24th June 2021, Thursday

08:30    09:00                      Breakfast & Registration

09:00    09:15                      Opening the Conference

09:15    09:30                      Talk – Thomas Kallstenius (CEO, LIST)

SESSION 1 – Strain Sensors and Energy Harvesters

09:30    10:10                      Invited talk by Dr. Andrea Picco

10:10    10:30                      Perturbative approach to electrocaloric effects – Monica Graf

10:30    10:45                      Coffee break

10:45    11:05                      Bulk photovoltaic effect in solution processed BiFeO3 films with low leakage – Blazquez

11:05    11:25                      Perturbative approach to elastocaloric effects in PbTiO3 – D.E. Murillo-Navarro

11:25    11:45                     Energy efficient electrocaloric material – Y. Nouchokgwe

11:45    12:45                      Poster Session

12:45     13:30                     Lunch + Poster Session


SESSION 2 – Electronic Structure Theory

13:30    14:10                      Invited talk by Dr. Micheal Springborg

14:10    14:30                      Towards Accurate Machine Learning of Flexible Molecules – Valentin Vassilev-Galindo

14:30    14:45                      Coffee break

14:45    15:05                      Electronic Systems in a Bath of Charged Harmonic Oscillators –  Matej Ditte

15:05    15:25                      Magnetic Guinier Law – Artem Malyeyev

15:25    15:45                      Artificial anti-ferroelectricity in ferroelectric/paraelectric superlattices for energy storage – Hugo Aramberri

15:45    16:00                      Coffee break

16:00    17:00                      Guest speaker Dr. Edwin Hwu

17:00    18:30                      Networking & Social Drinks

18:30     21:00                     Dinner

25th June 2021, Friday

08:45        09:15          Breakfast

09:15        09:30          Talk Prof. Jens Kreisel, (Vice Rector – Research, Uni.lu)

SESSION 3 – Electronic Sensors and Energy Harvesters

09:30        10:10           Invited talk by Dr. Jenny Nelson

10:10        10:30           Towards 3D hybrid SEM/SIMS reconstructions for energy storage materials –  Luca Cressa

10:30        10:45           Coffee break

10:45        11:05           Optical absorption in BiVO4 is anisotropic and sensitive to the ferroelastic phase transition – Christina Hill

11:05        11:25           New imaging modalities for surface and sub-surface imaging using Helium Ion Microscopy – Saba Tabean

11:25        11:45           The role of back-surface recombination in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells – Taowen Wang

11:45        12:45           Poster Session

12:45        13:30           Lunch + Poster Session

SESSION 4 – Biosensing

13:30    14:10                      Invited talk by Prof. Laura M. Lechuga

14:10    14:30                      Electrochemical pH control in miniaturized area, a first step towards peptide synthesis for personalized medical applications – Janwa El Maiss

14:30    14:50                      Large Graphene Oxide Liquid Crystals– Sharif Shahini

14:50     15:05                      Coffee break

15:05    15:25                      Perflurocarbon-free ultrasound contrast agents –The potential of calcium carbonate nanoparticles– Lauriane Chuzeville

15:25    16:05                      Invited talk by Dr. Mariacristina Gagliardi

16:05    17:05                      Guest speaker Kristel Wiliquet

17:05    17:40                      Closing ceremony

Dr. Michael Springborg

Dr. Michael Springborg completed his Ph.D. in 1982 from DTU, Denmark. For the largest parts of his active scientific interests concentrate on accurate theoretical studies of electronic, structural, and response properties of materials. Thereby, he concentrates both on the development of new theoretical methods and on the application of existing methods for treating new properties and/or systems. He has developed a parameter-free method based on the density-functional formalism and on the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for performing electronic-structure calculations on these polymers. Using a transfer-matrix approach he has developed an accurate method for calculating the energies of single-particle orbitals induced by structural defects like solitons, polarons, and twistons in otherwise infinite, periodic systems. Some of his more recent activities are devoted to the development of theoretical methods for studying extended systems in the presence of external electromagnetic fields. Finally, he is also involved in more application-oriented projects where existing computational methods are being used for specific scientific issues. Most often, these studies are carried through in direct collaboration with experimentally working colleagues.

Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group at ICN2 in Barcelona (Spain). The principal focus of her research is the development of novel nanobiosensor devices based on nanoplasmonics and silicon-based photonics for point-of-care diagnostics. She has been at the forefront of the Photonic Biosensor area during more than eighteen years, making key contributions and opening new horizons in this technological field. She has published over 270 articles, book chapters and proceedings, has eight families of patents, and has presented her work worldwide in more than 365 invited talks. She has co-founded two spin-offs companies and has received prominent prizes and recognitions along her career.


Jenny Nelson is a Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where she has researched novel varieties of material for use in solar cells since 1989. Her current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular and hybrid semiconductor materials and their application to solar energy conversion. This work combines fundamental electrical, spectroscopic and structural studies of molecular electronic materials with numerical modelling and device studies, with the aim of optimising the performance of solar cells and other devices based on molecular and hybrid materials. She also works with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial to explore the mitigation potential of renewable energy technologies. She is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science and has published over 250 articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and a book on the physics of solar cells. She holds a number of awards including the 2016 Institute of Physics Faraday medal and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

E En-Te Hwu

Edwin En-Te Hwu is Associate professor at Denmark Technical University’s Department of Health Technology. His research focuses on nano-positioning, nano-imaging and biosensing system instrumentation. He is interested in repurposing (hacking) mass-produced, low cost and high-quality consumer electronic products for scientific research and biomedical diagnostics. There are seven start-up companies commercialized his technologies in the past decade. One company is fighting COVID-19 lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnJRj6LxC90

Andrea Picco is currently a senior MEMS technology development engineer at STMicroelectronics. After receiving his BSc (2006) and MSc (2008), he graduated from the University of Milano – Bicocca with a Ph.D. (2012) in Nanostructures and Nanotechologies, with a thesis on the Raman spectroscopy of nanostructured silicon-germanium  alloys. During the PhD, he spent an internship period at the Reliability and Modeling team at IMEC (Leuven – Belgium), where he started to work on MEMS, under the supervision of Prof. Ing. Ingrid De Wolf. At the end of 2011, he joined the MEMS Technology Development Group at STMicroelectronics (Agrate Brianza – Italy). During this period, he worked in the development, process integration and industrialization of piezoresistive MEMS pressure sensors, (2012-2016) and piezoelectric MEMS actuators (2016-2018) for autofocus applications (Polight TLens (R)). Since 2018, he works at the characterization and development of new piezoelectric materials, serving all the piezoelectric-based MEMS technology platforms.