NANOTECH MEET Tunisia 2014 joint international conferences

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (1997 Nobel Prize in Physics)

Professor of Physics, Collège de France, France

Prof. Claude Tannoudji completed his Ph.D. with Professors Alfred Kastler and Jean Brossel in 1962 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He then occupied a position of Professor at the University of Paris from 1964 to 1973. From 1973 to 2004, he was Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the Collège de France in Paris. He has been a member of the French Académie des Sciences since 1981, and a foreign member associate of many Academies of Sciences over the world.

Amongst other distinctions, he received the Gold Medal of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with William D. Phillips and Steven Chu.

He has been invited to give series of lectures in several Universities in Europe, United States, Canada, Israel, India, China, Indonesia, Korea, Brasil,….

He wrote about 200 theoretical and experimental papers dealing with various problems of atomic physics and quantum optics : optical pumping and light shifts, dressed atom approach for understanding the behaviour of atoms in intense RF or optical fields, quantum interference effects, resonance fluorescence, photon correlations, physical interpretation of radiative corrections, radiative forces, laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation. He is co-author of books on quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, quantum optics, Levy statistics.


Prof. Jean-Pierre Joly

Director of the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES), France

Dr. Jean-Pierre Joly, born in 1951, is leading INES (Institut National de l’Energie Solaire) as General Director and representative of CEA. This Institute is six years old and has now more than 400 scientists. It is located in the French Alps and is the main Research Institute in France devoted to Solar Energy. The institute covers the whole chain of Solar Energy Development from Silicon Purification to Building integration and is involved in both Photovoltaic and Thermal Solar.

Jean-Pierre Joly graduated at the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble in 1975 and at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble (PhD) in 1978. He is also Research Fellow (Directeur de Recherche) of CEA. Jean-Pierre Joly has lead Research teams at CEA LETI and recently at INES. He is an expert in semiconductor materials and semiconductor devices working on topics such as characterization of defects and impurities in Silicon, elaboration of SOI (Silicon On Insulator) material and devices, power devices with more than 30 publications.

Jean-Pierre Joly is member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) of the EU PVSEC, coordinator of the Solar Energy group of the french public research lab Alliance ANCRE devoted to Energy.


Prof. Erich Sackmann

Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Technische Universitat Munchen- Germany

Prof. Erich Sackmann is considered to be the founder of biophysics in Germany. In the German Physical Society, he initiated and established a work group for biophysics. His working area is influenced by numerous interdisciplinary and international co-operations, which also led to three Collaborate Research Centres in the German Research Foundation. In recognition of the groundbreaking results of his research on understanding the dynamics of membranes and biopolymer networks, the mechanical properties of cells as well as cell surface interaction, Erich Sackmann received the Stern-Gerlach Prize of the Germany Physical Society in 2006. Since 2007, he is involved with his current research project “Fundamental Physics” in the Technische Universität München’s Institute for Advanced Study.


Prof. Michael Stöcker

Chief Scientist at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Norway

Prof. Michael Stöcker received his Diploma in Chemistry in 1975 and his Dr. rer. nat. degree in 1979 - both from the University of Münster (Germany). He kept positions as Research Assistant at the Universities of Münster (Germany, 1975-1979) and Bergen (Norway, 1980-1982) before he joined the Center for Industrial Research (SI - now SINTEF) in 1982. In 1988-1989 he had a sabbatical leave at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada). He is the Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Microporous and Mesoporous Materials”, published by Elsevier B.V. Furthermore, Michael Stöcker kept side positions as Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen (Norway, 1999-2004) and the Norwegian University for Science and Technology in Trondheim (Norway, 2004-2007).
Michael Stöcker has 30 years experience within the fields of synthesis, characterization and catalytic testing of different type of materials, covering mainly zeolites, micro- and mesoporous materials and oxide materials related to catalysis, sorption technology, surface modification and design of novel processes. Special interests are within spectrocopy (Solid-state NMR, ESR, XPS), micro- and mesoporous materials, zeolites, catalytic cracking, desulphurization, MTO as well as bio-refinery related catalysis.
He is the author or co-author of about 155 scientific journal publications (including 10 review papers and 10 Handbook chapters), and is co-inventor of two patents. Michael Stöcker has co-edited two scientific books. He has presented about 130 lectures on a national and international basis, about 65 of them based on invitations. He has been project manager of a number of larger industrial contract research projects, Norwegian Research Council and EU projects.
He served on the Board (Council) of the International Zeolites Association (IZA – 1998-2004), as Chairman of the IZA Catalysis Commission (1998-2004 – member since 1994) and as a member of the IZA Synthesis Commission (1992-2004). He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology”.
He received the DGMK 2009 Award of the German Society for Petroleum and Coal Science and Technology.


