9th International Conference
Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics



H2020 Workshop

September 26-27, 2018

The workshop “Materials and innovative approaches for energy
efficiency and renewable energy applications”
as a part of MSCMP-2018 and
co-organised by the H2020 SMARTELECTRODES, INFINITE-CELL and HOLO projects.

Workshop objectives:

  • to promote scientific discussions between scientists who are active in studying the growth, processing, and characterization of new materials and devices for energy conversion from renewable sources;

  • to generate networking and collaboration between academia and industry players interest in the electrochemical and electrophysical synthesis of advanced materials;

Workshop Plenary Speakers

Lecture: Template assisted electrodeposition of nanowires with selective etching to shape for energy applications and sensing
PROF. ELIZABETH J. PODLAHA-MURPHY: Department Chair and Professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of the Clarkson University, USA. Past: Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University, and Associate/Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University; Chair of the Electrodeposition Division of The Electrochemical Society and member of the Board of Directors of The Electrochemical Society. Prof. E. Podlaha-Murphy has made research contributions in the area of electrodeposition and electrochemistry, forwarding research on the understanding of kinetic-transport phenomena inherent to plating, creating more environmentally friendly electrodeposition processes, and in generating novel nanoscale structures of alloys and metal matrix composites for components in micro- and nano-size devices. She has been funded by a prestigious NSF CAREER award, and both single and multi-investigator NSF, NIH, DARPA, DOE and industrial grants. Outcomes of this research have been presented in over 90 peer-reviewed papers and proceedings including Nano Letters, JES and Electrochimica Acta. She is a member of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Lecture: Magnetoelectric effects in nanoporous alloys as a means to enhance energy efficiency in magnetically actuated devices
PROF. JORDI SORT leads the “Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism (Gnm3)” at UAB, Spain, which focuses its research activities on the synthesis of a wide variety of functional materials (electrodeposited films, lithographed structures, porous materials, bulk metallic glasses, nanocomposites) and the study of their structural, mechanical, magnetic and thermal properties. He worked at the SPINTEC Laboratory (Grenoble), at Argonne National Laboratory (USA), at the Grenoble High Magnetic Fields Laboratory and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prof. Sort Prof. Sort’s research activity was awarded by the Catalan Physical Society, by the Spanish Royal Physical Society and the Federation of Materials Societies (FEMS Prize in Materials Science & Technology, 2015). Prof. Sort has supervised 10 PhD Theses and is currently co-supervising the work of 6 more PhD students. Prof. Sort has published around 260 articles that have received approximately 6000 citations (h=37) and has managed 23 national/international research projects. Recently, Prof. Jordi Sort has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. His project, entitled "Merging Nanoporous Materials with Energy-Efficient Spintronics (SPIN-PORICS)", aims to integrate engineered nanoporous materials into novel spintronic applications. He is also the Coordinator of the “SELECTA” H2020 ITN on-going project.
Lecture: EIS – method for characterization of metal oxides: physical meaning of equivalent electric circuits
PROF. HENRIKAS CESIULIS: group leader at the Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences at Vilnius University, Lithuania in the fields of electrochemistry of metals, alloys, nanotechnology, development of metallic nanoparticles. He is also the CEO of recently established company “EPT” (Electronics Treatment Technologies). He has published over 45 scientific papers, books chapters, and within last 5 years coordinated and/or participated in over 12 (inter)national research projects, including in the framework of FP6, FP7 and H2020 programs. Also, from 1998 Prof., Henrikas Cesiulis fruitfully collaborates with USA, where he had joint research on silver electrodeposition with Oregon Graduate Institute of Science&Technology, and the electrodeposition of W- and Mo- containing films and nanostructures (nanowires, nanotubes) at Louisiana State University and Northeastern University. Currently he is involved in ITN and RISE H2020 projects dealing with electrodeposition of smart alloys and electrodes; coordinating the last one.
