11 December 2020
Chair: Dr. Alexandre Nomine, University of Lorraine
With the 150th Anniversary of Mendeleev’s table, Material science is on the spotlight. Since then, impressive progress has been made in this field as shown by the ‘Million bar’ overcome in the Cambridge Structure Database. However, materials science is nowadays under pressure. Resources are not infinite and their sustainability is already a matter of concern for Rare-Earth and TCO industries. Devices of all kinds have to be always more performant and Materials Science is a cornerstone to respond to this challenge.
The rapid development of Computational Material Science has given rise to new approaches to solve those challenges. If Mendeleiev could predict the existence of, to-date unknown atoms, nowadays new complex crystallographic structures are discovered computationally on a daily basis which expands the field of possibilities.
New materials are also discovered experimentally, especially thanks to the emergence of non-equilibrium processes (based on plasmas, lasers, ultrasounds etc…) that provide extreme conditions of temperature and pressure unachievable with conventional processes.
This special session aims at bringing together ‘materials discoverers’ regardless of their research field. Any contribution willing to answer one or several of the following questions is welcome:
  • How can computational material science change our approach beyond the intuition and the trial-error?
  • How non-equilibrium synthesis processes give birth to new nanomaterials?
  • Could those new nanomaterials overcome the existing one and find their place in real-world applications (performance, sustainability, eco-friendliness)?
  • How can the new families of Materials (Quasicrystals, High-Entropy Alloys, Metal-Organic Frameworks) change our vision of Material Science?
Speakers are expected to present inspiring, potentially provocative, talks presenting both their results as well as their personal views on the potential progress pathways.


Alexandre Nomine

ITMO University/University of Lorraine

Dr Alexandre Nominé received MSc in Materials Science in 2011 and PhD in Plasma Physics in 2014 from University of Lorraine (France). His topics of PHD were conducted at Institut Jean Lamour under the supervision of Dr. Gérard Henrion & Dr. Julien Martin and concerned plasmas-in –liquids, particularly Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation. In 2014 he joined Pr. Nick Braithwaite laboratory at the Open University for an industrial research project on Magnetron Sputtering. Back to IJL and to Plasmas-in-liquids, he studies this route for the synthesis of Alloyed Nanoparticles. Since 2018 he co-leads with Dr Valentin Milichko a French-Russian research project on new nanomaterials for nanophotonics. Dr Alexandre Nominé has been awarded a research fellowship through the “5-100 ITMO Fellowship” program and is now a member of the Faculty of Physics and Engineering of ITMO University (St Petersburg, Russia). In September 2019 he has been appointed as Associate Professor in University of Lorraine.