Report of the 27th assembly of Advanced Materials Congress


International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) hosted the 27th assembly of Advanced Materials Congress (AMC) in Stockholm, the city of Nobel Prize, from 11 – 14 August 2019. IAAM considers it a matter of immense pride to have had the opportunity to welcome all the delegates in the 27th AMC assembly: the prestigious European Advanced Materials Congress (EAMC 2019) on MS Mariella, Viking Line, in the vicinity of Baltic sea.

IAAM is a premier organization in the sphere of advanced materials that works to bring together students, researchers, professionals, and business giants to form truly global and collaborative networks for the betterment of scientific community and society. The organization works in this direction with the vision of Advancement of materials to global excellence.

The 27th assembly of AMC was an amalgamation of three important research fields- 1) Advanced Materials, 2) Analytical Methods & Spectroscopy, 3) Archaeology & Cultural Heritage. The theme, “The multi-inter-trans-disciplinary research, innovations, and technology” was part of an attempt to highlight the recent advances and progress and develop ways to translate research into significant tangible results.

This assembly gave the young budding researchers a platform of unparalleled prestige and allowed them a chance to get in touch with esteemed scientific elites. Moreover, the representatives of esteemed companies and valuable businesses got the chance to take a toll on their competitors. Our conference produced a chance for the companies to share their ideas on a global platform and gain valuable benefits. IAAM’s conferences stand out in the industry not just in terms of quality but also in the format.

We organize the conferences in an unprecedented format of Knowledge Experience at Sea By doing so, we give the scientific community a chance to be away from their daily lives, in the quiet of the Baltic sea, and delve deep into the ocean of scientific knowledge and research. The 27th assembly of AMC was the 19th edition of this popular format.

The congress set sail for its journey to Stockholm on 12 August 2019 and returned on 14 August 2019. The lovely Scandinavian nature was witness to the grand success of this scientific voyage.

The 27th assembly of AMC was a recipient of 393 abstracts from as many as 50 countriesThe congress ran for 41 hours and 35 minutes with 28 thematic sessions including 95 keynote/invited lectures, a series of oral & poster presentations, welcome ceremony, and IAAM felicitation ceremony.

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Group photo of delegates: who attended the 27th assembly of AMC organized by the International Association of Advanced Materials. ©IAAM Media

The 27th assembly of AMC served as a platform where the delegates got a chance to celebrate the world of advanced materials and science like nowhere else. To add to this celebration, the congress also witnessed the release of six new books in the Advanced Materials Series i.e. Advanced Battery Materials, Advanced Coating Materials, Emerging Photovoltaic Materials, Advanced Thermoelectric Materials, Advanced Topological Insulators and Photoenergy & Thin Film Materials published by WILEY-Scrivener, USA, in association with the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), Sweden. This new series, edited by seven editors, comprises as many as 85 chapters that have been contributed by 300 authors from all over the globe.

Moreover, the 27th AMC assembly was also witnessed to the release of the December 2019 issue of IAAM’s prestigious journal, “Advanced Materials Letters”. Just like every year, this time as well, IAAM recognized the exceptional contribution in the field of advanced materials with the title of ‘Researcher of the Year’. This time, this prestigious title was conferred upon Prof. Enge Wang, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and President Emeritus of Peking University, China for his legendary contributions and research in the Atomistic world. The editorial of the journal issue contains in detail and highlights his efforts for the advancement of the Chinese scientific community as well as the international scientific world as a whole.

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The Researcher of the Year 2019: IAAM released December issue cover page of Advanced Materials Letters during 27th assembly of AMC) ©IAAM Media

As a part of this interdisciplinary congress, international symposia were organized on “Organic and Composite Thermoelectric Materials” and “Sustainable Construction and Building Materials” to create an interdisciplinary global forum on materials science engineering and technology. Both of these symposia produced a chance to leverage the presence of such great minds under one roof to create a global network and platform to build interdisciplinary projects by sharing knowledge, infrastructure, etc. in these two important areas of advanced materials. Besides these, the 27th assembly of AMC also included an international consortium on “Advanced Materials’ technology for industry”. The consortium was an opportunity for the delegates to discuss how the sphere of advanced materials can be used to develop technology that serves the industry as well as society. It induced global cooperation and provided a platform to researchers for building multi-inter-trans-disciplinary projects by sharing knowledge and other resources.

With a rich legacy of having hosted more than 13000 delegates and over 5500 speakers from more than 100 countries in multiple congresses, IAAM is widely recognized as the organizer of the highest quality of conferences. With consortiums and symposiums like these, IAAM also facilitates global forums to support translational research and new-age-technology. IAAM also believes in recognizing outstanding contributions made by scientific elites and potential researchers. Therefore, IAAM honors individuals and organizations to promote inspiring research and facilitate the advancement of materials to global excellence.

The first day, 11 August of the 27th assembly of EAMC, started at the conference hotel with the welcoming of the delegates and the registration process. The delegates were briefed about the conference schedule and event kits were distributed.

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Registration of the delegates during the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

The second day of the 27th assembly, 12 August, marked the beginning of the EAMC 2019 congress. In the opening session held in Auditorium B of the Conference Centre, Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Secretary-General, IAAM, welcomed the delegates and described the objectives of the EAMC 2019.

Dr. Tiwari discussed the conference program in detail and expressed his best wishes and hopes for the event. Dr. Tiwari’s presentation covered IAAM’s activities in the field of events, publications, and supports for research. It also highlighted IAAMs recent achievements and important milestones. Overall, he appreciated the excitement that the delegates had for the conference and said that he expected the exchange of ideas, interdisciplinary thoughts, and construction of global networking for the developments of the material science fields.

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Opening plenary session: Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Secretary-General, IAAM, welcoming the delegates in the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

The Plenary Session 1 was chaired by Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Secretary-General, IAAM, and Prof. Cristina Satriano, Italy. The opening session of the congress included two lectures. The opening talk was the IAAM Investigator Award Lecture delivered by Chief Scientist, Manager of Advanced Research and Technology at THALES Optronics. The scientist has been involved in the field of scattering theory for over thirty years and his research activities include electromagnetic scattering, quantum confinement, nano-optics, plasmonics, new imaging techniques, and nanostructured thin films. In his talk, he discussed the nanophotonics and light manipulation.

He discussed that controlling scattered light and light absorption is crucial in many areas of science and technology. Artificial materials with nano-scale modulation of the surface can exercise such control and have opened new possibilities for light manipulation. The speaker presented different aspects of plasmonic with nanoparticles and explained the possibility to obtain strong light absorption with a very small amount of material. Metallic nanostructures can also be seen as optical nanoantennas converting freely propagating optical waves into the localized field and nano patch antennas based on the assembly of nanocubes was an appealing way to easily produce structures that feature very thin gaps between metals at a very low cost compared with other surface modification techniques. Finally, he concluded that if these coatings are very good absorbers in the visible and near-infrared range, they can also be of interest for reaching light confinement regimes where nonlocality arises strongly.

The second and last talk of the session was Energy Award lecture delivered by Professor of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany. The lecture was on “Time-resolved localization dynamics in metal oxide energy materials.” A professor is head of the “Time-resolved laser spectroscopy” group at the Institute for Solar Fuels, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany, and specializes in ultrafast laser spectroscopy and fundamental research of carrier transport phenomena in hybrid semiconductor absorber materials for photovoltaics and photocatalysis. In his talk, he described that photoexcited charge carriers in metal oxide absorber materials mostly suffer from the early loss of a substantial fraction of their energy because of ultrafast carrier localization.

He further explained that time-resolved terahertz and microwave conductivity measurements address bulk dynamics while two-photon photoemission simultaneously unravels energetics and dynamics of electrons at the surface. Photo-induced absorption in a photo-electrochemical cell monitors the excited carriers within the depletion zone which can be modified by varying the bias. For a broad variety of metal oxides, carrier localization and the accompanying mobility loss leads to poor photovoltage and photocurrents that limit the energy conversion processes already in the earliest time window.

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Plenary session I: Eminent plenary speakers during the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

Session 2 covered a number of IAAM Award Lectures on different fields like Thin Films, Materials Surface & Interfaces and was chaired by two professors. The first IAAM Award Lecture was on the topic: “Mechanical properties and thermal stability of novel nanostructured alloys obtained by the crystallization of high entropy amorphous phase.” In this talk, the speaker presented the formation of new amorphous alloys with lower metalloid contents in high entropy systems and investigated the future prospects of their high entropy amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys as structural and functional materials.

Another lecture was focused on the use of commercial suborbital spaceflight for advancing science and engineering. In this talk, the speaker presented examples of materials and fluids experiments collected from his own and others’ recent flight history. In addition to the science examples, a novel new educational flight opportunity from one flight provider was presented. A subsequent lecture was on organic hole-transporting materials as an interface layer in perovskite solar cells. Here, the speaker demonstrated that PCE competing with that of spiro-OMeTAD-based devices. Finally, cost reduction and improve efficiency and stability through either structural variations or chemical doping processes were discussed.

Another lecture was focused on the effect of the intermetallic compound on fracture modes in aluminum-steel resistance spot welds. In this talk, the speaker presented that interfacial fracture can be minimized not only by increasing the steel sheet thickness but also by reducing the aluminum sheet thickness. The last lecture of the session was focused on thin-film sensor developments and applications for understanding the tribological surface condition of mechanical devices.

Here, the speaker described that a thin-film sensor can measure pressure, instantaneous temperature, the distance between two surfaces, and strain. He further explained that it was applied to measure the pressure of the compressor and the heat flux measurement of the combustion chamber.

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Distinguished speakers from Academia and Industry on the 2nd Day of the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

Session 3 consisted of one keynote and three invited talks. The session was chaired by two professors and the area of discussion for this session was ‘Biomaterials & Biodevices’.

In the keynote talk, the speaker described advanced surfaces to control infection, inflammation and stem cell differentiation. In his talk, the speaker found that surface nanotopography affects the deposition of collagen from primary human fibroblasts which may have implications in fibrous capsule development. He also gave examples of how we use our surface nanoengineering expertise to create surface cues that direct stem cell differentiation and expansion.

Next was an invited lecture on phalanx reconstruction for extremity functional recovery. Here, the speaker described the study, that how artificial phalanx is manufactured by casting a gas-in-water foam inside the mold and using as the scaffolding material an osteoinductive mixture of gelatin and a blend of nano-hydroxyapatite particles/decellularized human bone powder. The subsequently invited lecture was focused on the novel graphene functionalization approach leading to ultrasensitive, robust, and fast sulfur contaminant detection in aviation fuels. The last invited talk of the session was on biopolymer-based carriers for the encapsulation and protection of bioactive nutrients.

 Session 4 marked a discussion on ‘Nanomaterials: Synthesis and Properties.’ This session was chaired by two professors and saw Nanomaterials discussed in detail by eminent speakers. This session consisted of one keynote and three invited talks. It started with a keynote lecture on the fabrication of high-throughput nanomaterial processing for practical application. In this presentation, the speaker introduced some high-throughput nanomaterial processing applications (nanoparticle, nanowire, nanocomposite, nano FGM.).

The next invited lecture was focused on assembling both discrete and framework metal-containing nanostructures – from polyrotaxane generation to pressure-induced molecular switching. A subsequently invited lecture described the multi-scale modeling of nanostructured metal nanoparticles. The last talk of the session was an invited lecture based on a two-dimensional lateral complicated structure.

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IAAM Award Lectures by distinguished speakers from Academia and Industry during the 2nd Day of the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

Session 5 consisted of four IAAM Award Lectures. This session was focused on Metamaterials and was chaired by one professor of the same expertise. The first lecture was on the topic “Metamaterials for particle accelerator”. In this talk, the speaker proved that the reduction of shunt impedance and/or Q-factor of resonant modes might be done through the insertion of tailored metamaterials acting as absorbers in specific positions inside the resonant cavities or, in general, in other critical components of an accelerating machine.

The next lecture was focused on the semi-analytical effective medium approach. Here, the speaker talked about the possibility of extending the experimental approach to 3-dimensional periodic structures, using the spherical Bessel functions. Another IAAM Award lecture was focused on the micro-nano three-dimensional printing of conducting polymers in transparent polymer sheet for switchable metamaterials. Here, the speaker described that the 3D microstructures of PEDOT have also been successfully achieved by their 3D printing system. This study was carried out to improve the process resolution for 3D microstructures of PEDOT.

In the last lecture of the session, the speaker described the characterization of the anthropogenic metabolism by statistical entropy. In this talk, one case study of a car was used to show how to determine a perfect circularity reference level, which represents a system state that fully preserves the functionality of the product (car) and avoids resource losses. This allows us to determine the distance of any system to an ideal circular and resource-effective system by quantifying concentration and dilution effects, originating from the various consecutive processes that are required to maintain the original product functionality over a certain period of time.

In the session 6, the Biomaterials & Biodevices were discussed in detail by eminent speakers through five invited lectures. This session was chaired by two professors of the same field and started with an invited keynote lecture on the title: “Long-term protection of covalently modified wood against biodegradation.” In this talk, the impressive potential of wood modification methodology against biodegradation was discussed. The strong, covalent character of the modifications was proved in the study through ATR-IR, NMR, and XP spectroscopy.

Another invited talk was on chitlac-coated methacrylic thermosets, which utilized to improve the osteo- and angiogenic potential of a co-culture of dental pulp stem cells and endothelial cells. The next invited lecture was on designing tissue engineering scaffolds and cell microenvironments using microfluidics. A subsequently invited lecture was focused on mechanism elucidation of squalene emulsions based on amphiphilic bioresorbable polymers linking with vaccine immunogenicity. The last talk of the session was focused on mussel-inspired comb-like copolymer coated polypropylene mesh with anti-adhesion efficiency for abdominal wall defect repair.

Session 7 consisted of one IAAM Scientist Medal Lecture, three invited lectures, and one oral talk. The session was chaired by two professors and the area of discussion was ‘Applications of Nanotechnology’. The session started with an IAAM Scientist Medal Lecture, in which the speaker described large-scale applications of magnetic nanotechnology in separation. The speaker described that magnetic nanotechnology has recently attracted great attention in bio-separation and wastewater treatment. The results presented in the lecture showed that the continuous preparation scale of 5 kg/h and the continuous recovery scale of 300 L/h from the solution could be obtained.

The next talk was an invited lecture focused on silver nanoparticle-based surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy analysis of blood plasma for early colorectal cancer detection. Here, the speaker demonstrated that silver nanoparticle-based SERS analysis of blood plasma has great potential for detecting both colorectal cancers and adenomas. The next invited lecture was focused on encapsulation strategies for industrial applications. A subsequently invited lecture reviewed the nanotechnology in semiconductor for millimeter-wave integrated circuits and systems-on-chip. The last oral talk of the session was focused on nanowire ultrananocrystalline diamond-based CH4 gas sensors.

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Glimpses of the global platform of networking and discussion during the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

Session 8 also included a number of IAAM Award Lectures and marked the discussion on Functional and Lighting Materials. In this session, materials research was discussed in detail by eminent speakers and it was chaired by two professors. This session 8 consisted of three IAAM Award Lectures and started with a lecture on the title: “Naphthalene diimides as functional components for redox- and photo-active materials”. In this presentation, the speaker highlighted the recent advances in naphthalene diimide chemistry that have led to the development of molecules with improved or tunable optical properties, and the design strategies utilized to produce bright fluorescence emission or favourable optoelectronic properties within the small molecule and supramolecular architectures.

The next IAAM award lecture was on the machine learning clustering technique applied to X-ray diffraction patterns to distinguish alloy substitutions. In this lecture, the speaker highlighted that the ‘machine learning technique for XRD patterns developed here have a wider range of applications not limited to just magnets, but further on those materials whose properties are tuned by the atomic substitutions.

The last IAAM award lecture of the session was focused on nitride semiconductors. In this presentation, the speaker described that there was no bulk substrate commercially available because the equilibrium vapor pressure of nitrogen was extremely high in comparison to the conventional compound semiconductors such as GaAs. Here, the speaker was also focussed on the discussion of ScMgAlO4 (SCAM) proposed by C. D. Brandel of Bell laboratory. Finally, the speaker said that the discussed material may become a breakthrough in the substrate issue.

Session 9 consisted of two invited and one oral talk. Chaired by three professors of the same expertise, this session was focused on ‘Biomaterials & Biodevices’. This session started with an IAAM Award Lecture related to study of stem cell sources like adipose tissue or bone marrow and their efficiency for bone tissue engineering applications. In this lecture, the speaker presented that chitosan/β-1,3- glucan/HA bone scaffold is a promising material to be used for tissue-engineered autologous living graft production since both ADSCs and BMDSCs revealed the capability to proliferate and differentiate on its surface.

In the first invited talk, the speaker demonstrated a robotic fish technology and its applications. Here, through speaker technology, anyone can reduce 50 % of surgical operation compared with most-used devices in the hospital. The session ended with an oral talk focused on the research of polypropylene mesh modified with PLLA/PVA and its anti-adhesion in experimental abdominal wall defect repair.

In Session 10, the Computational Materials & Modelling were discussed in detail by eminent speakers through an IAAM Young Scientists Medal Lecture, one invited lecture, and one oral talk. This session, chaired by two professors of the same field, started with an IAAM Young Scientists Medal Lecture on the title: “The electronic origin of the thermal and phase instability of metal halide perovskites from the first principle”. The results presented in this lecture provided important insights into strategies for stabilizing metal halide perovskites by tuning their composition. The last oral talk of the session was focused on the evaluation of deformation properties of asphalt concrete mixture using noncontact optical sensing methods.

Poster Session

During the 2nd day of the 27th assembly of AMC in the session 11, a poster session was held on the theme: “Multi-inter-transdisciplinary Advanced Research and Innovations” that highlighted advance research, innovation, and technology of inter-trans disciplinary areas of three important research fields- 1) Advanced Materials, 2) Analytical Methods & Spectroscopy, 3) Archaeology & Cultural Heritage. The three jury members for the session evaluated the posters by examining their quality. All the posters were set up in Room 4, B31-32, Conference Center.

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Participants during Poster Session of the 27th assembly of AMC ©IAAM Media

27th IAAM Felicitation Ceremony

IAAM also believes in recognizing outstanding contributions made by scientific elites and potential researchers. Therefore, in our congresses, we honor individuals and organizations to promote inspiring research and facilitate the advancement of materials to global excellence. At the 27th IAAM Award assembly, the association conferred upon the deserving delegates the highest honors with Advanced Materials Laureate, European Advanced Materials Award, Energy Award, IAAM Investigator Award, IAAM Medal, IAAM Scientist Medal, and IAAM Young Scientist Medal.

The highly prestigious “Advanced Materials Laureate 2019” was awarded to Dr. Engelke from Bruker, Germany, during the award assembly. IAAM has made an effort to recognize every outstanding researcher or scientist that is making possible the advancement of materials to global excellence by honoring them with the prestigious ‘IAAM Award’. At the 27th assembly, we witnessed as many as 30 IAAM Award Lectures from scientists from the advanced materials world. These lectures proved to be a source of great knowledge and inspiration for future innovations and technology.

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IAAM awardees during the IAAM Felicitation Ceremony of the 27th assembly of AMC organized by the International Association of Advanced Materials. ©IAAM Media

Moreover, all the awardees who have been recognized with the highest IAAM honors in the past and present were recognized with the title of “Fellow of IAAM” (FIAAM). This new beginning was made with an aim to inspire budding researchers and scientists to make contributions to the advancement of science. This title will surely give all the delegates a feeling of permanent association with the International Association of Advanced Materials and to work together for the betterment of society.

On 13 August, the 3rd day of the conference, plenary session 12 was organized, which included three lectures. The session was chaired by three professors. The 1st talk of the session was Advanced Materials Laureate Lecture delivered by Dr. Eglenke Bruker, Germany, on the topic: “Recent developments in solid-state DNP MAS NMR instrumentation”. In this talk, the speaker described the progress in Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) instrumentation and methodology and suggested key factors in the recent growth of solid-state DNP NMR applications. The speaker reviewed the current state of the art of solid-state DNP NMR instrumentation, particularly focusing on solid-state NMR probe technology. A DNP system overview was given, including options for microwave sources and DNP NMR probes. He focused on some specific developments for DNP at 100 K with magic angle spinning (MAS).

The second talk of the session was European Advanced Materials Lecture delivered by a professor from Institute of Solid State Physics, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, on the topic: “Quasi-one dimensional arrays of atomic wires: A new route to nano-optoelectronics?”. In this talk, the professor demonstrated that the embedding environment contributes crucially to the electronic properties in these systems that lead to dimensional crossover, as consistently predicted by the DFT calculations. In his study, adsorption of atomic hydrogen and oxidation was tested. It turned out that these systems are surprisingly robust against oxidation.

 The third talk of the session was delivered by a professor of the University of Waterloo, Canada.

This talk was IAAM Medal Lecture on the topic: “Development of a framework for innovative usage of materials: a Canadian case study”. In this talk, the speaker discussed research which evaluates the usage of various recycled by-products in both concrete and asphalt pavements. The professor presented a methodology based on several research projects over the past twenty years.

The emphasis of the speaker was on the development of a framework that has been used for evaluating the use of recycled concrete aggregate in jointed plain concrete pavement and pervious concrete, recycled plastic structural domes in jointed plain concrete pavement, recycled asphalt pavement in asphalt pavement, recycled crumb rubber in asphalt pavement, and recycled asphalt shingles in asphalt pavement.

An evaluation methodology and strategy for how these materials and designs can be implemented in specifications while managing risk was presented. Finally, a life cycle assessment analysis which included cost analysis and sustainability analysis was presented. Overall, the presentation demonstrated how products, technologies, and designs can be evaluated from a technical, economic, and environmental perspective and then implemented in a sound engineered manner.

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Plenary session II: Eminent plenary speakers during the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

Session 13 consisted of five IAAM Award Lectures. This session was focused on Electronic, Magnetic, Optical & Energy Materials and was chaired by three professors of the same expertise. In the first IAAM Award Lecture, the speaker talked about hyperdoping Si and Ge by pulsed laser melting to achieve light absorption and emission in the near to mid-infrared region. In this lecture, the speaker showed photoluminescence results at room temperature that provide direct evidence for a direct bandgap material, indicating the potential for realizing a room temperature GeSn laser operating at infrared wavelengths above 2μm.

The next IAAM Award Lecture was on the topic “Solution-processed semiconductors for medical applications”. Here, the speaker described that topics like long-term stability and drift of the dark current showed drastic improvements so that the commercialization of perovskites for X-ray detection soon becomes possible. A subsequent IAAM Award Lecture was focused on the fabrication of copper wire in the air using a glyoxylic acid copper complex and laser irradiation. Here, the speaker described that the developed method –combining laser irradiation to a copper-complex-coated film and electroless copper plating- enables the high-speed deposition of fine copper wiring in the air by a printing process, indicating an inexpensive and useful process for fabricating copper wiring without high vacuum facility and heat-treatment under inert gas. Another IAAM Award Lecture was on the generalized Lorenz-Mie theories and mechanical effects of laser light, a celebration of Arthur Ashkin’s pioneering work in optical levitation and manipulation.

In this talk, as a celebration of Arthur Ashkin’s pioneering work concerning the mechanical effects of laser light, the speaker offered a review and overview devoted to GLMTs and mechanical effects of laser light, both in Rouen (France) where the GLMT has been built, and all over the world. The last IAAM Award Lecture of the session was focused on the adsorption and diffusion behaviors of important nuclides in htr-pm materials. This was the first-principles study, where the theoretical results are in good agreement with the experimental data. These results were very helpful to understand the adsorption and diffusion behaviors of radionuclides in HTR-PM materials from the micro perspective, and can be used to guide the source term analysis and radiation protection.

Session 14 consisted of four invited lectures and one oral talk. Functional Materials was the focus area of discussion and was chaired by two professors. In the first invited talk, the speaker talked about the engineering of nanoceria-based redox-responsive/pH-dependent/tumor-targeting drug delivery system. Here, the speaker introduced a lucidly engineered combinatorial nano-construct that offers a viable and simple strategy for delivering a cocktail of therapeutics into tumor cells under acidosis, exhibiting a promising new future for clinical therapeutic opportunities.

The next lecture was focused on organometallics for OLED and OP. In this lecture, the speaker talked about the fundamentals and applications aspects of organometallics. A subsequently invited lecture was on electric and thermoelectric properties of cement-based composites with MWCNT. Another invited lecture was a diffusion monte Carlo study on a mechanism of point defects diffusion in the rutile TiO2 bulk. The last oral talk of the session was on the preparation of pH-responsive honeycomb-like film from self-assembled dendritic polymers for dye adsorption.

Session 15 marked the discussion on Electronic, Magnetic & Optical Materials. In this session, various related aspects were discussed in detail by eminent speakers and it was chaired by three professors. This session consisted of one IAAM Medal Lecture, three invited and two oral talks. It started with an IAAM medal lecture on the field related to atom response theory for nonlinear optical materials. In this talk, the speaker discussed the new theory with which one can analyze the partial contribution of a constituent subsystem to the whole system. The information at the nano length scale is extremely useful for chemists and material scientists to design and synthesize new NLO materials.

In the first invited talk, the speaker investigated donor-acceptor copolymers with thienothiadiazole, difluorobenzothiadiazole, and perylenetetracarboxydiimide acceptor units as optical and electronic materials. The speaker described that third-generation semiconducting polymers including donor-acceptor (D-A) copolymers are extensively studied due to their potential as active materials for photonic and optoelectronic applications. In the study, the D-A copolymers with interesting behavior were tested as active layers in optoelectronic devices (light-emitting and photovoltaic devices, for optical switching, etc.).

The next invited lecture was on designing hysteresis with dipolar chains. A subsequently invited lecture covered spectral-luminescent properties of huntite-like glasses doped with Sb, Ce, and Tb. Another talk was an oral lecture focused on the synthesis of conjugated D-A copolymers with carbazole, fluorene, perylenetetracarboxydiimide, and difluorobenzothiadiazole structural units. The last oral talk of the session was focused on the coloration mechanism and the alexandrite effect of diaspora.

Session 16 consisted of one European Advanced Materials Award Lecture, one IAAM Investigator Award Lecture, one IAAM Award Lecture, one IAAM Medal Lecture, and one oral talk. In this session, all talks were focused on Organic and Composite Thermoelectric Materials and it was chaired by one professor of the same expertise. In the European Advanced Materials Award Lecture, the speaker talked about polymer thermoelectric composites. He discussed the efforts in the research of n-type and p-type TE composites of small organic molecules. In this talk, the speaker reported a novel p-type TE composite with narrow-bandgap small organic molecule (TPNO) coating on SWCNT.

The next lecture was IAAM Investigator Award Lecture, in which the speaker focused on novel high power and environmentally friendly Si-based thermoelectric materials. The speaker discussed that IoT devices drive by the electrical power generated from the waste hot water of the gas co-generation system by using the thermoelectric module. Next was an IAAM Medal Lecture, in which the speaker described the Seebeck effect, peltier cooling, and ZT in atomic/molecular junctions from first principles. The last talk of the session was an oral lecture focused on single-walled carbon nanotubes/polyethyleneimine composites for the flexible thermoelectrical power generators.

Distinguished speakers from Academia & industry during the assembly | IAAM

Distinguished speakers from Academia and Industry on the 3rd day of the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

In Session 17, Polymer, Composite & Ceramic Biomaterials were discussed in detail by eminent speakers through eight IAAM Award Lectures. This session, chaired by two professors of the same field, started with a lecture on the title: “Biosynthesis of block copolymer for poly(3-hydroxy alkanoates)”. The speaker explained that it was found that as the cultivation time of glucose increased, the chain length of the P3HBV block accumulated at the initial stage decreased, whereas that of the P3HB block increased.

This indicated that the P3HBV block was consumed as an energy source for the activity of the microorganism while more of the P3HB block was accumulated because the end group was active for polymerization. The next IAAM Award Lecture was focused on the polyacetylene guest in the inclusion compound. Here, the professor informed the audience that their current effort was aimed at polymerized chains that are the full length of the crystal. In another talk, the speaker talked about macrocell corrosion and its countermeasure of reinforced concrete. In this talk, it was confirmed that increasing the corrosion quantity decreases the bending fracture load and the bending stiffness. In particular, structural performance decreases rapidly when the macrocell is formed. Here, some methods were proposed to control the macrocell corrosion.

The next IAAM Award Lecture was on the silicon nanowires decorated with single organic molecules. This study was conducted by scanning transmission electron microscopy equipped with a high angle annular dark field detector. The direct visualization of the single molecules arranged over the Si nanowire surface had shown that the molecule modification and the position of the atoms composing the molecule / Si system. A subsequent lecture was focused on the “In vitro synthesis of natural rubber by recombinant enzymes introduced on rubber particles”. The results of this study suggested that a key factor for cPTs to exhibit RTase activity may be properly folding and introduction of the cPTs onto the RP membrane.

The next IAAM Award Lecture was on the membrane transport properties and their effects on membrane-type total heat exchanger performance. In this lecture, the speaker described that the enthalpy effectiveness showed a variation similar to that of the latent effectiveness. So, the adsorption constant is an important basis for the selection of the membrane materials, and it was found the membrane with a larger adsorption constant should be used for the climate condition with higher humidity.

In another talk, the speaker talked about joining of UHTC composite using a metallic interlayer. In this talk, the speaker described the four-point bending test of the oxidized joints revealed 625±38.6 MPa, which indicates the Ni-ZrB2 powder-based interlayer maintained the strength of the joints even after the oxidation process.

The last IAAM Award Lecture of the session was on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of emerging two-dimensional materials.

Session 18 consisted of one IAAM medal lecture and six invited talks.  Energy Materials were the focus area of discussion of this session and it was chaired by two professors. The first invited lecture was focused on “Structural imperfections” in the transition metal oxides SPS synthesis and thermoelectricity. In this lecture, the speaker showed how the formation of the different types of the “structural imperfections” in the non-conductive oxides influence the crystal structure, electrical and transport properties of the synthesized sub-oxides.

In another invited talk, the speaker demonstrated the contribution of experimental thermodynamics to the assessment of the stability of hybrid lead halide perovskites. Here, the speaker discussed the prevailing decomposition path of the material. Furthermore, the values of the standard free energies and enthalpies of the decomposition reaction were determined and such findings are of fundamental importance in order to predict the thermodynamic stability of the material under various chemical and physical conditions.

A subsequently invited lecture was focused on the improvement of the photocatalytic activity and selectivity of TiO2 via modification with task-specific ionic liquids and graphene analogs. The next invited lecture was based on developing new low loading Pt-based nanomaterials for energy applications. Another invited talk was on new intermetallic MSn5 (M=Fe, Co, Ni) phases and their application in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. The last invited talk of the session was related to the functionalization of natural nanotube by the chemical surface activation process for effluent treatment applications.

Session 19 marked the discussion on Thin Films, Structural & Engineering Materials, and Surface & Interfaces. It was chaired by two professors and saw the discussion of various research and application aspects in detail by eminent speakers. This session consisted of one keynote, two IAAM Scientist Medal Lectures, and four invited lectures. The session started with a keynote lecture on the field related to stress paths and mechanical behaviors of confined concrete. In this, the speaker showed good agreement between the experimental results and the ones predicted by the model.

This indicated a high performance of the proposed model. This was followed by two IAAM Scientist Medal Lectures, where speakers discussed the cause of a 100-year low carbonated concrete of bridge and approach to a shape memory alloy-based semi-automated system for blow-mold self-calibration. Here, the speaker concluded that even for modern structures, a dense, thin, protective render coat with very high cement content can easily serve as an effective anti-carbonation barrier. In the first invited talk, the speaker described the possible routes for improvement in the microstructure of aluminium alloys due to high-intense ultrasonic vibrations.

The next lecture was on the plasma process of coating deposition controlled by gas injections. A subsequently invited lecture was focused on the atomic layer deposition growth of laminated oxides as dielectric thin films. The last invited lecture of the session was on improved reliability for engineering metals.

Session 20 consisted of four invited, one IAAM Young Scientist Medal Lecture and one oral talk. This session was focused on Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Biotechnology Symposium and was chaired by two professors of the same expertise. In the first invited talk, the speaker described new steps towards revealing the true extension of the submarine cultural heritage off the Romanian coast. The speaker described that the ancient wooden ship discovered off costinesti village, as well as nearshore Eforie sud resort. The coin hoard reveals its age as being the 17th century. Among the other shipwrecks found until the present, many age backs up to around 100 years, which according to the law, already makes them part of the national cultural heritage.

In the next keynote talk, the speaker demonstrated a preparation of hydrogel based on host-guest interaction for the 3D culture of tumor cells. In this talk, the speaker provided new ways and materials for the preparation of functionalized 3D culture scaffolds, which lay an experimental and theoretical basis for cell follow-up research.

The next keynote lecture was on mutagenesis to the target genes of microalgae with the 15N-resonant nuclear reaction. A subsequently invited lecture was on ancient DNA technology and research. In this lecture, the speaker talked about various technologies and methodologies in ancient research. He discussed south Asian ancient research sites and research data related to pigmentation adaptation and variation in Indian populations. Another invited lecture was on pre-stressed ceramics with high strength and high damage tolerance.

The last oral talk of the session was on molecular genetic technique in primary congenital glaucoma. In conclusion, the chair introduced and discussed important posters related to the symposium and cultural activities in Scandinavian regions related to monuments and the archipelago tour.

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Speakers and Delegates during Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Biotechnology Symposium of the 27th assembly of AMC ©IAAM Media

International Consortium on Advanced Materials’ Technology for Industry

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, Time: 18.45 – 19.30 at Auditorium B, Conference Centre, M/S Mariella, Viking Line

 In the 27th assembly of EAMC, an international consortium was organized on the Advanced Materials’ Technology for the industry with the major aim to create global coordination and knowledge sharing joint infrastructures for Materials’ Technology and industrial promotion. This consortium filled the gap between academic research and industrial demand by generating a platform to build multi-inter-trans-disciplinary projects by grants applications, commercial IPRs, high-quality publications, etc.

The IAAM consortium’s panelists initiated the program during the assembly to promote the exchange of translational ideas, sharing breakthroughs, long term experiences and description of joint infrastructures and projects, etc. The objectives of the International Consortium were as follows:

  • To create a global cooperation platform
  • To implement projects by sharing knowledge, building joint infrastructures in terms of IPR, high-quality publications, etc.
  • To improve the efficiency of cooperation by external funding
  • To disseminate translational research
  • To build technology for market

The IAAM consortium was open to institutional and individual participants to share their views of point in line with their expertise. Important views and steps were discussed by experts covering topics and field-specific conversations related to training and funding support, the best infrastructure of company and limitation of academic, mutual support and benefit, commercialized technology and thinking gap, best policy and possible collaboration, translational research, and technology. The consortium was run with a defined agenda where nine panelists, having vast experience in the innovations and technology of their respective fields discussed their overviews and experiences for further participation.

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International Consortium on Advanced Materials’ Technology for Industry in the 27th assembly of AMC ©IAAM Media

Minutes of 27th Assembly of AMC Consortium

An international consortium on Advanced Materials’ Technology for Industry opened with world-class panelists. The 27th AMC consortium ran with a defined agenda and was always open to all the participants for sharing their view of point inline of their expertise. The consortium was focused on Advanced Materials’ Technology for Industry with the primary aim to bridge industry and academia in order to initiate coordination and create a platform for building multi-inter-trans-disciplinary projects. Important aspects were discussed by all the material scientists, academicians, industry specialists and research professionals on topics related to Advanced Materials’ Technology for Industry.

In brief, the consortium started with the objective being read out aloud and a formal introduction with everyone. Panelist 1 suggested the process and structure of research organizations, simple technology orientation research and funding opportunities of industrially oriented research. Panelist 2 focused on key issues of research and industry and suggested how to utilize academic infrastructure to generate and select potential candidates for industry. He discussed legal, business and export-oriented industrial organizations. Panelist 3 shared the importance of academia and industry relations and mentioned about real challenges in market technologies. He suggested developing collaboration opportunities for industry and technology.

Panellist 4 discussed interdisciplinary platform for academia and industry to deliver better results. Panelist 4 shared her journey of bio-interfaces research and gave importance to coordination for funding success and patent-oriented research. Panelist 5 discussed the need to connect with strong association activity, identification of translational technology for the industry. He suggested getting finance from the company at different stages of research.

Panelist 6 emphasized more on the protection of ideas, open mind for further research. He emphasized the need to understand society’s demand, research, and industrial relations. Panelist 7 focused on the business mechanism and product choice to develop technologies for the market. He suggested attaching with NGO type models for initial support. Panelist 8 talked about the adaptive processes in financial benefits and cooperation. He discussed competitive opportunities and a selection of good and bad research.

Panelist 9 discussed health research, market, and challenges, the importance of government and association through policy and infrastructures. Finally, the meeting was concluded by Panellist 9 by combining everyone’s view and objective of consortium. Dr. Tiwari talked about the importance of idea creation and implementation strategies. He talked about return benefits and expert selection in the same process. Various audiences also participated in the discussion and presented their views. To conclude, Dr. Ashutosh thanked everyone and announced further possibilities of future collaborations and joint research projects like platform with panelists and experts under the IAAM consortium platform. Finally, the desired objectives of the consortium were accomplished with the active participation of the delegates and the minutes were circulated for the next follow-up meetings.

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Panelists during the International Consortium in the 27th assembly of AMC ©IAAM Media

The fourth day of the 27th assembly of EAMC started with plenary lectures of Session 22, which was chaired by two professors. The first talk of this session was an IAAM Medal Lecture by Professor and Head of Nano Hybrid Biointerfaces Lab (NHIL) at the University of Catania, Canada, on the topic “Hybrid peptide-graphene nanoplatforms for theranostic applications at the biointerface”. This lecture was focused on the preparation and physicochemical characterization of hybrid biointerfaces for biomaterials, biosensors, and nanomedicine applications.

In her talk, the speaker talked about the immobilization of dipeptides of phenylalanine (the core recognition motif of the Alzheimer’s β-amyloid polypeptide), tetra-repeat fragments of the histidine-proline rich glycoprotein (anti-angiogenic) and angiogenin-mimicking peptides (angiogenic), onto GO nanosheets and GO-AuNP nanocomposites. The characterization of the hybrid peptide/GO-based nanoplatforms was performed by UV-visible, CD, fluorescence and NMR spectroscopies, AFM and DLS analyses.

The response of the nano assemblies at the biointerface with model cell membranes made of supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) and with human neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y line) was investigated in terms of lateral diffusion properties as well as nanotoxicity and reactive oxygen species production, respectively. Confocal microscopy imaging of cellular internalization highlighted the promising potentialities of GO-AuNP nanoplatforms for theranostic (i.e., sensing/imaging + therapy) applications.

The 2nd talk of the session was delivered by a professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, on “Powerhouse-on-chip — Ultrathin microfabricated thermoelectric array for thermal energy harvesting”. In this talk, a reliable and efficient hybrid fabrication method for ultrathin thermoelectric devices based on the non-contact exposing, photoresist melting and microfabrication technology was presented. The presented talk provided a useful guide for the design of a micro/nano-scale thermoelectric device in the near future. Additionally, the speaker demonstrated novel energy utilization that thermoelectric generation (TEG) device can achieve self-powering by radiative cooling (RC) continuously.

The results presented in the talk indicated that electron-phonon coupling occurred at the semiconductor/metal interface that strongly affected the cross-plane thermal conductivity. This work presented both experimental and theoretical understanding of the thermal transport properties of Sb2Te3/metal multilayer thin film junctions with important implications for exploring a novel approach to improving the thermoelectric conversion efficiency.

The last talk of the session was a plenary lecture by Professor of Ryerson University, Canada, on “Innovative asphalt mix compaction technology: Theory and implementation”. In this talk, the speaker said that conventional compacting rollers of asphalt mixes cause construction-induced cracks, often visually apparent. These surface cracks result in a significant increase in permeability of the asphalt pavement leading to faster deterioration and early failure, especially in cold regions.

