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 Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb

Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb (Nile University, Egypt)


Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb, Ph.D. is one of the leading figures facilitating the introduction of nanotech to the Middle East. He is Assistant Professor of Nano Materials and founder and Director of the Nano Materials Masters Program (the first such program in the Middle East).

Prior to joining Nile University, he is the Chairman and Founder of SabryCorp Ltd. (Cairo, Egypt), the first company in the Middle East and Africa to specialize in nanotechnology. Prior to founding SabryCorp, Dr. Abdel-Mottaleb worked in research labs both Belgium (K. U. Leuven) and in Germany (U. Ulm, TU Chemnitz) where he specialized in using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy applications in surface modifications and device fabrication. Both represent powerful techniques for viewing and manipulating surfaces at the atomic-level. In addition to his work on STM, Dr. Abdel-Mottaleb also worked on constructing molecular nano-wires as well as investigated the blinking phenomenon of quantum dots.

Dr. Abdel-Mottaleb's research has been at the forefront of nanotechnology developments. He has 24 peer-reviewed publications (including papers in Accounts of Chemical Research and Nano Letters) and has recently co-authored a chapter for NATO on the commercial applications of nanotechnology. Further, he has organized and chaired the first nanotech conference in the Middle East (NanoTech Insight, in 2005, 2007), and is currently organizing a host of other industry-specific nanotech events and workshops in the region. In addition, Dr. Abdel-Mottaleb has a strong background in nano materials, as well as alternative energy and sensor technologies.

 Flemming Besenbacher

Flemming Besenbacher (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Dynamics of nanostructures: Diffusion, self-assembly, self-organization, DNA dolphins and nano-boxes

Flemming Besenbacher is a full Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. He received his doctoral degree in Natural Sciences from Aarhus University. He is director and founder of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center ( and head of the graduate school ( He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Carlsberg Foundation, the Carlsberg Breweries A/S, and of the Tuborg Foundation. He was vice-director of the centre of excellence Center for Atomic-scale Materials Physics (1993-2003) ( sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation. From 2009 he acts as Director of the Sino-Danish Center of Excellence “Center for Molecular Nanostructures on Surfaces".

 Harald Fuchs

Harald Fuchs (University of Münster, Germany)

Quantitative surface analysis at the atomic scale

Harald Fuchs is a Full-Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Muenster, Germany, and Founder and Scientific Director of the Center of Nanotechnology (CeNTech). He received his PhD degree in 1982 at the University des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, with Prof H. Gleiter, and spent from 1984 - 1985 a post doctoral year with IBM Research Laboratory Zurich in the group of G. Binnig & H. Rohrer. From 1985 - 1993 he was heading the, Ultrathin Organic Films' project with BASF AG, Germany, before he became 1993 Full Professor and Director at the Physical Institute of the University of Münster. His research focuses on nanoscale science and nanotechnology, ranging from scanning probe microscopy to self organized nanostructure fabrication, and nano-bio systems. He has published more than 370 scientific articles, and has filed more than 30 patents. He holds several guest professorships in China and is a cofounder of several nanotechnology companies, and a member of the Editorial Boards of several international journals. He is an elected member of the German National Academy of Science 'Leopoldina' and German National Academy of Science and Engineering 'acatech'.

 Mostafa Ghanem

Mostafa Ghanem (Nile University, Egypt)

Advanced Technology Research in Egypt: A Luxury or Necessity?

Dr. Moustafa Ghanem is Vice President for Research at Nile University in Egypt and serves on the board of Egypt Innovate: Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC).  He is also a Research Fellow at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. Dr. Ghanem has an extensive strategic research management experience with focus on academic-industrial collaborations, technology transfer, technology-product mapping and spinout activities. He was previously the Research Director of the Imperial College spinout company InforSense Ltd, and the Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Informatics Science at Nile University. He has directed a large number of collaborative R&D projects across Europe, USA, Middle East and the Far East, worked as an R&D engineering for multinational companies including Fujitsu-ICL and as a consultant for various other companies.  Dr. Ghanem holds a PhD and an MSc in high performance computing from Imperial College London and a BSc in electronics and telecommunications engineering from Cairo University. His academic research interests include large-scale informatics infrastructures; distributed data mining and text mining; grid and cloud computing middleware design and programming models and their applications in bioinformatics and other scientific applications. He has more than 70 academic papers published in these areas.

 Luis M. Liz-Marzan

Luis M. Liz-Marzan (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) - Tentative speaker

Anosotropic Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles

Luis M. Liz-Marzan received his PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1992. He then moved to the Van't Hoff Laboratory (Utrecht University) as a postdoctoral Research Associate.

