Valbona Aliko, Full Professor in Animal EcoToxicoPhysiology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, Albania. Leader of NanoToxicology NanoAlb Research Group and Coordinator of NanoAlb PhD Programme-Quartz, Albanian Academy of Science. Research interests focused on studying the mechanisms of adaptive response of animals to environmental stress (heavy metals, pesticides, nanoparticles), by using multi-biomarker approach and designing & bio-functionalizing biosensors with possible application in monitoring environmental pollution and biota health
Dr. Ruslan Álvarez Diduk obtained his PhD in chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México) in 2014. From 2015 to date, he works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors group (Prof. Merkoçi). His research focuses on the development of novel nanostructured biosensors using both optical and electrochemical platforms, which are based on point-of-care and low-cost systems. He is also involved in exploring new and novel routes for nanoparticle synthesis, graphene reduction and laser patterning, and the development of readout platforms including smartphone based biosensing.
Prof. Jordi Arbiol was born in Molins de Rei, Catalonia, in 1975. Having graduated in physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in 1997, he went on to obtain his PhD in transmission electron microscopy applied to nanostructured materials from this same university in 2001, earning the “European Doctorate” label in recognition of the project’s European dimension, as well as the university's extraordinary doctorate award.
He then held the position of assistant professor at the UB, before becoming a, ICREA Professor and group leader at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona in 2009, as well as the scientific supervisor of this institute’s electron microscopy facility. It was here that Prof. Arbiol began his personal and professional mission to improve Barcelona’s baseline electron microscopy infrastructure, a goal he has continued to pursue at the ICN2, which he joined in 2015 as ICREA Professor and leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group. Since 2017 he is President of the Spanish Microscopy Society (SME), was Vice-President from 2013 to 2017 and since 2009 he is Member of its Executive Board. In 2018 he was elected as Member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) (2019-2026). In 2014 he was awarded with the EU40 Materials Prize 2014 (E-MRS).
Fabiana Arduini(University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy)
Fabiana Arduini is Associated Professor at Department of Chemical Science and Technologies, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, CEO of start-up SENSE4MED, DG at ISO9001 Certified Laboratory LabCap, University of Rome "Tor Vergata”, Editor of Green Analytical Chemistry Journal, Elsevier, Associated Editor of Microchemical Journal, Elsevier, Specialty Chief Editor Micro- and Nano- Sensors, Frontiers in Sensors, and Coordinator of Italian Sensor Group, Italian Chemical Society 2019-2021. Her research activity deals with the development of miniaturised electrochemical devices mainly using screen-printed electrodes modified with nanomaterials and paper-based analytical tools applied in environmental, biomedical, and defense sectors, with over 120 articles published in peer-review journals, H index 41, Scopus source, > 5 patents, coordinators of several national/international projects. Her name is present in PLoS Biology https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000384 which listed the top 2% most cited researchers in the world.
Francesco Bonaccorso is the Scientific Director of BeDimensional SpA and Visiting Scientist at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. He gained the PhD from the University of Messina after working at the Italian National Research Council, the University of Cambridge and the University of Vanderbilt. In 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Cambridge University, and a Fellowship at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, obtaining a MA. He was responsible in defining the ten years scientific and technological roadmap for the Graphene Flagship. He is now Deputy of the Innovation of the Flagship. He was featured as 2016 Emerging Investigator by J.Mater.Chem.A and in 2019 by ChemPlusChem. His research interests encompass both the fundamental understanding and solution processing of novel nanomaterials and their technological applications. He authored/co-authored more than 120 publications and 12 patents.
Susana Campuzano Ruiz(Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Susana Campuzano (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9928-6613) works as Assistant Professor at the Analytical Chemistry Department of the Chemistry Faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) where she is currently Head of “Electroanalysis and Electrochemical (Bio)Sensors” (GEBE) research group. Her areas of interest include the development of affinity-based electrochemical bioplatforms with potential for multiplexed and/or multi-omics determinations in clinical and food safety. She is Associate Editor of the Journal Electroanalysis (Wiley-VCH).
