6th Ed. Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS 2021 Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Manfred Kohl

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Manfred Kohl is a professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and head of the Department of Smart Materials and Devices at the Institute of Microstructure Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He received his PhD degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He worked as an IBM postdoctoral fellow at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, and subsequently joined KIT. His current research focuses on multiferroic materials and corresponding microsystems, as well as multimaterial micro- and nanotechnologies.


Prof. Pagona Papakonstantinou

Ulster University, UK

Pagona Papakonstantinou is Professor of Advanced Materials in the School of Engineering and a member of the Engineering Research Institute.  Pagona’s research interests concern the fabrication of nanocarbons as 2 Dimensional crystals and hierarchical multifunctional architectures, (such as graphene nanosheets, nanodots, nanoflakes, graphene oxide, dichalcogenides, hybrids, carbon nanotubes, nanotips, diamond nanorods) and the comprehensive investigation of their physical and physicochemical properties for use in renewable energy and biosensing areas. Underpinning research into graphene and 2D materials led to a series of patents and a license to 2-DTech/Versarien Ltd. She also has extensive experience of the nano-mechanical, gas barrier and corrosion protection properties of disordered carbon films (DLC).

Pagona is an Invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) through the ‘Leaders in the Field’ scheme for her contributions in the field of nanomaterials and nanoscience. She is a recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship (2011) and of a Distinguished Research Fellowship from Ulster University (2003).  She has served/serves on various committees and panels such European Commission, EPSRC, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin Light Source, Royal Irish Academy on Chemical and Physical Sciences; Institute of Physics in Ireland; National Access Programme (NAP) of Tyndall National Institute and UK Diamond Light Source.

Pagona was appointed to a Lectureship at Ulster in 1998 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and a Personal Chair in 2009. Prior to this she undertook a number of post-doctoral positions including: magneto-optical material research at Queen’s University Belfast; fs direct laser micro-deposition at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) in Crete and industrial research on Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technologies at Analogue Devices.

Prof Papakonstantinou Pagona has a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1988) and a PhD in Physics from the Queen’s University of Belfast (1994).


Prof. Vladimir Falko

Manchester University - United Kingdom

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.


Prof. Elisabetta Comini

University of Brescia, Italy

Elisabetta Comini earned her Laurea degree in Physics from University of Pisa working on crystals and spectroscopy in 1996; she then pursued her Ph.D. in Material science at the University of Brescia in 2000 on metal oxide thin films for chemical sensing.

EC is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties. She is responsible of SENSOR Laboratory.

She has been organizer of several symposia in the materials and sensing field for Materials Research society and European Materials Research society. She serves as a reviewer for various international journals and she is part of the technical program committee of several conferences in chemical sensing. She is supervising several undergraduate as well as graduate students at the University of Brescia.

She has received the following awards: Outstanding Oral Presentation At Eurosensors XIX Conference (Barcelona, 2005), outstanding oral presentation at EUROSENSORS XX conference (Goteborg, 2006), winner of the first place “Science as art” 2010 MRS Spring Meeting, Eurosensors Fellow Award in 2012.

EC has over 350 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and review papers; she is also editor of various books and holds four patents issued. She is actively involved as organizer of symposia and conferences. She has more than 500 communications, 130 invited communications at conferences and she has given more than 65 invited communications including 6 plenary talk.


Prof. Jeremy Levy

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. Jeremy Levy is a Distinguished Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute. He received an A.B. degree in physics from Harvard University in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree in physics from UC Santa Barbara in 1993. After a postdoctoral position at UC Santa Barbara, he joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. His research interests center around the emerging field of oxide nanoelectronics, experimental and theoretical realizations for quantum computation, semiconductor and oxide spintronics, quantum transport and nanoscale optics, and dynamical phenomena in oxide materials and films.

Dr. Levy is Director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, the Center for Oxide-Semiconductor Materials for Quantum Computation, a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) on Quantum Preservation, Simulation and Transfer in Oxide Nanostructures, and a NSF Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond program, and a Class of 2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of the 2008 Nano50 Innovator Award, and the NSF Career Award. He has received the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Distinguished awards for research (2004, 2011) and teaching (2007).


