The International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials (ISCAN) will be held in the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, USA from October 26 – 29, 2015. This symposium is a continuation of the quadrennial Richmond Conference series which started in 1982. The 2015 Richmond conference will focus on the role clusters and nanomaterials play in solving outstanding problems in energy and life sciences; two of the most important challenges facing science and society.
Nanomaterials, due to their low dimensionality and unique composition possess uncommon properties. Atomic clusters are the ultimate nanoparticles; here every atom and electron counts making it possible to achieve a fundamental understanding of matter-one atom at a time. In addition to unveiling novel scientific phenomena, nanoscience holds promise to address important technological challenges in clean, sustainable energy and the life sciences. This symposium will focus on solar, hydrogen, thermo-electric, and electrochemical storage for energy applications. For the life sciences, the focus will be on bioactive, bio responsive, and biomimetic materials; nanotoxicity; bioengineering; and regenerative medicine. Topics associated with both areas such as reactions, catalysis, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties will also be included.
This symposium will bring together researchers from physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, engineering, and medicine. The objective is to create a broad, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and results, identify outstanding problems, and develop new collaborations. In addition to 14 plenary sessions of invited talks and two poster sessions, the symposium will feature oral presentations on “hot-topics”. These will be selected from the contributed abstracts.