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Date: 15-19 March 2009
Location: Tours, France

Research in hybrid materials has experienced considerable growth in recent years with increasing interest from a wide range of industries. This inaugural meeting - which has attracted in excess of 1400 abstracts - aims to bring together experts from the various sub-disciplines to share current research and create an interdisciplinary forum for discussion.


Energy, the environment and human health have emerged as strategic priorities not only in research but in all aspects of our lives. Hybrid materials have already demonstrated good promise in addressing and offering solutions in each of these priority areas.

The main objective of this new interdisciplinary conference is to bring together, for the first time at a truly international level, people with  shared interests in hybrid materials, including:

  • Polymer chemists, physicists and engineers
  • Biomaterials chemists, physicists and engineers
  • Organic chemists
  • Inorganic chemists
  • Solid state chemists
  • Sol-gel chemists
  • Composites scientists
  • Colloid chemists and physicists
  • Zeolite, meso- and microporous materials scientists
  • Broad nano- and materials scientists

By creating this unique forum for exchange of knowledge between all these distinct research communities and the related industries, we hope to offer possibilities for new collaborations and potential synergies.

The programme will include 5 plenary talks, 3 tutorials, 33 invited/featured talks, 132 oral presentations and several hundred poster presentations in 3 poster sessions. Contributions from all over the world will cover a wide range of topics ranging from design, synthesis, processing to applications in separation, energy generation and storage, catalysis, sensors, optics, microelectronics, smart materials and coatings, biotechnology and medicine.

The conference is arranged as three parallel symposia:

Symposium A: Biohybrids and Biomaterials

Including: bio-inspired, bio-mimetic materials, biomineralisation, green materials, synthetic/biopolymer conjugates.

Combining advanced materials with biology has become one of the most innovative research fields. This symposium will highlight recent advances in the design of functional materials that mimick, or are inspired by, materials found in nature. Materials prepared using biological systems, including living organisms and renewable sources and materials, will also be covered. Nanostructural control for the delivery of biological molecules and cells will be reviewed. Another topic of focus will be hybrid materials specifically designed for biomedical applications.

Symposium B: Bottom-Up Approaches to Functional Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites

Including: sol-gel, functional nanoparticles and nanotubes, polymer-matrix nanocomposites.

Hybrid nanocomposites offer unique advantage to enable integration, miniaturisation and multi-functionalisation of devices. This symposium will focus on nanochemistry and nanotectonic based approaches to hybrid materials, including polymer-matrix nanocomposites, hybrid nanomaterials and functional nanostructures. Equal attention will be paid to recent development in polymer science, metallic/oxide nanoparticle design and characterization/properties of the organic-inorganic interface at the nanoscale.

Symposium C: Functional Porous Materials

Including: Zeolites, MOFs, meso-porous materials, foams, hierarchically structured materials.

The ability to tailor materials properties over broad length scales suggests that research on hybrids can significantly impact diverse fields, such as nanophotonics, separation techniques, catalysis and smart coatings. This symposium will be dedicated to preparation and applications of porous hybrid materials, including zeolites, MOFs and meso/macroporous materials, with special emphasize on self-assembly and templated growth processing and rational design of hierarchical structures.

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