Prof. Vasco Teixeira

University of Minho, Portugal

Prof. Vasco Teixeira has a PhD degree from University of Minho, Braga-Portugal in Applied Physics. He’s Professor, Entrepreneur and Researcher in the field of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, surface engineering, smart materials, layered nanocomposite functional thin films and nanostructured surfaces.

He is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Nano Research, JNanoR ((Honorary Editor is Nobel Prize Sir Harry Kroto). He is author or co-author of more than 110 international scientific papers (ISI), 3 ISI journal volumes, 5 book chapters, 3 awarded industry projects in national industrial innovation contests and he gave 25 invited lectures at international conferences.

He is Vice-President of the SOPORVAC-Portuguese Vacuum Society. He is member of the Executive Committee of the SNN-Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is the Chair for the European Advisory Scientific Committee of the SNN. He is member of the Executive Council (Councillor-2004-2007) and 2007-2010 Triennium of IUVSTA-International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications. He is member of Directive Council of the Portuguese Materials Society. He is Coordinator of TTES-Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Division of the SPM-Portuguese Materials Society and Technical Advisory Member of Tribological and Decorative Coatings of the SVC-American Society of Vacuum Coaters.


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Axel Lorke

Faculty of Physics and CeNIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen-Germany

Prof. Axel Lorke received his PhD in Experimental Physics in 1991 from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU) Munich. He worked as a PostDoc at the University of Tokyo, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the LMU Munich, where he also received his ‘Habilitation’. Since the year 2000 he has been a Full Professor (C4) for Experimental Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His work focuses on the electronic and optical properties nano-structures and low-dimensional semiconductors. Starting in 2004 he has been coordinator of the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Nanoparticles from the Gas Phase’,funded by the German Research Foundation. He is co-founder and presently Director of the ‘Center for NanoIntegration Duisburg-Essen’ (CeNIDE), which represents about 35 research groups working in the nanosciences with a total of about 200 scientists.

Lorke is author and co-author of 4 patents and 125 refereed publications with a total of about 4000 citations.


Prof. Adnen Mlayah

Paul Sabatier University and CNRS Toulouse France

Professor Adnen Mlayah is Professor of Physics at Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse (France) and a researcher at "Centre d'Elaboration de Matériaux et d'Etudes Structurales"-CNRS, working in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Main research interests are centred around optical properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures.

Prof. Adnen Mlayah has contributed to the research in condensed matter physics, particularly to the understanding of interactions between elementary excitations in solids such as phonons, excitons and plasmons. Adnen Mlayah's research interests are centered around the investigation and characterization of  the electronic, optical and vibrational  properties of nanomaterials using continuous wave (Raman, Rayleigh, photoluminescene, modulation reflectivity) and ultrafast (time resolved pump-probe) laser spectroscopy techniques. Adnen Mlayah has also developed models for the plasmon-phonon and electron-phonon coupling and related inelastic light scattering in doped semiconductors, in quantum wells and quantum dots, and in metallic nanoparticles.


Prof. Khaled Karrai

Chief Technical Officer and R&D head of AttoCube Systems AG, Germany

Prof. Khaled Karrai studied Physics and Engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Toulouse, France. In 1984 he received his engineering degree from INSA and his diploma in physics from Université Paul Sabatier. From 1984 to 1987 he had a research period at the High Magnetic field laboratory of the Centre National de la recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Max Planck in Grenoble. Karrai was awarded his Ph.D. in physics at Université Joseph-Fourier in 1987. The next five years he worked as a research associate and an assistant research scientist at the department of physics and astronomy of the University of Maryland, USA. He came to TUM in 1993 as a Humboldt research fellow (group of Prof. G. Abstreiter and Prof. F. Koch). From 1995 to 2006 Karrai was part of the Physics department at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich as a Professor in Experimental Semiconductor Physics. In addition, in December 2001 he co-founded AttoCube Systems AG, manufacturing cryogenic scanning probe microscopes. Since 2007 Karrai is Chief Technical Officer and R&D head of AttoCube Systems AG.

The following topics represent the core of Karrai’s research: Solid state physics – semiconductors, quantum properties, optoelectronics; Optical and mechanical properties of nanoscale systems; Methods in scanning probe microscopy and confocal spectroscopy.


Prof. Didier Letourneur

INSERM U 698, X. Bichat hospital, Paris University Paris Diderot and Paris Nord, France

Prof. Didier LETOURNEUR, engineer, doctor in chemistry, is Director of Research at the CNRS. In 2002, he founded a research structure Inserm-University Paris 13 (ERIT-M 0204), focused on the use of biomedical polymers for 3D structures and contrast agents for vascular imaging. Since 2005, he leads the team of Cardiovascular Bioengineering at Inserm U698 (CHU X Bichat, University Paris Nord and Paris Diderot). After the last evaluation in 2013 by AERES, the laboratory received the A + rating on all 6 criteria.

D. Letourneur is actively involved in several national grants (ANR TECSAN, RPIB, Emergence...), in Health cluster Medicen Ile de France, in European FP7 projects and since 2013 as European coordinator in NMP "NanoAthero" large scale program project (16 partners, 10 countries, € 12.8 millions).

D. Letourneur is the author of 105 international publications, inventor of 14 patents, and won several prizes "Coup d’Elan for Research" Foundation Bettencourt 2001, Diderot Innovation Award 2009 CNRS-University Paris 7, Cardiovascular Innovation Award 2011 from the Medical Research Foundation, and OSEO Creation-Dev 2013.

He has more than 80 invited lectures and seminars and is the co-organizer of numerous national and international conferences (India, Tunisia, Canada) and two Inserm training workshops for Regenerative Medicine (2009 and 2012).

Since 2009, he is President of BIOMAT, French Society for Biomaterials.


Dr. Jorge M. Garcia

Director of the Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, CSIC, Spain

Dr. Jorge M. Garcia received his PhD in Fundamental Physics in 1995 from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). He worked as a PostDoc at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Since year 2000 he is a tenured scientist at the Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, CSIC. His work focuses on the fabrication of self assembled nanostructures and graphene and its electronic and optical properties. He has been working developing the growth of graphene by Molecular Beam Epitaxy in a sabbatical stay from 2007-2008 at  Bell Labs (NJ, USA) and at Columbia University (NY, USA) from 2009-2012.

Dr. Jorge is presently the Director of the Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, CSIC ( He's author and co-author of 3 patents and 153 refereed publications with a total of about 5450 citations. H factor 37.


Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada


Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad, P. Eng., FCSME, is the Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems Group and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto.  He joined the University of Toronto in 1997, having previously held positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan.  Prof. R. Ben Mrad received a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994. Prof. R. Ben Mrad’s research interests are mechatronics, energy harvesting using smart materials and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 9 US patents.


Prof. R. Ben Mrad is the author/coauthor of more than 180 refereed research publications.  He has supervised the research of over 60 graduate students and researchers, and received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002 and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013.  Prof. R. Ben Mrad serves as Associate Chair of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology, and the Executive Board of the CanSmart Group. He is currently a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Editor of the IEEE IE Tech News, and serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE JMEMS. He was also a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Prof. R. Ben Mrad also served on the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Grants Committee (2008-2011), was as a founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-2011) and was Associate Chair of Research of his department (2009-2012).