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Marie Hubalek Kalbacova - Institute of Pathological Physiology, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague

Dr. Marie Hubalek Kalbacova (, Research ID G-2307-2017) is currently Associated Professor and Principal Investigator at 1st Medical Faculty in Prague and simultaneously at Biomedical Centre in Pilsen, Charles University, Czech Republic leading students at different graduation level.  She received her PhD in molecular biology, genetics and virology at Faculty of Natural Sciences, Charles University, in Prague (2003) and she worked as post doc at Technical University of Dresden, Germany in 2004-2006. Then she established her working group at 1st Medical Faculty in Prague and until now she focuses on cell biology and interactions of different cells with different bio/nanomaterials. Her groups work with solid materials as planar structures for application in orthopaedics or biosensing (titanium alloys, nanocrystalline diamonds, graphene, biodegradable collagen-based scaffolds,…) as well as with different nanoparticles focusing on ultra-small nanoparticles (silicon quantum dots, silicon-carbide NPs, detonation diamond NPs, gold NPs, cerium oxide NPs,…). Her groups work mainly with human cells of different types – cell lines (osteoblasts, fibroblasts, monocytes/macrophages) and primary cells (immune cells from peripheral blood, bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells). In 2010 she received a year stipendium  L’Oréal- UNESCO for Women in Science. She actively serves as a reviewer for about 10 journals (Carbon, Nanomaterials, Small, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Acta Biomaterialia, etc.) and her h-index is 21 with more than 65 publications.

Wojciech Święszkowski - Warsaw University of Technology

Wojciech Swieszkowski, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Materials Design Division, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland. He is the Director of the MSE Materials Design Division and a Faculty Coordinator in the Erasmus Program. He has earned a PhD in Biomechanics and a Habilitation in Materials Science and Engineering at WUT. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher for 4-years at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands). He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities, including Harvard University, NIMS Japan, Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy), and TU Wien (Vienna, Austria). 
He is an expert in the field of biofabrication and bioprinting, biomaterials for implants and tissue engineering, computational modeling, and the characterization of materials. He leads the BioMaterials Group (10 post doctorate and 10 PhD students, at WUT. He has been the leader and project manager of 11 international and 16 national projects with total funding > 10M EURO. He has authored more than 120 publications, 16 book chapters, and 9 patents, with over 2300 citations (Google Scholar). Some of his work products have been licensed to medical device companies. For example, a radial head endoprosthesis, produced in Poland, has been used to treat patients. One of his bone scaffold technologies has been used to treat dogs. 
He has received several awards including: 1st Prize from the Prime Minister of Poland (2001) and Prizes from the Rector of WUT for scientific achievement (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017), the ICE Publishing Award 2017, the Mieczyslaw Wolfke’s Prize of Warsaw University of Technology for scientific achievements (2017), the Kajal Mallick Memorial Prize, and the best paper prize in the journal Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials (BBN). That award-winning BBN paper was titled: “Fracture Safety of double-porous hydroxyapatite biomaterials”.
He has been the doctoral advisor for 8 students who have earned the PhD and is the supervisor of 10 PhD doctoral students whose work is currently in progress. He has a supervised 40 BSc and MSc theses. He has been invited for keynote lectures at several conferences, including: SELECTBIO: Tissue Engineering, Biofabrication & 3D-Bioprinting in Life Sciences (Boston, MA) 2016; TERMIS-AP (Taipei, Taiwan) 2016; ECI Conference on  Biofabrication for Hierarchical in Vitro Tissue Models (Hernstein, Austria) 2017; Biofabrication 2017, (Beijing, China); Biofabrication 2018 (Wurzburg, Germany), ESB2019 (Dresden, Germany).
He is a member of Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society-European Chapter (TERMIS-EU) and the International Society of Biofabrication (ISBF). He is also a member of Editorial Board of the Journals: “Biofabrication”, “Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering”, and “Bio-Design and Manufacturing”.
He was a Chair of EUROMAT 2015 in Warsaw, Poland, a meeting with 1200 participants. He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of several TERMIS conferences. He organized sessions for the TERMIS-EU conferences in Uppsala (2016) and Davos (2017) and will organize a session for the TERMIS-EU 2019 meeting to be held in Rhodes, Greece. Moreover, he organized the 1st TERMIS EU Workshop on "3D Printing in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering” in Warsaw, Poland in March, 2018.  
He was a reviewer of several PhD and Habilitation dissertations as well as manuscripts submitted to the scientific journals, e.g.: Materials Science and Engineering: C; Journal of Biomaterials Applications; Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces; Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; Biofabrication; Biomaterials; Advanced Functional Materials. He has also contributed to the evaluation of many grant proposals submitted in Poland and to other European funding entities.

Aleksandra Radtke - Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Aleksandra Radtke - is an Associate Professor of the Department of Inorganic and Coordination Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Her scientific topics include research in the field of modern biomaterials, including interdisciplinary research on bioactive and photocatalytically active nanocoatings based on titanium dioxide, produced on the surfaces of titanium and its alloys, in terms of their use in bone implantology and biodegradable systems based on iron on the needs of modern cardiology and orthopedics. In addition to strictly scientific work, she is interested in the broadly understood commercialization of knowledge and technology as well as implementation aspects related to the introduction of medical devices to the market. In 2015, together with a group of specialists in the field of chemistry, medicine and engineering of additive technologies, she founded a spin-off Nano-implant academic company, in which research and development works are carried out on innovative coatings for the needs of modern implantology, financed from regional funds. This company has received a number of awards, incl. The Leader of Innovation in Pomerania and Kujawy 2017, the Golden Carriage of Dziennik Nowości in the Science and Education category, the Innovative Company of the Year 2017, and the coatings developed by it received the InnoMaRe Made in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Certificate. Activities in the field of commercialization of research results dr hab. A. Radtke was awarded the Team Prize of the Minister of Science and Higher Education in the implementation category, awarded during the 1st Polish Science Gala in 2020.
As part of the work on biomaterials and modern nanomaterials for biomedical purposes, A. Radtke participated and continues to participate in European COST projects, incl. NAMABIO (From NAno to MAcro BIOmaterials - design, processing, characterization, modeling - and applications to steam cells regenerative orthopedic and dental medicine), NEWGEN (New Generation Biomimetic and Customized Implants for Bone Engineering), HERALD (Hooking together European research in atomic layer deposition) and BIONECA (Biomaterials and advanced physical techniques for regenerative cardiology and neurology), in which she is a member of the Management Committee on behalf of Poland.



Lifeng Liu - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal

Lifeng Liu (Researcher ID: A-2522-2012, Orcid ID: 0000-0003-2732-7399) is currently Senior Staffer Researcher (tenured), Principal Investigator and Group Leader at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) – the first international research organization in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. He obtained his B. S. degree in Applied Physics from Beijing Jiaotong University (2001), and both his MS (2004) and PhD (2007) degrees in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOP-CAS). He joined Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics – Halle (MPI-Halle), Germany in 2007, first working as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a staff scientist. He started his independent research career in 2008 and became the head of group “Porous Alumina” in 2009. In 2011, he moved to the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and set up a research group there. Lifeng Liu has been actively working on nanomaterials and nanostructures since 2002, with particular emphases on fabrication and characterization of complex nanostructures, nano-magnetism, nanoscale solid-state reactions, ferroelectric nanostructures and nano-electrocatalysts. His present interest mainly focuses on nanomaterials for renewable energy generation, storage, and conversion. So far, he has filed 2 PCT patents and authored/coauthored more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in major international journals, which have been collectively cited 4600+ times, leading to an h-index of 40 (Web of Science, as of Dec 2017). In addition, Lifeng Liu has delivered 30+ oral presentations at different international conferences/workshops/universities including 1 plenary talk, 5 keynote speeches, and 14 invited talks. Besides, he has offered extensive professional services to the community. He actively serves as a reviewer for 60+ scientific journals and for grant applications of several funding agencies from North America, Europe and Asia. He was a member of organizing/scientific committee of a number of national/international conferences. Honors and awards he was granted recently include: FCT Investigator Grant 2014, Young Researcher Award 2015 by the Portuguese Electrochemical Society, INL Award for Professional Services 2016, and Prof. Ruldoph A Marcus Award 2017.

