5th Ed. Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS Conference

SMS 2019
23 Oct - 25 Oct 2019 | Lisbon- Portugal
Conference Topics

The conference topics are as follow :

 

  • Advances in Functional and Multifunctional Materials
  • Hybrid materials
  • Shape Memory Materials: State-of-the-art Research and Applications
  • Advances in Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials and applications
  • Advances in Inorganic Luminescent Materials and Applications
  • Metamaterials and Metadevices
  • Electro-active polymers: current capabilities and challenges
  • Catalytic materials
  • Photocatalytic Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications
  • Energy Harvesting via Smart Materials
  • Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity
  • Stretchable and Flexible Electronic Materials & Devices
  • Bioinspired Materials
  • Biomimetic bioactive biomaterials – the novel materials of implantable devices
  • Stimuli Responsive Materials
  • Intelligent drug delivery and release systems
  • New Materials for sensors and actuators: Sensing the Future with New Materials
  • Progress in Wearable/Wireless and Implantable Body Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications 
  • Intelligent Materials for Textiles
  • Fire retardant materials and surfaces
  • Smart Materials & Micro/Nanosystems
  • Graphene and Other Emerging 2D-layered Nanomaterials (European Graphene Forum)

 

Focused sessions:

 

Multifunctional smart coatings and surfaces

Smart materials, Micro/ Nano systems

Carbon nanotubes based materials 

Ionic Liquid-based Materials

Smart sensors

Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials

Novel materials for drug and gene delivery

Automotive composites

Smart Building Materials

Smart Textiles, wearables & Internet of things

 

Focused Session on Multifunctional smart coatings and surfaces

 

Chair: Prof Vasco Teixeira, University of Minho, Portugal

 

Keynote speakers

Prof Richard Fu, Northumbria University, UK

Prof.Teresa Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Prof. Mário Ferreira, University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal

Prof. Jean-François Gérard, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France.

 

Description: This focused session will present the recent research progress of the smart and functional coatings/films, including novel fabrication process, special microstructure control, and resulted unique properties. It will address the latest development in coatings design, synthesis, characterization, and the different applications. It will bring together researchers working in the new and exciting area of smart film materials and surface issues, which include the following topics (but not limited to):

  • New design and novel fabrication methods of multifunctional and active coatings and surfaces
  • Systematical coatings and surfaces characterization
  • Novel and controllable properties of smart and functional coatings
  • Nanostructured and nanoengineered coatings/surfaces
  • Shape memory, piezoelectric and responsive materials/polymers, thin films and coatings
  • Surface processing of shape memory, piezoelectric and responsive materials/polymers (plasma treatment, ion beam, electron beam, laser treatment, oxidation, coatings, electrochemical deposition, magnetron sputtering, CVD, PVD, sol-gel, etc)
  • Surface related issues of shape memory, responsive and piezoelectric materials (corrosion, wear, friction, surface mechanics, cell growth, biocompatibility, biomemetic, etc).
  • Surface wrinkling and bio-inspired surface structures, micro and nanoengineering on smart surfaces
  • Smart MEMS actuators, micro devices, and microsensors
  • Active Devices in the Fields of Opto-Electronics, Photovoltaics Flexible Electronics, Photocatalytic Coatings, etc.

 

Focused session on Smart materials, Micro/ Nano systems

 

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Jordi Arbiol, CREA/ICN2, Spain

 

Description: In the last few decades, micro and nano-scaled devices and systems have gained great attention in several applications, such as in the design of micro/nanoparticles, biosensors, and microdevices.  As a multi- and interdisciplinary research field, micro- and nano systems make full use of electronics, optics, mechanics, chemistry, materials science, among others, to achieve high-performance devices and systems for biomedical, energy, environment and communications applications. Combined with the emerging artificial intelligence and cloud technologies, smart transducers based on micro- and nano systems technology become realistic; however, manufacturing these devices with enhanced efficiency and realizing associated systems have much room for innovation, adaptation, and cost reduction in various fields.

