Confirmed Invited Speakers
*Sorted alphaetically by surname


Ignazio Blanco - University of Catania, Italy
Talk title: “The Rediscovery of POSS; a molecule rather than a filler”

Ignazio Blanco is Full Professor of Chemical Foundations of Technologies at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the University of Catania. His research activities are focused on the following themes: Synthesis and characterization of toughened thermoset blends; Process technology of polymeric fibre-reinforced composites; Heat Capacities, Fusion, Solid to solid transition of series of organic molecules; Comparative kinetic study of the thermal degradation of model polymers; Comparative kinetic study of the thermal degradation of nanocomposites; Synthesis and characterization of aromatic copolymers; Thermal characterization of films used on food packaging application; Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles; POSS synthesis and characterization; Material characterization for rapid prototyping.

Rui Fausto - CQC, Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Talk title: “Infrared-Induced Chemistry: From Changes in Molecular Shape to Chemical Reactions and Unusual Crystals”

Rui Fausto is professor of Chemistry and Director of the Coimbra Chemistry Research Centre at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests range from spectroscopy and solid-state photochemistry to chemical imaging, and theoretical and computational chemistry. He has published over 360 scientific articles and published or edited several books, being the main editor of the Journal of Molecular Structure and member of the editorial boards of several other important scientific journals. Along his career, Rui Fausto has occupied many different positions in the administration of the University of Coimbra, including the presidency of the Chemistry Department and the vice-presidency of the Sciences and Technology Faculty. He has been evaluator for many international Science funding agencies (e.g., NSF-USA, the European Research Council). Rui Fausto was awarded several merit prizes. He is member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (Paris), of several international scientific societies, and coordinator of the Education Committee of the International Observatory of Human Rights.

Infrared-Induced Chemistry: From Changes in Molecular Shape to Chemical Reactions and Unusual Crystals
R. Fausto
CQC, Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal

The investigation of infrared-induced chemical is a recent field of research, though its roots may be traced back to the 1963 historical paper by Hall and Pimentel [1], where the relative populations of the two conformers of matrix-isolated nitrous acid could be varied by in situ IR broadband irradiation. Because of lack of efficient selectivity, however, this type of chemistry did not collect, at that time, too much interest among the scientific community. Only 34 years later, the subject gained importance, when high-selectivity in controlling the chemical reactions could be achieved by introduction of narrowband IR excitation [2,3]. Since then, IR-induced chemistry has been developing and, nowadays, it can be used to control the molecular conformation with both high selectivity and efficiency. Furthermore, more recently IR excitation has also been shown to be usable to induce (or facilitate) other types of chemistry [4,5]. the Laboratory for Cryospectroscopy and Biospectroscopy of the University of Coimbra (CQC – Department of Chemistry) has been pioneering this type of investigations, and in this talk I will present a summary of some of our most relevant achievements in the field:

  • Efficient control of the molecular conformations by means of narrowband tunable IR excitation, including the generation of rare, elusive conformers otherwise inaccessible to experimentation;
  • Application of the research strategy to more complex systems, like dimers;
  • Controlling the conformation of selected fragments in a molecule by vibrationally exciting remotely located in space antennas;
  • Using vibrational excitation to facilitate tunneling reactions, including processes involving cleavage of chemical bonds;
  • Generation of novel high-energy crystals built from high-energy conformers.


  • R. T. Hall and G. C. Pimentel, J. Chem. Phys., 38, 1889 (1963).
  • M. Pettersson, J. Lundell, L. Khriachtchev and M. Räsänen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 119, 11715 (1997).
  • E. M. S. Maçôas, L. Khriachtchev, M. Pettersson, R. Fausto and M. Räsänen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, 16188 (2003).
  • C. M. Nunes, I. Reva, S. Kozuch, R. J. McMahon and R. Fausto, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 17649 (2017).
  • A. J. Lopes Jesus, C. M. Nunes, R. Fausto and I. Reva, Chem. Comm., 54, 4778 (2018).

Acknowledgements: This investigation has been performed within the Project PTDC/QEQ-QFI/3284/2014 – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016617, funded by the Portuguese “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” (FCT) and FEDER/COMPETE 2020-EU. The Coimbra Chemistry Centre (CQC) is supported by FCT, through the project UI0313/QUI/2013, also co-funded by FEDER/COMPETE 2020-EU.


Rawil Fakhrullin - Kazan Federal University, RF
Talk title: “A ray of light in the darkness: dark field/hyperspectral microscopy for imaging and characterisation of nanoscale particles”

Rawil Fakhrullin is Principal Investigator at Bionanotechonlogy laboratory, Institute of fundamental medicine and biology, Kazan Federal University (Republic of Tatarstan, RF). He received his PhD in biochemistry from Kazan State University in 2006 and DSc in microbiology from Kazan Federal University in 2011. He has worked as a visiting scientist in Universities of Hull and Sheffield (UK), Yeditepe University (Turkey) and Louisiana Tech University (USA). In 2016 he has been conferred on the title of visiting professor by University of Palermo (Sicily, Italy). In 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). His research is focused at fabrication of novel functional biomaterials, including cell-surface engineering, smart drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering and nanotoxicology. In addition, he studies the application of correlative microscopy for understanding nanoparticles uptake and biological effects in vitro and in vivo, focusing on nanomechanical modes of atomic force microscopy and dark-field hyperspectral microscopy. He has published 95 peer-reviewed papers, 8 book chapters and edited 3 books on cell-surface engineering, clay-polymer composites and Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials for Diagnostic, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. Since 2015 he serves as associate editor at RSC Advances, an international journal to further chemical sciences.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Onder Metin - Koc University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Turkiye
Talk title: “Nanocatalysis: A key for the development of sustainable organic synthesis methodologies and efficient energy systems”

Talk title: Nanocatalysis: A key for the development of sustainable organic synthesis methodologies and efficient energy systems 

Erwan-Nicolas Paineau-Lanone - French National Centre for Scientific Research | CNRS, France
Talk title: “Synthetic imogolite nanotubes: a flexible building block with multipurpose applications”


Prof. Julia Perez Prieto - Institute of Molecular Science University of Valencia, Spain
Talk title: “Gold Nanomaterials as Colorimetric and Luminescent Sensors”

Talk title: Gold Nanomaterials as Colorimetric and Luminescent Sensors

Andrei Rotaru - University of Craiova & INFLPR-National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania
Talk title: “Thermokinetic and (micro)structural study of various types of
ligno-cellulosic materials”





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March 1, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
October 13, 2019
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