in alphabetical order

A | B | C | D | E | F| G | H | I | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Nicolas Abele
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Nicolas Abelé is Chief Technology Officer of Lemoptix and is responsible for the company’s technology strategy and its focus on innovation. Nicolas has extensive experience in Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MOEMS) product- and business development through his previous activity at STMicroelectronics (France), where he acted as development engineer and the liaison between several engineering and sales teams. He has strong knowledge of large volume industrial environments and innovation technology transfer through IP creation. He was the laureate of the 2005 European Award for Innovation and has been involved in several European Projects, aimed at MOEMS innovation where he served as work-package leader. Nicolas has obtained his PhD degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and holds numerous patents in the field of MOEMS components.

Robert H. Austin Prof. Dr. Robert H. Austin received his B.A. in Physics from Hope College in Holland MI and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1976. He did a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry from 1976-1979 and has been at Princeton University in the Department from Physics from 1979 to the present, achieving the rank of Professor of Physics in 1989.He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA. He has served as a President of the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society, and is the present Chair of the U.S. Liaison Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. He has served as the biological physics editor for Physical Review Letters, serves on numerous review panels for NIH, NSF, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and NIST, and is the Editor of the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics. He won the 2005 Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society.
Christophe Ballif Prof. Dr. Christophe Ballif is director of the Phototovoltaics and Thin Film Electronics Laboratory (PV-Lab) at the institute of microengineering (IMT) in Neuchâtel (part of the EPFL since 2009). The lab is focusing on thin film silicon and high efficiency heterojunction crystalline cells and module technology contributes to technology transfer and industrialization of novel devices. Christophe Ballif graduated as a physicist from the EPFL in 1994, where he also obtained in 1998 his Phd degree working on novel PV materials. He accomplished his postdoctoral research at NREL (Golden, US) on compound semiconductor solar cells (CIGS and CdTe). He worked then at the Fraunhofer ISE (Ge) on crystalline silicon photovoltaics (monocrystalline and multi-crystalline) until 2003 and then at the EMPA in Thun (CH) before becoming full professor at the University of Neuchâtel IMT in 2004, taking over the chair of Prof. A. Shah. He (co-) authored over 200 journal and technical papers, as well as several patents.
Renata Behra Dr. Renata Behra has received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Zürich. She leads of the group “Ecotoxicology of algae populations and communities” at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Her research interest is on the bioavailability and impact of metals and physical stressors to algae. Further interests include understanding tolerance mechanisms to stressors in algae. More recently she has focused much of her research on the fate and effects of engineered nanoparticles in aquatic environments.
Thomas Ebbesen Prof. Dr. Thomas Ebbesen is a Norwegian physical chemist born in Oslo in 1954. He was educated in the United States and France, receiving his bachelor degree from Oberlin College (USA) and his PhD from the Curie University in Paris. He then did research in both public and private institutions, in the US and in Japan, before returning to France in 1999 to build a new laboratory at the University of Strasbourg where he is currently professor and director of ISIS. The author of many papers and patents, Ebbesen has received awards for his pioneering research on nanostructured materials including the 2001 Agilent Europhysics Prize, the 2005 Prix France Telecom and the 2009 Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize of the EPS.  He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the French Academy of Science and the Institut Universitaire de France.
Stephan Fahlbusch
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Stephan Fahlbusch holds a Master degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and a doctoral degree in engineering sciences from the University of Oldenburg. From 2003 until 2011 he was working at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) on the development of scientific instrumentation for scanning electron microscopes. In 2008 he co-founded Alemnis GmbH where he now focuses on the development of customized instruments and tools for materials testing and prototyping at micro/nano scales.

