Invited Speakers

Dr Robert Pullar is a professor at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, Venice, Italy. He obtained his PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2000, and the worked as a Research Fellow / Senior Fellow / Research Associate at London South Bank University and Imperial College London from 2000-2008. He had a Marie Curie Fellowship in Nanosynthesis and Self Assembly at IESL/FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, from late 2008-2009, and joined Aveiro in the summer of 2009.

He has published 167 papers (h-index 34, >4900 citations) and 9 book chapters. 93 of these papers are in Q1 JCR SCI journals in the top quartile in their areas (of which 64 are in the top 10% and 44 are in the top 3 of their areas), including Prog. Mater. Sci (IF = 31.6), Mater. Today (IF = 26.4), Appl. Catal. B (IF = 16.7 ) and J. Mater. Chem. A (IF = 11.3). He has given talks in more than 80 conference and workshop presentations on 5 continents.

He is working in ceramics, nano-materials and composites synthesis and processing, and the affects upon microstructure, properties and applications, and he is now developing this to make sustainable multifunctional materials using natural materials and wastes. Interests include magnetic, dielectric, microwave and multiferroic materials; biomaterials; photocatalysts; optical and electrochromic materials; renewable and solar energy materials; biomimetic/biomorphic materials; 3D printing/robocasting. He is an expert on hexagonal ferrites, having written a major review on these in Prog. Mater. Sci. which has received over 1100 citations, and was the first to develop cork-based biomimetic ceramics with the porous honeycomb microstructure of cork.

Dr. Prafulla K. Jha is presently professor of condensed matter physics at the Department of Physics, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India. He has also served MK Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, India as full professor for about six years and six months. He received his master’s degree from the University of Pune, and Ph.D. from BU, Bhopal. He has received several recognition/awards such as INSA Teacher Award-2018, post-doctoral fellowship by the ministry of education and culture, Govt. of Spain, associateship by the International Centre for theoretical physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy and Third world academy of Sciences (TWAS). He has published more than 250 research papers in the referred reputed journals and served as member of the editorial board for several journals. Eighteen students have been awarded doctoral degree under his guidance and eight are working for the degree. Prof. Jha has completed twenty research projects including five international from major funding agencies. He is member of the board of governors of UKA Tarsadia University. Prof. Jha has also worked as visting scientist/professor in many reputed institution of world such as ICTP, CBPF, Rio de Janeiro, Chinese acadmy of Science sciences, Beijing, IRB, Zagreb (Croatia), Institute jaume Almera, Barcelona, semiconductor Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Novobirsk (Russia).

Dr. Brahmananda Chakraborty is a scientist in High Pressure & Synchrotron Radiation Physics Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai and Associate Professor in Homi Bhabha National institute. His current research interest includes Density Functional Theory (DFT) & Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of materials for energy materials, bio-Sensors, reactor fuel and structural materials, nanomaterials and behavior of materials under high pressure. Dr. Chakraborty got his Ph.D degree from IIT, Bombay for his research topic on ‘Irradiation Effects and Hydrogen Storage on Carbon Nanotubes’. He did two years Post-doctoral research in North Carolina State University, USA. He received International Association of Advanced Material (IAAM) Scientist Medal in 2017.

He has developed several software packages for material simulations using Molecular Dynamics and Reactor Simulations using Monte Carlo Techniques. He has very good experience of teaching while teaching Density Functional Theory at North Carolina State University, USA and Computational Physics at Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai. Dr. Chakraborty is also a regular reviewer in reputed international journals like Journal of Physical Chemistry, CARBON, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics etc. Dr. Chakraborty has contributed a lot in Department of Atomic Energy’s Nuclear Programme in designing various reactors.

Dr. D G Kuberkar is Professor and Head at the Department of Nanoscience & Advanced Materials of Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He earned the Ph.D in Physics from Marathwad Unversity, Aurangabad in 1991. He has over 27 years of total teaching experience with 12 years experience as Professor in Department of Physics & Department of Nanoscience & Advanced Materials, Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He has guided 21 PhD students and 17 M.Phil. students. His area of research is Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Superconductivity, Mixed Oxide Materials, Nanomaterials–Synthesis and applications, thin films, devices and applications. He has completed 19 Major Research Projects and 02 are ongoing worth Rs. 200 Lakhs.

Dr. Charanjit Singh is a Professor of Electronics and Communication and at Lovely Professional University Phagwara Punjab India. His research area encompasses tunable microwave ferrites for absorber/electromagnetic shielding, filters in GHz region, static V-I characteristics and antenna applications. Dr. Charanjit Singh received his Ph.D degree and Bachelor of Technology (Electronics and Communication Engineering) from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Punjab in 2008 and 1996 respectively, Masters Degree in the same discipline from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in 2001. He has guided 3 Ph.D. students (Microwave Absorber field) and 6 Master students (Microwave absorber field). He is a recipient of the Young Scientist Award for research paper on microwave absorption studies on ferrite from International Union of Radio Science (URSI) at the conference in Toyama, Japan in 2010. He has received an outstanding reviewer award from Elsevier Journal of Alloys and Compounds in 2017. He is a reviewer of Newton Fund (UK), Elsevier, Springer and IEEE journals. He has published 54 research papers in WOS journals (IF more than 6) with 660 citations and h-index 14 as per Scopus. He has investigated M-type hexagonal ferrites for tunable absorber and filter applications from 8.2 to 12.4 GHz as a function of frequency and doping. He has also contributed to resonator antenna applications by tuning the electromagnetic parameters.

Dr. Sudhindra Rayaprol is Scientist ‘F’ at the UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Mumbai Centre. Dr. Rayaprol earned his doctoral degree from Saurashtra University, Rajkot in the year 2003 and has more than 12 years of experience as Scientist and 04 years as Post-Doctoral fellow. He was having Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship during the year 2005-06, N. S. Satyamurthy Memorial Award in Physics for Young Scientist in the year 2010 and won Young Achiever’s Award for the year 2011 by Department of Atomic Energy- SSPS. He has published more than 260 research papers in the referred reputed journals and served as member of the editorial board for several journals.

Dr. Rajshree B. Jotania is a professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Electronics and space science, University School of Sciences at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. She obtained her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D from Saurashtra University, Rajkot, India. She was Junior Research Fellow (DAE-BRNS project) during 1987 to 1989 at Physics Department, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, India. She obtained a few regional, and national awards for contribution toward scientific research. She worked at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India for two months as a Summer Visiting Teacher Fellow in 2005 and as a Visiting Scientist fellow in 2011. She possesses 30 years of teaching experience at UG and PG level. She is a member of Board of studies at few Universities of Gujarat, India and a Mentor of DST-INSPIRE (Department of Science and Technology- Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) program. She has published more than 100 papers in various research journals and conference proceedings. She has delivered more than 20 invited talks at various DST-INSPIRE Internship science camp in India. She has edited three books entitled ‘Ferrites and ceramic composites’ (Vol. I & II,Trans Tech Publisher, Switzerland) and Magnetic Oxides and Ceramic composites (MRF, USA). She has visited Singapore, Malaysia, New York and North Africa for Research work. She possesses a life membership of 10 professional bodies and she has guided 06 Ph. D, 10 M. Phil students.

Dr (Ms). Anjana Dogra, is Sr. Scientist at Electrical & Electronics Metrology Division, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. The research areas of Dr. Dogra are Oxide heterostructures, Thin films by Pulsed laser deposition, Low temperature physics and Magnetic materials. She has earned doctoral degree in Physics from Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi & Himachal Pradesh University. Dr. Dogra has published more than 60 research papers in well reputed international journals and guided 04 PhD students and is a reviewer several international journals including Journal Applied Physics and Elsevier Journals.

Dr. Nandu Chaure is currently working as Associate Professor of Physics at Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. He obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from University of Pune and University of Bhopal in 1993 and 1999, respectively. He has 25 years research and 18 years teaching experience for post graduate courses. He has FIVE GB and ONE international patent and published ~100 research papers in peer reviewed journals. He is the Editorial board member of several scientific journals. He is also the potential reviewer of over 40 international specialized journals. His area of research is electrochemistry, electrochemical synthesis of metal, semiconductor, oxides thin film, nanoparticles, Quantum dots, Nanocomposites for thin film solar cells, DSSC, Plasmonic, hybrid, perovskite solar cells, etc. He also extensively works on organic field effect transistors, Light emitting diodes, memory devices on flexible and rigid substrates for e-paper and flexible display applications.

Dr. J. A. Bhalodia presently working as an Professor of Physics at Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He received his M. Sc. and Ph. D. in Physics from Saurashtra University, Rajkot. He did his Ph. D. in the field of High Temperature Superconductors and published several research papers in standard reputed international referred journals. At present he is working in the fields of Nano-structured CMR Manganites and their Composites, Multiferroics (Bulk & Thin Film forms) & High-Tc. Some of his articles published in the standard reputed journals as well as presented at the well known National/International forums received Awards/Prizes Viz. Bhaikaka Inter University Smarak Trust Award of S. P. University (Thrice), Best Paper Presentation Awards (Ten times) – in International Symposium, ISRS-2010 at IIT, Madras etc.

He has guided 4 Ph. D. students and 10 M. Phil. students under his supervision. He has also worked as a Co-ordinator/Co-coordinator for setting up of Centre of Excellence under GUJCOST for “Development of Oxide Nanomaterials Thin Films and Multilayers for Device Applications” (A Project of Rs. 39 laces) sponsored by GUJCOST, Gandhinagar (DST, New Delhi).

Dr Piotr Spiewak is a researcher in the field of semiconductors at the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering (FMSE) of Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) with 8 years of R&D expertise in the industry (Umicore Electro-Optic Materials) and 9 years of academic research (WUT). During the work at Umicore, his research focused on defect engineering in a germanium single crystals, which includes modelling in atomistic scale (density functional theory and molecular dynamics) through mesoscale (defect precipitation model) to macro-scale models based on finite volume method. He holds the PhD in Materials Science awarded by the WUT in 2010. Then, he took up the position of Senior Scientific Specialist at FMSE of WUT, where he is currently working. His work is focused on renewable energy (photovoltaics, thermoelectrics), especially electronic structure and dynamics of point defects in semiconductors, micro defects in semiconductors, transport properties, thermal engineering of power electronics, and multiscale modelling. He is the author and co-author of 40 peer-reviewed publications and 478 citations that lead to h-index 15.

Dr. Lilani Attygalle is currently working as a Senior Lecturer of Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She received her Ph. D in Physics, in 2008, from the University of Toledo, OH, USA. She has 20 years of research and 18 years of teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate courses. Her Ph.D. is in the field of Thin-Film Photovoltaics. Her research area encompasses the modeling of thin-film solar cells, perovskite materials, heterostructures, nanocomposites, and semiconductor junctions. She has received President’s Award for research publications in 2018 and 2019 from the government of Sri Lanka. Some of her articles published in the standard reputed journals presented at the well-known National/International forums received Awards/Prizes. She is a reviewer of several international journals include Solar Energy, and Solar energy materials & solar cells Elsevier Journals.

Martin Desimone is a CONICET researcher and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at University of Buenos Aires -Argentina. He is graduated in Pharmacy and Biochemistry. Dr. Martin received his PhD degree from the University of Buenos Aires. He is the recipient of various awards and distinctions including Emerging Investigator by the prestigious editorial board of Journal of Materials Chemistry in the year 2016. Received the award INNOVAR in the category: Applied Research for the two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCYT). Awarded “Dr. José A. Balseiro” XV edition, received in The Argentine Senate, which is the upper house of the Argentine National Congress.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ellouze is a full professor in physics at University of Sfax (Tunisia) and he is specialized in magnetic as well crystallographic field. He is a member of the International Center of Diffraction Data (ICCD) USA in metallic and alloys. Moreover, he is the President of the Maghreb Alexander Von Humboldt Alumni. He is a reviewer of some high impact factor international journals. He has published more than 100 papers and 2-chapter book and acted as a Chairman in 3 international conferences.

Dominik Kurzydłowski is a professor of chemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He earned his PhD degree in 2013 from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw. During the course of his PhD studies he travelled to the Unites Stated where he worked with noble laureate prof. Roald Hoffmann (Cornell University), and dr. Viktor Struzhkin (Carnegie Institution of Washington). From 2013 to 2014 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at to the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry in Mainz in the group of dr. Mikhail Eremets. After returning to Poland he joined the group of prof. Wojciech Grochala at the University of Warsaw, eventually establishing his own group at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University.
He was awarded the scholarship for outstanding young researchers from the Minister of Science and Higher Education (2018). He is also a recipient of the prize for the best M.Sc. thesis in quantum chemistry named after the late prof. Jacek Rychlewski. He received four grants from the National Science Centre of Poland.
His research interest encompass the electronic and magnetic properties of fluorides, as well as the high-pressure chemistry of these compounds. In his research he employs both experimental and theoretical methods. He is an author of 35 publications which were cited 355 times with an h-index of 12.