The 4th edition of Nanotech France 2018 International Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

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.


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

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Patrick Couvreur

Department “Physico-Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy” (UMR CNRS 8612), France

Prof. Patrick Couvreur is full Professor of Pharmacy at the Paris-Sud University and holder of the chair of “Innovation Technologique” (2009-2010) at the prestigious Collège de France. He was recently appointed as a Senior Member of the “Institut Universitaire de France”. He is the recipient of an “ERC Advanced Grant” (2010-2015).

Patrick Couvreur’s contributions in the field of drug delivery and targeting are highly recognized around the world through 430 research articles, 250 invited lectures, 59 patents and the main author/editor of 7 books (H-index 66 and 14,000 citations). His research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the conception of nanomedicines for the treatment of severe diseases (cancer, infectious diseases and neurological disorders). Methodologies are at the interface between Physico-Chemistry of Colloids, Polymer Chemistry, Material Science and Pharmacology/Cancerology. Patrick Couvreur’s research has led to the funding of two start-up companies (Bioalliance, 70 employees, and Medsqual). The major scientific contribution of Patrick Couvreur to the Pharmaceutical Sciences is also recognized by numerous international awards among which, the 1990 Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research from the Controlled Release Society (USA), the Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 1996 Award from the International Federation of Pharmacy (FIP), the 2004 Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress Award (Kyoto, Japon), the prestigious Host Madsen Medal (Beijin, 2007), the Marie-Maurice Janot Award Lecture (2008), the Prix Galien (2009) and the European Pharmaceutical Scientist Award (2011). His appointment as a member of four academies (Académie des Technologies, Académie de Médecine and Académie de Pharmacie in France, as well as Académie Royale de Médecine in Belgium) is another recognition of major scientific and scholarly contributions of Patrick Couvreur.


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. Michael Coey

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Michael Coey is Emeritus Professor at Trinity College Dublin. His many interests in magnetism and magnetic materials include amorphous magnetism, permanent magnets, spin electronics, half metals, d-zero magnetism and magnetoelectrochemistry. A Fellow of the Royal Society and Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science, he promoted Magnetic Solutions Ltd, the Trinity College Science Gallery and Ireland’s nanoscience research centre.


Prof. Josep Samitier Marti

Director of Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain

Josep Samitier Martí is director of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona (Spain). Full professor at the Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona (UB). Background in Physics (M.S. Degree in Physics, University of Barcelona and Ph.D. in Physics, University of Barcelona). Group leader of the Nanobioengineering group at IBEC and group leader in the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBERBBN).His main research areas are Biosensors, Microfluidics and Organ-on-chip.
Prof. Samitier has participated in and coordinated several European and national projects related to integrated microsystems and more recently to Nanobiotechnology devices. He has published more than 350 scientific articles, has directed 39 doctoral theses and is co-inventor of 6 licensed patents. He was deputy director of CIBER-BBN, vice-rector for International Policy at the University of Barcelona (UB), vice-rector for Innovation at the UB, acting rector of the UB, Spanish delegate to the Working Group on Biotechnology (OECD), director of the "Health Campus of Excellence" HUBc (UB), coordinator of the Master in Biomedical Engineering (UB-UPC)and founder member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in Health (EIT-HEALTH).
Currently, he is coordinator of the Spanish Nanomedicine Platform (NanomedSpain), scientific coordinator at national level of the Complementary Plan for Biotechnology Applied to Healthcare, which is boosted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain together with 7 autonomous communities on new tools for precision medicine, president of the Catalan Association of Research Centres (Associació Catalana d'Entitats de Recerca - ACER) and a full member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC).
He was awarded the City of Barcelona prize in the Technological Innovation category in 2003 and the Narcís Monturiol medal in 2020


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.


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.


