Prof LanzaMario Lanza, Ph.D

Mario Lanza is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Saudi Arabia since October 2020. Dr. Lanza got his PhD in Electronic Engineering with honors in 2010 at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. During the PhD he was a visiting scholar at The University of Manchester (UK) and Infineon Technologies (Germany). In 2010-2011 he was NSFC postdoc at Peking University, and in 2012-2013 he was Marie Curie postdoc at Stanford University. On October 2013 he joined Soochow University as Associate Professor, and in March 2017 he was promoted to Full Professor. Prof. Lanza has published over 120 research papers, including Science, Nature Electronics, Nature Chemistry, and IEDM, edited a book for Wiley-VCH, and registered four patents (one of them granted with 5.6 Million CNY). Prof. Lanza has received the 2017 Young Investigator Award from Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier), and the 2015 Young 1000 Talent award (among others), and in 2019 he was appointed as Distinguished Lecturer of the Electron Devices Society (IEEE-EDS). Prof. Lanza is Associate Editor of Scientific Reports (Nature) and Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier), and serves in the board of many others, like Advanced Electronic Materials (Wiley-VCH), Nanotechnology and Nano Futures (IOP). He is also an active member of the technical committee of several world-class international conferences, including IEEE-IEDM, IEEE-IRPS, IEEE-IPFA and APS. Prof. Lanza leads a research group formed by 10-15 PhD students and postdocs, and they investigate how to improve electronic devices using 2D materials, with special emphasis on two-dimensional (layered) dielectrics and memristors for non-volatile digital information storage and artificial intelligence computing systems

EDUCATION

2007 – 2010 PhD in Electronic Engineering – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Topic: Nanoscale electrical characterization of high-k dielectrics using Conductive AFM
* Visiting scholar at Peking University (China), 10 months
* Visiting scholar at the University of Manchester (UK), 6 months
* Visiting scholar at the Deggendorf institute of Technology (Germany), 10 months

2005 – 2007 Master in Micro and Nanotechnology – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Electronic Engineering Department (Xavier Aymerich’s group)

2000 – 2004 Bachelor in Electronic Engineering – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
* Visiting scholar at the Deggendorf institute of Technology (Germany), 5 months
* Thesis in collaboration with Infineon Technologies (Germany)

WORKING EXPERIENCE

2020– Present Associate Professor (Tenured-track)
Physical Science and Engineering Division – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)

2017 – 2020 Full Professor (Tenured)
Soochow University, Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials

2013 – 2017 Associate Professor (Tenure-Track)
Soochow University, Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials

2012 – 2013 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow – Stanford University
Materials Science and Engineering Department

2011 – 2012 NSFC postdoctoral fellow – Peking University
College of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering Department

2010 – 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
School of Engineering – Electronic Engineering Department

2006 – 2012 Lecturer – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
School of Engineering – Electronic Engineering Department

AWARDS

2019                  Electron Devices Society to Distinguished Lecturer
2017                  Young Investigator Award in Microelectronic Engineering, Elsevier publishing group
2015                  Jinji Lake Global Talent Recruitment Program, Suzhou Industrial Park, China
2015                  Global Talent Recruitment Program (Young 1000 Talent), Ministry of Education, China
2014                  National habilitation as Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) by ANECA, Spain
2014                  National habilitation as Professor Agregat (Associate Professor) by AQU, Catalonia
2012 – 2013      Marie Curie postdoc IOF, Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University, USA
2012 – 2013      Beatriu Pinos, Chemistry Department, Stanford University, USA
2011 – 2013      Research Fellowship for International Young Scientists, College of Eng. PKU, China
2009 – 2010      Spanish Credit Council fellowship, Chinese department, Peking University, China
2010                  Consortium for Advanced Studies postdoctoral fellowship (Stanford University)
2010                  Selected excellent PhD thesis, Electronic Engineering department, UAB.
2009                  AGAUR predoctoral fellowship, Photon Science Institute, University of Manchester, UK
2009                  Spanish Ministry of Education predoctoral fellowship, University of Manchester, UK
2008                  DAAD/La Caixa predoctoral fellowship, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany
2006                  Erasmus fellowship of Spain, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany
2006                  Erasmus fellowship of Catalonia, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2020 Chair of the Dielectrics committee, 2020 IEEE-IRPS conference, USA
2019 General chair, 2nd China RRAM conference, China
2019 Technical program committee member, 65th IEEE-IEDM conference, USA
2019 Co-chair of the Dielectrics committee, 2019 IEEE-IRPS conference, USA
2019 Technical program committee member, 2019 CSTIC conference, China
2018 Technical program committee member, 2nd IWOFC, Shenzhen, China
2018 Technical program committee member, 64th IEEE-IEDM conference, USA
2018 Technical program committee member, 2018 IEEE-IRPS conference, USA
2018 Technical program committee member, 29th ESREF conference, Denmark
2018 Technical program committee member, 25th IEEE-IPFA conference, Singapore
2018 Technical program committee member, 2018 CSTIC conference, China
2017 General chair, 1st China RRAM conference, China 
2017 Technical program committee member, 24th IEEE-IPFA conference, China
2017 Technical program committee member, 24th IEEE-IIRW conference, USA
2016 Symposium chair, 8th Thin Films Society conference, Singapore
2016 Organizing committee in the 19th Workshop on Dielectrics in Microelectronics, Italy
2015 Technical program committee member, 23rd IEEE-IIRW conference, USA

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

2019 – Guest Editor, Advanced Functional Materials, Wiley-VCH, (IF = 13.325), Germany
2018 – Member of the committee of the Elsevier Microelectronic Engineering Investigator Award
2018 – Advisory Board, Nano Futures, American Institute of Physics (new journal), USA
2017 – Advisory Board, Nanotechnology, American Institute of Physics (IF = 3.440), USA
2017 – Advisory Board of Advanced Electronic Materials, Wiley-VCH (IF=4.192)
2016 – Editorial Board Member, Bavarian Journal of Applied Sciences, Germany
2016 – Associate Editor, Scientific Reports, Nature publishing group (IF=5.578), UK
2014 – Advisory Board, Crystal Research & Technology, Wiley-VCH, (IF=1.075), Germany
2014 – Evaluator for Horizon 2020, DAAD (Germany), ANR (France) and NWO (Holland)
2010 – Reviewer >170 papers for top journals (e.g. Nature Electronics, Nature Communications)