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Pedro Alpuim
INL, Portugal
Invited – Plenary Session

Pedro Alpuim is group leader in 2D Materials and Devices at INL. He works in CVD and 2D materials device fabrication. In particular, he develops graphene devices to detect biomarkers for medicine and for environmental monitoring, and transition-metal di-chalcogenides optoelectronic devices.
P. Alpuim is a professor in the Physics Department of the University of Minho. He received a PhD degree in Materials Engineering from IST Lisbon in 2003, working in amorphous silicon devices for flexible electronics. He installed a thin-film laboratory at UM focusing on the fabrication of thin-film solar cells, piezoresistive sensor arrays, and thermoelectric junctions of telluride compounds for micro-cooling and energy scavenging. He published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has h-index=24.
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Cinzia Casiraghi
University of Manchester, UK
Keynote – Plenary Session

Dr Cinzia Casiraghi received her BSc and MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2006. In 2005 she was awarded with an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, followed by the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in 2007 and the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, won in 2008. This Prize is given to young, cutting-edge researchers, providing them with risk capital to pursue innovative projects and establish their own lab at a very early stage in their careers. This allowed her to become Junior Group Leader at the Physics Department of the Free University Berlin (Germany). In 2010 she joined the School of Chemistry, at the University of Manchester (UK). She is also member of the Athena Swan committee of the School of Chemistry.
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Fernanda Cassio
University of Minho, Portugal
Invited – Plenary Session

-She is Full Professor at University of Minho and involved in many research projets on nano-ecotoxicology
-She is member of the Board of Diretors for IB-S (Institute of Science And Innovation for Bio-Sustainability), Braga (Portugal)
-Director of CMBA, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal)
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Joaquín Fernández-Rossier
INL, Portugal
Keynote – Plenary Session

Joaquín Fernández-Rossier is currently the leader of the Group of Theory of Quantum Nanostructures. He holds both a Diploma (1994) and a PhD (1999) on Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He spent 2 years (99-01) as a postdoctoral researcher at the Physics Department of the University of California San Diego and 18 months (01-03) at the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2003 he obtained a Ramon y Cajal assistant professor position in the Universidad de Alicante, and he was promoted to a permanent position in 2008 and to an associate professor (professor titular) in 2009. He is a condensed matter theorist with interest in quantum phenomena at the atomic scale, quantum materials and quantum technologies. He has published more than 125 indexed research papers, including Science (2), Nature (1), Nature Materials (2), Nature Nanotechnology (3), Nano Letters (2), 2D Materials (3), Phys. Rev. X (1), Phys. Rev. Lett. (19) , Phys. Rev. B(52), cited more than 4000 times (h=34, WOS). He has graduated 4 PhD students.
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Elvira Fortunato
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Keynote – Plenary Session

Elvira Fortunato is Vice‐Rector at Nova University since September 2017, Director of the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) and the integrated Associate Laboratory i3N, the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication (The only Portuguese research centre (1998-…) classified as Exceptional in the Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies area in the last national evaluation); Invited Professor at Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil (2013-…). She has held other Institutional Responsibilities, such as, Deputy Director of FCT NOVA (2014-17); Coordinator of Research Centers of FCT NOVA (2006-17); Member of the Executive Board of the Materials Science Department (2009-17); Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, FCT NOVA (2009-18); Member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD Program in Biomaterials (UFLA, Brasil) (2014-…). Participation in several academic examination referees board (PhD juries in and abroad Portugal).
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Paulo Freitas
INL, Portugal
Keynote – Plenary Session

Paulo Freitas has a Bsc in Physics from the University of Porto and a PhD in Physics from the Carnegie Mellon University (1986). After his PhD at the Carnegie Mellon University, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the IBM Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, USA (1986-87). From 1990 to 2000, he was Director of the Solid State Technology Group at INESC and since 2000, Director of INESC-MN. Professor Freitas has been a full professor of Physics at the Instituto Superior Técnico since 2003, administering the Department of Physics since 2006. In 2007, he joined the Installation Commission of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Institute (INL) and was appointed Deputy Director General in 2009.
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Josep Ingla Aynés
CIC NanoGUNE, Spain
Invited – Plenary Session

Dr. J. Ingla-Aynés received his bachelor’s in physics (2012) and master's in nanotechnology (2013) at the University of Barcelona. From 2014 to 2018 he performed his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. B. J. van Wees at the University of Groningen (RUG). In 2018, he received his Ph.D. and joined CIC nanoGUNE (San Sebastian) as a postdoctoral researcher. During his postdoc, he has been awarded a competitive Juan de la Cierva fellowship from the Spanish government. His research focuses on spin-to-charge conversion and spin transport phenomena in graphene-based van der Waals heterostructures.
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Arben Merkoci
ICREA/ICN2, Spain
Keynote – Plenary Session

