Program Committee

Meet the ICPS 2020 Program Committee

Prof Yaroslav Blanter (TU Delft)

Yaroslav Blanter is a theoretical physicist who has been working at Delft University of Technology since 2000, and is currently Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor at Kavli Institute of Nanoscience. He has worked on a variety of topics in condensed matter physics and nanoscience, mainly related to interaction between different degrees of freedom. His current research interests include nanomechanics and magnon dynamics, in particular, optomagnonics.

Dr María José Calderón (ICMM)

Dr María José Calderón has been working at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spanish National Research Council) since 2007. Previously, after completing her PhD in Madrid, she spent three years in the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, as a Junior Research Fellow of Churchill College, and two at the Condensed Matter Theory Center, University of Maryland. She is a theoretical physicists with interests that range from strongly correlated electron systems (oxides, novel superconductors) to semiconductor nanostructures for quantum computing. Dr Calderón is currently the chair of the Condensed Matter Division of the Spanish Royal Physics Society.

Prof Shiyou Chen (ECNU)

Dr. Shiyou Chen is a full professor in the Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices (Ministry of Education) and the chair of Department of Optoelectronics, East China Normal University. He obtained his PhD in 2009 at Fudan University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during 2011-2013. He is an expert in the computational design of novel photovoltaic materials and compound semiconductors, and the simulation of defects and dopants in semiconductors. He performed a systematical theoretical study on the crystal structure, electronic structure, optical properties, alloys, phase diagram, defects, dopants, surfaces and interfaces of the Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 kesterite semiconductors. He was awarded the first-class prize for the outstanding research by the Ministry of Education in 2015 and the Excellent Young Scholar project by the National Science Foundation of China in 2017.

Prof Susan Coppersmith (UNSW)

Dr. Susan Coppersmith is a Professor in the School of Physics of the University of New South Wales.  Before joining the UNSW faculty in January 2019, she was a Vilas Research Professor and the Robert E. Fassnacht Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is a theoretical physicist who has worked on a broad range of problems in the area of complex systems, and has made substantial contributions to the understanding of subjects including glasses, granular materials, the nonlinear dynamics of magnetic flux lattices in type-II superconductors.  Her current research focuses on the development of quantum computers using silicon technology.
Dr. Coppersmith has served as Chair of the UW-Madison physics department, as a member of the NORDITA advisory board, as a member of the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, as a member of the Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee of the National Research Council (U.S.), and as a Trustee at the Aspen Center for Physics.  She has served as Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics and of the Topical Group for Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the American Physical Society, as Chair of the Section on Physics of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gordon Research Conferences, and as Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Coppersmith is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Prof Monica Craciun (University of Exeter)

Prof Craciun gained a PhD in Applied Physics in 2006 from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). She also holds an MSc in Materials Physics (Joseph Fourier University, Grenobe, France) and an MSc in Materials Engineering (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium). From 2006 to 2007, she was postdoctoral researcher in the Nano Electronics Group / MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente (The Netherlands). From 2007 to 2009 she held a fellowship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at Tarucha Laboratory for Physics and Technology in Nanostructures at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prof Craciun joined the University of Exeter in 2010 as research fellow, was appointed to Senior Lecturer in 2012, to Associate Professor in 2014 and to her current role in 2017.
Prof Craciun holds one of the Engineering Fellowships for Growth from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) awarded to leading UK academics in the area of Advanced Materials. Her academic work spans from applied research in nanotechnology, electronic and optoelectronic devices to fundamental research in nanoscience (quantum phenomena, molecular electronics, nano electronics, spintronics) and materials science. She currently leads a group hosting over 35 researchers focusing on fundamental aspects of two-dimensional materials, as well as their use in emerging technologies such as highly efficient solar cells, light emitting devices, electronic textiles and multifunctional smart coatings. The research outputs of her group include over 200 publications in leading international journals (e.g. Nature & Science family journals, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano) and several papers ranked in the top 1% in Materials Science, Engineering and Physics.

Prof Maria Varela del Arco (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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Prof Lan Fu (ANU)

Professor Lan Fu received her PhD degree from the Australia National University (ANU) in 2001. Lan Fu is currently a Professor and Associated Director (HDR) at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, ANU. She has published over 175 peer-review publications (120 journal papers), 2 book chapters, and held two US patents. She has delivered more than 30 invited/key note presentations at international conferences and served as Program Committee/Symposium Chair/Co-Chair for more than 30 international conferences, including Materials Research Society (MRS), CLEO, OSA Optics & Photonics Congress, IEEE Photonics Conference, International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN) etc. Lan Fu was the recipient of the IEEE Photonic Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2000), Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002), ARF/QEII Fellowship (2005) and Future Fellowship (2012). She is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE/Photonics and EDS societies. She is also the current member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Materials Science and Engineering, and Secretary of the Executive Committee of Australian Materials Research Society. Lan Fu’s main research interests include design, fabrication and integration of optoelectronic devices (lasers and photodetectors) and high efficiency solar cells based on low-dimensional III-V compound semiconductor structures including quantum wells, self-assembled quantum dots and nanowires grown by metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD).

Prof Michael Fuhrer (Monash University)

Prof Michael S. Fuhrer received his B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and Ph. D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. After a postdoctoral appointment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Fuhrer joined the faculty at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in 2000, and from 2009-2012 was Professor, and Director of the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials. In 2012 Fuhrer was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship, and moved to Monash University as Professor of Physics in 2013. Fuhrer founded the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials, and directs the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies. Fuhrer’s current research interests lie in understanding the electronic properties of atomically-thin materials (such as graphene and transition-metal chalcogenides), and topological materials. Fuhrer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prof Kazuhiko Hirakawa (University of Tokyo)

1987  Ph. D, Dept. of EE, University of Tokyo
1987  Lecturer, Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo
1990  Associate professor, IIS, University of Tokyo
1991-1993  JSPS visiting scholar, Princeton University
2001-present  Full professor , IIS, University of Tokyo
2006  Visiting professor, LPA, Ecole Normale Superieure, France

Current Research Interests
+ Terahertz dynamics of electrons in semiconductor nanostructures
+ Physics of atomic scale junctions (metal junctions, single molecules)
+ Novel heterostructure/nanostructure devices

Prof Yoshiro Hirayama (Tohoku University)

Professor, Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
Director, CSIS (Core Research Cluster), Tohoku Univ.
Coordinator, Graduate Program in Spintronics, Tohoku Univ.

Yoshiro Hirayama received Bachelor., Master, and Ph.D degrees of Engineering from the University of Tokyo at 1978, 1980, and 1983, respectively. He joined NTT Basic Research Laboratories in 1983. In NTT, he served as Group Leader, Distinguished Technical Member and Executive Manager. From July 2006, he moved to Tohoku University. His current interests are transport properties of semiconductor heterostructurs and nanostructures, especially putting emphasis on carrier interactions and nuclear-spin related phenomena in semiconductor quantum systems.
He was a leader of a couple of NEDO and JST projects concerning semiconductor quantum transport, carrier interaction, and quantum coherent system. He was a project’s leader of ERATO-JST “Nuclear Spin Electronics” (2007- 2015) project. He is now a project leader of KKENHI, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Area “Science of Hybrid Quantum System” (2015-2020). He is a Fellow of Institute of Physics (IOP, London) and the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSPS). Other honors and awards he has received include JJAP Best Paper Award (2004, 2008), SSDM Paper Award (2007), and ISCS Quantum Device Award (2013). His publication record includes more than 360 refereed journal articles and book chapters related to semiconductor heterostructures, nanostructures, and carrier interactions.

