PLENARY SPEAKERS

ANNIC 2019 conference will gather high-profile Nanotechnology and Nanoscience experts to deliver plenary speeches, more members will be listed soon below.

Dr. Sara Bals

Dr. Sara Bals

University of Antwerp, Belgium

The research of Sara Bals focuses on electron tomography for reconstructing 3D morphologies of nanostructures, even with atomic resolution. She is currently a Full Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Antwerp and she received her Ph.D. degree (2003) from the same University. She did post-doctoral work at the National Centre for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California (USA). Sara Bals is an expert in the field of electron microscopy and electron tomography applied to functional nanomaterials. She is the author of more than 300 ISI contributions, including Nature or Science type contributions. Her work has been cited more than 7400 times and she has an h-index of 45. Over the last 15 years, she gave more than 40 invited presentations at international conferences and workshops.

She is the organizer of the bi-annual EMAT Workshop on Electron Microscopy, was the co-organizer of an EMRS Fall Meeting symposium and has chaired several sessions at international microscopy conferences. In 2013, she received an ERC Starting Grant concerning 3D characterization of nanostructures by electron tomography (Colouratom). In 2015, she reached the finals of the New Scientist Talent of the Year Election. In 2016, she became “Laureate of the Academy for Natural Sciences” awarded by the Royal Flemish Academy of Science. She is currently a Francqui Research Professor and her ERC Consolidator Grant (Realnano) started in May 2019.

Talk title: 3D Structure of Nanomaterials under Realistic Conditions

Prof. Sharon Glotzer

Prof. Sharon Glotzer

University of Michigan, United States

Sharon C. Glotzer is the Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Glotzer is also the John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Glotzer’s research on computational assembly science and engineering aims toward predictive materials design of colloidal and soft matter and is sponsored by the NSF, DOE, DOD, and Simons Foundation. Using computation, geometrical concepts, and statistical mechanics, her group seeks to understand complex behavior emerging from simple rules and forces and use that knowledge to design new classes of materials. Her introduction of the notion of “patchy particles,” a conceptual approach to nanoparticle design, has informed wide-ranging investigations of self-assembly. She showed that entropy alone can assemble shapes into many structures, which has implications for materials science, thermodynamics, mathematics, nanotechnology, biology and more.

Her group’s “shape space diagram” shows how matter self-organizes based on the shapes of the constituent elements, making it possible to predict what kind of ordered material will emerge from disorder. Her group also develops and disseminates powerful open-source software, including the particle simulation toolkit, HOOMD-blue, which allows for fast simulation of materials on graphics processors. Glotzer has published over 240 refereed papers and presented over 350 plenary, keynote and invited talks around the world.

She has served on boards and advisory committees of the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Academies, and is currently a member of the National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. She is a Simons Investigator, a former National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow, and the recipient of numerous other awards and honors, including the 2019 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics from the American Physical Society, the 2018 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award and the 2016 Alpha Chi Sigma Award both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2014 MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society.

Prof. Luisa De Cola

Prof. Luisa De Cola

University of Strasbourg and CNRS, France / Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany

Luisa De Cola is since September 2013 Professor Exceptionnelle at the University of Strasbourg (ISIS) as chair of Supramolecular and Bio-Material Chemistry, and part-time scientist at the INT-KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2016, she is also Professor at the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF).

She was born in Messina, Italy, where she studied chemistry. After a post-doc at the Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, she was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (1990). In 1998 she was appointed Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2004 she moved to the University of Muenster, Germany.

She is recipient of several awards, the most recent being the IUPAC award as one of the Distinguished Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (2011), the International Prize for Chemistry “L. Tartufari” from Accademia dei Lincei (2015) and the Catalan -Sabatier prize from the Spanish Royal Academy of Science (2015). She was elected in 2014 member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and in the same year has been Nominated “Chevalier de la Légion d’ Honneur” by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande. In 2016, she was elected member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften un der Literatur of Mainz.

Her main interests are luminescent and electroluminescent complexes and their assemblies and nano-, porous and degradable structures for bio-applications. She has published 330 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and filed 36 patents.

Prof. Anna Fontcuberta I Morral

Prof. Anna Fontcuberta I Morral

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral leads the Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials at EPFL (Switzerland) since 2008. Before this, she performed her habilitation in Physics at the TU Munich (Germany) and her Ph.D. in Materials Science at Ecole Polytechnique (France). Between her Ph.D. and Habilitation, she spent some time at Caltech as a postdoc and to co-start the company Aonex Technologies with Prof. Harry Atwater. Her field of expertise is the synthesis of novel semiconductor materials and nanostructures, with an emphasis in compound semiconductors for the next generation of solar cells and quantum computers.

Talk title: Compound semiconductor nanowires  synthesis and sustainability aspects.

Prof. Osman Bakr

Prof. Osman Bakr

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Osman M. Bakr is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and head of the Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory, at KAUST, Saudi Arabia; and Associate Editor at ACS Materials Letters (American Chemical Society). He earned a B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (2003) as well as an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University (2009). His research group at KAUST works on the design and self-assembly of hybrid and inorganic materials to generate breakthrough applications in solar energy harvesting, photonics, and optoelectronic devices. His group has been at the forefront of the synthesis, property elucidation, and applications of two major classes of materials: metal halide perovskites (both nanoscale and bulk) and atomically precise metal nanoclusters. Bakr published over 160 articles in international peer-reviewed journals (including 30 Thomson Reuters™ Highly Cited Papers), 154 of which as an independent faculty member. His group’s research appeared in premiere interdisciplinary publications such as Science, Nature Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, ACS Energy Letters, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, and Chemistry of Materials.

Bakr was selected as a Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum (2016); as an Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2016); and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Energy Letters (2016) and Chemistry of Materials (2017). He was awarded the SABIC Endowed Presidential Career Development Chair (2013); the Zasshi-kai Lectureship Award by the University of Tokyo (2016); the Innovator Under 35 Award in the Arab World by the MIT Technology Review- Arab Edition (2016); and The King’s Award for Inventors and the Gifted (2018). In 2018, he was ranked by the Times Higher Education as among the top 10 university researchers worldwide in the area of “perovskite solar cells”.

Bakr is co-founder of Quantum Solutions Inc. (Thuwal, Saudi Arabia), currently a leading manufacturer of quantum dots for optical sensors and next-generation QD-based display technologies.