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[accordion title=”BM1 – Biomimetic materials and their relevance for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine – WITHDRAW”] Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is an exciting research area that aims at regenerative alternatives to harvested tissues for transplantation. Biomaterials play a pivotal role as scaffolds to provide three-dimensional templates and synthetic extracellular-matrix environments for tissue regeneration. It is often beneficial for the scaffolds to mimic certain advantageous characteristics of the natural extracellular matrix, or developmental or would healing programs.
Tissue engineering is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field that aims at the development of biological substitutes that restore, maintain, or improve tissue function. A biomimetic biomaterial for tissue engineering should be an artificially designed scaffold that mimics certain advantageous features of the natural extracellular matrix to facilitate cell recruiting/seeding, adhesion, proliferation, differentiation and neo tissue genesis.

Dmitry Bulgin, ME-DENT The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Croatia,
Enes Hodzic, ME-DENT The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Croatia,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”BM2 – Biomaterials in water and wastewater treatment – WITHDRAW”] The utilization of biomaterials (e.g. tannin, lignin, starch, straw, sawdust) in water and wastewater treatment has been the subject of great interest during the past few decades. They may have adsorptive features as such but various modification methods have also been developed in order to provide the properties desired. This session aims to present recent developments in biomass modification methods as well as in utilization of new biobased products (e.g. adsorbents, ion exchange materials, coagulants, flocculants) in water and wastewater treatment.

Tiina Leiviska¤, University of Oulu, Chemical Process Engineering, Finland, [/accordion] [accordion title=”BM3 – The Universe of Biomaterials – CONFIRMED”] [/accordion] [accordion title=”BM4 – Advanced Biomaterials and Devices in Medicine – CONFIRMED”] “Advanced Biomaterials and Devices in Medicine” session will present some new opportunities for scientists, engineers and clinicians from academia and industry to share their scientific findings and novel technologies in biomaterials and medical devices for tissue repair, replacement and regeneration as well as for diagnostic and interventional procedures.
This multidisciplinary session will cover many aspects of materials science in medicine and will provide rapid high-quality reports for communications with scientists in different areas.

Main topics for this session:
Science and technology of metallic, polymer, ceramic and composite biomaterials
Biomaterial synthesis and characterization
Shape memory and superelastic biomaterials
Nanostructured biomaterials and surfaces for medical applications
Biodegradable/bioresorbable materials and implants
Computational modeling of biomaterials behavior and biological responses
Response of cells and tissues to implantable materials and devices
Medical device design and development

Sergei Kulkov, Tomsk State University, Department of Mechanics of Deformed Solids, Russia, [/accordion]

Materials & Minerals: Processing & Engineering

[accordion title=”EP1 – Smart materials and Applications – WITHDRAW”] This session will focus on the constitutive modeling, controller design, and simulation of smart materials and adaptive structures. Contributions on modeling, design, analysis, and experiments on the shape memory alloys (SMAs) under uniaxial/multiaxial loadings are encouraged. SMAs are one of the smart materials in which are attractive candidates for different applications in mechanical, civil, medical, transportation, marine, and aerospace systems due to their unique properties. The ability of SMAs in recovering large inelastic strains based on martensitic phase transformation makes these materials a significant advantage to reduced weight, size, complexity, and large deformation in different industries. The scope of session ranges from macro/micromechanical modeling, finite element simulation, and experimental study in smart materials and structures.

Reza Mehrabi, Vali-e-Asr University of Rafsanjan, Iran, [/accordion] [accordion title=”EP2 – Conventional brick clays – properties and applications – WITHDRAW”]

Lazlo A. Gomze, Hungary,[/accordion] [accordion title=”EP3 – Geopolymers: The role of raw materials in the understanding of their properties – CONFIRMED”] Geopolymers binders are one potential aspect of the global solution. A geopolymer is an aluminosilicate binder formed by alkaline activation of solid alumina- and silica-containing precursor materials like clays and clay minerals, sand, slags and silicate solution. The role of precursor is primordial in the geopolymers properties (physico-chemical aspects and working properties). Advanced mineralogical techniques may provide important information for linking the molecular, microstructural, and kinetic data required to understand and control the behavior of such materials during the polycondensation process as well as their use. Some of themes may be (i) the role of clay raw nature, (ii) the understanding of the polycondensation kinetics and microstructure development, (iii) the binders nanostructures, (iv) the role of impurity phases in the reaction, (v) the performance of geopolymer binders. The comparison with the hydration process and concrete will be welcoming.

