Nano Singapore 2021 Intl. Virtual Conference

Conference Topics

Nano Singapore 2020 Conference topics/sessions include:

Advanced Nanomaterials

  • Nanoparticles Synthesis and applications
  • Nanocomposites / Bionanocomposites Materials
  • Nanofluids
  • Nanostructured / nanoporous Materials and devices
  • Nanostructured coatings, surfaces and membranes
  • Carbon Nanostructures and devices/ Graphene
  • Polymer Nanotechnology
  • Soft Nanotechnology and Colloids

Graphene and 2D Materials

  • Fundamental Science of Graphene and 2D Materials
  • Growth, synthesis techniques and integration methods
  • Characterization techniques (AFM, SPM, TEM, etc.)
  • Chemistry and biology studies of graphene and 2D Materials
  • Applications in electronics, Photonics, Magnetism, Spintronics, sensors,etc
  • Applications in energy (photovoltaics, fuel cells, hydrogen etc)
  • Application  in health and biomedical
  • Graphene-related health and environment research/ Toxicity
  • Graphene: Innovation and commercialization. 

NanoMetrology- Characterization and Modelling at the nanoscale

  • State of the art of measurement at the nanoscale level
  • Methodologies  (AFM, STM, SEM, TEM, Mass spectrometry, etc)
  • Precision instrumentation design and theory
  • Nanotribology, Surface nanometrology/ 3D printing, etc
  • New and emerging measurement and analysis technologies
  • Standards for nanometer scale Characterization
  • Reference materials, measurement standards, etc
  • Good laboratory practice, traceability, uncertainty, calibration, verification, etc
  • New developments in modelling and simulations at the nanoscale
  • Emerging control theory and applications

Nanoscale Electronics

  • Nano Electronics and Photonics
  • Memory and  logic devices, circuits and architecture for advanced CMOS technologies
  • Beyond and extended CMOS devices
  • spin electronics
  • Sensors based on emerging devices
  • Quantum electronics
  • Neuromorphic architectures
  • Interconnecting nanoscale objects
  • 3D approaches

Nanotech for Energy and Environment

  • Nanomatrials for Clean and Sustainable Technology
  • Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion
  • Energy Storage and Novel Generation
  • Nanotech for Oil and Gas
  • NanoNuclear Materials
  • Fuels Applications
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Bio Sources for Materials and Fuels
  • Green Chemistry and Materials
  • Water Technologies
  • Smart Grid

Nanotech in Life Sciences and Medicine

  • Bionanomaterials and Tissues Engineering
  • Biosensors, Diagnostics and Imaging
  • Materials for Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Biomarkers and Nanoparticles
  • Cancer Diagnostics, Imaging and Treatment
  • Drug Delivery and Therapeutics
  • Cancer Nanotechnology
  • Nano Robots
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Nanotoxicity

Nanotechnology safety

  • NanoToxicology
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Measurement of health risk
  • Exposure scenarios
  • Regulation and ethical impacts

Nano Applications

  • Food Technology
  • Catalysis
  • Military and Defence
  • Aeropspace and Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Manufacturing and Construction
  • Textiles


Focused sessions/ workshops:

In addition to the above main conference sessions, the following focused symposia/workshops will run in parallel including:

  • Symposium 1- Nanofabrication and Nanomanufacturing
  • Symposium 2- Graphene and 2D Materials
  • Symposium 3- Nano characterization
  • Symposium 4- Nanodevices and Nanosensors
  • Symposium 5- Nanotechnology for Building and Construction
  • Symposium 6- Nanosafety/ Nanotoxicity
  • Symposium 7- Nanoscale Materials for Cancer Diagnostic and Therapy

Symposium 1: Nanofabrication and Nanomanufacturing

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Jeroen Anton van Kan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Prof. Fengzhou Fang, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Prof Su Pei-Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Prof. Chan Bee Eng Mary, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Description: This session aims at presenting new approaches or improvements in fabrication of nanostructures, surfaces or nanomaterials in 0D, 1D, 2D, or 3D including biomimetic architectures, as well as demonstrating (multi)functionality and other properties of the nanostructures or surfaces. Topics here include but are not limited to:

  • Nanofabrication, nanopatterning and nanolithography
  • Micro and Nanomanufacturing
  • Nanoimprint lithography
  • Ultraprecision and Micro/Nano Machining
  • Laser Nano Materials Processing
  • Nanopatterning and nanostructured surfaces
  • Plasma surface engineering/ Etching
  • 3D nanomanufacturing, 3D microprinting and rapid prototyping
  • "smart" (multi) functional surfaces with wetting, optical and / or biological functionality
  • 2D materials and Metamaterials
  • Nanometrology of structures and surfaces

Symposium 2: Graphene and 2D Materials

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Elena Polyakova, Graphene Laboratories Inc, NY, USA

Description: Since the revolutionary experimental discovery of graphene in the year 2004, research on this new two-dimensional carbon allotrope has progressed at a spectacular pace and has been quickly accompanied by a significant publicity as a ground-breaking material which has the potential to change the world through a new technological revolution. Graphene and related materials have been the subject of serious research efforts, but also real applications and products are starting to appear on the market.

The aim of this focused session is to make a significant contribution to understanding the theoretical and experimental research in graphene and 2D materials and also show the recent commercial innovations (products, applications, etc). It will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamental Science of Graphene and 2D Materials/ Theory and Simulation,
  • Growth, synthesis techniques and integration methods,
  • Graphene modification and functionalization,
  • Large scale graphene production and Characterization,
  • Chemistry and biology studies of graphene and 2D Materials
  • Graphene Coatings, Thin Films & Devices, Graphene Derivatives
  • Graphene-based composites (3D printing, aerospace, automotive, textiles, etc)
  • Optoelectronics and Electronic Devices (flexible displays, high frequency devices, sensors, etc)
  • Photonics and Plasmonics, Quantum transport , magnetism and spintronics
  • Graphene in energy applications - Energy storage (Li-ion batteries and super-capacitors, automotive and electronic industry); Solar (photovoltaics).
  • Graphene for health and medical applications
  • Graphene-related health and environment research/ Toxicity
  • commercial progress, real application development and commercially relevant innovation

Symposuim 3: Nano characterization

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Renaud Bachelot, UTT Troyes, France

Description: Nanomaterials can have unique properties associated with their small dimensionality. Recently functional nanomaterials are rapidly finding wider use in modern technological products in many areas, such as displays, energy conversion, energy storage and sensors. High-resolution analytical techniques are essential for both development and introduction of new nanotechnologies and thin-film technologies as well as for the integration of advanced materials into high-tech products.

This Symposium will cover recent and innovative developments in analytical techniques that can provide precise characterization of materials and devices with nanoscale and/or atomic resolution. The objective of this symposium is both to highlight the capabilities of precise techniques for the determination of the key structural and material parameters and for a better understanding of the functional properties of challenging new materials. It focuses on the development and application of microscopy, spectroscopy, and diffraction techniques. New research results in disruptive nanoanalysis techniques will be reported, and novel solutions in the field of materials characterization for process and quality control will be shown.

It will bring together scientists and engineers from universities, research institutions, equipment manufacturers, and industrial end-users. The discussions and interactions between the stakeholders will help to identify gaps in the fields of advancing nanoanalysis and materials characterization and to propose actions to close them and to support the industrial exploitation of innovative materials.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Crystallographic & Spectroscopy (XRD, RAMAN & FTIR)
  • Optical Characterization (Optical Profiler, Ellipsometer & Confocal)
  • Electron & Scanning Probe Microscopy (SEM, TEM, AFM, STM, etc.,)
  • Mechanical Characterization ( Nano Indentation, Micro Hardness Testing)
  • Surface Area & Particle size analysis
  • Electrical characterization
  • X-Ray Inspection

Symposium 4: Nanodevices and Nanosensors

Chairs: Dr Yen Nee Tan, Newcastle University, United Kingdom/ Agency of Science, Technology & Research, Singapore

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Harald W. Giessen, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dr. Lei Dangyuan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Prof Yong Zhang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Description: The last few decades have witnessed an impressive advancement in the realization of sensors based on nanotechnology achievements. Rapid developments in the studies of nanostructured materials for nanosensors have opened a new strategy in the practical application and bringing the nanosensors to realized market. Nanosensors, the devices that use nanomaterials to identify biological, chemical, and substances through the variation in physic-chemical properties of materials have some advantages because of almost sensing processes take place on the surface of materials. Potential application of nanosensors can expand to various fields including of (i) environmental monitoring, water pollutants; (ii) air pollutants, (iii) pathogens in clinical diagnostics applications.

The present symposium will provide an overview on some of the fundamental principles behind nanotechnology and nanomaterials and their vital role in novel sensing properties and applications and will be an opportunity to researchers to show the most recent advances in nanostructured materials for nanosensors. Covered Topics include:

  • Thermometry at the nanoscale
  • Magnetic nanosensors
  • Chemical sensing
  • Single particle and near field detection
  • Nanoparticles/ Nanoparticle arrays
  • Plasmonic nanoparticles
  • Carbon dots/ Graphene quantum dots
  • Biological and medical applications
  • Graphene Nanosensors and nanobiosensors
  • Smart sensors and smart delivery systems
  • Magnetic nanodevices
  • Nano-biosensors
  • Nanoswitches
  • Optical biosensors
  • Biologically inspired devices
  • Quantum dots/nanodot
  • nanobatteries

Symposium 5: Nanotechnology for Building and Construction

Chairs: Dr. Shah Kwok Wei, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Description: Nanomaterials are used in different areas, such as healthcare, electronics, cosmetics, civil engineering, and other areas. Nanotechnology has already demonstrated surprising potential for improving the performance of construction materials. It can generate smart construction materials with many specific characteristics, such as: self-cleaning and water or germ repellents, antibacterial; lighter and stronger; durability and workability; self-healing and cracks recovery; photocatalytic effect; good thermal and acoustic insulation; high mechanical performance; pozzolanic reactions activation, isolative materials (vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) and phase change materials (PCMs)); etc

The aim of this symposium is to give an overview on existing novel nanomaterials for the building industry and show the beneficial uses of nanomaterials for improving properties of building materials. The symposium covers the following themes:

  • Production, functionalization and performance of construction nanomaterials: nanoparticles, nanotubes and novel polymers
  • Impact of nanomaterials on construction materials: nanoparticles, nanostructured materials, and nanocrystalline materials in civil engineering
  • Building additive manufacturing and nanomaterials: Cement and substitution (nanosilica, nanoclay, CNT, fly ashes, slag, etc.)
  • Contribution of nanomaterials for green building (biosourced materials, low-CO2 cement, etc.)
  • Investigation of the internal structure and properties of construction materials at the nanoscale and relation of these parameters to materials performance at the macroscale
  • Instrumentation, techniques, and metrology for nanoscale investigation of construction materials
  • Nanomodification of construction materials, including functional films and coatings
  • Nanotechnology for high-strength, high-performance durable materials
  • Effect of nanomaterials on improving mechanical performance (Mechanical properties, creep, fracture, and cracking)
  • Self-repairing, smart and intelligent nanostructured materials
  • Photocatalysis, air-purifying and self-cleaning materials
  • Biomimetic and nano-composite materials
  • Nano-assembly and “bottom-up” design in construction materials
  • Nanotechnology and nanomaterials for energy efficient construction
  • Nanotechnology-enabled green materials and by-product
  • Applications of nanomaterials for smart construction materials
  • Nanomaterials and their effect on building additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Health, safety and environmental effects related to nanomaterials applications for construction and building

Symposium 6: Nanosafety/ Nanotoxicity

Chairs: Dr. Kavitha Palaniappan, University of Newcastle, Singapore

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof ONG Choon Nam, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health National University of Singapore, Singapore

Symposium 7: Nanoscale Materials for Cancer Diagnostic and Therapy

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr, Ken-Tye Yong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Dr. James Kah Chen Yong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Prof. Matthias G. Wacker, National University of Singapore, Singapore