Confirmed Speakers

Keynote and invited lectures will be delivered by recognized experts in the broad field of nanomedicine; from the design, synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials up to their in-vivo application. Finally, contributed talks will be selected from those submitting an abstract to participate in the conference. The full list of contributed talks and posters will be available by the end of July.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Prof. Maurizio Prato
University of Trieste, Italy
Prof. Maurizio Prato is full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Trieste (Italy) and one of the most respected scientists worldwide in the field of carbon nanotubes. He has published more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals, focusing mainly on the functionalisation chemistry of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes for applications in materials science and medicinal chemistry. His scientific contributions have been recognized by several national and international awards, including an ERC Advanced Research Grant in 2008. He is present in the list of the “Highly Cited Researchers” edited by ISI. Prof. Prato is the Leader of the Work Package “Health and Environment” under the Graphene Flagship.
Selected publications:
-Non-conventional methods and media for the activation and manipulation of carbon nanoforms. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2014, 43, 58-69
-An Atom-Economical Approach to Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Reaction with Disulfides. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 52, 6480-6483
-Organic Functionalization of Graphene in Dispersions. Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 138-148.
-Asbestos-like Pathogenicity of Long Carbon Nanotubes Alleviated by Chemical Functionalization. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 2274-2278.
-Promises, facts and challenges for carbon nanotubes in imaging and therapeutics. Nature Nanotechnol. 2009, 4, 627-633.
Prof. Gustaaf Van Tendeloo
EMAT - Universiteit Antwerp, Belgium
Prof. Van Tendeloo graduated in physics from the University of Antwerp in 1974. He is a professor at the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on the application of advanced 2D and 3D electron microscopy to different aspects of materials science. He is the head of the “Electron Microscopy for Material Sciences” (EMAT) group and director of the Nano Center of Excellence of the University. In 2009, he received an ERC Advanced Grant. He has an h-index factor of 65, with a total of 24.000 citations to his work.
Selected publications:
-Formation and thermal stability of gold-silica nanohybrids: Insight into the mechanism and morphology by electron tomography Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53(15), 3970-3974.
-Advanced electron microscopy for advanced materials Adv. Mater. 2012, 24, 5655-5675.
-Three-dimensional atomic imaging of crystalline nanoparticles Nature 2011, 470, 374-377.
-Electron diffraction and microscopy of single-wall carbon nanotube bundles produced by different methods Eur. Phys J. B 2012, 27, 111-118.
Prof. Jaume Veciana
Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), CIBER-BBN, Spain
Full Professor at the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and member of the CIBER-BBN network (Spanish Biomedical Research Networking Center in Biomaterials, Bioengineering and Nanomedicine), Prof. Veciana has published more than 450 papers which have received more than 10.000 citations. His research focuses on Molecular Functional Materials, Molecular Magnetism, Molecular nanoscience and Nanomedicine. He has received several important awards including the 2001 Solvay Award, the 2004 Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, and the 2005 Dupont Award for his contributions in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Selected publications:
-Integrating mechanical and biological control of cell proliferation through bioinspired multieffector materials Nanomedicine 2015, 10(5), 873-891.
-Two-dimensional microscale engineering of protein-based nanoparticles for cell guidance ACS Nano 2013, 7(6), 4774-4784.
-Multifunctional nanovescicle-bioactive conjugates prepared by a one-step scalable method using CO2-expanded solvents Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 3766-3774.
-Robust molecular micro-capsules for encapsulating and releasing hydrophilic contents Chemical Communications 2013, 49(71), 7827-7829. 
-Nanostructuring molecular materials as particles and vesicles for drug delivery, using compressed and supercritical fluids Nanomedicine 2012, 7(9), 1391-1408.
Dr. Alberto Bianco
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS, France
Dr. Alberto Bianco is currently Research Director at the CNRS in Strasbourg (France). His research interests focus on the design and functionalisation of carbon-based nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene and adamantane) and their use for therapeutic, diagnostic and imaging applications; the development of functionalised carbon nanotubes and graphene in nanomedicine and the study of their impact on health and environment. He is co-author of over 190 papers. Dr. Bianco is Deputy Leader of the Work Package “Health and Environment” under the Graphene Flagship.
Selected publications:
-Covalent functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with a gadolinium chelate for efficient T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24(45), 7173-7186.
-Classification framework for graphene-based materials Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53(30), 7714-7718.
-All in the graphene family - A recommended nomenclature for two-dimensional carbon materials Carbon 2013, 65, 1-6.
-Graphene: Safe or toxic? the two faces of the medal Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52(19), 4986-4997.
-Biomedical applications of functionalised carbon nanotubes Chem. Commun. 2005, 5, 571-577.
Prof. Luis M- Liz-Marzán
Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE), Spain
Prof. Liz-Marzán is an Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director of the Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE), where he leads the Bionanoplasmonics research group. In 2010 he was awarded with an ERC Advanced Grant. Prof. Liz-Marzán has received several awards including the DuPont award for Science in 2010 and the ACS Nano Lectureship award in 2012. He has published more than 300 research articles and reviews, receiving more than 20.000 citations. His primary research interests include nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, nanoplasmonics, and the development of nanoparticle-based sensing and diagnostic tools.
Selected publications:
-Glycans as Biofunctional Ligands for Gold Nanorods: Stability and Targeting in Protein-Rich Media Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015; 137(10), 3686-3692.
-Gold nanoparticle conjugates: Recent advances toward clinical applications Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 2014; 11(5), 741-752.
-Directed self-assembly of nanoparticles ACS Nano 2010, 4(7), 3591-3605.
-Shape control in gold nanoparticle synthesis Chemical Society Reviews 2008; 37(9), 1783-1791.
-Mapping surface plasmons on a single metallic nanoparticle Nature Physics 2007; 3(5), 348-353.
Prof. Víctor Puntes
Catalan Institute Of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) Spain
ICREA Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and leader of the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group, Prof. Puntes has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles receiving almost 8.000 citations. His current research interests focus on the synthesis and conjugation of inorganic nanoparticles, their properties, nanotoxicology and nanosafety, and a variety of applications including medicine and environment. He is also well-known for his work in science dissemination among the general public and developments towards industrial and commercial applications.
Selected publications:
-The oxidative potential of differently charged silver and gold nanoparticles on three human lung epithelial cell types Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2015, 13(1), 1.
-Engineered inorganic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications Current Drug Metabolism 2013, 14(5), 518-530.
-Ecotoxicity of, and remediation with, engineered inorganic nanoparticles in the environment TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry 2011, 30(3), 507-516.
-Correlating physico-chemical with toxicological properties of nanoparticles: the present and the future ACS Nano 2010, 4(10), 5527-5531.
-Homogeneous conjugation of peptides onto gold nanoparticles enhances macrophage response ACS Nano 2009, 3(6), 1335-1344.
Prof. Twan Lammers
Institute for Experimental Molecular Imaging - University of Aachen, Germany
Twan Lammers is professor of Nanomedicine and Theranostics at the University Clinic and the Helmholtz Center for Biomedical Engineering at RWTH Aachen. Since 2012, he has also worked as a part-time assistant professor at the Department of Targeted Therapeutics at the University of Twente. He has published over 100 research articles and reviews, and has received several awards. He is an associate editor for Europe for the Journal of Controlled Release, and is an editorial board member of several other journals. His primary research interests include drug targeting to tumors, image-guided drug delivery and tumor-targeted combination therapies.
Selected publications:
-Noninvasive optical imaging of nanomedicine biodistribution ACS Nano. 2013; 7(1), 252-262.
-Nanomedicines for inflammatory arthritis: head-to-head comparison of glucocorticoid-containing polymers, micelles, and liposomes ACS Nano. 2014; 8(1), 458-466.
-Recent progress in nanomedicine: therapeutic, diagnostic and theranostic applications Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 2013; 24(6), 1159‑1166.
-Iron oxide-labeled collagen scaffolds for non-invasive MR Imaging in tissue engineering Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014; 24(6), 754-762.
-Recent advances in molecular, multimodal and theranostic ultrasound imaging Adv. Drug Deliv. Rev. 2014; 72, 15‑27.
Dr. José Antonio Garrido
Walter Schottky Institut & Physik-Department; Technische Universität München- TUM, Germany
Scientific staff and Group Leader at the Walter Schottky Institut (Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials) at TUM, Dr. Garrido has published more than 170 papers which have received more than 5000 citations. His research focuses on the use of carbon-based functional materials, such as diamond, graphene, and organic semiconductors for applications in biosensing and bioelectronics. He is currently participating in the Graphene Flagship under the Work Package “Health and Environment”.
Selected publications:
-Ultrafast electronic read-out of diamond NV centers coupled to graphene Nature Nanotechnol. 2015, 10, 135.
-Electrical coupling between cells and graphene transistors Small, 2014, doi: 10.1002/smll.201402225
-Science and technology roadmap for graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems Nanoscale, 2014, doi: 10.1039/C4NR01600A
-Graphene transistors with multi-functional polymer brushes for biosensing applications ACS App. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6(12), 9705-9710.
-Functional polymer brushes on hydrogenated graphene Chem. Mater., 2013, 25, 466-470.
