23 April - 24 April 2019 Gothenburg, Sweden

Fifth Frontiers of Silica Research symposium more successful and interesting than ever

Cancer medicine of the future and next generation fuel cells – silica can be a problem solver in such widely different areas of application. Nouryon and Chalmers University of Technology held the fifth Frontiers of Silica Research symposium on 23-24 April – a symposium that has become an international meeting place for silica researchers, PhD students and companies.

Tuesday 23 April - Wednesday 24 April 2019

    • Chalmers University of Technology
    • Gothenburg
    • Sweden
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Frontiers of Silica Research, which was held at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden, attracted more than 70 participants this year, who came to listen to lectures by 13 speakers, including nine invited guest speakers.

“This is a conference that has focused entirely on silica, but shows the breadth of the application possibilities. It’s incredibly fascinating and the programme is very international,” says Professor Mika Lindén, Ulm University, Germany who was one of the invited guest speakers.

Frontiers of Silica Research is held every two years and at the beginning in 2011, neither the initiators from Chalmers or Nouryon believed that it would be so successful and appreciated.

“This began as a pilot project on the initiative of Chalmers. They wanted to find a way to demonstrate their benefit to society and industry. This year we have a really strong programme that is more interesting and exciting than ever,” says Michael Persson, Innovation Manager at Nouryon and Adjunct Professor at Chalmers.

Michael is a member of the Programme Committee for the symposium along with Krister Holmberg, Professor Emeritus at Chalmers. Krister is the real initiator of Frontiers of Silica Research.

“For us at Chalmers, being close to industry is important and this symposium is a part of our cooperation with Nouryon. This year, it feels more current than ever to highlight the findings of silica research. The periodic table of the elements is turning 150 years old and Swedish universities are highlighting various elements – and Chalmers is responsible for silicon,” he says and adds:
“It’s a little known fact is that silica research in Sweden began at Chalmers.”

Text: Monica Rossing

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This year we have really good programme including:

  • Professor  Mark Brzezinski, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA - “The marine silicon cycle: The production and fate of the four cubic kilometers of opal produced by marine diatoms each year”
  • Professor Bradley Chmelka, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA - “Interactions of organic molecules at silica surfaces”
  • Professor  Bengt Fadeel, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden - “Safety assessment of engineered nanomaterials: focus on inflammatory effects of metal/metal oxides”
  • Professor Hanna Härelind, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden - “Zeolites as catalysts for emission control applications”
  • Professor Mika Lindén, University of Ulm, Germany - “Influence of the protein corona on in vitro targetability and biodistribution of mesoporous silica nanoparticles”
  • Assoc. Professor Anna Martinelli, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden – “Nanoporous silica for energy applications”
  • Professor Anders Palmqvist, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden - “Synthesis routes for hierarchical structuring of silica from atomic to meter scale”
  • Professor Nico Sommerdijk, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands  - “Bioinspired silica formation” 
  • Professor Piero Baglioni, CSGI and University of Florence – “Hybrid nano-composites based on silica nanoparticles for the consolidation of earthen masonry”


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