Report on First NanoWorld Conference (NWC-2016)

Upon the Joint sponsorship of United Scientific Group and Fondazione EL.B.A. Nicolini (Italy) the NanoWorld Conference (NWC-2016) concluded successfully on April 06, 2015. The three-day conference was organized by NanoWorld Journal during April 04-06, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Boston – Newton, Boston, USA. The event was attended by speakers and delegates from more than 19 countries of the globe. The theme of NWC-2016 was Useful Science and Technology for a Just World. The conference witnessed 2 keynote presentations, 3 Plenary Symposia, 61 oral presentations and 26 poster presentations on various topics including Cancer, Protein Structure, Nano devices, Space, Energy and Environment.

Dr. Claudio Nicolini, Russian Academy Sciences Member, President Fondazione ELBA Nicolini, Italy talked about molecular bioelectronics during his keynote lecture on Day 1. Dr. Nicolini discussed about the term ‘molecular bioelectronics’ is utilized in a rather broad context merely to emphasize a new amalgam of electronics and biotechnology which prove the best way to achieve many objectives of industrial, health and scientific relevance, including biomolecular engineering, bioelectronic devices, actuators, sensors and materials capable of optimal hardware intelligence and molecular miniaturization.

Dr. Federico Capasso from Harvard University, USA illustrated about the metasurfaces based on sub-wavelength patterning have major potential for revolutionizing diffractive optics by realizing arbitrary control of the wavefront of the diffracted light through local control of the phase, amplitude and polarization. He also discussed novel devices based on this technique. A salient feature is the ability to create with a single digital mask an arbitrary analog phase profile. A variety of flat optical components, including lenses with no aberrations, polarizers, vortex plates, coatings, holograms etc.

Plenary Symposium on an Approach to Cancer from The Nanoscale to Patient was organized on Day 1. The session was chaired by Dr. Stephen Sonis, Harvard University Medical School, USA and six speakers (including Editorial Board member Carlo Ventura) from different countries addressed the session. A special session was based on Organic Photovoltaics: The Ultimate Green Energy Solution or a Distant Dream by Bernard Kippelen, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Another Plenary Symposium on Protein Structure at Atomic Scale by Synchrotron Radiation, CRYOEM and XFEL. The session was chaired by Dr. Christian Riekel, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France and three more speakers (including Editorial Board members Professors Eugenia Pechkova, and Giuseppe Zanotti) contributed to this session.

Day 2 started with the Plenary Symposium on Nanomaterials, Nano Devices and Systems which was chaired by Dr. Anilkumar P. Thakoor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, USA. Dr. Thakoor and Dr. Davide Nicolini, European Space Agency, France have discussed on nanotechnology application in space mission. Ahmed A. Busnaina, Northeastern University, USA; Joey Mead, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA and Sameer Sonkusale, Tufts University, USA discussed on the fundamentals of nanodevices with application of it in various fields.

Session on Nanotechnology and Nanoscience -I was mainly focused on Nanoengineering, Nanometer Scale Study of Alive Cells, Biomimetic Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering were covered by various speakers from around the globe and the session was chaired by Yechezkel (Chezy) Barenholz, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Israel and Eugenia Pechkova, Genova University, Italy.

Session on Nanotechnology and Nanoscience -II was mainly focused on Nanomaterials, Clean Energy and Smart Sensors and Nanostructures were covered by various speakers from around the globe and the session was chaired by Chuan-Jian Zhong, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA and Iwan Kityk, Czestochowa University Technology, Poland. Posters were presented in the poster session after the Nanotechnology and Nanoscience session. Many young researchers from Korea, China, USA, Turkey, UAE and India presented their novel work.

The last day of the conference was on Nanotechnology and Nanoscience -I & II, that mainly focused on Nanomaterials, Nanoparticle-based System, Solar Cell Application, Natural Cellulose Nanofibers, Health & Energy and Nanocomposites. The session was chaired by Carmen Gonzalez, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Jin Ouyang, Beijing Normal University, China; Khashayar Ghandi, Mount Allison University, Canada and Alexander Weber-Bargioni, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. The conference ended with plenary symposium on Useful Science and Technology for a Just Peaceful World held by Conference Chairman Dr. Claudio Nicolini summarizing challenges still unsolved in front to humanity, namely cancer, energy, intelligent hardware and environment, that only a truly internationalized broad research carried out down to the nanoscale could successfully undertake:

  • Asteroids Destruction
  • New Energy Sources
  • Carbon Dioxide Reduction
  • Cancer
  • Technology Transfer

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