Overview of the Council

The council activities promote further networking on a European scale, enabling researchers in the various organizations and countries to get to know and work with each other, thus contributing to the European Research Area. The council activities help to increase the visibility of individual projects as well as the importance of the research field as a whole. It differentiates itself from other clusters through directly aiming at the support of commercialization and regulation through the provision of characterisation tools.

 

Leadership and management

The EMCC is managed by an Organisational Management Board (OMB). This board includes leaders from the different Working Groups and high level experts from the European characterisation community.

 

Members

Organisational Management Board (OMB):

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Dr Bojan Boskovic has extensive experience in nanomaterials technology R& D project and team management from industry and academia in the UK and Europe. He is a materials scientist and engineer with hands-on expertise in carbon nanomaterials and composites and extensive network of contacts in the field. Previously, he worked as a CNT R&D Manager at Nanocyl, one of leading carbon nanotube manufacturing companies in Europe. At Nanocyl he was leading a team of researches and scientist in carbon nanomaterials applications ranging from polymer composites to electronic and bio-medical applications. He was also a Principal Engineer-Carbon Scientist at Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, where he was leading R&D project to develop new aircraft brakes based on carbon nano-materials. He worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge on carbon nanotube synthesis and on carbon nanotube – carbon fibre epoxy composites for aerospace applications.

 

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Dr. Constantinos Charitidis, Head of RNANO, is Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA, with extensive R&D experience through collaborations with international research centres. He has extensive R&D experience both as coordinator and partner in European and National funded projects (most recent are: Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMP in FP5, FP6, FP7), Growing a Low Carbon, Resource Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials (SC5, Horizon 2020), Key Action 2, NSRF, OCEAN, Cooperation 2011, Thales, Aristeia II, Hrakleitos, PAVET, COST, CRAFT, BRITE-EURAM, GROWTH 2000, PENED etc.). His research topics include: - Materials Sciences & Nanotechnologies, Nanomaterials Processing (Synthesis and Deposition), Carbon-based materials, Microstructure - Property Relationship, Multifunctional Materials Thin Film Technology (PVD, CVD) - Structural and Nanomechanical Properties of bulk-thin film-multifunctional materials, Tribology, Contact Mechanics, Adhesion, Fracture and Fatigue of Engineering Materials, - Social & Safety impacts of Nanotechnology and corresponding Risk Assessment, Sustainability Studies in Nanotechnology, Nanosafety: Regulatory Issues on Nanomaterials.

 

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Spyros Diplas is a graduate from the National Technical University of Athens, School of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy with specialisation in Physical Metallurgy, he holds a Master of Science in Metallic and Ceramic Materials from the Manchester Materials Science Centre, University of Manchester, UK and a PhD in Materials Science from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Surrey, UK.  He has been a research manager at SINTEF and head of the Material Physics-Oslo research group since 2011, as well as an associate professor at the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology/Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, since 2008. Dr Diplas has more than 25 years academic & industrial research experience in processing, testing and advanced characterisation of inorganic materials. His main research interests lie within the fields of advanced characterisation with electron spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, energy related materials, environmental behaviour of materials, steels and light metal alloys as well as nanomaterials. He is the manager of the surface analysis laboratory, and has been the project manager of the large-scale infrastructure project "The Norwegian Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory-NORTEM" for the period 2013-2017. Diplas has participated in various EU and Norwegian research and innovation projects as well as in industrial research and has co-authored > 80 publications in international journals and > 70 presentations in international conferences.

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Chris Eberl received his Diplom-Engineering (Master equiv.) and PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of Stuttgart in 2001 and 2004, respectively. During his doctoral thesis he worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research together with Industry partners to understand fatigue at GHz frequencies in metal thin films. Between 2005 and 2007, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Mechanical Engineering department of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Baltimore, USA. He still retains his formal relationship with JHU as visiting scientist. From 2007 to 2012, Chris Eberl lead the independent research group ‘Microreliability’ at the IAM-WBM of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Since 2012, Chris Eberl has been leading a group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Meso and Micromechanics in Freiburg. In 2014 he accepted a joint appointment between the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and the Fraunhofer society to become full professor and head of the department for Materials- and Micromechanics at the University Freiburg and Deputy Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials.

