We are most delighted to announce that the 14th International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO2018), is going to be held from 24 to 29 June 2018 in the City University of Hong Kong. Please visit our website to learn more about the flagship event. http://www.nano2018.org/

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Nanoscience and nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing research area. The birth of modern nanoscience can be dated back to 1959 when Richard Feynman at Cal Tech spoke of “Plenty of Room at the bottom” to highlight the tremendous scientific and technological potential of materials and devices at atomic/molecular dimensions. About twenty years later, Herbert Gleiter demonstrated the benefits for mechanical properties of ultrafine grains in solids and named them “nanostructured solid”. His theoretical investigation had immediate practical relevance for particle-hardening of metals in specific applications such as turbines and jet engines and pushed research activity toward the development of new nanostructured materials, with different properties.
Nanostructured materials can be classified in different groups, according to their “nano” properties:
The oldest group goes back to the days of the old Egyptians and Chinese 2000 BC. This group comprises the effects that are called today size-effects. If the size of solids is reduced to dimensions comparable to interatomic spacings, certain properties may change in comparison to the bulk material. Already the people in ancient Egypt knew that certain glasses became red when certain minerals were added. In fact, they knew that mixing Au minerals in a glass results in this effect. Even about 1000 years before the this development in Egypt, the Chinese knew that grinding mercury-oxide for a long time changes its color. Faraday was the most well known person that studied these effects in modern times. And modern solid state physics provided detailed explanations.

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The idea of helding the NANO conference was born in a meeting of the editorial board of Acta Metallurgica  in Atlantic city (NJ) late 1990. The chairman of the board was Bernard Kear and during the discussion became clear that the topic of nanostructured materials was becoming important. At that time the work of H. Gleiter on producing materials with nanosized grains was discussed at the meeting.

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