The 7th ed. of Nanotech France 2022 Int. Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

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

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.


Keynote Speakers

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).


Prof. Rodrigo Ferrão de Paiva Martins

Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Rodrigo Martins is full professor at FCT-NOVA, President of the European Academy of Sciences; President of the International Union of Materials Research Societies; Full Professor at FCT-NOVA. Member of the:

Rodrigo Martins is the founder and director of the Centre of Excellence in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Processes of Uninova; leader of the Materials, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies group of I3N/CENIMAT and its sub-director; member of the nomination committee of the EIT KIC Raw Materials, Editor in Chief of the journal Discover Materials. He is expert in the field of advanced functional materials, nanotechnologies, microelectronics, transparent electronics (pioneer) and paper electronics (inventor), with more than 575 papers published in WoK; Member of the:

  • Steering Committee of European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies, EuMat.
  • Joint Innovation Centre for Advanced Material Sino-Portuguese.

Rodrigo Martins was decorated with the gold medal of merit and distinction by the Almada Municipality for his R&D achievements, in 2016. He got more than 18 international and national prizes and distinctions for his scientific work. ORCID: Webpage:   Click here for more details.


Prof. Stephane Parola

University of Lyon, France

Stephane Parola is Professor at the University of Lyon France. He received in 1996 a PhD, European Label, from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) where he spent 3 years (1992-1995). After a one-year position as associate researcher at the university of Nice Sophia Antipolis (1996), he got an assistant professor position at the University of Lyon (1997) where he was appointed full professor in 2005. His research achievements are in the fields of molecular precursors of materials, chemistry of inorganic and hybrid materials, colloidal chemistry, powders, thin films and monoliths, High resolution 3D printing, synthesis and surface modification of nanomaterials, properties of materials, plasmonics. He is interested in applications related to photonics, environment or medicine. In particular, he designed original solid-state non-linear optical filters, explored the chemistry and properties of plasmonic nanomaterials, photocatalytic materials, or investigated synthesis strategies towards colloids and particles assemblies. He is currently the Director of the Chemistry Laboratory of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of Lyon, France.


Prof. Giuseppe Battaglia

ICREA/ IBEC/ BIST, Spain and University College London, UK

Prof Giuseppe Battaglia (GB) is an ERC Consolidator grantee, and ICREA Research Professor. In 2019 GB was appointed senior group leader at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia. GB also holds a chair in molecular bionics at the Department of Chemistry and Institute of Physics of Living System at the University College London. GB's position is 50/50 between ICREA/IBEC and UCL but will move 100% in Barcelona from 2022. GB was awarded the 2009 HFSP Young Investigator award, the 2011 APS/IoP Polymer Physics Exchange Award Lecture, the 2011 GSK Emerging Scientist Award, the 2012 Award for special contribution to Polymer Therapeutics, the 2014 RSC Thomas Graham Award Lecture, and the 2015 SCI/RSC McBain Medal for Colloid Science. GB was awarded a prestigious EPSRC Established Fellowship in 2016, an ERC Starting Grant in 2011, and an ERC Consolidator in 2018. GB was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. GB has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and been named inventor in 13 patents.

GB leads a strong team of chemists, physicists, mathematicians, engineers, and biologists who work alongside to design bionic units that mimic specific biological functions and introduce operations that do not exist in Nature. A constructionist approach mimics biological complexity in design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions; ​ this approach is Molecular Bionics. The GB group is particularly interested in how molecules, macromolecules, viruses, vesicles, and whole cells traffic across our body barriers. The group combines novel microscopic tools with theoretical and computational physics to study biological transport from single molecules, cell membranes, and whole organisms. The acquired knowledge is thus translated to bioengineer novel nanomedicines, combining soft matter physics with synthetic chemistry. 


Prof. Manfred Eich

Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

Manfred Eich, Professor and Director of the Institute of Optical and Electronic Materials at TUHH (OEM). 1984: Diploma (Physics, TH Darmstadt), 1987: Dr.rer.nat. (Physics, TH Darmstadt), 1987-89: Postdoctoral Fellow at IBM, San Jose (USA), 1989-97: Consultant with McKinsey&Co., since 1996: Hamburg University of Technology, since 2016: Group Head at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. Research Topics: Nanophotonics, Silicon Photonics, Nonlinear Optics with Organics, High-Temperature Photonics, Photonic Crystals, Structural Colors, Dynamic Photonics, Photocatalytic Water Splitting.


Prof. Pilar Marco


Prof. M.-Pilar Marco Professor of Research of CSIC (, Coordinator of the Nanomedicine Research Program of the CIBER-BBN (, Coordinator of the Diagnostic Strategic Initiative of the PTI Salud Global ( and Head of the Nanobiotechnology for Diagnostics (Nb4D) group ( As Head of the Nb4D group she leads and coordinates a multidisciplinary research team which scientific activity is addressed to develop a new generation of diagnostic approaches based on the integration of tailored bioreceptors with micro(nano)structures and/or innovative optical or electrochemical transducer schemes. Most of her research is performed in the context of international collaborations with different research institutions, companies and other stakeholders. She has co-authored more than 225 articles in international scientific journals of high-impact factor and has placed several patents, some of them under exploitation. She is also the Scientific Director of the Custom Antibody Service (CAbS) a facility of the ICTS NANBIOSIS ( that aims to provide support and services to research groups and companies in all aspects related to antibody production and use on different application fields.


Prof. Cristiana Di Valentin

University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

Cristiana Di Valentin graduated in Chemistry in 1997 at the University of Pavia where she received her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences in 2000 in collaboration with the Technische Universität München. She also holds a Master degree in Materials Science. She was appointed by the University of Milano-Bicocca as Assistant Professor in 2002, as Associate Professor in 2012 and as Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry in 2018. She has been post-doc or visiting scientist at Princeton University, Technische Universität München, Universitat de Barcelona, and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paris. Her research activity spans from ab initio computational studies of semiconducting oxides and bidimensional materials for energy applications to multiscale modelling of bioinorganic hybrid nanosystems for biomedical applications. Professor Di Valentin has co-authored about 190 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She currently holds an ERC Consolidator Grant (2016-2022) entitled: Smart bioinorganic hybrids for nanomedicine.


Prof. Mikhael Bechelany

Institut Europeen des Membranes, IEM-UMR 5635, Univ. Montpellier, ENSCM, CNRS, Montpellier, France

Mikhael BECHELANY (born in March 1979) obtained his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Lyon (France) in 2006. His PhD work was devoted to the synthesis and characterization of silicon and boron based 1D nanostructures (nanotubes, nanowires and nanocables). Then, he worked as a post-doc at EMPA (Switzerland). His research included the fabrication of nanomaterials (nanoparticles and nanowires), their organization and their nanomanipulation for applications in different field such as photovoltaic, robotic, chemical and bio-sensing. In 2010, he became a Scientist at CNRS. His current research interest in the European Institute of Membranes (UMR CNRS 5635) in Montpellier (France) focuses on novel synthesis methods for metals and ceramics nanomaterials like Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), electrodeposition, electrospinning, 3D printing and/or on the nanostructuring using natural lithography (nanospheres and/or membranes). His research efforts include the design of nanostructured membranes for health, environment and renewable energy. End of 2021, he is the author and co-author of more than 270 publications, 13 book chapters and 6 patents (h-index = 51). He is also the co-founder of 3 Startups.


Prof. Aitor Mugarza

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Aitor Mugarza earned his PhD in Physics at the University of the Basque Country (2002). After postdoctoral stays at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), he was appointed Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group (2013) and ICREA Research Professor (2015) at ICN2. Active in the research of quantum electronic and magnetic phenomena at the nanoscale, he has carried out pioneering studies on electron confinement and band engineering on resonator superlattices, the manipulation of charge and spin in single molecules, or the synthesis of atomically precise graphene-based nanoarchitectures.


Prof. Fernand Doridot

ICAM Lille, France

Fernand Doridot. Born 1972. Engineer (graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, 1995), and PHD in Epistemology and History of Science (Mathematics), University of Nantes, 2003. Professor and researcher in epistemology, philosophy and ethics at ICAM (engineering school) and CETS (Centre for Ethics, Technology and Society) within the Polytechnicum of Lille, France. He has been involved over the past years in several European research projects funded by FP6 and FP7 (The Cultured Engineer, EGAIS) and in one French research project funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (Parthage). His current research areas are: public debates on technical and scientific projects, philosophy of engineering, ethical governance of nanotechnology. He is also an expert for ANSES (French National Agency for Sanitary Safety) on the topic of nanomaterials.


Dr. Lifeng Liu

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Lifeng Liu is currently the Leader of the Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion (NESC) group at INL. Lifeng Liu has a PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from Chinese Academy of Sciences and did his post-doctoral work at Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics during 2007-2009. Before joining INL in 2011, Dr. Liu was a staff scientist and group leader at Max-Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics. He is Associate Editor of Science Letters Journal, and Editorial Board Member of Advances in Nano Research, Journal of Nanomaterials Science, and Science Advances Today.


Prof. Vincenzo Palermo

Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity- CNR - Italy

Vincenzo Palermo uses nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials for mechanical, electronics and energy applications. In particular, he works on the production of carbon-based composite materials and on the characterization of their structure and charge transport at the nanoscale.

Vincenzo Palermo obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2003 at the University of Bologna, after working at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at the Steacie Institute, National Research Council (Ottawa, Canada).

He has published more than 130 scientific articles on international journals in chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science (>4000 citations, h-index=35).

Vincenzo Palermo holds a joint position as research director of the National Reseach Council of Italy, and research professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, acting as vice-director of the Graphene Flagship. Between 2013 and 2017 he has been the leader of the work package on composites of the flagship.

He previously coordinated two large European research projects: GOSPEL (Graphene-Organic SuPramolEcular functionaL composites) and the International Training Network GENIUS (GraphenE-orgaNIc hybrid architectures for organic electronics: a mUltiSite training action), and was member of the scientific committee of EUROGRAPHENE programme of the ESF.

In 2012 Vincenzo Palermo won the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) and in 2013 the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI).

He is also actively involved in science dissemination giving seminars to high-school students and laymen on the interplay between science and history. He has published several articles for general audience, on scientific discoveries, and two books on the life and science of Albert Einstein (Hoepli, 2015) and of Isaac Newton (Hoepli, 2016).

In 2017 he also won a Research Project Grant for Engineering Sciences, assigned within the Research Grants Open call 2017 from Vetenskapsrådet and received a scholarship from the Rune Berhardsson's Graphene fund.


Prof. Elisabetta Dimaggio

University of Pisa, Italy

Elisabetta Dimaggio is Assistant Professor of Electronics at University of Pisa, from which she obtained her PhD in 2019. She has worked on the development of processes and technologies for the fabrication of electronic devices in the energy recovery and harvesting fields. Starting from consolidated techniques for the integration of electronic devices, she has developed high efficiency thermoelectric modules based on forests of silicon nanowires and on networks of silicon nanomembranes. She has reached deep knowledges of the high-resolution electron beam lithography and of the morphological inspection of devices through SEM, AFM, Optical microscopy. Thin film depositions, doping and oxidation processes, chemical and plasma etchings are as well part of her experimental skills. Recently, she has started a research activity on an innovative concept of fabrication based on two-dimensional materials: printed technology. The purpose is to obtain fully printed integrated circuits on flexible substrates such as paper.


