Dr. Federico Capasso

Federico Capasso is the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after a 26 year career at Bell Labs where he rose from postdoc to Vice President for Physical Research. He holds a Doctor of Physics degree from the University of Rome, Italy, 1973. His research includes the quantum design of new artificially structured materials and devices, plasmonics, nanophotonics, nanomechanics and the investigation of quantum electrodynamical phenomena such as the Casmir effect. He is co-inventor of the quantum cascade laser, a fundamentally new light source, which has now been commercialized.

He has co-authored over 300 papers, edited four volumes, and holds over 65 US patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, SPIE, APS and AAAS. His awards include the King Faisal International Prize for Science, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the IEEE/LEOS Streifer Award, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the OSA Robert Wood prize, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Material Research Society Medal, the IEEE D. Sarnoff Award, the Welker Medal, the Duddell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (UK), the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Israel De Leon

Nanophotonics and Metamaterials: Controlling Light  at the Nanoscale

Israel De Leon received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2011 for his theoretical and experimental work in active plasmonics. His Ph.D. dissertation was recognized with various academic awards, including the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal for the highest academic standing at the graduate level in Canada. Following this, he was a CERC (Canada Excellence Research Chair) postdoctoral fellow and staff researcher at the Max Planck Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics in Canada, in the research group of Prof. Robert W. Boyd.

In 2015, Israel De Leon joined the School of Engineering and Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey as a assistant professor, where he performs research in the field of nanophotonics — the science and applications of light at the nanoscale. Prof. De Leon is a member of the Mexican National Research System and a researcher member of the Max Planck Center for Extreme and Quantum Photonics since 2015. He has over 70 scientific peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings, one book chapter and one patent.

Prof. De Leon has a broad research interest in the fields of nanophotonics aiming at multidisciplinary applications. Some of the topics that he investigates include: the interactions between molecules and light at the nanoscale, nonlinear optical phenomena in nanophotonic systems, physics and applications of optical metamaterials, nanofabrication techniques, and ultrasensitive bio/chemical detection using optical methods.

Dr. Igor A Carvalho

Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, specialized in Alternative Energy Sources with capacitations in Materials Characterization by Optical Instrumentatin in HORIBA research and development centers in France and United States. Capacitation in technological  moritoring and tropsections. Central and South América Business Manager for HORIBA INSTRUMENTS.

Dr. Irving J. Bigio

Irving J. Bigio received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1974. Until 2000 he was at Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico), including service as Leader of the Laser Science and Applications Program (1988-1994). He has beens a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel, a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Guest Fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. Since 2001 he has been Professor at Boston University, with appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics, and Medicine  (Gastroenterology). Dr. Bigio’s research in biomedical optics focuses on the development of diagnostic optical spectroscopy for clinical applications, and on the imaging/sensing of basic cellular dynamics. He is a Fellow of the OSA, the SPIE, and the
American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Bigio is a native Spanish speaker and would be pleased to deliver lectures in either Spanish or English.

Optical Biopsy: detecting cancer and pre-cancer with elastic light-scattering spectroscopy

Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics, School of Medicine

Optical spectroscopy, mediated by fiberoptic probes, can be used to perform noninvasive, or minimally-invasive, real-time assessment of tissue pathology in-situ.  The method of elastic-scattering spectroscopy (ESS) is sensitive to the sub-cellular architectural changes, such as nuclear grade and nuclear to cytoplasm ratio, mitochondrial size and density, etc., which correlate with features used by pathologists when performing histological assessment to detect disease.  The optical physics of the ESS method will be explained, elucidating how the method senses the cellular morphology changes without actually imaging the microscopic structure.  Clinical demonstrations of ESS have been conducted in a variety of organ sites, with promising results; larger-scale clinical studies are now ongoing.


Dr. Stephan Schlamminger

Stephan Schlamminger is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2002. After spending time as a research assistant professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, he joined NIST in 2010. At NIST he led the effort building a new Kibble balance, a device that will be used to realize mass in the revised International System of Units. He has co-authored over fifty publications and one ebook. He holds two patents. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Department of Commerce for his leadership building the Kibble balance. He was part of a team that achieved the Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award for his contribution to a pilot mass realization with the Kibble balance.

