Smart NanoMaterials 2019:

Advances, Innovation and Applications

Post deadline abstract submission

01 December

Notification of acceptance

15 October

Early registration deadline

20 October

10-13 December 2019

From Smart Materials to Smart Things

Internationally known experts, including industry leaders, will join the 2nd European conference on Smart Nanomaterials to discuss the most critical technological advances, innovations and new practical applications in smart technologies. SNAIA2019 will provide a unique platform to meet, share knowledge and establish links between experts from academia and industry in the emerging fields of Wearable and Printed (Opto)Electronics, CMOS Photonics, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, OptoGenetics, Smart Coatings and Thin Films.

List of Emerging Technologies lined up for this event:

  • Wearable and Printed Electronics (E-Textile, Integration with IoT)

  • Flexible Opto-Electronics (LCD, LED, Stretchable Sensing, Heating and Energy Harvesting)

  • Artificial Intelligence (Neural interfaces and Artificial Memory)

  • Coatings and Nanofilms (Protective Textiles, Self-Heating, Anti-microbial)

  • Quantum Computing

  • Nanophotonics

  • Optogenetics 

  • Energy Harvesting Systems

Highlight Sessions of Powerful Talks

Microscopy and Microspectroscopy of Nanomaterials

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Soft Matter Physics

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2D Materials

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Functional Materials based on 1D and Quasi-1D Structures

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Optomechanical Manipulation: Fundamentals and Biological Applications

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Explore the Library of Nanomaterials

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THz Optoelectronics and Photonics

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Green Synthesis of Nanomaterials: Methodologies and Characterisation

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Women in STEMM Panel Discussion

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Plenary and keynote speakers

Andrea C. Ferrari

University of Cambridge

December 10.
9.00-9.40 am
Amphithéâtre Moissan

Andrea C. Ferrari earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Cambridge University, after a Laurea in nuclear engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He is Professor of nanotechnology and Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College. He founded and directs the Cambridge Graphene Centre and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology. He chairs the management panel and is the Science and Technology Officer of the European Graphene Flagship. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Optical Society and he has been recipient of numerous awards, such as the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation, the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, the Marie Curie Excellence Award, the Philip Leverhulme Prize, The EU-40 Materials Prize. He also received 4 European Research Council Grants.

Pavlos Lagoudakis

University of Southampton/Skoltech

December 11
Amphithéâtre Moissan

Graduate of the University of Athens, Greece, Professor Pavlos Lagoudakis received his PhD degree in Physics from the University of Southampton, UK in 2003 and conducted his postdoctoral research on optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. In 2006, he returned to Southampton as Lecturer at the department of Physics and Astronomy, where he combined his expertise in inorganic and organic semiconductors and set up a new experimental activity on Hybrid Photonics. In 2008, Pavlos was appointed to a personal chair at the University of Southampton. From 2011 to 2014, Pavlos chaired the University’s Nanoscience Research Strategy Group, an interdisciplinary research group of ~100 academics across physics, chemistry, maths, engineering, biology and medicine. From 2012 to 2014, Pavlos was heading the QLM group at the department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton. In 2013 to 2014, Pavlos was visiting professor at EPFL, Switzerland. Since 2015, Pavlos is leading an international research activity on Polariton Simulators with partners at MIT and MIT-Skoltech, IBM Zurich, and the University of Sheffield. Since 2013, Pavlos is the Deputy Head for Research at the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton.

Cliff Jones

University of Leeds

December 12.
Amphithéâtre Moissan

Professor Jones has been awarded the Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize for his innovations in the field of liquid crystal displays and his entrepreneurial success in founding Displaydata Ltd, a leading supplier of graphic labels for the retail sector.

In 1995 he co-invented the Zenithal Bistable Display, an ultra-low power LCD that applies sub-micron gratings to an otherwise standard device. Seeing promise for application in electronic paper, Jones raised venture capital to form ZBD Displays Ltd, which became the UK Civil Service’s first venture-backed spinout in 2000, raising more than £50 million in total.

Now called Displaydata, the company is the world-leading provider of graphic electronic shelf-edge labels, with more than $22 m a year in sales. It was the 2012 recipient of the Institute of Physics Innovation Award, placed fifth in the Sunday Times Techtrack that same year, and was Europe’s second fastest growing technology company according to Deloitte.

Its commercial success is rooted in novel physics associated with confinement of liquid crystals, topological defects and polarity that were unique in LCD but are now of major interest internationally.

Professor Jones is now involved in the commercialisation of Leeds research into switchable contact lenses.

Emma MacPherson

University of Warwick

E. Pickwell-MacPherson studied natural sciences for her undergraduate degree at Cambridge University followed by an MSci in Physics where she specialized in semiconductor physics. She started her PhD with the Semiconductor Physics Group at Cambridge University and TeraView Ltd, a company specializing in terahertz imaging in 2002. Her PhD work focused on understanding contrast mechanisms in terahertz images of skin cancer.

Having completed her thesis in 2005, she worked for TeraView Ltd as a Medical Scientist until moving to Hong Kong in 2006. Prof MacPherson set up a terahertz laboratory at the Department of Electronic Engineering, CUHK during her post between 2006 and 2009 as an Assistant Professor. She spent 3 years at HKUST as a Visiting Assistant Professor (September 2009 -2012) and returned to the Department of Electronic Engineering, CUHK in Sept 2012. Prof MacPherson has represented Hong Kong on the International Organising Committee for the Infrared and Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Wave (IRMMW-THz) conference series since 2009 and she was the General Conference Chair of the 2015 IRMMW-THz conference held at CUHK. She recently joined the Physics department at Warwick University, UK and is the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award.

Romain Quidant

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences

December 12.
Amphithéâtre Moissan

Romain Quidant received his PhD in Physics in 2002 from the University of Dijon (France). Since then he has worked in Barcelona at ICFO in the field of nanoplasmonics. In 2006, he was appointed junior Professor and group leader of the Plasmon NanoOptics group at ICFO. In 2009, he became ICREA Professor and tenure group leader at ICFO.

Quidant carries out his research at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona where he leads the “Plasmon nanooptics” group. His research focuses on the study of the optical properties of nano-structures, known as nano-optics. The activities of his group cover both fundamental and applied research. The fundamental part of his work is mainly directed towards enhanced light/matter interaction with a focus on optofluidics, biosensing and optomechanics. From a more applied viewpoint, his team investigates news strategies to control light and heat at the nanometer scale for biomedical applications, including early detection and photothermal therapy of cancer.

Quidant has pioneered several important milestones of nano-optics and nanoplasmonics. In particular he invented and demonstrated for the first time the concept of plasmonic nano-optical tweezers, which are having great impact in trapping and manipulation of nanoscale objects down to single biomolecules. He is also one of the pioneers of the field of thermoplasmonics that studies the photothermal properties of plasmonic nanoparticles and their application to biosciences, chemistry and renewable energy. More recently he largely contributed to the field of optomechanics with the development of a novel platform based on an optically levitating nanoparticle in vacuum, with unique properties and key applications to nanoscale thermodynamics, metrology and experimental quantum mechanics.

Slaven Garaj

National University of Singapore

December 13.
Amphithéâtre Moissan

Alexander Gumennik

Indiana University

December 13.
Amphithéâtre Moissan

Dr. Alexander Gumennik is the Director of Fibers & Additive Manufacturing Enabled Systems Laboratory at the Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE FAMES Lab) at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Indiana University.

The vision of the ISE FAMES Lab is to provide an efficient interface, linking the cyberspace with the physical world. This is done by an engineering of fibers and fabrics, embedding ensembles of nano-transducers and sensors, that would listen, watch, smell, and palp their surroundings and communicate their sensations to a computer.

Fiber devices integrate metals, semiconductors, and insulators arranged in a complex geometry, defining the device functionality. Rapidly developing additive manufacturing is capable of revolutionizing the way fiber preforms are made, providing a monolithic, precise and versatile fabrication approach. Taking a "Recursive Manufacturing" path, the fiber device, thermally drawn from a 3D printed preform, would itself later be used as a feedstock for 3D printing of fiber constructs with active sensing, transducing, and energy harvesting / storing functionalities. Such constructs can be applied for pervasive detection, environmental sensing, bio-synthetic interfacing, self-monitoring medical implanting etc.. Spanning long distances and covering large areas in the form of net fiber devices would provide a cyber-physical interface for the Internet of Things.

Prior to joining ISE, Dr. Gumennik worked as a Lead Photonics Process Engineer at Formlabs Inc, a Boston-based startup company developing a desktop stereolithographic 3D printer, following his postdoctoral research at MIT in the area of multi-material fiber devices.

Dr. Gumennik interests include photonic circuits, fiber-based and integrated nano-photonics and nano-devices, fabrics with active functionalities, distributed and remote environmental sensing, and nano-to-macro integration using additive manufacturing.

Paolo Bondavalli

Thales Research and Technology

December 13.
9.30-10.00 am
Amphithéâtre Moissan

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Jean Francois Pierson

University of Lorraine

December 11.
Amphithéâtre Chaudron
Explore the library of Nanomaterials Symposium

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Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

University of Illinois

December 11.
Amphithéâtre Chaudron
Explore the library of Nanomaterials Symposium

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Enrique Castro-Camus

Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica

December 11.
Salle 1
THz Optoelectronics and Photonics Symposium

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Maxim Zhadobov


December 12.
Salle du Conseil
THz Optoelectronics and Photonics Symposium

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Invited speakers

Louise Bradley

Trinity College Dublin

Prof. Bradley leads a vibrant research team in the field of photonics, with current research interests mainly in the area of nanophotonics. Her research is directly relevant for development of higher efficiency light emitting devices, solar cells and sensing applications. She has previously made significant contributions to the development of novel devices for optical telecommunications systems. In 1992 she received a BSc (First Class Hons.) in Experimental Physics from University College Dublin. She was awarded Forbairt and Trinity College Dublin scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, obtaining a MSc in 1994 and a PhD in 1998. During her PhD she studied nonlinear optical processes in semiconductor microcavity systems. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow she worked on the development of semiconductor microcavity devices for lighting applications. In 1999, she became a Lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, before returning to join the academic staff of the School of Physics in 2000. Subsequently, she was appointed Senior Lecturer and elected to Fellowship of the College in 2009, and promoted to Professor in 2016. Dr. Bradley has won over 3.55 M€ in competitive funding from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council. She has published over 140 scientific papers and collaborates with national and international research teams.

Alberto G. Curto

Eindhoven University of Technology

Alberto G. Curto is Assistant Professor in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is also part of the Institute for Photonic Integration. The goal of Curto's research is to find new and improved ways of making light interact with very small matter, particularly by designing metal and semiconductor nanostructures. His current research interests include the optics and optoelectronics of layered 2D semiconductors and chirality in nano-optics.

Before moving to Eindhoven, Curto was a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow at Stanford University in the United States working on metal and semiconductor nano-optics and on layered 2D semiconductors. His PhD research at ICFO focused on nano-antennas as optical elements for enhanced interaction of light with nanoscale matter.

Curto is a recipient of one of the first START-UP grants from NWO (2018).

Kurt Kremer

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Prof. Kremer joined the Max-Planck Society in September of 1995 as the sixth director of the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, heading the new theory group. He studied physics at the University of Cologne. In 1983 he received his PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of Cologne under the supervision of Prof. Binder at the National Research Center KFA Jülich. He performed computer simulations for dynamic and static properties of polymers in bulk and near surfaces. After spending another year at Jülich as a scientific staff member he moved for a post doctoral stay to Exxon Research and Engineering Corporation, Annandale, New Jersey, USA. There, he started working on molecular dynamics simulations of polymers and on charge stabilized colloids in collaboration with Drs. Grest, Pincus, and others. In 1985 he came back to Germany becoming a member of Prof. Binder's group at the University of Mainz as an Assistant Professor of theoretical physics. There he got his Habilitation in 1988. After that he returned to the solid state laboratory of the KFA Jülich as a senior scientific staff member joining the group of Prof. Villain. In 1992 his Habilitation was transferred to the University of Bonn and in fall of 1995 back to Mainz. He spent several extended visits as visiting professor/scientist at Exxon Research (Dr. Grest), UC Santa Barbara (Materials Dept., Prof. Pincus), and University of Minnesota (Dept. Chem. Engineering and Materials Science, Profs. Davis, Bates, Tirell, and others). In spring 1995 he stayed for a period of three months at the central research department of the Bayer AG, Leverkusen, looking into the applicability of current theoretical results to industrial problems.
Prof. Kremer was awarded the ''George T. Piercy Distinguished Professorship of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science'' of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1991 and the ''Walter Schottky Preis der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft'' in 1992. In 1999 he was Whitby Lecturer at Akron University, and in 2006 Nakamura Lecturer at UC Santa Barbara. Since 2006 he is Fellow of the American Physical Society. Together with G. S. Grest he is the 2011 recipient of the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society.

Ursula Wurstbauer

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität

Ursula Wurstbauer is a Professor at the Physics Institute at the WWU Münster, Germany. She holds a degree in Physics from the University of Regensburg in 2006, where she also received her PhD. After postdoc stays at Hamburg University and Columbia University in the City of New York (USA), she started her own group in 2013 at the Walter Schottky Institute at the Technical University of Munich and was awarded as PI of the DFG cluster of excellence “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM). Since 2019, she is a full professor for nanolectronics at Münster University. Her current research focuses on photo-physical properties of novel 2D materials and heterostructures, many-body phenomena in ensembles of composite-bosons, interacting electron systems and low-energy collective excitations in quantum nano-systems.

Monica Craciun

University of Exeter

Prof Monica Craciun is Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in the Engineering Department at the University of Exeter, UK. She has over 15 years of research expertise in the areas of Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. She currently holds one of the 5-year EPSRC Engineering Fellowships for Growth awarded to only 8 UK leading academics for maintaining UK’s research leadership the area of Advanced Materials (identified as one of the Great British Technologies). Prof Craciun is/was investigator on more than 30 EPSRC, Royal Society, Innovate UK, EU and industrial research grants with a total funding of over £9.25million. At Exeter she is full-time staff of the Centre for Graphene Science and of the Nano Engineering Science and Technology Group. Prof Craciun gained a PhD in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), an MSc in Materials Physics (Joseph Fourier University, Grenobe, France), an MSc in Applied Physics (University of Bucharest, Romania) and an MSc in Materials Engineering (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium). Before joining Exeter she was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and at the University of Tokyo were she was awarded a prestigious fellowship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Prof Craciun joined the University of Exeter in January 2010 as research fellow and took up the position of Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in April 2017.

Her academic work spans from applied research in nanotechnology, electronic and optoelectronic devices to fundamental research in nanoscience (quantum phenomena, molecular electronics, nano electronics, spintronics) and materials science. She has over 100 publications in leading international journals (e.g. Nature & Science family journals, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters), with many papers ranked in the top 1% in Materials Science, Engineering and Physics, which have attracted an h-index of 27. Prof Craciun leads a group of 30 researchers currently focusing on two-dimensional materials with the aim of harnessing their novel properties for scopes as broad as electronics, photonics, energy and sensing.

Oleg Yazyev

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Prof. Oleg Yazyev was born in Simferopol, Crimean peninsula. He obtained his degree in chemistry from Moscow State University in 2003. He then joined Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) completing his PhD thesis in 2007. Next two years he has spent as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) and the Institute for Numerical Research in the Physics of Materials (IRRMA) of the same institution. In 2009-2011 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Physics of the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In September 2011 he started an independent research group supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation professorship grant. In 2012 he was awarded an ERC Starting grant. His current research focuses on the theoretical and computational physics of two-dimensional and topoloigical materials with strong emphasis on their prospective technological applications.

Pavel Ginzburg

Tel Aviv University

Ferruccio Renzoni

University College London

Ferruccio Renzoni studied Physics at the University of Pisa (Italy) where he obtained his M.Sc. in 1993. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Technische Universitaet Graz (Austria) in 1998. He then spent two years in Germany, at the Institut fuer Laserphysik of the University of Hamburg, and three years in France, at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris), where he obtained his "Habilitation a diriger des recherches". Since 2003 he has been at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University College London.

Torsten Fritz

Friedrich Schiller University

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Jérôme Tignon

Sorbonne University/École Normale Supérieure

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Ana Neves

University of Exeter

Dr Ana Neves has a background in Chemistry, with a PhD awarded in 2013 by Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, for work carried out at the Solid State Group of ITN (Technical and Nuclear Institute), focusing on the molecular engineering of organic and organometallic materials with magnetic and electric properties. Pursuing the path of applications, she then joined the Organic Electronics group at INESC – Microsystems and Nanotechnology in Lisbon in as a postdoctoral researcher.

Previously a Visiting Researcher at Exeter, Dr Ana Neves joined the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences in October 2014 as an Associate Research Fellow under the project "Wearable light emitting transistors for future communication devices" working on graphene for flexible and wearable applications.

Since October 2016 she is a Lecturer in Engineering. She has previously been on research-only duties related to her Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with project E-TEX "All-organic devices in textiles for wearable electronics". Ana currently teaches in the Engineering and Natural Sciences programmes. She is also a member of the Nano-Engineering, Science and Technology Group (NEST).

