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On behalf of the EU-Network of Excellence NANOFUN-POLY we are pleased to present the:




which is taking place
in Santiago De Compostela , SPAIN,
from March 25 th to 29 th 2007

Organised by

Center of Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP)
Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM) - Italy
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - Spain



The aim of the congress is to gather the young European polymer scientists and to promote discussion among junior researchers, and between junior researchers and established scientists

Who should attend?

  • Participation is open to industry and university researchers.
  • Oral presentations will be given by PhD students and young scientists, both from academia and from industry, having finished their PhD courses since a maximum of 4 years, whom research interests cover all the different aspects of synthesis, fabrication, characterization and structuring of polymeric nanomaterials and nanocomposites, as well as their applications.

Abstract submission from Young Scientists

An abstract (from two to four pages including figures and references) must be submitted to the organisers ( within January 15th 2007. Abstract received after this date will not be accepted. Acceptance of the abstract will be communicated within the end of the year and give rights to present the work as an oral presentation (no poster sessions are foreseen). Each author will have 20 minutes (including discussion) to present the work.




Relevant interest in nanosciences and nanotechnologies as new tools for developments in the European industrial sectors as well as for the creation of new nanotechnology-related industries has arisen only in the last few years. During that time, new methods for synthesis (combinatorial chemistry combined with high rate characterization methods, controlled radical polymerisation, supramolecular chemistry, etc.), processing (surface patterning, self-assembling, intercalation, etc.) and characterization techniques operating at different scales (atomic force microscopy, scattering techniques, etc.) were developed, leading to the creation of new and innovative devices and objects from nanostructured polymers and their nanocomposites. The availability of these tools and the necessity to further develop and spread knowledge to propose environment-friendly strategies, required for the production of polymer-based nanocomposites, justifies the creation of a research consortium by networking well-recognized inter disciplinary European research teams.

The Fifth Short Course will focus on a fast-moving sector such as block copolymer-based nanomaterials. All stages from synthesis, characterization and self-assembly to nanostructure fabrication and applications are covered through a multidisciplinary approach which aims to provide vital reading to materials scientists and engineers, chemists and physicists alike.


The lecturers are all internationally recognised experts with many years’ experience in their fields and extensive publications. All of them will be available for informal discussions throughout the course.

The main topics will be:

- I Introduction to Block Copolymers – State of the Art
V. Abetz, GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht

- Guidelines for the synthesis of block copolymers
Y. Gnanou - CNRS, U. Bordeaux

- Methods of characterization of variously ordered copolymer (and other)
, P. Stepanek – CRNCPM

- Ordering in polycondensation block copolymers, A. Marcos - CSIC

- Alignment and the Large-scale Ordering of BC Morphologies, M. Lazzari -
  U. Santiago

- Acrylonitrile as a building block for well-defined functional copolymers
prepared by ATRP: from synthesis to applications

  N.V.Tsarevski- Carnegie Mellon University

- Semicrystalline BCs and BC nanocomposites, C. De Rosa – U. Napoli

- Structured thermoset blends using block copolymers, J.P. Pascault - IMP, INSA

- Block copolymers, nanocontainer formation by self assembly
- Mainz University

Who should attend?

The Course is open to PhD students and young researchers belonging to research groups both from inside and outside the NoE NANOFUN-POLY as well as to Industrial Researchers. Application fields that will benefit from the Short Course concern strategic industrial sectors which will enhance their competitiveness by using advanced technologies.

The Organizing Committee


Conference Documents

1st circular
2nd circular
guidelines for abstract preparation (4 pages maximum)
  Invited Lecturers


Conference Venue

Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage City, pilgrimage destination, cultural capital and example of historical, urban and environmental regeneration, which attracts thousands of visitors due to its singularity ( Santiago, the capital of Galicia, is also a centre of institutional services, with a privileged location on the Atlantic Axis. The city has a deep-rooted university tradition, which supplies innovative business initiatives with technological and scientific resources.

With more than five centuries of tradition, the University of Santiago de Compostela is a historic institution that projects itself to the future and beyond its frontiers. Nowadays, the University has over 40,000 students and is organized into two Campuses, Santiago and Lugo, which include 30 centres, nearly 80 departments and more than 60 degrees, apart from numerous installations such as research institutes, halls of residence, sports and cultural facilities, libraries, etc.

The congress will be held in the Faculty of Chemistry, Southern Campus.

For more information on the University, location and maps see here



Young scientist conference abstract submission: January 15th 2007

Young scientist conference abstract communication of acceptance: February 15th 2007

Short course + Young scientist conference registration and fee payment early bird (before January 31st 2007): 200 €

Short course + Young scientist conference registration and fee payment full cost (after January 15th 2007 up to February 31st 2007): 250 €

Final deadline for reRegistration formgistration and payment: February 15 th 2007

Short course + Young scientist conference cancellation: before February 15 th 2007 full refund



Registration form
Online Registration Tool

Fee for the Course and Conference :

Before January 31st 2007:
€ 200
After January 31st 2007:
€ 250

Registrations will not be accepted after February 15th 2007.

Cancellation : Before February 15th 2007, full refund.

The fee includes a complete set of course notes, lunch, course dinner and coffee breaks. It does not include hotel accommodation.
PhD students inside the network will participate to the Course and Conference free of charges.

Early registration is strongly advised. Substitutions may be made at any time.
Substitutions may be made at any time.


Hotel Reservation

Rooms with special rates will be available at the following hotels (breakfast not included):

Gran Hotel Santiago (****)
S: 65 €; D: 75 €
H. Virxe da Cerca and H. Pombal (***)
S: 58.90 €; D: 78.19 €
H. S. Clemente and H. Airas Nunes (**)
S:51.09 €; D: 63.19 €

Booking and payment will be made directly by the participants (don’t forget to quote the reference “NANOFun short course”). For information on other hotels and hotel location see here.
Accommodation in student residences located in the Campus will also be available (S: 26.75 € ; D: 42.08 € ). Please fill appropriate position in the registration form.



The Course and Conference are organised, on behalf of the NoE NANOFUN-POLY Steering Committee, by
- European Center of Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP)
- Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM) - Italy
- Universidade de Santiago de Compostela - Spain

Scientific committe:

José Maria Kenny - INSTM
Phone +39 0744492939, Fax +39 0744492925
Giovanni Camino - INSTM
Phone +39 0131229361, Fax +39 0131229331
Massimo Lazzari – University of Santiago
Phone +34 981563100 ext.13011, Fax +34 981595012

Organising committee:

Claudia Bettaccini
Phone +39 055 233871, Fax +39 055 2480111
Sabine Danieli
Phone +39 055 233871, Fax +39 055 2480111
Daniela Tabuani
Phone +390131229361, Fax +390131229331
Ana Ledo Suárez
Fax +34 981595012
Cristina Elena Hoppe
Fax +34 981595012



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