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Hybrid materials: state of the art and new frontiers

The field of advanced multifunctional hybrid materials has seen a rapid and exponential growth as a result of the synergy between academics and researchers. To exert a major impact on society the next generation of hybrid materials will call for a deeper involvement of industrials and will foster the use of new approaches and paradigms of materials science.


In the last decades, the continuing demand for adaptable and multifunctional materials and devices with less weight, less volume, higher performance and cheaper has urged the materials science community to devote considerable efforts to design, synthesize, characterize and develop useful innovative high-tech hybrid material systems, often bio-inspired, with a wider range of applications. This challenging materials strategy aims at solving the major problems of a modern society with serious concerns in terms of energy, building, information storage, environmental pollution, transportation, health, and nutrition. The design of such innovative key hybrid material systems relies on a deep knowledge of the basic scientific concepts behind the establishment of organic/inorganic interfaces. It is accepted nowadays that this strategy will benefit extraordinarily from a more important involvement of industrials, who will hopefully help driving hybrid materials faster to reach potential markets.

The next generation of hybrid materials will profit from the new synthetic approaches and new design concepts which emerge everyday in the domain of materials science. It will be thus of the utmost interest to join researchers from different scientific fields in a forum of discussion which will promote the development of new ideas and will certainly lead to new fruitful collaborations. The symposium, as cross-disciplinary as the previous E-MRS symposia of this series, will emphasize the latest breakthroughs and approaches in materials science prone to being adopted for the development of the next generation of advanced (multi)functional hybrid materials with enhanced features and improved properties for the production of systems and devices with high performance. The new frontiers established in this research area will be highlighted. The symposium will encompass researchers, academics and industrials from classical domains, such as chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and engineering, but will also urge the participation of members from other potential key areas, such as aeronautics, space, solar, building construction, among others.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • “Building block” approach to multifunctional materials
  • Adaptable/complex/hierarchical functional systems
  • Scale-up and process adaptation
  • Bio-inspired synthesis
  • Green production routes
  • Larger scale fabrication
  • In situ study of hybrid materials growth/engineering/modeling
  • In operando, in vivo studies
  • Hybrid materials for electronics/spintronics
  • Hybrid materials for energy storage/conversion
  • Hybrid materials for pharmaceutics/theranostics
  • Hybrid materials for an aging society
  • Hybrid materials in nutrition/nutraceuticals
  • Hybrid materials for aeronautics/space
  • Hybrid materials for biomedicine
  • Hybrid materials for civil engineering
  • Hybrid materials for solar applications

List of confirmed invited speakers and topic/title of the presentation:

  • Andreas Friedrich, German Aerospace Center, Germany, Fuel cells
  • Alex Boeker, Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Polymer Research, Germany, Biohybrid systems
  • Christina Wege, University of Stuttgart, Germany, Tobacco mosaic virus-based nanostructures and hybrid materials for electrochemical sensors
  • Danielle Laurencin, Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier, France, Boronides
  • Dong Ha Kim, Ewha University, Korea, Responsive polymers and plasmonic coupling based sensors
  • Elvira Fortunato, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; Sustainable hybrid materials applied to flexible electronics
  • João Rocha, University of Aveiro, Portugal, Functional MOFs and microporous silicates
  • Marcel Mayor, University of Basel, Switzerland, Nanoelectronics
  • Pedro Gómez-Romero, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain, Hybrid electroactive materials for hybrid energy storage
  • Stéphane Parola, University of Lyon, France, Composite sol-gel materials for optical applications

List of confirmed scientific committee members

  • Christian Bonhomme (Pierre et Marie Curie University, France)
  • Clément Sanchez (Collège de France, France)
  • Guido Kickelbick (University of Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Jeff Brinker (The University of New Mexico, USA)


We have made special arrangements with the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology ( to collect selected works related to this topic as a thematic series (special issue).

All submissions will undergo a standard peer-review process and publications will be collected together as they are published. This is a unique opportunity to publish your original research as a review article, research article or letter in an open access platform, without any costs for submission.

BJNANO is a Q1 physics/materials science journal with a 2016 JIF of 3.1. The Beilstein-Institut fully supports this 100 % non-profit journal.

Please see the instructions which will be sent to you via e-mail regarding how to submit.

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Symposium organizers
Andreas TAUBERTUniversity of Potsdam

Institute of Chemistry University of Potsdam Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25 D-14476 Potsdam Germany

+49 331 977 5773
Fabrice LEROUXCNRS - ICCF, Blaise Pascal University

UMR CNRS 6296 Inorganic Materials Laboratory 24, Avenue des Landais BP 80026 F-62171 Aubière Cedex France

+33 473407036

Institute of Physics and chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg, UMR 7504 CNRS-UdS 23, rue du Loess BP43 F-67034 Strasbourg France

+33 388107135
Verónica DE ZEA BERMUDEZUniversity of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)

Department of Chemistry School of Life and Environmental Sciences P-5001-801 Vila Real Portugal

+351 259 350253