Nanometrology 2019 International Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. James M. Hill

University of South Australia, Australia

Prof. James M. Hill has received two five year fellowships from the Australian Research Council; an ARC Senior Research Fellowship in 1997 to work on Granular Materials, and an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship in 2004 to work on Nanomechanics. Since 1983 he has received 13 major research awards, including ARC Large Grants, ARC Discovery Projects, National Research Fellowship, National Teaching Company Scheme. He has published five books, and almost 300 research publications in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Mechanics. He is the recipient of the 2008 ANZIAM medal for contributions to research and the Applied Mathematics discipline.

Prof. James M. Hill is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He has been an Associate Editor since 1982 of the ANZIAM Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, which is published by the Australian Mathematical Society. His work has received international recognition through his appointment to the Editorial Boards of four international journals: Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Journal of Applied Mathematics and the Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, both published by Oxford University Press, Journal of Engineering Mathematics published by Kluwer Academic Press and Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids published by Sage Science Press.


Prof. Jacques Jupille

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), CNRS Paris, France

Prof Jacques Jupille is Leader of the group “Oxides in small dimensions” at Institut des Nanosciences de Paris. He’s since 2003 Senior scientist CNRS of 1st class. He’s working on the following research areas: Physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces, from ultra-high-vacuum to ambient conditions, crystallographic and electronic structures, reactivity, catalytic activity, adhesion, wetting, hydration. Tools – Electron spectroscopies, near field microscopies (tunnel and atomic forces), vibrational spectroscopies (high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy), vacuum related techniques, synchrotron based techniques (x-ray diffraction and absorption edges), transmission electron microscopy.

Since 1979, he has been actively involved in the management and support of many societies and institutions including:

  • 1979 – 1986 Member of Section “Inorganic chemistry, catalysis and surfaces” of Comité National of CNRS, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1982 – 1986 Member of the Council of the Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 1993 – 1997 Member of the Program Committee “Chemistry absorption” of LURE
  • 1996 – Member of the “ Surface and Interfaces Section ” (Condensed Matter Division -  European Physical Society)
  • 1996 – Member of the ECOSS (European Conference On Surface Science) Bureau
  • 1996 – 2002 Member of the Program Committee “Solid state physics” of LURE.
  • 1998 – Member de Board of Editors of Surface Review and Letters
  • 1998 – 2004 Member of the Surface Science Division - International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA)
  • 1998 – Member of the Council of the French society of metallurgy and materials (SF2M)
  • 2001 – Member of the SF2M bureau
  • 2002 – 2006 Member of the Executive Committee of FEMS (Federation of European Societies of Materials)
  • 2003 – 2006 President of French Federation of Materials (FFM)
  • 2004 – 2008 Member of Section “Condensed Matter : organization and dynamics” of Comité National of CNRS, Physics Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2008 Member of the expert panel of the Section “Catalysis, Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry” for recruitment of Junior Scientists, Chemistry Department of CNRS
  • 2005 – 2007 Vice-President of SF2M
  • 2007 – President of SF2M

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ursel Bangert

University of Limerick, Ireland

Ursel Bangert is Bernal Chair in Microscopy and Imaging at the University of Limerick (UL), following positions of Lecturer and Reader at the Universities of Surrey and Manchester, and a career of ~30 years in the area of electron microscopy. She has pioneered low loss EELS for highly spatially resolved electronic structure studies as well as single atom EELS, and, having worked on electron microscopy of graphene since its discovery with the Manchester Graphene Group, was first to conduct atomic resolution HAADF and low loss EELS (plasmon) studies on graphene. Her research achievements are documented in >200 peer-reviewed papers, as well as book chapters, prolific conference contributions and outreach events. Her current research focuses on tailoring the functionality of 2-D materials beyond graphene, including conducting, agile domain walls in ferroelectrics, for application in nano-, quantum- and (novel) dynamic electronic devices. 


Apart from previous responsibilities of overseeing the Manchester electron optical facilities, she has been heavily involved as Co-I with various facilities, e.g., the UK EPSRC Daresbury SuperSTEM, and has participated in creating >€24 Mio of research funding. Following the acquisition of Ireland’s first double corrected, monochromated (S)TEM at UL with full, modern spectroscopic and in-situ facilities from funding she secured, her current activity involves establishing high-end and novel electron microscopy techniques at UL. She is visiting professor at the Ernst Ruska Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electron at the Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany.


