02 October 2006
Fifth Short Course on Block copolymer-based nanomaterials - Santiago De Compostela – Spain - March 25-29, 2007
European Center of Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP)
Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM) - Italy
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - Spain
The European Network of Excellence (NoE) NANOFUN-POLY established in June 2004 with
funding from the European Commission has promoted, through the recently created European Center
for Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP), the organisation of Short Courses and Congresses on
For info on NANOFUN-POLY and ECNP please visit the website www.nanofun-poly.com
The aim of the congress is to gather the young European polymer scientists and to promote discussion
among junior researchers, and between junior researchers and established scientists.
Who should attend?
• Participation is open to industry and university researchers.
• Oral presentations will be given by PhD students and young scientists, both from academia
and from industry, having finished their PhD courses since a maximum of 4 years, whom
research interests cover all the different aspects of synthesis, fabrication, characterization and
structuring of polymeric nanomaterials and nanocomposites, as well as their applications.
Abstract submission from Young Scientists
An abstract (maximum two pages including figures and references) must be submitted to the
organisers (NANOFUN_Santiago@usc.es) within December 15th. Abstract received after this date
will not be accepted. Acceptance of the abstract will be communicated within the end of the year and
give rights to present the work as an oral presentation (no poster sessions are foreseen).
will have 20 minutes (including discussion) to present the work.
Fifth Short Course on BLOCK COPOLYMER-BASED NANOMATERIALS
Relevant interest in nanosciences and nanotechnologies as new tools for developments in the
European industrial sectors as well as for the creation of new nanotechnology-related industries has
arisen only in the last few years. During that time, new methods for synthesis (combinatorial
chemistry combined with high rate characterization methods, controlled radical polymerisation,
supramolecular chemistry, etc.), processing (surface patterning, self-assembling, intercalation, etc.)
and characterization techniques operating at different scales (atomic force microscopy, scattering
techniques, etc.) were developed, leading to the creation of new and innovative devices and objects
from nanostructured polymers and their nanocomposites. The availability of these tools and the
necessity to further develop and spread knowledge to propose environment-friendly strategies,
required for the production of polymer-based nanocomposites, justifies the creation of a research
consortium by networking well-recognized inter disciplinary European research teams.
The Fifth Short Course will focus on a fast-moving sector such as block copolymer-based
nanomaterials. All stages from synthesis, characterization and self-assembly to nanostructure
fabrication and applications are covered through a multidisciplinary approach which aims to provide
vital reading to materials scientists and engineers, chemists and physicists alike.