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The 6th Ed. of the Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS 2021 Conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Manfred Kohl

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Manfred Kohl is a professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and head of the Department of Smart Materials and Devices at the Institute of Microstructure Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He received his PhD degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He worked as an IBM postdoctoral fellow at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, and subsequently joined KIT. His current research focuses on multiferroic materials and corresponding microsystems, as well as multimaterial micro- and nanotechnologies.

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Prof. Vladimir Falko

Manchester University - United Kingdom

Prof. Vladimir Fal’ko is condensed matter theorist responsible for several advances in the theory of electronic and optical properties of atomically thin two-dimensional crystals and fundamentals of nanoelectronics. His current research interests include graphene-based electronic and optoelectronic systems and electronic and optical properties of various atomically thin two-dimensional crystals and their heterostructures. He is one of the initiators of the European Graphene Flagship Project, founder of Graphene Week Conference series and Editor-in-Chief of the IoP Journal ‘2D Materials’.  Falko is currently Director of the National Graphene Institute and Professor of Condensed Matter Theory at the University of Manchester.

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Prof. Bunsho Ohtani

Hokkaido University, Japan

The research work on photocatalysis by Professor Ohtani started in 1981 when he was a Ph. D. course student in Kyoto University.  Since then he has been studying photocatalysis and related topics for 40 years and published more than 300 original papers (h-index: 70) and two single-author books.  After gaining his Ph. D. degree from Kyoto University in 1985, he became an assistant professor in the university.  In 1996, he was promoted to an associate professor in Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University and was then awarded a full professor position in the Catalysis Research Center (presently Institute for Catalysis), Hokkaido University in 1998.  He was awarded several times form the societies related to chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry and catalysis chemistry.

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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. Jeremy Levy

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. Jeremy Levy is a Distinguished Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute. He received an A.B. degree in physics from Harvard University in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree in physics from UC Santa Barbara in 1993. After a postdoctoral position at UC Santa Barbara, he joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. His research interests center around the emerging field of oxide nanoelectronics, experimental and theoretical realizations for quantum computation, semiconductor and oxide spintronics, quantum transport and nanoscale optics, and dynamical phenomena in oxide materials and films.

Dr. Levy is Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, the Center for Oxide-Semiconductor Materials for Quantum Computation, a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) on Quantum Preservation, Simulation and Transfer in Oxide Nanostructures, and a NSF Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond program, and a Class of 2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of the 2008 Nano50 Innovator Award, and the NSF Career Award. He has received the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Distinguished awards for research (2004, 2011) and teaching (2007).

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Prof. Kari Ullakko

LUT University, Finland

Kari Ullakko is Professor (tenured) and Head of the Material Physics Laboratory at LUT University. He has worked with several universities and companies in various countries and has led a number of international research teams and projects (Finland, EU and USA) and gained research funding over 23 Million euros. His discovery of the magnetic shape memory effect has created a new field of material science, engineering and technology. Ullakko´s first paper in this field has been cited over 2600 times. Ullakko has founded two high technology companies (in 1997 and 2015). Ullakko is a member of several international professional organizations and he was a Member of the Council of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Academy of Finland during 2016-2018.

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Prof. Filiberto Bilotti

Roma Tre University, Italy

Filiberto Bilotti received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been with the Faculty of Engineering, from 2002 to 2012, and then, the Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, since 2013, where he has been serving as a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Field Theory, since 2014, and the Director of the Antennas and Metamaterials Research Laboratory, since 2012. His main research interests include analysis and design of microwave antennas and arrays, analytical modelling of artificial electromagnetic materials, metamaterials, and metasurfaces, including their applications at both microwave and optical frequencies. In the last ten years, his main research interests have been focused on the analysis and design of cloaking metasurfaces for antenna systems, on the modelling and applications of (space and) time-varying metasurfaces, on the topological-based design of antennas supporting structured field, on the modeling, design, and implementation of non-linear and reconfigurable metasurfaces, on the concept of meta-gratings and related applications in optics and at microwaves, on the modeling and applications of optical metasurfaces. The research activities developed in the last 20 years, from 1999 to 2019, has resulted in more than 500 articles in international journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and three patents.,Prof. Bilotti has been serving for the scientific community, by playing leading roles in the management of scientific societies, such as the editorial board of international journals and the organization of conferences and courses. In particular, he was a Founding Member of the Virtual Institute for Artificial Electromagnetic Materials and Metamaterials (Metamorphose VI), in 2007. He was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virtual Institute for Artificial Electromagnetic Materials and Metamaterials (Metamorphose VI) for two terms, from 2007 to 2013, and the President for two terms, from 2013 to 2019. He has been serving for the Metamorphose VI as the Vice President and the Executive Director, since 2019. He was a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, including the elevation to the IEEE fellow grade for contributions to metamaterials for electromagnetic and antenna applications in 2017, an Outstanding Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2016, the NATO SET Panel Excellence Award in 2016, the Finmeccanica Group Innovation Prize in 2014, the Finmeccanica Corporate Innovation Prize in 2014, the IET Best Poster Paper Award (Metamaterials 2013 and Metamaterials 2011), and the Raj Mittra Travel Grant Senior Researcher Award in 2007. In 2007, he hosted the inaugural edition of the International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwave and Optics – Metamaterials Congress. He served as the Chair for the Steering Committee of the International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwave and Optics–Metamaterials Congress for eight editions, from 2008 to 2014, and 2019. He was elected as the General Chair of the Metamaterials Congress, from 2015 to 2018. He was also the General Chair of the Second International Workshop on Metamaterials-by-Design Theory, Methods, and Applications to Communications and Sensing, in 2016. He has been serving as the Chair or a member of the technical program, steering, and organizing committee of the main national and international conferences in the field of applied electromagnetics. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, from 2013 to 2017, and the journal Metamaterials, from 2007 to 2013 and as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, from 2009 to 2015, Nature Scientific Reports, from 2013 to 2016, and EPJ Applied Metamaterials, since 2013. He was also the Guest Editor of five Special Issues in international journals.

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Prof. Ho Won Jang

Seoul National University, Rep. of Korea

Ho Won Jang is a professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Seoul National University. He earned his Ph. D. degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in 2004. He worked as a research associate at University of Madison-Wisconsin from 2006 to 2009. Before he joined Seoul National University in 2012, he worked in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) as a senior research scientist. He received Graduate Student Award in 2003 MRS Fall Meeting, Outstanding Poster Award in 2010 MRS Spring Meeting, Young Ceramist Award from Korean Ceramic Society in 2014, and Shinyang Academic Award from the College of Engineering of Seoul National University in 2016. His research interests include material synthesis and device fabrication for solar water splitting cells, chemical sensors, memristors, and metal-insulator transition. He published about 350 publications in international referred journals and the h-index of the publications is 53 (based on Web of Science). He is working as an editor for Electronic Materials Letters and editorial board members for SCIE journals such as Scientific Reports, Current Applied Physics, Applied Sciences, Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society, and Nano Convergence.

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Prof. Yoke Khin Yap

Michigan Technological University, USA

Prof. Yoke Khin Yap is the Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Physics, and the Director of Applied Physics graduate program at Michigan Tech. Prof. Yap is interested in the fundamentals of synthesis, characterization, and applications of functional materials, including zero-, one-, and two- dimensional B-C-N nanostructures (carbon, boron nitride, boron carbon-nitride, carbon nitride, boron, etc); Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs); and ZnO. In addition to basic research, his research group is dedicated in creating broader impacts to people, health, environment, and renewable energy harvesting. Professor Yap has edited multiple books, Material Research Society proceedings volumes, and journal special issues. His group has published a series of book and encyclopedia chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.

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Prof. Ying-Hao Chu

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Prof. Chu received his PhD in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering from National Tsing-Hua University in 2004. Then, he joined the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoc. In 2008, he acquired an assistant professorship in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at National Chiao Tung University. He was promoted to an associate professor in 2015, and then he was promoted to a professor in 2018. From 2019, he was appointed as a distinguished professor. Since 2013, he has an adjunct position in institute of physics, Academia Sinica. In 2014 he started an adjunct position in the Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University. From 2016 to 2018, he had the adjunct position in the Material and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute and the International College of Semiconductor Technology at National Chiao Tung university. From 2019, he has an appointment with ACS Applied Electronic Materials to be an associate editor. His research is highly focused on complex functional oxides and strongly correlated electron systems. He has extensive experience in the use of advanced characterization techniques to understand and manipulate functional oxide heterostructures, nanostructures, and interfaces. His current goal is to create a pathway to use high quality oxide heteroepitaxy for soft transparent technology. Now, he is a pioneer with the most publication along this research direction. He has published ~300 papers (Web of Science: ~17000 citations, h-index=61; Google Scholar: >21000 citations, h-index=70) in academic journals. He is the winner of Highly Cited Researchers (2014, 2016, 2018-2019), the Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators (2018), Outstanding Research Award of Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (2017), Wu Ta-You Award (2017), and Y. Z. Hsu scientific paper award in Nanotechnology (2015).

