27-31 March 2017
Amanzi Private Game Reserve
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Invited speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Prof Ashutosh Tiwari - Tekidag AB and Linköping University (Sweden)


Title: Programmable bioelectronic devices and systems
Prof Ashutosh Tiwari is Chairman and Managing Director of  Tekidag AB (AAA Innotech);  Associate Professor and Group Leader, Smart Materials and Biodevices at the world premier Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre, Linköping University; Director, Vinoba Bhave Research Institute; Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Materials Letters and Advanced Materials Proceedings; Secretary General, International Association of Advanced Materials; a materials chemist and docent in the Applied Physics with the specialisation of Biosensors and Bioelectronics from Linköping University, Sweden.  Dr. Tiwari has several honorary and visiting positions worldwide including visiting professor at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan; University of Jinan, University of Jiangsu, China; and DCR University of Science and Technology, and Chairman (Academics) of Dr. G. P. Law College, India. Just after completed his PhD, he joined as young scientist at National Physical Laboratory, India and later moved to University of Wisconsin, USA for postdoctoral research. He obtained various prestigious fellowships including Marie Curie, The European Commission; JSPS (regular and bridge fellow), Japan; SI, Sweden; and from INSA, CSIR & DST, India. His research focus is on the design and advanced applications of cutting edge stimuli-responsive materials for smart biodevices. He is actively involved in the undergraduate, post graduate and PhD teaching in the field of intelligent materials, nanomaterials and atom-thick materials for biomedical, biosensing and bioenergy devices. Dr. Tiwari is recipient of prestigious 'The Nano Award', 'Innovation in Materials Science Award' and 'Advanced Materials Medal' for his notable contributions to smart materials and biomedical nanotechnology. He has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in the field of materials science and nanotechnology with h-index of 33. He has edited/authored over 40 books on advanced materials and technology for esteemed publishers in USA. He is the editor of the Advanced Materials series that is published by Scrivener Publishing and co-published with John Wiley & Sons; and a founder member and chair of Advanced Materials World Congress, American Advanced Materials Congress, European Advanced Materials Congress, Asian Advanced Materials Congress, Smart materials and surfaces, Smart Energy Technologies, European, American, Asian  and Global Graphene Forum and World Technology Forum famous international events of materials science and technology and also bilateral events such as Sweden-Japan Nano, Indo-Swedish Advanced Materials Forum, etc. Prof. Tiwari serves as scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts to various governmental and non-governmental agencies; member of PhD committee, and have been invited for plenary, keynote and invited lectures in the more than 20 countries. His current research on zipper-like bioelectronics, nanobioreactors, programmable super-thin bioelectronics, smart theranostics, and affinity/MIP surfaces realised by the integration of smart architecting has emerged as a versatile platform for building a new age technological outlets to tackle key challenges in medical, energy supply and environmental issues. 

  • Prof Peter Deák, University of Bremen (Germany)

Talk: Calculating the optical properties of defects and surfaces in diamond and TiO2

Prof Peter Deák is professor of theoretical semiconductor physics at University Bremen and is head of the Electronic Materials Group at the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science. He has obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Lóránd Eötvös University Budapest in 1984 and the Doctor of Science title from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1993. After research at SUNY/Albany and a Humboldt Fellowship at MPI Stuttgart, he became Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1993, heading an applied surface physics laboratory. He has organized a European PhD program in Applied Physics, with the support of companies like Siemens, General Electric Lighting and Thales. In 2003 he moved to Germany. His research experience is in computer simulation of atomic processes in electronic materials and in surface related materials problems. He is (co)author and editor of several scientific collections and university textbooks and published ~190 scientific papers. He is member of the editorial board of Physics Status Solidi.

  • Dr. David Rogers - Nanovation (France)

Talk: Zinc Oxide Based Photonics

Dr. David Rogers (CTO) received his PhD from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and his MBA from the Open University (England). His early research career was involved with the growth and characterization of magnetic materials for data storage. This was first of all at Philips Research Laboratories (Netherlands), Carnegie Mellon University (US) and Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (Japan). Dr. Rogers was later Project Manager of a cuprate superconductor start-up company based in Paris. In 2001 he co-founded Nanovation, which is a French start-up specialised in the development, fabrication and commercialisation of ZnO thin films and nanostructures tailored for energy conversion applications. Dr. Rogers is the author/co-author of 15 patents and 96 publications and has received numerous prizes (including the NTT Distinguished Research Award & the Magnetics Society of Japan award). He is also an organiser and a regular invited speaker at numerous international conferences. In parallel with developing Nanovation, Dr. Rogers has also been a lecturer at the University of St Andrews (UK), an Associate Professor at the Universite de Technologie de Troyes (France), a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (Jodhpur) and a visiting Professor at the University of Technology of Sydney.

