New intelligent materials: modelling, characterization and applications: international conference “2nd Euro Intelligent Materials 2015“ in Kiel

Multifunctional nanoparticles for gene and drug delivery, magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials, multifunctional magnetoplasmonic nanoparticles and materials for memristors: these were just some of the topics highlighted at the “2nd Euro Intelligent Materials 2015” in Kiel. In collaboration with the German Society for Materials Science (DGM) an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Kiel together with international colleagues organised the conference. From June 10th to 12th leading international experts from a variety of disciplines discussed the latest developments in the field of intelligent materials.

Twelve invited speakers from universities and research institutions in Zurich, Duisburg-Essen, Karlsruhe, Potsdam, Kiel and even from Newcastle, Boston, New York and Quebec presented current highlights of intelligent materials during the three-day programme in the Atlantic hotel. Nearly 80 other lectures and posters about smart, biofunctional, multifunctional and switchable materials and their applications gave the audience an overview of the complete research area.

Professor Eckhard Quandt and his colleague Professor Christine Selhuber- Unkel were satisfied about the conference and the fruitful discussions: „We are happy to organize an interdisciplinary meeting, where bridges between people from different research areas and with different backgrounds are built by discussion of their latest results.”

A Highlight of the conference was the Christian-Albrechts-Lecture, which took place for the first time and was funded by the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel due to its 350th anniversary. Richard Yongqing Fu from Northumbria University reported on the fascinating possibilities of thin film materials for biological and lab-on-a-chip applications.

Many current and future technological developments depend on intelligent materials, Selhuber-Unkel said. “Materials that tailor specific interactions of different systems and react on external stimuli in well-defined ways become ever more important”. The “2nd Euro Intelligent Materials” stimulated new ways of thinking and initiated new collaborations between materials scientists, physicists, chemists and biologists. The next “Euro Intelligent Materials” is scheduled to take place in 2017. 


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