E-MRS Fall 2021 Symposium R (VIRTUAL Conference September 20-23)
Nanoparticles and nanomaterials
The symposium will cover:
(i) Nanomaterials Synthesis: From 0D, 1D, 2D, and 3D, Multifunctional Hybrids.
(ii) Investigations: Structures and Properties, Analytical and Computational Modeling.
(iii) Applications: (a) Electronics- Gas/Pressure/Chemical/Biological Nanosensing, (b) Photonics/Plasmonics/Photovoltaics/Lighting Technologies, (c) Energy/Piezotronics/Green Energy (e) Photocatalysis, Water Purification, (f) Biomedical Nanomaterials, (g) Advanced technologies.
Nanostructures, particularly from inorganic metal oxides, organic, carbon, polymers, etc. family, are very important material candidates because of their surface-to-volume and morphology-dependent extraordinary properties suitable for various advanced technologies. The ongoing deployments in the direction of 0D (quantum dots), 1D (hybrid nanowires), 2D (from new semiconductors) and 3D networked materials have further become very relevant towards various applications, due to their excellent nanoscale features and simplicity of utilization. Due to their compact synthesis forms, they can be easily handled or integrated in the desired manner in devices or sensors. The 0D, 1D, 2D nanostructures from noble metals (Au, Ag, Cu, etc.) have found immense applications in sensing, biomedical, waveguides and telecommunications, etc. Nanostructures from metal oxides have been very interesting (fundamental as well applied) materials due to interesting bandgap values (intermediate between metals and insulators), suitable for various advanced technologies. When these metal oxides and metals are combined together in hybrid nanomaterials, they become further very relevant in terms of understanding the properties and accordingly applications. The carbon nanostructure family, i.e., fullerenes, CNTs (MWCNTs), graphene, graphene oxide (GO), etc., have shown very strong potential ranging from fundamental properties to advanced energy applications and hence have been the subject of huge research attention in the last couple of decades. Recent developments in the direction of 3D carbon networks have opened an entirely new dimension in nanotechnology research. Research on 3D soft ceramics from metal oxides interconnected networks, which is currently in the mainstream research focus, is very important, because it can be very helpful in up scaling the nanotechnology-related applications in modern life.
Appropriate growth strategies of different structures (0D, 1D, 2D and 3D) using simple methods, understanding their properties, their applications in different directions, etc. are still key issues. Interdisciplinary research platforms are required, which are equipped with: (i) synthesis groups for developing different nanostructures, (ii) theoretical/computational scientists, who can analyze/simulate for understanding the structure-property relations, and (iii) application experts, who can accordingly utilize these materials in various applications, which will be actually the main aim of the proposed symposium.
Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:
- Hybrid Metal Oxide Materials (0D, 1D, 2D, 3D): Synthesis & Characterizations, Structure-property relations, Analytical/Simulation studies, Applications: Electronics-Chemistry-Energy-Sesning-Lightening-Biomedical-Environmenta - Applications,
- Plasmonic Nanostructures: Synthesis & Characterization, Computational Modeling, Sensing and Nanophotonics Applications
- Carbon Family (Fullerenes to 3D graphene): Fabrication & Characterizations, Structure-property relations, Simulations studies, Applications: Nanoelectronics-Sensing-Supercapacitor-Batteries-Energy.
- Quantum Dots: QDs are recently gaining huge interests and one session of the symposium will be devoted to only QDs.
- Perovskites: QDs, NCs, nanowires, thin films, synthesis and applications.
- Synchrotron radiation/Ion beam-based material characterization and engineering