Dr. Alberto Escarpa is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alcalá. He has received several highly prestigious awards such the NATO Fellowship to perform postdoctoral research at the New Mexico State University (USA) in 2001, the “Young Investigator Award” by the University of Alcala in 2003, the International Dropsens Award “Best research work in applied electroanalytical chemistry” (finalist) in 2015, recently he has been awarded in 2021 with the Excellence Award in Doctoral Thesis Direction in Science. He served as guest professor in international Universities and research centers such as University of California San Diego (EEUU), International Center for Young Scientists in National Institute for Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japón) or CIDETEQ (Querétaro, México). He has also been Visiting Professor in the Buenos Aires University and currently he is Visiting Professor in Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru). Prof. Escarpa is also member of the Collegium of the PhD in Food Science at Teramo University (Italy).
He is the leader and founder of the research group “Analytical Miniaturization and Nanotechnology” since 2003. His main research interests are analytical miniaturization and nanotechnologies, new nanomaterials for optical and electrochemical (bio)-sensing, electrochemical microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip technology and self-propelled micromotors.
He has co-authored more than 182 peer-reviewed articles in leading international peer-review journals, 6 international patents and several book chapters, yielding an h-index of 50. He has recently been included in the top-2% of most cited chemists in the world, and in the top-145-ranked (#76) chemistry researchers in Spain. His works have been featured and highlighted in several occasions as cover in top journals (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemical Science, Chemistry: A European Journal, Lab on a Chip, Analytical Chemistry, Analyst) and social scientific media (Chemical World from RSC), Separations Now from Wiley and C&EN news from ACS, Nanowerk). He has also supervised 19 PhD students and several postdoctoral researchers.
He has edited and authored several books including Miniaturization of analytical systems: principles, designs and applications (Wiley, 2009), Food Electroanalysis (2015, Wiley) and Carbon-based Nanomaterials in Analytical Chemistry (RSC, 2019).
He has given more than 45 invited lectures in the most prestigious conferences of micro and analytical nanotechnologies. He has also organized several international congresses such as I Workshop on Analytical Miniaturization and Lab on a Chip (WAM, 2008), VI Workshop Analytical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NyNA, 2013) or the 25th Latin American Capillary Electrophoresis and Microchip Technology (LACE, 2019).
He is member of the Editorial board of Analysis & Sensing, Electrophoresis, Applied Materials Today, Sensors and Journal of Nanobiotechnology. He has been Associate Editor for RSC Advances (2015-2019) and Associate Editor (2018-2019) for Microchimica Acta. He is currently Editor in Chief for Microchimica Acta.
Mamas (Mamantos) Prodromidis is a full Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry (University of Ioannina, Greece). His research is focused on the development of electrochemical (bio)sensors, the generation of nanoparticles with spark discharge, the development of diagnostic devices for point-of-care applications, the design & fabrication of screen-printing integrated electrochemical cells and bipolar electrochemistry. He has co-authored more than 120 articles, reviews, book chapters and he has given several invited lectures in international meetings and seminars. Since 2020, he is Editor in Chief of Microchimica Acta.
Dr. Gustavo Rivas is Plenary Full Professor at the Faculty of Chemical Sciences, Cordoba National University (UNC) and Superior Researcher at Argentine Research Council (CONICET) (Argentina). Since 2016 he is member of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina. Dr. Rivas is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sensors and Actuators B. Chemical and member of the editorial board of Electroanalysis. He received the awards “Ranwell Caputto” (National Academy of Sciences of Argentina, 2001), “Rafael Labriola” (Argentinean Chemical Society, 2004), “Konnex on Nanotechnology” (Fundación Konnex, 2013), and “Consagration Award” (National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina, 2017). Dr. Rivas is author of more than 170 peer review papers and several book chapters, with more than 8300 citations and H index of 51. He was President of the Argentinean Association of Analytical Chemists (2007-2009). Dr. Rivas was the Head of the Physical Chemistry Department at Chemical Sciences Faculty (UNC, 2009-2010). He participated very actively in different Argentine Science and Technology organisms coordinating Chemistry Committees at CONICET, Ministry of Science and Technology of Cordoba, and National Agency for the Scientific and Technological Promotion. Dr. Rivas had a key role in the development of the Analytical Chemistry in Argentina. He presented plenary and invited lectures in different countries, Spain, Ireland, France, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Turkey, Austria, Hungary, Japan and Check Republic. Current research activities of Dr. Rivas are focused on the development of affinity and enzymatic nano(bio)sensors devoted to the quantification of (bio)markers of clinical and environmental relevance.