programme - National Centre for Nano

International Workshop
on Advanced Materials and Technologies for
Global Energy and Environmental
6-8 December 2010
Hosted by the DST/CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre:
National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre
Ruby Room
Monday, 6 December 2010:
Welcome, and opening address by Dr Sibusiso Sibisi, President and CEO of
the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Energy Research Trends and Futures
Dr Mkhulu Mathe
Energy Research at DST/CSIR NIC, National Centre for Nano-Structured
Prof Suprakas Sinha Ray
Opening Cocktail Function
Tuesday, 7 December 2010:
Chair: Sunil Dutta, USA
Ceramic Materials for High-Temperature Applications Based on Liquid-Phase
W. Krenkel
University of Bayreuth, Germany
Study of the Optical Constants of Smart Nano-Structured VO2 Materials for
Energy Efficient Windows Design
J. B. Kana, M. Maaza and M. Mhlanga
CSIR Synthetic Biology and iThembela Labs. South Africa
Sol-Gel Applications and Optical Properties of C-Nio Nanocomposite Coatings
N. Tile, K. T. Roro and A. Forbes
CSIR National Laser Centre, South Africa
Sulphonated Polyaniline-Nickel Oxide Nanocomposite Materials for
Application in Supercapacitors
N. Njomo, K. Ozoemena and E. Iwuoha
University of Western Cape and CSIR Materials Science & Manufacturing,
South Africa
Coffee Break
Chair: Thembela Hillie, NCNSM
Ceramic Integration Technologies for Energy and Environmental Applications:
Technical Challenges and Opportunities
M. Singh
Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Cleveland, USA
Porous Ceramics for Environmental Applications
T. Ohji
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Implementation of Advanced Ceramics and Composites for Clean and
Efficient Turbine Engines
H-T. Lin
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Chair: Manfred Scriba, NCNSM
Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2-based Powders for Indoor Applications
G. Kiriakidis, V. D. Binas, I. Kortidis and K. Sambani
TCM and University of Crete, Greece
Microwave Synthesis of TiO2 Nanotubes for use in Water Treatment
L. M. Sikhwivhilu, S. Sinha Ray and T. Hillie
DST/CSIR NIC, National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, South Africa
Thermal and Mechanical Properties of PDMS Nano and Micro Composites for
Fuel Cell Applications
H. Chen, I. Botef, V. V. Rao, V. V. Srinivasu
CSIR MSM, University of Wits, Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology,
South Africa and India
Panel Discussion:
Coffee Break
Panel Discussion continues
Centre Visit and Braai at CSIR
What role can South Africa play to meet global energy and environmental
Wednesday, 8 December 2010:
Chair: Mathew Moodley, NCNSM
Nanowires and Colloidal Quantum Dots for Improved Light Harvesting and
Energy Conversion Efficiency in Excitonic Solar Cells
G. Sberveglieri, A. Vomiero, I. Concina, A. Braga, C. Baratto and V. Galstyan
CNR-IDASC and University of Brescia, Italy
Shape Control of Selenium and Tellurium Based Nanoparticles Synthesized by
a Novel route for Applications in Solar Cells
N. Revaprasadu
University of Zululand, South Africa
Intrinsic Nano-Crystalline Silicon Thin-Films Deposited by Hot-wire Chemical
Vapour Deposition for Solar Cell Applications
C. J. Arendse, D. Knoesen, S. Halindintwali, T. F. G. Muller, C. J. Oliphant and
G.F. Malgas
University of Western Cape, National Metrology Institute of South Africa and
CSIR NCNSM, South Africa
Lead Sulphide Nanostructured Thin Films and PbS Nanoparticles for
Photovoltaic Applications
J. D. Patel, F. Mighri and A. Ajji
Department of Chemical Engineering, Laval University and Ecole
Polytechnique, Canada
Coffee Break
Chair: Lucky Sikhwivhilu, NCNSM
Nanotechnology in Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
U. Stimming and H. Wolfschmidt
Technische University Munchen, Germany
Porous Membranes Using the Dry Stretching Process for Energy and
Environmental Applications
S. H. Tabatabaei, F. Sadeghi, P. J. Carreau and A. Ajji
Ecole Polytechnique, Canada
Challenge in Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis: Hydrogen and Reduced
CO2 Production for Energy Storage
J. R. Morante, A. Cabot, T. Andreu, F. Hernandez-Ramirez, C. Fabrega, and R.
IREC, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Spain,
and Department of Electronics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Opportunities for Sustainable Mobility in the
Automotive Industry and Challenges for Nanotechnology of Electrocatalysts
D. Bessarabov
HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence: North-West University and
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Chair: Sreejarani Pillai, NCNSM
Functional Nanoparticles and Nanowires for Device Applications
S. Mathur
University of Cologne, Germany
Nanocarbon-Supported Electroactive Nanostructures in Energy Storage and
Conversion Systems
K. Ozoemena, T. Ramulifho, S. A. Mamuru, A. S. Adekunle, M. Modibedi and
M.K. Mathe
CSIR Materials Science & Manufacturing and University of Pretoria, South
High-Speed Growth of YBa2Cu3O7- Film by Laser Chemical Vapor Deposition
T. Goto, P. Zhao and A. Ito
Tohoku University, Japan
Nanofluids for Heat Transfer Applications
D. Singh
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Impedimetric Responses and Ecopia Hall Effect Electronics of Dendritic Start
E. I. Iwuoha
University of Western Cape, South Africa
Poster Session and Cocktail
Leave for Workshop Dinner
8 December 2010
16:00 – 18:00
C Maepa
Synthesis of nanostructured materials by Microwave
SC Motshekga, SK Pillai, S Sinha Ray, K Jalama, RWM Krause
Electrical properties of SnO2/MWCNT composites prepared by microwave
assisted wet impregnation
K Mphahlele, S Sinha Ray, SD Mhlanga, MS Onyango
Anchoring Of Silver Particles On Carbon Nanotubes
GF Ndlovu, WD Roos, KT Hillie
Atomic resolved Ag, Sb and AgSb nanoclusters on HOPG: a VT-STM study
GQ Liu, H Luo, W Lei, GY Liu, YW Tian, M Mathe
Synthesis and electrochemical properties of LINI0.1MN1.5CR0.1O4 and LI4TI5O12
T Ramulifho, KI Ozoemena, M Modibedi, M Mathe, L van der Merwe
Microwave synthesized MWCNT/Pd-M (Ni.Sn) electrocatalyst for ethanol
oxidation in alkaline medium
M Modibedi, T Mkwizu, K Ozoemena, M Mathe
Electrochemical atomic layer deposition of Pt nanostructures on fuel cells gas
diffusion layers
OI Chinwe, K Ozoemena, E Iwuoha
Electrochemical behaviour of binary nano-crystalline alloys for the
functionalisation of carbon nanotubes in lithium ion battery
G Vaivars, I Baizha, H Luo, J Katkevics, A Viksna, M Mathe
Impedance analysis of ionic liquids: formates and acetates
DE Motaung, GF Malgas, CJ Arends
Effect of thermal annealing on the morphology, structure and optical
properties of P3HT: blends for solar cell applications
IV Sibiya, S Sinha Ray
Synthesis of Ag/Au decorated carbon spheres of sensing applications
KT Roro, N Tile, A Forbes
Optical properties of selectively absorbing C/NiO nanocomposite coatings
U Stimming, H Wolfschmidt, T Brulle, O Paschos
Hydrogen Reactions on Pt supported on Au, Cu and Carbon
U Stimming, C Baier, A Schlichtiger
Electrochemistry and SECPM on Biomolecules
U Stimming, C Rudiger, S Leonardi, F Wiesinger, O Paschos, F Di Fonzo, A Li
Bassi, I Sharp, J Kunze
Reduced Compact and Nanotubular TiO2 in Energy Research
U Stimming, H Wolfschmidt, D Weingarth
Reactivity Measurements with the Electrochemical STM
V.O. Ojijo, S.Sinha Ray
Polylactide/Poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate)-clay nanocomposites: Effect
of organic modifier on dynamic mechanical and thermal properties
Elijah Ogunniran, Rotimi Sadiku, Suprakas Sinha Ray, Nyambeni Luruli
Effect of Addition of Boehmite Alumina Nanofiller on the Crystallization
behaviour of Functionalized Blend of Polypropylene and Polyamide 12