20 - 22 May 2011
The China Energy Society and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) are pleased to announce this conference, co-sponsored by the ATN.
This conference will focus on topical and challenging subjects in the recent development of renewable energy and environment materials and will include keynote lectures, invited talks, oral and poster presentations.
Researchers, managers, and students with an interest in the field are encouraged to attend the event.
Scope of the Conference:
● Materials for Solar cells,
biomass energy, and wind energy
● Materials for Renewable Energy Conversion
● Energy Storage Materials, Batteries and Super‐capacitors
● Photo‐catalysts and Solid‐State Lighting
● Energy saving materials and environment protection
● Cleaning Utilization of Coals
● Others related
18 February 2011
Nanotechnology is anticipated to be the next technological wave that will drive many of the innovations in science and engineering. This talk will focus on a class of amphiphilic polymers that self-assemble into different types of microstructure, depending on the solvent environment and external stimuli.
Self assembled structures can exist in many different forms, such as spherical micelles, rod-like micelles, bi-layers, vesicles, bi-continuous structure etc. Most biological systems are basically comprised of many of these organised structures arranged in an intelligent manner, which impart functions and life to the system. We adopted the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique to synthesize various types of block copolymer systems that self-assemble into different microstructures when subject to an external stimuli, such as pH or temperature. Using a combination of various physical techniques, such as dynamic and static light scattering, surface tensiometry, transmission electron microscopy etc, the microstructures of various types of self-assembled structures were quantified.
Extension of the work to include fullerene grafted with well defined pH responsive polymers was carried out, resulting in various types of novel self assembled fullerene structures. The physical properties and the characteristics of their self assembly properties, and their applications as delivery systems in various chemical and biomedical applications will be discussed.
Michael Tam obtained his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Monash University, Australia in 1982 and 1991 respectively. He spent 18 months on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University Canada, and subsequently taught at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for 15 years. In June 2007 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo as a tenured full professor.
His research interests are in colloids, self assembly systems, polymer-surfactant interactions, and drug delivery systems. He has published more than 200 journal articles in various fields of polymer science & engineering and nanotechnology.
21 October 2010
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
A recent NanoNetwork workshop was hosted by the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA).
The Workshop, held in the lead up to the 2010 Annual Meeting of the International Strategic Technology Alliance (ISTA), focused on discussion of key research challenges for novel nanomaterials in the areas of medicine/ health and environment/water.
ATN researchers presented their ideas formally alongside researchers from NUAA, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Nano‐Institute (Suzhou) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Researchers and research students from Tongji University (Shanghai), Southeast University (Nanjing) and Zheijiang University (Hangzhou) also contributed to subsequent group discussions.
Building on the outcomes from the workshop, the ATN will continue to support the dialogues developed, with a view to assisting ATN researchers and their Chinese colleagues to develop new collaborative projects.
11-17 July 2010
Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics
ATN nano researchers participated by invitation in the International Forum on Nano-Biology, Nano-Medicine and Industry Development, organised by NanoNetwork partners at Southeast University (Nanjing) and held and hosted by the Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics.
The ATN researchers were amongst the ~20 presenters at the event, which was supported by Suzhou and Jiangsu Province authorities. It was widely considered a highly successful opportunity to showcase NanoNetwork collaborative research and meet with current research partners.
Beyond the Forum, the visit provided the opportunity for ATN researchers
to engage with current and potential partners at the Institute of Functional
Nano & Soft Materials
(FUNSOM) at Soochow University, the Southeast University laboratories at the Suzhou Research Institute, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST).
As a result of those visits, discussions are currently underway to
collaboration between HUST and Curtin University in Atomic Force Microscopy.
Nanomedicine, the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology in medicine, offers the prospect of remarkable progress in global healthcare and diagnostics. The Nanomedicine Workshop covered recent developments from laboratory research to translating novel ideas to clinical trials. The Workshop also provided an opportunity for participants to learn from research leaders in the broad field of nanomedicine, as well as a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and fostering the establishment of collaborative research projects between ATN and ISTA nanoscientists.
The Workshop scope included: nanoparticles enhanced biomedical imaging; drug delivery; nano-biosensing; nano-diagnostics; and the synthesis and characterization of advanced nanomaterials in view of their medical and biomedical applications.
Engineering of Nanoparticles Towards Improved Diagnostic and Theraputic
Dr Benjamin Thierry
Senior Research Fellow
University of South Australia
Nanotech/Biotech Interface at Curtin University
Dr Bill Richmond
Nanochemistry Research Institute
Therapeutic possibilities for gold nanoparticles
Professor Michael Cortie
Director, Institute for Nanoscale Technology
University of Technology, Sydney
Improving health by nanotechnology
Professor Nunzio Motta
School of Engineering Systems
Queensland University of Technology
High-Perfomance Ceramic Membranes for Separation of Proteins and DNA
A/Professor Huai Zhu
School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Queensland University of Technology
Nano-Bio Research at the Wark
Professor Clive Prestidge
Sector Leader for Bio & Polymer Interfaces
University of South Australia
Low-cost polymer replication for biosensing and biomanipulation
A/Professor Arnan Mitchell
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Foundation researchers at the meeting