2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium S.NM01—Nanodiamonds—Synthesis, Properties and Applications

This symposium will provide a forum for comprehensive presentation of recent advances in the fabrication, functionalization and applications of nanodiamonds. Nanodiamonds, carbon nanomaterials in the single digit nanometer domain, continue to grow in relevance due to their unique potential towards a wide range of academic and industrial applications. In particular, a large breadth of research has led to rapid advancements of nanodiamonds in biomedical applications for both drug delivery, imaging and theranostics, with nanodiamonds entering into clinical trials. In addition, the unique photonic or spin properties of fluorescent nanodiamonds allow nanodiamonds to serve as a platform for nanoscale optical detection of magnetic fields, electric field and temperature within a single photon range. Recently, improvements in fabrication, functionalization and detection of fluorescent nanodiamonds have opened the door towards application of nanodiamonds as quantum nanosensors. Recent research on the effects of the shape, color center orientation, and surface functionalization on the optical properties of nanodiamonds is critical for improving their sensitivity as nanosensors. This symposium will discuss how production methods can affect nanodiamond properties, as well as their impact on mass production and commercial use of nanodiamonds. Moreover, nanodiamonds also have additional advantages of uniform shape, hardness, non-porosity and unique surface chemistries that lead to their widespread use as nanofillers for ceramic/polymer composites, microelectronic devices, and surface coatings. This symposium will cover recent investigations into the impact of both monodispersion and polydispersion of nanodiamonds, as well as how specific particle size, shape and surface chemistries control dispersion properties in water and non-aqueous solvents have led to further optimization of nanodiamond performance as nanofillers. This has also sparked development of new applications as catalysts for CO2 reduction or as supports for metal catalysts. Overall, nanodiamonds are an attractive nanomaterial that can processed towards a wide array of applications. As such, this symposium will continue to be of broad interest to materials scientists, chemists, physicists, and researchers working in diverse areas such as biomedical, energy, and catalysis. Furthermore, this symposium provides an attractive forum for industry to discover and highlight the growing commercial potential of nanodiamonds.

Topics will include:

  • Advances in synthesis, thermodynamics, structure, and modeling of nanodiamond particles
  • Advances in nanodiamond production and dispersion
  • Advances in surface chemistry modifications of nanodiamonds
  • Nanodiamond-based nanosensors for imaging, temperature, electric and magnetic field sensing
  • Advances in nanodiamonds for biomedical applications: fluorescence, drug-delivery, toxicity, PK
  • Hyperpolarized nanodiamonds: methods and applications
  • Interaction of nanodiamonds with surfaces: seeding, self-assembly
  • Nanodiamond-based composites and nanolubricants
  • Nanodiamond as a source of radicals and solvated electrons under irradiation
  • Nanodiamond as catalysts or catalyst supports
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Ashok Ajoy (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Lee Bassett (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Carlo Bradac (Trent University, Canada)
  • Huan-Cheng Chang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Petr Cígler (Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic)
  • Masazumi Fujiware (Osaka City University, Japan)
  • Robert Hamers (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)
  • Dean Ho (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Ryuji Igarashi (National Institute of Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Naoki Komatsu (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Michel Mermoux (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Vadym Mochalin (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA)
  • Masahiro Nishikawa (Daicel Corporation, Japan)
  • Eiji Osawa (NanoCarbon Research Institute Co., Ltd., Japan)
  • Peter Pauauskie (University of Washington, USA)
  • Tristan Petit (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
  • Romana Schirhagl (The University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Alex Smirnov (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Anirudha Sumant (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Oliver Williams (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
  • Nianjun Yang (University of Siegen, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Edward Chow
National University of Singapore
Singapore
+65-6516-8707, csikce@nus.edu.sg

Jean-Charles Arnault
CEA
LIST, Diamond Sensors Laboratory
France
(33) 1 69 08 71 02, jean-charles.arnault@cea.fr

Shery Chang
Arizona State University
USA
480.965.4512, shery.chang@asu.edu

Olga Shenderova
Adámas Nanotechnologies
USA

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