4th International Christmas Symposium


Every year the institute of materials chemistry & research ...

... organize the christmas symposium.


Hosted by Alexander Bismarck, 17th December 2018

Institute of Materials Chemistry and Research, University of Vienna, Austria

Venue: PHH Fortuna 05, Krottenbachstraße 58, 1190 Vienna, Austria


09:00 – 09:10

Introductory Remarks

Alexander Bismarck, University of Vienna (Austria)

09:10 – 09:40

Plenary: Nanocarbon Aerogels as Multifunctional Support Materials in Adsorption and Catalysis

Robert Menzel, University of Leeds (UK)

Directed self-assembly of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene oxide (GO) into porous 3D structures, such as aerogels, provides unique opportunities to optimise important application-relevant materials parameters, such as porosity, mechanical robustness and electro-thermal conductivity. Here, we explore polymer-assisted nanocarbon assembly, based on hydrothermal methods and emulsion-templating, to produce three-dimensional CNT and GO support frameworks (aerogels) with diverse and well-controlled microstructures. Different chemical methodologies (e.g. in-situ precipitation, sublimation-deposition) are explored to uniformly decorate the aerogel frameworks with catalyst and adsorbent nanoparticles (metal nanoparticles, anionic clays, h-BN). Supporting these functional nanoparticles within the well-structured nanocarbon aerogel networks results in considerable improvements in their activity, kinetics and recyclability in important adsorption (adsorptive desulfurisation, CO2 capture)1,2 and heterogeneous catalysis (cross coupling reactions)3 applications. In order to exploit the benefits of nanocarbon aerogels further, the electrical conductivity of the cross-linked nanocarbon frameworks is utilised for direct resistive heating, enabling energy-efficient and very fast temperature control of the supported nanoparticles.4

[1] R. Menzel, D. Iruretagoyena et al. Fuel, 2016, 181, 531; [2] M. DeMarco, R. Menzel, MSP Shaffer et al  Carbon, 2017, 123, 616. [3] R Menzel; M Mokhtar et al J Solid State Chem., 2017, 246,130; [4] R. Menzel, S. Barg, MSP Shaffer et al. Adv. Funct. Mater., 2015, 25, 28.

09:40 – 09:55

Wondering about Connectivity of Drilling Sites? DNA Tracers Will Tell You

Nadine Barna, University of Vienna (Austria)

09:55 – 10:10

Rheological Behaviour of Polyethylene Oxide: Couette-Taylor Flow in a Dilute Polymer Solution

Emina Muratspahic, University of Vienna (Austria)

10:10 – 10:25

Hot Lithography: 3D-printing of Highly Resolved, Tough Photopolymers

Konstanze Seidler, Cubicure (Austria)

10:25 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:10

Keynote: Liquid Crystalline Polypeptide Fibres

Hannah Leese, University of Bath (UK)

Computationally designed polypeptides form liquid crystals which can be wet-spun into aligned ‘silk-like’ strong continuous fibres.

11:10 – 11:25

BIOpolymer-Compounds with High-Strength Properties

Johanna Eichelter, University of Vienna (Austria)

11:25 – 11:50

Keynote: Multifunctional Structural Energy Storage and Stiffening of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites Through Aerogel Addition

David B Anthony, Imperial College London (UK)

Structural Power Composites, structures that store electrical charge will impact daily-life as we create, store, & consume energy differently.

11:50 – 12:05

Hierarchical Composites with Respect to Compression Tests and Electrical Conductivity

Audran Fournet, Icam (France) & Anto Puljic, University of Vienna (Austria)

12:05 – 12:20

Optimisation of CNT Distribution in Epoxy Resin and Mechanical Properties of its Composites

Neptun Yousefi, University of Vienna (Austria)

12:20 – 13:20

Lunch Break