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Confirmed Speakers




Professor Capobianco is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University Research Chair in Nanoscience, Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Nanoscience Research, Fellow of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University. He is member of the Editorial Boards of Optical Materials and Journal of Rare Earths, Guest Editor, Chem. Soc. Rev. for a Themed Issue “Photon Upconverting Nanomaterials”, Guest Editor, Nanomaterials, Special Issue,” Current Trends in Upconverting Nanoparticles” and Guest Editor, J. Luminescence, Special Issue, "Light, Energy and Life". His research interests deal with the optical properties of nanomaterials and their potential applications in nanobiomedicine. Professor Capobianco’s peer reviewed publications have been cited 8500 times, and his h-index is 47.



Daniel Jaque is a Researcher of Nanobiology Group at Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria (Irycis) and a Charter Member of Fluorescence Imaging Group at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), where he is an Associate Professor in the Materials Physics Department.
He was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of UAM, invited professor in Heriot Watt University (UK), in Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) and at the University of Alagoas (Brazil) and he is co-author of the teaching book entitled "An introduction to the optical spectroscopy of solids". In 2006 he received the "Young Researcher Award" by the European Association for the Study of Rare Earths and Actanides.
Currently, his research is focused on the application of the acquired knowledge in the manipulation of luminescent nanoparticles to fields such as biomedicine.
He has published about 340 international papers with more than 6070 citations and a h index of 38 (Scopus), and he acted as a Topical Editor of Optics Express




Roderick G. Eggert is Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation Chair in Mineral Economics at Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught since 1986.  He also is Deputy Director of the Critical Materials Institute, an energy innovation hub established by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2013, to accelerate innovation in energy materials.

His research and teaching focus on mineral economics and public policy. He chaired the U.S. National Research Council committee that wrote the 2008 book Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the US Economy (National Academies Press) and served on the study committee that prepared the 2011 report Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies (American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society). 

He has a B.A. in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, a M.S. in geochemistry and mineralogy from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in mineral economics also from Penn State. 




Marco Bettinelli is Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Biotechnology at Universita degli Studi di Verona (Italy). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC CChem).
He has worked in numerous foreign Universities and Institutions. In 2011 he received the Marco Polo Prize for Italian Science and in 2008 he received a doctorate honoris causa from Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France
His scientific interests deal with numerous aspects of luminescent materials, and in particular with the synthesis, characterization and spectroscopic properties of crystalline, nanocrystalline and amorphous systems containing lanthanide and transition metal ions.
He has published about 453 papers with 10225 citations and a h index of 47 (Scopus). He is a reviewer for numerous international journals, a member of the Editorial Board and Associate Editor of the Journal of Luminescence (Elsevier) and he was Guest Editor of a Special Issue of the journal Optical Materials.



Xiaogang Liu earned his B.E. degree (1996) in Chemical Engineering from Beijing Technology and Business University, P. R. China. He received his M. S. degree (1999) in Chemistry from East Carolina University under the direction of Prof. John Sibert and completed his PhD (2004) at Northwestern University under the supervision of Prof. Chad Mirkin. He then became a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Francesco Stellacci at MIT. He joined the faculty of the National University of Singapore in 2006. He holds a joint appointment with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research. Currently, he sits as an Associate Editor for Nanoscale and serves on the editorial boards of Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Advanced Optical Materials, and Journal of Luminescence. His research encompasses optical nanomaterials and energy transfer and explores the use of luminescent nanocrystals for photocatalysis, sensing and biomedical applications. 



Jan Christoph Goldschmidt is the Head of the Novel Solar Cell Concepts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg (Germany) since 2010.
He contributed to the WBGU 2003 Report, is co-editor of the book "Energie, Macht, Vernunft" and has been involved in several political advisory boards.
His research focus on photon management technologies (upconversion, spectral splitting and advanced light trapping) and multijunction solar cells based on the combination of silicon and novel materials such as perovskites and nanowires.
He has published about 87 papers with 1107 citations and a h index of 19 (Scopus). Since 2005 he has been a reviewer for Applied Physics Letters, Nature Nanotechnology, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Renewable Energy, Scientific Reports





Kohei SOGA is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Technology and Group Leader of Polyscale Bioimaging Group at Polyscale Technology Research Center (PTRC) and of Visualization and Recognition Group at Center for Technologies Against Cancer (CTC), at Tokyo University of Science (Japan).

His research focus on spectroscopic properties of the rare earth ions and the structure of the host glass; photonic applications, especially on that relating to optical communication; physical properties of icosahedral cluster solids and nanophosphors; and since 2004, he has challenged to develop biophotonic system under infrared excitation as an interdisciplinary research by bio-nano-photonics collaboration.

He has published about 121 papers with 1683 citations and a h index of 22 (Scopus) and is a member of several learned societies, such as the American Ceramic Society and the Japan Society of Applied Physics.



José García Solé

José García Solé is a Full Professor of Applied Physics and a Charter Member of Fluorescence Imaging Group at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)

He was Vice-Dean and director of the Materials Science Department at the Faculty of Sciences of UAM, an invited professor position at the University of Lyon (France) and was awarded by a full Professor position (Cátedra “Elena Aizen de Moshinsky”) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In 2012, he was also awarded with a special recognition by University of Sonora ( México). He is co-author of the teaching book entitled “An introduction to the optical spectroscopy of solids”.

During the last years his research activity has been mostly focused to fluorescence bioimaging and to study new inorganic optical nanocrystals for biomedical applications.

He has published about 108 papers with 2075 citations and a h index of 25 (Scopus), and he is associate editor of the journal “Optical Materials”






Fiorenzo Vetrone is an Assistant Professor of Nanobiotechnology at Institut Nacional de la Recherche Scientifique, Université du Québec (Canada)

 He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Gladiatore D’Oro from the province of Benevento (Italy), the Prize for Young Chemists from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the NSERC Innovation Challenge Award.

 His research activities are focused around multiphoton and near-infrared excited luminescent nanoparticles for use in the development of multi-functional nanoplatforms for diagnostic and therapeutics of various diseases including cancer.

 He has published about 88 papers with 6462 citations and a h index of 41 (Scopus).



Jennifer Dionne is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and an Affiliate Faculty Member of Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Bio-X and the Precourt Institute for Energy.

Her work has been recognized with various awards, among them a CAREER Award from National Science Foundation in 2011 and a Gold Award from Materials Research Society in 2008.

Jennifer Dionne's research investigates metamaterials -engineered materials with optical and electrical properties not found in nature. She is especially interested in plasmonic and colloidal nanocrystal-based metamaterials, including their fundamental electrodynamic properties and applications to solar energy and bioimaging. Active research areas in her group include visible-frequency metamaterials for subwavelength light manipulation, enhanced photovoltaics and photocatalysis, and active neuronal imaging

She has published about 59 papers with 3439 citations and a h index of 23 (Scopus) and she is an Editorial Board Member of ACS Photonics, Nano Letters, Nature Scientific Reports and Nanophotonics. She has also 6 patents on upconverting materials, optical tweezers, enantioselective synthesis, nano-optical tomography, plasmonic modulators, and color displays.



Luís António Ferreira Martins Dias Carlos is a Full Professor in the Department of Physics and a Charter Member of Inorganic Functional Nanomaterials and Organic-Inorganic Hybrids Group at the University of Aveiro. He is also Vice-director of the Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO) at Aveiro and a Member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (Physics section).

His current scientific interests include: light emission of functional organic–inorganic hybrids, silicates and nanocrystals; applications of hybrid materials in green photonics (solid-state lighting, luminescent solar concentrators and integrated optics), nanothermometry, self-assembly and emergence of complexity in organic/inorganic hybrids and luminescent/magnetic nanoparticles as new probes for multimodal imaging. 

Luís Carlos has published about 409 papers with 11677 citations and a h index of 53 (Scopus) and he is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, The Open Physical Chemistry Journal, The Open Condensed Matter Physics Journal, Current Physical Chemistry and SRX Materials Science.



 fotocarnet9 Lothar Wondraczek holds the Chair of Glass Chemistry at the University of Jena, and is also director at its Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry and at the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research.

Before moving to Jena in 2012, he held positions at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (2008-2012) and with Corning, S.A. (2005-2008). His work has been recognized with various awards, among them an ERC consolidator grant in 2016 and the W.A. Weyl and Gottardi-Awards in 2013. He is member of the council of the German Society of Glass Science and Technolgy (DGG) and member of the glass and optical materials devision of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS)

His research field concerns the exploration of novel glasses and glass ceramics with potential applications in the fields of energy, optics, architecture and health

He has published about 169 papers with 2683 citations and a h index of 29 (Scopus), and has a number of international patents and patent applications.


