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Hybrid composites incorporating low dimension materials for sensors and clean energy applications

This symposium aims at bringing together scientists to discuss different issues related to the application of 2D and hybrid composites materials for sensors and clean energy applications. The objective is to cover the major aspects from materials synthesis, functionalization and fabrication techniques with specific focus on their integration into devices.


Proposed symposium heads for gathering together expertise from different fields, such as physics of matter, synthetic chemistry, materials science, materials and device engineering, focused on the preparation of 2D and hybrid composites with enhanced functionalities. We wish to make this symposium a forum for scientist engaged in the study of 2D materials and their composites where meeting, sharing their results and networking to empower the field.

In particular, we aim to discuss the state-of-the-art approaches to enable a large-scale production of high quality heterostructures featuring aligned van der Waals planes, heading for enhanced functionalities, such as FET, diodes, sensors and energy devices.

We are also interested in discussing the recent developments in the field of light-mater interaction spurred by the tuning of charge carrier density in structures like graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, looking for reliable alternatives to plasmonics sensing devices based on metal nanostructures.

Excitonic effects promoted by layered structures will be as well of great interest, focusing on both seeking for phenomena hard to observe in bulk semiconductors, like biexcitons, and in enabling long living photogenerated charges potentially promoting useful processes at the interface with the surrounding environment for the exploitation in sensing and energy devices.

Last, but not least, the symposium will be also dedicated to the field of coupling 2D materials with a variety of other species, both organic molecules and 0D (quantum dots), 1D (like carbon nanotubes) and 3D (semiconductors) structures. This latter field is still in its infancy, despite the large scientific production in terms of papers we have faced over the last 6-7 years: much is still to understand in terms of interface fabrication and modulation of opto-electronic properties of the resulting composites, which aim at breaking down the current limits in functional application such as light energy exploitation, light emitters, photodetection and sensors.

We are thus interested in hearing from scientists expert in the fields of materials preparation and assembly, advanced characterization tools with space and time resolution at the state-of-the-art, functional characterization, device fabrication.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

Materials and fabrication

  • Chemical routes for materials synthesis
  • Physical deposition processes
  • Functionalisation of surfaces, interfaces and materials
  • Hybrid and nanostructured materials
  • Integration of 2D materials with 0D, 1D and 3D structures
  • Production of large scale horizontal and vertical van der Waals heterostructures
  • Environmentally friendly fabrication
  • Large area fabrication and manufacturing
  • New technologies for the integration of nanomaterials into functional devices

Devices and applications

  • Autonomous devices and systems
  • Biosensors and bioelectronics
  • Chemical sensors, microfluidics, lab-on-chip
  • Physical sensors, actuators, micro and nanosystems
  • Flexible substrates, devices and printed electronics
  • Integration of nanostructures into flexible devices
  • Materials and fabrication processes for energy harvesting, stretchable electronics, smart textiles
  • Environmental technologies such as solar energy conversion, catalytic removal of water pollutants, clean chemical fuels production
  • Applications of materials and fabrication methods in sensors, actuators and micro and nanosystems
  • Applications of hybrid structures in photodetectors, photovoltaics, diodes
  • Plasmonics alternatice to metal nanostructures

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Manish Chowalla, Rutgers University (USA)
    Vincenzo Guidi, University of Ferrara (Italy)
    Lance Li, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
    Zhang Hua, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
    Mickaël Dollé, Université de Montréal (Canada)
    Renata Solarska, Renewable Energy Center, Warsaw (Poland)
    Luca Ottaviano, University of L’Aquila (Italy)

    Martin Pumera, University of Prague (Czech Republic)

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Seyed Mohammad Rozati, University of Gulian (Iran)
  • Gilles Lerondel, Troyes University of Technology (France)
  • Eric Wang Diau, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)
  • Julio Cesar Rimada Herrera, La Habana University (Cuba)
  • Artur Braun, EMPA (Switzerland)
  • Arthur Yelon, Polytechnique Montréal (Canada)
  • Beatrice Fraboni, University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Nurit Ashkenasy, Ben Gurion University (Israel)
  • Davide Barreca, University of Padova (Italy)
  • Luca Ottaviano, University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • Dario Zappa, University of Brescia (Italy)

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Symposium organizers
Clara SANTATOPolytechnique Montréal, Génie physique

2500, Ch. De Polytechnique, H3T 1J4, Montreal, QC, Canada

+1 514 3404711 ext 2586
Daniel CHUANational University of Singapore

Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Block EA-03-09, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575

+65 6516 8933
Elisabetta COMINIUniversity of Brescia

via branze 38 25133 Brescia, Italy

Isabella CONCINALuleå University of Technology

Division of Materials Science, Department of Engineering Science and Mathematics, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden

+46 76 832 28 76