The 4th edition of the NanoMaterials for Energy and Environment 2018

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Hirotaka Ihara

Kumamoto University, Japan

Mr. H. IHARA got Ph.D in Kyushu University in 1982. He worked as Assistant Prof. of Kumamoto University in 1982 - 1985, and was promoted to Associate Prof. in 1985 and Prof. in 1997. He was also Prof. of Kyushu University in 2004 - 2005, guest Profs. of Kyoto University in 2001 and Kinki University in 2007 - 2012, Japan Atomic Energy Agency in 2001 - 2009 and the MEXT/JSPS fellows in USA (1989, 2005), Russia (1999, 2004) and France (2011). He has published more than 300 papers and 100 patents. He is now the director of Kumamoto Institute for Photo-Electro Organics (2011 - present), the program officer of JSPS-MEXT (2013 - present), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), etc.


Prof. Keon Jae Lee

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Rep. of Korea

Prof. Keon Jae Lee received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2006. During his Ph.D. course at UIUC, he was involved in the first co-invention of "High Performance Flexible Single Crystal Electronics", called microstructured silicon and GaN. From 2006 to 2008, he conducted a joint research project of Unisantis (Japan) and IME (Singapore) in the field of three dimensional surrounding gate nano-transistors (SGT) for the future logic technology. Since 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor in MSE at KAIST. His current research interests are flexible and bio-optical devices for health, self-powered energy, and electronic applications.


Prof. Pablo Ordejón

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Prof Ordejón earned his degree in Physics (1987) and PhD in Science (1992) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) from 1992 to 1995, and as assistant professor at the Universidad de Oviedo from 1995 to 1999. In 1999 he obtained a research staff position at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). In 2007 he moved to CIN2 (now ICN2) as the leader of the Theory and Simulation Group, where he is currently a CSIC Research Professor. Since July 2012 he has served as Director of the ICN2.

He has published more than 190 scientific articles, which have received over 20,000 citations (h-index of 51). Since 2009 he has served as co-editor of EPL (formerly Euro Physics Letters) and since 2004 as regional editor of physica status solidi. He oversaw the Condensed Matter Physics subject area of the Physics Panel of the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) from 2003 to 2006, and was the head of the Physics and Engineering Panel of the Access Committee to the Spanish Supercomputing Network from 2005 to 2011. He became a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005, and in 2017 was elected a member of the Academia Europaea. One of just 119 Spanish members, he joins the Physics and Engineering Section.

His research is focused on the development of efficient methods for electronic structure calculations in large and complex systems, with contributions to the development of techniques for large-scale atomistic simulations based on first-principles methods such as SIESTA. He has also been involved in the study of the fundamental properties of materials at the atomistic level. His current interests include electronic transport in nanoscale devices and electronic processes at surfaces and 2D materials, among many others. He maintains frequent collaborations with industrial laboratories on the simulation of material processes at the atomic level. He is a co-founder of the spinoff company SIMUNE.


Dr. Claude Fermon

Institut Rayonnement-Matière de Saclay (Iramis), CEA, France

Dr Fermon is a CEA lead scientist in fundamental research on Condensed Matter and Head of Nanomagnetism Group.


His Research Interests include:

- Solid state NMR and NQR,
- Submicron magnetic systems,
- Spin waves,
- Magnetic sensors and spin electronics,
- Low field MRI and biomedical applications of spin electronics,
- Magnetophysiology.


He was awarded the Prix Anatole Abragam de l'académie des sciences in 1998 then the Prix Aimé Poirson de l'académie des sciences in 2008.


Dr. Vincent Cros

Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, Université Paris Sud, Universite Paris-Saclay Palaiseau, France

Dr. Vincent Cros is CNRS senior researcher in the CNRS/Thales research lab (Palaiseau, France) that one of the pioneer groups in the field of spintronics. Since 2000, he is leading there the research activities on spin transfer effects and its related potential applications to radiofrequency spintronic devices. His current research interests include: spin transfer induced dynamics of magnetic solitons, nonlinear phenomena induced by spin torque, spin-orbitronics and more recently the physics of magnetic skyrmions in nanostructures.


Prof. Adrian Bachtold

ICFO- The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology , Spain

Adrian Bachtold is a professor at The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona. He obtained his PhD from the university of Basel. The activities of his group focus on mechanical resonators based on carbon nanotubes, graphene, and semiconductor monolayers. The aim of the group is to take advantage of the exceptional sensing capabilities of these resonators to study physical phenomena in extreme regimes that have not been explored thus far, because conventional measurement methods lack sensitivity. The work is highly interdisciplinary with possible implications in quantum science, optomechanics, nanoscience, condensed matter, and low-temperature physics. Adrian Bachtold is fellow of the American Physical Society.