 SiWu Si Wu has been a Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (Germany) since 2012.

In 2010, he received his PhD on photoresponsive composites of azopolymers and from 2010 to 2012 he worked as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.

His research interests are focus on photoresponsive materials, including photoresponsive polymers and photoresponsive nanomaterials.

He has published about 40 papers with 712 citations and a h index of 14 (Scopus).



Andries Meijerink is a Professor of Solid State Chemistry and Senior Researcher at the research group Condensed Matter and Interfaces of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

He is a past awardee of the Gold Metal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society and was elected as a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

He leads an active research group that focuses on the optical spectroscopy of lanthanide ions and of semiconductor quantum dots. Recent work on lanthanides involves spectral conversion for solar cells, LEDs and scintillators.

He has published about 309 papers with 16656 citations and a h index of 67 (Scopus), and he has 10 patents.



Wilfried van Sark is an Associate Professor at the research group Energy & Resources of the Copernicus at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

His interests research are focus on next generation photovoltaic devices incorporating nanocrystals, e.g., luminescent solar concentrators, as well as photovoltaic performance, smart grid development, life cycle analysis, socioeconomics, and policy development.

He has published about 148 papers with 2968 citations and a h index of 31 (Scopus) and is member of the Editorial Board of Elsevier’s scientific journal “Renewable Energy”.



Bryce S. Richards studied physics at the Victorian University of Wellington (New Zealand) before completing a Masters and PhD in electrical engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia). He worked at both UNSW and the Australian National University before joining Heriot-Watt University (U.K.) in 2006, being promoted to Reader in 2007 and Professor in 2008. Since April 2014 he is a Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where he is also a co-director of the Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) and the Light Technology Institute (LTI)

His present research interests cover nanophotonics for energy, third generation photovoltaics, perovskite solar cells, spectral conversation, up-conversion, down-conversion, luminescent down-shifting, luminescent solar concentrators, novel host material systems for luminescent materials, steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence studies, absolute photoluminescent quantum yield (PLQY) measurements, and  more recently- the application of spectral conversion materials to plastics recycling and security applications.

He has published about 120 journal articles and is a member of the OSA, SPIE and IEEE.




Peter Balling is a Professor with special responsibilities in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University in Denmark.

His research interest includes femtosecond lasers, plasma diagnostics, ultrafast lasers or laser materials interaction.

He has published about 145 papers with 2297 citations and a h index of 25 (Scopus).





Ho Ghim Wei is an Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

She was awarded the L’OREAL UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship in 2014, the JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Award in the Science and/or Technological Development category in 2015 and also she was honoured as the Science & Technology winner for the Great Women of Our Time 2016.

She leads the Ho Research Group at the National University of Singapore, whose aim to create novel nanostructured materials for energy and environmental sustainability. The two main research thrusts directed by A/Prof Ho are photocatalysis for pollutant degradation and hydrogen generation.

She has published about 101 papers with 1840 citations and a h index of 24 (Scopus).





Kees Hummelen is a Professor and Chairman of the group Chemistry of (bio)Molecular Materials and Devices at the University of Groningen. He is also CEO (chief executive officer) of Solenne BV in Groningen and Board Member of Energie Coöperatie Oostwold (ECO)

His research interests are focus on next-generation organic photovoltaics, organic energy and fuels, sustainable energy and materials science. He specializes in the design of plastic solar cells

Hummelen was ranked 7th in the Times Higher Education’s 2011 international ranking list of researchers who have published in the field of materials science over the past ten years. In the same year, he received a EUR 5 million FOM grant to further improve the solar cells




