ANNIC 2017 conference will gather high-profile Nanotechnology and Nanoscience experts to deliver plenary speeches:

Prof. Liberato Manna

Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Liberato Manna received his PhD in Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Bari (Italy) and worked at UC Berkeley as visiting student and then at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab as postdoc until 2003. He was then scientist at the National Nanotechnology Lab in Lecce (Italy) and in 2009 he moved to the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova (Italy) as director of the Nanochemistry Department. Since 2010 he is also part-time professor at TU Delft (The Netherlands). Currently he is also Deputy Director of IIT for the Materials and Nanotechnology programs.

Speech title: Colloidal Nanocrystals of Halide Perovskites: Synthesis, Structural, Chemical and Surface Transformations

Graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, where he also obtained his PhD (European Doctorate and PhD Extraordinary Award) in 2001 in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) applied to nanostructured materials. He also worked at the microscopy facilities and as Assistant Professor at UB, focusing in TEM advanced techniques, such as HAADF electron tomography, HREELS and in general high resolution (S)TEM. From 2009 to 2015 he was Group Leader at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC and Scientific Supervisor of its electron microscopy facilities  Since 2013 he is Vice-President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME), and since 2009 he was Member of its Executive Board. Since 2015 he is the leader of the Group of Advanced Electron Nanoscopy at Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). He has been awarded with the 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper AwardEU40 Materials Prize 2014 (E-MRS) and listed in the Top 40 under 40 Power List (2014) by The Analytical Scientist.

Speech title: 2D Semiconductor nanostructures at atomic scale

Nicola Pinna studied physical chemistry at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). He received his Ph.D. in 2001, and in 2002, he moved to the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (Berlin). In 2003, he joined the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam). In 2005, he moved to the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, as an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. From March 2006 to June 2012 he was researcher at the Department of Chemistry and CICECO of the University of Aveiro and from September 2009 to June 2012 he was also Assistant Professor at the school of chemical and biological engineering Seoul National University in the framework of the world class university project founded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. In July 2012 he joined the Department of Chemistry of the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2011 he was ranked among the top 100 materials scientists of the past decade by impact. His research activity is focused on the development of novel routes to nanostructured materials, their characterization, and the study of their physical properties.

Speech title: Hybrid organic-inorganic materials as precursors for water splitting

Prof. Vincenzo Palermo

Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity, Italy

Vincenzo Palermo is the leader of the research unit on Advanced Materials of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), at the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF). He uses nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials for mechanical, electronics and energy applications. He previously worked at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at National Research Council (Ottawa, Canada).
He was one of the founders of the
GRAPHENE FLAGSHIP European initiative, where he actually coordinates the work package on polymer composites. He is author of >125 papers on ISI journals, and has given >55 invited talks at international conferences in last 5 years.

In 2013 he has been awarded the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI).

In 2012 he has been awarded the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies.
In parallel to his scientific activity, Vincenzo Palermo is involved in science dissemination and communication. Since 2014 he works as columnist for the scientific magazine “Sapere”.
He has published dissemination books for the general audience on the life and science of Albert Einstein (Hoepli, 2015) and of Isaac Newton (Hoepli, 2016).


Prof. Alberto Vomiero

Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Alberto Vomiero is chair professor in Experimental Physics at the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. He was awarded his PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Trento and his Degree in Physics from the University of Padova. His main interests are in composite nanomaterials (wide bandgap semiconductors, semiconducting nanocrystals and hybrid systems) for gas sensors and excitonic solar cells. In the last years, his research interests focused on dynamics of charge exchange and exciton dynamics in photoactive materials. He is Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow of the European Commission, Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and of the Institute of Nanotechnology (UK), chair of the Italian section of the American Nano Society and member of the Global Young Academy. He is in the editorial board of Scientific Reports (NPG).

Speech title: Coming soon

Prof. Moein Moghimi

Durham University, UK

Moein Moghimi is the Professor and Chair in Pharmaceutics at the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University (UK). He is also a Full Affiliate Member/Professor at Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital Systems (Houston, Texas, USA) and Adjoint Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado-Denver Medical Center (USA). In 2015, Moein was a Visiting Professor at Università Degli Studi Di Padova (Italy). Between 2008 and March 2016, he was based at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) serving as Professor of Nanomedicine at the Department of Pharmacy, Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanotechology at the NanoScience Centre, and the Founder and Director of the multi-million Dollar Centre for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Nanotoxiocology. His earlier appointments included a Senior Lectureship position in Biopharmacy and Molecular Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of Brighton (UK) and The Nottingham University Research Fellow in Advanced Drug Delivery Systems at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Between 2008 and 2010, he further served as the Honorary Professor of Nanomedicine at the Multidisciplinary Research Center, Shantou University (China). He is co-founder of S. & M. Discovery Group Ltd.; a research, development and consultancy enterprise based in London (UK).

Moein’s research activities are focused on pharmaceutical nanoscience, nanomedicine and nanosafety, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his work in these areas. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications/patents in nanomedicine and nanosafety to his credit. He currently functions as the Editor-in- Chief of Current Bionanotechnology (Bentham) and features on the editorial board of several journals to include Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Nanomedicine-UK (Future Medicine), Journal of Controlled Release (Elsevier) and Scientific Report (Springer-Nature).

Following completion of secondary education at d’Overbroeck’s College Oxford (UK), Moein studied biochemistry at the University of Manchester (UK) and in 1989 earned his PhD in biochemistry (liposome immunobiology) from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London (Imperial College). He then completed a four-year SERC-funded post-doctoral training programme in Advanced Drug Delivery Research at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Nottingham, UK).

