NanoMaterials for Energy and Environment 2016

Conference Topics

The Nano Materials for the Energy and the Environment, NanoMatEn 2016, conference topics include :


Nanomaterials for solar cells and Photovoltaics

  • Nanomaterials for clean energy production and delivery
  • Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion
  • Advanced Silicon solar cells
  • Inorganic Thin Film cells & modules for cost efficient technologies
  • Nanowire based cells and new tandem architectures
  • Light management and new cell designs and concepts
  • Nanomaterials for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
  • Alternative solar related technologies
  • Technology versus market needs


Nanomaterials for Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Thermal Energy

  • Hydrogen storage in single and multicomponent systems
  • Reaction mechanisms/pathways in complex systems
  • Hydrogen storage in nanoconfined systems
  • Scaled-up systems
  • Hydrides in energy storage applications
  • Technological development/challenges in solid-state hydrogen storage


Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage

  • Recent development in nanomaterials and nanotechnology for energy conversion and storage
  • Synthesis and characterization of advanced nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • High-performance supercapacitors, solar cells, rechargeable batteries, and fuel cells
  • Theoretical understanding of renewable energy conversion and storage process
  • Energy Storage, Batteries, Capacitors and Novel Generation
  • Nanocatalysts and nanoparticles for hydrogen storage
  • Nanomaterials for thermal or thermochemical (heat) storage
  • Alloys, design and processing in Renewable Energy Technologies


Graphene Nanotechnology for Energy Production and Storage

  • Preparation of graphene using different methods
  • Graphene composites
  • Application of graphene supercapacitors
  • Application of graphene solar cells
  • Application of graphene batteries
  • Electrolytes, electrodes, and separators that are related to graphene energy devices
  • Performance of graphene based electrodes
  • Electrochemistry of graphene related electrodes


Nanotechnology for Fossil Fuels and CO2

  • Nanoscale Processes and Techniques
  • Nanotechnology for Improved/Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Flow Assurance Nanotechnology
  • Drilling and Completion Products and Processes
  • System Safety and Asset Integrity


NanoNuclear Materials

  • Nuclear medicine
  • Nuclear physics
  • Advanced materials
  • Nuclear Energy

Nanomaterials for environment protection and remediation

  • Nanotechnology for water, air and soil protection
  • Nanomaterials and nanostructures for gas sorption, storage, and sensing
  • Nanomaterials and photocatalytic nanoparticles for water/air detoxification


Focused Symposium 1: Nano Energy

Chair: Prof. Jr-Hau (J.H.) He, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Introduction:Nano Energy Symposium invites high-quality research works in the area of energy by utilizing nanomaterials and nanotechnology. The main goal is to bring together professionals, scientists, business leaders, innovators, and industrialists who work in the field and to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among them in this fast-growing and exciting field. We look forward to your participation to make this symposium a success.


Topics: Papers presenting original work in, but not limited to, the following technical areas are invited:

  • Light emitting diodes
  • Photovoltaics
  • Hydrogen generation and storage
  • Batteries
  • Optoelectronic devices for efficient energy usage
  • Piezoelectric nanogenerators
  • Self-powered nanodevices/nanosystems
  • Supercapacitors


Focused Symposium 2: Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics

Chair: Prof. Dr. Alejandro Perez-Rodriguez, Head of Solar Energy Materials & Systems Group- IREC- Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain

Introduction: Advanced materials and nanotechnologies are at the basis of new device concepts that look forward achieving a significant breakthrough in the cost efficiency of solar energy harvesting technologies, including main photovoltaic technologies. Existing challenges include the need for the combination of higher device efficiencies together with lower cost and more sustainable processes that have to be compatible with their scale-up to mass production levels with very low environmental impact, as well as with the availability of cost efficient energy storage solutions for efficient management of the solar energy production. The proposed session will bring together first level specialists from different materials and nanotechnology related fields, with special emphasis in those related to photovoltaics. The session will review the state of the art and the potential of existing and new materials and nanotechnology concepts for solving the main problems that are still limiting the mass deployment of solar energy renewable technologies looking forward the development and consolidation of a low carbon energy society.



  • Surface and interface control at nanoscale level for advanced solar cell devices(i): Advanced Silicon solar cells
  • Surface and interface control at nanoscale level for advanced solar cell devices(ii): Inorganic Thin Film cells and new chalcogenides for cost efficient devices
  • New PV technologies: perovskites and hybrid technologies
  • Nanostructures for advanced solar cell architectures: nanocrystals and nanowires based functional layers and devices
  • New 2-D materials and structures for solar energy harvesting
  • Light management and new cell designs and concepts
  • Modelling of solar cells from the nanoscale to the device performances
  • Advanced characterisation of solar cells at the nanoscale
  • Alternative solar Energy  technologies for solar fuels
  • PV and energy storage


Focused Symposium3: Nanotechnology for Water treatment/ Desalination

Chair: Prof. Joydeep Dutta, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Chair, Functional Materials Division School of Information and Communication Technology Sweden



  • Nanotechnology for water treatment
  • Nanotechnology for water desalination
  • Nanostructured membranes for advanced water purification
  • Bio-inspired membranes and processes
  • Nanocatalysts and enhanced photocatalytic degradation
  • Nanosorbents for the removal of water pollutants
  • Bioactive nanoparticles as alternative disinfectants
  • Sensing and Monitoring
  • Membrane fouling