Nano MatEn 2015 International Conference & Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Sofoklis Makridis

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Prof. Sofoklis Makridis is now a assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Greece in Greece. He was till 2013, a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, Sports and Sciences at Bolton University and associated member in IMRI&IREET institutes. He is a physicist while he received the M.Sc. in 2002 and the Ph.D. in 2004 in fields of Materials Science and Engineering (Magnetic Materials). His Postdoc research has been accomplished on Materials for Hydrogen Storage by having a fellowship from the State Scholarships Foundation. The last decade gives lectures more than ten hours per week by covering physics, materials science and technology, hydrogen technologies and energy. He is involved in the Editorial Board of Central European Journal of Physics, Central European Journal of Chemistry , of the journal of Scientific Reports of the Nature Publishing Group, all covered by ISI Web of Science. He is a Member of the  IEEE Magnetics Society and Materials Research Society. Sofoklis has collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California regarding Hydrogen storage and CO2 capture. He has more than 50 publications in international journals, international conference proceedings and book chapters. He has been involved in at least 10 research programs, in many of which as a principal investigator or a leader. He has 8 invited lectures in Research Centers and Universities and 5 invited lectures in conferences overseas in the last 5 years. His curriculum vitae has been cited in Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2010) and selected as one of the leading achievers from around the globe. Since 2011 he is in the Management Committee of three EU Cost actions.


Dr. Daniel Fruchart

Research Director Neel Institute CNRS Grenoble France

Dr Daniel Fruchart is a research director at the Neel Institute CNRS Grenoble and a Co-Founder and Technical & Scientific Advisor at McPhy Energy S.A. Dr. Fruchart served as the Chief Technology Officer at McPhy Energy S.A. Mr. Fruchart is an accomplished scientist on the subjects of hydrogen and metallic hydrides. From 1995 to 2008 he was a first class Director of Research for the IICE (Intermetallics and Interstitials - Energy Conversion) research group at the CNRS (French National Scientific Research Center) in Grenoble. He has additionally assumed many other responsibilities as professor, organizer of conferences and as board member on several expert committees (among which the International Energy Agency's Task 22 Committee on hydrogen storage). He is also the author of about a dozen patents, 5 of which are linked to the use of magnesium hydrides for hydrogen storage. He holds 2 Masters, a PhD and a Doctoral degree.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Peter Lund

Chair of EASAC\'s Energy Programme, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University School of Science, Finland


Prof. Peter Lund is the Chair of EASAC's Energy Programme. He is Professor (Engineering Physics/Advanced Energy Systems) at Aalto University (formerly Helsinki University of Technology) and has worked with energy issues, energy efficiency, new and renewable energy technologies since 1980. His present academic interests covers global energy issues and future solutions, but also advanced technologies such as sustainable buildings and communities, solar energy, fuel cells, hydrogen and nanotechnology for energy applications.


He has acted as an advisor to the European Commission in several different roles, has coordinated Finnish R&D activities in new energy technologies, and acted as consultant on energy issues to industry, governments, and international bodies. He is Editor-in-Chief for Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment and Editor of International Journal of Energy Research.



Dr. Jeff Urban

Senior scientist and Facility Director, Inorganic Nanostructures Molecular Foundry Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory University of California

Dr. Jeff Urban is Deputy Director of the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, a DOE Office of Science nanoscience center and national user facility located at Berkeley Lab. Dr. Urban has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, from Harvard University. He’s conducting Studies in Synthesis and Measurements of Nanocrystal Transistors, Thermoelectrics, and Photovoltaics.