10 December 2020

Chair: Prof. Alexander A. Kamnev, Russian Academy of Sciences

This Symposium is aimed at attracting a multidisciplinary audience and speakers who are interested in developing methods for the “green synthesis” of nanomaterials using biological means, ranging from organisms (bacteria, fungi, plants) to supramolecular structures (biological extracts, tissues, etc.) and biological (macro)molecules, and for their characterisation, including instrumental techniques. Since such biogenic nanomaterials (particularly, nanoparticles of noble metals and metalloids, quantum dots) may have a wide range of compositions, sizes and shapes and be associated with bioorganic capping layers (i.e., functionalised), of interest and importance are instrumental, e.g. spectroscopic approaches for characterising both their nano-core and the biomacromolecular outer shell.


Alexander A. Kamnev

Russian Academy of Sience

Professor Alexander A. Kamnev (born in 1958 in Saratov, Russia), DSc in physical chemistry, is a Leading Scientist at the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences (Saratov, Russia). Professor Kamnev has published over 120 papers in peer-refereed international journals and a number of invited review chapters in monographs, has been regularly involved as an organiser of, and as an invited/plenary lecturer at a number of international conferences and in refereeing manuscripts for many scientific journals published by Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, RSC, ACS, etc. He has served as a member of Editorial Boards for several specialised scientific journals including Spectrochim. Acta Part A: Mol. Biomol. Spectrosc. (“Elsevier”).

Research interests:

Application of spectroscopic techniques in studying biomolecules (including biomacromolecules), biocomplexes, supramolecular structures and microbial cells; spectroscopic studies of biogenic nanoparticles and detection of biospecific interactions using functionalised plasmonic nanoparticles; bioanalytical applications of vibrational (FTIR, Raman) and Mössbauer (nuclear gamma-resonance) spectroscopies.

Yon Ju-Nam

Swansea University

Dr Yon Ju-Nam is a senior lecturer in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Systems and Process Engineering Centre (SPEC) and the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre (MNC), College of Engineering, Swansea University. Before coming to the UK, she worked for 5 years (1999-2004) as an Organic and Analytical Research Scientist in the R&D laboratories at Empresas Polar, one of the largest food industries in South America. For the past 10 years, she has been involved in projects related to the nanotechnology field, especially in nanochemistry and colloidal nanomaterial synthesis, and environmental nanosciences. She obtained her PhD in Bionanotechnology in December 2007 from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. In October 2007, she became a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, in Prof Jamie Lead’s research group, investigating the environmental behaviour and biological impacts of manufactured nanoparticles in natural aquatic systems. She has also been involved in other research projects related to toxicological studies of engineered nanoparticles, mainly in human cells and animal models, working with groups from Napier University, Exeter and Bristol. Her publication: “Manufactured nanoparticles: an overview of their chemistry, interactions and potential environmental implications” was awarded Best Paper of the Year 2008, by Elsevier’s Science of the Total Environment. She has been invited speaker in various Nanotoxicology and Nanosafety workshops in Aarhus University, Denmark and Swansea University, and She has been invited speaker in various Toxicology and Nanosafety workshops, and Faraday Discussions in Nanoparticle Assembly - From Fundamentals to Applications. She has also carried out outreach activities for school teachers, disseminating information on engineered nanomaterial impact in the environment in Nanotechnology workshops, at the Science Learning Centre Yorkshire and the Humber. She joined the College of Engineering at Swansea University in March 2010. She has been invited to write several book chapters on fate, behaviour and transformations of engineered nanoparticles in the environment.

Philip Gardiner

Philip H E Gardiner is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and obtained his PhD in
chemistry from the University of Strathclyde. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 1992
after postdoctoral positions in the then West Germany and a Lectureship in Chemistry at the
University of Ghana. His broad research interests in analytical chemistry include the
development of atomic spectrometric methods for the study of the chemical speciation of
trace elements in biological, clinical and environmental samples, and investigations into
bioremediation for the clean-up of metal and metalloid contaminated soils and solutions. A
focus of current research is in the characterization of biogenic nanoparticles.

Mohamed Merroun

University of Granada

Mohamed L. Merroun is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Microbiology; University of Granada. He earned his degree in Biology from the University of Tetuan (Morocco). He obtained his Ph.D degree at Department of Microbiology, University of Granada, Spain. He worked for more than 9 years, as senior scientist, at Resource Ecology Institute, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden, Rossendorf, Germany. He is active user of Radiation Synchrotron Facilities (e.g. ESRF, Soleil, Daimond). He was awarded by Ramon y Cajal Program Tenure track grant (2009-2012). He got research mobility grants from the Spanish Minister of Education (6 months: March-June 2018 University of Swansea, UK; and 4 months: June-September 2014, University of Sheffield, UK). Mohamed L. Merroun has 17 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching at Granada University and abroad, taught 1900 undergraduate lecture hours. He has supervised more than 23 undergraduates in their research tasks and 4 graduate (Ph.D.) students, and ongoing 4 PhD theses. He has presently published more than 70 papers, reviews 11 book chapters in peer-reviewed international scientific press, including Physical Review Letters, Biophysical Journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, etc. His hirsh index is 22. He takes on ad hoc peer-review tasks for a wide range of scientific journal and research agencies. He has secured funding from local, national, European and private companies. His research has over the years been presented in newspapers and magazines. His research interests are on geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry of heavy metal contaminated sites, microbiology of deep geological disposal of radioactive wastes, microbial interactions with radionuclides, fabrication of biogenic metallic nanoparticles and their industrial application, microbial recovery of precious metals from electronics scraps.

Silvia Lampis

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Mehrdad Khatami

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