Keynote Speakers

Giulio Cerullo
Politecnico di Milano, ItalyCerullo3

Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics.

The scientific activity of Prof. Cerullo spans  the fields of Laser Physics, Nonlinear Optics and Condensed Matter Physics.

The activity is focused on topics such as:

  1. generation of ultrashort pulses tunable through parametric amplifiers
  2. ultrafast spectroscopy with extreme temporal resolution
  3. micromachining of transparent materials with femtosecond pulses
  4. nonlinear microscopy based on coherent Raman.

Among notable results particular interest has  received the demonstration of the non collinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA), that allows generating pulses of visible light duration of 6 fs, now a standard in the laboratories of ultrafast spectroscopy worldwide.

Luis M. Liz- Marzán
Iberbasque, Spain
Liz Marzan

Ikerbasque Research Professor, on leave from the University of Vigo

Professor Liz-Marzan activity is in the  field of  Nanoscience and Nanotechonology.

The activity is focused on topics such as:

  1. Synthesis and formation mechanisms of metal, semiconductor and magnetic nanoparticles with controlled composition, size and morphology.
  2.  Creation of colloidal composites, nanostructured thin films and nanoparticle ordered arrays in two and three dimensions.
  3.  Optical properties of nanoparticles and their assemblies.
  4.  Use of metal nanoparticles as biosensors and diagnostic tools
  5.  Preparation and characterization of SERS active substrates.


Jürgen Hauer
Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Dr. Jürgen Hauer is currently the principal investigator of a junior research group at the Vienna Technical University, focusing on two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with ultrashort pulses.

The activity is focused on topics such as:

  1. Coherent Control and Quantum Control Spectroscopy (QCS) of molecular vibrations and reactions
  2. Observation of excited state vibrational dynamics in real time via ultrafast Four-Wave-Mixing processes (Pump-DFWM)
  3. Terahertz (THz) Spectroscopy of electron and proton transfer processes.


Sebastian Schlücker
University of Duisburg-Essen, GermanySchluker

Professor of Physical Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry. Professor Schlücker is working in the field of Bio- and Nano-Photonics.

The activity is focused on topics such as:

  1. Rational design and chemical synthesis of tailor-made functionalized metal colloids for bioanalytical and biomedical applications (assays, immunohistochemistry) in combination with optical detection.
  2. Use of laser spectroscopic techniques for monitoring molecular recognition processes.
  3. Quantitative, label-free and in particular site-specific probing of molecular recognition processes between small rationally designed supramolecular ligands and proteins.