Cristina Fernández-Ramos
Speaker at the meet@nano brokerage event

Dr. Cristina Fernández-Ramos is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission in DG Research&Innovation, within the Directorate “Industrial Technologies”. Cristina has previous experience in management of Research and Mobility Networks within the Marie Curie FP6 Programme. She has also worked for several years in the drafting of technical guidance BAT reference documents for the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive at the EIPPC Bureau (IPTS-JRC, EC). Cristina carried out both her PhD and Post-doctoral research in the Institute of Materials Science of Seville (CSIC, Spain) in the field PVD synthesis, chemical and microstructural characterisation of carbon nitride and related thin films, and the study of their mechanical and tribological properties.

Jim Gimzewski Prof. Dr. Jim Gimzewski is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; Director of the Nano & Pico Characterization Core Facility of the California NanoSystems Institute; Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center and Principal Investigator and Satellites Co-Director of the WPI Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA) in Japan. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he research in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years. Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics. His current interests are in the nanomechanics of cells and bacteria where he collaborates with the UCLA Medical and Dental Schools. He is involved in projects that range from the operation of X-rays, ions and nuclear fusion using pyroelectric crystals, direct deposition of carbonn nanotubes and single molecule DNA profiling. Dr. Gimzewski is also involved in numerous art-science collaborative projects that have been exhibited in museums throughout the world.
Chauncey Graetzel
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Chauncey Graetzel studied Microengineering at the EPFL and received his PhD in Mechanical engineering from the ETH Zurich. He was Research assistant during 5 years at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems of the ETH Zurich and is head of the R&D group of Optotune AG, in Zurich, since 2009.

Michael Greatzel Prof. Dr. Michael Graetzel is Professor at the EPFL and head of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces. He pioneered research on energy and electron transfer reactions in mesoscopic-materials and their application in solar energy conversion systems, optoelectronic devices and lithium ion batteries. He discovered a new type of solar cell based on dye sensitized nanocrystalline semiconductor oxide particles. Author of over 800 peer-reviewed publications, two books and inventor of more than 50 patents, his work has obtained 60’000 citations so far (h-index 114), ranking him amongst the 10 most highly cited chemists worldwide. He has received prestigious awards, including the Balzan Prize, the Galvani Medal, the Faraday Medal, the Harvey Prize, the Gerischer Award, the Dutch Havinga Award and Medal, the International Prize of the Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry, the ENI-Italgas Energy-Prize and the year 2000 European Grand Prix of Innovation. He was selected by the Scientific American as one of the 50 top researchers in the world. He received a doctor’s degree in Natural Science from the Technical University Berlin and honorary doctors degrees from the Universities of Hasselt, Delft, Uppsala and Turin. He has been the Mary Upton Visiting Professor at Cornell University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He was an Invited Professor at the University of Berkeley, the Ecole Nationale de Chachan (Paris) and Delft University of Technology. In 2009 he was named Distinguished Honorary Professor by the Chinese Academy of Science (Changchun) and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is a member of the Swiss Chemical Society as well as of the European Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was elected honorary member of the Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles.
Harry Heinzelmann Dr. Harry Heinzelmann: Degrees: PD / Habil. (Basel, 1995), Dr. phil. (Basel, 1989), Master of Advanced European Studies MAES (Basel, 1996). Postdoctoral assignments at IBM Almaden Research Laboratories in San José, CA, and Rüschlikon, Switzerland. At present he is at the CSEM SA, a privately held innovation center, as Vice President and Head of the Division Nanotechnology and Life Sciences. Current activities in research include nano-structuring both with top-down (MEMS based) as well as bottom-up (molecular self-assembly based) techniques, nanobiotechnology and biosensing, nanoscale optics and nanoscale materials, with longdating experience in scanning probe microscopy techniques. His general interest is in nanoscale science and technology and their impact and applications in today’s innovation process, as well as societal issues of nanotechnology. He is currently Secretary of the Nanotechnology Section of the Swiss Society of Optics and Microscopy SSOM, and member of the Advisory Board of NanoDimension, a company that is providing early-stage venture capital support to the nanotechnology industry.
Ron Ho Dr. Ron Ho is currently an Architect at Oracle Labs, the highest rank for an individual contributor at Oracle. Prior to Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems, he was a Distinguished Engineer and Director at Sun. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and has also worked at Intel Corporation on processor projects ranging from the 486 to the Itanium generations. In 2003 he joined Sun Labs, where he worked on chip-to-chip and on-chip communication technologies, and where he was awarded Sun’s Chairman’s Award for Innovation for his work on Proximity Communication. Ron has been on the technical program committees for the IEEE ISSCC, A-SSCC, HotInterconnects, Asynchronous Circuits & Systems, and VLSI-DAT conferences and has served as guest editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the Journal of Quantum Electronics. Though working entirely in industry, Ron has co-authored over 50 publications at peer-reviewed conferences and journals, and has over 30 patents.
Karl Höhener
Speaker at the Investors Forum
Speaker at the meet@nano brokerage event

Karl Höhener, Ing. HTL.
Advanced training in technology and innovation management. Many years’ experience in the development and management of high-tech companies and programmes in the fields of nano technologies, electronics, sensors and displays. Practical experience in industry on the operational and strategic level. Specialist fields are design and implementation business concepts for growth as well conceptional layout of research programmes/projects at the national and international level.

Rita Hofmann Dr. Rita Hofmann-Sievert received a degree in physical chemistry and her doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Göttingen. In 1985 she joined ILFORD AG in Marly, where she develop colour science and image quality metrics for digital photographic output. Since 1992 she has been involved tin the development of digital hardcopy technologies, especially ink-jet media and ink . Her special focus is on image permanence tests and their adaptation to digital hardcopy. Since  2000 she  has been the head of Technology & Development for ILFORD Imaging.  For more than 15 years she has been an active member and Swiss expert of the ISO subcommittee TC-42, WG-5. She is the immediate past president the Society for Imaging Science & Technology (IS&T, www.imaging.org). She has received the Fellowship of this society and, in 2008, was awarded the HP Permanence Award.
She is a member of the German Photographic Society, of the Bunsegesellschaft für physikalische Chemie and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). She has been guest lecturer at the University of Stuttgart’s School of Arts and the Hochschule der Künste in Bern in 2011.
Adrian Ionescu Prof. Dr. Mihai Adrian Ionescu is an Associate Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. He received the B.S./M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania and the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, in 1989 and 1997, respectively. He has held staff and/or visiting positions at LETI-CEA, Grenoble, France, LPCS-ENSERG, Grenoble, France and Stanford University, USA, in 1998 and 1999.
Dr. Ionescu has published more than 250 articles in international journals and conferences.
He received three Best Paper Awards in international conferences and the Annual Award of the Technical Section of the Romanian Academy of Sciences in 1994. He served in the ISQED and IEDM conference technical committees in 2003 and 2004 and as Technical Program Committee Chair of ESSDERC in 2006.
He is director of the Laboratory of Micro/Nanoelectronic Devices (NANOLAB) and head of the Doctoral School in Microsystems and Microelectronics of EPFL. He is appointed as national representative of Switzerland for the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) and member of the Scientific Committee of CATRENE. Dr. Ionescu is the European Chapter Chair of the ITRS Emerging Research Devices Working Group.
Tobias Kippenberg Prof. Dr. Tobias Kippenberg is associate professor at the EPFL, Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements (K-Lab). He studied Physics at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), Germany. He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology. His main research interest focuses on experimental and theoretical research in photonics, notably optical microcavities and their use in cavity optomechanics, frequency comb metrology and quantum measurements of motion.
Andras Kis Prof. Dr. Andras Kis was born in Croatia. In 1999, he achieved his Diploma thesis on the subject of the development of microcalorimetric measurements and measurements of the heat capacity of (TaSe4)2I, at University of Zagreb. He was a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, Physics Department in the group of Prof. Zettl. Since 2008, he is assistant professor at EPFL, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEL).
Olivier Martin Prof. Dr. Olivier J.F. Martin received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics in 1989 and 1994, respectively, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In 1989, he joined IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he investigated thermal and optical properties of semiconductor laser diodes. Between 1994 and 1997 he was a research staff member at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). In 1997 he received a Lecturer fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). During the period 1996-1999, he spent a year and a half in the U.S.A., as invited scientist at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). In 2001 he received a Professorship grant from the SNSF and became Professor of Nano-Optics at the ETHZ. In 2003, he was appointed Professor of Nanophotonics and Optical Signal Processing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), where he is currently head of the Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory.
Daniel Müller Prof. Dr. Daniel Jobst Müller is Professor of Biophysics at ETH Zürich, Dept. Biosystems Science and Engineering, located in Basel. He studied physics at the University of Technology (TU) Berlin and received his PhD in Biophysics from the University of Basel in 1997. He was Groupleader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden (DE) and Director of the Biotechnology Center. Until 2010, he was full professor of cellular machines at the University of Technology Dresden (DE). In 2006 Müller co-funded one of the largest Bionanotechnology Spin-Offs in Germany. The company developing and manufacturing the world’s first robot that fully automatically conducts single-molecule experiments was sold in 2008.
It is one pertinent demand in life sciences, systems biology and synthetic biology to characterize how molecular interactions drive biological processes and to decipher the physical principles of this biological language. The research group of Daniel Müller develops bionanotechnological methods that allow quantifying inter- and intramolecular interactions of biological processes. Currently these methods allow to image cells at nanometer resolution, to quantify and localize cellular interactions at molecular resolution and to observe how individual receptors of living cells communicate. Furthermore, it became possible to quantify and structurally localize interactions that fold, stabilize and control the functional state of single proteins in the cellular environment.
Van Khai Nguyen
Speaker at the meet@nano brokerage event