Prof. Nazario Martin 

Nazario Martín is full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid and vice-director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nanoscience of Madrid (IMDEA-Nanoscience). Dr. h.c. by La Havana University, Professor Martín's research interests span a range of targets with emphasis on the molecular and supramolecular chemistry of carbon nanostructures such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene, p-conjugated systems as molecular wires and electroactive molecules, in the context of electron transfer processes, photovoltaic applications and nanoscience. He has published over 500 papers in peer reviewed journals, given around 350 lectures in scientific meetings and research institutions, and supervised 34 theses (Ih = 62). He has co-edited seven books related with carbon nanostructures and he has been invited as guest editor for nine special issues in well-known international journals. Professor Martín has been visiting professor at UCSB and UCLA (California, USA) and Angers and Strasbourg (France) universities. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of Chemical Communications, and as General Editor of the Spanish journal Anales de Química (2000-2005). He has been a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Materials Chemistry (2000-2006) and a member of the Board of The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Accounts of Chemical Research (ACS), ChemPlusChem, ChemSusChem and Chemistry-an Asian Journal (Wiley-VCH), and a member of the International Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews and Chemical Communications (RSC). Recently he became the Edictor-in-Chief of The Journal of Materials Chemistry (A, B and C). He is a member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain (2006) and the Academy of Sciences of Spain (2015), as well as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2006-2012 he has been the President of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been the recipient of the “Dupont Prize of Science” in 2007 and of the “Gold Medal and Research Award” in 2012, the highest distinction given by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been appointed with the Spanish national “Jaime I Award for basic research” 2012 (received from her Majesty The Queen), and the recipient of the “Alexander von Humboldt Award” (Germany) and “Richard E. Smalley Research Award” (USA) in 2013. He has been distinguished with the “EuCheMS Lecture Award” in 2012. He has received the Catalán-Sabatier award from the French Chemical Society in 2014 and the prestigious “Miguel Catalán” award from the Madrid Community in 2015.

He has been appointed as the President of the Confederation of Scientific Societies of Spain (COSCE) in 2015. In 2012 he received the “Advanced Grant” of the European Research Council (ERC) entitled “Chirallcarbon”.





Ute Resch-Genger is Head of the Division Biophotonics at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -Prufung (BAM). She is also co-chair of the permanent steering committee of the Methods and Applications in Fluorescence conferences

Her present research interests include fluorescence studies of organic dyes, transition metal complexes, semiconductor quantum dots, upconversion nanocrystals, and fluorescent particles, signal enhancement and multiplexing strategies, optical biomarker analysis, spectroscopic methods for surface analysis, and traceable methods for the characterization of the signal-relevant optical properties of luminescent materials including the development of fluorescence standards.

She has published about 156 papers with 5825 citations and a h index of 32 (Scopus), and she is member of the editorial advisory board of Bioconjugate Chemistry, the editor board of MAF, and the scientific committee of the German Biosensor-Symposium.




Rui Almeida is a Full Professor at Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.

He was an invited professor in University of Lehigh, University of California and The Pennsylvania State University, and he was a Member of Advisory Editorial Board of Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (Elsevier), Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (Kluwer) and Key Engineering Materials (Trans-Tech)

His research interests are focus on transparent glass ceramics containing rare-earth ions in environments of low phonon energy

He has published about 169 papers with 3978 citations and a h index of 31 (Scopus).






Sidney J.L. Ribeiro is a Full Professor at Institute of Chemistry at São Paolo State University- UNESP.

He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo and of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Board of the Chemistry Division of FAPESP, São Paulo. He worked as invited researcher at the NIRIM - National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (Tsukuba, Japan), and as visiting Professor at the Universities of Trento (Italy), Angers and Toulouse (France), Aveiro (Portugal) and Juiz de For a (Brazil).

His research projects deal with biopolymers (bacterial cellulose and silk fibroin), organic-inorganic hybrids, waveguides, porous materials and luminescent markers.

He has published about 372 papers with 6790 citations and a h index of 43 (Scopus). He is a member of the board of the Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology and the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.



Maurizio Ferrari

Maurizio Ferrari (Trento 25-06-1955) received the Doctor in Physics degree from Trento University, Italy,in a.y. 1979/1980. Until 1989, he worked as a Researcher with the Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Luminescents, Lyon, France, and in 1989 he moved to Trento as a Researcher with the CNR. He is currently Director of Research with the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies, CNR, where he is the Head of the CSMFO Lab. and is Head of the IFN- CNR Trento unit. He is co-author of more than 400 publications in international journals, of several book chapters and he is involved in numerous national and international projects concerning glass photonics. His bibliometric parameters are: h-index: 35 [03/08/2016 – Web of Science]; Sum of the Times Cited: 4700; Average Citations per Article: 14.03; ResearcherID: H-3362-2011; Orcid ID: 0000-0003-3723-5957: Google Scholar: niSV8iIAAAAJ.Maurizio Ferrari is OSA, EOS and SIOF member. MF was elected in 2013 SPIE Fellow for achievements in synthesis and characterization of rare-earth doped optical materials.

