Núria Aliaga-Alcalde is ICREA Professor (https://www.icrea.cat/Web/ScientificStaff/nuria--aliaga-alcalde-429) at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain, where she is part of the "Functional Surfaces and Interfaces" Research Unit and leader of the group FunNanoSurf, "Functional Nanomaterials & Surfaces" (http://departments.icmab.es/funnanosurf/). She completed her PhD in 2003 at Indiana University, USA, and did postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institut für Bioanorganische Chemie, Germany, and Leiden University, The Netherlands. In 2007 she started as an ICREA Junior Researcher at the University of Barcelona (UB), becoming ICREA Professor in 2012 at the ICMAB. Her current research focuses on the design and characterization of molecular-based materials, including their nanostructuration and application, taking advantage of their magnetic, electronic and fluorescent properties in bulk, on surfaces, and as individual active components in nanodevices.
Riccarda Antiochia is Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). She received a MSc degree in Chemistry with honors in 1992 and a MSc degree in Pharmacy with honors in 2009 both at Sapienza University of Rome. In 1994 received the Diploma of Imperial College at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London and in 1996 received a Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome. She was awarded of the national scientific qualifications as Full Professor for the scientific sectors CHIM/01, Analytical Chemistry, in 2018, and MED/46, Applied Medical Technologies, in 2019.
She is a Member of the Steering Committee of CNIS, Research Center for Biotechnology applied to Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome from 2011. She is author of 90 papers on international peer-reviewed scientific journals, 3 book chapters and 1 monography.
Her scientific activity is focused on the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology and analytical chemistry. The main area of research is the design, development and application of electrochemical biosensors for biomedical, food and environmental analysis. More recently, she is involved in the characterization of new nanostructured materials for electrode modification in second- and third-generation electrochemical biosensors, biofuel cells and microneedles-based biosensors development.
Evangelos Hristoforou was born in 1961 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He received the D. Eng degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1984 and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from King’s College, University of London, UK, in 1991. He serves as Professor of Electronic Materials and Director of the Laboratory of Electronic Sensors at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. His research topics include magnetic materials, methods and sensors for energy and health innovation. He has published more than 170 ISI journal papers (h-index=30), presented more than 50 invited presentations in international conferences and holds 5 international patents.
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Dr. Loretta L. del Mercato is Senior Researcher at Institute of Nanotechnology of CNR (CNR NANOTEC) and coordinator of the «3DCellSensing» group, since December 2018. She received her Master Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2004. In 2007, she got her PhD in “Innovative Materials and Technologies” from Institute of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (ISUFI), University of Salento, working at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL). From January 2008-April 2010, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Phillips University of Marburg (DE). In May 2010, she moved as Junior Researcher to the Nanoscience Institute of CNR (IT). In 2015, she joined the new-funded Nanotechnology Institute of CNR (CNR NANOTEC) as Principal Investigator where she started her own research program. She is unit leader of several projects, and she was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2017 and a My First AIRC Grant in 2019, respectively. At CNR NANOTEC, Dr. del Mercato implements a highly interdisciplinary approach, spanning from Materials Science to Chemistry and Bioengineering, to address fundamental challenges in cancer-related research. Through the core expertise in biosensing, stimuli-responsive nanoparticles and biomaterials, her team develops novel approaches for studying cell-cell heterogeneity in 3D in vitro patient-matched tumor models.