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Dr Gerhard Goldbeck received his Diplom in Physics from RWTH Aachen University in 1986 and a PhD in Polymer Physics from Bristol University in 1992. His career encompassed research at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Dendritic Growth), H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory (Polymer Modelling and Characterisation) and Cambridge University Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (Soft Matter Modelling and Characterisation), as well as materials modelling software development, product management and marketing (Molecular Simulations, Accelrys/Biovia). In 2011 he formed Goldbeck Consulting Ltd, a company that aims to bridge gap in the materials modelling value chain from science to engineering and academia to industry. He has published more than 80 papers and articles and authored reports on the industrial impact of materials modelling. He is a member of the Organisational Management Board of the European Materials Modelling Council.

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Dr. Steve Hankin is Director of Analytical Services at IOM. After acquiring his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry, Steve was awarded a National Science & Engineering Research Council Visiting Fellowship at the National Research Council of Canada's Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences.  He returned to the UK following the award of a NERC post-doctoral fellowship held at the University of Glasgow, continue research on state-of-the-art laser analysis of chemicals on atmospheric particles.  In 1999, Steve took up a position as a Research Scientist in the Environmental Health section of Health Protection Scotland.  He trained further in Medical Toxicology and Epidemiology and led a number of public health toxicology initiatives associated with the surveillance, control and response to hazardous materials exposures.  In 2007, he moved to the Institute of Occupational Medicine.

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Nagavalli S. Kiran is project manager R&D in TESCAN, a leading manufacturer of charged-particle optics equipment. He holds a Master's in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University in India and a PhD in plant physiology from Masaryk University, Brno. He led research into the molecular aspects of plant hormone homeostasis and the adaptive capabilities of plants before taking up a career in R&D management. He managed research and commercial projects at the Czech biotech company LentiKat's a.s. He joined TESCAN in 2015 where he is responsible for internal and external R&D projects.

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Dr. Elias P. Koumoulos holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, followed by MSc in Materials Science and Technology; also he dealt with synthesis and study of advanced nanostructures and coatings, focusing on nanomechanical properties, within his PhD research. Till now, E. P. Koumoulos has the authorship of over 50 published papers in ISI journals, 6 book chapters, 90 participations in national/international conferences, and has been thrice awarded for published research work in national and international level. Being occupied in EC and national funded projects, his interests include nanomaterials, nanomechanical properties of materials (metals, alloys, polymers, ceramics, functionally graded materials for brakes, thruster and valve applications, thin films, elastomers, packaging polymers), polymers (processing of plastics, forming, casting, films, biopolymers, petroleum products, environmental friendly processes), R&D, quality control, production process and design.

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Hans Marvin holds a MSc in Chemistry (Free University of Amsterdam) and PhD in biotechnology (University of Groningen). He is a senior research coordinator, programme leader, and project leader at Wageningen Research, RIKILT since 1999.and is specialized in many aspects of food safety, including analysis of foods, research on safety, and risk assessment for authorities. Dr. Marvin works on a number of food safety issues, including emerging risk, food/ feed issues related to biotechnology & nanotechnology and risk analysis and has initiated various activities within the Netherlands and EU in these fields. Dr. Marvin has initiated and coordinated various large international multidisciplinary projects on various food safety topics, such as the EU projects SAFE FOODS (e.g. risk analysis), SELAMAT (e.g. international collaboration on food safety), GO-GLOBAL (e.g. emerging food safety risks) and is currently coordinating Collab4Safety (e.g. promoting international collaboration on food safety) and NanoDefine (e.g. development of methods to analyze nanoparticles in complex matrices) and is WP leader in the EU FP7 project QualityNano focusing on developing analytical methods for the detection and quantification of nanoparticles in complex matrices. Within the national programme NanoNextNL he coordinates a multidisciplinary project aiming to develop a decision support system (DSS) to prioritize nanoparticles for risk assessment.

