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2017 ISGS board election

The community

The following three candidates have been elected as new board of director of ISGS.

 

Picture Name, affiliation Candidature

Prof./Dr. Aleksandra Lobnik

University of Maribor.

Maribor, Slovenia

A. Lobnik presentation

Prof./Dr. Kiyofumi Kataagiri

Hiroshima University

Hiroshima, Japan

K. Katagiri presentation

Prof. Verónica de Zea Bermudez

University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Vila Real, Portugal

V. de Zae Bermudez presentation


Congratulations and welcome to a member of ISGS board of directors.

 

Masahide Takahashi

President of ISGS

 

A young researcher in the spotlight: XAVIER CATTOEN

The community

A young researcher in the spotlight: XAVIER CATTOEN

 

The researcher in the spotlight is Dr. XAVIER CATTOEN, from the Institute Néel, in Grenoble, France. After studying physical and organic chemistry at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France, Xavier obtained his PhD degree in fundamental organic chemistry in 2004 under the supervision of Didier Bourissou and Guy Bertrand. During this time, he worked both in Toulouse, France and at the University of California in Riverside. He then moved to ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain in the group of Miquel Pericàs where he tackled a new topic on gold nanoparticles for supporting organic catalysts, and where he discovered the potential of click reactions for the versatile functionalization of materials. In 2007, he joined the CNRS in the group of Michel Wong Chi Man in Montpellier, France, who made him familiar with the field of sol-gel materials. Thanks to the numerous collaborations existing in the group, he could discover various aspects of sol-gel processing (spin-coating, ink-jet printing, nanoparticles synthesis), and numerous applications of silica-based materials (catalysis, optics, nanomedicine…). He also developed new methods for the organic functionalization of sol-gel materials. In 2013, Xavier moved to the Néel Institute in Grenoble, where his research is focused on the synthesis of organosilica-based nanoparticles for imaging and therapy and on the functionalization of silica-based materials.

We asked a few questions about sol-gel and his research to Xavier...

 

 

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Interview: M. Takahashi, President of ISGS

The community

The new President of the International Sol-Gel Society, Prof. Masahide Takahashi from Osaka Prefecture University (Japan), outlines the perspectives and future challenges of the sol-gel community.

The International Sol-Gel Society (ISGS) is an organization that has assumed a leadership role in advancing the sol-gel science and technology worldwide. With this critical responsibility in mind, I will strive to fulfil my mission as the new President of ISGS. Due to fast-paced development in fundamentals and application of functional materials from molecular and solution approaches coupled with nano-chemistry, we have now reached a major turning point in the social and industrial role of ISGS. In line with global trends, while foreseeing the future, we will pursue a rapid, flexible, bold organization toward becoming a powerful research networks in the new wave of technological development.

 

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One young researcher in the spotlight: J. Mosa

The community

 

The researcher in the spotlight is Dr. JADRA MOSA, from the Institute of Ceramics and Glass of Madrid. In July 2003, Jadra got the Chemistry Science degree by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). In April 2004, She joined to the Glass Department of Ceramic and Glass Institute (ICV-CSIC). Her group in CSIC was working almost completely on sol-gel inorganic materials, and my main contribution was focused on the incorporation of organic components in order to developed hybrid organic-inorganic materials. She defended a PhD thesis entitle “Inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials for PEM fuel cell applications on 2008. Then, she realized an international postdoctoral stay (32 months) at Laboratorie Chimie de la Matière Condensée direct by Prof. Clement Sanchez. She also did several stays at the Laboratoire de Interfaces et Systèmes Electrochimiques (CNRS, France) and the Centro de Investigação em Materiais Cerâmicos e Compósitos (Univ. Aveiro, Portugal). Then she joined Ceramic and Glass Institute (CSIC) December 2011, in the frame of an International Project with the Osaka Prefecture University, developing electrodes for Li-ion batteries using sol-gel method. Currently, She is temporary researcher at ICV-CSIC hired within a national project PILCONAER-CAM (Direct alcohol fuel cells for naval and aeronautic applications). From 2012 she is leading her own research line focuses on the “Design, synthesis and characterization of inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic mesostructured sol-gel materials for electrodes and electrolytes in PEM fuel cells and Li-ion batteries”.

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Interview: Kenji Okada Sol-Gel2015 Best Poster Awardee

The community

Dr. Kenji Okada, one of the four awardees as the best poster presentation in the last Sol-Gel 2015 in Kyoto. Dr. Okada received his PhD in Material Science for a study on “metal hydroxide nanomaterials for functional interfacial applications” from Osaka Prefecture University in 2014 with a 2.5-year accelerated promotion under the supervision of Prof. Masahide Takahashi. He won a postdoctoral fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS PD) from 2014 to 2015. During his JSPS PD, he worked on a non-hydrolytic sol-gel in a Prof. Hubert Mutin’s group (Montpellier University, France) for a year. In 2015, he was appointed as an assistant professor at Osaka University where he is working on metal hydroxide nanomaterials for energy applications. He has been awarded 9 academic prizes including the best poster award at Sol-Gel 2015 in Kyoto.

We asked Dr. Okada to give his opinion about the sol-gel science and the future of our community.

 

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