Advanced nanostructured materials for a green and healthy environment


The energy transition, the global warming due to CO2 emissions, and the challenge for raw materials supply have been placed at the top of the European political agenda, with digital transition closely pursuing. The development of new materials can take the advantage of the nanoscience and nanotechnology to obtain better materials that consume lower levels of energy and produce lower level of CO2, as well as recyclability is ensured. Also the optimization of the properties through the processing, will allow to contribute to the same objectives reducing the energy consumption in the production. It is a unique moment to be able to design new materials by thinking beyond purely in terms of composition.

The design of new catalysts is equally challenging for accomplishing the goals of the Green Deal. Single-atom catalysts (SACs) have recently emerged as the ultimate solution for overcoming the limitations of traditional catalysts by bridging the gap between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts.


Targeted topics

The targeted topics are shown in below, but they are not limited to these.

  • Alloy design and material development
  • Nanostructured layered materials (MAX and Mxenes)
  • Advanced processing and manufacturing
  • Novel testing and characterization methods. Modeling and simulation
  • Next generation and emerging applications. Challenges in sustainability and wide-spread Integration. Behavior under extreme conditions
  • General synthesis methods of single-atom catalysts: Pyrolysis, Atomic layer deposition, Electrodeposition, Hydrothermal treatment, Selective microwave annealing, etc.
  • Synthetic methods of multicomponent/heterogeneous single-atom catalysts
  • Characterization of single-atom catalysts: Electron microscopy, X-ray assisted structure identification, Scanning tunneling microscope, etc.
  • Applications of single-atom catalysts: Water electrolysis, O2 reduction, CO2 reduction, and several important catalytic reactions
  • Mechanism (kinetics/thermodynamics) investigation of single-atom catalysts
  • Density functional theory calculation of single-atom catalysts


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