Cristian Manzoni

Dr. Cristian Manzoni got in 2006 his PhD in Physics at the Physics department of Politecnico di Milano. In 2009-2010 he was visiting scientist at the Max Planck research group for structural dynamics (CFEL, Desy, Hamburg). Since 2010 he is at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies of the Italian National Research Council (IFN-CNR), where he is now Senior Researcher. He is also a contract professor of Physics at Politecnico di Milano.

His research activity focuses on the development of ultrabroadband parametric amplifiers for the generation of few-cycle light pulses in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectral range. The research also involves the characterization of light pulses and their manipulation, for applications in time-resolved spectroscopy of organic and inorganic systems, and for the study of femtochemical reactions. Spectroscopic characterizations involve Pump-probe, 2D spectroscopy and Raman-induced processes at femtosecond time-scales. Recently, he focused on Fourier-transform hyperspectral imaging and microscopy in the visible and infrared spectral range, and on their coupling to ultrafast science, for applications in remote and environmental sensing, conservation science, security and medical imaging.

Rona Chandrawati

Rona Chandrawati is a Scientia Associate Professor and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). She obtained her PhD from The University of Melbourne in 2012 and was then a Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College London before returning to Australia in 2015 to establish her research group as a Lecturer (2015 – 2017), Scientia Senior Lecturer (2018 – 2020), and Scientia Associate Professor (2021 – present). Rona was awarded the 2021 NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year (Physical Sciences). She was a finalist of the 2021 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher and named in Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2020 by Engineers Australia. Rona is an Editor of Communications Materials. Her research group focuses on developing nanomaterials for sensors in food safety and health monitoring.