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FS3: Rare Earth Oxides for Energy, Optics and Biomedical Applications



Scientific interest in the applications of rare-earth-based materials and their hybrids is ever increasing in many different fields, including energy, catalysis, magnetism, photonics, electronics, cosmetics and biomedical applications. This fact is counterbalanced by economic and political issues related to the global availability of rare earth elements. The question to ask is, are these materials actually rare? Researchers working with these materials on a given application are often unaware of the problems encountered in different disciplines. Therefore a timely opportunity needs to be created to concentrate in a single symposium to spur the interest of scientists working on rare-earth-based materials and hybrids from various perspectives including science and revolutionary technologies. The aim of this symposium is to offer a forum of discussion for scientists, engineers, policy makers and industries involved in the research, development,  fabrication, and applications based on rare earth materials.


Preliminary Speaker Session


Proposed Session Topics

  • Synthesis and characterization of rare-earth-based materials and hybrids
  • Size-scale effects in rare earth compounds
  • Modeling and simulation opportunities and challenges
  • Energy applications including ionic conductivity
  • Optical and photonic properties and applications
  • Electronic properties and applications
  • Magnetic properties and applications
  • Use of rare earth oxides in cosmetics
  • Biomedical applications including therapeutics, sensing, imaging and toxicity
  • Policies on rare earth availability

Session Organizers

  • Sudipta Seal, University of Central Florida, USA, +1 (407) 823-5277; +1 (407)-823-1458
  • Kelly Nash, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  • Enrico Traversa, Jiaotong University, China, and University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

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