Speakers for INASCON 2013

Prof. Milo Shaffer
Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London

Milo Shaffer is Professor of Materials Chemistry at Imperial College London, and co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He has extensive experience of carbon and inorganic nanomaterials synthesis, modification, characterisation, and application, particularly for nanocomposite and hierarchical systems, including both structural matrices and conducting polymers for electrochemical and photovoltaic applications.


Dr. Chris Hooley
School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews

Chris Hooley is a theoretical condensed matter physicist, interested in all aspects of the quantum many-body problem. He will be giving a lecture about "non-equilibrium Kondo problem in quantum dots".


Prof. Alex Seifalian
Research Department of General Surgery, University College London

Alex Seifalian is Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine at UCL, and head The Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering Centre. His research interests include:
• Development of nanofluorescence particle including quantum dots for localisation and treatment of cancer
• Development of organ using biodegradation nanomaterials and stem cells
• Hepatic microcirculation and oxygenation using optical technique.

In 2007, Professor Seifalian's group was awarded the prestigious overall Cardiovascular Innovation Award for Medical Futures.


Dr. Steve Hudziak
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London

Steve Hudziak, is the nanotechnology laboratory manager within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL. He successfully completed a Bsc in Physics at Queen Mary University of London in 2004 and went on to complete a PhD in iron-filled carbon nanotubes in 2008. Steve has a background in nanotube synthesis and characterisation, and subsequent device applications, including; magnetic force microscopy and magnetic carbon nanotube/polyurethane-urea composites. Steve is involved with the practical teaching for the MSc nanotechnology students and facilitates most of the research utilising the equipment in the nanotechnology lab, which includes scanning probe microscopy (AFM&STM), semiconductor characterisation, FTIR, UV-Vis, kelvin probe, micro-printing, and photoluminescence. 


Prof. Richard Jackman
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London

Richard Jackman is Professor at the London Centre for Nanotechnology where he is also the Head of the Diamond Electronics Group. He is also Chair of Electronics at the UCL Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the immediate past-chairman of the British Vacuum Council, and sits on the IOP’s Semiconductor Physics Group committee.
His research includes
- the use of diamond for electronic device applications
- the use of diamond within the life sciences and medicine
- the exploration of properties of a range of novel carbon forms, including graphene.


Prof. Steve Bramwell
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London

Steve Bramwell graduated from Oxford with a degree in Chemistry in 1984, then held positions in Oxford and Grenoble, before joining UCL in 1997. Formerly a Professor of Physical Chemistry, he is now in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. Alongside his 1997 discovery and naming of of spin ice (with MJ Harris), he is known for his calculation of β = 0.23, a key critical exponent for magnetic films (with PCW Holdsworth, 1993) and a probability distribution named after him (the Bramwell-Holdsworth-Pinton Distribution, 1998). He was awarded  the 2010 Holweck Prize of the Britsh Institue of Physics and the French Societe de Physique,  to recognise his work on model magnets, and he was the co-recipient of the 2012 European Physical Society CMD Europhysics Prize for the discovery of magnetic monopoles in spin ice. His discovery of "magnetricity" in spin ice was reconginsed by the Times Higher Research project of the Year, 2010 and he appeared on The Times's 2010 list of the 100 most important UK scientists. He presented the 2012 Wohlfarth Lecture of the IOP

Dr. Fabio Pulizzi
Chief Editor, Nature Nanotechnology

Fabio Pulizzi is the Chief Editor of Nature Nanotechnology, which he joined in July 2012 after working for six years at Nature Materials first as an Associate Editor and then Senior Editor. He has a first degree in physics from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, and a PhD from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He also worked as a postdoc at the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield. His research focused on the properties of semiconductor nanostructures. He is based in London.


Prof. Tony Cass
Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London

Tony Cass is the Deputy Director and Research Director of Bionanotechnology in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

His research interests are in the field of analytical biotechnology and particularly in the use of protein engineering and design to produce new reagents for biosensors and bioanalysis. He pioneered the use of synthetic electron transfer mediators for enzyme biosensors and his work in this area led to the development of the first electronic blood glucose measuring system, commercialised by MediSense Inc. (now part of Abbott Diagnostics).

Most of his current research is focussed on using engineered proteins and peptides in a micro-and nano-structured materials and devices for both clinical and high throughput analysis.


Prof. Philip Treleaven
Department of Computer Science, University College London

Philip Treleaven is Professor of Computing and Director of the Financial Computing Centre. His research and teaching interests cover Financial Services (e.g. computational finance and algorithmic trading) and the Creative Industries (e.g. anthropometrics surveys using 3D Body Scanners). In Financial Services, his team has major and unique collaborations with Reuters, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and other leading investment banks, who have donated a virtual trading floor.

As Director of the Financial Computing Centre he is responsible for the UK PhD Centre for Financial Computing; a joint Doctoral Training Centre involving UCL, LSE, LBS and 15 major financial institutions.

Previously he was Pro-Provost, responsible for UCL's International Relations with Asia, specifically South East and East Asia. This involves assisting with fund raisoing, alumni, international collaboration and liasing with business and government organisations.


Brad Pietras
Vice President, Technology at Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Brad Pietras is Vice President, Technology for Lockheed Martin's Corporate Engineering and Technology organization. His responsibilities span advanced materials, energy, healthcare, affordability, and the overall corporate-level technology investment strategy. Brad is also responsible for Corporate investments in research and development programs in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. In addition to internal research and development programs, Brad works closely with venture capital firms to identify investment opportunities that align with Lockheed Martin's overall business development goals and long-range growth strategy. Brad is a CTO Fellow and qualified Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He shares his research time with University College London where he develops mathematical models of decision-making behaviour and neural coding.

Sponsors 2013
Nature Nanotechnology
Lockheed Martin Ltd
London Centre for Nanotechnology
UCL Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI)
UCL Graduate School
Imperial College London
NanoDTC Cambridge
UCL Division of Medicine