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The 6th Edition of the European Graphene Forum

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Vladimir Falko

Manchester University - United Kingdom

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

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Prof. Paolo Samorì

University of Strasbourg, France

Paolo Samorì is Distinguished Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director of the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), where he leads the Nanochemistry Laboratory. He obtained a master’s degree (Laurea) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Bologna, Italy in 1995 and a PhD in chemistry from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany in 2000. He was appointed Permanent Researcher at the National Research Council (CNR) in Bologna in 2001, Visiting Professor at ISIS in 2003 and Full Professor in 2008.

The current research activities of Paolo Samorì are focused on the chemistry of two-dimensional materials, smart supramolecular systems as well as high-performance multifunctional materials and (nano)devices in order to develop an “Internet of functions” for energy, sensing and optoeletronic applications.

Paolo Samorì was elected Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) in 2010, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2012, Member of the Academia Europaea and of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) in 2014 and Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) in 2019. He also received numerous prestigious awards, including the Guy Ourisson Prize from the Cercle Gutenberg in 2010, the CNRS Silver Medal in 2012, the Spanish-French Catalán–Sabatier Prize from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and the German-French Wittig–Grignard Prize from the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2017, the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award, the Pierre Süe Prize from the French Chemical Society (SCF) and the Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Science from EURASC in 2018, the ERC Advanced Grant (2019), the “Étoiles de l’Europe” Prize (2019), the ERC Proof of Concept Grant (2020), the RSC/SCF Joint Lectureship in Chemical Sciences (2020) and MRS fellow (2021).

Paolo Samorì is Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances (RSC) and Member of the Advisory Board of Advanced Materials, Small, ChemPlusChem, ChemNanoMat, ChemPhysChem, ChemSystemsChem (Wiley-VCH), Chemical Society Reviews, Nanoscale Horizons, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Chemical Communications (RSC), ACS Nano, ACS Omega (ACS) and BMC Materials (Springer Nature).

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Prof. Xinliang Feng

Technische Universität 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. His current scientific interests include organic synthetic methodology in aromatic coupling reactions; organic synthesis of pi-conjugated system; bottom-up synthesis and top-down fabrication of graphene nanoribbons in the solution and on the surface; 2D conjugated polymers and supramolecular polymers for optoelectronic applications; graphene-based 2D nanomaterials and low-dimensional nanostructured functional as well as hybrid materials for energy storage and conversion; mesoporous covalent-bonding organic frameworks and nanostructured functional carbon materials for energy storage and conversion; new energy devices and technologies.

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Prof. Bart J. van Wees

University of Groningen, Netherlands

Bart van Wees (Nootdorp, 1961), Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Groningen, is a known authority in his field and considered to be one of the best physicists in the world. He is a brilliant researcher in the highly complex field of conductance in nanostructures and was a pioneer in the new field of spintronics (rotation of electrons). He was awarded the NWO Spinoza Prize in 2016 – also known as the Dutch Nobel Prize – for his groundbreaking work. Van Wees made his mark early on in his scientific career with a revolutionary breakthrough in the research into quantizing the conductance of a point contact. It was for this work that he received the McMillan Award from the University of Illinois in 1990 and, together with two colleagues, the Shell Prize two years later. The content of his most cited article on this research, an article from 1987, now appears in all textbooks on the steps of quantized conductance. Having transferred to the UG in 1991, he continued his pioneering work with fundamental research into superconductivity in nanostructures, a field that is now largely based on his work. This was the groundwork that led him to become the world-leading scientist he is today. His research now focuses on a completely new field: spintronics or the study of the rotation of electrons. He was the first in the world to succeed in achieving what is termed spin injection in graphene. Graphene is a new, extremely thin two-dimensional material that consists of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a h exagonal lattice. Both the possible applications and the economic impact of this research on business are unprecedented. Furthermore, Van Wees’s work has led not only to interesting discoveries but also to breakthroughs that are relevant to society. For instance, he is looking for properties in materials that are also present at room temperature, which can be used in practice. One of his greatest skills is linking fundamental research to practical applications. With his great passion for physics and his unique talent, Van Wees is a particularly productive scientist, who boats more than 250 outstanding scientific publications and over 18,000 citations. He ranks among the absolute top in his field and has a unique ability to apply science to society.

