The 6th edition of the NanoMaterials for Energy and Environment 2021

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Albert Polman

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Albert Polman is Scientific Group Leader at AMOLF, one of the research institutes of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he heads the Program “Light management in new photovoltaic materials”. He is professor of Photonic Materials for Photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht, was post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories, after which he became group leader at AMOLF where he also served as director from 2006-2013. He spent a sabbaticals at Caltech (Pasadena, CA, 2003-2004) and the University of New South Wales (Sydney, 2017-2018). Polman is one of the pioneers of the research field of nanophotonics: the control, understanding, and application of light at the nanoscale. Polman’s research group specializes in fundamental studies at the interface between optical physics and materials science, and has regularly demonstrated transfer of knowledge to applied concepts.

Polman’s group is the inventor of Angle-Resolved Cathodoluminescence Imaging Spectroscopy (ARCIS), a novel imaging technique with deep-subwavelength resolution. The ARCIS technique has been commercialized the start-up Delmic BV, of which Polman is co-founder. In 2014 Polman was awarded the MRS Materials Innovation and Characteriation Award for the development of the ARCIS technique.

Polman’s most recent research focuses on nanophotovoltaics, the study of light management at the nanoscale to realize solar cells with ultra-high efficiency that can be made at low costs. In 2012 he was awarded, together with Harry Atwater, the ENI Renewable Energy Award for his research on light management in photovoltaic materials.

Polman is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), and recipient of ERC Advanced Investigator Grants (2011, 2016), the Frew Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2017), the EPS Research into the Science of Light Prize (2017), the Physica Prize of the Dutch Physical Society (2014) and the Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics (2014). Polman’s group has published over 300 articles in international journals that are cited nearly 30.000 times.


Prof. Jos Haverkort

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Dr. Jos Haverkort is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He currently specializes on III/V semiconductor nanowires for photovoltaic applications, solar water splitting and LEDs. He is also involved in the study of hexagonal SiGe nanowires for photovoltaics and light emission. Under his guidance, an 11.1% efficiency InP nanowire array solar cell was reported in 2013. Recently, a top-down etched InP nanowire solar cell was developed with an efficiency of 17.8%. This cell allowed a comparison between a planar and a nanowire solar cell and generated important insight into the fundamentals of a solar cell.


Prof. Norbert Nickel

Institute of Silicon Photovoltaics, Germany

Skills and Expertise

Thin Films, Materials, Thin Film Deposition, Thin Films and Nanotechnology, Material Characterization, Condensed Matter Physics, Solid State Physics, Materials Science, Energy, Nanomaterials


Prof. Andrei Kholkin

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Andrei L. Kholkin received the Ph.D. degree from the A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1987.,He held research positions at IFW, Dresden, Germany, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA. He is currently a Research Coordinator and the Head of the Laboratory of Advanced Microscopy of Nanomaterials, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal. His laboratory develops multifunctional materials and scanning probe microscopy techniques. He has authored or coauthored over 500 technical papers in this area including numerous reviews and book chapters.,Dr. Kholkin is a member of the Ferroelectric Standing Committee of IEEE, the Materials Research Society, and the Portuguese Materials Society. He was a recipient of the Excellency Award from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and Ferroelectrics Recognition Award of IEEE. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control and a member of editorial boards of several journals.


Dr. Ana Luísa Daniel da Silva

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Ana Luísa Daniel-da-Silva graduated in Chemical Engineering (2000) by Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 2000 and got her PhD degree in Materials Science, cum laude, from University of Alicante (Spain) in 2005. Since June 2009 she is Researcher at CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials and Chemistry Department of the University of Aveiro (UA). Her main scientific interests concern the development of nanostructured materials including functional nanoparticles and nanocomposites for applications in nanomedicine, bionanotechnology and water remediation. In particular, she is interested in novel strategies for surface modification with biopolymers and synthetic routes for preparing nanomaterials with innovative and enhanced properties, aiming the development of green nanosorbents and biocompatible nanomaterials. She has authored or co-authored 3 patent applications, 7 book chapters and more than 60 papers in international peer reviewed journals. In addition she has co-edited the book ‘Nanocomposite Particles for Bio-applicationsMaterials and Bio-interfaces’ (Pan Stanford, 2011). She has completed the supervision of 17 MSc theses and 17 graduation projects. At the present she (co-)supervises the scientific work of 3 Post-Doc fellows, 3 PhD students, 1 MSc student and 3 MSc researchers hired in the scope of the projects that are in progress. She has been strongly involved to several teaching activities namely by lecturing topics for post-graduation students within the subjects Nanochemistry and Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry. As part of her academic activities she has been involved in communicating chemistry for non-specialized audiences, in particular issues related to Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials.


Dr. Victor Klimov

Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics, USA

Dr. Victor I. Klimov is a Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Director of the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP), an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) of the US Department of Energy (DOE), and Leader of the Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy Team. He is a Fellow of both APS and OSA and a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award.
Dr. Klimov is an expert in photophysics of nanocrystal quantum dots. The quantum dot program built by him at LANL has been highly productive and influential, and defined many scientific directions presently pursued by the nanoscience community. His contributions to the field of quantum dots include discoveries of quantized Auger recombination and carrier multiplication, the first demonstrations of nanocrystal quantum dot lasing and single-exciton optical gain, and pioneering research in single-dot spectroscopy, nonlinear and ultrafast optics of quantum dots, quantum dot LEDs and luminescent solar concentrators. He has published >230 peer-reviewed papers cited in the literature >36,000 times.


Dr. Jose María Ulloa

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Jose María Ulloa is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Optoelectronic Systems and Microtechnology (ISOM) of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), and Associate Professor at the Materials Science Department. He received the PhD degree from the Telecommunications Engineering School of UPM in 2005. From 2005 to 2008 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Photonic and Semiconductor Nanophysics group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), working on the cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy analysis of self-assembled quantum dots at the atomic scale. In 2008 he joined the ISOM-UPM, where he leads a small research group dedicated to the molecular beam epitaxy growth and characterization of novel GaAs-based nanostructure architectures involving Sb and N, and to their application to photovoltaics. He is particularly interested in developing strategies to go beyond strain and band structure engineering to accurate wavefunction engineering in nanostructures. He is author or co-author of 6 book chapters and 110 papers in JCR indexed journals. He has received several fellowships and awards, such as the prestigious Ramón y Cajal Research Fellowship, the special UPM’s PhD award and the Young Researcher Medal from the Spanish Royal Engineering Academy.


Dr. Anna Laura Pisello

University of Perugia, Italy

Dr. Anna Laura Pisello is currently working as Assistant professor of Applied Physics, Post-doc Research Fellow at University of Perugia, Italy and Research Associate at Virginia Tech University. She obtained her PhD in Energy Engineering from University of Perugia. In past she worked as Research Associate at Columbia University. She also invited to deliver lectures in number of international seminars, and also presented in meeting at national and international level. She is also serving as referee and member of editorial board in number of international journals. She is member of following committee, Constitution of the Italian Alliance for Innovative Building Skin Solutions and “Cool” within the 15th CIRIAF National Congress. Environmental footprint and sustainable development, Perugia. She has published 190 articles in journals and 40 conference proceedings. Dr. Anna Laura received number of honors include Award of the Italian Association of Thermal-Physical Properties Association, Best paper award at the 3rd International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island in Venice, Italy, Award per Energy Engineering, selected as the best idea to be presented at MED Solutions.