The 9th ed. of Nanotech France 2024 Int. 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.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Rodrigo Ferrão de Paiva Martins

Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Rodrigo Martins is full professor at FCT-NOVA- Portugal, President of the European Academy of Sciences; President of the International Union of Materials Research Societies; Full Professor at FCT-NOVA. Member of the:

Rodrigo Martins is the founder and director of the Centre of Excellence in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Processes of Uninova; leader of the Materials, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies group of I3N/CENIMAT and its sub-director; member of the nomination committee of the EIT KIC Raw Materials, Editor in Chief of the journal Discover Materials. He is expert in the field of advanced functional materials, nanotechnologies, microelectronics, transparent electronics (pioneer) and paper electronics (inventor), with more than:

- 1050 papers, from which 677 in the WoK

- 2 books; editing 8 books; 1 pedagogic text book in Portuguese (900 pages); book chapters 28.

- Patents: granted patents 43; 16 pending.
- Talks: about 600 talks, from which 100 as plenary/key note speakers, 200 as invited and 200 as regular in main international and national conferences, symposia and workshops.
- Posters: about 300 in main international and national conferences, symposia and workshops

He is Member of the:

  • Steering Committee of European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies, EuMat.
  • Joint Innovation Centre for Advanced Material Sino-Portuguese.

Rodrigo Martins was decorated with the gold medal of merit and distinction by the Almada Municipality for his R&D achievements. ORCID: Webpage:   Click here for more details. 


Prof. Tuan Vo-Dinh

Duke University, USA

Dr. Vo-Dinh is R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke University. After high school in Vietnam, he pursued studies in Europe, receiving a B.S. in physics at EPFL-Lausanne, Switzerland (1970) and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland (1975). Before joining Duke University in 2006, he was Director of the Center for Advanced Biomedical Photonics and a Corporate Fellow, one of the highest honors for distinguished scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His main research goal is focused on developing advanced technologies to protect the environment and human health. His research has centered on the development, integration, and application of nanophotonics, biophotonics, molecular spectroscopy, molecular biology, and nanotechnology for medical diagnostics and treatment, photoimmunotherapy, precision medicine, and global health.

Dr. Vo-Dinh has received seven R&D 100 Awards for Most Significant Advance in Research and Development; the Gold Medal Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy (1988); the Languedoc-Roussillon Award (France) (1989); the Scientist of the Year Award, ORNL (1992); the Thomas Jefferson Award, Martin Marietta Corporation (1992); two Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Federal Laboratory Consortium (1995, 1986); the Lockheed Martin Technology Commercialization Award (1998); the Distinguished Inventors Award, UT-Battelle (2003); the Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, ORNL (2003); the Exceptional Services Award, U.S. Department of Energy (1997); the Award for Spectrochemical Analysis, American Chemical Society (2011);  the Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom (2019); and the SPIE’s President Award,  SPIE The International Society for Optics and Photonics (2022). He has authored over 500 publications, is a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors, and holds over 65 patents.


Prof. Ulla Birgitte Vogel

National Research Centre for the Working Environment/ Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Ulla Vogel is professor at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark and at the Technical University of Denmark. She is European Registered Toxicologist and Honorary Doctor at Lund University, Sweden. Her research is focused on nanoparticle toxicity with focus on cancer and cardiovascular disease. She was PI of Danish Centre for Nanosafety 1 and 2 and currently PI of FFIKA and FFIKA2. She acts as advisor to the Danish Working Environment Authority and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.


Dr. Alberto Bianco

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Dr. Alberto Bianco received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Padova (Italy). As a visiting scientist, he worked at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Tübingen (Germany), as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, the University of Padova and Kyoto University (Japan) in 2019. He is currently First Class Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials for therapy, diagnostics and imaging. He has published more than 300 articles in high-impact international journals, for a total of over 41,500 citations and a h-index of 84 (Google Scholar). He was included in the 2015 and 2016 Thomson Reuters list of the top 200 most cited chemists. He has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science in 2017 and of the Academia Europaea in 2020. In 2019 he obtained the CNRS Silver Medal. Since 2011 he is Editor of the journal CARBON.


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. 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. 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.


