Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

Plenary presentations:

Prof. Mitsuru Itoh
Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Strategy for the new ferroelectric materials in tetrahedral system 


Prof. Tomi Laurila
Department of Electronics School of Electrical Engineering Aalto University, Finland
Hybrid carbon nanomaterials for electrochemical detection of biomolecules 
Professor Tomi Laurila received the D.Sc. degree (with honours) in electronics production technology from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2001. The thesis ..

Prof. Juris Purans
Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
Beyond quasiharmonic approximation: local structure of perovskites with negative thermal expansion 
Juris Purans received his PhD from the University of Latvia (UL) in 1980 "EPR of disordered solid state materials" and his habilitation from the ISSP UL in 1993 "XAFS Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Oxides". Since 1993, he..

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Schweizer
South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Multi-functionality of Luminescent Glasses for Energy Applications 
Stefan Schweizer obtained his physics diploma from the University of Giessen, Germany, in 1994. Subsequently ...

Prof. Alexander S. Sigov
Moscow State Technical University of Radioengineering, Electronics and Automation, Russia
Charge transport mechanisms in ferroelectric heterostructures
Alexander S. Sigov (born May 31st, 1945 in Donetsk)- President of the University, Fellow Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Full Professor..

Invited presentations:

Prof. Jūras Banys
Faculty of Physics, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Cooperation of Latvian and Lithuanian Scientists in Studies of Ferroelectrics and Related Materials 
Prof. Jūras Banys received the diploma of Physicist and of Physics Teacher at Vilnius University in 1985..

Dr. Stefano Bellucci
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy
Heat Resistant Unfired Phosphate Ceramics with Carbon Nanotubes and Boron Compounds for Electromagnetic and Ionizing Shielding Applications 
Dr. Stefano Bellucci obtained in 1986 his Ph.D. in Physics of elementary particles at SISSA, Trieste. He worked..

Prof. Antonio Bianconi
RICMASS, Rome International Center for Materials Science Superstripes, Roma, Italy
Nanoscale Phase Separation in Two-dimensional Layers in the Limit of a Few Unit Cells Controlling Material Functionalities Unveiled by Scanning Submicron XRD 
Prof. Antonio Bianconi graduated in Physics in Rome university in 1969. Full professor..

Prof. Mikhail G. Brik
Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia
A review of the structural, electronic and elastic properties of spinels 
Professor Mikhail G. Brik received his PhD degree from Kuban State University (Krasnodar, Russia) in 1995 and..

Prof. Ruei-San Chen
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), Taiwan
Surface-controlled Transport Properties in 1D and 2D Nanocrystals 
Prof. Ruei-San Chen, of Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), Taiwan and his group have special expertise..

Prof. Robert A. Evarestov
St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Theoretical Study of Single- and Multi-Walled Nanotubes Rolled-up from Group IV Metal Disulfides 
Robert A. Evarestov  graduated St. Petersburg State University  as theoretical  physicsist in 1960. He obtained his PhD in ..

Prof. Igor N. Flerov
Kirensky Institute of Physics, Siberian Department of RAS, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Phase Transitions and Caloric Effects in Ferroics and Multiferroics 
Since 1966 Dr. Sc., Professor Igor N. Flerov works at L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics, Siberian Department of RAS, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. He has occupied.. 

Prof. Vladimir M. Fridkin
Laboratory of Electronic Materials, Institute for Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Ferroelectricity and the Bulk Photovoltaic Effect at the Nanoscale 


Prof. David Fuks
Materials Engineering Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Beer Sheva, Israel
Controlling the figure of merit in TiNiSn half-Heusler alloy: DFT study 
Currently Professor in Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva..

Prof. Arvaidas Galdikas
Institute Physics Department, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Diffusion Processes in Nanostructured Three-Way Automotive Powder Catalysts 
Arvaidas Galdikas is full professor in Kaunas University of Technology and in Lithuanian Health Sciences University. He was born in..