Speech title: Safe-by-design nanomedicines: Understanding immunobiology, improving nanoengineering


Prof. Odile Stéphan

University of Paris-Sud, France

Odile Stéphan is a Professor of physics at University Paris-Sud and a former member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

She received a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from Université Paris-Sud in 1996, for a work on electron microscopy applied to carbon nanostructures. She then worked at NIMS, Tsukuba Japan, as a post-doctoral researcher for one year before going back to France as a lecturer at Université Paris-Sud.

She is currently leading the STEM group at the Orsay Solid State Physics Laboratory. Her research interests span from growth mechanisms to optical and electronic properties of various nanostructures and nanomaterials. She focuses on the development and the use of Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy in a Transmission Electron Microscope and derived innovative spectroscopy techniques to probe at the nanometer scale the structural electronic and optical properties of original nanostructures like nanotubes and 2D materials, nanophotonics objects, oxide heterostructures or to explore new physics phenomena at low dimensions (plasmon coupling, electron magnetic field confinement and exaltation, 2D electron gas in correlated materials…).

She has been awarded the Ancel Price of the Physical French Society in 2012 for her achievements in condensed matter physics.

Speech title: Coming soon

Prof. Albert Van Den Berg

University of Twente, The Netherlands

Albert van den Berg received his MSc in applied physics in 1983, and his PhD in 1988 both at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From 1988-1993 he worked in Neuchatel, Switzerland, at the CSEM and the University (IMT) on miniaturized chemical sensors. In 1998 he was appointed as part-time professor “Biochemical Analysis Systems”, and later in 2000 as full professor on Miniaturized Systems for (Bio)Chemical Analysis in the faculty of Electrical Engineering and part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. In 1994 he initiated together with Prof. Bergveld the international MicroTAS conference series. He published over 400 peer reviewed publications (H=54 WoS, H=70 Google Scholar) a.o. in Science, Nature, PNAS, NanoLetters etc. He received several honors and awards such as Simon Stevin (2002), two ERC Advanced (2008, 2015) and three ERC Proof of Concept (2011, 2013, 2016) grants, Simon Stevin award (engineering sciences), Spinoza prize (2009), Distinguished University Professor (Twente, 2010), Distinguished Professor (South China Normal University SNCU, 2012) and board member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (2011-2016). In 2014 he was appointed scientific director of the MIRA institute for Biomedical Engineering. In 2017 he became co-PI of the Max Planck – University of Twente Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics.

Speech title: Labs, Cells and Organs on Chip

Prof. Judith Macmanus-Driscoll

University of Cambridge, UK

Judith Driscoll’s is a Professor in the Materials Science dept. in Cambridge. Her research is in the area of electronic oxide thin films, mainly superconductors, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, and magnetics. She is also a Long Term visiting staff at Los Alamos National Lab, a position she’s held for more than 10 years.

Judith was an undergraduate at Imperial College in London where she won the Governor’s prize for top student. She was a Dee Scholars at the University of Cambridge where she earner her PhD. She was an IBM Fellow for her postdoctoral research at Stanford University and IBM Almaden. She was a Reader at Imperial College from 1995 until 2003. She moved to Cambridge in 2003 and became Full Professor in 2008. She is a Fellow of Trinity College and also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, American Physical Society and the US Materials Research Society. In 2015, she won the Institute of Physics Joule Medal and the Royal Academy of Engineering Armourers and Brasiers Prize. These prizes were for her 2 inventions in the field of superconductivity which have enabled industry applications.

Judith has published over 350 research papers which have been cited more than 10,000 times an h-index of 48. She has more than 10 patents, several of which have been taken up by industry worldwide. She is also Founding Editor (in 2013) of the journal, APL Materials, from the American Institute of Physics.

Speech title: Radical Properties in Functional Oxide Thin Films from Insulators to Superconductors

Prof. Sang-Woo Kim

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Sang-Woo Kim is professor and SKKU fellow in the Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He received a Ph.D. in Electronic Science and Engineering from Kyoto University in 2004. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University and University of Cambridge, he spent 4 years as an assistant professor at Kumoh National Institute of Technology. He joined SKKU in 2009. He recently received MCARE 2016 Award (ACerS-KIChE), The Republic of Korea President’s Award for Scientific Excellence (2015), National Top 100 Research Award (2015), etc. His recent research interest is focused on piezoelectric/triboelectric nanogenerators, photovoltaics, and 2D materials including graphene, h-BN, and TMDs. He has published over 200 research papers (h-index of 46) and holds over 80 domestic/international patents. Now he is a director of SAMSUNG-SKKU Graphene/2D Research Center and is leading National Research Laboratory for Next Generation Hybrid Energy Harvester. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Nano Energy (Elsevier) and an Executive Board Member of Advanced Electronic Materials (Wiley).

Speech title: Triboelectric Nanogenerators and Tribotronics

Prof. Iseult Lynch

University of Birmingham, UK

Iseult Lynch received her PhD in Chemistry from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2000, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow (including an EU Marie Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship) at Physical Chemistry 1 in Lund university from 2001-2006, after which she returned to the School of Chemistry and Chemcial Biology at UCD, where she was a co-founder of the Centre for BioNano Interactions, and served as its Strategic Research Manager until early 2013. She was appointed as a Lecture in Environmental Nanosciences at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Birmingham, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and to Full Professor (Chair) of Environmental Nanosciences in 2016. She is a physical chemist specialising in understanding the interface between engineered nanomaterials and the environment (biotic and abiotic components) and how this determines their ultimate fate and behaviour. She received the US National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize for physical sciences in 2007 (with her co-authors). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and an Associate Editor for Environmental Science: Nano (impact factor 5.896).

Speech title: Engineered nanomaterial interactions with biological exudates – do we need to redesign standard testing approaches for nanomaterials?

Prof. Antonio Bianconi


Short biography: Coming soon

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