9th NRW Nano Conference

The Main Topics

Main topics of the 9th NRW Nano-Conference

Here, you find descriptions for the main topics for the conference in order to give you a hint about the scope of the conference:

Health / Medicine / Medical Technology / Diagnostic Analysis

Demographic development is a major challenge for the health sector. Innovative, nanotechnology-based approaches in regenerative medicine and diagnostic analysis form the basis of future individual therapies. In the field of pharmacy, nanotechnological applications have become increasingly important in the field of drug design and delivery. Medical technology and medical products offer a wide range of optimised procedures based on nanotechnology to maintain and promote health. Thus, nanomedicine, nanomedical technology and nanohealth are to be the topic for one session.

Electronics / Optoelectronics / Information / Communication / Neural Networks

Information and communication technologies have become a decisive factor for industry and the society as a whole. The continuing process of miniaturisation as described by Moore’s Law has come close to its physical limits. New concepts of nanoelectronics have to follow a “More than Moore” strategy to open up innovative solutions for entirely new system architectures. In contrast, many products of organic electronics have already found their way into everyday life. Nanotechnology and its applications in electronics and optoelectronics are a theme for another session.

Energy Efficiency / Efficiency / Smart Production / Additive Manufacturing

Efficient use, conversion and transmission of energy are crucial to enable a long-term breakthrough of renewable energy sources. But also the conventional energy supply benefits from numerous research approaches of nanotechnology. Furthermore, lightweight design and nanotechnological innovations in construction industry improve efficient use of energy. This and much more about nanoenergy is to be the focus of a further session.

Batteries: Materials / Manufacturing / Recycling

Enlarging the usage of nanotechnology and advanced materials in the manufacture of batteries can lead to an increase in available battery power as well as to a decrease in the charging time for instance by coating the surface of an electrode with nanoparticles. This, in the end, can increase the efficiency of (hybrid) vehicles by reducing the weight of the needed batteries. But more elaborate battery materials and manufacturing processes also lead to increasingly complex recycling processes which are more and more important due to the increasing number of (large) batteries. Battery (nano) technology allows for another interesting session.

Quantum Technology: Computing / Simulation / Sensing / Communication / Enabling Technologies

Our world consists of quanta – particles subject to laws and physical principals which seem to contradict our everyday understanding. Today there is the opportunity to bring scientific knowledge from this area of knowledge into industrial use. Examples of applications of second generation quantum technologies are significantly more precise measuring devices, a greatly increased security in data communication or extremely powerful computers. The international race for the industrial implementation of such technologies has already begun. Current developments in the field of quantum technologies provide the basis for another session.

Characterisation & Simulation: Enablers for Nanotechnology and Materials

Characterisation techniques used on nanomaterials and nanostructures allow for understanding the way atoms and molecules are arranged. This knowledge as well as simulation tools for multi-scale materials modelling of the composition and characteristics of a material can be used to assess the value of a material for distinct applications. Characterisation and simulation techniques as well as innovations in their theories and backgrounds are to form another session.

Functional Surfaces & Layers / Tailor-made Properties of Surfaces & Layers / Techniques of Functionalisation

The functionalisation of surfaces and layers, i.e. the targeted modification of the surface properties to desired functions, allows the deployment of established materials with improved surface properties. Tailor-made surface properties for arbitrary applications can be generated, for example, by nanostructuring, by photonic processes or custom-fit coatings, as some important material properties such as wettability, adhesion, tribological or electro-optical properties and biocompatibility are determined only by the chemistry and topography of the surface. Such functional surfaces as well as their generation are the focus of one of the sessions.

Fibres & Composites: Generation / Application / Properties / Characterization / Recycling

Innovative fiber-based and (composite) materials enable completely new applications. The combination of two or more components generates in total more advantageous properties in the resulting composite material compared to the separate use of individual materials and their components and is at the same time resource-saving, sustainable and efficient. In particular, size effects, for example by introducing fibers with diameters in the nanometer range, and the geometry of the components play a crucial role in the properties of the composites. The topic of fibers and composites is the content of a further session.

Regulations, Safety & Societal Acceptance

Every new technology involves new challenges for mankind and the environment. Risks and hazards must be analysed and socially relevant issues have to be considered adequately. The industrial use of nanomaterials requires an analysis of potential risks related to workplace, end users and the environment. For this reason, a number of projects in industry and universities are relating to safe handling and regulations of nanotechnology. The results of these projects and societal acceptance are a major research field and thus form the basis for a session.

NRW Innovation Projects & INTERREG/EU Innovation Projects

(NRW Actor(s) should be member of the project)
For the economically strong industrial state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), it is of highest priority to be present in the leading markets worldwide with economically viable products. Innovation projects within NRW or in cooperation with companies or research institutes from Europe e.g. within the INTERREG programme are crucial to the development of these products and their manufacturing. The sessions focusing on NRW innovation projects on the one hand and on European innovation projects on the other hand highlight successful project proposals and projects by giving insights into the R&D projects based on key enabling technologies.


The calls of the Nano Conference are open to all submissions from the field of nanotechnology and innovation in materials and application. If you want to present your ideas, your research or your projects at the conference, feel free to sort them into one of the above described exemplary topics. However, topics will be formed in accordance with all submitted presentations, so that you are encouraged to submit your contribution and mark it as “miscellaneous” if these exemplary topics do not fit to your submission. We will evaluate all submission equally and try to consider them for the conference if appropriate and possible.