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2023 Fall Meeting



Synthesis and characterization of functional nanocomposite materials

Advanced functional nanocomposite materials are on the research frontier owing to their outstanding characteristics and have opened up new horizons in a vast range of applications in different fields including energy, environment, sensor, and biomedical field.


In recent years, advanced functional nanocomposite materials have received significant academic and industrial attention. As a new class of innovative material, functional nanocomposites exhibit attractive chemical and physical properties as compared to traditional inorganic and organic materials.
This symposium will bring together leading international academicians, scientists/researchers and industrialists from various backgrounds (chemists, physicists, materials scientists, ceramicists, engineers, metallurgists, nanoscience, and nanotechnologist) to discuss current and emerging trends in the synthesis and characterization of advanced functional nanocomposite materials, and also explore new research directions and frontiers.

The symposium will discuss the controlling or tuning of physical and chemical properties of these advanced functional nanocomposites by a broad set of parameters such as size, dimensionalities, shape/morphology, chemical compositions of nanoparticles, concentration, nanoparticle dispersion level, nanoparticle-matrix interaction, etc. Emphasis will be specified on innovative design and preparation routes of a new class of functional nanocomposite materials with further improved properties. In addition, there will be a detailed discussion on the challenges and solutions for the preparation and characterization of an industrial required
a new class of functional nanocomposite materials.

Recent advances in a new class of functional nanocomposites with extraordinary chemical and physical properties based on nanoparticles such as semiconductor nanoparticles/quantum dots, metal nanoparticles, metal oxides nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, and two-dimensional nanostructured materials (graphene, hexagonal boron nitrides, MXene, transition metal dichalcogenides, perovskites), etc. will be covered in this symposium. The symposium will discuss a wide range of properties, including the mechanical, optical, magnetic, tribological, flame & thermal, anticorrosive, rheological, biocompatibility, antimicrobial features, electronic and electrical properties of nanocomposites.

This symposium will provide a platform for discussion on the promising application of functional nanocomposites in the field of electronic, energy storage devices, biosensors, gas sensors, optoelectronic devices, aeronautics & aerospace, automotive, anti-corrosive coatings, printing industries, biomedical, microwave absorption, etc.

Hot topics to be covered:

  • Inorganic/Ceramic Nanoparticles and Functional Nanocomposites
  • Functional Polymer Nanocomposites, Blends, and Hybrids
  • Functional Nanocomposite Films
  • Semiconducting Nanoparticles/ quantum dots
  • Graphene and 2 D nanomaterials-based Functional Nanocomposites
  • Sensor and Nanodevices
  • Photocatalytic and Environmental Application
  • Biomedical Application
  • Nanocomposites for Energy Application
  • Structural, Magnetic, Electrical, Thermal, Optical, Mechanical, and Anticorrosive Properties
  • Nanocomposites Coatings
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nanocomposites
  • Multifunctional Nanocomposites
  • Nanocomposites in Tribology and Lubrication
  • Nanocomposites for Food Packaging
  • Theory and Modeling of Nanocomposites

List of confirmed invited speakers:

  • Shuxia Tao, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherland
  • Alberto Vomiero, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • Christian Müller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Koen Vandewal, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Reinhold Dauskardt, Stanford University, USA
  • José Paulo Farinha, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Salvador Pané, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Lee Poi See, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Orit Shefi, Bar Ilan Universit, Israel
  • Mohammadreza Karamad, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Achim Hartschuh, University of Munich LMU, Germany
  • Dirk Guldi, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Yang Xu, University College London, UK
  • Amit Khare, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Petra Pötschke, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF), Germany
  • Ardalan Armin, Swansea University, UK

List of confirmed Scientific Committee Members:

  • Michael Saliba, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Hongwei Han, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China
  • Milo Shaffer, Imperial College London, UK
  • Jovana Milic, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Andrea Listorti, University of Bari, Italy
  • Fengling Zhang, Linkoping University, Sweden
  • Chuantian Zuo, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
  • Daniele Meggiolaro, SCITEC-CNR, Italy
  • Xuehang Wang, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Sourbh Thakur, Silesian University of Technology, Poland
  • Vincenzo Pecunia, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Selected contributions will be published in a special issue of Journal of Materials Science (Springer).

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Symposium organizers
Aurora RIZZOUniversity of Salento - CNR NANOTEC

Institute of Nanotechnology c/o Campus Ecotekne, via Monteroni I-73100, Lecce, Italy
Ermelinda M. S. MACOASUniversity of Lisbon

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-ID), Centro de Química Estrutural (CQE), Complexo Interdisciplinar, Gab.518 Av. Rovisco Pais - 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Raghvendra Singh YADAV (Main organizer)Tomas Bata University in Zlin

Centre of Polymer Systems, Třída Tomáše Bati 5678, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic
Tayebeh AMERIUniversity of Edinburgh

Sanderson Building, Robert Stevenson Road, The King's Buildings, Edinburgh, U.K.