He has been member of several Scientific, Program and Steering Committees, and Chair of national and international conferences and workshops, member of evaluation committee at CNR and for other national and foreign research institutions, research director and jury member of several PhD theses. He is referee of several international scientific reviews in physics, photonics, and material science. MF is Editor of Optical Materials. He is AE of Optical Engineering for integrated optics, Editorial board member of Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Journal of Materials, Indian Journal of Materials Science. His main scientific area of research is devoted to Glass Photonics and covers: properties, structure and processing of glasses, crystals and film for optical applications and photonics; energy transfer, optical and spectroscopic properties; integrated optics; nanocomposites materials and confined structures including photonic crystals, waveguides, microcavities, and microresonators.



Artur Bednarkiewicz

Artur Bednarkiewicz received his MSc Eng. in Physics and Biomedical Engineering from the Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1993 and a PhD, habilitation and Institute professorship in Physics from the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 1998, 2013 and 2015 respectively. After postdoctoral research in the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy, in December 2008 he returned to ILT&SR PAS and simultaneously established an interdisciplinary team NAOMIS with the Wroclaw Research Center EIT+ focusing on Nanoparticle Assisted Molecular Imaging and Sensing. His current interdisciplinary research focuses on optical (bio)spectroscopy, novel designs of lanthanide doped nanoparticles and quantum dot biolabels, optical and spatial light modulation engineering, as well as on pure physics, spectroscopy and chemistry of lanthanide doped materials.




Gunnar Westin is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry-Ångström at Uppsala University (Sweden) and an Adjunct Professor at IRCRE, Xian Jiaotong University (China). 

He started the first Swedish sol-gel research group at Stockholm University in the late 1980:s, and moved his group to Uppsala University in the year 2000. The research stretches from fundamental to applied with some 20 industry collaborations some of which resulted in up-scaling and large scale production.

His research is focused on materials synthesis using solution based processing ,where all aspects of solution based processing are studied; from synthesis and studies of novel heterometallic alkoxide precursors, via sol-gel processing and the phase development during heat-treatment of gels, liquids and nanoparticles to yield the target materials. He has published about 100 papers and 7 patent families. Has also given 200+ talks of which 90+ were invited, keynote or plenary at leading international conferences and 50+ invited lectures at leading international universities.

He has served as an elected board member of the International Sol-gel Society, Chairman of the selection committee for the biennial ISGS conferences, Editorial board member of Int. J. Nanotechnology, Composites B: Engineering and J. Materiomics and, Associate editor of Int. J. Nanoscience.



Jan Augustynski is a Full Professor of Chemistry at Warsaw University (Poland) and Director of Laboratory for Photoelectrochemistry and Solar Energy Conversion at CeNT (Centre of New Technologies),He was also Professor at Department of Inorganic, Analytical and Applied Chemistry at University of Geneva (Switzerland).

He has published about 111 papers with 4680 citations and a h index of 34 (Scopus).







Stefan Schweizer is a Professor for "Physics and Energy Technologies" at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences and Director of the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest (Germany).

He was a Visitor Professor at MIT and Argonne National Laboratory, both in the USA, and he hold positions in the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Halle. In addition, he headed a research group at the Martin Luther University of Halle.

He has published about 162 papers with 1284 citations and a h index of 18 (Scopus).



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Stefan Lis Adam is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Rare Earths (since 2003) at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland) and Vice-President of Jędrzej Śniadecki, Karol Olszewski and Zygmunt Wróblewski Association since 2011.

Some of his research interests are the synthesis and characterization of luminescent nanomaterials and the development of new analytical methods for the determination of organic and bioorganic substances based on chemiluminescence method.

He has published about 191 papers with more than 2554 citations and a h index of 24 (Scopus), and he is Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Photoenergy since 2002 





Sylvestre Bonnet is an Associate Professor at Leiden University since 2015, where he previously completed a Tenure Track in Inorganic Chemistry

He has won several awards and grants, among a Veni Grant in 2008, a Vidi Grant in 2012 and an ERC Starting Grant in 2013.

His expertise lies at the crossing point between inorganic chemistry, photochemistry, and liposomes. His current research interests are light-activated anticancer metallodrugs, photocatalysis, and coordination chemistry at lipid bilayers

He has published about 61 papers with 1153 citations and a h index of 21 (Scopus).