Prof. Kersti Hermansson
Depatrment of Chemustr, The Ångström Laboratry, Uppsala, Sweden
Ceria Chemistry at the Nano-scale 
Kersti Hermansson is strongly involved in e-science for materials chemistry, namely the development of multiscale methods to..

Prof. Naoshi Ikeda
Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, Japan
Ferroelectric and Electronic Property of RFe2O4 

Professional Preparation:

Prof. Makoto Iwata
Department of Engineering Physics, Electronics and Mechanics, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Electric Field Effects in Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-7%PbTiO3 Solid Solutions 


Prof. Andrei Kholkin
Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering and Center for Research in Ceramic and Composite Materials (CICECO), University of Aveiro, Portugal
Nanoscale piezoelectricity due to symmetry breaking: an Atomic Force Microscopy study 
Dr. Andrei Kholkin received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics from St. Petersburg State University and Ph.D. degree in..

Prof. Hiroyuki Kimura
Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Neutron diffraction study of magnetism and ferroelectricity in RMn2O5 (R = rare-earth, Bi, Y) multiferroics 


  • Neutron and X-ray scattering study of structural physics on Multiferroics, Ferroelectrics, Transition metal oxides, and High-Tc superconductivity..

Prof. Seiji Kojima
Division of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
Broadband Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy of Ferroelectric Crystals 

Name and Date of Birth:

  • Seiji Kojima, April 22, 1951


Prof. Matthias Krack
Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Electronic Structure Simulations of Uranium Dioxide 

Academic Education:

  • Pre-Diploma in chemistry, University of Hannover, 1985
  • Diploma in chemistry, University of..

Prof. Svetlana Kulkova
Laboratory of Physics of Nonlinear Media, Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Russia
Influence of Interstitial Impurities on the Griffith work in Ti-based Alloys 


  • Head scientists of the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of..

Prof. Yoshihiro Kuroiwa
Department of Physical Science, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Japan
Valence Electron Distributions of Ferroactive ions in Perovskite Oxides and Polar Lattice Distortions 

Education: BS of Engineering in Physics, Osaka University, March, 1985, MS of Engineering..

Prof. Sergey Lushnikov
A.F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute of RAS, St.Petersburg, Russia
Central Peak and Quasi-Elastic Light Scatering in Cubic Relaxor Ferroelectrics 




Dr. Rotraut Merkle
Department of Physical Chemistry at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany
Mixed conducting perovskites as solid oxide fuel cell cathode materials: insight from experiments and theory 
Rotraut Merkle received her PhD in Physical Chemistry and then joined the department of Physical Chemistry at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Research interests..

Prof. Yuji Noguchi 
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technique, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Defect-polarization control for enhancing piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3-based single crystals and ceramics 
Yuji Noguchi was born in 1970 in Japan. He received a bachelor’s ..

Prof. Harald Oberhofer 
Technical University Munich, Germany
A theoretical description of photo-catalytic water splitting on metal decorated oxide surfaces 

Personal Details

Prof. Toshio Ogawa 
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Evaluation of Elastic Constants in Piezoelectric Ceramics by Measuring Acoustic Wave Velocities 
Toshio Ogawa is professor and professional engineer (“Gijyutsushi” since 1986) of electronic materials science and engineering in the department of ...

Prof. Marina Popova 
Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Troitsk, Russia
Materials for Optical Quantum Memory 
Marina Popova graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1964. She worked as PhD student in..

Prof. Krystian Roleder
University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Do We Understand Why Antiferroelectric Order is Realized in PbZrO3 and PbHfO3

1977-1981: doctoral studies at the Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

1981: defence of doctoral thesis in Physics ..

Prof. Martins Rutkis
Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Development of NLO Active Organic Molecular Glasses for Photonic Applications 


  • Deputy Director for Research, Head of Laboratory of Organic materials and Senior Researcher at
    Institute of Solid State Physics University of Latvia;
  • Member of..

