Olle Inganäs is professor of biomolecular and organic electronics, IFM, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. He received a MSc in engineering physics from Chalmers University of Technology (1977), a BSc in philosophy and economics from Göteborg University (1978), and a PhD in applied physics at Linköping University in 1984. He was appointed professor in 1999. Inganäs received the Göran Gustafsson prize in physics in 1997, and was appointed Wallenberg Scholar in 2010. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, class of physics, in 2006, and is the chairman of the Nobel committee for the prize in physics. Inganäs has focused on studies of the class of conjugated polymers throughout areas of polymer physics, electrochemistry, electronics and optics. He has contributed to a number of startup companies in the field of electronic polymers. His current interest include energy conversion and energy storage with organic photovoltaic devices and organic supercabatteries, as well as the use of biopolymers as organisers of electronic polymers.
Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University) is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are at the interface of technology, biologically inspired materials and the natural sciences with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications. He also serves as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering. He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology applications, is co-inventor on several disclosures (~100) on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base both for technical and design applications. He is a co-founder of three startups and has active roles in their governance.Prof. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories, a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society.
Reginald Penner is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Penner attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota where he obtained B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Biology in 1983. He studied at Texas A&M University beginning in 1983 with Professor Charles R. Martin and he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1987. He proceeded to postdoctoral appointments at Stanford University and Caltech working with Professor Nate Lewis, before being appointed at UCI in 1990. Professor Penner is an electrochemist whose research group develops methods based upon electrodeposition for making nanomaterials, such as nanowires, composed of metals and semiconductors. With his students, he has more than 160 research publications to date. He is an A.P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an NSF and ONR Young Investigator, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He received the 2009 Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry of the UK, the 2016 Charles N. Reilley Award from the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, and the 2016 Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry.
Nicola Cioffi, Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”. Nicola Cioffi is Associate Professor at the University of Bari. He authored/coauthored about 150 papers, 4 international patents and about 250 conference communications. He was also author of more than 20 plenary/keynote/invited communications held at international conferences and several invited seminars. N. C.’s research interests are in the fields of analytical chemistry, surface spectroscopy and nanomaterials for life sciences, including: antibacterial nanomaterials, sensors, bio-analysis, green chemistry, catalysis. He has been member of several national and international conference committees, including two EMRS symposia. Member of the editorial boards of six international journals, he has co-edited special issues of Molecules, Sensor Letters and Nanomaterials journals.He is an active member of several scientific societies, and he serves as referee more than 45 international journals, being also project reviewer for Italian, Chinese (Research Grants Council) and French (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) Institutions. In the last five years, N.C. has being coordinating projects or research units in industrial research projects on nanoantimicrobials for food-packaging and textile industries, as well as projects on sensors, surface spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry applications of nanomaterials.
Daniela De Venuto graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Bari, received the PhD degree in 1993 and postdoc position in 1994. Since 2003 she is professor of Electronics at the 1st Faculty of Engineering of the Politecnico di Bari teaching Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems.
Since 1995 she is associated researcher at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
In 2008-2011 she has been in sabbatical leave at NXP semiconductors (IMEC Leuven, Belgium and at HighTechCampus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands).
Since 2012 she is visiting professor at Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department (EECS) of UC Berkeley and at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).
Prof. De Venuto is co-author of more than 170 papers on International Journals and conference Proceedings. She is founder and Chair of the IEEE International Workshop on Sensors and Interfaces. She is co-author of two patents held by Politecnico di Torino. Since 2010 she is IEEE fellow of ISQED. Her research interests are in the field of design and test of CMOS IC and sensor and biosensor interfaces.
Salvatore Iannotta. Organic based Biosensing and memristive devices are more and more paving the way to novel perspectives both in mimicking and interfacing natural systems while representing an ideally suitable platform for applications in bio-electronics and bio-medicine. Furthermore they represent a very promising playground for neuromorphic devices and systems. Our contribution to the field including applications to drug delivery studies and bioelectronics will be introduced and discussed together with the recent achievements in developing memristive devices based both on PANI/PEO and PEDOT::PSS polymers. The evolution from simple logic elements up to the first organic based Perceptron will be discussed envisaging the perspectives. The results and potential of the approach based on organic electrochemical devices will be discussed together with the great potential of these devices in the framework of other methods and technologies already established in the field,. The novel approach based on interfacing memristive devices with biological cells and systems will be introduced together with the demonstration of a memristive organic-bio-hybrids that will be proposed and discussed as a potential for novel very promising applications.