Dr. E. Chavez Angel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Barcelona, Spain) with expertise on the study of thermal, phononic and photonic properties at nanoscale. His PhD thesis (2014, summa cum excel-lent) was focused on thermal management through phonon engineering in silicon nanomembranes. Currently, his research activities are focused on experimental and theoretical study of thermal and optical properties of two-dimensional quantum materials.
Stefano Cinti is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples “Federico II”. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2016 in the group headed by Prof. Giuseppe Palleschi at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He leads the uninanobiosensors Lab (uninanobiosensors.com) at University of Naples “Federico II”, and his research interests include the development of Electrochemical sensors, Paper-Based devices, Nanomotors, and Nanomaterials. During his research activity, he had the opportunity to spend period abroad in Finland, UK, USA, Germany and Spain. He published more than 50 papers on peer-reviewed journals, with a H-index of 28 and >2300 citations. Among all the prizes and certificates, in 2018 he has been named Best Young Researcher in Bio-Analytical Chemistry, and in 2019 he has been named Best Young Researcher in Analytical Chemistry (both by the Italian Chemical Society). He is the Chair of AMYC-BIOMED 2021, a multi-disciplinary conference for young chemists in the biomedical sciences
Gianni Ciofani(Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Gianni Ciofani (born in La Spezia, Italy, on August 14th, 1982) is Senior Researcher Tenured at the Italian Institute of Technology -IIT-, where he is Principal Investigator of the Smart Bio-Interfaces Research Line (Pontedera, Italy), a group of about 20 people including Researchers, Post-Docs, Ph.D. students, and M.Sc. students.
He received his Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Pisa, Italy, in July 2006, and, in the same year, his Diploma in Engineering (with honors) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Italy. In January 2010, he obtained his Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies (with honors) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. From January 2010 to August 2013 he was Post-Doc at the IIT, Center for Micro-BioRobotics @SSSA, where, from September 2013 to October 2015, he was Researcher in the framework of the Smart Materials Platform. From October 2015 to October 2019 he was Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Torino (Italy), maintaining at the same time his research activity in IIT, where he is Senior Research Tenured since November 2019.
Lucia Curri(University of Bari "A. Moro" / CNR, Italy)
M. Lucia Curri is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy). She received her PhD in Chemistry from University of Bari (Italy) in 1997. Before joining University of Bari, in 2018, she was at Italian National Research Council (CNR). Currently she is also associated research scientist at CNR IPCF Bari. She is active in material chemistry research, aiming to design, fabricate and process inorganic solids at the nanoscale to obtain multifunctional nanostructured materials both for fundamental investigation and for applications in biomedical field, energy conversion and environmental technologies for optoelectronic, photocatalytic and life science applications. She has coordinated a European FP7 project and has been responsible for CNR IPCF Bari of numerous FP6, FP7 and H2020 European and National projects in the field of nanomaterials. She has co-authored over 220 publications, including more than 170 JCR papers, 10 book chapters and has contributed to many conferences with invited talks.
Massimo De Vittorio is Coordinator of the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Lecce – Italy and Full Professor at Università del Salento where he is lecturer of the courses “Electronic and Photonic Devices” and “Nanotechnologies for Electronics”. He has been responsible for more than ten years of the nanodevice division at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of the CNR Istituto Nanoscienze. His research activity deals with the development of science and technology applied to nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nano and micro electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS) for applications in the fields of life-science, energy and ICT.
Nunzio Denora(Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
Nunzio Denora received the degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bari in 2001 and achieved his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Palermo in 2004. After a postdoctoral position funded by the National Cancer Institute at the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department of the Kansas University, US (2005-2006), under the supervision of Prof. Valentino J. Stella, he was appointed as assistant professor and research scientist of Pharmaceutical Technology at the Department of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”. From 2019 he is associate professor of Pharmaceutical Technology heading a research laboratory of nanotechnology and advanced drug delivery systems. He has published more than 140 research articles and he is inventor of 5 patents concerning formulations and diagnostic probes. Since 2016, he is heading the Inter-University Consortium CIRCSMB research group of Bari "Inorganic-based Nano Drug Delivery Systems" (> 30 scientists) and serves as Scientific Advisor for pharmaceutical companies. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the European Paedriatric Translational Research Infrastructure EPTRI and advisory board member for the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research is devoted to the development of targeted nanocarriers by conventional and microfluidics techniques.
Fabio Di Francesco(Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy)
Fabio Di Francesco, graduated in physics and received a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Pisa in 2000. He is assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Pisa since 2006, and qualified this year for associate professor. His research activity is mainly focused on the development of chemical and physical sensors, wearable sensor systems, and the identification of chemical markers in breath, saliva and sweat for the diagnosis of disease and the monitoring of health conditions. He published 60 papers on international peer-review journals, 4 book chapters, 131 contributions to congress and conference, 6 patents, and he is member of the Editorial Board of Microchemical Journal and Journal of Breath Research. In the sensor field, he contributed to five European ICT projects under the 5th, 6th, 7th Framework programmes and Horizon 2020. He was the coordinator of the UNIPI research unit involved in the SWAN-iCare project, which aimed at developing a telemedicine device combined to negative pressure treatment for chronic wounds, and of FUNDUS, a bilateral project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Overall, he attracted more than 2 M€ of research funds in the last five years.
Can Dincer(University of Freiburg – IMTEK, Germany)
Dr.-Ing. Can Dincer is currently junior research group leader at the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT) and the head of Disposable Microsystems group at the Laboratory for Sensors at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg. The main research interest of his working group is the development of bioanalytical microsystems for various applications including diagnostics, food and environmental monitoring.
Having completed his studies in microsystems engineering, Dr. Dincer graduated from the Technical Faculty of the University of Freiburg. He received his PhD degree with summa cum laude in 2016 through his work on the topic "Electrochemical microfluidic multiplexed biosensor platform for point-of-care testing”. In early 2017, he has been awarded by the second place in Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award for his dissertation.
Between June 2017 – June 2019, Dr. Dincer also worked as a visiting researcher at the Department of Bioengineering at the Imperial College London. During this time, his focus was on the paper-based analytical devices and their different applications. In September 2019, Dr. Dincer joined the editorial team of the journal “Biosensors and Bioelectronics” as an Associate Editor. In late 2019, he received the Adolf Martens Prize 2018 in the category "Analytical Chemistry" for his research on the optimization of electrochemical biosensors for the point-of-care diagnostics.
Emre Erdem is now associate professor at Sabanci University, Materials Science and Nano Engineering program (Istanbul / Turkey). He obtained his BSc degree from Ankara University Physics Department in 1998. In 2001 and 2006, he received his MSc and Ph.D. Degrees from the University of Leipzig Physics Department, respectively. He did postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Darmstadt between the years 2006-2009. In 2010, he became a research group leader in University of Freiburg on the spectroscopic studies of functional nanomaterials and in 2017 he received his habilitation degree in Physical Chemistry from Freiburg University. He was awarded LE STUDIUM / Marie Skłodowska-CurieResearch Fellowship (2017) at Tours University-France, Eugen Grätz Prize (2011) and DAAD scholarship (1999). He recently received the Tubitak-2232 international fellowship for outstanding resarchers award. He (co) authored more than 90 publications in international journals and more than 50 invited talks in scientific events. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Experimental Results (Cambridge Univ. Press) and Associate Editor in Scientific Reports (Nature), Int. J. Appl. Ceramic Technology (Wiley) and Turkish Journal of Physics (Tübitak).
Jesús Alberto Escarpa Miguel(Universidad de Alcala, Spain)
Dr. Alberto Escarpa is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alcalá. He is the leader and founder of the research group “Analytical Miniaturization and Nanotechnology” since 2003. His main research interests are analytical miniaturization and nanotechnologies, the exploration of new nanomaterials for optical and electrochemical (bio)-sensing, electrochemical microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip technology and self-propelled micromotors. He is currently Editor in Chief for Microchimica Acta.
Andrea C. Ferrari earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Cambridge University, after a Laurea in nuclear engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He is Professor of nanotechnology and Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College. He founded and directs the Cambridge Graphene Centre and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology. He chairs the management panel and is the Science and Technology Officer of the European Graphene Flagship. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Optical Society and he has been recipient of numerous awards, such as the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation, the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, the Marie Curie Excellence Award, the Philip Leverhulme Prize, The EU-40 Materials Prize. He also received 4 European Research Council Grants.
Moran Frenkel-Pinter(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Dr. Moran Frenkel-Pinter is a new assistant professor in the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her BSc and PhD in biotechnology from Tel Aviv University. As a PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Segal and Prof. Ehud Gazit, she studied the role of protein glycosylation in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, and in collaboration with Prof. Shai Rahimipour from Bar-Ilan University, she synthesized glycopeptides to study the effect of glycans on peptide self-assembly. She then became a NASA postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and, subsequently, a research scientist in its School of Chemistry. As a member of the Center for Chemical Evolution and team leader at the NASA Center for Origins of Life, she focused on elucidating mechanisms that lead to the formation of proto-peptides that can spontaneously polymerize, fold, and interact with nucleic acids under prebiotic conditions. As an Azrieli Early Career Faculty Fellow, Frenkel-Pinter’s research merges concepts from biotechnology and origins of life chemistry, fields in which she specialized during her PhD and postdoctoral research, respectively. She harnesses the creative power of chemical evolution to develop evolving functional biodegradable polymers for biotechnological applications.
Firat Güder received his BSc (first division) from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in Computer Engineering. He studied Microsystems Engineering (MSc) at Furtwangen University, Germany and KU Leuven / IMEC, Belgium. Firat completed his PhD with summa cum laude at the University of Freiburg, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Margit Zacharias. His research primarily involved investigation of nanostructural transformations by atomic layer deposition, unconventional methods for photolithography and patterning, synthesis of nanomaterials and design and fabrication of sensors and actuators. In 2013, Firat was awarded the prestigious German Research Foundation’s International Research Fellowship to carry out research in the group of Prof. George Whitesides at Harvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. In 2016 Firat joined Imperial College London, Department of Bioengineering as a member of faculty (Lecturer – US equivalent Assistant Professor).
Samo Hocevar(National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia)
1996: BSc, pure chemistry; 2000: MSc, analytical chemistry; 2002: PhD, analytical chemistry; all at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
1997 - 1998: Patent examiner, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office, Ljubljana
1998 - : MSc/PhD student, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, from 2016 Research Professor, Department of Analytical Chemistry, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana
2010 - 2013: Acting Head of the Department of Analytical Chemistry, National Institute of Chemistry
2013 - : Head of the Department of Analytical Chemistry, National Institute of Chemistry
Andrea Idili(University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)
Andrea Idili is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with full marks under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Ricci at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2016. During his Ph.D., he did three different visiting research periods (14 months) in the group headed by Prof. Alexis Vallée-Bélisle (University of Montréal, Canada). After one year as a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Prof. Ricci, Dr. Idili did two postdocs in the group of Prof. Kevin Plaxco (University of California Santa Barbara, USA – from 2017 to 2019) and Prof. Arben Merkoci (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain – from 2019 to 2021). His current research focuses on the development of novel DNA-based electrochemical and optical sensors able to support the real-time, continuous monitoring of diagnostically relevant molecules both in vitro and in vivo. The importance of his research is highlighted in more than 30 peer-reviewed papers published in high-impact factor journals, 1 patent, and 2 book chapters. He has received several international/national awards and fellowships in recognition of his work, including the “ISSNAF Awards For Young Investigators 2019” (ISSNAF, USA), the “PROBIST postdoctoral fellowship 2018” (BIST, Spain), the “Honor mention 2014 Primo Levi award” (Italian Chemical Society), and the “Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2013” (Embassy of Canada to Italy).