Dr. Van Khai Nguyen was born in Saigon in 1953.
1976: MSc in Mechanical an Micro Engineering (EPFL), Post-graduated in Numerical Analysis, Quality process engineering.

1977-1998: Machine design and CAD/CAM Research Engineer (Ateliers des Charmilles, Battelle research Centre, Agie-Charmilles, Polysoft Consulting, Fidia, etc…)

1999-2007: deputy director of Geneva Engineering Institute

2008-now: Founding manager of CADCAMation SA (CAD solutions for building sector), innoLAB association (mutual research for SMEs), WiMtek Sàrl (metrology concept) and eZee Suisse Sàrl (Pedelec bike engineering)

Experiences: in European projects, Sale & marketing, Training and education and CAD/CAM business

Topics: Factory of the Future, Energy efficient building and Soft mobility (based on e-bike technology)

Hyung Gyu Park Prof. Dr. Hyung Gyu Park is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering of the ETH Zürich. He studied mechanical engineering at Seoul National University and received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley. His special interests lie in frontier research of Carbon Nanofluidics, carbon nanotubes and graphene, solar energy harvesting and storage by exploitation of novel nanostructures. He’s an author of many publications and book chapters with holding several patents in the field of nano membranes.
Prof. Dr. Demetri Psaltis is the Dean of the School of Engineering at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne since 2007. He is also a Professor in Bioengineering and Director of the Optics Laboratory of the EPFL. He is one of the founders of the term and the field of optofluidics. He is also well known for his past work in holography, especially with regards to optical computing, holographic data storage, and neural networks. He is an author of over 350 publications, contributed more than 20 book chapters, invented more than 50 patents, and currently has a h-index of 50.
Aleksandra Radenovic Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Radenovic is assistant Professor at the EPFL, Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology since 2008. She studied Physics at the University of Zagreb and received her PhD from the University of Lausanne. She occupied a Postdoc position at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests focus on nanofabricated structures to study biomolecular systems.
Jaideep Raje
Speaker at the Investors Forum

Jaideep Raje. As a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, Jaideep Raje has advised a wide selection of entities, from Global 1000 corporations to start‐ups to financial institutions and national and regional governments, on effectively harnessing science-driven innovation in the physical and life sciences. These projects have spanned several energy and environmental technologies, including renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, water, waste, sustainability, and green buildings, as well as emerging global nanotechnology policy and innovative business models. Additionally, Jaideep leads Lux Research’s Sustainable Building Materials and Efficient Building Systems Intelligence services and manages Lux’s research activities in the EMEA region working with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and decisionmakers in several emerging clean technology and nanotechnology areas. Jaideep has authored several Lux Research reference studies and he and his work are often quoted in business and trade journals like Bloomberg, NPR, and Financial Times, and he is frequently an invited speaker at industry conferences and events.Jaideep joined the Lux Research team after working on cutting‐edge nanotechnology problems at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he was involved with research in molecular engineering of nanomaterials for biotherapeutic applications. During his stint at UCSB, he also acquired a Certificate in Technology Management under UCSB’s Graduate Program in Management Practice. Jaideep holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCSB and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai (formerly known as U.D.C.T., Mumbai).

Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser has received her Ph.D. in 1996 in cell biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. From 1996 to 2000 she held a post-doctoral position in Biopharmacy at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the ETH where she developed and characterised cell culture models for drug transport studies. In 2000 she joined Prof. Peter Gehr’s research group at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, Switzerland. During the period of her research B. Rothen-Rutishauser has become an expert in the field of cell-nanoparticle interactions in the lung, with a special focus on lung cell culture models and various microscopy techniques such as laser scanning and transmission electron microscopy. In addition, she has overlooked the establishment of a wide-variety of commonly used and specialist cell biology assay methods within her research group. Since 2011 she is an independent group leader at the Respiratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Research and Bern University Hospital, Switzerland, and since 1st of July 2011 she is the new chair in BioNanomaterials at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, the position is shared equally with Prof. Alke Fink.
Michael Roukes Prof. Dr. Michael Roukes is professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering and Co-Director of Kavli Nanoscience Institute at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He completed undergraduate majors in both physics and chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, and thereafter earned a Ph.D. in physics at Cornell University, focusing upon electron transport in microstructures at ultralow temperatures. Subsequently, he joined Bell Communications Research as a Member of Technical Staff / Principal Investigator in the (then-new) Quantum Structures Research Group, where he carried out some of the earliest explorations of the physics of nanoelectronic devices. In 1992 he joined the tenured faculty at the California Institute of Technology, where he built nanofabrication facilities and has established a large nanoscience research group, now heavily involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations. Roukes’ scientific interests range from fundamental science to applied biotechnology —with a unifying theme centered upon development, application, and very-large-scale-integration of complex nanostructures. He has published and written extensively on nanoscience and nanotechnology, has lectured at most major research centers world-wide, and is active on many national and international committees that promote this field.  Professor Roukes was the founding Director of Caltech’s Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) from 2003-2006, stepped down to co-found the Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI in 2006 with scientists and engineers at CEA/LETI in Grenoble, and then returned in 2008 to assume co-directorship of the KNI.  Among his recent honors, Roukes holds a Chaire d’Excellence in Nanoscience in Grenoble, and was awarded an US National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award in 2010.
Aymeric Sallin
Speaker at the Investors Forum

Aymeric Sallin is the Founder and CEO of NanoDimension, one of the first and largest nanotechnology-focused venture capital firms with offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Menlo Park, California – USA.
Aymeric is currently on the Board of Directors of Crocus Technology SA, Selecta Biosciences and Blend Therapeutics.
Aymeric has received the “NSTI Fellow Award” for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the international nanotechnology community and was voted “top 20 under 40” and “one of the 300 most influential people” in Switzerland by Bilan Magazine.Aymeric holds a Master in Physical Engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne (Switzerland).

