Confirmed Speakers

Monday, 25th September 2017

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlücker, University Duisburg-Essen, Physical Chemistry Department, Germany

Talk: "The Principles of Raman Spectroscopy and its Application in Microscopy"

Sebastian Schlücker is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research interests include the design, synthesis and bioanalytical applications of SERS nanoparticle probes as well as the development and application of laser spectroscopic techniques in biophysical chemistry.


Dr. Olaf Hollricher, WITec GmbH, Ulm, Germany

Talk: "3D Confocal Raman Imaging: Instrumentation, Resolution, Configurations and Correlative Techniques"

Olaf Hollricher is managing director at WITec and head of Research & Development.


Prof. Dr. Admir Masic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cambridge, USA

Talk: "Multiscale Correlative Raman Microscopy: Techniques and Applications"

Admir Masic is Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Civil and Envrionmental Engineering. His work is focused on investigating the structural and mechanical properties of biological materials, including the study of ageing and pathological processes with multi-scale chemical imaging.


Tuesday, 26th September 2017

Dr. Dina M. Bower, NASA Goddard SFC, Planetary Environments Laboratory, Greenbelt, USA

Talk: "The geochemical characterization of ancient terrestrial rocks using micro Raman spectroscopy: applications to the search for life beyond Earth"

Dina M. Bower is research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, USA. She uses micro Raman spectroscopy to establish or rule out biosignatures in geologic materials that include ancient Earth rocks that contain microfossils, in meteorites, and experimentally induced biominerals.


Dr. Robert Brüll, Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability,  Darmstadt, Germany

Talk: "Raman for structure elucidation of micro-structured polymers"

Robert Brüll is group leader Material Analytics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability. He is responsible for the development of analytical methods for industrial application with a special focus on liquid chromatography and vibrational spectroscopic imaging.


Prof. Dr. Siegfried Eigler, Institute for Chemisty & Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Talk: "Visualization of Statistical Raman Spectroscopy of Graphene Derivatives"

Siegfried Eigler is Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Berlin, Germany. In his research, he aims to control the chemistry of graphene and related materials. Another focus is the generation of new materials, which overcome current technological problems of solar cells, emission devices and medical diagnostics.


Dr. Natalia Ivleva, Technical University Munich, Institute of Hydrochemistry - Raman Microscopy, Munich, Germany

Talk: "Raman Microspectroscopy for Analysis of Microplastic in Environmental Samples"

Natalia Ivleva is Head of the Raman Group at the Institute of Hydrochemistry, Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her research interests focus on the application of Raman microspectroscopy for the nondestructive chemical 2D & 3D-analysis of various environmental matrices & pollutants. 


Prof. Dr. Max Lemme, RWTH Aachen University and AMO GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Talk: "Raman Spectroscopy for 2D Material-Based Sensor Development"

Max Lemme is Professor for Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen, Germany, and Managing Director of AMO GmbH – a Johannes-Rau-Institute – aiming to realize technology transfer and commercialization.


Prof. Dr. Helena Nogueira, Universidade de Aveiro, Department of Chemistry, Aveiro, Portugal

Talk: "Raman Imaging in SERS Studies"

Helena Nogueira is Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro, Department of Chemistry, Portugal, and a researcher at CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials. Her research interests include Raman spectroscopic studies of nanostructured materials, in particular using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for the study of metal nanoparticle assemblies with relevance in trace analysis and bio-detection.


Prof. Dr. Paul Pantano, University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Chemistry, Richardson, USA

Talk: "Determining the Intracellular Fate of Raman-active Nanoparticles in Macrophage Cells"

Paul Pantano is an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry at The University of Texas at Dallas, USA.  His research interests include improving the accuracy of nanotoxicity assessments, advancing the therapeutic applications of nanomaterials, and developing label-free methods to detect nanomaterial contamination in the workplace.


José Swart, Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals B.V., Deventer, The Netherlands

Talk: "Raman Microscopy to support R&D for Coatings and Specialty Chemicals"

José Swart is researcher at the R&D department of AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals B.V. focusing on Raman, FTIR and SEC analysis of polymers, coatings and paints.


Prof. Dr. Maike Windbergs, Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Germany

Talk: “Raman microscopy for analysis of preclinical in vitro models and their interactions with novel therapeutics”

Maike Windbergs is a professor for pharmaceutical technology at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Her research interests are focused on novel drug delivery approaches and their effective translation into clinics. She uses Raman microscopy to investigate the physicochemical composition and behavior of drug delivery systems as well as interactions of drugs and their carriers with biological environments.