Konrad Szaciłowski - AGH University of Science and Technology

Konrad Szaciłowski graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland) in 1995 (MSc) and 2000 (Ph.D.). After habilitation (2008) he has moved from Jagiellonian University to AGH University of Science and Technology. Now he is a group leader at the Academic Centre of Materials and Nanotechnology. His initial interest in photochemistry and spectroscopy of coordination compounds has gradually evolved towards molecular and nanoscale logic devices and finally towards unconventional computing. At the moment his main research interests encompass the design of inorganic materials for memristive applications, ferroelectric phenomena in hybrid materials, mimicking of neutral and synaptic processes in inanimate systems, reservoir computing and relations of musical harmony with the dynamics of complex systems. He is an author of the book “Infochemistry: Information processing at nanoscale” (Wiley 2012) and numerous papers in fields of coordination chemistry, material science, spectroscopy, electrochemistry and unconventional computing. In his free time he enjoys classical music, philately and single malts from Islay and Speyside.

Paweł Jeżowski - Poznań University of Technology

Paweł Jeżowski (ORCID: 0000-0001-9869-0641) is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at the Poznan University of Technology (PUT). He is an active member of Power Sources Group at Poznan University of Technology ( led by Professors Elżbieta Frąckowiak and François Béguin, group dedicated to investigating energy storage materials and systems. He obtained his Eng. “Nuclear fuel enrichment” (2011), M.Sc. “Development of electrochemical capacitors prototypes operating in aqueous neutral medium” (2012) and D.Sc. “Lithium-ion capacitors based on in-situ pre-lithiation of the graphite electrode from a composite positive electrode” (2016) degrees in Chemical Technology from Faculty of Chemical Technology at Poznan University of Technology. In 2018 his proposal “NOVel MATerials for energy storage applications applicable in sodium- or potassium-ion capacitors” (NOVMAT) for the one-year scientific stay at Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials in Nantes (IMN), France, was accepted and from 2019 to 2020 he was conducting his research activity in frame of Bekker programme founded by The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). His main aim now is to develop sodium- and potassium-ion based energy storage devices which could be used as viable replacement for the electrochemical capacitors in the nearest future. Additionally, he spends his time on the development of so-called “green” alternatives for the materials used in the energy storage devices. He is also involved in the works related to the food and nutrition topics. Thus far, he has submitted 3 applications for patents and authored/co-authored more than 10 peer-reviewed papers in major international journals, which have been collectively cited 170+ times. One of his biggest scientific achievements is the work published in Nature Materials in 2018 together with O. Crosnier, E. Deunf, P. Poizot, F. Béguin and T. Brousse. Moreover, Paweł Jeżowski has delivered 10 oral presentations at different international conferences. Honours and awards which he recently received: START stipend 2019 for young researches founded by Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), Young Researcher Award 2018 founded by city Poznan, President of Poznan University of Technology awards for the scientific achievements in academic years 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. He is also a reviewer for about 10 scientific journals (Electrochimica Acta, Energy Storage Materials, Carbon, Batteries, Energies, Materials, Coatings, Catalysts, etc.).