Prof. Jordi Arbiol

ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST, Catalonia, Spain

Prof. Jordi Arbiol graduated in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 from this same institution in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials. He was assistant professor at the UB. From 2009 to 2015 he was ICREA Professor and group leader at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). He was President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME) (2017-2021) and held the position of vice-president from 2013 to 2017, having been a member of its Executive Board (2009-2021). In 2018 he was elected as Member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) (2019-2026).
Since 2015 he has been ICREA Professor and leader of the Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST. He is Scientific Supervisor of the Electron Microscopy Area at ICN2 and BIST, and also at the Electron Microscopy Center at the ALBA Synchrotron (EMCA). He has been one of the founding members of e-DREAM. He received the FWO Commemorative Medal (Flanders Research Foundation) in 2021, the BIST Ignite Award in 2018, the 2014 EU40 Materials Prize by the E-MRS, the 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award and was listed in the Top 40 under 40 Power List (2014) by The Analytical Scientist. As of May 2022 he has more than 415 peer-reviewed publications and more than 24700 citations (GoS) with h-index: 88 GoS (76 WoS).


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. Jean Philippe Ansermet

Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jean-Philippe Ansermet, Ph.D. is the Founder of SWISSto12 SA. Dr. Ansermet served as President of the Swiss Physical Society since 2002. He is a Professor at the Physics Institute of the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, in Switzerland. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He has expertise in spintronics, nanomagnetism, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), nanostructured materials, and materials science. He was for several years employed in the materials research center at Ciba-Geigy on polymers for microelectronics, composites, dielectrics, and organic charge transfer complexes. Dr. Ansermet served as Secretary of the European Physical Society. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at SWISSto12 SA. He serves as a Director at the Physics Institute of the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, in Switzerland. He pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois in the United States. He obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States and an M.S. degree in Physics from the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne in Switzerland.


Prof. Rabah Boukherroub

IEMN, UMR/CNRS 8520, Lille University, France

Dr. Rabah Boukherroub received a PhD in chemistry from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. He is currently a CNRS research director and a group leader at the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN), University of Lille, France. He is Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. He is also a guest Professor, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China. His research interests are in the area of nanostructured functional materials, surface chemistry, and photophysics of semiconductor/metal nanostructures with emphasis on biosensors, nanomedicine, photocatalysis and energy-related applications. He is a co-author of 440+ research publications and wrote 31 book chapters in subjects related to nanotechnology, materials chemistry, and biosensors. He has 11 patents or patents pending.


Dr. Thomas Brächer

Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany

Dr Thomas Brächer received his PhD in Physics with honours in March 2015 at the TU Kaiserslautern in Germany. After a Postdoc at SPINTEC in Grenoble, he has returned as a principal investigator in the research group of Jun. Prof. Dr Andrii Chumak and Prof. Dr Burkard Hillebrands at TU Kaiserslautern.

He is an expert on linear and non-linear spin-wave dynamics, researching the excitation, manipulation and detection of magnons, the quanta of spin-wave excitation in a magnetic solid. These waves hold large potential for the realization of miniaturized wave-based logic devices on a chip. Thomas Brächer research is focused on the experimental realization of proof-of-concept magnonic devices as well as the constant lookout for new phenomena to boost the efficiency of spin-wave sources and detectors. His research experience on novel spintronic memory concepts makes him particularly target the interface between magnonics and (conventional) spintronics.


Prof. Salvatore Domenic Morgera

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Director of the Global Center for Neurological Networks, USA

Dr. Sal Morgera has focused on networks all his professional life.  He, and the teams he has directed, are responsible for the Canadian oceanographic data gathering networks, the acoustic networks for American submarine tactical and strategic communications, the worldwide CAT3 auto-landing networks for commercial aircraft, and the military wireless networks used in sensitive and challenging parts of the world.  In the last decade, he has turned his attention to living networks, the neurological networks of the brain and has made two discoveries:  the nerve fibers of the brain communicate, compete, and cooperate with one another, thereby forming a highly sophisticated spatial-temporal network, and, further, this interaction is enabled by reactive electric near-fields (  Understanding these extraordinary networks and the bio-metamaterial human brain structure in which they operate will enable mankind to develop machines with Real Intelligence (RI), as opposed to Artificial Intelligence (AI).   Dr. Sal Morgera is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Emeritus Professor at institutions in Canada and the US, and Director of the Global Center for Neurological Networks.  He received his Ph.D. degree from Brown University and is an IEEE Life Fellow and an AAAS Fellow.


Prof. Pablo Ordejon

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Prof Ordejón is Director of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). He 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 Distinguished Researcher and Director.

