Scientific Program

Nanotechnology has already demonstrated surprising potential for improving the performance of construction materials, and many of these recent developments were facilitated by NICOM symposia. NICOM5 will bring together more than 150 international leaders in the field to discuss the emerging opportunities and future of the use of nanotechnology in construction. Potential topics for the NICOM5 symposium illustrate the broad potential for application of nanotechnology to challenging problems involving construction materials:

  • Production, functionalization and performance of nanomaterials: nanoparticles, nanotubes and novel polymers;
  • Investigation of the internal structure and properties of construction materials at the nanoscale and relation of these parameters to materials performance at the macroscale;
  • Instrumentation, techniques, and metrology for nanoscale investigation of construction materials;
  • Nanomodification of construction materials, including functional films and coatings;
  • Nanotechnology for high-strength and high-performance materials;
  • Nanomaterials for ultimate improvement of durability;
  • Self-repairing, smart and intelligent nanostructured materials;
  • Photocatalysis, air-purifying and self-cleaning materials;

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