Nanotech France 2017 Conference and Exhibition

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.


Dr. Bingqing Wei

Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, USA

Dr. Bingqing Wei (B. Q. Wei) received his Bachelor’s degree (1987), M.S (1989), and Ph.D. (1992) in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

He is currently a Tenured Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, USA. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University from 2003 to 2007. He was a Research Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Wei was a visiting scientist at Max-Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany in 1998 and 1999. From 1992 to 2001, he was a faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Nicolas Voelcker

Monash University, Australia

Nico's key research interest lies in the fabrication and surface modification of porous semiconductor materials for applications in biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

A core research activity in his laboratory is the study of porous silicon based nanostructures and their surface chemistry. A current focus is the development of new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery.

He has authored over 420 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 11,000 citations, h-index 51. Nico has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award, and was a finalist for the South Australian Scientist of the Year 2015 and the Australian Innovation Challenge. He served on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council. And he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

After completing his BSc at the University of Saarland (1993) and his MSc at the RWTH Aachen (1995) in Germany, Nico completed a PhD thesis (1999) in polymer surface chemistry at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He received postdoctoral fellowships to work in the area of bio-organic chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

In 2001 he became a Lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, an Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor in 2008.  From 2008-2011, he was the Associate Head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. Since 2012, he is a Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia.

From 2013-2015, he was Deputy Director of the Mawson Institute at the University of South Australia and Program Leader of the Cooperate Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing. From 2014-2017, he was Node Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology.

He currently is the Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University and Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).


Prof. Lyderic Bocquet

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Lydéric Bocquet is director of research at CNRS and professor in physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His research interests are mainly curiosity driven and extend to domains at the interface between soft condensed matter, fluid dynamics and nanoscience. He combines experiments theory, and simulations to explore the intimate mechanisms of fluid interfaces from the macroscopic down to the molecular level, with applications in the fields of material science, micro-and nano-fluidics, complex fluids, etc. His scientific objective is to harvest the unexpected fluid transport behaviors occurring at the nanoscales in order to propose new routes for energy harvesting and desalination. Beyond academically oriented topics, he has also a strong interest in every-day life science. He received several awards including an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council in 2010, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel prize of the von Humboldt foundation in 2007, as well as the Ancell condensed matter prize of the Société Française de Physique in 2011, and the Jean Protas scientific prize of the french Academy of Sciences in 2008. His scientific production consists of 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 90+ invited talks in international conferences.


Dr. Clara Silvestre

Istituto di Chimica e Tecnologia dei Polimeri /Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-(ICTP/CNR), Naples, Italy

Dr Clara Silvestre is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Chemistry and Polymer Technology of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy. She is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Bristol, UK, and an Associate Researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, US. She is the Coordinator of the FP7 project Napolynet NaPolyNet FP7 NMP3-CA-2008- 218331 - Setting up research-intensive clusters across the EU on characterisation of polymer nanostructure. She is responsible for national and international projects,

and an EU Expert evaluator/reviewer for 5/6/7FP projects. Dr Silvestre is a Consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency, for the development of a coordinated research project on the ‘Application of Radiation Processing Technology in the Development of Advanced Packaging Materials for Food Products’. Dr Silvestre is the Chair of the organising committees of international conferences and Author of over 140 papers and monographs. She edited the ‘Ecosustainable Polymer Nanomaterials for Food Packaging’ (CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group in press (2013)) book, as well as being the holder of 3 patents. She is an EU Ambassador for Women and Science, and a member of the CNR Equal Opportunity Committee. She has a PhD in Industrial Chemistry.


Dr. Binzhu Zhu

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Bin Zhu, PhD, Head of Fuel cell/Solar cell (FSC) group, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) and Chair Professor, director for New Energy Conversion Lab. in Hubei University. He received M.Sc., in 1987 from University of Sci. & Tech. of China and 1995 for Ph.D. from Chalmers University of Technology, Physics and Engineering Physics, Sweden and 10/ 95-12/97 for Postdoc. in Uppsala University (Ångström Lab.). Since 1998 moved to KTH and 1999 became associate professor in Dept of Chemical Engineering and Technology, and now in Dept of Energy Technology, KTH. He has been visiting professor for Aalto University and Nanyang Technological University as well as acted as guest professor and professor in several Chinese universities to co-supervise the research projects and Ph.D students.