He is known for being one of the main developers of the popular SIESTA software for first-principles calculations. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, which have received over 30,000 citations (h-index of 60). 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.


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. Peter Bøggild

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Peter Bøggild is professor and group leader at DTU Nanotech- Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, at the Technical University of Denmark. He obtained his PhD in low temperature solid state physics at the Copenhagen University in 1998, and became a full professor in 2013 at DTU. He has worked across numerous areas, including nanomechatronics/robotics, topology optimization, nanometrology, nanotubes/nanowires, surface science, material synthesis and microfabrication, mesoscopic physics and simulations, but is today is leading a group entirely focusing on graphene and other 2D materials. Topics include ballistic transport in nanopatterned graphene, molecular switches and sensors, bandgap engineering, large scale synthesis and transfer, synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides, small- and large scale metrology of 2D materials, as well as encapsulation and protective barriers. He is involved in the electronics and sensor workpackages of the EU Flagship project on Graphene research, in the DNRF centre of excellence, Center for Nanostructured Graphene, as well as coordinator of a Danish research alliance on graphene technology, DAGATE. He has published more than 110 papers on carbon nanomaterials as well as 10 graphene related patent applications, and is committed to push fundamental research in two-dimensional materials towards real and viable technologies and applications. He is main organizer of the international conference Carbonhagen, which has run annually since 2010.


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. 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. Francesco Stellacci

Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Swizterland

Francesco Stellacci graduated in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1998 with a thesis on photochromic polymers with Prof. Giuseppe Zerbi and Mariacarla Gallazzi. In 1999 he moved to the Chemistry Department of the University of Arizona for as a post-doc in the group of Joe Perry in close collaboration with the group of Seth Marder. In 2002 he moved to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant professor. He was then promoted to associate without (2006) and with tenure (2009). In 2010 he moved to the Institute of Materials at EPFL as a full Professor. He holds the Alcan EP Chair. Francesco was one of the recipients of the Technology Review TR35 "35 Innovator under 35" award in 2005, and the Popular Science Magazine "Brilliant 10" award in 2007. He has been a Packard Fellow starting 2005.


Prof. Souad Ammar

Paris Diderot University, France

Souad Ammar was graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris in 1993. She obtained her PhD from Université Pierre & Marie Curie, in Inorganic Chemistry, in 1996. She joined then Université Paris Diderot as a post-doc in 1997, then as an assistant Professor in 1998. She became associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2008 and took the direction of the nanomaterial group at the ITODYS lab. In 2012, she became the dean of the chemistry department of her university, managing scientific researches and administrative responsibilities. Her main research activities are on the synthesis and the characterization of nanomaterials, focusing on their properties for renewable energy, nanomedicine and electromagnetism uses. Nowadays, she has more than 150 previewed articles and about 300 communications in international conferences.


Prof. Jesus M de la Fuente

ICMA, CSIC /Univ de Zaragoza and CIBER-BBN, Spain

Prof. Jesus M de la Fuente (Barakaldo-Spain) finished his PhD work in 2003 working in the evaluation of carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions using gold nanoparticles in the Institute of Chemical Research from CSIC. During his PhD training, he has carried out different stays in the University of Nottingham (UK), University of Kalmar (Sweden), Institute of Physical-Chemistry “Rocasolano”-CSIC (Madrid, Spain) and National Centre of Biotechnology-CSIC (Madrid, Spain). With all this research, he was a pioneer in the emerging field of Glyconanotechnology. Once he obtained his PhD, he moved to the Centre for Cell Engineering University of Glasgow (UK) to develop a research project involving the nanoparticles development and its biological application during two years. In July 2005, he went back to the Institute of Chemical Research (Seville, Spain). His research was oriented to the vectorization of paramagnetic nanoparticles with biologically relevant carbohydrates to label and visualize brain tumors. In June 2007, Dr de la Fuente established the Nanotherapy and Nanodiagnostic Group at the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (University of Zaragoza, Spain). Dr. de la Fuente has supervised 14 PhD students (to completion) and he is presently supervising 12 PhD students. Since then, Dr de la Fuente has created a large research group with outstanding scientific results and excellence research projects. As principle investigator, he has received a European Research Council-Starting Grant for “Multifunctional Magnetic Nanoparticles: Towards Smart Drugs Design-NANOPUZZLE” (2010-2015), a European Research Council-Proof of Concept-HOTFLOW (2017-2018) and ERANET project “Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticles for Gene-Therapy-NANOTRUCK” (2009-2012), he is PI of a FP7-NMP “Nanotherapeutics for Antibiotic Resistant Emerging Bacterial Pathogens-NAREB” (2014-2018) and he has supervised 1 IOF and 2 IEF FP7 Marie Curie Fellows and 2 IF HORIZON2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellows. He has actually 6 licensed PCT patents. To date, he has more than 160 papers, cited more than 5,600 times and with an h-factor of 40. He was awarded with the “Shanghai-1000 People Plan” in 2013 to be Chair Professor at Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China). Since 2014, he is a Permanent Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council- Aragon Materials Science Institute (Zaragoza, Spain).


