Keynote Speakers

5th International Conference on Nanomaterials, Nanodevices, Fabrication and Characterization (ICNNFC’20)



We are very happy to announce the following keynote speakers for the 5th International Conference on Nanomaterials, Nanodevices, Fabrication and Characterization (ICNNFC'20):



Dr. Federico Rosei

Dr. Federico Rosei
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Canada
Keynote Speaker

Federico Rosei received MSc (1996) and PhD (2001) degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He held the Canada Research Chair (Junior) in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials (2003–2013) and since May 2016 he holds the Canada Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials. He is Professor at the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes (QC) Canada, where he served as Director from July 2011 to March 2019. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage.

Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials. His research has been supported by multiple funding sources from the Province of Quebec, the Federal Government of Canada as well as international agencies, for a total in excess of M$ 16. He has worked in partnership with over twenty Canadian R&D companies. He is co-inventor of three patents and has published over 325 articles in prestigious international journals (including Science, Nature Photonics, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Func. Mater., Adv. En. Mat., Nanolett., ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Small, Phys. Rev. Lett., Nanoscale, Chem. Comm., Appl. Phys. Lett., Phys. Rev. B, etc.), has been invited to speak at over 320 international conferences and has given over 240 seminars and colloquia, over 55 professional development lectures and 40 public lectures in 45 countries on all inhabited continents. His publications have been cited over 13,000 times and his H index is 58.

He is Fellow of numerous prestigious national and international societies and academies, including: the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Science, the African Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science, the World Academy of Ceramics, the Academia Europaea, the American Physical Society, AAAS, the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ASM International, the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Australian Institute of Physics, Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, Foreign Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, Senior Member of IEEE, Alumnus of the Global Young Academy and Member of the Sigma Xi Society.

He has received several awards and honours, including the FQRNT Strategic Professorship (2002–2007), the Tan Chin Tuan visiting Fellowship (NTU 2008), the Senior Gledden Visiting Fellowship (UWA 2009), Professor at Large at UWA (2010–2012), a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the European Union (2001), a junior Canada Research Chair (2003–2013), a senior Canada Research Chair (2016–2023) a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2011), the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry (Royal Society of Canada 2011), the Herzberg Medal (Canadian Association of Physics 2013), the Brian Ives lectureship award (ASM international / Canada Council 2013), the Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry (Canadian Society for Chemistry 2014), the NSERC EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2014), the José Vasconcelos Award for Education (World Cultural Council 2014), the IEEE NTC Distinguished Lectureship 2015–2016, the Lash Miller Award (Electrochemical Society 2015), the Chang Jiang Scholar Award (Government of China), the Khwarizmi International Award from the Iran Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), the Recognition for Excellence in Leadership from the American Vacuum Society (2015), the Selby Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Sciences (2016), the John C. Polanyi Award (Canadian Society for Chemistry 2016), the Outstanding Engineer Award (IEEE Canada 2017), the President’s Visiting Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists (Chinese Academy of Sciences 2017), the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship (2018–2020), the Sichuan 1000 talent (short term) award, the Lee Hsun Lecture Award (2018), the Changbai Mountain Friendship Award (2018), the IEEE Montreal Gold Medal (2018), the APS John Wheatley Award (2019) and the Blaise Pascal Medal (European Academy of Science 2019).

Topic of Keynote: Multifunctional Materials for Emerging Technologies
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Prof. Maria Luisa Di Vona

Dr. Maria Luisa Di Vona
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Keynote Speaker

Maria Luisa Di Vona, Laurea in Chemistry cum Laude, University of Rome La Sapienza. Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Responsible of the International Laboratory “Ionomer Materials for Energy (LIME)” at the Department of Industrial Engineering,
Invited Professor at the University Aix Marseille, France and the National Institute for Materials Science NIMS, Japan.
Research topics:
•Solid electrolytes for energy (fuel cells, electrolysers, redox flow batteries, batteries)
•Organic-inorganic hybrid materials for energy, environmental and biomedical applications
•Materials for gas sensors

Publications: 179 (142 in international journals, 5 chapters, 2 books, 3 patents, 27 in conference proceedings) H index: 34

Topic of Keynote: Nanometric building blocks in composite ionic conductors
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Prof. Philippe Knauth

Dr. Philippe Knauth
Aix Marseille University, France
Keynote Speaker

Philippe Knauth obtained a PhD in physical chemistry from Saarland University (Germany) in 1987 and the habilitation in materials science at Aix Marseille University in 1996.

He is currently Professor of Materials Chemistry and Head of the Department of Chemistry at Aix Marseille University. He is fellow of the French Chemical Society (“membre distingu”) and was appointed Visiting Scholar at MIT (Cambridge, USA) in 1997-98 and 2013, invited Professor at the National Institute of Materials Science(Tsukuba, Japan) 2007 and 2010, and invited Professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009 and 2011.

He is member of the editorial boards of the “Journal of Electroceramics”, “Membranes”, “Frontiers in Energy Research”, and the “Journal of Nanomaterials”.

His research interests include solid state ionics and ionic conduction near interfaces; nanostructured materials for energy storage and conversion; polymer electrolytes for electrochemical energy technologies; lithium-ion microbatteries based on tio2 nanotubes and nanocrystalline ceo2.

190 articles in international journals (7300 citations, h index = 43), 7 co-edited books, 6 patents and 75 invited, keynote and plenary talks at international conferences.

Topic of Keynote: Nanophase-separated ionomers for energy and environment
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