Dr. Zhu has more than 250 publications with the citation around 4500 (google scholar). He has been recently selected by Hubei Provincial 100-talent program to establish large research team/network for frontier research in fuel cells and solar cells. He is coordinating for EC - China NANOCOFC (Nanocomposites for advanced fuel cells) research network. He is one of the Most Cited Researchers in energy sector reported by Elsevier for 2014 and 2015.

Zhu’s research has resulted in highly international impacts as leading role evaluated by Swedish national programs from e.g. "Evaluation of The Swedish Energy Agency Research Programme for Stationary Fuel Cells" and the Swedish Research Council international evaluation, with outstanding milestones achieved for: i) NANOCOFC Science and technology - a new field explored and established since last 10 years, with Zhu’s pioneer work followed by the world activities as a new fuel cell R&D; The nanoncomposites make use of interfaces and interactions in the interfacial regions between constituent phases, resulting in interfacial ionic conduction highways, i.e. superionic conduction, oxidation and reduction redox reactions for catalysis, electrolysis and fuel cell. It thus results in advanced low temperature, 300-600oC SOFCs and ii) A great breakthrough- electrolyte-free fuel cell (EFFC). The fuel cell reactions are realized through the direct combination of protons and oxygen ions on the surface of the particles. Based on EFFCs Zhu is leading the development of the new functional semiconductor-ionic materials (SIMs) and various junctions (p-n, Schottky, hybrid and bulk heterojunction) fuel cells (1-3) without using the electrolyte layer and establishing the semiconductor-ionics (SEMIONICS) for next generation fuel-electricity and chemical and physical energy conversions.


Prof. Luisa De Cola

Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Strasbourg University, France

Since 1 September 2013, Prof. Luisa De Cola is a full Professor (Class Exceptionnelle), and AXA chair of Supramolecular and Biomaterial Chemistry, at Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, ISIS, University of Strasbourg, France and Adjunct Scientist at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany

Prof. Luisa De Cola is working in 2 main research areas: a) luminescent and electro-luminescent materials for optical and electroluminescent devices; b) nanomaterials and soft matrices for imaging, diagnostics and therapy.

She has published 330 papers and filed 36 international patents. She has been invited to more than 200 conferences as plenary (Gordon Conferences, ESF, Solvay Conference 2011, Accademia dei Lincei, Bürgenstock Conference 2012, E-MRS 2012…) or invited speaker and she has delivered more than 300 seminars/talks all over the world.  She has a H index of 58 and more than 12000 citations (see profile from the web of science).

She has completed 38 PhD thesis, supervised more that 60 post-docs and several Master students. She has a team of 1 permanent staff, 12 PhD students, 8 post-docs and 1-3 master students. Her group is very international comprising at the moment 7 nationalities.

Prof. De Cola is a member of the board of the Physical Chemistry, section photochemistry and photophysics, of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the Royal Chemical Society, the Italian Chemical Society, the French Chemical Society and the American Chemical Society. She is also a member of several international boards and evaluation committee including the ERC starting grants.


Prof. SU-IL IN

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Rep. of Korea

Prof. SU-IL IN is Dean of External and International Affairs at DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology) since 2016. He has been working at DGIST since 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2008. He then became a postdoctoral research associate at the Technical University of Denmark in 2010. He also joined the Department of Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University as a postdoctoral fellow before joining DGIST. Professor In’s current researches include synthesis and analysis of functional nano (bio)-materials for environmentally friendly renewable energy such as photovoltaic, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysts. A central goal of this work is relating surface structure/properties, size and composition to the catalytic activity and microbial fuel cell (MFC).


