Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf is the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. She has been involved in nanotechnology for over 25 years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. Lisa has been active in the start-up ecosystem for many years assisting small companies with business development and access to resources, and vetting emerging technologies for investors.She is also a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and has over two decades of experience teaching at both the university and high school levels. Lisa earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Paul S. Weiss graduated from MIT with S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry in 1980 and from the University of California at Berkeley with a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1986. He is a nanoscientist and holds a UC Presidential Chair and a distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry, bioengineering, and materials science & engineering at UCLA, where he was previously director of the California NanoSystems Institute. He also currently holds visiting appointments at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and several universities in Australia, China, and South Korea. He studies the ultimate limits of miniaturization, developing and applying new tools and methods for atomic-resolution and spectroscopic imaging and patterning of chemical functionality.
Adam Z. Stieg is a Research Scientist and Associate Director of CNSI responsible for oversight of the Institute’s six Technology Centers – a collection of open-access user facilities that foster innovation across disciplines, facilitate university collaborations with industry, and aid in the rapid commercialization of discoveries by supporting over 5000 researchers from academia and industry. Dr. Stieg earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Drew University and his Ph.D. in Inorganic/Physical Chemistry from UCLA. As a scientist and educator, Dr. Stieg’s research seeks to bridge the gap between our fundamental understanding of nanomaterials and how these systems tend toward complexity at mesoscopic scales. By applying high-performance scanning probe microscopes and real-time, multichannel measurement systems to the rational design of functional nanosystems and architectures, Dr. Stieg strives to address modern challenges renewable energy, developmental biology, and unconventional computing.
Nicolas Durand, CEO and Founder Abionic founded in 2010, Abionic is a Swiss Medtech company that has developed a revolutionary nanofluidic technology, providing healthcare professionals with a fast, simple and universal diagnostic tool. Abionic’s cutting-edge Nanotechnology enhances efficiency and versatility of standard ELISA tests to deliver optimal point of care (POC) treatment options with the potential to reduce the current biological techniques from macroscale to nanoscale in a multi-analyte environment. Abionic’s In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) platform provides lab-quality results in 5 minutes from a single drop of blood at the POC enabling personalized diagnostics and the possibility of immediate treatment initiation. Other certified products already exist in allergy and iron deficiency today allowing for exploration of other targets for the IVD market of tomorrow.
Dr. Sung Park is the CEO of Molecular Vista, which he co-founded with Prof. Kumar Wickramasinghe (UC Irvine, formerly of IBM) in 2011 to provide research and industrial tools for rapid and nanoscale imaging with chemical identification. Sung has over 25 years of experience of industrial R&D, engineering, marketing and sales, and operations. He co-founded Park Scientific Instruments (PSI), which was one of the first commercial companies to develop and sell scanning tunneling microscopes (STM) and atomic force microscopes (AFM). Prior to founding Park Scientific Instruments, he worked as a post-doc at IBM Watson Research Center. Sung earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and BA in Physics from Pomona College.
Antonio Di Bartolomeo is professor of experimental condensed matter physics at Salerno University, Italy where he teaches semiconductor device physics, electric circuits, and electronics. His present research interests include: optical and electrical properties of nanostructured materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and 2D materials; van der Waals heterostructures and Schottky junctions; and field-effect transistors, non-volatile memories, solar cells, photodetectors, and field emission devices. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1997 from Salerno University where he held the position of researcher in experimental physics before the appointment as a professor. His scientific career started at CERN (CH) with the collaboration on experiments on neutrino oscillations and heavy ion collisions.
Marine Le Bouar (Moderator) is the Founder and CEO of Nanotechnology World Association (NWA) created to globally facilitate and promote adoption of nanotechnology solutions across industries by connecting entrepreneurs with researchers, start-ups with investors, suppliers with customers, employers with talents, key players with one another, in an independent and mainly industry-oriented advocacy group inclusive of businesses, academia, business-supporting associates, as well as affiliate government agencies and other associations. The NWA seeks to expand and strengthen connections between stakeholders in the nanotechnology sector as these relationships are the key to fulfill the potentials of these various technologies. This will be achieved by engaging more industry members, facilitating industry-oriented programs, with an emphasis on supporting nanomanufacturing R&D projects with other educational research bodies. The NWA efforts will include the private or public spheres and active support and vigorous participation from both governments and companies is expected.
Doru Florescu, PhD has more than twenty years of experience in process and analytical capital equipment manufacturing for the semiconductor, storage and LED industries. He has been featured in over 40 publications and is currently working in the area of business development at Park Systems, the leading supplier of AFM to the semiconductor industry. Park’s inline AFMs are used widely by almost all of the top semiconductor manufacturers for automated defect review and they have an ongoing joint development program with imec to develop new protocols designed to increase production yield and device performance for the semiconductor industry. His talk will focus on how Park automated AFMs increases yield and performance for semiconductor device manufacturers and how Park Systems Advanced Atomoic Force Microscopy are “enabling nanoscientific advances” worldwide by collaborabing with world-leading institutions on R&D and product development.
How will Space X, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic change the future of humanity through the lens of space?
As a NASA space technologist, new space champion, and business builder, Ioana has for twenty-plus years navigated uncharted territories to answer that question—helping start-up to $30B+ companies reimagine commercial possibilities at the #EarthSpaceConfluence.
Educated in physics and materials science—and recognized for expertise in nanotechnology, hypersonic reentry, and microgravity—Ioana has opened pathways to innovation and shepherded promising ideas from scientific discovery, to flight projects, and finally marketable application.
For instance, Ioana’s 2012 to 2018 studies, business cases, and foresight into the movement of materials and biotech manufacturing to space fueled the emerging new space economy—serving as the springboard (e.g., ZBLAN, organ and tissue engineering, and the first space supercomputer) for companies such as FOMS, Made In Space, New Organ Alliance, Techshot, Nanoracks, and HP (originally an Intel-SGI partnership), and highlighted by Bloomberg.
Between 2006 and 2012, Ioana helped drive some of the world’s first entry-descent and landing-related collaborations—applying her physics, material science, and computational chemistry expertise to the field of hypersonic reentry (e.g., Mars Science Laboratory, Stardust, Orion, Fundamental Hypersonics).
During that period—and as an early champion of public-private partnerships—she created an cross-disciplinary strategy that integrated the combined forces of NASA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Sandia National Laboratories; top national and international academic groups; and commercial space companies like Space X. The resulting investments modernized Apollo-era modules within NASA’s aerothermal and ablative material response engineering codes by adding physics- and chemistry-based models down to the atomic level.
Internationally connected through Silicon Valley, Ioana has been recognized by executives, scientists, and engineers as both strategic visionary and pragmatic futurist. She is regularly invited as a webinar, radio, and podcast guest, with recent appearances including The Space Show, The Big Unlock conference, and TedEX’s “Future Spoiler.”
Ioana has published more than 150 science articles, technical reports, and business opinion pieces across publications such as Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Space Craft and Rockets, New Space Journal, Nanoscientific, Popular Science, and The Hill.
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