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11 – 15 August, Cancún, Mexico

These annual international meetings provide an interactive forum to discuss the advances in synthesis, characterization, properties, processing, applications, basic research trends, corrosion prevention, and more, all related to the area of materials science and engineering.

The efforts of several societies, colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors offer an exciting multidisciplinary stage to learn first-hand about new directions in materials research and technology, as well as a valuable opportunity to share and exchange ideas with some of the foremost experts in the field.

Cancun, MexicoSYMPOSIA

1. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
1A. Theoretical Aspects of Metal Clusters and Nanoalloys 
1B. Nanostructured Carbon Materials-Fundamentals to Applications 
1C. Emergent Properties of Polar Interfaces and Nanostructures 
1D. Nanotechnology Enhanced Coatings 
1E. Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology
2. Biomaterials
2A. Biomaterials for medical applications
2B. Bioinspired Hybrid Materials Synthesis
2C. Biominerals: From Biological Mechanism to Applications
3. Materials for Energy
3A. Photovoltaics, Solar Energy Materials and Technologies
3B. Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
3C. Advanced Materials and Technologies for Energy Storage Devices
4. Fundamental Materials Science
4A. Advanced Structural Materials
4B. Concrete and Durability of Concrete Structures
4C. Functional Solid State Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, Theory, and Structure-Property Relationships
4D. New Trends in polymer chemistry and characterization
4E. Advances in Computational Materials Science
4F. Advances in Thin Film Processing
5. Materials Characterization
5A. Electron Microscopy of Materials 
5B. Advancing Materials Characterization with Neutrons
5C. Structural and Chemical Characterization of Metals Alloys and Compounds
6. Materials for Environmental Applications
6A. Catalysis - Solids, Molecules, Nanoparticles and Interfaces
6B. NACE: Corrosion and Metallurgy 
6C. Materials for Environmental Remediation and Sensing
7. Magnetic and Electronic Materials
7A. Magnetic shape memory alloys: from fundamentals to applications
7B. Current Trends in Magnetic Refrigeration
7C. Magneto-Optical Materials for nonreciprocal photonics, Imaging and Spatial Light Modulators
7D. Advances In Functional Semiconducting Materials
7E. Low-Dimensional Semiconductor Structures
8. General
8A. Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Issues in Materials Science (CHARIMSc) 
8B. Strategies for Academy-Industry Relationship
1. Polarity compensation mechanisms in oxide surfaces, interfaces thin films and nano-objects
2. Electron Microscopy for Materials: from the Basics to Atomic Resolution
3. Catalytic Properties using First Principles Methods 
4. I+D Privado - Pública ¿colaboración imposible o colaboración imprescindible?
5. Lecture Course Of Growth, Technology And Physics Of Semiconductor Nanowires 
6. Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship
7. Ninguno

SYMPOSIA 1. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
1B. Nanostructured Carbon Materials-Fundamentals to Applications

The expression "carbon age" has been coined to express the rapid development of new carbon nanomaterials whose unique electronic, optical, mechanical and thermal properties derive from carbon’s different allotropes: diamond, fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene and graphene oxides. This symposium will review recent progress in carbon-based material growth mechanisms, functionalization, and structural control of various nanostructures enroute to 3D architectures and their applications.

The significance of these nanocarbon bulk materials comes from their hierarchical 3D architectures and high-mass specific-surface area. The challenge and opportunity is to design nanostructured bulk materials with controlled architectures at the atomic and nanometer scales and surface functionalization that span multiple length scales to the macro size. Future progress will thus depend on improvements in growth techniques, structural control, surface functionalization, and large-scale synthesis and characterization, as well as advancing in the theoretical understanding and control of interfacial phenomena. Special focus will be given to structure vs property correlations, interfacial phenomena and novel applications. The symposium will bring together scientists from often-separated fields, therefore providing a platform to identify new opportunities in science and applications.

Symposium topics to be addressed include:

  • Novel growth techniques of CNTs, graphene, nanocrystalline diamond, graphene oxides, buckyballs and other carbon-related nanostructures
  • Atomic-scale nucleation and graphitization in metal and nonmetal catalytic growth processes
  • Synthesis and characterization of graphitic nanocarbon bulk materials with 3D architectures
  • Doping, surface chemistry and functionalization of graphitic carbon nanomaterials
  • Interfacial properties–from fundamentals to applications
  • Thermal and mechanical properties of carbon nanostructures
  • Catalytic properties of graphene oxides, graphene edges and nanodiamond structures
  • Novel phenomena of layer-, edge- and size-controlled graphene and atomic-structure-controlled CNTs
  • In-situ monitoring of growth processes and ex-situ characterization of atomic structures
  • Applications in energy conversion and storage, electronics, optics, optoelectronics, photonics, catalysis, purification, sensorics and actuation, as well as bioinspired applications
  • Modeling and theoretical predictions for novel properties

Invited speaker Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute Drexel UniversityDr.Yury Gogotsi "MXenes: TWO-DIMENSIONAL EARLY TRANSITION METAL CARBIDES AND CARBONITRIDES"


Two-dimensional (2D) materials are attracting much attention due to their unique properties. The most famous example is graphene, which is an atomically thin layer of carbon atoms bonded together in-plane with sp2 bonds. Recently, we discovered an entirely new family of 2D materials - early transition metal carbides and carbonitrides [1,2].

