About the conference

Scope of the conference

Advanced materials are key to the creation of innovative products and technologies ranging from catalysis, green hydrogen generation, energy storage to biomedical applications. Advanced materials combine nanoscopic and/or microscopic building blocks, e.g. doped and core-shell nanoparticles and high-performance fibres, into hierarchical hybrid materials. This combination of micro- and nanosized building blocks as well as the compositional material heterogeneity can impose new risks during their life cycle, e.g., by decomposition into different nanoparticles, microplastic or hybrid components and subsequent release of harmful constituents. To ensure safe and sustainable innovations, the potential risks imposed by such complex materials need to be identified and understood timely and over their entire life cycle.

The conference Advanced Materials Safety 2023 provides a highly interdisciplinary forum for sharing recent advances and discussing current and future challenges in the field of advanced materials safety. It will bring together leading scientists to discuss scientific, regulatory, and application-oriented aspects of advanced materials safety in depth and from different viewpoints, with the aim to design safe and sustainable, functional, and accepted advanced materials. The conference is organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Advanced Materials Safety.

Abstract submission for posters is still possible until 29 September 2023:

List of invited speakers

Communicating materials safety

  • Moderator: Dr. Lorenz Kampschulte (Deutsches Museum)
  • Contributors: Dana Kühnel (UFZ), IWT (TBD)

Digital Infrastructure – documenting and publishing materials safety data

  • Moderator: Dr. Felix Bach (FIZ Karlsruhe)
  • Contributors: Christian Bonatto Minella (FIZ Karlsruhe), Nicole Jung (KIT, Karlsruhe), John Jolliffe (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz), Katja Nau (KIT, Karlsruhe)
Industry session

A moderated discussion on “sustainable approaches to advanced materials” including a keynote and short impulses and insights from company representatives (10 min). (to be confirmed)

  • Assembly and disassembly of safe advanced materials
  • Sustainable approaches to advanced materials
  • Impact of advanced materials on human health
  • Advanced materials for safe therapeutic applications
  • Advanced materials in the environment
  • Predicting effects of advanced materials by computational modeling
Scientific committee
Annette Kraegeloh
INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

Andreas Fery
Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden (IPD)

Suman Pokhrel
Leibniz-Institut für Werkstofforientierte Technologien – IWT

Hildegard Westphal
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

Roel Schins
IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

Christoph van Thriel
Leibniz Research Centre for the Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo)

Felix Bach
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Lorenz Kampschulte
Deutsches Museum

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