2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium NM05-Challenges and Opportunities in Solution Synthesis of Functional Nanomaterials

Solution synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials has seen impressive developments, both in the fundamental understanding of nucleation, growth and surface chemistry, and in the targeted design of functional materials for real-world applications. The improvements in synthetic control enable scalable syntheses of nanomaterials with near-atomic precision. Nanomaterial size, shape, composition, and interfaces can be used for development of new catalysis, optoelectronic devices, energy storage and conversion, and biomedicine. Advanced characterization techniques provide novel insights into materials structure and dynamics, while in situ methods can be used for understanding nucleation and growth mechanisms. These advances empower rational design of functional nanomaterials. On the other hand, high-throughput screening of reaction parameter space using robotic platforms and artificial intelligence algorithms show promise for combinatorial optimization of functional nanomaterials, discovery of new structures, as well as development of experimental and computational methodology.

This symposium will bring together experts in solution synthesis, advanced characterization, synthesis automation, fabrication of nanoparticle-based functional materials and devices, as well as theory and computation. Our goal is to highlight recent developments in inorganic nanomaterial synthesis and modelling and discuss opportunities for atom- and cost-efficient material design.

Topics will include:

  • Nucleation and growth of nanocrystals in solution
  • Synthesis of novel nanostructures by solution methods
  • Surface chemistry of solution-synthesized nanomaterials
  • Modeling and automation of solution synthesis
  • Advanced characterizations of colloidal nanomaterials
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) approaches for synthesis optimization and material discovery
  • Self-assembly phenomena in solution synthesis of nanomaterials
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Paul Alivisatos (The University of Chicago, USA)
  • Raffaella Buonsanti (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Ou Chen (Brown University, USA)
  • Brandi Cossairt (University of Washington, USA)
  • Alexander Eychmueller (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
  • Zeger Hens (Gent University, Belgium)
  • Maria Ibáñez (Institute of Science and Technology of Austria, Austria)
  • Sandrine Ithurria (École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, France)
  • Nicholas Kotov (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Maksym Kovalenko (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Liberato Manna (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • Hedi Mattoussi (Florida State University, USA)
  • Angshuman Nag (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
  • Horst Weller (Hamburg University, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Elena Shevchenko
Argonne National Laboratory
Center for Nanoscale Materials

Nikolai Gaponik
Technische Universität Dresden

Andrey Rogach
City University of Hong Kong
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Hong Kong

Dmitri Talapin
The University of Chicago

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