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Prof. Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering (USA)

Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang is the Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering and Regents' Professor at Georgia Tech, and Founding Director and Chief Scientist at Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Wang’s discovery and breakthroughs in developing nanogenerators establish the principle and technological road map for harvesting mechanical energy from environment and biological systems for powering a personal electronics. His research on self-powered nanosystems has inspired the worldwide effort in academia and industry for studying energy for micro-nano-systems, which is now a distinct disciplinary in energy research and future sensor networks. He coined and pioneered the field of piezotronics and piezo-phototronics by introducing piezoelectric potential gated charge transport process in fabricating new electronic and optoelectronic devices. This breakthrough by redesign CMOS transistor has important applications in smart MEMS/NEMS, nanorobotics, human-electronics interface and sensors. Dr. Wang was elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009, member of European Academy of Sciences in 2002, fellow of American Physical Society in 2005, fellow of AAAS in 2006, fellow of Materials Research Society in 2008, fellow of Microscopy Society of America in 2010, fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, and fellow of the World Innovation Foundation in 2002. He received 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award from (US) Southeastern Universities Research Association, 2015 Thomas Routers Citation Laureate award, 2014 World Technology Prize in Materials; 2014 the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials from America Physical Society, 2013 ACS Nano Lectureship award, 2012 Edward Orton Memorial Lecture Award and 2009 Purdy Award from American Ceramic Society, 2011 MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society, 1999 Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America. He has authored and co-authored 6 scientific reference and textbooks and over 1300 peer reviewed journal articles (16 in Nature and Science, 25 in Nature and Science sister journals), edited and co-edited 14 volumes of books on nanotechnology, and held over 100 US and foreign patents.
From SCI data base, his entire publications have been cited for over 123,000 times with an h-index of 173 [http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-2176-2011]; Google scholar gives a citation of 166,000 with an h-index of 202 [http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=HeHFFW8AAAAJ&hl=en].
Details can be found at: http://www.nanoscience.gatech.edu

Maria Chiara Carrozza, Prof. PhD, The Biorobotics Institute, Biorobotics and Bioengineering, Pisa and Scientific Director Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus, Milan (Italy)

Laurea in Physics, University of Pisa, Italy 1990
PhD in Engineering, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Full Professor of Biorobotics and Bioengineering, The Biorobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, since 2006
Area Leader of Neuro-Robotics of The Biorobotics Institute
Scientific Director of Fondazione Don Gnocchi Onlus, a Network of Scientific Hospital dedicated to rehabilitation and personal assistance since 2018
President of the National Group of Bioengineering since 2016
Member of the Board of Directors of Piaggio SpA since 2015
Chair of the interim evaluation of FET Flagship from 2016 to 2017
Member of the High Level steering committee of the Quantum Tech FET Flagship in 2017
Rector of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna from 2007 to 2013
Member of Italian Parliament from 2013 to 2018
Minister of Education, University and Research of Italy from 2013 to 2014

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o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Rainer Blatt, University of Innsbruck, Institute for Experimental Physics and Research Director at the Institute for Quantumoptics and Quantuminformation Innsbruck (Austria)

Rainer Blatt is Professor of experimental physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). He has carried out trail-blazing experiments in the fields of precision spectroscopy, quantum metrology and quantum information processing.
Blatt works with atoms caught in ion traps which he manipulates using laser beams. This work is based on suggestions made in the mid-1990s by theorists Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller. In 2004 Blatt’s research group succeeded for the first time in transferring the quantum information of one atom in a totally controlled manner onto another atom (teleportation). Two years later, his group already managed to entangle up to eight atoms in a controlled manner. Creating such a first “quantum byte” was a further step on the way towards a quantum computer. 2011 the team managed to push this record to 14 entangled atoms. Furthermore Rainer Blatt took important steps towards successful quantum error correction and the building of quantum simulators. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the fields of quantum optics and meteorology. In 2012 the German Physical Society awarded him the Stern-Gerlach-Medaille. Together with Ignacio Cirac he won the 2009 Carl Zeiss Research Award. He also received a Humboldt Research Award (2013) and an ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (2008).
In 2013 the Australian Academy of Science announced Rainer Blatt as the 2013 Frew Fellow. In 2014 he was awarded the “Tiroler Landespreis für Wissenschaft 2014” (science award of the state of Tyrol) and in 2015 the Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications Rainer Blatt is full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
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Dr. J. Daniel Prades, University of Barcelona, Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering (Spain) - EUROSENSORS Fellow

Dr. J Daniel Prades (1982) is Associate Professor at the Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering of the Universitat de Barcelona. He works in close collaboration with the Institute of Semiconductor Technology of the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany).
His research is focused on the development of new sensor concepts combining nanomaterials, microtechnology and IT technologies, with the aim of improving sensing performances, while lowering power consumption and cost.
Since 2007, he has published more than 80 articles in international journals (over 2000 citations and h-factor 25), 200 contributions to conferences, 8 patents, and supervised 5 PhD theses, all of them in the field of sensor materials and devices. He is currently serving as coordinator in 4 European Projects: ERC Starting Grant “BetterSense” (2014), ERC Proof of Concept “GasApp” (2016), FET Open “ChipScope” (2017) and Eureka-Eurostars “SnapGas” (2017).
The results of his research have led to 3 spin-off companies. “Electronic Nanosystems”, working on the integration of nanomaterials in gas sensors (Solvay Prize to innovation 2008). Since 2015, he is involved in the development of “SuperLight Photonics”, a start-up company based in Braunschweig (Germany) working on new microscopy products based on LED technology. This year, he started a new spin-off project in Spain with “ColorSensing”, developing smart packaging for food based on colorimetric sensing and IT technologies. His research and technology transfer activities have been recognized with the VALORTEC Prize of the Government of Catalonia and the EuroSensor Fellow 2017.
A fully updated CV can be found at http://bit.do/dprades

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