Invited speakers

Dr. Ana Isabel Borrás Martos

Spanish National Scientific Council (CSIC), Spain
Material Science Institute of Seville (ISMS), Spain

Since 2011, Ana Borras is a tenured scientist in the Spanish National Scientific Council (CSIC).
After completing her Ph. D. at the University of Seville (2007) she moved to EMPA-ETH Thun to work in the synthesis of small-molecule nanowires and organic nanocomposite thin films.
She currently belongs to the Nanotechnology on Surfaces Laboratory of the Materials Science Institute of Seville (ICMS) where she leads the research line Multifunctional One Dimensional Nanomaterials devoted to the development and applications of complex hybrid and heterostructured 1D and 3D materials fabricated by vacuum and plasma deposition methods.Ana Borras holds the ERC Starting Grant 3DScavengers aimed at the fabrication of multisource energy harvesters and hybrid nanogenerators. Besides, she is the international coordinator of the FET-Open project SOUNDofICE (2020-2024) aimed to demonstrate a pioneering strategy based on the surface engineering of MHz Acoustic Waves for a smart and sustainable removal of ice, with impacts in aeronautics and wind energy. She has more than 90 articles with h-index 29, and contributions D1 journals, including Progress in Materials Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Energy, Chemistry of Materials, ACS Appl. Mat. Interf, Nanoscale and J. Physical Chemistry C. She has participated in and led more than 20 projects for the Industry. She has co-authored 3 patents, and supervised 4 PhD Theses. She has been appointed Spanish representative of the IUVSTA (Plasma Science and Technology Division), belongs to the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Vacuum Association (ASEVA) and is member of the Plasma Nanoscience Foundation (iPlasmaNano).

Functional applications of nanostructured surfaces developed by plasma and vacuum technologies: from energy harvesting to wetting and de-icing

Prof. Dr. Maria Chiara Spadaro

Maria Chiara Spadaro graduated in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Messina and obtained her PhD in Physics and Nanoscience at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2016. Her PhD research was awarded to the Best PhD Thesis SISM Award for Transmission Electron Microscopy applied to Material Science. In 2018 she received Laura Bassi SIF Award, and other Awards related to her scientific outcomes. In 2018 she joined the group of Prof Richard Palmer at the Swansea University (UK) and in 2019 she joined the group of Prof Jordi Arbiol at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), where in 2022 received the ‘To the Mothers of Science’ Award. Since 2019 she is Honorary Research Fellow at the Swansea University. In August 2022 she became an Assistant Professor (RTDb) at the Marche Polytechnic University and Visiting Professor at ICN2. She gathers expertise in transmission electron microscopy-based investigation, including both structural and chemical studies of nanostructured materials with diverse application, in addition to catalysis, energy and magnetism. These studies are complemented with 3D atomic model creation and (S)TEM image simulation, in order to get an atomistic view of the investigated system and unveil the main image features.

Dr. Jaroslav Kousal

Jaroslav Kousal graduated from Masaryk University in Brno and obtained his Ph.D. in 2006 at Charles University, Prague, Czechia. He is now part of the staff as an Assistant Professor. He has also a partial appointment at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He is the author or co-author of more than 70 papers. His main professional interests are plasma polymerization and magnetron sputtering of polymers, plasma and thin film characterization and processes in gas-aggregation sources of nanoparticles. More recently, he also entered the field of space technologies.

Exploration of the gap between classical and plasma polymers: fundamental and applied science opportunities

Dr. Lidia Martinez

Distinguished Researcher at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM), from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). After completing her European PhD in Materials Science and Technology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), she started working on the fabrication and characterization of low dimensional materials at the ICMM. In 2012, she was guest researcher at the Université de La Rochelle (France). In 2013 she started working at Next-Tip, a spin-off company of which she is a founding partner, developing high added value SPM probes. In 2015 she returned to the ICMM to work on the design, assemble and commissioning of Stardust, a unique UHV experimental setup to fabricate and characterize cosmic dust analogs, in the framework of the ERC Synergy Nanocosmos project. The main module of this equipment, is a scaled-up Multiple Ion Cluster Source (MICS), a type of gas aggregation source which she developed together with Yves Huttel at the Low-Dimensional Advanced Materials group at the ICMM. Most of her activity is focused on the study of nanoparticles, including their production using gas aggregation sources, their characterization using techniques such as X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) or atomic force microscopy (AFM) and their applications in fields such as nanomedicine, energy, catalysis or astrophysics. She is the author of more than 65 scientific articles and 5 book chapters, co-inventor of 5 patents and co-founder of two spin-off.

Dr. Salih Vaziroglu

Kiel University, Germany

Salih Veziroglu received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Material Science at Kiel University- Germany in 2020. His Ph.D. research was awarded as the Best Ph.D. Thesis (in Engineering) by Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science (KiNSIS) due to his outstanding achievements. Currently, he is working as a subgroup leader (Nano, Energy, and Surface Engineering Group) at the same institute. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 papers in high-ranking and prestigious journals. His main research interests are the fabrication of metal-metal oxide thin films and particles for photocatalysis, energy, self-cleaning, and sensing applications.

  • Functional Metal Oxide Surfaces
  • Micro-/and Nanostructuring
  • Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
  • Self-Cleaning and Sensing

Dr. Shun Yu

RISE, Sweden 

Dr. Shun Yu is a researcher at the unit of Smart Materials at RISE Research institute of Sweden. He works as a technique specialist by using scattering characterization to solve industry-relevant R&D challenges of material developments, especially biobased materials. His research interest has been in-situ/in-operando characterization of materials structure and chemical interaction both in bulk and at the interface. He obtained Ph.D. in materials physics in 2012 from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (KTH), where he used Soft X-ray spectroscopies (XPS, NEXAFS, RPES) to study the interaction at the interface between the organic and inorganic materials. Then he spent two years at DESY to work with Hard X-ray scattering technique (SAXS/WAXS) at with the support of Wallenberg postdoc fellowship and focused thin film structure characterization via the grazing incidence X-ray scattering (GIXS). Since 2014, he begins to work with biobased materials extensively first in Wallenberg Wood Science center, then at Stockholm University and now at RISE.