He joined the University of Vigo in 1995, where he currently is a full professor. Co-author of over 150 papers and book chapters, he edited two books on nanomaterials and is member of several editorial and advisory boards. His research interests include the synthesis and formation mechanisms of nanoparticles, the creation of colloidal composites, the optical characterization of nanoparticles and their assemblies, and the use of metal nanoparticles as biosensors.

 Klaus Müllen

Klaus Müllen (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)

Is the Future Black? A Polymer Chemistry of Carbon Materials and Graphenes

joined the Max-Planck-Society in 1989 as one of the directors of the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research. He obtained a Diplom-Chemiker degree at the University of Cologne in 1969 after work with Professor E. Vogel. His Ph.D. degree was granted by the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1972 where he undertook research with Professor F. Gerson on twisted pi-systems and EPR spectroscopic properties of the corresponding radical anions. In 1972 he joined the group of Professor J.F.M. Oth at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich where he worked in the field of dynamic NMR spectroscopy and electrochemistry. He received his habilitation from the ETH Zürich in 1977 and was appointed Privatdozent. In 1979 he became a Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Cologne, and accepted an offer of a chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of Mainz in 1983. He received a call to the University of Göttingen in 1988.

 Francesco Stellacci

Francesco Stellacci (EPFL, Switzerland)

- The tale of two self-assembly systems that ‘love’ to interact: striped particles and lipid bilayers.

Francesco Stellacci graduate in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1998 with a 'Laurea' with Prof. Zerbi. He then moved to the University of Arizona as a post-doctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Joe Perry. In 2002 he became as assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, there he rose through the ranks getting tenure in 2009. In 2010 he moved to EPFL in Switzerland as a full professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where he currently is the Alcan EP professor. He has published more than 50 papers and has applied for more than 10 patents.

 Fraser Stoddart

J Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, USA)

Nanoporous carbohydrate frameworks

Fraser Stoddart, presently a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, was previously (1997–2002) the Saul Winstein Professor of Chemistry at UCLA, while holding the Fred Kavli Chair of NanoSystem Sciences at UCLA and directing the California NanoSystems Institute (2002–2007).

Dr. Stoddart has pioneered synthesis of two-state mechanically interlocked compounds (catenanes and rotaxanes), which are used in the fabrication of Molecular Electronic Devices and NanoElectroMechanical Systems. He obtained all his degrees from Edinburgh University and spent time at Queen’s University (Canada), Imperial Chemical Industries, and the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham in the UK before moving to the US in 1997. He was honored in 2007 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight-Bachelor for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.'

 David Amabilino

David Amabilino (ICMAB, Spain)

Bottom-Up Assembly of Functional Supramolecular Wires for the Preparation of Conducting Nanocomposites

David B. Amabilino is a research professor at the Barcelona Materials Science Institute (CSIC), where he has been since 1996. His current interests lie in the influence of supramolecular and stereochemical effects on molecular materials. In particular, the preparation and study of nanostructures based on functional aromatic materials which behave as conductors and magnets in their condensed phases is a key pursuit. On the other hand, the formation of chiral nanostructures and their characterisation at the nanoscale using scanning probe microscopies is of special attention presently.

 Ryan Chiechi

Ryan Chiechi (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Simple Nanofabrication and Contacting Molecules

Ryan Chiechi graduated from the University of Oregon in 2001 where he synthesized dehydrobenzoannulenes. He earned his PhD in 2005 under the direction of Fred Wudl at the University of California, Los Angeles where he designed and synthesized new conjugated molecules and polymers for applications in thin-film organic photovoltaic and light-emitting devices. In 2006 he joined the group of George M. Whitsides at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. His three principle areas of research were: unconventional nanofabrication, charge-transport through self-assembled monolayers, and flames. He was also involved in the Chemical Communications program to develop materials that can encode and transmit information through chemical processes. In 2009 he moved to the University of Groningen as an assistant professor in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials and Stratingh Institute for Chemistry where he is working at the interface between synthetic chemistry and nanotechnology: Molecular Electronics.

 J. Michael Davis

J. Michael Davis (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)

Comprehensive Environmental Assessment of Nanomaterials

Dr. J. Michael Davis is a Senior Science Advisor with the National Center for Environmental Assessment in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1973, held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford, England and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served as a Research Associate and taught at Duke University, and has been with EPA since 1979. Among his activities in the area of nanotechnology, he initiated and led the development of the EPA nanomaterial case studies (Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide in Water Treatment and in Topical Sunscreen, 2010; Nanoscale Silver in Disinfectant Spray [External Review Draft], 2010) and the "Nanomaterial Case Studies Workshops" in September 2009 and January 2011. He has also published extensively in the area of environmental impacts associated with fuels and fuel additives, and has been leading the development and use of Comprehensive Environmental Assessment for emerging technology issues.

