Joint International Conference

Advanced Carbon Nanostructures

St Petersburg, Russia July 4-8, 2011
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The International conference "Advanced Carbon Nanostructures" (ACN) integrates the 10th Biennial International Workshops "Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters" and the 4th International Symposiums "Detonation Nanodiamonds: Technology, Properties and Applications".

This integration of two international conferences is a result of discussion among members of International Advisory and the Program Committees of the conferences. In fact, the new carbon nanostructures - fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, carbide derived carbon, onions, nanographite and nanodiamonds and the most popular now graphene are members of one nanocarbon family. There are general approaches to technology of their production and the methods of characterizations. The most important feature is that knowledge of physical and chemical properties of one nanostructure of the nanocarbon family helps at research of other carbon nanostructure. What is more, some competition in applications of different nanocarbons gives a chance to choose the best structure for the specific application. For example, to solve whether carbide derived carbon or carbon nanotubes could be the best for supercapacitors, or to solve whether nanodiamond films or nanotubes could be the best for field electron emitter.

Indeed, unique possibility of carbon atoms to form sp, sp2 and sp3 bonds provides the basis of the diversity on carbon nanostructures and attracts attention of nanocarbon community to the joint conference.

Both conferences mentioned above were arranged by St Petersburg research centers and Universities and held in St Petersburg, and this helps to arrange the joint conference.
It is important to remind shortly a history of the previous conferences.

The Biennial International Workshops "Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters" (IWFAC) started in St Petersburg in October 1993. Since that time, the IWFAC has become one of the most representative world meetings in the field of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. It is important to note the participation in the IWFAC'93-09 of the founders of this science and of the scientists who determine main directions in this field.

The first International Symposium "Detonation Nanodiamond. Technology, Properties and Applications" (NanoDiamond) was held in St Petersburg in July, 2003, then NATO Advanced Research Workshop and the Symposium were arranged in 2004, 2006, 2008.

The lists of invited speakers of the past IWFAC's and the Symposiums included well-known members of the nanocarbon world:
H.Kroto (UK, Univ. of Sussex), M. Dresselhaus (USA, MIT), M. Endo (Japan, Shinshu University), D.R.Huffman (USA, Univ. of Arizona), S.Iijima (Japan, NEC Corporation), W.Kraetschmer (Germany, Max-Plank-Institute), E.Osawa (Japan, Nanocarbon Research Institute), M. Prato (Italy, University of Trieste), H. Shinohara (Japan, Nagoya University), R.Taylor (UK, Univ. of Sussex), F. Wudl (USA, UCLA), T. Enoki (Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology), D. Gruen (USA, Argonne National Laboratory), O. Williams (Belgium, Hasselt University), R. Carlson (USA, Molecular Diamond Technologies, Chevron Technology Ventures), J.L. Davidson (USA, Vanderbilt University), J. Wrachtrup (Germany, Stuttgart University), D. Ho (USA, Northwestern University), C.E. Nebel (Germany, Fraunhofer Institute) and others top-level scientists.

Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and Russian Foundation for Basic Research are permanent sponsors of the IWFACs and the NanoDiamonds. Besides the Russian Academy of Sciences, International Science and Technological Center, Frontier Carbon Corporation (Japan), Marcel Dekker, Inc (USA) and Rusnano as well as NT-MTD sponsored the conferences.

The Organizers would like to provide ACN'2011 as an international forum for the exchange of information on the latest progress in carbon nanostructures. The scientific program consists of both oral and poster presentations as well as lectures by invited keynote speakers who survey areas of major interest.

General topics include synthesis and technology, physical properties, chemistry of carbon nanostructures as well as their main applications for industry, biology and medicine.
Progress in modern nanotechnologies requires development of new, and refinement of already available methods of diagnostics. It is the reason to arrange the conference school for young scientists "Diagnostics of Carbon Nanostructures" which will be held in the course of the ACN'2011 on July 3, 2011.

Based on experience of the previous conferences, the number of the participants of the ACN'2011 will be about 300, including 200 from Russia and 100 from European countries, Japan, USA, and other countries.

The Proceedings of the ACN'2011 will be published as a special issue of "Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures" in 2012.

In spite of their short history, the conferences have their own traditions.
The science on nanocarbons is radically interdisciplinary in nature. Physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine represent an incomplete list of fields dealing with the research of fullerenes, nanotubes, nanodiamond and graphene. Indeed, fullerene science opens ways for constructing new materials with predetermined properties on the atomic scale and actually creates the fundamentals of material science in the XXI century.
Therefore discussion of nanocarbon applications is one of the traditions of the conferences. The Sponsors and the Organizing Committee have been trying to help and promote young participants, and it is also one of the traditions of the conferences. The Program committee has arranged a special award for young scientists for best presentation.

In conclusion, some words about our Social Program. St Petersburg is both a scientific and a cultural center. It is a beautiful city designed and built by Russian and Western architects. It is often called "the Venice of the North". As usual along with the Scientific Session, a Social Program is planned. The organizers will arrange a sightseeing program to introduce the guests and accompanying persons to St Petersburg. The ACN'2011 will be held in the period of "white" nights, when the city looks especially beautiful.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in the July 2011 during white nights in St Petersburg.

The Organizers are pleased to welcome members of the world nanocarbon community to St Petersburg.