Saturday, July 23, 2011

International Symposium on Clusters and Nano-Structures (Energy, Environment, and Health)

Nov 7, 2011 - Nov 10, 2011 | Richmond, United States of America (USA)

Welcome to ISCAN - 2011
The International Symposium on Clusters and Nanostructures (ISCAN) will be held in the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia from November 7-10, 2011. This symposium is a continuation of the Richmond Conference series that started in 1982 and is held every four years. The focus of the 2011 Richmond conference is on the role clusters and nanostructures play in solving outstanding problems in energy, environment, and health; three of the most important issues facing science and society. 

Due to the novel properties brought about by their reduced size, low dimensionality, and unique composition, nanostructures hold the promise to solve practical problems that are important to society. Clusters are the ultimate nanostructures where a fundamental understanding of their properities can be achieved one atom and one electron at a time. The roles that clusters and nanostructures play in clean and sustainable energy are many, but the symposium's focus is on the challenges in the areas of solar, wind, bio, thermoelectric, and hydrogen. Environmental issues, such as air- and water-pollution and the role of nanoparticles in alleviating these problems will be addressed. Topics in health will include therapeutic and diagnostic methods as well as health hazards attributed to nanoparticles. Cross-cutting topics such as reactions, catalysis, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of clusters and nanostructures will also be covered.

The symposium will bring together researchers from physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering to share their ideas and results, to identify outstanding problems, and to develop new collaborations. No parallel sessions are planned so that participants can take part in all the discussions. The oral sessions will include invited talks as well as hot-topics to be selected from contributed abstracts.

Participants can also present their research in two poster sessions.

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