 Steven De Feyter

Steven De Feyter (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)

Molecular self-assembly of physisorbed monolayers: structure and function

Steven De Feyter is professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium. After completion of his PhD in the group of Prof. Frans C. De Schryver at the University of Leuven, he moved for a postdoctoral position to the group of Prof. Ahmed Zewail (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena) where he was involved in ultrafast organic femtochemistry. He rejoined the Leuven group in 1999. His current interests include the study of supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly phenomena at surfaces with scanning probe methods with a focus on liquid-solid interfaces. He is Associate Editor of Chemical Communications.

 Marcin Fialkowski

Marcin Fialkowski (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Synthesis and deposition of gold nano- and microstructures on solid substrates: New methods of fabrication of effective surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy platforms.

Marcin Fiaklowski graduated in 1997 in Department of Physics at the Jagellonian University in Cracow, Poland. In 1999 joined the group of Prof. Siegfried Hess in Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany. In 2000 he joined the group of Prof. Robert Holyst in Department of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. In 2003 - 2006 he worked at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA as a post-doctoral fellow and senior research associate at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the Prof. Grzybowski's group. During his stay at Northwestern University he was involved in nanotechnology projects related to electrostatic self-assembly of nanoparticles. Since 2007 he is a professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. He is a leader of a research group working on nanotechnology. His main research activities involve: electrostatically driven self-assembly in systems of oppositely charged nanoparticles, and formation of ordered two-dimensional structures of nanoparticles at the liquid-liquid interface and on solid substrates.

 Giuseppe Gigli

Giuseppe Gigli (University of Salento, Italy)

Hybrid Photovoltaics

Giuseppe Gigli took the Degree in Physics cum laude at the University of Rome (IT) "La Sapienza" in 1996 and the PhD in Physics in 1999 at the University of Lecce (IT). In 1999 he joined the group of Prof.Richard Friend in the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge (UK), working on Polymer based Optoelectronic Devices. In 2000 he joined the group of Prof.Olle Inganas at the University of Linkoping (Sweden), working on Nanotechnology processes of molecular materials. Since 2001 he is Lecturer in Physics in the Engineering Faculty of the University of Lecce, where he is Associate Professor since 2005. Giuseppe Gigli is the Coordinator of the Organics Division in the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of CNR-INFM and national coordinator of the CNR research line "Nanotechnology for molecular materials".

His main research activities involve: Study of Structural and Optical properties of Molecular Materials, plastic optoelectronic Devices such as OLEDs, Solar Cells and lasers, Soft lithography and Nanotechnology of Molecular Materials, Cell factory GG is author of more than 160 publications on International Journals with more than 2000 citations (h-index=25), several chapters in scientific books, 15 International and Italian patents and more than 50 Invited talks in International Conferences. GG is and has been coordinators of several research projects funded by Italian Ministry of University and Research, Unit coordinator of European project FP6 IP OLLA, and responsible of several industrial project with italian and international companies. Giuseppe Gigli is co-founder and president of a research Spin-off, Mediteknology s.r.l., aiming at the developing of new diagnostic tools for Medicine.

 Westin Gunnar

Westin Gunnar (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Complex materials chemistry

Gunnar Westin is a Professor of Chemical nanotechnology at Uppsala University. He received a Ph.D. in 1995, became Associate Professor in 1998, and Professor in 2006. Westin created the first Swedish sol-gel research group at Stockholm University from the late 1980:s and moved his research group to the department of Materials Chemistry at Uppsala University in the year 2000. The research comprise all aspects of solution based processing of materials; from synthesis and studies of novel heterometallic alkoxide precursors, via sol-gel processing and the phase-development during heat-treatment of gels and nano-particles to the target materials. The focus is on complex shape and composition materials. Several new routes have been developed and at least one (WC-Co composites) is applied in very large scale and other are under up-scaling for world wide production (spectrally selective solar heat absorbers). The publications include 76 papers, 6 patent families and 1 application, and 130+ talks at conferences, industry and institutions world wide, mostly invited. Westin has served as an elected board member of the International Sol-gel Society, Chairman of the selection committee for the biennial ISGS conferences, Editorial boardmember of Int. J. Nanotechnology, Editorial associate of Int. J. Nanoscience, as well as in various Swedish and International panels for funding and academic positions. He has organized or co-organized several international conferences.

 Marcus Halik

Marcus Halik (Erlangen-Nürnberg University, Germany)

Organic Nanolayer Electronics

Marcus Halik studied Chemistry at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. in chemistry and spent one year as post-doc at the University of Arizona. From 2000 to 2005 he worked at Infineon Technologies AG in the fields of organic electronics, molecular memory materials, new polymer memories and new polymer dielectrics for advanced silicon technology. Since September 2005 Marcus Halik is a Professor for Polymer Materials in the Department of Materials Science at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg.

