> SolGel 2015 – Kyoto, Japan
The international Sol-Gel conference came back to Kyoto in 28-years after. The most advanced topics in materials science had been discussed in the most historical and ancient capital of Japan. The conference site was suitably located in front of Kyoto station. The participants could enjoy high science in variety of research domains. In addition, they can also enjoy culture, foods and drinks of this historic city.
This biennial conference was organized by Prof. Kazuki nakanishi, Prof. Hiromitsu Koduka and Dr. Kazumi Kato from 6 to 11 of September, 2015. It attracted 372 participants from 31 countries worldwide. 2 keynote, 20 invited, 122 oral presentations, and 159 posters presented most-advanced and interesting outcomes from their research groups. Prof. Schubert presented in his keynote lecture the important fundamental aspects of the sol-gel science through molecular and synthetic approach for functionalities. Contrary, Prof. Fujishima’s keynote was more directed to an industrial importance of the sol-gel. These 2 keynote lectures indicate the diversity of sol-gel science and technology as an important feature. This is also shown by a variety of sessions exceeding 15 involved in the conference.
Lifetime achievement award lecture was given by Prof. Clement Sanchez, a pioneering researcher of organic-inorganic nano materials. He presented history of hybrid materials. It was presented that, in addition to chemical diversity, physical ones including pore size and shapes, morphologies’ are also important measure of the properties of the resultant materials.
Industrial session was continuously held in the morning of the 4th day of the conference. The importance of fundamental knowledge for the practical application was clearly evidenced by 3 invited and 4 oral presentations. The versatility of the sol-gel processing plays an important role in the industrialization of the materials and devices in variety of application field from solar harvesting to fire extinguishments.
In addition to high scientific level, all the participants appreciated warm and kind hospitality of the organizers. The conference in Kyoto is a totally successful and enjoyable opportunity for the sol-gel researchers as usual.
Visit the Conference website with the photogallery of the event
This year again, the ISGS awarded several Prizes in recognition of interesting, creative and quality works:
– Life Achievement Award: Prof. Clement Sanchez
– Ulrich Award: Dr. Go Kawamura
– Best poster Awardee: Chrystel Ambard
– 3 excellent poster awardees: Davide Carboni, Takaaki Hara, Kenji Okada
– 2 travel grants: Olga L. Galkina, Diego Ariel Onna
ISGS Sponsors during Sol-Gel 2015
The following Companies take part, through the sponsoring, in the achievement of the XVII edition of International Sol-Gel Conference and contribute to its success!
– Research Foundation for the Electrotechnology of Chubu (REFEC)
– Inoue Foundation for Science
– Nippon Sheet Glass Foundation for Materials Science and Engineering
– The Murata Science Foundation
– Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau (“Subsidy for Holding Medium-Scale MICE Events” and “Kyoto Culture for Meetings & Events Subsidy”)