State-of-the-art Trends
of Scientific Research of Artificial and Natural Nanoobjects
The STRANN conference provides an international forum on the research of material science, biotechnology and life-science nano-objects enabled by modern advanced microscopy and analytical techniques: high resolution and analytic scanning electron and ion microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, atomic probe microscopy, combined microscopy-spectroscopy and related methods.

Interactive information exchange between the scientists in diverse research fields helps achieving a better understanding of complex aspects of nanoobject study and fascinating applications as well as existing state-of-the art methods and new approaches to overcome current and future challenges.

With a clear focus on academic research, an important goal of the STRANN conferences is the exchange of experiences and views with equipment developers, whose participation is strongly encouraged.

The sixth biennial International Conference "State-of-the art trends of Scientific Research of Artificial and Natural Nanoobjects" took place in Golden Ring Hotel Moscow, Russia, October 17−19, 2018.

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Experimental techniques for nanoscale imaging in material and life sciences
Cryo-electron microscopy of "soft" materials and bio objects
Nanophotonics: cathodoluminescence, plasmonics, near-field optics, surface and interference enhanced Raman and luminescence
Nanofabrication and nanomodification techniques: nanolithography (e-beam, dedicated ion-beam), FIB-SEM, helium-ion microscopy; driven self-assembly processes
Single electronics
Nanomechanics (NEMS)
Low dimensional (1D and 2D) materials, nanostructures and devices
St. Petersburg, Russia
Pavel Baranov
Head of laboratory
Microwave spectroscopy of crystals, Ioffe Institute

  • 1986-Present | Head of laboratory of Microwave spectroscopy of crystals in Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute
  • 1990-Present | Professor in Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute Main scientist in Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute
  • 1983-Present | Professor in St. Petersburg State Technical University
  • 1972 | PhD in solid state physics from A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute
  • 1982 | Doctor of physical-mathematical sciences (Sci. D.) in solid state physics from Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute.
  • 1961-1967 | Leningrad State Technical University.
        San Sebastian, Spain
        Andrey Chuvilin
        Head of Electron Microscopy Laboratory CIC nanoGUNE

        Dr. Andrey Chuvilin obtained his Candidate of Science grade (equivalent to PhD) in Physics and Mathematics in 1998 from the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia. The thesis was devoted to the advances in high resolution electron microscopy.
        He successively was working at the Institute of Catalysis Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1983−2004), at the Technical University of Ilmenau and soon after that at Ulm University, Germany (2004−2009).

        In October 2009, he has joined CIC nanoGUNE in San Sebastian, Spain, as an Ikerbasque Research Professor, and took a role of the head of newly established Electron Microscopy Laboratory. His expertise and research interests are related to application of electron microscopy for studying the structure and properties of different classes of materials. The most prominent research lines include catalysts and nanocarbon materials, semiconductors and thin layers, low voltage HRTEM and Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction, high resolution EELS, electron holography and electron tomography, as well as nanofabrication processes involving Focused Ion Beam milling and Focused Electron Beam Induced Deposition.
        Lausanne, Switzerland
        Eli Kapon
        Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures
        Institute of Physics Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

        Eli Kapon received his Ph.D. in physics from Tel Aviv University, Israel in 1982. He then spent two years at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, as a Chaim Weizmann Research Fellow, and then nine years at Bellcore, New Jersey, as member of technical staff and District Manager.

        Since October 1993 he has been Professor of Physics of Nanostructures at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he heads the Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures.

        In 1999−2000 he was a Sackler Scholar at the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies in Tel Aviv University, Israel. During that period he helped establishing the Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and served as its first Director from 2000 to 2002.

        In 2001 he founded the start up BeamExpress, serving as its Chief Scientist. His research interests include quantum- and nano-photonics, low-dimensional semiconductors, and vertical cavity semiconductor lasers.

        Prof. Kapon is Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Physical Society of America, and a recipient of a 2007 Humboldt Research Award and an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer award in 2015−2017.
        Magdeburg, Germany
        Juergen Christen
        University Professor
        Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

        • Since 1994 | Full Professor at Institute of Experimental Physcis, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
        • 1988−1993 | Senior Scientist at Institute of Solid State Physics, Technische Universität Berlin
        • 1983−1988 | Research fellow at Institute of Solid State Physics, Technische Universität Berlin
        • 2001−2002 | Visiting Professor at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State Sabbatical University, Tempe, USA
        • 1993 | Visiting Sientist at Institute of Sientific and Industrial Research ISIR, Osaka University, Japan
        • 1990−1991 | Postdoc at Bell Communications Research.

        Member of the German Physical Society DPG, the German Society of Engineers VDI, the Materials Research Society MRS, the European Materials Research Society E-MRS, the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales SMM, and the International Society for Optical Engineering SPIE.

        Has over 390 publications in peer reviewed journals, > 9000 citations, h-index = 46. Since 1998 more than 1000 contributions on scientific conferences, including more than 150 invited talks.
        Berlin, Germany
        Alexander Zorin
        The National Metrology Institute

        Alexander Zorin graduated from the Physics Department of the Moscow State University in 1976, received the Candidate of Sciences degree in 1981 and worked there as junior scientist and then scientist until 1993. He received the Doctor of Sciences degree from the Moscow State University in 2006.

        Together with Konstantin Likharev he predicted in 1985 the effect of coherent Bloch oscillations accompanying the single Cooper pair tunneling in small-capacitance Josephson junctions and first proposed the experiment on closing the Quantum Metrology Triangle. These findings played later a crucial role in elaboration of the charge qubits and the quantum standard of current. As a guest professor conducting common research and reading lectures on the Josephson effect and single-electronics, he visited in 1988−1993 several European universities. In 1994 he joined the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB, Braunschweig und Berlin) as an expert in single electron tunneling and quantum standard of current.

        He worked there first as a scientist, a head of Project and a head of Laboratory. Starting from 2007, he is the head of Department "Quantum Electronics" (currently having staff of 25 employees) responsible for research and development of superconducting (nano)circuits. This field includes the Josephson voltage standards, nanoSQUIDs, single electron transistors, Josephson qubits, etc. His special interest is currently focused on nonlinear superconducting circuits and microwave light which obey the laws of quantum mechanics.
        Moscow, Russia
        Valery Ryazanov
        Head of Laboratory for Superconductivity, Institute of Solid State Physics, RAS

        Graduated from Kazan State University, Physics Department (1975). He defended his PhD thesis (1982) and Russian Doctor of Sciences thesis (1995) at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences.

        He participated in numerous Russian and international projects on the study of fundamental physics of superconducting micro- and nanostructures and their application in superconductor electronics and spintronics. He is co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and patents, invited speaker of many international and Russian scientific conferences.

        • Superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor (SFS) Josephson junctions — first experimental observation of superconducting current flow through a ferromagnet in a Josephson SFS junction (1999)
        • Experimental realization of the p-state in SFS systems (2000−2001)
        • Detection (in phase-sensitive experiments) of the inverse current-phase relation, spontaneous currents and magnetic flux in superconducting curcuits with p-junctions (2002−2008)
        • Realization of a novel type of Josephson magnetic switch (2012)
        • Various applications of the superconducting phase inverters for digital (Single Flux Quantum) and quantum (based on superconducting qubits) circuits.
        Lancaster, United Kingdom
        Yuri Pashkin
        Professor of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
        Lancaster University

        He worked as Principal Researcher at the research laboratory of NEC Corporation in Japan from 1997 until 2012, where he became one of the pioneers of superconducting quantum technologies. His ground-breaking results include the first demonstration of quantum coherence in a solid-state device, coherent interaction of two solid-state qubits and operation of solid-state quantum logic gate, to mention a few.

        In 2012 Pashkin was honoured by the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, only given to distinguished individuals of proven outstanding ability to undertake independent, original research. In 2013 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in recognition of his substantial contribution to the field superconducting quantum devices.

        From 2012, he has secured over £1.2M in research funding.
        Osaka, Japan
        Nicholas Smith
        Associate Professor
        Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University

        Nicholas Smith studied physics and mathematics at Sydney University, Australia, before moving to Osaka University, Japan, where he completed his PhD studies in Applied Physics with a focus on laser manipulation of biological cell responses. Since then he maintained interest in probing cell biology by light, and development of label-free imaging modalities. Since 2010 he was Associate Professor and Principal Investigator at the Biophotonics laboratory in the Immunology Frontier Research Center at Osaka University.

        Current research interests include the use of label-free Raman and phase-based bioimaging to evaluate different immunological states of single cells. With weakly scattering biological samples, the efficient use of sampling in spectroscopic analysis, as well as the exploitation of intracellular plasmonic enhancement, are also of high importance to raise the sensitivity of spectroscopic analysis of cellular functions.
        Moscow, Russia
        Sergei Kulik
        Scientific Leader of Quantum Technology Centre
        Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Physics

        • 2014 | Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Quantum Electronics, Faculty of Physics, Head of Quantum Optical Technologies Lab.
        • 2006 | Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Quantum Electronics, Faculty of Physics, Head of Quantum Information and Quantum Optics Lab.
        • 2003 | Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Quantum Electronics, Faculty of Physics, Professor.
        • 1998-2003 | Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Quantum Radiophysics/Electronics, Faculty of Physics, Associate Professor.
        • 1991-1998 | Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Quantum Radiophysics, Faculty of Physics, Assistant Professor.
        • 1986-1991 | Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Quantum Radiophysics, Faculty of Physics, Researcher.

        At the present time S.P.Kulik develops the concept of quantum quarts or ququarts. It has been demonstrated that these objects can be realized using polarization states of frequency degenerate collinear biphoton field. Coherent superposition of four orthogonal basic biphoton states emitted from four nonlinear crystals implements photonic four-state system. However even single nonlinear crystal is enough to generate a particular set of ququarts which can be used for quantum key distribution. The protocols of quantum tomography of qutrits/ququarts were proposed and realized. The next stage consists in implementation of quantum key distribution protocol based on qutrits and ququarts.

        Another branch of scientific interests relates to physical properties of Schmidt decomposition and entanglement quantification for bipartite multidimensional states. Such states can be implemented via spontaneous parametric down conversion. In particular spatial and frequency degrees of freedom serve as a base for realization of multidimensional states. Complete control over spatial/frequency entanglement is a subject of current research.

        The latest activities relate to practical realization of quantum key distribution protocol based on temporal coding of information as well as realization of relativistic quantum cryptography protocol.

        Another problem to be realized is adaptive quantum state/process tomography.

        The last branch of my activity covers problem of quantum calculations/simulations. We are trying to realize it with neutral atoms and photonic chips.
        Glasgow, UK
        Carol Trager-Cowan
        Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices Group
        University of Strathclyde

        Carol Trager-Cowan graduated with a degree in Natural Philosophy from Glasgow University in 1983, and then went east for a year to St Andrews University where her MSc studies found her studying 'hot' electrons in GaAs in the laboratory of Tony Stradling. Her travels then took her south to the laboratory of Doug Heddle at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London where she spent two and half years constructing, measuring and modelling the properties of electrostatic electron lenses. On completing her PhD studies in 1987, she returned to Glasgow to work with Brian Henderson and Kevin O'Donnell in the Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde where she studied the luminescence properties of garnets, diamonds and II-VI semiconductors.

        In 1990 she was awarded a Fellowship to use electron beams to excite light emission from solids. On April 1st, 1992, she joined the lecturing staff at Strathclyde (promoted to Senior Lecturer in June 1998 and Reader in 2009) and now uses electron beams to interrogate the structure, defects and light emission from solids. Together with her research team and with collaborators from across the world, she works on new developments and novel applications of the scanning electron microscopy techniques of electron backscatter diffraction, electron channelling contrast imaging and cathodoluminescence imaging. In particular, she and her team combine these techniques to, rapidly and non-destructively, analyse defects and their effect on light emission from nitride semiconductors.
        Invited Speakers
        Otto-von-Guericke-University, Germany
        Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
        Osaka University, Japan
        Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Russia
        Lancaster University, United Kingdom
        The National Metrology Institute, Germany
        CIC nanoGUNE, Spain
        Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russia
        Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

        University of Strathclyde, UK

        The Conference program consists of plenary and poster sessions. It includes talks by specialists from leading world research centers, contributed talks and posters presentations.

        Selected papers published in peer-reviewed AIP Conference Proceedings.

        October 17
        October 18
        October 19
        Session 1
        Session 2
        Session 3
        Session 4
        17:00-19:00 | Poster Session
        Session 5
        Session 6
        Session 7
        16:10-18:00 | Poster Session
        10:00-10:30 | Travel Grant by ZEISS Russia & CIS Award Ceremony
        Session 8
        Session 9
        Session 10
        17:20-17:40 | Conference Closing
        International Advisory Committee
        Dr. Andrey Chuvilin
        CIC nanoGUNE, Spain

        Alexander Uliyanenkov
        ZEISS Russia & CIS, Russia

        Dr. Alexander Zorin
        The National Metrology Institute, Braunschweig and Berlin, Germany

        Dr. Yuri Pashkin
        Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

        Dr. Pavel Baranov
        Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russia

        Corr. Memb. of RAS, Dr. Vladimir Lukichev
        Physical-technological Institute RAS, Russia
        Dr. Konstantin Rudenko
        Physical-technological Institute RAS, Russia

        Dr. Dmitry Klinov
        Department of Biophysics, Federal Research and Clinical Center of Physical-Chemical Medicine, Russia

        Dr. Alexander Kotlyar
        Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

        Dr. Peter Gnauck
        Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH, Germany

        Dr. Alexey Garshev
        Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

        Dr. Oleg Snigirev
        Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
        Prof. Oleg Vyvenko
        St.Petersburg State University
        Interdisciplinary Research Center, Founder of the Center

        Prof. Alexander Golubok
        ITMO University
        Professor of Department of Nano-Photonics and Metamaterials
        Prof. Nikolay Sysoev
        Lomonosov Moscow State University
        Dean of Physics Faculty
        The sixth conference is organized by joint initiative of Moscow Lomonosov State University, Saint Petersburg State University, ITMO University, Saint Petersburg and ZEISS Russia & CIS
        Local organizing committee
        Yuri Petrov, PhD
        Research collaborator, St. Petersburg State University, Physics Faculty

        Vladimir Krupenin, PhD
        Head of scientist group, Moscow State University

        Nikolay Kolotinsky
        Researcher, Moscow State University

        Ivan Mukhin, PhD
        Researcher, ITMO University

        Anton Loshachenko, PhD
        Director of Interdisciplinary Resource Center for Nanotechnology, St.Petersburg State University

        Denis Presnov
        Researcher, Moscow State University

        Artem Trifonov
        Researcher, Moscow State University

        Kirill Atlasov, PhD
        Expert of Department of Research and Industrial Material Science, ZEISS Russia & CIS

        Elena Polyakova
        Marketing Specialist, ZEISS Russia & CIS