Frontiers of silica research 2017

Invitation to present your research at a workshop focusing on recent and future research within the field of silica chemistry

Welcome to Frontiers of silica research 2017
March 16-17, 2017 (lunch-to-lunch)

Organized by Chalmers University of Technology
and AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals

Venue: Lecture hall KE in Chemistry building (Kemigården 4)
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Keynote speakers

Dr. Josje Arts, AkzoNobel. the Netherlands

Safety assessment of nanomaterials using the DF4nanoGrouping decision-making framework / ECHA BoA case of synthetic amorphous silica

Prof. Luisa de Cola, Université de Strasbourg, France

Breakable and chemical responsive silica particles

Prof. Junbai Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles toward Biomedical Applications

Prof. Galen Stucky, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

Doing More with Less from Macro to Nano: SBA Materials and Moore’s Law

Prof. Nico Sommerdijk, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands 

Bio-inspired Silica

Prof. Kyung Byung Yoon, Sogang University, South Korea

Capture of CO2 and Other Harmful Species with Microporous Transition Metal Silicates and Silica

Other speakers

Krzysztof Kolman, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Controlled assembly of silica-polyelectrolyte complexes and their application to modern art restoration

Elin Langhammer, Insplorion AB, Gothenburg, Sweden

Nanoplasmonic Sensing to measure Porosity, Percolation, and Adsorption in Porous Films

Ann Lindgärde, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals, Sweden

How silica makes the ordinary extraordinary – glimpse from the market

Pegah Nabavi, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Immobilization of enzymes in mesoporous silica particles. Spectroscopic studies of protein mobility and pore microviscosity

Sara Nilsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Colloidal silica particles as a Carbon Dioxide sorbent

Björn Stolpe, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals, Sweden

Size characterization of nanoparticles in colloidal silica using CLS and ES-DMA

Leana Travaglini, Université de Strasbourg, France

Tuning the shape of MCM-41 particles with catanionic mixtures

Milene Zezzi do Valle Gomes, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Immobilization of formaldehyde dehydrogenase in tailored siliceous mesostructured cellular foams

Besides the lectures from the invited speakers there is room for a limited number of short oral presentations and for poster presentations. The template for the abstract can be downloaded here.

Last day for submission of abstracts is February 2, 2017. 

Please send the abstract to Sanna Björkegren,

It may still be possible to register, please send an e-mail to Sanna Björkegren ( to double-check.


Download program

The workshop is free for academic researchers; for industrial participants there is a fee of 

SEK 900 to cover the costs for lunches and dinner. Please send your invoice address to


Accommodation alternative:

Rooms are availiable at Panorama Hotel (, mail:, telephone: +46 (0)31-767 70 00) at a discounted price (935 SEK/night) if the “codeword” Silica is stated and if booked before February 16. The hotel is within walking distance from the conference venue. 


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Published: Fri 09 Sep 2016. Modified: Wed 01 Mar 2017