6th ISGS Summer School 2018: travel grants for students


Thanks to the ISGS and sponsors support, the organizing committee awards travel grants of 400 US dollars to students who want to attend the VI Summer School of the International Sol-Gel Society "Frontiers in Hybrid Materials" (16th-19th September).


Thanks to the ISGS and sponsors support, the organizing committee awards travel grants of 400 US dollars to students who want to attend the VI Summer School of the International Sol-Gel Society "Frontiers in Hybrid Materials" (16th-19th September).

How to apply

The applicants must submit their CV together with a recommendation letter from their supervisors to the local organizing committee (lucamalfatti@uniss.it and plinio@uniss.it) via email before June 30th.


The number of travel grants is defined depending on the available budget. The best applicants will be selected by the organizers of the summer school. The notification of decisions will be sent by email shortly after (at last on 15th July). The grants will be delivered during the summer school.


6th ISGS Summer School

Frontiers in Hybrid Materials

16-19 September 2018 Santa Chiara Building, Alghero (Italy)


The VI edition of the International Sol-Gel Society summer school is focused on hybrid organic-inorganic materials and supported by the National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM). These materials have attracted so much attention in the last years because their peculiar properties place them at the interface between organic and inorganic chemistry. The frontier of knowledge in the field is moving very fast, so it is of fundamental importance to achieve a comprehensive overview about the hybrid materials to advance with solid foundations. This summer school offers the possibility to revise some of the last discoveries in the field using a multidisciplinary approach with some of the best known and active researchers in the field. It is a unique opportunity to share ideas and deepen your background during the full time of the school.

At the end of the summer school 3 ECTS credits will be given to the students who will pass the final test, participants interested in presenting their research at the Summer School are also invited to submit an abstract to the organizers.



- List of Speakers

Maria Casula (University of Cagliari and INSTM)
Luisa de Cola (University of Strasbourg)
David Grosso (Aix-Marseille University)
Plinio Innocenzi (University of Sassari and INSTM)
Julian Jones (Imperial College)
Luca Malfatti (University of Sassari and INSTM)
Nicola Pinna (University von Humboldt)
Galo J. A. A. Soler-Illia (Universidad Nacional de San Martin)
Masahide Takahashi (Osaka Prefecture University)
Michel Wong Chi Man (Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier)


- Registration fees (VAT included)

480 € Students
550 € Professor and researchers
650 € Corporate

The registration fees covers bag+notes+pen+usb with the lectures, welcome party, coffee breaks, wine + cheese and banquet.


- Venue

The summer school will be held in the Santa Chiara Building on the walls of Alghero city. The city offers a wide choice of accommodations (hotels, B&B, apartments) at walking distance from the summer school site.

Deadline for registration, abstract submission and payment is 30th June 2018.

How to reach Alghero






LMNT Research Highlights


Design of Carbon Dots Photoluminescence through Organo-Functional Silane Grafting for Solid-State Emitting Devices

Advanced optical applications of fluorescent carbon dots (C-dots) require highly integrated host-guest solid-state materials with a careful design of C-dots-matrix interface to control the optical response. We have developed a new synthesis based on the grafting of an organo-functional silane (3-glycidyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane, GPTMS) on amino-functionalized C-dots, which enables the fabrication of highly fluorescent organosilica-based hybrid organic-inorganic films through sol-gel process. The GPTMS grafting onto C-dots has been achieved via an epoxy–amine reaction under controlled conditions. Besides providing an efficient strategy to embed C-dots into a hybrid solid-state material, the modification of C-dots surface by GPTMS allows tuning their photoluminescence properties and gives rise to an additional, intense emission around 490 nm. Photoluminescence spectra reveal an interaction between C-dots surface and the polymeric chains which are locally formed by GPTMS polymerization. The present method is a step forward to the development of a surface modification technology aimed at controlling C-dots host-guest systems at the nanoscale (Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 5469). OPEN ACCESS






BOOK: The Sol to Gel Transition by Plinio Innocenzi

Sol-Gel chemistry roots are quite ancient but Sol-Gel really appears as a self-standing field of science and technology in the late 70’s. In 1981, the first international conference was held in Padova chaired by late Professor Gottardi and the International Sol-Gel society was launched in 2003. Now Sol-Gel is widely recognized as an important field of science and is spreading far beyond the initial circle of materials chemists. This success of Sol-Gel chemistry exemplified by the development of the field of Hybrid materials, is linking communities together, from physics to biology, from polymers to biomaterials and many others. Some 40 years after the birth of Sol-Gel science, this book is proposing to look back at some basics of the field in a very timely manner. It is always nice from time to time to go back to more fundamental issues since as mentioned by the author “the current trend in materials science is more focusing on applications and fewer studies are devoted to understanding the basic science behind “. Prof. Innocenzi (University of Sassari, Italy) is not only a famous and respected scientist in the field but also a fantastic storyteller, this gives this book a peculiar style and multiplies the pleasure of reading. Throughout the six chapters of this book, we travel along the Sol to Gel Transition in a very concise but detailed way for the pleasure and benefit of the readers. No doubt that this book was necessary and will serve to better educate the young scientists entering the field.





BOOK: Water Droplets to Nanotechnology: A Journey Through Self-Assembly

The ability of nanostructures to organize into complex arrangements leads to unique materials with valuable applications. Self-assembly is therefore a key concept for nanotechnology, but it can be quite a complex and difficult subject to approach. Water Droplets to Nanotechnology gives a simple and general overview of the different self-assembly processes which are at the basis of recent developments in nanotechnology. The book shows how simple phenomenon from everyday examples can become sophisticated tools for self-assembly and the fabrication of nanomaterials. By exploring the coffee stain and tears of wine phenomena, the first part looks at how the evaporation of a droplet of colloidal solution can be used in designing organized structures. This leads onto more complex systems such as templated porous materials, photonic crystals, colloidal nanocrystals and quasi-crystals through to bottom-up systems for designing hierarchal materials. By taking the reader on a journey from everyday life to the secrets of nanotechnology, the book is suitable for a nonspecialist audience interested in self-assembly as well as the wider perspectives and latest developments of nanoscience.





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