Invited speakers


Vladimir Falko
, University of Manchester, UK

Wendy Flavell
, University of Manchester, UK

Professor Wendy Flavell is Professor of Surface Physics at the University of Manchester, and a member of the University’s Photon Science Institute. She received her BA and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford, and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Imperial College, London, before moving to a lectureship in Chemistry at UMIST, later moving discipline to Physics. She is author of more than 100 papers on the electronic structure and surface reactivity of semiconductor nanocrystals, oxides and photovoltaics. Her research uses world synchrotron sources extensively, most recently for work aimed at developing light-harvesting quantum dots and heterojunctions for next-generation solar cells. Wendy has acted as reviewer of programmes for several international accelerator-based light sources including SOLEIL, SLS and MAX-lab. She was deputy-chair of the Physics panel for the UK’s national research quality assessment, REF2014.

Mark Golden
, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yvonne Grunder
, University of Liverpool, UK

Yvonne Gründer obtained a PhD in Physics, which was carried out at the European Synchrotron Radiation Source in Grenoble (France), from the Technische Universität Berlin. After postdoctoral positions, at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel (Germany) and at the University of Manchester she joined the Department of Physics and the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool in October 2013 and currently holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Her research interests focus on atomic scale understanding of the structure and reactions at electrochemical interfaces by applying x-ray and electrochemical characterisation techniques to the polarised solid-liquid interfaces.

In 2014 she received the Joachim-Walter-Schultze Prize in Electrochemistry .


Quanmin Guo
, University of Birmingham, UK

Quanmin Guo is a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham where ISSC-20 was held in 2015. He received his PhD in 1989 from the University of Lancaster. Before taking up a lectureship position in Birmingham University, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher first in the Leverhulme Centre for Innovative Catalysis and then the Surface Science Research Centre, both at the University of Liverpool. His research interests lie in surface science including scanning tunnelling microscopy, self-assembly, low-dimensional materials, molecule-surface interactions, and surface catalytic reactions. His most recent research focuses on self-assembly of hybrid organic-inorganic complexes on solid surfaces with simultaneous control in chemical composition, physical dimension, geometric shape and spatial orientation.


Philippe Marcus
, CNRS, France

Professor Philippe Marcus is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Head of the Research Group of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces of Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, at Chimie ParisTech, France. Dr Marcus received his Ph. D. (1979) in Physical Sciences from University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France.

His field of research is surface chemistry, surface electrochemistry, and corrosion science, with emphasis on understanding the structure and properties of metal and alloy surfaces interacting with their environment.

Professor Marcus has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2005 Uhlig Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2008 Whitney Award from NACE International, the Cavallaro Medal of the European Federation of Corrosion in 2008, the U.R. Evans Award of the UK Institute of Corrosion in 2010, the Lee Hsun Award of the Institute of Metals Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. He was the D.B. Robinson Distinguished Speaker of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 2013. He received the European Corrosion Medal of EFC in 2015. He is an elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (2005) and of the International Society of Electrochemistry (2009).

Professor Marcus has organised or co-organised several international conferences. He was the Chairman of ECASIA (the European Conference on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis, Avignon (F), 2001), EUROCORR (the European Corrosion Conference, Nice (F), 2004) and Passivity-9 (the 9th International Conference on Passivation of Metals and Semiconductors and the Properties of Thin Oxide Layers, Paris (F), 2005). In 2006 he was the Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Aqueous Corrosion (New London, NH, USA). He was the Chair of EUROCORR in 2009, of EMNT (International Symposium on Electrochemical Micro and Nanosystems Technologies) in 2010. He was the Chairman of EUROCORR 2016, and is now the Chairman of ECASIA 2017. Pr. Marcus was President of the European Federation of Corrosion from 2008 to 2012. He was Chairman of the Electrochemical Materials Science Division of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He is currently Chairman of the EFC Working Party on Surface Science and Mechanisms of Corrosion and Protection, Chairman of the International Steering Committee for the European Conferences on Applications of Surface and Interface Analysis, Vice-President and Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee of CEFRACOR (French Corrosion Center).


Angelos Michaelides
, University College London, UK

Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2000 from The Queen's University of Belfast. Following this he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and then at the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Subsequently he was promoted to staff scientist and research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute. In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been Professor of Theoretical Chemistry. He has received a number of honours and awards for his research including the Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist of the Year, a European Young Investigator Award, two European Research Council Grants (Startup and Consolidator), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He was the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Marlow Award and a 2016 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize. Research in his team aims at understanding important phenomena in surface- materials- and nano-science. Using concepts from quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, his team applies and develops methods and computer simulations to study processes of relevance to catalysis - such as the properties of metal surfaces and chemical reactions at surfaces - and processes of environmental relevance - such as the nucleation of ice or the dissolution of salts. Water and ice are major focuses of their work. For more information see

Miquel Salmeron
, University of California Berkeley, USA


Daniele Selli
, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Daniele Selli studied Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at the Universtiy of Perugia and received a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at the Dresden University of Technology. After fellowships at the Cardiff University and the University of North Texas, he joint the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz for his first post-doc period. At the moment, he is a post-doc researcher in the ERC project on Smart Bioinorganic Hybrids for Nanomedicine at the Universtiy of Milano-Bicocca.
His present research is focused on the simulation of extended systems involving low dimensionality and nanostructured materials in the field of catalysis and biomedicine.

Christof Wöll
, KIT, Germany

Wöll studied physics at the University of Göttingen and received his PhD in 1987 at the Max-Planck-Institut of Dynamics and Self-Organization with Prof. Peter Toennies.

After a postdoctoral time (1988 to 1989) at the IBM research laboratories, San Jose, USA he accepted a position equivalent to Assistant Professor at the University of Heidelberg at the Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry.
After his habilitation he took over the chair for Physical Chemistry at the University of Bochum (until 2009). In 2000 he founded the collaborative research center SFB588 "Metal-substrate Interactions in Heterogeneous Catalysis".

Since 2009 he is the director of the Institute of Functional Interfaces at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Heisenberg scholarship funded by the German DFG 1994-1996

Spokeperson of the Surface Physics Division of the German Physical Society since 2016

Elected member of the Council on Physical Chemistry of solid-State Bodies, Surfaces, and Characterization of Materials of the German Science Foundation (DFG) (2016 unti 2019).

Recipient of the van't Hoff Prize of the German Bunsen Association (DGB) 2016.


Jörg Zegenhagen
, Diamond Light Source, UK

Since the beginning of his Diploma thesis, JZ is pursuing research in surface and interface science. Exploiting X-ray standing waves for surface structural analysis at the Hamburg Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, DESY, he obtained a PhD in physics from Hamburg University, Germany in 1984. He spent five years in the USA first as postdoc at SUNY, Albany and then at AT&T Bell Labs using X-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source at BNL. From 1989 to 1999 he led a group at the Max Planck Institute for solid state research in Stuttgart, Germany followed by fourteen years at the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble, France as head of a beamline and the Surface and Interface Science group. Since 2013 he is Physical Science Coordinator at Diamond Light Source.






Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (posters):
    27 February 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    27 February 2017
  • Accommodation booking deadline:
    12 March 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    31 March 2017