30 July 2012

UQ materials scientist Professor Ajayan Vinu is bringing together researchers from around the world in a bid to further work aimed at tackling pollution, new energy sources and healthcare improvements.

The UQ Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) group leader is Conference Chair of the first International Conference on Emerging Advanced Materials (ICEAN).

ICEAN will be held at the Hotel Mercure, Brisbane from October 22-25 and features speakers from Germany, the US, China, Japan and Australia.

AIBN will host the conference, which will be co-organized by Yonsei University, South Korea and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.

Prof Vinu expects more than 650 scientists from countries including Japan, China, South Korea, Germany, France, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand, the Czech Republic, Poland, the US, Canada, Italy, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

ICEAN will cover fundamentals and technological aspects of various advanced materials and their industrial, biomedical, electronic, photonic, energy and environmental applications.

Prof Vinu said novel nanomaterials were important in industry and looked set to play an increasing role in innovation in sectors such as energy, environment, and healthcare and information technology.

“Discovery of novel materials can also offer solutions to various problems which are being faced in society, such as green gas emissions, the depletion of the fossil fuels and pollution,” he said.

“These discoveries provide for greater quality of life, comfort and stability only made possible by the novel technologies that emerge from scientific research.”

“ICEAN aims to ensure material scientists do not work in isolation, but are able to share their knowledge and bring the fruits of their labour closer to commercial outcomes.

“The main aim of the workshop is to bring together from all over the world scientists active in the fields of advanced nano- and biomaterials, especially optronic, photovoltaic, magnetic, organic, porous, composite, computational, sensor, battery, fuel cell, catalytic and biomaterials.

“This will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and hear of developments across the fields of research.”

ICEAN will feature four days of workshops; 10 plenary and 32 keynote speakers; more than 100 invited lectures from pioneers in the field of nanomaterials; and oral presentations from students and post-doctoral researchers.

The proceedings of the accepted papers after peer reviewing will be published in Science of Advanced Materials which has an impact factor of 3.3.

Visit www.uq.edu.au/iceanconference
Media: Erik de Wit (0427 281 466, 3346 3962 or e.dewit@uq.edu.au)