The research is focused on experimental work on new materials and their hierarchical structure formation on surfaces and device applications. Targeting applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices – the formation of superstructures, the controlling and characterization of interfaces and finally the smart processing of devices is of particular interest. Thereby several classes of “active� materials are considered – functionalized organic molecules, carbon allotropes, inorganic nanoparticles and polymers – which are investigated on all length scales (molecular-, meso-, and macro-scale).

 El-Hang Lee

El-Hang Lee (INHA University, South Korea)

-Nano-Materials and Nano-Devices for VLSI Photonics

El-Hang Lee graduated from Seoul National University with a B.S.E.E. (Summa Cum Laude) in 1970 and received M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Yale University in 1973, 1975, and 1977. He conducted teaching, research, and management in the fields of semiconductor physics, materials, devices, optoelectronics, photonics and optical communication. Lee is an author and co-author of more than 280 international journal papers and 840 worldwide conference and proceedings papers; Lee has delivered nearly 150 plenary, keynote, and invited talks in international conferences and institutions.

Lee is a recipient of more than 15 national and international awards, including the National Medal of Mok-Ryun Civic Order, National Medal for Science, and King Sejong Prize (all from the President of Korea); Grand Science Award; IEEE Third Millennium Medal (IEEE); Best Research Award (Korea Federation of the Academic and Professional Societies); and Distinguished Lecturer Award (IEEE). He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.

 Guglielmo Lanzani

Guglielmo Lanzani (Politecnico of Milan and IIT, Italy)

A bio-organic interface for artificial retina

Guglielmo Lanzani received his PHD in 1991, from the University of Genova&Pavia. His thesis was on Non linear spectroscopy of conjugated polymers. After Post-Doc in Bologna, he was researcher at University of Sassari till 1999. Sincthen he is Associte Professor in General Physics at Politecnio di Milano. Since Decmeber 1st 2009 he is head of the Center for Nano Science and Technology of the Italian Institute of Technology, located in Milan and embedded in Politecnico di Milano. GL has been studying photophysics of conjugated carbon materials (organic semiconductors, polyconjugated compounds and carbon nanotubes) and nanostructures for 20 years, as testified by about 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more then 50 invited talks at international conferences and institutions, 8 review chapters in books and 3 books as editor. The work is focused on time resolved experiments and dynamics, but also includes cw and slow modulation spectroscopy (Stark-spectroscopy, photoinduced absorption, photoconductivity, microscopy) and device engineering. Applications regards photonics, in particular ultrafast light modulation and laser sources, photdetectors and phovoltaics. He has been involved in 6 european projects, EUROLET, EUROFET, POLYCOM (coordinator), THREADMILL ICARUS and PHOTOFET. G.Lanzani was chairman of the E-MRS symposium on "Carbon Allotropes" Spring meeting 2009, and of Optical Probe Conference in February 2003. He is chairman of the topical meeting on "Organic Photonics" held in Paris, September 2008, and Paris 2010, within the annual European Optical Society meeting, and Diretor of the winter school on opics and energy at ICTP in Trieste, 02/2010.

 Samuel Mao

Samuel Mao (UC Berkeley and Berkeley National Lab, USA)

Nanostructured Organic Light-Emitting Diodes for Energy Efficient Lighting

Dr. Samuel Mao is a career staff scientist of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who is leading a multidisciplinary research team studying microscopic ultrafast processes and developing clean energy technologies based nanotechnology. With a Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, he has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and five invited book chapters, and delivered more than 50 invited talks at various international conferences. He is an inventor of twelve patents, and a judge for the annual international "R&D 100" Technology Awards. He has served as a technology committee member, national laboratory observer, program review panelist, and grant reviewer for various government agencies. He co-organized the First International Energy Nanotechnology Conference, the First International Symposium on Transparent Conducting Materials, and the First International Workshop on Renewable Energy. He will co-chair the Materials Research Society annual meeting in spring 2011.

 Sanjay Mathur

Sanjay Mathur (University of Cologne, Germany)

Chemically Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanowires

Sanjay Mathur currently holds the Chair of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. His research interests focus on various facets of chemical nanotechnologies with thrust on molecular routes to functional nanostructures for diversified applications ranging from biocompatible materials, nanotoxicology studies, engineered surfaces and new materials and devices for energy applications. He holds five patents and has authored/ co-authored over 150 original research publications and book chapters. He is a Titular Member of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC) and a member of the ISO Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies. He serves as Associate Editors for International Journal of Applied Ceramics Technology, International Journal of Nanoscience and Nanomaterials. He is also on the Editorial Boards of journals Ceramics International, International Journal of Nanotechnology and Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology. He currently serves as the Secretary of Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Federation of German Materials Science (DGM) and also serves on the Advisory Committees of a number of international societies, and research institutions. He had organized several international and national conferences and Symposia.

