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Dielectric nanocomposites for energy, environment and health: from fundamental to devices

The intent of this symposium is to provide a unique exchange platform for interdisciplinary interactions on dielectric nanocomposites, from synthesis to device, connected to energy, environment and health. This includes semiconductor, metallic and polymeric nanoparticles and nanofillers embedded within oxide and non-oxide as well as polymeric matrices.


The possibility to incorporate sub-micron structures or fillers into a host matrix allows designing and creating nanocomposite materials with new physical properties, novel behaviors and improved physical, chemical and mechanical properties. As this research field requires a large range of skills ranging from chemistry, to physics, from material science to polymer science and biology, the symposium has the ambition to be a cross-road for researchers interested in new frontiers in dielectric nanocomposite systems connected to energy, environment and health.

In particular, the research topics discussed within the symposium will include nano-electronics and transport properties, nano-photonics and plasmonics, biosensing, energy harvesting, sensors, and additive manufacturing.

During each session, experimental and theoretical approaches as well as advanced characterization techniques will be combined in order to present the state of the art developments and strategies to fabricate and to improve the performance as well as potential applications of dielectric nanocomposites.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Synthesis of nanoparticles in dielectric matrices, e.g. oxide and non-oxide ceramics and polymers;
  • Optical properties: emission, absorption, scattering, luminescence, waveguiding, light confinement, plasmonics, plasmoelectronics;
  • Electronic properties: injection, transport, charge trapping, capacitance, memristance, photocurrent, electroluminescence, single electron effects;
  • Biomedical and sensing applications;
  • Bio-based additive manufacturing;
  • Modeling of precipitation, transport, quantum confinement, doping, electronic structure;
  • Devices: LEDs, optical amplifiers, waveguides, memristors, biosensors;
  • Advanced techniques for structural and chemical characterization at the nano- and sub-nanoscale, e.g. (S)TEM, advanced spectroscopies, synchrotron techniques, APT techniques.

Confirmed list of invited speakers:

  • Caroline Bonafos, CEMES (France)
  • Vincenzo Giannini, Imperial College (UK)
  • Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University (USA)
  • Tom Gregorkiewicz, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Christophe Delerue, Université de Lille (France)
  • Jean-François Dayen, Université de Strasbourg, (France)
  • Pietro Gucciardi, Università di Messina (Italy)
  • Carita Kvarnström, University of Turku (Finland)
  • Ignazio Roppolo, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Confirmed list of scientific committee members:

  • Riccardo Sapienza, Imperial College (UK)
  • Jan Linnros, KTH Royal Institute of Technolog (Sweden)
  • Fabrice Gourbilleau, CIMAP (France)
  • Antonio Terrasi, University of Catania (Italy)
  • Hervé Rinnert, Institut Jean Lamour (France)
  • Rosalía Serna, Instituto de Óptica (Spain)
  • Abdallah Slablab, Saarbrucken (Germany)
  • Marco Sangermano, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)


Selected papers will be published in the journal "Physica Status Solidi" (PSS) - Wiley.

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Symposium organizers
1. Giancarlo RIZZA (Main Organizer)Laboratoire des Solides Irradiés (LSI) - Ecole polytechnique

Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau Cedex, France

+33 (0)1 69 33 45 10

Strada VIII n.5, 95121 Catania, Italy

+39 349 1890259
3. Minna HAKKARAINENKTH Royal Institute of Technology

Fibre and Polymer Technology - School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Teknikringen 56-58, 10044 Stockholm, Sweden

+46 (0)8 79 08 271
4. Domenico PACIFICIBrown University

School of Engineering, 184 Hope St, Providence RI 02906, USA

+1 401 863 2637