Dr. Emmanuel Flahaut
Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche et d'Ingénierie des Matériaux (CIRIMAT-CNRS), France
Dr. Flahaut is a Research Director at the Interuniversitary Centre for Research and Materials Engineering (CIRIMAT), which belongs to the French National Research Centre (CNRS). He is a member of the Nanocomposites and Carbon Nanotubes group, and his primary research interests include the synthesis of carbon nanotubes and graphene by CCVD; preparation of CNT composites, filling of carbon nanotubes, and the toxicity and ecotoxicity of nanocarbons (nanotubes, graphene and derivatives). He has published more than 150 articles in international journals which have received more than 5.000 citations.
Selected publications:
-Quantitative detection of carbon nanotubes in biological samples by an original method based on microwave permittivity measurements Carbon 2015; 81(1), 535-545.
-Complement activation by carbon nanotubes and its influence on the phagocytosis and cytokine response by macrophages Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 2014; 10(6), 1287-1299.
-CCVD synthesis of carbon-encapsulated cobalt nanoparticles for biomedical applications Advanced Functional Materials 2011; 21(18), 3583-3588.
-CNT ecotoxicity in amphibians: assessment of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and comparison with double-walled carbon nanotubes Nanomedicine 2010; 5(6), 963-974.
-Gram-Scale CCVD Synthesis of Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Chem. Commun. 2003; 1442-1443.
Dr. Biqiong Chen
The University of Sheffield, UK
Dr. Chen is a Senior Lecturer in Polymer Science at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research interests are centered on the development of high-performance polymer nanocomposites for different applications. In the last few years she has developed special interest in the investigation of graphene-based nanocomposites for biomedical applications. Dr. Chen has published more than 80 journal papers and conference reports.
Selected publications:
-Self-assembled graphene oxide-gelatin nanocomposite hydrogels: characterisation, formation mechanisms and pH-sensitive drug release behaviour J. Polym. Sci. Part B Polym. Phys. 2015, 53, 356-367.
-Strong and conductive chitosan-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for transdermal drug delivery J. Mater. Chem. B 2014, 2, 3759-3770.
-Characterisation and drug release performance of biodegradable chitosan-graphene oxide nanocomposites Carbohydr. Polym. 2014, 103, 70-80.
-Reinforcement and interface of polymer/graphene oxide nanocomposites J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 3637-3646.
-Strong and bioactive gelatin-graphene oxide nanocomposites Soft Matter 2011, 7(13), 6159-6166.
Prof. Stefan Jakobs
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Prof. Jakobs is research group leader at the Department of NanoBiophotonics of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, led by the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell. Since 2010, he is also Professor of High Resolution Microscopy in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Göttingen Medical School. He has published more than 75 research articles and reviews; he has an h-index factor of 44. His primary research interests include the development and analysis of (switchable) fluorescent proteins for super-resolution microscopy and the application of advanced microscopy to tackle fundamental questions in mitochondrial biology. 
Selected publications:
-Nanoscopy with more than 100,000 doughnuts Nature Methods 2013; 10(8), 737-740.
-Diffraction-unlimited all-optical imaging and writing with a photochromic GFP Nature 2011; 478, 204-208.
-A reversibly photoswitchable GFP-like protein with fluorescence excitation decoupled from switching Nature Biotechnology 2011; 29(10), 942-947.
-Photoswitchable fluorescent proteins enable monochromatic multilabel imaging and dual color fluorescence nanoscopy Nature Biotechnology 2008; 26(9), 1035-1040.
-Structure and mechanism of the reversible photoswitch of a fluorescent protein PNAS 2005; 102(37), 13070-13074.
Prof. Uday Kompella
University of Colorado, USA
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ophthalmology, and Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Prof. Kompella has research interests in the area of nanotechnology for drug and gene delivery in treating retinal degenerative diseases and cancers. Dr. Kompella serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, as an Editor for the journal Pharmaceutical Research, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Kompella is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Teacher awards from the University of Nebraska, Outstanding Mentor award from the University Colorado, and the ARVO/AFER/Pfizer/Carl Camras Award for Translational Research in Ophthalmology from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
Selected publications:
-Nanomedicines for back of the eye drug delivery, gene delivery, and imaging. Prog. Retin. Eye Res. 2013, 36, 172-198.
-Targeted intraceptor nanoparticle therapy reduces angiogenesis and fibrosis in primate and murine macular degeneration. ACS Nano. 2013, 7(4), 3264-3275.
-Local delivery of biodegradable pirfenidone nanoparticles ameliorates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice. Nanotechnology. 2012, 23(50), 505101.
-Functionalized nanosystems for targeted mitochondrial delivery. Mitochondrion. 2012, 12(2), 190-201.
-Nanomicellar formulations for sustained drug delivery: strategies and underlying principles. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2010, 5(3), 485-505.
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