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Jean-Marc Triscone is Professor of Physics in the Department of Quantum Matter Physics at the University of Geneva, leading a group working on correlated oxide heterostructures and oxide interface physics. Jean-Marc Triscone obtained his PhD in 1987 in Geneva with Professor Øystein Fischer. In 1990-1991 and in 1995 he was a visiting scientist at Stanford University. Since 1996, he has been a full Professor in Geneva. Between 2001 and 2007 he has been Deputy-director of the National Center of Competence in Research MaNEP. Between July 2007 and June 2014, he was the Dean of the Faculty of sciences in Geneva. Since July 2015, he is a Vice-president of the University of Geneva. He is since 2006 a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He obtained in 2013 an ERC Synergy grant.
He was awarded, with Harold Hwang and Jochen Mannhart, the 2014 European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize “For
the discovery and investigation of electron liquids at oxide interfaces”. For more information:


Javier Junquera got his BS. degree in physics at the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) in 1996, and his PhD degree  from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2001. After a two years as postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Liège, where he collaborated with Philippe Ghosez, and a further year at Rutgers University in Karin M. Rabe's group, he joined the Universidad de Cantabria as a Ramón y Cajal fellow. He was promoted to tenure in 2010.
His most important methodological work is his contribution to the SIESTA project ( SIESTA is both, a Density-functional Numerical Atomic Orbital (NAO) method and its computer program implementation. The outstanding feature of this method is its capability of limiting computer time and memory scale to increase only linearly with the number of atoms (order-N scaling). He contributed with an automatically optimized quality of the basis set, to the design and implementation interoperability with other first-principles programs. He has highly contributed to the teaching and dissemination of the method by organizing international workshops and preparing a full set of self-explanatory, openly accessible exercises.
He has specialized in the study of ferroelectric size effects in nanostructures, highlighting the role of the often neglegted depolarizing field in ferroelectric thin films. He has also set the standards for the computation of band offsets and Schottky barriers from first-principles. Always trying to collaborate hand-by-hand with experimental groups, he predicted the formation of domains of closure in ferroelectric ultrathin films and superlattices (confirmed experimentally three years later), and the sequence of growth of Ruddlesden-Popper series (confirmed experimentally ten years later). As invited researcher at University of California Berkeley, he recently predicted the formation of polar skyrmions and complex topological polar textures in ferroelectric superlattices.
Currently, he is involved in the development of “second-principles” methods. The goal is to achieve simulations of tens of thousands of atoms at operating conditions (finite temperature), describing the coupled dynamics of ions and relevant electronic degrees of freedom, and accessing scales and physical phenomena that have never been investigated so far with atomistic details and first-principles accuracy. 
For his achievements, he was frequently invited to the most important international conferences. He wrote two monographs in his field of research.



Sergei Kalinin is the director of the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials (IFIM) and distinguished staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his MS degree from Moscow State University in 1998 and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (with Dawn Bonnell) in 2002. His research presently focuses on the applications of big data and artificial intelligence methods in atomically resolved imaging by scanning transmission electron microscopy and scanning probes for extraction of relevant physics and chemical behaviors on the single-atom levels, as well as mesoscopic studies of electromechanical and transport phenomena via scanning probe microscopy. Sergei has co-authored >600 publications, with a total citation of >26,000 and an h-index of >80. He is a fellow of MRS, APS, IoP, IEEE, Foresight Institute, and AVS; a recipient of the RMS medal for Scanning Probe Microscopy (2015); Blavatnik Award for Physical Sciences (2018), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2009); Burton medal of Microscopy Society of America (2010); 3 R&D100 Awards (2008, 2010, and 2016); and a number of other distinctions.  



Peter Mardilovich is currently Chief Engineer at Xaar plc in Cambridge, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, where he began his career, progressing from Research Associate to Senior Scientist and Head of a research group. In the early 1990s, while at Glasgow University, he was awarded two personal grants from the Science Engineering and Research Council of the UK. Prior to joining Xaar, he was Senior Technologist at Hewlett-Packard within the Imaging and Printing division. Between 2005 and 2007 he was the visiting scientist at MIT, managing the HP-MIT strategic alliance; and before coming to HP, Peter worked as Senior Scientist at Nanomaterials Research Corporation and as Research Associate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His expertise lies in thin film technologies, thin-film and bulk piezo-ceramics, ceramic MEMS and membranes, printing technologies, printed electronics, anodic oxides and self-assembled structures, solid-oxide fuel cells and hydrogen separation. Peter holds approximately 230 world-wide granted patents (106 issued in the US) with about 30 applications still pending. He is the author of more than 100 papers and has given over 120 presentations. His works have garnered over 15,300 citations, resulting in an h-index of 33 (i10-index of 65).



Uwe Schroeder, Ph.D., is Deputy Scientific Director of NaMLab since 2009. The main research topics are material properties of ferroelectric hafnium oxide and the integration of the material into future devices.

