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3rd Edition Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Conference Chairs

Prof. Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky

Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC)- Spain

Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky is the Head of the Hybrid, Biohybrid and Porous Nanostructured Materials team (http://www.icmm.csic.es/phbhmg/) at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). He is a Research Professor Scientist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC (National Research Council of Spain), Graduate in Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid in 1970; Docteur ès Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 1974, and Doctor en Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, (Madrid) in 1979. Founder and First Director of several Departments at the CSIC including the last one, “New Architectures in Materials Chemistry Department”, created in 2010 at the ICMM-CSIC.

Professor Ruiz-Hitzky, chemist and nanotechnologist is currently working on a strong interdisciplinary approach, at the interface of fundamental research and industrial, environmental and biomedical applications. He is author or co-author of more than 200 publications and 25 patents (some of them transferred to industry for commercialization), mainly related to the following research topics: Nanostructured Functional Materials; Hybrid, Biohybrid, Intercalation Compounds & Nanocomposites; Layered and Porous Inorganic Solids. His contribution is reflected by his international ranking by WOS (June 30th, 2015) with an H-index of 43.

He was in 2011 Invited Professor at the Collège de France, Paris (France) and in 2015 CAPES Senior Fellow at the National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LNNano), Campinas (Brazil). He has been Member of the Direction Committee of the Inorganic Chemistry Specialized Group (GEQI) at the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), President of the Spanish Clay Society, Member of the Direction Committee of the ICMM-CSIC, and General Chair and Organizer of several international conferences (e.g., 5th MATERIALS DISCUSSION on Porous Materials and Molecular Intercalation, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, September 2002, Madrid, and 4th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials, ELSEVIER, Sitges, March 2015).Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology (I.F. > 2,5) and Associated Editor of Current Nanoscience (2010-). Member of the Editorial Board of various SCI journals. The quality of his research has been recognized with several international awards including the STAS Prize (Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Belgium), the BRUYLANTS award (Association des Chimistes de l’Université de Louvain, Belgium), the ICIDCA award (The Ministry of Sugar, Cuba), the AIPEA Medal (Tokyo, 2005), the Guillaume Budé Medal (Collège de France, Paris 2011), the Josep Lleal Medal (Expoquimia,  Barcelona 2011) and various distinctions at the CSIC.

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Dr. Pilar Aranda

Materials Science Institute of Madrid, CSIC, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Pilar Aranda is Research Scientist at the Materials Science Institute of the National Research Council of Spain (ICMM-CSIC). She graduated in Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid (1986), and then she joined the Materials Science Institute of Madrid, CSIC, carrying out her Ph.D. (1991) under the supervision of Prof. Ruiz-Hitzky on nanocomposite materials based on poly(ethylene oxide)/clay intercalations, which gave rise to a new class of ion conductors. She has worked at the École National Superieur de Chimie de Montpellier, France and at the University of Aberdeen, UK under the supervision of Prof. L. Cot and Prof. A. R. West, respectively. She was subsequently a postdoctoral Fellow at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO working with Prof. C.R. Martin before joining the Carlos III University in Madrid as Assistant Professor (1994–1997) till she moved to the ICMM-CSIC. Her research has focused on nanostructured functional organic–inorganic and bio-inorganic hybrid materials, mainly based on silicates and clays, for diverse applications: electrochemical devices, environmental remediation, controlled drug delivery, green bionanocomposites, etc. She has participated in more than 40 research projects funded by public and private funds, has more than 130 publications as articles, book chapters and monographs and has 8 registered patents. She has also participated in the organization of various national and international meetings, acting as General Secretary of the Euchem Conference on Chemical Reactivity in Nanoporous Solids  (Miraflores de la Sierra 1999, Spain), Co-chaired the 5th Materials Discussion on Porous Materials and Molecular Intercalation, (The Royal Society of Chemistry, Madrid, 2002), Chaired the Workshop on Hybrid Materials Based on Clay Minerals (Madrid, 2007) and the Workshop on Materials and Clays (Madrid, 2010), and acted as General Secretary of the 2010 Trilateral Meeting on Clays organized by the Spanish Clay Society (SEA), the Clays Science Society of Japan (CSSJ) and the Clay Minerals Society (CMS). She has been General Secretary of the Directive Council of the SEA (2002-2010) and its Liaison Officer at the Asociation International pour l’Étude des Argiles, AIPEA (2004-2010).  She is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology and member of the Editorial Board of Clay Minerals and Applied Clays Science journals. Since 2008 she is Head of the “FE-SEM Laboratory” at the ICMM-CSIC.