 

The goal of this focused session is to highlight the recent progresses on advanced micro- and nano systems as well as their intelligent manufacture with emphasis on applications in health care, environment, food industry and energy, electronics communications, among others. This session intends to cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

 

  • Micro fabrication technologies;
  • Novel product designs, micro-assembly technologies and micro-handling;
  • Surface engineering and interface nanotechnology;
  • Process modelling and simulation;
  • Processing and characterisation of smart materials, multifunctional materials, nanomaterials and material;
  • Micro and nano additive manufacturing technologies;
  • Applications of micro and nano technologies;

 

Focused session on carbon nanotubes based materials

 

Chair: Dr. Raul Arenal, Zaragoza University, Spain

 

Description: Since their discovery in 1990s carbon nanotubes (CNT) have gained great interest. Since, numerous scientific and technological progress related to synthesis, purification, structure, properties and applications has been observed, as is typical for any new and novel material. The properties of nanotubes are truly remarkable as a result of their unusual one-dimensional structure. CNTs based materials are expected to possess additional interesting electronic, mechanical, and molecular properties. The prime advantages of the CNTs include high surface-area-to-volume ratio and unique thermal, optical, mechanical, and electrical properties to name a few.

High-performance CNTs have increasingly been used in numerous applications, such as in the manufacture of multifunctional composites, engineering fibers, and electronic and electrochemical devices. Over the last decade, efforts have been carried out to improve the mechanical, electrical, and thermal performances of CNT products by controlling the length, wall number, diameter, alignment, inter-tube load transfer, and entanglement of the constituent CNTs.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

 

  • CNT covalent and non-covalent functionalization
  • CNT development of instrumental and functional characterization techniques
  • CNT innovative application opportunities
  • CNT structure and chemistry of carbon nanotubes
  • CNT composites, thin films, fibers, aerogels

 

Focused session on Liquid-based materials

 

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Laurence Noirez, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin- CEA/ CNRS, France

Prof. Jannick Rumeau, University of Lyon, France

 

Description: Ionic liquids can be defined as materials that are composed of cations and anions which melt at a certain temperature without being decomposed. During the last 20 years, Ionic Liquids have blossomed as alternative materials to improve separation processes, offering a versatile and unique tuneable platform for the design of task-specific advanced membranes with a broad range of different chemical structures, physical/chemical properties, morphologies, and separation performances. The potential of using functional Ionic liquid-based materials has been widely exploited through diverse morphologies and membrane configurations for applications such as gas separation, fuel cells, and water purification.

Consequently, within the last two decades the application of Ionic liquids in many fields (e.g., electrochemistry, biological uses, engineering, analytics, catalysis, etc.) has grown exponentially. The facile functionalization and modification as well as the vast variety of cations and ions that can be combined to form an Ionic liquid make Ionic liquids a kind of valuable material to be used in catalysis as reaction media, catalyst stabilizers, and/or co-catalysts (e.g., biphasic systems, supported ionic liquid phase catalysts technology, supported ionic liquid layer technologies, etc.).

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Ionic liquid ,Poly(ionic liquid), Ionene, Ionomer, etc
  • Composites, Nanostructured materials
  • Polymer, Mixed matrix, Inorganic, Organic, Hybrid materials, Membranes
  • Carbon capture, Natural gas treating, Hydrogen separation, etc.

 

Focused session on Smart sensors

 

Chair: Prof. José Miguel López-Higuera, University of Cantabria, Spain

 

Keynote speakers

Prof. Alvo Aabloo, University of Tartu, Estonia

Dr. Xiaoyi Bao, University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Christos Riziotis, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece

Prof. Tan Zhi Kuang, , The National University of Singapore, Singapore

 

Description: Last decades have witnessed the rapid development of sensors and an increasing demand for smart sensors.  They are based on smart materials, such as piezoceramics, fiber Bragg gratings, electrostrictive materials, etc. Recently, we also see an increasing number of smart sensors that are enabled by various nanotechnologies. These smart sensors and smart devices are often integrated with various structures to form so-called smart structures, which possess the ability to sense or/and to respond to environmental or structural changes in a pre-defined way. Networks of sensors will be able to enhance the ability to obtain huge amounts of information (big data) and improve precision, which also mirrors the developmental tendency of modern sensors. With the development of material, signal processing and multidisciplinary interactions, more and more smart sensors are proposed and fabricated under increasing demands for homes, industry and military fields. These sensors are also becoming an important part in areas such as agriculture, health monitoring, and even in natural disaster relief missions and smart sustainable cities.

