The 11th edition of the international conference IEEE NMDC (Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference) 2016 was held in Toulouse from 9th to 12th October. This multidisciplinary conference brought together more than 150 scientists and engineers from 26 countries, physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers and technologists from the industrial and academic worlds and working on the synthesis, properties, integration and industrial applications of nanomaterials. This event aims to evaluate recent results and to guide promising research directions in the field of nanotechnology.
In this context, the IRT Saint Exupéry has financially supported the event and favored the inclusion of nano-composite materials among the thematic priorities. Responding to the invitation of the IRT, Professor Tony McNally (Warwick University), Director of the IINM (International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing) and NPPC (UK National Polymer Processing Center) issued a remarkable plenary lecture entitled “Challenges in the preparation of composites of polymers and nanoparticles: from molecules to manufacture. ” The work of the IRT Saint Exupéry and of its collaborators resulted in several high quality oral and poster presentations.
Finally, the event ended with the award of 3 prizes by the IRT to young researchers for the quality and importance of their work.
The 12th IEEE NMDC will be held in Singapore in December 2017. No one doubts anymore that beside applications in electronics, photonics and photovoltaics, nanomaterials will play a key role in the development of materials and structures for aeronautics and space.