AIAS Workshop: Nanomat@AU

Forefront methodologies and advances in nanomaterials characterization

2018.01.09 | AIAS

Date Wed 13 Jun
Time 09:45 17:45
Location The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


Nanostructured materials represent a new class of materials showing highly designable and tunable properties. Their size/shape-dependent physico-chemical properties provide the opportunity to develop innovative devices for an extremely vast range of applications.

Nanotechnology is currently contributing in addressing key societal challenges, such as medical needs of ageing populations, more efficient use of resources, development of renewable energy sources, economic growth and employment opportunity. The impact of nanomaterials on modern society is presently seen as a concrete opportunity, fostering new economical and technological development on a global scale.

Within this promising overview, a precise control on size and shape of nanoparticles, as well as of their atomic structure, is crucial in order to understand and a priori tailor their peculiar characteristics and engineer their properties. This control calls for a deep understanding and a quantitative determination of structural and microstructural features of nanomaterials, such as crystal structure, stoichiometry, structural defects and surface reconstruction effects, size and shape and their distributions, morphology. 

According to such a vision, this workshop Nanomat@AU: Forefront methodologies and advances in nanomaterials characterization will bring together researchers who are worldwide experts in the characterization of different inorganic and biomimetic functional nanomaterials and in the development of innovative methodologies of analysis, mainly targeted to the Nanoscience field. They will present to the audience their forefront characterization approaches, as well as state-of-art achievements in their nano-related research, with the aim of providing useful insights and a critical point of view towards the understanding of one of the most promising emergent fields of research and technology of our time. 


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on a map.


09:00 - 09:45  Registration and coffee  

09:45 - 10:00  Welcome and Introduction by Morten Kyndrup, AIAS Director & Federica Bertolotti, AIAS, Aarhus University

Session 1: Total scattering methods and defects at the nanoscale | Chair: Federica Bertolotti 

10:00 - 10:45 Antonella Guagliardi (IC-CNR, Como IT): 'Debye Scattering Equation for Innovative Nanocrystallography Tools. An old formula for a new paradigm'                                

10:45 - 11:30 Norberto Masciocchi (University of Insubria, Como, IT): 'Planar defects in nanocrystals and beyond' 

11:30 - 12:15 Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen (University of Copenhagen, DK): 'New Nanostructures from X-ray total Scattering'

12:15 - 13:15  Lunch break 

Session 2: Nanomaterials of biomedical interest | Chair: Jan Skov Pedersen 

13:15 - 14:00 Josè Manuel Delgado-López (University of Granada, Spain): 'Bone-like nanocomposites: synthesis, advanced characterization and applications' 

14:00 - 14:45 Henrik Birkedal (Aarhus University, DK): 'Diffraction computed tomography unravels the hierarchical structures of complex biominerals'

14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break

Session 3: Inorganic nanomaterials for technological and environmental applications | Chair: Norberto Masciocchi     

15:15 - 16:00 Mogens Christensen (Aarhus University, DK): "Nanocomposite exchange-coupled high performance magnets"                          

16:00 - 16:45 Matilde Saura-Múzquiz (Aarhus University, DK): 'Bottom-up nanostructuring of permanent magnets'

16:45 - 17:30 Bernadette Rosati (Aarhus University, DK): 'Atmospheric ageing of sea spray particles: effects on hygroscopic growth and cloud forming potential'

17:30 - 17:45 Concluding remarks


The workshop is open to all, both students, researchers and other interested are welcome. To attend only the talks or part of the workshop without lunch registration is not necesarry.  

To attend the workshop including lunch prior registration is necessary:


Registration deadline: 29 May 2018.


Federica Bertolotti, AIAS Fellow
Phone: + 45 87153681

Vibeke Moll Sorensen, Relocation Officer,