Lecture: Application of SEM-FIB and TEM/STEM technics
PROF. MIKOŁAJ DONTEN: Head of Laboratory of Electron Microscopy and Electron Spectroscopy, Biological and Chemical Center (Election Microscopy HRTEM and SEM/FIB, XPS, SIMS), University of Warsaw, Poland. Previous specialization in inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, electroanalysis, galvanotechnic at the Inorganic and Analytical Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw. He has published over 85 articles that have received approximately 1000 citations (h=21). Long term fellowships: State University of NY at Buffalo, USA, in prof. Janet Osteryoung group; Uppsala University, Sweden, Svenska Instituten, Visby program; NC State University, Raleigh, USA, in prof. Robert Osteryoung group; Technic Inc, Cranston RI, USA, R&D RTA (Real Time Analyzer) Lab development of monitoring system for damascene copper electroplating bath; Greifswald University Germany, in Fritz Scholz group, Krupp-Tyssen Foundation fellowship.
Lecture: Density functional theory on nanostructures with potential catalytic applications
ASSOC. PROF. DR. CHRISTINA LEKKA: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece is an expert on ab initio calculations and large scale simulations. Her actual research interests are: a) Study of the atomic and electronic structure of metals and theirs alloys, with or without defects, nanosized objects, biological molecules, metal/graphene or metal/CNT hybrids with the Augmented Plane Wave (APW) theory, Density Functional theory (DFT) and the NRL-Tight Binding (NRL-TB) theory and b) Study of structural, vibrational, mechanical and diffusion properties of metals and their alloys with classical semi-empirical molecular dynamics simulations (emphasis on metallic glasses, surface properties and nanosized objects). She has many fruitfully collaborations with experimentalists as Prof. Sort (UAB, Spain) and Prof. Calin (IFW, Dresden) and theoreticians like Prof. Papaconstantopoulos (GMU, USA) and Prof. Kaxiras (Harvard, USA).
She has published 53 peer-reviewed research papers, she and her PhD students have 6 presentation awards, 15 invited presentations in national and international conferences. She has supervised 5 PhD students, 5 MSc students and she has participated in 8 national, EU and international projects while she has organize/co-organize 6 national and international conferences in Greece.
Lecture: Electrochemically generated atomic layers as building blocks in chemistry of nanomaterials
ASSOC. PROF. DR. GENADY RAGOISHA: group leader at Research Institute for Physical Chemical Problems, Belarusian State University and Associate Professor at Chemistry Department of the same university. He started his research work in the 1970s in the field which is presently referred to as chemistry of nanomaterials, with invention of light-sensitive nanostructured metal-semiconductor materials for high density information recording. Chemical amplification of photochemical effects in those materials employed size-dependent and charge controlled reactions with electrochemical stages. Nanoelectrochemical problems of that early period stimulated a turn to electrochemical impedance and development of electrochemical techniques for multiparametric characterization of nonstationary systems. His main development is potentiodynamic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, the method which introduces the concept of potentiodynamic profiles into the formally stationary impedance spectroscopy technique. G.A. Ragoisha serves as member of Editorial Board of Electrochemistry Communications (Elsevier) and Advisory Board of Russian Journal of Electrochemistry.
Lecture: Doping and alloying strategies for kesterites
Dr. Edgardo Saucedo (Spain) studied Chemical Engineering at the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, and received his PhD in Materials Physic at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 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 responsible of the Solar Energy Materials and Systems Laboratory at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) under a Ramon y Cajal Fellow, with the aim to develop new low cost materials and processes for thin film photovoltaic devices. He holds three patents and has authored or co-authored more than 145 papers in recognized international journals, including: Adv. Energy Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemistry of Materials, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, NanoEnergy, J. Mater. Chem. A, J. Phys. Chem. C, etc. He has more than 150 contributions to the most important Congresses in Physics, Chemistry and Materials, and more than 25 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 is the coordinator of the ITN Marie Curie network Kestcell (www.kestcells.eu), one of the most important initiatives in Europe for the development of Kesterites. He is frequently chairman and invited speakers in the most relevant Conferences in Photovoltaic (E-MRS, MRS, IEEE-PVSC, EUPVSEC, European Kesterite Workshop, etc.). He has supervised six PhD Thesis and is currently supervising 5 more. He has a h factor of 26 and more than 2400 citations.