Paramaconi Rodriguez - University of Birmingham

Dr. Paramaconi Rodriguez is Senior Lecturer in advanced materials and electrocatalysis at the University of Birmingham. His research focus on the design of new nanomaterials that can be used effectively in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs), in water electrolysers, in sensors, in CO2 reduction reaction and in lithium batteries. At the same time, his research aims to understand, the interface between an electrode and an electrolyte, and the mechanisms and dynamics of electrochemical reactions. His group regularly combine standard electrochemical techniques with a variety of spectroscopic techniques, with microscopy methods and with mass spectrometry, in order to unravel the effect of the surface structure of catalysts and the role of the interface composition on highly relevant oxidation and reduction reactions. Dr. Rodriguez has 2 patents related to the preparation and use of catalysts and published over 65 peer-reviewed papers (h-index=32, > 4100 citations). Several of his papers are seminal works in his field. Dr. Rodriguez has received several awards for his work including the 2013 CIDETEC prize for scientific research from the Electrochemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry .

Wojciech Nogala - Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences

Wojciech Nogala graduated in chemical technology from AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow in 2005 and received his Ph.D. at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw in 2010. Then he worked as postdoc under the supervision of Prof. Michael V. Mirkin at the City University of New York. In 2012 Wojciech rejoined IPC-PAS as research associate, where he founded Nanoelectrochemistry group in 2018. His interests are electrochemical methods for preparation of nanostructured catalytic materials, nanoelectrodes for single entity electrochemistry and the development and application of nanoscale surface activity and surface charge mapping techniques (SECM, SICM) for studying various (electro)catalytic materials including metallic nanostructures, enzymes and biological cells.

Jacek Ryl - Gdańsk University of Technology

Dr. Jacek Ryl ( is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology (GUT). He has received a Ph.D. (2010) and habilitation (2018) in Chemical Technology at the GUT. The principal area of scientific activity lies in applied electrochemistry and physical-chemistry, in particular corrosion science, electrochemical sensors, and materials for energy storage and conversion. He is involved in the development of instantaneous impedance techniques with multisine perturbation, dedicated to the assessment of non-stationary processes and complex charge transfer through heterogeneous electrode interface. In 2015–2020 Jacek Ryl was the principal investigator of programs Sonata NCN and Iuventus Plus, he is co-author of over 90 peer-reviewed papers (h-index=21). The most notable awards include scientific scholarship by the Minister of Science and Higher Education of Poland (in 2017), the IV Division (Engineering Sciences) of the Polish Academy of Sciences award (in 2019) and multiple GUT Rector awards for scientific achievements. Currently, he serves as editor in the Electrochemistry section of Molecules, MDPI and guest editor of Materials, MDPI.



Katarzyna Gaca-Zając

Katarzyna Gaca-Zając, PhD Eng. – a graduate of University of Strathclyde, with almost a decade of experience in research and teaching at an academic level in Europe; a specialist in polymer chemistry and studies of chemical reactions’ kinetics. Currently a Customer Consultant for Central-Eastern Europe in Elsevier. A knowledgeable expert on scientific databases and Elsevier solutions for researchers and information specialists, who is passionate about ethics in scientific publishing, as well as about widely understood bibliometrics.  



Ewa Wierzbicka

Ewa Wierzbicka graduated in Chemistry from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland with PhD degree in 2016. During her PhD studies, the scopes of conducted research were related to the development of synthesis, characterization, and application of nanostructured materials based on metals or metal oxides e.g., nanoporous Al2O3, ZrO2, Au nanowires. PhD dissertation concerned the application of obtained Au nanostructural material as an electrochemical epinephrine sensor. In 2017 she started work as a postdoc at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain in the international ALMAGIC project financed by the European Commission from the Clean Sky 2, Horizon 2020 programme, focused on the development of innovative alternatives to Chromium(VI) coatings for aluminum and magnesium alloys. Her participation in this project consisted of protective coatings on magnesium alloys fabrication by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) with in-situ introduced corrosion inhibitors. Next, in 2018 she moved to the Department of Materials Science, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg, and started working in the field of photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical H2 evolution on nanostructured TiO2. Her research was focused on varied form TiO2 synthesis (nanopowders, anodic nanoporous layers, single crystals) and modifications by metal doping, surface reduction by high-temperature hydrogen annealing or light-induced effects. From 2020, she continues work in this field in the framework of the Humboldt Research Fellowship at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. 



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