Arben Merkoçi is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), part of Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). After his PhD (1991) at Tirana University (Albania), in the topic of Ion-Selective-Electrodes (ISEs) Dr. Merkoçi worked as postdoc and senior researcher/invited professor in the field of nanobiosensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies in Italy, Spain, USA and since 2006 at ICN2. Prof. Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscience based cost/efficient biosensors. The paper/plastic-based nanobiosensors involve integration of biological molecules (DNA, antibodies, cells and enzymes) and other (bio)receptors with micro- and nanostructures/motors and applied in diagnostics, environmental monitoring or safety and security. He has published around 310 peer review research papers (H index: 67 WOS; 82 GS), supervised 30 PhD students and has been invited to give plenary lectures and keynote speeches in around 200 occasions in various countries. Prof. Merkoçi is Co-Editor In Chief of Biosensors and Bioelectronics and member of Editorial Board of other journals. He is co-founder of two spin-off companies, PaperDrop dedicated to nanodiagnostics and GraphenicaLab to electronic printing. See more details on his group and CV at:
https://icn2.cat/en/nanobioelectronics-and-biosensors-group
https://www.icrea.cat/security/files/researchers/files-maintenance/full_cv_amerkoci_0.pdf
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Graça Minas
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Invited – Plenary Session

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Catarina P. Reis
University of Lisbon, Portugal
Invited – Plenary Session

PhD (2008) in Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Technology), Universidade de Coimbra. Assistant Professor, Galenic Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
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Pedro Miguel Ribeiro Viana
Nova University Lisbon, Portugal
Keynote – Plenary Session

KEYNOTE
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Josep Samitier Martí
IBEC, Spain
Keynote – Plenary Session

Prof. Josep Samitier is Director of IBEC and Full Professor in the Physics Faculty (Electronic Dep.), University of Barcelona. From February 1984 to June 1985 he was visiting research fellow at the Philips Electronic Laboratory, Paris, France. From March 2001 to June 2005 Prof. Samitier was Deputy Head of the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), and in 2003 he received the Barcelona city Prize of the Barcelona Council in the area of technology. Prof. Samitier is the coordinator of the Spanish Platform on Nanomedicine and the president of the Associació Catalana d’Entitats de Recerca (ACER).
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Bruno Sarmento
i3S / University of Porto, Portugal
Keynote – Plenary Session

Bruno Sarmento is Principal Investigator, Group Leader and member of the Board of Directors at Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S), University of Porto (UP), and Invited Associate Professor at Instituto Universitário de Ciências da Saúde (IUCS), Portugal.
He graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Porto (PT) in 2002 and completed a PhD in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology at UP in 2007, in collaboration with Queen’s University (CA), University of Copenhagen (DK) and University of Santiago de Compostela (ES). From 2007 to 2012 he held a Post-Doc position at UP, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. In 2008 he was appointed Assistant Professor at IUCS. He also co-founded Inovapotek in 2008, and is member of its advisory board. In 2012 he became Associated Researcher at INEB, where established an independent team. He was appointed as Assistant Researched at INEB/i3S in 2016, and Principal Investigator in 2019. He is Visiting Professor of the Post-Graduate School, UniOeste (BR) and Visiting Research Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast (UK).
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Tito Trindade
University of Aveiro, Portugal
Keynote – Plenary Session

Tito Trindade is Professor in the Chemistry Department of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and member of the Laboratory Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO) where he has coordinated, until 2016, the Research Line 1: “Nano- and Micro-Structured Materials for Information and Communication Technology”.Tito Trindade has been appointed for several working groups and positions related to the implementation of Nanotechnology activities which include National Contact Point for the FP6 program, delegate of COST Action D19 (2000-2006) and Director of the Doctoral Program in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology of the University of Aveiro. He was appointed to academic management duties such as Head of Department Deputy (1997-1999) and Scientific Coordinator (2007-2009) of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Aveiro. He was elected President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Portuguese Chemical Society for the period 2007-2009. He was the Director of the Department of Chemistry at U. Aveiro in 2015-2019. He has been appointed member of research assessment panels for FCT grants and was also invited to evaluate international projects. He has been strongly committed to diverse pedagogical activities namely by lecturing diverse undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Nanochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Pigments, Physical-Chemistry Foundations, and General Chemistry.
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Roser Valenti
University of Frankfurt, Germany
Keynote – Plenary Session

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María Varela del Arco
UCM, Spain
Keynote – Plenary Session

PhD (2001) in Physics at the Complutense University, Madrid, Spain (Outstanding PhD thesis award). She has coauthored over 200 research papers (h-factor of 38, over 4700 citations) and has been IP of several research projects including U.S. Department of Energy programs, Spanish MINECO or a Starting ERC grant (totaling >2M euros). She has supervised two master and two PhD theses, nine postdoctoral researchers and several summer visitors. She has presented 78 invited talks at international conferences and 42 invited seminars at leading institutions worldwide. Awards: Novel Researchers in Experimental Physics in 2001 from the Royal Spanish Physical Society or the Microscopy Society of America Burton medal in 2014.
 
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