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Thomas Bein (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Invited
David Beljonne (Université de Mons - UMONS, Belgium)
Invited
David Beljonne got his PhD in Chemistry with Professor Jean-Luc Brédas at the University of Mons-Hainaut in 1994. After post-doctoral stays at the Universities of Cambridge (with Professor Richard Friend) and Rochester (with Professor Shaul Mukamel), he became a research fellow of the Belgian National Science Foundation (FNRS) and is now FNRS Research Director. He is also a Visiting Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and serves as an associate editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His research activities deal with a multifaceted modelling of the opto-electronic processes taking place in the bulk and at interfaces of (semi)conducting organic, 2D and hybrid materials for electronics and energy applications.
Alberto Bianco (IBMC-CNRS-Université de Strasbourg, France)
Invited
Francesco Bonaccorso (IIT-Graphene Labs / BeDimensional, Italy)
Invited
Francesco Bonaccorso gained a PhD from the Department of Physics, University of Messina in Italy after working at the Italian National Research Council, the Engineering Department of Cambridge University (UK) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Vanderbilt University (USA). In June 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, and elected to a Research Fellowship at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. In April 2014 He joined the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Graphene Labs. He was responsible in defining the ten years scientific and technological roadmap for the graphene flagship programme. His research interests encompass solution processing of carbon nanomaterials (such as graphene, nanotubes and nanodiamonds) and inorganic layered materials, their spectroscopic characterization, incorporation into polymer composites and application in solar cells, light emitting devices, lithium-ion batteries and ultrafast lasers.
Cinzia Casiraghi (University of Manchester, UK)
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Dr Cinzia Casiraghi received her BSc and MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2006. In 2005 she was awarded with an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, followed by the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2007 and the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, won in 2008. This Prize is given to young, cutting-edge researchers, providing them with risk capital to pursue innovative projects and establish their own lab at a very early stage in their careers. This allowed her to become Junior Group Leader at the Physics Department of the Free University Berlin (Germany). In 2010 she joined the School of Chemistry, at the University of Manchester (UK). She is also member of the Athena Swan committee of the School of Chemistry.
Steven De Feyter (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Invited
Lucia Gemma Delogu (Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy)
Invited Parallel Workshop
Dr. Lucia Gemma Delogu served the University of Sassari, Italy, as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry (2012-2017). She has worked at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (2007-2009), as visiting researcher at the Sanford-Burnham Institute of San Diego, CA, USA in 2008 and at the Department of Health and Human Services at the NIH in Bethesda, MD in 2013. Dr. Delogu has been appointed as Senior Visiting Professor under the “Program Excellence in Science” at Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany (2016, 2017). In 2011, she was selected as one of the “200 Best Young Talents of Italy” from the Italian Ministry of Youth (Rome, Italy). Beyond different National Grants she has been the Scientific Coordinator of two interdisciplinary European Projects on Nanomedicine involving 10 leading Institutions in EU and extra EU Countries including China, USA and Qatar. Dr. Delogu in 2018 joined the Institute of Pediatric Research in Padua, Italy where she is currently leading the ImmuneNano-lab
William Dichtel (Northwestern University, USA)
Keynote
Will was born in Houston, Texas, but spent most of his impressionable years growing up in Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and features the world’s second largest man-made star, lit up every night for your viewing pleasure. He was an undergraduate student at MIT, where he majored in chemistry and was fortunate to gain his first research experience working in the laboratory of Prof. Tim Swager. Will then moved to UC-Berkeley for graduate school, where he earned his Ph.D. for investigating light harvesting macromolecules under the supervision of Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet. He next moved to Los Angeles for a joint postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Fraser Stoddart, then at UCLA, and Prof. Jim Heath at Caltech. There his research focused on developing efficient strategies for the synthesis of mechanically interlocked compounds and incorporating these molecules onto surfaces and into solid-state devices. Prof. Dichtel began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in 2008 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2014. He moved to Northwestern University in the summer of 2016 as the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry.
Mircea Dinca (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Keynote
Mircea Dinca was born in Fagaras, a small Transylvanian town in central Romania. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2003, and did his graduate work at UC Berkeley, where he obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 2008. At Berkeley, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of microporous metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen storage under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey R. Long. After a two-year stint as a postdoctoral associate working on heterogeneous electrocatalytic water splitting with Prof. Daniel G. Nocera at MIT, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at MIT in July 2010. For his research on microporous materials with applications in energy storage, conversion, and heterogeneous catalysis, he was awarded the US Department of Energy Young Investigator Award in 2011, a TR35 award from MIT's Technology Review recognizing the most promising inventors in the world under the age of 35, the Sloan Fellowship and Cottrell Award in 2014, and the NSF CAREER and Exxon Solid State Award in 2015. In 2016, he was named a Dreyfus Teacher Scholar and was selected for the Alan T. Waterman Award, NSF's most prestigious award in all sciences and engineering to any single person under the age of 35.
