Speakers at INASCON 2015

Prof. Dr. Magnus T. Borgström
Associate Professor in Solid state physics, Lund University

Dr. Magnus T. Borgström received his PhD degree from Lund University in Sweden in the group of Prof. Werner Seifert, where he investigated epitaxial growth and characterization of semiconductor quantum dots. He spent one year of postdoctoral studies in the group of Atac Imamoglu, ETH Zürich in Switzerland, working on single photon emission from quantum dots embedded in semiconductor nanowires. Afterwards, he joined Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, where he was engaged in epitaxial growth and characterization of semiconductor nanowires. Currently, he is Associate Professor at Lund University, heading a group with focus on semiconductor epitaxy and interest towards nanowire based materials with potential for energy saving and harvesting applications. For more information on Dr. Magnus T. Borgström's work, click here.

Prof. Dr. Edwin C. Constable
Professor in Chemistry and Vice Rector, University of Basel

Ed Constable studied Chemistry at St Catherine's College, Oxford  and he remained in Oxford for his PhD under the guidance of Ken Seddon. In 1980, he moved to Cambridge and after a support from the SRC and the Commissioners of the Royal Exhibition of 1851, he held demonstrator and lectureship positions in the Chemistry Department. In 1993 he accepted a call to the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel and after a brief stay at the University of Birmingham between 2000 and 2001, he returned the chair of Chemistry in Basel. He has been Research Dean of the Natural Sciences Faculty and is currently Vice Rector of the University. His research interests cover all aspects of the application of supramolecular, nanoscale and coordination chemistry to problems at the interface of chemistry, physics and biology. His present emphasis, is the development of a sustainable materials chemistry for energy-related applications based upon Earth-abundant metals. He runs his research group jointly with his wife, Professor Catherine Housecroft and retains the same fascination and excitement for beauty of chemistry today, from the first time he was given a chemistry set as a child. For more information on Ed's work, click here to visit his website.

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Dietler
Professor in Physics and Director of the Institute of Physics and Biological Systems in Lausanne

Giovanni Dietler is professor of physics at the EPFL Lausanne and director of the Institute of Physics of Biological Systems. After studying physics at ETH Zurich, he did a PhD in Biophysics at the same institution. His thesis topic was on blood coagulation viewed as a phase transition from liquid to gel. He then continued with a Post-Doctoral stay at UC Santa Barbara at the Physics Institute, where he investigated polymers, gel structure and second order phase transitions. He then returned to Switzerland and joined the University of Fribourg. His research topic changed and he went into atomic force microscopy in order to study polymer surfaces. In 1996 he was appointed as physics professor at the University of Lausanne and later in 2003 at EPFL. At both institutions he returned to biophysics with main interest focused on the study of DNA topology, cell mechanics, protein interactions and recently bacterial resistance to antibiotics. For more information on his work, click here and visit his website.

Prof. Dr. Katharina M. Fromm
Professor in chemistry at University of Fribourg

Katharina M. Fromm studied chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and Chemical Engineering at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes des Industries Chimiques de Strasbourg (EHICS, now ECPM) in France. After her PhD in organo-metallic chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, she became a postdoctoral researcher, first with J. Strähle (Solid State Chemistry) at the University of Tübingen, Germany, then with Nobel-Prize Winner Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg, France. She received her habilitation from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, before getting an Emmy Noether stipend II of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and a SNSF-professorship with which she went to Basel, Switzerland, where she built up her group. In 2006, she was offered a full professorship at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She became a Research Councilor at the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2011, became member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, is on the board of the Swiss Society of Crystallography and was elected first Fellow of the American Chemical Society in Europe in 2013. Furthermore, she is active in public outreach activities such as the Christmas Shows at UniFR, participant at the 1stUniFR Science Slam, activities for school children, etc. For more information on Dr. Katharina M. Fromm, click here.

Prof. Dr. Michael Graetzel
Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne

Prof. Michael Graetzel, professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, pioneered the use of mesoscopic materials in energy conversion systems, in particular photovoltaic cells, lithium ion batteries and photo-electrochemical devices for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight. He also discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline oxcide films - mass production has started in October 2009. He is now author of over 1000 publications, two books and inventor of more than 50 patents. His work has been cited over 148000 times (h-index 176), making him one of the 10 most cited chemists in the world!
He has received prestigious awards, for example the 2014 Samson Prime Minister Prize, the Balzan Prize, the Galvani medal, the Faraday medal or the Harvey Prize to name only few. He got his doctor's degree in Natural Science from the Technical University Berlin and honorary degrees from eleven universities all over the world. Before coming to Lausanne, Michael Graetzel stayed at Cornell University, the National University of Singapore, the University of California in Berkeley, the Ecole Nationale de Chachan in Paris in at Delft University of Technology. He is now leading the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces (visit his website by clicking here).

Dr. Felix Holzner
CEO SwissLitho AG

Dr. Felix Holzner is the CEO and co-founder of the young high-tech company SwissLitho AG. SwissLitho is a tool manufacturer with the patented NanoFrazor being the main product, a unique tool for rapid-prototyping of nanostructures and nanodevices. At INASCON 2015, Dr. Felix Holzner will give a talk in the Session “Turning Ideas into Innovations”. He will give us some insights into the young company. Especially, Dr. Felix Holzner will talk about why he made the decision to start a company, how the first money was raised, what the difficulties were which had to be faced and how SwissLitho sold the first product. More information about Dr. Felix Holzner and the company SwissLitho can be found here.

Dr. Michal Juricek
SNF Ambizione Fellow at University of Basel

Dr. Michal Juricek received his PhD degree from Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands in the group of Professor Alan Rowan, where he investigated triazole-derived materials and methods to extend aromaticity. In the group of Professor Fraser Stoddart, he worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar on molecular flash memory devices and extended viologen cyclophanes “ExBox". Currently, he conducts an independent research hosted by Professor Marcel Mayor at the University of Basel in Switzerland, working on open-shell graphene fragments. For more information on Dr. Michal Juricek's research click here.

Thomas Landrain
Co-founder and presidant of "La Paillasse", a nonprofit organization in Paris

Thomas Landrain, co-founder and current president of the nonprofit organization "La Paillasse" in Paris, completes the board of invited speakers at INASCON 2015. "La Paillasse" is one of the world's largest community laboratories, commonly called hackerspaces, that foster open access and open source biotechnologies. He is an active member of the Do-it-yourself Biology (DIYbio) community, organizing the launch of DIYbio Europe, and working regularly as one of its spokespersons. Convinced that the 21st century will be the century of biotechnologies, he has been focusing on making biology more accessible to use as a technology for citizens and amateurs, developing cheap genetic diagnostics and creative use of biomaterials. Click here for more information!

Prof. Dr. Charles M. Marcus
Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor in physics at University of Copenhagen

Charles M. Marcus is a Villum Kahn Rasmussen professor in condensed matter physics at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. His main research interests are the physical realizations of quantum information processing systems and the study of quantum coherence in electronic devices.
After completing his Bachelor in physics at Standford University in 1984, he moved to Harvard University for a Master’s degree in Physics. There Charles M. Marcus also did his PhD in physics. From 1992 to 1999 he was a professor at the  Department of physics at Stanford University. Later, he moved to Harvard where he was a full professor till 2012. In 2012, he was appointed a Villum Kahn Rasmussen Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. There, he is also the leader of the Center for Quantum Devices where solid-state electronic devices are investigated. Click here for more information!

Delia Costache, M.A. 
CEO at MDPI in Basel

MDPI is an open access publisher of 130 journals, based in Basel. Growing out of a project to preserve rare chemical samples, it has developed to publish across all disciplines, including titles such as Molecules, Sustainability, and Sensors. In 2014 it published over 12,000 papers, all of which are freely available at www.mdpi.com

Delia Costache is the CEO of MDPI, having previously worked at the publisher John Wiley & Sons in the UK. She has a broad experience of publishing, covering both subscription and open access models and has particular expertise in the management of medical and biomedical journals.

Prof. Dr. Christian Schönenberger
Full Chair in Experimental Physics at the University of Basel

Christian Schönenberger is a professor in experimental condensed matter physics at the University of Basel, where he leads the nanoelectronics group. His research interest is in unraveling fundamental aspects of charge transport in nanodevices by conducting novel experiments. Christian Schönenberger studied electrical engineering and physics at the ETH Zürich.  He then did his PhD in experimental physics at the IBM Zurich research lab in the early time of scanning-probe microscopy. He then moved to Philips Research (NL) where he later became a senior staff member. At Philips he developed, among other things, a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope which allowed for the first time to probe electron correlations in devices at the single-electron level. He was appointed full professor at the Univ. of Basel in 1995 where he established the nanoelectronics group. Low temperature physics and micro- and nanofabrication was all build up by the him at Basel from scratch. Since 2006, Chistian Schönenberger is the director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute. Further information about him and his research can be found here.

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Wood
Head of the Nano Electronics and Nano Photonics Group at the ETH Zürich

Since 2011, Prof. Vanessa Wood heads the Nano Electronics and Nano Photonics Group (Laboratory for Nanoelectronics) at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland. In 2005, she received her Bachelor degree from Yale College in Applied Physics and continued her Master and PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received her PhD degree 2010 in Electrical Engineering on the development of optoelectronic devices containing colloidally synthesized quantum dots. After her PhD she spend one year as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang and Prof. Craig Carter in the Material Science and Engineering Department at MIT performing research on novel lithium-ion battery systems. In 2011 she became assistant professor of her current group in the Laboratory for Nanoelectronics at the ETH Zürich. Besides her academic degrees, Prof. Wood obtained several honors and awards such as the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory Dissertation Award in 2010 or the Intel Early Career Faculty Award in 2012. Her current research focuses on the potential of nano-materials in electronic devices at each point in the energy life-cycle – collection, storage and usage. Combining theory and experimental work, her research group studies the fundamental electronic properties of materials with the strong objective of applying the findings to design and fabricate solid state and electrochemical devices including solar cells, batteries, and efficient LEDs. More information can be found here.

Supported in 2015 by
Swiss Nanoscience Institute
Nachwuchsförderung Uni Basel
Kontaktgruppe für Forschungsfragen (KGF)
i-net innovation networks switzerland
QSIT - Quantum Science and Technology
Studentische Körperschaft der Universität Basel
Kommission für Technologie und Innovation
swiss mnt network
European Physical Society (EPS)