Dr. Hui-Lin Chang

Micron Technology, Manassas VA, USA

Dr. Hui-Lin Chang is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff in GlobalFoundries. Her previous work experience includes working in Samsung Electronics in South Korea as a Principal Engineer and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) as a Technical Manager in Hsin Chu, Taiwan, as well as a Senior Researcher in National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. She served as a technical program committee member at the 6th International Conference on Mechanical Science and Engineering (ICMSE2015), organized by the International Association of Applied Science and Engineering Technology (IAASET).

Hui-Lin Chang was awarded a PhD in Material Science and Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 2002. She also received an Executive Master’s degree of Business Administration (EMBA) from National Chiao Tung University and the University of California – Berkeley in 2010. In addition, in 2016, she was designated a Stanford Certified Project Manager by the Stanford University Center for Professional Development.

Hui-Lin Chang has been awarded 24 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), many of which have also been published by the USPTO's counterpart in China, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). In addition to her many granted patents, she is a named inventor of 10 pending patent applications. Hui-Lin Chang’s contributions to the existing academic literature and industrial practices related to fracture mechanisms of nanoelectronic devices, in particular her novel testing approaches, are truly original and significant.


Dr. Georges Favre

Directeur de l’Institut LNE Nanotech, France

Georges Favre, obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Evry Val d’Essonne in 2008 after graduating as a chemical engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2005. During his PhD, he worked at CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, a French government-funded technological research organisation) on the isotopic characterizaton of nuclear fuel. He had intervened for three years with French SMEs as a consultant to develop advanced materials (fire or corrosion-resistant materials, …) based in particular on nanomaterial additives. He joined LNE in 2011 to coordinate the laboratory’s R&D in the fields of metrology in chemistry and nanosciences (2011-2014). In addition to its commercial activities regarding testing and calibration services, LNE (Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais – is also the French National Metrology Institute. LNE has on this basis the responsibility to develop the French references (methods, standards, …) for all kinds of measurements in order to improve the reliability of data and therefore help public authorities and French industry in the decision-making process. Georges Favre is responsible since 2015 of the development of LNE’s services offer in the field of nanomaterials (calibration, standards, characterization, …). He is in particular involved in the identification of the needs and the dissemination of the scientific outputs on the topic of nanomaterials characterisation. Since 2012 he is involved in the Board of the nanoMetrology Club, a French network created in 2011 and coordinated by LNE, the aim of which is to gather people from public authorities, academia and industry in order to find solutions to nanometrology issues, in particular through R&D projects or the organization of workshops. He became its President in 2015 and is also the contact of industrial partners in the frame of the NANOMET project ( funded by the French Ministry of Industry.


Prof. Victor Puntes

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain

Prof. Dr. Victor Puntes is ICREA Research Professor with joint appointments in Vall Hebron Institute de Recerca (VHIR) (2014) and at the (ICN2) (2005). He has co-authored of over 175 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, with more than 10.821 citations.


Prof. Dr. Puntes has participated in 29 research projects funded by the by the European Union, the Spanish Government and private companies, launching numerous collaborations with national and international groups, participating in interdisciplinary panels and cooperation projects. He is co-founder of several spin offs, two of them based on licensed patents (2 of 9) of Puntes group: (2013-present) Applied Nanoparticles Co-founder and Scientific Director, spin off company of the ICN2 and UAB sponsored by Fundación Repsol. Prize Top 11 StartUp South Summit 2016.


(2009-2012) Centre for BioNanosafety and Sustainability (CNBSS), Scientific director. Dedicated to the investigation, analysis, co-development and education of nanotechnology with responsibility (following Responsible Research and Innovation –RRI- Principles). (2005-present) Endor technologies, Co-founder  a company dedicated at cosmetics and nanobiomedicine. (2007-present) Nanonica, Scientific Advisor, Swiss based company dedicated to invest on nanotechnology. (2009- present) Nanotargeting, Scientific Advisor, start-up company, Spain, dedicated to the development of our patent on cisPt delivered with AuNPs.


