Keynote Speaker

Maya Kiskinova, Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy

Maya KiskinovaMaya Kiskinova was born in Sofia (Bulgaria). She graduated from Sofia State University “Kliment Ohridski” in 1972 with Master in Chemistry, received her Ph.D in 1977 and Sc. D. Habilitation in 1989 in Physical Chemistry. She had research positions in Bulgarian Academy of Science and joint appointment as associate professor in Sofia State University before moving to Elettra Laboratory as a senior scientist in 1990 to supervise the development of X-ray and IR microscopy and imaging research programs. Presently she is the Elettra Research Coordinator, teaches a PhD Course in the University of Trieste and lectures at international schools. She was a visiting scientist at the National Bureau of Standards, now NIST (USA) in 1980, IGF-KFA, now FZJ (Germany) in 1982-1984 and University of Pittsburgh (USA) in 1987-1988. In 2002 she received Italian citizenship for scientific merits and in 2005 was awarded Distinguished Humboldt Research Grant.

Maya Kiskinova was/is member of many scientific and review panels in Europe (Germany-DESY, XFEL in Hamburg and HZB in Berlin, France-SOLEIL, Switzerland-SLS, Spain-ALBA, Sweden-MaxLab), USA (LCLS-SLAC, ALS-Berkeley and NSLS–Brookhaven) and Asia (SESAME – Amman). She has chaired and co-chaired a number of international conferences, workshops and schools and is a member of numerous steering and program committees.

Expertise: Research interests and achievements cover different aspects of nano-structured organic and inorganic materials, thin films, interfaces, surface reactions, mass transport, electronic and magnetic properties, chemical reactivity, fuel and solar cells, nano-toxicology and transient states of matter. Last 20 years of research activities have been focused on exploring the properties and transient states of matter at sub-micrometer length scales and development of relevant synchrotron and FEL-based methodology.
Publications and Dissemination: Over 300 articles in reviewed journals, 14 invited reviews and articles, one book, three book chapters and 2 U.S. Patents. Over 100 invited, keynote and plenary lectures at International Congresses, Conferences, Symposia and Workshops. H-index 43 (SCOPUS).