The binary ion exchange technique permits the doping of several materials in a controlled, out-of-equilibrium way, and finds its interest in different fields like materials science, photonics, sensoristics, chemistry, nanostructured materials. In particular it has a wide application in the synthesis of a variety of systems, for surface treatments of glasses, fabrication of optical dielectric and glass waveguides (planar, channel, buried), production of catalytic systems (metal-doped zeolites), sorption of heavy metals or radionuclides from waste waters, doping materials with ion metals or rare-earths for optoelectronic applications. The method is also used to understand fundamental physics problems (like the mixed-alkali effect) and for industrial applications (e.g., strengthening of glasses).

In order to achieve a full control of the process, the dynamics of the diffusion of the exchanging ions need also to be modeled in details. This requires the accurate assessment of the dependence of the diffusion parameters on macroscopical external parameters and/or microscopical parameters (matrix structure, local structure around diffusing species, …). Furthermore, studies based on advanced investigation techniques (synchrotron radiation, neutrons) have recently shown a great potential in addressing some fundamental problems in the field.

With this symposium, we aim to put together communities of experimentalists (mainly materials scientists and chemists, but also physicists and engineers) and theoreticians of the ion exchange process in order to share competences and come to a better description and predictability of the process in the various application areas. Recent advances and new issues in the field (waste water treatment, production of nonlinear optical devices, results from advanced investigation techniques) will also be presented to the community. It should be underlined that since the ion exchange process concerns with several different fields, as described above, very rarely people from these different research areas have the opportunity to share their knowledge in all its aspects.

List of topics:
- Ion exchange in glass
- Ion exchange in crystals
- Ion exchanged and nanostructured systems
- Ion diffusion modelling in ion exchange
- Field-assisted ion exchange
- Advanced characterization techniques
- Ion exchange and photonic materials and devices
- Ion exchange as surface treatment for industrial application
- Ion exchange in waste water treatments
- Ion exchange and metal doped zeolites
- Heavy metal and radionuclide immobilization

Invited speakers:

  • Rui M. Almeida, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Daniel Bowron, Rutherford Appleton Labs, UK
  • Manfred Dubiel, Halle Wittenberg Universität, Germany
  • Florent Gardillou, Teem Photonics, Grenoble, France
  • Miguel Angel Gonzalez, ILL, France
  • René Gy, St Gobain, France
  • Seppo Honkanen, University of Arizona, USA
  • Chiara Maurizio, ESRF, France
  • Paolo Mazzoldi, University of Padova, Italy
  • Martin Mika, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Alberto Quaranta, University of Trento, Italy
  • Yano Tetsuji, Tokio Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Alain Walcarius, LCPME-CNRS, Nancy, France


Prof. Francesco Gonella
Chemical Physics Department, Ca’ Foscari University
Dorsoduro 2137, I-30123 Venice, Italy
Phone: +39 0412348595, Fax: +39 0412348594

Dr. Francesco D’Acapito
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, BP 220
6, Rue Jules Horowitz, F-38043 Grenoble, France
Phone: +33 (0)47688 2426, Fax: +33 (0)47688 2743

Prof. Jean-Emmanuel Broquin
Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique
3 Parvis Louis Neel, BP 257, F-38016 Grenoble, France
Phone : +33 (0)456529529, Fax : +33 (0)456529501


Proceedings of the Symposium will be published in a special issue of Materials Science and Engineering B . Please consult the MSE-B website ( ) for registration and submission, taking care to choose the option " Special issue: EMRS 2007, Symp. F" when required at the " Choose article type" step.


Prof. Francesco Gonella, Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica, Università Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro 2137, 30123 Venezia, Italy. E-mail:, phone: +39-0412348595, fax: +39-0412348594

Dr. Francesco D’Acapito, CNR-INFM-OGG, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France. E-mail:

Prof. Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique (IMEP), INPG-UJF-CNRS, Grenoble, France. E-mail: