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

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 
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. 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: New approaches for exploiting electron and photon beams inside a TEM for nanoscale characterization

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: Charge dynamics in composite systems for advanced applications

Prof. Francesco Stellacci

EPFL, Switzerland

Prof. Francesco Stellacci got his degree in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1998 with Prof. Zerbi. He then moved as a post-doc with Prof. J.W. Perry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. In 2002 he became as assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT (Cambridge, USA). There he became associate professor with tenure in 2009. In 2010, he moved as a full professor to EPFL where he holds the Constellium Chair. Stellacci has published more than 130 papers and has more than 15 patent applications. He has won numerous awards, among the Technology Review TR35 ’top innovator under 35’, the Popular Science Magazine ’Brilliant 10’, and the EMRS EU40. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of the Global Young Academy, and of the European Academy of Sciences.

Speech title: Novel Broadspectrum Antivirals

Prof. Fabio Cicoira

Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Prof. Fabio Cicoira obtained his degree in Chemistry at the Università di Bologna in 1996 and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2002. After being a researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Bologna, a postdoctoral fellow at INRS and a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at Cornell University, he became an assistant professor at Polytechnique Montréal in 2011. He is a tenured associate professor since 2016. He is known for his studies on patterning and growth of organic semiconductors and metal oxides, organic electrochemical transistors, flexible, stretchable and self-healing electronic materials. He has published over 70 papers and has been invited over 30 times to talk at international conferences.

Speech title: Flexible, stretchable and healable electronics


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. at the University of Cambridge. Her research is in the area of electronic oxide thin films, i.e. superconductors, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, magnetics and semiconductors. 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 Scholar at the University of Cambridge where she earned 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. In 2017, she won the IEEE James Wong award.

Judith has published over 350 research papers which have been cited more than 10,000 times and she has 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


Antonio Bianconi is director of RICMASS, the Rome International Center for Materials Science, Superstripes based in Rome Italy, former Full Professor, Chair in Biophysics, at Sapienza University in Rome (1992-2012), former full professor in Physics at L’Aquila University (1985-1992), former associate professor in Rome University (1978-1985) and assistant professor in Camerino University (1972-1978).

He has collaborated with Fred Brown and Bob Bachrach in the construction of the first soft x-ray beam line at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Project in 1976. He proposed the X-ray spectroscopy beam line in the PULS project for the Frascati Adone storage ring in 1974, becoming operational in 1980, where he was a pioneer of X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure, XANES, (an acronym invented by him in 1980) to unveil the local lattice fluctuations in space and time of complex functional materials ranging from metalloproteins, catalysts, strongly correlated oxides.

He is currently leading a project of the international RICMASS center to unveil the intrinsic lattice fluctuations favoring new material functionality using synchrotron radiation nano x-ray beams. He has determined the spatial fluctuations in time and space in high temperature cuprate superconductors due to both short range charge density waves and quenched disorder showing interplay of multiple scale-free networks giving a complex hyperbolic geometry which control the critical temperature. Now he is active on the role of two key new ingrredients : the shape resonances in the superconducting gaps contributing to increase the critical temperature of superconductivity via a Josephson-like term and the superstripes phase, the name conied by him to indicate quantum superfluids where both spatial and gauge symmetry are broken at low temperature, making complex inhomogeneities which favor high temperature quantum coherence. His long term projects look for quantum phenomena in living matter unveiling the particular time and space inhomogeneity and the particular non euclidean geometries in living neuron cells.

Speech title: Fano resonances tuned at Lifshitz transitions in superconducting nanofilaments,
a new physics at the crossover between quantum nanomaterials and quantum biology