Fifth Frontiers of Silica Research symposium more successful and interesting than ever

Cancer medicine of the future and next generation fuel cells – silica can be a problem solver in such widely different areas of application. Nouryon and Chalmers University of Technology held the fifth Frontiers of Silica Research symposium on 23-24 April – a symposium that has become an international meeting place for silica researchers, PhD students and companies.

Frontiers of Silica Research, which was held at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden, attracted more than 70 participants this year, who came to listen to lectures by 13 speakers, including nine invited guest speakers.

“This is a conference that has focused entirely on silica, but shows the breadth of the application possibilities. It’s incredibly fascinating and the programme is very international,” says Professor Mika Lindén, Ulm University, Germany who was one of the invited guest speakers.

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Frontiers of Silica Research is held every two years and at the beginning in 2011, neither the initiators from Chalmers or Nouryon believed that it would be so successful and appreciated.

“This began as a pilot project on the initiative of Chalmers. They wanted to find a way to demonstrate their benefit to society and industry. This year we have a really strong programme that is more interesting and exciting than ever,” says Michael Persson, Innovation Manager at Nouryon and Adjunct Professor at Chalmers.

Michael is a member of the Programme Committee for the symposium along with Krister Holmberg, Professor Emeritus at Chalmers. Krister is the real initiator of Frontiers of Silica Research.

“For us at Chalmers, being close to industry is important and this symposium is a part of our cooperation with Nouryon. This year, it feels more current than ever to highlight the findings of silica research. The periodic table of the elements is turning 150 years old and Swedish universities are highlighting various elements – and Chalmers is responsible for silicon,” he says and adds: “It’s a little known fact is that silica research in Sweden began at Chalmers.”

Silica is truly versatile and researchers constantly find new ways of using it.

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