The Thinking Institute at the University of Vigo
The Thinking Institute aims to bring together scientists from around the world to discuss science with an open mind, so that new research directions may emerge from a multidisciplinary environment. Organized by Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán and supported by CINBIO, this first edition will take place on July 4th and 5th, 2022, with a splendid list of speakers. Attendance to lectures will be free but registration will be required. Students and researchers from CINBIO will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with the invited speakers, who will also meet privately for further joint thinking.
Catherine J. Murphy
The Latest Adventures with Gold Nanocrystals
Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Murphy received two B.S. degrees, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry, from the University of Illinois in 1986. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. From 1990-1993, she was first an NSF and then an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. From 1993-2009 Professor Murphy was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. In August 2009 she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.
The Case for Diversity, Tolerance, and Complexity from the World of Nanoscale Chirality
University of Michigan
Nicholas A. Kotov received his degrees from the Moscow State University with his diploma and PhD studies centered on bioinspired harvesting of solar energy. His postdoctoral studies in Syracuse University encompassed the synthesis and self-assembly of biomimetic nanocomposites. After taking a position of an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University he expanded the field of biomimetic processes and materials by establishing a research program on self-assembly of nanostructures. Nicholas is currently holding the rank of Irving Langmuir Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He heads the laboratory and international team of scientists working on practical implementations and theoretical foundations of Biomimetic Nanostructures. Self-assembly and optical properties of chiral nanoparticles and their superstructures represent a focal point for the continuum of bioinspired nanoscale materials with significance to physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. Nicholas is a co-founder of five startup companies and a passionate advocate for scientists with disabilities.
Carbon Nanodots: the missing link between the molecular and the nanoscale worlds
CIC biomaGUNE and University of Trieste
Carbon Nanobiotechnology Group Leader at CIC biomaGUNE. Research line: Development of functional carbon-based interfaces with enhanced performance in the field of biosensing and diagnostics. Federchimica Prize, Association of the Italian Chemical Industries (1995). National Prize for Research, Italian Chemical Society (2002). Ciamician-Gonzalez Prize, Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2008). Nominee for the Descartes Prize for Excellence. Previous research experience in USA (Yale University, University of California), Italy (University of Trieste), France (Ecole Normale Superieure, Université de Strasbourg), Belgium (Université de Namur) and China (Xi'an Jiaotong University). Doctor in Chemistry (1978) from University of Padova, Italy, Honoris Causa Laurea in Materials Science and Technology at the University of Roma Tor Vergata (2014), Honoris Causa PhD in Chemistry, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (2016).
Mónica Olvera de la Cruz
Controlling Interactions in Colloidal Assemblies
Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University https://innobiome.csic.es/
Olvera de la Cruz obtained her B.A. in Physics from the UNAM, Mexico, in 1981, and her Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University, UK, in 1985. She has been a faculty member at Northwestern University since 1986. From 1995-97, she worked as a Senior Staff Scientist at the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Centre de’Etude, Saclay, France. Olvera de la Cruz is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society. She directed the Northwestern Materials Research Center from 2006–2013, which she grew in research, funding level and education, and expanded it by developing the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS), an outreach program aimed at advancing the role of science and engineering in society. She is the Director of the Center for Computation and Theory of Soft Materials (CCTSM) at Northwestern University.
Weak and Strong Interactions in Nanoparticles and in Proteins
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Francesco Stellacci graduated in Materials Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1998 with a thesis on photochromic polymers with Prof. Giuseppe Zerbi and Mariacarla Gallazzi. In 1999 he moved to the Chemistry Department of the University of Arizona for as a post-doc in the group of Joe Perry in close collaboration with the group of Seth Marder. In 2002 he moved to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant professor. He was then promoted to associate without (2006) and with tenure (2009). In 2010 he moved to the Institute of Materials at EPFL as a full Professor. He holds the Alcan EP Chair. Francesco was one of the recipients of the Technology Review TR35 "35 Innovator under 35" award in 2005, and the Popular Science Magazine "Brilliant 10" award in 2007. He has been a Packard Fellow starting 2005.
Nanostructuring processes to tune the magnetic behavior of nanocrystals of transition metal oxides
CINBIO, Universidade de Vigo
After completing her PhD in Chemistry (Materials) at the University of Vigo in 2003, Dr Salgueiriño worked as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Arizona State University (United States) and the University of Santiago de Compostela. In 2009, she started working at the University of Vigo. She is currently principal researcher of the Magnetic Materials Group, where her research focuses on the magnetic properties of hybrid nanostructures.
Lucas V. Besteiro
A theoretical perspective on the connection between chirality and photocatalysis in plasmonic nanocrystals
CINBIO, Universidade de Vigo
Lucas V. Besteiro received his PhD in Physics from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2014. Then, he held postdoctoral positions at Ohio University (USA), Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences-UESTC (China) and Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications Research Centre-INRS (Canada). Currently, he is a Junior PI at CINBIO. His research interests cover Theoretical Nanophotonics and Material Science, with a focus on the computational modelling of plasmonic nanostructures for both fundamental and applied research.
“Atomic Scale Characterization of Nanoparticles on Surfaces”
His research program includes the development of novel X-ray probes and the characterization of surface, interface, and thin-film structures with atomic resolution. He conducts experiments using both in-house and synchrotron X-ray facilities. The latter have greatly enhanced chemical and structural sensitivity for studying systems as dilute as one-hundredth of an atomic monolayer. He also developed a number of methods for generating X-ray standing waves with differing characteristic length scales. He uses these periodic X-ray probes to pinpoint the lattice location of adsorbate atoms on crystalline surfaces, to measure strain within epitaxially grown semiconductor and ferroelectric thin films, and to locate heavy atoms within ordered ultrathin organic films.
Luis Liz Marzán
CIC biomaGUNE and CINBIO, Universidade de Vigo
“The Bright Future of Surfactants for Nanocrystal Growth”
Ikerbasque Research Professor, group leader of the BioNanoplasmonics Lab and scientific Director of CIC biomaGUNE (2013-2022). Research line: Nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, nanoplasmonics, and development of nanoparticle-based sensing and diagnostic tools. Previous research experience in the University of Vigo, University of Utrecht, Tohoku University, University of Michigan, University of Melbourne, University of Hamburg and Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. Doctor in Chemistry 1992 from the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Participation is free but registration is needed. LOCATION: Salón de Actos, Edif. Ciencias Experimentais (Facultade de Ciencias do Mar)
The Thinking Institute at the University of Vigo, First Edition
Rector of the University of Vigo
Miguel A. Correa-Duarte
“The Case for Diversity, Tolerance, and Complexity from the World of Nanoscale Chirality”
"Nanostructuring processes to tune the magnetic behavior of nanocrystals of transition metal oxides"
“Carbon Nanodots: the missing link between the molecular and the nanoscale worlds”
“Building Nanoparticles - One Protein at the Time”
“A theorical perspective on the connection between chirality and photocatalysis in plasmonic nanocrystals”
“Weak and Strong Interactions in Nanoparticles and in Proteins”
“The Bright Future of Surfactants for Nanocrystal Growth”
“The Latest Adventures with Gold Nanocrystals”
“Controlling Interactions in Colloidal Assemblies”
“Atomic Scale Characterization of Nanoparticles on Surfaces”CANCELLED