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 offers free access to the 20th Sol-Gel conference, workshops, and dorm accommodation.

The event is financially supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project № 19-03-20067.

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Conference Booklet

Plenary Speakers

Frank Caruso (Australia)

The University of Melbourne

Lecture topic: Advanced Materials via Supramolecular Gelation

Joanna Aizenberg (USA)

Harvard University

Lecture topic: Sol-gel-derived inverse-opal structures for photonic, catalytic and sensing applications

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: Water-mediated forces in biological materials

Nicola Huesing (Austria)

University of Salzburg

Lecture topic: Highly Porous Materials by Non-Conventional Sol-Gel Precursors and Processes

Eugenia Kumacheva (Canada)

University of Toronto

Lecture topic: Bridging the gap between molecules and nanoparticles

Kazuki Nakanishi (Japan)

Kyoto University

Lecture topic: Porous Inorganic Monoliths: Challenges in extending chemical compositions for broader applications

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: Aqueous and Nonaqueous Sol-Gel Chemistry: Similarities and Differences

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