ISGS eSeminar, May 2021



Professor Verónica de Zea Bermudez

Department of Chemistry and CQ-VR, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal


The increasing demand for functional organic-inorganic hybrid materials continues to be driven by their potential technological applications across countless fields, including optics, electronics, coatings, catalysis, energy storage, diagnostics and the environment. Future directions in this field are aimed at synthesizing materials in which the best properties of each of the components are maintained or enhanced. This challenging task offers a window of opportunity for developing new materials that exploit the synergistic behaviour of each component, leading to enhanced performance characteristics and new attractive properties.

This talk will focus on our work in the synthesis and characterisation and applications of a range of bridged and non-bridged silsesquioxanes ((RO)3 Si—R`—Si(OR)3 and R“—Si(OR)3 , respectively) and their conversion into both disordered and ordered nanohybrid materials. The combination of sol-gel chemistry and self-assembly/self-organization routes for modulating both the molecular and mesoscale structures and associated material properties will be illustrated. Both current and potential future applications of these intriguing hybrid systems in the fields of solid-state electrochemistry, magnetism, optics, biomedicine, and superhydrophobic coatings will be elucidated.

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the third ISGS eSeminar on Monday 10 May (note new date), which will be delivered by Professor Verónica de Zea Bermudez. We invite you to read more about her interesting career and her many achievements here.

Date: Monday 10 May


  • ZOOM (eSeminar link), Meeting ID: 307 291 6432 Passcode: 9hy<N7?)


  • 09:00 – USA, East Coast
  • 10:00 – Brazil (São Paulo) and Argentina
  • 13:00 – UTC
  • 14:00 – Portugal
  • 15:00 – Central Europe, Sweden, Norway
  • 16:00 – Israel, Eastern Europe, Ukraine
  • 16:00 – Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg)
  • 21:00 – China, Singapore, Malaysia
  • 22:00 – Japan
  • 23:00 – Australia (East Coast)