Confirmed invited speakers

Vincenzo Barone
Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
– Vis-à-vis comparison between computed and experimental Raman and ROA spectra: highlights from a fascinating adventure –

Vincenzo Baroneis full professor of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore since 2008 (from 1994 to 2007 at the Federico II University of Naples), where he has also served as President for the period 2016-2018. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (IAQMS), European Academy of Science, Royal Society of Chemistry, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and Accademia dei Lincei. He has received several scientific prizes and grants, including the DREAMS Ideas ERC Advanced Grant in 2013. He has authored more than 750 papers in ISI journals and several book chapters with more than 60000 citations, an h-factor of 86, and 11 papers cited more than 1000 times each. The most significant scientific contributions include fundamental developments in Density Functional Theory, solvation theory, and computational spectroscopy, together with state-of-the-art applications in life sciences, astrochemistry, nanosciences and cultural heritage.

Mads Bergholt
King’s College of London (UK)
– Biomedical Raman spectroscopy for in vivo diagnosis of cancer –

Mads received his MSc. Degree in Engineering, Physics and Technology (optics) from the University of Southern Denmark and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowshipat Imperial College London and the United Kingdom Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP) Special Merit Prize. He is currently a Lecturer and leads the Label-free Bioimaging Laboratory at King’s College London. He was very recently awarded the prestigious EuropeanResearch Council (ERC) starting grant. His research interests include biomedical optics and light-tissue interaction, linear/non-linear optical spectroscopy/imaging, advanced endoscopy and artificial intelligence. He holds several commercialized patents in healthcare.

Paolo Biagioni
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
– Mid-infrared plasmonics and sensing with heavily-doped semiconductors –

The research activity is primarily located in the fields of nano-optics and plasmonics. The investigation of field confinement, field enhancement, and light-matter interactions on sub-wavelength scales is a fundamental branch of nanotechnology research nowadays. Near-field microscopy techniques allow imaging with sub-diffraction resolution and find applications in nanoparticle research, guided optics, and material science. Plasmonic systems exploit the resonant excitation of the conduction electrons in metal nanostructures for field enhancement and confinement, sub-diffraction waveguiding, nonlinear optics, and to boost the interaction of light with molecules and nanomatter.

Michele Ceotto
Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
– Semiclassical Molecular Dynamics: a useful tool for Spectroscopic interpretation –

since 2015 ERC Consolidator Group Leader for the project SEMICOMPLEX at the Department of
Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
since 2015 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
(“chiamata diretta per chiara fama”)
2006-2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

2005-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, “Center for Biophysical Modeling and Simulation”, Prof. G.A. Voth’s
group, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (USA)
2005 PhD in Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley (USA); advisor Prof. W. H. Miller,
thesis’s title: “Semiclassical and Quantum Instanton approximations for thermal rate
constants of chemical reactions”
2000 Laurea (M.S.) in Physics (110/110), Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (Italy)
1999 Laurea (M.S.) in Chemistry (110/110 cum laude), advisor Prof. F.A. Gianturco, Università
degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (Italy)
1991 Diploma, Liceo Scientifico “Guglielmo Marconi”, Conegliano (Treviso, Italy)

2018 Seal of excellence: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 (as Hosting
PI); Certificate delivered by the European Commission.
2017 FARE (Framework for attracting and strengthening of research excellence in Italy) – MIUR
2017 Seal of excellence: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 (as Hosting
PI); Certificate delivered by the European Commission.
2015 European Research Council (ERC): ERC Consolidator Grant 2014
2000-2005 University of California at Berkeley (USA): International student fellowship for graduate
studies in Theoretical & Computational Physical Chemistry
2000 Fellowship by the “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche” (CNR) for studies outside Italy
2000 European Union Training and Mobility for Researchers (TMR) Fellowship at the Consejo
Superior de las Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) and “Istituto de Matematicas y Fisica
Fundamental” (IMAFF), Prof.s Garcia-Vela and Delgado-Barrio, Madrid (Spain)
1998 Visiting student Fellowship at Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick (UK)
1992-1999 Tax-free application at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” for outstanding GPA at each
academic year
1992-1999 Italian National Federation “Cavalieri del Lavoro” Fellowship: about 20 grants each year
nationwide (over the entire Italian University student population). The grant includes full
board, lodging, and additional academic courses during all undergraduate studies

website https://sites.unimi.it/ceotto/

Emiliano Cortés
Imperial College of London (UK) and University of Munich (Germany)
– Dynamic of atomic defects revealed by SERS –

Emiliano holds a W2 tenure-track professorship at the Physics Department in LMU Munich and is the academic lead of the Plasmonic Chemistry Group. He is also a visiting researcher at the Chemistry Department, University College London, UK, and at the Physics Department, Imperial College London, UK. His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry and physics, and focus on the development of novel nanomaterials and techniques, specifically for applications in energy conversion. Emiliano studied chemistry at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. He was one of the founders of Nanodetection, a start-up company based on plasmonic sensing. He was also a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at Imperial College London. In 2018, he was awarded with the ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission for his project CATALIGHT.

