Plenary speakers

Prof. Richard Van Duyne—Northwestern University, USA

Professor Van Duyne discovered surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), invented nanosphere lithography (NSL), and developed ultrasensitive nanosensors based on localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy. His research interests include all forms of surface-enhanced spectroscopy, plasmonics, nanoscale biosensors, atomic layer deposition (ALD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), ultra-high vacuum (UHV) STM, UHV-tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (UHV-TERS), surface-enhanced femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SE-FSRS), and the application of SERS in Art Conservation and Cultural Heritage Science.

             Van Duyne is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences (2010) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2004). He is also a fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2013), Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), American Physical Society (1985), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983). Van Duyne received his B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1967) and a PhD. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina (1971).

             For his accomplishments, Van Duyne has been recognized with a number of awards. Some highlights include the Theophilus Redwood Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2015); E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, American Chemical Society (2014); Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2013); Thomson Reuters list of top 100 chemists (2011); Charles N. Reilley Award, Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (2011); Analytical Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society, (2010); Bomem-Michelson Award, Coblentz Society (2010); Ellis R. Lippincott Award, Optical Society of America (2008); L’Oreal Art and Science of Color Prize (2006); Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education, American Chemical Society (2005); and The Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, American Physical Society (2004)

Prof. Robert Forster—Dublin City University, Ireland

Robert Forster holds the Chair of Physical Chemistry within the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University and is the Director of the National Centre for Sensor research.  He has served as DCU Dean of Research and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health with responsibility for research.  He is the author/co-author of more than 230 manuscripts and reviews and has been a Visiting Scientist to the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley.  He received the President’s Research Award and was the first Irish based electrochemist to present a lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Electrochemistry.  He has contributed invited articles to more than eight Festschrift Issues celebrating the accomplishments of distinguished international scientists.  Forster’s research focuses on the creation of novel materials that have useful electronic or photonic properties because they are highly ordered on the molecular length scale.  These materials, that include surface active transition metal complexes, metallopolymers and nanocavity arrays and metal nanoparticle composites. These materials are rationally designed for applications in molecule-based electronics, display devices and have produced sensors with attomolar limits of detection.

Prof. Gordon Wallace—University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Gordon Wallace is currently the Executive Research Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science http://youtu.be/O7Ejasd6qgA and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute. He is Director of the ANFF Materials node. He previously held an ARC Federation Fellowship and currently holds an ARC Laureate Fellowship. Professor Wallace’s research interests include organic conductors, nanomaterials and electrochemical probe methods of analysis, and the use of these in the development of Intelligent Polymer Systems. A current focus involves the use of these tools and materials in developing bio-communications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance via medical Bionics and the use of 3D printing to achieve this.

             With more than 800 refereed publications, Professor Wallace has attracted some 27,000 citations and has a h-index of 69. He recently published an ebook 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts for Bodies www.bioprintingebook.com He has supervised 94 PhD students to completion at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and currently co-supervisors 30 PhD students. Professor Wallace is an elected Fellow at the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Physics (UK) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. n addition to being named NSW Scientist of the Year in the chemistry category in 2008, Professor Wallace was also appointed to the Korean World Class University System, and received the Royal Australian Chemical Institute HG Smith Prize.

             In 2004, Professor Wallace received the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stokes Medal for research in Electrochemistry, after being awarded an ETS Walton Fellowship by Science Foundation Ireland in 2003. The Royal Australian Chemical Institute awarded Professor Wallace the Inaugural Polymer Science and Technology Award in 1992.

Prof. Galina Tsirlina—Moscow State University, Russia

Galina Tsirlina studied chemistry at Lomonosov University in Moscow (MSU) and in 1981 she received a diploma for a thesis on “Adsorption Phenomena on Tungsten Carbide
Electrodes”. In 1984, she completed her PhD thesis (“Candidate of Science” degree) about “Electrochemical and Adsorption Properties of Carbide Materials” from the same University. From 1985 to 1989, she worked at the A. N. Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry (The Academy of Sciences of the USSR), then joined again the Department of Electrochemistry inMSU. In 1996, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science for research on “Anodic Electrocrystallization of Non-Stoichiometric and Multicomponent Oxides”. Since 2001, she is a Professor at MSU, and since 2009 at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology as well. She is dealing with research in the fields of physical interfacial electrochemistry and electrochemical material science. Her scientific contributions comprise about 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 16 reviews and book chapters, and a textbook in Russian. Galina is a Topical Editor of the Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry responsible for fundamental electrochemistry and electrocatalysis topics. She is also a member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry.







