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Photon-assisted synthesis and processing of materials in nano-microscale

After more than fifty years since its “birth”, the laser is a modern, efficient and elegant tool, with applications in physics, chemistry, biology, analytics, material science, medicine, space and security. The proposed symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum to discuss recent progress in the area of laser-matter interaction and photon processing of materials for basic and applied research.


The main pillars of laser-matter interaction, synthesis, processing and diagnostics will be covered from the nanosecond to the femtosecond time scale, pointing at the fabrication and characterization of nanostructures, thin films, heterostructures, for fundamental and applied research. The symposium will have a cross-discipline framework based on physics, chemistry, and the various theoretical modeling aspects of photon-matter interactions. 

Current and futuristic applications in materials engineering from nano to microscopic scale will be discussed, including application in optoelectronics, biomaterials, sensors, nanocatalysis and electronics, synthesis of non-conventional materials with Free Electron Laser, medicine and non-contact art restoration. In addition to laser light, the interaction of high-energy photons for photochemical processing is also among the scientific topics of the symposium. The photo-induced chemical reactions and material modifications are of wide interest for the processing of organic, inorganic and biological surfaces, as well as for a number of industrial applications.

Hot topics are methods that overcome the optical diffraction limit, 3D nano and micro fabrication (including fabrications buried inside a material), growth of innovative nanostructures for applications ranging from photonics to bio-engineering, ultrashort high intensity lasers and applications, eco-design through processing of photovoltaic cells, thermoelectric materials and devices, micro and nanosystems for energy storage and conversion.

This symposium will focus on the inherent interdisciplinarity of laser and photon materials processing thus offering to all participants of the E-MRS conference a multidisciplinary forum covering a wide range of fundamental and applied applications.

Bringing together young scientists with experts in the field of photon materials processing will promote the discussion of exciting ideas as well as the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of scientists.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Laser nanostructuring and  nanoparticle generation
  • Laser processing of soft matter (polymers, biomaterials): LIFT, MAPLE
  • Pulsed laser deposition of thin films: interface phenomena
  • Ultrashort high intensity laser pulse; interaction with materials
  • Laser-based spectroscopy and  plasma diagnostics
  • Ripple formation in fs laser ablation of metals and ceramics
  • Ultrafast probing techniques and results
  • Laser ablation  in art restoration/conservation
  • FEL direct synthesis of functional materials
  • Nanophotonics and Biophotonics
  • 3D processing of material and applications
  • Industrial applications of Laser Patterning
  • Multiphoton processing by chemical reactions: multiphoton polymerization, reduction or modification with ultrashort laser pulses

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • Patrick Hoffmann, EMPA, Switzerland
  • James Lunney, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Maria Farsari, FORTH IESL, Greece
  • Ionela Vrejoiu, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Chantal Leborgne, GREMI Orleans, France
  • David Geohegan, Oak Ridge National Lab, USA

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Symposium organizers
Daniele PERGOLESIPaul Scherrer Insitute

5232 Villigen-PSI, Switzerland

+41 576 310 4267
David GROJOLaboratoire LP3, CNRS/Aix-Marseille University

163 Avenue de Luminy C917, 13288 Marseille Cedex 9, France

+33 6 79 99 33 11
Esther REBOLLARInstituto de Química Física Rocasolano, CSIC

Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid, Spain

+34 5619400
Maria DINESCUNational Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics

409 Atomistilor 77125 Magurele (Bucharest) Romania

+4021 457 44 14