Plenary Speakers



Prof. Olivier Guillon
Research Center Jülich, Germany 


Prof. Philippe Ghosez
University of Liège, Belgium 


Prof. Heli Jantunen 
University of Oulu, Finland  


Prof. James M. LeBeau 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA  

"On the processing of electroceramics or the key to transfer materials synthesis into component manufacturing"        "From first- to second-principles modelling of functional oxides"      "Integrations of Materials into Devices"      "Directly connecting local chemistry and structure to relaxor properties using electron microscopy"

Monday 24 August - 14:00 PM CEST


Tuesday 25 August - 14:00 PM CEST


Wednesday 26 August - 14:00 PM CEST


Thursday 27 August - 14:00 PM CEST

Olivier Guillon studied materials science and engineering at the Ecole des Mines d’Alès and completed his PhD on the non-linear behaviour of ferroelectric ceramics in France. He then joined, as a post-doc researcher, the group of Professor Jürgen Rödel at TU Darmstadt, Germany. Focusing on constrained sintering, he also visited the group of Professor Raj Bordia at the University of Washington (USA) and established in Darmstadt a DFG funded Emmy Noether Group on new ceramic processes. After spending two years at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena as Professor of Mechanics of Functional Materials, he became Director at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Materials Synthesis and Processing (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany) and Professor at the RWTH Aachen University in 2014. His research interests encompass thermal barrier coatings and ceramic matrix composites, solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells, gas separation membranes and batteries. The development and processing of solid electrolytes for lithium and sodium ions and their integration into all-solid-state batteries play a key role in this regard.


Philippe Ghosez is Professor at the Université de Liège where he created the group of Theoretical Materials Physics. He is active in the first-principles theory and modelling of functional materials and nanostructures since more than 25 years, combining theoretical developments and material applications, mainly on oxide perovskites. Philippe GHOSEZ is presently Director of the Research Unit CESAM at the University of Liège.  He is also the General Secretary of the European Multifunctional Materials Institute (EMMI, since 2008 and member of the advisory board of the international ABINIT software project ( since 2002. He was invited Professor at the EPFL (2002), University of Bordeaux (2004) and University of Geneva (2010). He had the honorific title of Francqui Research Professor (2011-2014). He was laureate of the Prize “La Recherche" from La Recherche Magazine (Paris, 2008) and of the Prize "Adolphe Wetrems " from the Belgian Academia of Sciences (Brussels, 2015). He is Fellow of the American Physical Society (2018). 


Heli Jantunen is Professor in Technical Physics and Leader of the Microelectronics Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland. She obtained her D. Sc. in 2001 after being 10 years in industry. The research of her group focuses on electronics fabrication techniques, development of novel ICT electronics, especially RF applications by implementation of advanced microwave and functional materials, structures and nanotechnology into multifunctional micromodules and printed electronics devices.  The main interests within the materials research, their characterization and development cover dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric ceramics, polymers and their composites in forms of bulk, multilayers structures, and printed inks. She is Academician to the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC), Honorary International Chair Professor of National Taipei University of Technology, Honorary Doctor of the University of Linköping, and has received Nokia Foundation’s Recognition Award, White Rose of Finland Knight First Class, Finnish Science Award and Innovation Award for Women. She also has obtained ERC Advanced Grant with two ERC POCs.


James LeBeau earned his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006 and his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2010. After his graduate work, he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University as a faculty member in January 2011. In 2019 he joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT. For his work, he has been honored with numerous awards including the NSF CAREER award, an AFOSR Young Investigator grant, a MAS Distinguished Scholar award, the MAS Birks Award, and the MAS K.F.J Heinrich award. Currently, his research focuses on applying and developing (scanning) transmission electron microscopy techniques to directly determine the local structure of relaxor ferroelectric materials using real-space methods. Through this work, he is illuminating the role of atomic and chemical inhomogeneities in Pb based materials and how these manifest relaxor properties.