Prior to joining NaMLab, Schroeder was in a Senior Staff Scientist position at Qimonda, which was Infineon Technologies Memory Division and Siemens Semiconductor before. He jointed Siemens in 1997 for DRAM capacitor development in the DRAM Development Alliance with IBM and Toshiba in Hopewell Jct., NY before transferring to Infineon’s Memory Development Center in Dresden, Germany in 2000. Here, he continued the research on high k dielectric and its integration into DRAM capacitors as a project manager. During this work the so far unknown ferroelectric properties of doped HfO2 based dielectrics were found in 2007. He focused on a detailed understanding of these new material properties and their integration into memory devices. He is (co-) author of more than 350 papers and conference contributions and more than 30 patents, including more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, 40 invited presentations, and editor of a book on ferroelectric HfO2 material properties and based devices. 

Schroeder received a Master degree in Physics and a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry field from University of Bonn, Germany including a research visit at UC California, Berkeley and worked at University of Chicago as a post-doctoral researcher.


Kenji Uchino, one of the pioneers in piezoelectric actuators, is Founding Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers and Professor of EE and MatSE at Penn State University. He was Associate Director (Global Technology Awareness) at The US Office of Naval Research – Global Tokyo Office (2010-2014). He was also the Founder and Senior Vice President of Micromechatronics Inc., State College, PA (2004-20010). He became Research Associate/Assistant Professor (1976) in Physical Electronics Department at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, then, joined Sophia University, Japan as Associate Professor in Physics Department in 1985. He was recruited from The Penn State University in 1991. He was the Founding Chair of Smart Actuators/Sensors Committee, Japan Technology Transfer Association sponsored by Ministry of Economics, Trading and Industries, Japan (1987-2014), and is a long-term Chair of International Conference on New Actuators, Messe Bremen, Germany since 1997. 
His research interest is in solid state physics, especially in ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, including basic research on theory, materials, device designing and fabrication processes, as well as application development of solid state actuators/sensors for precision positioners, micro-robotics, ultrasonic motors, smart structures, piezoelectric transformers and energy harvesting. K. Uchino is known as the discoverer/inventor of the following topics: (1) lead magnesium niobate (PMN)-based electrostricive materials, (2) cofired multilayer piezoelectric actuators (MLA), (3) superior piezoelectricity in relaxor-lead titanate-based piezoelectric single crystals (PZN-PT), (4) photostrictive phenomenon, (5) shape memory ceramics, (6) magnetoelectric composite sensors, (7) transient response control scheme of piezoelectric actuators (Pulse-Drive technique), (8) micro ultrasonic motors, (9) multilayer disk piezoelectric transformers, and (10) piezoelectric loss characterization methodology. He has authored 570 papers, 75 books and 31 patents in the ceramic actuator area.
He is a Fellow of American Ceramic Society since 1997, a Fellow of IEEE since 2012, and also is a recipient of 29 awards, including Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE UFFC Society (2018), International Ceramic Award from Global Academy of Ceramics (2016), IEEE-UFFC Ferroelectrics Recognition  Award (2013), Inventor Award from Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems, Virginia Tech (2011), Premier Research Award from The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (2011).


Satoshi Wada is a professor of Material Science and Technology at University of Yamanashi.  His main research interests include dielectric and piezoelectric nanoparticles, ceramics and single crystals, nano-structure induced enhanced property, and domain engineering in ferroelectric materials.  He obtained B.S. degree (1986) in Metallurgy at Ibaraki University, M.S., (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees in Material Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology.  After graduation, he joined the faculty (assistant professor) at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from 1991 to 1999.  During Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, he has held visiting scientist at the Pennsylvania State University from 1996 to 1997.  On 1999, he joined the faculty (assistant professor) at Tokyo institute of Technology, and promoted to an associate professor there on 2000.  On 2007, he joined the faculty (associate professor) at University of Yamanashi and on 2009, promoted to full professor.  
He has authored more than 300 publications, 30 patents, and 10 co-authored books in the material science field.  He is a member of IEEE, The American Ceramic Society, the Materials Research Society, the Ceramics Society of Japan, the Japanese Society of Applied Physics, the Physical Society of Japan, the Chemical Society of Japan, Catalysis Society of Japan, and the Society of Powder Technology.  He co-organized a symposium at the MS&T06 Conference (2006, Cincinnati), the 8th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains and Micro- to Nanoscopic Structure (2004, Tsukuba), IUMRS-ICAM 2003, 2007, 2014 (2003 Yokohama, 2007 Tokyo & 2014 Fukuoka), the 3rd International Ceramics Congress (2010, Osaka), and the 6th Japan-China Ferroelectric Materials and Application (Yamanashi, 2014).  He received the Best Presentation Award of MRS-Japan in 1996, the JCerSJ Best Manuscript Award of the Ceramics Society of Japan in 1997, the Young Scientist Award of Electroceramics Division in 1999, the PFEIL Award in 2005, the Richard Fulrath Award of the American Ceramics Society in 2007, the JJAP Editorial Contribution Award of the Japanese Applied Physics Society in 2007, the AEM Award of the Japan AEM Society in 2008, the CSJ Award of the Ceramics Society of Japan in 2009 and Ferroelectric Recognition Award of the IEEE in 2018.