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.


Prof. Elena Torrieri

Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Elena Torrieri is an Associate professor of Food Packaging at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). She obtained the degree in Food Science and Technology and received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Food Science and Technology by the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.  She worked as visiting Scientist at the University of Cork, Ireland and at UMR-IATE Agropolymer Engineering and Emerging Technology (INRA, CIRAD, Montpellier SupAgro e l’Università di Montpellier II), France.

Her research activities are focused on the design of food packaging and estimation and prediction of food shelf life. The main topics are: (i) Development of biopolymer film/coating for food packaging application; (ii) Design a modified atmosphere package for fresh fruit and vegetable; (iii) Study the effect of innovative packaging technology on food shelf life. She is authored of 70 scientific contributions in peer-reviewed national and international journals or book chapters. She contributed in the several research projects related to food packaging and food shelf life.


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.


Dr. Jean-Olivier Durand

Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, France

Dr Jean-Olivier Durand is a senior researcher at the Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, France. He started his professional research Since November 1996, CR1 at CNRS and at Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches. He completed his Phd at the University Paris VI, under the direction of Prof. Jean-Pierre GENET Collaboration with the Zeneca society in Reims. He did his post-doctoral research in in the laboratory of organic synthesis of Dr. Marc LARCHEVEQUE. His major research interest involves two-photon excitation, nanomachines, active targeting, vectorisation etc. He has already published more than 52 articles in various journals.

Research Interest: drug and gene delivery systems, photodynamic therapy, emerging therapeutic methods and nanosystems


Dr. Winnie Edith Svendsen

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Dr. W. E. Svendsen completed her master degree in experimental physics with honors in 1993 from the University College Dublin, within atomic spectroscopy. She received her doctorate in atomic physics studying the properties of solid deuterium by laser ablation and sputtering in 1996 from Copenhagen University, Denmark. Thereafter she accepted a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma physics, Garching, Germany. She returned to Denmark in 1998 and was appointed Associate Professor at Copenhagen University in 1999. Since 2001 she has been involved with applied research and her current research focus is on understanding the physical properties of biological material to optimize the use of micro and nanotechnology in the biomedical field. In 2006 she established her own research group Nano Bio Integrated Systems (NaBIS). Winnie has more than 70 publications in international journals.  She has received several grants and awards (EOLAS award & Marie Curie stipend for excellent research, National research grants and European grants (FP 5, 6 & 7). She was also the co-founder of company XeHe Hypol (APS). 


Dr. Bernard Dieny

SPINTEC Chief Scientist, CEA/Grenoble, France

Dr B Dieny has been conducting research in magnetism and spin electronics for 34 years.  He played a key role in the pioneering work on giant magnetoresistance spin-valves which were introduced in hard disk in 1998.  In 2001, he co-founded "SPINTEC" (Spintronics and Technology of components) in Grenoble, a government laboratory devoted to spin-electronics.  He is co-inventor of 68 patents and signed more than 430 scientific publications.  His team was awarded the European Descartes Prize for Research for his work on thermally assisted Magnetic Random Access Memories (TA-MRAM) in 2006.  This work yielded the creation of a start-up company (Crocus Technology) in 2006.  He received two Advanced Research grants from the European Research Council in 2009 and in 2014.  He was nominated IEEE Fellow in 2010.  In 2014, he became co-founder of another start-up for the design of hybrid CMOS/magnetic digital circuits (EVADERIS).


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.


Dr. Olivier Sandre

Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux – LCPO, France

Dr Olivier Sandre is tenured CNRS researcher since 2001. After his PhD in 2000 on the dynamics of pores in giant lipid vesicles supervised by Pr F. Brochard in Curie Institute and a 1-year post-doc in California (UCSB) with Pr D. J. Pine and Pr D. K. Fygenson about physical measurements on biological tubules, he came back to UPMC in Paris in 2001 in Pr V. Cabuil’s team. He joined the LCPO in 2010 after collaborating with Pr S. Lecommandoux since 2003. He works on polymeric systems doped with magnetic nanoparticles, especially magnetic polymersomes for theranostics (MRI combined with anti-cancer therapy).

Awards and Responsibilities: Dr Olivier Sandre was adjunct professor of Waterloo University in Canada from 2012 to 2015 and received the 2012 Young Researcher award of the Physical Chemistry division of French Chemical Society (SCF) and French Physics Society (SFP) for his researches on self-assembled magnetic polymer composite materials. He was promoted senior CNRS researcher in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he served as chair of the Sub-Committee 9 on Soft Condensed Matter at the Institut Laue-Langevin. Since 2017, he is chairing the Condensed Matter division of the French Physics Society.


Dr. Duangkamon Baowan

Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Duangkamon Baowan is Associate Professor at Mahidol University, Thailand. She was awarded Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2009 and 2013 from the Australian Government, received the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011, and was awarded the accolade of Thailand's Young Scientist in 2013. In 2016, she received The World Academy of Science (TWAS) Prizes for Young Scientists in Developing Countries (Mathematics field). Her current research interest is mathematical modeling in nanotechnology including gas and protein separations and encapsulation of drugs in nanocapsules.


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.


Dr. Byungchan Han

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea

Dr. Byungchan Han is an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He earned his PhD degree in MIT at the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering in 2007. He obtained Bachelor and Mater degrees from the Dept. of Nuclear Engineering of Seoul National University. He spent two years in MIT and another two years in Stanford University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research interests are developing emerging energy materials for renewable energy devices such as fuel cells and Li-ion batteries using first principles computational materials science. Recently he is also working for the pyroprocessing technology to recycle spent nuclear fuels. He was introduced as 10 most leading young scientists in Korea, and a deputy Director of the Joint Research Center between DGIST and Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory. He was awarded a medal from International Advanced Association of Materials, and got an excellent research award at Yonsei University in 2016. Currently, he is an editorial board of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and Frontiers in Condensed Matter Physics, and a Scientific Committee Member at Material science 2017. In Korea he is an Advisory Committee of the Korean Institute of Surface Engineering. His research interests are first principles computational design of high functional materials for renewable energy devices (such as Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, solar cells) and used nuclear fuel pyroprocessing system.


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. Stéphane Mornet

Institut de chimie de la matière condensée de Bordeaux, ICMCB (UMR 5026 CNRS-Bordeaux University- Bordeaux INP), France

Stéphane Mornet received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry of condensed matter at the University of Bordeaux in 2002. After a 4 years post-doctoral fellowship at the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Bordeaux, he undertook a post-doctoral position from 2006 to 2007 in Italy at the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (Ispra) where he worked for the European Commission in the field of NP health risk. He is currently researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux. His research, at the interface of chemistry and biology, focuses on the synthesis of hybrid mono/multifunctional NPs. His objectives are to define nanoscale surface modification strategies in the aim to address critical issues in fields related to nanomedicine and bioimaging. In particular, he is currently developing optimized surface chemistry routes for intravenously administered long circulating NPs; for bioconjugation (antibodies and fragments, proteins, peptides, aptamers, nucleic acids, lipids) in biomolecular imaging (MRI, NIR fluorescence imaging); for the design of thermosensitive nanocarriers (silica-based mesoporous NPs) for heat-triggered drug release induced under a magnetic field (magnetic) or near infra-red irradiation (plasmonic); and for the design of biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticles for extracellular vesicles extraction from biological fluids.


Dr. Ana Sanches Silva

National Institute of Agrarian and Veterinary Research (INIAV, IP], Portugal

Dr Ana Sanches-Silva is a researcher at the National Institute of Agrarian and Veterinary Research (INIAV, IP, Portugal). She obtained the degree in Pharmacy by the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and received her European Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) with honours.

Her research interests are focused on the evaluation of food and food packaging safety, including the development and validation of analytical methodologies for the analysis of food components and contaminants, development of active packaging and study of food-packaging interactions, especially the migration from packaging to food. She has a remarkable track record (over 100 scientific contributions in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters). She has more than 250 communications in national and international conferences. She has actively coordinated and participated in international, European or national projects related with Food Packaging.


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.


Dr. Raul Arenal

University of Zaragoza, Spain

Dr. Raul Arenal received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Univ. Paris-Sud (Orsay, France, 2005) and in 2013, he obtained his Habilitation (HDR) also at this University (now, Paris-Saclay University). He joined the Electron Microscopy Center in Argonne National Lab. (ANL, USA) as post doctoral fellow. In 2007, he became research scientist (Chargé de Recherches) at the CNRS (France; LEM, ONERA-CNRS). From 2010 to 2011, he was visiting scientist (sabbatical position) at the Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA) at the Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA) of the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). Since 2012, Dr. Arenal is on leave from the CNRS, and he is currently ARAID senior research scientist at the LMA, INMA, CSIC-U. Zaragoza. Since 2018, he is the Director of the TEM area of the LMA-INA. Dr. Arenal has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals ( and edited one book (Springer).
Arenal’s broad area of research interest lies in electron microscopy focused on materials science and nanoscience: TEM (EELS, HR(S)TEM, electron diffraction, electron tomography). These studies are mainly focused on the growth mechanism, structural and physical properties of low dimensional materials based on carbon, boron and nitrogen as well as other nano-structures (in particular, metallic nano-objects for plasmonic/photonic interest). Among his scientific activities, Dr. Arenal is the chair of the HeteroNanoCarb conference series ( focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials


Prof. Walid Daoud

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Walid Daoud is an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He graduated from the University of Technology Graz, Austria with a Dipl-Ing degree (BS and MS) in Chemical Engineering and received his PhD in bilayer photovoltaic cells from the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2002, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he played a substantial role in the establishment of a Nanotechnology Center in 2003 and took up a lectureship in 2005. In 2007, he joined Monash University, Australia as lecturer and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2010. Dr Daoud has received international renown and several awards for his pioneering work on solar self-cleaning and kinetic energy harvesting technologies. His research has featured in Nature (2004) and Science (2008) and the international press, such as Reuters (2014), BBC (2015) and SCMP (2017). His current research is mainly focused on the areas of renewable energy conversion and storage and smart textiles.


Dr. Sylvain Bertaina

IM2NP - UMR 7334 CNRS Faculté des Sciences et Techniques-Marseille, France

Dr Sylvain Bertaina is CNRS researcher at IM2NP since 2008, a join CNRS/Aix-Marseille University institute devoted to microelectronic and nanoscience. After his PhD obtained in 2005, he was postdoc at L. Néel laboratory (Grenoble, France) in the group of B. Barbara where he has studied the coherence of rare earth ion and single-molecule magnet. Then, in 2007, he was postdoc in National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Tallahassee, USA) in the group of I. Chiorescu where he has developed a dilution fridge EPR spectrometer. He is currently group leader of the magnetism and magnetic resonance team of IM2NP where he studies the dynamics of strongly correlated systems and the quantum coherence of the electron spin resonance in non-conventional spin dynamics. His current research interests are: exotic electron spin qubits, magnetic phase transition, quantum coherence in low dimensional magnet, multiferroicity.


Dr. Fanny Varenne

University Clermont Auvergne-CNRS-SIGMA, France

Dr Fanny Varenne is posting doctorate at Engineering Graduate School « Sigma - Clermont » and Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (France). She obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg in 2012. Her research interests are focused on physicochemical characterization of materials including development, validation and transfer of protocols to evaluate parameters as size, size distribution and surface properties and ageing of materials (photo, thermal and radiolysis).