During the last two decades, a revolutionary scientific new age, based on the capacity to observe, characterize, manipulate and organize matter in the nanometric scale, is appearing. In this scale, physics, chemistry, materials science, computational theory, and engineering converge towards the same theoretical principles and experimental findings that are basically governed by the laws of the Quantum Mechanics. Nanotechnology involves these interdisciplinary knowledge areas and methodologies in order to study, manufacture and characterize functional structures with dimensions of tens of nanometers.
In 2008, Spain and Portugal (through their respective networks NanoSpain and PortugalNano) decided to join efforts in order that NanoSpain2008 event facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and promote interdisciplinary discussions not only in Spain but among the different groups from Southern Europe.
Other objectives will also be to enhance industrial participation and permit considering the situation of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in the south of Europe.
In 2008, this event will therefore be organised in collaboration with 3 networks:
In order to organise the various sessions and to select contributions, the meeting will be structured in the following thematic lines, but interactions among them will be promoted:
Thematic parallel sessions will also be organised to enhance information flow between participants and in particular:
-Exchange information of current work in specific research areas
-Solve particular technological problems
-Look for areas of common ground between different technologies
-Provide contributions to specific reports
The following Thematic Sessions will be organised:
1. NanoBiotechnology (Coordinator: Josep Samitier & Angel Rubio)
2. NanoFabrication (Coordinators: Francesc Perez-Murano & Fernando Briones)
3. Industrial (Coordinators: Jose Luis Viviente & Emilio Prieto)
4. NanoChemistry (Coordinators: Jaume Veciana & Nora Ventosa)
5. NanoOptics & NanoPhotonics (Coordinators: Juan José Saenz & Antonio Garcia Martin)
6. Nanocomposites (Coordinator: Carlos Bernado (INL, Portugal)