Prof. José María De Teresa

INMA, CSIC-University of Zaragoza, Spain

José María De Teresa PhD thesis in University of Zaragoza (Spain) focused on the study of the magnetic and transport properties in magnetic oxides with colossal magnetoresistance. He carried out two postdoctoral stays, at IFW (Dresde, Germany) and Thomson-CNRS (Orsay, France, work under the supervision of Nobel Prize winner Prof. Fert). In 2001, he joined the CSIC, where he was promoted to Research Professor in 2010. He has made relevant contributions (more than 10,000 citations) in magnetism and magnetotransport of ferromagnetic oxides (colossal magnetoresistance, spin glass behavior, spin-orbit coupling, anomalous Hall effect), in spintronics (in magnetic tunnel junctions and in conversion of spin current into electric current), nanosuperconductivity (vortices, superconductivity reentrance, electric-field effect, nanoSQUIDs), nanodevices (magnetic biosensors, magnetic force microscopies), and new developments in nanolithography (Cryo-FIBID, irradiation of metal-organic films, ferromagnets by FEBID). He is the current President of the Steering Committee “Condensed Matter Division” of the European Physical Society (EPS), the director of the Dual Beam area of ​​the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory and the director of the Department of Physics of Materials and Nanosystems at the Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (INMA). In 2021 he was distinguished as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and in 2023 as a Fellow of the EPS.


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. Barbara Stella

University of Torino, Italy

Barbara Stella graduated in 1997 with honors in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Turin with experimental research on the preparation and stability study of sterically hindered disulfide cross-linked immunotoxins. She was awarded the prize for the Best Graduation Thesis on Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology of the University of Turin for her graduation academic year. She received her Ph.D. both in Italy and France with a co-tutorial research project between the University of Turin and the University of Paris XI (supervisors: prof. L. Cattel and prof. P. Couvreur), working on the preparation and the active targeting of long-circulating biodegradable nanoparticles for the administration of antitumor drugs. She was awarded the Prix de Thèse de Pharmacotechnie et Pharmaco-chimie from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Paris XI. From 2001 to 2007 she was granted fellowships for continuous full-time research in the Department of Drug Science and Technology of the University of Turin. Moreover, from 1998 she did several internships at the University of Paris XI working on particulate systems for antitumor therapy in the research group led by prof. P. Couvreur.

From 2008 to 2017 she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Drug Science and Technology of the University of Turin. From 2017 she is Associate Professor in the same Department. Her research activity mainly concerns: i) the preparation and characterization of nanocarriers (in particular, lipid and polymer nanoparticles, liposomes) for the delivery of drugs and diagnostic agents; ii) the synthesis and development of squalene bioconjugates for the delivery of active molecules through biocompatible lipid nanoparticles; iii) the association of drugs and nanocarriers to targeting moieties able to specifically recognize antigens expressed on target cell surface to further improve intracellular cell-specific drug delivery; iv) the synthesis and characterization of conjugates of active molecules with proteins and polymers.

She is a member of the Società Italiana di Tecnologia e Legislazione Farmaceutiche (SITELF) and a member of the executive council of the Controlled Release Society (Italy Chapter). She is author of more of 70 papers published in international journals, more of 140 conference abstracts and 4 patents in the field of drug delivery.



Prof. Pablo Taboada Antelo

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Pablo Taboada gained his PhD in 1999 at the Univ. of Santiago of Compostela (USC). His PhD experimental research (almost 3 years) was done at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. D. Attwood and Prof. M.N. Jones. During this time, he was involved in the analysis of the supramolecular assembly processes of drugs and protein-drug complexes and their biological implications, the seminal topic of the PhD thesis. After the PhD, he does three postdoctoral stays at USC, Univ. Manchester and Univ. College Dublin, where he got familiar (Manchester and USC) with the synthesis and characterization of new block copolymers and their potential as drug/gene delivery nanocarriers. At the end of 2001, he was recipient of a Ramón y Cajal fellowship by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for the reincorporation in the National Science System for bringing new research lines to USC. In 2007, he became Associate Professor and in 2021 Full Professor. He has also been visiting professor in the Organic Materials Innovation Center (U. of Manchester) and in the Univ. of Guadalajara (México). He also collaborated in national and international projects and contracts with companies and institutions as Sanofi-Winthrop, Glaxo-SmithKline Beecham, Fundación Areces, CTAG, etc.

