Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Security and Protection Against CBRN Threats

September 12 – 20, 2019, Hotel Flagman, Sozopol, Bulgaria

Objectives

The ever increasing challenges regarding the security and protection of the modern society, for example for early detection and defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents, in information technology and cyber defence, in biotechnology, in energy storage and conversion, etc., need solutions employing the up-to-date achievements of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Novel functional materials, techniques, devices and systems allowing control of the matter on atomic and molecular levels, i.e. at the level of the matter building blocks, have to face the new security requirements. The nanostructured materials possess unique mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, biological properties, which are entirely different from those of the conventional micro- or millimeter sized materials, due to their distinctive sizes and shapes, and predominant surface and quantum effects determining their behaviour. In such a sense the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology have a strong potential to be the main driving forces in the development of novel concepts for security and safety. It concerns not only the preparation and investigation of smart nanosized materials for different applications, like quantum dots, nanotubes, graphene, nanowires, nanoparticles and nanocomposites, but also the combination of their performance with ICs, micro- and nanooptics, MEMS and NEMS, leading to higher level of integration and effective processing and transmission. Only the common efforts of scientists from different fields of research – chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and engineering – and from different countries can bring the complimentary expertise in the development of reliable conceptions in the security and protection against CBRN treats taking the advantages of nanoscience and nanotechnologies.

The first objective of the NATO ASI on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Security and Protection against CBRN Treats is to present to the participants the up-to-date achievements for applications of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in different fields related to security and protection against CBRN agents and the future perspectives and trends. The second objective is the teaching and training of the participants in the scientific and technological background of nanostructured materials used in fields, like, new generation of advanced sensors and systems for early detection of CBRN treats, efficient defence against these agents, etc. The third objective addresses the initiation of trans-border and interdisciplinary collaborations between young scientists towards the implementation of the recent nanotechnological achievements to meet the emerging security challenges. The overall objective of the ASI is the transfer of competence in the nanomaterials and nanotechnological advances in different fields of security and networking between young scientists from NATO and Partner countries in order to meet one of the key priorities of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme.

The ASI will cover topics connected with the recent achievements in different fields of security taking the advantages of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The lectures will be given by outstanding scientists from universities and research institutes who are experts in nanoscience-related security fields. Eight thematic seminars on specific topics, not covered by the lectures, will be also included in the programme. Three poster sessions will be held in the afternoons, during which the participants can present their results, establish closer contacts and discuss in less formal atmosphere.

The ASI will take place in Sozopol, a small town in Bulgaria with calm and relaxing atmosphere which has already shown many times to be an excellent place for events like NATO ASI. An additional advantage is the excellent transport connection. It can be reached by bus from Sofia, Varna and Bourgas Airports as well as from Istanbul Airport (convenient for participants from a number of Partner countries from the Mediterranean Region and Near East) and by speed boats from Varna and Bourgas ports, both cities connected by direct flights, trains and buses with several Partner countries, like Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, etc. The work of the ASI organizing committee related with the publicity and the local organisation will be actively supported by the Mayor of Sozopol and the City Council.

Conference Application

Please download, fill and send the following documents to Prof. Petkov

Abstract


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Application Form


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Travel grant


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Curriculum Vitae


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Director from NATO country:

Prof. Dr. Plamen Petkov

University of Chemical Technology & Metallurgy 

Department of Physics

Thin Films Technology Lab.

8 Kliment Ohridsky Blvd.

1756 Sofia

Bulgaria

Tel. 00359 2 81 63 447

E-mail: plamen.petkov@abv.bg


Director from partner country:

Prof. Dr. Mohammed Essaid Achour

Ibn Tofail University

Sciences Faculty

Department of Physics

Av. de L’Université,

14000 Kenitra

Morocco

Tel. 00212 5 37 32 94 23

E-mail: achour.me@univ-ibntofail.ac.ma


Lecturers

Prof. Mahmoud Al-Hussein, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Prof. Margarita Apostolova, Institute of Molecular Biology, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria
Prof. Luis Cadillon Costa, I3N and Physics Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Prof. Yuri Dekhtyar, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Prof. José Miguel González, Instituto de Carboquímica (CSIC), Saragoza, Spain
Prof. Taras Kavetskyy, John Paul II University Lublin, Poland
Prof. Paul May, University of Bristol, UK
Prof. Ion Mihailescu, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania
Prof. Perica Paunovic, University “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, North Macedonia
Prof. Cyril Popov, Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics, University of Kassel, Germany
Prof. Dan Tonchev, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Prof. Dumitru Tsiulyanu, Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
Prof. Ashok Vaseashta, Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence, VA, USA
Prof. Georgy Vayssilov, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

