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Emilio Artacho (University of Cambridge, UK)
Professor Emilio Artacho arrived at Cambridge in 2001, starting in the Department of Earth Sciences, where he was granted a Professorship in 2006. In 2011 he transferred to the Cavendish. Before Cambridge he was associate professor in condensed matter physics in Madrid. He was Invited Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (1999) and Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California at Berkeley (2007). He is Ikerbasque Reseach Professor at Nanogune (San Sebastian, Spain) from 2011 in a joint appointment with his chair at Cambridge
Radha Boya (University of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Radha Boya FRSC is a Royal Society University Research and Kathleen Ollerenshaw fellow at the University of Manchester (UoM), where she is exploring the fundamentals and applications of atomic scale nanocapillaries. She has been funded through a series of highly competitive and prestigious international fellowships, including Indo-US pre- and postdoctoral, as well as European Union's Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Leverhulme early career fellowships. Radha was named as UNESCO L’Oréal-women in science fellow, and was recognized as an inventor of MIT Technology Review's "Innovators under 35" list, RSC Marlow award, and Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Fernando Bresme (Imperial College London, UK)
Professor Fernando Bresme leads the Computational Chemical Physics Group at Imperial College London, chairs the Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Group of the Royal Society Chemistry, and has been adjunct professor of Computational Chemistry at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Fernando is recipient of the McBain medal in colloid and interface science for his research on wetting phenomena at the nanoscale and an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship on nanoscale heat transport. He is a member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.
Sofia Calero (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Sofía Calero studied Physical Chemistry at University Complutense of Madrid, where she received her MSc degree in 1995. In 2000, she obtained her PhD, cum laude and extraordinary prize, at the same university. From 2001 to 2003 she was a postdoctoral researcher as a Marie Curie Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2004 she moved to the University Pablo de Olavide , Seville, Spain as Ramon y Cajal Fellow (2004), Profesor Contratado Doctor (2006), Profesor Titular de Universidad (2009) and Catedrático de Universidad (2017). In 2020s he was appointed full Professor and chair Materials Simulation & Modelling at the department of Applied Physics, at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands). Calero received several grants and awards, including the Marie Curie Excellence Award (2005), ERC Consolidator Grant (2012 - 2016), Salvador de Madariaga Grant (2016), Dutch VPP - KNAW grant (2017), Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry awards for Young Researchers (2005) and for Scientific Excellence (2018) and Irene Curie Grant (2020). Her research involves the application of molecular simulation to industrially relevant systems and the development of force fields, algorithms and simulation methods to reverse - engineer properties of porous materials
Lucia Comez (CNR - Perugia, Italy)
Dr. Lucia Comez is researcher at the National Research Council (CNR)-IOM. Since 2014 she is in the board of the “PhD Science and Tecnology for Physics and Geology School” at the Perugia University, Italy. From March 2016 to March 2020, she HEADED the CNR-IOM UNIT in Perugia.
Since 2017, she is co-director of the biennial whorkshop/school "Frontiers in Water Biophysics" that takes place in Erice, Sicily (Italy), in the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre For Scientific Culture. She is a member of Società Italiana di Spettroscopia Neutronica (SISN) and Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM).
Topical scientific interests include structural and dynamical studies of glasses, hydrogels, proteins, canonical and non-canonical DNA under different environmental conditions. She has a background as a spectroscopist, and she gained experience both in in-house techniques, Brillouin and Raman scattering, DLS, EDLS, CD, UV-Vis, and in large scale facilities around the world: ELETTRA (Italy), ESRF and ILL (France), ISIS (UK), MLZ (Germany), Spring-8 (Japan). She has co-published a hundred peer-reviewed papers and 2 book chapters.
Since 2021, she takes part to the “NFFA.eu Nanoscience Foundry and Fine Analysis” project, a platform to carry out cutting edge research at the frontier of the nanosciences.
Kenneth A. Dawson (University College Dublin, Ireland)
‌Prof Kenneth Dawson is Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI) and Chair of Physical Chemistry at University College Dublin, Chairman of the National BioNanoscience Action, and coordinator of the European Infrastructure in the arena. He has experience in the management of large-scale EU projects, including multi-sectoral cross-disciplinary research projects and other international programs. He has received several international prizes, including the 2007 Cozzarelli prize from the National Academy of Sciences USA, as well as IBM, Packard, Canon, Sloan and Dreyfus prizes. Prof. Dawson’s professional roles include representing Ireland on various international bodies, including the OECD and ISO working groups on standards for Nanotechnology. He has been an advisor on nanoscience matters in the EU New Risk Committee of the European Commission, as well as the Advisory Group of the European Medicines Agency.
Pablo G. Debenedetti (Princeton University , USA)
Pablo Debenedetti is the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Dean for Research at Princeton University. Prior to becoming Dean for Research, he served as Chair of the Chemical Engineering department (1996-2004), and Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2008-2013). His research interests include the thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of liquids and glasses; water and aqueous solutions; protein thermodynamics; nucleation; metastability; and the origin of biological homochirality. He is the author of one book, Metastable Liquids, and more than 290 scientific articles. Debenedetti’s professional honors include the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1989), a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1991), the Professional Progress (1997), Walker (2008), Institute Lecture (2013) and Alpha Chi Sigma (2019) Awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the John M. Prausnitz Award in Applied Chemical Thermodynamics (2001), the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the American Chemical Society (2008), and the Guggenheim Medal from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2017). In 2008 Debenedetti was named one of 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Physical Society
María José Esplandiu (ICN2, Spain)
Maria Jose Esplandiu is a CSIC scientific researcher at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. She has carried out post-doctoral stays in Germany (Technical University of Dresden and University of Ulm) and in the United States (UCLA and CALTECH). Her research focuses on surface (electro)chemistry and interfacial phenomena, surface nanoengineering, (photo)chemical energy conversion processes into mechanical energy (self-propelled motors and pumps) and growth of carbon nanomaterials (nanotubes/graphene) and other 2D materials (TMDs) for a wide range of applications.
Paola Gallo (Universita´ degli Studi Roma, Italy)
Paola Gallo is Full Professor of theoretical condensed matter at the Department of Mathematics and Physics of the University Roma Tre, Italy where she leads the group of simulations on liquids, soft matter and disordered systems. She graduated cum laude at the Department of Physics of the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy and holds a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of L'Aquila, Italy. She conducted reasearch at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge USA and at the University of Rome La Sapienza before arriving, in 1998, at the University Roma Tre. Her research activity is in computer simulations of simple and complex fluids, glasses, soft matter and disordered systems. The substance that she studies the most is water under extreme conditions: supercooled, superheated, under pressure, and in confinement or solutions. During her career she has contributed to the understanding of the dynamical and thermodynamical behavior of this fascinating liquid. She is author of more than 130 publications and she has recently co-authored a book "The physics of liquid matter" published by Spinger in 2021.
Martina Havenith (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
Martina Havenith holds the Chair of Physical Chemistry II at the Ruhr University in Bochum. She initiated 2012 the Cluster of Excellence "Ruhr Explores Solvation" (RESOLV) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Center of Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent Controlled Processes (ZEMOS) and is since then the director. She has developed new infrared (IR) and terahertz (THz) laser technologies to explore fundamental questions in chemistry. Her research area is solvation science which aims to provide a unifying framework for understanding and predicting solvent processes. She explores linear and nonlinear THz spectroscopic methods and THz calorimetry. Furthermore, she has a focus on microsolvation and ultracold chemistry.
Kenichiro Koga (Okayama University, Japan)
Kenichiro Koga is a Professor of Theoretical Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Okayama University. He is also a Professor in the Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Science at Okayama University. He received a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Kyoto University in 1996 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the period 1996-1999. He was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University from 2001-2003 and a Visiting Professor of Physics at KULeuven in 2010. Fellowships and awards he received include the JSPS Fellowship for Research Abroad (2001-2003), the Molecular Simulation Society of Japan Award (2005), the KAO Foundation for Arts and Sciences Award for Physics and Chemistry (2007), and the Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan (2008). His research projects include theoretical and computer simulation studies of structures, phase diagrams, and phase transitions of liquids and liquid mixtures, fluid interfaces, and confined systems.
Chris Lorenz (King´s College London, UK)
Prof Chris Lorenz leads a group at King’s College London that utilises molecular dynamics simulations to investigate a range of problems at the forefront of biophysics and soft matter research. He is also an Associate Director of the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium System (CANES) and the Deputy Head of Department for Research for the Department of Physics.
Valeria Molinero (The University of Utah, USA)
Valeria Molinero is Distinguished Professsor and the Jack and Peg Simons Endowed Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at The University of Utah, where she also leads the Henry Eyring Center for Theoretical Chemistry. A physical chemist by passion and training, she performed research in electrochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Buenos Aires, before turning to computational and theoretical chemistry for her doctoral studies also in Buenos Aires. Upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Buenos Aires, she moved to the United States to pursue postdoctoral research, before starting her independent career at the University of Utah in 2006. Molinero’s research focuses on understanding and controlling phase transformation and dynamics in materials. Her research has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Beckman Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, and the Cozzarelli Prize of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Molinero was elected in 2021 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2022 to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
Stefano Mossa (CEA Grenoble - IRIG, France)
Rahul R. Nair (The University of Manchester, UK)
R. R. Nair is a Professor of Materials Physics and holds a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship. His awards include a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, IUPAP Young Scientist Award (2014) from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and the Moseley Medal and Prize (2015) from the Institute of Physics. He has also selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2016 by Thomson Reuters. The main scope of his research is the science and applications of two-dimensional (2D) crystals and their modifications.
Takakazu Nakabayashi (Tohoku University, Japan)
Takakazu Nakabayashi was appointed as Associate Professor of the Research Institute for Electronic Science (RIES) at Hokkaido University, Japan, in 2002, and Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Tohoku University, Japan, in 2014. His main research interests include the development of new bio-imaging and analytical systems using molecular spectroscopic techniques such as Raman imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging, physical properties of intracellular molecular crowding including liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), and structure-function relationships of proteins involved in diseases.
Ivo Nezbeda (The Czech Academy of Sciences | AVCR, Czech Republic)
Ivo Nezbeda is professor of theoretical physics at Charles University in Prague and currently also professor of physics at the Faculty of Science of J. E. Purkinje University in Usti n. L. and distinguished scientist in the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Professor Tomas Boublik with whom they were conducting pioneering studies, both theoretical and computational, of fluids made up of various hard bodies. His main interest is in theories of fluids and their applications in chemical engineering (development of equations of state), and methodologies of molecular simulations with several original contributions bearing in literature also his name (Boublik-Nezbeda equation of state, Kolafa-Nezbeda equation of state, Smith-Nezbeda model). Recently he has also been interested in applications of molecular simulations to industrial processes.
Laurence Noirez (CEA/ CNRS, France)
Dr. Laurence Noirez is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), Université Paris-Saclay (France). Dr. Noirez has a 25 years expertise in neutron scattering, diffraction and instrumentation acquired in a laboratory associated to a Large Facilities. Her scientific developments focus on a multiscale dynamic study of liquids and complex fluids (microfluidics). Dr. L. Noirez established that liquids are long range elastically correlated and measured their shear elasticity. Pioneering new developments by the same author led to the groundbreaking result of highlighting mesoscopic liquid thermoelasticity. She was a member of the ANR, CoNRs and is currently co-coordinator of an Iterative European Network H2020 MaMi. She has published over 160 SCI papers and several PCT patents
Luis Carlos Pardo (UPC, Spain)
Luis Carlos Pardo is researcher at the “Grup de Caracterització de Materials” from UPC. His main research interest is the study of disordered phases, both from an experimental point of view and using simulations. From the experimental point of view he has been involved in Neutron Scattering experiments (both diffraction and quasielastic netron scattering) and dielectric spectroscopy. He has also used Molecular Dynamics simulations, and has developed a code to analyze them: ANGULA. This open-code is able to calculate several properties of disordered materials, being the last implementations elements of Information Theory and Network Analysis.
Barbara Rossi (Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy)
Barbara Rossi is working as scientist in charge on the Inelastic Ultraviolet Scattering IUVS beamline at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and she is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Her research activity deals with with the chemical-physics of molecular liquids, soft materials and and bio-molecules, such as DNA, peptide and proteins. Methods of investigations are mainly Raman and Synchrotron-based UV Resonance Raman spectroscopy and neutron scattering techniques.
Lourdes Vega (RICH Center, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates)
Dr. Lourdes F. Vega is a Full Professor in Chemical Engineering and Director of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and H2 (RICH Center) at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as well as an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the company ERCROS, SA, in Spain. She is one of the 20 individuals first awarded of the Golden Visa in the UAE, granted by the UAE Cabinet to grow the country's status as an incubator of talent and innovation and the recipient of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Distinguishment, for her contributions in clean energy and sustainable products. She is also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Molecular Liquids.
Carlos Vega de las Heras (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)
I finished my PhD in 1991. After two years as a post-doctoral Fulbright fellow he returned to Spain (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) in 1993 becoming Associate Professor in 1995 and Full Professor in 2005. I am expert in computer simulations with special interest in phase diagram calculations, and force field development for water (TIP4P/2005, TIP4P/ICE) . I have published 225 papers, and I am currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics.
Gregory A. Voth (The University of Chicago, USA)
Gregory A. Voth is the Haig P. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. He is also a Professor of the James Franck Institute and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. He received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and was an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 1987-89. Professor Voth is a leader in the development and application of theoretical and computational methods to study problems involving the structure and dynamics of complex condense phase systems, including proteins, membranes, liquids, and materials. He has received a number of awards and other forms of recognition for his work, including most recently the Carolyn Cohen Innovation Award from the Biophysical Society, the S.F. Boys-A. Rahman Award for Outstanding Innovative Research in Computational Chemistry from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the American Chemical Society, the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry Award in Theoretical Chemistry, and Election to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.
Yan Yan (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Dr Yan is an Assistant Professor at School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. She received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Peking University, China. Subsequently, she pursued her postdoctoral training at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr Yan joined UCD in May 2015, and her group is focusing on understanding how nanoscale interactions can be used to reconstruct immune response with the aim of developing immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. She has been a recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards, including 1st Prize Interstellar Initiate at New York Academy of Sciences (2017), Starting Investigator Research Grant from Science Foundation Ireland (2016), Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research (2013), and Discovery Early Career Research Award from Australian Research Council (2013).
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