  • Prof. Lucas C.V. Rodrigues - University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Talk: Designing Infrared Persistent Luminescence Materials

Prof. Lucas C.V. Rodrigues obtained its Bachelor in Chemistry from the Universidade de São Paulo (2006) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Universidade de São Paulo (2012). Worked as Senior Researcher at the Department of Chemistry of University of Turku, Finland during 2012-2013 and occupies a professor position at the Department of Fundamental Chemistry of the Universidade de São Paulo. His main research interest is rare earth doped materials, in special those presenting persistent luminescence and up- and down-conversion properties for application in solar converters.

  • Prof Prof Philippe Smet - Ghent University (Belgium)

Talk: Enhancing the performance of persistent phosphors: focus on the trapping defects and detrapping processes

Prof Philippe Smet obtained his PhD in Physics at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2005 in the field of thin film electroluminescence, based on impurity doped sulfide compounds. Between 2007 and 2010 he was a post-doctoral fellow of the FWO-Flanders. Research then focused on the photo- and thermoluminescence of rare earth doped compounds and research stays were performed at the Otto-von-Guericke Universität in Magdeburg and at TU Delft. In 2010 he was admitted to a tenure track position in the field of “Physics and chemistry of condensed matter”. In 2015, he was appointed as associate professor at Ghent University. Currently, the main research topics include persistent and mechanoluminescent phosphors, cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and LED conversion phosphors. He is coordinating a SBO-IWT project on remote phosphors (2013-2017). Together with Dirk Poelman he heads the LumiLab research group (http://lumilab.ugent.be) at the Department of Solid State Sciences. The research group is currently formed by seven PhD students, one post-doc and five master thesis students.  Philippe Smet is author of 110 peer-reviewed, international publications, with an h-index of 27. In the past five years, he gave 10 invited presentations at international conferences, including two keynote lectures. Since end 2013 he is associate editor for the open access journal ‘Optical Materials Express’. He is involved in the physics teacher training programme, as well as in regular Bachelor (‘Waves and optics’, ‘Material Physics’, ’Introduction to atomic and molecular physics’) and elective Master courses (‘Luminescence’). In 2014 he obtained the first prize in the Belgian heat of the Famelab competition on science communication. He is involved in many science communication events, such as lectures for ‘Children University’, Science Fairs and during the past Ghent Light Festival, for which he received the UGent Hermes award in 2015.

  • Martin Geller - University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

Talk: Spectroscopy on self-assembled quantum dots: Transport meets optics
Martin Paul Geller received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Berlin in 2007 in the group of Dieter Bimberg. After a Post-doc at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the group of Axel Lorke and a research visit at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) he joint as a Post-doc the group of Mete Atature at the University of Cambridge. Since 2012 he is back at the University of Duisburg-Essen working on transport and optical on low-dimensional quantum systems. He is mainly interested in quantum phenomena in such quantum systems, using time-resolved transport and high-resolution resonance fluorescence measurements on ensembles and single self-assembled quantum dots. He has authored more than 50 papers in physical journals and conference proceedings, has two patents and published two book chapters. He received the Carl-Ramsauer-Preis from the “Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin” and the Nanosience award from the “Working group of the Centers of Competence of Nanotechnology”.

  • Dr. Vladimir Kolkovsky - Fraunhofer Institute IPMS in Dresden (Germany)

Talk: Carbon-hydrogen-related complexes in Si

Dr. Vladimir Kolkovsky has received his Ph. D. degree at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Afterwards he spent two years as a post-doc in the group of Prof. A. N. Larsen in Aarhus. In 2009 he joined the group of Prof. Weber at the Technical University of Dresden where he spent three more years. At the moment he is a member of the scientific staff at the Fraunhofer Institute IPMS in Dresden. His research interests are mainly focused on: characterization and identification of point and extended defects in semiconductors and isolators; large lattice relaxation effects (the negative-U effect); transport in low-dimensional systems (quantum dots and nanowires), photovoltaic materials and their application, MEMS and MOEMS, bipolar and ion sensitive field effect transistors. He has published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed international journals.