Loiko Pavel Loiko is a PostDoc Researcher in Prof. Markus Pollnau Group (RELID) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden)

He held the position of Senior Researcher at Research Centre for Optical Materials and Technologies at Belarusian National Technical University in Minsk (Belarus)

His research interests focus on spectroscopic properties of lanthanides-doped materials.

He has published about 117 papers with 495 citations and a h index of 13 (Scopus), and he is a Journal Referee for Optics Express, Laser Physics Letters and Optics Letters.




Bruce Cohen is a Staff Scientist of Biological Nanostructures at Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California (USA), where his research focuses on the design and synthesis of novel luminescent nanomaterials for bioimaging. He has developed nanocrystals as single-molecule probes and biosensors, novel bioconjugation and targeting strategies, and organic-inorganic hybrids for imaging cellular activity.


He graduated with honors in Chemistry from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biophysics from UC Berkeley working with Daniel Koshland.  He earned a certificate in Neurobiology from Woods Hole Institute before working as a postdoctoral fellow with Lily Jan (UCSF/HHMI) developing organic and protein-based fluorescent probes for biophysics and cellular imaging.


He has published ca. 30 papers with 2400 citations and an h index of 21 (Google Scholar).


X Zhang Xiaodan Zhang is a Professor and member of Institute of Photo-electronic Thin Film Devices and Technology of Nankai University, Tianjin (China).

Her main research interests include silicon thin film solar cells, including plasma simulation and diagnostics; light management materials, including transparent conductive oxides, up-conversion materials; and heterojunction solar cells and new type solar cells, such as perovskite solar cells.

She has published about 12 papers with 45 citations and a h index of 5 (Scopus).

DSinton David Sinton is a Professor, the Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Energy, and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He was the 2012-2015 Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University.

His work has been recognized with various awards, among them the 2016 Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering I. W. Smith Award, the 2016 Douglas R. Colton Award from CMC Microsystems the 2007 Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering and the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the U of T Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Dr. Sinton’s research interests are in fluidics and energy. This research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis.

He has published about 209 papers with more than 4795 citations and a h index of 35 (Scopus)


JoaquinFernandez Joaquin Fernández is a Professor and Main Researcher of Lasers and Photonic Materials Group at Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) in Spain. . He is also member of the Materials Physics Center and the Donostia International Physics Center.

His research embraces a broad scientific and technological area related to basic and applied Photonics and Photonics Materials.

He has published about 242 papers with more than 3537 citations and a h index of 33 (Scopus)


RolindesBalda Rolindes Balda is a Professor and a Research of Lasers and Photonic Materials Group at Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) in Spain. She is also member of the Materials Physics Center and the Donostia International Physics Center.

Her research embraces a broad scientific and technological area related to basic and applied Photonics and Photonics Materials

She has published about 249 papers with more than 3349 citations and a h index of 32 (Scopus)



Prof. Javier Concepción

Associate Chemist of Chemistry Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Research at Chemical, electrochemical and photochemical catalytic processes related to artificial photosynthesis, especially water oxidation and water/CO2 reduction. Ground and excited state proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET), kinetic and mechanistic studies related to homogeneous and heterogeneous small molecule activation with a combination of experimental techniques and DFT calculations.



Prof. Kang Taek Lee

Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)

Researh interest: application of the experimental tools of physical chemistry to biological systems, trying to reveal the mechanisms underlying the dynamics therein. In particular, we employ a few types of fluorescence microscopy to study the dynamic aspects of live cells at the single-cell and single-molecule level. In doing so, we recently noted and demonstrated that certain novel nanoparticles with unique optical properties can be imaged in the cellular environment with huge advantages. As a result, we are witnessing such nanoparticles gradually replacing traditional fluorescent dye molecules and even quantum dots in the field of biological imaging. Given that the optical studies are pretty mature, the Holy Grails in this field will be conjugating biological molecules on the nanoparticle surface and specifically targeting cellular organelles. To this end, we are focusing our research efforts not only on the microscope development but also on the organic and inorganic wet chemistry. We also work on single-molecule spectroscopy of biologically important molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins.