Speaker’s group involved in the same research over the past 30 years, for the final solution. They were able to design and building of a new compactor named Asphalt Multi-Integrated Roller (AMIR) that eliminates construction cracks. This presentation described four aspects: the concept of AMIR compactor, AMIR development, comparative field test results, and highlights of AMIR technology. Their results showed significant improvements in the mechanical and physical properties of asphalt pavements compacted by AMIR. Finally, the new AMIR compactor can replace the current three types of rollers with a lesser number of passes, and meet compaction standards and specifications without additional cost.

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Plenary session III: Eminent speakers during the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

In Session 23, Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology were discussed in detail by eminent speakers through one keynote, one IAAM Scientist Medal Lecture, two invited, and one oral talk. This session was chaired by two professors of the same field and started with a keynote lecture on the title: “wave-based neuromorphic computing building blocks with nano-structured systems.” In this talk, the speaker described passive elements whose delay can be controlled electrically as well as geometrically, finally thanks to the electron transport in nanowire structures.  In the IAAM Scientist Medal Lecture, the speaker delivered a talk on functional peptide-based nanomaterials to overcome tumoral delivery barriers.

The next invited lecture was on polymer supermolecular structure formation under extreme high and rapid stretching of their solutions. A subsequently invited lecture was on the survey on crystal structures of fluorapatite and polytetrafluoroethylene. The last oral talk of the session was on giant quantum oscillations and ultralow-threshold laser action derived from graphene/ quantum dots-based heterojunctions.

Session 24 consisted of two IAAM scientist medal lectures, two invited, and one oral talk.  New Age Materials Research and Innovations was the focus area of discussion for this session and it was chaired by two professors. In the first IAAM scientist medal lecture, the speaker demonstrated a hybrid assembly of angiogenin with gold nanoparticles for wound healing treatment. The results presented by the speaker revealed a promising multifunctional platform as an active wound healing and tissue regeneration agent.

The next invited talk was focused on the development of ultrabright scintillator materials. A subsequently invited lecture was focused on structural investigations of phosphate glasses containing transition metals. Another lecture was IAAM Scientist Medal Lecture focused on super-elastic functional hydrogel strengthened by cement-released nanoparticles at low-content. The last oral talk of the session was on the AR-based assistance system for manual FRP production

Session 25 marked the discussion on Polymer Science and Technology. In this session, Polymer research was discussed in detail by eminent speakers and it was chaired by two professors. This session consisted of one keynote, two invited, and three oral talks and started with a keynote lecture on the title: “Novel photonics polymers towards IoT era.” In this talk, the speaker proposed and developed the new photonics polymer films towards real-color UHD displays ahead of the world.

A subsequently invited lecture was focused on the self-organized nanofiber arrays from lithographically pre-patterned polymer thin films. Another invited lecture was on the materials informatics for polymer crystals with high thermal conductivities. The first oral talk was about SERS detection of malachite green by silver nanoparticles immobilized on dendritic polymer–reduced graphene oxide nanohybrids.

In another talk, the speaker demonstrated alginates as innovative film-forming agents on crystalline surfaces. Further, he talked about properties and issues for process engineering. The last oral talk of the session was on 3D printing stretchable conductors for soft robotics.

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Distinguished speakers from Academia and Industry on the 4th day of the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

Session 26 consisted of one invited and one oral talk. This session was focused on New Frontiers in Nanotechnology and was chaired by two professors of the same expertise. In the first invited talk, the speaker talked about spectroscopic imaging of surface plasmon polariton enhanced energy transfer ucponversion in NaYF4:Yb4+,Ln3+ nanoparticles. Here, the speaker discussed the mechanisms for the observed enhancement and power dependence.  In this session, an oral talk was delivered on thermally reduced nanoporous graphene oxide membrane for desalination.

In Session 27, the Sustainable Construction and Building Materials were discussed in detail by eminent speakers through two invited and two oral talks. This session was chaired by one professor and had started with an invited lecture on the title: “Impacts of flooding on asphalt pavements under climate change.” Here, the speaker demonstrated how products, technologies, and designs can be evaluated from a technical, economic and environmental perspective and then implemented in a sound engineered manner.

Another invited lecture was on the influence of stone powder type and content on thermal expansion coefficient of manufactured sand concrete at an early age. Another oral talk was based on the dispersion of MWCNTs using polyvinylpyrrolidone for application in cement-based composites. The last oral talk of the session was related to the investigation on chloride binding behavior and microstructure of C-(A)-S-H.

Session 28 consisted of three invited talks. Analytical Methods and Spectroscopy was the focus area of discussion and the session was chaired by three professors. In the first invited talk, the speaker demonstrated experimental analysis of lipid involved in inflammatory processes mediated by stromal exosomes. In her talk, the speaker discussed the method involved in the extraction and identification of the molecules by HPLC-MS / MS in MRM mode (36 compounds investigated simultaneously) without complex purification. Further, the speaker described that the introduction of 4 internal standards allowed the quantification of all these compounds.

Next was an invited lecture based on NMR-assisted investigation of ligand-protein interactions. In this talk, the speaker described about therapeutic agent aspects of the above experiment. The last invited lecture of the session was on “ACTRIS-EU topical centre for reactive trace gases in situ measurements: Activities and future development.”

Closing Ceremony and Awards Announcement

The closing ceremony of the 27th assembly of AMC covered the summary of each session, comments, and announcement of the awards for the best oral and poster presentations. In the closing ceremony, Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Secretary-General, IAAM, expressed his gratitude to the scientific community members for sharing their experiences, advice, and brilliant suggestions in the interdisciplinary congress. He thanked the organizing committee for evaluating and selecting the awardees for the oral and poster presentations categories.

Three best oral presentations prizes were awarded to three young researchers on the basis of the evaluation by the oral talk committee. These talks were based on the AR-Based Assistance System for Manual FRP Production, chloride binding behavior and microstructure of C-(A)-S-H and Alginates as innovative film-forming agents on crystalline surfaces – properties and issues for process engineering.

Further, three best poster awards were presented to three young researchers on the basis of the evaluation by the poster committee. These poster presentations were based on the research of luminescent monitoring of the initial stage of the Ln-containing nanoparticles formation in glasses, synthetic control of two-dimensional NiTe2 single crystals, and biomimetic polydimethylsiloxane SERS substrates for the detection of water pollutants.

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Closing Ceremony and Best Oral and Poster Awards of the 27th assembly of AMC. © IAAM Media

Release of the new six books in the Advanced Materials Series

The 27th assembly of AMC served as a platform where the delegates got a chance to celebrate the world of advanced materials science and technology with their peers and scientific elites from around the world. To make a memorable contribution to the world of scientific literature along with valuable lectures by more than hundreds of keynote/invited eminent speakers, the 27th AMC also witnessed the release of six new books in the Advanced Materials Series and thus was a significant milestone in the journey of advanced materials. Following books of material science were published by WILEY-Scrivener, USA, in association with the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), Sweden-

  • Advanced Battery Materials
  • Advanced Coating Materials
  • Emerging Photovoltaic Materials
  • Advanced Thermoelectric Materials
  • Advanced Topological Insulators
  • Thin Film Materials

Advanced materials represent one of the most appealing areas of research of science and technology because of their extraordinary properties and huge potential for various technological applications. This book series focused on specific material research topics with diversified applications and huge impact on innovation and technology. Strong contributions from diversified academic and industrial organizations indicate the astonishing impact of these materials on different fields.

This new series of six books, edited by seven editors, comprises as many as 85 chapters that have been contributed by 300 authors (IAAM members) from over 100 world-class institutions and universities from as many as 40 countries.

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The six new books of Advanced Materials Series released during the 27th assembly of AMC. ©IAAM Media

The 1st book of the series is about Advanced Battery Materials edited by Prof. Chunwen Sun, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, China. This book has 12 chapters that provide detailed and up-to-date overviews of the carbon anode materials (carbon, Mo, etc.), lithium-ion batteries, transition metal oxides, graphene, silicon, electrodes, energy storage systems, lithium-sulfur batteries, supercapacitors, and electrical properties.

The 2nd book, Advanced Coating Materials, has been edited by Prof. Liang Li and Qing Yang. This book divides the collection of diversified topics related to coating materials into three parts: (1) Materials and Methods: Design and Fabrication, (2) Coating Materials: Nanotechnology, and (3) Advanced Coating Technology and Applications. This book attempts to give an overview of the mechanism, usage, and manipulation of cutting edge coating methods was the focus of this book.

The 3rd book, Emerging Photovoltaic Materials is focused on the recent developments in emerging 4G photovoltaic materials. This book has 19 chapters and is divided into six parts covering a broad range of impending topics in emerging PV materials. This book has been edited by Prof. Santosh K. Kurinec, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. This volume is solely focused on all aspects such as, but not limited to, silicon photovoltaics, emerging photovoltaic materials, perovskite solar cells, organic solar cells, nano photovoltaics, concentrator photovoltaics, and analysis models.

The 4th book of the series is about Advanced Thermoelectric Materials, edited by Prof. Chong Rae Park, Seoul National University, Korea. This book has 12 chapters and provides up-to-date overviews of the fundamental discussion, latest research & developments, and the future thermoelectric materials.

The 5th book, Advanced Topological Insulators, edited by Prof. Huixia Luo, Sun Yat-Sen University, China, is about condensed matter physics. This book includes 10 chapters based on important topics like the characterization of phase transition points, topological gapped systems, optoelectronics devices, superconductors, translational variance, electronic systems, Q-switching, phase transitions, dielectric materials, photonic crystal fiber and thin film for topological insulators.

The 6th book, Photoenergy & Thin Film Materials, edited by Prof. Xiao-Yu Yang, Wuhan University of Technology, China, is about photo energy materials and devices. This book has 16 chapters and is divided into two parts. 1st part covers advanced photo energy materials with important topics like carbon nanostructures, sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar modules, solar cells, screen-printed thick films, optoelectronics, and sensor applications. 2nd part of the book is based on advanced thin-film materials and has topics like sol-gel technology, use of power spectrum density, surface cladding, magnetic nanoparticles, graphene and drug release, biomedical and engineering applications.

These books provide detailed and up-to-date overviews of the advanced materials research and application aspects. Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Secretary-General, IAAM, is thankful to the publisher, editors, and authors, for the contribution to these six new books in the Advanced Materials Series. The interested IAAM members can avail the 20% discount on handbook using the code “SCR99“.

Scandinavian Cultural, Social interactions and Exposure

The delegates obtained an invaluable social experience because of the social interactions and exposure to famous tourist attractions of Scandinavian regions. The conference gave the delegates an opportunity to explore the Scandinavian culture, food, historical monuments, etc. It put them in a unique setting to spend more time with colleagues to exchange new ideas, discuss possibilities of collaboration and at the same time, enjoy the natural beauty of Scandinavia. Scandinavian culture is unique and in the evening of the 2nd and 3rd day, as part of the conference program, the delegates were offered a special taste of Scandinavia through cultural and social activities.

During the Stockholm city tour, the delegates also visited the City Hall of Stockholm, which is a top tourist attraction and a symbol of Swedish nationalism. Further, they enjoyed the beautiful view of Stockholm city from the top of city monuments, which expanded their knowledge of city structure, houses, and small passages leading down to the harbor. Stockholm City Hall is known, among other things, for its use as a location for the annual Nobel prize distribution. One of the moments that will surely be unforgettable for the delegates was the visit to Heleneborg estate. This is the historical place where Alfred Nobel had lived during his early experiments and had discovered dynamite.

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Delegates during Cultural and Social activity at two Scandinavian capitals @ Stockholm and Helsinki sightseeing. of the 27th assembly of AMC ©IAAM Media

The memorable journey through the insides of the beautiful city of Helsinki produced great memories of the Scandinavian style for the delegates. The guided tour in Helsinki was very informative for the delegates as it is an important city and the capital of Finland. This tour provided information about the impressive architecture and historical buildings of the Scandinavia region. In the Baltic Sea, the Finland archipelago is the largest archipelago while the Stockholm archipelago is the second-largest. Boating is an extremely popular activity with the sailing race in the archipelago.

Many poets, authors, and artists have been influenced and fascinated by the Stockholm archipelago and in fact, many of them have written most of their songs in a cabin located on the archipelago. While cruising from Stockholm to Helsinki, the delegates also got the chance to experience the lovely Archipelago surroundings, narrow passages, and extremely attractive countryside. It gave everyone a chance to be in direct contact with true nature. Traveling alongside lakes and sea via a guided tour in Stockholm and Helsinki city was a fantastic experience for the delegates.

The evening cultural program gave the delegate’s exposure to regional songs with live entertainment through the concert, dance, and music. Scandinavia’s food and drinks are a major attraction here. The spacious dining rooms on board along with the taste of regional Scandinavia breakfast, lunch, and dinner was another luxury for the delegates. International delegates also tasted European foods with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and a variety of drinks like various fruit juices, milk, etc. for the delegates.

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Delegates during Cultural and Social activity in Scandinavian capital @ Helsinki sightseeing. © IAAM Media

The congress was prestigious as the speakers, delegates, scientific committee members had gathered to share their quality research, results, and findings in this interdisciplinary platform. IAAM is grateful to the Institute of Advanced Materials, VBRI AB, and Viking Line staff for making the organization of this congress possible in these world-class facilities. With top-quality research presentations, esteemed speakers, opportunities for global networking, and experience of visiting two extremely beautiful cities, the congress was surely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone. Finally, IAAM hopes that they made the best of the four days and took a deep dive into the sea of quality research and interdisciplinary ideas.


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