Scientific Programme





Title of the presentation:
Infrared Spectroscopy: Fingerprinting Spectral Range, Resolution, Sensitivity

Professor Saulius Juodkazis is director of the Swinburne Nanofabrication Lab and Deputy Director of Centre for Micro-Photonics at Swinburne University of Technology, has been awarded a Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education in China. The Chang Jiang Scholar award, considered to be China’s most prestigious scholarly honour, is presented to fifty academics each year who have made special contributions in their field of research. Author of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal papers, reviews and several book chapters. In 2017 Saulius Juodkazis with Elena Ivanova received the UNSW Eureka Prize for their Scientific Research. In a novel approach to the growing epidemic of antibiotic resistant bacteria, they studied the wings of cicadas and dragonflies to determine how their surfaces resisted pathogens. Scientists discovered that tiny spikes – called nano-pillars – on the surface of the cicada and dragonfly wings provided physical resistance to the bacteria.

His advice to young researchers:
‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’ Albert Einstein

Title of the presentation: In Vivo Electrochemistry: From Electrocatalysis to Sensing

Lanqun Mao is a professor of key laboratory of analytical chemistry for living biosystems at Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has enormous experience in the area of in vivo electrochemistry. His group has been working on the interface of electroanalytical chemistry and neuroscience, aiming at developing electrochemical approaches through tuning electron transfer and ion transport to understanding brain chemistry in single vesicles, single cells, brain slices and ultimately a living brain. He has demonstrated a record of successful and productive research projects in the related area, and his expertise and experience have led to more than 280 research papers and more than 40 plenary/invited talks in the international conferences. 

His advice to young researchers is to be different and novel.

Title of the presentation: Enzymatic Bioelectrocatalysis for Energy and Synthesis Applications.

Professor Shelley Minteer
is an expert in the area of electrocatalysis. Her group has expertise in all classes of electrocatalysts from metals to enzymes to organocatalysts, as well as novel scaffolding techniques for immobilizing and stabilizing electrocatalysts on electrode surfaces. Her group also specializing in studying intermediate and product formation in fuel cells, sensors, and electrosynthesis cells via GC-MS, HPLC, NMR, and infrared techniques. She is a USTAR Professor of Chemistry at University of Utah and has authored more than 300 journal publications and more than 350 presentations at universities and scientific conferences in the US and internationally. She is a Past President of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry in the United States.

Her advice to young researchers is to get involved in professional societies early, because those networking opportunities can lead to a whole world of new scientific adventures in the future.

Title of the presentation: Up Close: New Ways to See Electrodes and Electrified Interfaces 

Patrick Unwin
 is Professor of Chemistry (since 1998) and Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Analytical Science (since 2014) at the University of Warwick, where he founded the Electrochemistry & Interfaces Group. Pat has won a number of awards and prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society, International Society of Electrochemistry and Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry and is a member of a number of editorial committees including Annual Review of Analytical Chemistryand Langmuir. Pat and his group are pioneering innovative nanoscale electrochemical techniques to characterize electrode processes and for live cell imaging. 

Advice for young researchers: Be like the Beatles: be original, experimental, persistent, work hard, have fun, believe in yourself and try not to follow the crowd! 


Eric BAKKER (Switzerland)
Title of the presentation: Innovative Concepts for Detecting Ions by Electroanalysis

Susana Inés Córdoba de TORRESI (Brazil)
Title of the presentation: Using plasmonics to boost the electrochemical detection of analytes

Dermot DIAMOND (Ireland) 
Title of the presentation: The Internet of ‘Biochemical’ Things: Can Electrochemical Sensors Digitise the Molecular World?

Title of the presentation: Detecting and Destroying Biofilms

Gediminas NIAURA (Lithuania) 
Title of the presentation: Electrochemical Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Analysis of Structure and Function of Adsorbed Molecules

Title of the presentation: Low Cost Machined and 3D-Printed Multiplexed Microfluidic Arrays for Cancer Diagnostics

Jan VACEK (Czech Republic) 
Title of the presentation: New Electrochemical Approaches in Redox Biology Research: Bioactive Electrophiles


Christopher M.A. BRETT (Portugal)
Title of the presentation: Enhancing Sensor Performance: Nanostructured Modified Electrodes with Electroactive Polymers Prepared in Deep Eutectic Solvents


Victor DICULESCU (Romania)
Title of the presentation: New Electrode Architectures Based on Electrospun Polymeric Fibers For (Bio)Sensing Applications


Samo HOČEVAR (Slovenia)
Title of the presentation: Copper Electrode for Electrochemical (Stripping) Analysis


Title of the presentation: Bioelectrochemical Assay Platform to Screen Antimicrobial Agents Targetting Respiratory Enzymes: Unexpected Membrane Activity of Phenothiazines


Anthony KILLARD (UK)
Title of the presentation: Polyaniline for Ammonia Detection – From Polymer Chemistry to Analytical Application


Christos KOKKINOS (Greese)
Title of the presentation: 3D-Printed Devices for Electrochemical Sensing


Christine KRANZ (Germany)
Title of the presentation: Scanning Probe Microscopy: From Sensing Signalling Molescules to Sensing Force


Fred LISDAT (Germany)
Title of the presentation: Sensorial Enzyme Activity Measurement via Selective Electrochemical Substrate/Product Detection


Flavio MARAN (Italy)
Title of the presentation: Molecular Gold Nanoclusters and Electron Transfer


Rodrigo MUNOZ (Brazil)
Title of the presentation: Additive-Manufactured Electroanalytical Devices for Forensic Applications


Arūnas RAMANAVIČIUS (Lithuania)
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Wolfgang SCHUHMANN (Germany)
Title of the presentation: A Novel Catalytic Equilibrium Biosensor Concept for Long-Term Implantable Glucose Sensors


Manel del VALLE (Spain)
Title of the presentation: Simultaneous Voltammetric Determination of Acetaminophen, Ascorbic Acid and Uric Acid by Use of Integrated Array of Sensors Modified with Mesoporous Carbon and Metallic Nanoparticles


Edita VOITECHOVIC (Lithuania)
Title of the presentation: Potential of Electrochemical (Bio)Sensor for Wound Diagnostics and Monitoring