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Dr. Yasuo Cho

Dr. Yasuo Cho
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University of Tohoku

Japan

Dr. Yasuo Cho graduated in 1980 from Tohoku University in electrical engineering department. In 1985 he became a research associate at Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University. In 1990, he received an associate professorship from Yamaguchi University. He then became an associate professor in 1997 and a full professor in 2001 at Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University. During this time, his main research interests included nonlinear phenomena in ferroelectric materials and their applications, research on the scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (SNDM), and research on using the SNDM in next-generation ultrahigh density ferroelectric data storage (SNDM ferroelectric probe memory).

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Dr. Christian Brosseau

Dr. Christian Brosseau
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University of Brest

France

Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics, University of Brest, France. My current interests include electromagnetic wave propagation in complex media, plasmonics, nanophysics, and computational materials physics.

Author of the book Fundamentals of Polarized Light: A Statistical Optics Approach, (Wiley, New York, 1998), 405 pages, ISBN 0-471-14302-2.

Editor of the book Prospects in Filled Polymers Engineering: Mesostructure, Elasticity Network, and Macroscopic Properties, (Research SignPost, Trivandrum, 2008), 301 pages, ISBN 978-81-7895-341-0.

2000, Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy, Cambridge (USA)

2005, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London (UK)

2007, Fellow of the Optical Society of America (USA)

2017, SPIE G. G. Stokes Award http://spie.org/about-spie/awards-programs/current-award-winners/gg-stokes-award

Editorial Board Member of Nanotechnology 2005-, and Nano Futures 2016-

Deputy Editor of Journal of Applied Physics 2012-

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Dr. Cyril Popov

Dr. Cyril Popov
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University of Kassel

Germany

Cyril Popov has received his MSc in Chemical Engineering in 1990 and PhD in 1994 from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria. In the period 1995-1997 he was a postdoc at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan and at the Central Laboratory of Photoprocesses, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, working on preparation and investigation of novel materials in the ternary system B-C-N. In 1998 he joined the Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics (INA), University of Kassel, where at the present he is leader of the Nano Diamond Group. His research interests cover since almost 15 years deposition, characterization and applications of nano- and ultrananocrystalline diamond films.

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Dr. Plamen Petkov

Dr. Plamen Petkov
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University of Chemical Technology

Bulgaria

Plamen Petkov has received his PhD in physics from University of University of Chemical Technology, Sofia, Bulgaria. He has worked in postdoc position in I.Physicalische Institute, RWTH, Aachen, Germany, University of Odense, Denmark, University of Bonn, Germany. At present he is a full professor of applied physics at the University of Chemical Technology and head of Physics Department and Thin Film Technology Laboratory. His research activity is mainly related to electrical and optical properties of semiconductor materials for various application.

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Dr. Luis Cadillon Costa

Dr. Luis Cadillon Costa
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University of Aveiro

Portugal

Luís Cadillon Costa is Associate Professor with Aggregation in the Physics Department of the University of Aveiro, and member of the research laboratory I3N, recently classified as Outstanding. His research activity has been dedicated to the synthesis and characterization of materials for applications in electronics and electrical engineering. He is member of the editorial board of 3 scientific journals. He is co-author of about 150 papers in journals of Science Citation Index (SCI), 6 books, 8 book chapters and referee in 44 international scientific journals. He has about 350 communications in conferences, being 10 invited plenary talks, and 1423 citations. He participated in 46 I&D projects, being coordinator of 13. He is responsible for the supervising of 51 students, of Bachelor, Master and PhD. He is director of the PhD program in Physics Engineering and member of the Installation Committee of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Timor Leste.

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Dr. Tamara Petkova

Dr. Tamara Petkova
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Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Bulgaria

Tamara Petkova completed her PhD in physical chemistry at Central Laboratory for Optical Storage & Processing of Information of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her doctoral thesis concerns new chalcogenide materials as optical storage media. She became Research Associate of the Institute of electrochemistry and energy systems, where she is working at the moment.  After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Patra, Greece in the field of solid state physics, she has been promoted and currently she is full professor and  Head of Solid State Electrolytes department in IEES. Her research interests include investigation of amorphous and crystalline materials for application in energy conversation and storage.

