The Global Advanced Materials & Surfaces International Conference 2023

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Jordi Arbiol

ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST, Catalonia, Spain

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).


Prof. Oliver Schmidt

Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Oliver G. Schmidt received the Dr.rer.nat. degree from TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, in 1999. From 2007 to 2021, he was the Director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, Leibniz IFW Dresden, Dresden, Germany. He holds a Full Professorship for Materials Systems for Nanoelectronics at Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany. He is an Adjunct Professor for Nanophysics at Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, and holds an Honorary Professorship at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. His interdisciplinary activities bridge across several research fields, ranging from flexible electronics and microrobotics to energy storage and nanophotonics.


Prof. Stephen Evans

University of Leeds, UK

Graduated in Physics from Queen Mary College London and obtained his Ph.D. on LB Superlattices of Porphyrins, with Richard Tredgold, at Lancaster University.  He subsequently held undertook postdoctoral work at Imperial College London and was a visiting Scientist at Eastman Kodak, Rochester.  In 1991 he moved to the School of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Leeds where became Professor of Molecular and Nanoscale Physics in 2002. Since 2000 he has held posts as Deputy Director of the multidisciplinary Centre for Self-Organising Molecular Systems (SOMS), the Nano Manufacturing Institute and has been the head of the School of Physics & Astronomy.  He currently heads the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group and is the Deputy Head of Physics and Astronomy.  He works on:

  1. Micro- and Nanobubbles for the treatment of : Cancer, bacterial infection, as well as for oxygen delivery. In particular we have developed a microfluidics platfform for the delivery of therapeutic agents. We are also developing on chip systems for studying therapeutic delivery to organoids for pancreatic, colorectal and bladder models.
  2. Single Cell Phenotyping.  Here we are using using molecular deformation, Raman spectroscopy and surface acoustic wave dielectrophoresis for the manipulation and characterisation of cells at the single cell level - in high throughput.
  3. Nanomaterial. We are developing novel  nanomaterials for applications in photothermal treatment and imaging of cancer, Nanoenzymes, and plasmonics
  4.  Lipid Membranes. We use model lipid membranes for developing our understading the membrane proteins, in particular we are interested in the fcGR.
  5. Lipid Coated liquid crystal biosensors. We are using lipid coated LC droplets as self-amplification systems for the detection of bacterial infection

Prof. Josep Samitier Marti

Director of Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain

Josep Samitier Martí is director of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona (Spain). Full professor at the Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona (UB). Background in Physics (M.S. Degree in Physics, University of Barcelona and Ph.D. in Physics, University of Barcelona). Group leader of the Nanobioengineering group at IBEC and group leader in the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBERBBN).His main research areas are Biosensors, Microfluidics and Organ-on-chip.
Prof. Samitier has participated in and coordinated several European and national projects related to integrated microsystems and more recently to Nanobiotechnology devices. He has published more than 350 scientific articles, has directed 39 doctoral theses and is co-inventor of 6 licensed patents. He was deputy director of CIBER-BBN, vice-rector for International Policy at the University of Barcelona (UB), vice-rector for Innovation at the UB, acting rector of the UB, Spanish delegate to the Working Group on Biotechnology (OECD), director of the "Health Campus of Excellence" HUBc (UB), coordinator of the Master in Biomedical Engineering (UB-UPC)and founder member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in Health (EIT-HEALTH).
Currently, he is coordinator of the Spanish Nanomedicine Platform (NanomedSpain), scientific coordinator at national level of the Complementary Plan for Biotechnology Applied to Healthcare, which is boosted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain together with 7 autonomous communities on new tools for precision medicine, president of the Catalan Association of Research Centres (Associació Catalana d'Entitats de Recerca - ACER) and a full member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC).
He was awarded the City of Barcelona prize in the Technological Innovation category in 2003 and the Narcís Monturiol medal in 2020


Dr. Raul Arenal

Zaragoza University, Spain

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 ( 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 ( focused on graphene, NT and related 1D-2D nanomaterials


Prof. Giuseppe Maruccio

University of Salento Lecce, Italy

Giuseppe Maruccio (1978) is Full Professor in Physics of Matter (FIS/03) at the Dept. of Mathematics and Physics – University of Salento and head of the Omnics Research Group which comprises researchers with  different backgrounds from physics to life sciences  working in close collaboration to foster exploratory and seeding research in cross-disciplinary areas  with applications spanning from -onics (electronics, spintronics and magnonics) to -omics technologies (genomics, proteomics and cellomics). Omnics laboratories are the Italian node of the European Infrastructure on Magnetism (funded within ISABEL project, H2020-INFRADEV-2018-2020, Grant No. 871106 ).

