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    Academicians and Experts at Home and Abroad Discuss Innovation and Challenges in Nanoscience and Technology, the 9th Asian Conference on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology is Held in Qingdao

    Any progress in the research and application of nanomaterials and technology in lithium sulfur batteries, fuel cells and solar cells? How to realize the research and application of nanomaterials and technology in the diagnosis and treatment of major diseases, health monitoring and implantable sensors?……On October 19, at the 9th Asian Conference on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (AsiaNANO 2018) in Qingdao, over 300 academicians, experts and scholars from more than 20 countries and regions including China, Japan, ROKa, Singapore, the US, Australia, Germany and France held in-depth discussions and exchanges on the innovation and challenges in nanochemistry and nanomaterials, and reaffirmed their commitment to promoting innovation and cooperation in nanoscience and technology research in Asia.

    It is reported that AsiaNANO 2018 is the 9th meeting of Asian Conference on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. In 2002, Liu Zhongfan, an academician from CAS, Professor Haiwon Lee and Professor Masatsugu Shimomura initiated the conference in Japan. The hosting of the event is rotated among Asian countries such as China, Japan, ROK and Singapore. This biennial event is an important academic conference on nanoscience in Asia. This event is organized by the University of Science and Technology Beijing, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology and Institute of Chemistry, CAS, with the support of CAS, Ministry of Education and Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences.

    The conference is co-chaired by Professor Zhang Yue, CAS academician Zhao Yuliang from the National Center for Nanoscience, and academician Li Yuliang from Institute of Chemistry, CAS.

    The event consists of 11 thematic sessions as well as an academician forum and a young scientist forum. The topics of the conference cover the hotspot areas of national economy and scientific research in China, including the research and application of nanomaterials and technologies in lithium-sulfur batteries, fuel cells and solar cells, and the research and application of nanomaterials and technologies in information technology. 17 scholars who have made outstanding contributions in the field of international nanoscience and technology delivered reports, sharing their scientific research experience and achievements. These scholars include CAS academicians Zhao Yuliang, Liu Zhongfan, Li Yuliang and Jiang Lei, as well as Harald Fuchs, a fellow of German and Academy of Science and Engineering and the Academy of Europe, and Paul S. Weiss, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More than 400 prestigious scientists at home and abroad, including academicians, winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Chang Jiang Scholars and 973 Project chief scientists, delivered invited lectures at the sessions to share recent research achievements and development trends in the field of nanoscience and technology.

    According to the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, nanotechnology, which took off only in the late 1980s, studies the intermediate zone between macro and micro. Nanotechnology has rapidly penetrated into all fields of science and society and expanded at an explosive speed. The achievements it has made so far have shown mankind a broad and promising future. Seeing nanotechnology as one of the future disruptive technologies, the US and European developed countries has increased R&D investment to seize the commanding heights of science, technology and economy in the future. The US, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, ROK and Russia and other countries give priority to the development of nanotechnology. If the budget for 2018 fiscal year is included, the US NNI has invested over $25 billion. The US Congress will channel $1.4 billion from its budget by 2019. On November 30, 2011, the European Commission unveiled a EUR 70.3 billion scientific research program called Horizon 2020 (2014-2020),including EUR 1.588 billion on photoelectronics, microelectronics and nanoelectronics and EUR 3.797 billion on nanotechnology, new materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technology.