2-5 October 2018
Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
Europe/Riga timezone

Invited speakers

Plenary presentations:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schreyer
Director for Science of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund
ESS and its contributions to future functional materials and nanotechnology

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schreyer is the Director for Science of the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden since 2016. Before he joined ESS, he was head of the Institute of Materials Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany and director of the German Engineering Materials Science Center (GEMS).

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Prof. Dr. Christina Trautmann

GSI Helmholtzzentrum and Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Material science and nanostructures produced with GeV heavy ions

Christina Trautmann is the head of the Materials Research Department of the GSI Helmholtz Center in Darmstadt (Germany) who operates a large scale accelerator facility for swift heavy ions.

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Dr. Andrei Kholkin

Physics Department & CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Nanoscale Piezoelectric Materials: Structure, Properties, Applications

Dr. Andrei Kholkin is one of the world leaders in the characterization and imaging of functional materials with the emphasis on ferroelectrics and multiferroics. 

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Prof. Em. Aharon Gedanken
Head of the Kanbar Laboratory for Nanomaterials, Bar-Ilan University
Making the Hospital a Safer Place by the Sonochemical coating of all its Textiles and Medical Devices with Antibacterial Nanoparticles

Prof. Em. Aharon Gedanken obtained his M. Sc. from Bar-Ilan University, and his Ph. D. degree from Tel Aviv University, Israel. After his postdoctoral research at USC in Los Angeles. He got a lecturer position at BIU on Oct. 1975. He spent two sabbatical years at AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1980-8l, and 1987-88 as well as a summer in 1984. He also has done research at NIDDK, NIH in the summers of 1989, 1990 and 1991. In 1994 he switched his research interest from Spectroscopy to Nanotechnology. His special synthetic methods of nanomaterials include: Sonochemistry, Microwave Superheating, Sonoelectrochemistry, and Reactions under Autogenic Pressure at Elevated Temperatures (RAPET). Since 2004 he is mostly focused on the applications of nanomaterials.

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Prof. Maija M. Kuklja
National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Understanding Chemical Reactions Triggered by Defects on Energetic Materials and Interfaces. Insight from Quantum Chemistry


Ph.D. Chemical Physics University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia (04/96)
M.S. Physics, M.S. Mathematics Education University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia (06/88)

Professional Experience

Program Director (2002 – present)National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

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Prof. Peter G. Kazansky

Professor at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK

Advancing the art of femtosecond laser writing

Peter G. Kazansky studied physics in Moscow State University and received Ph.D. under supervision of Nobel Laureate for the invention of laser A.M. Prokhorov from the General Physics Institute in 1985. He was awarded the Leninskii Komsomol Prize in 1989 for the pioneering work on "Circular photogalvanic effect in crystals". From 1989 to 1993 he led a group in the GPI, which unraveled the mystery of light-induced frequency doubling in glass.

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Invited presentations:

Dr. Konstantin Klementiev
MAX IV Laboratory
MAX IV laboratory in Lund, Sweden: research portfolio, present status expected performance

Konstantin Klementiev studied solid state physics in Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute and received his doctor’s degree in 1998 with work in high temperature superconductivity and XAFS as the main experimental technique. While working as a postdoc and beamline scientist at DESY/Hamburg, he became more and more interested in methods and instrumentation in synchrotron radiation applications. Consequently, this interest resulted in the development of a ray-tracing and wave propagation toolkit xrt comprising physical models of synchrotron radiation sources and x-ray optics along with associated analysis tools (xrt.readthedocs.io). This development influenced and also gained from the design, assembly and commissioning of two XAFS/XES beamlines, first at Alba synchrotron and then at MAX IV, while he was working as beamline principal in Barcelona (2006-2013) and Lund (from 2013). His present focus is in bringing Balder – the XAFS/XES beamline of MAX IV – into full user operation.

Prof. Marco Kirm
Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia
A Role of Large Scale Facilities in the Development of Novel Functional Materials

Marco Kirm, born 1965, is a professor of experimental physics at Institute of Physics, University of Tartu. He graduated University of Tartu cum laude as a physicist in 1991 and obtained his PhD „ Spectroscopy of highly charged ions, small molecules and solids under VUV excitation”, supervised by Prof. Indrek Martinson, at Lund University in 1995. During 1997-2004 he worked at Hamburg University in the group of Prof. Georg Zimmerer as a post-doctoral researcher. As a beam-line scientist he was responsible for operation of the famous SUPERLUMI station (HASYLAB, DESY), designed for luminescence spectroscopy in VUV. Since 2004 after returning to Estonia, Marco Kirm has been in duties of a research director and director of Institute of Physics at University of Tartu. 