He has got several awards including the fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, IUPAC's Young Observer and the stipend of the Federation of German Chemical Industries for excellence in research. He has been selected as an ASM International-Indian Institute of Materials (ASM-IIM) visiting lecturer for 2009. He was recently given the Global Star Award of the ECD of American Ceramic Society. He holds Visiting Professorships at the Central South University, China and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), India.

 Wolfgang Parak

Wolfgang Parak (Marburg University, Germany)

Ion sensing with colloidal nanoparticles

Received a diploma in General Physics at the Technische Universität Mü nchen, Germany in1997. He also received a Diploma thesis ("Diplomarbeit") at the Technische Universität München, Germany, at the Institute for Biophysics (chair: Prof. Dr. Erich Sackmann) in the group of Prof. Dr. Hermann Gaub with the topic set-up and characterisation of a LAPS-Sensor for non-invasive measurements of membrane potentials"

Dr. Parak graduated in 1999 as a PhD student at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany, at the Institute of Applied Physics (chair: Prof. Dr. Hermann Gaub with the topic "cell-semiconductor-hybrids" He carried on his postdoc at the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, California, USA, in the group of Prof. Paul Alivisatos, whereby the first year was sponsored by a fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) field of woßrk: biological applications of colloidal nanoparticles (2000-2002)

He was a leader of a Junior Research Group (Emmy-Noether fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG), equivalent to Assistant Professor), hosted at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany, at the Institute for Applied Physics (chair: Prof. Dr. Hermann Gaub) and at the Center for Nanoscience.

In 2005, he temporally served as an Associate Professor for Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany for the Summer Semester. Then in 2007, he worked as a full Professor (chair) for Experimental Physics at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. in 2009, he received "Nanoscience" - award 2008 from the Association of Nanotechnology-Centres Germany (AGenNT). Lastly, he was appointed as an Associate Editor for ACS Nano from the American Chemical Society, in 2010.

 Maria Anita Rampi

Maria Anita Rampi (University di Ferrara, Italy)

Metal-molecules-Metal Junctions: From Tunneling to Hopping

Maria Anita Rampi studied chemistry at the University of Bologna. She is now Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ferrara, where she teaches Inorganic Chemistry and Chemistry of Nanostructured Materials. She has been interested in i) photochemistry and photophysics of supramolecular systems, ii) photoinduced energy and electron transfer processes in supramolecular systems both in solution and in self assembled monolayers on solid surfaces, and iii) electron-transfer processes in molecular junctions. For several years she has been visiting professor at Max Plank Insitute in Goettingen, Germany, and at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

 Francois Rossi

Francois Rossi (Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Italy)

Role of nanostructures in bio/non-bio interfaces

François Rossi studied Materials Science and Process Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (France). He received his Engineer Degree in 1977 and his PhD in 1984, from Université Claude Bernard in Lyon. He has been working for 10 years in France at the Atomic Energy Commission as R&D group leader active in the field of Materials Engineering. After 2 years as a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1986-87, he dedicated particularly his work to Surface Engineering, in particular Ion Implantation and Ion Beam Mixing, Physical Vapour Deposition, and Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition. He moved to the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Advanced Materials (Petten, Netherlands) in 1991 where he worked on the development of plasma processes for surface engineering. After his transfer to JRC Ispra in 1996, the main objective of his research was in the development and application of Plasma based processes to surface modification for biological applications. In the past 6 years, his research has shifted to NanoBiotechnology, in particular in view of developing Biological/non Biological interfaces and their application in molecular detection and protein and cell surface interactions, as well as nanotoxicology.

Promoter and manager of 18 DG RTD projects and Networks from the EU 4th to 7th Framework Programmes, he is now Head of the NanoBiotechnology laboratory of the JRC, with a group of 35 scientists and engineers. Until now, he is author and co-author of 170 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and 8 patents.

 Sherif Sedky

Sherif Sedky (American University, Cairo)

Novel Techniques for Enhancing the Performance of MEMS Devices

Sherif Sedky was born in Cairo (Egypt) in 1969. He received the B.Sc. degree, with honors, in electronics engineering in 1992 from Cairo University. In 1993 he received a diploma from Cairo University in Engineering Physics which is equivalent to a bachelor in Science, Major Physics. In 1995 he received a master degree in Engineering Physics from Cairo University. Then he joined the MEMS group of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) in Leuven (Belgium), where he received a second master degree in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in 1998 both from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. In 1999 he joined the faculty of Cairo University as an Assistant Professor. In spring 2002 he has been invited as a visiting professor at the University of California Berkeley. Then in Fall 2002 he has been appointed as Assistant Professor at The American University in Cairo, where he has been promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and Full Professor in 2008. During the summers of 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 he was invited as a visiting professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In summer 2009 he was invited as a visiting professor at Stanford University. Currently, he is the director of The Science and Technology Research Center at AUC.

