Plenary Sessions

Plenary 1

Advanced materials and nanotechnologies for the European re-industrialisation

The EuroNanoForum 2017 conference is officially opened by the representatives from Malta Government and European Commission. In addition, the first plenary will focus on Europe’s return to the path of strong economic growth, re-industrialization, and discusses the roles of research, development, and innovation on industrial nanotechnology and advanced materials. The growth of nanotech companies will culminate the European efforts on nanotechnology, thus a special attention is paid for to the European innovations environment and the key success factors of nanotechnology businesses, such as innovation governance, failures and leadership. The key overall theme “open innovation” is highlighted in the plenary.


Jonathan Borg, Professor, University of Malta


Peter Dröll, Director, Industrial Technologies at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business of Malta

Silvio Schembri, Hon. Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation

Joe Murphy, CE100 Network Manager at Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Martin Curley, Founder and Co-director of the Innovation Value Institute

Magnus Berggren, Professor of Organic Electronics, Linköping University

Plenary 2

Nanotechnologies for industrial success

The plenary session presents key examples of industrial success stories based on innovations on advanced materials & nanotechnology and discusses the role of these technologies and open innovation in enabling sustainable economic growth for the European industry.


Laura Koponen, Managing Director at Spinverse

Pekka Koponen, CEO and Founder at Spinverse


Fabio Gualandris, Executive Vice President at STMicroelectronics

Berthold Hellenthal, Head of Audi comprehensive semiconductor strategy Audi AG

Ed de Jong, Vice President of Development at Avantium – presentation

Klaus-Michael Weltring, Managing Director at Nanobioanalytic Muenster, Member of Board at ETP Nanomedicine

Michel Glotin, Scientific Director for Materials at ARKEMA – presentation

Plenary 3

Investing in nanotechnologies

The third and final plenary presents how public funding opportunities enable the emergence of new innovations to the markets and speed up the birth of new business from research. Both public funding and possibilities in private funding are discussed, highlighting the future of nanotechnology and advanced materials in Horizon 2020 for the next two years.


Brigitte Tanti, Head, SME Access to EU Programmes at Malta Enterprise – presentation


Peter Dröll, Director European Commission DG Research & Innovation Industrial Technologies

Lisa Friedersdorf, Director at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office – presentation

Valeria Nicolosi, Professor of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy at Trinity College Dublin presentation

Magnus Ryde, Partner at Spirit Ventures – presentation

Sessions track 1: Nanotechnology in industrial applications

Session 1

Advanced materials and nanotechnologies for low carbon green energy

This session will investigate the different ways low carbon energy technologies rely on advanced material solutions to achieve cost reduction, higher performance, longer lifetime and reduced resource dependency. Different specific needs are related to e.g. solar, wave, wind, bio fuel and energy storage. The whole value chain covering energy efficiency, energy capture, energy storage and energy transmission as well as various end-use applications will benefit strongly from improvements enabled by advanced material solutions developed, manufactured and commercialized by Europe-based high tech industry. End of day advanced material solutions are key to a greener society, sustainable competitive businesses and less foreign-energy dependent Europe.


Fabrice Stassin,  Managing Director at EMIRI, Manager of EU Government Affairs at Umicore – presentation


Sophie Mailley, Project Manager at CEA – presentation

Artur Kupczunas, CFO at Saule Technologies

Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez, Head of Solar Energy Materials & Systems Group at IREC – presentation

John Bøgild Hansen, Senior Research Engineer at Haldor Topsoe A/S – presentation

Session 2

Nanotechnologies' applications for electronics

This session will explore how nanotechnologies have brought novel game changing tools for applications in electronics.

Advanced materials such as graphene and other 2D materials and nanoscale processing technologies including new printing and other deposition technologies are changing the world. The use of greener, more sustainable materials and the potential of photonics-related manufacturing and solutions for sensing and lighting are enabling miniaturization, higher performance and flexibility. This has opened the way to new user-driven products, designs and application concepts and created interesting emerging market opportunities.


Roberto Zafalon, Director of EU Technology Programmes at STMicroelectronics


Herbert Pairitsch, Senior Manager Technology & Innovation at Infineon Technologies – presentation

Elvira Fortunato, Professor in Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon

Ilkka Varjos, VP Technology at Canatu – presentation

Session 3

Nano-enabled healthcare, nano-medicine and medical technologies

The session highlights the role of nanotechnology and advanced materials in solving the critical challenges and building new business in medical technologies and healthcare, including e.g. novel diagnostics, drug discovery, targeted treatments, tissue regeneration/engineering, controlled release and medical devices.


