Plenary talks►

Stephan Barcikowski
Technical Chemistry I, Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE)
University of Duisburg-Essen

«Laser Synthesis of Colloidal Metal and Alloy Colloids - Fundamentals, Scalability and Alloy Phase Structure»

Stephan Barcikowski studied chemistry in Braunschweig and Hannover, and made his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Materials). At the Laser Zentrum Hannover, Barcikowski built up the Nanomaterials group, and later led the institute’s Materials Processing Department. In 2010, he co-founded the company Particular GmbH. Since 2011, he chairs the Institute of Technical Chemistry I at the University of Duisburg-Essen and he is scientific director of the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen CENIDE since 2015. Stephan Barcikowski has more than 700 scientific publications on nanomaterials and laser processing, including more than 170 reviewed papers and patent files. Recently, he launched the scientific video channel 'nanofunction' on youtube with more than 11,000 annual visits. He serves editing the Journals Applied Surface Science and Scientific Reports.

Vasilis  Dimitriou
Centre for Plasma Physics & Lasers - CPPL
Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece 

«New prospects in multiphysics modeling and simulations of matter dynamics of laser induced solid-to-plasma phase transitions»

Vasilis Dimitriou is an Associate Professor of the Hellenic Mediterranean University in Greece, with specialization in Finite Elements in Engineering and Optoacoustic Applications. He is currently the Head of the Simulations Machining & Manufacturing Laboratory that since 2015 is a part of the statutory research infrastructure Institute of Plasma Physics & Lasers (IPPL). IPPL is one of the access points of the National Research Infrastructure “ELI - LASERLAB Europe Synergy, HiPER &”. He is responsible of the computational team of IPPL and his current research interests include multiphysics modeling & simulations of laser-matter interactions and matter dynamics in solid-to-plasma phase transitions.

Anton Fojtik
NRNU MEPhI - Institut of Engineering Physics for Biomedicine, Russia &
Czech Technical University in Prague

«Pioneering pulsed laser synthesis of colloids»

Prof. Anton Fojtik holds positions at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic and at National Research Nuclear University, Institute of Engineering Physics for Biomedicine in Moscow, Russia. His research interests include physical and chemical properties of quantum nanostructures of semiconductors, metals, and organic materials; preparation and spatial modeling of such structures; transfer and localization of electric charges on nanoparticles; application of nanostructures in biology and medicine. Prof. Fojtik is a member of New York Academy of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received quite a number of scientific and professional awards (e.g. for several times the prize of the Academy of Sciences of Czechoslovak Republic). He is the author and co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and 5 patents. Prof. Fojtik is being quoted as the very first researcher who started with experimental studies of nanostructures in the Czech Republic.

In June 2018, the new international award called Fojtik Henglein Prize for the outstanding, recent scientific breakthrough in the field of laser synthesis and processing of colloids in liquids nanotechnology research has been awarded (at Lyon, France) to the first laureate. The prize reflects the pioneering work of Prof. Anton Fojtik and Prof. Arnim Henglein (Germany) in the field of nanoparticle and nanostructure preparation using laser technology. The prize will be awarded every two years. 

Wolfgang Kautek
University of Vienna, Department of Physical Chemistry, 
Vienna, Austria

«Laser-induced processes on condensed matter»

Wolfgang Kautek holds a diploma in chemical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and a doctoral degree from the University of Technology Berlin, Germany. He served as a research scientist at the University of Kentucky, USA, at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society, Berlin, at the IBM San Jose Research Laboratory, California, and the Siemens Research Center, Erlangen, Germany. From 1988, he was head of the Laboratory for Thin Film Technology of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, and Adjunct Professor at the Free University Berlin, Germany. Since 2004, he is full professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Vienna. Recently, he also served as Russell Severance Springer Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. He authored more than 230 scientific publications and 4 patents. He is researching in the area of nanotechnology and laser processing of interfaces.

Irina Larina
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics,
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

«Laser optics to uncover mysteries of early development»

Dr. Irina V. Larina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and a co-Director of the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA. Dr. Larina’s research focuses on development of novel methods for intravital, optical imaging in mouse models to understand normal development and the nature of congenital defects and reproductive disorders in humans. She received Masters Degree in Physics from the Saratov State University, Russia, in 1996, PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2005, and completed postdoctoral training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is a recipient of Arthur V. Simmang Academic Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Achievement, Ralph and Mary Spence Centennial Scholarship for Superior Academic Performance, High Personal and Professional Ethics, Values and Standards, Katherina Siebert Award for Excellence in Oncologic Research, Louis C. Sheppard Award, fellowship from the American Heart Association named in honor of Paula McCann-Harris, and a finalist for the Burrows Wellcome Fund Award at Scientific Interface. Dr. Larina is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and 11 book chapters, and her research activities are funded by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Alexander Shkurinov
Department of physics and International Laser Center,
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

«Terahertz photonics of multiphase thermodynamic systems: from gas to liquid»

Alexander Shkurinov was born in Moscow 13th September, 1962. In 1985 he graduated with honours from the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) . He received his Ph.D. in Physics from MSU in 1988.His scientific supervisor was Prof. S.A. Akhmanov. In 1989 he became Research Scientist at the R.V.Khohlov Laboratory for Non-Linear Optics at MSU. In 1993 he spent a year as an Invited Professor at the University Bordeaux I, Bordeaux, France, in 1995 he spent two years as a Visiting Professor of University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands and since 1996 for 6 years as a Professor of University of Littoral, Dunkerque, France. Since 2004 he is a full-time Professor at the Department of Physics of the M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Russia where he is Head of the Laboratory of ultrafast processes in Biology. The research interests of Alexander Shkurinov are mainly centered around the development and application of femtosecond laser techniques, time-resolved spectroscopy of molecules in liquid phase, nonlinear optics and THz techniques and spectroscopy. The results obtained by Alexander Shkurinov have been published in more than 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Alexander Shkurinov reads lectures and gives seminars in general physics to undergraduate students at MSU and develops and reads specialized courses of lectures in molecular non-linear optics at the Moscow Physical Technical University. Apart from teaching, A. Shkurinov is a scientific supervisor to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Throughout his career Alexander Shkurinov has been participating and been part of advisory boards, organizing and program committees  of numerous international conferences. In 2008 The Russian Optical Society awarded Alexander Shkurinov with the Medal in honor of Prof. Rozhdestvensky for his contribution into the development of optical science and technology.  He is a member of the Optical society of America (OSA), the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE), The European Optical Society (EOS) and the Russian Foundation of Basic Research Consulate (RFBR).