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SMILE 2016

Les rencontres scientifiques d’IFP Energies Nouvelles

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is pleased to announce SMILE 2016, set to take place at IFPEN, Rueil-Malmaison, from 6 to 8 April 2016, as part of its Rencontres Scientifiques events. The Conference is endorsed by the French Academy of Science.

Topics will include all bio-inspired materials (biomimetic functional materials, biocatalysts, green materials, synthetic materials) with improved (bulk or surface) properties and use. Non restrictive examples are biopolymer hybrids, biotemplates and bioreactors used for a number of applications, including heterogeneous catalysis, dual catalysis, photocatalysis, electrochemistry, energy storage, etc.

Already confirmed Keynote Speakers !

  • Jacques Livage, Collège de France, UPMC, France
    Bio-inspired living materials
  • Bharat Bhushan, Ohio State Univ., USA
    Biomimetics : bio-inspired, mechanically durable, nanostructured surfaces for low drag and super-philicity/phobicity
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens, Univ. College of London, NICE Research, UK
    Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering – Pathways to Innovation and Sustainability
    Kalina Raskin,CEEBIOS, France
    Bio-inspiration, a tool for responsible innovation ? French and European context

“ Learning from Nature” is an endless source of inspiration and progress for technological innovation, especially in the field of materials science. Materials derived from the living world perform a variety of functions, such as self-healing, friction reduction, wettability, permeability, mechanical strength, etc. and are often incorporated within very complex structures. Some of them, such as diatomaceous earths, have long been used as filtration agents or catalyst supports. For more than a decade, there has been a very strong drive to mimic or use living systems to obtain cutting-edge materials applied to photonics, optics, sensors, electronics, energy conversion or medical applications.

With materials science expected to play a key role in solving a range of energy and environment-related issues, concepts and solutions existing in nature offer a particularly exciting field of research for scientists. Furthermore, not only are the solutions themselves inspiring, but also the way bio-organisms achieve them. Applied to existing systems, these fascinating concepts and properties could enhance performance and make the development of a number of potential reactions and processes – as yet only dreamed of – a concrete reality.

The scientific program will cover the main advances made in the field of materials synthesis for energy and sustainable development.

It will be structured to encourage interaction and feed debate between players from the worlds of academic research, applied research and industry.

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