Wolfgang Diehl was born and educated in Frankfurt/ Germany and is Professor Extraordinaire for Surface Engineering and Thin Films at the TUT Tshwane University of Technology SA, a visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University in UK and a distinguished chair Professor at Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan. For more than 25 years he has been involved in industrial and contract research work in the field of laser physics, photovoltaics and PECVD technology. He started his career 1974 at the AEG Telefunken Research Institute in Frankfurt/M in the field of laser research. In 1978 he joined the Battelle Research Institute in Frankfurt/M and developed LIDAR´s. At the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus OH, USA he guided international projects in the field of medicine, military and atmospheric research. 1993 he was cofounder and one of the presidents of the ANTEC company group. In 1998 ANTEC Solar GmbH, one of the spin-offs of ANTEC GmbH developed and implemented the first (worldwide) 10 MW Cd-Te Thin Film Production Line for PV applications. He then focused on PEVCD technology and started 1997 the ANTEC Oberflächentechnik GmbH in Germany and ANTEC Finiture S.R.L. in Italy, companies which were involved in job coating of decorative parts, tools, automotive parts etc. After that (2003) he joined the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and is now Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films in Braunschweig. In this function he is mainly responsible for the international relations of the institute.
Andras Kis is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at EPFL, Lausanne. His research is focused on 2D devices and systems and their potential applications. Prior to joining EPFL as faculty, Kis was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley in the group of Alex Zettl, where he studied electrical and mechanical properties of carbon and boron nitride nanotubes. He received his Ph.D. in physics from EPFL in 2003 and received his MSc in physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. His major awards include the Latsis prize in 2004, ERC starting grant in 2009 and ERC consolidator grant in 2015, both awarded for research in the area of electrical properties of 2D dichalcogenides.
Stéphane Lucas is a full-professor at the physics department of the University of Namur, Belgium. He is the director of the LARN laboratory. His current research interests include radioisotope production by particle accelerator for medical applications, cell response to particle irradiation, plasma fabrication methods of medical devices, material processes by plasma discharges and risk assessment of nanomaterials. He received his PhD in Material Science in 1991 from the University of Namur. After a post-doc at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he studied the mechanical properties of thin coatings by nano-indentation, he worked 5 years for the research centre of Arcelor-Mittal working on new technologies for on-line steel-coatings by plasma discharges. After a short stay at the research centre of AGC Glass Europe (Jumet) working on smart glass produced by plasma vacuum technologies, he joined the Ion Beam Application company in Louvain-La-Neuve in 1996 and he developed high current cyclotrons for radioisotope production. Before moving back to the University of Namur in 2003, he was appointed General Manager of IBA-Radioisotope where he was in charge of the production of new radioactive medical devices for the treatment of cancer. He is a member of several international associations, and he holds a Master in Business and Administration and 100 publications and 10 patents.
Brigitte Pecquenard is a full professor in Materials Chemistry at Bordeaux INP and ICMCB, France. She received her Ph.D. degree in Materials science from Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), Paris. As a post-doctoral fellow in UPMC and Binghamton University (USA), she was involved on several topics including electrochromic and battery materials and several synthesis methods (sol-gel, hydrothermal, electrodeposition). Her work is devoted to the preparation of thin film electrode and electrolyte materials by sputtering for all-solid-state Li microbatteries and their thorough physicochemical and electrochemical characterizations.
Professor Steve Bull MA PhD FIMMM FInstP FREng CEng is Cookson Group Chair of Engineering Materials in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at Newcastle. He has over twenty five years experience in research on structure-property relationships in thin films and coatings having spent eight years at AEA Technology, Harwell running coating activities before moving to Newcastle University in 1996. His current research is focussed on the relationship between functional properties (e.g. electrical or optical) and the mechanical response of sub-micron multilayered and porous coating systems. He has published over 200 papers in refereed journals and is regularly invited to present his work at International conferences.
Roel Tietema studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) and works for IHI Hauzer Techno Coating BV since 1986. After managing Electrical Engineering and Software until 2002 and the Research Department between 2002 until 2010, he is presently Manager New Technologies for Hauzer Techno Coating BV (The Netherlands). In this function the main focus is expanding Hauzer into new markets and/or market segments. Roel has a number of patents in the field of PVD equipment and processes. He has been involved in different vacuum societies. Roel is member of the Board of Directors Directors of the European Society of Thin Films (EFDS) and member of the ASED executive committee, organizer of the ICMCTF conference. In 2010 he has been acting as Industrial Chair of the PSE conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Dr. José Miguel García-Martín obtained his PhD from the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) and then moved to the Solid -State Physics Lab at the Paris-Sud University (Orsay, France) with an individual Marie Curie fellowship. He is now a Tenured Researcher of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in the “Fabrication and characterization of nanostructures” department at the Institute of Microelectronics (Madrid, Spain). He has studied nanoscale materials with applications in magnetic storage or magnetic sensors, as well as thin films and nanosystems with interesting optical and plasmonic properties. Nowadays, he also works in nanostructured coatings for biomedical applications. He is leading the projects entitled “Large area advanced materials based on nanopillars and nanoparticles” and “Nanoimplant: nanostructured coatings for orthopedic metallic implants”. He has co-authored 72 articles and one book chapter, with more than 2100 citations to his works, and has given 20 invited conferences. His h-index is 24.