German-Spanish Symposium on Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials
Paterna (Spain), April 25-26, 2018
Symposium on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Max Planck Partner Group
on "Colloidal Methods for Multifunctional Materials (CM3)" at the University of Valencia
Even if the term “organic/inorganic hybrid nanomaterial” has become incredibly popular in the last few decades, the combination of organic and inorganic matter at the nanoscopic scale is not new. Indeed, nature has been fabricating hybrid materials since the origins of life. For instance, bone, nacre, and corals are typical examples of this phenomenon. Inspired by nature, chemists and materials scientists investigate the synergy between different organic and inorganic building blocks to develop new materials.
In this bilateral symposium, researchers from Germany and Spain will discuss and share their opinions on the state of the art and future directions in the development of functional hybrid nanomaterials.
The symposium is held in the context of the inauguration of the Max Planck Partner Group on Colloidal Methods for Multifunctional Materials (CM3-Lab), headed by Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Espí. The laboratory is sponsored by the Max Planck Partner Group Program of the Max Planck Society and is a joined venture between the Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and the Institute of Materials Science of the University of Valencia (ICMUV). The CM3-Lab focuses on the development of multifunctional hybrid systems to be used as platforms for the sustainable use of resources. How to apply the confinement provided by colloidal systems for the control of structure and properties of polymer materials and polymer/inorganic hybrids is the central scientific question.