Plenary Speakers

Prof. Cinzia Casiraghi holds a Chair in Nanoscience at the Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester (UK). She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK). In 2005, she was awarded with an Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship, followed by the Humboldt Research Fellowship and the prestigious Kovalevskaja Award (1.5M Euro). In 2010 she joined the department of chemistry at the University of Manchester. Her current research work focuses on the development of biocompatible 2D inks and their use in printed electronics and biomedical applications. She has published more than 100 works in well-respected journals in the field, by collecting more than 36,000 citations and a h-factor of 58. She has been chair/co-chair and member of conference committees of several prestigious conferences, such as MRS, MRS, Graphene Week, Graphene conference, etc. She also serves as editorial board member of Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances, both published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She is a leading expert on Raman spectroscopy, used to characterize a wide range of carbon-based nanomaterials, as shown by the RSC Marlow Award (2014), given in recognition of her pioneering work on Raman spectroscopy. She is recipient of the Leverhulme Award in Engineering (2016, 100K GBP), and the recent RSC 2020 Gibson-Fawcett Award, in recognition of her contribution in the development of water-based 2D inks. She was also awarded an ERC Consolidator grant (2015, 2M Euro), ERC Proof of Concept (2020, 150K Euro) and ERC Advanced (2021, 2.5M Euro, converted into UKRI).


Water-based, defect-free and biocompatible 2D material inks for printed electronics



Prof. Xiaoning Jiang is a Dean F. Duncan Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an Adjunct Professor of Neurology in Duke University. Dr. Jiang received his Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University (1997) and his Postdoctoral training from the Pennsylvania State University (1997-2001). He was the Chief Scientist and Vice President for TRS Technologies, Inc. prior to joining NC State in 2009. Dr. Jiang is the author and co-author of two books, 6 book chapters, 24 issued and pending US Patents, more than 160 peer reviewed journal papers and over 120 conference papers on piezoelectric ultrasound transducers, ultrasound for medical imaging and therapy, drug delivery, ultrasound NDT/NDE, smart materials and structures and M/NEMS. Dr. Jiang serves as the Vice President for Technical Activities in IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) and as an editorial board member for several journals. He was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine (2020 – 2021) and an IEEE NTC Distinguished Lecturer in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Jiang is an ASME Fellow, a SPIE Fellow and an IEEE Fellow.


Nano-acoustics for Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy

Prof. William P. King  is Professor and Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair in the Grainger College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Biomedical and Translational Biosciences. He also holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. King’s research focuses on manufacturing and advanced materials, microsystems and nanotechnology, and heat transfer. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), SME International (formerly Society of Manufacturing Engineers), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).


Nanometer-Scale Thermal Probes for Materials Science, Manufacturing, and Metrology

Prof. Andras Kis is a Full Professor in Electrical Engineering at EPFL, Lausanne. He started his group in 2008 and has been working on 2D materials and atomically thin TMDCs since then. His interests span electronic devices, exciton and valley physics in TMDCs and material growth. His pioneering work on MoS2 transistors was the first demonstration of a transistor based on a 2D semiconductor and has been cited over 13’000 times. Andras Kis is also serving as the editor-in-chief of the Nature partner journal 2D materials and applications and is a highly cited researcher.

Before joining EPFL as faculty, Andras Kis was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley in the group of Prof. Alex Zettl. He received his Ph.D. in physics from EPFL in 2003 in the group of Prof. László Forró and MSc in physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Prof. Qiangfei Xia is an Electrical & Computer Engineering professor at UMass Amherst and head of the Nanodevices and Integrated Systems Lab. Before joining UMass, he spent three years at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2007 from Princeton University. Dr. Xia’s research interests include beyond-CMOS devices, integrated systems, and enabling technologies, with applications in machine intelligence, reconfigurable RF systems, and hardware security. He is a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award, NSF CAREER Award, and the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. He has served on the technical committees of several conferences, such as ISCAS, IEDM, EDTM, and EIPBN (2023 conference chair). He is a ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ according to Clarivate, and an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to resistive memory arrays and devices for in-memory computing.”


