Ana Borras is a tenured scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
After completing her Ph. D. at the University of Seville (2007) she moved to EMPA-ETH Thun to work in the synthesis of small-molecule nanowires and organic nanocomposite thin films.
She currently belongs to the NoSP Laboratory of the Materials Science Institute of Seville (ICMS) where she leads the research line Multifunctional 1D Nanomaterials devoted to the development and applications of complex hybrid and heterostructured 1D and 3D materials fabricated by vacuum and plasma deposition methods.
Ana Borras holds the ERC Starting Grant 3DScavengers aimed at the fabrication of multisource energy harvesters and hybrid nanogenerators. Besides, she is the international coordinator of the FET-Open project SOUNDofICE (2020-2024) aimed to demonstrate a pioneering strategy based on the surface engineering of MHz Acoustic Waves for a smart and sustainable removal of ice, with impacts in aeronautics and wind energy.
She has more than 95 articles with h-index 29, and contributions to D1 journals, including Progress in Materials Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Energy, Chemistry of Materials, ACS Appl. Mat. Interf, Nanoscale and J. Physical Chemistry C. She has participated in and led more than 20 projects for the Industry. She has co-authored 3 patents, and supervised 4 PhD Theses.
She has been appointed Spanish representative of the IUVSTA (Plasma Science and Technology Division), belongs to the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Vacuum Association (ASEVA) and is member of the Plasma Nanoscience Foundation (iPlasmaNano).
(Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, CZECH REPUBLIC)
Jiri Homola received his MS (1988) from the Czech Technical University and PhD (1993) from the Czech Academy of Sciences. From 1993 to 1997 he worked at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Prague as a Research Scientist. From 1997 to 2002 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle (USA), since 2001 as a Research Associate Professor. From 2003 he has been with the Institute of Photonics and Electronics in Prague and has been responsible for the optical biosensors research program. In 2009, he received his DSc. degree in technical sciences from the Czech Academy of Sciences and in 2014 he became Professor of physics at Charles University in Prague. From 2009 to 2019, he was Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle.
His research interests are in photonics and biophotonics, in particular in optical sensors and biosensors. He investigates photonic and plasmonic phenomena and pursues the development of sensor instrumentation, microfluidic devices, and functional coatings for optical biosensors for molecular biology, medical diagnostics, food safety, and security. He edited 2 books and authored over 170 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He also holds 11 patents. He has received the Roche Diagnostics Prize for Sensor Technology, Award for Outstanding Research of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, and Premium Academiae of the Czech Academy of Sciences, among other awards. He has been elected Fellow of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He serves as associate editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Elsevier).
Mar García-Hernández has a long trajectory in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science. She carried out her PhD in Theoretical Molecular Physics at CSIC. During her postdoctoral stage at Rutherford Appleton Lab. (UK), Prof. García-Hernández´s interests switched to experimental Condensed Matter Physics (Molecular Liquids and Glasses), using Neutron Scattering techniques together with molecular Dynamics and Reverse Montecarlo simulations, with focus on excitations in disordered systems (single particle and collective excitations). In 1994, Prof. García-Hernández got a tenured position at CSIC on Experimental Physics and a year later she joined the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM/CSIC). Since 2005 she is the leading scientist of the Magnetism and Magnetotransport laboratory at ICMM. Her research in strongly correlated oxides heterostructures with application in spintronics is a central topic in her lab. Since then, her collaborations spanned her research interests including bulk multiferroic materials and magnetic materials for various applications (among others, magnetic oxide nanoparticles with biomedical applications) and fundamental problems regarding diluted magnetic semiconductors and superconductors.
Shortly after the discovery of graphene, one of her main research lines is the investigation of bidimensional systems, starting with graphene and graphene-based systems and subsequently broadening the spectrum to other different layered materials with fascinating electric, magnetic and/or optical properties. She is now involved in the study of interfaces of free-standing non van der Wals materials, in particular metal transition perovskites. Since 2013, she leads the workpackage “Enabling Materials” and she is a member of the Executive Board in the Graphene Flagship. Prof. García-Hernández has published more than 300 SCI papers. Recently, she has coordinated and led the publication of the review
Akhlesh Lakhtakia is Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University. Elected a Fellow of IEEE, APS, SPIE, Optica, and four other learned societies, he has published 940 journal articles, 420 conference papers, 34 book chapters, and 27 books. His current research interests lie in the electromagnetics of complex materials including chiral and bianisotropic materials; architected materials such as sculptured thin films and mimumes; homogenization of composite materials; surface multiplasmonics, thin-film solar cells, engineered biomimicry, biologically inspired design, and forensic science. He is presently a Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Department of State.
Emiliano Descrovi is Associate Professor in Physics at the Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He obtained his master degree in Physics from the University of Torino in 1999 and the PhD in Microtechnique from the Université de Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 2005.
His research interests falls in the domain of dielectric nanophotonics and light-responsive polymer photonics, targeting novel tunable devices controlled by light. In the past years, he contributed to investigate optical phenomena involving surface modes on planar dielectric multilayers and to push forward sensing applications based thereon.
Pedro Costa Pinto graduated as Physics Engineer from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1996, where he worked as research assistant studying nanometer scale multilayer films for x-ray reflectivity. In 1998, he joined CERN to participate in the development of Non-Evaporable Getter (NEG) thin films and implemented a large-scale facility to coat more than 3 km of beam pipes for the Large Hadron Collider. Pedro has been involved in the R&D and production of different types of thin films for the accelerators community, in particular amorphous carbon for anti-multipacting applications, and has been leading the development of technology to coat beam pipes “in-situ” in the accelerator ring. He has also participated in the transfer of NEG thin films technology to several institutes and companies.
Degree in applied physics at University Autonoma de Madrid. Doctorate in applied physics at the same faculty in the field of ion beam assisted deposition techniques for the deposition of hard coatings. Postdoctoral contract at IFW-Dresden conducting research on electron spectroscopies for heteronanostructures based on boron nitride, and boron carbon-nitride nanotubes, and alkaline doped organic compounds. He joined AIN as a researcher in 2002 where he led various industrial projects on metallurgical coatings and thermochemical treatments for tooling and medical endoprothesis applications. He has led 4 national R&D and 3 EU projects in the field of vacuum coatings covering applications in high temperature forming, cold and hot embossing, and tribological phenomena. He started research projects/lines in the field of antimicrobial coatings in 2014 and led a Horizon 2020 project to apply such films on aircraft parts. At present, he is part-time materials science associated lecturer of at Universidad Publica de Navarra, and assistant editor of the journal Manufacturing Review. He has published more than 80 articles in the field of surface engineering and holds 4 patents in cooperation with various industrial companies.
Dr. Sergio Ioppolo is an Associate Professor within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University and a PI of the Center for Interstellar Catalysis (InterCat).
His research career began during his MSc in Physics and Astrophysics at Catania University in Italy with a thesis work in laboratory for astrochemistry. In December 2010, he was awarded a PhD in Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands with a thesis supervised by Prof. Linnartz and Prof. van Dishoeck. During his first postdoctoral position in Leiden, Sergio developed a novel UHV system specifically designed to investigate the formation of complex organic molecules in space (SURFRESIDE2).
As a research leader of the Laboratory Astrophysics at the OU, Sergio transformed the laboratory space into a user facility for the investigation of physicochemical systems relevant to Space Sciences. At the same time, he led international teams in new research projects at the international HFML-FELIX Laboratory (Netherlands), RAL Space (UK), and ASTRID2 (Denmark) facilities. Since 2016, Sergio is an ordinary member of the Astrochemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society committee.
In 2017, he moved to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) as a lecturer within the Antennas & Electromagnetics Research group to further develop his link to the UK THz laboratory community. Sergio is currently the head scientist and sole responsible for the Laboratory Ice Surface Astrophysics (LISA) ultrahigh vacuum end station at HFML-FELIX Laboratory. In partnership with other international groups, he leads and manages the Ice Chemistry for Astrophysics (ICA), the Belfast Ice Chemistry for Astrophysics (BICA), and the upcoming Vertical Irradiation Chemistry for Astrophysics (VICA) end stations at ATOMKI in Hungary, and the Portable Astrochemistry Chamber (PAC) at ISA ASTRID2. He is PI and co-I of many approved projects at HFML-FELIX, ATOMKI, ASTRID2, and CSIC-ICMM in Madrid – the Stardust Machine (NANO meets ASTRO). He is also co-I and a laboratory coordinator of the JWST Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (IceAge), and a co-I of the JWST Cycle 1 (It’s COMplicated) and the ALMA Cycle 7 (hot cores molecular survey).
