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.


  • nucleation, oriented growth, templated growth
  • nanoparticles, metal oxides, nanostructures, self-assembly
  • precipitation, sol-gel chemistry, solvothermal syntheses, rational synthesis design....
  • in-situ measurements,nucleation and growth theory/models

    Invited speakers (confirmed):
  • C. Chanéac (UPMC, Paris, France): " Some relevant parameters for the design of nanoparticles by aqueous chemistry"
  • M. Epifani (IMM-CNR, Lecce, Italy): "Metal Oxide Nanocrystals by Sol-Gel Transition in a Coordinating Environment: General Principles, Formation Mechanism and Applications"
  • C. Feldman :" Ionic Liquid based Approach to Nanoscale Functional Materials"
  • A. Gedanken (Bar-Ilan University, Israel): " Producing metal oxide nanoparticles by the sonochemical, microwave and RAPET techniques."
  • M. Grätzel:"Electric Power Generation from Sunlight by Mesoscopic Solar Cells"
  • T. Hyeon (Seoul National University, South Korea): " Synthesis and Biomedical Applications of Uniform-sized Oxide Nanocrystals"
  • L. Lipinska (ITME, Warsaw, Poland): " Synthesis by sol-gel method of nanocrystalline compounds within Y_{2}O_{3}(Nd_{2}O_{3})-Al_{2}O_{3} system for optical applications"
  • S. Pratsinis (ETH Zurich, Switzerland): "Flame aerosol synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles"
  • C. Sanchez (UPMC, Paris, France):"Bottom up approaches to Inorganic and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Nanostructured Materials"
  • R. Seshadri (University of California, Santa Barbara, United States): " Magnetic oxide nanoparticles: Large scale preparation, magnetism, and core/shell architectures"
  • B. Smarsly (MPIKGF, Potsdam, Germany): " "Soft Epitaxy": Surfactant-mediated Generation of Iso-oriented Crystalline, Mesoporous Metal Oxide Layers"
  • A. Turkovic ( RUDJER BOSKOVIĆ INSTITUTE, Zagreb, Croatia): "SAXS Characterization of Mesoporous Thin Films: A Brief Review"
  • H. Weller ( University of Hamburg, Germany): "Tailored Nanoparticles and Nanocomposits for Materials and Life Science Applications"
  • D. Zitoun ( Institut Charles Gerhardt, Montpellier, France): "Doped ZnO: a case study for the influence of solvent and structure"


  • Dr Jean-François Hochepied
    Ecole des Mines de Paris, Centre Energétique et Procédés Laboratoire Systèmes Colloïdaux dans les Procédés Industriels 60 Bd Saint-Michel 75006 Paris FRANCE e-mail:
  • Prof. Urszula Narkiewicz
    Szczecin University of Technology Pulaskiego 10 70-322 Szczecin, POLAND e-mail:
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Niederberger
    Laboratory for Multifunctional Materials Department of Materials, ETH Zürich Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 10 CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland Email:
  • Dr. Nicola Pinna
    Laboratorio Associado CICECO Universidade de Aveiro Campus Universitario de Santiago 3810-193 Aveiro Portugal e-mail:


  • The authors are invited to submit an original contribution to a special issue of the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry entitled "Metal Oxide Nanoparticles" to be published at the beginning of 2008, following a peer reviewing process. The required information was sent by N. Pinna on June 21st. .


  • Dr Jean-François Hochepied
    Ecole des Mines de Paris, Centre Energétique et Procédés Laboratoire Systèmes Colloïdaux dans les Procédés Industriels 60 Bd Saint-Michel 75006 Paris FRANCE e-mail: