The ultimate goal of materials science is to enable materials design for application. The properties of materials are regulated by their micro- and nanostructure as much as by their composition. While top-down materials synthesis approaches offer advantages such as simplicity and predictability, they are ultimately limited in the ability to control micro- and nanostructure in materials. It is believed that bottom-up strategies can circumvent these inherent limitations and offer materials manufacturing routes with unique capabilities in terms of, for example, low-temperature processing, hybrid structures, scalability. A major challenge lies in the large range of scales that are spanned during the assembly of materials its precursors and its integration into devices. For example, information about requirements for scalability in manufacturing is rarely considered when designing strategies for synthesis and assembly at the nanoscale. Also the flow of assembly information during the materials synthesis and assembly is rarely considered when targeting a particular information-rich structure or device. This symposium will bring together scientists working along the different stages that separate precursors materials, devices, and applications, i.e., nucleation, growth, self-assembly, processing, and application. As each of these areas has evolved significantly over the past decade in relatively separate communities, it is important to integrate the knowledge that has been developed and think of materials design with a systems approach where limitations and requirements at each stage of materials creation are considered.

Symposium Topics

  • Non-classical nucleation and growth
  • Synthesis, characterization, and size-dependent properties of nanomaterials (clusters to nanocrystals to nanowires to nanosheets)
  • Self-assembly (spontaneous, directed, dynamic) on surfaces and in bulk
  • Ligand effects on synthesis, properties, and assembly
  • Nanostructure processing
  • Application of bottom-up materials (e.g., energy, responsive materials, robotics and MEMS, catalysis)

Invited Speakers

David Pine (New York University)

Dmitri Talapin (University of Chicago)

Markus Niederberger (ETH)

Rafal Klajn (Weizmann Institute)

Hannu Häkkinen (University of Jyväskylä)

Nina Fechler (Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces)

Xingyi Ling (Nanyang Technological University)