Nanometrology 2020 International Conference

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Jacques Jupille

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), CNRS Paris, France

Prof Jacques Jupille is Leader of the group “Oxides in small dimensions” at Institut des Nanosciences de Paris. He’s since 2003 Senior scientist CNRS of 1st class. He’s working on the following research areas: Physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces, from ultra-high-vacuum to ambient conditions, crystallographic and electronic structures, reactivity, catalytic activity, adhesion, wetting, hydration. Tools – Electron spectroscopies, near field microscopies (tunnel and atomic forces), vibrational spectroscopies (high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy), vacuum related techniques, synchrotron based techniques (x-ray diffraction and absorption edges), transmission electron microscopy.

Since 1979, he has been actively involved in the management and support of many societies and institutions including:

  • 1979 – 1986 Member of Section “Inorganic chemistry, catalysis and surfaces” of Comité National of CNRS, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1982 – 1986 Member of the Council of the Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1993 – 1997 Member of the Program Committee “Chemistry absorption” of LURE
  • 1996 – Member of the “ Surface and Interfaces Section ” (Condensed Matter Division -  European Physical Society)
  • 1996 – Member of the ECOSS (European Conference On Surface Science) Bureau
  • 1996 – 2002 Member of the Program Committee “Solid state physics” of LURE.
  • 1998 – Member de Board of Editors of Surface Review and Letters
  • 1998 – 2004 Member of the Surface Science Division - International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)
  • 1998 – Member of the Council of the French society of metallurgy and materials (SF2M)
  • 2001 – Member of the SF2M bureau
  • 2002 – 2006 Member of the Executive Committee of FEMS (Federation of European Societies of Materials)
  • 2003 – 2006 President of French Federation of Materials (FFM)
  • 2004 – 2008 Member of Section “Condensed Matter : organization and dynamics” of Comité National of CNRS, Physics Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2008 Member of the expert panel of the Section “Catalysis, Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry” for recruitment of Junior Scientists, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2007 Vice-President of SF2M
  • 2007 – President of SF2M

Prof. James M. Hill

University of South Australia, Australia

Prof. James M. Hill has received two five year fellowships from the Australian Research Council; an ARC Senior Research Fellowship in 1997 to work on Granular Materials, and an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship in 2004 to work on Nanomechanics. Since 1983 he has received 13 major research awards, including ARC Large Grants, ARC Discovery Projects, National Research Fellowship, National Teaching Company Scheme. He has published five books, and almost 300 research publications in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Mechanics. He is the recipient of the 2008 ANZIAM medal for contributions to research and the Applied Mathematics discipline.

Prof. James M. Hill is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He has been an Associate Editor since 1982 of the ANZIAM Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, which is published by the Australian Mathematical Society. His work has received international recognition through his appointment to the Editorial Boards of four international journals: Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Journal of Applied Mathematics and the Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, both published by Oxford University Press, Journal of Engineering Mathematics published by Kluwer Academic Press and Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids published by Sage Science Press.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Andrea Mario Rossi

National Institute of Metrological Research Turin, Italy

Andrea Mario Rossi currently he is head of Chemical Physical and Nanotechnology program at the Italian Metrological Institute of Research (INRiM). He has received his doctorate in physics from the Polytechnic of Turin. In 1996 he received a scholarship “Marie Curie” and worked at the CIEMAT Madrid (ES). In 1999 he worked as a visiting researcher at the F. Julich (D) working on neuronal growth. In 2005 he worked three years as research associate at the University of Maryland and NIST (USA) working on the development of bio-sensors.

He has played and plays the role of WP leader in three European EMRP metrological projects and he has coordinated the European project FP7: Shape-engineered TiO2 nanoparticles for metrology of functional properties: set design rules from material synthesis to nanostructured devices, SetNanoMetro (

His main interests are in the emerging techniques of analysis, using nanotechnology and vibrational spectroscopies, in the food metrology field.


Talk title: A methods for recognition and quantification of TiO2 nanoparticles in binary mixtures by Raman spectroscopy


Prof. Luís Dias Carlos

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Luís António Dias Carlos got his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Évora, Portugal, in 1995 working on photoluminescence of polymer electrolytes incorporating lanthanide salts. Currently, he is Full Professor at the University of Aveiro, Physics Department. Since 2009 he has been the vice-director of the Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO) at Aveiro, Portugal (with ca. 420 people, CICECO, is one of the largest European institute in the Materials and Nano fields). He is member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (Physics section) since 2011 and was visiting professor of S. Paulo State University (UNESP), Araraquara, S.P. Brazil (1999, 2012 and 2013), and of University of Montpellier 2, France (2008). Luís Carlos is co-author of 2 international patents, ca. 300 papers and book chapters with ca. 6350 citations (Hirsch’ index h of 43) and co-guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (2010). In 2004 he received the Portuguese Science Foundation prize for Scientific Excellence.


Prof. Rodrigo Ferrão de Paiva Martins

Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Rodrigo Martins is full professor in Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon, a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2009 and a member of the European Academy of science since 2016. He was decorated with the gold medal of merit and distinction by the Almada Municipality for his R&D achievements.

Currently he is the:

  • Head of Materials Science Department of FCT-UNL;
  • Director of the Centre of Excellence in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Processes of the Institute of New Technologies, CEMOP/Uninova;
  • Head of the group of Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies (MEON) of CENIMAT/I3N;
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Horizon 2020 on DG Research and Innovation (Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Manufacturing); 
  • Chair of The European Committee Affairs of European Materials Research Society, E-MRS;
  • Chair of The Global Leadership and Service Award Committee of the International Union of Materials Research Societies, IUMRS;
  • Vice-Chair of Energy, Materials Industry Research Initiative, EMIRI, etc

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Prof. Ngamta Thamwattana

University of Newcastle, Australia

After receiving her first class honours in mathematics at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Ngamta joined UOW in 2001 to undertake her PhD studies in the field of granular mechanics. She was then awarded an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to develop mathematical models for applications of nanomaterials in biology and medicine, which continues to be her area of focus. She investigates modelling electro-rheological fluids, the mechanics of carbon nanostructures, nanomaterials used in biology and medicine and protein and other polymer chain structures using the calculus of variations. Thamwattana has a number of her research publications appearing in top fully-refereed international journals, such as the Proceedings of the Royal Society, and an impressive citation record. She is the winner of the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Emerging Research Award and received the 2014 J.H.Michell Medal from the Australian Mathematical Society.


Prof. Qingze Zou

Rutgers University, USA

Qingze Zou received the bachelor degree in automatic control from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, in 1994, the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, in 2003.He is a Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. Previously he had taught in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Iowa State University. His research interests are in advanced control tools for high-speed scanning probe microscope imaging, rapid broadband nanomechanical property measurement and mapping of soft and live biological materials, probe-based nanomanufacturing, micro-machining, and stomatal dynamics characterization and modeling. Prof. Zou received the NSF CAREER award in 2009, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) in 2010, the Best Paper in Mechatronics from the TC-Mechatronics of ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division in 2018. He is a Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2014), Control Engineering Practice (2016), and Mechatronics (2015), and past Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control (2011-2014). He is a fellow of ASME.



Dr. Lionel Cervera Gontard

University of Cadiz, Spain

Lionel Cervera Gontard has developed his professional career in technology companies, R+D centers and universities. He holds a BsC degree in Physics and an MsC in Microelectronics from the University of Seville, Spain. He has been a member of the Royal Microscopy Society, a Fellow of the Spanish Microscopy Society and the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence. He has been recipient of several awards including entrepreneurship awards. In 2001 he participated on an spin-off devoted to the design of smart imaging devices including state-of-the-art silicon retinas. In 2007 Lionel got a PhD in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) focused on the characterization of catalytic nanomaterials applying and developing advanced techniques of electron microscopy. After his PhD he moved to the Danish Technical University (Denmark) with an HC Oersted Fellowship “for attracting Highly Talented researchers”. He was part of the founding team of the Center for Electron Nanoscopy (CEN), the most advanced European center in electron microscopy at the time. In 2010, he spent a year at the University of Oxford working on the prototyping of radhard sensors for electrons. Lionel rejoined the Spanish research system as part of the European H2020 project Al-NanoFunc (2011-2014) for establishing an advanced electron microscopy facility. Nowadays, Lionel is funded at the University of Cádiz for carrying research in applied metrology using Computer Vision, with a strong focus on technology transfer with companies in the context of the Industry 4.0 paradigm. Currently he leads a R&D project that involves the development of neuromorphic sensors for efficient nanometrology in the field of electron microscopy.


Talk title: Advances in nanometrology with electron microscopy


Prof. Olivier Thomas

Aix-Marseille University, France

Olivier Thomas is a physicist, Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille, Deputy Director of IM2NP (Institute Materials Microelectronics and Nanosciences of Provence, UMR CNRS 6242). He received a degree in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Materials Science from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble INP), France. During his career he has held a number of research positions at Grenoble INP, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Cornell University. His research group is focused on mechanical properties of materials with small dimensions, mostly using synchrotron X-ray diffraction.

Since 2008 Olivier Thomas is director of GDR CNRS 3180 MECANO "Mechanics of Nano-objects" which brings together about forty laboratories on the topic of mechanical properties in small dimensions.


Dr. Maria Losurdo

Institute of Nanotechnology - CNR-NANOTEC, Italy

Maria Losurdo is currently a Director of Research in the Institute of Nanotechnology at National Council of Research, and Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Bari (Italy).

She received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Bari, Italy, in 1994. Her thesis received the Award “Outstanding PhD thesis in Chemistry “G. Stampacchia” from the Università “La Sapienza” of Rome. She later had scholarships at the Ecole Polytechnique of Palaiseau (France) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC-USA).

She has been Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, North Carolina-USA, and invited lecturer at the Chemistry Department of Shandong University, China. She has been Coordinator and Principal Investigator of various European projects under the 7th FP and H2020 on nanotechnologies. Several of these have been recognised by the EU as Success Stories.

Her awards include a Diploma Recognition from the Optical Society of Americas (OSA), a Horiba SaS Industry Award for “Contribution to Innovation and Dissemination of Opical methodologies to Material Science” a ”Best Paper Award” of the MRS-Material Research Society.

She currently serves as a member of the editorial boards of “The European Physical Journal: Applied Physics” and of “Nanomaterials”.

She is the holder of 2 patents in the USA. Her current research interests include nanomaterials, nanofabrication, optical spectroscopies, photocatalysis, energy harvesting and storage, nanophotonics, plasmonics, biosensing and their applications.

She is the author or coauthor of 300 Science Citation Index (SCI) journal papers, editor or co-editor of 2 books with Springer-Verlag on Ellipsometry and Nanomaterials, 5 e-booklets and 7 book chapters, including the Handbook of Crystal Growth, with topics ranging from nanomaterials, nanotechnology, energy, plasmonics, and biosensing to optical metrology.


Dr. James Bowen

University of Birmingham, UK

James is from the UK, where he studied chemical engineering at the University of Birmingham. He completed his PhD researching nanoscale adhesion in 2006, studying in the School of Chemistry at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Jon Preece and Prof. Kevin Kendall FRS. He then joined the group of Prof. Mike Adams during which time he researched the adhesive properties of liquid nanofilms. From 2009-2014 he designed and managed the ERDF-funded Science City Advanced Materials Laboratory, during which time he worked with 50 companies on 90 projects. In 2015 he took up a lectureship in the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University, since which time he has developed his research group and expanded cross-disciplinary collaboration within the STEM Faculty.

James’ research interests cover a wide range of topics regarding surfaces, nanomaterials, and materials characterisation techniques. He is particularly interested in developing new methods for performing atomic force microscopy and nanoscale tribological testing. His group and collaborators are currently investigating novel materials and surface treatments for regenerative medicine, the acoustic properties of nanostructured surfaces, structure-property relationships in avian eggshells, and microwave heating for lunar habitat construction.


Talk title: Manufacture and calibration of high stiffness AFM cantilevers


Prof. Gianmario Martra

University of Turin, Italy

Scientific education

1990-1993: PhD in Chemical Science, at the Interuniversity Consortium Genova-Pavia-Torino. Title of dissertation: “Electronic surface states of materials with high specific surface area”.

Academic career (at the University of Torino; discipline: Physical Chemistry)

2016 (December)-present: Full Professor

2001-2016 (November): Associate Professor

1998-2001: Senior Researcher

The scientific activity of Prof. Gianmario Martra is focused on the investigation of the physic-chemical and chemical events resulting from the adsorption of molecules on surfaces of nanomaterials. Molecules range from probes for the detailed elucidation of nature and structure of surface sites, to reactants relevant for chemical processes, to biomolecules involved in natural phenomena and/or biomedical and biotechnological issues.The research work resulted in ca. 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and 5 book chapters, for a total number of ca. 6700 citations (h-index: 43, as from WoS).


Prof. Elvira Fortunato

New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Elvira Fortunato is full professor in Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon, a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2009 and decorated with the grade of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the President of the Republic in 2010, due to her scientific achievements worldwide. In 2015 she was appointed by the Portuguese President Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Celebrations of the National Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities.

She was also a member of the Portuguese National Scientific and Technological Council between 2012-2015 and a member of the advisory board of DG CONNECT (2014-2015).

Currently she is the director of the Institute of Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanomodeling and of CENIMAT. She is member of the board of trustees of Luso-American Foundation (Portugal/USA, 2013-2020), Vice-Rector of NOVA and Scientific Council for Exact Sciences and Engineering, Coordinator at FCT-MCTES.

Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials can be used as true semiconductors. In 2008, she earns in the 1st ERC edition an AdG for the project “Invisible”, considered a success story. In the same year she demonstrated with her colleagues the possibility to make the first paper transistor, starting a new field in the area of paper electronics.

Fortunato published over 500 papers and during the last 10 years got more than 18 International prizes and distinctions for her work (e.g: Elvira Fortunato was awarded with the Blaise Pascal Medal from the European Academy of Sciences (2016); IDTechEx USA 2009 (paper transistor); European Woman Innovation prize, Finland 2011).

In 2017 (September 20) Elvira Fortunato will receive the Czochralski award from E-MRS in recognition of her achievements in the field of the Advanced Materials Science.

Since November 2016 she integrates the High Level Group for the Scientifc Advise Mechanism of the European Commission.