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Title:   "Surface Chemistry and Catalysis"  
Chair:  Jiong LV, Yong Feng WANG, Xiang SHAO       
This sympsium is aimed to highlight recent advances in the fundamental understanding of surface chemical and physical processes related to catalysis, energy, functional materials and devices.  In particular, we will emphasise the events happening on various surgaces and interfaces including metal, metal oxide, nanocrystals, semiconductors and layered 2D materials.  This symposium will cover the following sub-topics:
  • On-surface synthesis of functional organic and inorganic nanostructures
  • Interface-controlled catalysis for energy and environmental research
  • Surface engineering, functionalisation and molecular self-assembly
  • Surface Science applied to energy conversion and storage
  • Surface nanotechnology and devices
  • Recent advances in surface characterisation tools
Title:   "Photo- and Electro-catalysis"
Chair:  Bin LIU, Shenli CHENG, Rong XU
Recent years have seen rapid development and many breakthroughs in plasmonics and optical materials; Emerging techniques such as super-resolution imaging techniques were recognized by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014; Novel optical materials and rapid methods for biomedical and environmental applications are in great demand.
Scope of the Symposium:
  • Plasmonics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Photo-catalysis
  • Nonlinear optical materials
  • Optical materials for chemical, biological and environmental sensing
  • Optical spectroscopy and imaging techniques
Title:   "Light-Young Scientists Forum Singapore: When Light meets Chemistry"
Chair:  Lei LIU, Yuhong BAI, Yaobiao LI 
As a cross-cutting discipline of science, light has grown dramatically and demonstrated many exciting achievements in optics and photonics, over the recent decades. Of course, the prosperity of LIGHT relies on how much nutrition it can draw from other modern disciplines, including PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, METERAIL SCIENCE, LIFE SCIENCE, and etc.

This symposium will be focused on the various light applications assisted by CHEMISTRY.
This symposium will cover some hot topics as following: photosynthesis and photovoltaics; plamonics; micro- and nano-scale optical functional materials and devices; bio- and medical photonics; graphene photonics; and super-resolution microscopy. Talks in this symposium will reflect the state-of-the-art as Light meets Chemistry.

Title:   "Energy Storage Materials, Characterization and Understanding"
Chair:  Hongjin FAN, Zhichuan XU, Shirley MENG
This symposium will be dedicated to recent development in new materials, new understanding, and new technologies for energy storage devices, including supercapacitors, Li-ion batteries, alkaline batteries, as well as emergent ones (such as Na, Mg, Al ion batteries, metal-air batteries, flow batteries). We welcome topics that are related but not limited to structural and/or composition hybridization, nanoscale surface engineering, mechanistic investigation by in-situ characterizations and simulations.

Title:   "Advanced Porous Materials for Gas Capture and Catalysis"
Chair:  Yanli ZHAO, Ruqiang ZOU
This symposium will highlight recent research developments of advanced porous materials (such as metal-organic frameworks, covalent-organic frameworks, and porous silica) for gas capture and catalysis. The capture, storage, and separation of gases such as CO2, H2 and methane by porous materials will be featured, and catalytic conversion of gases and organic molecules into value-added products using porous materials as catalysts will also be showcased in this symposium.
Title:   "New Frontiers in the Synthesis and Applications of Colloidal Semiconductor Nanoparticles"
Chair:  Yin Thai CHAN, Mingyong HAN
Because of their many desirable optical properties, colloidal semiconductor nanoparticles continues to be a very vibrant field of research. From new insights into their physicochemical properties to applications in areas ranging from optoelectronics to bio-imaging, developments involving semiconductor nanoparticles continue to take place at a near explosive rate. Several of these areas have transcended beyond the confines of the laboratory and are burgeoning industries that promise near-term societal impact. The primary aim of this symposium is to offer participants an overview of the latest innovations in semiconductor nanoparticles, and the trends emerging from each sub-discipline within the field. The theme is therefore broadly centered around the synthesis of these nanoparticles and their applications in optoelectronics, diagnostics and bio-imaging.
Title:   "Noble Metal Naostructures: From Novel Synthetic Chemistry to Practical Applications"
Chair:  Xianmao LU (NUS), Jianping XIE (NUS), Hong YANG (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Throughout the few thousand years of recorded human history, noble metals have immense economic value.  Besides its monetary value, science has exploited the nanosized versions of these noble metals for numerous applications.  Noble metals at size scale in the nano and sub-nano range begin to have many intriguing physical and chemical properties.  These exciting functionalities open up a whole new universe of interesting chemistry, which also make noble metal nanostructures a new class of promising functional materials for many groundbreaking applications in energy, environment and healthcare.  The scope of this symposium is to provide an overview on recent advance and R&D activities in the fundamental science and emerging applications of noble metal nanostructures.
Title:   "Two-dimensional Materials: Synthesis and Applications"
Chair:  Goki EDA, Zheng LIU
Recent years have seen a surge of activity in the exploration of 2D atomic layered structures with a range of physical and chemical properties. In the past a few years, preparation of a wide spectrum of 2D materials including metal chalcogenides, oxides, and borides have been demonstrated via various approaches such as mechanical/liquid exfoliation, hydrothermal synthesis, chemical vapor deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, etc. The emerging unique properties of these novel 2D materials reveal their potential in a range of applications including flexible electronics, valleytronics, catalysis , high-performance batteries, solar energy conversion and molecular sensors. The research field is still in its infant stage but the rapid advances in synthesis techniques are enabling exploration of fundamental science as well as novel applications of these materials. This symposium will attract many experts from all over the world and discuss the recent progress and future prospects of the 2D materials research. The symposium will focus on synthesis, processing, and characterization of 2D materials and their heterostructures, and encourage discussions on their potential applications in catalysis, energy conversion, devices, etc.
Title:   "Functional Halide Perovskite Materials for Light-Emission and Harverting"
Chair:  Zhi Kuang TAN, Tze Chien SUM
Metal-halide perovskites have attracted significant research interest due to their excellent semiconducting properties and their ease of processing via solution methods.  In recent reports, Pb-halide perovskite solar cells were shown to have remarkable light-harvesting abilities, giving solar-to-electric power conversion efficiencies in excess of 20%, which is highly-competitive with traditional technologies.  Halide perovskite semiconductors also possess outstanding light-emission properties with demonstrations of high photo and electro-luminescence yield and optically-pumped lasing.

Our symposium aims to cover from fundamental to applied research, the material chemistry, synthesis and characterisation, device design, fabrication and characterisation, theory, simulation and new concepts, to advance the state-o-the-art perovskite LED and PV technology.  The symposium would bring together the experts from different disciplines, and provide a dynamic forum for sharing and discussion of research findings, stimulating new ideas and collaborative opportunities in this fast moving field.

Topics will include:
  • Syntheses and structures of perovskite materials (including Pb-free and the emerging Bi-based halides and ternary halides (Cs3Bi2l9)
  • Nanostructured and thin-film device architectures
  • Charge separation, transport and recombination
  • Material and device stabilities
  • Theoretical modeling at material and device levels
Title:   "Organic Electronics"
Chair:  Xiaodong CHEN, Qichun ZHANG, Jie ZHANG, Huan Li DONG
The symposium covers the following topics, including organic and polymeric semiconductors, structure characterization, device physics, fabrication techniques, OFETs, OPVs and other related optoelectronic, sensor and bioelectronic applications.

Title:   "Surface Analysis and Resource Chemistry"
Chair:  Yong fa ZHU, Lin DONG, Fang ZHANG
This Symposium is aimed to discuss recent advances in surface analysis theory and technology and their applications in Resource Chemistry. Of particular interest are topics focusing on the practical challenges of energy and environment fields. The suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • State-of-the-art methods of surface analysis characterization
  • Practices in characterization of diverse range of material systems
  • Application of surface science to energy and environment related areas, including catalysis, corrosion, adsorption, oxidation, trace analysis, intermediate identification, segregation detection, electrochemistry and air pollution
Title:   "Biomaterials and soft materials"
Chair:  Jianyong OUYANG, Xianjun LOH
Materials play critical roles for medicine, biomedical devices and healthcare. For example, they can be used as the vehicles for drug delivery and components of biomedical devices and healthcare. Engineering biomaterials like tissue also has significance for biomedical and healthcare application. Many new materials have been developed for medicine, biomedical devices and healthcare. This symposium will focus on the development of new biomaterials and soft materials and investigation of their bimedical and healthcare application. Topics will include but not limited to:
  • Stimuli responsive materials for biomedical and healthcare application
  • Biocompatible polymers
  • Materials for biointerfaces devices
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biosensors
  • Drug delivery vehicles, such as gels, micelles, nanoparticles and vesicles
  • Tissue engineering


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