Invited speakers

Sara A. BILMES, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires - National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sara A. Bilmes is Professor and Director of Inorganic Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Sciences of University of Buenos Aires (FCEN-UBA), and principal researcher of Argentinian National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Her research interest is directed to the design of advanced materials for environment monitoring, conservation and remediation, as well as improving chemistry learning. She is active member of Nanoandes network and member of the board of the International Sol-Gel Society.

Tentative title of the lecture: Materials with biological activity

Cedric BOISSIERE, Directeur de Recherche CNRS, Laboratoire Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Dr C. Boissiere was born in France 1974. He was appointed as Fellow Researcher CNRS in 2002 and is now Research Director, head of the processing and hybrid materials group. He works on the synthesis of functional hierarchical nano-materials by coupling of evaporation processing and bottom-up soft-chemistry. Most of his achievements concern nanostructured thin films, nanoparticles and aerosol materials for optics, heterogeneous catalysis and nano-medicine. He is co-authors of around 160 articles and 28 patents. His work was awarded by the European Membrane Society (EMS) in 2006, the Jean RIST medal of the French Society of Materials and Metallurgy (SF2M)) in 2007, and French Chemical Society in Solid Chemistry (2014).

Tentative title of the lecture: In situ spectroscopic ellipsometry for the fast development of functional thin films

Carole CARCEL, Architecture Moléculaire et Matériaux Nanostructurés (AM2N) - Institut Charles Gerhardt, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier – ENSCM Montpellier, France

Dr. Carole Carcel received her PhD in organic chemistry (tetrathiafulvalenes) from the University of Montpellier II in 2001. Then, Carole joined Pr J.S. Lindsey’s group as a post-doc working on porphyrins, in NC State University. She came back to France for a 2nd post-doc through which she started to tackle biological aspects in chemistry (antimalarial drugs). In 2003 she got an Assistant Professor position at the ENS Chimie Montpellier, joined Dr. Wong Chi Man’s team and started to work on hybrid silica. In 2005 she was promoted as an Associate Professor. Carole is today mainly involved in the preparation of hybrid silica nanoparticles as drug carriers.

Tentative title of the lecture: Functionalized pH-sensitive silica nanoparticles for autonomous multi-drug delivery

David LEVY, Department of Photonic Materials, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid – ICMM, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CSIC, Madrid, Spain

David Levy is a Research Professor and head of the “Sol-Gel Group” at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM) of the CSIC. His research interests are optical materials (thin-films as AR, optical, protection, transparent and functional coatings, and nanoparticles) and Liquid Crystal materials, and their applications. During his time at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem DL pioneered the sol-gel process for the preparation of organically doped silica-gel glasses. He has more than 130 publications, co-edited “The Sol-Gel Handbook”, and a number of patents, and has received prizes in recognition of his groundbreaking work, including the “First Ulrich Prize” and the nomination to “King Juan Carlos-I” award.

Tentative title of the lecture: Sol-gel materials for optical applications

Kazuki NAKANISHI, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

Started his sol-gel research in 1986, have been working on porous monolithic materials at Kyoto University for over 30 years. Received D.R. Ulrich Award in 1997 and Vittorio Gottardi Prize in 1999, served as a member of ISGS board 2007-2013, chaired Sol-Gel 2015 in Kyoto. Stayed in Johannes-Gutenberg University in 2000 and in University of Montpellier 2 in 2011. Interested and motivated to find interesting phenomena related to sol-gel transition as well as to apply porous monoliths to analytical chemistry (HPLC columns, SPE, bio-separations), heat-insulation (hybrid aerogel-like xerogels), and catalyst/catalyst support devices.

Tentative title of the lecture: Monolithic oxide or phosphate ceramics with controlled pores: compositional variations and applications

Ryong RYOO, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology – KAIST, Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions - Institute for Basic Science, Korea

Ryong Ryoo obtained his PhD degree on heterogeneous catalysis from Stanford in 1986, did a one-year postdoctoral work on solid-state NMR at UC Berkeley, and subsequently became faculty at KAIST. He is a Distinguished Professor at KAIST, and also the Director of ‘Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions’ in a Korea’s new institute called ‘Institute for Basic Science’. He is well recognized for his synthesis of CMK mesoporous carbons, and also synthesis of mesoporous zeolites using surfactants functionalized with zeolite SDA. He received Breck Award from IZA in 2010. His research interests lie in nanostructured materials.

Tentative title of the lecture: Zeolite-templated 3D graphene-like ordered microporous carbons: facile large-scale synthesis, structure and stability

Jan SEFCIK, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Jan Sefcik graduated in Chemical Engineering from Slovak Technical University, followed by a PhD from University of Minnesota. After postdoctoral research at Caltech and at ETH Zurich he joined University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he is now Professor in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. His research expertise is in nanostructured materials, crystallisation, particle engineering and continuous processing with focus on the design of novel particulate products as well as efficient processes for their manufacturing. He is an Academic Director of Doctoral Training Centre in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation at University of Strathclyde.

Tentative title of the lecture: Interplay between physics and chemistry of the Sol-Gel process

Jun SHEN, Center of Nano-Science & Technology, Pohl Institute of Solid State Physics, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Prof. Dr. Jun Shen was born in 1967 and is now Director of Center of Nano-Science & Technology and Deputy Director of Pohl Institute of Solid State Physics, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He is also Deputy Director of the Council of the Branch of Sol-Gel, Chinese Academy of Silicate. His main research interests include preparation, investigation and application of sol-gel derived nanostructured porous solids and thin films, focusing on the optical, thermal and electrical properties of nanostructured materials such as aerogels. More than 300 scientific papers have been published, and more than 30 Chinese Patents have been granted.

Tentative title of the lecture: Highly effective thermal insulations derived from Sol-Gel process

Masafumi UNNO, Molecular Science Division, Faculty of Science and Technology, Gunma University, Kiryu, Japan

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
The University of Tokyo, Japan, Organic Chemistry, B.S. 1983, D.S. 1988
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nevada-Reno (Prof. L. T. Scott) 1988-1990, California Institute of Technology (Prof. B. Imperiali) 1990-1992
Frontier Researcher, PDC, RIKEN (Prof. M. Kira) 1992-1993
Assistant Professor, 1993-2002, Associate Professor, 2002-2005, Professor, 2005-present, Gunma University
Research field: Organoelement Chemistry, Organosilicon, Silicon Materials, Silanol

Tentative title of the lecture: Functionalized cyclic siloxanes: versatile precursors to well-defined hybrid materials

Gustaaf VAN TENDELOO, EMAT research group, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Gustaaf Van Tendeloo is a professor at the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on advanced electron microscopy, particularly on high resolution imaging, in 2D as well as in 3D. His papers have been cited about 30000 times (h = 70). In 2015 he received the prestigious FWO quinquennium excellence award.

Tentative title of the lecture: Sol-Gel materials under the electron microscope

Invited speakers (industry)

Philippe BELLEVILLE, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA / Le Ripault Monts, France

Philippe Belleville received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Paris University in 1991 (Prof. J. Livage Laboratory). He is currently working for the French Commission for Atomic Energy (CEA) as a senior scientist. He is the author of 27 worldwide patents and 60 international papers. Through his impulse, CEA sol-gel team has developed materials and deposition process both together in order to propose an “integrated research” from molecule to process. He is the recipient of the 2003 Ulrich Award for Excellence in Sol-Gel Technology and has been one of the directors of the board of the International Sol-Gel Society from 2007 to 2011.

Tentative title of the lecture: Sol-Gel optical coatings: from lab to industrial transfer

Marc FRICKE, BASF Polyurethanes GmbH, Lemfoerde, Germany

Marc Fricke studied chemistry at the Universities of Bielefeld, Munich and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He earned his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Bielefeld, Germany in 2004. After a postdoc for BASF at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), Strasbourg, France, he joined BASF Polyurethanes GmbH, Lemfoerde, Germany, in 2007, where he started as laboratory head in polyurethane research and invented SLENTITE. Currently, he is project manager in New Market Development for high performance insulation materials and responsible for the SLENTITE project.

Tentative title of the lecture: SLENTITE - The robust PU aerogel panel

Stephen STEINER, Aerogel Technologies, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Stephen Steiner is the President & CEO of Aerogel Technologies, LLC, Boston, MA, USA, the world leader in commercialization of monolithic aerogels. Steiner holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry & Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, an SM in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steiner's research interests include nanoporous materials, synthesis of nanocarbons, biotemplating of inorganic materials, microgravity engineering, and automation of nanotechnology. Steiner is an advocate for open communication in science and is the co-founder of, an open source nanotechnology initiative.

Tentative title of the lecture: Airloy - Commercialization of mechanically strong aerogels