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Young Professionals Forum



Next-generation materials for multifunctional applications and sustainable development, and concurrent societal challenges in the new millennium


Sustainability is an integral component of research in the 21st century. The key motivating factors are (a) rapid urbanization, population growth, and aging populations; (b) large amounts of waste yearly disposed to landfills; (c) global impoverishing of natural resources and environment (fossil fuels, minerals, water, and energy scarcity); (d) declining infrastructure; (e) emergency of carbon dioxide emissions; and (f) climate change, among others. For instance, development of new biomarkers for reliable early-stage detection of diseases, molecular imaging, targeting, and therapy are crucial for a healthy society, while development of more efficient energy conversion technologies, fuel cells, and batteries is an essential step facing increasing demand for energy supply. Consequently, recent global research trends cover the search for alternative and reusable energy, for fast and reliable medical diagnostic and therapeutic methods, and for new functional materials—as well as “greener,” or more efficient, synthesis approaches—that exhibit unique properties that allow implementation in energy, health, and environment applications.


The focus of this symposium will rest on recent societal challenges in the new millennium, including—but not limited to—energy, health, and environmental aspects. In addition, novel material design paradigms are needed to fabricate materials with multifunctional applications that can bring solutions to some of today’s biggest problems. This symposium aims to bring together young researchers and scientists from around the globe to discuss new approaches and challenges in materials synthesis and to provide a platform for intensive exchange of ideas, knowledge, and networking.


Proposed session topics:


• Multifunctional, porous, and catalytic materials

• Sensing materials, including gas, pollutant, and drugs sensors

• Energy: New solar cell materials, fuel cells, batteries, water splitters, and hydrogen generation techniques

• Environment: Sustainable materials, CO2 capture and storage, and membranes and filters for air treatment

• Health: Diagnostics (imaging, sensing, and assays) and therapies (drug release, light-based photodynamic, and hyperthermic) to theranostics; semiconductor quantum dots, inorganic nanomaterials, carbon-based, and polymers; composites; from synthesis to application approaching assemblies; and biosensors and lab-on-a-chip

• Alternative synthesis approaches for advanced functional materials, including green chemistry, low-temperature, and sustainable use of resources and recycling (quantum dots, nanoparticles, thin films, and one-dimensional structures)

• Innovative manufacturing technologies, including green manufacturing and additive manufacturing

• Technology development and entrepreneurship, from laboratory to industrial scale

• Information and communication technologies, including RF devices, terahertz devices, and MEMS

• Computing, simulation, and theoretical approaches towards new functional materials


Proposed session topics:


• Global Networking — Challenges and Chances for Young Scientists, “Survival Skills for Scientists.”* Accomplished scientists and thinkers are invited to influence the career development of young professionals.

• Young Professional Forum Speaking Contest

• Poster Award

(*) Federico Rosei, Survival Skills for Scientists, World Scientific Publishing; 1 edition (Dec 24 2004), ISBN-10: 1860946410.




Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota, USA

Eva Hemmer, National Institute of Scientific Research – Center for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Canada

– Rafik Naccache, National Institute of Scientific Research

– Center for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Canada

– Peter Wich, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

– Partha P. Mukherjee, Texas A&M University, USA

– Aiguo Zhou, Henan Polytechnic University, China

– Dongsheng Wen, University of Leeds, UK

– P. Ramasamy, Anna University, India

– Thomas Fischer, University of Cologne, Germany


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