Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials

This track solicits experimental, theoretical and computational works on synthesis and self-assembly of 1D, 2D and 3D nanostructures. One example is nanoelectronic materials, particularly nanocrystals and nanowires, where it is possible to realize unique functionality by engineering the dimensionality of the building blocks. Another area of interest for this section deals with composite materials, such as metal-, carbon-, ceramic- and polymer-based nanocomposites, and polymeric materials, including nanoparticles, nanospheres and nanocapsules that offer excellent surface to volume ratio, and can be combined with inorganic materials to offer even greater functionality due to responsiveness to external stimuli (pH, temperature, light, electric or magnetic fields).  While the main focus of this track is the preparation techniques, structure, and properties, the works primarily dealing with practical applications should be submitted to more specialized Tracks (e.g. "nanomedicine", "photonics", and "energy"), when appropriate.

Main Topics:

- New routes for synthesis of "building blocks";
- Size-, shape- and composition-dependent properties;
- Top-down and bottom-up approached for self-assembly;
- Block-co-polymers, interfacial science and morphology control;
- Micro- and nano-encapsulation, coatings, diffusion and controlled release technology;
- Nanocomposites and nanohybrids;
- Theory and modeling of the formation, evolution, and self-organization of nanoscale systems.

 

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Thin Films & Coatings

This track is devoted to the most recent advances in chemical and physical methods for thin film deposition, surface engineering, including ion- and plasma-assisted processes, focusing on the understanding of synthesis/processing-structure-properties relationship for a variety of thin film systems.

Main Topics:

- Advances in deposition techniques;
- Thin film growth & epitaxy: theory & experiments;
- New materials in thin film form: diamond-like films, granular alloys, high entropy alloys, oxynitrides, intermetallic compounds;
- Hard, wear-, oxidation-resistant and multifunctional coatings;
- Advances in nanomaterials and surface characterization tools and techniques;
- Electroless deposition;
-Electrochemical (electrolytic plasma processing, plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition, plasma electrolytic oxidation) deposition;
- Industrial applications.

 

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Surface Science & Imaging

The Track is devoted to consideration of physical and chemical phenomena that occur at the interface of two phases, including solid–liquid interfaces, solid–gas interfaces, solid–vacuum interfaces, and liquid–gas interfaces. Both experimental and theoretical work, including modeling, is within the scope of the track. It welcomes a broad spectrum of topics, including but not limited to:

- Nanoscale science and engineering, including manipulation of matter at the atomic/molecular scale and assembly phenomena;
- Interactions at surfaces of soft matter, including polymers and biomaterials;
- Electrochemistry at surfaces and interfaces;
- Optical, scanning probe, X-ray, ion- and electron microscopy;
- Semiconductors – surface and interface;
- Electromigration in nanocontacts.

 

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Photonics

This track is devoted to optical properties of nanomaterials, including nanophotonics, the area of research that is focused on understanding of light interaction with nanoscale materials. While in classical optics the diffraction limit prevents one from being able to manipulate light at sub-wavelength scales, in the nanophotonics this can be achieved by coupling to propagating and localizing surface plasmons, using nanoscale antennas and apertures, as well as exploiting the interplay between the far- and near-fields in scanning probe microscopes and optical tweezers. Of special interest are nanomaterials-enables detectors and imaging systems, operating from X-rays and UV-VIS, to THz and RF waves.

Main Topics:

- Plasmonic structures and quantum dots;
- Nanophotonics and optical manipulation;
- Spectroscopic studies of nanoscale materials;
- Molecular energy transfer and light harvesting;
- Photonic and optoelectronic materials and devices;
- Photodetectors, sensors and imaging;
- Microwave optics and devices, including superconducting and single photon detectors;
- Quantum information science.

 

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Magnetics

All magnetism-related topics across different oral and poster sessions will be discussed within the International Workshop on "Nanomagnetic Materials: Applications and Properties" organized during the NAP-2019 Conference. In particular, Track #5 focuses on a variety of magnetic nanomaterials and phenomena, with emphasis on geometric confinement, lateral and interfacial proximity, spin-dependent transport and other spin-related effects in magnetically ordered metallic, semiconducting and dielectric systems and their heterostructures, as well as on spin dynamics, ranging from the femtosecond regime, where elementary magnetic quantum processes are important, to the sub-nanosecond regime typical for magnetization reversal and spin-waves excitation.

Main Topics:

- Spin currents generation, manipulation and transport;
- Magnonics, spin waves and magnetization dynamics;
- Spin textures, including magnetic domains, vortices and skyrmions;
- Amorphous and nanocrystalline magnetic materials;
- Hard magnets: thin films, nanostructures, and recording media;
- Magnetic ribbons, thin films, nanoparticles, and nanowires;
- Heusler alloys and magnetocaloric materials;
- Magneto-optical materials and devices;
- Memories, sensors, logic and spin-based devices;
- Interplay between magnetism and superconductivity.

 

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Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment

Energy conversion, storage and transport processes inherently occur at the nanoscale and at interfaces and surfaces abundant in nanomaterials. Indeed, nanostructured materials often demonstrate favorable transport and physical properties, as well as confinement effects with large surface to volume ratios, and thus are of great interest for energy-related applications such as solar cells, catalysts, thermoelectrics, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and hydrogen storage systems.

Main Topics:

- Nanomaterials for solar-to-electric energy conversion;
- Hydrogen and fuels cells;
- Energy storage and generation;
- Bio-inspired energy materials;
- Nanomaterials for environment protection and remediation; CO
reduction;
- Nanotech for water technologies.

 

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Biomedical Applications

The nanotechnology revolution offers novel approaches to address the major problems in modern medicine, leading to the emergence of nanomedicine as a new paradigm for diagnosis, and therapy. This track's focus includes nano/bio interfacing, nanodevices and biosensors, bioassay labeling, nanoparticles-enabled hyperthermia, targeted drug delivery, toxicity of nanomaterials, imaging and other life-sciences-relevant technologies.

Main Topics:

- Nanoparticles-based platforms for cancer diagnostics, imaging and treatment;
- Nanoparticles manipulation, microfluidics and lab-on-chip technologies;
- Nanodevices and sensors for bio/nanomedicine;
- Bio-nanomaterials and tissue engineering;
- DNA nanotechnology;
- Nanotoxicity.

 

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Theory & Modeling

Functional Nano-scale structures frequently involve quite dissimilar materials which are difficult to characterize experimentally and ultimately be assembled, controlled, and utilized by manipulating quantities at the macro-scale a combination of features which puts unprecedented demands on theory, modelling and simulation

Main Topics:

- First-principles methods;
- Non-equilibrium thermodynamics;
- Multiscale methods for charge/heat transport in nano- and mesoscale systems;
- Atomistic quantum transport simulations;
- Simulation of organic semiconductor devices;
- Assembly operations using molecular manipulators;
- Software for modelling of nanomaterials;
- Mechanics of nanomaterials;
- Microstructure-based models and dislocation analysis;
- Quantum mechanics for modelling of nanomaterials.

 

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Miscellaneous and Interdisciplinary Topics

This track solicits contributions on nanoscience- and nanotechnology-related topics that are not explicitly covered in other Tracks. Some typical examples include, but not limited to:

- Quantum computing;
- Nano- and micro-fabrication techniques;
- Thermal transport and heat exchange at nanoscale;
- Experiments at extreme environments (low/high temperatures, high vacuum or high pressures);
- Ethical, and societal issues in nanotechnology;
- Nanotech business and intellectual property aspects;
- National innovation policies and the globalization of nanotechnology.

 

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