ISGS Workshop

Organic and carbon gels: from laboratory synthesis to applications

As a preamble to the 19th International Sol-Gel Conference, the ISGS and the Local Organizing Committee propose a 1-day workshop specifically dedicated to organic and carbon gels on Sunday September 3rd, 2017, in Liège. This workshop will consist in five lectures by renowned researchers in the field. The lectures will deal with all the aspects of the topic, from material synthesis at the lab scale to applications, and including materials physico-chemical properties and industrial manufacture.

Although the program is specially adapted to students and post-docs, the workshop is open to any participant to the 19th International Sol-Gel Conference interested in this fascinating subject. We hope that this workshop will contribute to build new bridges between inorganic and organic/carbon sol-gel materials and will help opening new horizons in sol-gel research and development.

Information
Date: September 3rd, 2017
Venue: Palais de Congres – room Gretry
Fee (including lecture supports, lunch and coffee breaks): 50 €

  • 8h00 - 8h50 : Registration
  • 8h50 - 9h00 : Welcome
  • 9h00 - 10h00 : 1st lecture - Organic and carbon xerogels: from lab to industry (Ana Arenillas)
  • 10h00 - 11h00 : 2nd lecture - Characteristic properties of carbon aerogels and their organic precursors and suitable methods for their analysis (Gudrun Reichenauer)
  • 11h00 - 11h30 : coffee break
  • 11h30 - 12h30 : 3rd lecture - Organic and carbon gels derived from biosourced polyphenols (Alain Celzard)
  • 12h30 - 14h00 : lunch
  • 14h00 - 15h00 : 4th lecture - Fitting carbon gels and composites for environmental processes (Francisco José Maldonado Hodar)
  • 15h00 - 16h00 : 5th lecture - Carbon gels for electrochemical applications (Nathalie Job)



Ana ARENILLAS

Biography
Ana Arenillas holds a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oviedo, Spain (1999). She is Research Scientist at INCAR-CSIC in Spain, and head of the research group Microwaves and Carbons for Technological Applications (MCAT, www.incar.csic.es/mcat). Her research activity is focused in carbon materials and their use in energy and environmental issues, especially organic and carbon xerogels. She is co-author of more than 200 peer-review papers, chapters and patents, and she is co-founder of the SME Xerolutions Ltd (www.xerolutions.com).

Tentative title of the lecture: Organic and carbon xerogels: from lab to industry



Gudrun REICHENAUER

Biography
Gudrun Reichenauer obtained her PhD in Physics at the Würzburg University. She pursued her career as a Research Associate at the ZAE Bayern Physics Institute in Würzburg (1993-1998), then at the Princeton University and Princeton Materials Institute (NJ, USA, 1999-2000). Since 2000, she is Head of nanomaterials Group at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern).

Tentative title of the lecture: Characteristic properties of carbon aerogels and their organic precursors and suitable methods for their analysis



Alain CELZARD

Biography
Alain Celzard graduated in Chemical Physics in 1992 and received his PhD in materials science in 1995 in Nancy (France). Since 2005 he is full-time professor at ENSTIB engineering school (Epinal). In 2010 he was appointed Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His scientific interests deal with disordered, porous and related materials, ranging from composites and nanoporous adsorbents to macroporous solid foams through gels, with applications in catalysis, depollution, energy, and gas storage.

Tentative title of the lecture: Organic and carbon gels derived from biosourced polyphenols



Francisco José MALDONADO HÓDAR

Biography
Francisco José Maldonado Hódar is Professor at the University of Granada, Spain, Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Doctor in Chemistry from 1993 by this University his research interest is focused in the areas of Carbon Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis, developing materials with fitted physicochemical properties to be used as adsorbent, molecular sieves and mainly as heterogeneous catalysts, in processes that involve the environment protection, clean energy or fine chemistry. He is coauthor of more than 100 highly cited manuscript, different book chapters and patents.

Tentative title of the lecture: Fitting carbon gels and composites for environmental processes



Nathalie JOB

Biography
Nathalie Job received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Liège in 2006. Her thesis work, dedicated to carbon gels for applications in heterogeneous catalysis, evolved towards carbon-supported electrocatalysts for fuel cells during her post-doc fellowship (F.R.S.-FNRS). Since 2014, she is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering (NCE group) of the University of Liège. Her research now deals with electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors, from materials synthesis to the building of complete systems.

Tentative title of the lecture: Carbon gels for electrochemical applications