Václav Slovák, Tomáš Zelenka and Gabriela Hotová took part in the 1st International Conference on Energy, Materials and Nanotechnology (EMN) focused on the porous materials in Dubrovnik (Croatia).
The EMN meeting grew out of a small workshop series that began in 2008 in Orlando, Florida. Over the next three years, six additional successful workshops were organized on various topics in material science under the title of „Villa Conference“. These „Villa Conferences“ series has grown rapidly beyond the traditional villa setting, continuing to attract highly-quality contributions from members of the international scientific and engineering communities. In 2012 the first Conference with a broader theme of Energy, Materials and Nanotechnology was held. Every year, this group organizes several meetings with different and more specifically focused topics in attractive places around the world – so we visited one which was focused on porous materials (2D nanoporous materials, Carbon-based porous materials, Covalent Organic Framework, Metal Organic Framework, Mesoporous Materials, Porous Metasurface, Porous Organic Polymers, Porous General). More information about the upcoming meetings of this group can be found here http://emnmeeting.org/.
The whole meeting was fool of the interesting contributions of which we would like to mention the one from the prof. Toshihide Horikawa (Water adsorption mechanism on porous carbon materials), dr. Benjamin Besser (Towards understanding gas flow in functionalized mesoporous membranes) and also the one from the prof. David Faux (Nanoscale characterization of porous material by fast-field-cycling NMR). During the whole conference, 32 presentations and 11 posters were presented in total during the two (full) days.
In the conference, we presented 3 contributions:
- Zelenka T.: Gas physisorption for porosity characterization – some examples of misinterpretations (invited lecture).
- Slovák V., Bulavová P., Kinnertová E., Zelenka T.: Porosity characterization of wet solids: DSC thermoporometry and 1H NMR relaxometry (presentation).
- Hotová G., Slovák V.: Optimization of oxygen chemisorption on the carbon surface based on kinetic analysis of isothermal thermogravimetry (poster).
In addition to the conference program (during the days off), we visited both, the beautiful historic centre of Dubrovnik, and we also tried the „services and facilities“ of the hotel where the conference was organized (swimming pools, saunas, and especially the sea).
To sum up, the conference was really great, from the professional experience (we took a lot of ideas and collaborations) and from the cultural point of view (and also relaxing)