Dr. Oliver Groening

EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Switzerland

Oliver Gröning received his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Fribourg in 1999 on the topic of electron field emission from carbon thin films and nanostructures. After post-doctoral research on the development of a scanning anode field emission microscope for the investigation of electron emission cathodes for display applications, he joined Empa in 2001 to help building up the nanotech@surfaces laboratory, which became operational in 2003. Oliver Gröning is currently the deputy head of the nanotech@surfaces laboratory and leader of the Functional Surfaces Research group. He has a strong background in surface science with particular emphasis on carbon films and nanostructures, molecular surface science, intermetallic compounds and state-of-the-art scanning tunneling microscopy (UHV – Low Temperature STM/STS, non-Contact AFM) and photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, UPS, ARUPS and XPD). Key drivers of his research are the understanding of the structure – property relationship of nanostructures and large unit cell surface systems (e.g. quasicrystals, complex metallic alloys, strain relief patterns or moiré structures). Dr. Gröning is strongly committed to transfer research results to applications, which he has proven in numerous industry collaborations with companies such as Motorola, SONY, Toyota, Philips or Thales. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in international journals, has been a member of the technical advisory committee for the Swiss Free Electron Laser, and has been appointed “Distinguished Senior Researcher” at Empa in 2014.

Research interests:

Surface physics and chemistry, carbon nanostructures and graphene, functional surfaces, molecular self-assembly, electronic structure, intermetallic compounds and quasi crystals, field emission, catalysis


Dr. Juan Jose Vilatela

IMDEA Materials, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Juan José Vilatela García has a BSc in Physics Engineering from UIA, Mexico (2005) and a PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy of the University of Cambridge (2009). In 2011 he founded the Multifunctional Nanocomposites Group ( ) at IMDEA Materials Institute.

His group’s work is largely focused on the development of macroscopic materials made up of nanobuilding blocks in a way that the unique properties at the nanoscale are preserved through the assembly process and a new generation of high-performance engineering materials is produced. He was involved in early developments of a process to make continuous macroscopic fibres made up of CNTs, at Cambridge. Later he took part in the transfer of this technology to industry. His more recent work includes studying hierarchical structures by advanced X-ray techniques, reinforcement at multiple length-scales and the electrochemical interactions of CNT fibres with liquids and polymers. His research has helped establish the unique combination of properties of CNT fibres, particularly for multifunctional composites that can store energy or have sensing functions. He is the author of around 36 papers (> 850citations), 6 patents (2 industrially exploited) and has an h-index of 13. He has coordinated several European projects, industrial contracts (e.g. Airbus) and is currently the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant to develop structural energy haversting composite materials.  He has been awarded the “Juan de la Cierva” and “Ramón y Cajal” fellowships by the Spanish Ministry of Economics, and the 2016 young investigator award by the European Society for Composite Materials. Since 2014 his is an associate lecturer at the Carlos III de Madrid University and at the Technical University of Madrid in its Airbus-UPM master’s programme.


Prof. Arben Merkoçi

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona, Spain

ICREA Research Professor and leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, Arben Merkoçi obtained his PhD at the University of Tirana (Albania) in ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has carried out research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at the Polytechnic University of Budapest (Hungary), University of Ioannina (Greece), Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State University (USA). His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures of interest in the design of novel (bio)sensors.

Prof. Merkoçi is Co-Editor in Chief of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the principal international journal devoted to research, design development and application of biosensors and bioelectronics, member of editorial board of Electroanalysis, Microchimica Acta and other journals.

Prof. Merkoçi has published 305 articles (H-index / citations: Google Scholar 79 / 21920; WOS 66 / 16334 as of 08/09/2020) and supervised 30 PhD theses. He is also involved in teaching PhD courses in field of nanomaterial-based biosensors in several Spanish and international centres. He has been member of commission for establishing of the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology undergraduate academic curricula at UAB, the first one in Spain started during the academic year 2010-2011. He is member of the Academics Working Group of BIST and coordinator of the Nanodiagnostics module of Nanotechnology Master of UAB. He has got several national and international grants related to nanomaterials application in biosensors and his group is collaborating with several worldwide leading labs in the field of nanobiosensors.

Prof. Merkoçi serves also as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various international governmental and nongovernmental agencies (FP EU including ERC panel, USA, various EU and other countries), member of scientific committee of various international congresses, director of several workshops and other scientific events and have been invited to give plenary lectures, keynote and invited speeches in more than 200 occasions in various countries. Prof. Merkoçi is the co-founder of two spin-off companies: GraphenicaLab, devoted to graphene patterning, and PaperDrop, to clinical diagnostics.


Prof. Andreas Ruediger

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Canada

Prof. Andreas Ruediger is a full professor at INRS-EMT, nanoelectronics-nanophotonics and head of the laboratory of ferroelectric nanoelectronics (Canadian Foundation for Innovation). He obtained his PhD in 2001 from the department of physics, Universität Osnabrück, Germany (group Ortwin Schirmer) "Light-induced charge transfer processes and pyroelectric luminescence in Sn2P2S6". He joned then the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (group of Jim Scott) as Alexander-von-Humboldt Research fellow and Research associate. From 2003 to 2018, he was tenured senior scientist and head of the Nanoarchitecture Laboratory at the Institute of Solid State Research (IFF) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany (group of Rainer Waser).
Prof Ruediger is also an Honorary Fellow of Munich University of Applied Sciences and Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He’s Associate editor of Functional Materials Letters, International Journal of Nanoscience, Journal of Crystallization and Crystal Growth.


Dr. Sonia Trigueros

University of Oxford, UK

Dr Sonia Trigueros is Associated Researcher at Zoology Department and Academic Fellow at Physics Department at the Oxford University UK. She's is also the Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology.

Sonia Trigueros’ research focuses on the design of a novel nanodrug delivery system to target dividing cells, specifically cancer cells. She is also developing new Nanomedicines to tackle bacterial antibiotic resistance problem. She has a PhD in molecular biology from IBMB-CSIC and Universidad de Barcelona. After her postdoctoral research fellowships at Harvard and Oxford Universities, Trigueros was a research visitor to several academic institutions including NIH-Washington and Havana University.


Prof. Stuart Parkin

Max-Planck Institute, Germany

Professor Stuart Parkin was born on December 9, 1955 in Watford, England. Studied Physics at the University of Cambridge (BA, 1977, MA, Ph.D. 1980). Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge (1979). Royal Society European Exchange Fellow, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris-Sud (1980-1981). IBM World Trade Fellow, IBM San Jose Research Laboratory (1982). Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California (since 1982). IBM Fellow (since 1999). Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (2007); Visiting Chair Professor, National Taiwan University (2007); Distinguished Research Chair Professor, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliou, Taiwan (2007); Distinguished Visiting Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands (2008); Distinguished Visiting Professor, World Class University Program, KAIST (2009); Honorary Professor, University College London, United Kingdom (2009). Honorary Doctorates: RWTH Aachen University (2007); Eindhoven University of Technology (2008); University of Regensburg (2011); Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (2013). Elected Fellow, The Royal Society, London (2000); Member, National Academy of Sciences (USA) (2008); Member, National Academy of Engineering (USA) (2009); Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009). Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (2012); Fellow, TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences (2012). Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany, since April 2014. Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics since April 2014.

Stuart Parkin has received several awards including: American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials (1994); Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Physics (1997); 1999-2000 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Prize for Industrial Application of Physics; IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award (2008); Dresden Barkhausen Award (2009); IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal (2009); David Adler Lectureship Award, American Physical Society (2012); Von Hippel Award, Materials Research Society (2012); Swan Medal, Institute of Physics (London) (2013); and the Millennium Technology Prize, Technology Academy Finland (2014).