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Prof. Anatoly Frenkel

Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Stony Brook University and Division of Chemistry, Brookhaven National Laboratory
A Neural Network Approach for Structural Characterization of Metal Nanoparticles and Clusters

Anatoly Frenkel is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at the Stony Brook University and a Senior Chemist (Joint Appointment) at the Division of Chemistry, Brookhaven National Laboratory, having joined in the Fall of 2016. Prior to his appointment at SBU, he has held a number of different positions, including Associate and then appointed Full Professor and Chair, Physics Department at Yeshiva University, a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator in Materials Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received M.Sc. degree from St. Petersburg University and Ph. D. degree from Tel Aviv University (with Prof. A. V. Voronel), all in Physics, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington (with Prof. E. A. Stern).

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Prof. Robert A. Evarestov

Chemistry Department, Saint -Petersburg State University
Theoretical modeling of point defects in crystals

Robert A. Evarestov  graduated St. Petersburg State University  as theoretical  physicsist in 1960. He obtained his PhD in the Department of Theoretical Physics  at St.  Petersburg State  University in 1964 (supervisor Prof. Marija Petrashen, coworker of Academician V.A.Fock), Habilitation degree  -in the same Department in 1977  „Molecular models in the electronic structure theory  of crystals“

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Prof. Yaroslav Zhydachevskyy

Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland)

Lviv Polytechnic National University (Lviv, Ukraine)

Photoluminescence quantum yield as a test of quantum cutting processes in down-converting phosphors

Research Interests

Optical and thermally activated spectroscopy of point defects, transition metal and rare earth ions in complex oxide crystals with garnet, perovskite and other types of structure. Energy and charge transfer processes between point defects and activator ions in the crystals. Photochromic properties of the crystals. Optical and luminescent properties of new solid-state laser, scintillator and phosphor materials. Thermally and optically stimulated luminescence for radiation dosimetry.

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Dr. Vitali Nagirnyi
Senior researcher at the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia
New features of hot intraband luminescence

Vitali Nagirnyi is a recognized expert in the field of time-resolved spectroscopy of wide gap solids under UV, VUV, XUV and X-irradiation. The main directions of his research are related to the investigation of the band structure of wide-gap crystals, relaxation processes and mutual interaction of electronic excitations (incl. the studies under extreme excitation conditions provided by modern free electron lasers and powerful short-wavelength fs-lasers), energy transfer from host matrices to intrinsic and extrinsic (e.g., impurity ions) luminescence centres. He has an extended research experience in working with various pulsed excitation sources such as synchrotron radiation (MAX-Lab, HASYLAB), free-electron laser FLASH (DESY), tunable OPO fs-laser systems (Laser Research Centre, University of Vilnius), electron guns (Tartu), and HHG devises (Saclay). 

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Prof. Alexander Bagaturyants
Laboratory of Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Simulations, Photochemistry Center RAS, Federal State Institution “Federal research center Crystallography and Photonics Russian Academy of Science” (FRC Crystallography and photonics RAS) FRC C&P RAS Russian Academy of Sciences
Theoretical modeling in nanophotonics


1992 – Professor (Physical Chemistry), N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

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Prof. Marina Popova
Department of Condensed Matter Spectroscopy, Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Crystals for Optical Quantum Memory

Marina Popova is Chief researcher and Head of the Fourier-Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Institute of Spectroscopy, Moscow. Her research interests include high-resolution spectroscopy, spectra of rare earths in crystals, spectroscopy of magnetic insulators, spectroscopy of multiferroics, phase transitions, hyperfine, interionic, electron-phonon interactions in crystals. At present, she is Leader of the joint Russian-Taiwanese project “Crystals for Quantum Memory”, of several projects supported by Russian science foundations.

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Prof. Dr. Ehrenfried Zschech
Department Head for Microelectronic Materials and Nanoanalysis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany
Application of X-ray microcopy in materials science and nanotechnology

Ehrenfried Zschech is Department Head for Microelectronic Materials and Nanoanalysis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany, which he joined in 2009. His responsibilities include multi-scale materials characterization and reliability engineering. Ehrenfried Zschech received his Dr. rer. nat. degree from Technische Universität Dresden. After having spent four years as a project leader in the field of metal physics and reliability of microelectronic interconnects at Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals in Freiberg, he was appointed as a university teacher for ceramic materials at Freiberg University of Technology.

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Prof. Lars Österlund

Uppsala University, Div. Solid State Physics, Dept. Engineering Sciences

Novel multi-functional self-cleaning, air cleaning and thermochromic films for the built environment

Lars Österlund is Professor in solid state physics with specialization in environmental science and technology at Uppsala University. He is board member of the Uppsala Center for Photon Sciences, and is vice-chairman of the International Science Program. He is the co-founder of the Swedish Society of Vibrational Spectroscopy and was its president from 2010-2017. He is currently also CEO of a spin-off company developing micro-structured diamond waveguides.

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Prof. Dr. Vladimir Ya. SHUR
Director of the Ural Center of Shared Use “Modern Nanotechnology”, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg
Shapes of isolated domains in uniaxial ferroelectrics
  • Professor of the Chair of Physics of the Condensed Matter and Nanosized Systems, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg.

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Dr. Vladimir Shvartsman
University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Materials Science
Electrocaloric effect in barium titanate based ceramics and single crystals

Professional education:

  • 2015 Habilitation in Materials Science at University of Duisburg-Essen: “Investigation of polar structures in relaxor ferroelectrics by piezoresponse force microscopy” and a colloquium on: “Energy harvesting using the pyroelectric effect”.
  • 2000 Ph. D., Physical Chemistry, L.Ya. Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry Moscow, Russia
  • 1995 Graduated, Solid State Physics, Moscow Engineering Physical Institute, Russia, w. Distinction

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Prof. Aivaras Kareiva
VU Team Leader
Multicomponent metal oxide systems for optical and magnetic applications

Prof. Aivaras Kareiva is expert in the preparation and characterization of superconducting, optical and bioceramic materials bulk and thin films. He has published over 310 research articles in high level international journals. His Hirsch Index is 24. His articles were cited 2497 times. A. Kareiva visited many foreign universities (Helsinki University of Technology, Stockholm University, Harvard University, Rice University, Hasselt University, University of Saarland, University of Tuebingen, Masaryk University Brno, Tallinn University of Technology, University of Malta, Muenster University of Applied Sciences, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Bern, Clausthal University of Technology, University of Cologne, University of Maribor, University of Geneva, Kyushu University, University of Venice, University of Strasbourg, Georgetown University and others).

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Prof. Jūras Banys

President of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences

Professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of Physics (Lithuania)
Dielectric Response of the Methylammonium Lead Halide Solar Cell Absorbers

Jūras Banys graduated from Vilnius University in 1985, obtained PhD in 1990 and the second degree (doctor habilitatus) in 2000. Between 1988 and 1989, he was at Oxford University, UK, as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. A. M. Glazer. He was awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship for post-doctoral scholars and spent the period of 1993–1995 at Leipzig University, Germany.

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Dr. Andrei Salak

Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering and CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Tuneable Magnetic Co(II)-Containing Layered Double Hydroxides

Andrei Salak completed of his PhD in 1994 at the Institute of Solid State and Semiconductor Physics (Minsk, Belarus). In 2002, he received a post-doctoral position in CICECO - Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials at the University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal). At present, A. Salak is an Invited Researcher at CICECO. He specializes in crystal structure determination and dielectric characterization of inorganic solids, particularly perovskite-like materials and layered ion exchangers. 

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Prof. Dr. Jens Pflaum

Experimental Physics VI, Julius Maximilian University, Würzburg, Germany

Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern e.V.), Würzburg, Germany

Low-Dimensional Organic Conductors for Thermoelectric Applications

Jens Pflaum studied physics at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, where he received his PhD in 1999 for his work on magnetic resonance studies on exchange coupled ferromagnetic thin films. As a post-doc fellow at Princeton University from 1999 until 2001 his research focus shifted to organic thin films and their electronic transport properties. Returning back to Stuttgart University, Germany, in 2001 he extended this work to molecular single crystals which can be considered reference systems for studying fundamental questions on charge carrier and exciton transport in narrow bandwidth semiconductors and, in particular, its interaction with lattice dynamics.

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Dr. Luciana Vieira

BioCat of Fraunhofer IGB (Germany)

Functional materials for the CO2 –based electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide

Short biography
Dr. Luciana Vieira studied chemistry and obtained her MSc. in materials science at the University of Campinas (Brazil). From 2008 to 2014 she was involved in several academic and industrial projects on electrodeposition of metals from deep eutectic solvents, ionic liquids and aqueous electrolytes at CEST (Center for Electrochemical Surface Technology, Austria). She obtained her PhD in 2014 at the Technische Universität Graz (Austria), where she continued her research on metal electrodeposition as a postdoc fellow. In 2015 she conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Campinas (Brazil) investigating the spectroelectrochemical properties of oxide nanomaterials. 

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Prof. Andrey Lipovskii
St. Petersburg Academic University and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Plasmonic nanoislands on glass: formation and properties


1970-1976 undergraduate studies at Leningrad Polytechnic
1978-1981post-graduate studies at Leningrad Polytechnic

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Prof. Mitch M.C. Chou
Chair professor Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science
Preparation and characterization of heteroepitaxial Cu2O thin film and devices on metallic substrates


2000, Ph.D. School of Optics/(CREOL), University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. USA


  1. Vice president for Research and Development, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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