Prof. Kari Ullakko

LUT University, Finland

Kari Ullakko is Professor (tenured) and Head of the Material Physics Laboratory at LUT University. He has worked with several universities and companies in various countries and has led a number of international research teams and projects (Finland, EU and USA) and gained research funding over 23 Million euros. His discovery of the magnetic shape memory effect has created a new field of material science, engineering and technology. Ullakko´s first paper in this field has been cited over 2600 times. Ullakko has founded two high technology companies (in 1997 and 2015). Ullakko is a member of several international professional organizations and he was a Member of the Council of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Academy of Finland during 2016-2018.


Prof. Filiberto Bilotti

Roma Tre University, Italy

Filiberto Bilotti received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been with the Faculty of Engineering, from 2002 to 2012, and then, the Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, since 2013, where he has been serving as a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Field Theory, since 2014, and the Director of the Antennas and Metamaterials Research Laboratory, since 2012. His main research interests include analysis and design of microwave antennas and arrays, analytical modelling of artificial electromagnetic materials, metamaterials, and metasurfaces, including their applications at both microwave and optical frequencies. In the last ten years, his main research interests have been focused on the analysis and design of cloaking metasurfaces for antenna systems, on the modelling and applications of (space and) time-varying metasurfaces, on the topological-based design of antennas supporting structured field, on the modeling, design, and implementation of non-linear and reconfigurable metasurfaces, on the concept of meta-gratings and related applications in optics and at microwaves, on the modeling and applications of optical metasurfaces. The research activities developed in the last 20 years, from 1999 to 2019, has resulted in more than 500 articles in international journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and three patents.,Prof. Bilotti has been serving for the scientific community, by playing leading roles in the management of scientific societies, such as the editorial board of international journals and the organization of conferences and courses. In particular, he was a Founding Member of the Virtual Institute for Artificial Electromagnetic Materials and Metamaterials (Metamorphose VI), in 2007. He was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virtual Institute for Artificial Electromagnetic Materials and Metamaterials (Metamorphose VI) for two terms, from 2007 to 2013, and the President for two terms, from 2013 to 2019. He has been serving for the Metamorphose VI as the Vice President and the Executive Director, since 2019. He was a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, including the elevation to the IEEE fellow grade for contributions to metamaterials for electromagnetic and antenna applications in 2017, an Outstanding Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2016, the NATO SET Panel Excellence Award in 2016, the Finmeccanica Group Innovation Prize in 2014, the Finmeccanica Corporate Innovation Prize in 2014, the IET Best Poster Paper Award (Metamaterials 2013 and Metamaterials 2011), and the Raj Mittra Travel Grant Senior Researcher Award in 2007. In 2007, he hosted the inaugural edition of the International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwave and Optics – Metamaterials Congress. He served as the Chair for the Steering Committee of the International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwave and Optics–Metamaterials Congress for eight editions, from 2008 to 2014, and 2019. He was elected as the General Chair of the Metamaterials Congress, from 2015 to 2018. He was also the General Chair of the Second International Workshop on Metamaterials-by-Design Theory, Methods, and Applications to Communications and Sensing, in 2016. He has been serving as the Chair or a member of the technical program, steering, and organizing committee of the main national and international conferences in the field of applied electromagnetics. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, from 2013 to 2017, and the journal Metamaterials, from 2007 to 2013 and as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, from 2009 to 2015, Nature Scientific Reports, from 2013 to 2016, and EPJ Applied Metamaterials, since 2013. He was also the Guest Editor of five Special Issues in international journals.


Prof. Ho Won Jang

Seoul National University, Rep. of Korea

Prof. Ho Won Jang earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of POSTECH in 2004. He worked as a research associate in University of Madison from 2006 to 2009 and a senior research scientist in Korea Institute of Science and Technology from 2009 to 2012. He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Seoul National University in 2012. He is now an associate professor in the department. His research interests are the synthesis of highly ordered nanostructured thin films of metal oxides, 2D materials, halide perovskites, and metals and their applications to various devices including chemical sensors, solar water splitting cells, light-emitting diodes, photovoltaics, and nonvolatile memories. He was awarded Outstanding Young Researcher Programs by the National Research Foundation of Korea and Seoul National University in 2013. He published more than 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of Materials Research Society, American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society, Korean Institute of Metals and Materials, Korean Ceramic Society, and Korean Sensor Society.


Prof. Alessandro Lavacchi

ICCOM, CNR, Firenze, Italy

Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi is the Editor-in-Chief of "Coatings", an international journal devoted to the material science and the application of thick and thin films. Dr. Lavacchi is a Research Scientist at the Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici, Italian National Research Council (ICCOM-CNR). His research has been devoted to electrochemistry and the material science of surfaces and coatings. In the latest years his activity has been mainly focused on the development of catalytic nano-structured materials with a special emphasis on their application to the exploitation of biomass derived products in electrochemical devices. In this context he has contributed to the development of "facile" methods for the synthesis of platinum-free electrocatalysts for application in fuel cells, electrolyzers and raw chemical electro-synthesis. The activity resulted in the co-authorship of more than 50 papers in leading international journals and the monograph “Nanotechnology in Electrocatalysis for Energy” edited by Springer.


Prof. Yoke Khin Yap

Michigan Technological University, USA

Professor Yap is interested in the fundamentals of synthesis, characterization, and applications of functional materials, including zero-, one-, and two- dimensional B-C-N nanostructures (carbon, boron nitride, boron carbon-nitride, carbon nitride, boron, etc); Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs); and ZnO. In addition to basic research, his research group is dedicated in creating broader impacts to people, health, environment, and renewable energy harvesting. Professor Yap has edited multiple books, Material Research Society proceedings volumes, and journal special issues. His group has published a series of book and encyclopedia chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.


Prof. Ying-Hao Chu

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Prof. Chu received his PhD in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering from National Tsing-Hua University in 2004. Then, he joined the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoc. In 2008, he acquired an assistant professorship in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at National Chiao Tung University. He was promoted to an associate professor in 2015, and then he was promoted to a professor in 2018. From 2019, he was appointed as a distinguished professor. Since 2013, he has an adjunct position in institute of physics, Academia Sinica. In 2014 he started an adjunct position in the Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University. From 2016 to 2018, he had the adjunct position in the Material and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute and the International College of Semiconductor Technology at National Chiao Tung university. From 2019, he has an appointment with ACS Applied Electronic Materials to be an associate editor. His research is highly focused on complex functional oxides and strongly correlated electron systems. He has extensive experience in the use of advanced characterization techniques to understand and manipulate functional oxide heterostructures, nanostructures, and interfaces. His current goal is to create a pathway to use high quality oxide heteroepitaxy for soft transparent technology. Now, he is a pioneer with the most publication along this research direction. He has published ~300 papers (Web of Science: ~17000 citations, h-index=61; Google Scholar: >21000 citations, h-index=70) in academic journals. He is the winner of Highly Cited Researchers (2014, 2016, 2018-2019), the Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators (2018), Outstanding Research Award of Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (2017), Wu Ta-You Award (2017), and Y. Z. Hsu scientific paper award in Nanotechnology (2015).


Prof. Jérôme Cornil

Université de Mons, Belgium

Jérôme Cornil received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mons-Hainaut (Belgium) in 1996 under the supervision of Jean-Luc Brédas. After postdoctoral stays at the University of California at Santa Barbara (with A.J. Heeger) and at MIT Boston (with R.S. Silbey), he became a senior researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) in 2000. His research interests mostly deal with the design of organic semiconductors for organic-based opto-electronic devices and molecular-based devices and the understanding of the key electronic processes in the bulk of organic layers and at interfaces in such devices. He is (co)author of over 225 chapter books and papers in international peer-reviewed journals.


Dr. David Ruch

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg

Dr. Ruch got his Ph.D. diploma in France in 2002. Since 2005, he had the opportunity to lead groups mainly active on developing innovative  functional materials especially in the field of polymers and polymer-based composites and since 2015, he is leading a research group within Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology fully dedicated to surface and interface engineering. He published about 200 technical papers and had the opportunity to give more than 40 oral presentations. His fields of interest spans from interface and surface engineering as well as advanced characterization of materials properties up to  (nano)composites processing. He is actively involved in several projects whose aim is to develop multifunctional polymer composites to address specific applications. Throughout his career, he has attracted more than 10 Mio€ of research funding. Ongoing research projects are focused on developing Nanostructured coatings for one one hand to improve interfacial adhesion between symmetric or disymmetric materials and on the other hand to develop innovative multi-functional thin films.


Prof. Gaelle Lissorgues

ESIEE, France

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.


Dr. Gianluca Fiori

University of Pisa, Italy

Gianluca Fiori received his MSEE and Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2001 and 2005, respectively. In autumn 2002, he was with Silvaco International, developing quantum models, which are currently implemented in the commercial simulator ATLAS by Silvaco. In summer 2004, 2005 and 2008, he was with Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, working on models for the simulation of transport in nanoscaled devices. Since December 2007, he is an Assistant Professor with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università di Pisa.

