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Big Names in Nanoscience Gather at INRS

September 10, 2018 | Stéphanie Thibault

Update : September 12, 2022

September 10–12, leading nanomaterials scientists come together for a conference planned jointly by Italy and Canada at the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre in Varennes. Experts in a variety of disciplines will share their knowledge and work together to identify new ways to use the extraordinary properties of nanomaterials to tackle energy, environmental, and biomedical challenges. 

From left to right: Giorgio Contini (ISM, CNR), Luc-Alain Giraldeau (INRS), Giovanni Comelli (University of Trieste), Anna Galluccio (Embassy of Italy in Ottawa), Federico Rosei (INRS) and John C Polanyi ( University of Toronto and Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986).

Home to a score of laboratories specializing in nanotechnology, INRS is a growing centre for expertise in the field. September 10–12, the academic institution’s researchers will host a meeting of the minds to further advance the use of nanomaterials in a variety of applications and exploit the full range of opportunities they present. Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry John C. Polanyi and other leading names in nanoscience will be presenting at the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre in Varennes.

Nanomaterials are pushing the boundaries of science. One thousand times smaller than a red blood cell, they are increasingly being used in electronics, photonics, and biomedical technology. In order to design, produce, and characterize these materials, researchers need to pool their knowledge and their ideas. That is precisely the goal of the Nanomaterials for Devices conference, presented through a bilateral agreement between Canada and Italy.

Nobel laureate keynote

INRS is honoured to welcome John C. Polanyi of the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker. Professor Polanyi won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986, along with Yuan Tseh Lee and Dudley Robert Herschbach, for their contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes. His research is currently focused on nanotechnology. With the help of his team, he is developing a method for monitoring chemical reactions using a “surface molecular beam.” This technique provides a way to better understand highly specific surface reactions and opens up promising new avenues for synthesizing nanomaterials. 

Infinitely small with a big agenda

While scientists of all stripes are currently exploring effective solutions for a greener society, nanotechnology research offers several key opportunities that cannot be ignored. Conference attendees will share their ideas on various topics in green technology development, including carbon nanomaterials for electronics applications and nanomaterials designed to capture solar energy.

Scientists are also keenly interested in the many biomedical applications of nanotechnology. Whether nanomaterials are being used to develop new types of sensors or to come up with novel therapeutic methods, their impact on medicine in the 21st century will be a key topic of discussion.

Must-see sessions

| September 10, 10:15–10:40 a.m

Opening remarks
Luc-Alain Giraldeau (INRS CEO), Claudio Taffuri (Italian Ambassador to Canada), Giorgio Contini (Istituto Nanoscienze del CNR, Italy), and Federico Rosei (INRS)

| September 10, 10:40–11:30 a.m 

Something new: Nano-Molecular Beams give surface reaction at selected impact parameters John Polanyi (University of Toronto)

| September 10, 1:30–2:00 p.m

Nanosystems for biomedicine Fabio Beltram (Laboratorio NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore, and Istituto Nanoscienze del CNR, Pisa, Italy)

| September 11, 10:00–10:30 a.m

Developing Hybrid Nanostructures for Energy and Biomedical Applications Dongling Ma (INRS)

| September 12, 10:30–11:00 a.m

One nanoparticle, many functions: Lanthanide-doped nanoparticles and their potential uses in biomedicine Fiorenzo Vetrone (INRS)