Joussein Emmanuel, Université de Limoges, GRESE, France,
Prud’homme Elodie, LGCIE, INSA Lyon, France,
Rossignol Sylvie, Université de Limoges, SPCTS-CNRS, France,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”EP4 – Alkali activation of minerals and wastes – CONFIRMED”] Alkali activated aluminosilicate minerals and wastes are attractive because excellent mechanical properties, durability and thermal stability can be achieved. Their synthesis takes place by polycondensation and can start from metakaolinite or many natural (minerals) and artificial (wastes) silicoaluminates by reaction with alkali metal (Na or K) hydroxide and/or silicate. In addition, they are of great interest because of the reduced energy requirement for their manufacture. Then, greenhouse gas emission can be reduced up to 80% in comparison to traditional construction materials.

Raffaele Cioffi, Department of Engineering – University Parthenope Naples, Italy,
John Provis, Department of Materials Science and Engineering The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom,
Konstantinos Komnitsas, Technical University Crete School Mineral Resources Eng, Greece,
Cristina Leonelli, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Enzo Ferrari Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy,

[/accordion] [accordion title=”EP5 – Crystal nucleation and growth – CONFIRMED”] Crystallization can be regarded as a two stage process, nucleation and growth. The complete understanding of crystal growth needs complete knowledge of various disciplines such as equilibrium thermodynamics, irreversible thermodynamics, chemistry, surface sciences, heat transfer, mass transfer, crystallography etc. The nature, quality, quantity, size and morphology of the grown crystals are affected by the various conditional parameters. The environmental temperature, concentration, purity, nature and quality of the growth vessel as well as nature, concentration of the reactants are highly affected on the growth of crystals.

Paresh Vasantlal Dalal, Department of Physics, Shri V. S. Naik Arts, Commerce and Science College, Raver, Maharashtra, India, [/accordion] [accordion title=”EP6 – Polymer Derived Ceramics – WITHDRAW”] Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) are attracting more and more interest in the scientific community thanks to novel insights of their structure at the nanoscale that contribute to understand a variety of functional properties. This session will provide opportunities to discuss ideas and knowledge on microstructure and evolution, processing and applications, novel developments and future outlook of these extraordinary materials.

AMAM 2015,[/accordion] [accordion title=”EP7 – Carbon allotropes – WITHDRAW”] This session is focussed on the latest research on the growth, properties, structure and application of carbon- and diamond-based materials. Topics include growth, use, and applications of graphene and carbon nanotubes; new developments and frontiers of carbon allotropes for bio- and environmental sensing; properties and applications of nano-diamonds.

AMAM 2015,[/accordion] [accordion title=”EP8 – Processing and Engineering of Minerals and Materials – CONFIRMED”] AMAM 2015,[/accordion]

Environment & Technology

[accordion title=”ET1 – Clay composites for solar energy conversion systems – WITHDRAW”] The use of clays as catalytic hosts for the conversion of solar energy to other forms is among their oldest applications. Since clays are abundant as a raw source, chemically and thermally stable and resistant to deteriotation, they are suitable for a plethora of solar energy technologies spanning from solar cooling and thermal storage to photovoltaics and solar fuels. In this context, recent progress in this research field will be presented in this session.

