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Metal oxide- and oxyhydride-based nanomaterials for energy and environment-related applications

Metal oxide and oxyhydride nanomaterials possess many technologically important properties that can be tuned by controlling the shape and size. The aim of the symposium is to bring academic scientists, engineers, and industry to exchange their results about latest developments on the topic.


Nowadays, nanomaterials are becoming commercialized. Current theoretical and experimental studies aim to further increase the impact that the nanomaterials can play in technological advances. In recent years, new materials and devices based on transition metal oxide and oxyhydride nanomaterials, and their hybrids with organic compounds have been developed that present interest for applications in energy storage, energy harvesting, energy saving, energy conversion, and environmental technologies. Furthermore, the recent years have seen the development and improvement in synthesis and characterization techniques, computational tools and software for simulation, data analysis and fitting. This Symposium will provide an overview of the state of the art and most recent scientific and technical progress as well as market situation, identification of key areas, challenges, approaches, and technologies in this field. The symposium is multidisciplinary. It covers new advances in metal oxide and oxyhydride nanomaterials development, 2D materials, theoretical and experimental methods of synthesis and characterization.  Transition metal oxides such as, e.g., Ga2O3, SnO2, GeO2, TiO2, SiO2, Bi2O3 etc., rare earth metal oxides such as, e.g., CeO2, Gd2O3, Dy2O3, etc., transition metal oxyhydrides such as e.g., LaHO, ABO3-xHx, YHO, GdHO, DyHO, etc will be under the focus of the Symposium along with the life cycle assessment, eco-toxicological assessment, risk assessment, influence of the particles on human health, applications in environmental technologies, energy production, energy storage, and energy saving.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Metal oxide-based nanomaterials
  • Transition metal oxyhydrides
  • 2D materials
  • Defects and impurities, functional properties and new phenomena
  • Theoretical and experimental methods of research
  • Applications of the nanomaterials in:

a)  energy conversion devices

b)  energy storage devices (batteries and super-capacitors),

c)  power electronics

d)  environmental applications (sensors, waste water treatment, air cleaning, photocatalytic processes)

e)  superhydrophobic, anti-ice, anti-dust coatings

f)    medicine and biotechnology

  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Risk assessment

List of invited speakers:

  • Kageyama, Hiroshi, Kyoto Univ, Grad Sch Engn, Nishikyo Ku, Kyoto 6158581, Japan.
  • David Rogers, Nanovation SARL, France.
  • Sanjay Mathur, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry University of Cologne, Germany.
  • Su Huai Wei, Beijing Computational Science Research Center, China.
  • Max Wolff, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Pooi See Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Giancarlo Salviati, Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism IMEM, Parma, Italy.
  • Bernt Thorstensen, Keranor AS, Oslo, Norway.
  • A. Subrahmanyam, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.
  • Aleksandra Djurisic. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Marco Altomare, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nüremberg, Germany.
  • S. Balakumar, University of Madras, Chennai, India.
  • Neslihan Yuca, ENWAIR AS, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Martin Eickhoff, Institute of Solid State Physics - Semiconductor Epitaxy - University of Bremen, Germany.
  • Martin Albrecht, Leib­niz-In­sti­tut für Kristallzüchtung, Ber­lin, Germany.
  • Ping Jin, Research Center for Industrial Ceramics, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Joana Rodrigues, Departamento de Física & I3N/FSCOSD, Universidade de Aveiro,  Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Andrej Kuznetsov, Center for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), University of Oslo, Norway

Scientific committee members:

  • Malle Krunks, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Luminita Andronic, Transilvania University of Brasov, Brasov, Romania.
  • Darius Milcius, Lithuanian Energy Institute, Kaunas, Lithuania.
  • Jose Montero, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Esra Ozkan Zayim, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Vishnukanthan Venkatachalapathy, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
  • Larysa Khomenkova, V. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
  • Jan Grym, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Science, Czech Rep.
  • Eugen Stamate, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark.


Selected papers will be published the journal “Materials Letters” (Elsevier) and in the special issue “Advanced Materials for Solar Energy” of the MDPI journal Molecules

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Symposium organizers
Ana CREMADESUniversidad Complutense de Madrid

Fisica de Materiales, Plaza de Ciencias 1, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Cuong TON-THAT University of Technology Sydney

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, PO Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007, Australia
Smagul KARAZHANOVInstitute for Energy Technology

Instituttveien 18, 2027 Kjeller, Norway