5th Ed. Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS Conference

Conference Topics

The conference topics are as follow :


  • Advances in Functional and Multifunctional Materials
  • Hybrid materials
  • Shape Memory Materials: State-of-the-art Research and Applications
  • Advances in Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials and applications
  • Advances in Inorganic Luminescent Materials and Applications
  • Metamaterials and Metadevices
  • Electro-active polymers: current capabilities and challenges
  • Catalytic materials
  • Photocatalytic Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications
  • Energy Harvesting via Smart Materials
  • Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity
  • Stretchable and Flexible Electronic Materials & Devices
  • Bioinspired Materials
  • Biomimetic bioactive biomaterials – the novel materials of implantable devices
  • Stimuli Responsive Materials
  • Intelligent drug delivery and release systems
  • New Materials for sensors and actuators: Sensing the Future with New Materials
  • Progress in Wearable/Wireless and Implantable Body Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications 
  • Intelligent Materials for Textiles
  • Fire retardant materials and surfaces
  • Smart Materials & Micro/Nanosystems
  • Graphene and Other Emerging 2D-layered Nanomaterials (European Graphene Forum)


Focused sessions:


Multifunctional smart coatings and surfaces

Composite and Hybrid materials

Optically Engineered Surfaces – Manufacturing of 3D nanostructured optics (H2020 project PHENOMENON)

Smart materials, Micro/ Nano systems

Ionic Liquid-based Materials

Smart sensors

Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials

Novel materials for drug and gene delivery

Magnetism and Magnetic materials

Smart Textiles, Wearables & Internet of Things


Focused Session on Multifunctional smart coatings and surfaces



  • Prof Vasco Teixeira, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Prof. Mário Ferreira, University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal


Keynote speakers

  • Prof Richard Fu, Northumbria University, UK
  • Prof.Teresa Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Prof. Mário Ferreira, University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal
  • Prof. Jean-François Gérard, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France


Description: This focused session will present the recent research progress of the smart and functional coatings/films, including novel fabrication process, special microstructure control, and resulted unique properties. It will address the latest development in coatings design, synthesis, characterization, and the different applications. It will bring together researchers working in the new and exciting area of smart film materials and surface issues, which include the following topics (but not limited to):

  • New design and novel fabrication methods of multifunctional and active coatings and surfaces
  • Systematical coatings and surfaces characterization
  • Novel and controllable properties of smart and functional coatings
  • Nanostructured and nanoengineered coatings/surfaces
  • Shape memory, piezoelectric and responsive materials/polymers, thin films and coatings
  • Surface processing of shape memory, piezoelectric and responsive materials/polymers (plasma treatment, ion beam, electron beam, laser treatment, oxidation, coatings, electrochemical deposition, magnetron sputtering, CVD, PVD, sol-gel, etc)
  • Surface related issues of shape memory, responsive and piezoelectric materials (corrosion, wear, friction, surface mechanics, cell growth, biocompatibility, biomemetic, etc).
  • Surface wrinkling and bio-inspired surface structures, micro and nanoengineering on smart surfaces
  • Smart MEMS actuators, micro devices, and microsensors
  • Active Devices in the Fields of Opto-Electronics, Photovoltaics Flexible Electronics, Photocatalytic Coatings, etc.


Focused session on Composite and Hybrid materials


Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Michael Sinapius, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  • Prof. Paula M. Vilarinho, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Dr. Louis Tredoux, AAT Composites (Pty) Ltd, South Africa


Description: The aim of the research in Advanced composite materials field is the development of materials with superior thermo mechanical, physical and chemical properties. The combination of different types of materials can lead to a great variety of composites, basically distinguished mainly by their constitution. Also, Organic-inorganic materials  called hybrid materials have steadily grown during the past 20 years, as a result of the ever-growing number of molecular precursors, both organic and inorganic, leading to a myriad of multifunctional materials with applications spreading from civil engineering through energy storage/generation, (bio-, electro-, photo-) catalysis, sensors, photonics, memory devices, to dentistry and medicine. Hybrid materials, containing two antagonist materials at the nano or molecular scale, show major properties or new synergetic characteristics compared with the two individual counterparts. There are numerous examples in nature where organic and inorganic materials are combined to generate hybrid materials with robust properties. Other than the amplification of materials performance, hybridization of two different materials sometime adds new synergetic characteristics or functionalities.

This focused session on composite and Hybrid materials aims to provide a forum for researchers in Composite/hybrid materials community to discuss new advances in synthesis of these materials. We welcome contributions in any form. The studies on fundamental correlations of synthesis-interface-synergetic characteristics of Composite/hybrid materials are particular encouraged.