Prof. John W. Sheffield

Purdue University, USA

Dr. John W. Sheffield, joined Purdue University in January 2015.  He holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Sheffield has a broad base of experience in energy technologies.  He has served as one of the founding associate directors at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization - International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET) during their first two years of operation in 2005-2006. He also served as the Associate Director of the National University Transportation Center at Missouri S&T. For more than forty years, he has served as an editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.  In August 2014, he completed a two-year assignment as a principal consultant at DNV GL - Energy supporting the evaluation, measurement and verification of energy efficiency programs and the response to the U.S. DOE Uniform Methods Project Protocol review of compressed air systems. In August 2015, he completed a 7-week National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program as an industrial mentor for a potential startup company based on the manufacturing of bio-inspired bipolar plates for PEM fuel cells. On 1 March 2019, he became the President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, having previously served as the Executive Vice President. He has also served as a part-time Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi'an, China working in the summers with the School of Energy and Power Engineering on hydrogen energy technologies from 2019-2021 and teaching in the annual International Summer School offered by the State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering.


Dr. Anna Maria Ferretti


Anna Maria Ferretti is Research Scientist and Branch manager at SCITEC-CNR Branch of Via G. Fantoli at CNR-SCITEC Milano Italy. She received her PhD in Chemistry from University of Milano (Italy) in 2002. Her research topic is focused on synthesis, design and optimization of inorganic, organic and mixed inorganic organic based nanomaterials for applications in nanomedicine, organic photovoltaic and catalysis. Moreover, she is an expert in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and its related analytical technique (EELS, ESI, STEM/EDX). In the last years, she focused on the TEM characterization of polymeric nanoparticles for sustainable OPV from morphological and structural point of view. She has co-authored over 65 JCR papers, 3 book chapters.


Dr. Arantzazu Garcia-Lekue

Donostia International Physics Center, Spain

Aran Garcia-Lekue is an Ikerbasque Researcher at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). She holds a degree in Physical Sciences (Extraordinary Prize, 1998) and a PhD in Material Science and Engineering (European PhD, 2003) from the University of the Basque Country. She conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Liverpool (UK) and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley (USA). In 2007, she joined the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) through the Fellows Gipuzkoa programme and, in 2012, became an Ikerbasque Researcher. Since 2015, she has been teaching on the Master's in Nanoscience at the University of the Basque Country. She is involved in several international collaborations and has been a Mercator Fellow at the University of Kiel in Germany, as well as visiting researcher at the LBNL in Berkeley.

In her doctoral thesis (directed by Pedro Maria Echenique and Jose Maria Pitarke), she conducted theoretical research into the interactions between several metallic bodies. Her post-doctoral research focussed on the development and application of computational tools for simulating nanoscale quantum electronic properties. Her main areas of research over recent years have looked at molecular electronics and small-scale materials, particularly graphene nanostructures – highly promising materials for use in nanoelectronics or quantum computing. In 2018, her research group participated in a project on nanoporous graphene which won third place in the Cutting-edge Science Awards (Premio Vanguardia de la Ciencia) 2018 and was selected as Molecule of the Year 2018 by the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Prof Silke Christiansen

Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany

Professor Silke Christiansen is appointed professor since November 2013 at the Freie University - Berlin and Director of the Institute of Nanoarchitectures for energy conversion at the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy, Berlin, Germany. She in addition holds a Group Leader appointment for "Photonic Nanoarchitectures" at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany. She has significant experience in the field of nano-materials for energy applications, sensing and opto-electronics. She advances materials based on correlated microscopies and spectroscopies for which she operates a lab@location with Carl Zeiss AG. She gained her scientific experience at various institutions in Germany and the USA, e.g. IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, Columbia University, NY, USA, Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics and the Science of Light in Halle and Erlangen, Leibnitz Institute for Photonic Technology and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. She has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, more than 10 patents/- applications, 5800 scitations and an h-index of 40


