The Materials for Sustainable Development Conference (MATSUS24) will take place from the 4th to the 8th of March 2024, in Barcelona, Spain. 

This multisymposium conference dives into the progress that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their own demands. The drive for sustainability in materials science and technology encompasses alternative energy technologies to mitigate problems with fossil-fuel technologies, and to increase energy efficiency, as well as the mitigation of undesirable environmental impacts from technology and economic growth; the efficient use of materials, the formation of a healthy and safe environment, and many others. The Conference consists on a combination of symposia of basic and multidisciplinary science, and applied symposia focused on Sustainable Development areas.

Important Dates
Early registration deadline: 22nd November 2023
Abstracts submission deadline (oral): 22nd November 2023
Abstracts submission deadline (poster): 6th February 2024
Scientific program: 11th December 2023
General organizers



 Vida Engmann

University of Southern Denmark
SDU NanoSYD Mads Clausen Institute



 F.Pelayo Garcia de Arquer

ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques
The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology


Social Dinner

When: Wednesday March 6th, 2024

Where: Shôko Barcelona, Restaurant & Lounge Club

Address: Paseo Marítimo de la Barceloneta 36, 08005 (Barcelona)

  • #NextGenSolar - Innovations beyond ABX3 perovskites: Materials development, Photophysics, and Devices
    • Synthesis and material development of emerging inorganic photoabsorbers
    • Dry and wet thin-film processing techniques of emerging inorganic photoabsorbers
    • Structural characterization and development of structure-properties relations
    • Theoretical predictions of novel inorganic materials
    • Charge-carrier dynamics and transport in novel inorganic materials
    • Fabrication of Optoelectronic Devices
    Symposium organizers:
    Silvia Motti
    University of Southampton
    Jay Patel
    University of Oxford
    Marcello Righetto
    University of Oxford
  • #CircularMat - Circular Economy for Sustainable Energy Materials
    • LCA & circular economy
    • Existing PV tech
    • Emerging PV tech
    • Energy storage
    Symposium organizers:
    Susana Iglesias Porras
    School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
    School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
    Matthew Royle
    Newcastle University
  • #OPHYM - Optical characterization of hybrid photovoltaic materials
    • Perovskite solar cells
    • Photophysics of hybrid devices
    • Optical spectroscopy of perovskite solar cells
    • Charge Recombination in perovskite solar cells
    • Photophysics of hybrid solar cells
    Symposium organizers:
    Jafar Khan
    University of Hull
    Safa Shoaee
    University of Potsdam, DE
    Wolfgang Tress
    ZHAW School of Engineering
  • #Chiral24 - Chiral Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Structure, and Properties
    • Synthesis and self-assembly of chiral nanomaterials
    • Chiral surface modification of nanocrystals
    • Optical activity of plasmons, excitons, and charge carriers (CD, polarized photoluminescence, spin-polarized electron transport)
    • Applications of chiral phenomena in optoelectronics (hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors, chiral photodetectors, light sources, and transistors)
    Symposium organizers:
    Dmitry Baranov
    Lund University
    Sandrine Ithurria
    Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles
  • #MAPUP-OPV - Materials and Processes for the Scale-up of Organic Photovoltaics
    • Scaling-up of functional materials for OPV
    • Synthetic complexity of OPV materials
    • Roll-to-roll processable interlayers and electrodes
    • Advanced manufacturing processes, high throughput screening and characterisation techniques
    • Device engineering, module layout, panel customisation
    • Operational stability of OPV, field studies
    • Transparency and colour in OPV: materials, management, quality, and assessment
    • Niche markets for OPV
    Symposium organizers:
    Ignasi Burgués
    EURECAT, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Parc Científic i de la Innovació TecnoCampus, Mataró
    Andreas Distler
    Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Sergi Riera-Galindo
    Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain
  • #SF-TF - Singlet Fission and Triplet Fusion
