Israel Arnedo DAS-NANO, Spain Invited – Plenary Session
Israel Arnedo was born in Tudela, Spain, in 1980. He received the Telecommunication Engineering, M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the Public University of Navarre, (UPNA), Pamplona, Spain, in 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively.
He is currently Terahertz Technology Director at das-Nano S.L company and Associate Professor with the Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering Department, Public University of Navarre, where he has managed and participated in research projects supported by the Spanish Government, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the European Commission, and private companies. Since 2018, he is Vice-dean of the UPNA School of Engineering. His research interests of the microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz fields include periodic structure devices, coupled-mode theory, inverse-scattering synthesis, material characterization and their applications in ultra-wideband (UWB) systems, space and satellite technology, biomedical engineering research and industrial products. He has published more than 75 papers in these fields and holds 2 international patents successfully licensed. He is cofounder of the spin-off company TAFCO Metawireless S.L., a spin off company of the Public University of Navarre. He is a Reviewer for several international scientific journals.
Dr. Arnedo was the recipient of a Formación de Profesorado Universitario (FPU) grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to support his doctoral research. In 2012, he was awarded with a José Castillejo grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education to support his postdoctoral research stay at the Institut d'Électronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), Villeneuve D'Ascq, France. In 2014, he was bestowed the Junior Research Award of the Public University of Navarre for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Engineering Field. In 2017 he became Senior Member of the well-recognized IEEE association.
Paolo Bondavalli Thales Research & Technology, France Keynote – Plenary Session
Dr Paolo Bondavalli, male, is in charge of the transvers topic on nanomaterials at Thales Research and Technology (the central research lab of Thales group). He graduated in Physics in 1995 at the University of Parma, obtained his PhD in 2000 at INSA de Lyon and his HdR in 2011 on a work on carbon nanotubes based networks. He has a strong experience in leading and participating in European and French Research project (20 years). He is presently in charge of the task on supercapacitors of the Graphene Flagship initiative. He is the author of more than 60 papers and he has around 60 invited and keynote talks in international conferences. He is the author of the book “Graphene and related materials: properties and applications” edited by Elsevier in Octovber 2017. He is expert for H2020, Eurostars, Euripides, Flag-Era and National French Research Agency member of the Committee ‘Sensors and instrumentations’. He reviewer for IOP, Springer, Elsevier…
Fabián Calleja obtained his BSc (2001) and MSc (2002) in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He then joined the group of Prof. Rodolfo Miranda in the Surfaces Laboratory of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he obtained his PhD in 2007. Then he joined the group of Prof. Harald Brune in the Laboratory of Nanostructures at Surfaces of the Federal Politechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL) as a post-doctoral researcher. In January 2011 he joined IMDEA Nanoscience, where he is currently hired as a researcher.
His experimental field of expertise is Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) performed under Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) conditions at cryogenic temperatures and in the presence of external magnetic fields. His research activity is focused on the electronic and magnetic properties of metal supported graphene and their modification by interaction with organic molecules or heavy metal atoms. In particular, in the recent years he has been exploring the chemical functionalization of graphene with spatial control at the atomic level, as well as the enhancement of its spin-orbit coupling.
Andres Castellanos ICMM-CSIC, Spain Keynote – Plenary Session
Dr. Andres Castellanos-Gomez explores novel 2D materials and studies their electrical and optical properties with special interest on the application of these materials in optoelectronic devices. Part of his work can be considered as pioneering in the field of 2D materials beyond graphene as he has reported some of the early works on novel 2D materials like MoS2, black phosphorus, TiS3 and franckeite. Among his achievements, his works on strain tunable optical properties of 2D semiconductors and on photodetectors based on 2D materials are considered seminal works by the community.
As research outputs, A. Castellanos-Gomez is a leading expert in the field of 2D materials beyond graphene. He is Tenured-Scientist at CSIC since 2017. He is author/co-author of more than 100 articles in international peer review journals and 5 book chapters. According to Google Scholar, A. Castellanos-Gomez has an h-index of 39, with a total number of citations above 8900. He has received numerous awards and honours like being included in the ISI WOS-Clarivate list of ‘Highly cited researchers’, the ERC Starting Grant in 2017, the selection as one of the Top Ten Spanish Talents of 2017 by the MIT Technology Reviews and the recognition with the Young Researcher Award (experimental physics) of the Royal Physical Society of Spain (2016).
Aldo Di Carlo University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy Keynote – Plenary Session
Aldo Di Carlo is Full Professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Electronics Engineering. Leader of the Nano&Optoelectronic research group - http://www.optolab.uniroma.it at the Department of Electronic Engineering and member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society. His research activity concerns the study of electronic and optical properties of nanostructured devices, their analysis, optimization and technology. The development of the non-equilibrium theory for the microscopic description of the transport process in organic/inorganic devices and thermal processes at nanoscale has been the subject of invited talks at international conferences and University seminars. In the last years his researches have focussed on the study and fabrication of organic devices. Research activities in carbon nanotubes have been quite successful leading to the realization cold cathode vacuum triode based on CNT cathode for THz generation. The research activity of organic optoelectronic devices has been consider of excellence and the Lazio Region has sponsored this activity funding the "Polo Solare Organico della Regione Lazio", namely the Center for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE) where Prof. A. Di Carlo is co-director. The aim of the Center is the study and development of organic photovoltaic cells and their industrialization. Prof. Di Carlo has organized, together with Prof. Lugli, IEEE 2004 Nanotechnology Conference in Munich. Prof. Di Carlo is author/co-author of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals, several reviews on electronic and optoelectronic devices, 7 patents, several book chapters and co-author of two books (in Italian language) and has been invited to more than 40 invited talk at international conferences. Prof. Di Carlo has an h-factor = 38. The results of his research have been used to realize 5 spin-off companies dealing with ICT and Energy technologies.
Vladimir Falko University of Manchester/NGI
, UK Keynote – Plenary Session
Professor Falko is one of the UK's leading condensed matter theorists. He has made substantial contributions towards the understanding of the electronic and optical properties of graphene, including the discovery of bilayer graphene.
He has played a pivotal role in shaping the European graphene and other two-dimensional material research community, establishing the 'Graphene Week' conference series and leading the European Graphene Flagship work package: 'Fundamental Science of Graphene and 2D Materials Beyond Graphene'. He is also Co-Director of the Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training programme, based at The University of Manchester.
Julio Gómez Avanzare, Spain Invited – Plenary Session
Julio Gomez is the Founder of AVANZARE, company producer of graphene and other 2D materials and its composites . He is primarily interested in the mechanical properties of atomically thin materials such as graphene. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1995), receiving the and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (2000) from University of La Rioja where he studied the preparation and electrical and optical properties of nanosize metallic clusters, and a postdoctoral researcher position in the Laboratoire de Synthèse Organique, University of Nantes-CNRS After finishing his Ph.D, he spent 3 years as assistant Professor in Universidad de La Rioja and 2 years as an Area Manager in the research centre CIDETEC studying electrochemical systems before joining AVANZARE at the end of 2004. His awards include among others the best B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1995 award in the University Complutense de Madrid, the best PhD degree in Science and Technology award in the University of La Rioja from the years 1999-2000, National award Entrepreneur of the year 2008 in Spain, best product NANOAWARDS 2008 (USA), F&S best practices in innovation 2013 (UK). Author of 47 papers H-index 22.
Pedro Gomez-Romero is Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 2006. He is the Head of the NEO-Energy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ICN2 (CSIC-BIST) in Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain) (2007-).
Born in Almansa (Spain), B. Sc. and Ms Sc. Universidad de Valencia, Spain. Ph.D. in Chemistry, Georgetown University, USA, 1987, with Distinction. CSIC Researcher at ICMAB (CSIC), 1990-2007. Sabbatical at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, Colorado, USA (1998-99). Vicedirector of MATGAS technology Center (2010-2013). Member of the Materials Science Committee of CSIC (2012- 2014). He is currently member of EuroScience, the RSC, Materials Research Society, International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and the Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica (AECC). Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) since 2014. Winner of the CIDETEC Award for Research in Electrochemistry (2013-16), 2017.
Prof. Gomez-Romero research is focused on the design and development of materials for energy storage and conversion (lithium batteries, hybrid supercapacitors, flow cells, solar-thermal energy, nanofluids) including a wide variety of materials from inorganics (LiFePO4) to Graphene, with special emphasis on hybrid nanostructures and nanocomposite materials with inorganic clusters or nanoparticles and polymers or carbons. His most recent work focuses on Hybrid electrode materials and on novel Nanofluids for Heat Transfer in thermal-solar conversion and Electroactive Nanofluids for energy storage in flow cells. Also very recently, the creation of a spin-off company "Earthdas. Graphene mobility" aims at putting all the knowledge generated in the lab to work in the development of graphene-based energy storage devices.
He has published over 200 articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, has filed 6 patents (ES, EU, WO) and has presented numerous invited research papers at international conferences and congresses. He is Scientific editor of the books "Functional Hybrid Materials" P. Gómez-Romero, C. Sanchez (Eds.) (Wiley-VCH 2004) ) and “Metal Oxides in Supercapacitors” (Elsevier, 2017, D P Dubal , P. Gomez-Romero). Prof. Gomez-Romero is very active in social communication of science through popular science articles, many invited conferences and courses and collaborations in the media. He is the author of the book “Nanomundo” (Materia / El País 20 Nov 2016) and three award-winning popular science books (Metaevolución. La Tierra en el espejo (Ed. Celeste, 2001), Un Planeta en busca de energía (Ed. Síntesis, 2007) and “Creadores de futuro” (Ed. Bromera) 2016).Editor of the popular science web www.cienciateca.com.
Director of 12 PhD Thesis, 13 Master Thesis, and host of many European Students (Marie Curie Program, bilateral programs) and post-doctoral fellows.Leading scientist of five main National (Spanish) Research Projects, several International joint projects (with laboratories in Germany, France, México, Chile), as well as leading scientist in several EU projects (FP6 and FP7, Networks, Marie Curie, STREP and Colaborative projects, including Green Car). Several Research Contracts and collaborative projects with Spanish, French and U.S. Industries.
Alessandro Kovtun received his M.Sc. in Physics at the University of Parma in 2013 and, after a period working in industry, his Ph.D. at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2017.
He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the group of Vincenzo Palermo. He runs the X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy facility (XPS) at ISOF (Istituto per la Sintesi Organica e la Fotoreattività), CNR Bologna recently publishing a new protocol for quantitative analysis of Graphene Based Materials using XPS data. This allows benchmarking of currently available graphene products on the market and the standardisation of physical and chemical characterization procedures used in academia and industry.
Mindaugas Lukosius Institute for High Performance Microelectronics, Germany Invited – Plenary Session
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.
Cesar Merino Grupo Antolin Ingeniería, Spain Invited – Plenary Session
César Merino is the head of the department “ACM Advanced Carbon Materials” at the Tier 1 automotive company Grupo Antolin Ingeniería, SA. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Complutense University Madrid. ACM is producing carbon nanofibers for polymer composites by the so-called “floating catalyst technique” since 2004, and it is producing graphene related materials (GRM) since 2011. GRM from Grupo Antolin are commercialized under the trade mark GRAnPH. The company is participating in the Graphene Flagship project. Grupo Antolin offers products with high added value to outfit automobile interiors: Overheads & Soft Trim, Doors & Hard Trim, Seats & Metal, Lighting and Cockpits & Consoles.
Prof. Aitor Mugarza graduated in physics in 1997, before earning his PhD in the same field in 2002, both at the University of the Basque Country. He was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work as a postdoctoral scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2013, he leads the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and since 2015 he is an ICREA research professor. His current research activity focuses on developing methods to synthesize novel 2D nanostructured materials and manipulate their spin and charge at the single atom level. He is expert on scanning probe microscopy (STM/STS) and electron (ARPES) and X-ray (XAS/XMCD) spectroscopy. He has over 65 publications and 40 invited international conference and lectures in the field of low-dimensional electronic systems and hybrid interfaces.tions.
