The COST Working Group Meeting is a satellite event of Symp. C "Doped Nanopowders, Synthesis, Characterisation, Applications”.

COST is one of the longest-running instruments supporting co-operation among scientists and researchers across Europe.
COST now has 35 member countries and enables scientists to collaborate in a wide spectrum of activities in research and technology. COST is an intergovernmental network which is scientifically completely self-sufficient with nine scientific COST Domain Committees formed by some of the most outstanding scientists of the European scientific community. More information: http://www.cost.esf.org/

Action D30 "High Pressure Tuning of Chemical and Biochemical Transformations"

The Chairman of the Action is Gabor Laurenczy
Maître d'enseignement et de recherche
EPFL, Faculté des Sciences de Base, Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques (ISIC)
LCOM BCH, CH-1015 Lausanne SUISSE

The main objective of the Action is to stimulate research on the tuning of chemical and
biochemical processes through the application of high pressure as a physical variable, in order to achieve lower energy consumption, less pollution and higher selectivity in chemical and biochemical transformations, and production of new materials with better properties. The Action will build on existing knowledge on the effect of pressure on chemical and biochemical processes, in order to systematically tune the desired properties of such systems for selective applications in industrial, environmental and biological processes. It is envisaged that multi-disciplinary teams will be formed to develop specific activities in areas of common interest, with the goal to investigate and further develop the application of pressure tuning technology. Such an approach will strengthen the overall output of the COST Action and especially promote the ability to handle topics of multidisciplinary interest.

More information: http://www.cost.esf.org/index.php?id=189&action_number=d30

The COST Action consit of Working Groups, that meet once or twice a year and also exchange scinetists via Short Term Scientific Missions.

Working Group D30/002/03 "High Pressure Synthesis and Processign of Nanopowders" coordinates work of 7 laboratories:

Łojkowski Witold, coordinator

Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Sokolowska 29/37, 01-142 Warsaw, Poland

Harrison Andrew

Department of Chemistry
The University of Edinburgh
The King's Buildings, West Mains Rd.,
Edinburgh EH9 3JJ, UK

Demazeau Gerard

Laboratory of Physical-Chemistry under High Pressures (LPCHP),
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie et de Physique de Bordeaux (ENSCPB),
16 avenue Pey-Berland , 33607 PESSAC – Cedex (France)

Gedanken Aharon

Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel, 52900.

Piticescu Radu Robert
Institute for Non-ferrous and Rare Metals

102 Biruintei Blvd, 73957 com. Pantelimon, Judet Ilfov, Romania

Lester Edvard

School of Chemical Environmental and Mining Engineering

University of Nottingham, 1 University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD UK

Kurzydlowski Krzysztof

Faculty of Materials Science

Warsaw University of Technology, Wołowska 141, Warsaw, Poland

The group research direction:

The production and processing of nano-powders, with size in the range 5 – 100 nm is an important field of nanotechnology. The difference in physical properties of nano-powders comparing to microcrystalline crystalline ones opens great opportunities in functional applications. The key issue for application of nanopowders is the engineering of crystallographic structure, chemical composition and chemistry of their surfaces. Application of high pressures permits to increase the synthesis temperature comparing to atmospheric pressure reactions, thus accelerate the reaction and increase the perfection of the crystal lattice. It permits also to carry out reactions in supercritical conditions, where the solubility of solids in liquids can be strongly varied by changing the process parameters. We want to focus attention on hydrothermal, amonothermal and solvothermal reactions and develop technologies for luminescent, piezoelectric, magnetic, and semiconducting nanopowders of oxides and nitrides, including coated powders. We will carry out characterisation of the nano-powders structure: grain size, grain size distribution, grain's shape, phase composition, defects in the powders, distribution of dopands, structure of surfaces. We will link our research to industry needs both in terms of the application of nanopowders and high pressure equipment for their production.


The WGM meeting consist of two parts

Sunday, 3 th September, 13.00 - 16.00, at the Institute of High Pressure Physics: Informal presentations, disucssions.

Monday, 4 th September, 14.00 - 17.00, at the Conference venue - Main Building

Lectures of overview character by WGM members and invited experts. Some lectures will be also held during the Symp.C sessions.


Agnieszka Opalinska, agnieszka@unipress.waw.pl

phone +48 22 6324302

Witold Lojkowski, Coordinator of Working group 003, COST action D30

Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences


Papers will be published jointly with proceeding of Symp. C in Solid State Phenomena


The meeting is supported by :

The European COST Program COSTlogo.jpg.

International Network Nano and Microtechnology NAMIC, funded py Polish Minstry for Science and High Education.