Eric Daniel Glowacki studied duel degrees in chemistry and history at the University of Rochester, USA, graduating with a BSc and MSc in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In Rochester, he completed his chemistry thesis work under the supervision Ching Tang. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Rochester on liquid crystalline optical materials. He completed his PhD in 2013 under the guidance of Serdar Sariciftci and Siegfried Bauer at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria in the field of nature-inspired semiconducting materials. Since 2015, he is Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at Johannes Kepler University, with research focused on nanoscale organic crystalline materials for bioelectronics and photochemistry applications.
Guglielmo Lanzani graduated in Solid State Physics at University of Milan, Italy in 1987; received PhD in Chemical Physics at University of Genova in 1991. He has being visiting scientist at University of Utah in 1989 and 1990. Starting 2011 he is “Full Professor” in Physics at Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Starting 2010 he is Coordinator of the Center for Nano Science and Technology of the Italian Institute of Technology. His research activity regards the science and technology of carbon based p-conjugated materials and nanostructures for application in energy and bio-photonics. He gave about hundred invited talks and his results appeared in about two hundred and fifty publications in international journals, books and patents.
Róisín Owen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioelectronics at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence. She received her BA in Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Southampton University. In her early postdoc work she specialized on biochemical aspects of infectious diseases, including enteric pathogens and tuberculosis, but then moved into novel therapeutics (for rhinovirus) using protein engineering and development of new technologies for pathogen detection. A continued interest in novel engineering technologies for biological applications led her to the field of organic bioelectronics. Her current research centers on application of organic electronic materials for in vitro toxicology, with a specific interest in understanding the biotic/abiotic interface. She has received several awards including the European Research Council starting and proof of concept grants, a Marie Curie fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship. In 2014, she became principle editor for biomaterials for MRS communications (Cambridge University Press), and she serves on the advisory board of Materials research express (IOP publishing) and Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley).
Gerardo Palazzo. He is Associate Professor in Physical-Chemistry at the University of Bari from 2005. He received his Master in Chemistry at the University of Bari in 1988 and then worked as post-graduate fellow at ETH-Zurich until 1990. He was Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Bari (1991-2005) and got the PhD in Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Molise in 2004. During the years 1996-2001 he visited as short-term guest the Department Physical-Chemistry 1- Lund University-Sweden. He has been coordinator of several research projects of the Bari University and of CSGI. He has been the head of the degree courses (BS+MS) in Chemistry of the Bari University from 2011-2015. Presently he is the deputy-Director of the Chemistry Department of the University of Bari. Author of more than 130 ISI publications, including contributions to Nature Comm., PNAS, Adv. Materials, J. Am. Chem Soc. and Phys. Rev. Letters.
His work gathered more than 2000 ISI citations (h-index = 24) http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-9030-2011, and more than 2400 Google Scholar citations (h-index = 27) . http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=yI1qSjYAAAAJ. His main research activities deal with the characterization of soft matter by means of physicochemical techniques, the biophysics of proteins and the development of novel biosensors.
Ross Rinaldi, Universita' del Salento, Lecce. The combination of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology and their application to healthcare has opened up in the last year a new field called “Nanomedicine”, leading to clinical solutions within preventive medicine, diagnosis, therapy and follow-up care. In recent years, miniaturization of biosensors and their integration in microarrays and functional bio-chip/Lab on-a-chip (such as DNA, protein and cell chips) enabled massive parallel detection of diseases and disease susceptibility, as well as to identify personalized drug response profiles. They are faster, simpler and cheaper than traditional methods, by analyzing in parallel large numbers of biological molecules (nucleic acids, proteins) and cells. Such approaches, mainly based on specific biorecognition mechanisms, have been shown to be particularly promising, as they are the only techniques which open the interesting possibility to perform highly parallel analyses (high throughput screening) and studies of biomolecular interactions, also at the level of single molecules. Several strategies exploiting nanotechnological/nanofabrication techniques have been explored to this purpose and can promote the development of novel and powerful investigation tools. All these techniques and some targeted specific applications in the field of biochips and biosensors and Lab-on-Chip for Point of Care (POC) diagnostics will be presented in the talk.
Michele Muccini,is Director of CNR-ISMN and President of the public-private Industrial Consortium MIST E-R. He is co-founder of a start-up company focused on the development of organic light emitting technologies. Muccini is inventor of the OLET, the organic electroluminescent transistor and of the OCST, an organic sensor for the stimulation, and recording of neural networks. He is Curator and Organizer of TEDxCNR (www.tedxcnr.com) the first global communication event of CNR. TED (Technology Entertainment Design -www.ted.com) is a global non-profit organization whose motto is "ideas worth spreading"; its dedicated Youtube Channel has more than 2 billion views. Muccini is author of more than 200 scientific publications in international journals and inventor of 20 international patents related to advanced materials and functional devices. Email: michele,email@example.com, Web: www.ismn.cnr.it, www.linkedin.com/in/michele-muccini-494b7720, https://twitter.com/muccinim
Annalisa Bonfiglio graduated in Physics at the University of Genova in 1991 and took a PhD in Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1996. In 1996, she joined the University of Cagliari, where she is now Professor of Electronic Bioengineering. Her main research interests are: Organic Semiconductors based Devices for applications in Electronics and in Biomedical Sensing; Wearable Electronics; Bio-monitoring applications.She is author of more than 120 papers in International peer reviewed journals, Conference proceedings, book chapters, and 3 books (as editor). She also holds 8 patents. In 2009, together with 4 colleagues at the University of Cagliari, she founded the startup company TechOnYou srl. She coordinated several international projects, among them the Integrated Project PROETEX, funded by the European Commission (VI FP, ICT, total budget: 12.1 ME, 23 partners, 8 European Countries). Since 2014, she is in the Board of Directors of CRS4 (Centro Ricerche, Sviluppo e Studi Superiori in Sardegna). Since 2015, she is Vice-Rector for Innovation and Territorial Strategies at the University of Cagliari.
Stefano Casalini got his PhD in Chemistry in 2008 at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He worked with Tetrapak as post-doctoral researcher for the development of an electrochemical test aiming at innovative quality checks on packaging materials. He then moved to the Institute of Nanostructured Materials (CNR in Bologna) from 2009 to 2014 as Post-Doc fellow. He got another post-doctoral grant at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia from 2014 to 2015. During these years, he worked in two European projects and one national project leading different workpackages and milestones. Afterwards he moved to the Insitut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) as visiting researcher for 6 months. He is actually working in ICMAB, because he won a TECNIOSpring2015 grant co-funded by the European Commission through FP7 Marie Curie Actions. His expertise is mainly focused on (bio-)electrochemistry, surface engineering and (bio-)sensors.
Pietro Favia Ph.D in Chemical Sciences (1991), Associate Professor of General Chemistry (Department of Chemistry, University of Bari). Visiting Scientist at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) in 1993. Currently Head of the Ph.D Course in Chemical and Molecular Sciences (University of Bari). Expert of biomedical applications of non equilibrium plasma processes at low and atmospheric pressure. His research deals with surface modification plasma processes (thin films, etching, grafting) of biomedical materials; plasma nanotechnology; surface immobilization of biomolecules; biomimetic surfaces; nano/bio-composite coatings; functionalization of materials and micro/nano particles; drug release systems; applications of plasmas in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; therapeutic applications of plasmas; other industrial applications of plasmas. Author of several publications and plenary/invited talks on these topics. Past President (2010-11) and Fellow of the International Plasma Chemistry Society. Editor in Chief of Plasma Processes & Polymers (Wiley-VCH).
Francesco Fracassi is full professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of University of Bari (Italy). His research activity concerns essentially with low and atmospheric pressure non equilibrium plasmas, e.g. dry etching, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, surface modification, synthesis of hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposite thin films, preparation of multifunctional materials, etc..Thanks to his relevant research activity, Prof. Fracassi has been involved in many research projects funded by private and public institutions (Regional, National and European). The researches have been and are carried out in collaboration with prestigious scientific institutes and companies and resulted in several invited talks to international congresses and workshops. In 1984-1985 he was post-doc at the Almaden Research Centre of IBM, San Jose (CA), in 1988 he became assistant professor at the University of Bari, where in January 2014 he obtained the position of full professor. In November 2010 prof. Fracassi became Chair of the Department of Chemistry and in June 2016 he was elected Chair for the triennium 2013-16 of the “Thin Film Division ”of IUVSTA, “International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications”.
Natalie Stingelin (Stutzmann) FRSC is a Professor of Organic Functional Materials at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, with prior positions at ETH Zurich, Switzerland; the Cavendish Laboratory, UK; the Philips Research Laboratories, NL; at Queen Mary University London, UK. She obtained the degree of Engineer in Materials Science in 1997 from ETH Zürich, and her PhD in 2001, for which she was awarded the ETH Medal. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, received a €1.2 Million ERC Starting Independent Researcher Award in 2011 and is leading the €4 Million EC Marie-Curie Training Network 'INFORM'. She was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining's Rosenhain Medal $ Prize (2014) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President's International Fellowship Initiative Award for Visiting Scientists (2015); she was the Chair of the 2016 Gordon Conference on 'Electronic Processes in Organic Materials'. She has published >145 papers (h-index = 34) and 6 issued patents. Her research interests encompass organic electronics & photonics, bioelectronics, physical chemistry of organic functional materials, and smart inorganic/organic hybrid systems.
Luigi Colombo is a Texas Instruments Fellow in the Analog Technology Development group and is responsible for research and development of new materials and processes for analog and logic devices. He joined TI in 1981 after receiving a PhD in Materials Science to work on infrared detector materials. Luigi has also developed high-k capacitor MIM structures for DRAMs and FRAMs, SiON/poly-Si and Hf-based high-k gate/metal transistor gate stacks for the 45 nm node. He is currently responsible for the development of new materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides and their integration in new devices as part of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. Luigi developed the first CVD graphene process on Cu in collaboration with Rod Ruoff’s group. He has authored and co-authored over 140 refereed papers, made over 180 invited and contributed presentations, has written 5 chapters in edited books, and holds over 114 US and international patents. He is an IEEE Fellow, APS Fellow, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.
George Malliaras. Professor George Malliaras received a BS in Physics from the Aristotle University (Greece) in 1991, and a PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, cum laude, from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1995. After a two year postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center (California), he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University (New York). From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility. He joined the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne in 2009. His research on organic electronics and bioelectronics has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences, the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as an Associate Editor of Science Advances. He is a co-author of 200+ publications in peer-reviewed journals that have received over 15,000 citations. His h-index is 69 (google scholar, 3/16).
Fabio Biscarini is Full Professor of General Chemistry and Nanobiotechnologies at UNIMORE. He was CNR Research Director at CNR-ISMN and Professor of Nanotechnology at Alma Mater-Università di Bologna. He graduated cum laude in Industrial Chemistry at Università di Bologna, and received a PhD in Chemistry at University of Oregon. His research spanned theory of STM, thin film growth phenomena, self-organization, unconventional nanofabrication and organic electronics. His current research interests are on fundamental aspects of organic field effect transistors and on organic bioelectronics, with focus on biosensors and implantable devices for regenerative treatment of spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease. He is inventor of 19 patents and author of more than 220 publications. He has founded two spin-off companies. He coordinated more than 30 EU and National projects. He received the 2007 EU-Descartes Prize, the 2012 Sapio Prize for Industrial Research, and he is fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) since 2004.
Antonio Cassinese was born in 1969 and is actually Associate professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Naples Federico II. He received the diploma degree and PHD degree in Physics at the University of Naples in the 1992 and 1996 respectively. During his PHD studies he has been, as Associated Research, at the CERN Laboratories and he spent two years (1997-1999) as a “post-doc” at the University of Wuppertal with a TMR-Madame curie individual fellowship . From 2001 he has been associate professor at the University of Naples. His scientific activity was mainly devoted to the study of d.c. and microwave properties and of superconductors, organic and hybrid organic/inorganic materials looking both to the fundamental aspects and practical applications and to the realization of three terminal devices based on these materials. Actually his activity deal with the study of organic materials and devices both for electronic and biosensing applications. He is co-author of more than 120 papers published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and 3 patents. He has been Local Coordinator of several projects for an amount of almost 2000 KEuro.
Loretta L. del Mercato graduated in 2004 in Biotechnology at University “Federico II” of Naples (IT) and obtained her PhD in 2007 in “Innovative Materials and Technologies” at Institute of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (ISUFI), University of Salento, Lecce (IT) focusing on nanoscale characterization of peptide-based self-assembled nanomaterials. From January 2008-April 2010, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Phillips University of Marburg (DE), in the group of Prof. W. J. Parak, where she developed new protocols for the layer-by-layer assembly of polymer capsules as drug carriers and sensors. In May 2010, she moved as Junior Researcher to the Nanoscience Institute of CNR in Lecce (IT), hosted by the group of Prof. R. Rinaldi. In June 2015, she joined the CNR NANOTEC−Institute of Nanotechnology as Senior Researcher. She has been prized various awards, among them the Technology Review “Top 35 Innovators under 35 (TR35-YI)” (Italian Ed., 2012), and three travelling grants sponsored by the COST Office (2009), the German Academic Exchange Service “DAAD” (2013), and the National Research Council “CNR” (2015), respectively. She has strong collaborations with the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine of Maastricht (NL), Philipps University of Marburg (DE), University of Zaragoza (ES), University of Padoa (IT), University of Salento (IT), University of Trieste (IT), University of Udine (IT), CNR (IT), Italian Institute of Technology (IT) and IRCCS Istituto Tumori “Giovanni Paolo II” of Bari (IT). Her research is aimed at the development of multifunctional systems for application in clinical use such as sensors for tumour environment investigation and drug releasing particles for tissue engineering. Her expertise lies in the synthesis of stimuli responsive capsules (fluorescent sensors, O2-propelled micromotors and drug carriers), characterization of their structure-properties relationships and study of their processing into living cells and three-dimensional matrixes.
Alessandro Pezzella received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1997 under the direction of Professor G. Prota at the University of Naples “Federico II”. In 1999 he obtained a degree in Pharmacy and in 2004 a degree in Mathematics. In 1999 he earned a faculty position in the same University as researcher.
His research activities focused on the oxidative chemistry of 5,6-dihydroxyindoles, the melanin pigment characterization and the oxidative behaviour of phenolic compounds associated with the molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathologies.
More recently, in the context of several research projects addressing the applications of bioinspired polymers and heterocyclic compounds in organic electronics and bioelectronics, his research interests have embraced the development of synthetic strategies for substituted indoles and phenolic compounds. Alessandro Pezzella's current interests centre on the chemistry of eumelanins and their processing within electronic devices as well as their employment as bioinspired interface for cell culture growth and sensing.
His research activity has produced over one hundred publications including international and national patents, research papers, reviews, and book chapters.
Bruno Pignataro is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Palermo. He received the PhD in materials science in 2000 at the University of Catania spending a period in Germany at the University of Muenster. His research interests deals with molecular surfaces, nanotechnology and biotechnology. He reserves a considerable effort on the study of self-organized organic, hybrid and biological materials at surfaces including their application in electronics (transistors, photovoltaic cells, sensors/biosensors). He is actually project leader of the District of High Technology for innovation in the field of Cultural Heritages (about 19 MEuro) and was awarded with more than 5 MEuro by scientific projects. He edited 7 Books (Wiley) and was in the Editorial Board of different international journals and in the Editorial Scientific Board of “La Chimica e l’Industria” (Editor of the issue Critical Review). He is an author of more than 110 publications and more than 140 conference communications. BP was Coordinator of the Italian Young Chemists Group and organized about 25 among conferences, workshops and scientific competitions (6 editions of the European Young Chemist Award).
Concepció Rovira received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIC in Barcelona and at Johns Hopkins University, MD, with Prof. D. O. Cowan. In 1987 she joined CSIC-CID with a Tenured Research position and became Full Professor at IC- MAB-CSIC in 2004. Her research interests focus on multifunctional molecular materials and molecular nanoscience and, in particular, on the fields of organic conductors, crystal engineering, supramolecular and surface self-assembling, electron-transfer processes, and molecular magnetism.
Jaume Veciana is Full Professor at the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona ICMAB-CSIC and Director of NANOMOL Department (http://www.icmab.es/nanomol/), Group Leader of Centro de Investigación en Red en Biomateriales, Bioingeniería y Nanomedicina, CIBER-BBN (http://www.ciber-bbn.es/), and Scientific Director of the Large Scientific and Technical Facility ICTS NANBIOSIS (http://www.nanbiosis.es). After his PhD, he did a postdoc at The Johns Hopkins University, MD (USA) working on molecular electronics and then moved to ICMAB-CSIC. He is one of the founder and scientific advisors of the spin-off NANOMOL Technologies, SA (http://nanomol-tech.com/). His current research interests focuses on Molecular Functional Materials, Molecular Electronics, Molecular Nanoscience, and Nanomedicine. Prof. Veciana co-authored more than 500 journal articles and book chapters, 16 international patents, and edited two books receiving in 2001 the Solvay Award and in 2004 the Real Sociedad de Quimica Española Award for his research in chemistry. In 2005 he received the DuPont Award for his contributions in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Massimo Trotta holds a degree in chemistry and is deeply involved in improvng the way biological systems are able to convert solar energy in other viable forms of energy through photosynthesis. His main interest is today focussed on hybrid organic-biological systems. He is a researcher of the National Research Council in Bari. Next to the research activity, he is also involved in science divulgation.