Georg Stefan Duesberg (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Invited
Prof Georg Duesberg graduated in Physical Chemistry from the University of Kassel, Germany. He worked at the Max-Planck-Institute Stuttgart and Trinity College Dublin from 1997-2001 on a collaborative European project, were he dealt with purifying, assembling and imaging carbon nanotubes. He was the first person to characterise individual carbon nanotubes by Raman spectroscopy. He received his PhD from the University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2000. From 2001-2005 he worked at the Infineon AG, Corporate Research Department, Munich, Germany. Here his research was focused on the integration of bottom-up structures grown into CMOS based devices. Wafer scale CVD as well as the growth of individual nanotubes from lithographically defined nano-holes are among his achievements. From 2005-2007 Prof Duesberg worked in the Thin Films Department of the Qimonda AG, Dresden, Germany on the implementation of new carbon nanostructured films into future DRAM technology. In July 2007 he moved to Dublin to take on a position as a Principal Investigator in CRANN and Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. He is a recognised world leader in the area of the integration of carbon nanotubes into CMOS technology.
Siegfried Eigler (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
Invited Parallel workshop
Roman Fasel (EMPA, Switzerland)
Keynote
Roman Fasel received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1996 from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and joined EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, after post-doctoral research fellowships at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the Fritz-Haber-Institute (Berlin). He is currently the head of the nanotech@surfaces Laboratory of EMPA, and since 2008 Tit. Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Bern. Roman Fasel has a strong background in experimental surface physics and chemistry, and follows an experimental approach building on state-of-the-art scanning probe methods (UHV temperature-controlled STM/STS) combined with structural and spectroscopic methods based on photoelectron emission (XPS, UPS, XPD). His group’s research covers a wide range of topics at the interface of materials science, surface physics and chemistry, with the aim of understanding molecular processes at surfaces at a molecular and atomic level. Roman Fasel has obtained several Research Fellowships of e.g. the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. He is recipient of several awards, e.g. Thürler-Reeb Prize and ICSOS Young Scientist Prize and member of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Nanoscale Science and board member of the IUVSTA Surface Science Division Committee. He has given numerous invited talks at international conferences and at research institutions and universities world-wide, and has published more than 140 papers in international journals.
Andreas Hirsch (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Keynote
Andreas Hirsch received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Tübingen. From 1990 to 1991 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids in Santa Barbara, California in the group of Prof. Wudl. He subsequently returned to Tübingen as a research associate at the Institute for Organic Chemistry. Upon receiving his Dr. Habilitus in 1994, for which he was honored with a variety of prizes and awards including the Otto -Röhm Research Award (1994) and the ADUC Award für Habilitanden (1994) he joined the Chemistry Faculty at the University of Karlsruhe as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. Since October 1995, he has been chaired Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2004 he became Adjunct Professor at Rice University in Houston. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Nikosia in Cyprus (2006) and the University of Padova in Italy (2011). He is coordinator of the Graduate School Molecular Science (GSMS), the Interdisciplinary Center for Molecular Materials (ICMM) and the Collaborative Research Center “Synthetic Carbon Allotropes” (SFB 953) in Erlangen. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials” (EAM) in Erlangen and the Central Institute for Materials and Processes (ZMP) in Fürth. In 2006 he received the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt-Prize of the Spanish and German Chemical Societies. In 2007 he was elected Professor of the Year (Unicum, Beruf, Germany). In 2010 he received an ERC Advanced Grant and in 2012 he received the Max Grundig Award and the Medal of the Organic Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In 2017 he became an elected member of the “Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften” and received a second ERC Advanced Grant. Hirsch’s laboratory has been pioneering and is at the forefront of carbon allotrope chemistry and is well known for the investigations of basic principles for the functionalization of the 0-dimensional fullerenes, the 1-dimensional carbon nanotubes and the 2-dimensional graphene, which lead to synthesis of numerous examples of derivatives with tailor made structural-, electronic-, photophysical- and biomedical properties. These studies are also extended to new 2D-materials including black phosphorus and transition metal dichalcogenides.
Ute Kaiser (Ulm University, Germany)
Keynote
Ute Kaiser is head of the Materials Science Electron Microscopy Facility at Ulm University, Germany. She received her doctoral degree from the Institute of Physics at Humboldt University Berlin, in 1993 and her habilitation in experimental physics from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, in 2002, working on thin SiC films and low-dimensional structures in SiC using advanced transmission electron microscopy. Since 2004 she is a full professor at Ulm University. Currently, her main focus is the development of high-resolution low-voltage transmission electron microscopy for understanding properties of low-dimensional materials from the scale of single atoms.
Arkady Krasheninnikov (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany)
Invited Parallel Workshop
Aurelio Mateo-Alonso (Ikerbasque / UPV/EHU, Spain)
Invited Parallel Workshop
BSc (1999) and MSc (2000) in Organic Chemistry, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
PhD in Chemistry (2004), Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
Postdoctoral Researcher (2004-2009), Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy.
Group Leader (2009-2012), Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.
Ikerbasque Research Professor and Leader of the Molecular and Supramolecular Materials Group at POLYMAT (since 2012)
Aitor Mugarza (ICN2, Spain)
Invited Parallel Workshop
Prof. Aitor Mugarza graduated in physics in 1997, before earning his PhD in the same field in 2002, both at the University of the Basque Country. He was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2013, he leads the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and since 2015 he is an ICREA research professor. His current research activity focuses on developing methods to synthesize novel 2D nanostructured materials and manipulate their spin and charge at the single atom level. He is expert on scanning probe microscopy (STM/STS) and electron (ARPES) and X-ray (XAS/XMCD) spectroscopy. He has over 65 publications and 40 invited international conference and lectures in the field of low-dimensional electronic systems and hybrid interfaces.
Klaus Müllen (Max Planck Institutes for Polymer Research, Germany)
Keynote
Klaus Müllen joined the Max Planck Society in 1989 as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. His PhD degree was granted by the University of Basel in 1972. He received his habilitation in 1977 at ETH, Zürich. In 1979 he became a Professor at the University of Cologne, and in 1983 at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz. He owns about 60 patents, published over 1700 papers and has a h-index of 125.
Vincenzo Palermo (Chalmer University of Technology, Sweden)
Invited
Vincenzo Palermo obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2003 at the University of Bologna, after working at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at the Steacie Institute, National Research Council (Ottawa, Canada).
He has published more than 130 scientific articles on international journals in chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science (>4000 citations, h-index=35).
Vincenzo Palermo holds a joint position as research director of the National Reseach Council of Italy, and research professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, acting as vice-director of the Graphene Flagship. Between 2013 and 2017 he has been the leader of the work package on composites of the flagship.
He previously coordinated two large European research projects: GOSPEL (Graphene-Organic SuPramolEcular functionaL composites) and the International Training Network GENIUS (GraphenE-orgaNIc hybrid architectures for organic electronics: a mUltiSite training action), and was member of the scientific committee of EUROGRAPHENE programme of the ESF.
In 2012 Vincenzo Palermo won the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) and in 2013 the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI).
Paolo Samori (Université de Strasbourg & CNRS – ISIS, France)
Keynote
Paolo Samorì (Imola, Italy, 1971) is Distinguished Professor (PRCE) and director of the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) of the Université de Strasbourg (UdS) where he is also head of the Nanochemistry Laboratory. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), member of the Academia Europaea (MAE) and junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). He obtained a Laurea (master’s degree) in Industrial Chemistry at University of Bologna in 1995. In 2000 he received his PhD in Chemistry from the Humboldt University of Berlin (Prof. J. P. Rabe). He was permanent research scientist at Istituto per la Sintesi Organica e la Fotoreattività of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Bologna from 2001 til 2008, and Visiting Professor at ISIS from 2003 til 2008. He has published >250 papers on applications of scanning probe microscopies beyond imaging, hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid architectures at surfaces, supramolecular electronics, and the fabrication of organic-based nanodevices. His work has been awarded various prizes, including the Young Scientist Awards at E-MRS (1998) and MRS (2000) as well as the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists (2001), the “Vincenzo Caglioti” Award (2006) granted by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy), the “Nicolò Copernico” Award (2009) for his discoveries in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, the “Guy Ourisson” Prize (2010) of the Cercle Gutenberg (France), the ERC Starting Grant (2010) and the CNRS Silver Medal (2012). He is member of the advisory boards of Advanced Materials, Small, ChemPhysChem and ChemPlusChem (Wiley-VCH), Chemical Society Reviews, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry and Nanoscale (RSC).
Andrey Turchanin (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
Invited Parallel Workshop
Andrey Turchanin studied physics and materials science at the National University ofScience and Technology, Moscow (Ph.D. 1999). In 2000 he moved to the Universityof Karlsruhe with an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. 2004-2014 he joined theFaculty of Physics at the University of Bielefeld where he completed hishabilitation in 2010. In 2012 Turchanin was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship ofthe German Research Foundation (DFG) and in 2013 the Bernhard-Heß-Prize of theUniversity of Regensburg for his research in the field of emerging 2Dmaterials. In 2014 he became a professor of physical chemistry at the FriedrichSchiller University Jena, where he is leading the group of “Applied PhysicalChemistry & Molecular Nanotechnology”. His current research interests arefocused on the materials science of 2D materials and their applications inelectronics, optoelectronics and nanobiotechnology.
Christof Wöll (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany)
Invited
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