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Dr. Francisco M. Fernandes

Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris UPMC, UMR 7574/ Collège de France, France

Francisco M. Fernandes obtained a degree in Chemistry and a MSci in Environmental Sciences from the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. He later moved to Madrid, Spain to pursue a PhD under Prof. Ruiz-Hitzky guidance at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid, focusing on the interface between biopolymers and clay minerals to develop bionanocomposite materials. In 2011, he integrated the Condensed Matter Chemistry Laboratory of Paris as a post-doctoral fellow to work on the application of spray drying to the development of collagen-based materials. He was appointed assistant professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2013 to work in the Materials & Biology team within the LCMCP.
His current research interests span the large field of biomaterials. In particular, he is interested in the integration of biological functions in exogenous materials by adaptating materials science processing techniques to meet the requirements of living matter.

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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Raúl José Martín Palma

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Raúl J. Martín-Palma is a professor of physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). He received his M.S. degree in applied physics in 1995 and his Ph.D. in physics in 2000, both from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has been a post-doctoral Fellow at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ, USA) and a visiting professor at The Pennsylvania State University (USA). He has received young scientists’ awards from the European Materials Research Society and Materials Research Society (USA) for his research on nanostructured materials.

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Dr. Xiaowen Yuan

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Xiaowen Yuan obtained her PhD from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and has a strong background in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a senior scientist at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, and was an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore. She is now a senior academic in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University, New Zealand. Dr Yuan has been working on the characterisation and processing of novel composite materials using natural resources (including natural fibres, cellulose, mineral fibres, gelatine and collagen). She has led research on processing and characterisation of Nano-cellulose composites for medical and electronic applications, and has also researched fibre surface modification. Her current research focuses on functional composite materials for energy storage and smart textiles.

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Dr. Marie-Helene Delville

Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry/ CNRS UPR 9048, Bordeaux I University, France

Dr Marie-Helene Delville is CNRS Senior Scientis at Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry / CNRS UPR 9048, Bordeaux I University France. Her research interests are focused on the fundamental and practical aspects involved in the synthesis of organic–inorganic colloidal nanoobjects with special emphasis on the synthesis, control of shape, surface functionalization of mineral oxide particles and sol–gel chemistry. Her research also includes their use in biomedical applications and their potential toxicity.

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Prof. Cédric Boissiere

University Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS, France

Dr C. Boissiere was born in France 1974. He was appointed as Fellow Researcher CNRS in 2002 and is now Research Director, head of the processing and hybrid materials group. He works on the synthesis of functional hierarchical nano-materials by coupling of evaporation processing and bottom-up soft-chemistry. Most of his achievements concern nanostructured thin films, nanoparticles and aerosol materials for optics, heterogeneous catalysis and nano-medicine. He is co-authors of around 160 articles and 28 patents. His work was awarded by the European Membrane Society (EMS) in 2006, the Jean RIST medal of the French Society of Materials and Metallurgy (SF2M)) in 2007, and French Chemical Society in Solid Chemistry (2014).

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Prof. Clément Sanchez

University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Collège de France, CNRS, France

Clément Sanchez is Professor at the Collège de France « Chair Chemistry of Hybrid Materials » and Director of The “Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” (UMR 757,  University of Pierre and Marie Curie-Collège de France-CNRS). He was Director of Research at the French  Council Research (CNRS) and Professor at l’Ecole Polytechnique. He received an engineer degree from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris in 1978 and a “thèse d’état” (PhD) in physical chemistry from the University of Paris VI in 1981.

He did a post-doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently performing research at the The Collège de France in Paris. He is specialised in the field of nanochemistry and physical properties of nanostructured porous and non-porous transition metal oxide based gels and porous and non-porous hybrid organic inorganic materials shaped as monolith, microspheres and films. He was the recipient of many national and international awards and is member of several Academies of Sciences (French, European, Spanish). He was organiser of several international meetings associated to the field of soft-chemistry, hybrid materials and related bio-aspects.

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Prof. Pierre Rabu

CNRS – IPCMS Institute of Physics and chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg, France

Pierre Rabu was born in Nantes, France, in 1964. He obtained his PhD in solid state chemistry from the University of Nantes, France, in 1990. He then became CNRS researcher at the Institute of Physics and chemistry of Strasboug, France, to work on low-dimensional (LD) magnetic materials. He was short term research fellow at Institute for Fundamental Organic Chemistry, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1996 and visiting fellow of Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, USA, in 2001. He received the 1998 prize of the Solid State Chemistry division of the French Chemical Society. Since 2005, Pierre Rabu is director of research and focuses his activities on the design of molecular, inorganic or hybrid organic-inorganic solids, with a special emphasis on synthesis, structure-properties relationships, modelling and analysis of the magnetic behaviour of LD systems. His current activities concern especially layered organic-inorganic magnetic and multifunctional materials, multifunctional hybrid materials and magnetic, photo active, chiral or bio-inorganic nanostructures. In 2005-2008, he was director of the CNRS national group of research on Multifunctional Hybrid Materials. He is currently vice-president of the regional section (Alsace) of the French Chemical Society. Pierre Rabu was head of the Department of Chemistry of Inorganic Materials (2014-2017) and is now deputy director of IPCMS.

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Prof. Andre Ayral

Institut Europeen des Membranes, Montpellier university, France

Prof. André Ayral received his Ph.D. in “Dense Media and Materials” from the University of Montpellier (France) in 1988. He first served as research engineer at the French Nuclear Agency (CEA). He then joined the Graduate National Higher School of Chemistry of Montpellier (ENSCM) as an assistant professor in 1991. Since 2002 he is Professor of Chemistry at University of Montpellier. He is currently coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master in "Membrane Engineering" as well as coordinator for Educational Affairs of Regional Centre of Excellence in Chemistry Balard. He is also Vice-President of the Materials Science French Federation. He carries out his research activities within the European Institute of Membranes of Montpellier. His main research interests include synthesis and characterization of inorganic and hybrid porous materials, thin films, and multifunctional membranes. He has 149 publications in peer reviewed international journals, 23 book editions or book chapters and 7 patents.

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Dr. Fabio Miletto Granozio

CNR-SPIN Institute Naples, Italy

Dr. Fabio Miletto Granozio received his PhD in Physics in November 1995 at the University “Federico II” of Naples. He did his post-doc at CEA-Grenoble, in France, working on high temperature superconductor thin films and devices. He returned to Naples and became tenured researcher in 1999 for the Istituto Nazionale Fisica della Materia (INFM). He has been Director for the INFM-Coherentia Center  in 2009. When INFM was merged into CNR, FMG became a researcher of the SPIN Institute of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR SPIN). He has been director of the Naples Unit of CNR-SPIN in years 2010-2011.

Dr. Fabio Miletto Granozio is presently responsible for the Modular facility for Oxides Deposition and Analysis at CNR-SPIN and is Chair of the COST Action named TO-BE (“Towards oxide-based electronics”), a large European network collecting participants from 29 EU countries.

The present research activity of Dr. Fabio Miletto Granozio is mainly focused on the growth and characterization of oxide thin films and heterostructures. He authored over 100 papers on ISI indexed journals and delivered about 20 invited/keynote talks. His recent scientific production provided a contribution to the understanding of 2-dimensional electron gases at oxide heterostructures.

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Prof. Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky

Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC)- Spain

Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky is the Head of the Hybrid, Biohybrid and Porous Nanostructured Materials team (http://www.icmm.csic.es/phbhmg/) at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). He is a Research Professor Scientist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC (National Research Council of Spain), Graduate in Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid in 1970; Docteur ès Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 1974, and Doctor en Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, (Madrid) in 1979. Founder and First Director of several Departments at the CSIC including the last one, “New Architectures in Materials Chemistry Department”, created in 2010 at the ICMM-CSIC.

Professor Ruiz-Hitzky, chemist and nanotechnologist is currently working on a strong interdisciplinary approach, at the interface of fundamental research and industrial, environmental and biomedical applications. He is author or co-author of more than 200 publications and 25 patents (some of them transferred to industry for commercialization), mainly related to the following research topics: Nanostructured Functional Materials; Hybrid, Biohybrid, Intercalation Compounds & Nanocomposites; Layered and Porous Inorganic Solids. His contribution is reflected by his international ranking by WOS (June 30th, 2015) with an H-index of 43.