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Dr. Manuel Pedro Fernandes Graça

Dr. Manuel Pedro Fernandes Graça
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Physics Department, University of Aveiro

Portugal

Manuel Pedro Fernandes Graça (MPG) is graduated in Physics Engineering (1998) from Aveiro University (UA). In 2000 he finished his Master degree in Science and Materials Engineering and completed a Ph.D. in Physics in 2006, both with FCT grants, at UA and UFC – Brasil. After the Ph.D. he worked, as director of the Energy Department of Prirev, Lda and after has a full researcher at UA.

MPG is specialized in experimental techniques in the area of solid state physics, with a significant focus in impedance spectroscopy and micro and nano materials processing. He is a member of the associated laboratory I3N (Institute of nanostructures, nanomodelling, and nanofabrication) since its foundation.

MPG is the author of 1 book, 15 chapter books and +190 articles in international peer-review journals, plus 12 in conference proceedings, more than 1900 citations and h-index of 23 (Scopus/ISI/google scholar).

MPG was Editor of the Academy Publishers and editor in chief of the books: 1) Altering Material Properties (in press); 2) ”Electrical Measurements: Introduction, Concepts, and Applications”.

MPG gave +40 oral presentations. He is a co-author of more than 200 posters in international meetings. Between 2007 and 2014 he was an effective member of task39 of the International Energy Agency, which focuses on polymeric materials for solar thermal systems. MPG was co-chairman of the 2nd and 12th IEA-task39 international meetings.

In 2008, MPG started as Principal Investigator (PI) his research team which to date comprises 4 post-doc (3 FCT and 1 UA grants), 6 Ph.D. students and 5 research fellows. He completed the supervision of 16 final course theses and 22 master theses. Presently he is supervising 3 Post-doc, and 5 Ph.D. works.

MPG regularly acts as referee in scientific journals.

MPG has a proactive attitude through research contracts with high-tech Portuguese industries. Since 2008 he is PI in 6 funded projects and team-member in other 5. Due to confidentiality agreements, the most relevant results of those projects were not published yet.

International collaboration has been one of the priorities. 17 international cooperation projects with institutions from Spain, France, Germany, Slovakia, Croatia, Marrocos, Tunisia, India, and Brazil were approved. MPG was PI in 4.

He also collaborates in the physics Ph.D. advanced courses as a professor of “Micro and nano processing techniques” course, since 2010.

In 2010 he was elected Member of Aveiro University Physics Department Council.

Between 2013 and 2016 he was a member of the Scientific Council of Aveiro University.

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Dr. Ahmed Ihlal
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University Ibn Zohr, Agadir

Morocco

Ahmed Ihlal, studied Physics and Chemistry and holds, in 1984, his BSc degree (Licence es sciences physique) in solid state physics from the University Mohamed V of Rabat (Morocco). He then joined the University Paris VII (France) where he earned, in 1985, a MSc. degree (DEA: Diplome des Etudes Approfondies) in solar energy: photovoltaics, with a research dissertation on the elaboration of polycristalline silicon ingots (Polyx process of the French solar cells manufacturer PHOTOWATT int. SA). He pursued his reaserch on the studies of the electrical properties of polycristalline and bicrystalline silicon and earned, in 1988, a PhD degree from the University of Caen Basse Normandie (France). Dr. A. Ihlal started his teaching carrer on I988 as Assistant Professor in the faculty of Science at University Ibn Zohr (Agadir). He prepared a “Doctorat d’Etat” thesis in 1995. The investigations performed concerned with the impact of transition metals (Cu, Ni, Fe) on the electrical properties of grain boundaries in silicon. He gained valuable experience working in the domain of materials and renewable energy particularly on the solar energy conversion and materials. He was very active in the physics department during the Master/PhD training program. His research covers the processing, properties and application of materials and nanomaterials for photovoltaic, PV Systems, photocatalysis, CSP plant,… He is supervising at the faculty of science/Agadir both PhD and MSc as well as BSc students. Ahmed Ihlal is author and co-author of more than 80 scientific papers. He acted as a reviewer for numerous international scientific journals: SOLMAT, Thin Solid Films, Applied Surface Science, Electochemical & Solid-State Letters (ESL)…. He has contributed to the organisation of numerous national and international conferences and was a member of scientific committee for several international conferences. He was involved in the preparation and submission of research projects and built numerous south-south and north-south scientific cooperation. Professor Ihlal is member of national and international societies. He is Expert for the Moroccan National Centrer of Technic and scientific Reasearch in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

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