Monica Lira-Cantu is a Full Professor and Group Leader of the Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests are the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for emerging solar cells like dye-sensitized, hybrid, organic and perovskite solar cells and the integration of different types of energy technologies for self-power electronics and the production of green energy. She has more than 125 publications, including 110 published articles in scientific journals, one book, 10 book chapters, and nine patents. She is a reviewer for more than 30 scientific organizations and more than 50 scientific journals. She worked as a staff chemist for ExxonMobil Research & Engineering (USA), a visiting professor at EPFL (Switzerland) and has been visiting scientist at the Center for Advanced Science and Innovation (Japan), Oslo University (Norway), and the Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Denmark). She is a panel member of the ERC Advanced Grant PE11 since 2021 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the Cannon Foundation in Europe. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of APL Energy (AIP Publishing) and Advisory Editorial Board for Discovery Materials and Springer Nature Applied Sciences (Nature); Adv. Energy and Sustainability (Wiley); Chemical Physics Impact (Elsevier) and Matter (Cell Press).
Stefania Pizzini is a senior research scientist at Institut Néel, CNRS, Grenoble, France. Her work is focused on the study of micromagnetic configurations in thin films and nanostructures, together with their manipulation using magnetic and electric fields or electrical currents. Presently her work concentrates on the study of thin films in which the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) can stabilize chiral domain walls and skyrmions. Recently she has studied the effect of electric field on magnetic nisotropy and chiral domain wall dynamics, in view of applications to logic devices
Philippe Steyer is Professor at INSA de Lyon, a French engineer school, in a laboratory specialist in materials science: MATEIS. In his lab, he is head of the microscopy group.
His research activity is mainly dedicated to the microstructural characterization of thin films by advanced electron microscopies. He always tries to improve understanding of degradation mechanisms of surfaces through original in situ/operando approaches involving environmental microscopies (eSEM, eTEM).
is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 2002. He joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, USA, as a postdoctoral researcher in 2002 and then worked at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology as a member of the research staff (2003–2008). He was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea, until August 2016. He received a prestigious Korea Young Scientist Award from the President of Korea in 2008 and the Scientist of the Month Award from the ministry of science, ICT and future planning in 2013. He was honored as 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow. He is author and co-author of 225 papers in high-impact journals including Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, Science Advances, Nature Communications, Joule, PNAS, Energy and Environmental Science, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, and ACS Nano. He is also the inventor or co-inventor of 387 patented technologies. He currently serves as an editorial board member on the Journals of Advanced Materials (Wiley), FlatChem (Elsevier), EcoMat (Wiley), Nano Convergence (Springer), and Semiconductor Science and Technology (IOP). His research focuses on organic, organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite, and carbon materials, and their applications to flexible electronics, printed electronics, displays, solid-state lightings, solar energy conversion devices, and bioinspired neuromorphic devices.
ICREA Prof. Albert Tarancón is Head of the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group at IREC. Albert holds M.Sc. and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2001, 2007) and an M. Eng. in Materials Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2007). In 2010, Albert joined the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) as the Head of the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group. Since 2018, he is ICREA Research Professor at IREC and leads a group of 30+ people devoted to nanomaterials for alternative energy technologies and their applicability in powering portable devices (thermoelectric, all-solid-state batteries and solid oxide cells) and synthetic fuel production. Albert is currently coordinating two EU projects (HarveStore and EpiStore) and an ERC PoC action (TransIonics) devoted to thin-film based devices for energy and information applications. Albert is currently editor of J. Phys. Energy (IoP), J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. (Elsevier) and APL Energy (IoP).
Victor Bellido Gonzalez – R&D Manager at Gencoa Ltd (based in Liverpool, UK) since 1996. BSc (Hons) in Chemistry (Basque Country University, Spain, 1987). 30 years experience in Thin Film Technology. Several publications in the field of Inorganic Chemistry, Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition (PACVD) and Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) and application specific, such as ion sources, antimicrobial coating technology. Regular contributor to presentations and invited speaker in national and international conferences related to Thin Film Deposition, Magnetron Sputtering and Process Control.
Frédéric Bonell is a research scientist at CNRS in SPINTEC, Grenoble. He received his PhD degree in physics from the Institut Jean Lamour (IJL) – University of Lorraine in 2009. From 2010 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Osaka University, then a Ramón y Cajal scientist at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona.
