Giuseppe Battaglia (UCL, Belgium)
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Giuseppe Battaglia is Professor of Molecular Bionics. His research is focused on the investigation of the specific design rules behind inter/intramolecular interactions and self-assembly of soft matter systems combining synthetic and supramolecular chemistry. In analogy to medical Bionics, where engineering and physical science converge to the design of replacement and/or enhancement of malfunctioning body parts, Prof Battaglia and his team apply molecular engineering and nanotechnology tools to copy and/or improve biological structures such as viruses for several applications including biotechnology, drug and gene delivery, diagnostic tools and cell engineering scaffolds. He has worked at UCL since 2013. Before this, he held positions as Lecturer -2006, Senior Lecturer -2009 and Professor -2011 in the Departments of Materials Sci. Eng. (2006-2009) and Biomedical Science (2009-2013) at the University of Sheffield. Prof Battaglia holds a Laurea in Chemical Engineering from University of Palermo (Italy) and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Sheffield.
Anja Boisen (DTU NANOTECH, Denmark)
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Anja Boisen is a professor and Head of the Centre of Excellence at the department of Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark. Anja has thorough knowledge on micromechanics and nanotechnology. Her research group focuses on the development and application of micro- and nanosensors as well as microsystems for oral drug delivery and has spun out several companies including Cantion, Silmeco, and BluSense Diagnostics.
Anja is member of the board of the Danish Innovation Foundation, the board of the Villum Foundation, the Danish Academy of the Technical Sciences and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences.
In 2008, she was awarded the largest research prize in Denmark, the Villum Kann Rasmussen award, followed by the EliteForsk Award from the Danish Ministry of Research, Innovation and Higher Education in 2012. Anja also received the ‘Sapere Aude – top researcher award’ from the Danish Council for Independent Research in 2013.
Francesco Bonaccorso (IIT-Graphene Labs / BeDimensional, Italy)
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Francesco Bonaccorso gained a PhD from the Department of Physics, University of Messina in Italy after working at the Italian National Research Council, the Engineering Department of Cambridge University (UK) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Vanderbilt University (USA). In June 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, and elected to a Research Fellowship at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. In April 2014 He joined the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Graphene Labs. He was responsible in defining the ten years scientific and technological roadmap for the graphene flagship programme. His research interests encompass solution processing of carbon nanomaterials (such as graphene, nanotubes and nanodiamonds) and inorganic layered materials, their spectroscopic characterization, incorporation into polymer composites and application in solar cells, light emitting devices, lithium-ion batteries and ultrafast lasers.
Paolo Decuzzi (IIT, Italy)
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Paolo Decuzzi is a senior researcher and director of the Laboratory of Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova – Italy. Decuzzi’s lab mission is to i. rationally design polymeric nanoconstructs for multi-modal imaging and combination therapy in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases; ii. fabricate microfluidic chips for the rapid screening of novel molecular and nano-based therapeutic agents; iii. develop multi-scale, hierarchical computational models for predicting the transport and therapeutic efficacy of nanoconstructs; iv. organize dissemination activities at the interface between engineering and biomedical sciences; and v. promote the professional development of lab members in a highly multi-disciplinary environment.
Liberato Manna (IIT, Italy)
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Lluis F. Marsal (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
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Full professor, Department of Electronic Engineering.
My current research interests focus on low–cost technologies based on micro- and nanoporous silicon and nanoporous alumina for biomedical applications and optical biosensing platforms. I am also interested in organic and hybrid nanostructured materials to enhance light-matter interactions for optoelectronic devices and organic solar cells.
Teresa Pellegrino (IIT, Italy)
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Michael Roukes (Caltech, USA)
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Roukes was founding Director of Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute from 2003-2006, Co-Director from 2008-2013, and has recently stepped down to focus full-time, on collaborative research in neuroscience, nanoscience, and biotechnology.
Professor Roukes completed undergraduate majors in both physics and chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, and thereafter earned a Ph.D. in physics at Cornell University, focusing upon electron transport in microstructures at ultralow temperatures. Subsequently, he joined Bell Communications Research as a Member of Technical Staff / Principal Investigator in the (then-new) Quantum Structures Research Group, where he carried out some of the earliest explorations of the physics of nanoelectronic devices. In 1992 he joined the tenured faculty at the California Institute of Technology, where he built nanofabrication facilities and has established a large nanoscience research group, now heavily involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations. Roukes' scientific interests range from fundamental science to applied biotechnology —with a unifying theme centered upon development, application, and very-large-scale-integration of complex nanostructures. He has published and written extensively on nanoscience and nanotechnology, has lectured at most major research centers world-wide, and is active on many national and international committees that promote this field.