Prof Vladimir Dyakonov - University of Würzburg (Germany)

Talk: Charge carrier recombination in perovskite solar cells

Professor Vladimir Dyakonov holds the Chair of Experimental Physics (Energy research) on the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of Julius-Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany since 2004 and he is the Scientific Director of the Bavarian Centre of Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern) since 2005. He studied physics at the University of St. Petersburg and received his doctorate at the A. F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute in 1996. Since 1990, he has been a visiting researcher at the universities of Bayreuth (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium) and Linz (Austria). He finished his habilitation in experimental physics at the University of Oldenburg (Germany) in 2001. In 2007-2009 he was the Vice-dean of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, in 2010-2011 the managing director of Institute of Physics and in 2013-2015 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Würzburg. Dyakonov’s main research interests are in the fields of thin-film photovoltaics, semiconductor spectroscopy and functional energy materials, in general. He is a member of several committees including the Board of Directors of German Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE), the Advisory Board of Bavarian Energy Technology Cluster and the Board of Trustees at German Plastics Centre (SKZ).
  • Susanne Siebentritt - University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Talk: Why do we make CIGS solar cells off-stoichiometric

Susanne Siebentritt is a physics professor and heads the laboratory for photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg since 2007. Her research interest is twofold: the development of new thin film solar cells and the semiconductor physics of the materials used in these cells.  She studied physics at the University of Erlangen and received her doctoral degree from the University of Hannover. After several postdoc positions at the University of Los Angeles, the Free University of Berlin and the Hahn-Meitner-Institute (now Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin), she led a group at Hahn-Meitner-Institute for nearly 10 years, which focused on the physics of chalcopyrite solar cells, before building the laboratory in Luxembourg. She is the author of nearly 160 peer reviewed publications, with more than 2900 independent citations. In 2014 she received the FNR Outstanding Publication Award, together with three co-authors. In 2015 she was awarded the "Grand Prix en Sciences Physique - Prix Paul Wurth" of the Luxembourgish Institut Grand Ducal. She is a regular topical organiser at the international photovoltaics conferences in Europe and the US. She is vice chair of the scientific council of Science Europe and a board member for the Kopernikus projects, a 10 year research programme for the energy transition of the German Ministry of Education and Research.

Dr. S. J. Dhoble - R.T.M. Nagpur University (India) 

Talk: Luminescence behaviour of lanthanide ions in different host lattices and their application in LED for lighting
Dr. S. J. Dhoble obtained his M.Sc. degree in Physics from Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, India in 1988. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1992 on Solid State Physics from Nagpur University, Nagpur. He is presently working as an Associate Professor in Department of Physics, R.T.M. Nagpur University, Nagpur, India. During his research career, he has been involved in the synthesis and characterization of solid state lighting nanomaterials as well as development of radiation dosimetry phosphors using thermoluminescence, mechanoluminescence and lyoluminescence techniques. Dr. Dhoble has published more than 553 research papers in international and national reviewed journals on solid-state lighting, LEDs, radiation dosimetry and laser materials. He has 3116 research papers citations, an h-index of 25 and a patent. He recently received the Prof. B.T. Deshmukh Research Award 2016 and Prof. B.P. Chandra Research Award 2016 in NCLA-2016, Nagpur. He also received Outstanding Scientist-2015 award in outstanding research contribution in Solid State Physics at Chennai from Venus International Foundation and he has received Advanced Materials Scientist Letter Awards-2011 for outstanding contribution in Advanced Materials Letter presented by VBRI Press in International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Delhi University, 2011. His academic achievement includes best research paper awards for 37 research papers in conferences and reviewer of 29 international and national journals. He has a teaching experience of 26 years and has served as a Principal of a College for five years. He visited abroad to the countries viz. Italy, Egypt, Greece, Australia, China, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Japan and Malaysia for research and education purpose and as a participant in the conferences and other activities. He has successfully guided 28 students for Ph.D. degree, 5 submitted Ph.D. thesis and 5 are currently registered for Ph.D. degree with him. He has successfully completed 4 research projects of BRNS, DAE, IUAC and UGC to his credit. He is co-author of 22 books/chapters. He is life member of Society for Materials Chemistry, Luminescence Society of India, Indian Association for Radiation protection, Indian Laser Association, Indian Physics Association, International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), Vidarbha Environment Society, Nuclear Track Society of India, Society for Technologically Advanced Material of India (STAMI) and Indian Physics Teachers' Association. He is Vice President of the Luminescence Society of India and Director of the Inter Institutional Computer Centre, R.T.M. Nagpur University. He is editor of Luminescence: The Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence.