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Sensors 2021 International conference and exhibition

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Elisabetta Comini

University of Brescia, Italy

Elisabetta Comini earned her Laurea degree in Physics from University of Pisa working on crystals and spectroscopy in 1996; she then pursued her Ph.D. in Material science at the University of Brescia in 2000 on metal oxide thin films for chemical sensing.

EC is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties. She is responsible of SENSOR Laboratory.

She has been organizer of several symposia in the materials and sensing field for Materials Research society and European Materials Research society. She serves as a reviewer for various international journals and she is part of the technical program committee of several conferences in chemical sensing. She is supervising several undergraduate as well as graduate students at the University of Brescia.

She has received the following awards: Outstanding Oral Presentation At Eurosensors XIX Conference (Barcelona, 2005), outstanding oral presentation at EUROSENSORS XX conference (Goteborg, 2006), winner of the first place “Science as art” 2010 MRS Spring Meeting, Eurosensors Fellow Award in 2012.

EC has over 350 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and review papers; she is also editor of various books and holds four patents issued. She is actively involved as organizer of symposia and conferences. She has more than 500 communications, 130 invited communications at conferences and she has given more than 65 invited communications including 6 plenary talk.

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Prof. Arben Merko├ži

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

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

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

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

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

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Prof. Gaelle Lissorgues

ESIEE, France

Dr Castell is senior research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) with more than 15 years of experience on air pollution research with a particular emphasis on air quality monitoring and modelling in urban and regional scales.

Her current research focuses in the exploitation of novel monitoring technologies and crowdsourced air quality observations to complement existing monitoring systems in the characterization and assessment of indoor and outdoor air pollution. She’s involved in the exploitation of low-cost sensor platforms for various applications including spatial mapping, visualization, uncertainty analysis, and personal exposure estimates.

She work for the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), to assist the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its support to EU policy on air pollution and climate change mitigation and to support further harmonising European monitoring networks and reporting obligations on air pollution and climate change.

In the last 3 years she led European and National projects (e.g. Citi-Sense-MOB, CrowdAir, GIRECON-CITY) focused in the use of low-cost sensors, perception data and citizen engagement. Her research research results have been published in conferences, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and technical documents. She also supervised the master thesis of University students in the exploitation of crowdsourced air quality observations.

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Dr. Nuria Castell

Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway

Dr Castell is senior research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) with more than 15 years of experience on air pollution research with a particular emphasis on air quality monitoring and modelling in urban and regional scales.

Her current research focuses in the exploitation of novel monitoring technologies and crowdsourced air quality observations to complement existing monitoring systems in the characterization and assessment of indoor and outdoor air pollution. She’s involved in the exploitation of low-cost sensor platforms for various applications including spatial mapping, visualization, uncertainty analysis, and personal exposure estimates.

She work for the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), to assist the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its support to EU policy on air pollution and climate change mitigation and to support further harmonising European monitoring networks and reporting obligations on air pollution and climate change.

In the last 3 years she led European and National projects (e.g. Citi-Sense-MOB, CrowdAir, GIRECON-CITY) focused in the use of low-cost sensors, perception data and citizen engagement. Her research research results have been published in conferences, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and technical documents. She also supervised the master thesis of University students in the exploitation of crowdsourced air quality observations.

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Dr. Camilla Baratto

CNR-INO Brescia, Italy

Camilla Baratto was born in Brescia in 1972 and has received the degree in applied physics at the University of Parma in 1997 with a thesis on Raman and EXAFS characterization of iron oxide thin films prepared by sol–gel. In 1998 she started her collaboration with the Sensor Lab and in 2002 she received the PhD degree with the thesis “Functional characterization of gas sensors based on layers of porous semiconducting materials”. Now she works as a researcher at the Sensor Lab. Research topics are: study and development of innovative gas sensors (metal oxide thin films and nanobelts, porous silicon and carbon nanotubes); functional and morphological characterization of thin films for gas sensing application.

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Dr. Nanshu Lu

University of Texas, USA

Dr. Nanshu Lu is currently Temple Foundation Endowed Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and then Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIUC before joining UT-Austin. Her research concerns the mechanics, materials, manufacture and human integration of soft electronics. She has published more than 90 journal articles with more than 13,000 citations. She was the funding Associate Editor of Soft Robotics and is on the Editorial Board of Sensors. She has been named 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review and IAAM (International Association of Advanced Materials) Fellow. She has received NSF CAREER Award, ONR and AFOSR Young Investigator Awards, 3M non-tenured faculty award, and iCANX/ACS Nano Inaugural Rising Star Lectureship.

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Dr. Huanyu Cheng

Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, USA

Dr. Larry Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and Materials Research Institute (MRI) at The Pennsylvania State University. His research group focuses on the design and fabrication of biologically inspired stretchable and transient electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy. Dr. Cheng has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been recognized through the reception of several awards. He also serves as an associate editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine and reviewer for over 120 international journals

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Dr. Stela Maria Pruneanu

National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Romania

Dr. Stela Maria Pruneanu is currently Group Leader at INCDTIM-Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She demonstrated throughout her scientific career that she can achieve scientific objectives and can produce high-quality work. She has 70 papers in highly-ranked ISI Journals, three book-chapters, six national patent applications and over 600 citations in peer-review papers (H- index 16). She has also been really active in presenting her work at both National and International Conferences (poster and oral communications) and in transferring her skills through teaching at an advanced level (in Teesside and Newcastle University, UK). She presented Seminars at prestigious Universities from Europe: Institute fur Festkörperphysik, Graz- Austria; Eötvös-Lorand University, BudapestHungary; Teesside University- UK; Newcastle University- UK. Her research experience is related with: preparation of metallic nanowires (gold, platinum), using alumina membranes as template; preparation of hybrid nanomaterials, using DNA as template (e.g. silver or gold nanowires, templated on DNA); detection of DNA hybridization using carbon nanotubes modified electrodes, as sensing transducer. Since 2010, her research work was focused on developing nanostructured sensors based on new types of graphene-modified electrodes used for the detection of various organic molecules: adenine; guanine; ssDNA; S-captopril; carbamazepine; hydrogen peroxide.

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