  Joachim P. Spatz

Joachim P. Spatz (Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany)

Induction of Cellular Responses by Nanoscopic Environments

Joachim P. Spatz was born on November 27, 1969 in Heidenheim. Undergraduate & masters degree in physics and PhD in physics (1996) at the University of Ulm, Scientific Assistant Univ. of Ulm (1996- 1997), postdoc Institut Curie, Paris/France (1997-1998), Scientific Assistant (1998-2000) and German Habilitation in physics at University of Ulm (2000), Associate Professor for Biophysical Chemistry University of Heidelberg (2000), Adjunct Senior Faculty Member, Jackson Laboratory, Maine, USA (since 2002), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research (since 2004).


 Xiao Wei Sun

Xiao Wei Sun (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

-ZnO hetero- and homo-junction LEDs

Xiao Wei Sun was born in Beijing, China in 1968. From 1986 to 1994, he studied at Tianjin University, China, where he received his B.Eng., M.Eng. and PhD degrees all in photonics. From 1994 to 1998, he studied at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he received his second PhD degree in electrical and electronic engineering.

In 1998, he joined the Division of Microelectronics in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in Oct 2005. In 2010, he was appointed as the Dean of College of Science, Tianjin University, China. He has (co-)authored more than 250 peer-reviewed journal publications in the area of photonics and microelectronics. He has close to 4000 times of citations with a H-index of 27. He is a Fellow of Institute of Physics (FInstP), a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of SID. He is the founder and Director of SID Singapore and Malaysia Chapter. He is a Guest Professor of Southeast University. He is the recipient of Nanyang Award for Research and Innovation 2009 for his contribution in ZnO nanodevices.

 Rajender S. Varma

Rajender S. Varma (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)

Greener Biomimetic Approach to the Synthesis of Nanomaterials and Sustainable Applications of Nano-Catalysts

Dr. Rajender S. Varma is formally a chemistry research professor at Sam Houston State University in Texas, and also spent time as a Project Manager at the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies in Texas, and finally as a Senior Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Chemistry-oriented Dr. Varma directed his interest in Natural Products by receiving his Ph.D in this field in 1976 from Delhi University, India and continued with a chemistry diploma in paper and pulp technology in 1977 from the Norwegian Institiute of Technology. Dr. Varma conducted his Postdoctoral Fellow at Robert Robinson Laboratories at the University of Liverpool, England.

Dr. Varma possesses over 35 years of research experience in management of multi-disciplinary technical programs ranging from natural products chemistry and therapeutics, to development of genosensor technology. He is also extensively involved in broader aspects of chemistry that includes synthesis, and chemical modification of biologically active molecules, applications and interface of chemical science with biology, solid state chemistry, bioelectronics, environmental sciences and development of environmentally benign synthetic methods using microwaves. Recently, Dr. Varma became involved in the development of efficient technologies for greener remediation of contaminated sites, as well as the capture of mercury from coal-fired power plants and "deep desulfurization" of transportation fuels. His extensive experience includes being awarded 6 US patents and over 300 peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters & encyclopedia contributions.

Area's of expertise include: Development of Environmentally Benign Synthetic Methods and Chemical Protocols, Greener Synthesis of Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites and their Applications in Catalysis and Sustainable Remediation of Hazardous Pollutants (e.g. contaminated sites and streams using nanoscale zerovalent iron, mercury from coal-fired power plants, sulfur from diesel oil etc.), Natural Products Chemistry; Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Newer Methods for Immobilization of Biomolecules on Solid Support Surfaces; and Design & Synthesis of Chemopreventive anti-cancer Agents.

Dr. Varma's long term goals are to contribute broad expertise in chemistry to evaluate novel and safer environmental protocols in industrial chemistry and its impact in human health and environmental sciences. In his spare time, Dr. Varma enjoys mentoring for high school and college students.

 Lionel Vayssieres

Lionel Vayssieres (National Institute for Materials Science, JAPAN)

Low-cost quantum-confined metal oxide structures & devices

Dr. Vayssieres is an independent senior scientist at the International Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan.

His recent research involves metal oxide nanorod-based structures and devices for solar hydrogen generation. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 1995 from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris. Thereafter, he joined Uppsala University (Sweden) as a postdoctoral fellow for the Swedish Materials Consortium on Clusters and Ultra-fine particles. He was a visiting scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Glenn T. Seaborg center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

He has authored over 60 publications with 130 citations per paper in Materials Science and 80 citations per paper in All Fields according to Essential Science Indicators with over 3200 citations. He has presented over 230 invited lectures at various research institutions and major international conferences in 26 countries. He is the editor of the International Journal of Nanotechnology (IF 2008: 1.184), and also serves as a R&D consultant.