Emmanuel Kymakis is a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) and Vice President of the HMU Research Center. He obtained his PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2003. His research focuses on graphene and related 2D materials with regard to the interfacial engineering of emerging solar cells for improved performance and stability, as well as on the performance evaluation of PV systems. He was named as a ChemComm Emerging Investigator and served as a member of the founding GA of HFRI. He is the leader of the Energy Generation WP of the FET Flagship Initiative, Graphene Flagship.
Arben Merkoçi is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), a BIST centre situated at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) campus (Bellaterra, Barcelona). After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University, in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) designs and applications in clinical and environmental analysis, Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc at other European research centres and USA in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies. His postdoc periods were followed by leading positions in several laboratories: (1997-2006) at Autonomous University of Barcelona and since 2006 in ICN2.
Aitor Mugarza earned his PhD in Physics at the University of the Basque Country (2002). After postdoctoral stays at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), he was appointed Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group (2013) and ICREA Research Professor (2015) at ICN2. Active in the research of quantum electronic and magnetic phenomena at the nanoscale, he has carried out pioneering studies on electron confinement and band engineering on resonator superlattices, the manipulation of charge and spin in single molecules, or the synthesis of graphene-based nanoarchitectures
Prof. Pablo Ordejón earned his degree in physics (1987) and his PhD in science (1992) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) from 1992 to 1995 and as assistant professor at the Universidad de Oviedo from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, he obtained a research staff position at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). In 2007 he moved to the former CIN2 (now ICN2) as the leader of the Theory and Simulation Group, where he is currently a CSIC Research Professor. Since July 2012 he has served as Director of the ICN2.
Michal Otyepka(Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Czech Republic)
Prof. Michal Otyepka, Ph.D. (*1975) is currently the Deputy Director of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials in Olomouc. Since 2009 he has been the Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacký University in Olomouc. His research interests cover physical-chemical properties and reactivity of graphene derivatives and 2D materials, non-covalent interactions to 2D materials. He has been developing chemistry of fluorographene (2D chemistry) toward graphene derivatives, which can be applied in (bio)sensing, catalysis and energy storage. He specializes also in molecular dynamics of biomolecules, nanomaterials, and complex molecular systems, force field development and multiscale methods and their applications. He is principal investigator of ERC – Consolidator, 2D-Chemistry (2016-2021) and ERC Proof of Concept UP2DChem (2020-2021). He is the author or co-author of more than 240 papers in international journals, three book chapters and one book.
Sibel A. Ozkan is presently working as a Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Ankara University, Faculty of Pharmacy. She has become full professor in 2003. She has been involved in several analytical chemistry projects related to electroanalytical chemistry and separation techniques on drug active compounds and DNA–Drug interactions.
Her research interests included analysis of pharmaceuticals with using separation techniques especially on liquid chromatography, method development and their validation, electroanalytical techniques, novel electrode materials, nano-structured materials, surface–modified electrodes, fabrication of biosensors and nano-sensors, analysis of pharmaceuticals from their dosage forms and biological samples.
She has published more than 200 original and review papers, more than 20 chapters in varied books and two scientific books namely ‘Electroanalytical methods in pharmaceutical analysis and their validation’, HNB Publishing, in 2012 and ‘Electroanalysis in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences’, Springer, in 2015.
She received Ankara University Scientific Support Award in 2003 and Academy of Pharmacy Science Award of Turkish Pharmaceutical Association in 2008.
She is the Editorial Board Member of the many journals like Talanta, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, Chromatographia, Current Drug Therapy, Journal of Turkish Pharmaceutical Sciences, etc. She is also Regional Editor of Current Pharmaceutical Analysis (2015).
Claudio Parolo(ISGlobal - Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain)
Claudio Parolo obtained his Ph.D. in biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2013 working on the development of plastic- and paper-based nanobiosensors in the group of Prof. Arben Merkoçi at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Since then he has focused his postdoctoral career on the development of point-of-care diagnostic tests, mostly lateral flow assays (in Prof. McKendry group at the University College London) and electrochemical sensors based on nucleic acid scaffolds (in Prof. Plaxco group at the University of California Santa Barbara). In 2019 he re-joined the Prof. Merkoçi’s group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow working on the diagnosis of HIV and syphilis. Now he is a senior scientist at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health, working in Prof. Muñoz's team on the development of point of care diagnostic devices for neglected tropical diseases.
Dr. Teresa Pellegrino, since 2014, is a senior team leader of the group of “Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications” at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy. She has received her master degree in Chemistry in 2000 and her PhD title in Chemical Synthesis and Nanoscience in 2005 from the University of Bari, Italy. During her doctoral studies, she has spent two years in the group of Prof. Paul Alivisatos at the University of Berkeley (California) approaching the nanoscience field and about 18 months in the group of Prof. Wolfgang Parak at the Center for Nanoscience in Munich (Germany) and working on approaches to functionalize inorganic nanoparticles. For her Post-Doctoral studies, she then moved to Lecce (Italy) at the Center for Nanoscience focusing on synthesis of inorganic hetero-structures. From 2010 to beginning of 2014, she has served as permanent researcher of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
Her current research interests focus on the development of inorganic nanostructures for stimuli-responsive drug delivery, magnetic hyperthermia, photo-thermal treatment and radiotherapy applications. She is coauthor of more than 120 publications in the field of nanoscience, nanomedicine and drug delivery systems.
Fetah Podvorica(University of Prishtina, Republic Kosovo)
Fetah Podvorica is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Prishtina and Corresponding Member of Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosova. Since 2014 he has been visiting professor at University of Paris, former University of Paris 7, and previously was visiting professor at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie de Paris (ESPCI); during the period 2003-2013. He did his PhD thesis at the University of Paris 7 in 2000 and his Habilitation he obtained in 2010 at the University of Paris 6. His research interests include: electrochemical or chemical modification of material’s surfaces with 2D organic thin layers and their use for different applications; the use of Electro-Fenton method for the degradation of organic pollutants in waste water. He has 2 patents, 2 book chapters, 45 published papers in peer review journals, H index: 23 and over 4800 citations (scholar). He is Associate Editor in the Springer journal, Chemistry Africa
Prof. Mamas I. Prodromidis is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the University of Ioannina, Greece and Editor-in-Chief in Microchimica Acta. His research interest focused on the development of electrochemical sensors and biosensors, the generation of nanoparticles with spark discharge, the development of low-cost analytical devices for point-of-care analysis, the design & fabrication of integrated electrochemical cells and bipolar electrochemistry. He has published more than 100 research articles, review articles, book chapters, and he also holds one patent. He has given several invited talks in seminars and international conferences.
Dr. Daniel Quesada-González is the Head of Product Developement at Paperdrop Diagnostics, an SME devoted to the development of rapid diagnostics tests (also known as lateral flow tests) dealing with non-covered medical needs and emerging health problems, with special interest in critical and prevalent diseases. In 2018 he obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) working on the synthesis of nanomaterials and their integration in paper-based biosensors, while working in the group of Prof. Arben Merkoçi at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. In the last years he has published 5 reviews related with point-of-care biosensing, accumulationg since 2016 more than a thousand citations.
Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites Group Leader. CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS: I define myself as an applied materials scientist interested in the controlled and rational synthesis of inorganic and hybrid nanoparticles and nanocomposites (with a soft spot for magnetic materials) and the understanding of their structural-functional properties including problems related to nanobiointerfaces. Specifically: I. Fabrication of colloids and nanocomposites for applications in nanomedicine, smart electronics and environmental sensors II. Use of non-traditional methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials (microwaves, supercritical fluids, bacterial production) III. Understanding magnetic phenomena in nanomaterials.
