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Synthesis, physical properties and applications of advanced nanocrystalline materials

This symposium aims at being an international forum for the discussion of the synthesis, structural, physical properties such as magnetic, luminescent and electrical, and potential applications of advanced nanocrystalline materials.


Advanced Nanocrystalline materials have recently attracted significant attention, due to their significant technological applications in different fields including energy, environment, sensor, and biomedical field. These materials are highly desirable technological materials due to the variation in their physical properties compared to their bulk counterparts. Advanced inorganic nanocrystals exhibit size-, composition- and shape-tunable physical properties. Therefore, the efficiency of nanocrystalline materials for technological applications can be controlled by various factors including particle size, morphology, capping, surfactant, doping, and nanomorphology structure, etc. Moreover, a nanocrystalline material with the desired physical characteristics for a particular technological application can be created using crystal engineering and controlled synthesis/preparation techniques.

Novel nanocrystal materials, such as magnetic nanocrystals, semiconductor quantum dots, plasmonic metal nanostructures, one-dimensional nanostructures (nanotubes, nanoribbons, nanowires, etc.), and two-dimensional nanostructures (graphene, MXenes, oxides, nitrides, and carbides, etc.), offer exceptional opportunities for the investigation of fascinating physical phenomena.

This symposium will focus on the fundamental and applied features including process-structure-property relationship of numerous advanced nanocrystalline materials exhibiting efficient magnetic, luminescent, optical, electrical, dielectric, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and other physical characteristics. This symposium along with interdisciplinary topics pertaining to physics, chemistry, materials science, and related fields, will bring together a diverse group of experts across academia, international laboratories and industry to discuss the recent advances in theory, synthesis, characterizations, devices as well as the opportunities and challenges in the development and utilization of advanced nanocrystalline materials.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Magnetic, Luminescent, Electrical, and Structural Properties of Nanoparticles
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystals
  • Magnetic Nanoparticles
  • Semiconductor Nanocrystals
  • Nanocrystalline Metals
  • Two-dimensional Nanostructures Such as Graphene, MXene, etc.
  • Biomedical applications of Nanoparticles
  • Nanocrystalline Material-based Sensors, Actuators, and Other Devices
  • Theory and Simulation of Nanocrystalline Materials
  • Nanocrystal Thin Films and Their Applications
  • Advanced Nanocrystalline Materials for Environmental Applications
  • Advanced Nanocrystalline Materials for Energy Applications

List of confirmed invited speakers:

  • Alessandro Martucci, University of Padua, Italy
  • Jordi Arbiol, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, (ICN2), Spain
  • Antonio Di Bartolomeo, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Paulo Branicio, University of Southern California, USA
  • Hongjin Fan, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Daniele Braga, Fluxim, Switzerland
  • Anke Weidenkaff, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Gerasimos Konstantatos,  ICFO-Insitut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Barcelona, Spain
  • Nicola Pinna, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Maria Ibáñez, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • Emanuele Orgiu, Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Canada
  • Maksym Kovalenko, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Participants in this symposium will have the chance to publish the presented original research work in a special issue of Nanomaterials (MDPI, Impact factor = 5.3).

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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
Renjie CHENBeijing Institute of Technology

School of Materials Science and Engineering, P. R. China
Tayebeh AMERIUniversity of Edinburgh

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