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Stefano Agnoli (University of Padova, Italy)
Invited Speaker
He graduated in Materials Science in 2002 at the University of Padova, with the thesis “"Oxide-on-oxide nanostructured ultrathin films: a local probe approach", carried out at the Karl Franzens University of Graz (Austria) under the supervision of prof. Gaetano Granozzi and prof. Falko P. Netzer. He was awarded a European PhD (Doctor Europaeus) in Materials Science in 2006, working on the study of ultrathin oxide films supported on metal single crystals, using different electron based techniques (XPS, PED, LEED, LEEM) combined with scanning tunnelling microscopy.
Claudia Backes (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Claudia has received her Ph.D with honors in 2011 from the University of Erlangen, Germany. After some time as deputy executive director in the Erlangen Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials” Claudia received a fellowship grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2012 and moved to Jonathan Coleman’s groups at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. In 2015, she returned to Germany and started her independent research at the Chair of Applied Physical Chemistry at the Heidelberg University funded through the prestigious Emmy Noether funding from the German Research Foundation from 2016. Currently, her team comprises five PhD students, one postdoc and several undergraduate students. Claudia’s research interests are in liquid exfoliation, nanosheet size control and size-dependent properties, chemical modification and production of composites and hybrid structures.
Valentina Benfenati (CNR, Italy)
Valentina Benfenati, Ph.D. is a senior researcher at CNR-ISOF. Past Adjunct Professor of Physiology at Biomedical Engineering Programme at the University of Bologna (UNIBO). Her research interest regards the development and validation of materials and device that modulate/record the biochemical and biophysical properties of neural cells, with particular regards to astrocytes. She developed the concept of Glial Engineering and glial interfaces, with the vision to generate a novel set of tools to study glial cells in the brain and enabling long term stable neuromodulation devices and approaches, for the therapy of injuries and neurological disease. PhD in Cell Physiology and Neurophysiology at UNISI. Post doc at UNIBO, Italy; Marie Curie Fellow; EMBO Fellow and Visiting researcher at CMBN, University of Oslo, Norway; Marco Polo fellowship, IEM, Chzech Academy of Science, University of Prague. PI of AFOSR research grants ASTROMAT and ASTRONIR, ASTROLIGHT, ASTRODYNE, 3D Neuroglia, Army Research Office ASTROGOLD, coordinator of EU-MSCA-2020 ASTROTECH and Deputy coordinator of FP7-MSCA-2020 Olimpia. National MIUR Project, Progetto Bandiera, SILK-IT; Unit Responsible of FIRB-Futuro in Ricerca (RBFR12SJA8_002). Main author of 50 publications, 3 book chapters, 5 international patents.
Alberto Bianco (CNRS Strasbourg, France)
Alberto Bianco received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Padova (Italy). As a visiting scientist, he worked at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Tübingen (Germany) (as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow) and the University of Padova. He is currently Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene and adamantane) for therapeutic, diagnostic and imaging applications. He has been invited to Japan as JSPS fellow in 2012 (Tohoku University, Sendai) and 2105 (AIST, Tsukuba), and as visiting Professor in 2019 (Kyoto University). He is in the Board of the French Society for the Studies on Carbon (SFEC) and of the International Research Network on Graphene and Nanotubes (GDRI-GNT). In 2017 he has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science (EURASC). In 2019 he has obtained the CNRS Silver Medal. He is co-author of over 260 papers. He is in the Advisory Board of Nanomedicine, Nanotechnology Reviews and the Journal of Peptide Science. Since 2011 he is Editor of the journal Carbon
Francesco Bonaccorso (BeDimensional, Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Francesco Bonaccorso is the Scientific Director of BeDimensional SpA and Visiting Scientist at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He gained the PhD from the University of Messina after working at the Italian National Research Council, the University of Cambridge and the University of Vanderbilt. In 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Cambridge University, and a Fellowship at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, obtaining a MA. He was responsible in defining the ten years scientific and technological roadmap for the Graphene Flagship. He is now Deputy of the Innovation of the Flagship. He was featured as 2016 Emerging Investigator by J.Mater.Chem.A and in 2019 by ChemPlusChem. His research interests encompass both the fundamental understanding and solution processing of novel nanomaterials and their technological applications. He authored/co-authored more than 120 publications and 12 patents.
Maurizia Brunetti (Gruppo Hera, Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Graduated in environmental engineering with a PhD in agricultural engineering, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) in Hera Group, developing technical audits on water networks and waste treatment plants of the group. Leads the activities of innovation in the Group's water sector, with particular attention to smart network, innovative leakages detection tools and smart metering, and the development of Water Safety Plans. Collaborates with the University of Bologna in several projects about the resilience of aqueduct systems.
Cinzia Casiraghi (University of Manchester, UK)
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.
Meganne Christian (CNR/Graphene Factory, Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Meganne Christian is a post-doctoral researcher in the field of graphene research at IMM-CNR, where she has been working since 2014. She was awarded her PhD in Industrial Chemistry in 2014 from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Chemistry at the same university in 2009, for which she was awarded Honours Class 1 and the University Medal. Meganne has 28 papers in academic journals as well as 23 international conference presentations. She has received a number of awards, including the Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research for her doctoral studies, the UNSW Research Excellence Award, the National Postgraduate Student Energy Award from the Australian Institute of Energy, and best presentation/poster awards at 5 international conferences. Her current expertise is in Scanning Electron Microscopy and Chemical Vapour Deposition, and she is skilled in a wide range of other laboratory synthetic and analytical techniques.
Artur Ciesielski (University of Strasbourg, France)
Invited Speaker
Artur Ciesielski obtained his M.Sc. degree from Adam Mickiewicz University, followed by his PhD degree from the University of Strasbourg (P. Samorì). In 2016, he became a research associate at the Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). In 2018 he has been appointed as visiting professor at the Centre for Advanced Technologies of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland). His research interests include the design of supramolecular systems, self-assembly of nanopatterns, and production and chemical modification of 2D materials by exploiting supramolecular approaches and their exportation in (nano)devices including sensing and energy storage/conversion. He has been awarded twice with the prestigious ‘Outstanding Pole in France award’ in science (2015 and 2019). He has recently become a member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE).
Camilla Coletti (IIT Pisa , Italy)
Camilla Coletti is a tenured Senior Scientist at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) where she coordinates the Graphene Labs and the 2D Materials Engineering group. She received her MS degree from the University of Perugia in 2004 and her PhD degree from the University of South Florida in 2007 (both in electrical engineering). She has been an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Stuttgart from 2008 to 2011. Her research is currently focused on: (i) synthesis and integration of scalable 2D materials for optoelectronics, photonics and biomedicine (ii) engineering van der Waals heterostructures. She is the author of more than 110 peer-reviewed publications, contributed to several book chapters and holds 2 international patents.
Sabrina Conoci (STMicroelectronics - U. Messina , Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Sabrina Conoci received the M.S. degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering of materials from the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.,She was with the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, for one year. Since 1999, she has been with STMicroelectronics, Catania, Italy, covering several research and development positions in the field of nanomolecular devices, biosensors, and biotechnologies. She is the first accomplished biotechnologist of STMicroelectronics and recently she has been selected on the international experts’ panel to edit the CLSI MM22 technical rule “Microarrays for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Infectious Diseases” recognized from Food and Drug Administration as Consensus Standard for Molecular Diagnostic. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Scientific Coordinator of the Italian PON research project entitled “Hippocrates: Development of Micro and Nanotechnologies and Advanced Systems for Human Health” funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.
Eugenio Coronado (ICMOL - Universidad de Valencia, Spain)
Eugenio Coronado is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Universidad de Valencia and Director of the Institute for Molecular Science (ICMol) and of the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism (EIMM). Expert in Molecular Magnetism, his recent research interests lie in the areas of Molecular Spintronics, quantum computing and 2D materials. In this last topic his research focuses on the design of 2D molecular magnets and hybrid molecular/2D heterostructures combining functional molecules with 2D superconductors and magnets, as well as in the use of these materials for applications in spintronics. To develop these research lines he has been financed by the European Research Council (ERC) with the Advanced grants SPINMOL and MOL-2D.
Giovanni Cuniberti (TU Dresden, Germany)
Professor Gianaurelio Cuniberti holds since 2007 the Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the Technische Universit ̈at Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials in Dresden, Germany. He is a member of the TU Dresden School of Engineering Sciences (Materials Science) and of the School Science (Physics). He studied Physics at the University of Genoa, Italy (where he got his B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and obtained his PhD in 1997 at the age of 27 in a joint collaboration between the University of Genoa and the University of Hamburg, Germany. He was visiting scientist at MIT and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Dresden. From 2003 to 2007, he was the head of a Volkswagen Foundation Research Group at the University of Regensburg, Germany. His research activity is internationally recognized in more than 400 scientific journal papers to date. He initiated and organized numerous workshops, schools and conferences and took part in international research training networks, offering extensive opportunities for young scientists. He has given plenary and invited talks at numerous international meetings. He serves as referee for numerous high impact journals, and for several funding research institutions including among others the EU, the German Science Foundation (DFG), the USA National Science Foundation (NSF), the German Israeli Foundation (GIF), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Steven De Feyter (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Steven De Feyter obtained his M.Sc. degree in 1993 at KU Leuven, followed by his PhD degree at the same university (F. C. De Schryver) in 1997. After a postdoctoral stay (1998-1999) at Caltech with A. Zewail, he returned to his alma mater. He was appointed full professor in 2011. Molecular self-assembly on surfaces and surface functionalization is a central theme of his research, with a focus on the relation between structure and function. Visualization with (sub)molecular resolution, using scanning probe microscopy techniques, including scanning tunneling microscopy at the liquid-solid interface, is at the heart of the research methodology. The research activities cover a broad range of topics such as two-dimensional crystal engineering, dynamics and on-surface reactivity. The focus is on the fundamental understanding and application of the insights for the synthesis of new materials such as 2D polymers and the functionalization of 2D materials. He is the recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant and served 10 years as associate editor of Chemical Communications.
Lucia Gemma Delogu (University of Padua, Italy)
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). Dr. Delogu has been appointed as Senior Visiting Professor under the “Program Excellence in Science” at Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany (2016, 2017). She has received several awards including the Marie S. Curie Individual Fellow by the European Commission, the “Bedside to bench & Back Lecture Series Achievement Award” from the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA (2013) and in 2011 she was selected as one of the “200 Best Young Talents of Italy” from the Italian Ministry of Youth (Rome, Italy). She has been the Scientific Coordinator of two interdisciplinary European Projects on Nanomedicine involving 10 leading Institutions in EU and extra EU Countries. Dr. Delogu in 2018 joined the Institute of Pediatric Research in Padua Italy where she is currently leading the ImmuneNano-lab www.delogulab.eu Dr. Delogu’s research focus on three pillars: i) the revealing of nanomaterial immune compatibility and intrinsic immune-properties ii) the development and assessment of nanomaterials for tissue engineering iii) the study of nanomaterials applications in space biology.
Aldo Di Carlo (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Aldo Di Carlo is Full Professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Electronics Engineering. Leader of the Nano&Optoelectronic research group - http://www.optolab.uniroma.it at the Department of Electronic Engineering and member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society. His research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices, their analysis, optimization and technology. The development of the non-equilibrium theory for the microscopic description of the transport process in organic/inorganic devices and thermal processes at nanoscale has been the subject of invited talks at international conferences and University seminars. In the last years his researches have focussed on the study and fabrication of organic devices. Research activities in carbon nanotubes have been quite successful leading to the realization cold cathode vacuum triode based on CNT cathode for THz generation. The research activity of organic optoelectronic devices has been consider of excellence and the Lazio Region has sponsored this activity funding the "Polo Solare Organico della Regione Lazio", namely the Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE) where Prof. A. Di Carlo is co-director. The aim of the Center is the study and development of organic photovoltaic cells and their industrialization. Prof. Di Carlo has organized, together with Prof. Lugli, IEEE 2004 Nanotechnology Conference in Munich. Prof. Di Carlo is author/co-author of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals, several reviews on electronic and optoelectronic devices, 7 patents, several book chapters and co-author of two books (in Italian language) and has been invited to more than 40 invited talk at international conferences. Prof. Di Carlo has an h-factor = 38. The results of his research have been used to realize 5 spin-off companies dealing with ICT and Energy technologies
Xinliang Feng (TU Dresden, Germany)
Prof. Feng is the head of the Chair of Molecular Functional Materials at Technische Universität Dresden. He received his Bachelor’s degree in analytic chemistry in 2001 and Master’s degree in organic chemistry in 2004. Then he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research for PhD thesis, where he obtained his PhD degree in April 2008. In December 2007, he was appointed as a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, and in 2012, he became a distinguished group leader.
Costas Galiotis (FORTH/ICE-HT and University of Patras, Greece)
Invited Speaker
Costas Galiotis is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the ERC Advanced – Tailoring Graphene project. He is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering (Univ. of Patras) and former Director of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT) which is one of the 7 academic research institutions of the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH). In its over 26 years of operation FORTH/ ICE-HT has developed into a world-leading centre for the advancement of high quality scientific knowledge in the fields of material science and in the computer aided design and simulation of new materials and processes. It comprises of approximately 150 personnel and has a running yearly budget of 5 M€. Prof. Galiotis is also a member of the Board of Directors of FORTH (since July 2007). FORTH has been ranked as the first Research Centre in the field domain in Greece in 3 successive evaluations. Prof. Galiotis had an auspicious term of office as Director of the Institute in the years 2009-2014. Being also the coordinator of the Hellenic participation and national representative of “Graphene” he contributed in establishing the Graphene Center by joining the research forces of three FORTH institutes, ICE-HT, IESL and ICAM. Despite the Country's intense economic situation he expanded the Institute by literally setting the foundations to the Institute's new modern building that will house research laboratories.
Francesco Gazza (Centro Richerche FIAT, Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Francesco Gazza, Master’s degree in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials, with applied Degree in Composite Materials, 2015
Currently working for the MultiFunctional Materials section of Materials Engineering, Methods and Tools department (part of the Fiat Research Center) as Material Specialist, specifically on high strain rate plastic characterization supporting crashworthiness CAE analysis for automotive applications.
Three years old expertise in the added-value plastic automotive field, he has been involved in several project within the Graphene Flagship with the aim of characterize new kind of multifunctional plastic for possible applications in the automotive field.
Thomas Heine (TU Dresden, Germany)
Invited Speaker
Thomas Heine is Full Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at TU Dresden. He graduated in 1999 at TU Dresden (PhD in physics), with extensive research stays at University of Montreal and University of Exeter. After postdoctoral stages at University of Bologna and University of Geneva he obtained his venia legendi in Physical Chemistry at TU Dresden in 2006. In 2008 he started his research group as Associate Professor at Jacobs University Bremen, where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. After being the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at Leipzig University from 2015-2018 he moved to his current position at TU Dresden. His research interest is located at the interface of chemistry and physics and focuses on the computational science of nanostructured materials, in particular of two-dimensional crystals and molecular framework materials. Prof. Heine is a highly cited author with more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, an h-index of 77 (ISI) / 87 (Google Scholar). He gave more than 100 invited talks at international workshops and conferences.
Andreas Hirsch (University of Erlangen, Germany)
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 Cyprus (2006) and the University of Padova in Italy (2011).
Ute Kaiser (Ulm University, Germany)
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.
Simone Ligi (Graphene-XT, Italy)
Invited Industrial Forum
Co-founder of the company, he has more than 10 years of experience in the polymer industry. Background that span from research to sales with primary multinational chemical companies. In 2010 he began to analyse the potential of graphene by developing a new eco-friendly process for its production. In 2017 he founded Graphene-XT. PhD in 2000 in Industrial Chemistry, author of 13 patents and 29 scientific articles.
Kian Ping Loh (National University Singapore, Singapore)
Professor Kian Ping Loh did his Bachelor of Science (Honors) in the National University of Singapore, majoring in Chemistry, and thereafter obtained his D.Phil from University of Oxford in 1996. He did his postdoctoral research in NIMS, Japan between 1997 and 1998. Both his doctoral and post-doctoral work concerned the surface chemistry of diamond, an area which he still maintains active interests. He has an established a notable presence in 2D materials research, and his team focuses on the large area growth and applications of 2D materials. The expertise of his group ranges from surface science of 2D materials at the atomic domains, optoelectronics of 2D materials, design and synthesis of covalent organic framework and growth of 2-D materials. He also works on the Industrial scaling and applications of graphene composites. He is currently Provost's Chair Professor at NUS, Singapore, and the head of 2D materials research at Centre for Advanced 2D Materials, Singapore and also co-director of Shenzhen-NUS Joint Laoboratory on Optoelectronics Science and Technology, Shenzhen China.
Cecilia Mattevi (Imperial College London, UK)
Invited Speaker
Cecilia Mattevi is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London since October 1, 2012. Her research interests centre on science and engineering of novel 2D atomically thin semiconducting materials to enable applications in optoelectronics and energy storage. Mattevi’s research group focuses on the synthesis of these materials and tailoring thier properties, and on the fabrication of devices based on planar structures and on highly porous 3D hierarchical structures where a diverse range of assembly methods is employed.
Elisa Molinari (Modena University, Italy)
Elisa Molinari is Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and Director of the INFM National Research Center on nanoStructures and bioSystems at Surfaces (S3). Previously, she has been research associate at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart and Grenoble (1983-1985), and permanent research staff member at CNR - Istituto “O.M. Corbino” in Roma (1986-1992). Elisa Molinari has been the Associate Secretary General of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the organization coordinating international cooperation in physics. Within IUPAP, she has also been the Scientific Secretary of the Semiconductor Commission (C8) and a member of the Working Group on Women in Physics. She is Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and a member of the Italian Physical Society (SIF) and the European Physical Society (EPS). She serves on the Editorial Board of Solid State Communications, on several international review panels, and as a referee of the major scientific journals.
Klaus Müllen (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
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.
Valeria Nicolosi (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Prof. Nicolosi received a BSc with honors in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2001. In 2006 she received a Ph.D. in Physics in 2006 from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, working under the supervision of Prof. W. J. Blau and Prof. J. N. Coleman.
During her PhD she worked on the processing and characterisation of MoSI nanowires. After receiving her PhD she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the group of Prof. J. N. Coleman until December 2007.
Maurizio Peruzzini (ICCOM CNR , Italy)
Maurizio Peruzzini has been appointed as the ad interim Director of the Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds (ICCOM), Florence, Italy. The institute is part of the network of research institutes set up by the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy. ICCOM consists of a head office and laboratories in Florence, and associated research stations in Pisa, Bari and Trieste. It also collaborates with several laboratories from the CNR, Universities and private enterprises and is responsible for the administration of the Center for Electronic Microscopy (CEME) of the CNR Research Area of Florence.
Maurizio Prato (Università di Trieste (biomaGUNE), Italy)
Prof. Maurizio Prato has made numerous significant scientific contributions to the field of Organic Chemistry applied to Nanosciences by enabling innovative, controlled and reproducible ways to make intractable materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, useful materials for sensing, catalysis, drug delivery, as well as in neurosciences and energy-relevant technologies.
Has published more than 600 papers on international peer reviewed Journals, with a total of around 40,000 citations and an h-index of 97. Has been invited to more than 200 conferences and workshops in the last 10-15 years as a plenary or keynote speaker, and has given more than 50 invited talks in Universities or research centers all around the world.
Grégory Schneider (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
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Zdenek Sofer (UCT Prague, Czech Republic)
Zdeněk Sofer has been a Full Professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Republic, since 2019. He also received his Ph.D. at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague in 2008. During his Ph.D., he spent one year at Forschungszentrum Julich (Peter Grünberg Institute, Germany), followed by postdoctoral experience in University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His research interests include semiconductors and 2D materials, their synthesis, crystal growth, chemical modifications and functinalization. He is particularly focused on various applications of two-dimensional materials including energy storage and conversion. He has published more than 350 papers, received more than 13,000 citations, and has the h-index of 56. He was the recipient of the Rector award for young researcher in 2013 and 2016 as well as the Neuron Impulse award in 2016 and the award of the Czech Science Foundation President and the UCT Prague rector award in 2019.
Andrey Turchanin ( Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
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.
Rune Wendelbo (Abalonyx, Norway)
Invited Industrial Forum
Rune Wendelbo is CEO of Abalonyx AS and Graphene Batteries AS. He holds a PhD from the University of Oslo, 1987, and has previously worked with R&D at Sintefs department for catalysis in Oslo, founded Abalonyx AS in 2005, now a well established producer of graphene oxide and Graphene oxide derivatives. He has worked with graphene oxide production and applications in Abalonyx, specifically with scale-up of a safe production process and development of a range of graphene oxide derivatives as well as a range of applications. In 2012 he established Graphene Batteries AS together with Dr. Rahul Fotedar, a company engaged in the development of new and improved cathode materials for batteries taking advantage of our knowledge and access to graphene derivatives. He has about 30 publications and about 20 patent and received ”SINTEFs prize for excellent research” in 2002.
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