His research activity lies at the interface between material science and spintronics. It is dedicated to the study of spin transport/dynamics in magnetic multilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy. His recent interests concern spin-orbitronics with epitaxial van der Waals materials, including topological insulators and 2D magnets.
After completing undergraduate studies both in Electronics Engineering and Physics at the Bogazici University in Istanbul, I moved to State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook as a graduate student. I obtained my doctorate in Physics in 2003 working on coherent diffractive imaging and resonant x-ray magnetic scattering. Afterwards I moved to the synchrotron light source Elettra (Trieste, Italy), and promptly joined the Nanospectroscopy group specialized in x-ray and electron microscopies. My research interest covers surface magnetism, chemistry and structure, along with a range of topics on interactions of x-rays with matter.
Lorena Diéguez is the leader of the Medical Devices research group at INL. Her research is mainly devoted to Translational Medical Research in close collaboration with hospitals and focuses on the development of tools and solutions based on microfluidics, biosensors and nanotechnology towards early diagnosis and better understanding of diseases.
She is also very interested in translating her technology from the lab to the clinic and is co-founder and CEO of the spin-off company RUBYnanomed in the field of liquid biopsy. Between 2020 and 2021, she was part of the coordination team of INL’s Precise Personalised HealthTech cluster. Also, since 2019 and to date, she is the Chair of the Working Group in Medical Devices at the ETPN (European Technology Platform in Nanomedicine).
She obtained her Bachelors in Physics with Major in Optoelectronics at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2005, then completed her Masters in Nanotechnology at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2007 and her PhD in biosensors at the UB, the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia and the ETH Zürich. Her postdoc at the University of South Australia (2010-2013) was devoted to the study of rare cells from biological samples using microfluidics. Lorena joined INL in 2014 as Staff Researcher, before being promoted to Research Group Leader in 2018.
She has published over 41 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews, 2 book chapters, has over 900 citations and an h-index of 17. She has participated in 26 national and international research projects, 17 of them as PI, and 6 of them as coordinator. She has also authored 5 patents, and been invited, keynote or plenary speaker in over 30 international conferences. She has also been recipient of several international research and innovation awards.
Edoardo Rossi is an assistant professor in materials science at the University of Roma Tre and an assistant managing editor for the international journal “Materials and Design”. His field of expertise as a post-doctoral researcher and assistant professor (currently) lies within the context of the characterization and design of novel high-toughness nano-ceramics for aeronautical and biomedical applications. In 2020 and 2021, he won two awards within the context of the MRS 2020 and NewTrends in Materials Science conferences for his presentations on the research topics of Surface Free Energy measurements and 3D printed nano-ceramics environmental toughness, respectively. In his previous working experiences, he was employed from 2015 to 2016 as an engineering consultant for the Science and Technology group at Roma Tre University on automated algorithms for FIB micro- and nano-machining. Moreover, he obtained his PhD at Roma Tre University in 2022, working on nanoindentation and advanced nanomechanics as diagnostic tools for the reliability assessment of micro and nano-devices.
- Materials Science;
- Advanced nanomechanics;
- Crack propagation resistance.
- Residual stresses.
Claire Pacheco defended a PhD in Physics of Archaeomaterials at Bordeaux University in 2007. Since 2011, she is in charge of the AGLAE facility, the unique large scale instrument totally dedicated to heritage science and in the framework of the CHARISMA European program, from 2012 to 2015, she was the leader of the FIXLAB platform, which gave transnational access to four large scale facilities (SOLEIL synchrotron, Budapest Neutron Center, ATOMKI ion beam facility in Debrecen, Hungary and the AGLAE facility).
She coordinated the New AGLAE EquipEx project (ANR-10-EQPX-22), aiming at upgrading and automating the beamline. The New facility was inaugurated in 2017 and she is now focusing on data processing and management, including the conception and development of specific and appropriate digital tools.
Dr. Xuemei Wang is a Senior Application Engineer at SENTECH Instruments GmbH (based in Berlin, Germany) since 2011. Xuemei graduated as a Materials Scientist (Master of Eng.) from Tianjin University, China, in 2002. In 2007 she was awarded a Dr.-Ing. in Materials Science at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, working on “Thin Functional Plasma Polymer and Metal/Plasma Polymer Nanocomposite Films” at Max Planck Institute for Iron Research GmbH in Duesseldorf in Germany.
Her current activity at SENTECH focuses on thin film deposition using Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) and Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition (PEALD).