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.
Professor Costas Galiotis is a Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of FORTH (FORTH/ ICE-HT). He graduated from the University of Athens in 1977 and received his PhD from the University of London (Queen Mary College) in 1981. After a period as a post-doctoral fellow (1981-85), he was elected in 1985 as a Tenured Lecturer and then a Reader at Queen Mary. He moved to Greece in 1997 as a Research Director of FORTH/ ICE-HT and was appointed as a Professor at the University of Patras in 2002. From 2007 till 2013 he acted as the Executive Director of ICE-HT and member of the Board of Directors of FORTH. Since 2017 he serves as the Director of the Physical Sciences programme of the HFRI (Greece) and is a member of the Executive Board of the European Graphene Flagship. He has served in all the major Research Panels of CEC (ERC, INFRAIA, Teaming, Marie-Curie, SME etc) and has also acted as Expert, Vice-Chair and Independent Observer in CEC evaluation committees. He was the Head of the National (Greek) Representation in the NMBP (Nano-Materials-Bio-Production) Programme Committee from 2011 to 2018.
His current research interests are in the areas of 2D material processing, nano and micro-mechanics, composites and also preventive conservation of art objects. He has published approx. 450 journal papers, book chapters, reviews, proceedings etc which have been cited over 21000 times (GS). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief ‘Graphene and 2D Materials’ (Springer-Nature) and Editorial Board Member of ‘Scientific Reports’ (Springer-Nature) and of ‘International Materials Reviews’ (Taylor & Francis). He has been the Chairman and Organiser of a number of International Conferences such as ECCM-11 (2004), NANOCONF (2007), GrapHEL (2012), Industrial Technologies (2014) and Graphene Week 2017. He is a fellow of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). He has attracted ~20 million Euro for work of his own group and he is an ERC grantee (Advanced Grant and PoC). In 2019 he received the ‘Aristeion in the Physical Sciences’ which is the highest scientific award conferred every 4 years by the Academy of Athens.
Paula Marques (born 1969) has a first degree in Chemistry (1993), a MSc in Chemistry and Physics Teaching (1997) and a PhD in Materials Science Engineering, with specialization in Biomaterials (2003) from the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal.
Paula is a Principal Researcher at TEMA – Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation, Mechanical Engineering Department, UA. Currently is the Deputy-Director for Society and Social Responsibility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Sub-Director of the research unit TEMA (Centre of Mechanical Technology and Automation) board of Directors, responsible for new areas of specialization.
Her current research interests include the engineering and development of nanostructured multifunctional materials including graphene derivatives such as: (i) mechanical and electrical stimulus responsive 3D graphene-based scaffolds for tissue engineering; (ii) functional graphene-based macrostructures for water remediation; (iii) electrospun graphene/polymer fibres for photocatalysis; (iv) graphene-based materials as mechanical reinforcement of polymer matrixes.
Paula is author of 77+ original research or review papers in international journals (2900+ citations, h=28 – Scopus), about 7 book chapters, 2 books and 3 patents. Paula has been invited to review manuscripts from 30+ different international journals and to evaluate projects from Cost and Era-Net funding agencies. Paula supervised or co-supervised 10 MSc, 12 PhD students, and 8+ post-doctoral fellows. Since April 2019 she is coordinating a FET Open H2020 project, “NeuroStimSpinal: A Step Forward to Spinal Cord Injury Repair Using Innovative Stimulated Nanoengineered Scaffolds". She is also coordinating and co-coordinating several Portuguese Projects obtaining under competitive funding.
Regarding Paula’s pedagogical role, she is the teacher in charge for the 3rd cycle curricular unit Carbon Nanostructures, and teacher of the 2nd cycle curricular unit Technologies and Processes at Nanoscale.
Zhongfan Liu is professor of School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering of Peking University, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Third World Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Changchun University of Technology in 1983 and studied in Japan in 1984. He received the doctoral degree from University of Tokyo in 1990 and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Molecular Sciences in Japan in 1991-1993. Then he joined Peking University and was promoted to Professor.
Prof. Liu has devoted to the study of nano carbon materials, two-dimensional atomic crystal materials and nano chemistry research, he has published more than 480 academic papers and was authorized 28 national invention patents. He was the chief scientist of the National Climbing Program (B), the 973 Plan and the nanoscale major research project, and the academic group leader (phase three) of innovation research "surface interface nanoengineering" supported by the National Natural Science Fund. In 1997, he won the award of the outstanding young scholar of Hongkong QiuShi Science and Technology Foundation, the first prize for Science and Technology Award in Higher Institution in 2007, and the second prize of National Natural Science in 2008. In 2012, he won the prize of chemistry Chinese Chemical Society-AKZO NOBEL for and the outstanding teacher prize of Baosteel. In 2016, he won the special prize of Peking University Fang Zheng Award.
Prof. Liu is the Director of the Beijing Graphene Research Institute, the Director of the Zhongguancun Graphene Industrial Alliance, the Director of the Peking University Nanoscience and Technology Research Center, the Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, the Executive Director of China Chemical Society and the Executive Director of China Society of Micron and Nanotechnology. Pro. Liu is a fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Society of Physics and serves as the chief editor of the Journal of physical chemistry, the associate editor of the Journal of Science and Chemistry, the editorial committee member of academic journals such as Adv. Mater., Small, Nano Res., Chem Nano Mat, Graphene Technology, NPG Asia Mater., Natural, etc.
Prof. Dmitri K. Efetov (M) received a Diploma (M.Sc.) in Physics from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2007, and a M.A., M. Ph. and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University (USA) in 2014, under supervision of one of the pioneers of graphene Prof. Philip Kim. Prior to joining ICFO in 2017, he had worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA). Since 2017 Dmitri is a professor and group leader at ICFO, whose research program concentrates on the development of novel composite materials known as “van der Waals (vdW) hetero-structures”, which consist of graphene and other 2D materials. Dmitri received the Charles H. Towns Award for his outstanding research achievements during his PhD, and the Obra Social ”la Caixa” Junior Leader Fellowship and an ERC starting grant to start his independent research group at ICFO. Prof. Efetov is leader of the 2D-SIPC project in the Quantum Flagship (1B€ project for 10 years), as well as a member of its Science and Engineering board.
Prof. Jordi Arbiol graduated in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 from this same institution in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials. He was assistant professor at the UB. From 2009 to 2015 he was ICREA Professor and group leader at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). He was President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME) (2017-2021) and held the position of vice-president from 2013 to 2017, having been a member of its Executive Board (2009-2021). In 2018 he was elected as Member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) (2019-2026).
Since 2015 he has been ICREA Professor and leader of the Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST. He is Scientific Supervisor of the Electron Microscopy Area at ICN2 and BIST, and also at the Electron Microscopy Center at the ALBA Synchrotron (EMCA). He has been one of the founding members of e-DREAM. He received the FWO Commemorative Medal (Flanders Research Foundation) in 2021, the BIST Ignite Award in 2018, the 2014 EU40 Materials Prize by the E-MRS, the 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award and was listed in the Top 40 under 40 Power List (2014) by The Analytical Scientist. As of May 2022 he has more than 415 peer-reviewed publications and more than 24700 citations (GoS) with h-index: 88 GoS (76 WoS).
Lucia Gemma Delogu, Ph.D., is the head of the ImmuneNano-Lab at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Padua (UNIPD Padua, Italy) www.delogulab.eu. After acquiring her experience in Immunology and Material Science at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) and at Sanford-Burnham Institute (San Diego, USA), she served as Assistant Professor at the University of Sassari (Italy) and as Visiting Professor at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD; Dresden, Germany).
Dr. Delogu has been the Scientific Coordinator of two interdisciplinary EU projects, under HORIZON2020, including a RISE project on nanomedicine and immune interactions of nanomaterials, involving more than 10 leading Institutions and high-profile international scientists on nanotechnology and nanomedicine. In this field, she has received several awards, including the “Marie S. Curie Individual Fellow” at TUD under HORIZON2020 from the European Commission, the “200 Young Best Talents of Italy 2011” from the Italian Ministry of Youth, and “Bedside to Bench & Back Award” from the National Institutes of Health, USA. Since 2020, Dr. Delogu is in charge of the Italian chapter and a member of the road map working group of the Advanced Material Global Pandemic & Future Preparedness Taskforce (AMPT) www.amptnetwork.com/. She introduced the “NanoImmunity-by-design” concept, for the design of nanomaterials based not solely on their physicochemical characteristics but also on their immunomodulatory characteristics.
She pioneered the use of systems immunology approach by high-dimensional single-cell strategies in the context of nanomaterial applications. Her research focuses on the biological interactions of nanomaterials and nanoparticles, with a particular focus on their immunomodulation properties, biomedical applications and toxicological profile.
Dr. Raul Arenal received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Univ. Paris-Sud (Orsay, France, 2005) and in 2013, he obtained his Habilitation (HDR) also at this University (now, Paris-Saclay University). He joined the Electron Microscopy Center in Argonne National Lab. (ANL, USA) as post doctoral fellow. In 2007, he became research scientist (Chargé de Recherches) at the CNRS (France; LEM, ONERA-CNRS). From 2010 to 2011, he was visiting scientist (sabbatical position) at the Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA) at the Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA) of the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). Since 2012, Dr. Arenal is on leave from the CNRS, and he is currently ARAID senior research scientist at the LMA, INMA, CSIC-U. Zaragoza. Since 2018, he is the Director of the TEM area of the LMA-INA. Dr. Arenal has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals (http://www.raularenal.com) and edited one book (Springer).
Arenal’s broad area of research interest lies in electron microscopy focused on materials science and nanoscience: TEM (EELS, HR(S)TEM, electron diffraction, electron tomography). These studies are mainly focused on the growth mechanism, structural and physical properties of low dimensional materials based on carbon, boron and nitrogen as well as other nano-structures (in particular, metallic nano-objects for plasmonic/photonic interest). Among his scientific activities, Dr. Arenal is the chair of the HeteroNanoCarb conference series (http://heteronanocarb.org) focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials
Michele Merano received the Ph.D degree in Physics at EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) where he worked in the group of Prof. Benoît Deveaud. Then he did two post docs one at the Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée (Palaiseau, France) with Prof. Gérard Mourou and one at the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information group (Leiden, The Netherlands) with Prof. Han Woerdman. From 2011 he is professor of optics and condensed matter physics at University of Padua (Italy). His major research interests include light matter interaction, beam optics and optical manipulation. He has made important contributions to optics and materials science including the observation of the Goos-Hänchen effect in metallic reflection, the observation of angular deviations in specular reflection of a light beam, the discovery of the role of the radiation-reaction force in the optical response of 2D materials, the first observation of the out-of-plane optical susceptibility in monolayer crystals.
Emmanuel Kymakis is a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) and Vice-President of the HMU Research Center. He received his B.Eng. (First Class Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering & Electronics from Liverpool University in 1999 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University in 2003. He and Prof. Gehan Amaratunga are the inventors of the polymer-nanotube solar cell. Before joining HMU, he was a technical consultant offering engineering and consultancy services in the realization of photovoltaic and solar thermal power plants.
His multidisciplinary research lies at the interface between nanotechnology and electrical engineering and is centred on the development of printed optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices. He has published more than 120 research articles, which have attracted over 10k citations and an h-index of 53 (https://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=AWrgzokAAAAJ&hl ), while he has an extensive experience in the management of research and industrial projects. Ηe is also included in the list of the top 2% of scientists in their respective fields by citation impact (PLoS Biol 17(8), e3000384). He serves also as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various international governmental and nongovernmental agencies, member of scientific committee of various international congresses, and have been invited to give invited talks in more than 50 occasions.
He has been an honorary lecturer at UConn and a recipient of an Isaac Newton and an EPSRC studentship. He was named as a 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator and has received two National Excellence Awards. He has served as a member of the founding General Assembly of the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation (HFRI), a member of the Engineering sectoral scientific council of the National Council for Research & Innovation of Greece (NCRI) and a member of the Engineering thematic advisory council of HFRI. He is currently the Director of the inter-institutional Post-Graduate Program “Nanotechnology for Energy Applications” and serves as the work package leader of Energy Generation of the EU FET-Flagship Initiative Graphene.
Dr. Sadeghi is an Associate Professor and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow in the School of Engineering at the and head of Device Modelling group. His main research area is theoretical nanoscale electronics and computational materials discovery and collaborates at the interface between Physics, Chemistry and Electronic Engineering. He is a recipient of two prestigious fellowships, the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in June 2017 and the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in Feb 2019. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in high ranked journals such as Nature, Nat. Mat, Nat. Nano, Nat Comm., Nano Lett. ACS Nano, JACS, Adv. Fun. Mat, Angewadte, Nanoscale. He co-created the quantum transport code "GOLLUM" and leads its distribution and development. The research Interests include:
Dr Preden Roulleau is the Head of the Nanoelectronics Group (SOEC/CEA Saclay) since 2019. He obtained his PhD at SPEC/CEA Saclay: "Quantum coherence in the integer quantum Hall regime" (under the supervision of Patrice Roche) in 2008. He moved in 2008 to ETH Zurich (Ensslin Group) as a post-doctoral reseracher. He joined the CEA Saclay in 2011 as a permanent reseracher and awarded the prestigious PI ERC starting grant in 2016.