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Les Rencontres Scientifiques d'IFP Energies nouvelles: Sustainable Materials Inspired by the Living world for Energy [SMILE 2016]

6-8 April 2016

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is organizing this international scientific conference, set to take place at IFPEN, Rueil-Malmaison, from 6 to 8 April 2016, as part of its Rencontres Scientifiques events. The Conference is endorsed by the French Academy of Science.


The context:

“Learning from Nature” is an endless source of inspiration and progress for technological innovation, especially in the field of materials science. Materials derived from the living world perform a variety of functions, such as self-healing, friction reduction, wettability, permeability, mechanical strength, etc. and are often incorporated within very complex structures. Some of them, such as diatomaceous earths, have long been used as filtration agents or catalyst supports. For more than a decade, there has been a very strong drive to mimic or use living systems to obtain cutting-edge materials applied to photonics, optics, sensors, electronics, energy conversion or medical applications.

With materials science expected to play a key role in solving a range of energy and environment-related issues, concepts and solutions existing in nature offer a particularly exciting field of research for scientists. Furthermore, not only are the solutions themselves inspiring, but also the way bio-organisms achieve them. Applied to existing systems, these fascinating concepts and properties could enhance performance and make the development of a number of potential reactions and processes – as yet only dreamed of – a concrete reality.


The scientific program:

It has covered the main advances made in the field of materials synthesis for energy and sustainable development. Topics include bioinspired materials (biomimetic functional materials, biocatalysts, green materials, synthetic materials), biopolymers, hybrids, biotemplates and bioreactors used for a number of applications, including heterogeneous catalysis, dual catalysis, photocatalysis, electrochemistry, energy storage, etc.

  • Session 1: Smart functional bio-inspired materials
  • Session 2: Bio-inspiration for photo & electrocatalysis
  • Session 3 : Bio-inspired heterogeneous catalysts

The program was structured to encourage interaction and feed debate between players from the worlds of academic research, applied research and industry.

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Conference organization

Denis Uzio



Denis Uzio
Tel.: +33 4 37 70 22 43

Sophia Chorazewiez



Sophia Chorazewiez


IFP Energies nouvelles, Rueil-Malmaison, France


Under the auspices of the French Academy of Sciences

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