Prof. Piet Lens

Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology of UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Lens is professor of Environmental Biotechnology at the Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery Chair Group of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology of UNESCO-IHE. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Sub-Department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University (1999-2006), where he still has a zero nomination.  He has also held visiting faculty appointments at the Universities of Louvain La Neuve (UCL) and Leuven (KUL).

Prof. Lens trained in Environmental Sanitation, then obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University Gent (Belgium). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Review Journal “Re/Views in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology” and founding editor of the IWA Publishing series “Integrated Environmental Technology”.

He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals Biodegradation, Environmental Technology and Bioresource Technology and he is actively involved in a variety of scientific organizations (Nederlandse Biotechnology Vereninging, International Water Association and European Federation of Biotechnology), funding agencies (NWO, FWO, Irish EPA, EU), and European networks (SOWACOR, SWITCH and CAREX).

His research focuses on biofilms, sulfur biotechnology, metal speciation, bioavailability and removal, natural treatment systems, anaerobic wastewater and waste gas treatment for resource recovery and reuse.

He is the initiator of the Marie Curie Training Site “Sulfur and Metals – HEMEP”, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programme “Environmental Technologies for Contaminated Soils, Sediments and Solid Waste (ETECOS3)” and the Erasmus Mundus Master Course “International Master of Science in Environmental Technology (IMETE)”.

He has (co-)authored over 240 scientific publications and edited nine book volumes. Besides innovative research, he is also a leader in education and capacity-building, organising numerous study-days, conferences, summer schools and short courses.

His awards include the IWA Publishing Award (2002), a Marie Curie Excellence Grant (2004) and a nomination as IWA fellow (2010).


Prof. Yasuhiko Arakawa

Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics/ Nanoelectronics Collaborative Research Center, Tokyo, Japan

Prof Yasuhiko Arakawa is the Director of both the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics and the Nanoelectronics Collaborative Research Center- Tokyo- Japan. He received his BE, ME, and PhD degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan in 1975, 1977 and 1980, respectively.. He immediately joined The University of Tokyo as an assistant professor and became a full professor at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) in 1993. He is now Director of both the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics and the IIS-Center for Photonics and Electronics Convergence at The University of Tokyo. He is currently the President of International Commission for Optics (ICO). He has received several major awards, including Leo Esaki Award (2004), IEEE/LEOS William Streifer Award (2004), Fujiwara Award (2007), Prime Minister Award (2007), Medal with Purple Ribbon (2009), IEEE David Sarnoff Award (2009), C&C Award (2010), Heinrich Welker Award (2011), OSA Nick Holonyak Jr. Award (2011), and JSAP Isamu Akasaki Award (2012)


Prof. Kattesh V. Katti

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA

Dr. Katti's research is focused on unraveling the fundamentals of science as he applies those principles and new concepts in developing new chemical species at the macro and nano scales. In the ‘nano-domain’, he is interested in exploring biophysical, chemical, magnetic, nuclear and photophysical properties, that are unique to specific nanoparticulates, toward the design and development of sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Targeted nanoparticles, which are created through the intervention of ‘Katti Peptides’ are being utilized in the detection of diseases at the cellular/sub cellular levels while radiochemical and X ray absorption properties of gold nanoparticles, embedded selectively within tumor cells/sites, are being applied for effective therapy of breast, liver, lung, oral, prostate and pancreatic cancers and various debilitating diseases which include Osteoarthritis and Parkinson’s diseases. Drug discovery approaches are built around a clinical translation motif as Dr. Katti strongly believes that discoveries should translate into value added products to ultimately serve humanity across the globe.

Green nanotechnology is at the focal point of Dr. Katti's approach to pursuing research in nanotechnology (and molecular medicine) as he strongly believes in the total elimination of toxic chemicals in the production of engineered nanoparticles. Toward this end, phytochemicals occluded within plants, herbs or from various sources from Mother Nature are being used as electron reservoirs in developing 100% green processes for the development of nano constructs, and a spectrum of molecular medicine-conjugates, for use in a plethora of medical, agricultural, hygienic (antibacterial/antimicrobial) and technological applications.