Lecture: Currents trends in Si based PV
Dr.rer.nat.habil., privat dozent Alexander Ulyashin: He is presently Senior Scientist in SINTEF, Norway and Privat Dozent at University of Hagen (Germany). He has more than 25 years experience from PV research. He defended PhD at Institute of Solid State Physics Academy of Science of Belarus, Minsk (Belarus) in 1987, and Habilitation at University of Hagen (Germany) in 2005. His international experience includes the Institute of Solid State Physics Academy of Science of Belarus, Minsk (Belarus), National Technical University, Minsk (Belarus); Hagen University (Germany), IMEC (Belgium), University of Oslo (Norway), Institute for Energy Technology (Norway) and SINTEF Material and Chemistry (currently SINTEF Industry) (Norway). He has published over 300 articles in peer review journals and international conference proceedings and he holds 5 international patents. He was/is leading over 10 PV related projects and was/is leading/responsible person in several international projects such as FP7 projects ThinSi and nanoPV as a coordinator, in FP7 project Eurosunmed and in H2020 project Cabriss as a WP leader.
Lecture: Structural disorder in kesterite type semiconductors: the difference between Cu-Zn disorder and point defects
Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr (Germany). Susan Schorr, was appointed as Professor for Geo-Materials Research at the FreieUniversitaet Berlin/Germany (2008) and became 2011 head of the Department Structureand Dynamics of Energy Materials at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy(HZB). She received her Diploma degree in crystallography from the Humboldt UniversityBerlin and a Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University Berlin.After a stay as visiting scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory/US, she joined theInstitute of Mineralogy, Crystallography and Materials Science at the UniversityLeipzig/Germany, where she developed the average neutron scattering length analysismethod to evaluate the materials intrinsic point defects.
Lecture: A review of spectroscopic ellipsometry study of kesterite type compounds: optical functions and interband critical points
Prof. Máximo León got his doctorate degree in 1984 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), he did his pre- doctoral research work at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and his post-doctoral research work at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Between 1987 and 2010 was Associated Professor in the Applied Physics Department at UAM. He has been Head of the Department from 2002 to 2006 of the Applied Physics Department of UAM. His present status is Full Professor at the same institution. During the eighties, Professor León concentrated his research activities on the preparation and characterization of thin films of Cu2-xS and the solar cells of Cu2S/CdS, a hot topic at that time. In the nineties he switched his interest to the study of bulk and thin films of the Cu-ternaries of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 chalcopyrite family with idea of their application in solar cells devices. In the 1997-2010 period, he studied the electrical and optical properties of both thin films and single crystal samples of Cun-3(Inn+1,Ga n+1)(Se2n) with n = 4 and 5 and the approaches for determining the gap and the optical constants of (Cu,Ag)(In,Ga)Se2 of thin films family. Since 2010, as leader of the Photovoltaic Materials Group of the UAM, he has been studying the synthesis and characterization of semiconductors type Kesterite Cu2Zn(Sn,Ge)(S,Se)4 and high band gap chalcopyrite and the development of thin film solar cells. Over the years he has collaborative programs with research institutes and universities around the world. These programs were funded by different European, National and Regional agencies. These collaborative interactions have led to the publications of over 100 scientific papers in International indexed journals. He has participated as a researcher in 20 research projects and in 8 of them as a coordinator. Total accumulated citations: more than 1500.He has published a chapter in a handbook and 22 contributions of character Star " * " (maximum) to the "Powder Diffraction File" database, published by the International Centre for Diffraction Data. H-index 19.

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