Selective etching of the A-group element from a MAX phase results in formation of 2D Mn+1Xn layers, labeled “MXene”. Eight different carbides and carbonitrides have been produced to date [2]; the properties of a larger number of 2D compounds have been predicted by DFT. Not only are individual layers formed after exfoliation, but also multi-layer particles and conical scrolls with radii < 20 nm. DFT simulations showed that the band gap of MXenes can be tuned from metallic to semiconductor by changing their surface termination, and their elastic constants along the basal plane are higher than that of the binary carbides. Recently, we reported on the intercalation of Ti3C2, Ti3CN and TiNbC [3].

Intercalation of hydrazine, and its co-intercalation with DMF, resulted in an increase of the c lattice parameter of MXenes. Urea also intercalated Ti3C2. Molecular dynamics simulations suggest that a hydrazine monolayer intercalates between the Ti3C2 layers. Hydrazine also intercalated Ti3CN and TiNbC. When dimethyl sulfoxide was intercalated into Ti3C2, followed by sonication in water, it delaminated forming a stable colloidal solution that was in turn filtered to produce MXene “paper”. One of the many potential applications for 2-D Ti3C2 is in electrical energy storage systems, such as lithium ion batteries and electrochemical capacitors. Additive-free Ti3C2 anodes, produced by filtering an aqueous dispersion of delaminated Ti3C2, showed a higher capacity than graphite anodes and also could be charged/discharged at significantly higher rates.

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News from MRC.ORG.UA

ADVANCED SCIENCE NEWS: Yury Gogotsi was a chemist from the very beginning. He feels the excitement of scientific discovery, and cannot imagine doing anything else

Professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA

Yury Gogotsi was a chemist from the very beginning. He feels the excitement of scientific discovery, and cannot imagine doing anything else. It was love at first sight for Yury Gogotsi. 

Gogotsi feels that the greatest recent step in the field of materials science was the discovery of new 2D materials, the “building blocks of the future”. He is very enthusiastic about the use of nanotechnology to generate “new artificial materials, structures and devices from nanoscale building blocks” and the increased application of “modeling, simulation, and machine learning for solving materials science problems”, though he admits concern regarding the unknown effects that artificial intelligence will have on our future lives. He is also conscious of the energy required for computation and the importance of exploiting renewable resources to develop new technologies – ones that reduce energy consumption. “We need revolutionary discoveries here,” he says. “Evolutionary development won’t be enough.”

Horizon 2020 NANO2DAY project participants from the Materials Research Center (MRC), Kiev, Ukraine, Alexey Gogotsi and Veronika Zahorodna visited the partner organization Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, on September-October 2018


NANO2DAY project participants from the Materials Research Center (MRC), Kiev, Ukraine, Alexey Gogotsi (MRC project leader) and Veronika Zahorodna (early-staged researcher, in the framework of international scientific cooperation on the Horizon 2020 program, visited the partner organization Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, on September-October 2018 in accordance with the travel plan on the project to perform planned project activities.

MRC director Oleksiy Gogotsi at the work meeting in Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, made a presentation of the company and its activitties in international r&d projects

altDirector of Materials Research Centre (Kiev, Ukraine) Oleksiy Gogotsi  at the work meeting in Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, made a  presentation of the company and its activitties in international research and development projects. Also Oleksiy Gogotsi presented HORIZON 2020 MSCA RISE Project №777810 NANO2DAY: MULTIFUNCTIONAL POLYMER COMPOSITES DOPED WITH NOVEL 2D NANOPARTICLES FOR ADVANCED APPLICATIONS.

Seminar on 2D Materials Beyond Graphene by prof. Zdenek Sofer University of Chemistry and Technology (Prague) at Drexel University, USA, on October 18, 2018

altDuring NANO2DAY project visit  to Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA), director of Materials Research Centre (kiev, Ukraine) Oleksiy Gogotsi met with Assoc. Prof. Zdeněk Sofer from University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (Chech Republic) and attended his seminar on nanomaterials. Prof. Zdenek Sofer in Drexel University gave an excellent seminar on 2D Materials Beyond Graphene.

NANO2DAY project: research scientist Maksym Plakhothyuk, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on September-November 2018

NANO2DAY project Maksym Plakhotnyuk, DTU visited MRC, November 2018Due to the NANO2DAY project under european scientific  research program HORIZON 2020 research scientist  Maksym Plakhothyuk, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), visited Ukrainian partner Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine on September-November 2018. 

Congratulations to Professor Yury Gogotsi who received prestigious Chineese Government Friendship Award, Beijing, Great Hall of the People, September 29, 2018

Yury Gogotsi recevide Friendship Award from Chinas GovernmentChina"s Government Friendship Award ceremony was held in Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on September 29, 2018, the award to the winners were presented by the Vice Premier of China Liu He. The People's Republic of China Government Friendship Award is China's highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress.

Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Tech Connector of the Future

Invisibly thin MXene antennas can be applied to a variety of substrates and perform better than antenna materials currently used in mobile devices.

Now, researchers at Drexel University have developed a method for creating nearly invisible antennas on almost any surface by literally spraying them on like paint. The antennas are made from a special two-dimensional metallic material called MXene. MXene powder can be dissolved in water to create a paint that is then airbrushed on. In tests, even a layer as thin as just 62 nanometers – thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper – could communicate effectively. Performance maxed out at just 8 microns, a point at which the spray-on antennas worked just as well as those currently used in mobile devices and wireless routers.

Congratulations to professor Yury Gogotsi, professor Rodney S. Ruoff and professor Patrice Simon with being named by Clarivate Analythics among of the 17 most cited and influenced world-class scientists in 2018!

Professor Yury GogotsiThis designation celebrates researchers whose influence is comparable to that of Nobel Prize recipients, as attested by exceptionally high citation records within the Web of Science. 

15th YES Annual Meeting: “The Next Generation of Everything” September 13 – 15, 2018


Yalta European Strategy (YES)  introduced nightcap events for the participants of the 15th YES Annual Meeting to wind down at the end of the first conference day and discuss interesting topics in an informal atmosphere. YES invited leading politicians, opinion makers and business leaders to present their views on modern trends that define the world and Ukraine. The nightcaps were organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and America House, International Renaissance Foundation, Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter and the Atlantic Council, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, Western NIS Enterprise Fund and Embassy of the Republic of Estonia.

2018 IEEE 8th International Conference on Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties, September 09-14, 2018

2018 IEEE International Conference on “Nanomaterials Applications & Properties”At the poster session of the conference Oleksiy Gogotsi presented two poster presentations on advanced nanomaterials for different applications, prepared with colleagues from Drexel University, USA, and Jilin University, China

NANO2DAY project participants Oleksiy Gogotsi and Veronika Zahorodna visited Polymer Institute SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia, July-September 2018

altNANO2DAY project participants from Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, MRC director and project leader Oleksiy Gogotsi and ESR Veronika Zahorodna are working in Polymer Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia under the project secondments plan.

NANO2DAY project: Professor Maria Omastova, Polymenr Institue Slovak Academy of Science, visited Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine, July-August 2018

Professor Maria Omastova, Polymer Institute SAV, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Oleksiy Gogotsi, director of Materials Research Centre, Kiev, Ukraine,  July 2018Professor Omastova was acquainted with the activities and research infrastructure of MRC project partner, she held several seminars on polymer composites and talked about the experience and developments of her institute. 

The 6th International Conference on Novel Functional Carbon Nanomaterials at the 8th Forum on New Materials (CIMTEC 2018) in Perugia, Italy, June 11-14

Фото Yury Gogotsi.The 6th International Conference “Novel Functional Carbon Nanomaterials”within the 8th Forum on New Materials at CIMTEC 2018 held in Perugia, Italy,  highlighted recent achievements and challenges in the synthesis, structural control and modeling at the meso- and nano-scales of the variety of low-dimensional carbon allotropes including nanodiamonds, diamond-like carbon, fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene and graphene-related structures, as well as high surface area carbon networks, which are promising for a range of emerging applications in energy conversion and storage, water purification, high-speed nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, photonics, quantum information processing, quantum computing, biosensing, drug delivery, medical imaging, thermal management, catalysis, lubrication, etc.

1st International Conference on MXenes at Jilin University, Changchun, China

MXene conference 2018The meeting is the first international conference focusing on MXene materals, which is to bring scientists in the two-dimensional materials or energy area to interact and discuss the advances and challenges in various fields.

Our Congratulations to Prof. Gogotsi with Receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute KPIthe National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute"

 Prof. Yury Gogotsi received an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic InstituteOn May 14th, 2018, Prof. Yury Gogotsi received an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (NTUU “KPI”), Kiev, Ukraine.