    • Fundamentals of singlet fission and triplet fusion
    • Understanding energy migration and energy transfer across hybrid interfaces
    • Novel organic and inorganic materials for (sensitized) triplet fusion and singlet fission
    • Nontoxic and abundant materials
    • Role of molecular oxygen
    • Device implementation for solar cells and solar fuels
    Symposium organizers:
    Jonas Sandby Lissau
    University of Copenhagen
  • #PEROCAT - Metal Halide Perovskite Photocatalysis
    • Use of metal halide perovskites in photocatalysis
    • Challenges in material stability
    • Applications: water splitting, CO2 reduction, pollutant degradation, and organic synthesis
    Symposium organizers:
    Andrea Listorti
    Università di Bari "A. Moro", Chemistry Department
    Lorenzo Malavasi
    Department of Chemistry, University of Pavia
  • #2Dpero - 2D perovskites: chemical versatility, photophysics and applications
    • Organic cations for 2D perovskites
    • Film formation processes
    • Photophysics of 2D perovskites
    • Chirality and spin-selectivity
    • Applications of 2D perovskites in solar cells
    • Applications of 2D perovskites in LED
    • Applications of 2D perovskites in FET
    • Stability of 2D perovskites and related devices
    • Theory and simulations
    Symposium organizers:
    Claudio Quarti
    University of Mons, Centre d'Innovation et de Recherche en Matériaux Polymères (CIRMAP)
    Yana Vaynzof
    Technical University (TU) Dresden
  • Symposium organizers:
    Jung-Yao Chen
    National Cheng Kung University
    Chu-Chen Chueh
    National Taiwan University
    Wen-Ya Lee
    National Taipei University of Technology
  • #PerTanCell - Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells
    • Perovskite-Silicon Tandem Solar Cells
    • All-Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells
    • Perovskite-Organic Tandem Solar Cells
    • Light Management in Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells
    • 4-Terminal Perovskite Tandem Concepts
    • Road Towards Commercialization: Upscaling, Stability and Outdoor Testing
    • Beyond Two Junctions & Novel Tandem Concepts
    Symposium organizers:
    Kai Brinkmann
    University of Wuppertal, Germany
    Felix Lang
    University of Potsdam, Optoelectronics of Disordered Semiconductors
  • #PeroQuant24 - Halide perovskites for quantum technologies
    • Synthesis of novel halide perovskites - from colloidal nanocrystals to bulk materials (1D, 2D, and 3D)
    • Static and dynamic structural properties
    • Photophysics
    • Spin dynamics and coherence
    • Control of light and matter via chirality and light polarization
    • Polaritonics and strong light-matter interaction
    • Quantum-enhanced microscopy
    • Quantum-engineered devices, incl. quantum-light sources
    Symposium organizers:
    Simon Boehme
    ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Applied Biosciences
    Sascha Feldmann
    Harvard University
    Maksym Kovalenko
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich
  • #PerFut24 - The Future of Metal Halide Perovskites: Fundamental Approaches and Technological Challenges
    • Technological feasibility
    • Optoelectronics applications
    • Beyond optoelectronics: neuromorphic, detection…
    • Materials processes and fabrication
    • Perovskite materials fundamentals
    • Frontier phenomena
    Symposium organizers:
    Annalisa Bruno
    Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), Nanyang Technological University
    Iván Mora-Seró
    Universitat Jaume I, Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) - Spain
    Pablo P. Boix
    Universitat de València
  • #NextGenPD - Next Generation Photo-and-radiation detectors
    • Perovskite photodetectors
    • Organic photodetectors
    • Nanocrystals and low dimensional systems for photodetection
    • Color-selective and infrared photodetection
    • Image sensors with new generation semiconductors
    • Thermodynamic limit of the sensitivity of next generation photodetectors
    • Photodetector characterisation methods
    • Noise, from theory to experiment
    • Photomultiplication and amplification
    • New compound semiconductors for photodetection
    • LiFi and optical wireless communication
    • Special applications: X-ray detection, biological applications and wearable sensors
    • Pixelation techniques and imaging
    Symposium organizers:
    Ardalan Armin