Prof. Zhong-Sheng Wang

Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, China

Zhong-Sheng Wang has completed his PhD from Peking University, China. He is currently the professor  at the Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, China. He has published more than 110 papers in reputed journals with citations of 9959 and h-index of 47 and has been serving as an editorial board member of Nano.


Prof. Joydeep Dutta

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Chair, Sweden

Prof. Joydeep Dutta is the Chair of Functional Materials division at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He was the Chair Professor in Nanotechnology for Water Desalination and other applications in Sultan Qaboos University until recently. He was the Vice President (Academic Affairs), Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology and a Professor in Nanotechnology at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, whose faculty he joined in April 2003 (until October 2011). He completed his Ph.D in 1990 from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India (Calcutta University). In 1991 and 1992 he did Post Doctoral work at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL, Japan) and at Ecole Polytechnique (France) before moving to Switzerland in 1993 where he was associated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland until 2003. From 1997-2001 he worked in technical and managerial qualities in high technology industries in Switzerland before returning back to academia in 2002. He has been the member of the board of two companies working in high technology electronics and environmental consulting respectively.

His broad research interests include nanomaterials in nanotechnology, self-organization, enhanced water treatment, catalysis, nanoparticles, nanorods and their applications. The current research interests encompasses two themes namely: Planetcare and healthcare. In the planetcare nexus research is focused on visible light photocatalysis, electrocatalysis of waste water (with focus on degradation of waste water, produced water and hospital waste), desalination (both membrane and capacitive deionization) and alternate energy sources (rainbow solar cells and hydrogen production from methanol steam reforming). In the healthcare nexus, work in the group encompass magnetic imaging, quantum dot labeling and in bone implants.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN) and the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA, founding member of the Thailand Nanotechnology Society, and member of several professional bodies. He has served to review projects of various scientific organizations of different countries and has organized a few international conferences and served as a member in several others.

Prof. Dutta is an award winning author (Choice award for Outstanding Academic title of 2010 from American Library Association) of the book “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology”. He has also written two other text books entitled “Introduction to Nanoscience” and “Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (CRC Press of Taylor and Francis Group LLC).


Prof. Anna Roig

Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain


Prof. Xiaohang Li

Advanced Semiconductor Lab KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Professor Xiaohang Li is the Principal Investigator of Advanced Semiconductor Laboratory of Electronic Engineering Program under CEMSE division at KAUST. He received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with minor in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology (PhD advisor: Prof. Russell D. Dupuis, U.S. National Medal of Technology laureate, MOCVD pioneer). Professor Li has extensive research experience in the field of wide-bandgap semiconductors, especially III-nitride semiconductors. He has conducted many research projects under the sponsorship of U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Natural Science Foundation, Chinese Natural Science Foundation, and GCC Research Program. Prof Li’s team at KAUST is now committed to the research of wide bandgap semiconductor materials and devices. The field is expected to bring revolutionary impacts on the future of optoelectronic and electronic industries.

Professor Li has made outstanding contributions to the cutting edge of wide bandgap semiconductor research. He is one of the pioneers of deep UV laser research: he was the first to achieve lasers below 260 nm on sapphire; he was the first to achieve low-threshold deep UV lasers on sapphire; he was the first to achieve both TE and TM semiconductor lasers on the same type of substrates; he was the first to achieve deep UV surface stimulated emission. In addition, he was the first to grow high quality AlN/sapphire templates by MOCVD without the use of epitaxial lateral overgrowth, high temperature, or precursor modulation which is important for low-cost and large-scale manufacturing. He has also demonstrated world-leading and groundbreaking results in emerging wide bandgap semiconductor research such as B-III-N and III-O. In particular, he demonstrated that the addition of boron into III-nitride can effectively elevate the conduction band, creating the largest conduction band offset known to the III-nitride community.  Also, he holds the world record of the boron composition in BAlN ternary alloys. His research results have been frequently covered and highlighted by the major wide bandgap semiconductor media in a prominent position. In addition, Professor Li has made high-impact contributions to the development of visible LED and bionic photonics.

Professor Li has published more than 110 papers in leading journals and conferences. He has been invited to deliver more than 30 talks and seminars at international conferences, universities, research institutions, and companies. His scientific research output and impact ranks high among the wide bandgap semiconductor scientists under the age of 35. He has been invited to pen a Compound Semiconductor magazine editorial and book chapters of Elsevier and Wiley related to UV optoelectronics and MOCVD. He has more than 10 approved and pending patents. He is an active journal reviewer for prestigious wide bandgap semiconductor journals such as Nature Photonics, Applied Physics Letter and Optics Express.