Prof. Grigoris Kaltsas joined the Institute of Microelectronics of NCSR "Demokritos" in 1993 as a Ph.D. student. He received his Ph.D. in development and characterization of integrated thermal flow sensors, from the National Technical University of Athens in 1998. He is now Professor at the Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of West Attica. Prof. G. Kaltsas has participated and coordinated several European and national research projects funded by various foundations and industries. He has collaborated with many European research groups from various courtiers within the framework of several projects. He has published more than 170 papers in refereed journals and major conferences and he is an author of 5 patents, two of them being PCTs. He has been awarded by the minister of development by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology for the patent “Flow meter and special designed packaging for use in medical equipment for breath control”. He has more than 1080 citations with an h-index of 19 (source: www.scopus.com). He has participated in various committees and boards related to electronics – microsystems - sensors research and education. He was the Technical Program Committee chair for Eurosensors 2011, which was held in Athens. He is in the editorial board of MDPI Sensors Journal and Micromachines Journal. He is also a member of the International Program Committee of several major conferences in the area of Sensors and Micro-Nano Devices. He has presented several invited talks in various organizations regarding sensors, microsystems and microfluidics research and development, while he is an active referee in major journals in the microsystem area. He is the founder and the head of the Laboratory of “Microsystems, Sensors, Embedded Devices and Automation (microSENSES)” (http://microsenses.eee.uniwa.gr/). The microSENSES laboratory was established in order to enhance the research activities in the general field of microsystems, sensors, microfluidics and embedded devices. His research is mainly focusing in the following topics: Printed electronics, Flexible devices, Development of microsystems, Sensors, New microsystem technologies, Bio-sensors and bio-systems, Microfluidics, Embedded systems.
Dr Castell is senior research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) with more than 15 years of experience on air pollution research with a particular emphasis on air quality monitoring and modelling in urban and regional scales.
Her current research focuses in the exploitation of novel monitoring technologies and crowdsourced air quality observations to complement existing monitoring systems in the characterization and assessment of indoor and outdoor air pollution. She’s involved in the exploitation of low-cost sensor platforms for various applications including spatial mapping, visualization, uncertainty analysis, and personal exposure estimates.
She work for the European Topic Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM), to assist the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its support to EU policy on air pollution and climate change mitigation and to support further harmonising European monitoring networks and reporting obligations on air pollution and climate change.
In the last 3 years she led European and National projects (e.g. Citi-Sense-MOB, CrowdAir, GIRECON-CITY) focused in the use of low-cost sensors, perception data and citizen engagement. Her research research results have been published in conferences, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and technical documents. She also supervised the master thesis of University students in the exploitation of crowdsourced air quality observations.
Liviu Movileanu is now a Professor of Physics at Syracuse University, Departments of Physics and Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. His expertise areas include single-molecule and membrane biophysics, chemical and synthetic biology, biosensors, and functional biomaterials. Liviu Movileanu is also affiliated with the BioInspired Institute, Syracuse, New York. Currently, his research group is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Christos RIZIOTIS is a faculty Researcher at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute of the National Hellenic Research Foundation -NHRF, Athens, Greece where he is leading the activity "Applied Photonics-Materials and Devices". He holds a Ph.D. in Photonics from Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK (2001), an M.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Degree in Physics both from National University of Athens. His research interests and work cover the areas of photonic materials, integrated optics, direct laser writing & micromachining, fibre sensors, optical communications, nanophotonics, plasmonics, with successfully demonstrated applications in defence industry, Structural Health Monitoring, industrial process monitoring, chemical sensors and biomedical / healthcare applications. He has participated or developed a number of collaborations and R&D projects with industry (Pirelli Cavi, Southampton Photonics, Stratophase, MBDA Missile Systems, Kleemann Lifts S.A., Bayern Chemie Propellants GmbH etc) and has authored a wide thematic range of research publications, holding also three (3) international patents. He is reviewer in over 30 technical Journals, Member of Editorial Board in several Journals in sensors, materials and instrumentation, and organizer of four Journals' special issues in optical materials and sensing. He was the Chair of the 6th IC-MAST "International Conference on Materials and Applications for Sensors and Transducers" and serves as committee member in a number of international conferences. He serves also as Management Committee Member for a number of research academic networks like COST Actions in the areas of sensing, novel materials, manufacturing, and healthcare, while served also as expert in the IEC Standardization Committee for Fibre Optic Sensors.