 

This focused session aims to provide a platform for discussion of developments in Smart Sensors as well as their applications areas and invites authors to submit high-quality papers on topics which include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Smart/ Intelligent sensors
  • Sensing principles
  • Biosensors
  • Physical/ Chemical sensors
  • Fiber optic sensors and applications
  • Magnetic sensors
  • Optoelectronic and photonic sensors
  • Optomechanical sensors
  • Nanotechnology enabled smart sensors and smart structures.
  • Sensor network
  • Sensor data fusion
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mechatronics devices for sensors
  • Sensor devices
  • Sensor technology and application
  • Applications of sensors (health, environment, agriculture/food, aeronautic, etc)

 

Focused session on Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials

 

Keynote speakers:

Dr Youssef Habibi , Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

Prof. Antonella Macagnano, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research-NRC, Italy

Dr. Guillermo de la Cueva Mendez, Institute for Biomedical Research Málaga, Spain

 

Description: Throughout evolution, biological organisms have developed efficient strategies to solve technical problems by synthesizing appropriate natural materials. These materials often outperform man-made materials of similar composition. Bioinspired materials are synthetic materials whose structure, properties and function mimic those of natural materials or living matter. Bioinspired design concepts are becoming increasingly integrated into a wide range of materials and devices intended for the consumer, industrial, medical, military and energy sectors. Examples of bioinspired materials are light-harvesting photonic materials that mimic photosynthesis, camera lenses inspired by compound eyes of insects, etc

This focused session covers the whole spectrum of bioinspired and biomimetic materials with a particular emphasis placed on novel concepts and strategies to engineer bioinspired materials and surfaces, the performance and application of bioinspired devices in the fields of biomaterials, optics, energy and environmental technologies.

The session topics include, but are not limited to:concepts and strategies to fabricate bioinspired materials

  • advanced characterization methods for biological or bio-inspired matter
  • application and performance of bioinspired devices (e.g., biomaterials, optical materials, sensors, actuators, materials for energy harvesting, conversion, and storage)
  • structure and mechanics of biological and bioinspired materials
  • processing and application of biomimetic surfaces
  • self-assembly, biomineralization, and hierarchical organization
  • cellular materials and bioinspired lightweight construction
  • smart materials (e.g., adaptive, stimuli-responsive, self-healing)

 

Focused session on Novel materials for drug and gene delivery

 

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Paula Teixeira Ferreira, Minho University, Portugal

Dr. Alexander N. Zelikin, Aarhus University, Denmark

 

Description: Drug delivery is an inter-disciplinary research field that involves expertise from several area such as, the pharmaceutical, clinical, biological, chemical, and materials sciences. Nowadays, it is impossible to create modern drug delivery systems without multifunctional excipients that affect drug release, improve drug stability or enhance drug permeation and bioavailability in order to achieve the desired therapeutic outcome in the safest possible manner. Recently, searching for novel materials or modifying and combining existing materials has represented a tendency in pharmaceutical technology. The chemical or physical modification of either naturally-derived or synthetic materials/polymers can improve their characteristics and favourably affect the quality of the designed formulations. Hence, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the design and testing of new materials with application potential in pharmaceutical technology.

 

In this Focused session on “Novel Materials for Drug and Gene Delivery”, the opportunity will be given to the new developments in drug delivery systems, and how these are utilized for the treatment of various diseases, such as cancer, infectious, neurological, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases.

 

The topics of interest include:

  • Multifunctional materials
  • Chemical or physical modification of polymers
  • Drug release
  • Drug delivery systems
  • naturally-derived or synthetic materials/polymers
  • materials engineering 

 

Focused session on Automotive composites

 

Chair: Prof. Ahmed Elmarakbi, Northumbria University, UK

 

Keynote speakers:

Prof.  Aurelio Araujo, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Ms. Paula do Vale Pereira, Aeronautics and Astronautics Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

 

Description: Due to considerable environmental regulatory pressure on the automotive industry to reduce CO2 emissions, there is a new urgency in the drive to reduce the weight of cars. Composite materials can play a key role. The session on automotive composites focuses on design, processing and applications of composites in automotive vehicles. The term, 'automotive', includes passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans, trucks, buses and recreational vehicles. The session will focus on composites design, analysis, modelling, testing and manufacturing. It will cover also the recent results on performance of existing composites and show the future developments in automotive materials technology. The session on automotive composites aims to bring together and to disseminate knowledge between academics/researchers and industry practitioners.

 

The topics covered by the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Innovative materials, smart composites
  • Hybrid composites for structural applications
  • Polymer, metal, ceramic matrix and graphene-based composites
  • Composites manufacturing processes within vehicle components
  • Design and modelling methodologies
  • Simulations of composites behaviour; experimental methods
  • Durability of automotive components
  • Thermal problems in composite structures
  • Advanced solutions for processing and automation
  • Repair, recycling and promising process technologies
  • Using both composites and metal components for optimized lightweighting
  • Toughening composites via hybridization
  • SLS & FDM additive manufacturing of reinforced polymers
  • Replacing traditional fasteners with adhesive bonding
  • New repair and recycling technologies
  • New lightweight composites for safer, energy-efficient and greener vehicles
  • Crashworthiness testing and failure analysis
  • Metal to plastics for light-weighting and cost reduction

 

Focused session on Smart Building Materials

 

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Peng Feng, Tsinghua University, China 

 

Description: Smart cities must be sustainable not only from an energy point of view, but also from the environmental and social points of view, in order to improve quality of life. The Smart City approach benefits from information coming from a massive deployment of a network of sensors along the urban area. Thus, the building construction and management sector is experiencing a deep transformation. Systems, such as home automation systems or energy management systems, are providing “intelligence” to buildings, the so-called Smart Building approach. This approach implies the massive deployment of electronic equipment, such as sensors, actuators and controllers, close to plants of the building, and the interconnection of these devices through performing communication systems. The focus of which is on the application of multi-functional materials in buildings. Multifunctional materials are developing as a new interdisciplinary field, providing a new level of functionality, adaptability, and tailorability for future engineered systems. They can be defined as those offering specific needed electronic, magnetic, optical, thermal, or other properties to satisfy previously unachievable performance metrics.

This Focused session welcomes all the researches on the design and implementation of the Smart Building concept for sustainable energy management and improvement of the quality of life of citizens. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • smart material
  • buildings
  • sustainability
  • energy efficiency
  • numerical model
  • measurement
  • multi-functional materials
  • Energy Management System,
  • Building Information Modelling,
  • Building Management System,
  • Home automation System,
  • Power electronic for management of energy flows in building,
  • Signal processing from sensors for Smart Building,
  • Energy saving/energy analysis on building management system 

 

Focused session on Smart Textiles, wearables & Internet Of Things

 

Chairs / Moderators

Prof. Jean-François Gérard, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France.

Prof. Mihaleva Galina, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Keynote speakers

Prof. Kaspar Jansen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Prof Jake Kaner, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Prof. Mihaleva Galina, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mr Paulo CADEIA, CETIVE, Portugal

 

DescriptionA smart textile material, can also be called interactive textile, is a “functional textile material, that can sense and react to environmental conditions or stimuli.  They find applications in different research disciplines, especially in health and medical; materials science and engineering, electronics, automotive and aeronautic; personal protective equipment; sports and wearables and buildings and interior design. Moreover, smart textiles have a very promising role in science and technology nowadays because of their commercial viability, and public interests. Recent research represents a new model for generating creative and novel solutions for integrating smart materials into unusual environments, requiring innovative developments and applications of smart fabric sensors, electronic textile technology, and wearable computing for detecting human physiological signals. All these innovations on Smart Textiles are assisting the textile industry in its transformation into a competitive knowledge driven industry. Furthermore, combining smart wearable with the internet of things has a profound impact on research, development, and applications of wearable technology, with huge new challenges and opportunities.

