TopicF: Functional Materials, Surfaces, and Devices
In times of major change, when climate change becomes a climate crisis, the protection of the environment by increasing energy efficiency as well as by developing new clean energy sources is one of the most important global challenges of our days.
In order to fulfill all requirements for new technologies relevant to energy security, innovative sustainable materials are needed. Within this context, low dimensional nanocarbons play a key role. They have fascinating nanostructures, intriguing properties and abundant functionalities: high specific surface area, tunable pore structure, unique electronic structures, as well as valuable thermal and chemical stability. Moreover, nanocarbon-containing composites and hybrids represent an exciting class of “smart” multifunctional materials, being designed to exhibit a plethora of tailored mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, sensing properties.
Nanocarbons and their analogues found applications in various areas of interest related to sustainable technologies, e.g. i) energy storage/conversion (fuel cells, (super)capacitors, secondary batteries, solar cells, high-temperature environmentally stable thermoelectrics, etc.), ii) nanotechnology (aerospace, defence, automotive, etc.), iii) biotechnology (drug delivery system, biosensors, cell cultivation, theranostic, etc.) or iv) electronics applications (transistors, transparent thin films, LSI wiring, etc.)
The purpose of this symposium is to provide for scientists, engineers, and technologists a discussion platform related to recent activities on the synthesis, processing as well as properties and applications of low-dimensional nanocarbons and their related materials (e.g., nanocomposites and hybrid materials.).
- Bottom up and top down synthesis of nanocarbons
- Innovative processing technologies
- Fundamental characterization and modeling
- Functional and structural properties