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Sustainable advanced and multifunctional polymer based materials for sensor and actuators, energy and environmental applications

Rapid technological developments in smart materials are needed in the context of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) paradigms, also combining energy and environmental issues.

To meet these requirements, high-performance, sustainable and multifunctional materials based on sustainable polymer matrix and/or fillers with tailored dielectric, magnetic and conducting properties are required to improve device performance produced by sustainable and additive manufacturing processes.


This symposium on advanced and multifunctional materials, encompassing fundamental and applied research, focuses on materials and processing techniques for advanced sensor and actuator applications, biomedical, energy, environmental monitoring and remediation, among others. The aim of this symposium is to focus on multifunctional materials from preparation to application, and with particular emphasis on the recent advances on these materials in terms of source (natural based materials, biodegradable materials, low environmental impact materials) and processability (e.g. additive manufacturing technologies).

Areas of interest will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • New advanced sustainable materials processable by additive manufacturing
  • Advanced materials based on piezoelectric materials for sensors/actuators and biomedical application
  • Membranes for environmental remediation.
  • Advances composites for thermochromic and thermoelectric materials
  • Binary and ternary composites for energy harvesting and storage
  • Novel approaches for porous lightweight materials
  • Multifunctional coatings for self-sensing, self-cleaning and self-healing applications
  • Sustainable materials for printed electronics
  • Advanced magnetically responsive multifunctional materials
  • Sustainable composites based on natural and biopolymers
  • Advanced characterization techniques for these materials, including in situ and operando techniques

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Symposium organizers
Bruno AMEDURIInstitut Charles Gerhardt (CNRS)

1919 Route de Mende 34296 Montpellier, France
Carlos M. COSTAUniversity of Minho

Campus de Gualtar, Portugal
Gerardo HERNANDEZ-SOSAKarlsruhe Institute of Technology

Kaiserstraße 12 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Senentxu LANCEROS-MENDEZBCMaterials, Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures

s/n, Edif. Martina Casiano, Pl. 3 Parque Científico UPV/EHU Barrio Sarriena, 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain