Mexico-China workshop on Nanomaterials, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Renewable energy and water remediation

Dates: 15 -16 August, 2015 (Sa-Su)


Self-assembled nanostructured materials and systems play a major role in the rapid development of advanced proof-of-concept device applications needed to address critical issues of modern day society. Nanomaterials advantage arise unique characteristics such as increased surface to volume ratio or particle/quasi-particle confinement (electrons, photons, plasmons, etc.) that give rise to novel opportunities to control and tailor the resulting material properties. However, much effort in nanomaterials fabrication and nanosciece of devices is required to realize economically feasible, solutions. The development of advanced technologies to provide renewable energy and clean water are among the top critical priorities shared by many countries.

NANOMXCN will provide a specialized forum for prominent scientist of China, including Hong Kong SAR, and Mexico interested in the development of joint collaborations and scientific exchange to address these issues.

The scientific discussions will focus on the use of nanostructured system design for enhanced device performance by control of the nano- and micro- structure and composition of the materials involved in order to optimize their physical and chemical properties as well as their response to their working environments. This will include, for example: development of new synthesis and surface engineering methods – including in-situ characterization and control – for tailored self-assembled nanostructured materials with desired properties; computer modeling for optimization of nano- and micro- structure and composition; characterization of the resulting interfaces and device performance; and novel strategies to harness the advantages of nanotechnology approaches including enhanced surface-to-volume ratio, electronic, photonic, and plasmonic confinement.

Fundamental of NANOMXCNs proposal is the renewed interest between Mexico and China to establish increased cooperation links in many fields including science and technology. It is expected that this workshop could become the first of a series of scientific workshops and meetings hosted alternatively by both countries that will result in a long term sustained effort to increase the scientific cooperation in nanomaterials, nanoscience and nanotechnology for critical applications of common interests to Mexico and China. In this context it is important to emphasize the urgent need to increase the collaboration between Mexico and China in the topics of this workshop, for example, a literature search (SCIE) gives ~ 50 papers with the topic “nano” that have been co-authored by Mexico and China for all years of the database; this figure is ~90 papers for the topic “water”.

The workshop focuses on the use of nanostructured materials for the development of environmentally friendly technologies for renewable energy and water remediation; this includes for example:

– Development of new synthesis and surface engineering methods for the fabrication of tailored self-assembled nanostructured materials.

– In-situ characterization and control of the structure and composition of self-assembled nanomaterials with distinctive (non-homogeneous) nano- and micro- characteristics.

– Hierarchical nanostructures

– Nanomaterials for energy harvesting and storage

– Hard nanostructured surfaces for optical/optoelectronic applications.

– Corrosion resistant nanostructured surfaces with enhanced catalytic properties.

– Nanoporous surfaces and membranes

– Plasmonic effects for ultrasensitive detection of pollutants and photo-catalysis.

– Nanotechnologies for water desalination