Prof. Noriaki Takagi
University of Tokyo, Japan

Noriaki Takagi is associate professor at Department of Advanced Materials Science, the University of Tokyo.  His recent research activity is to spectroscopically uncover strong-correlated phenomena of magnetic molecules at surfaces  and electronic properties of two-dimensional topological materials such as silicene, germanene, TDMC etc. 
He earned his PhD from Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University, in 1993.



GeoffroyDr. Geoffroy Prévot
INP-CNRS, France

Dr. G. Prévot is researcher at CNRS. He is head of the "Physico-Chemistry and Dynamics of Surfaces" team of the Paris Institute of Nanosciences. He obtained his PhD in 1999 at the Pierre & Marie Curie University on atomic displacements on copper surfaces, atomic vibrations and lead diffusion. After a post-doctoral stay in Marseille, he joined the Groupe de Physique des Solides at Paris. He works on nanostructured surfaces, model catalysts and two-dimensional materials, using scanning tunneling microscopy and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction performed in-situ and in operando conditions. He also uses numerical simulations such as molecular dynamics or Monte-Carlo.



Prof. Laurence MASSON Aix-Marseille University, France


Laurence Masson is Professor at Aix-Marseille University. She obtained her thesis in solid state physics in 1994 (University Paris-Sud – Orsay) and defended her HDR diploma in materials science in 2007 (Aix-Marseille 2 University). She is head of the “Science et Technologie des Nano-Objets” research department at CINaM (25 permanents). She is specialist of surface nanopatterning using bottom-up approaches and scanning probe microscopy for nanoscale structural characterization. Her main field of interest concerns the elaboration of ultrathin films, self-organized nanostructures on metal and semiconductor surfaces with potential original structural, electronic and magnetic properties.



Prof. Ming Hu
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professor Ming Hu received the B.S. degree from Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in solid mechanics from Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2006. After several years of research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, he joined RWTH Aachen University in Germany in February 2013 as an assistant professor. His current research interests include micro-/nano-scale thermal transport in novel energy systems, in particular low-dimensional materials and nanostructures, and energy nanotechnology, interfacial heat transfer for advanced thermal management, and multiphysics modeling of complex energy transport process.



aitali.jpgProf. Mustapha Ait Ali
University Cadi Ayad, Morocco 

Professor AIT ALI Mustapha is full professor at the University Cadi Ayad in Marrakech. He is working in Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry and catalysis in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Marrakech-Morocco.  His research interests include Coordination Chemistry, asymmetric Catalysis, Green chemistry and nanoparticles and the chemistry of nanostructured materials: graphene; silicene and phosphorene.  Pr. AIT ALI M. was a guest professor at Villeneuve d’Ascq University, France, ENS Chimie de Rennes France and  at the University of Cergy Pontoise France. He  co-authored more than 60  papers published in leading refereed journals. He participated at more than 70 congress and supervised 10 PhD students. He also participated in 10 international cooperation projects and  he was an active member in the organization of several international conferences.


Prof. Laurène Tetard
University of Central Florida, USA


Professor Tetard is currently an Assistant Professor at the NanoScience Technology Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Her group focuses on developing new nanometrology platforms to study complex systems of interest for energy and material discovery. Before she joined UCF in 2013, she was a staff researcher and Eugene P. Wigner fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During her tenure at the national laboratory, she focused on multi-frequency Atomic Force Microscopy for subsurface imaging and for infrared nanoscale spectroscopy. She received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Tetard has authored over 45 publications in refereed journals, several book chapters and has contributed to several patents, one of which received an R&D100 award in 2010.



Dr. Paolo Moras
CNR, Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy


Dr. Paolo Moras is a scientist of the Istituto di Struttura della Materia, of the Italian National Research Council. He obtained his PhD in Physics in 2007 at the Università di Ferrara with an experimental work on quantum size effects in ultrathin metal films. He leads the research group of the VUV-Photoemission beamline at the Elettra synchrotron radiation source (Trieste, Italy). His current research interests focus on the effect of coexisting fundamental interactions (exchange, spin-orbit coupling) on the electronic structure of low-dimensional systems.



