Symposium NM02—Nanometal—Synthesis, Properties and Applications
Armed with modern characterization tools and theoretical methods, researchers have been advancing the synthesis and applications of metal nanosystems in the last two decades. Size, shape, and interface all greatly impact the properties of metal nanosystems. Their interaction with external stimuli especially light can further bring out the potential of the electrons inside. These materials have been used in catalysis, electronics, protein labeling, cancer diagnosis and therapeutics, energy conversion, and energy storage, to name a few. Despite the last two decades’ intense research on nanometal, there are still many unanswered questions. For example, can one design a nanometal system for a specific property or function and predict its synthesizability? Can one control the atomically precise synthesis of a nanometal system? What controls the stability or phase diagram of a multicomponent nanometal system? This symposium is dedicated to addressing these open questions in our exploration and exploitation of metal nanosystems. It aims at communicating the latest advances in nanometal among chemists, physicists, materials scientists, engineers, and biomedical researchers who work on different aspects of those materials. It will highlight challenges ahead and fertilize new ideas for understanding and controlling nanometal to benefit humanity.