Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Bickermann, Deputy Director and Department Head at the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ) in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany. Preparation, characterization and technology of bulk crystals and thin films. Nitrides, oxides, and fluorides as substrates for new semiconductors (AlN, Ga2O3) and functional layers, optical, piezoelectric, or laser components. Tenured professor for Fundamentals and Methods of Crystal Growth at the Institute for Chemistry, TU Berlin, Germany.
Kimberly Dick Thelander is a Professor of Materials Science at the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. She received her PhD degree in Physics in 2007 from Lund University, following a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics in 2003 from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her research involves the crystal growth of novel semiconductor nanomaterials, with particular focus on understanding the processes and conditions that lead to the formation of metastable crystal phases and alloys. Today her research focuses on the use of in-situ TEM combined with chemical vapor deposition to follow the semiconductor crystal growth process in real time with atomic-level spatial resolution. The questions explored by this method involve the fundamental nucleation and crystal growth mechanisms in nanoscale, multiphase systems.
Hans te Nijenhuis (1964) studied applied physics at the Delft University of Technology, where he graduated as a physical crystallographe r. He obtained his PhD. at the Radboud University, Nijmegen on a study of growth and relaxation of thin semiconductor films.
After several years working as a postdoc in Delft and Nijmegen, he joined Philips Analytical, currently Malvern Panalytical, in 1996 as a scientist with a focus on the development of new applications and the design of new instrumentation in the field of X-ray diffraction.
Hans was chairman of the Dutch Association for Crystal Growth between 2014 and 2021.
Wim Noorduin is a scientific group leader at the Dutch scientific institute AMOLF sand professor at the University of Amsterdam. Noorduin’s research focuses on the dynamic interplay between chemical reactions and crystallization phenomena to control the emergence of complexity in the solid state.
His current research interests focus on developing new strategies for producing chiral molecules, and controlling self-organization into complex and functional materials. For this work, Noorduin received various grants, including the ERC Consolidator, and Veni, Vidi and KLEIN grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
Marc Prat is CNRS senior scientist at the Fluid Mechanics Institut in Toulouse, France. Marc Prat has been working in the field of salt crystallization in porous media for about 18 years. He is an expert in the study of evaporation and drying processes in porous media.
Dr. Mike Zaworotko was born in Wales in 1956 and received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College (1977) and the University of Alabama (1982), respectively. He served as a faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada, from 1985-1998, at University of Winnipeg, Canada from 1998-99 and at the University of South Florida, USA, from 1999-2013. In 2013 he joined the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he currently serves as Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and was Co-Director of the Synthesis and Solid-State Pharmaceutical Centre, https://sspc.ie/, from 2017-2022.
Research activities have focused upon fundamental and applied aspects of crystal engineering since 1990. Currently, metal-organic materials (MOMs), ultramicroporous physisorbents, and multi-component pharmaceutical materials (MPMs), such as cocrystals, are of particular interest. These new materials are aimed at addressing global challenges such as carbon capture, water purification and better medicines.
Bart Zwijnenburg is an experienced industrial R&D Scientist with a background in the production, processing and product development of renewables such as triglycerides/oleochemicals, carbohydrates/sugars and salt/NaCl. Sustainability on all levels has been his focus, from relatively small savings in material and energy use during processing to relatively big changes in closing the loop or fundamental changes to the process. In addition, Bart is versed in product development in demanding applications such as food, agro, pharma as well as b2b chemicals, driven by trends such as sustainability, health, and/or (cost) competitiveness. Bart is passionate on research and development from concept to scale up, working with colleagues in commercial roles as well as a variety of external partners, such as start ups, (academic) spin outs and big corporations which has led to several patents and publications.
Sally, officially Sarah, Price trained as a theoretical chemist at the University of Cambridge, specialising in deriving models of the forces between molecules from their wavefunctions. She worked at the Universities of Chicago as a Research Associate and Cambridge as a Royal Society University Research Fellow, before becoming a lecturer at UCL (University College London) in 1989, where she is now a Professor in Physical Chemistry.
Sally was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize in 2015 and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2017.