This Symposium is aimed at getting together specialists in the related areas and is organized to follow the tradition already established by the previous Symposia in Warsaw (1993, 1996, 2003), Szeged (1995, 2005), Dresden (1997), Sendai (1998), and in Mt.Tremblant (2001).

The Symposia focus on chemical properties of nonequilibrium materials of disordered or nanocrystalline structure. Both fundamental and applied aspects of research are discussed. It shall be emphasized that to meet extreme demands of the modern technology functionalized materials of enhanced specific properties are needed. Moreover, high resolution methods of characterization of new materials are necessary to identify factors responsible for their unique properties. Nonequilibrium processing techniques provide potential for producing compositionally and structurally graded materials with optimized properties.

In order to extend the necessary collaboration of chemists and physicists with material scientists, the Scientific Committee of these cyclic Symposia has decided to join the Annual European Materials Research Society Fall Meetings and to organize the next Symposium as a part of this Meeting.

The scope of this Symposium belongs to the general topic “Chemistry for Material Science”, and it is aimed at promoting various opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from around the world in addition to presentation of new results, ideas and technologies in the field of chemical properties of novel materials including (but not limited to) amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys obtained by rapid quenching, sputter deposition, mechanical alloying, electrodeposition and other chemical and physical methods.

Due to their almost infinite compositional flexibility, novel amorphous or nanomaterial alloys can be tailored to have a number of properties optimized for the specific requirements of modern technologies (including corrosion protection, charge storage or electrocatalysis).

Low reactivity with respect to degradation reactions (localized/general corrosion and dissolution, hydrogen embrittlement) is required to improve the stability of usable parts made from these materials.

High reactivity and selectivity are required for efficient electrocatalysts and catalysts. To develop such materials from composition–controlled nonstructural and amorphous alloys by exploiting mechanical, electrochemical, and chemical activation, fundamental and applied research are required.

Discussion among specialists from the areas of material science, physics, chemistry and electrochemistry should contribute to:

- characterizing the decisive factors, including, local changes introduced during modification and /or activation procedures,

- finding efficient, interdisciplinary ways of tailoring novel functional materials for new processes including electrocatalysis; this also includes new materials characterized by a high hydrogen uptake and their application in hydrogen storage.

We are pleased to announce that a member of the Scientific Committee of our Symposium, professor Koji Hashimoto will present a plenary lecture “Materials and Technology for Global Carbon Dioxide Recycling - For Supply of Renewable Energy and Prevention of Global Warming” in the general session. For more details see the main page (Plenary Session).

List of scientific committee members

Anett Gebert , IFW Dresden, Germany

Hiroki Habazaki , Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Koji Hashimoto , Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Maria Janik-Czachor , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Stanisław M. Filipek , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Paweł Kulesza , Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University, Poland

Arpad Molnar , Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary

Gabriele Mulas , Dipartimento di Chimica,Universita’ Deglistudi di Sassari, Italy

Krzysztof Sikorski , Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Piotr Żabiński , AGH University of Science and Technology , Poland


Topics covered by the symposium:

*fabrication and chemical modification of nano-materials, nano-clusters, amorphous alloys and composite materials

*characterization of novel materials at nano scale level

*noble metal nano-particles and electrocatalysis

*conducting polymers, metal oxides, hybrid (composite) organic-inorganic materials

*modifications aimed at improving corrosion resistance

*modifications aimed at enhancing catalytic activity and selectivity

*chemically modified amorphous and nanocrystalline materials in global CO 2 recycling

*nanoscale dissolution and passivation processes

Symposium Opening Plenary Lecture:


Philippe Marcus (Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Surfaces, CNRS-ENSCP, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)

"Structure and electrochemical reactivity of oxide nanolayers on metal and alloy surfaces"

Oxide layers on metal and alloy surfaces play a role in various areas including corrosion protection, electrocatalysis, energy conversion and storage. They often exist under conditions that are not equililibrium conditions, but rather stationary or even non stationary conditions. Their electrochemical reactivity is a key factor, and it is largely governed by their nanostructure.

In this lecture, the following aspects will be addressed :

*mechanisms of growth of oxide nanolayers on metals and alloys under controlled electrochemical potential

*nanostructure of oxide nanolayers under stationary conditions

*oxide surface/electrolyte interface: electrochemical reactivity at the atomic scale.

The materials selected to illustrate the above aspects are Cu 2O/Cu, NiO/Ni, Cr 2O 3/Cr, stainless steels and

V 2O 5/V. The experimental techniques used for surface imaging and spectroscopy are: scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

Invited lectures:

*James Cox (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Miami University):

Two-Phase Synthesis of Charged Metal Nanoparticles and Their Assembly on Electrode Surfaces

*Sebastian Fiechter (Department of Solar Energetics SE 5, Division for Solar Energy Research, Hahn-Meitner-Institut)

Preparation strategies and structure - activity relationship of platinum-free electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

*Hiroki Habazaki (Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University):

Structural control of anodic titanium oxide using non-equilibrium titanium alloys

*Sachiko Hiromoto (National Institute for Materials Science)

Electrochemical analysis of the surface of metallic biomaterials formed in vivo and in vitro

*Mohamed Jouini (Université Paris 7 - Denis-Diderot):

Conducting Discotic Polyaromatic Material with two unpaired electrons at oxidized state: Synthesis and properties

*Andrzej Kudelski (Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University)

Local monitoring of surface chemistry with Raman spectroscopy

*Joachim Lewerenz (Department of Solare Energetic, Hahn Meitner Institut)

Self-organized nanotopographies for photovoltaic and proteomic applications

*Arpad Molnar (Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Szeged)

SiO 2-supported heteropoly acids and Nafion-H prepared by ball-milling for catalytic application

*Gabriele Mulas (Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita' Degli Studi di Sassari):

Kinetics of chemical processes under mechanical activation

*Robert Nowakowski (Department of Chemical Dynamics, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences):

STM studies of surface properties of conducting polymers

* Andrzej Sadkowski 1, Janusz Kamiński 2, Małgorzata Lewandowska 2, Magdalena Warczak 1( 1Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology)

On some peculiarities of electrochemical oxidation of Ti and TiAlV alloy

*Fritz Scholz (Institut fur Chemie und Biochemie, University of Greifswald):

In situ AFM studies of solid state electrochemical conversions

*Galina Tsirlina (Department of Electrochemistry, Moscow State University):

Oxometalate chemistry for electrochemical material science

*Richard White, John Wolstenholme, Paul Mack, Tim Nunney (Thermo VG Scientific):

Surface analysis with K-Alpha the next generation in XPS


* Maria Janik-Czachor - Symposium Chairperson

Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, maria@ichf.edu.pl

* Paweł Kulesza - Co-Chairman

Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University, Poland, pkulesza@chem.uw.edu.pl

* Arpad Molnar, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary, amolnar@chem.u-szeged.hu

Local Organizing Committee

Maria Janik-Czachor, Prof. Dr, maria@ichf.edu.pl

Paweł Kulesza, Prof. Dr, pkulesza@chem.uw.edu.pl

Piotr Kędzierzawski, PhD, kedzierz@ichf.edu.pl

Krzysztof Miecznikowski, PhD, kmiecz@chem.uw.edu.pl

Katarzyna Karnicka, M. Sc., karnicka@chem.uw.edu.pl

Marcin Pisarek, PhD, mpisarek@inmat.pw.edu.pl or marcinp@ichf.edu.pl


The post conference materials will be published in Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (selected papers).

Authors presenting papers not dealing with electrochemistry may wish to publish thier work in "Materials Science Poland". See http://www.materialsscience.pwr.wroc.pl/ for details.


Marcin Pisarek, PhD

Affiliation: Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology Address: Wołoska 141, PL-02-507, Warsaw, POLAND

Phone number: (+48 22) 343 33 25

Fax number: (+48 22) 343 33 33

E-mail address: mpisarek@inmat.pw.edu.pl or marcinp@ichf.edu.pl