Masakazu Aono, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, Japan
Masakazu Aono is the director general of the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan. He obtained his PhD from the University Tokyo in 1972, and was subsequently a research staff member at the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM) [1972-1986], a senior scientist at the Institute for Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) [1986-2002], a professor at Osaka University [1996-2005], and the director general of the Nanomaterials Laboratory (NML), NIMS [2002-2006]. He arrived at the present position at MANA in 2007; MANA is one of six research centers in the framework of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI Program) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology [MEXT], Japan. His main research interests lie in nanoscale science and technology (in particular, "nanoarchitectonics", which is his coined word), nanoelectronics, and surface/interface science and technology. He received Minister of Science and Technology Prize, Minister of MEXT Prize, Japan Surface Science Society Award, Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, etc., and was elected as a fellow of various societies including the American Vacuum Society (USA), the Institute of Physics (UK), the Japan Society of Applied Physics, etc. He serves on various international editorial board such as Surface Review and Letters, Probe Microscopy, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Small, ACS Nano, etc.

Sébastien Balibar, École normale Supérieure, Paris, France
After undergraduate studies at the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, 1966-69), Sébastien Balibar graduated at the Ecole Normale Superieure under the supervision of Albert Libchaber (Paris, 1976). He is presently a CNRS Directeur de Recherche at the same ENS in Paris. After a one year postdoc at Nottingham and Exeter (UK), he founded his own research group at ENS (Paris) where he stayed except for several visits in foreign Universities, including the Ohio State University (Columbus USA) , Konstanz Universität (Germany), Kyoto University (Japan) and Harvard University (Cambridge, USA). His main scientific contributions are in the fields of quantum fluids and solids (quantum evaporation, quantum nucleation, supersolidity, quantum plasticity...), crystal surfaces (roughening, growth dynamics, instabilities...), wetting, phase transitions, cavitation in simple and complex liquids (helium 3 and 4, water). He also worked on musical acoustics and history of science. He published more than 200 scientific articles and gave about 100 invited communications in international conferences. He wrote two popular books ("La pomme et l'atome" Odile Jacob ed. 2005 ("The atom and the Apple", Princeton University Press 2008) and "Je casse de l'eau", Le Pommier ed. 2008) showing a constant interest in scientific information.

Klaus Heinz, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
Klaus Heinz was a Professor of Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. He holds a Diploma from the University of Mainz (1968, thesis on Theoretical High Energy Physics) and a Doctoral degree from the University of Karlsruhe (1972, thesis on Experimental Semiconductor Physics). After moving to Erlangen (1972) he turned to surface physics concentrating largely on surface crystallography (Habilitation 1977, Professor 1980). The main research issues he addressed include structure determination by low-energy electron diffraction, surface reconstruction, structural phase transitions, ordered and disordered adsorption systems, alloy surfaces, metallic epitaxy and, since 2006, epitaxial oxide films.

Richard Jones, The University of Sheffield, UK

Richard Jones is Professor of Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield. His first degree and PhD in Physics both come from Cambridge University, and following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, U.S.A., he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory. In 1998 he moved to the University of Sheffield. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 2009 he won the Tabor Medal of the Institute of Physics for contributions to nanoscience. He is an experimental polymer physicist who specialises in elucidating the nano-scale structure and properties of polymers and biological macromolecules at interfaces. In addition to his work as an experimental physicist, he has written extensively on the wider societal and ethical issues surrounding nanotechnology.

Lars Samuelson, Lund University, Sweden
Lars Samuelson obtained his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics at Lund University in 1977. After a post-doc at IBM Research Laboratories in San José, California, he returned to Lund in 1979. In 1986 he became Professor in Semiconductor Physics at Chalmers/Göteborg University and returned to the Physics Department of Lund University in 1988 to take up a Professorship in Semiconductor Electronics. He is the director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium at Lund University (nmC@LU -, started in 1988, and today the primary interdisciplinary center for Nanoscience in Sweden, engaging more than 175 scientists and PhD-students. He is recognized for his research on low-dimensional structures and the physics and applications thus made possible. In recent years his research has been focused on the formation of ideal one-dimensional nanowires through self-assembly, studies of their physical properties, as well as applications of semiconductor nanowires in electronics, photonics and the life-sciences. He has published more than 500 papers in refereed journals and given about 250 invited/plenary talks at international conferences (h-index≈61). In 2004 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, FinstP, in the United Kingdom, and in 2009 Fellow of the American Physical Society (Materials Physics). He is since 2006 a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, KVA (Physics) and since 2007 of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. In 2008 he was awarded as "Einstein Professor" by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beside his role as academic researcher and teacher, he has engaged himself in creation of spin-out companies and is the primary founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the companies Qumat Technologies AB, QuNano AB, GLO AB and Sol Voltaics AB.

David Vanderbilt, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, USA
David Vanderbilt received his BA in Physics from Swarthmore College in 1976 and his PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. He spent three years as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley before joining the faculty of the Physics Department at Harvard University in 1984, first as an Assistant and then as an Associate Professor. He has been a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University since 1991, and was named Board of Governors Professor of Physics in 2009. Dr. Vanderbilt is an expert in the development of methods for electronic structure calculations and the application of such methods for computational materials theory. His current research interests include the development of methods for treating insulators in finite electric fields, advancing the theory and applicability of Wannier functions, and applying Berry-phase methods to study magnetic systems. One class of applications focuses on the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of novel oxide materials, especially structural phase transitions, lattice contributions to dielectric and piezoelectric activity, and properties of interfaces and superlattices. Another research thrust is concerned with anomalous Hall conductivity, orbital magnetization, magnetoelectric couplings, and topological insulators. Dr. Vanderbilt has published over 230 articles in scientific journals and has a Web of Science h-index of 64. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), is a winner of the 2006 Rahman Prize in Computational Physics awarded by the APS, and served as Chair of the Division of Materials Physics of the APS in 2006.

Ellen D. Williams, BP, UK
Ellen Williams joined BP as Chief Scientist in January, 2010. She is responsible for supporting the basic science that underpins the company's technology programs, as well as its major university research programs around the world. She also provides strategic scientific advice to BP's senior executives on matters of Group significance. Her research background is in the field of nanoscience, where she pioneered the quantitative use of scanned probe microscopy in the statistical mechanics of surfaces and new materials.

Martin Wolf, Fritz-Haber Instituteof the Max-Planck-Society, Germany
Martin Wolf studied physics at the Freie Universität Berlin and received his PhD there in 1991with Gerhard Ertl for studies on surface photochemistry. After a postdoc period in Austin, Texas, with Mike White, he set up a laboratory for femtosecond surface spectroscopy at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck Society and was also a visiting scientist at IBM Yorktown Heights with Tony Heinz. In 2000 he was appointed full professor for experimental physics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2008 he has been director of the Physical Chemistry department at the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin. His research focuses on the dynamics of elementary excitations at surfaces, interfaces and in solids, ultrafast photoinduced dynamics and transient electronic structure in correlated materials, interfacial electron transfer, photochemistry and vibrational spectroscopy at interfaces.