ICONN 2018 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 29 Jan - 2 Feb 2018 | University of Wollongong, Australia

Symposia Themes

Nano Safety and Societal Issues

  • Professor Linda Hancock, Deakin University
  • Associate Professor Paul Wright, RMIT University

Smart and sustainable nanotechnology product development includes the safe-by-design approach, and ethical and societal considerations, in order to fully-realise their potential benefits for improving energy, water and food production and utilization, as well as in nanomedicines. Governance of nanotechnologies requires the involvement of societal engagement to address public concerns about how nano-products may affect them, their environment and workplace, and how it is controlled, regulated and labelled. This important theme addresses the real-world issues of translational nanoresearch and education.


  • Professor Paul Mulvaney, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Rob Elliman, Australian National University

The ICONN 2018 Nanomaterials Symposium will feature research on the synthesis, structure, properties and applications of nanoscale materials, with a particular emphasis on behavior that is a direct consequence of the materials nanoscale dimensions. It will include research on organic and inorganic materials, and on both self-assembled and engineered nanostructures. Sessions will include both oral (invited and contributed) and poster presentations, and the participation of PhD students and early-career researchers is strongly encouraged.

Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterisation

  • Professor Joe Sharpter, Flinders University
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Wong-Leung, Australian National University

This theme targets research papers with significant components in nanofabrication and nanocharacterisation. In particular, nanofabrication encompasses various methods for the production of periodic structures, development of device structures and growth of nanostructures. This includes techniques such as nanolithography and self assembly. With the advent of nanoscience and nanotechnology, nanocharacterisation is key to revealing the dimensions, composition and properties of relevant structures for applications in diverse research fields. This includes novel microscopy and microanalysis techniques especially designed for nanoscale structures.

Computational Nanotechnology

  • Professor Irene Yarovsky, RMIT University
  • Professor Tiffany Walsh, Deakin University

The computational nanotechnology symposium welcomes presentations on all aspects of theory and multi scale simulations of nano materials, including methodological developments and applications to diverse fields of science and technology from energy, advanced materials and manufacturing to biomedicine.


  • Professor Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney
  • Professor Baohua Jia, Swinburne University

Nanophotonics or nano-optics is the study of the behavior of light on the nanometer scale, and of the interaction of nanometer-scale objects with light. Being able to study light-matter interactions at such a small scale provides us new ways to understand the world's primary building blocks, for example at the molecular level, which was not easily assessable before and to build ultracompact functional components that harness the unique optical properties of such nanoscale structures. Exploration of novel ideas in nanophotonic science and technology is enabling technological breakthroughs that will help solve worldwide long-existing challenges. These include energy harvesting and storage, environment and conservation, imaging, communication and computing and biomedical and life sciences. By offering a forum on the latest advances in the field from basic to applied research, we hope to harness technological breakthroughs in areas of global concern, with social and economic impact.


  • Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen, Griffith University
  • Professor Michael Fuhrer, Monash University

The Nanoelectronics Symposium aims to cover experimental, theoretical, and computational research into electronic devices incorporating elements with one or more nanoscale dimensions. Nanostructured materials and nanofabrication have become central to advances in classical devices such as transistors, sensors, diodes, interconnects, as well as quantum devices such as qubits and quantum memories. The symposium will cover research on nanoelectronic devices which utilise self-assembled nanomaterials (quantum dots, nanowires, nanotubes, quantum wells, atomically thin materials) as well as devices fabricated using top-down nanopatterning techniques.


  • Professor Dayong Jin, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor Tom Davis, Monash University

Nanobiotechnology Symposium at ICONN 2018 will promote interdisciplinary collaborative research. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Nano-/Bio- materials, Biophotonics device technologies, Microscopy and super resolution imaging technologies.

Single molecule sciences, Technologies on improving the sensitivity, selectivity, speed and cost-effectiveness of detecting at low levels to develop next generation diagnostic and testing devices. The bio-nano interface technologies to design materials that transport and deliver vaccines, drugs and gene therapy agents.