His current main research interests include the development of new hybrid multifunctional nanostructures with capabilities for controlled drug delivery, simultaneous diagnostic imaging and therapy (theranosis), (bio)sensing and energy applications. In parallel, PT research further focuses on the analysis of biological responses to the presence of nanomaterials in complex biological media and the study of self-assembly processes of (bio)polymers and the development of polymeric and hybrid scaffolds for regenerative medicine.  PT has co-authored 215 papers included in JCR (h-index 37, >4900 citations) and has participated as PI or team member in more than 44 national/international competitive research projects and contracts with different public and private institutions, and 3 patents. He has imparted more than 35 invited talks in conferences and presented more than 160 works (oral and poster contributions) to different national /international congresses. He has supervised 19 PhD thesis (other 11 on-going), 18 MSc thesis and different Final Year Degree Research Works. He has also imparted seminars in different academic institutions. He is also reviewer of more than 40 journals; referee of different national and international agencies (AEI, ANEP, R&D Agency of Andalucía, Poland, Georgia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Ministries of Science of Argentina and Uruguay); member of the editorial board of several journals (Frontiers of Bioscience, Pharmaceutics, Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology); and recipient of the Excellence Emerging Researcher Grant in 2010 from the Galician Government.


Prof. Elisabetta Esposito,

University of Ferrara, Italy

Elisabetta Esposito is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology (CHIM09) at the University of Ferrara (Italy). She achieved her University Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Ferrara, Italy in 1991. From 1993 to 1997 she trained a PhD internship on Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology of the Department of Pharmaceutical Science, at the Ferrara University, reaching her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1997, discussing the thesis "Microparticulate and semisolid systems for controlled release of drugs" at the University of Pavia. From 1998 to 2018 she continued her research activity at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, University of Ferrara with 8 fellowships. In 2017 she obtained the qualification of Full Professor in the competition sector 03/D2, Technology, Socioeconomics and Medicine Regulations BANDO D.D. 1532/2016, participating at the National Scientific Qualification Competition.

From October 2018 to September 2021 she was Researcher in Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ferrara.

From October 2021 she is Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ferrara sector 03/D2 DRUG TECHNOLOGY, SOCIOECONOMICS AND REGULATIONS – CHIM/09 PHARMACEUTICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF CHEMISTRY.

Elisabetta Esposito is Member of the SITELF society, of the “Cosmetology Centre” of the University of Ferrara and of the PhD board for the “Doctorate in Chemical Sciences” at the University of Ferrara.

Her research activity in general concerns nanosystems for the controlled release of molecules with biological activity. The main research topics are the production and characterization of ethosomes for topical delivery of natural drugs, the production of nano-and microspheres based on completely biocompatible materials, the production and characterization of semisolid smart dosage form.

Elisabetta Esposito has published 145 articles in peer reviewed international scientific journals, 140 of them indexed on Scopus (ID: 7102536463), 76 congress contributions and 12 publications in books.

h index 38. ORCID: 0000-0002-8416-3629.

In 2023 Elisabetta Esposito won the national Italian grant PRIN with the project “Ethosomes for transdermal delivery of phytocompounds as tools to prevent skin damage” as Principal Investigator.

She is lecturer of the “Pharmaceutical Technology" course, Degrees in Medical Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Ferrara, Italy.

Member of the editorial board of “Antioxidants”, “Life”, “Cosmetics”, and “Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology”.

Guest Editors of the Special Issues: “Bioactive Molecules from Vegetable Sources for the Treatment of Cutaneous Pathologies and Disorders – Parts 1 and 2” in Current Pharmaceutical Design (2019); “Nanostructures for Antioxidant Delivery” in Antioxidants (2020-2021); “Polyphenolic Compounds and Their Nanoformulation, Metabolism and Impact on Human Health", in Life Journal; “Novel delivery Systems for Dermocosmetics Applications” in Cosmetics (2023-2024).

She is Reviewer for many indexed journals.


Prof. Oliver Schmidt

Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Oliver G. Schmidt received the Dr.rer.nat. degree from TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 1999. From 2007 to 2021, he was the Director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Leibniz IFW Dresden, Dresden, Germany. He holds a Full Professorship for Materials Systems for Nanoelectronics at Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany. He is an Adjunct Professor for Nanophysics at Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, and holds an Honorary Professorship at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. His interdisciplinary activities bridge across several research fields, ranging from flexible electronics and microrobotics to energy storage and nanophotonics.


Prof. Laurence Masson

Aix-Marseille University, France

Laurence Masson is Professor of Physics at Aix-Marseille University (France). She received her Ph.D. in solid state physics in 1994 (University Paris-Sud) and defended her HDR diploma in materials science in 2007 (Aix-Marseille University). She is currently leader of the 2D ASAP (Two-dimensional Architectures Self Assembled and Properties) research team of the CINaM (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille) laboratory. She is also the coordinator of the master’s degree Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies at Aix-Marseille University. She is an expert in surface nanopatterning using bottom-up approaches and in template-controlled growth of nanostructures. She is a specialist of scanning probe microscopy. For the past fifteen years, her research interests have focused on 2D Xene materials, from their elaboration to the characterization of their peculiar properties.


Dr. Maria Gimenez Lopez

Santiago de Compostela University, Spain

Dr. Maria Gimenez is Principal Investigator at CiQUS (University of Santiago de Composterla) and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham.

In 2006 she received her PhD from the University of Valencia working under the supervision of Prof. Eugenio Coronado on multifunctional materials of interest in molecular magnetism. She then joined the Supramolecular Chemistry and Chemical Nanosciences Group of Prof. Neil Champness at the University of Nottingham working as postdoctoral research fellow for almost three years. In 2009 she was awarded with a two-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship in the Nanocarbon Group of Prof. Andrei Khlobystov.

In 2011, she started her independent career as Royal Society Research Fellow and in 2015 she became Assistant Professor of Materials Chemistry in Nottingham. In February 2018, she joined the CiQUS, launching her project ERC-STG "NANOCOMP"(link is external). In 2012 she was awarded with a very prestigious prize (Emerging Investigator Award 2012) by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry for outstanding and novel research. In two consecutive years (2016 & 2017) she became Emerging Talent SRUK/CERU Award finalist for the impact of her studies on the development of materials chemistry using carbon nanostructures.

Dr. Gimenez has carried out a number of relevant works with hybrid metal-carbon nanostructures, and her research is focused on the development and functional characterisation of hybrid nanostructures for spintronics and energy-related applications, e.g., assembling magnetic, electrical and electrochemical active nanoswitches within carbon nano-containers, as well as developing a general synthetic methodology for the confinement of molecules, clusters and nanoparticles.


Prof. Marco Piumetti

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Marco Piumetti graduated in Chemical Engineering and obtained his European PhD in Materials Science and Technology from the Politecnico di Torino. He trained at several academic institutions, including the Laboratoire de réactivité de surface - Sorbonne Université. Currently holding the position of appointed professor at the Politecnico di Torino, He teaches courses in Industrial Biochemistry Sustainable Engineering, Catalysis and Biocatalysis for undergraduate and graduate (PhD) students. His research activities are conducted within the Catalytic Reaction Engineering for Sustainable Engineering (CREST) group of the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT). They encompass several aspects of heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis aimed at addressing health and environmental issues.


Dr. Gerard Tobias

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

Gerard Tobías-Rossell is Investigador Científico of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spain) at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB). At ICMAB he leads research on “Nanoengineering of Carbon and Inorganic Materials (NanoCIM)” since 2009; He holds a degree in Chemistry (2000) and PhD in Materials Science (2004). He has performed research stays at Ames Laboratory (USA) and EMAT (Belgium), and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford (2004-2009). Dr. Tobias has been involved in several research projects both at national and international level with research centres and industries. He was for instance the coordinator of the ITN project RADDEL and is currently the PI of ECIME (AEI), ERC Consolidator Grant (NEST) and ERC Proof-of-Concept (TARLIT).


Prof. Bonamali Pal

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India

Dr. Bonamali Pal obtained his Masters degree in Physical Chemistry from Central University of Viswa Bharati, West Bengal, India in 1991 and did PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India 1998. He is currently a Professor (2014-2023) and worked as a Head (March, 2014 - May, 2017) in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Thapar University Patiala (Pb) India. He received prestigious Monbusho Fellowship, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kyushu, Japan and worked as a research Scientist for 6 years in the Catalysis Research Centre, Hokkaido University, and Japan Science and Technology Agency. He presented his research work in different international and national conferences in Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Dubai and India. His research interest includes synthesis, characterization of noble metals and semiconductors nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes for various photocatalytic applications under UV/solar irradiation. He guided 17 Ph.D. students (currently 11 PhD students) and 50 Master thesis/students, published 160 SCI research papers in the most reputed journals, granted 03 Japanese patents and got many sponsored research projects (Rs. 3.0 Cores) from DST, DBT, CSIR and UGC Government of India. He reviewed international research project submitted to natural science foundation of Austria and Spain and 9 PhD thesis from different reputed Universities of India.