ICONN 2016 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7 - 11 February 2016 | National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

ICONN2016 Plenary Speakers

Professor W E Moerner

Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, California

Single-Molecule Nanoemitters, Blinking, and Photocontrol as Foundations for Super-Resolution Microscopy

W E Moerner

Nobel Laureate W. E. (William Esco) Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, has conducted research in the areas of physical chemistry and biophysics of single molecules and is actively involved in the development of 2D and 3D super-resolution imaging for cell biology. Imaging studies include protein superstructures in bacteria, structure of huntingtin protein aggregates, centriole proteins, and ion channel distributions. Using a powerful microscope optimized for tracking of single objects in cells, the motions of DNA and RNA are being measured in three dimensions in real time to understand processing and binding interactions. A related research area concerns precise analysis of photodynamics of single trapped biomolecules in solution, with applications to photosynthesis, electron transport catalysis, and diffusion/mobility transport measurements.

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobel Foundation (2014)
  • John Gamble Kirkwood Medal, New Haven Section, American Chemical Society (2013)
  • Engineering Alumni Achievement Award, Washington University (2013)
  • Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society (2013)
  • Pittsburgh Award in Spectroscopy, PittCon (2012)
  • Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, American Physical Society (2009)
  • Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Wolf Foundation of Israel (2008)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2007)
  • Earle K. Plyler Prize in Molecular Spectroscopy, American Physical Society (2001)


Professor Ortwin Hess

Faculty of Natural Science, Imperial College, London

Plasmonic Stopped-Light Lasing: A Route to Cavity-Free Nanolasing

O Hess

Ortwin Hess currently holds the Leverhulme Chair in the Blackett Laboratory (Department of Physics) at Imperial College London and is Co-Director of Imperial's Centre for Plasmonics & Metamaterials. His research interests bridge theoretical condensed matter physics with quantum optics and are focused on quantum nano-photonics, optical and electronic metamaterials and semiconductor-laser dynamics. He studied at the University of Erlangen (Germany) and the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) and spent post-docs in Edinburgh (UK) and at the University of Marburg (Germany). In 1994 he was appointed to a group-leader position at the Institute of Technical Physics (Stuttgart, Germany) and in 1997 obtained a Habilitation in theoretical physics at the University of Stuttgart. From 2003-2010 Hess was Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter and Optical Physics at the University of Surrey (UK). He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (USA) and at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (Germany).


Professor Stephen Quake

Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Single Cell Genomics


Stephen Quake's interests lie at the nexus of physics, biology and biotechnology. His group pioneered the development of Microfluidic Large Scale Integration (mLSI), demonstrating the first integrated microfluidic devices with thousands of mechanical valves. This technology is helping to pave the way for large scale automation of biology at the nanoliter scale, and he and his students have been exploring applications of lab-on-a-chip technology in functional genomics, genetic analysis, and structural biology. Professor Quake is also active in the field of single molecule biophysics.

  • National Institute of Health Director's Pioneer Award Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2007)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2007)
  • Pioneer of Miniaturization Award, The Royal Society of Chemistry (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, The American Physical Society (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2007)
  • NIH Director's Pioneer Award, NIH (2004)
  • 100 Young Innovators that will create the future, MIT Tech Review Magazine (2002)
  • Participant, NAS Symposium for Frontiers in Science (1999, 2000)
  • Packard Fellow, Packard Foundation (1999)
  • Career Award, NSF (1997)
  • R29 "FIRST" Award, NIH (1997)


Professor Albert Polman

FOM Institute AMOLF- Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, Amsterdam

Nanophotonics: controlling light at the nanoscale


Albert Polman is scientific group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he heads the Program "Light management in new photovoltaic materials". He is professor of Photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in 1989, was post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991 and then became group leader at AMOLF, where he also served as director from 2006-2013. In 2003 he spent a sabbatical year at Caltech.

Polman is one of the pioneers of the research field of nanophotonics: the control, understanding, and application of light at the nanoscale. Polman's research group specializes in fundamental studies at the interface between optical physics and materials science, and has regularly demonstrated transfer of knowledge to applied concepts.

Polman's group is the inventor of Angle-Resolved Cathodoluminescence Imaging Spectroscopy (ARCIS), a novel imaging technique with deep-subwavelength resolution. The ARCIS technique has been commercialized the start-up Delmic BV, of which Polman is co-founder. In 2014 Polman was awarded the MRS Materials Innovation and Characteriation Award for the development of the ARCIS technique.

Polman's most recent research focuses on nanophotovoltaics, the study of light management at the nanoscale to realize solar cells with ultra-high efficiency that can be made at low costs. In 2012 he was awarded, together with Harry Atwater, the ENI Renewable Energy Award for his research on light management in photovoltaic materials.


Professor Paul S Weiss

University of California, Los Angeles

Cooperative Function in Atomically Precise Nanoscale Assemblies


Paul S. Weiss is distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry and of materials science & engineering at UCLA. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986. He was a postdoctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1986-1988 and a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1988-1989. Before coming to UCLA in 2009, he was a distinguished professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, where he began his academic career as an assistant professor in 1989. From 2009-2014, he served as the director of the California NanoSystems Institute and Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences.

Weiss' interdisciplinary research group includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, mathematicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer scientists. Their work focuses on the atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies. He and his students have developed new techniques to expand the applicability and chemical specificity of scanning probe microscopies. They work to advance nanofabrication down to ever smaller scales and greater chemical specificity in order to connect, to operate, and to test functional molecular assemblies, and to connect these to the biological and chemical worlds.


Professor John A Rogers

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Semiconductor Nanomaterials for Biodegradable Electronics


John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He is currently Swanlund Chair Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Rogers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research has been recognized with many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lemelson-MIT Prize and the Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences.


Professor Joseph Wang

Department of Nanoengineering, University California San Diego

Nanomachines: Designs and Applications


Joseph Wang is Distinguished Professor, SAIC Endowed Chair and Chair of the Department of Nanoengineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He also serves as the director of Center for Wearable Sensors at UCSD School of Engineering. He held Regents Professorship and a Manasse Chair positions at NMSU, and served as the director of Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors of Arizona State University (ASU). He received 2 ACS National Awards in 1999 and 2006 and 6 Honorary Professors from Spain, Argentina, Slovenia and China. Prof. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of Electroanalysis (Wiley). His scientific interests are concentrated in the areas of nanomachines, bioelectronics, biosensors, bionanotechnology, and wearable devices.


Dr Heike Riel

IBM Research Zurich

Semiconductor Nanowires for Nanoelectronics


Heike Riel is the Director of Physical Science at IBM Research Zurich and is responsible for all research in Physical Sciences at IBM. Her research focuses on new materials and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronics in particular steep slope devices for energy efficient computation. In 2013, Heike Riel was named IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical distinction.

She studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and received a PhD from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2003 for her work on the optimization of multilayer organic light-emitting devices. Since 2008, she has been leading the Nanoscale Electronics Group. In 2011, Heike graduated with an MBA from Henley Business School.

Heike has made major contributions to the development of the (at that time) world's largest ever (20") full-color amorphous-silicon active-matrix display based on organic light-emitting diodes, which was presented in May 2003. For her outstanding scientific contributions, Heike was elected by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation, to the TR100 and she received the 2005 Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society. In June 2012, Heike Riel received an award in the category "Technical or Scientific Innovation" from the Swiss Association of Women in Engineering (SVIN) on the occasion of their 20th anniversary.