Conference Workshops

Symposium on Funtional Hybrids and Composite Materials (27 - 28 April, 2017)


Abstracts submission before 21 March 2017



Prof. Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky, ICMM-CSIC, Spain

Prof. Pilar Aranda, ICMM-CSIC, Spain

Prof. Francisco M. Fernandes, UPMC, France


Plenary/ Keynote speakers:

Prof. Clément Sanchez, University of Pierre and Marie Curie-Collège de France-CNRS,  France

Prof. Andre Ayral, Institut Europeen des Membranes- Montpellier university- France

Prof. Pierre Rabu, CNRS – IPCMS Institute of Physics and chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg, France

Prof. Cédric Boissière, University Pierre et Marie Curie-CNRS, France

Dr Marie-Helene Delville, Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry/ CNRS UPR 9048, Bordeaux I University, France


Assembling building blocks of different nature to obtain high performance functional materials has become a widespread strategy in Materials Science. This symposium aims at bringing together Academia & Industry researchers interested in the latest progress on hybrid, biohybrid and composite materials. The Symposium will focus in recent developments in the processing, characterization and application of this emerging class of nanomaterials.


Due to its moderate size, the symposium’s ambition is to provide a forum for high level scientific discussion in a context that favors the exchange between the different participants on this wide interdisciplinary topic.


Expected contributions will span the wide processing approaches available for the assembly of organic compounds and/or components of biological origin to diverse inorganic nanoparticles, ranging from self-assembly mediated processing to additive manufacturing. In particular, sol-gel processes, intercalation, encapsulation, LbL assembling, 3D printing, among other techniques, will be considered. Advances in processing procedures to generate monoliths, nanofibers, foams, thin layer and multilayer nanostructures as well as their applications will be relevant features in the Symposium. 


The Symposium topics will include the following aspects:


  • Hybrids for optical, electrical and magnetic materials
  • New processing approaches to nanoarchitectures, nanocomposites and bionanohybrids
  • Health and care products (drug delivery, gene therapy, sunscreen, cosmetics),
  • Environmental protection and remediation (specific adsorbents of heavy metals, pesticides and radionuclides, photocatalysts of organic pollutants)
  • Energy production and storage (solar radiation harvesting, reversible batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors)
  • Polymer- and biopolymer-based nanocomposites (conducting composites, food packaging, foams).


The Symposium will run for two days and start on the morning of Thursday April 27th, 2017 with an introductory Plenary Lecture by Professor Clément Sanchez from the Collège de France. Four invited keynote speakers will open sessions on the following topics:


1. Functional hybrid nanomaterials 

2. Organic modifications of inorganic solids

3.  Polymer nanocomposites

4.  Biohybrids and biomimetic materials