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. Nathalie Destouches

University of Saint-Etienne, France

Nathalie is graduated in 1998 as an engineer in optics from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille, France. She got her Ph. D. degree at Fresnel Institute and University of Aix-Marseille III in 2001. Her research work dealt with scattering and speckle interferometry for the characterization of both diffraction gratings and rough surfaces. Then she was a postdoctoral member at the Laboratory of Glasses in Montpellier, in the field of surface characterization at the nanometer scale. In 2002, she joined the Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et Instrumentation (LTSI), which became the Laboratory Hubert Curien (LabHC) in 2006, and the University Jean Monnet (UJM) where she’s currently professor. Since 2006, she’s leading the "Nanoparticles" team at LabHC where they use light to tailor the optical properties of metal nanoparticles.  She’s also the coordinator of master degree Optics Image Vision Multimedia and I serve as the scientific leader of the division "Perception engineering & white light processing" of the Laboratory of Excellence MANUTECH-SISE. She co-authored 55 articles in peer reviewed international journals, 1 book review, 3 book chapters, 3 patents


Prof. Francesca Peiró

University of Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Francesca Peiró, (Spain, 1965): received her PhD in Physics at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1993 and worked as a TEM technician at the Scientific and Technological Centers of UB from 1988 to 1995. In1995 became Associated Professor at the Electronics Department of UB. From 2017 she is Full Professor in the Electronics and Biomedical Engineering Dept. She is the leader of the Laboratory of Electron Nanoscopy (LENS) of the research group Micro-nanotechnologies and Nanoscopies for electronic and photonic devices (MIND) of the University of Barcelona. LENS group has access to aberration corrected instruments in Spain (Madrid and Saragossa) in the frame of national projects (IMAGINE CSD2009-00013 and CTP2011-00018 respectively). She has supervised 11 PhD (5 more in development) and 5 post docs. She has been principal investigator of many national research projects and has participated in different bilateral international collaborations and EU projects. Her main field of research is transmission electron microscopy and related techniques applied to the characterisation of of III–V semiconductors and nanostructures, complex oxides for spintronics and nanomaterials for energy.


Prof. Paulo J Ferreira

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal

Paulo Ferreira is currently the Head of Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal. He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal and an Adjunct Professor, Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Before joining INL and IST in Portugal, he was Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering and Full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the Director of Electron Microscopy at the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA and has done his Post-doctoral work at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Electron Microscopy applied to Alternative Energy Technologies. At the educational level, he teaches graduate courses in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Structure and Electron Microscopy. In parallel, he has been involved in initiatives with various American and Portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology.

He is a co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal”; and “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” with co-authors D. Schodek (Harvard University) and Michael Ashby (University of Cambridge, UK). He is also the author of 177 scientific articles published in international journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Ferreira has also acted as a special advisor to the Minister of Economics and Innovation, Portugal, on Government Strategy for Science & Technology.


Dr. Juan Antonio Zapien

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Antonio is Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong where he teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in optics, materials science, and nanophotonics, among others. He received his Physics degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1994 and his Ph. D. degree from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State, USA) in December 2000. His current research interests include optical characterization of nanostructures for plasmonic and photonic applications, energy generation and storage, light emission, and optical sensors. He has co-authored three book chapters and 138 publications indexed in SCI who have received more than 4900 citations with h-index 37 (Google Scholar 6,200+ citations with h-index 40). He has participated as invited speaker in more than 28 international conferences and is involved as organizer of several workshops and scientific conferences in Mexico, the United States and Hong Kong. Antonio is the main organizer of NANOMXCN: Mexico-China Workshop on Nano Materials / Science / Technology ( a series of workshops with the main objective of promoting scientific and technological collaboration between Mexico and China, including Hong Kong.


Prof. Ngamta Thamwattana

University of Newcastle, Australia

After receiving her first class honours in mathematics at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Ngamta joined UOW in 2001 to undertake her PhD studies in the field of granular mechanics. She was then awarded an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to develop mathematical models for applications of nanomaterials in biology and medicine, which continues to be her area of focus. She investigates modelling electro-rheological fluids, the mechanics of carbon nanostructures, nanomaterials used in biology and medicine and protein and other polymer chain structures using the calculus of variations. Thamwattana has a number of her research publications appearing in top fully-refereed international journals, such as the Proceedings of the Royal Society, and an impressive citation record. She is the winner of the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Emerging Research Award and received the 2014 J.H.Michell Medal from the Australian Mathematical Society.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Myrtil Kahn

University of Toulouse , France

Prof. Myrtil Kahn from the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination at CNRS in Toulouse. Prof. Kahn is widely known for designing efficient organometallic pathways towards metal oxides nanoparticles and a development of NMR spectroscopy for the characterization of nanoparticles.