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Prof. Yury Gogotsi

Drexel University, USA

Dr. Yury Gogotsi is Distinguished University Professor and Trustee Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University, and serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 2003 to 2007.

Yury Gogotsi΄s research group works on all kinds of nanostructured carbons and other nanomaterials. His research group works on carbon nanotubes,nanoporous carbide-derived carbons,and nanofluidics. He has also contributed to theareas of structural ceramics,corrosion of ceramic materials, and pressure-induced phase transformations,creating a new research field called high pressure surface science and engineering. His research is focused on the fundamental and applied aspects of synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes, nanodiamond and nanoporous carbons), ceramic nanoparticles (whiskers, nanowires, etc) and composites. Currently Gogotsi΄s team in Drexel Nanotechnology Institute develops and studies new nanomaterials and works closely with industry with the goal to significantly decrease the time from discovery to commercial application of new materials. He has co-authored 2 books, edited 13 books, and obtained more than 40 patentsand authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, including more than 10 papers in Science and Nature family journals.

His research has been recognized with a European Carbon Association Award, Chang Jiang Scholar Award, S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, G.C. Kuczynski Prize from the International Institute for the Science of Sintering, Roland Snow Award from the American Ceramic Society (4 times), NANOSMAT Prize, I.N. Frantsevich Prize from the Ukrainian Academy of Science, R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine (twice) and two Nano 50TM Awards from NASA Nanotech Briefs. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society, The Electrochemical Society, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering.

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Prof. Krzysztof Koziol

Cranfield University, UK

Prof Koziol is currently Professor of Composites Engineering and Head of Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre and Enhanced Composites & Structures Centre at Cranfield. He completed PhD at University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, 2007. Koziol is a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and mentor. He was The Royal Society Research Fellow, Pembroke College Fellow and Oppenheimer Research Fellow, based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, where he led Electric Carbon Nanomaterials Research Group. His areas of expertise are nanotechnology & energy, carbon nanotubes, graphene, synthesis of nanomaterials, design of catalysts for carbon nanotube formation, chirality control of carbon nanotubes, carbon nanotube based fibres and wires. Prof Koziol pioneered controlled synthesis approach to carbon nanotubes and graphene, developed synthetic routes for chirality control of carbon nanotubes, catalyst-free gas phase production of graphene, continuous manufacturing of highly aligned carbon nanotube based electric wires and first carbon based electrical machines (including electric motor and electrical transformer). He is founder of several companies on commercialisation of CNT and graphene. Prof Koziol working with Hub team on Fundamental Node projects on exploring properties of graphene composites and heterostructures. Prof. Krzysztof Koziol, www.kkoziol.org.

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Prof. Davide Donadio

University of California Davis, USA

Davide Donadio is a theoretical materials scientist. He earned his Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of Milan, with a work that featured electronic structure calculations and molecular dynamics simulations of silicate glasses. He then moved to ETH Zurich (Prof. Parrinello's group), where he studied materials at extreme conditions and crystal nucleation. In 2007 he joined Prof. Galli's group at UC Davis and worked on nanoscale heat transport in thermoelectrics. From 2010 to 2015 he lead the Max Planck Research Group for "Theory of nanostructures" at the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz (Germany), investigating non-equilibrium processes at the nanoscale by molecular simulations. In 2014 he was appointed Ikerbasque professor at DIPC (Donostia, Spain), and he then moved to UC Davis, where he continues his research activity on crystallization, surface chemistry, and nanophononics. He has published 108 peer-reviewed articles and three book chapters.

