14/07/2023 | Abstracts for talks and posters can be submitted until 11 September for the conference "Safety of Advanced Materials", which will take place from 8 to 11 November at Saarland University in Saarbrücken and is organised by the Leibniz Research Alliance Advanced Materials Safety. ZMT is one of 12 partner institutes in this research network and within the field of Environmental Toxicology. Professor Hildegard Westphal, WG Geoecology and Carbonate Sedimentology at ZMT, is involved in the organisation of the conference as a member of the Scientific Committee.

About 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. As such, they are critical to the development and deployment of important future technologies. Often, however, their contribution goes widely unnoticed.

Advanced materials combine different nano- and/or microscale building blocks into hierarchically structured 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.

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