Prof. Andrea Lazzeri
Prof. Andrea Lazzeri
Head of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Pisa

Prof. Andrea Lazzeri is Head of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Pisa.

He graduated in Chemical Engineering (1982 - University of Pisa). Then in 1991, he obtained his PhD in Advanced Materials (Cranfield University). In 1984, he became a researcher at the University of Pisa. In 1999, he was a visiting scientist at MIT, Boston. In 2002, he became an Associate Professor at the University of Pisa and later, in 2008, became a Full Professor in the department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of same university, where he teaches Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Behaviour of Materials and Composite Materials Science and Engineering. He is also the professor of Materials Science and Technology in the Naval Academy in Livorno.

During the last two decades, his major research projects have dealt with processing and mechanical properties of polymer-matrix and ceramic-matrix composites and biobased and/or biodegradable polymers for environmental applications. He has been coordinator of three European projects: Forbioplast, Helm and NanoCathedral.

He has published over 100 scientific communications with around 2600 citations (H-Index > 26).

Prof. Tekla Tammelin
Prof. Tekla Tammelin
Research Professor in Biomaterials Engineering at VTT

Tekla Tammelin is a Research Professor in Biomaterials Engineering at VTT and Docent in Bioproduct Technology at Aalto University. She is a VTT leader of the Academy of Finland funded joint competence center for the materials bioeconomy between Aalto University and VTT (www.finnceres.fi).

Her research strategy exploits the inherent features of cell-wall systems and its components, and the biomaterials concepts draw the inspiration from plant-based material assemblies and functions. Her scientific aim is to bridge the gap between molecular and macroscopic behaviour of complex plant-derived materials and further provide new aspects on strategies to construct competitive and viable biomaterial structures and solutions. These concepts include responsive nanoenhanced membrane materials, gas/vapour barrier and gas capturing materials, versatile immobilisation templates for energy producing biomolecules, printed electronics and nanopatterned optical structures.

She is a main inventor of the recent patent related to the larger scale preparation method for nanocellulosic films. She has published ~60 peer-reviewed papers and more than 100 scientific meeting proceedings. She received Akzo Nobel Nordic Research Prize in 2010 in the area of surface chemistry of cellulosic fibres and in 2016 she received the VTT Award on Exceptional Scientific Excellence.

Prof. Mohamed Naceur Belgacem
Prof. Mohamed Naceur Belgacem
Head of Grenoble INP-Pagora Engineering School

He received his Engineer diploma in wood science at the Saint Petersburg’s Forest Academy in 1986 (Russia). He then got a PhD in Material Engineering and Science from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France in 1991. He was then awarded a fellowship from the National Research Council of Canada to carry out a post-doctoral training for two years in Polytechnic School of Montreal (Canada) as a researcher in the field of surface and interface phenomena in cellulose-based composite materials. On his return, he worked in R&D department in industry for 5 years, before moving to University of Beira Interior in Portugal where he spent three years (from 1997 to 2000) as an associate professor. Dr. Belgacem was nominated full professor in 2000 at the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France.

He has published over 250 scientific papers, including 2 books and ~25 book chapters with around 10000 citations (H-Index > 50).

Professor Belgacem is one of the three Editors-in-chief of an Elsevier Journal: "Industrial Crops and Products"
(ISSN: 0926-6690 http://ees.elsevier.com/indcro/).