Dr Ana Neves research interests include fabrication and processing of organic and molecular materials, graphene and 2D materials for applications in flexible and wearable electronics, including sensing and communication devices.

Alexandre Nomine

ITMO University/University of Lorraine

Dr Alexandre Nominé received MSc in Materials Science in 2011 and PhD in Plasma Physics in 2014 from University of Lorraine (France). His topics of PHD were conducted at Institut Jean Lamour under the supervision of Dr. Gérard Henrion & Dr. Julien Martin and concerned plasmas-in –liquids, particularly Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation. In 2014 he joined Pr. Nick Braithwaite laboratory at the Open University for an industrial research project on Magnetron Sputtering. Back to IJL and to Plasmas-in-liquids, he studies this route for the synthesis of Alloyed Nanoparticles. Since 2018 he co-leads with Dr Valentin Milichko a French-Russian research project on new nanomaterials for nanophotonics. Dr Alexandre Nominé has been awarded a research fellowship through the “5-100 ITMO Fellowship” program and is now a member of the Faculty of Physics and Engineering of ITMO University (St Petersburg, Russia). In September 2019 he has been appointed as Associate Professor in University of Lorraine.

Andrea Picone

Politecnico Milano

Andrea Picone received his doctor degree in Physics on March 2012 from Politecnico of Milano. During his Ph.D. he mostly focused on the characterization of the structural and electronic properties of transition metal oxides, by means of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. During 2011, he spent seven months at the Karl Franzens University, Graz (Austria), in the research group of Prof. Falko Netzer, where he investigated the electronic and structural properties of oxide low-dimensional model systems by means of low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy.
Since 2019 he is tenure track professor of experimental physics at the Politecnico of Milano. Currently, his main scientific interest is towards the study of layered systems formed by ultra-thin oxides and ferromagnetic metals. He is author of about 40 scientific papers on international peer-reviewed journals. He received about 20 oral contributions and two invited talks in international conferences. He participated to international projects founded by the European Research Council (e.g. GREEN Silicon FP7-FET-OPEN X-TRACK No. 257750, GEMINI FP7-FET-OPENX-TRACK No.2013-0623, COST Action CA15128 Molecular Spintronics) as well as Italian projects (e.g. FIRB project “Ossidi Nanostrutturati: multi-funzionalità e applicazioni”, RBA-P115AYN). In 2017, he was granted by Italian minister of higher education (MIUR) with FFABR (Fund for the Financing of Basic Research Activities). He is co-proposer of 10 granted beamtime on the base of competitive calls with peer review at international synchrotron facilities.
In June 2016, he was appointed as editorial board member of “Scanning” (Hindawi and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), indexed in Scopus and ISI web of Science. He is also member of the editorial board of Journal of Coating Science and Technology (publisher Lifescience Global).

Anna Katharina Ott

University of Exeter

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Mikhail Glazov

Ioffe institute

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S.-R. Eric Yang

Korea University

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Olga Smolyanskaya

ITMO University

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Antonio Di Bartolomeo

Università di Salerno

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Giacomo Scalari

ETH Zürich

Dr. Giacomo Scalari has studied physics at the University of Pisa, Italy. He then moved to Switzerland for his PhD at the University of Neuchâtel. In 2007 he joined the Institute for Quantum Electronics at ETH Zürich as a Post-Doc. After becoming Oberassistant he was hired permanently in 2011 as a Senior Research Scientist.
Dr. Scalari’s research interests span both applied and fundamental experimental physics, particularly in the field of THz photonics with the development of new THz laser sources based on semiconductor heterostructures and in the field of strong light-matter coupling with the realization of new platforms for THz quantum optics.

Mineo Hiramatsu

Meijo University

Prof. Mineo Hiramatsu received Ph.D. from Nagoya University and is a Full Professor of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Meijo University, Japan. He served as the Director of Research Institute, Meijo University in 2017-2018. His main fields of research are plasma diagnostics and plasma processing for the synthesis of thin films and nanostructured materials. Author of more than 150 scientific papers and patents on plasma processes for materials science. He served as chairman and member of organizing and scientific committees of international conferences on plasma chemistry and plasma processing. He was awarded the Japan Society of Applied Physics Fellow in 2017.

Mamatha Nagaraj

University of Leeds

"I am an experimental physicist and the theme of my research has been to understand fundamental soft matter physics underpinning novel functional and and responsive materials. The main focus is to combine the remarkable features of soft matter self-assembly with nanoscience and technology; to design and invent new materials and exploit them for technological applications.

Current research topics include; (i) surface modification of polymers using liquid crystals as imprinting media, (ii) liquid crystals for beam steering applications, (iii) fabrication of novel colloidal particles and soft matter topology, (iv) aggregation induced emission, (v) liquid crystals of novel architechtures and exotic mesophases. I use experimental techniques including optical and fluorescent microscopy, super-reolution microscopy such as SIM, STED and STORM."

Alexey Bolshakov

St.Petersburg Research Academic University

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Jonas Johansson

Lund University

Jonas Johansson is Associate Professor at the Division of Solid State Physics and NanoLund at Lund University in Sweden, where he also received his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1996 and his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics in 2000. During 2003 he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In the beginning of 2004 he returned to Lund University and started his research on nanowires. He teaches thermodynamics and epitaxy and his research is focused on modeling various aspects on formation of nanowires. Other research interests include thermodynamic assessments of materials promising for nanowire synthesis and thermodynamics of small systems in general.

Stanislav Leesment

NT-MDT Spectrum Instruments

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Helena Alves

Aveiro. PT

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Søren Stobbe

Technical University of Denmark

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Frank Setzpfandt

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Dr. Frank Setzpfandt obtained his PhD from Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in 2012. After a Post-Doc with the Australian National University he returned to Jena where he is currently leading a junior research group at the Institute of Applied Physics. His research interests comprise from nonlinear and quantum optics in waveguides and nanostructures as well as classical and quantum imaging.

Alberto Bramati

Université Pierre et Marie Curie/Sorbonne University

Alberto Bramati received his PhD in physics in 1998 at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel of Sorbonne University and Ecole Normale Supérieure, on the generation of squeezed states in semiconductor lasers. After a two-years post-doc in the group of Pr. Lugiato on optical solitons and quantum imaging, in 2001 he was recruited as assistant professor at Sorbonne University. Appointed full professor in 2007, he is currently carrying out his research activity at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel. His main research topics are in the framework of Quantum Technolgy, Quantum Information and Nano-Photonics. In the last years he focussed on the study of polariton systems and semiconductor nanocrystals obtaining several pioneering results: among them are the first demonstration of polariton superfluidity, hydrodynamic dark solitons and polarized single photon sources. He has co-authored more than 100 papers in international journals (h=36, >5000 citations), two books chapters and gave several invited talks in international conferences and various tutorials in international schools. He supervised 13 PhD students. Awards: Elected Junior Member of the “Institut Universitaire de France” in 2006 and Senior Member in 2018. Elected OSA Fellow in 2015.

Sergey Tarasenko

Ioffe Institute

2000 Graduated with honors in Solid State Electronics from St Petersburg State Technical University; Diploma thesis: Theory of magnetooscillation effects in quasi-two-dimensional semiconductor structures.
Young Scientist Award at the Ioffe Institute Winter School.

2003 PhD in Semiconductor Physics from Ioffe Institute; PhD thesis: Effects of spin-orbit interaction in two-dimensional electron gas.

Current research interests:
Physics of semiconductors, low-dimensional systems, spin-dependent phenomena, Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, photo- and spin-galvanic effects in quantum well structures, optical orientation of carriers, spin-dependent tunneling.

Alex Henning

Walter Schottky Institute

Dr. Henning earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University where he developed a novel transistor for sensing and logic applications. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for his research in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University where he established novel atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes for the dielectric integration of two-dimensional (2D) materials. Currently, Dr. Henning is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Walter Schottky Institute of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) where his research focuses on developing functional coatings and carrier-selective contacts to 2D materials using plasma-enhanced ALD.

Roman Noskov

Tel Aviv University

Dr. Roman E. Noskov has been the optical team leader in the lab of Pavel Ginzburg at Tel Aviv University from 2016. He held a position of postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Erlangen, Germany) from 2013 to 2016 and at the ITMO University (St. Petersburg, Russia) from 2011 to 2013. He obtained his PhD in Physics at 2011 from N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Dr. Noskov has pioneered several important milestones in nonlinear nanophotonics and optomechanics. In particular, he developed the general approach to study nonlinear dynamics in nanophotonic systems and demonstrated the concept of plasmon oscillons. Also, this approach allowed to reveal the effect of indefinite switching in bistable nanoantennas which has great potential for applications in ultrafast cryptography. Additionally, Dr. Noskov discovered a novel type of inelastic light scattering in microstructured optical fibers – coupling Raman-like and Brillouin light scattering in a single waveguide. Currently, he is working on real-time sensing of biological liquids in hollow-core photonic crystal fibers and light interaction with biologically originated nanostructures and waveguides in plants.
He has been awarded by multiple awards from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, Dynasty Foundation, the Council under the President of Russian Federation, and the Naomi Foundation. Dr. Noskov has authored over 30 journal papers and over 50 conference presentations.

Rodion Reznik

Saint-Petersburg Academic University

Major research interest: MBE growth of nanowires, layers and combined-dimensional nanostructures; analysis of structural, optical and other properties of such structures, creation of devices based on such structures.

Hugo Aguas

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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Yong Zhang

UNC Charlotte

Yong Zhang received BS and MS degree in Physics from Xiamen University, and Ph.D degree from Dartmouth College. He spent around 15 years at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) starting as a postdoc then Senior Scientist. In 2009, he moved to UNC-Charlotte as Bissell Distinguished Professor with Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Adjunct Professor with Department of Physics and Optical Science at UNC-Charlotte. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research interests include areas such as (1) organic-inorganic hybrid semiconductors, (2) optical and
electrical properties of 2D materials, (3) electron-phonon coupling in semiconductor nanostructures, (4) behaviors of individual defects in semiconductor materials and devices, (5) electronic structures of impurities and defects through first-principles calculations, (6) light-effect transistors (LETs) for electronic and optical applications, (7) mechanism of efficiency droop and p-type doping in LEDs. He has published over 230 papers with an H index of 41.

Maria Timofeeva

ETH Zurich

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Martijn Wubs

Technical University of Denmark

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Noelle Gogneau

C2N, Palaiseau

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Shun-Jen Cheng

National Chiao Tung University

Shun-Jen Cheng received his Dr. rar. nat. degree in physics from the University of Würzburg, Germany, in 2001, with the thesis entitled “Collective excitations and Coulomb drag in two-dimensional semiconductor systems” based on the research conducted in the theory group of von Klitzing department of Max-Planck Institute for Solid-State Research in Stuttgart, under the supervision of Prof. Rolf Gerhardts. After the completion of his doctoral research in Germany, he moved to Canada and worked as Research Associate in the Quantum Theory group led by Prof. Pawel Hawrylak at Institute for Microstructural Sciences (IMS) of National Research Council (NRC) of Canada in Ottawa. At NRC, his main interest of research was transferred from two-dimensional systems to be in the zero-dimensional ones, including epitaxial and colloidal quantum dots. In 2003, he moved back to his home country, Taiwan, and was appointed as an assistant professor of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan. He is currently a full professor at the Department of Electrophysics of NCTU. His theoretical and computational research on low-dimensional systems covers the wide aspects of physics in nano-sciences, from the electronic structures, exciton physics, photonics to magnetism. His recent interest of research is again back to be in the two-dimensional systems that are yet atomically thin, and specifically focused on the exciton fine structures and dark exciton physics of transitional metal dichalcogenide monolayers.

Albert Nasibulin


Dr. Sc. Albert G. Nasibulin is a Professor at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University School of Science. He held a post of the Academy Research Fellow in Academy of Finland from 2006 to 2011. Since 2018 he is a Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He got his PhD in Physical Chemistry (1996) at Kemerovo State University (Russia) and Doctor of Science (Habilitation, 2011) at Saint-Petersburg Technical State University (Russia). He has specialized in the aerosol synthesis of nanomaterials (nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and tetrapods), investigation of their growth mechanism and their applications. At the moment his main research is devoted to transparent, flexible, stretchable and conductive single-walled CNT films. He has a successful background in an academic research with more than 240 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 31 patents. He is a co-founder of three companies: Canatu Ltd. (spin-off from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland) and CryptoChemistry and Novaprint (spin-offs from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia).

Maria Tchernycheva

C2N, Palaiseau

Maria Tchernycheva is an Engineer from Ecole Polytechnique (X98). She has received PhD in Physics from the Université Paris Sud, Orsay (France) in 2005. In the year 2005, she joined the Laboratory for Photonics and Nanostructures, CNRS, Marcoussis, France as a Post-doctoral Researcher. Her work was focused on the fabrication of III-V and III-N semiconductor nanowires by molecular beam epitaxy. In 2006, she joined CNRS at the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale of University Paris-Sud in Orsay where she is currently leading the “NanoPhotoNit” Research Group focusing on the fabrication and testing of novel optoelectronic devices based on semiconductor nanowires. She has published more than 100 articles in international journals, which gathered more than 2000 citations (her Hirsh index is 32). She received the Madeleine Lecoq award from the French Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Mikko J. Huttunen

Tampere University

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Yutaka Shikano

Keio University

Yutaka Shikano completed his BSc (2007), MSc (2009), and DSc (2011) in Physics at Tokyo Institute of Technology. After receiving his DSc, he worked at Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences as Research Associate Professor between 2012 and 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, he worked at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo, as Project Associate Professor under JST ERATO “Macroscopic Quantum Machines” Project as Project Manager. Since 2018, he works at Quantum Computing Center, Keio University as Project Associate Professor. His main research interest includes foundations of quantum mechanics related to quantum information theory.

Pawan Kumar

Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology

Pawan Kumar currently works at the Department of Applied Science & Humanities, Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology. Pawan does research in Plasma Physics, High Power Laser Plasma Interaction, Plasmonics, THz Science Laser Driven Charged Particle accelerators and Compact Sources of Radiations and Optics . Their most recent publication is 'Two color laser driven THz generation in clustered plasma'.

David Carroll

Wake Forest University

David Carroll (born January 13, 1963) is a U.S. physicist, materials scientist and nanotechnologist, Fellow of the American Physical Society, and director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University.[1] He has contributed to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology through his work in nanoengineered cancer therapeutics, nanocomposite-based display and lighting technologies, high efficiency nanocomposite photovoltaics and thermo/piezo-electric generators.

Carroll's research contributions have been in the areas of: Growth and assembly of novel nanostructures, Optics of nanostructures and Nano-photonics, Quantum-functional properties of nanophase blends, Organic material nanocomposite devices and technologies including organic photovoltaics, lighting systems, and IR sensors, Biomedical-nanotechnology including smart therapeutics, hyperthermia approaches to Cancer, advanced/responsive tissue scaffolding technology, and biological-technology signal transduction.

In 1997, Carroll moved to Clemson University (SC) as an assistant professor where he received early promotion and tenure in the department of physics. While at Clemson he established a program in organic devices based upon carbon nanotube nanocomposites demonstrating enhanced lifetime and performance in organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for the first time. This work was among the first to establish that nanotube-based nanocomposite systems could be used to enhance a variety of organic device performance metrics.[4]

In 2003, Carroll's group moved to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC to establish the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. With this move the research team expanded its work into biomedical nanotechnologies and continued to push the state-of-the-art in performance of organic electronics, announcing the development of highly efficient lighting devices based on field activation of polymers (FIPELs) and fabrics that generate power from body heat in recent years. Carroll's team at the NanoCenter at Wake Forest University was among the first to realize morphology control in organics through the use of heating or multiple solvents setting the world record for the highest efficiency organic solar cells at the time.[5]

Since becoming faculty, Carroll has published over 240 articles in scholarly journals (h-index = 40). He has published 1 textbook: "One Dimensional Metals" and edited two books on nanoelectronics. He holds 44 patents with numerous patent filings. Carroll is a frequent speaker at international conferences with more than 150 invited talks in the past few years. Since 2003, six different spin-off companies have been based on technologies from his labs.


Program Committee:

Anna Baldycheva – University of Exeter

Alexey Bolshakov – St-Petersburg National Research Academic University

Alexandre Nomine – ITMO University

Mamatha Nagaraj – University of Leeds

Olga Smolyanskaya – ITMO University

Evgeniya Kovalska – University of Exeter

Igor Meglinski – University of Oulu

Anna Katharina Ott – University of Exeter

Maria Zhukova – ITMO University

Monica Craciun – University of Exeter

Stanislav Leesment – NT-MDT

Elena Ushakova – ITMO University

Andrey Gorodetskiy – Imperial College London

Pavel Ginzburg – Tel Aviv University

Patrick Mounaix – University of Bordeaux

Organising Committee:

Anna Baldycheva – University of Exeter

Ineta Grikalaite – University of Exeter

Evgeniya Kovalska – University of Exeter

Benjamin Hogan – University of Exeter

Joaquin Faneca – University of Exeter

Emanuele Gemo – University of Exeter

Evgenia Shabalina – Université Rennes 1

Erick Omar Burgos Parra – Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales


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