His main field of activity includes the development of models and codes for the simulations of ultrascaled semiconductor devices, with particular attention to carbon based devices (Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Field Effect Transistors).

Dr. Fiori has participated to several networks of excellence founded by the European Community like SINANO and NANOSIL. He has also partecipated to the NANOTCAD project, developing codes for the simulation of three-dimensional devices based on Silicon and III-V compound, as well as to the European projects PULLNANO, and GRAND, in which he has been mainly involved in the evaluation of the performance of carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbon devices.

Gianluca Fiori serves as referee for the leading journals in the fields of semiconductor physics, and device electronics.


Prof. Dr. Patricia Luis,

Louvain School of Engineering, Belgium

Patricia Luis is professor at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in the division of Materials and Process Engineering. Her main research interests address CO2 capture and recovery using membrane contactors and, process intensification in the chemical industry by applying advanced separation technology and exergetic and environmental analyses. She authored more than 60 publications in these fields with more than 700 citations. Since 2013 she is member of the Editorial Board of the ‘Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology’ and, since 2014, member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Separation and Purification Technology.


Prof. Junwang (John) Tang

University College London, UK

Professor Junwang Tang is Director of UCL Materials Hub, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and a Fellow of the RSC. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2001. After that, he took a JSPS fellow in Japan and senior researcher in Imperial College London. In 2009, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London to take a permanent faculty position and then promoted to a Senior Lecturer (2011), Reader (2014) and Full Professor (2017).

He currently leads a research team including postdoctoral researchers, academic visitors and research students, with financial support from UK EPSRC, Leverhulme, Royal Society, RAE, Newton Fund, EU PF7, Qatar and so on. His research interests encompass continuous functional materials manufacturing by a microwave-intensified flow system, catalytic H2 synthesis from water, photocatalytic organic synthesis, photocataytic methane conversion, photocataytic ammonia synthesis and photocatalytic environmental purification. Such studies are undertaken in parallel with the mechanistic understanding and device optimisation to address the renewable energy supply and environmental purification. Such research has led to ~130 journal papers with >9000 citations, 11 patents and many invited lectures in international conferences. He received a few international awards, including the recent Runner-up of the Global Innovator of the Year by IChemE in 2014 and is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering, an Associate Editor of Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, the guest Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Photoenergy, 2012 and Associate Editor of Chin J. Catalysis as well as sitting on the editorial board of other international journals.


Prof. Andrea Alù

University of New York, USA

Andrea Alù is the Founding Director and Einstein Professor at the Photonics Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. He received his Laurea (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and, after a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor until Jan. 2018. Dr. Alù is a Fellow of NAI, AAAS, IEEE, AAAS, OSA, SPIE and APS, and has received several scientific awards, including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from DoD, the ICO Prize in Optics, the NSF Alan T. Waterman award, the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal.


Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Susan Trolier-McKinstry is the Steward S. Flaschen Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the Nanofabrication facility at the Pennsylvania State University.  Her main research interests include thin films for dielectric and piezoelectric applications.  She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, IEEE, and the Materials Research Society, and an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics. She currently serves as an associate editor for Applied Physics Letters.  She was 2017 President of the Materials Research Society; previously she served as president of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society, as well as Keramos.  Twenty-one people that she has advised/co-advised have gone on to take faculty positions around the world.

Professor Trolier-McKinstry’s research interests are centered around structure-processing-property relationships in electroceramics. This includes work on understanding the fundamentals that control the magnitude of the dielectric and piezoelectric responses; the reliability of the materials; the processing science associated with depositing and patterning thin film electroceramics with excellent structural and composition control; and piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (piezoMEMS).


Dr. Petr Sittner

Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Petr Šittner is a leading global expert in the field of research into so-called martensitic phase transformations and thermomechanical behaviour of shape memory metal alloys. He has been involved since 1991 in the research of martensitic transformations and related phenomena in solids and functional materials, particularly Shape Memory Alloys /SMA/, focussing:

  • experiments and modelling of martensitic transformations in Cu-based alloy single crystals,
  • experiments and modelling of thermomechanical behavior of SMAs under general loading conditions,
  • development, testing and modelling of NiTi reinforced composites,
  • analysis of physical property changes of solids associated with martensitic transformation
  • thin NiTi filament research
  • development of SMA textile technologies,
  • development and application of thermomechanical models of SMAs
  • in-situ x-ray and neutron diffraction applied to SMAs.

