Description of the conference

The Materials for Sustainable Development Conference (MATSUS23) took place in Torremolinos, Spain from the 16th to the 20th October 2023. 

It consisted on a combination of symposia of basic and multidisciplinary science and applied symposia focused on Sustainable Development areas. It was a forum for directing the knowledge and tools of science and technology of advanced materials to contribute to solve major problems of society.

The Materials for Sustainable Development Conference discussed traditional topics of the nanoGe Fall/Spring Meeting multisymposium conference such as:

  • Halide Perovskites
  • Organic Photovoltaics
  • Solar Fuels
  • Nanocrystals & 2D materials
  • Catalysis & Electrocatalysis
  • Energy Storage

MATSUS included new topics such as:

  • Organic mixed ionic electronic conductors
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biobased functional materials

It also included the industrial application part in areas like:

  • Clean Energy Transition (decarbonization, sequestration and use of CO2 in industry, and hydrogen generation)
  • Sustainable Chemistry and circularity
  • Expansion of photovoltaics
  • Sustainable transport.

By the name of MATSUS (Materials for Sustainable Development) the conference has two yearly editions, Spring Meeting and Fall Meeting.


The conference will be held in Torremolinos (Spain) at the conference center of the Meliá Costa del Sol Hotel.

Address: P.º de Maritimo Torremolinos, 11, 29620, Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain
Telephone: (+34) 952 38 66 77

  • #OMIECs - Fundamentals of mixed ionic-electronic transport in polymers
    • Electrical/electrochemical doping
    • Structure-property relationships
    • In-operando characterization
    • Charge transport theory
    Symposium organizers:
    Derya Baran
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) - Saudi Arabia
    Simone Fabiano
    Linköping University
  • #BIOEL - Bioelectronics
    • Neuronal Bioelectronic interfaces
    • Bioelectronic Implants
    • In vitro Bioelectronic Systems
    • Optical Stimulation of living systems
    • Biosensing
    • Neuromorphic Bioelectronics
    Symposium organizers:
    Christopher Proctor
    University of Cambridge
    Francesca Santoro
    RWTH Aachen University
    Achilleas Savva
    Delft University of Technology
  • #BIOELCHEM - Bioelectrochemical Systems from Sustainable Electrode Materials
    • Microbial/ cell-based electrochemical systems
    • On-chip enzymatic assays
    • Engineering biotic-abiotic interfaces
    • Self-powered biosensors
    • Sustainable electrode materials for catalysis
    • Photo-bioelectrocatalysts
    • Enzymatic biosensors
    • Sustainable electrodes and materials
    • Organic electronics for biocatalysis
    • 2D materials for biocatalysis
    Symposium organizers:
    Ioanna Mela
    University of Cambridge
    Anna-Maria Pappa
    Khalifa University of Science and Technology
    Kyriaki Polychronopoulou
    Khalifa University of Science and Technology
  • #BIOMAT - Next Generation Bio-hybrid, Bio-inspired and Bio-enabled Materials
    • Bio-hybrid composites
    • Bio-inspired materials
    • Biology and biophysics at the abiotic/biotic interface
    • Real-life applications
    Symposium organizers:
    Giuseppe Maria Paternò
    Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano
    Vito Vurro
    Alma Mater Studiorum Università degli studi di Bologna
  • #WATERCAT - Experiment and theory in the catalysis of water electrolysis and hydrogen fuel cells
    • Understanding electrocatalysts activity and stability: application of operando experimental techniques
    • Understanding electrocatalysts activity and stability: application of advanced theoretical methods
    • Knowledge-driven design and synthesis of improved electrocatalysts and catalyst layers
    • Discovery of new electrocatalytic materials using automatic and autonomous tools
    • Electrochemical engineering: optimization of electrocatalysts utilization in electrochemical reactors
    Symposium organizers:
    Serhiy Cherevko
    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
    Nejc Hodnik
    National Institute of Chemistry
  • #N2X - Recent advances on nitrogen activation and conversion
    • Homogeneous approaches for nitrogen and nitrogen oxides activation
    • Heterogenous systems for nitrogen and nitrogen oxides conversion
    • Challenges and opportunities in catalyst benchmarking
    • Advances in theoretical methods for mechanistic understanding
    • Rare-earth element systems for nitrogen activation
    • From academic research to competitive start-up company
    Symposium organizers:
    Victor Mougel
    ETH Zurich
    Nella Vargas-Barbosa
    Forschungszentrum Jülich - Helmholtz-Institut Münster
    Roland Marschall
    University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • #CO2X - Frontier developments in Electrochemical CO2 reduction and the utilization
    • Electrochemistry
    • Catalyst developments
    • Simulations
    • Spectroscopy
    • Electrolyzer
    Symposium organizers:
    Alexander Bagger
    Technical University of Denmark
    Yu Katayama
    Osaka University, SANKEN (Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research)
    Ana Sofia Varela
    National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • #MATSF - Advanced materials for the production of direct solar-driven fuels and chemicals
    • Direct solar water splitting (hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution,…)
    • Direct solar-driven valorization reactions of CO2, biomass, organics, and/or plastics
    • Novel semiconductor and co-catalyst materials for PEC and PC (e.g., ternary oxides, perovskites, 2D materials, organics, MOFs, COFs, and SACs)
    • Novel architectures and approaches for PEC and PC (e.g., heterojunction, Z-scheme, tandem, and decoupled cells or systems)
    • Advanced characterization techniques (e.g., in-operando) of PEC and PC systems covering e.g., performance, stability, charge transfer dynamics, and syntheses
    Symposium organizers:
    Salvador Eslava
    Imperial College London
    Sixto Gimenez Julia
    Universitat Jaume I, Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) - Spain
  • #DEVSF - Solar fuels: moving from materials to devices
    • Photoelectrochemical reactor engineering – Experimental approaches
    • Photoelectrochemical reactor engineering – Multiphysics modelling approaches
    • Material charge transfer and interfacial charge transfer modelling and evaluation
    • Thermo-photo-electrochemical system integration – understanding synergetic effects
    • Photoelectrode and surface engineering via scalable methods
    • Corrosion/photo-degradation in photoelectrochemical devices and mitigation strategies
    • Understanding of photoelectrochemical systems on the atomic scale, from experimental to ab initio modelling
    Symposium organizers:
    Franky Esteban Bedoya Lora
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Anna Hankin
    Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    Camilo A. Mesa
    Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), ES
  • #HOMHET - Bridging The Gap Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous (Photo)-Electrocatalysis
    • Novel catalytic materials (e.g. MOF, COF, Carbon Nitride, Organic and Inorganic materials) inspired by molecular catalysts
    • Catalytic schemes for environmental remediation
    • Bio-inspired molecular catalysts
    • Study of catalytic mechanisms
    • Advancements in Water splitting, CO2 reduction, Ammonia production, biomass conversion and other organic transformation reactions
    Symposium organizers:
    Idan Hod
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
    Elena Mas Marzá
    Universitat Jaume I, Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) - Spain
    Menny Shalom
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • #EMERBAT - Emerging battery technologies
    • Beyond Li-ion
    • Operando Characterisation
    • Advanced applications
    • Understanding the SEI
    • Advanced fabrication methods
    • Multiscale modelling
    • Sustainability, recyclability, LCA and circularity
    • 'Whole system' optimisation approaches
    Symposium organizers:
    Philipp Adelhelm
    Humboldt University Berlin
    Maria Crespo
    Queen Mary University of London
    Guiomar Hernández
    Uppsala University
  • #NextED - Next generation of electrochemical devices
    • Photo(electro)chemical effects
    • Mixed ionic-electronic conductivity
    • Advanced tools for in-situ and operando characterization
    • Integration for novel applications such as (photo)catalysis, (photo)batteries, and synaptic transistors
    Symposium organizers:
    Moritz Futscher
    EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
    Angus Mathieson
    University of Cambridge
  • #AppPV - Application Targets for Next Generation Photovoltaics
    • Light-weight, high power density PV for communications/aerospace-related technologies
    • Stability testing of perovskites and organic solar cells
    • Scaling of organic and perovskite solar cells for large-area devices
    • Semi-transparent solar cells and building integration of PV technologies
    • Indoor PV for Internet of Things (IoT)
    • PV-battery integration and system architectures
    • Printable solar cells and environmentally friendly manufacturing
    • PV cost and life cycle analysis
    Symposium organizers:
    Ardalan Armin
    Sustainable Advanced Materials (Sêr-SAM), Department of Physics, Swansea University, UK
    Marina Freitag
    School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
    Michael Saliba
    University of Stuttgart
  • #NANOFUN - Functional Nanomaterials: from optoelectronics to bio- and quantum applications
    • Chemistry: new synthesis methods, novel surface chemistry, self-assembly, new compositions
    • Optical spectroscopy: carrier dynamics at ensemble and single dot or 2D-layer level, stimulated emission, photon statistics
    • Theory: band structure calculations, exciton-phonon coupling, fine-structure splitting
    • Optoelectronics: LEDs, microcavity laser, photodetectors etc.
    • Far reaching applications: single photon emission, collective quantum state of light, super resolution microscopy, bio applications
    Symposium organizers:
    Milena Arciniegas
    Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
    Iwan Moreels
    Gent University - BE
    Gabriele Raino
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich
  • #MHPN3 - Fundamental Advances in Metal Halide Perovskites and Beyond: new materials, new mechanisms, and new challenges
    • New mechanisms and new phenomena in halide perovskites:
    • Advanced spectroscopy studies, hot carriers, polarons, excitons
    • Spins and chirality, exciton fine structure, quantum light-sources, exciton-polaritons
    • New computational insights, defects, anharmonicity, self-trapping
    • Lead-free Perovskite-Tin perovskite, double perovskite, perovskite-inspired materials:
    • Suppression of tin oxidation in tin perovskite, defects in tin perovskite/double perovskite
    • Perovskite-inspired metal halides and chalcogenides
    • Energetic level alignment modification
    • Additive incorporation, novel ETM/HTM, Novel device structure
    Symposium organizers:
    Paola Vivo
    Tampere University
    Qiong Wang
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany
    Kaifeng Wu
    Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
  • #ELMOL - The future of molecular electronics
    • Materials for quantum technologies
    • Structure-property relationships
    • Metal ion incorporation
    • Organometallic thin films and organic molecular crystals
    • Spin and topology
    Symposium organizers:
    Sandrine Heutz
    imperial College London
    Rachel Kilbride
    University of Sheffield
    Jess Wade
    Imperial College London
General organizers



 Eleni Stavrinidou

 University, SE



  Ifan Stephens

  Imperial College
  London, GB



 Sascha Feldmann

 Harvard University


Poster Prizes

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 250€ from Royal Society of Chemistry - Alaa Almushaikeh

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 250€ from Ossila - Valery Okatenko

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 250€ from Fundació Scito - Verena Handl

🏅 Best runner up Poster prize valued at 150€ from Materials Horizons - Amrita Singh-Morgan


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