NanoSMat 2007

NET - Symposium on Nanotechnology Approaches, Nanomaterials and Thin Films for Energy Technologies


9-11 July, 2007, Algarve, Portugal

Abstract Deadline: 28 February 2007


This symposium is organized during the conference NanoSMat 2007 to be held in a nice 5 star hotel with direct lift to the beach. More details can be found at:


NanoSMat 2007


At the NanoSMat conference, composed of several symposia, do not miss the invited keynotes from:

Nobel Laureate Professor Sir H. W. Kroto, Florida State University, USA.

Professor Jeff De Hosson, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Professor Stan Veprek – Technical University Munich, Germany


Invited Speakers for this Symposium


"Materials for Energy Applications in FP7", Dr. Patrice Millet, European Commission, DG Research, Belgium


"PV Solar Electricity: a major pillar for tomorrows global energy needs", Dr. Winfried Hoffmann, SCHOTT Solar GmbH, Germany


“NANOCOFC approaches making SOFCs moving forward to low temperatures (300-600ºC)”, Dr. Bin Zhu,, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden


“Chemically Designed Nanomaterials: Controlled Growth, Applications and Devices”, Prof. Sanjay Mathur, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry,University of Wuerzburg, Germany


“Hydrogen in Metallic and Semiconductor Nanomaterials”, Prof. R. A. Andrievskiy, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia


"Thin solid films for solar thermal, photovoltaic and energy saving applications", Prof. Panayiotis Yianoulis,Solar Energy Laboratory, University of Patras, Greece


“Miniaturized batteries”, Prof. B. Pecquenard, ICMCB (GEMBatt), Université Bordeaux I, France




Most areas of nanotechnology are at an early stage of their development. Research in nanoscience and nanotechnology will contribute to the achievement of fundamental breakthroughs in nanomaterials and processes in energy systems. In the near future nanotechnology will contribute to efficient and low-cost systems for generating, storing, and transporting energy.

Materials and structures that are designed and fabricated at the nanoscale level offer the potential to enhance efficiencies and reduce costs in solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, fuel cells and other energy technologies.

Nanostructured materials and thin films offer the potential for significant improvements in energy technology and photo-electronic properties based on improvements in physical, chemical and nanomechanical properties resulting from reducing microstructural features by decreasing the grain size of a material to the nanometer range compared to current technological materials. For example, efficient solar photothermal conversion benefits from spectrally selective absorber nanostructured graded surfaces.


This symposium on nanotechnology for energy technologies was designed to bring together different disciplines of energy technology and to discuss the possible benefits of nanoscience and nanotechnology in their R&D efforts. Besides other energy areas, nanotechnology's potential impact on solar energy, fuel cells and storage in particular will be addressed at the symposium. The symposium will also review the current state of knowledge in the field of nanomaterials, functional surfaces and nanostructured coatings for efficient energy systems as well present novel applications and current challenges and opportunities.

We expect that this symposium could be also a gate way for high tech ideas and to find partners in innovative research proposals for the new 7PQ of the European Commission.

Attending this symposium, scientists, engineers and industrial technicians will have the opportunity to interchange their knowledge, research experience, technology and applications of the field of Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials and Thin Films for Energy Technologies. We also encourage participating to young scientists and engineers as well technicians and experts from nanomaterials and coatings industry.

Both academic and industrial presentations are welcome at the symposium.


Main Topics covered:


The abstract submissions are now being accepted. Proposed topics include, but are not be limited to production, characterization and modeling of:


Functional Surfaces and Nanostructured Coatings for Energy Systems

Nanotechnology for Efficient Energy Conversion

Selective Nanostructured Absorbers for Thermal Collectors

Photovoltaic Materials and Technologies

Thin Film and Organic Solar cells

Biovoltaics Technologies

Nanomaterials for Fuel Cell Technologies

Large-scale Nanomaterials Production

Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Storage

Electrochemical Conversion and Storage

Fuel Sources, Exploration and Refinement

Portable or Miniaturized Energy Sources



Symposium Organizers:


Vasco Teixeira

University of Minho, GRF-Functional Coatings Group, Guimaraes - PORTUGAL


Augustin McEvoy

EPFL-Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, LPI-Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, Lausanne - SWITZERLAND


Juan Bisquert

Universitat Jaume I, Departament de Ciencies Experimentals, Castello - SPAIN



Abstract Deadline:


28 February 2007


Abstract Submission


Short abstracts of maximum one A4 page length (with no figures or tables integrated) on any of the above topics should be e-mailed to with cc to by 28 February 2007. Please refer the symposium preferred for the presentation.