A/Prof Anita Ho-Baillie (UNSW)

Anita Ho-Baillie, PhD (2005), is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Macquarie University, Australia. Her research interests in the field of photovoltaics include high-efficiency silicon solar cells, tandem solar cells, perovskite solar cells, integration of photovoltaics for a wide range of applications, and manufacturing cost analysis. She has been leading the perovskite solar cell research group at UNSW since 2013. Her group announced the energy conversion efficiency records for the largest certified monolithic perovskite solar cells in 2016 and in 2018 reported 21.8% for large (>10cm2) monolithic perovskite/Si solar cells. In 2018, she and colleagues at Ohio State University and SolAero reported world record certified 20% efficient GaAsP/Si monolithic tandem solar cells.

Prof Karen L Kavanagh (Simon Fraser University)

KAREN L. KAVANAGH is a Professor of Physics at Simon Fraser University with current interests in the development of transmission helium ion microscopy, epitaxial growth of metal contacts via electrochemistry, electron transport through nanostructures, growth of 2-dimensional materials, and phase imaging of junctions in semiconductors and insulators using electron holography. She is a Fellow of the British Institute of Physics and the Bohmische Physical Society and is the author of more than 150 publications and conference proceedings.

Prof Gil-Ho Kim (Sungkyunkwan University)

Gil-Ho Kim is a Professor in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of the Sungkyunkwan University (Korea). He has over twenty-five years experience in quantum magnetotransport of semiconductors, fabrication of two-dimensional materials, and analysis of quantum effects. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1998, was concerned with magnetotransport in low dimensional semiconductor structures. He joined the Sungkyunkwan University faculty in 2002, after serving as a senior researcher member at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea.

Prof Chao-Yang Lu (USTC)

Chao-Yang Lu was born in November 1982 in Zhejiang, China. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004, and obtained his PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2011. Shortly after being a Fellow of Churchill College, he returned to China and is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he focuses on research on scalable quantum photonics, quantum computation, and quantum foundations. He published more than 70 articles in Reviews of Modern Physics, Science, Nature, Nature research journals, PNAS and PRL. His work on quantum teleportation was selected as by IOP Physics World as “Breakthrough of the Year 2015”. His work on single-photon source and boson sampling was selected by Optical Society of American as one of “Optics in 2016” and one of “Optics in 2017”. He has been awarded Young Qianren Talent, Hong Kong Qiushi Outstanding Young Scholars, National Natural Science Fund for Exceptional Young Scholars, First-Class National Natural Science Prize, OSA Fellow, and Fresnel Prize from the European Physical Society. For an updated publication list and citation, see

Prof Paul Koenraad (TU/e)

Paul Koenraad has more than 30 years’ experience of research on III-V semiconductor heterostructures and is an expert on the application of scanning probe techniques in the study of nanostructures and impurities in semiconductors. More recently he started with Atom Probe Tomography at the Eindhoven University of Technology.  His work is focused on the spintronic, electronic and photonic properties of individual self-assembled nanostructures and single impurities in a semiconductor material.   

Prof Anna Fontcuberta i Morral (EPFL)

Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral leads the Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials at EPFL (Switzerland) since 2008. Before this, she performed her habilitation in Physics at the TU Munich (Germany) and her PhD in Materials Science at Ecole Polytechnique (France). Between her PhD and Habilitation she spent some time at Caltech as a postdoc and to co-start the company Aonex Technologies with Prof. Harry Atwater. Her field of expertise is the synthesis of novel semiconductor materials and nanostructures, with an emphasis in compound semiconductors for next generation of solar cells and quantum computers. 

Prof Valeria Nicolosi (Trinity College Dublin)

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Prof Rachel Oliver (Cambridge University)

Rachel Oliver is Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride.  Her research interests focus on the nanoscale structure of nitride materials and devices and how this structure may be engineered and exploited.  Her achievements include the development of the first single photon source based on InGaN and the first atom probe tomography analyses of nitride materials.   Professor Oliver is also an enthusiastic advocate for women in science, and founded the Robinson College Women in Science Festival.

Prof Hong-Gyu Park (Korea University)

Professor Park obtained his Bachelor, Masters and Ph. D. in Physics from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) completing his Ph. D. in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University from 2005 to 2007. Then he has been an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the Department of Physics and an Adjunct Professor in the KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology at Korea University. Also he has been the Director of Center for Subwavelength Nanowire Photonic Devices (Creative Research Initiative program) since 2009. His research interests include nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, and neuroscience.

