Nanocon conference will focus on nanomaterials for the energy industry

The Nanocon annual international conference on nanomaterials, the largest event of its kind in the Czech Republic and one of the most important European expert meetings in the field, is starting today at the Voroněž Hotel in Brno. The expert guarantor of the nanomaterials research and application programme is, as previously, Radek Zbořil from RCPTM, The Faculty of Science.

“The central topic for this year is nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in the energy industry. This issue will also be handled by a panel discussion, a new feature of the conference programme, called New horizons—How can nanomaterials and nanotechnologies benefit the energy industry. This panel discussion will be moderated by a highly cited scientist in materials sciences, who is also one of the plenary speakers, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci from Johannes Kepler University, Linz,” said Kateřina Sedláčková, the Conference Manager. Prof. Sariciftci will be introduced by Radek Zbořil; one of the panellists will be Alberto Naldoni of the RCPTM Photoelectrochemistry group, a recent winner of the ERC CZ grant.

As in previous years, participants are able to enjoy dozens of lectures by renowned scientists. Profs. Sariciftci and Pumera may serve as examples. The former has provided highly valuable information on photo-induced, optical and magnetic resonance and descriptions of phenomena in semiconductors and metal-containing polymers. He is the inventor of solar cells operating on the principle of conjugated heterotransitions between polymers and fullerenes. He collaborates with RCPTM, and delivered a lecture in Olomouc last year as part of the Rudolf Zahradník Lecture Series. Martin Pumera, one of the most highly cited chemists from UCT Prague, focuses on chemical nanorobots, which may be deployed, for example, in biomedicine or environmental technologies. In collaboration with RCPTM he is developing 2D materials for catalysis, electrochemistry and biosensing. Altogether, 85 lectures along with 205 posters are accessible for attendees. Aristeides Bakandritsos of the Magnetic nanostructures research group will speak as an RCPTM representative.

The conference programme is divided into five sections, with talks on uses of nanomaterials for electronic, magnetic, optical, environmental and medical applications. Scientists will also address the toxicity of nanomaterials and advanced methods for preparing and characterising nanosystems. 330 participants from 29 countries have registered this year. For more information, visit