Campus Diepenbeek, Belgium.
Numerous prospective benefits for health and environment are offered by nanotechnology, with engineered nanomaterials being developed for renewable energy harvesting and storage, water purification, food packaging, environmental sensors and remediation, and greener engineering and manufacturing. During this year’s Nanotechnology Crossing Borders symposium, we will focus on two topics: Process analytical technologies for nanomanufacturing processes and Nanomaterials for (photo-)electrochemical green hydrogen production and CO2 valorization. Check out our program.
Nanoparticles produced in suspension are included in a wide variety of products ranging from pharmaceuticals to inks, coatings and polymer films to catalysts. It is essential to accurately and continuously monitor the size of these particles during their manufacturing to ensure efficient production processes with minimized energy consumption and waste, and ultimately also the performance and safety of materials. In this session, we will focus on the development and application of analytical tools that enable the continuous, rapid, and reliable measurement of the size of nanoparticles in liquid dispersions. Examples of process analytical tools presented in this session are Raman spectroscopy, spatially resolved dynamic light scattering and laser diffraction. Expert speakers from industry and research organisation will illustrate the performance of these analytical tools by means of use cases related to e.g. pharmaceutics and green hydrogen production.
Sunlight and renewable electricity are important contributors to the transition of the chemical industry towards climate neutrality. When applied in a smart way, they efficiently and selectively power chemical reactions, without excessive use of energy or formation of undesired byproducts. In this session, we focus on hydrogen production and conversion of CO2 to value-added chemicals and fuels using photochemical, photoelectrochemical and electrochemical processes. More specifically, we will focus on the design, synthesis and validation of nanoparticle catalysts and nanostructured (photo-)electrodes as key enablers for these processes.