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Prof. Jérôme Cornil

Université de Mons, Belgium

Jérôme Cornil received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mons-Hainaut (Belgium) in 1996 under the supervision of Jean-Luc Brédas. After postdoctoral stays at the University of California at Santa Barbara (with A.J. Heeger) and at MIT Boston (with R.S. Silbey), he became a senior researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) in 2000. His research interests mostly deal with the design of organic semiconductors for organic-based opto-electronic devices and molecular-based devices and the understanding of the key electronic processes in the bulk of organic layers and at interfaces in such devices. He is (co)author of over 225 chapter books and papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Dr. David Ruch

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg

Dr. Ruch got his Ph.D. diploma in France in 2002. Since 2005, he had the opportunity to lead groups mainly active on developing innovative  functional materials especially in the field of polymers and polymer-based composites and since 2015, he is leading a research group within Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology fully dedicated to surface and interface engineering. He published about 200 technical papers and had the opportunity to give more than 40 oral presentations. His fields of interest spans from interface and surface engineering as well as advanced characterization of materials properties up to  (nano)composites processing. He is actively involved in several projects whose aim is to develop multifunctional polymer composites to address specific applications. Throughout his career, he has attracted more than 10 Mio€ of research funding. Ongoing research projects are focused on developing Nanostructured coatings for one one hand to improve interfacial adhesion between symmetric or disymmetric materials and on the other hand to develop innovative multi-functional thin films.

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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. Gianluca Fiori

University of Pisa, Italy

Gianluca Fiori is Professor of Electronics at University of Pisa, from which he obtained the PhD in 2005. Prof. Fiori’s field of activity includes the modelling, the fabrication and electrical characterization of novel devices based on new architectures and new materials. Prof. Fiori has a renowned expertise in assessing device performance against Industry requirements, through the exploitation of purposely-devised multi-scale, multi-physics in-house atomistic simulators.

Prof. Fiori’s interest also focuses on printed electronics, aiming at obtaining fully printed integrated circuits on flexible substrates as paper.

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Prof. Patricia Luis,

Louvain School of Engineering, Belgium

Patricia Luis is professor at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in the division of Materials and Process Engineering. Her main research interests address CO2 capture and recovery using membrane contactors and, process intensification in the chemical industry by applying advanced separation technology and exergetic and environmental analyses. She authored more than 60 publications in these fields with more than 700 citations. Since 2013 she is member of the Editorial Board of the ‘Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology’ and, since 2014, member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Separation and Purification Technology.

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Prof. Junwang (John) Tang

University College London, UK

Prof. Junwang Tang is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Chemistry and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London. His research interests encompass photocatalytic small molecule activation (eg. CH4, N2, H2O, and CO2) and microwave catalysis, together with the investigation of the underlying charge dynamics and kinetics by state-of-the-art spectroscopies, resulting in >170 papers published in Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Nature Rev Mater., Chemical Reviews, Chem. Soc. Rev. Materials Today, Nature Commu., JACS, Angew Chemie. Prof. Tang has also received many awards, the latest of which is the RSC  Corday-Morgan Prize 2021, besides the Runner-up of IChemE Research Project 2020, IChemE Business Start-Up Award 2019 and the 2018 IPS Scientist Award. He also sits on the Editorial Board of four international journals, eg. the Editor of Applied Catalysis B.

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Prof. Andrea Alù

University of New York, USA

Andrea Alù is the Founding Director and Einstein Professor at the Photonics Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. He received his Laurea (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and, after a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor until Jan. 2018. Dr. Alù is a Fellow of NAI, AAAS, IEEE, AAAS, OSA, SPIE and APS, and has received several scientific awards, including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from DoD, the ICO Prize in Optics, the NSF Alan T. Waterman award, the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal.

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Dr. Petr Sittner

Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Petr Šittner is a leading global expert in the field of research into so-called martensitic phase transformations and thermomechanical behaviour of shape memory metal alloys. The aim of his research will be to find the chemical composition and parameters of thermomechanical processing of multielement metal alloys showing supercritical elasticity.

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Dr. Pietro Siciliano

Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems IMM-CNR, Italy

Dr. Pietro Siciliano received his degree in physics in 1985 from the University of Lecce. He took the Ph.D. in Physics in 1989 at the University of Bari. He is currently a Director of Research at the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM-CNR) at CNR in Lecce, where he has been working from many years in the field of Sensors, MEMS, Microsystems, being in charge of the Sensors and Microsystems group. He is author of about 350 scientific papers. Dr. Siciliano is referee and memberof the advisory board of international journals. He has been responsible for several national (FISR, FIRB, PON) and international (V, VI and VII EU Framework) projects at IMM-CNR. He is member of the Steering Committee of AISEM, the Italian Association on Sensors and Microsystems. He has been chairman and member of the organising committee of international Conferences and School in Sensors and Microsystems area. He is Director of the Section in Lecce of IMM-CNR. He is President of INNOVAAL scarl, the Technological District on Active & Assisted Living, and President of the Italian Cluster on “Smart Living Technologies”.

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Dr. Mindaugas Lukosius

IHP, Institute for High Performance Microelectronics, Germany

Dr. Mindaugas Lukosius received M.Sc degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania. The Ph.D degree in Chemistry was obtained from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany in 2010, in the field of CVD depositions and developments of high-k MIM capacitors. Since 2006 he has been with the IHP, Germany, where, in 2012, he joined the group of graphene research team. At the moment he is leading several graphene projects and focuses on the integration of novel, 200mm wafer scale graphene modules into the BiCMOS technology. He authored and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and held ~50 talks on national and international conferences.

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Prof. Wei Lu

University of Michigan, USA

Dr. Wei Lu is Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Director of Research Center: Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains. He uses multi-scale and multi-physics approaches to address mechanics and electrochemistry in energy storage and battery degradation. He has 170 journal publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals and over 180 presentations and invited talks in international conferences, universities and national labs including Harvard, MIT and Stanford. He also has plenty of publications in conference proceedings, encyclopedias and book chapters. Prof. Lu was the recipient of many awards including the CAREER award by the US National Science Foundation; the Robert J. McGrattan Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Robert M. Caddell Memorial Research Achievement Award; Faculty Recognition Award; Department Achievement Award; Novelis/CoE Distinguished Professor Award; CoE Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award; CoE George J. Huebner, Jr. Research Excellence Award; and the Gustus L Larson Memorial Award by American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was invited to the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference multiple times.

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Dr. Johanna Lahti

Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Dr. Johanna Lahti has a doctoral degree in Paper Converting and Packaging Technology from Tampere University of Technology (2005). She is currently Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager in Paper Converting and Packaging Technology research group at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). She started her career (1999) by studying dispersion coatings and usage of pigment particles to improve barrier properties. In 2000 she started her doctoral thesis research about digital printing of extrusion coated packaging materials. In the research focus was on improving printability of polymeric surfaces by surface treatment. Since 2005 Dr. Lahti has participated in several national and international projects. Research areas include different topics relating to paper technology, paper converting and packaging technology. These include e.g. (co)extrusion coating, dispersion coating, surface treatments (e.g. plasma, corona, flame), nanoscale thin coatings (e.g. plasma deposition, ALD), substrates for packaging materials (plastic films, fiber-based substrates, coated materials, etc.), and printing technology. She has also coordinated one large-scale FP7 project (PlasmaNice, 2008-2012) with topic Atmospheric Plasmas for Nanoscale Industrial Surface Processing.  Currently she is mainly working in FP7 project NanoMend (2012-2015). Nanomend aims to pioneer novel technologies for in-line detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nano scale defects for thin films coated on large area substrates. Examples include thin films used in the production of packaging materials, flexible solar panels, lighting and indoor and outdoor digital signage and displays. Since 2000 Dr. Lahti has supervised several Theses works and produced several conference papers, articles and presentations in the field of paper converting and packaging technology.

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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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Prof. Evgeny Tsymbal

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Evgeny Tsymbal is a George Holmes University Distinguished Professor at Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He also served as Director of the Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) sponsored jointly by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to his appointment at UNL, he was a senior research scientist at University of Oxford, UK, a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Research Center-Jülich, Germany, and a research scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow. Evgeny Tsymbal’s research is focused on predictive modelling of advanced functional materials relevant to nanoelectronics and spintronics. He is co-author of nearly 300 papers, review articles and book chapters and is a co-editor of three-volume Spintronics Handbook: Spin Transport and Magnetism published in 2019. Evgeny Tsymbal is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a recipient of the UNL’s Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award.

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Prof. Jie Yang

RMIT University, Australia

Prof. Yang received his PhD degree in solid mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2002 and is currently a Professor in Engineering with the School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. Prior to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Queensland from 2002-2004, a Lecturer at the Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong from 2004-2007 before joining RMIT in 2008 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 2010-2013 and Associate Professor from 2014-2016. His main research interests include advanced composite structures, nanocomposites, structural stability and dynamics, smart structures and control, and nano/micro-mechanics. He is an author of over 330 publications including 230 journal papers and 20 ESI highly cited articles. His publications have so far attracted more than 10700 (13100) citations with personal h-index 63 (68), according to Web of Science (Google Scholar).

Prof Yang is the 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Cross Field) by Clarivate Analytics, the Australian Research Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 and 2020, and the Global Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering in 2020. He is the Associate Editor of (1) Engineering Structures (JCR Q1), (2) Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines (JCR Q2); and the Editorial Board Member of (1) Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (JCR Q1), (2) Thin-Walled Structures (JCR Q1), (3) International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics (JCR Q2), (4) Materials (JCR Q2), and (5) Shock and Vibration (JCR Q3). He is also a frequent keynote/invited speaker and the scientific committee member in many international conferences.

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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. Wei Min Huang

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 20 years of experience on various shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid), he has published over 190 papers in journals, such as Accounts of Chemical Research, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and Materials Today, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 270 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, Elsevier  and CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over three dozen of journals.

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