This focused session on Smart Textiles, wearables & Internet of things aims to promote this life-changing discipline by providing an overview on the state-of-art materials, concepts, models, and fabrications, so as to develop smart textiles.

Workshop Topics include:

  • Smart textiles;
  • Textile design and technology;
  • Fiber materials;
  • Fibrous structures;
  • Applications of smart textiles;
  • Stimuli responsive fibers.
  • Textile sensors
  • e-textiles
  • Nanotextiles
  • Internet of Things (IoT) for communication of Smart Wearable Technologies and Devices
  • Integration concepts of Organic Electronic devices in Smart Textiles
  • Surface functionalization of electronic textile materials and architectures
  • Integration concepts of Organic Electronic devices in Smart Textiles
  • Medical Textiles

 

Focused session on Biocomposite

 

Keynote speakers:

Nabyl Khenoussi

Dr Chrsitelle Delaite

 

Description: Research on BIOCOMPOSITE materials are widespread and continually increasing. Their versatility is extensive and their uses in various applications are growing daily. The increased use of these advanced materials has raised concerns regarding their fabrication methods as well as their impact on people and the environment. The biocomposite area is extensive and spans from structured and solid biocomposites (e.g., reinforced bioabsorbable polymers), films (e.g., antimicrobial barriers), to soft biocomposites (e.g., use of alginates, collagen and nanocellulose as components in bioinks for 3D bioprinting). 

The aim of this session is to represent the appropriate engineering and production of biomaterials, nanofibres, bioplastics, their functionalization enabling intelligent and active materials, processes for effective manufacturing of biocomposites and the corresponding characterization for understanding their properties.

The session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biofuel and Bioenergy
  • Biorefinery
  • Waste to Energy
  • 3D-Printing Biobased Materials
  • Bioplastics for Durable Applications
  • Sustainable Materials for Manufacturing
  • Natural Fibre Composites
  • Hybrid Biocomposites
  • Biobased Blends and Biocomposites
  • Plant Oil-based Bioresins
  • Nanocellulose and Lignin-based Carbon Fibres
  • Compostability and Biodegradability

 

Focused session on Composite and Hybrid materials

 

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Michael Sinapius, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

 

Description: The aim of the research in Advanced composite materials field is the development of materials with superior thermo mechanical, physical and chemical properties. The combination of different types of materials can lead to a great variety of composites, basically distinguished mainly by their constitution. Also, Organic-inorganic materials  called hybrid materials have steadily grown during the past 20 years, as a result of the ever-growing number of molecular precursors, both organic and inorganic, leading to a myriad of multifunctional materials with applications spreading from civil engineering through energy storage/generation, (bio-, electro-, photo-) catalysis, sensors, photonics, memory devices, to dentistry and medicine. Hybrid materials, containing two antagonist materials at the nano or molecular scale, show major properties or new synergetic characteristics compared with the two individual counterparts. There are numerous examples in nature where organic and inorganic materials are combined to generate hybrid materials with robust properties. Other than the amplification of materials performance, hybridization of two different materials sometime adds new synergetic characteristics or functionalities.

This focused session on composite and Hybrid materials aims to provide a forum for researchers in Composite/hybrid materials community to discuss new advances in synthesis of these materials. We welcome contributions in any form. The studies on fundamental correlations of synthesis-interface-synergetic characteristics of Composite/hybrid materials are particular encouraged.

This Focused session includes a large scope of research based on composite and hybrid materials. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Organic–inorganic nanoparticles hybrid materials;
  • Multifunctional materials;
  • Composite/ hybrid materials at the molecular level;
  • Applications of composite and hybrid materials;