Prof. Sergio Enrique Moya

CIC biomaGUNE, Spain

Dr. Sergio Moya obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the National University of the South in Argentina and a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and the University of Potsdam, Golm, Germany.  Afterwards, he worked as post doct in the group of Prof. Jean Marie Lehn in the College de France, Paris, France, and later at the Nanoscience Centre and Chemistry department at the University of Cambridge, UK.   Then, he worked  as independent researcher for a short time in the Centre of Applied Chemistry (CIQA), CONACYT, Mexico. Since 2006 he is group leader at CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain. He has been a Ramon y Cajal Fellow and   he also hold an adjunct faculty position at Zhejiang University, China.  He is the author of around 200 papers in journals of  Material Science, Nanomedicine, Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science. He has coordinated more than 10 European and international projects. His main research interests are in nanofabrication using elements of soft matter and supramolecular chemistry, the physical chemistry of soft materials, the biological fate of nanomaterials and medical applications of polymeric and supramolecular nanomaterials.


Prof. Pablo Ordejon

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Prof Ordejón is Director of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). He earned his degree in Physics (1987) and PhD in Science (1992) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) from 1992 to 1995, and as assistant professor at the Universidad de Oviedo from 1995 to 1999. In 1999 he obtained a research staff position at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). In 2007 he moved to CIN2 (now ICN2) as the leader of the Theory and Simulation Group, where he is currently a Distinguished Researcher and Director.

He is known for being one of the main developers of the popular SIESTA software for first-principles calculations. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, which have received over 30,000 citations (h-index of 60). Since 2009 he has served as co-editor of EPL (formerly Euro Physics Letters) and since 2004 as regional editor of physica status solidi. He oversaw the Condensed Matter Physics subject area of the Physics Panel of the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) from 2003 to 2006, and was the head of the Physics and Engineering Panel of the Access Committee to the Spanish Supercomputing Network from 2005 to 2011. He became a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2005, and in 2017 was elected a member of the Academia Europaea.


Dr. George Avgouropoulos

University of Patras, Greece

Dr. George Avgouropoulos graduated from the University of Patras with a diploma in Chemical Engineering (1997). Post graduate studies were carried out in Chemical Engineering Department of University of Patras in collaboration with Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (FORTH/ICE-HT), under the supervision of Prof. Verykios and Research Director Dr. Ioannides, respectively. He received a MSc diploma in Energy and Environment (2003) and a PhD diploma in Chemical Engineering (2003) from University of Patras. Since July 2003 he works as a research associate at FORTH/ICE-HT. In June 2010 he was elected a Lecturer at the Materials Science Department of University of Patras in the field of “Materials engineering in microphase-nanophase or/and molecular or/and biomolecular materials or/and devices – experimental direction”. In the midterm he was a postdoctoral fellow of National Fellowships Foundation (2006-2007), assistant professor at the Technological Educational Institution of Kalamata in Greece (2005-2010) and fixed term Lecturer at the Materials Science Department (2008 – today). He has co-authored 36 research papers and has received more than 1600 citations. He has presented more than 50 research papers in scientific conferences, while he co-holds two international patents.

In addition, three of his papers have been recognised as "Top-50 most cited articles" by Elsevier. He has co-edited a book in RSC Catalysis Series. He has participated as senior researcher in several European projects dealing with catalysis and fuel cell. He has developed research activities in the development (synthesis and characterization) of nanostructured catalysts (mainly Cu-Ce mixed oxides and Cu-Mn spinel oxides, as well as precious metal-based catalysts such as Au/Fe2O3, Au/CeO2, Pt/CeO2 Pt/Al2O3, and carbon-based materials) for application in hydrogen technologies (methanol fuel processors and PEM fuel cells). Recent research activities focus on the development (reaction engineering, synthesis-characterization-testing of materials) of a methanol-fuelled power unit based on a methanol reformer and a high temperature PEM fuel cell. His expertise spreads across a variety of analytical characterization techniques required from the nature of nanostructured materials focusing on collection of information with respect to the morphology, microstructure, phase distribution, etc. These include N2 adsorption, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (TEM, SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and temperature-programmed methods (TPR, TPD), isotopic measurements (SSITKA).