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Dr. Ioanna Zergioti

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Dr Ioanna Zergioti is an Associate Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences. She studied Physics at the University of Crete and she received the degree at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, for her work on the growth of thin nanocrystalline Carbide films and mechanisms using laser based process. In the framework of her PhD work she worked for the fall semester of 1996 in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley on the Laser Induced Forward Transfer process. After her PhD, she worked as a post doctoral researcher in the Max Planck Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen, on Laser matter interactions studies. Then, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Philips CFT on Laser Sintering of sol gels for electronics until 2000. She was a researcher for 4 years (1999-2003) at the Laser Applications Division of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser – FORTH, where she developed works on ultrashort laser microstructuring (etching and printing) of metals, oxides and biomaterials. Since September 2003 she was appointed at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences and since 2013 she is an Associate Professor. Her main activities are related to the laser microprinting of biological molecules and laser matter interaction studies for biotechnological applications and organic electronics.

She has co-authored more than 80 publications in international refereed journals, 90 publications in conference proceedings, 3 chapter in scientific books, 3 granted Greek patents, 1 European patent. She has co-organised CLEO, EMRS and COLA conferences. She is currently coordinating two European Research projects, a Marie Curie IAPP “LaserMicroFab” and an ICT “BIOFOS”, and one National Research project NSRF COOPERATION 2011 (11PLUS_1_1799) "NANOTHER: Magnetic nanoparticles for targeted treatment using magnetic resonance imaging".

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Dr. Alberto Bianco

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Dr. Alberto Bianco received his PhD in 1996 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, the University of Padova and Kyoto University (Japan) in 2019. He is currently First Class Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg. His research interests focus on the design of multifunctional carbon-based nanomaterials for therapy, diagnostics and imaging. He has published more than 300 articles in high-impact international journals, for a total of over 41,500 citations and a h-index of 84 (Google Scholar). He was included in the 2015 and 2016 Thomson Reuters list of the top 200 most cited chemists. He has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Science in 2017 and of the Academia Europaea in 2020. In 2019 he obtained the CNRS Silver Medal. Since 2011 he is Editor of the journal CARBON.

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Prof. Zhongfan Liu

Peking University, China

Liu Zhongfan received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Institute for Molecular Science (IMS), Japan, he became an associate professor (1993), full professor (1993) and Cheung Kong Chair professor (1999) of Peking University. He was elected as the member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2011. He is now the director of Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and Center for Nanochemistry of Peking University. His research interest is focused on low dimensional carbon materials and novel 2D atomic crystals targeting nanoelectronic and energy conversion devices together with the exploration of fundamental phenomena in nanoscale systems.

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Prof. Vito Di Noto

University of Padova, Italy

Prof. Vito Di Noto is full Professor of Chemistry for Energy and Solid State Chemistry in the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padova, Italy, where he is the current head of the section “Chemistry for Technologies”. He is the founder and the team leader of the Chemistry of Materials for the Metamorphosis and the Storage of Energy group (CheMaMSE), whose research activities include the development of new materials for application in the electrochemical energy field. Currently, the research of Prof. Di Noto focuses on the synthesis and studies of the structure, relaxation phenomena and electrochemistry of ion-conducting, dielectric and electrode materials. He is currently involved in collaborations with several top-level universities, research institutions and companies worldwide. Prof. Di Noto is and was Chairman of the most important international conferences on his research topics; he is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). Prof. Di Noto has also been recently elected in the Advisory Board of Electrochimica Acta. He is author or co-author of more than 240 publications on “peer-reviewed” journals and 21 patents.

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Dr. Andrew J. Pollard

National Physical Laboratory, UK

Andrew Pollard is the Science Area Leader of the Surface Technology Group at NPL and leads research into the structural and chemical characterisation of graphene and related 2D materials, with a focus on enabling industrial commercialisation in this area.