Helene Chraye, European Commission – presentation


Juuso Konttinen, Vice President Biochemicals at UPM – presentation

Iraida Loinaz, Health Business Developement Manager of CIDETEC

Patrick Boisseau, VP Healthcare at CEATech – presentation

Pilar Aguar, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission – presentation

Pitches from following pilot line projects:

  • NANOFACTURING  The Development of Medium- and Large-Scale Sustainable Manufacturing Process Platforms for Clinically Compliant Solid Core Nanopharmaceuticals
  • NanoPilot  A Pilot Plant for the Production of Polymer based Nanopharmaceuticals in Compliance with GMP
  • PEPTICAPS – Design of polyPEPTIdes diblock copolymers as emulsifiers to produce safe, controlled and reliable novel stimuli-responsive nanoCAPSules for skin care applications – presentation
  • SKHINCAPS – SKin Healthcare by Innovative NanoCAPsules – presentation

Session 4

Nanotechnologies and advanced materials in consumer goods

The session will delve into the extensive opportunities offered by Advanced materials and nanotechnology to bring different functionalities needed in products we use in our everyday life, such as textiles, sporting goods, packaging, cosmetics, kitchen ware, food ingredients, paints etc. Consumer needs are guiding the product design which again calls for different types of materials, e.g. plastics, composites, bio-based materials, metals, ceramics, multi-materials; and new fabrication and processing methods for producing functional 3D structures, foams, films etc. needed in the applications.


Claus Hackmann, BASF Venture Capital GmbH


Jiří Kůs, Chairman of the Executive Board at Czech Nanotechnology Industries Association – presentation

Carla Joana Silva, R&D Manager at CeNTI – Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials – presentation

Paul Kiekens, Full Professor and Head of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University – presentation

Farnaz Ghajeri, Research Officer at Svenska Aerogel AB – presentation

Session 5

Advanced materials and nanotechnologies for a bio-based and circular economy

This session will reflect on how sustainability has been a key driver for re-shaping the chemical and processing industry. There are major societal and industrial initiatives towards bio-based and circular economy. Advanced materials and nanotechnologies play a crucial role in making the change and building the necessary elements for a more sustainable economy. Boosting resource efficiency, substituting critical raw materials, productizing waste & side streams, deploying novel bio-based materials & cleantech solutions are examples of actions lowering the environmental impact and creating basis for new green business and society.


Johan Elvnert, ETP – presentation


David Sacco, Engineer at Water Services Corporation

Karen Hanghøj, CEO at EIT RawMaterials – presentation

Jan Meneve, Research manager Sustainable Materials Management at VITO – presentation

Matti Heikkilä, CTO at MetGen Oy – presentation

Session 6

Nanotechnologies in smart, green and integrated transportation

This session will investigate the green transport needs innovations on advanced materials and nanotechnology.

The European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) address research, technological developments, innovation and demonstration regarding energy efficiency of road transport vehicles and the use of new types of non-conventional energies such as electricity, CNG and LNG, renewable and tailored fuels. In addition to impact on resources and environment, this also has positive effects on citizens lives and health from the reduced pollution and noise emissions, particularly in urban environments.

The session in particular will look at the latest technologies, including advanced power-train technologies and new vehicle architectures, weight reduction, improved aerodynamics and rolling resistance and component development for alternative fuel vehicles.


Josef Affenzeller, EVGIA – presentation


Joseph Cilia, Abertax Technologies

Keith Simons, Innovation Director in Emerging Technologies at Elastopoli – presentation

Winfried Keiper, R&D Specialist at Bosch – presentation

Enda Ward, Camera Architecture & Technology Group Leader / Senior Expert at Valeo Vision Systems – presentation

Session 7

Nanotechnologies in buildings and construction industry

This session will draw upon the current policy development on climate. For instance, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, defined a number of political targets for de-carbonising European economy. CO2 emissions must be reduced by 90% and energy consumption by as much as 50% by 2050.

Building currently account for 40% of energy usage, and the construction industry can be made much more sustainable if greener building materials, processes and overall solutions are applied. This session will focus on the possibilities nanotech and advanced materials offer to improve the climate impact of this industry.


