Keynote Speakers


Marcel Bouvet

Electrochemistry, Molecular Materials and Devices
Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l’Université de Bourgogne (ICMUB), UMR CNRS 6302, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 9 avenue Alain Savary, 21078 Dijon cedex, France


,,Molecular Material - Based Heterojunctions as Gas Sensors.''


Marcel BOUVET, 55 years old
Date of birth: 13th Feb. 1966
Full Professor


Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l’Université de Bourgogne
CNRS UMR 6302, 9 av. Alain Savary, BP 47870, 21000 Dijon, France
tel.: 03 80 39 60 86 ; E-mail:


From molecules to materials and from materials to devices and systems
Applications: Environment, air pollution, food industry
Devices: Field-effect transistors, diodes, resistors, junctions, sensors
Molecular Materials: Synthesis, processing, surface modification, electrical properties


2008, 1 er sept. Full Professor Université de Bourgogne, Dijon;
promoted PR1 in 2012 and PRCE in 2018.
2008, Tremplin Recherche award, organized by the presidency of the French Senate
2007, nov. Invited Professor, Kyoto University (Japan), Institute for Chemical Research, supported by the Heiwa Nakajima foundation.
2002 Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Université Paris VI, "From molecules to materials and from materials to devices. 1- Radical phthalocyanines and intrinsic semiconduction. 2- Calixarenes and sensors".
1995 Post-doc (NATO grant), Institute of Materials Science (Prof. S. J. Huang), University of Connecticut,
USA: Chemical modification of polysaccharides, application to the complexation of ions.
1993 Associate Professor ESPCI Paris.
1992 PhD thesis, Université Paris VI, prepared and defended in ESPCI : "Radical phthalocyanines and
naphthalocyanines: Intrinsic molecular semiconductors". Mention Très honorable with the congratulations of the jury (supervisor, Prof. J. Simon)
1988 Assistant ESPCI


- Head of the research team Electrochemistry, Molecular Materials and Devices (EMMD) in ICMUB, since
Jan. 2012 (about 16-18 people of which 10 permanent staffs).
- Head of the Chemistry Department (2009-2013) at the UFR Sciences et Techniques of the Université de
Bourgogne, elected in July 2009, and again in July 2011.
- Member of the Management Committee of the COST action TD1105 EuNetAir "European Network on New
Sensing Technologies for Air-Pollution Control and Environmental Sustainability", Dec. 2011- Nov. 2016.
- Scientific coordinator of ANR (French Research National Agency) projects OUTSMART 2015-2018
CAPBTX 2010-2013 (UB) and POLL-CAP 2006-2009 (UPMC).
- Author of 110 publications and 9 book chapters (H factor: 31)
- Invited conferences: 34
- Oral communications in national and international conferences: 21
- Seminars in laboratories: 34, whose 14 abroad.
- Co-organizer of national (2) and international (8) conferences: New-Orleans, USA 2004; Roma, Italy 2006;
Jeju Island, South Korea 2012; Lille, France (2014); Istanbul, Turkey 2014; Nanjing, China 2016; München,
Germany 2018, Buffalo, USA 2020.
- Member of the Editorial Board of the review Sensors (since 2018) and Sensors & Transducers (since 2008).
- Patent : WO2009/071774 (06/21/2009), JP4972210 (04/13/2012), US8450725 B2 (05/28/2013).
- 5 main publications:

1) G. Loma Kikobo, A. Kumar*, V. Vibhu, S. Ouedraogo, A. Deshotel, M. Mateos, R. Meunier-Prest, M. Bouvet*,
Photon Assisted-Inversion of Majority Charge Carriers in Molecular Semiconductors-Based Organic Heterojunctions. J. Mater. Chem. C, 9, 5008 – 5020, 2021. doi: 10.1039/D0TC05828A;

2) G. Bengasi, R. Meunier-Prest, K.Baba, A. Kumar, A. L. Pellegrino, N. D. Boscher*, M. Bouvet*,
Molecular Engineering of Porphyrin-Tapes/Phthalocyanine Heterojunctions for a Highly Sensitive Ammonia Sensor, Adv. Electron. Mater., 6, 2000812, 2020. doi:10.1002/aelm.202000812;

3) M. Bouvet, * M. Mateos, A. Wannebroucq, E. Navarrete, E. Llobet,
Tungsten oxide – lutetium bisphthalocyanine n-p-n heterojunction: From nanomaterials to a new transducer for chemosensing, J. Mater. Chem. C, 7,6448 – 6455, 2019, doi: 10.1039/C8TC06309E;

4) M. Mateos, R. Meunier-Prest*, O. Heintz, F. Herbst, J.-M. Suisse, M.Bouvet*,
Comprehensive study of poly(2,3,5,6-tetrafluoroaniline): from electrosynthesis to heterojunctions and ammonia sensing, ACS Applied Materials&Interfaces, 10, 19974-19986, 2018,doi: 10.1021/acsami.8b03601;

5) A. Wannebroucq, S.Ouedraogo, R. Meunier-Prest, J.-M. Suisse, M. Bayo, M. Bouvet * ,
On the interest of ambipolar materials for gas sensing, Sens. Actuators B, 258, 657-664, 2018, 2017 .11.146


Susana Cardoso de Freitas

INESC-MN and Instituto Superior Técnico / Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


,,Magnetoresistive sensors as a precision tool in biomedical instrumentation''





Susana Cardoso de Freitas is an Associated Professor at the Physics Department at Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Univ. Lisbon, and principal investigator at INESC-MN. Her research interests  include advanced thin films for nanoelectronics and magnetic sensors for challenging applications. She graduated in Technological Physics Engineering (IST, 1996) and holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics (IST, 2002). In 2002 she was a “Co-op Pre-Professional Engineer” at IBM, T.J.Watson Research Center (USA). After, she became a researcher at INESC-MN, and is the co-leader of the Magnetics & Spintronics group since 2006. She was one of the team members awarded as 2nd finalist for the EU Descartes Prize for Research in 2004 for the work in magnetic memories for the future nanoelectronics. Since then she coordinated and participated as principal researcher in several EU and national projects, with a strong collaboration between INESC-MN and the industry for advanced materials, devices and integrated systems for robotics, biomedical and industrial applications. She is one of the Directors at INESC-MN and an Associated Professor at the Physics Department (IST) since 2015, and is responsible for student coordination and educational activities related with nanoelectronics, microfabrication and spintronics. She was appointed Coordinator for the Educational Activities of the IEEE Portugal section in 2015. Since 2019 she is one member of the “Ambassador for the Innovation” group at IST. Susana Cardoso de Freitas was a recipient of the 1st place award in 2019 and a Honorable Mention in Scientific Awards ULisboa/Santander in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and an award by the Magnetic Society of Japan in 2014. In 2018 she was selected as one of “100 Women in Science” by the Portuguese Agency of Science and Technology “Ciência Viva”. In 2019 she was an Associate Member Delegate to the European Physics Society (EPS) Council and in 2020 was elected member of the General Council of the European Magnetism Association (EMA) for 2021-2023. She has been invited for several international conferences and is co-author of over 300 publications and 20 chapter books. Her activity includes intensive collaborations with industrial partners for technology transfer related with sensors and 4 patents.


Elisabetta Comini

SENSOR Laboratory, Department of Information Engineering (DII), University of  BresciaVia
Valotti 7, 25123 Brescia, Italy 

Elisabetta Comini received her degree in physics at the University of Pisa in 1996. She received her Ph.D. degree in material science at the University of Brescia. In 2001 she has been appointed assistant professor of physics of matter at Brescia University. In 2016 she became full professor. She has been organizer of several symposia in the sensing field for MRS and E-MRS. She was chair of MRS fall meeting 2013. She has a high productivity confirmed by the numerous publications on international journals (more than 400) and the high number of invited presentations at conferences. EC is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties. EC is the director of SENSOR laboratory (Brescia University, and is a co-founder of NASYS. Her Hirsch index (h-index) is 57 (Web of Science), 60 (Scopus), 68 (Google scholar).
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Don N. Futaba

CNT-Application Research Center National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Tsukuba, Japan


,,Moving Carbon Nanotubes to Industry"



Don N. Futaba is the team leader of the CNT Synthesis Team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, USA in 2000 in physics and in 2004, joined the Research Center for Advanced Carbon Materials, AIST, Japan under Prof. SumioIijima. There, he began research on carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis and invented the water-assisted CVD method for CNT forest synthesis. His research interests include the synthesis, fabrication, and application of novel materials and the development of large-scale CNT synthesis and characterization to establish CNTs as an industrial material. His work has led to the creation of an industrial CNT production plant based on his synthetic method. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 60 domestic and international patents.


Eduard Llobet

 MINOS-EMaS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain



Eduard Llobet got a PhD from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona in 1997 and then completed a one-year postdoc at the University of Warwick (UK). Since 2006, he has been the Head of the MINOS Research Group at Universitat Rovira i  Virgili, working on nanomaterials and microsystems for gas sensing. In 2009 he became full Professor. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Director of the Centre for Research in Materials Engineering and Micro / Nano Systems. He is President of the Spanish Network of Microsystems and Nanotechnology (IBERNAM). He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, given some 30 invited lectures at international conferences and lead over 40 regional, national and international projects. Founder of the spin-off Green Smart Data. In 2012 he received the URV's RQR award and in 2012 and 2018 the ICREA Academia award. In 2019 he became distinguished Professor at the URV.
Research interests:
Growth of single crystalline metal oxide nanomaterials employing bottom-up approaches. Specifically, self-catalysed growth of metal oxide nanowires or nanorods onto ceramic, silicon, silicon MEMS or polymeric substrates. Functionalisation of carbon nanomaterials employing coldplas mas, grafting metal nanoparticles, complex molecules or perovskites, achieving highly sensitive and selective sensors. Nanomaterial-based flexible gas sensors and sensor systems with a performance that matches the one of conventional rigid devices. Development of unattended, wireless gas sensing networks.


Lars Österlund

Div. Solid State Physics, Dept. Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden


,,Hybrid Solid State Chemoresistive and Fluctuation-Enhanced Gas Sensors by Advanced Gas Deposition Methods: Exhaled Breath and Indoor Air Analysis"




Lars Österlund is Professor and co-chair of the Division of Solid State Physics at The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University. He is board member of the Uppsala Center for Photon Sciences, vice-chairman of the International Science Program, and board member of the international TCMnet. He is the co-founder of the Swedish Society of Vibrational Spectroscopy and was its president from 2010-2017. He is currently also CEO of a spin-off company developing micro-structured diamond waveguide sensors.

Prof. Österlund has a PhD from 1997 from Chalmers, were his thesis work involved fundamental surface science studies of photo-induced surface reactions on single crystal surfaces employing a broad range of surface spectroscopic methods and reaction kinetic modelling. His postdoc research involved fundamental studies of surface reactions on single crystal surfaces employing scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), Monte-Carlo simulations of surface kinetics, and development of a high-pressure STM with atom-resolved imaging capabilities up to 1 bar and atomistic proof that was used to bridge the so called pressure gap in catalysis. A general theme of his current research is development of catalytic materials, including solar light responsive materials, such as photocatalytic materials, self-cleaning surface coatings, solid state gas-sensors and smart windows and façades within the general theme of technologies for improved indoor climate. His group studies fundamental and applied aspects of surface reactions on solid surfaces and photo-induced reactions on semiconducting materials with applications in indoor air cleaning, self-cleaning, and water cleaning. Recent internationally recognized results from his research include the invention of a simple method to modify acid-base properties of oxide surfaces based on photo-fixation of electrophilic or nucleophilic molecules from gas-phase (Handelsbanken Innovation Prize 2009; subject of commercialization), which also has been extended to a new low-temperature photocatalyst with superior sustained activity. His group has recently developed a new photocatalytic multilayer material for sustained indoor air-cleaning films for smart windows. Employing advanced gas deposition methods his group has developed methods to fabricate heterojunction and noble metal nanoparticle – organic ligand assemblies for electronic sensors, which have been implemented in electronic nose arrays for exhaled breath analysis. In a collaborative effort such sensors have shown 100 % accuracy for detection of tropical diseases. Other recent activities include developed a new PVD methodology to prepare (001) facet-controlled anatase TiO2 nanoparticle films for photocatalysis applications; discovery of a general structure-reactivity relationship of photocatalytic anatase and rutile titania nanoparticles (patented); development of colloidal lithography for fabrication of ordered nano-patterned multi-layered photonic bandgap materials for photocatalysis applications, invention of microfabricated diamond IR waveguide methods for biomolecular imaging and integration with affinity layer technology (patented); and development of Raman imaging methods in nanomedical applications. Prof. Österlund has published 152 peer-reviewed scientific articles and holds 6 international patents.

Bilge Saruhan-Brings

Senior Scientist, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und   Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Institute of  Materials Research Linder Hoehe, Cologne 


"Influence of Semiconductor Metal Oxide Properties on High-Temperature Gas Sensing Characteristics"




Bilge Saruhan-Brings is a materials scientist with PhD degree on advanced ceramic materials from the University of Limerick/Ireland and lecturing qualification (Habilitation) on nanostructured functional materials from the Technical University of Freiberg/Germany. She received her BSc and MSc from the Dept. of  Materials and Metallurgical Engineering of Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She leads currently the functional coating group and acts as deputy head at the Department of High-Temperature and Functional Coatings of the Institute of Materials Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne/Germany. Prior to this, she worked at the Ceramics department of the same institute of DLR. The topical emphasis at the functional coatings group is on gas sensing materials and electrical energy storage
devices such as supercapacitors and rechargeable Li-ion batteries.



Rupert Schreiner

Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Cultural Studies


,,Miniaturized sensor and actuator elements based on the heat transport in gases or the ionization of gas particles''





Prof. Dr. Rupert Schreiner was born in Grafenau, Germany in 1971. He studied physics in Munich (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Regensburg (Germany), and Stuttgart (Germany). He received the M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree from Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany, in 2002. At the Microstructure Laboratory, Stuttgart University, he started research on InGaAs(P)/InP semiconductor lasers. In 2001 he joined Infineon Technologies, Munich, Germany, to work on optoelectronic microsystems. Between 2004 and 2005 he was appointed as CTO of Parolink Technologies in Hsinchu Science Park (Taiwan). 2005 and 2006 he was project manager in the Technology Transfer of Infineon from Villach (Austria) to Kulim (Malaysia). Since 2006 he is Professor of Applied Physics at the Faculty of Microsystems Technology at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) in Regensburg, Germany. His major research interests are microsystems, microsensors and optoelectronics. The intensive cooperation with the industry within the scope of his research activities is reflected by a multitude of industry-funded projects. In 2017, these achievements were honoured with the OTH award for special achievements in the cooperation between industry and science. Dr. Schreiner is a member of the German Physical Society.​​​​​