Plenary Speakers

Plenary Session
Monday, May 21
8:15 am – 10:30 am

Matthias Schreck8:30 am – 9:10 am
Matthias Schreck
Universität Augsburg
Heteroepitaxial Diamond Wafers—Synthesis and Application Perspectives

Matthias Schreck is research group leader at the Institute of Physics, Universität Augsburg. He received his diploma degree in physics in 1987 from the Universität Stuttgart, with work on epitaxial growth of molecular crystals. For his 1990 PhD degree in physical chemistry from the Universität Tübingen, Schreck studied Langmuir-Blodgett films by surface analytical methods. Soon thereafter, in 1991, he joined Universität Augsburg, where he started his CVD diamond activities. His research interests include epitaxial growth and structural analysis of oxide, metal, diamond and graphene films, with a focus on the mechanisms of heteroepitaxial diamond nucleation on iridium, the scaling of all relevant processes to wafer size, and the exploration of potential applications such as particle detectors or neutron monochromators. In 2015, together with two colleagues, Schreck founded the startup company Augsburg Diamond Technology GmbH (AuDiaTec).


Florian Kaiser9:10 am – 9:50 am
Florian Kaiser

Universität Stuttgart

Nanoscale Quantum Sensing

Since 2017, Florian Kaiser had led a sub-division at the 3rd Physics Institute in Stuttgart, led by Jörg Wrachtrup. He received his diploma in physics in 2009 at University of Stuttgart (Germany), where he investigated single quantum emitters in diamond at cryogenic temperatures. In 2012, he obtained a PhD degree from University of Nice (France) where he developed highly efficient quantum light sources for various applications. For his thesis work, he obtained the 2013 Thesis Prize of the European Physical Society (EPS) and the Medal of Honour of Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. After a postdoc stint at the German Electron Synchrotron facility (DESY) in Hamburg (Germany) in the framework of the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), he started a new research line in Nice where developed highly accurate chromatic dispersion sensors based on entangled photon pairs.

His research interests include large scale quantum communication platforms based on color defects in diamond and/or silicon carbide. In addition, he is passionate about developing highly precise and accurate photonic quantum sensors.


Rodney S. Ruoff

9:50 – 10:30 am
Rodney S. Ruoff
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Diamane, New Forms of Diamond, Artificial Graphene Crystals, Perfect Graphene and 3D Assembly of Graphene-Oxide by Freeze Casting

Rodney S. Ruoff, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and the School of Materials Science, is director of UNIST’s Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), an Institute of Basic Sciences (IBS) Center. From 2007 to 2013, prior to joining UNIST, he was the Cockrell Family Regents Endowed Chair Professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

Ruoff earned his PhD degree in chemical physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988, and was a Fulbright Fellow in 1988-1989 at the Max Planck Institut für Strömungsforschung in Germany. While at Northwestern University from 2000 to 2007, he was the John Evans Professor of Nanoengineering and director of Northwestern’s Biologically Inspired Materials Institute.

Ruoff has co-authored approximately 490 peer-reviewed publications related to chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanics and biomedical science, and is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the recipient of the 2014 David Turnbull Lectureship from the Materials Research Society, the SGL Carbon (Skakel) Award from the American Carbon Society in 2016, and the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials from the American Physical Society in 2018.





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