Prof. Dr Kurt Schwartz
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Germany
Irradiation induced nanostructures in LiF crystals and possible applications 
Kurt Schwartz, born 27.04.1930 in Riga, Latvia. From 1949 to 1954 physics studies at..

Prof. Vladimir Shur
Ferroelectrics Laboratory, Institute of Natural Science, Ural Federal University, Russia, Labfer Ltd., Russia
Domain Shape Instabilities and Fractal Domain Growth in Uniaxial Ferroelectrics in Highly Non-equilibrium Switching Conditions 
Vladimir Ya. Shur graduated at the Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia in 1967. He received..

Prof. Eckhard Spohr
Faculty of Chemistry, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
Simulation of Oxide Nanostructures for Energy Conversion 

2007 - W3-Professor for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen

2003 - 2007 Group Leader "Physical..

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gunnar Suchaneck
Solid State Electronics Laboratory, TU Dresden, Germany
Materials and device concepts for electrocaloric refrigeration 

Scientific Career

Prof. Masaki Takesada
Department of Physics, Hokkaido University, Japan
Broadband Light Scattering and Second Harmonic Generation in Ferroelectric Nanocrystals 

EDUCATION: BS in Physics, Yamaguchi University, 1990, MS in Physics, Yamaguchi University 1992, and Dr. Sc. in Physics, Hokkaido University 1995..

Prof. Hiroshi Tanaka
Department of Materials Science, Shimane University, Japan
Valence electron density and electrostatic potential in ferroelectric materials evaluated by MEM analysis of X-ray diffraction 


  • 1987 MS of Engineering from Dept. of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo
  • 1993 PhD of Engineering from Dept. ..

Prof. Hiroki Taniguchi
Department of Physics, Nagoya University Furo-cho, Chikusa, Japan
Ferroelectricity Driven by Twisting of Silicate Tetrahedral Chains 

Hiroki Taniguchi received a bachelor’s degree in Department of Physics, Osaka University (2001) and ..

Prof. Evaldas E. Tornau
Semiconductor Physics Institute, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius, Lithuania
Phase Transitions in Antiferromagnetic Triangular Blume-Capel Model with Hard Core Exclusions 

Dr. habil. Evaldas E. Tornau, leading scientific researcher..

Prof. Vladimir Trepakov
Institute of Physics, ASCR, Prague, Czech Republic, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the RAS, St.-Petersburg, Russia
Electronic Structure, Optical and Dielectric Spectroscopy of TbMnO3 Multiferroic 

Vladimir Trepakov graduated at St.-Petersburg Polytechnical Institute in 1972. From 1972 he has been working..

Prof. Kenji Tsuda
Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Japan
Study of nanoscale local structural fluctuations in ferroelectrics using convergent-beam electron diffraction 

Research Interests:

  • Development of a method to refine crystal structural parameters and electrostatic potential using Convergent-Beam Electron Diffraction (CBED)
  • Nano-scale local..

Prof.  Yuhji Tsujimi
Hokkaido University, Japan

Broad Doublet Spectra in the Quantum Paraelectric State of SrTiO3 

Professional Experiences:

Prof. Rostyslav Vlokh
Director of the Institute of Physical Optics of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ukraine
Generation of optical vortices via electro- and piezo-optic effects in ferroelectric-type crystalline materials 
Rostyslav Vlokh has obtained his MS Degree at the Lviv National University in 1987, the PhD Degree at..

Prof. Tatyana R. Volk
Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Planar Microdomain Patterns for Nonlinear-Optical Applications Fabricated in Ferroelectric Crystals by Microscopic Methods (AFM and SEM) 
Tatyana R. Volk graduated from Moscow University in 1965. Starting in 1968 till nowadays she..

Dr. Yasuhiro Yoneda
Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Japan
Atomic pair-distribution function (PDF) analysis on ferroelectric materials using synchrotron X-ray