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Solution processing and properties of functional oxide thin films and nanostructures-III

The symposium brings together researchers working in the field of solution derived metal oxides, providing an overview of the latest state of the art. The topic is focused at advanced chemical sol(ution) based synthesis and processing methods of oxide thin films, patterns and nanostructures, including composites and hybrids, and the discussion of original properties and applications thereof.


Solution-based processing of inorganic (nano)materials is generally acknowledged to be highly flexible in terms of precursor composition, targeted substrate and processing procedures in ambient pressures, and thus can be faster and less expensive than vapor based deposition routes while providing materials with matching or even superior properties. A wide variety of methods is available, such as (non)-aqueous sol-gel synthesis, metalorganic decomposition, hydro/solvothermal growth, hot injection, microemulsion routes, etc, which yield large-area films, nanocomposites, and functional entities like nanoparticles.

Such materials achieve enhanced and/or novel functionalities which can be applied in electronics, photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical cells, sensors, actuators, energy harvesting and storage devices, memory devices, displays, lighting, magnetic sensors, spintronics, catalysis etc. In all cases, understanding the relation between the synthesis, its reaction mechanisms and the final properties of the material are key to achieving the highest performance.  These functional properties can for example be greatly influenced by the grain size, crystal orientation, morphology, porosity, phase, compositional gradients, etc. all characteristics of the synthesized material, which depends largely on the synthesis and processing conditions.

The symposium will address advanced solution processing methods of nanostructured oxides and related hybrid materials with specific functionalities tailored by the processing conditions. Topics to be covered are solution synthesis, crystal structure evolution and phase growth, functional thin films, porous networks, and oxide nanostructures, including their assembly into functional components. The characterization by advanced analytical methods, establishment of processing-structure-property relationships, and the application of solution-derived oxides in forefront technologies are addressed. Finally, integration issues in realization of devices will also be discussed.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Solution chemistry and synthesis e.g. hydro/solvothermal, precipitation, hot injection, sol-gel, etc. routes
  • Green solution processing
  • Oxide nanostructures (particles, wires, sheets) including core-shell, etc.
  • Nano-composites and hybrid materials
  • Hierarchically structured oxides
  • Solution-derived (epitaxial) films
  • Solution-based patterning, self-assembly and printing
  • Large area and/or low temperature processing
  • Solution-derived films on flexible substrates
  • Structure-property relations and engineered materials
  • Semiconductors and transparent conductors
  • Dielectrics, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, multiferroics
  • Optical, magnetic and superconducting materials
  • Photovoltaics, energy generation/storage materials and catalysts
  • Ion conductors and batteries

List of invited speakers:

  • Torsten Brezesinski - Reversible Manipulation of Magnetism in Polymer-Templated Mesostructured Mixed-Metal Oxide Thin Films by Capacitive Charging and Ion Insertion
  • Raffaela Buonsanti - Colloidal chemistry for engineering complex oxides to advance solar-chemical conversion studies
  • Mario Caironi - Control of charge transport in solution processed and printed polymer films for “high speed” organic electronics
  • Stephane Daniele - Smart molecular precursors for solution processing of smart nanomaterials : energy conversion
  • Silvia Gross - Exploring unconventional conditions for the low temperature and sustainable wet-chemistry and colloidal synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials
  • Jon Ihlefeld - title to be announced
  • Monica Lira-Cantu - Solution processing oxides for photovoltaic applications: from binary to complex oxide compounds
  • Narcis Mestres - Chemical solution growth to nanoengineer functional oxide thin films
  • Yangzhe Piao - title to be announced
  • Clément Sanchez - title to be announced
  • Paula Vilarinho - New opportunities for solution based ferroic films: from microelectronics to biological communication

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Symposium organizers
An HARDYHasselt University

Institute for Materials Research Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and IMEC division IMOMEC Martelarenlaan 42 3500 Hasselt Belgium

+32 11 268308
Johan E. TEN ELSHOFUniversity of Twente

MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

+31 53 489 2695
Maria Lourdes CALZADAInstituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICMM-CSIC)

C/ Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 3. Cantoblanco. 28049 Madrid, Spain

+34 913349062
Nicola PINNAHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Chemie

Brook-Taylor-Str. 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany

+49 2093 7245