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Marco Evangelisti

I am a senior staff scientist at the Institute of Materials Science of Aragón, within the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and I am affiliated to the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Zaragoza.

I hold a Laurea (Bachelor’s degree) from the University of Camerino (1996) and a joint PhD degree awarded by the Universities of Leiden and Zaragoza (2001). I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leiden (2001–2004) and the CNR Institute of Nanoscience in Modena (2004–2009), before joining the Institute of Materials Science of Aragón as a "Ramón y Cajal" CSIC Fellow. I tenured as a CSIC scientist in 2010, becoming senior scientist in 2017.

I am an experimental physicist with a keen interest in magnetocaloric and electrocaloric materials and in the development of advanced instrumentation.

Junkuo Gao

Dr. Junkuo Gao is professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China. He obtained his PhD in Zhejiang University, China in 2010. Then, he worked at Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as a postdoctor. In 2013, he joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University as Distinguished professor of Zhejiang Province, director of Institute of New Energy Fiber Materials. His research interest is metal-organic frameworks based nanomaterials for clean energy and green chemistry applications. He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as J. Am. Chem. Soc., Small, Coord. Chem. Rev., J. Mater. Chem. A etc. with more than 4000 citations and a H-index of 32.

Alexey Kabalnov

Ph. D., Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 1985. Russian Academy of Sciences, 1986-1991. Senior Research Scientist, Hewlett Packard Company, 1998- current. Langmuir, Advisory Board Member, 2001- 2005. Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, Advisory Board Member, 2001- 2005.

Mingda Li

Mingda completed his B.S. in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University in 2009, and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT in 2015. Before joining the department as a faculty, he carried out research as a postdoc associate at Mechanical Engineering Department of MIT. His research is to study the quantum and functional properties of materials using spectroscopic methods and many-body theory, particularly interplay with materials defects.

Nicholas Marshall

BS, Chemistry/Mathematics, KSU, 2004. PhD, University of Georgia, 2010. (Locklin) NRC Postdoctoral Associate, NOAA, 2011-2013. Visiting Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Berea College, 2013-2015. Currently Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, USC Aiken. Editor of RSC's ChemSpider Synthetic Pages. Our interdisciplinary research group develops new reactions and techniques for modifying materials, solving problems in energy, sensing, and consumer-facing products.

Edgardo Saucedo

Dr. Edgardo Saucedo studied Chemical Engineering at the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, and received his PhD in Materials Physic at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain in 2007. In 2007, he joined the Institut de Recherche et Développement sur l’Énergie Photovoltaïque IRDEP (Paris, France), with a CNRS associated Researcher fellowship, working in the development and optoelectronic characterization of CIGS low cost based solar cells. In 2009, he joined NEXCIS, a spin-off created from IRDEP, to further pursue their training in photovoltaic technology. Currently, he is the Deputy Head of the Solar Energy Materials and Systems Laboratory at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) in Barcelona, Spain. He holds four patents and has authored or co-authored more than 180 papers. He has more than 300 contributions to the most important Congresses in Physics, Chemistry and Materials, and more than 30 invited talks around the world. He has been involved in more than 15 European and Spanish Projects (Scalenano, Inducis, Pvicokest, KestPV, Larcis, etc.), and he was the coordinator of the ITN Marie Curie network Kestcell (, and he is currently the coordinator of the research and innovation H2020 project STARCELL (, and the RISE (Marie Curie) project INFINITE-CELL ( He has supervised ten (10) PhD Thesis and is currently supervising five (5) more. He has an h index of 31 (2019).

Angelo M Taglietti

Since October 2014 AT is Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department of University of Pavia, sector CHIM/03.

He has been tutor of about 25 thesis degree and of two PhD students. He is a referee for several international journals. In December 2013 he obtained the scientific abilitation as “Professore Ordinario” .

Here are briefly listed some of his research interests.

(i) design, synthesis and characterization of systems able to work as fluorescent sensors for analytes of biological interest;
(ii) kinetic characterization of demetallation or translocation processes involving polyamminic complexes of transition metal ions;
(iii) design, synthesis and characterization of systems able to perform controlled translocation of transition metal cations inside poli-aza ligands;

(iv) design, synthesis and characterization of devices containing transition metal ions able to perform supramolecular functions;
(v) functionalization of surfaces and polymeric samples with inorganic (Au, Ag, CuS) nano-objects and/or transition metal complexes with microbicidal action, in order to build antibacterial materials;
(vi) synthesis of anisotropic noble metal (Ag, Au) nano-objects, their surface functionalization for sensing and theranostic applications, study of their SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) activity;
(vii) green synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles exploiting agricultural waste materials.

Dmitri Vezenov

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Lehigh University. Science Advisor, Nanoptek. Research involves i) application of scanning force microscopy to direct measurements and imaging of intermolecular forces between organic functional groups, bio-molecules, and nano-materials (such as carbon nanotubes); ii) development of new techniques for direct manipulation of single molecules (force spectroscopy, such as magnetic or dielectrophoretic tweezers) to understand and exploit intermolecular interactions in soft matter; iii) probing nano-mechanics of thin films; iv) next-generation DNA sequencing technology.

Katsunori Wakabayashi

K. Wakabayashi gained his Ph.D in 2000 from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. From 2000 to 2009 he was an Assistant Professor at Department of Quantum Matter in Hiroshima University, Japan. From 2009 to 2015, he is an Independent Scientist at World Premier Research Center Initiative for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan. From 2015, he is a full professor at Department of Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. Beside the above primary research position, he was a visiting scholar at Institute for Theoretical Physics, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland from 2003 to 2005, also had a concurrent position as PRESTO researcher in Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). His main research interests are theoretical nanoscience and condensed matter theory especially focusing on the electronic transport and magnetism in nanoscale scale systems. Also, he is known due to the contributions to the theoretical works for nano-graphene and graphene nanoribbons. His total citation accumulates about 8000.