Symposium CE
Frontiers in Nanostructured, Nanocomposite and Hybrid Functional Materials for Energy and Sustainability

Sanjay MATHUR, University of Cologne, Germany

U. BALACHANDRAN, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Ausrine BARTASYTE, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France
Silke CHRISTIANSEN, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Daniel CHUA, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Elisabetta COMINI, University of Brescia & CNR-INO, Italy
Zorica CRNJAK OREL, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia
Mauro EPIFANI, IMM-CNR Lecce, Italy
Yoon-Bong HAHN, Chonbuk National University, Korea
Yao HE, Soochow University, China
Eva HEMMER, University of Ottawa, Canada
Beatriz JULIAN-LOPEZ, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Hidehiro KAMIYA, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Sohini KAR-NARAYAN, University of Cambridge, UK
Aivaras KAREIVA, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Anand S. KHANNA, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
Masoud LATIFI, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
Yoshitake MASUDA, AIST, Japan
Zetian MI, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Greta R. PATZKE, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Theodor SCHNELLER, RWTH Aachen University of Technology, Germany
Shaohua SHEN, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Wilson SMITH, Technical University, Delft, Netherlands
Leander TAPFER, ENEA, Italy
Marlies VAN BAEL, Hasselt University, Belgium
Ausrine BARTASYTE, University of Bourgogne Frenche-Comté, France
Sven BARTH, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Sophie CARENCO, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Silke CHRISTIANSEN, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Daniel CHUA, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Isabella CONCINA, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
Davide COZZOLI, University of Salento, Italy
Mauro EPIFANI, IMM-CNR Lecce, Italy
Yoon-Bong HAHN, Chonbuk National University, Korea
Karin HINZER, University of Ottawa, Canada
Kazuyoshi KANAMORI, Kyoto University, Japan
Aivaras KAREIVA, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Nico LOVERGINE, University of Salento, Italy
Li LU, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jordi MARTORELL / Johann TOUDERT, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Sanjay MATHUR, University of Cologne, Germany
K.K. NANDA, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Masayuki NISHI, Kyoto University, Japan
Young-Jei OH, KIST, South Korea
Noriko SAITO, NIMS, Japan
Shaohua SHEN, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Masaki TANEMURA, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
André TEN ELSHOF, University of Twente, Netherlands
Katsuya TESHIMA, Shinshu University, Japan
Alberto VOMIERO, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
Gunnar WESTIN, Uppsala University, Sweden
Advances in synthesis and engineering of functional nanomaterials now provide the possibility of fabricating powders and thin films with atomically precise structures and defined phase boundaries. Such interfacial materials can generate electronic systems that nature does not produce in the bulk and can therefore complement existing technological concepts and invent new ones. Functional nanostructures and hetero-structures with hybrid compositions and interfaces offer unique platform for designing materials architectures for device applications. The possibility of creating well-defined interfaces and the opportunity of connecting different materials can generate novel electronic phases and lead to unprecedented phenomena at oxide-oxide junctions, for instance, two dimensional electron gas behavior. Besides the size and surface effects, the modulation of electronic behaviour due to junction properties leads to new synergies and concepts for purpose-driven synthesis of multimaterial architectures. The growing possibilities of engineering nanostructures of various compositions (pure, doped, composites, heterostructures) on different substrates has intensified the research on the integration of different compositions in multi-layers and stacked systems, which warrants an intensive exchange of information among materials developers and device engineers.
Moreover, advancement in the controlled synthesis and processing of nanostructured, nanocomposite and hybrid functional materials offers the greatest potential to efficiently contribute to essential goals of environmental sustainability, for instance, by discovering processes that are ecological and will enable both energy and resource efficiencies to offer a circular materials economy.
This symposium will focus on the multifunctional materials and techniques that offer advanced processing, improved properties, and low-cost/low-temperature synthesis, with a strong focus on the recent innovation in nanotechnological approaches and the assessment of their industrial impact. Special emphasis will be given to novel synthesis approaches, functionalization, processing, and characterization of nanoparticles, nanowires, nanoscopic films and their heterostructures. Application of nanostructures in catalysis, energy and sensing applications, nanocomposites in structural lightweight materials, nanostructured coatings for photovoltaic, bio-medical and optical applications will form the major scientific thrust areas.
It will provide an international forum for the presentation of technological advances, and latest research on the state-of-the-art in innovative processing and device applications of new materials to meet the challenges of sustainable energy and environment technologies. Interested and committed individuals from academia, national laboratories, industries and start-up companies are invited to contribute by submitting their abstracts on the following and related topics.
Session Topics

CE-1 Innovative processing of nano- and heterostructures and films of functional materials

  • Chemical processing of nanomaterials: electrospinning, plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition and microwave-enhanced synthesis, sol-gel, and chemical solution techniques
  • Atom- and energy-efficient processing of advanced nanomaterials and nanocomposites
  • Innovative techniques for characterization and manipulation of nanostructures
  • Fabrication of interface-driven functionalities and multi-material heterostructures
  • Synthesis, functionalization and assembly of nanomaterials and nanocomposites
  • Scaled-up production of nanomaterials

CE-2 Functional metal oxide nano- and heterostructures

  • Metal oxides nanomaterials for chemical and biological sensors
  • Transparent conducting oxides and heterostructures for energy harvesting
  • Nanostructured oxide and nanocomposites for excitonic solar cells
  • Anisotropic metal oxide nanostructures for photovoltaics
  • Piezoelectric nanostructures for self-powered systems
  • Heterostructures for plasmonic energy transfer
  • Nanodevices: fabrication and large-scale integration

CE-3 Functional materials and sustainability

  • Nanomaterials for renewable fuels and energy generation
  • Nanomaterials for energy storage devices
  • Nanomaterials for high efficiency usage of energy: photocatalysis, solar hydrogen solid-state lighting and thermoelectrics
  • Nanotechnology for water purification and desalinisation
  • Integration of functional metal oxide nanostructures in devices
  • Industrial production, implementation and commercialization of sustainable systems


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