Focus of the 8th NRW Nano Conference 2018


For the first time in its history, the 8th NRW Nano Conference is open to contributions to the “Call for Presentations” from the complete field of nanotechnology. Taking all contributions into account, conference sessions will be formed according to the thus indicated major fields of interest.

National and international top-class speakers will again form highlights of the conference, while for the second time the “Call for Posters” will give interested persons who are enthusiastic about future technologies and new insights of nanotechnology, especially young academics, the chance to present their projects and ideas at the event.

In the meantime, the Call for Presentations was completed by the expert juries formed by the Advisory Board: All submissions were evaluated, the speakers chosen and two completely new sessions formed.

Here, you find descriptions for the main topics for the conference in order to give you a hint about the scope of the conference.


Energy Efficiency

Efficient use, conversion, transmission and storage of energy are crucial to enable a long-term breakthrough of renewable energy sources. But also the conventional energy supply benefits from numerous research approaches of nanotechnology. Furthermore, lightweight design and nanotechnological innovations in construction industry improve efficient use of energy. This and much more about nanoenergy is the focus of one of the sessions on the afternoon of the first conference day.


Characterisation & Simulation: Enablers for Nanotechnology and Materials

Characterisation techniques used on nanomaterials and nanostructures allow for understanding the way atoms and molecules are arranged. This knowledge as well as simulation tools for multi-scale materials modelling of the composition and characteristics of a material can be used to assess the value of a material for distinct applications. Characterisation and simulation techniques as well as innovations in their theories and backgrounds form another session on the afternoon of the first conference day.


NEW session: Start-ups

A short while ago, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has launched a variety of initiatives to significantly increase the number of business start-ups: Innovative start-ups are attracted to NRW by first-stop-shops giving exhausting advice on the foundation process and the whole registration process is digitalised and thereby sped up. In this session, tailor-made advice and best practice examples on how to start a successful company based on a business idea from the field of key enabling technologies will be presented.
This topic is not open to the “classical” call for presentations or posters, but part of the supporting programme. We welcome you to contact us personally about your participation in this session: Sybille Niemeier. The session takes place on the afternoon of the first conference day.


New session: ROCKET – Cross-border KET projects

Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) like nanotechnology, are not only local or regional technologies but international technologies addressing global challenges. Transnational co-operations of companies and research institutes accelerate the development of new ideas, products and applications. For this reason, the INTERREG V A project ROCKET (“RegiOnal Collaboration on Key Enabling Technologies”) has been started to bring together stake-holders in the surrounding of the Dutch-German border. Within this session on the afternoon of the first conference day, different presentations show the results of such successful joint projects and demonstrate the advantages of this cross-border approach.
Besides the session, the projects are also engaged in the ROCKET booth within the exhibition.


Electronics & Optoelectronics

Information and communication technologies have become a decisive factor for industry and the society as a whole. The continuing process of miniaturisation as described by Moore’s Law has come close to its physical limits. New concepts of nanoelectronics have to follow a “More than Moore” strategy to open up innovative solutions for entirely new system architectures as well as quantum information technology. In contrast, many products of organic electronics have already found their way into everyday life. Nanotechnology and its applications in electronics and optoelectronics are the topic of a session spanning the complete second conference day.


Health & Medicine

Demographic development is a major challenge for the health sector. Innovative, nanotechnology-based approaches in regenerative medicine and diagnostic analysis form the basis of future individual therapies. In the field of pharmacy, nanotechnological applications have become increasingly important in the field of drug design and delivery. Medical technology and medical products offer a wide range of optimised procedures based on nanotechnology to maintain and promote health. Thus, nanomedicine, nanomedical technology and nanohealth form one of the session on the morning of the second conference day.


New session: Functional surfaces

The functionalisation of surfaces and layers, i.e. the targeted modification of the surface properties to desired functions, allows the deployment of established materials with improved surface properties. Tailor-made surface properties for arbitrary applications can be generated, for example, by nanostructuring, by photonic processes or custom-fit coatings, as some important material properties such as wettability, adhesion, tribological or electro-optical properties and biocompatibility are determined only by the chemistry and topography of the surface. Such functional surfaces as well as their generation are the focus of one of the sessions on the morning of the second conference day.


New session: LEITMARKT.NRW Session

For the economically strong industrial state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), it is of highest priority to be present in the leading markets worldwide with viable products. These will primarily be products that provide solutions to current global challenges such as demographic change, public healthcare systems, climate and environmental protection, mobility and the knowledge and information society. Production of relevant sustainable goods is the only way to secure and further develop NRW’s competitiveness in the global competition for business locations. To this end, the state government has long been focusing on eight lead markets according to a policy of “strengthening and developing strengths”. Funding competitions in these lead markets are a very important element in implementing the lead market strategy.
The lead market session highlights successful project proposals of the first call round in various application fields. The consortium leaders give insights into these R&D projects thus reflecting the North Rhine-Westphalian landscape of future and emerging technologies which will spawn innovations based on key enabling technologies.
The Leitmarkt.NRW Session spans the complete second conference day.


Regulations, Safety & Societal Acceptance

Every new technology involves new challenges for mankind and the environment. Risks and hazards must be analysed and socially relevant issues have to be considered adequately. The industrial use of nanomaterials requires an analysis of potential risks related to workplace, end users and the environment. For this reason, a number of projects in industry and universities are relating to safe handling and regulations of nanotechnology. The results of these projects and societal acceptance are a major research field and thus might also be basis for a session.


New session: Fibres & Composites

Innovative fiber-based and (composite) materials enable completely new applications. The combination of two or more components generates in total more advantageous properties in the resulting composite material compared to the separate use of individual materials and their components and is at the same time resource-saving, sustainable and efficient. In particular, size effects, for example by introducing fibers with diameters in the nanometer range, and the geometry of the components play a crucial role in the properties of the composites. The topic of fibers and composites is the content of a further session on the afternoon of the second conference day.

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