Plenary Sessions

Plenary 1

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 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.



Therese Comodini Cachia, Member of the European Parliament

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

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

Magnus Berggren, Professor of Organic Electronics, Linköping University

Plenary 2

Nanotechnology 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.



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

Klaus-Michael Weltring, CEO at Bioanalytik-Muenster

Michel Glotin, Scientific Director for Materials at ARKEMA

Plenary 3

Investing in nanotechnology

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.



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

Evarist Bartolo, Maltese Minister for Education and Employment

Lisa Friedersdorf, Director at National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, University of Virginia

Jeremy Noah Agius, Branch Manager, APS Bank

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

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

Sophie Mailley, Project Manager at CEA

Artur Kupczunas, CFO at Saule Technologies

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

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

Session 2

Nanotechnology 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.



Herbert Pairitsch, Senior Manager Technology & Innovation bei Infineon Technologies

Georg Menges, Director Cooperative Innovation Projects Business Unit Security & Connectivity NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH

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

Ilkka Varjos, VP Director of Engineering at Canatu

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.



Juuso Konttinen, Vice President Biochemicals at UPM

Iraida Loinaz, Health Business Developement Manager of CIDETEC

Patrick Boisseau, VP Healthcare at CEATech

Session 4

Nanotechnology 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.



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

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

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

Farnaz Ghajeri, Research Officer at Svenska Aerogel AB

Session 5

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology 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.



David Sacco, Engineer at Water Services Corporation

Karen Hanghøj, CEO at EIT RawMaterials

Jan Meneve, Research manager Sustainable Materials Management at VITO

Matti Heikkilä, CTO at MetGen Oy

Session 6

Nanotechnology 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.



Joseph Cilia, Abertax Technologies

Keith Simons, Innovation Director in Emerging Technologies at Elastopoli

Winfried Keiper, R&D Specialist at Bosch

Session 7

Nanotechnology 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.



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

Santeri Suoranta, Head of Technology, Major Projects at KONE

Dieter Meissner, Founder and CTO at crystalsol

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

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.


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

Philipp Dreiß, Managing Director, XETICS GmbH

Amaya Igartua, Director, IK4Tekniker

Bertrand Fillon, General Director of Rsearch at IPC

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.



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

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

Mahavir Singh, Owner of LIONEX

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

Session 10

Nanotechnology in printing and additive manufacturing

This session will investigate functional printing inks and tailoring the printability of surfaces 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/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.



Edward Borg, Co-funder at Thought3d

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

Monika Lelonek, Owner and CEO at SmartMembranes

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.



Adham Hashibon, Scientist at Fraunhofer IWM

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

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

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

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.



Raffaele Correale, Technology and R&D Director NanoTech Analysis

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

Marco Sebastiani, Europea Materials Characterization Council (EMCC)

Nikos Kehagias, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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.



Leon Gielgens, Program Director Nanotechnology at Technology Foundation STW

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

Margarethe Hofmann, CEO at Mat Search Consulting Hofmann

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

Session 14

Pilot lines for industrial implementation

This session will focus on pilot line activities as efficient catalysts for innovation. They open up the bottleneck and enable crossing of the valley of death between invention and market. In addition, Open Infrastructures bring together, integrate on European scale, and open up key national and regional research infrastructures to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development.

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.



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