John R. Lombardi
City College New York (USA)
– Design of Optimized Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Sensors –

A.B. Cornell University (1962)
Ph.D. Harvard University (1967)
University of Illinois (1967-1972)
Leiden University (Netherlands, 1972-3)
MIT (1973-1975)
City College of New York (1975-present)
Other Positions:
Research Fellow of Committee for Scholarly Communications with the Peoples’ Republic of China to Study in Beijing, 1981.
Guest Professor, Jilin University, Changchun, Peoples Republic of China 2005-2010-present
Visiting Committee of the Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008-present

Mihail Petrov
ITMO-St. Petersburg (Russia)
– Non-metallic resonant nanostructures as novel functional nanodevices –

Mihail Petrov is a researcher associate at Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials of ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He has graduated from Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnic University and obtained his PhD from University of Eastern Finland and Candidate of Science degree from Ioffe Physical Technical Institute of Russian Academy of Science. His research activities lie in the field of all-dielectric nanophotonics, quantum nanophotonics, and optical manipulation. He is a co-author of two book chapters and more than 50 publications. Dr. Petrov also teaches “Introduction to quantum optics” and “Plasmonics” course at ITMO University and Saint-Petersburg Academic University.

Giuseppe Pezzotti
Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan)
– Carrying the Hooke’s legacy forward: a measure of stress at the nanoscopic scale –

Giuseppe Pezzotti is Vice President of the Kyoto Institute of Technology and Director of the International Center since the year 2017, and a full tenured professor and leader of the Ceramic Physics Laboratory since the year 2000. He graduated summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Rome University “La Sapienza”, Italy, in 1984 and holds three doctoral degrees in materials engineering (ceramic materials; Osaka University), solid state physics (quantum mechanics; Kyoto University), and medical sciences (orthopedics; Tokyo Medical University), all obtained in Japan, the country where he has lived the past 32 years. Fluent in Japanese, and capable to read and write it at a nearly native level, he was one of the first foreign nationals to obtain a tenured full professor position in a Japanese Government University and is now the first and only western-born Vice President in a National Japanese University. From 2002 to 2012, Professor Pezzotti served as the director of the Research Institute for Nanoscience at Kyoto Institute of Technology. From 2005 to 2015, he has been an adjunct professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Research of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. Since 2009, he obtained an Invited Professorship from the Department of Medical Engineering of Osaka University, from 2010 to 2017 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Molecular Cell Physiology of Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, since 2016 he is a Guest Professor at the Department of Orthopedics of the Tokyo Medical University, and since 2018 he serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Immunology of the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. Prof. Pezzotti has published about 646 scientific papers, 1 book as a single author, 13 book chapters, and holds 11 patents, including a world patent regarding nanoscale stress microscopy in the scanning electron microscope. He has licensed his intellectual properties to more than 20 major industrial firms around the world and served as their consultant. His book entitled “Advanced Materials for Joint Implants” (published in 2013) has quickly become a landmark for scientists and medical doctors working in the field of joint arthroplasty. In 2013, Professor Pezzotti became a Fellow of the Academy of Science of Bologna Institute in appreciation of his advanced studies of Raman spectroscopy, linking quantum mechanics to medical sciences. In 2015 and 2016, the City of Kyoto awarded him with a City Prize for two years consecutively for his contribution to developing and progressing the internationalization of the City of Kyoto. In 2017, he has been awarded of the prestigious Prize for Scientific Research of the Ministry of Education of Japan (MEXT) for his invention of the nanoscale stress microscope and his fundamental contribution to the Japanese industrial world.

Annemarie Pucci
University of Heidelberg (Germany)
– Infrared vibrational signal enhancement with metallic nanostructures –

Annemarie Pucci, with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, became professor for experimental physics at the Heidelberg University in 1995. Her research is dedicated to studies of excitations of surfaces, nanostructures, and thin layers in the infrared energy range. She was the first who explained SEIRA as a Fano-type effect related to plasmonic excitations.