18 November 2020

From 9th till 13th of November, Sumy State University hosted the traditional 10th International Conference "Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties" (2020 IEEE 10th International Conference on "Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties") organized in cooperation with IEEE Nanotechnology Council.

The conference was led by Prof. Oleksandr Pohrebniak (the Head of the Department of Nanoelectronics and Surface Modification of SumDU) and Prof. Valentyn Novosad (Argonne National Laboratory, USA). The technical committee of the conference was headed by Prof. Goran Karapetrov (Drexel University, USA), Prof. Maksym Pogorielov (Sumy State University), and Prof. Oleksandr Prokopenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv).

Prof. Marek Przybylski from the AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland) performed with an interesting plenary report and gave an excursion into the history of nanotechnology with "A Brief History of Nanoscience: from 600 BC up to Now".

Prof. Gleb Yushin from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) spoke about the use of nanomaterials in creating energy sources. Prof. Yushin is a co-founder of Sila Nanotechnologies, Inc. (a company that develops improved methods of energy storage) and is one of the editors-in-chief of “Materials Today” magazine (impact factor - 26,4).

Prof. Anne M. Andrews from the University of California (Los Angeles, USA) also spoke at the plenary session of the conference and presented the report about the modern state of the use of micro-sized field transistor in nanobioelectronics.

Prof. Alexander A. Serga from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany gave a lecture on mechanisms of collective adjustment and magnons' microscopic quantum state that potentially can make use in new methods of communication and information processing, for instance, in the quantum computer of the future.

There were morning and evening sessions organized every day for participants from the USA, Europe, and Asia for their comfortable connection. Overall, more than 200 representatives from 31 countries (more than 100 of them are foreigners) took part in the conference.  These are the USA, Japan, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Israel, Austria, Poland, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, and others. Representatives of Finland, the Republic of the Philippines, and the Republic of Serbia took part in the conference for the first time.

For the first time, the conference organized the "SAMA-2020: Symposium on «Additive Manufacturing and Applications 2020” as an additional event headed by Prof. Andrey Koptyug (Mid Sweden University, Sweden) and Prof. Vladimir Popov (Technion – Israel Institute of Metals, Israel). The topics of the symposium participants were dedicated to the issues related to the leading methods of 3D printing of different kinds of materials, like ceramics, polymers, and metals, their modeling and design, including methods of machine learning, use of additive technologies in different spheres of human activity, including COVID-19 pandemic control. About 60 representatives of 17 countries took part in the three-day sections of the symposium. 7 world level scientists made their presentations, like Prof. Eric MacDonald, the Deputy Chief Editor of the “Additive Manufacturing” magazine from the University of Texas at El Paso (Texas, USA), Prof. Hua Li from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Prof. Nahum Travitzky from the University of Erlangen (Nuremberg, Germany) and others.

According to the memorandum signed with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the conference proceedings that meet the requirements of the IEEE will be published in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference "Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties" (ISBN: 978-1-7281-8506-4) and indexed by Scopus and WoS Core Collection databases.

At the end of the conference, the best reports were awarded special prizes “Future Star in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology” on the sponsors’ support. In addition, thanks to grants from the IEEE Magnetics Society and US-Ukraine Foundation Biotechnology Initiative, this year it was possible to provide about 20 grants for young scientists in different categories.

At the closing ceremony, the organizing committee announced the “2021 IEEE 11th International Conference on «Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties”. It is planned to be carried out in Odesa (Ukraine) from the 5th to the 11th of September 2021.