Today, nanotechnology is delivering promising solutions for self-cleaning surfaces with important applications in building materials, for nano-coating to improve material properties from car tyres to sun creams, for information storage from the development of tunnel junctions and spintronics, or for health care with implants which are modified through nanotechnology or nanoparticles that have the potential to selectively attack tumour cells. Tomorrow, it could provide the technical means for new solutions to the world’s energy problems or for health care. While there are considerable efforts worldwide that aim to developing new materials, nanotechnology prepares the way for handling and using quantum effects. The aim of this 7th France-Japan Workshop on Nanosciences and Nanomaterials is to present the last fundamental results and openings in different areas (chemistry, physics and materials sciences) and to strengthen the exchanges between both countries. Many aspects of the research on nanomaterials will be addressed, as for example the influence of the size and shape of nano-objects and nanostructures on the magnetic, optical, transport and biological properties.
A distinctive feature of this workshop is that invited junior and senior scientists of outstanding level will be mixed during three days to favour the development of mutual friendships and meaningful discussions, and to create lasting interactions.