He was in 2011 Invited Professor at the Collège de France, Paris (France) and in 2015 CAPES Senior Fellow at the National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LNNano), Campinas (Brazil). He has been Member of the Direction Committee of the Inorganic Chemistry Specialized Group (GEQI) at the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), President of the Spanish Clay Society, Member of the Direction Committee of the ICMM-CSIC, and General Chair and Organizer of several international conferences (e.g., 5th MATERIALS DISCUSSION on Porous Materials and Molecular Intercalation, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, September 2002, Madrid, and 4th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials, ELSEVIER, Sitges, March 2015).Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents in Nanotechnology (I.F. > 2,5) and Associated Editor of Current Nanoscience (2010-). Member of the Editorial Board of various SCI journals. The quality of his research has been recognized with several international awards including the STAS Prize (Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Belgium), the BRUYLANTS award (Association des Chimistes de l’Université de Louvain, Belgium), the ICIDCA award (The Ministry of Sugar, Cuba), the AIPEA Medal (Tokyo, 2005), the Guillaume Budé Medal (Collège de France, Paris 2011), the Josep Lleal Medal (Expoquimia,  Barcelona 2011) and various distinctions at the CSIC.

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Prof. Huang Weimin

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has 17 years of experience on shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid) and technologies. He has published two books (Thin Film Shape Memory Alloys [co-ed., Cambridge University Press, 2009]; Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer [co-au., CRC, 2011]) and over 100 papers in journals, such as Materials Today, Soft Matter, Journal of Materials Chemistry etc, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 60 international journals and proposals from American Chemical Society etc. He is currently on the editorial board of four journals.

Research Interests: Shape memory materials and technologies, Smart actuators and devices, Active assembly and disassembly, Surface patterning, Yield surface of materials, Materials selection, etc.

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Dr. Johannes T. B. Overvelde

Group leader Soft Robotic Matter | FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, Netherland

Between 2004 and 2012, Overvelde studied applied physics and mechanical engineering at the Delft University of Technology, where he received both his BSc and MSc degrees in mechanical engineering cum laude. In April 2016, Overvelde finished his PhD in applied mathematics at Harvard University under the direction of professor Katia Bertoldi at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Overvelde’s PhD research focused on harnessing compliance and instabilities in engineered structural materials and devices to achieve function.

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Prof Tanja Weil

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

Tanja Weil studied chemistry (1993–1998) at the TU Braunschweig (Germany) and the University of Bordeaux I (France) and completed her PhD at the MPI for Polymer Research under the supervision of K. Müllen. In 2003 she received the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. From 2002 to 2008 she managed different leading positions at Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH (Frankfurt) from Section Head Medicinal Chemistry to Director of Chemical Research and Development. In 2008 she accepted an Associate Professor position at the National University of Singapore. Tanja Weil joined Ulm University as Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry III / Macromolecular Chemistry in 2010. In 2012 Tanja Weil has been awarded the ERC Synergy Grant together with Fedor Jelezko and Martin Plenio. Her current scientific interests include the synthesis of quantum materials, customized and adaptive macromolecules for precision sensing and therapy as well as polymeric catalysts and hybrid membranes that outperform existing materials. Prof. Dr. Tanja Weil joined the Max Planck Society in 2017 as one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research heading the department “Synthesis of Macromolecules”.

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Prof. Ling Chao

National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Prof Ling Chao had her PhD in 2009 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology- USA. Then spent three year as Post doc researcher in Cornell University, USA. She’s now an assistant professor and head of the Biomimetic Membrane Interfacial Phenomena and Engineering – Chemical engineering, National Taiwan University-Taiwan. The group research themes include:

Cell Membrane Mimic Bio-chips

Phase Transformation and Transport Phenomena in Lipid Membranes

Studying phase transformation phenomena in bio-membranes

Exploring physical pathway for potential therapeutic applications of phospholipase related disease.

Liposome based drug delivery application

Bio-interface engineering for studying peripheral protein-lipid membrane interactions

Use microfluidic and microfabrication techniques to develop composite membranes to study how the membrane catalyzes membrane protein structure changes

High throughput screening of environmental conditions in microfluidic devices

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