 Paul Ziemann

Paul Ziemann (University of ULM, Germany)

Wetting structures on the nanoscale: A route towards superhydrophobic surfaces.

After graduating in physics from LMU Munich, experimental thesis at the Research Center Karlsruhe and PhD in 1977 from University of Karlsruhe. Assistant at the Physics Institute University Karlsruhe and one year Postdoc at the IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, California (thin film preparation, sputter processes). In 1984 Habilitation at the University Karlsruhe. After one year at the industrial research Lab of DEGUSSA/Hanau, 1987 professor at the University of Konstanz.

Since 1995 Director of the Institute of Solid State Physics at the Ulm University. 1997-1999 Chairman of the Low Temperature Division of the German Physical Society and since 2002 Speaker of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 569 with focus on nanostructures.

 Asmiet Ramizy Abd-Alghafour

Asmiet Ramizy Abd-Alghafour (Malaysia)

Nanostructure GaN Synthesized by Electrochemical Etching Process

 Osman Adiguzel

Osman Adiguzel (Turkey)

Matensitic transformation and nanoscale structure modifications in copper based shape memory alloys

 Mona Baker

Mona baker (Egypt)

Semiconductor-metallic hybrid nanocomposites: preparation, electronic properties and their potential applications in photo-electronic devices

 Rodríguez-González Benito

Rodríguez-González Benito (Spain)

Overgrowth and Crystalline Structure of Gold Nanorods

 Susana Carregal-Romero

Susana Carregal-Romero (Germany)

Biological applications of nanoparticle modified polyelctrolye capsules

 Clara Bertolini Cestari

Clara Bertolini Cestari (Italy)

Retrofitting of ancient timber joints with nanocomposites

 Loretta Del Mercato

Loretta Del Mercato (Italy)

Synthesis and Characterization of Ratiometric Ion-Sensitive Capsules for Intracellular Measurements

  Franz Dickert

Franz Dickert (Austria)

Nanostructured materials in chemical sensing – monitoring healthcare and environment

 Mohamed I. Y. El-Rafie

Mohamed I. Y. El-Rafie (Egypt)

Electrospun nanofiber microcellular PU composites

 Nuno Faria

Nuno Faria (UK)

Ligand doping of iron oxide nanoparticles as an approach to novel oral iron therapeutics

  Francesco Ferrara

Francesco Ferrara (Italy)

Realization of a compact system to allow real-time PCR

 Pilar Rivera Gil

Pilar Rivera Gil (Germany)

Quantum dot-based time-resolved adhesion assay for cell co-cultures

 Victor Gromov

Victor Gromov (Russia)

Formation and evolution of nanostructure phase states in plasmahardened cast iron rolls

 Sverrir G. Gunnarsson

Sverrir G. Gunnarsson (Denmark)

Novel self cleaning coating containing photocatalytic TiO2

 Thomas Härtling

Thomas Härtling (Germany)

Photochemical tuning of plasmonic and magnetic properties of ordered metal nanoparticle arrays

 A. Hassanien

A. Hassanien (Japan)

Nanoscale d-wave Superconductivity in Organic Molecular chains

  Sophia C. Hayes

Sophia C. Hayes (Cyprus)

Analysis of the excited-state absorption spectral bandshape of oligofluorenes

  Eva Hemmer

Eva Hemmer (Japan)

Influence of surface modification on the cytotoxicity of Gd2O3:Ln3+ nanostructures

 Asaad shakir Hussein

Asaad shakir Hussein (Malaysia)

Fabrication and Simulation of AlGaN/GaN Based High Electron Mobility Transistors Grown on Si (111) by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

  Joonkyung Jang

Joonkyung Jang (Korea)

Random Walk Simulation for the Growth of a Monolayer in Dip Pen Nanolithography

 Dongseob Kim

Dongseob Kim (korea)

Patterned superhydrophilic surface on a nanofibers surface with superhydrophobic properties

 Sangmin Lee

Sangmin Lee (Korea)

Nanoporous anti-fouling aluminum oxide membranes for immune filter

 Wael Mamdouh

Wael Mamdouh (Aarhus University, Denmark. And the American University, Cairo.)