The SMA research lab I founded and built with my colleague Vaclav Novak in the Institute of Physics CAS  in 1995 has gradually developed into the present Functional Materials and Composites research group currently headed by L. Heller. The FMC research group currently focusses on the improvement of fatigue performance of NiTi alloys.

He's now mainly working on the following research areas:

  • development and application of x-ray and neutron diffraction methods to SMAs,
  • fatigue of NiTi actuators,
  • nonconventional heat treatment and shape setting of NiTi
  • environmental fatigue of NiTi for medical devices.

He published more than 200 scientific articles within impacted journals, 2 book chapters, 3 patents and 2 patent applications


Dr. Mindaugas Lukosius

IHP, Institute for High Performance Microelectronics, Germany

Dr. Mindaugas Lukosius received M.Sc degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania. The Ph.D degree in Chemistry was obtained from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany in 2010, in the field of CVD depositions and developments of high-k MIM capacitors. Since 2006 he has been with the IHP, Germany, where, in 2012, he joined the group of graphene research team. At the moment he is leading several graphene projects and focuses on the integration of novel, 200mm wafer scale graphene modules into the BiCMOS technology. He authored and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and held ~50 talks on national and international conferences.


Prof. Evgeny Tsymbal

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Evgeny Tsymbal joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2002 as Associate Professor, was promoted to Full Professor with Tenure in 2005, and was named Charles Bessey Professor in 2009 and George Holmes University Distinguished Professor in 2013. Prior to his appointment at UNL he was a senior research scientist at University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Research Center-Jülich, Germany, and a research scientist at the Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” in Moscow.

Evgeny Tsymbal’s research is focused on computational materials science aiming at the understanding of fundamental properties of advanced ferromagnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures and materials relevant to nanoelectronics and spintronics – relatively new research fields promising revolutionize electronic and data storage industries. First-principles calculations along with model approaches are employed to address a wide range of immensely challenging problems on different levels of complexity. An important ingredient of the research is a strong link to experimental investigations being performed at the University of Nebraska and in other academic and industrial laboratories throughout the world.

Evgeny Tsymbal has published over 200 papers, review articles and book chapters and presented over 150 invited talks in the areas of spin-dependent transport, magnetoresistive phenomena, nanoscale magnetism, complex oxide heterostructures, interface magnetoelectric phenomena, two-dimensional electron gases, and ferroelectric tunnel junctions. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, Nanoelectronics Research Corporation, Seagate Technology, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Evgeny Tsymbal is Director of the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) “Polarization and Spin Phenomena in Nanoferroic Structures,” which involves over twenty faculty members from six departments of the University of Nebraska. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, MRSECs are centers of excellence that support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality. Evgeny Tsymbal has also been Director of the Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)'s Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). CNFD is the multi-institutional Center charged with developing non-conventional electronic devices that can scale computer technology beyond CMOS.

Evgeny Tsymbal is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK, and a recipient of the UNL’s Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA).


Dr. Camilla Baratto

CNR-INO Brescia, Italy

Camilla Baratto was born in Brescia in 1972 and has received the degree in applied physics at the University of Parma in 1997 with a thesis on Raman and EXAFS characterization of iron oxide thin films prepared by sol–gel. In 1998 she started her collaboration with the Sensor Lab and in 2002 she received the PhD degree with the thesis “Functional characterization of gas sensors based on layers of porous semiconducting materials”. Now she works as a researcher at the Sensor Lab. Research topics are: study and development of innovative gas sensors (metal oxide thin films and nanobelts, porous silicon and carbon nanotubes); functional and morphological characterization of thin films for gas sensing application.


Dr. Anna Laromaine

Institut Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Anna Laromaine obtained her degree in Chemistry from the Girona University (2000). She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2005). Her PhD thesis focused in the synthesis of carboranes for catalysis and medical therapies. In 2005, she moved to the Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Molly M. Stevens where they developed a colorimetric sensor to detect proteases based in gold nanoparticles and peptides. In March 2008, she moved to the USA to continue her research at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in the group of Prof. Francesco Stellacci studying the replication of patterned surfaces using DNA and peptides using supramolecular interactions. Then, she joined the group of Prof. George M. Whitesides at Harvard University as a postdoctoral researcher for three years, developing 3D cell cultures in paper and combining microfluidic techniques and C. elegans. In May 2011, she re-incorporated at the ICMAB-CSIC in the group of Dr. Anna Roig as a Ramón y Cajal fellow. Her current research combines the disciplines of material science, chemistry and biology towards medical applications. In brief, they study the development of inorganic based nanoparticles and their assessment in biological relevant environments.

