About the Conference

The 20th International Sol-Gel Conference will be held on August 25-30, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia. A conference is organized in partnership with the International Sol-Gel Society (ISGS) and hosted by ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia. The milestone 20th edition of the conference will manifest the new generation of the Sol-Gel Conference.

The conference will be based on plenary lectures, invited lectures, posters, and short competitive PhD 5 minutes presentations. Beyond it, the conference will offer hands-on workshops and first-ever Science Communication workshops. 

The 20th Sol-Gel Conference supports a new generation of scientists who want to excel. The competition for the best 50 MSc and PhD students will be open for applicants under 29 years old, offering free access to the 20th Sol-Gel conference, workshops, and dorm accommodation.

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10 reasons to visit

#1 destination in Russia per TripAdvisor

Easy to get to: newly built airport with more than 200 flights a day operated by more than 40 airlines

Mixture of 315-year history and contemporary culture

10000+ bars and restaurants to feel the taste of St. Petersburg

5 suburban imperial residences - 1 hour from the city center

Venice of the north: 580+ bridges and 72 rivers and canals

Internationally-friendly: English signs on the streets and in the metro

Historic city center included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage

300+ museums, 70 theaters

The famous Russian ballet

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Plenary Speakers

Frank Caruso (Australia)

The University of Melbourne

Lecture topic: Advanced Materials via Supramolecular Gelation

Joanna Aizenberg (USA)

Harvard University

Lecture topic: Recent progress in functional hybrid materials

Mari-Ann Einarsrud (Norway)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Lecture topic: Aqueous chemical solution deposition of thin oxide films

Peter Fratzl (Germany)

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Lecture topic: Recent advances in biomimetic materials

Nicola Huesing (Austria)

University of Salzburg

Lecture topic: Porous Sol-Gel Derived Functional Architectures

Eugenia Kumacheva (Canada)

University of Toronto

Lecture topic: Bridging the gap between molecules and nanoparticles

Kazuki Nakanishi (Japan)

Kyoto University

Lecture topic: Recent progress in sol-gel derived macroporous monoliths

Andrey Rogach (China)

City University of Hong Kong

Lecture topic: Solution processable light-emitting colloidal nanostructures

Aziz Muzafarov (Russia)

A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Lecture topic: Hyperbranched polyethoxysiloxanes and molecular nano-gels based on them

Mario Pagliaro (Italy)

National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Lecture topic: Sol-Gel Catalysts for Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Milestones in 30 Years of Successful Innovation

Markus Niederberger (Switzerland)


Lecture topic: Nonhydrolytic and hydrolytic sol-gel chemistry

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