Two-Dimensional Supramolecular Nanopatterns Formed by DNA/RNA Nucleobase Molecules on Graphite under Ambient Conditions

Dr. Mamdouh has received his "Master and Ph.D. degrees in science: Chemistry" from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K. U. Leuven) in Belgium in 2002 and 2005 respectively, and he received his Bachelor degree in Science: Chemistry-Major from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 1997. Dr. Wael Mamdouh is an "Assistant Professor" who has recently joined the Department of Chemistry at the American University in Cairo in 2009 as an adjunct faculty. Dr. Mamdouh was working at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), at Aarhus University in Denmark where he was playing an active role as coordinator; and being in charge of one of the highly equipped state-of-the-art laboratories, the scanning probe microscope (SPM) activities under ambient conditions at the iNANO center. The iNANO center is one of the most distinguished Nanoscience centers worldwide, and fosters multidisciplinary research and education in the area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, building upon the research and teaching competencies of the respective participants and also strong collaboration with members from leading industries in Denmark as well as University leaders. Dr. Mamdouh is also a Guest Professor at Tianjin University (Tianjin) and Henan University (Kaifeng), in China.

 Jan Michael

Jan Michael (Germany)

Chemically activated nanodiamonds for corrosion protection and SHM of aluminum alloys

  Thanos Mitrelias

Thanos Mitrelias (UK)

Magnetic lab-on-a-chip devices for multiplexed diagnostics

 Matyas Molnar

Matyas Molnar (Sweden)

Blue-shift of VCAM-1 ligand fuctionalized quantum dots during interaction with cells expressing VCAM-1

  Sungho Park

Sungho Park (Korea)

Copper Catalyst for Azide Alkyne Huisgen Cycloaddition and Oxidative Amine Addition to Hydroquinone

  Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell (UK)

Dietary Mineral Nanoparticles are a normal occurrence in the human gastrointestinal tract

 Shilpanjali Sarma

Shilpanjali Sarma (India)

Issues in the life cycle of a nanosilver based water candle filter: examining benefits and risks, challenges and policy implications in developing country contexts

 S.K. Shakshooki

S.K. Shakshooki (Libya)

Poly(vinylalcohol)/Lamellar Germanium Phosphate Nano Composite Membranes

 Hossam A. Shawky

Hossam A. Shawky (Center of Nano Technology-School of Engineering & Applied Sciences-Nile University, Egypt.)

Carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposite for water desalination and treatment

Dr. Shawky is an associate professor in water chemistry and got his B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D in chemistry. He is the founder of "Water Treatment & Desalination Unit" at Desert Research Center (DRC) that is concerned with the production of better quality water by the synthesis of different polymeric materials (membranes, films, hydrogels, fibers …etc). Moreover, he is also the founder of "Water Quality Unit" as a part of the Central laboratories of DRC. Hosam Shawky now is the director of the "Central Laboratories" at the DRC. Also, He joined recently, as associate professor, Center of Nano Technology-School of Engineering & Applied Sciences-Nile University. He joined for one year, as post-doctor, the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering-Pratt School of Engineering-Duke University, North Carolina, USA. His activities at Duke were focused on the development of advanced reverse osmosis membranes by the synthesis of nanomaterials membrane composites. He made a considerable progress in the incorporation of carbon nano-tubes into polymeric membranes. Now, his work is focusing on the synthesis, characterization and different applications of nano-composite materials.

 Srečo Davor Škapin

Srečo Davor Škapin (Slovenia)

Photocatalytic activity of doped mezoporous titania

 K. W. Sun

K. W. Sun (Taiwan)

d-d transition and electrical transport in single Co:ZnO nanorod

 Tiziana Svaldo-Lanero

Tiziana Svaldo-Lanero (Belgium)

Interfacing a synthetic molecular shuttle with the AFM

 Heidi Thomas

Heidi Thomas (Germany)

Transition-metal catalyzed formation of carbon nanostructures by thermal chemical vapor deposition

 Ludovic Tortech

Ludovic Tortech (CEA-Saclay, Organic Nanostructures & Semiconductors Group, IRAMIS,SPCSI, France)

Dithiapyrannylidenes as Efficient Hole Collection Interfacial Layers in Nanostructured Organic Solar Cells

Ludovic Tortech received his PhD in 2003 in chemistry from the university of Nice-Sophia Antipolis for the development of organic self-assembled monolayer of fluorinated molecules for electronics. As a chemist he focused his research to surface statement. Successively he performed two post-doctoral positions one at the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie de Paris (ESPCI) and the other at the College de France (Paris) related to organic surface properties.

He was recruited in 2006 by the university of Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris), as an assistant professor in the laboratory Nanostructures et Semi-Conducteurs Organiques to develop the organic photovoltaic thematic. From 2006 to now a wide range of original molecules were synthetized and tested in various set up dedicated to organic electronics.

  Polona Umek

Polona Umek (Slovenia)

Characterization of Sodium Titanate Nanostructures Doped with Cu2+, Cr3+, Co2+ Ions and Ag Nanoparticles

 Eman S. Zarie

Eman S. Zarie (Germany)

Nanostructures as shuttles for nanoscale pharmaceutical drugs: Synthesis, Activity and Delivery

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