Prof. Amador Menéndez

From ITMA Materials Tecnology of Asturias (Spain), he has researched in institutions such as the CSIC or MIT. At MIT and together with five other researchers, in May 2010, it set a world record of efficiency in the capture of solar energy. It has also led a technology for the recharge of mobile phones by solar or artificial light, which allowed to extend significantly the duration of its batteries. It combines research with dissemination, receiving, among others, the Prism Prize and the European Prize for Scientific Divulgation 




Prof. Dr. Manuel Maynar

Specialist in Endovascular Surgery. Full Professor of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) since 1997
Full Professor of the Louisiana State University, New Orleans (L.S.U.)
1994-1997. Gratis Faculty since 2000. Director of Minimally Invasive Diagnostic and Therapeutic Institute (CDyTE), Hospital: HOSPITEN Rambla, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Director of the Department of Endoluminal in the Minimal Invasive Surgery Centre, Animal Lab, Caceres, Spain
Director of MOTIVA (Research Project of the Canarian Agency of Investigation, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI) "Minimally Invasive and Reconstructive Surgery" EBIR (European Board of Interventional Radiology)
Director of the Chair for Medical Technology at the ULPGC.
Pioneer in Endovascular Surgery in Spain: First peripheral PTA (1980), First TIPS (1991), First endovascular treatment of AAA by bifurcated graft (1994), First endovascular treatment of AAA by fenestrated graft(2003) and other diagnostic and therapeutic treatment based on: minimally invasive surgery, endoluminal surgery and interventional radiology.





Dr. Georgios.E. Arnaoutakis

Georgios E. Arnaoutakis is currently Research Fellow at the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Centre, Israel, where he has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Jacob Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation. Previously, he was Applications & Development Scientist at Edinburgh Instruments, Scotland, where he established and coordinated the company's Applications Laboratory, developing numerous laser spectroscopy applications and photoluminescence techniques in up-conversion, organic, inorganic materials and optoelectronic devices.

His research interests lie at the intersection of optics and photonics, photovoltaics and solar energy conversion. These include up-conversion for photovoltaics, geometrical and luminescent concentration, as well as spectroscopy of materials and devices for solar energy. Author of more than 20 papers, he is a member of the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Physics, while since 2013 he has been reviewer for the journals Applied Optics, Optics Express, Optical Materials Express, Optics Letters, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells and Solar Energy, as well as for several grant programs.




Proffesor Markus Haase

Full Professor (W3) in inorganic chemistry/ materials chemistry at the University of Osnabrück.

Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize 2002 (awarded by Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie)

Research career: 1989 – 1990 Postdoctoral research assistant at the UC Berkeley, USA (in the research group of Prof. A. P.Alivisatos); 1991 – 1996 Research scientist at the Philips-Research-Laboratory Aachen; 2003 Professor (C3) in physical chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt



Prof. Adolfo Speghini

For many years the research activity has been devoted to the synthesis, structural, vibrational and spectroscopic properties of bulk (crystalline and glasses) as well as nanostructured materials, with particular attention to the luminescence properties of transition metal and lanthanide ions doped materials. Recently, the research has been focused on investigation of multifunctional inorganic based nanomaterials, in particular optical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents and nanothermometers for biotechnology and biomedical applications.


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Dr. Teresa Giraldez

From Department of Medical Sciences-Physiology, ULL Medical School; Deputy Director of Institute of Biomedical Technologies (ITB); Center for Biomedical Research of the Canary Islands (CIBICAN) at University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain,). European Research Council Consolidator Grant Holder ERC-CoG-2014-648936 (NANOPDICS).

Lecturer, Universidad de La Laguna, ‘Ramon y Cajal’ Award from 2014
Group leader, ‘Miguel Servet’ Award, University Hospital NS Candelaria, since 2014
Postdoc Fellow, Yale University, until 2006
PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, 2001
BSc in Biochemistry& Molecular Biology, Universidad de Oviedo, 1997


 SMcCormack Dr Sarah McCormack

Associate Professor in the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and lead PI in the Solar Energy Applications group. She graduated from Univiersity of Ulster with a PhD in Solar Engineering collaborating with Imperial College London, Saint Gobain and BPSolar. She continued her research at the Dublin Institute of Technology as a Research Fellow where she was involved in the development of energy related sustainability research programmes.  She has been working in the areas of solar energy and thermal energy research for over 15 years and has published over 100 publications. She has supervised 13 students to completion and her team currently consists of 3 post docs and 6 PhD researchers.  She has been awarded funding of over 3M in national and EU funded projects such as the prestigious ERC Starter grant (PEDAL) to continue her work in LS devices for enhancing the efficiency of solar cells.

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