Chemistry and Processes for the Design of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles
Aqueous or non-aqueous solution chemistry has
proven to be a powerful tool to produce nanoparticles and
nanomaterials with finely tuned morphological, compositional and
structural characteristics. Control of size, shape, surface and
assembly properties of nanoscale materials are fundamental steps
towards their study in fundamental research and their implementation
in technological devices.
In spite of the immense progress in nanoparticle research, the reported synthesis strategies are often isolated efforts without offering any underlying physical or chemical principles that would allow either the generalization of the processes involved for any kind of nanomaterial or the development of a mechanistic understanding of nanoparticle formation.
The symposium will provide a platform for the presentation of state-of-the art synthesis procedures to collect and summarize general reaction principles to make first steps towards a rational synthesis design for inorganic nanomaterials. The symposium will focus on chemical methods that make it possible to tune the particle size and/or morphology on the nanoscale. Special attention will be given to works combining original syntheses and mechanistic investigations, elaborating the key parameters for tailor-made nanomaterials. Instrumental techniques to measure in-situ kinetics, as well as nucleation and growth models with a special attention to phenomena at the growing surface will be highly appreciated. Due to their rich chemistry and the variety of possible applications, metal oxides are the key -but not exclusive- materials of the symposium. In addition to nanoparticles, larger objects could enter the topic on condition that they are nanostructured or if the mechanism of their formation involves nano-building blocks.
The symposium aims at covering a wide panel from experimental chemistry to theoretical physics to promote exchange of views and ideas. In this context, communications from various scientific communities will be welcome.