Symposium Synthesis 2016

January 20 - 21, 2016 Symposium

Synthesis of functional nanomaterials: fundamental understanding, scale-up, and design for applications

Program at a Glance:

Gas-phase synthesis allows the production of a large variety of complex nanoparticles for various applications and is especially suited for scaling-up, already proven by several industrial processes. In this two-day international symposium at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE, Germany) relevant scalable nanoparticle synthesis processes such as plasma synthesis and flame synthesis are presented, with an emphasis on recent innovations, scaling-up strategies, and applications. Additional topics are measurement, modeling, and diagnostics as well as functionalization and deposition technology. Also, the sustainability of the processes and materials will be discussed.

This symposium is organized within the frame of the EU FP7 project BUONAPART-E Better Upscaling & Optimization of Nanoparticle and Nanostructure Production by Means of Electrical Discharges and the DFG research unit 2284 Model-based scalable gas-phase synthesis of complex nanoparticles.


Registration (Deadline: January 6, 2016):

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016



Welcome by Einar Kruis and Christof Schulz

Optimization and scaling-up of nanoparticle synthesis
(Chair: Christof Schulz, CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)


9:15 Metallic nanoparticle synthesis by arc discharge and scale-up approach
Matthias Stein (CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
9:45 Ultrafine metal and alloy nanoparticles produced by spark discharges
Andreas Schmidt-Ott (TU Delft, Netherlands)
10:15 Coffee break and posters
10:45 Scale-up challenges in flame synthesis
Karsten Wegner (Wegner Consulting, Switzerland)
11:15 Microwave plasma synthesis process: properties, challenges, and scale-up
Hartmut Wiggers (CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
11:45 Scale-up of gas-phase synthesis: An industrial perspective
Michael Hagemann, Jürgen Flesch (Evonik, Germany)
12:15 Lunch and posters
13.15 Continuous and green hydrothermal reactors for functionalized nanoparticles in energy applications; from lab to pilot scale
Jawwad Darr (University College of London, UK)

Measurement, modeling, and diagnostics
(Chair: Sotiris Pratsinis, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)


13:45 Model-based scalable gas-phase synthesis of complex nanoparticles
Christof Schulz (CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
14:15 Multiscale reactor design: Crystallinity – morphology dynamics of nanoparticles
Beat Buesser (IBM Research, Dublin, Ireland)
14:45 In situ diagnostics of arc and spark discharges
Zsolt Geretovsky (University of Szeged, Hungary)
15:15 Online measurements of size and effective density of dense aerosols
Anssi Arfmann (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
15:35 Coffee break and posters
16:00 Multi-parameter characterization of particle-based functional materials by online measurement technology
Rainer Friehmelt, Bernd Sachweh (BASF, Germany)
16:30 Modeling of nanoparticle synthesis processes
Andreas Kempf, Irenäus Wlokas (CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
17:00 Laser-induced incandescence sizing of metal nanoparticles
Kyle Daun (University of Waterloo, Canada)
17:30 Departure for hotels
19:00 Departure to restaurant
19:30 Dinner at Hauptschalthaus, Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord (former site of Thyssen steel works, one of the main historic industrial sites in the Ruhr area)

Thursday January 21, 2016

Post-treatment, functionalization and deposition technology
(Chair: Andreas Schmidt-Ott, TU Delft, Netherlands)


9:00 Size-narrowing of gas-carried nanoparticles
Einar Kruis (CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
9:30 Filtration of pyrophoric metallic nanoparticles
Jörg Meyer (KIT, Germany)
10:00 Aerosol-CVD for the synthesis of core-shell particles
Martin Seipenbusch (Martin Seipenbusch Engineering, Germany)
10:30 Coffee break and posters

Sustainable technology and policies
(Chair: Andreas Schmidt-Ott, TU Delft, Netherlands)


11:00 Life-cycle analysis of processes and products based on metallic nanoparticles
Ron Zevenhoven (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
11:20 Release, exposure, and safety aspects of synthesis processes based on electrical discharges
Thomas Kuhlbusch (IUTA, Germany)

Applications of nanoparticles
(Chair: Einar Kruis, CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)


11:40 Design for applications within BUONAPART-E: From solar cells to blast furnaces
Christelle Denonville (SINTEF, Norway)
12:00 Antimicrobial properties of textiles produced by aerosol deposition
Maria Blanes (AITEX/FOMENTEX, Spain)
12:20 Lunch and posters
13:20 Preparation and application of metal-polymer nanocomposites
Julio Gómez (Avanzare, Spain)
13:40 Gas-phase synthesized nanoparticles for lithium-ion batteries
Lisong Xiao (CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
14:00 Silicon-based nanocomposites from a scalable gas-phase synthesis process for thermoelectric applications
Gabi Schierning (Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung (IFW) Dresden e.V., Germany)
14:20 Metal polymer nanocomposites by supersonic cluster beam implantation
Paolo Milani (TU Milano, Italy)
14:50 Enhanced Ag+ ion release from aqueous nanosilver suspensions by absorption of ambient CO2
Sotiris Pratsinis (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
15:20 Coffee break and posters


Lab tours

Possibility of visit to BUONAPART-E (pilot plant, individual reactor for optimization purposes, size selection facilities) and CENIDE (flame reactor, microwave plasma reactor, hotwall reactor) synthesis facilities