Dr. Carlos Ríos

Reconfigurable integrated photonics enabled by phase-change materials: from optical switches to neuromorphic computing
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,

Optical phase change materials (O-PCMs) are a unique class of materials which exhibit extraordinarily
large optical property change when switching between the amorphous and the crystalline solid-state phases.
These materials, exemplified by Mott insulators such as VO2 and chalcogenide compounds such as
Ge2Sb2Te5, have been exploited for a plethora of emerging photonic applications. These traditional phase change materials, however, generally suffer from large optical losses even in their dielectric states, which fundamentally limits the performance of optical devices. In this talk, I will briefly discuss the state-of-theart of integrated photonic devices enabled by O-PCMs, their potential, and technological challenges. In particular, I will focus on the current efforts towards developing O-PCMs with unprecedented broadband low-loss and the integration of such materials in novel photonic systems, such as non-volatile multilevel memories, neuromorphic optical computing systems, switches, and routers towards a reconfigurable optical chip.


Dr. Alexandre Mello de Paula Silva

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Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas / CBPF Cep: 22290-180 Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Prof. Mello conducts Nanomaterials Research Projects with Petrobras- Brazilian Oil Company, in the area of ​​Reservoir Technology; He was Scholar at Northwestern University USA since 2004; Post-Doctorate CBPF 2008, PhD in Materials Sciences by the Military Engineering Institute – IME, RJ in 2007; Master’s Degree in Physics by CBPF in 2002; Specialization from UCSD, San Diego, CA, USA in 1994 and Graduation in Mechanical Engineering in 1983. Leader of research group and coordinator of the Laboratory of Surfaces and Nanostructures – LabSurf of CBPF, since 2010. Member of the technical committee and manager of the Multiuser Laboratory of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – LABNANO of CBPF, member of SIBRATEC-Nano and the Bioengineering Network. Prof. Mello carries out scientific research and technological development in the areas of Coating and thin films, Surfaces and Interfaces of Biomaterials, ceramic materials. magnetic nanostructured materials, and scientific and technological instrumentation for the production of advanced vapor deposition and materials (PVD) – Magnetron Sputtering and pulsed laser ablation – PLD. Also coordinates  the Professional Master in Physics program at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research – CBPF. Member of editorial board of Bioinspired magazine, Biomimmetic and Nanobiomaterials of ICE-publishing England and CBPF Technical Notes Magazine.  Mello currently conducts research at CBPF as a senior technologist researcher at the Coordination of Materials, Nanosciences and Applied Physics. He is directing PhD theses in Physics in the area of ​​Biomaterials and Materials Science and has already supervises Master’s dissertations of the Academic and Professional postgraduate programs of CBPF. Mello also supervises postdocs, teaching internships and Scientific Initiation at CBPF.

Modified surfaces and nanostructured materials for biomedical applications: Applied Plasma Physics and Scientific Instrumentation helping to solve problems for Materials Science.

Modified and coated surfaces is subject of a wide research and commercial application in the biomedical area, especially in calcium phosphate (CaP) thin coatings and surface functionalization of metallic implants. Among others, the magnetron sputtering (MS) and the Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) are some of many techniques of plasma assisted physical vapor deposition for the production of nanostructured and biocompatible thin coatings. The aim of those modified surfaces is mainly to improve the adhesion between materials surface and biological media, as well to promote osteoinduction. To avoid several biological setbacks in orthopedic and ontological procedures, stoichiometric, crystalline and stable CaP coatings should be deposited at room temperature. For that purpose, new MS designs and instrumentation have been developed to promote strong magnetic field confinement. The plasma characterization of those new MS systems have shown the influence of the lower and high hybrid resonance waves from the plasma ions and electrons in localized magnetic field gradients.  Those resonance waves seem to increase the energy delivered to the sputtered ions, helping the CaP film growing, crystallization and stoichiometry.


 Dr. Tiago S. Rodrigues

AFM in Material Sciences: New advances in Nanochemical  and Nanoelectrical characterization

On this talk I will review basics aspects of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and then move forward to show that AFM is a technique that goes far beyond topography characterization, with examples of advances in AFM modes that allow electrical characterization in the nanoscale and also nanochemical characterization with the so-called  Nano-Infrared technique.

Application Specialist at Bruker Nano Surfaces, responsible for support in the fields of atomic force microscopy, profilometry, tribology and nanomechanical testing for Latin America. Post-doctorate in Biochemistry at USP (São Paulo), PhD in Chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for Polymers Research (Mainz, Germany), where he researched water drainage at the nanoscale through force measurements with an atomic force microscope; Bachelor and Master in Chemistry by USP (São Paulo).