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).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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