Andrew is a member of the ISO 'Nanotechnologies' Technical Committee (TC229), and a UK nominated expert for the international graphene standards currently in development. Andrew is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Manchester, the Secretary of the 'Materials and Characterisation' Group at the Institute of Physic (IOP)) and the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry's '2018 Rising Star in Industry Award'.

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Dr. Huanyu Cheng

Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, USA

Dr. Larry Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and Materials Research Institute (MRI) at The Pennsylvania State University. His research group focuses on the design and fabrication of biologically inspired stretchable and transient electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy. Dr. Cheng has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been recognized through the reception of several awards. He also serves as an associate editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine and reviewer for over 120 international journals

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Prof. Rahul Raveendran Nair

Manchester University, United Kingdom

R. R. Nair is a Professor of Materials Physics and holds a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship. His awards include a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, IUPAP Young Scientist Award (2014) from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the Moseley Medal and Prize (2015) from the Institute of Physics, Lee Hsun Lecture Award on Materials Science (2018), Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Creativity prize (2018) from the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW). He has also selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters. The main scope of his research is the science and applications of two-dimensional (2D) crystals and their modifications. His current research projects are studying molecular properties at extreme confinement, 2D materials functionalization, developing novel 2D materials based membranes for water filtration, nanofiltration, gas separation, barrier coating and proton conducting membranes for fuel cells.

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Prof. Sang Ouk Kim

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Rep. of Korea

Prof. Sang Ouk Kim is the KAIST Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST, South Korea and the director of National Creative Research Initiative Center for Multi-Dimensional Directed Nanoscale Assembly and Graphene Liquid Crystalline Fiber Center. Prof. Kim‘s research interest has focued on directed molecular assembly of nanoscale materials as a novel synthetic platform for material discovery. Prof. Kim has published more than 240 SCI journal papers and delivered more than 400 invited presentations over worldwide. Prof. Kim is also serving as an associate editor of Energy Storage Materials (elsevier) and editorial board members for prestigeous scientific journals publisehd by RSC, ACS, Wiley, Elevier, Springer Nature, etc. His research group is actively researching on the nanoscale assembly & chemical modification of various nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes and graphene as well as block polymer self-assembly for advanced nanoscale surface patterning. His discovery of graphene oxide liquid crystal is considered as a sinificant milestone for the real-world application of graphene based materials.

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Dr. Mindaugas Lukosius

IHP, Institute for High Performance Microelectronics, Germany

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

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Dr. Julio Gomez

CEO, Avanzare, Spain

Dr. Julio Gómez Cordón is the CEO of AVANZARE, Spain. AVANZARE is a supplier of high-performance nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based solutions used in a wide range of products for everyday life. AVANZARE nanomaterials and nanocomposites create added values and competitive advantages for their customers. In many applications, their developments allow the reduction of costs compared to traditional materials. AVANZARE nanomaterials are liquid or solid formulations and custom solutions for big consumers. Principal customers are automotive, aeronautic, fabric, wood, paper, plastic, rubber, paint and building industries, the wire & cable sector and manufacturers of household appliances and packaging.

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Dr. Aleksandr Rodin

Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Dr Aleksandr Rodin is an assistant professor. He was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States at the age of 14. He attended the University of Southern California between 2003 and 2007, graduating with a BS in Physics. Following this, he obtained his PhD in Physics in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego. This led him to a two-year postdoctoral position with Boston University. He moved to Singapore in 2014 where he joined the Graphene Research Centre. There, he worked both on characterising new two-dimensional materials, as well as looking for their potential applications. In 2018, he joined Yale-NUS as a member of the Division of Science.

