th Malaysia Plan. His current endeavors include Internet of Nano-Things and blockchain applications for high technology management.


Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad

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 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.


Prof. Isabel Maria das Mercês Ferreira

New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Isabel Ferreira received the Ph.D degree in materials engineering—optoelectronics and microelectronics from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal, in 2002.She is currently Associated Professor of Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL), Caparica, Portugal, and Full Member of CENIMAT and member of its executive committee. She is responsible for the R&D activity in the area of materials for energy conversion. Her main scientific interests are in semiconductor materials (processing and characterization), energy conversion, microelectronics and optoelectronics, thermoeletric thin films, oxide semiconductors, biobateries, and graphene.


Prof. Dr. Azman bin Hassan

University of Technology, Malaysia

Professor Dr Azman Hassan is currently a Professor in Faculty of Engineering and Centre of Advanced Composite Materials at UTM. He received his Bachelor in Polymer Technology in 1984 from UWIST, Wales and Master Process Design in 1987 from Strathclyde University Scotland. He obtained his PhD in 1997 from the University of Loughborough in Polymer Technology. He was the Head of Polymer Engineering Department for six years from 2002 to 2008, Deputy Director (Research Publications) for Research Management Center from 2008 to 2011. From 2012 to 2013, he was the Director of Research Publications Center before being appointed as Deputy Dean for Research and Innovations at Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering from 2015 to 2017. He also serves as a UTM Senate member since 2011.


Prof. Dr. Azemi bin Samsuri

ANURAZ, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Azemi bin Samsuri is the Director of ANURAZ Enterprise, a company that provides consultant services over a wide range of rubber products manufacturing. Currently, he is also appointed as a Technical Consultant for Sunrich Integrated Sdn Bhd, as well as a Professor at the Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor. Professor Azemi has more than 41 years of R&D experience in rubber science and technology. His current interest is providing consultancy services on the application of carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene in tyre and in engineered rubber products. He has patented the applications of CNT in natural rubber (NR) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR).