Big hopes for small technologies to create global solutions

Global nanotechnology experts, who use innovation in materials science to develop advanced technologies and solutions for the energy, environment and health sectors, will converge in Newcastle next week for the third International Conference on Emerging Advanced Nanomaterials (ICEAN).

With one million nanometres in every millimetre, nanotechnology aims to make useful materials, machines or solutions of the atomic and molecular scale – products that measure about 100 nanometres in size.

Hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN) and co-organised by EWHA Woman’s University, South Korea, Yokohama National University, Japan, and Qatar University, the conference will bring together more than 550 research experts from more than 20 different countries including USA, China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Qatar, India, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

Chair of GICAN and Conference Chair, Professor Ajayan Vinu, said the event was a valuable opportunity for Newcastle to demonstrate its leadership in this field of research and lead important conversations about its future direction.

“The architecture of novel advanced nano and biomaterials, with different physical and chemical properties and structures, has gained a lot of momentum and captured the imaginations of active researchers worldwide,” Professor Vinu said.

“Nanotechnology is making a huge impact on the growth of industrial sectors, and innovation across all sectors including energy, environment, healthcare and information technology. It provides unique solutions through novel technologies emerge from the scientific research to tackle global problems such as the green gas emissions, the depletion of the fossil fuels, and pollution.”

As part of the program, there will be representation across the University’s STEMM faculties, with the following academics presenting at the conference:

  • Professor Brett Neilan will be a keynote speaker for science
  • Professor Michael Stockenhuber will be a keynote speaker for engineering
  • Professor Roger Smith will be a keynote speaker for health

The third International Conference on Emerging Advanced Materials (ICEAN) will run from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November at NEX – Wests City, King Street, Newcastle.

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