Leuven.Inc seminar 'Nanomaterials for clean technologies'

This seminar is a joint organization of Leuven.Inc, Leuven Materials Research Centre (L-MRC) and K.U.Leuven Research & Development, powered by Flanders Smart Hub.

Nanotechnology and nanomaterial developments have been presented as very promising over the last decade. However, nowadays the focus in material developments seems to be shifted towards clean technologies such as materials for renewable energy and for lightweight products. Does this mean the nanomaterials hype has come to its end, or are nanomaterials on the contrary of crucial importance for the development of cleantech? 

During this session, more insight will be given in the vital role nanomaterials play in the development of several new, clean technologies. Emerging as well as already implemented applications will be presented. The cases presented will illustrate nanomaterials for more efficient solar cells, nanocomposites for optimised lightweigt materials, self-cleaning surfaces, etc.

It is obvious nanomaterials used for cleantech applications should be themselves environmentally friendly and harmless. The possible effects of nanomaterials on human health deserves a particular attention. There are however nanoparticles in many shapes and sizes, with quite different impacts. The closing presentation will deal with the health effects of nanoparticles. 

Practical aspects

Date: Wednesday February 15th, 2012
Location: Thermotechnisch Instituut, Kasteelpark Arenberg, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


13h30: Registration and coffee
14h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc
14h10: General introduction: applications and markets for nanomaterials in clean technologies
Yvan Strauven, R&D Umicore
14h40: Nanomaterials for sustainable energy
Maarten Roeffaers, Professor K.U.Leuven, Molecular Imaging and Fotonics
Case: Solvay - Anne Goldberg, Nanotechnology Platform Manager Solvay
15h20: Nanomaterials for lightweight structural materials
Larissa Gorbatikh, K.U.Leuven, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Case: Nanocyl – Carmen Tola Pérez, Advance Materials Scientist Nanocyl
16h00: Coffee break
16h30: Directed self-assembly of nano particles for new material design
Jan Vermant, Professor K.U.Leuven, Department of Chemical Engineering
Case: DSM – Filip Oosterlinck, Project Leader DSM Research
17h10: Conclusion: Impact of Nanomaterials on health issues
Peter Hoet, Professor K.U.Leuven, Social and Preventive Health Care
17h40: Q & A
18h00: Drinks and networking

The interventions will be held in English 

Participation fee


60 euro (excl. VAT): researchers affiliated and billable to academic institutes
120 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc/FSH partners
160 euro (excl. VAT): all others

Participation in our activities at -50% discount via KMO-portefeuille
Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761
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Registrations before Wednesday February 8th, 2012, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.

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