Dr. Fabio Ronci
CNR, Roma,

Dr. Fabio Ronci is a Researcher at the Istituto di Struttura della Materia of the Italian National Research Council. He received the Master Degree in Chemistry in 1995 and the Doctoral Degree in Materials Science in 2001 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, dealing with synthesis and characterization of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. In 2001 he joined ISM-CNR switching its research field to Surface Physics, studying the structural and electronic properties of interfaces and nanostructures obtained by depositing inorganic or organic material on clean surfaces of semiconductor or metallic substrates in Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) using, in particular, the Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) technique. His current interests include the study of graphene nanostructures, "beyond graphene” materials, topological insulators and hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces.


Dr. Holger Vach
LPICM, Ecole Polytechnique,


Holger Vach was born in Wuppertal, Germany. After having earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Ruhr University in Bochum, he was granted a Fulbright scholarship to continue his studies in the USA where he obtained first a Master of Science degree in Physics and a second one in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received a PhD in Physics from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich for his experimental work carried out at the Max Planck Institut for Quantum Optics in Garching and finally his habilitation from the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France. He became researcher at the CNRS and was promoted Research Director in 2005. His main research areas involve the interaction of surfaces with atoms, molecules, and clusters using beam-foil spectroscopy, non-linear optics, laser spectroscopy, ultra-high vacuum techniques, and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Some of his most recent works concern the “chemistry with a hammer”, nucleation processes in plasma reactors, hydrogen-induced crystallization of amorphous clusters, repairing of damaged surfaces with hydrogen atoms, cluster-induced high speed epitaxy in low-temperature plasmas, formation and properties of plasma-generated aromatic silicon clusters, and more recently genuine silicene and germanene.



Prof. Thomas Seyller
Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany 



Thomas Seyller earned his Diploma in Physics (1993) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (1996) from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Following postdoctoral work at the Pennsylvania State University, he returned as a scientific assistant to the Chair of Technical Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2006, Seyller completed his Habilitation in Physics. Since 2012 he is full Professor of Physics at the Technical University of Chemnitz. His fields of interest include semiconductor surfaces and interfaces, two-dimensional materials (graphene, hBN, TMDs, etc.), and more recently ferecrystals. In 2010, Thomas Seyller received the Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society for his contributions to the field of graphene synthesis on silicon carbide.



Dr. H. Jamgotchian
Marseille, France 


Dr. H. Jamgotchian works currently at the “Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nano-science de Marseille” (CINaM) which is a laboratory associated to the “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique” (CNRS) and to ‘Aix-Marseille University’ (AMU). His group is focused on the formation of 2D nanomaterials synthetized mainly on metallic substrates. He received his PhD in 1989 from Aix-Marseille University on the topic “Coupling effect in the Directional solidification with Convection”. After a Post-Doctoral stay at Iowa State University (Aims, Iowa, USA), he focused on a comparative study of directional solidification on earth and under microgravity. He is specialist in solidification, growth and self-organization of materials.



Dr. Guido Fratesi, University of Milan, Italy


Dr. Guido Fratesi is assistant professor at the Physics Department of the University of Milan since 2013. He has received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter at the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA, Italy) in 2005. His research activity aims to the first principle study of electronic, structural and spectroscopic properties of condensed matter systems and especially surfaces of solids, molecular adsorbates, and nanostructures. Present research topics focus on hybrid interfaces between adsorbed organic molecules and metals/semiconductors, two-dimensional materials, and thin magnetic films on magnetic surfaces.



Salvador Barraza-Lopez
Department of Physics. University of Arkansas, USA


Salvador Barraza-Lopez received a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and is currently Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Arkansas. His current research delves into structure-property relations in two-dimensional materials, and on thermally-driven structural transitions in 2D materials.




Dr. Lenart Dudy
SOLEIL Synchrotron, France


Dr. Lenart Dudy recently became beamline manager at Sychrotron Soleil for the TEMPO beamline which is soft X-ray beamline optimized for dynamic studies of electronic and magnetic properties of materials using photoelectron spectroscopy. His research activity is based on electron spectroscopy and related tools and covers the electronic structure of low dimensional systems, surfaces and interfaces. He did his PhD in 2008 at the HU Berlin, followed by three years postdoc at the University of Michigan. From 2012-2017 he was Senior Researcher at the University of Wuerzburg managing a surface science laboratory.