Symposium NM01—Nanomaterials and Devices by Cluster Beam Deposition
Clusters, aggregates of atoms with sizes typically ranging from sub-nanometer to few tens of nanometers, exhibit size, shape, structure and composition dependent properties different from their bulk counterparts. They are starting to be used as building blocks for various advanced nano and biotechnology applications such as electronic devices, biosensors, environmental sensors, catalysis, smart nanocomposites, etc. One of the issues of fundamental importance for making cluster-based technologies able to reach their maturity and a large variety of markets is the large-scale synthesis of clusters with prescribed characteristics and with sufficient uniformity to be compatible with the standard of traditional microfabrication technologies.
The objective of this symposium is to highlight the latest advancement in clusters science and technology. Specific emphasis will be given to gas phase synthesis methods (cluster beam deposition), size-dependent physical and chemical properties, catalytic activity, characterization techniques and potential applications of clusters. Interdisciplinary topics related to physics, materials science, biomedicine and engineering will be connected by invited abstracts in order to accelerate the integration of these nanoclusters toward applications.