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We are proud to welcome the following internationally acknowledged and renowned experts from science and industrial research as lecturers at the Eurosensors 2015 Summerschool.

Harry L. Tuller - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA

Harry L. Tuller is Professor of Ceramics and Electronic Materials; Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Head of the Crystal Physics and Electroceramics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  

He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Eng.Sc.D. in Solid State Science & Engineering from Columbia University, NY; served as Postdoctoral Research Associate; Physics, Technion, Israel, following which he joined the faculty at MIT.

His research focuses on defects, diffusion, and the electrical, electrochemical and optical properties of metal oxides with applications to sensors, fuel cells, photoelectrochemistry, thin film oxides, microphotonics, and MEMS devices. He has published over 425 articles, co-edited 15 books and was awarded 29 patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electroceramics; Series Editor of Electronic Materials: Science and Technology published by Springer; and  co-founder of Boston MicroSystems, a pioneer in silicon carbide-based MEMS technology and devices, acquired by Pall Corporation in 2013.

His honors include: Fellow of the American Ceramic Society –ACERS- (1984); recipient of Fulbright (1989-1990), and von Humboldt Awards (Germany) (1997-2002); Docteur Honoris Causa, University Provence, Marseilles (2004); ACERS F.H. Norton Award (2005); elected to World Academy of Ceramics (2006); ACERS Edward Orton Jr. award (2007); The Joseph Meyerhoff Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science (2008); Honorable Guest Professor of Shizuoka University, Japan (2009-2014); Technices Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Oulu, Finland (2009); The John F. McMahon Award Lecture, Alfred University (2009); Outstanding Achievement Award - High Temperature Division, The Electrochemical Society (2010); Somiya Award for International Collaboration in Materials Research, International Union Materials Research Societies, Japan (2012); Helmholtz International Fellow Award (Germany) (2013); Fellow of The Electrochemical Society (2014); President, International Society of Solid State Ionics (2015).


Jörn Rickert - CorTec GmbH, Freiburg


Jörn Rickert studied biology in Hamburg and Freiburg. His dissertation on the representation of movement in the motor cortex made an important contribution to basic neurobiological research. When writing his dissertation, he also had the idea to use scientific research as a bridge for implementation and to start a business focusing thereon.

After completing his PhD in 2004, he became project manager at the Brain Machine Interfacing Initiative (BMII) in Freiburg, undertaking the task to transfer the research results of this group of scientists into a marketable product. Since the formation of CorTec in September 2010 he has been the company’s CEO.


Dorothea Bergmann - Founders Office, University of Freiburg

Dorothea Bergmann is manager of the Founders Office of the University of Freiburg. The Founders Office is offering support, advice and coaching on all the matters a start-up business is dealing with, e.g. corporate and business planing, business simulation, funding opportunities or coachings.

Marc Madou - University of California, Irvine, USA

Marc Madou studied physical chemistry at the Rijksuniversiteit, Ghent, Belgium and got there also his Ph.D.in Semiconductor Electrochemistry. He was Professor of Materials and Professor Chemistry at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 1997-2000. He was also Director of the NSF Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurements (CISM) Microfabrication Applications Principal, 1999-2000. He was Vice President Advanced Technology, Nanogen, San Diego, CA, 2001-2002 and is Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California Irvine, CA, 2002-present. Additionally he is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science University of California Irvine, CA, 2002-present and a Professor of Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF), University of California Irvine, CA, 2002-present.

He has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal papers and filed 27 patents. He received numerous awards, is editor of different journals and member of journal editor and advisory boards.


Leonhard Reindl - University of Freiburg (IMTEK), Freiburg, Germany

Leonhard Reindl received the Dipl. Phys.degree from the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1985 and the Dr. sc. techn. degree from the University of Technology Vienna, Austria in 1997. In April he joined the surface

acoustics wave group of the Siemens Corporate Technology Division, Munich, Germany. At Siemens he contributed to the development of SAW convolvers, dispersive, tapped and reflective delay lines. His primary interest was in the development and application of SAW ID-tag and wireless passive SAW sensor systems. In winter 1998/99 and in summer 2000 he was guest professor for spread spectrum technologies and sensor techniques at the University of Linz, Austria. In April 1999 Leo Reindl joined the Institute of Electrical Information Technology at the Clausthal University of Technology where he became Professor for communication and microwave techniques. In May 2003 he accepted a full professor position at the Laboratory for Electrical Instrumentation at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg, Germany. Since October 2014 he has been serving as head of the Department.


His research interests include wireless sensor and identification systems, Surface Acoustic Wave devices and materials as well as microwave communication systems based on SAW devices.


Leonhard Reindl is member of the IEEE and the German VDE, of the Technical Program Committees of IEEE Frequency Control Symposium, IEEE Ultrasonic Symposium, Eurosensors and of the German biannual Symposium "Sensoren und Messsysteme". Since 2014, he has been serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Section 'Sensor Networks' of the open access journal Sensors. From 2009 to 2015 he served as editor for IEEE Transactions UFFC. He was elected member of the AdCom of the IEEE UFFC society from 2005 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011. He also served for the European Security Research and Innovation Forum ESRIF committee.


Leonard Reindl holds more than 30 patents on SAW devices and wireless passive sensors and has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in this field.



Albert Romano-Rodriguez - University of Barcelona (IN²UB), Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Dr. Albert Romano-Rodríguez obtained his degree (1986) in physics from Universitat de Barcelona in Spain. In this same university he earned his PhD in physics with a work on the characterisation of technological steps for Ultra Large Scale Integration devices using Transmission Electron Microscopy and related techniques. The whole experimental work for the PhD dissertation (1989-1991) was carried out at IMEC (Leuven, Belgium), thanks to a fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. He returned to Barcelona after this stay and in 1993 he was appointed Professor in electronics at Universitat de Barcelona, where is now, additionally, secretary of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN2UB).

He is active in the fields of characterisation of semiconducting materials and fabrication processes by using different structural, physical and chemical characterisation techniques, in the development of electronic materials for thin film solar cells based on non-silicon based materials and in the design, fabrication and testing of different kinds of physical and chemical sensors. In the last years he has focused his interest in the fabrication of nanocontacts to nanometre-sized materials and the fabrication of nanosensors based on them, expanding the activities towards the development of ultra-low power gas sensing systems based on these materials, as well as towards innovative fabrication methods for advanced gas sensing devices.

He is author or co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed scientific and technical papers in these fields and has presented 15 invited talks at different national and international conferences.



Elisabetta Comini - University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

Elisabetta Comini received her degree in Physics at the University of Pisa in 1996. Then she started her Ph.D. on chemical sensors, focusing on the deposition of thin films by PVD technique and electrical characterisation of MOX thin films. She received her Ph.D degree in material science at the University of Brescia in 2000. She was appointed assistant and associate professor in physics in 2001 and 2014 respectively. She was organizer of symposia within the MRS society, within E-MRS society meetings. She was communication chair of the 11th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (Brescia in July 2006). She is Member of the Technical Program Committee of several conferences such as 6th IEEE SENSORS 2007, 7th IEEE SENSORS 2008, Eurosensors XXIII 2009, Eurosensors XXIV 2010, IEEE Sensors 2010, Eurosensors XXV 2011, Eurosensors XXVI 2012, Eurosensors XXVII 2013, Eurosensors XXVIII 2014, Eurosensors XXIX 2015.

She was one of the five co-Chair of the 2013 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society. She is member of the steering committee of EUROSENSORS conference. She was Eurosensors fellow in 2012.

She has a high productivity confirmed by the numerous publications on international journals (more than 280) and the high number of invited presentations at conferences together with 4 plenary talks. Her H-index is 41 (source isi web of knowledge).

Furthermore she is responsible of the research line on “Metal oxide nanocrystalline quasi 1D structure preparation” at the SENSOR laboratory (CNR-INO). She is serving as advisor for several undergraduate and Ph.D. students.


Walter Lang - University of Bremen (IMSAS), Bremen, Germany

Walter Lang studied physics at Munich University. In 1982 he received his Diploma on Raman spectroscopy of crystals with low symmetry. His Ph.D. in engineering at Munich Technical University was on flame-induced vibrations. In 1987 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Solid State Technology in Munich, where he worked on microsystems technology. In 1995 he became head of the sensors department at the Institute of Micromachining and Information Technology of the Hahn-Schickard Gesellschaft (HSG-IMIT) in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, working on sensors for flow and angular rate, sensor test and modelling. In February 2003 Walter Lang joined the University of Bremen. He is director of the Institute for Microsensors, -actuators and –systems (IMSAS) and speaker of the Microsystems Center Bremen (MCB). His projects cover sensors and microfluidic systems, sensor networks for logistic applications and the embedding of sensors in sensorial materials.



Hannes Merbold - ABB Sensor Technologies, Baden-Daettwil (Zurich), Switzerland

Hannes Merbold studied physics at University of Freiburg, the University of New South Wales, and the Danish Technical University. He obtained the degree of Dipl. Phys. in 2007 where, as part of his thesis work, he performed THz spectroscopy of aqueous systems. Hannes joined the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Bern for his PhD studies where his research interest comprised THz polaritonics and near-field imaging, plasmonics and metamaterials, as well as FEM and FDTD simulations. After obtaining the Dr. phil. nat. degree in 2011, Hannes joined the group for Sensor Technologies at ABB’s Corporate Research Center in Baden-Daettwil, Switzerland. Hannes is currently employed as a Senior Scientist working with gas analyzers based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) as well as THz-based quality control systems for the process industry.





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