    Sustainable Advanced Materials (Sêr-SAM), Department of Physics, Swansea University, UK
    Nicola Gasparini
    Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • #PhotoMat - Advances in Photo-driven Energy Conversion and Storage: From Nanoscale Materials to Sustainable Solutions
    • Design and development of new photoactive nanomaterials
    • CO2 reduction
    • Hydrogen generation
    • Nitrogen reduction
    • Methane conversion
    • H2O2 generation
    Symposium organizers:
    Michelle Browne
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Bahareh Khezri
    Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), and University Rovira i Virgili (URV)
    Katherine Villa
    Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
  • #BATS - Toward sustainable batteries based on sulfur cathodes
    • New composite nanomaterials as the cathode to enhance the battery cycle life and kinetics
    • Anode materials and anode-electrolyte interface engineering
    • Electrolytes and additives to improve electrochemical performance (and safety)
    • Solid electrolytes (gels, solid polymers, inorganic ceramics and inorganic–organic composites)
    • Insights into the sulfur reaction mechanism(s) using in situ or ex situ characterization techniques.
    • Pouch cell manufacturing, including high-loading electrode fabrication, electrolyte filling or cell activation.
    • Modeling of the electrochemical performance or aging mechanisms
    • Recycling and self-healing of batteries and components
    • Sustainable materials for sulfur-based batteries and life cycle assessment
    Symposium organizers:
    Andreu Cabot
    Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)
    Pascale Chenevier
    University Grenoble Alpes, CEA, CNRS
    Alessandra Manzini
    Cleopa Gmbh
  • #Sol2D - Solution-Processed 2D Materials
    • Advanced solution-based bottom-up synthesis of 2D nanomaterials (colloidal methods, exfoliation, metal-organic approaches)
    • Physical properties of solution-based 2D nanomaterials (spectroscopy, mechanical and electronic properties, electron and spin transport)
    • Chemical properties of solution-based 2D nanomaterials (chemical stability, chemical selforganization, photocatalytic activity, interaction of organic and inorganic materials)
    • Self-organization of 2D nanomaterials into superstructures
    • Devices based on solution-processed 2D nanomaterials (transistors, photodetectors, solar cells, LEDs, lasers)
    • Theory of 2D materials (DOS, optical properties, growth mechanisms)
    Symposium organizers:
    Jannika Lauth
    Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Leibniz Universität Hannover, DE
    Efrat Lifshitz
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
    Celso de Mello Donega
    Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • #SusPer - Sustainability of halide perovskites
    • Environmental impact and LCA of halide perovskite materials and devices
    • On-device Pb sequestration
    • Recycling and recovery of halide perovskite materials and devices
    • Pb-free halide perovskites
    • Green manufacture of halide perovskite devices
    Symposium organizers:
    Francesca Brunetti
    University of Rome (Tor Vergata)
    Iris Visoly-Fisher
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Dept. of solar energy and envronmental physics, Inst. for desert research
  • #MatInter - Materials and Interfaces for emerging electrocatalytic reactions
    • Materials and electrochemistry of carbon dioxide reduction
    • Electrocatalytic synthesis of high-value compounds: new routes and materials
    • lectrochemistry for the valorization of biomass
    • Materials and electrochemistry of N-containing compounds
    • Materials and electrochemistry of methane activation and conversion
    Symposium organizers:
    Marta Costa Figueiredo
    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
    María Escudero-Escribano
    ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
  • #SELF - Self Healing Materials for a Sustainable Future
    • Self healing
    • Electronic devices
    • Organic electronics
    Symposium organizers:
    Fabio Cicoira
  • #InOpCat - In situ and operando characterization of electrocatalytic interfaces
    • In situ/operando electron and scanning probe microscopy
    • In situ vibrational and optical spectroscopy.
    • Electrocatalytic energy conversion
    Symposium organizers:
    Esther Alarcon-Llado
    Center for Nanophotonics, AMOLF, The Netherlands
    Jesus Barrio Hermida
    Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    Paula Sebastian Pascual
    University of Copenhagen
  • #SolFuelScale - Practical aspects of solar fuel production: scalability, stability & outdoor operation
    • Photoelectrode scalability and modularity
    • Material design towards long-term operation
    • Device engineering and reactor design (experiment and modelling)
    • Real-world benchmarking: light intermittency and temperature fluctuations
    • Photo(electro)catalyst screening and large-scale fabrication
    Symposium organizers:
    Fatwa Abdi
    City University of Hong Kong
    Virgil Andrei
    University of Cambridge
  • #PeroFF - Perovskite: from fundamentals to device fabrication
    • Photo-physical properties of halide perovskites
    • Optical properties of perovskite single nanoparticles, and single photon emission
    • Quantum confinement and heterostructures related to halide perovskite
    • Solar cell fabrication- additives, non-toxic components, green solvents
    • Stability of halide perovskite from fundamental to devices
    Symposium organizers:
    Lioz Etgar
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Wang Feng
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • #Nano-Eco-PV - Nanoengineered Materials and Associated Advanced Characterisation Tools for Printable & Eco-Friendly Processed Photovoltaics
    • Synchrotron NEXAFS, STXM, laminography and RSoXS studies
    • Non-synchrotron techniques of STEM-EDX, EELS and electron diffraction
    Symposium organizers:
    Antoine Bousquet
    Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour
    Sylvain Chambon
    Natalie Holmes
    University of Sydney
  • #COMPER24 - Towards Commercialization of Perovskite Photovoltaics: Scalability, Stability, and Circularity
    • Materials (composition, perovskite inks, additives, interlayers) and processes for large area deposition
    • New module design and interconnection strategies
    • Module characterization with advanced techniques
    • Stability testing (accelerated indoor and outdoor) and failure analysis
    • Circularity: life cycle analysis and recycling of perovskite PV
    Symposium organizers:
    Tom Aernouts
    IMEC, Belgium
    Maria Hadjipanayi
    University of Cyprus
    Anurag Krishna
    Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC)
  • #OPERAX - In situ/operando characterization of energy materials with X-rays
    • Electro- Thermo- Photo-catalysis
    • Batteries
    • Capacitors
    • Flow batteries
    Symposium organizers:
    Carlos Escudero
    ALBA Sycnhrotron Light Source - Consortium for the Construction, Equipment and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Laboratory (ALBA-CELLS)
    Juan Jesús Velasco Vélez
    ALBA Sycnhrotron Light Source - Consortium for the Construction, Equipment and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Laboratory (ALBA-CELLS)
  • #GENBAT - Next-generation battery technologies towards sustainability
    • Sodium/potassium batteries
    • Multivalent batteries (eg. Mg, Zn, Ca…)
    • Organic/polymer batteries
    • Aqueous rechargeable batteries
    • Sustainability, eco-design and battery recycling
    Symposium organizers:
    Institute IMDEA Energy, Spain
    Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo
    Deakin University
    Magda Titirici
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • #AI - Automation and Nanomaterials (machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, accelerated discovery)
    • Computational Materials Discovery
    • Robotic Synthesis Platforms
    • Machine Learning in Quantum Chemistry
    • Automation of Calculations for Data Collection
    Symposium organizers:
    Ivan Infante
    BCMaterials, Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, UPV/EHU Science Park, Spain.
    Oleksandr Voznyy
    University of Toronto
  • # - Solar Technologies for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals: On the Way to Industrial Implementation
    • Photoelectrocatalysis
    • Photovoltaics
    • Photocatalysis
    • Concentrated Solar Power
    • Artificial photosynthesis
    • Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) for accelerated scale-up
    Symposium organizers:
    Miguel García-Tecedor
    IMDEA Energy Institute, Photoactivated Processes Unit, Spain
    Víctor A. de la Peña O'Shea
    Institute IMDEA Energy, Spain

The conference will be held in Barcelona (Spain) at the World Trade Center Barcelona.



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