Prof. Marco Stoller

Sapienza University, Italy

Marco Stoller is an Assistant professor (senior) since 2016 at Sapienza university, Dept. of Chemical Materials Environmental Engineering, Rome, Italy. He was junior Assistant professor from 2012 to 2015 and Post-doc from 2004 just after defending his PhD. He was a Docent of “Production and Equipment of micro- and nanoparticles” and “Laboratory of Production and Equipment of micro- and nanoparticles” (Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Nanotechnology Engineering) and of “Combustion and Treatment plants of effluents”  (Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Latina).

The scientific activity is focused mainly on membrane technology (membrane fouling) and nanotechnologies (production of nanoparticles by means of chemical precipitation processes and process intensification techniques), reported in 1 authored book, 80 papers on international peer-reviewed scientific journals, 60 contributions to conference proceedings and 35 oral speeches at international congresses, and the participation to 9 EU and national funded research projects on membrane and nanotechnologies.

He is an active member of the Italian Chemical Engineer Association national council since 2001, member of EMS since 2004 and member of EFCE, Section on Membrane Engineering, since 2007. 

He’s also the Co-chair of the NINE2017 and NINE2018 international congresses. Member of the editorial board of Chemical Engineering Transaction journal.


Dr. Michael Holzinger

CNRS - Grenoble Alpes University, France

Dr. Michael Holzinger is CNRS senior researcher at the Département de Chimie Moléculaire (DCM) in Grenoble, France where he’s working on porous carbon nanostructure based electrodes for biosensor and biofuel cell applications. He started his carrer in the late nineties working on the functionalization of carbon nanotubes as PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. Hirsch at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. He developed adjusted several organic chemical reactions for the exoheral modification of such carbon nanotubes. After his Ph.D., he joined the group of Dr. Patrick Bernier at the University of Montpellier II, France, where he worked on the fabrication of reinforced carbon nanotube composites and the optimization of the production of carbon nanotubes and nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes. He then joined the group of Dr. Siegmar Roth at the Max Planck Institute for solid state research in Stuttgart, Germany, where he developed new functionalization methods for such hetero nanotubes.

Since he joined the DCM in 2006, his research interest is focused on the development of biosensors and biofuel cells based on functionalized nanomaterials.

Dr. Michael Holzinger developed original approaches for efficient grafting of bioreceptor units on carbon nanotube matrices and composites using non-covalent and electrochemical techniques. Beside his scientific research in the bioanalytical field, Dr. Michael Holzinger focuses his activities on biological energy conversion using enzymes and/or bio-inspired catalysts and glucose as fuel. The challenge here is the efficient wiring of the catalysts i.e. an optimized electron transfer between the catalytic site and the electrode material.

His scientific findings on nanostructured electrochemical biosensors and glucose biofuel cells were honored by the young researcher award of the Analytical Chemistry Division (DCA) and by the nomination as distinguished junior member of the French Chemical Society (SCF) in 2013.

He became an active member in the steering committee of the Physical Chemistry Division (DCP) of the SCF where he was strongly involved in the formation of the new sub-division “Nanosciences” in 2013 and was elected as president of this subdivision in 2016.


Prof. Raman Singh

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, Australia

Professor Raman Singh’s primary research interests are in the relationship of Nano-/microstructure and Environment-assisted degradation and fracture of metallic and composite materials, and Nanotechnology for Advanced Mitigation of such Degradations. He has also worked extensively on use of advanced materials (e.g., graphene) for corrosion mitigation, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion and corrosion-mitigation of magnesium alloys (including for the use of magnesium alloys for aerospace, defence and bioimplant applications).

Prof Singh’s professional distinctions and recognitions include: editor of a book on cracking of welds, chief-editor / editorial board member of a few journals,  leader/co-chairman of a few international conferences and regular keynote/invited lectures at international conferences, over 200 peer-reviewed international journal publications, 15 book chapters/books and over 100 reviewed conference publications, and several competitive research grants (that includes 4 Discovery, 7 Linkage and one ITRH grants of Australian Research Council).

Prof Singh has supervised 38 PhD students.  His vibrant research group at Monash University comprises of PhD students from different disciplines (Mechanical, Chemical, Materials and Mining Engineering, and Science) as well as from different cultural backgrounds (Australian, Middle-eastern, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, African, North American and Israeli).