This Focused session includes a large scope of research based on composite and hybrid materials. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:


  • Organic–inorganic nanoparticles hybrid materials;
  • Multifunctional materials;
  • Composite/ hybrid materials at the molecular level;
  • Applications of composite and hybrid materials


Focussed Session on optically Engineered Surfaces – Manufacturing of 3D nanostructured optics (H2020 project PHENOMENON)


Description: In the recent years there has been an explosion of exciting optical structures, based on 2D and 3D architectures at the micro and nanoscale with unique properties, which allow breaking the limits of conventional optics. The prospect of extraordinary imaging resolution, sensitivity of optical sensors, wavefront shaping and advanced light manipulation, together with the use of ultra-slim and ultra-light metaoptics, open the possibility for designing novel devices and applications in fields like displays, security, space, personalized medicine or datacom. The use of optical metasurfaces and optically engineered surfaces is still being harnessed at the theoretical and practical level, with new effects being identified in resonant dielectric metastructures, 2D materials, hybrid metal/nonmetal nanostructures, etc… Anyway, precise and cost-effective fabrication of such smart optical structures, and its up-scaling for industrial application, is still a big challenge.

While the capabilities of optical metasurfaces to break the boundaries of the current refractive optic design, its translation into practical application demand the development of adequate computation, simulation and design frameworks, models and tools, and new product design approaches.The session covers all the aspects from fundamentals to applications, in the leading edge of engineered optical surfaces, stressing 3D surfaces, nanostructured surfaces and metaoptics. The talks will range from the fundamentals of optical nanostructures, to modeling techniques, manufacturing technology, materials, product design and industrial applications.

The session topics are:

  • Optical design
  • Nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Metamaterials
  • Metalenses
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Sub-Wavelength Structures

The session is promoted by the H2020 project PHENOMENON (Laser Manufacturing of 3D nanostructuring optics using Advanced Photochemistry, GA: 780278), coordinated by AIMEN and with the participation of THALES, CNRS, MPO, ICFO, FLUXIM, IMT-A, Flexenable, CDA, PSA, FNMT and DesignLED.


Focused session on Smart materials, Micro/ Nano systems


Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Jordi Arbiol, CREA/ICN2, Spain
  • Prof. Elvira Fortunato, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dr. Raul Arenal, Zaragoza University, Spain
  • Prof. Laurent Cognet, University of Bordeaux, France


Description: In the last few decades, micro and nano-scaled devices and systems have gained great attention in several applications, such as in the design of micro/nanoparticles, biosensors, and microdevices.  As a multi- and interdisciplinary research field, micro- and nano systems make full use of electronics, optics, mechanics, chemistry, materials science, among others, to achieve high-performance devices and systems for biomedical, energy, environment and communications applications. Combined with the emerging artificial intelligence and cloud technologies, smart transducers based on micro- and nano systems technology become realistic; however, manufacturing these devices with enhanced efficiency and realizing associated systems have much room for innovation, adaptation, and cost reduction in various fields.


The goal of this focused session is to highlight the recent progresses on advanced micro- and nano systems as well as their intelligent manufacture with emphasis on applications in health care, environment, food industry and energy, electronics communications, among others. This session intends to cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:


  • Micro fabrication technologies;
  • Novel product designs, micro-assembly technologies and micro-handling;
  • Surface engineering and interface nanotechnology;
  • Process modelling and simulation;
  • Processing and characterisation of smart materials, multifunctional materials, nanomaterials and material;
  • Micro and nano additive manufacturing technologies;
  • Applications of micro and nano technologies;


Focused session on Liquid-based materials


Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Laurence Noirez, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin- CEA/ CNRS, France
  • Prof. Jannick Rumeau, University of Lyon, France


Description: Ionic liquids can be defined as materials that are composed of cations and anions which melt at a certain temperature without being decomposed. During the last 20 years, Ionic Liquids have blossomed as alternative materials to improve separation processes, offering a versatile and unique tuneable platform for the design of task-specific advanced membranes with a broad range of different chemical structures, physical/chemical properties, morphologies, and separation performances. The potential of using functional Ionic liquid-based materials has been widely exploited through diverse morphologies and membrane configurations for applications such as gas separation, fuel cells, and water purification.

Consequently, within the last two decades the application of Ionic liquids in many fields (e.g., electrochemistry, biological uses, engineering, analytics, catalysis, etc.) has grown exponentially. The facile functionalization and modification as well as the vast variety of cations and ions that can be combined to form an Ionic liquid make Ionic liquids a kind of valuable material to be used in catalysis as reaction media, catalyst stabilizers, and/or co-catalysts (e.g., biphasic systems, supported ionic liquid phase catalysts technology, supported ionic liquid layer technologies, etc.).

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Ionic liquid ,Poly(ionic liquid), Ionene, Ionomer, etc
  • Composites, Nanostructured materials
  • Polymer, Mixed matrix, Inorganic, Organic, Hybrid materials, Membranes
  • Carbon capture, Natural gas treating, Hydrogen separation, etc.


Focused session on Smart sensors


Chair: Prof. José Miguel López-Higuera, University of Cantabria, Spain


Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Xiaoyi Bao, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Dr. Christos Riziotis, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
  • Prof. Tan Zhi Kuang, The National University of Singapore, Singapore


Description: Last decades have witnessed the rapid development of sensors and an increasing demand for smart sensors.  They are based on smart materials, such as piezoceramics, fiber Bragg gratings, electrostrictive materials, etc. Recently, we also see an increasing number of smart sensors that are enabled by various nanotechnologies. These smart sensors and smart devices are often integrated with various structures to form so-called smart structures, which possess the ability to sense or/and to respond to environmental or structural changes in a pre-defined way. Networks of sensors will be able to enhance the ability to obtain huge amounts of information (big data) and improve precision, which also mirrors the developmental tendency of modern sensors. With the development of material, signal processing and multidisciplinary interactions, more and more smart sensors are proposed and fabricated under increasing demands for homes, industry and military fields. These sensors are also becoming an important part in areas such as agriculture, health monitoring, and even in natural disaster relief missions and smart sustainable cities.


This focused session aims to provide a platform for discussion of developments in Smart Sensors as well as their applications areas and invites authors to submit high-quality papers on topics which include, but are not limited to:


  • Smart/ Intelligent sensors
  • Sensing principles
  • Biosensors
  • Physical/ Chemical sensors
  • Fiber optic sensors and applications
  • Magnetic sensors
  • Optoelectronic and photonic sensors
  • Optomechanical sensors
  • Nanotechnology enabled smart sensors and smart structures.
  • Sensor network
  • Sensor data fusion
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mechatronics devices for sensors
  • Sensor devices
  • Sensor technology and application
  • Applications of sensors (health, environment, agriculture/food, aeronautic, etc)


Focused session on Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials


Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Antonella Macagnano, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research-NRC, Italy
  • Dr. Guillermo de la Cueva Mendez, Institute for Biomedical Research Málaga, Spain
  • Dr. Jordi Comelles, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Spain


Description: Throughout evolution, biological organisms have developed efficient strategies to solve technical problems by synthesizing appropriate natural materials. These materials often outperform man-made materials of similar composition. Bioinspired materials are synthetic materials whose structure, properties and function mimic those of natural materials or living matter. Bioinspired design concepts are becoming increasingly integrated into a wide range of materials and devices intended for the consumer, industrial, medical, military and energy sectors. Examples of bioinspired materials are light-harvesting photonic materials that mimic photosynthesis, camera lenses inspired by compound eyes of insects, etc

This focused session covers the whole spectrum of bioinspired and biomimetic materials with a particular emphasis placed on novel concepts and strategies to engineer bioinspired materials and surfaces, the performance and application of bioinspired devices in the fields of biomaterials, optics, energy and environmental technologies.

The session topics include, but are not limited to:concepts and strategies to fabricate bioinspired materials

  • advanced characterization methods for biological or bio-inspired matter
  • application and performance of bioinspired devices (e.g., biomaterials, optical materials, sensors, actuators, materials for energy harvesting, conversion, and storage)
  • structure and mechanics of biological and bioinspired materials
  • processing and application of biomimetic surfaces
  • self-assembly, biomineralization, and hierarchical organization
  • cellular materials and bioinspired lightweight construction
  • smart materials (e.g., adaptive, stimuli-responsive, self-healing)


Focused session on Novel materials for drug and gene delivery


Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Paula Teixeira Ferreira, Minho University, Portugal
  • Prof. Daniela Iannazzo, University of Messina, Italy
  • Prof. Nuno Santos, IMM Lisbon, Portugal
  • Prof Silvia Muro, Bioengineering Institute Catalunya (IBEC), Spain


Description: Drug delivery is an inter-disciplinary research field that involves expertise from several area such as, the pharmaceutical, clinical, biological, chemical, and materials sciences. Nowadays, it is impossible to create modern drug delivery systems without multifunctional excipients that affect drug release, improve drug stability or enhance drug permeation and bioavailability in order to achieve the desired therapeutic outcome in the safest possible manner. Recently, searching for novel materials or modifying and combining existing materials has represented a tendency in pharmaceutical technology. The chemical or physical modification of either naturally-derived or synthetic materials/polymers can improve their characteristics and favourably affect the quality of the designed formulations. Hence, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the design and testing of new materials with application potential in pharmaceutical technology.