She published 24 papers in high impact journals, she holds 6 patents and she is co-founder of the start-up OsmoBlue Technology. Anna has recently been recognized with the Talent Emergent award from FemTalent.


Prof. Jie Yang

RMIT University, Australia

Prof. Yang received his PhD degree in solid mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2002 and is currently a Professor in Engineering with the School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. Prior to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Queensland from 2002-2004, a Lecturer at the Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong from 2004-2007 before joining RMIT in 2008 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 2010-2013 and Associate Professor from 2014-2016. His main research interests include advanced composite structures, nanocomposites, structural stability and dynamics, smart structures and control, and nano/micro-mechanics. He is an author of over 330 publications including 230 journal papers and 20 ESI highly cited articles. His publications have so far attracted more than 10700 (13100) citations with personal h-index 63 (68), according to Web of Science (Google Scholar).

Prof Yang is the 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Cross Field) by Clarivate Analytics, the Australian Research Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 and 2020, and the Global Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering in 2020. He is the Associate Editor of (1) Engineering Structures (JCR Q1), (2) Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines (JCR Q2); and the Editorial Board Member of (1) Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (JCR Q1), (2) Thin-Walled Structures (JCR Q1), (3) International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics (JCR Q2), (4) Materials (JCR Q2), and (5) Shock and Vibration (JCR Q3). He is also a frequent keynote/invited speaker and the scientific committee member in many international conferences.


Dr. Nuria Castell

Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway

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.


Dr. Salim Belouettar

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

Dr Salim Belouettar (SB) is the head of the Design and Durability research group at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg. SB research work includes the development and validation of reliable models and efficient simulation tools to describe and understand engineered complex non-linear behaviours, on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, with an emphasis on advanced composite materials and structures. During his career, SB collaborated with many world leading industries such as AIRBUS, Thales Alenia space, the European Space Agency, etc. In the last 15 years, SB has been awarded a number of research grants from national and international funding agencies and has coordinated two EC-funded projects.


Dr. Wei Min Huang

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 20 years of experience on various shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid), he has published over 190 papers in journals, such as Accounts of Chemical Research, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and Materials Today, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 270 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, Elsevier  and CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over three dozen of journals.


Dr. Shreeniwas K. Omanwar

Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, India


Prof. Murugan Ramalingam

The Vellore Institute of Technology, India

Murugan Ramalingam is Professor at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India. He has also an Adjunct Professor at Tohoku University, Japan, Professeur des Universite at the Faculté de Chirurgie Dentaire, Université de Strasbourg, France and ASEM-DUO Professor Fellowship at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He has worked at the WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Japan, as an Assistant Professor and at the Université de Strasbourg, France, as an Associate Professor. He has also worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the U.S. National Academies Associateship program. He received his Ph.D. in Biomaterials from the CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, University of Madras. He has also undergone training in Ethical and Policy issues on Stem Cells from Harvard University (USA), Operations Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago (USA), Business Management from the King’s College London (UK), and Strategic Leadership from the Deakin University (Australia). His current research interests are focused on the development of multiphase biomedical materials; through conventional to nanotechnology to biomimetic approaches, microfabrication and bioprinting, cell patterning, stem cell differentiation, tissue engineering and drug delivery. He is the author of 300+ publications, 15 textbooks and 70 book chapters, relevant to nanotechnology, biomaterials, biofabrications, stem cells, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His current h-index is 40 with 11000+ citations. He has delivered several keynote/invited talks and has chaired/organized several international conferences related to Biomaterials, Bioprinting, Nanobiotechnology, Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. He also serves as a board member of several international scientific and research committees in various public and private bodies and grant reviewer of various international funding agencies. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple biomaterials, biofabrication, and tissue engineering-related journals, including the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and The Journal of Bionanoscience, Regional Editor of Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Associate Editor of Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Frontiers in Medical Technology & Stem Cell Research and Therapy, and Bioprinting, Elsevier. He is a recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards, including CSIR Fellowship (India), Singapore Millennium Fellowship (SMF) (Singapore), NRC National Academies Fellowship (USA), Nationale Professeur des Universités (France), ASEM-DUO Professor Fellowship (South Korea), Fellow of Royal Society of Biology (UK), Fellow of Institute of Nanotechnology (UK), and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). He has also been featured in the World ranking of Top two percent (2%) Scientists.