Ilka Kriegel received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in 2016 and spent the outgoing phase until April 2018 at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Molecular Foundry’s Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures Facility, before retunring back to the Italian Institute of Technology to complete the Marie Curie project. Ilka did her PhD at the Photonics and Optoelectronics group at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and continued her studies with a first postdoc at the Ultrafast Spectroscopy labs of Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Ilka is an expert in plasmonic structures of alternative plasmonic materials, such as doped metal oxides and transparent conducting oxides, adding with with key contributions to the study and understanding of capacitive charging processes via optical, electronic and electrochemical means. Ilka Kriegel is a member of the Christiane Nuesslein Vollhard Foundation and was ranked among the ten best in the ‘L’Oréal-UNESCO’ For Women in Science’.
Liberato Manna is the director of the Nanochemistry Department of the Italian Institute of Technology. Liberato gained his M.S. and his PhD in Chemistry with Honours at the University of Bari, Italy, before he moved for a Postdoc to the Alivisatos group at UC Berkeley. Liberato's research interests are related to the synthesis and assembly of colloidal nanocrystals, study of structural, chemical and surface transformations in nanoscale materials, modelling and related applications in energy-related areas, in photonics, electronics and biology.
P. James Schuck
is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. Prior to joining Columbia, he was Director of the Imaging and Manipulation Facility of the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He earned his B.A. in Physics at UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Yale University. Jim then did his postdoctoral studies with Prof. W. E. Moerner at Stanford University. The Schuck group aims to characterize, understand and control nanoscale light-matter interactions. Current research interests include the investigation and applications of 2D materials and upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs).