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: 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.

Contact: Dr. Natalia Tintaru, e-mail: ashra_nt@yahoo.com


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