Prof. Frederick Currell

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology/ Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP)- School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, UK


Dr. Pedro M. Da Costa

Material Science & Engineering, Laboratory for Carbon Nanostructures, Physical Science and Engineering Division, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Professor Da Costa's research interests embrace a range of synthesis and characterization techniques for one- and two-dimensional materials, with particular focus on carbon nanostructures, semiconductor materials and electron microscopy. He is also engaged in the manipulation of discrete nanoscaled structures and the study of their response to externally applied stimuli. The aim of this work is to understand how novel materials behave at minute scales under near-operational conditions and use that information to optimize their design for specific technological applications.


Prof. Jae-Jin Shim

School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Rep. of Korea

Jae-Jin Shim received his BS degree from Seoul National University in 1980, MS degree from KAIST in 1982, and PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He worked as a research scientist (1982-1986) and as a senior research scientist (1991-1994) at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He has been a professor in Yeungnam University since 1994 and served as School Chairman and Vice-Dean of Engineering. He also served as the President of the Korean Society of Clean Technology and Vice President of the Korean Society of Engineering Education. He is the Directors of the Institute of Clean Technology and the Clean Energy Priority Research Center supported by Ministry of Education of Korea. He has published more than 140 papers in reputed journals and served as the Chief Editor of “Clean Technology”.

He has received the Commendation for Engineering Education from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Glocal Leadership Award from the President of Yeungnam University, and the three Scientific Contribution Awards from the Korean Society of Clean Technology. His current research interests are synthesis and applications of graphene (or carbon nanotube)-based nanomaterials for supercapacitors, catalysts, and sensors; syntheses of polymers and organic materials using supercritical fluids and ionic liquids; living polymerization in supercritical fluids and ionic liquids; and clean technology.


Prof. Thomas Graule

EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland

Dipl.-Ing. FH : University of Applied Sciences, Aalen; Dipl.-Chemist, University Siegen; PhD Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart 1988 Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Materialforschung, Bremen, 1989-1995 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, 1995-1999 Katadyn Produkte AG, Wallisellen Since 1999 Head of Laboratory for High Performance Ceramics, EMPA.
T. Graule, L.J. Gauckler and F.H. Baader, „Enzyme Catalysis of Ceramic Forming“, Award as „one of two dozen exemplars of real materials research in the last decade which will or has affected technology and thence society“ granted by the National Association for Science, Technology and Society, Washington, USA, September 1994.
1994 Promotion Award 1994 of the „Stiftung Technopark Zürich“, granted on 4 April 1995.


Prof. Harald W. Giessen

University of Stuttgart, Germany

Harald Giessen (*1966) graduated from Kaiserslautern University with a diploma in Physics and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1995 as J.W. Fulbright scholar. After a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart he moved to Marburg as assistant professor. From 2001-2004, he was associate professor at the University of Bonn. Since 2005, he is full professor and holds the Chair for Ultrafast Nanooptics in the Department of Physics at the University of Stuttgart. He is also co-chair of the Stuttgart Center of Photonics Engineering, SCoPE. He was guest researcher at the University of Cambridge, and guest professor at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Sydney, at A*Star, Singapore, as well as at Beijing University of Technology. He is associated researcher at the Center for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. He received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2012 for his work on complex nanoplasmonics. He was co-chair (2014) and chair (2016) of the Gordon Conference on Plasmonics and Nanophotonics. He was general chair of the conference Photonics Europe (Strasbourg 2018) and is co-chair of the biannual conference NanoMeta in Seefeld, Austria. He is on the advisory board of the journals "Advanced Optical Materials", "Nanophotonics: The Journal", "ACS Photonics", "ACS Sensors", and "Advanced Photonics". He is a topical editor for ultrafast nanooptics, plasmonics, and ultrafast lasers and pulse generation of the journal "Light: Science & Applications" of Nature Publishing Group. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In 2018, he was named „Highly Cited Researcher“ (top 1%) by the Institute of Scientific Information. His research interests include Ultrafast Nano-Optics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, 3D Printed Micro- and Nano-Optics, Novel mid-IR Ultrafast Laser Sources, Applications in Microscopy, Biology, and Sensing.


Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof Aleksandra Radenovic is Associate Professor since 2015. She had her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dietler in Laboratory of Physics of Living Matter, University of Lausanne- Switzerland. She then joined the group of Prof.Liphardt at the University of California, Berkeley- USA for three years as a post-doctoral researcher. She got in 2008 a
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position.

Her lab works in the research field that can be termed single molecule biophysics. they develop techniques and methodologies based on optical imaging, biosensing and single molecule manipulation with the aim to monitor the behavior of individual biological molecules and complexes in vitro and in live cells. Their current research is focused on three major directions:

(i) Developing and using nanopores as platform for molecular sensing and manipulation. In particular we focus on solid-state nanopores realized either in glass nanocapillaries, or on suspended 2d-material membranes and standard silicon-nitride membranes.

(ii) Studying how biomolecules function, especially how proteins and nucleic acids interact, using force-based manipulation single-molecule techniques, in particular optical tweezers, optical wrench system, Anti- Brownian Electrokinetic (ABEL) trap and combination of nanopore/nanocapillaries with OT.

(iii) Developing super-resolution optical microscopy, based on single molecule localizations (SMLM) in cells with molecular-scale resolution, with an aim to extract quantitative information.


Prof. Mathias Brust

University of Liverpool, UK

Prof Brust obtained his first degree in Chemistry from Hamburg University. He then moved to Liverpool (UK) as a PhD student to carry out research under the supervision of Prof. David J.  Schiffrin. During this period, he developed a method for the preparation of gold nanoparticles, which is nowadays widely known as the Brust-Schiffrin-Method and is of significant importance in this field of science. After receiving his PhD degree in 1995, Mathias moved on to carry out postdoctoral research in nanoscale electrochemistry, first at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and then at the University of Texas at Austin (USA), where he worked in the well-known electrochemistry group of Prof. Allen J. Bard. At the end of 1997 he returned to Liverpool, initially for a further postdoctoral position, and from autumn 1998 as an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow and Lecturer. He was promoted to Reader in 2004 and to a personal Chair (full Professor) in 2006.

Prof Brust current research interests include both fundamental and applied biomedical aspects of the interactions of nanoparticles with living organisms.


Dr. Giovanna G. Buonocore

Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) – National Research Council, Naples, Italy

Dr. Giovanna G. Buonocore is researcher at Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) – National Research Council, Naples (Italy). She graduated in Chemical Engineering and received the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). Dr. Buonocore has been visiting researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering of the University of Texas, Austin (USA). Her current research activity is focused on the development, characterization and modelling of multifunctional nanostructured polymeric materials used in various application fields such as packaging, transport, cultural heritage and energy. Research activities are aimed to produce and study nanostructured coating/polymeric films filled with engineered nanoparticles able to release active compounds such as anticorrosive compounds in the case of protective coating for Cultural Heritage applications and antimicrobial or antioxidant compounds in the case of active coating for packaging application. The main aim of the research is to functionalize the inorganic porous nanoparticles in order to control the compound release and in specific conditions to trigger the release by external stimuli.

She is authors and co-authors of 66 scientific contributions (full papers, communication, review) in international peer-reviewed journals, 1 book chapter and 3 patents. Her works received more than 1400 citations and her activity is ranked with an H index of 23 (Scopus Database source). She has been the Principal Investigator of several national and international projects on the development of advanced multifunctional polymeric materials. Since 2008 she is member of the directive board of the Italian Scientific Group on Food packaging and from 2012 to 2015 she has been the vice-president of the Scientific Group.