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Smart materials for green buildings and vehicles: towards energy efficiency, energy utilization, and a healthy interior environment

This symposium will cover smart materials for future green buildings that can contribute to a comfortable and healthy environment and that solve counteracting problems of energy efficiency and performance.


People in industrialized countries spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. This environment is fraught with problems from energy and health perspectives, and new materials and methodologies are needed to solve many of these problems. Today’s buildings are responsible for 40% of the global use of primary energy. New paradigms in building technology, where materials play a central role, can lead to massive energy savings and can be instrumental to improve air quality, as well as providing a platform for renewable energy technologies and sinks for greenhouse gases. This session presents the state-of-the-art in materials science and technology that address these needs and challenges; it includes novel glazing, façade elements, solar cells, energy conversion systems, water cleaning units, and sensor systems that may be integrated in functional units, either as add-on functions or as multi-functional, embedded systems. For example, many functional and multifunctional materials belong to the large family of materials for which advancements in nanoscience and nanotechnology have contributed to novel material combinations, structures and properties that can lead to sustainable and cost-effective technology. The symposium will be devoted to new materials, and combinations of materials and methodologies, with applications in buildings and vehicles for improved comfort and energy savings, which can be based on bulk crystals, thin films, nanowires, quantum dots, heterostructures, nanoparticles, etc.

The presentations will cover:

  • Synthesis and growth of functional materials, where physicochemical properties can be tuned by composition, temperature, pressure, external fields, defects, film orientation and nanoparticle size.
  • Materials and technology for glazings and façades and solar cells.
  • Materials for air cleaning, water collection and cleaning
  • Sensor materials and sensor devices
  • Multi-functional and embedded materials and technologies
  • Structure-property-functionality relationships
  • Improved energy-efficiency in buildings & vehicles

We expect presentations of experimental studies, theoretical modelling, and prediction of properties. The goal of this symposium is to bring together scientists working in various fields of materials science abd engineering sciences, such as synthesis, modelling and measurement of physicochemical properties with applications in green building technology, and provide an overview of new materials for human well-being,  and energy-efficient buildings and vehicles.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • New materials for energy efficiency and thermal management in buildings & vehicles
  • New materials for solar energy harvesting in buildings
  • New filtering materials and technologies for air cleaning
  • New materials and technologies for water collection, filtering and recycling in the built environment
  • Sensors for fast and accurate air quality monitoring
  • Multi-functional and embedded smart materials and technologies for green buildings & vehicles

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • Martyn Pemble, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
  • Volker Sittinger, Franuhofer IST, Germany
  • Katarzyna Zakrzewska, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Gunnar Niklasson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Sylvie Lacombe, IPREM UMR CNRS, Université de Pau et Pays de l’Adour, France
  • G. L. Guerrini, HeidelbergCement Group, Global Products Innovation Department, Italy
  • Georg Pucker, FBK, Trento, Italy
  • Teresa Andreu Arbella, IREC, Spain
  • G. Westin, Uppsala University, Sweden

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Symposium organizers
Janusz SMULKOGdańsk University of Technology

Department of Metrology and Optoelectronics, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, ul. G. Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland

+48 58 347 1484
Lars ÖSTERLUNDUppsala University

Engineering Sciences, The Ångström Laboratory, Box 534, SE-751 21 Uppsala, Sweden

+ 46 18 4716383
Thomas FISCHERUniversity of Cologne

Greinstr. 6, 50937 Cologne, Germany

+49 221 470 1979