Luca Ortolani, Researcher at IMM-CNR. He received the Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Bologna in 2009, working on the electron microscopy characterization of low-dimensional carbon allotropes (fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene). His current research focuses on the development of advanced electron microscopy techniques and on the technological integration of 2D materials with conventional silicon technology. His main expertise is in the field of the structural and analytical characterization of 2D materials using electron microscopies, and in the use of electron and ion beam techniques for nano-patterning and nano-machining. He is author of more than 50 publications in international journals, he has an H-Index of 15, and his works were cited more than 900 times.
Emre Ozan Polat is a post-doctoral researcher at ICFO- The Institute of Photonic Sciences, (Spain). His research is mainly on the development of graphene based optoelectronic smart systems. During his PhD in Bilkent University (Turkey), he developed flexible graphene based optoelectronics devices such as optical modulators smart windows, saturable absorbers, ultra-thin paper displays by combining the advanced optoelectronic properties of graphene within the innovative device schemes. After he joined University of Glasgow, (UK) as a Post-doctoral research fellow and contributed on the development of graphene based flexible tactile sensors for robotics and prosthesis. Currently at ICFO, he is developing transparent and flexible wearables based on graphene that are able to extract number of vital signs using solely the ambient light. He is awarded to “Young Scientist Award” of European Material Research Society (E-MRS) in 2014, “Silver Leaf Award” of IEEE Prime in 2015 and "Young Innovator of The Year" of Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology in 2017. He authored many high impact publications, patents and book chapters.
Klaas-Jan Tielrooij joined the ICN2 in October 2018, starting the ICN2 Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems Group. In July 2018, he was awarded a visiting professorship at the Graduate School of Excellence “Material Science in Mainz” (Germany). Before coming to the ICN2, he was a research fellow at fellow-BIST institute ICFO in Barcelona. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) in December 2010. He was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2018.
Aravind Vijayaraghavan The University of Manchester, UK Invited – Plenary Session
Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan is a Reader in Nanomaterials in the School of Materials and the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. He leads the Nano-functional Materials Group (www.nanofunc.com) and his research involves the science and technology of graphene and 2-dimensional materials, particularly for applications in composites, sensors and biotechnology. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He obtained his MEng (2002) and PhD (2006) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA and his BTech (2000) from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, India. He has published over 80 papers in international peer reviewed journals and delivered over 60 presentations at international conferences. Dr. Vijayaraghavan is also a leader in public engagement and science communication and won the 2013 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement and was Science Communicator in Residence at the 2013 Manchester Science Festival. He has also been awarded a Royal Society Pairing Scheme Award (2013) and a British Science Association Media Fellowship (2017). He has delivered over 40 public lectures. He is the founder of two spin-out companies, Grafine Ltd. (www.gra-fine.com) and Atomic Mechanics Ltd. (www.atomic-mechanics.com) which commercialise applications of graphene in the fields of composites and sensors respectively
CEO / General Manager at Abalonyx AS. Worked as researcher at SINTEF in Oslo from 1988 - 2005 with combinatorial preparation and characterization of catalysts and adsorbents. Established Abalonyx in 2005 and Graphene Batteries in 2012. In Abalonyx, scaling up of graphene oxide has been a central activity in the past 8 years, with the successful verification of a scalable, safe and cheap production process in the autumn 2017. With the access to abundant graphene oxide of high quality, Abalonyx is now developing a range of derivative products as well as supplying industrial partners with standardized graphene oxide. In Graphene Batteries he has worked together with co-funder Dr. Rahul Fotedar on using graphene and particularly Abalonyx’ graphene in batteries. The focus in GB is now on using graphene oxide to stabilize sulfur in the cathode of LiS-batteries as well as eliminating resistance on current collectors.