Memristive Nanodevices and Arrays for Brain-Inspired Computing

Prof. Xiaoying Zhuang’s key research area is computational materials design for nano composites, metamaterials and nanostructures as well as computational methods for multiphysics and multiscale modelling. Dr. Xiaoying Zhuang obtained her PhD in Durham University, UK in 2011, which is followed by her postdoc in Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim and then as a faculty staff in Tongji University. In 2015, she was awarded with the Sofja-Kovalevskaja Programme from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation that brought her to Germany and she focused on the modelling and optimization of polymeric nanocomposite. Her ongoing ERC Starting Grant is devoted to the optimization and multiscale modelling of piezoelectric and flexoelectric nano structures. In 2018, she was awarded with Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Prize and in 2020 awarded with Heisenberg-Professor Programme of German Research Foundation.


Machine learning based multiscale exploration and characterization of 2D materials

Prof. Mario Lanza got a PhD in Electronic Engineering (with honors) in 2010 at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. In 2010-2011 he was NSFC postdoc at Peking University, and in 2012-2013 he was Marie Curie postdoc at Stanford University. In October 2013 he joined Soochow University as Associate Professor, and in March 2017 he was promoted to Full Professor. Since October 2020 he is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Saudi Arabia. Prof. Lanza has published over 185 research papers, including Nature, Science, Nature Electronics and IEDM (among others) and has registered four patents (one of them granted with 1 million USD). He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Electron Devices Society (IEEE-EDS), the editor-in-chief of the journal Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier), and serves in the board of many other journals and conferences, including IEEE-IEDM and IEEE-IRPS. Prof. Lanza leads a research group formed by 10-15 PhD students and postdocs, and they investigate how to improve electronic devices and circuits using 2D materials, with special emphasis on resistive switching applications.


Hybrid 2D/CMOS microchips for memristive applications

Prof. Reshef Tenne studied in the Hebrew University (1966-1976) and was a post-doc in Battelle Institute in Geneva (1976-1979). He joined the Weizmann Institute in 1979 and received tenure in 1985. He was promoted to a full professor in 1995. He published more than 380 original papers and about 80 invited chapters in books and review articles. He served as the head of the Department of Materials and Interfaces of the Weizmann Institute (2000-2007), the founder and Director of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science (2003-2014) and held the (inaugural) Drake Family Chair of Nanotechnolgy (2005-2014). He served in many scientific public organizations. For the last nine years, he chairs the task force of the Israeli Academy of Sciences that provides the government and the parliament (Knesset) the triannual “State of Science in Israel” report, the last one has been delivered two months ago.
His research is focused on synthesis and the properties of layered compounds (2D-materials), like WS 2 (MoS 2 ) for the last 39 years. In 1992 he discovered that nanoparticles of layered compounds (2D-materials) are unstable against folding and seaming, forming fullerene-like (IF) structures and inorganic nanotubes (INT) at elevated temperatures. He studied the synthesis of such nanoparticles and their properties in great detail and developed many applications based on IF/INT. These nanoparticles serve as superior solid lubricants with a large range of commercial products and expanding market-share. Numerous other applications as additives for reinforcing polymer nanocomposites, have been perceived and are currently being developed for variety of applications. Over the last decade, he studied the synthesis of nanotubes from variety of ternary and quaternary “misfit” layered compounds. He received many awards and recognitions. He was elected to the Israel Academy of Sciences in 2011, Academia Europaea on 2012 and to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2021). He also received the EMET Prize (2020) in exact sciences from the Prime Minister of Israel and the ACS Award for the Chemistry of Materials (2023).


Inorganic nanotubes: From WS2 to “misfit” compounds

Prof. Ali Javey received a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 2005, and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2005 to 2006. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley where he is currently a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is also a senior faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he serves as the program leader of Electronic Materials (E-Mat). He is a co-director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC). Javey’s research interests encompass the fields of chemistry, materials science, and electrical engineering. His work focuses on the integration of nanoscale electronic materials for various technological applications, including low power electronics, flexible circuits and sensors, and energy generation and harvesting. He is the recipient of Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience Research (2020), MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2015), Nano Letters Young Investigator Lectureship (2014); UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award (2012); APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (2011); Netexplorateur of the Year Award (2011); IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award (2010); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2010); Mohr Davidow Ventures Innovators Award (2010); National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research (2009); Technology Review TR35 (2009); NSF Early CAREER Award (2008); U.S. Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (2008); and Peter Verhofstadt Fellowship from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (2003).


2D Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Advances, Challenges and Opportunities




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