||Nanostructured materials (nanoparticles, nanowires, nanosheets, etc.) show great promise to enable a broad range of new applications as well as improve existing technologies because of their unique size-dependent physical and chemical properties. These include materials for energy applications (e.g., catalysts for sustainable hydrogen generation, electrodes for fuel cells and batteries, etc.), semiconductors for optical and optoelectronic applications including solar cells, piezoelectric and ferroelectrics for sensors, biomaterials for medical applications, high strength nanocomposites for structural applications, extreme environment materials for harsh conditions, etc. However, many barriers still exist in understanding and controlling the processing of nanostructured materials. Novel nanostructure designs are critically needed at all stages of nanoscale material formation processes to enable unique performances, low cost, and green engineering. Great challenges also remain on the composition and morphology control of multi-component functional nanomaterials.
This symposium will focus on the following general topics: 1) Synthesis, growth mechanism study, and structural characterization to preserve and improve nanoscale dimension, structure, and properties with tunability for different applications; 2) Novel design and understanding of the assembly and fabrication technologies for multi-component and hierarchical nanostructures; and 3) Theoretical, computational, and machine learning study of the material design, growth behavior, and property prediction in 0D to 2D materials.
Focused topics include, but are not limited to, nanostructures in energy applications, 2D materials, polymer derived ceramic nanostructures, biological and biomedical nanomaterials, high-entropy ceramic nanomaterials, etc.