Dimitris Karamanis, University of Patras, Greece, [/accordion] [accordion title=”ET2 – Materials’ Bio and Chemical Deterioration in Artefacts and Monuments of Cultural Heritage – CONFIRMED”] Artefacts and Monuments of Cultural heritage are being affected increasingly by Corrosion due to chemicals and microbes present in the ambience. This is affecting their appearance and leading to their deterioration. A session on this topic and related aspects of corrosion and microbial corrosion may help to develop strategies to protect such objects of immense importance.

Ajay Kumar Singh, IIT Roorkee, India,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”ET3 – Valorization and treatment of wastewater – WITHDRAW”] The discharge of the industry constitutes enormous nuisances for the environment and exactly for the human health, in particular the various textile and tanning dyes which are used excessively to improve the dye industry. This session will adress a problem of water pollution which contain toxic substances and different techniques used for their removal and treatment of wastewater.

Fatima Zohra El Berrichi, Laboratoire de chimie physique, Université 08 Mai 45, Guelma , Algeria,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”ET4 – Clay Minerals for Health, Earth and Environment – CONFIRMED”] The aim of the session is to discuss the key areas in applied mineralogy and advanced materials based on the health and environmental applications of clay minerals. Thanks to their physical and physico-chemical properties, such as high adsorption capacity and specific surface area, swelling capacity, reactivity to acids, dispersivity, etc…, clay minerals are widely used both for medical uses and for a safer environment.
Clay minerals are widely applied to clinical treatment of illnesses and in pharmaceutical preparation.
Clay mineralogy governs, also, many soils’ abilities.
This session will explore the importance of clay minerals to characterize ecosystem processes across nano- to landscape- spatial scales (changes in soil properties and soil functions, contamination, land degradation processes) and their contributions in medical/health applications (such as: controlled delivery of pharmaceuticals; for tissue engineering; bone cements and implants; cosmetics applications; biomedical devices and spas and aesthetic centers).

Maria Luigia Giannossi, Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Research (IMAA), Italy,
Aldo Mirabella, Italian Association for the Study of Clays (AISA), Italy,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”ET5 – Fly ash and other hazardous materials stabilization and reuse. Wastes as resource – CONFIRMED”] Growing modern prosperity leads to the extraction and use of more sources and to the production of more waste. In order to preserve raw natural materials as well as to reduce the landfill deposition of hazardous products, the reuse of stabilised wastes and/or by-products is stimulated also by H2020 Work Programmes. According with this ambitious aim and with the need to find new sources representing an increasing priority particularly for Europe where more than 20% of the resources used are imported, this section is devoted to innovative processes, services and products that increase waste materials stabilization, reuse and recycle. Particular attention is paid to different fly ash (e.g. coal fly ash, municipal solid waste incineration fly ash, ashes from biomass) stabilization and reuse as well as red mud and waste ceramics recycling. The session welcomes oral and poster contributions on product tests, new application and case studies.

Elza Bontempi, INSTM and Chemistry for Technologies Laboratory – UNIVERSITA’ DI BRESCIA, Italy,
Claudia Belviso, IMAA-CNR, Italy,
Laura E. De Pero, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale – UNIVERSITA’ DI BRESCIA, Italy,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”ET6 – Novel catalytic materials for the abatement of atmospheric pollutants – CONFIRMED”] Air pollution is a real public health and environmental problem that can lead to, among other things, global warming, acid rain, and the deterioration of the ozone layer. Particle pollution (often referred to as particulate matter), ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides (NO, NO2 and N2O) and volatile organic compounds are among the most commonly found air pollutants related with many deleterious effects on the human health and the protection and preservation of the environment. Recent progress on catalytic approaches for the abatement of these pollutants is the main focus on the current session. Development, characterization and performance of novel, cost effective and stable catalytic materials is included in the research topics of interest both from fundamental and applied point of view.

Eleni Iliopoulou, Laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons, Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece,
Maria Goula, Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia (TEI WM), Greece,
Michalis Konsolakis, School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece,
George Marnellos, Department Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Greece,
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AMAM 2015, [/accordion]

Microporous & Mesoporous Materials

[accordion title=”MM1 – Pillared clays and porous clay heterostructures – WITHDRAW”] Economical synthesis of porous materials always has been an area of interest for researchers. Thermally stable inorganic porous materials with a controlled pore structure have been of great interest because of their potential applications as catalysts, supports, selective adsorbents, separating agents, and porous matrixes for encapsulation of specific functional molecules. The proper control of the surface chemistry and a rigorous control of the surface geometry at the micro-meso- and macroscales are important factors in designing an heterogeneous catalyst. Fast mass transfer of the reactants and products to and from the catalytic sites is provided by the support structure. Pillared interlayered clays (PILC) have been highly attractive due to their controllable pore dimensions and specific catalytic properties depending on the type of silicate layers and pillaring agents. A new class of acidic porous clay heterostructures with the micro-mesoporous structure are also attracting materials.

Suna Balci, Gazi University, Turkey,
Faiza Bergaya, Institut de Physique, Chimina, France,
Miguel Angel Vicente, Universidad de Salamanca, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Spain,
Abraham Clearfield, Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry, United States,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”MM2 – Natural zeolites: Applications of an important family of industrial minerals – WITHDRAW”] Natural zeolites represent one of the most important classes of microporous rock-forming minerals, as they are common constituents in many geological environments. During the last fifty years, they have assumed relevance for their important and unique properties (cation exchange, selective adsorption, catalysis, etc.) that find significant applications in many technological sectors. This thematic session aims to promote fruitful discussions and to communicate new information on consolidated and/or further potential applications of these fascinating geomaterials, and will be devoted to presentations of their use in several technological sectors, such as catalysis, environment, agriculture, animal feeding, nuclear waste treatment and many other industrial applications.

Alessio Langella, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie – Sannio University – Benevento, Italy,
Piergiulio Cappelletti, DiSTAR – Federico II University – Napoli, Italy,
Mariano Mercurio, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie – Sannio University – Benevento, Italy,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”MM3 – Advanced novel functional magnetic materials – CONFIRMED”] The overall goal of this session is to provide most up-to-date information about recent developments in different novel magnetic materials and future applications paying attention on basic aspects and on magnetic properties suitable for applications. Potential topics of interest include, but not limited to: Nanoscaled magnetism; Novel magnetic materials and applications; Amorphous and nanocrystalline magnetic materials and applications.

Arcady Zhukov, Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain, [/accordion] [accordion title=”MM4 – Membranes – WITHDRAW”] The aim of the session is to exchange information and ideas across the full spectrum of scientists who are working in the membrane field, by focusing on research and development topics that represent the most current and promising directions for ultimate translation to environmental, medical and industrial applications.

AMAM 2015, [/accordion] [accordion title=”MM5 – The Universe of Microporous & Mesoporous Materials – CONFIRMED”]

AMAM 2015, [/accordion]


[accordion title=”NM1 – Interfacial Interactions in Nanomaterials – WITHDRAW”] Organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials have revolutionized the research efforts in the last two decades due to extensive enhancements in the properties of these nanocomposite materials. Clays (or alumino-silicates) have been one of the most common inorganic materials used to generate such nanocomposites. The uniform dispersion of the clay platelets in the organic polymer matrices by tuning the interfacial interactions between the organic and inorganic phases is of paramount importance in order to generate nanomaterials with optimum set of properties. The proposed session aims to explore the aspect of interfacial interactions in the nanomaterials by assembling presentations dealing with systems studying the compatibilization of interfaces in a wide variety of organic polymer systems.

Vikas Mittal, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, [/accordion] [accordion title=”NM2 – Functional polymeric composites with nanoclays – CONFIRMED”] Clay-polymer composites are an important research field. Loading polymers with clay essentially increases their strength characteristics. However, only recently such composites were prepared with the nanoscale organization control. This progress is related to different nanoassembly methods, such as polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer assembly, silane mono and multilayer treatments, and others. A design of organized clay – polymeric nanocomposites demands well defined clay nanoparticles. New methods of clay purification and its surfaces modification were developed in view to produce functional polymer-clay nanocomposites. An important role in such processes belongs to the clay particle shape and size. Clay nanoparticles were prepared as sheets of around 1 nm thickness and a few hundred nm wide (such as kaolinites and smectites like montmorillonite). An important development was reached for natural mineral nanotubes and fibres such as halloysite, imogolite, sepiolite, palygorskite, and others. Clay nanotubes may be loaded with anticorrosion, antioxidation or antibacterial agents. Sustained controlled release of chemical agents from such nanotubes provides smart features for polymer composites. Fibrous clays afforded significant reinforcement properties to the nanocomposites of particular interest in the assembly with biopolymers and other green polymers giving rise to functional bionanocomposites.

Yuri Lvov, Louisiana Tech University, United States,
Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky, Materials Science Institute ot Madrid, CSIC, Spain,
Stefano Leporatti, Institute of Nanosciences, CNR, Italy,

[/accordion] [accordion title=”NM3 – Advanced Functional Materials – CONFIRMED”] With recent developments in the polymer, ceramic, sensor, and fuel cell technology, a range of novel materials have been developed and manufactured for advanced, compact, and electronic industry. Polymers, silicons, graphene, energy materials, etc.have received much attention in recent years. The session of “Advanced Functional Materials” gives the most recent research results on polymer, fine ceramics, sensor, green fuel cells, and all other topics pertaining to materials science. The content of this session mainly covers but is not limited to the broad spectrum of advanced functional materials on photovoltaics, organic electronics, carbon materials, nanotechnology, liquid crystals, magnetic materials, surfaces and interfaces, and biomaterials, in both physics and chemistry disciplines.

Gang Liu, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, [/accordion] [accordion title=”NM4 – Polymer Hybrids – WITHDRAW”] Polymer hybrid materials made up of represent a new class of materials that exhibit improved performance when compared to their individual counterparts. These hybrid materials combine the unique properties of different components mixed at micro- and nanolevel in one material and possess high added-value applications. These kinds of materials may be used in a wide range of applications including energy generation and storage, engineering and construction, supercapacitor, electronics, display technologies, sensing, photocatalytic, antibacterial, environmental and biomedical applications. This session will discuss about the fabrication of polymer hybrid materials, surface functionalization and applications of these materials in various fields.

Susheel Kalia, Bahra University, India, India, [/accordion] [accordion title=”NM5 – Magnetic Nanoparticles – CONFIRMED”] Among nanostructured magnetic materials, nanoparticles (Nps) are unique complex physical objects whose physical properties differ greatly from their parent massive materials. NPs play an important role in nature, as they are commonly found in soils, sediments and rocks and may store information on the past Earth’s magnetic field as well as environmental conditions at the time of sediment deposition. Magnetic NPs are in several ways also important for the functioning of living organisms that, in several cases, utilize the magnetism of the particles themselves. On the other hand magnetic nanoparticles are widely investigated for several applications as ferrofluid technology, catalysts, and biomedicine. Then magnetic NPS covers different research area, being a really hot subject for scientist in geology, materials science, physics, biology, chemistry, cultural heritage. For these reasons the proposers are strongly convinced that a session on Magnetic Nanoparticles perfectly fit with the aims of AMAM 2015.

Davide Peddis, Istituto di Struttura della Materia – CNR, Italy,
Dino Fiorani, Istituto di Struttura della Materia – CNR, Italy,
M. Luisa Fdez-Gubieda Ruiz, Departamento de Electricidad y Electronica Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología. Universidad del País Vasco& BCMaterials, Spain,
Ramon Egli, Magnetics and Gravimetry Section Central Meteorology and Geodynamics Institute of Austria, Austria,
[/accordion] [accordion title=”NM6 – The Universe of Nanomaterials – CONFIRMED”]

AMAM 2015,

General Session

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AMAM 2015,
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