George Katalagarianakis, European Commission


Michele Andolfo, Scientist at Selena Labs Sp. z o.o. – presentation

Santeri Suoranta, Head of Technology, Major Projects at KONE – presentation

Dieter Meissner, Founder and CTO at Crystalsol – presentation

Antonio Porro Gutierrez, Director of Business Development, Building Division at Tecnalia – presentation

Session 8

Nanotechnologies and advanced materials for machinery and process tools

This session will focus on advanced materials and manufacturing methods as key enablers for machine engineering in demanding applications and operational environments. For example, long-lasting strong, lightweight structures, controlled tribological solutions (friction & wear), energy-efficient low friction contacts for rolling & sliding parts, specific corrosion or thermally resistant materials, multi-functional surfaces are needed to guarantee the product’s long lifetime, maximise safety and reliability and minimise the life-cycle costs / environmental footprint.


Sandrine Lebigre, R&D Programmes Manager at IPC – presentation


Patrik Karlsson, Senior Project Manager at the Institute for Research and Technology – Thessaly and Centre for Research and Technology – Hellas – presentation

Philipp Dreiß, Managing Director, XETICS GmbH – presentation

Amaya Igartua, Director, IK4Tekniker – presentation

Session 9

Electromechanical and fluidic systems at nano-scale

Nano and microfluidics is a highly multidisciplinary field designing systems in which low volumes of fluids are processed to achieve e.g. multiplexing, automation, and high-throughput screening  It has a significant impact in biotechnology, medicine  and clinical diagnostics with the development of lab-on-a-chip devices for PCR and related techniques. Micro or nano electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) provide accurate sensing & control operations in many applications, e.g. inkjet printers, automotive (air bags, tire pressure), mobile phones, displays, medical devices. This session shows prime examples of utilization of these special technologies in novel applications.


Edward Gatt, Professor, University of Malta


Andreas Schutze, Professor in the Department Systems Engineering at Saarland University – presentation

Jason Reese, Regius Professor of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Mahavir Singh, Owner of LIONEX – presentation

Sara Manzano, Innovation Project Manager at Advanced Innovation and Technology Corporation (ADItech) – presentation

Session 10

Nanotechnologies in printing and additive manufacturing

This session will investigate functional printing inks and tailoring the printability of surfaces, as they are key issues both for traditional offset and modern digital printing. The latter provides design freedom and paths to new functional products, e.g. printed, flexible, and wearable electronics, smart packaging or paper products, flexible batteries, solar cells, lightning etc. Additive (digital) manufacturing such as 3D printing brings new opportunities to create novel functional designs and specific structures for a multitude of applications from cell cultures to large building.


Katariina Torvinen, VTT, Research Manager – presentation


Edward Borg, Co-founder at Thought3d – presentation

Michael Thiel, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Nanoscribe

Monika Lelonek, Owner and CEO at SmartMembranes – presentation

Ioanna Zergioti, Associate Professor at the National Technical University of Athens

Sessions track 2: Enablers of the nano based success

Session 11

Materials modelling in an industrial context

This session will focus on materials modelling when linked with smart experimental research. Multi-scale modelling in particular, combines all different length scales and aspects like material microstructure, processing, material performance and product properties. Utilizing relevant application related know-how, modelling tools and experimental digital materials engineering provide major tools for effective R&D – capable of reducing the development time significantly and providing reliability/predictability for the product life-time. The session presents the state-of-the-art and examples of successful industrial implementation of the concept.


Nadja Adamovic, European materials modelling council (EMMC) – presentation


Adham Hashibon, Scientist at Fraunhofer IWM – presentation

Rudy Koopmans, Director of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) – presentation

Salim Belouettar, Research Group Leader – Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) – Université de Strasbourg – presentation

Gerhard Goldbeck, Director, Product management, marketing and business development for scientific and engineering software – presentation

Session 12

Nanomanufacturing, characterisation and metrology

Nanomanufacturing concerns both the production of nano-scaled materials and the fabrication of  devices incorporating nano-length scale features  from nanoscaled materials. On the other hand, nanometrology and characterisation have a crucial role for the production of such nanomaterials and devices with a high degree of accuracy and reliability.

The relevant fabrication, measurement and characterization technologies and methods are  therefore of extreme importance for scientific research in all fields. Furthermore, application driven devices and materials development requires solid understanding of different phenomena (physical, chemical, electrical, thermal etc.) and materials properties under dynamic operational conditions. Accurate characterization methods are needed to measure, monitor and analyze those phenomena  and properties in all scales (nano, micro, macro). This session will investigate the issues highlighted above and, in addition, will shed a light on relevant application-specific test methods that guide the development from lab to pilot and industrial scale.