Dr Silvia Picozzi (CNR-SPIN)

Dr. Silvia Picozzi is a Director of Research at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (largest research institution in Italy) in the Institute for Superconducting and Innovative Materials and devices (CNR-SPIN) in Chieti, Italy. She was awarded a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Resarch Council in 2008. She leads a group mainly devoted to the study of novel and advanced materials with appealing functionalities in electronics and spintronics. Her group uses mainly first-principles calculations based on density functional theory in order to simulate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of materials.

Prof Patrícia Lustoza de Souza (PUC-RIO)

Patrícia Lustoza de Souza received her B.A. and Doctor degrees in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1981 and from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro in 1989, respectively. In 1989 she joined the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro as an Assistant Professor where she is now Full Professor and Head of the Semiconductor Laboratory (LabSem). She is also head of the National Science and Technology Institute on Semiconductor Nanodevices – DISSE. She has been engaged in research in III-V semiconductor materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices with emphasis in optical aspects. In particular, in the last few years she has focused on solar cells and infrared photodetectors. In 2008 she was the vice-chair of the ICPS held in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr Sam Stranks (University of Cambridge)

Dr Sam Stranks is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. His group focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including metal halide perovskites, carbon allotropes and other organic semiconductors, with a particular focus on low-cost, transformative electronics applications including photovoltaics and lighting. He received the 2018 Henry Moseley Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics.

Dr Maud Vinet (CEA-LETI)

Maud Vinet joined CEA-Leti as a CMOS integration and device engineer. From 2009-2013, she was a Leti assignee with IBM Alliance in Albany. She transferred FDSOI to STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries. In 2013 she was appointed Advanced CMOS manager in Leti. Her team investigate CMOS based solutions to shape advanced devices and computing roadmaps. As such she has been leading Si based quantum computing project since 2015. Her Google h-index = 38, >5000 citations, >140 papers and > 65 patents related to nanotechnology.

Prof Joerg Wrachtrup (University of Stuttgart)

Joerg Wrachtrup, Professor and director of the 3rd Institute of Physics and the Center for Applied Quantum Science, University of Stuttgart (2000, continuing) as well as Max Planck fellow at the MPI for Solid State Research Stuttgart, has pioneered the field of single spin physics by initially doing the very first single electron and subsequently the first single nuclear spins experiments. By combining optics and spin resonance he discovered defects in insulators, most notably defects in diamond, as a valuable system for quantum information processing in novel type of quantum sensor for electric and magnetic fields. He and his group pioneered application of these novel sensor techniques. His current research interest is geared towards application of quantum enhanced sensing in bio, medical as well as material sciences.

Professor Wrachtrup published close to 300 papers in refereed journals with numerous Nature and Science papers, plus reviews in both over the past years. In 2011 and 2017, he was awarded two Advanced Research Grant of the European Research Council, in 2012 he received the Leibniz Price of the German Science Foundation, in 2013 the Bruker Prize and in 2014 the Max Planck Research Award. He is member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Science and has continuously been listed as “Highly Cited Researcher” since 2014.

Prof Huili Grace Xing (Cornell University)

Huili Grace Xing is currently the William L. Quackenbush Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. She was with the University of Notre Dame from 2004 to 2014.  She received B.S. in physics from Peking University, M.S. in Material Science from Lehigh University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara, respectively.  Her research focuses on development of III-V nitride, 2-D crystal and oxide semiconductors: growth, electronic and optoelectronic devices, especially the interplay between material properties and device development as well as high performance devices, including RF/THz devices, tunnel field effect transistors, power electronics, DUV emitters, more recently memories.  She is a recipient of AFOSR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award and ISCS Young Scientist Award.  She has authored/co-authored 200+ journal papers and 100+ conference proceeding publications including Nature journals, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Electron Device Letters, and IEDM etc.