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December 7-11, 2015

Benasque (Aragon), Spain

Advances and Applications in Carbon Related Nanomaterials:
From pure to doped structures including heteroatom layers

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Significant advances have been recently made in the science of nano-carbon materials (nanotubes, graphene, nanodiamonds, fullerenes, nanoporous, cyclic nanotube rings (CPPs) and ribbons ...). These developments do not only pertain to fundamental/basic studies but have also yielded tremendous progress in the development of technological applications. Following the steady growth and maturity of the field of nano-carbon research, which now includes significant industrial contributions, it becomes increasingly important for these communities to assemble and focus on scientific challenges.

The presence of dopants and surface modification in the otherwise pure carbon materials opens the possibility of tuning their properties (electronic, optoelectronic...) and in some cases in a controlled way. In addition, other layered inorganic materials, such as boron nitride, WS2, MoS2... are becoming increasingly important, due to properties absent in their pure carbon counterparts. This field of research is very dynamic and involves multidisciplinary areas ranging from chemistry, physics, materials science, and other prominent ones as biology and medicine due to the functional aspects of these nanomaterials. Thus, the impact of this field covers a significant number of potential applications as improved (bio)sensors, interconnectors (electronic), optoelectronic devices.

Following the success of the first event organized in 2013 (HeteroNanoCarb13, http://heteronanocarb.org/2013), HeteroNanoCarb15 will provide a unique forum for researchers, scientists, and engineers from different countries worldwide who are actively involved in the research on issues to disseminate their latest research results and development achievements. In addition to the exciting scientific and technological themes, the conference offers a platform to promote and encourage interaction among researchers for collaboration. To allow researchers from various stages of their career to take advantage of this event, the technical program will consist of a combination of invited, contributed oral, and poster presentations.

Program Outline

  • Synthesis of pure and doped carbon-based nanomaterials (graphene, nanotubes, nanodiamonds, fullerenes) and heteroatomic ones (BN, WS2, MoS2)
  • Growth/formation mechanisms of these nanomaterials
  • Advanced characterization/spectroscopic studies (Raman, EELS, TEM, XPS, STS & other technics)
  • Spectroscopic (Raman, EELS, STS, IR) studies of these nano-objects
  • Composite and hybrid carbon-based nanomaterials
  • Nanoporous carbon materials (synthesis, applications)
  • Transport, electronic, optoelectronic properties
  • Mechanical, chemical and electromechanical properties of these nano-systems
  • Functionalization, surface modification, and chemistry of nanomaterials
  • Processing and Applications
  • Multiscale modeling and computation in the above areas

Previous Years

You can find the web page for the 2013 meeting here.

Organising Committee


Dr. Raul Arenal
Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA), Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragona (INA) - U. de Zaragoza, Spain.


Dr. Chris P. Ewels
Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel CNRS UMR6502, Université de Nantes, France
Prof. Dmitri Golberg
WPI Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and University of Tsukuba, Japan
Prof. Vincent Meunier
Department of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Prof. Angel Rubio
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Germany. Nano-Bio Spectroscopy Group and ETSF, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain

Advisory Committee

Prof. Yury Gogotsi
Drexel University, USA
Dr. Dieter Gruen
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prof. Malcolm Heggie
University of Surrey, UK
Prof. Sumio Ijima
NEC Corporation, Ibaraki, Japan
Prof. Philippe Lambin
University of Namur, Belgium
Dr. Wolfgang Maser
ICB, CSIC, Spain
Dr. Marc Monthioux
CEMES, CNRS, Toulouse, France
Prof. Thomas Pichler
University of Vienna, Austria
Prof. C.N.R. Rao
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
Dr. Jean-Loius Sauvajol
CNRS - U. Montpellier II, France
Prof. Reshef Tenne
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Invited Speakers

V. Dusastre
Nature Publishing Group, UK
T.F. Heinz
Stanford U.,USA
Aalto U., Finland
K. Mullen
Max Planck Institute, Mainz, Germany
S. Reich
Berlin Frei U., Germany
R. Ruoff
Texas U., USA
O. Stephan
Orsay U., France
K. Suenaga
AIST, Japan
N. Tagmatarchis
Nat. Hellenic Research Found., Athens, Greece
O. Williams
Cardiff U., UK
J. Wrachtrup
Stuttgart U., Germany
M. Drndić
U. of Pennsylvania, USA


One page abstracts that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

To submit your abstract, you must first apply for a username and password. Once this is done, you can submit your abstract.

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Conference Venue

Benasque (Aragon), Spain

Benasque is situated in the Pyrenees range and is a popular skiing venue. The cerler ski centre is only 7km from the center. You can also find the Hospital de Benasque (spa and skiing) 11 km from the center of Benasque.

You can find the event page on the venue website here: http://benasque.org/2015heteronanocarb/

Conference Information

Conference Format

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. The conference take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Poster Prize

Nature Publishing Group is sponsoring a Prize for the best Poster presentation.

Passports and Visas

Most non-European citizens entering Spain must bring a valid passport. For European nationals a valid identity card suffices. Most foreign participants must also acquire an entry visa from the diplomatic mission that represents Spain in their home country. Plan well ahead of time, since issuing an entry visa may take weeks. In general, the applicant must apply in person.

More information can be found at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website.

Currency Exchange

Only Euro is acceptable as currency at stores and restaurants. You can exchange money at the airport or a bank. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are plentiful.


Participants are advised to take care of their own personal insurance. HeteroNanoCarb-2015 organizers will carry no responsibility in case of an accident, sickness, theft or other property damage.

Time Zone Information

The Spanish time zone during the summer is GMT+2:00.

Electrical Appliances

Spain operates on 220 Volts, 50 Hz AC for electrical appliances.



Registration is handled by the Benasque Centre. Please use the button below to visit their site (opens new window). You can download the abstract template here.

Launch Registration Site

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this conference is 350 euros. The fee includes:

  • Transportation from and to Barcelona city and airport (on Monday December 7th afternoon and Friday December 11th morning)
  • Coffee breaks (mornings and afternoons)
  • Book of abstracts (electronic copy)
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night: a cocktail will be included
  • Social dinner (Thursday)
  • Usage of desk and computer facilities at the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

Note that neither accommodation nor lunches are covered by the fee.

Important Dates

  • Abstract deadline: 30th September 2015
  • Contributed talks selection: 7th October 2015
  • Registration deadline: 30th October 2015