Prof. Dr. Ingo Burgert
ETH Zurich

Ingo Burgert is professor for Wood Materials Science at ETH Zurich in the Institute for Building Materials and group leader of the WoodTec group in the Cellulose and Wood Materials Laboratory at Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland. His research group’s main research objectives are to expand the utilization of wood by tailoring performance of wood materials to specific applications. This includes modification and functionalization of wood and cellulose scaffolds for improved properties and the development of novel smart wood materials with versatile and new functionalities.

Prof. Dr. Stéphanie P. Lacour

Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetics at EPFL’s School of Engineering and heads the Soft Bioelectronic Interfaces Laboratory. As an expert in the field of bioelectronics, she and her team are committed to designing electronic devices with mechanical properties matching those found in nature, so that long-term reliability and minimal perturbation are achieved in vivo and/or true wearable systems become possible. The fabrication methods for this purpose are based on those used in microelectronics industry, adapting them to elastomers to create characterization tools for mechaically compliant bioelectronic circuits.

Prof. Dr. Kaspar M. B. Jansen
TU Delft

Kaspar M. B. Jansen is professor of Emerging Materials at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. As expert in the field of polymer material properties and polymer processing, Prof. Jansen investigated versatile features of smart materials, electronic textiles, shape morphing materials, and electroluminescence. His main research focuses on the implementation of smart materials in product design, for instance smart clothing that can actively control body temperature.

Prof. Dr. André R. Studart
ETH Zurich

As professor and head of the Complex Materials group in the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich, André R. Studart’s main research interests lie on bio-inspired complex materials and their potential applications as energy conversion systems, smart structures and medical implants. For this purpose, the attention is set on the development of novel and facile manufacturing techniques of smart materials, the optimization of the material properties, and their applicability in a variety of processes.