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Polymer Nanocomposites and Functional Organic-Inorganic Hybrids


  • Xiao (Matthew) HU, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


  • Yiu-Wing MAI, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Robert J. YOUNG, Manchester University, United Kingdom


  • Prof Xiao (Matthew) Hu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Tel: 65-67904610
    Mailing Address:
    50 Nanyang Ave
    Block N4.1-01-14

Scope of Symposium

Global-wide sustained interests propelled the rapid advances in the field of polymer nanocomposites and functional organic-inorganic hybrid materials. It is important to have regular fora dedicated to this class of emerging materials. This symposium is organized with an inclusive mindset but having a clear objective to address the underlying issues universally interested by both academia and industry. The scope covers aspects of synthesis, processing, structural and functional properties and applications of nanocomposites and organic/inorganic hybrids.

Our vision is to use this symposium as a platform to facilitate multi-disciplinary interaction and international collaboration. One of the pressing issues we aim to address is how academia and industry can work together in order to take full advantages of these new materials which often possess unsurpassed properties due to “nano-scale” phenomena. Oral and poster presentations are called in the following specific topics and their related fields. Selected papers will be published into proceedings and/or special issues in journals after review. Possible journals being considered include Composites Science and Technology and Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Composite A. A separate forum/workshop with industry participation is being planned during or immediately after the Symposium. Global and regional players are invited including BASF, Borealis AB, Lanxess, Exxon-Mobil and R&P to name a few.


·  Synthesis and processing methodology

·  Dispersion of nanoparticles

·  Hierarchical nanocomposites and porous nanocomposites/foams

·  Organic/inorganic hybrid materiasls

·  Nano-inks or coatings for and 2D/3D printing technology

·  New and emerging nano-fillers, e.g., 2D materials, quantum dots, cellulosic nanofibres, carbon dots, metal-organic frameworks


·  Nano-toughening, nano-reinforcement and nano-confinement

·  Abrasion and fire resistant properties

·  Mechanical and rheological properties

·  Electrical, thermal, optical, electronic and magnetic properties

·  Biological properties, e.g., antimicrobial and anti-fouling properties, biomimmicry

Applications including but not exclusively

·  Nanocomposites for environmental protection and water treatment, e.g., membranes

·  Applications in electronics, optoelectronics, energy storage and conversion

·  Applications in biomedicine, personal care, food packaging, defence and sports

Emerging topics

·  “Green” nanocomposites

·  Perception and misperception of nanocomposites toxicity

·  Industrial perspective: low hanging fruits in nanocomposites

Chair: Xiao 'Matthew' HU, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Co-chair: Yiu-Wing MAI, University of Sydney; Robert J. YOUNG, University of Manchester

Advisory Co-Chairs: Shlomo MAGDASSI, Hebrew University, ISRAEL; Atsushi TAKAHARA, Kyushu University, JAPAN; Richard VAIA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Laboratory, USA; Wantai YANG, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, CHINA; Hardy CHAN, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE

Local Committee: Jian Wei XU (IMRE); Xianjun LOH (IMRE); Jun LI (NUS/IMRE); Xi-Jiang YIN (SP); Jianhong ZHAO (PRIS); Xuehong LU (NTU); Chaobin HE (NUS/IMRE); Hardy CHAN (NUS)

Co-organizer: Temasek Laboratories@NTU

Programme Committee: Aarvind DASSARI (NTU); Jinglei YANG (NTU)

Secretariat: Dr. Ming LIU (email:; Dr. Liying ZHANG (email:; Xuelong CHEN (assistant); Terence LEE (assistant).

Invited Speakers

  • Shinji ANDO, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Zhongren CHEN, Ningbo University, China
  • Deborah D. L. CHUNG, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, United States
  • Klaus FRIEDRICH, Kaiserslautern University of Technology, Germany
  • Nikhil GUPTA, New York University, United States
  • Mingyong HAN, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
  • James HEDRICK, IBM, United States
  • Qinghuang LIN, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, United States
  • Shlomo MAGDASSI, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Yiu-Wing MAI, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Daniel MANDLER, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Gad MAROM, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Yuta NABAE, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Atsushi TAKAHARA, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Mathias ULBRICHT, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Daniel WAGNER, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Qing WANG, Pennsylvania State University, United States
  • Xiaolin XIE, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Bai YANG, Jilin University, China
  • Wantai YANG, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
  • Robert J. YOUNG, Manchester University, United Kingdom
  • Kui YU, Sichuan University, China