In this Focused session on “Novel Materials for Drug and Gene Delivery”, the opportunity will be given to the new developments in drug delivery systems, and how these are utilized for the treatment of various diseases, such as cancer, infectious, neurological, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases.


The topics of interest include:

  • Multifunctional materials
  • Chemical or physical modification of polymers
  • Drug release
  • Drug delivery systems
  • naturally-derived or synthetic materials/polymers
  • materials engineering 


Focused sessions on Magnetism and Magnetic materials


Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Jose María De Teresa Nogueras, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Dr. Peter Fischer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Prof. Lesley Cohen, The London Centre for Nanotechnology, UK
  • Prof. Victorino Franco, University of Sevilla, Spain



Magnetic materials and the study of magnetism play a massive role in modern technology throughout all aspects and fields. Nowadays, the magnetism has once again become the forefront of modern nanotechnology and extensive research efforts in both theoretical and experimental communities have been devoted to investigate and understand the magnetic properties of nanoscale materials. There is almost no technology in daily life which does not use magnetism or magnetic devices. They range from the permanent magnet, though to computer storage, superconductors, sensors and actuators, to very special applications in optics, electronics, nuclear spin resonance imaging and calorimetrics. The understanding and characterization of magnetism in materials, such as structures, their transformations, excitations, and coupling are inherent to the development of novel materials and devices at the forefront of science and technology. This focused session will cover recent advances and future directions in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials.

The session topics include:

  • structural properties
  • bulk crystal lattices
  • thin multi-layers
  • magnetic and electronic structure
  • phase transformations
  • critical phenomena
  • multiferroics
  • magneto-electric coupling
  • magneto-mechanic coupling
  • spin-orbit coupling
  • nuclear spins
  • spin coupling
  • exchange interactions
  • engineering applications
  • bio-medical applications
  • magnetism in biology
  • data storage
  • functional materials
  • sensors
  • quantum beam particles and interactions


Focused session on Smart Textiles, Wearables & Internet of Things


Chairs/ Moderators:

  • Prof Jake Kaner, Nottingham Trent University, UK 
  • Prof. Jean-François Gérard, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France



  • Dr. Ariadna Detrell, AEI TEXTILS, Spain
  • Dr. Georgios Printiotakis, University of West Attica, Greece
  • Dr. Rafael Maestre, CETEM, Spain


Keynote and invited speakers:

  • Prof. Kaspar Jansen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Mihaleva Galina, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Mr. Paulo CADEIA, CETIVE, Portugal (to be confirmed)
  • Prof. Jinsong Shen,  De Montfort University-Leicester, UK
  • Dr. Lena Berglin, University of Borås, Sweden
  • Dr. Kerri Akiwowo, Loughborough University, UK


Description: smart textile material, can also be called an interactive textile, is a “functional textile material”, that can sense and react to environmental conditions or stimuli.  They find applications in different research disciplines, especially in health and medical; materials science and engineering, electronics, automotive and aeronautic; personal protective equipment; sports and wearables; buildings and interior design. Moreover, smart textiles have a very promising role in science and technology nowadays because of their commercial viability and public interests. Recent research represents a new model for generating creative and novel solutions for integrating smart materials into unusual environments, requiring innovative developments and applications of smart fabric sensors, electronic textile technology, and wearable computing for detecting human physiological signals. All these innovations on Smart Textiles are assisting the textile industry in its transformation into a competitive knowledge (data) driven industry. Furthermore, combining smart wearable with the internet of things has a profound impact on research, development, and applications of wearable technology providing significant new challenges and multiple opportunities.

This focused session on Smart Textiles, Wearables & Internet of Things aims to promote this life-changing discipline by providing an overview on the state-of-art materials, concepts, models, and fabrications, in order to develop smart textiles.

Workshop Topics include:

  • Applications of smart textiles
  • e-textiles
  • Integration concepts of Organic Electronic devices in Smart Textiles
  • Internet of Things (IoT) for connecting Smart Wearable Technologies and Devices
  • Medical Textiles
  • Nanotextiles
  • Smart textiles
  • Stimuli responsive fibers
  • Surface functionalization of electronic textile materials and architectures
  • Textile design and technology
  • Textile sensors.


Keywords : state of the art, smart textiles, e-textiles, sensors, IoT, textile design.