GM graduated in Physics (magna cum laude; best student in Physics at Lecce University from its institution in 1967) in 2000 and got his PhD in 2004. In 2005, he worked in Wiesendanger group (Hamburg) on wavefunction mapping by spatially resolved dI/dV images. At only 28 years, he was coordinator of the EU-FP6-NEST-STREP project SpiDME on molecular spintronics and then he was successfully granted in other open competitions (UE, FIRB, PRIN and MAE projects), attracting also funds from external sources such as private companies (IBM, Ekuberg Pharma s.r.l., Sensichips). He led/participated in other EU projects: H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-ERN-Apulia and ERN-Apulia2 as coordinator, FP7-ICT-CP-MolArNet, H2020-ICT-Madia and H2020-INFRADEV-ISABEL as WP leader and/or scientific responsible for the Lecce node. Moreover, he coordinated the presentation of many EU proposals for cooperation and training actions (about 30, in many cases evaluated as eligible for funding). Moreover, he participated in writing large scale projects at the Institute level which allowed to buy advanced instrumentation.

In 2010 he was Chair of the International conference “Trends in Spintronics and Nanomagnetism”, with the participation of Prof. Albert Fert, father of spintronics and Nobel Prize in Physics 2007, and Guest Editor of the conference proceedings (J. Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 292). G. Maruccio is author of more than 130 publications and 4 patents in addition to several invited contributions at international conferences, institutions and PhD schools (h-index 25, citations >2000). He is Member of the Editorial Board of J. of. Sensors (Hindawi, 2018 Impact Factor 2.024, CiteScore 1.99), MDPI Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220, Impact Factor 3.031, Q1 in the category of ‘Instruments & Instrumentation’, Q2 in ‘Chemistry, Analytical’ and Q2 in the ‘Electrochemistry’), MDPI Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X, Impact Factor: 2.426) and Review Editor in Nanobiotechnology, part of the journal(s) Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences (Impact Factor 3.565 | CiteScore 3.55), Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Impact Factor 5.122 | CiteScore 4.04) and Materials. He was referee for prestigious journals (Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Phys. Rev. Lett., Lab on a chip, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, J. Am. Chem. Soc., …) and funding agencies (EU-FP7, EU-H2020, ERC, MIUR, Israel Science Foundation, TWAS) and scientific evaluation agencies (ANVUR).

In 2013, along with some Department colleagues, he created the dissemination journal Ithaca (, e-ISSN: 228 2-8079). In 2011-2012, he was member of the Governing Board of CNR-Nano-NNL, delegated for stimulating and strengthening internal and external scientific collaborations, until abolition of the board with the change of local director. From 2014 to 2019, he was Research Delegate for the Rector for the University of Salento, taking responsibilities for Fund Raising, Research evaluation (VQR and SUA-RD campaigns), Dissemination events (e.g. the organization of the local events for the European Researcher Night), Research Exploitation Activities (as the reference for the Industrial Liason Office of Apulia Region). In 2016, he was awarded with the Excellence Award, City of Lecce. In 2017, he was part of a Working Group (made of four Research Delegates) within CRUI (The Conference of Italian University Rectors) for the preparation of the Position Paper of Italian Universities as midterm review for H2020 and toward FP9. From 2016 to 2019, he was Security Responsible (Preposto) for the Characterization Facility at CNR-Nanotec.


Prof. Claudia Giachino

University of Turin, Italy

Claudia Giachino is full professor of Technical Sciences in Laboratory Medicine and coordinator of the Translational Research Center for Innovative Medicine at the University of Turin, Italy. She’s internationally recognised as an expert in nano-biotechnology and stem cell biology. Prof. Giachino received the Nanomedicine Award in 2017, the first Entrepreneurship prize for Regenerative approaches in Porto, Portugal in 2019, and, together with her interdisciplinary team, several grants for innovative projects in the cardiovascular field. Her translational research is reflected in several national and international collaborations, awards and honours for her capacity to bring basic research results to society, generating impact.