Adrian Schulthess
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Adrian Schulthess received his diploma in Chemistry from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). At the same University he got his Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry in 1983. He joined Prof. Whitesides research group at the University of Harvard (Cambridge, USA) as a Posdoctoral Fellow in 1984. In April 1985, he joined Ciba-Geigy’s Polymer Research and worked till 1989 in the field of photoresists for printed wiring boards. In 1989 he joined the research project team for the development of Streolithography resins as a group leader. From 1994-97 he was responsible for the research and development of photopolymers for Stereolithography.In 1997, he joined Sarna Xiro as Head of Research and Development. Sarna Xiro is a company extruding polymers. The films are used as heat activatable thermoplastic  adhesives. 2003 Sarna Xiro was bought by Collano, a family owned adhesives company headquartered in Sempach Switzerland. Collano is active in all major adhesive technologies. Adrian Schulthess was Vice President of R&D, responsible for the department with 35 collaborators and also member of the management team.In 2008 the Collano Group was split into three different companies: nolax, Collano Adhesives and CollanoServices. Adrian Schulthess is now responsible for R&D in Collano Adhesives.

Peter Seitz Prof. Dr. Peter Seitz was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1956. He received his M.Sc. degree in physics in 1980 and his Ph.D. degree in 1984, both from ETH Zurich. From 1984 to 1987 he was a staff member of the RCA research laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey and in Zurich, Switzerland, performing applied research in optics and image processing. In 1987 he joined PSI in Switzerland, where he created and led the Image Sensing research group. From 2006 to 2011 he worked for CSEM, as a group leader, as VP Photonics, heading CSEM’s Photonics division in Zurich, and as VP Nanomedicine, heading CSEM’s Nanomedicine division in Landquart. Switzerland. Since 1998 he has also been a professor of Optoelectronics at the Institute for Microtechnology of the University of Neuchatel, and in 2009 he transferred as an adjunct professor to EPFL. Since early 2012 he has been building up the European applied research lab of Hamamatsu Photonics in Switzerland, and at the same time he is helping to implement the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab of ETH Zurich.
Peter Seitz has authored and co-authored 190 publications in the fields of applied optics, semiconductor image sensing, machine vision, optical metrology and in the MedTech domain. He holds 35 patents, and he has won 20 national and international awards together with his teams, of which the most prestigious is the IST Grand Prize 2004 of the European Commission. He is a Fellow of the European Optical Society EOS and a life member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW.
Klara Zekanina
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Klara Sekanina works as director of the Commission for Technology and Information (CTI) since August 2010. She has worked as a researcher herself, managed knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) projects and helped to establish start-up companies. She studied Chemistry at the ETH Zurich (1989 dipl. chem. ETH, 1994 Dr. sc. Nat. ETH with thesis), she did two years’ post doctoral study at Columbia University in New York with renowned research professor Dr. W. Clark Still (1995 – 1997). In 1998, Ms Sekanina was involved in the creation of a biotech start-up company (Polyphor AG), where she headed a production team and was a member of the management board. By the end of September 2000, the company had grown from 5 to 40 employees and she left in order to seek a new challenge at the Canton of Zurich’s Department of Economic Affairs. In this position, she brought together business, higher education institutions and government. At the same time, she pursued her studies for an Executive MBA at the University of Zurich and in 2005 received the Innovation Prize for her dissertation entitled “Biogenerics – A Case of Industrial Diversification in the UAE”. In 2006 she was appointed to the ETH Council as Head of Strategic Planning and became a member of the management board, where she was responsible for KTT and internationalisation. She is a member of the Federal Foundation for the Promotion of the Swiss Economy through Scientific Research, which provides start-up support for young entrepreneurs.