 

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Dr Caterina Minelli leads research on nanoparticle metrology at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK. Her research field primarily comprises the development of the analytical tools underpinning the application of nanomaterials to different fields of technology, with focus on their use in medicine and advanced manufacturing. Caterina is an appointed ISO expert for TC229 (nanotechnology) and TC201 (surface chemical analysis), editor of the journal Scientific Report of the Nature Publishing Group, has published more than 40 papers, regularly delivers oral presentations at high profile international conferences and has chaired two workshops on nanoparticle characterisation. Caterina has a PhD in Nanotechnology from the École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) and has worked industry, academia and research centers in Italy, Switzerland, Japan the the UK. Caterina joined NPL in 2010. In 2014 she was seconded to the former UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to work at the development of the Science and Innovation Strategy published by the UK government in December 2014.

 

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Dr. Marco Sebastiani received a Ph.D. in mechanical and industrial engineering in 2008 from Roma TRE university, working on the development of novel multilayered coatings for advanced mechanical and tribological applications. He is currently a tenured assistant professor of Materials Science at “Roma TRE” university, where he is also a lecturer of materials technologies for aeronautical engineering. He is the editor of the international peer reviewed journal Materials & Design (IF 3.997), reviewer for a wide range of international journals, and participant in European and national R&D project (among which, the role of coordinator of the FP7 large collaborative project iSTRESS, www.istress.eu) His main research activities are focused on the development of novel thin film technologies and characterization methodologies for micro and nano-mechanical testing in advanced materials. He is co-author of more than 70 papers on ISI journals, with over 800 citations and an h-index of 15 (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9574-1578).

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Syed A. M. Tofail is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Ireland and a member of Bernal Institute of the same University. He received an M.Sc. in Engineering and a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

After receiving a Ph.D. in Physics in 2002 from the University of Limerick, Ireland, he conducted a postdoctoral fellowship on surface characterization using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular modelling. He has used first-principle design of materials and interfaces for developing piezoelectric hydroxyapatite, radiopaque NiTi alloys, antimicrobial textiles, anti-encrustation stents and drug-eluting stents.

Tofail is one of the co-inventors of super-resolution chemical imaging using infrared absorption. His research interest focuses on converging science towards innovative solutions in therapeutic devices, high resolution spectro-microscopy and imaging.

Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για Ehrenfried Zschech

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Ehrenfried Zschech is Division Director for Microelectronic Materials and Nanoanalysis at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, which he joined in 2009. His responsibilities include multi-scale materials characterization and reliability. He received his diploma degree in solid-state physics and his Dr. rer. nat. degree from Dresden University of Technology. After having spent four years as a project leader in the field of metal physics and reliability of microelectronics interconnects at Research Institute of Nonferrous Metals in Freiberg, he was appointed as a university teacher for ceramic materials at Freiberg University of Technology. In 1992, he joined the development department at Airbus in Bremen. There he managed the metal physics group and worked on laser-joining metallurgy of light metals. From 1997 to 2009, Ehrenfried Zschech managed the Materials Analysis Department and the Center for Complex Analysis at AMD in Dresden. In this position, he was responsible for the analytical support for process control and technology development, as well as physical failure analysis. His current research interests are in the areas of nanomaterials and nanoanalysis. He has published three books and more than 170 papers in scientific journals in the areas of solid-state physics, materials science and reliability engineering. He holds adjunct professorships for Nanomaterials at the Brandenburg University of Technology and for Nanoanalysis at the Dresden University of Technology. Ehrenfried Zschech is acting as Past President of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS).