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Getting ready for the Trends in Nanotechnology International Conference 2021

The TNT 2021 conference will occur between 4-8 October of this year 2021, and you can still apply to present a poster or an oral presentation!

29 June 2021
Bacterial nanocellulose samples at the NN Lab
Bacterial nanocellulose samples at the NN Lab

4-8 October, 2021

The 21st edition of the Trends in Nanotechnology International conference (TNT) is happening in Tirana, Albania, if the international response to COVID keeps a steady pace. Its objective is to showcase the current state of research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as its related policies (European Commission, etc.) and other initiatives surrounding the field (iNANO, nanoGUNE, MANA, GDR-I, etc.).

Beyond the transmission of technology between researchers, the TNT presents an appealing opportunity to network and get in contact with researchers in the field.

This year’s edition will include specific sessions on some of the most relevant topics in the field like a "Graphene and 2DM" one-day Symposium, Meet Editors of Biosensors and Bioelectronics journal, Future projects/Networking, etc.

The conference chairs are Antonio Correia (Phantoms Foundation, Spain) and Arben Merkoci (ICREA - ICN2 - BIST, Spain). 

64 keynote lecturers, including ICMAB’s Anna Roig

The researcher from the Nanocomposites and Nanoparticles (NN) Group is one of the many lecturers that are already confirmed for this edition. Anna Roig will be talking about functional nanocellulose materials and devices achieved from bacteria farming:

“Cellulose is a non-toxic, degradable and almost inexhaustible bioreneweable polymer expected to play a strategic role in replacing petroleum-based polymers and advancing towards a more circular economy. Nanocelluloses combine the properties of cellulose with the high surface area of nanomaterials. Increasing demand for cost-effective sustainable and high-performance materials makes nanocelluloses attractive for innovative applications in many sectors encompassing photonics, food packaging, flexible electronics or biomaterials. In particular, bacterial nanocellulose (BC) produced by microbial fermentation with the same molecular formula as plant-derived cellulose but with higher degree of polymerization, purity and crystallinity has captured the interest of material scientists.

In our group and in collaboration with several labs in Europe, we exploit BC exceptional features to create advanced functional materials. First, I will describe some strategies to control BC topography and microstructuration during its biosynthesis [1]. I will then show an original route to attain a multi-nanoparticle millefeuille for a BC-layered construct (Figure 1) [2]. Finally, I will present some BC potential applications in energy (thermoelectrics [3] and photovoltaics [4]) and in health [5] (corneal bandage [6] and as cell culture supports [7])."

Apply for a poster session or an oral presentation!

The Nanotechnology International Conference 2021 has an open call for abstracts. Submit your paper and choose if you want to contribute with a poster or an oral presentation.

The deadline is on July 9, 2021!

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