Giulio Rosati is a postdoc researcher mainly interested on electrochemical biosensing with impedimetric and voltammetric techniques, on the development of inkjet-based fabrication platform for low-cost biosensors, and on the development of portable platform for their use at the point of care. Dr. Rosati received his Master’s degree in bioengineering in 2011 and a Ph.D. in biotechnology in 2015, both at the University of Padova, Italy. From 2015 he worked as a postdoc researcher in the BioDevices lab of the same university on projects in collaboration with several companies and spinoffs. Since 2019 he has been working in Arben Merkoçi’s group at ICN2, Barcelona.
Dr. Sanna Arpiainen a principal scientist and team leader at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She coordinates the graphene and 2D materials research and related commercial offering at VTT, where the special focus is in the industrialization of the CVD graphene device manufacturing and CMOS integration for biosensing and photonics. Her background is in material science, optical MEMS, photonics integration and nanotechnology. She is the PI of several national and international research projects on graphene sensors, photonics and integration, and chaired the Graphene Week 2019 in Helsinki, Finland.
Dritan Siliqi(Institute of Crystallography- CNR, Italy)
Dritan Siliqi is staff scientist at Institute of Crystallography, National Council for Research (IC-CNR) Bari, Italy. Currently as the head of the Bio-crystallization Lab@IC-CNR, he is involved in several projects related to the studies, combining different techniques as macromolecular crystallography (MX), Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), and Dynamic Simulations (DM), devoted to structural insights of proteins involved at: ribosomopathy diseases (f.es. Shwachman Diamond Syndrome) and intracellular region of the human magnesium transport mediator CNNM4, Interdomain conformational flexibility of UGGT (the eukaryotic glycoprotein secretion checkpoint. His works is focused as well as on structural/morphological characterization of nanostructured bio- materials, in particular by means of small and wide angle x-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS). During his carrier, he was researcher visitor on several laboratories/Institutions and his research activity is presented in about 130 scientific publications and several communications in national end international meetings/conferences/congresses
Dr Emmanuel Stratakis is a Research Director at the Institute of Electronic structure and laser (IESL) (www.iesl.forth.gr) of the Foundation for Research and Technology—Hellas (FORTH) (www.forth.gr) and founder and CEO of Biomimetic PC (www.biomimetic.gr). He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Crete in 2001 from the Physics Department, University of Crete. After graduating, he joined as a visiting Researcher the IESL-FORTH working on the ultrafast laser engineering of materials and as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete. In the fall semesters of 2006 and 2008 he was appointed as a visiting Researcher at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. In 2007 he was elected Researcher at IESL-FORTH where he is leading the “Ultrafast Laser Micro- and Nano- processing” laboratory (http://stratakislab.iesl.forth.gr;https://www.iesl.forth.gr/en/research/ULNMP-Group). His research interests are in the fields of ultrafast laser interactions with materials for (a) biomimetic micro- and nano- structuring (b) Advanced photonic processes for photovoltaics and energy storage, c) nanomaterials synthesis and diagnostics for optoelectronics and (c) biomaterials processing for tissue engineering. He has delivered more than 60 invited and keynote lectures and has been organizer and chair in major international scientific conferences. He has over 230 SCI publications and more than 9000 citations, h-index=52 (Scopus), and he has coordinated many National and EU grants. Since 2015, he is the Director of the Nanoscience Facility of FORTH, part of the NFFA-Europe EU Infrastructure, where he is a member of the General Assembly. He is a National Representative to the Horizon 2020 High-Level Group of EU on Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of COST.
Klaas-Jan Tielrooij is Junior Group Leader at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2, Spain) since October 2018, heading the Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems group. He is also Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Excellence Material Science in Mainz (Germany). Before joining the ICN2, he was a research fellow at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in December 2010 with a thesis that was awarded the FOM Physics Thesis Prize 2011. He was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2018, and a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship in 2019. Dr. Tielrooij has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, 13 of which in Nature and Science and family, and over 5,000 citations. His H-index is currently 28 (scholar). His current research focuses on understanding and exploiting ultrafast phenomena that take place at the nanoscale. These phenomena have far-reaching implications in terms of material and system properties, as well as technological applications in fields such as thermal management, light harvesting, photodetection, data communication and quantum technologies.
Suna Timur has received her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry at Ege University in 2001. She is currently a full-time Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Ege University. Her current research focuses on electrochemical sensors and biosensors, nanobiomaterials, nanomedicine, and drug delivery.
2019 - present Reader & UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Edinburgh
2013 - 2019 Group Leader & Chancellor's Fellow in Synthetic Biology, University of Edinburgh
2011 - 2013 Research Associate, Imperial College London
2007 - 2011 PhD in Bioengineering, Imperial College London
2000 - 2005 BEng in Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University
Joseph Wang is Distinguished Professor, SAIC Endowed Chair, and former Chair of the Department of Nanoengineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is also the Director of the UCSD Center of Wearable Sensors and Co-Director of the UCSD Center of Mobile Health Systems and Applications (CMSA). He served as the director of Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors of Arizona State University (ASU) before joining UCSD. Prof. Wang has published more than 1175 papers, 11 books and he holds 30 patents (H Index=179, >140,000 citations). He received 2 American Chemical Society National Awards in 1999 (Instrumentation) and 2006 (Electrochemistry), ECS Sensor Achievement Award (2018), the IUPAC Anal Chem Medal and Talanta Medal (2021), and 5 Honorary Professors from Spain, Argentina, Czech Republic, Romania, China and Slovenia. Prof. Wang has been the Founding Editor of Electroanalysis (Wiley), is RSC, ECS and AIMBE Fellow and a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. His scientific interests are concentrated in the areas of bioelectronics, wearable devices, biosensors, bionanotechnology, nanomachines and microrobots, flexible materials, and electroanalytical chemistry.
Chiara Zanardi is associated professor in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and associated at the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). She graduated in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna in 1998 and obtained the PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2002 the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her scientific interests deal with the development of new materials as sensing element of electrochemical sensors and biosensors for the quantification of meaningful analytes in biological fluids, foodstuffs, and environmental matrices. She was involved in many Italian and international projects and she coordinated national projects dealing with the development of electrochemical sensors. She is the co-author of more than 80 papers printed on peer-review journals, two patents, one book and three book chapters dealing with modified electrodes in electroanalysis.
Jinxiu Zeng, Business Development Manager in Kinbio for European Market. After finished her study in Biotechnology in 2009, she followed her interests in cross-culture communication and entered the international field. Before entering IVD industry in 2013, she worked at junior positions in the fields of tourism, E-commerce, High-end garment brand with their own production, and international logistics. The key career competitiveness she gained in the first 10 years was building up the habits to break the comfort zones in order to improve, analyse, reply, simplify, summarize. She taught herself to do international business but hit a plateau and couldn't make a breakthrough for years for many reasons. During those years, she lived about 5 years in Portugal, the experience living under another culture and market reality brought her unexpected growths in both career and personal development.
She worked for Kinbio between 2013 and 2016, then returned to work for Kinbio in April 2020. In only 9 months after her return, she increased the business revenue in Europe by about 8 times of the average revenue. The revenue in EU and UK in 2021 is expected to be 50% of Kinbio international market, about 25 to 30 times of her average revenue between 2013 and 2016. EU and UK grew to be Kinbio biggest foreign market within 1 year under her management, its revenue is only seconded to the Chinese market.
Ondřej Zítka(Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic)
Associated Professor Ondrej Zitka is Deputy Head of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (DCB), Mendel University in Brno and he leads Research Group of Biomarkers in DCB. He is also senior scientist in the Central European Institute of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic. He is CEO in technology startup NANTEO. Main research interests are in biochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, electrochemistry, biosensors, nanotechnology (especially magnetic particles) and prototyping. He is author or co-author of 197 original papers or reviews in ISI indexed journals with total 3173 citations and H-index = 31.