The aim of this meeting is to offer an update of recent innovations in both fundamental and applied aspects highlighting new advances and progress in the field of nano-materials (inorganics, ceramics, hybrids, molecular and bio-inspired).
Inorganic nano-materials are intensively developed for the creation of new advanced devices and equipments and for improving process performances. Indeed, structures at the nano-dimensional regime display new physical (optics, magnetism, etc.) and chemical (e.g. catalysis) properties absent in bulk matter of the same composition. In inorganic nano-materials, these specific functionalities are the consequence of a complex multi-level organization (chemical, structural, textural) of their architecture. The global properties and functional performances largely depend on the extent to which these levels are mastered during the synthesis process.
We encourage researchers to submit an abstract of their most recent research related to one of the four following topics:
T1: Nano-sized and nano-structured materials: Fundamental Aspects, Surface Science Mechanisms, Theoretical Models and Characterization.
T2: Advanced preparation methods: New precursors, New methods including Sol-Gel processing, New materials, Processing and Shaping.
T3: Templated and Self-assembled (porous) materials including MOFs and hybrid materials.
T4: New Applications and New Properties: Chemical (catalysis, sensors, gas storage) and Physical (magnetism, optics, conductivity, spin crossover…) properties and applications in fuel cells, solar cells, batteries, …
The emphasis will be put on interdisciplinarity (Complexity and relation with other disciplines) and on future directions (New trends). The organisers would also like to make this meeting a discussion forum between scientists working in the field and also those who would like to become acquainted with new developments and perspectives of applications of nano-materials.
Abstract submission: January 15th, 2011
Early registration and payment deadline: May 1st, 2011
Source: University of Namur
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