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Prof. Gagik Shmavonyan

University of Armenia, Armenia

Gagik Shmavonyan is Professor at National Polytechnic University of Armenia, Advisor at Ministery of High-Tech Industry of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia), International Expert in Nanotechnology and Chief Scientific Coordinator of Educational program at LarrainVial Investment and Advisory Company (Santiago de Chile, Chile) and President of NanoHiTech Association. He got his PhD in Physics in 1996 and D.Sc in Engineering in 2009 at the same University. He did postdoc at National Taiwan University, Taiwan (2001-2002). He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hull, UK (2000, 2003), Polytechnic of Milan, Italy (2004-2005), University of Bremen, Germany (2002, 2006), Free University Berlin, Germany (2011), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2012), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2013-2014), Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece (2017), University of Cergy-Pontoise, France (2016-2017) and University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany (2019).

Professor Shmavonyan has taught in three universities within three countries: UK, France and Armenia. He has authored/co-authored more than 50 refereed papers, 120 Conference papers, 20 patents, 3 books, 1 problem book, 1 Monograph and a chapter in 3-volume textbook “Optical Nanospectroscopy” for European students. His papers are cited in Graphene Science Handbook: Applications and Industrialization, Ed. by M. Aliofkhazraei, etc., CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016 and 3-volume textbook “Optical Nanospectroscopy”, Ed. by Mc. Millan Norman, de Gruyter, 2020.He is involved in coordination and advisory of different national and International R&D projects financed by NATO, UN Industrial Development Organization, Philip Morris International, Armenian and Belarusian Science Committees, Heritage Science Foundation (Paris, France), Cariplo Foundation (Italy), Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy), etc. He is an International Expert in different Scientific Committees (European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Association (Brussels), i2mfund (USA), Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, State Committee of Science of Armenia), Editorial board member of International Journals, Organizing Committee member and Session Chair of International Conferences.

His most significant reasearch awards are: Cleantech Oscar Award at UNIDO Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition 2015 (San Francisco, USA), National Winner (2015) and Runner-up (2014) of CleanTech Armenia Competition; ARPA Institute Invention Competition Awards (2013 and 2014, Los Angeles, USA). He is member of Management Committees of European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Projects: CA15107 “Multi-Functional Nano-Carbon Composite Materials Network” (2018-2020), MP1302 “NanoSpectroscopy” (2015-2017) and MP0901 “Designing Novel Materials for Nanodevices – from Theory to Practice” (2011-2014), Athens Institute for Education and Research (Greece), International Association of Advanced Materials (Sweden) and St. Petersburg Scientific and Educational Society (Russia). His current research interests are 2D atomic materials, their hybrid structures and devices and flexible 2D electronics.

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Prof. Barbaros Özyilmaz

National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Barbaros Özyilmaz received his Diploma in Physics in 1999 from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany and his Ph.D. from New York University, USA in 2004. During his Ph.D. he has developed jointly with IBM. Spin transfer torque magnetic access memory, an emerging technology for high speed magnetic data storage. After his Ph.D. he has worked with Professor Philip Kim at Columbia University as a postdoctoral research fellow and made pioneering contributions to the field of graphene. In 2007 he has joined the NUS Physics Department as an assistant professor and has helped establish the Graphene Research Centre. He has published widely in this emerging field, filed numerous patents and is the recipient of awards such as the NUS Young Research Award and the NRF Fellowship. In 2014 he has been appointed Head of Graphene Research at the recently funded Centre for Advanced 2D Materials.

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Dr. Marc Chaigneau

HORIBA Scientific, France

Marc Chaigneau received his PhD in solid-state physics from the University of Nantes in 2007. He joined the PICM lab (the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films) at Ecole Polytechnique as a postdoctoral associate in 2008 and was appointed tenured researcher in 2010. His research activities were concentrated on the instrumental development of Tip-Enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS, aka NanoRaman) and stimulated TERS, as well as its application in strain measurements in semiconductors, nano-objects (CNTs, graphene) and the investigation of organic molecules at the nanoscale. A coordinator of national funded projects, Marc Chaigneau is the author of three patents, one book chapter and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He received the ASTRE (Actions of Support for Technology and Research in Essonne) Prize in 2013. Marc Chaigneau joined HORIBA Scientific in 2015 to oversee development, applications and worldwide marketing of Raman spectroscopy products coupled with Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) for TERS. He received the IP Award from the HORIBA group for innovative intellectual property in 2016.

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Prof. Gerd Bacher

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Gerd Bacher studied physics and received his PhD at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He continued his career as senior scientist at Würzburg University and joined Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, as a guest professor 1996/1997. In 2003, Gerd Bacher got a full professorship for electronic materials and devices at the faculty of engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he co-founded the center of nanointegration (CENIDE) and established the studying program NanoEngineering. His research activities cover nanomaterials and nanodevices for optoelectronic, electronic and spintronic applications, with a main focus on 2D materials and nanocrystals. He published > 250 scientific papers, delivered more than 80 invited talks, and acts as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and funding agencies.

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Prof. Jelena Radjenovic

Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spain

Graduated in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Belgrade´s Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Serbia, in 2004. PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Barcelona in July 2009 with “cum laude” distinction. 2009-2014: Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), University of Queensland, Australia. November 2014-onwards: Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Spain. Awarded several prestigious fellowships: Queesland Early Career Smart Future Fellowship, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, Ramon y Cajal fellowship. 2017-2022: ERC Starting Grant ELECTRON4WATER. I am an expert in chemical and electrochemical advanced (waste)water treatment, with a focus on the fate of chemical contaminants. My research aims to increase the efficiency and resilience of water treatment and reuse through the development of sustainable, energy-efficient and renewable energy-driven technologies.Over the last years, I have been investigating electrochemical treatment systems and surpassing their major limitation - low current efficiency - by integrating them with engineered, low-cost carbon nanostructured materials in a nanoelectrochemical system (NES).  In addition, I am developing a hybrid nano-biotreatment based on accelerating the redox microbial reactions in anaerobic respiration by the addition of low-cost carbon nanomaterials. Electron shuttling by graphene derivatives drastically enhances the removal of pollutants and may improve the quality and quantity of the produced biogas, thus generating a positive energy balance.

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Dr. Stela Maria Pruneanu

National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Romania

Dr. Stela Maria Pruneanu is currently Group Leader at INCDTIM-Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She demonstrated throughout her scientific career that she can achieve scientific objectives and can produce high-quality work. She has 70 papers in highly-ranked ISI Journals, three book-chapters, six national patent applications and over 600 citations in peer-review papers (H- index 16). She has also been really active in presenting her work at both National and International Conferences (poster and oral communications) and in transferring her skills through teaching at an advanced level (in Teesside and Newcastle University, UK). She presented Seminars at prestigious Universities from Europe: Institute fur Festkörperphysik, Graz- Austria; Eötvös-Lorand University, BudapestHungary; Teesside University- UK; Newcastle University- UK. Her research experience is related with: preparation of metallic nanowires (gold, platinum), using alumina membranes as template; preparation of hybrid nanomaterials, using DNA as template (e.g. silver or gold nanowires, templated on DNA); detection of DNA hybridization using carbon nanotubes modified electrodes, as sensing transducer. Since 2010, her research work was focused on developing nanostructured sensors based on new types of graphene-modified electrodes used for the detection of various organic molecules: adenine; guanine; ssDNA; S-captopril; carbamazepine; hydrogen peroxide.

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Prof. Eugene Kogan,

Bar Ilan University, Israel

Dr. Eugene Kogan is affiliated to the Department of Physics, Bar Ilan University. Dr. Eugene Kogan is currently providing services as Professor. Dr. Eugene Kogan has published numerous publications in various national and international peer-reviewed journals and presented scientific papers across the world. Because of the active association with different societies and academies as well as the contributions, Dr. Eugene Kogan is been recognized by the subject experts around the world. Dr. Eugene Kogan contributions are appreciated by various reputed awards. Dr. Eugene Kogan clinical and scientific research interests include Theoretical studies of condensed matter physics.

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