Emanuele Sinagra, University of Malta


Raffaele Correale, Technology and R&D Director NanoTech Analysis – presentation

Stefan Dimov, Professor of Micro Manufacturing, Head of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre, University of Birmingham – presentation

Marco Sebastiani, Europea Materials Characterization Council (EMCC) – presentation

Nikos Kehagias, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – presentation

Ennio Capria, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS

Session 13

Technology and business networks in Europe - promoting innovation and new industrial ventures

Regional competences have been systematically built in Europe regarding different fields of materials and nanotechnology. European programmes are adding to these competences further and this session will discuss them further.

Smart specialization strategies aim to focus resources on the most promising areas of regional comparative advantage, e.g. on clusters, existing sectors and specific research areas. Innovation clusters gather innovative start-ups, small, medium and large enterprises as well as research organizations to stimulate innovation activities by promoting intensive interactions, sharing of facilities and exchange of knowledge and expertise and by contributing effectively to technology transfer, networking and information dissemination among the undertakings in the cluster. Local support, often provided by the networks and clusters, provides competitive advance. This session in particular presents the activities and success stories of nano related networks and clusters.


Paula Queipo, Director of External Relations at Fundación PRODINTEC


Leon Gielgens, Program Director Nanotechnology at Technology Foundation STW – presentation

Peter Dröll, Director, Industrial Technologies at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission – presentation

Margarethe Hofmann-Amtenbrink, CEO at Mat Search Consulting Hofmann – presentation

Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit at DG GROWTH, European Commission – presentation

Marie D’Iorio, President of NanoCanada – presentation

Session 14

Pilot lines for industrial implementation

Pilot line facilities are efficient catalysts for innovation, helping overcoming upscaling barriers and the “crossing of the valley of death” between invention and market.

Bringing together and integrating key national and regional, private and public, research and upscaling facilities can contribute to establishing a European scale Open Infrastructure, supporting European industries in their efforts to upgrade and deploy new, advanced materials and nanotechnologies.

Bringing pilot lines together will increase interactions between larger numbers of researchers, facilitate cross-disciplinary fertilisation and a wider sharing of knowledge for innovative solutions across industry sectors and markets, and between academia and industry.

During the session 14 pilot lines will pitch the opportunities they offer for transferring new technology to manufacturers and into new products.

An introduction note will explain how these pilot projects have been coached to address market opportunities and present these, and allow the audience to learn and comment on the approach.

Interaction with the audience is foreseen via the conference app that will allow for questions, suggestions and continued contact during and after the ENF2017 conference.


Hans Hartmann Pedersen, European Commission


  • CO-PILOT – Flexible Pilot Scale Manufacturing of Cost-Effective Nanocomposites through Tailored Precision Nanoparticles in Dispersion – presentation
  • EELICON – Enhanced Energy Efficiency and Comfort by Smart Light Transmittance Control – presentation
  • INTEGRAL – INitiative to bring the 2nd generation of ThermoElectric Generators into industrial ReALity – presentation
  • IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY – Injection moulding, casting and coating PILOTS for the production of improved components with nano materials for automotive, construction and agricultural machinery – presentation
  • NanoHybrids – New generation of nanoporous organic and hybrid aerogels for industrial applications: from the lab to pilot scale production
  • NANOLEAP – Nanocomposite for building constructions and civil infraestructures: European network pilot production line to promote industrial application cases – presentation
  • NANOTUN3D – Development of the complete workflow for producing and using a novel nanomodified Ti-based alloy for additive manufacturing in special applications – presentation
  • OptiNanoPro – Processing and control of novel nanomaterials in packaging, automotive and solar panel processing lines – presentation
  • PLATFORM – Open access pilot plants for sustainable industrial scale nanocomposites manufacturing based on buckypapers, doped veils and prepregs – presentation
  • PRONANOpresentation
  • PROTECT – Pre-commercial lines for production of surface nanostructured antimicrobial and anti-biofilm textiles, medical devices and water treatment membranes – presentation
  • R2R Biofluidics – Large scale micro-and nanofabrication technologies for bioanalytical devices based on R2R imprinting – presentation
  • SHYMAN – Sustainable Hydrothermal Manufacturing of Nanomaterials
  • SMARTONICS – Sevelopment of smart machines, tools and processes for the precision synthesis of nanomaterials with tailored properties for Organic Electronics

Session 15

The societal dimension and governance of innovation

Environmental, health and safety issues require careful attention when taking nanotechnology into commercial use. How companies/research organisations deal with EHS aspects will be presented. Safe-by design approach will be discussed together with the regulatory requirements.


Helene Chraye, European Commission


Tero Mustonen, Global New Substance Coordinator, Performance Chemicals Division at BASF – presentation