Pascal Senn
Speaker at the meet@nano brokerage event

Dr. Pascal Senn has studied Medicine in Fribourg and Bern with graduation in 1997. His thesis on hypothermia in survivors of cardiac arrest was accepted in 1998 at the medical faculty of the University of Bern. His residency included training in Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology and Neurology before beginning the full Otolaryngology formation at the Universities of Bern and Munich (Germany). The Otolaryngology board exam was successfully passed in 2003 and since 2004, Dr. Senn serves as a staff member in the University Department of Otolaryngology at the Inselspital Bern. In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Senn was a research fellow at the Universities of Harvard, Boston and Stanford, Palo Alto in the USA to study regeneration and stem cells in the auditory system. After his return, he finished training as a head and neck subspecialist with board exam in 2008 with a predominant focus on ear surgery. Since 2008 he leads the cochlear implant division of the Otolaryngology Department at the Inselspital Bern and is lecturer at the medical faculty.

Ross Stanley Dr Ross Stanley received his PhD in Physics from the Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. After several years at EPFL, he joined the CSEM in 2001 as section head MOEMS and Nanophotonics. His domain of interest is applied plasmonics, nanoscale structuring of metals, 3D and 2D and disordered photonic crystals, tunable MEMS gratings for Mid-IR lasers, microspectrometers and space applications, optical probes for neurophysiology. He is author of more than 80 refereed publications, 5 book chapters and numerous invited talks.
Matthias Streiff
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Matthias Streiff received the Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1997, the M. Sc. degree in Physics from Imperial College London in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree from ETH in 2004 in the area of numerical modeling, design, and characterisation of optoelectronic devices. He worked in 1995 at CSEM SA, Neuchâtel on digital ASIC design and in 1997 at ABB Semiconductors AG, Lenzburg on the design of high power semiconductor devices. From 1998 to 1999 he was an RF circuit design engineer at Sony Semiconductor and Devices Europe Ltd., United Kingdom. From 2005 to 2007 he worked in microsensor device R&D at Sensirion AG, Stäfa. Since 2008 he has been responsible for Sensirion’s R&D technologies department. He is the author or co-author of several publications and patents, and has acted as a consultant to industry and professional associations.

Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Prof. Ayodhya N. Tiwari is the Head of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics, EMPA-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology, and Titular Professor at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zürich, Switzerland. He is a co-founder and Chairman of Flisom AG, Swiss company involved in production of monolithically connected flexible CIGS solar modules. He has more than 30 years of R&D experience in various photovoltaic technologies, especially applied and industrial R&D on thin film solar cells based on compound semiconductors using vacuum and non-vacuum chemical deposition process. His group has developed highest record efficiency flexible CIGS and CdTe thin film solar cells.
Dr. Tiwari is a co-author of more than 200 research publications and about 240 conference presentations including numerous invited papers and talks. He has co-chaired or co-organised several international conferences, co-edited special issues of leading journals on solar cells and thin films, is serving on the editorial board of journals. He has been advisor to various institutions and PV-Expert delegation member of EU and other national agencies. Dr. Tiwari is a co-recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

Dominique Vinck Prof. Dominique Vinck studied chemistry and philosophy. He received his PhD in 1991 from the Ecole des Mines in Paris. Today, he’s professor at the University of Lausanne. His special focus of interest is in the relations between sociology, antropology, politics and innovation. In 2009, he published a book entitled “Les Nanotechnologies” (D. Vinck, editor: Le chevalier bleu).
Frank Von der Kammer Prof. Frank von der Kammer has studied Chemistry and Ecology at the University of Lueneburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, and received his PhD from the Hamburg University of Technology in the field of environmental colloid analysis. Starting his research career with investigations of environmental pollution in river sediments and floodplains, chemical analysis and remediation techniques he gradually moved into the topic of natural aquatic colloids, their role for contaminat fixation and transport in the environment and their analysis with Field-Flow Fractionation. Currently he is senior scientist at the University of Vienna and lecturer in environmental pollution and site remediation. Since 2005 he has led the NanoGeosciences Division and the Nanoparticle Analysis Laboratory in the Department for Environmental Geosciences. His research focus is the investigation of nanoparticles and nano-scale processes in the environment, including the behavior and characterization of natural and engineered nanoparticles, metal speciation across natural nanoparticles and the role for trace element bioavailability. Current projects of the department include the development of nanoparticle analysis in food and the environment, application of NZVI for groundwater remediation, influence of nanoparticles for trace element speciation and the assessment of engineered nanoparticle behavior in the aquatic environment.
Speaker at the CTI Micro Nano Event

Dr. Reinhard Völkel recieved his PhD in physics from the University of Erlangen. He was Research Assistant from 1994 to 1999 at the University of Neuchâtel. He is now CEO of Süss MicroOptics SA in Neuchâtel. He has more than 25 years of experience in diffractive and refractive micro-optics, optical system design, assembling of optical microsystems and optical networks.

Jing Wang Prof. Dr. Jing Wang is an assistant professor in the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich. He is also leading the group Air Quality and Particle Research at Empa. Jing Wang obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota. He received the Smulochowski award conferred by the Association for Aerosol Research (Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung, GAeF) in recognition of his contribution to the field of “Environmental, Health and Safety Impact of Nanomaterials” in 2011. His main research interests are nanoparticle transport and emission control, instrumentation for airborne nanoparticle measurement, air and water filtration, and mechanics of multiphase flow.
Zhong Lin Wang Prof. Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang is the Hightower Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Regents’ Professor, Engineering Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Nanostructure Characterization, at Georgia Tech. Dr. Wang is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, fellow of American Physical Society, fellow of AAAS, fellow of Microscopy Society of America and fellow of Materials Research Society. Dr. Wang has been awarded the MRS Medal in 2011 from Materials Research Society and Burton Medal from Microscopy Society of America. He has made original and innovative contributions to the synthesis, discovery, characterization and understanding of fundamental physical properties of oxide nanobelts and nanowires, as well as applications of nanowires in energy sciences, electronics, optoelectronics and biological science. His 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’s publications have been cited for over 44,000 times. The H-index of his citations is 102.
Karsten Wegner Dr. Karsten Wegner is lecturer at ETH Zurich and senior researcher at the Particle Technology Laboratory of Prof. Sotiris Pratsinis. He also runs a consulting company for aerosol manufacturing of nanomaterials, counting major industries and research centers to his customers. Together with his partners he has designed and built customized pilot plants for flame synthesis of nanoparticles around the globe. Dr. Wegnerstudied process engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) from where he graduated in 1998. He obtained his Ph.D on gas-phase synthesis of nanoparticles from ETH in 2002.
Winfried Wilcke Dr. Winfried W. Wilcke is senior manager at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He received a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics in 1976 from the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany. In 1983 he joined IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, where he developed pioneering work on which all supercomputers in the world are based. In 1991, Wilcke joined HAL Computer Systems in its very early stage. After the sale of HAL to Fujitsu, Wilcke retired  and embarked on an extended tropical sailing voyage. He rejoined IBM Research in California and launched the IBM IceCube project. This technology formed the basis for Seval Systems, Inc., a venture-capital funded spin-out from IBM Research, led by him as CTO and acting CEO. In 2008, he returned to lead research in physics, and is currently engaged as manager in a wide variety of nano-scale activities in data storage and new computer architectures. His recent personal research activity has been focused on advanced energy storage, which he passionately believes has the potential to become a game changer for oil independence and a key enabler of a renewable energy economy. This led to the launch of the Battery 500 project and a blossoming of research on Lithium/Air battery technology at numerous companies and universities. Wilcke is co-author of over 120 publications in physics and computer architecture, authored an anthology  (Random Walk) and has numerous patents issued. He has been program chair or chairman of multiple conferences, including Compcon, Hot Chips and the 2009 IBM conference on scalable Energy Storage, which led to the successful ‘Beyond Lithium Ion’ conference series.

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