Keynote speakers

Dr. Ritu Kitaky—Durham University, UK

Ritu Kataky is Reader (Assoc. Prof), in the department of chemistry at Durham University. Her research interests are in the area of developing hard and soft materials for applications in delivery of actives, implantable/ biocompatible devices and electrochemical sensing. Her work has led to over 100 publications and patents and several international talks. Dr Kataky collaborates extensively with industry. She was past chair of the Electroanalytical Sensing and Systems Group (EAGGG) and has been instrumental in organising several international conferences including, recently, the RSC Analytical Research Forum on Life Sciences and Interfaces, 2012, Faraday Discussion on Nanoelectroanalysis , 2013 and Electrochem 2015.

Prof. Elena Ferapontova—Aarhus University, Denmark

Elena Ferapontova is an Associate Professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark, and a head of Electrochemical Biosensors and Bioelectrocatalysis group at iNANO. She is a graduate of the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, where she has got a PhD in Electrochemistry (Kinetics and Catalysis) with Nina Fedorovich in 1998. Since then, she had several posdoctoral and assistant professor positions in Spain, Sweden, UK and Denmark, and took up her current position in 2009. Her research interests include applications of electrochemistry for studies of electron transfer reactions of nucleic acids and enzymes, biomedical electrochemical biosensors, sustainable energy production and photo/bioelectrocatalysis. She is a member of the Danish National Center for DNA Nanotechnology and since 2012 is an Associate Editor of Electrochimica Acta, Elsevier.

Prof. Martin Pumera—Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Martin Pumera is a faculty member at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore since 2010. He received his PhD at Charles University, Czech Republic, in 2001. After two postdoctoral stays (in the USA, Spain), he joined the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, in 2006 for a tenure-track arrangement and stayed there until Spring 2008 when he accepted a tenured position at NIMS. In 2009, Prof. Pumera received a ERC-StG award. Prof. Pumera has broad interests in nanomaterials and microsystems, in the specific areas of electrochemistry and synthetic chemistry of carbon nanomaterials, nanomotors, nanotoxicity, and energy storage devices. He is associate editor of PCCP, member of Editorial board of Chem. Eur. J., Electrochem. Commun., Electrophoresis, Electroanalysis, The Chemical Records, ChemElectroChem and eight other journals. He published over 380 peer-reviewed articles and has h-index 55.

Prof. Sue Lunte—Kansas University, USA






PD Dr. Christine Kranz—University of Ulm, Germany

PD Dr. Christine Kranz received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (1992) and Technical University of Munich (1996), Munich, Germany, respectively. After spending a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Analytical Chemistry (Austria), she accepted a position at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, where she was appointed to senior research scientist (until June 2008). In July 2008, she has accepted a permanent position at the University of Ulm, Institute of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (IABC), Ulm, Germany, where she is heading the surface sciences group and coordinates the biosensing research activities at the IABC. In addition, she is the Scientific Coordinator of the Focused Ion Beam Center UUlm, which was established at the IABC in 2008. In February 2014 she obtained the Venia Docendi (Assoc. Prof. for Analytical Chemistry). Her main research focus is in the field of scanning probe microscopy in particular scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), multifunctional scanning probes (e.g. combination AFM- SECM, IR-SECM, IR-AFM), and miniaturized amperometric biosensor technology, integrated microsystems, biomimetic sensors, and (FIB)-based microfabrication. She has authored 9 Patents (2 national patents, Austria and 7 PCT Int. Appl.), more than 90 publications in internationally reviewed journals, and more than 100 lectures presented at international and national conferences. Since January 2012, Dr. Kranz is member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Renal and Epithelial Physiology.

Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos—University of the West of England, UK

Ioannis Ieropoulos is a Professor of Bioenergy and Self-Sustainable Systems, an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (EP/I004653/1; EP/L002132/1) and Director of the Bristol BioEnergy Centre at UWE, Bristol. He has produced EcoBots I and II for his PhD (2002-2005) and was the lead Researcher for the EU FP-6 Integrated project “Integrating Cognition, Emotion and Autonomy (ICEA)”, contract number 027819, FP6: IST, which successfully resulted in the development of EcoBot-III. For the last 14 years he has been working on autonomous robotics and further improving the MFC technology both as a power generator but also as a waste and wastewater treatment technology. He is the PI on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project “Urine-tricity++” (grant no. OPP1094890), which is looking to develop the MFC technology for Developing World Countries. He is the lead on the Pee Power project with Oxfam and also the UWE PI for the EU FP-7 FET project, EVOBLISS (grant no. 611640). He has just completed a Leverhulme Trust grant, joint with the University of Bristol that was looking into biodegradable robots powered by biodegradable MFCs (RPG-362). Yannis was also the named researcher on 2 pioneering EPSRC grants (GR/S80448/01 2004-05) and (EP/D027403/1 2005-07), which developed the original principles of MFC stacks for power. He has published >70 peer reviewed journal papers and has been invited to present at numerous conferences and workshops. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and he is also the Associate Editor for the Journal of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (Elsevier).

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