 

Important Dates

Deadline for application per e-mail

Confirmation for approved participants

Confirmation from participants

Registration

ASI Sessions and manuscript submission

Departure

Conference Program

Day 1 (12.09.2019, Thursday)

Arrival and registration
12:30 Buffet
19:30 Welcome Party

Day 2 (13.09.2019, Friday)

Morning Session                                                                                                   Chair: C. Popov

9:00

Opening session

P. Petkov,

M.Achour

C.Popov

9:10

Greetings of the Bulgarian Ministry of  Science and Education

K.Kostadinov

9:20

Greetings of the Lord-Mayor of Sozopol

P. Reyzi, K.Stoyanova

9:30

Greetings of the Rector of University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy

S.Terzieva

9:40

Introduction to CVD diamond

P. May

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Applications of diamond for CBRN threats

P. May

12:00                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                              Chair: P.May

15:30                               Coffee refreshment

16:00

Advanced polymers and carbon-based materials for construction of third-generation amperometric enzyme biosensors

T. Kavetskyy

17:00

Electrical properties of thin chalcogenide  CBRN sensors

P. Petkov

18:00           Guided walking tour through the Old Sozopol

20:00                                         Dinner

Day 3 (14.09.2019, Saturday)

Morning Session                                                                                                 Chair: P.Paunovic

8:30

Color centers in diamond for quantum sensing and quantum key distribution

C. Popov

9:30

Emergent carbon nanostructures for high-impact applications

J.Gonzalez

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Biomedical potential of carbon nanotubes and graphene 

J.Gonzalez

12:00                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                              Chair: P. Petkov

15:30                               Coffee refreshment

16:00

Chalcogenide containing amorphous materials for optical and electrochemical sensing

V.Ilcheva

16:30

Poster session I – Fabrication, Characterization and Processing of Nanomaterials (Session M) – poster-flash presentations

 

18:20

Break

 

18:30

Poster session I – Fabrication, Characterization and Processing of Nanomaterials (Session M) – poster presentations

 

19:30                                         Dinner

Day 4 (15.09.2019, Sunday)

Morning Session                                                                                                Chair: G. Vayssilov

8:30

Cyber-physical systems and connected aerial platforms: CBRN sensing/detection capabilities

A.Vaseashta

9:30

UV decontamination of translucent liquids and gases via metamaterials

I.Mihailescu

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Cyber-physical systems and connected aerial platforms: Real-time CBRN monitoring and analysis

A.Vaseashta

12:00

Conductivity in phosphate- vanadate oxide materials

D.Koshnicharova

12:30                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                              Chair: D. Tonchev

15:30                               Coffee refreshment

16:00

Application of Cerium Dioxide in Removal and Transformation of Harmful Gases

G. Vayssilov

17:00

Multifunctional BioGlasses: Preparation, Structural, Electrical and Biological Properties

M.Graca

17:30

Nanoscale Magnetic Resonance

B.Naydenov

18:00

Break

 

18:15

Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials: Invisible Threats and Toxicology

M.Apostolova

18:45

Carbon- free membrane electrode assemblies for electrolysis cells with anion exchange membrane 

G.Borisov

19:30                                         Dinner

Day 5 (16.09.2019, Monday)

Morning Session                                                                                               Chair: Y.Dekhtyar

8:30

Integrated glassy chalcogenide based electrochemical microswitches for toxic gas signalizeres

D.Tsiulyanu

9:30

Anti-counterfeit security documents, Part I

D.Tonchev

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Anti-counterfeit security documents, Part II

D.Tonchev

12:00

Efficient nanostructured thin layers against CBRN threats: fabrication via Advanced Combinatorial Pulsed Laser Technologies

C.Ristoscu

12:30                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                                 Chair: C. Popov

15:30                               Coffee refreshment

16:00

Iron oxide nanoparticles: systematic improvement of particle properties and reduction of synthesis time

L.Storozuk

16:30

Poster session II – Nonowires, Fibers, Nanoparticles, Nanocomposites, Glasses and Polymers  (Session N) – poster-flash presentation

 

17:50

Break

 

18.00

Poster session II – Nonowires, Fibers, Nanoparticles, Nanocomposites, Glasses and Polymers  (Session N) – poster-flash presentation

 

19:30                                         Dinner

Day 6 (17.09.2019, Tuesday)

Morning Session                                                                                                  Chair: A.Vaseashta

8:30

Weak electron spectroscopy towards characterization of nanostructures, Part I

Y.Dekhtyar

9:30

Microstructural and spectroscopic characterization of barium titanate containing glass ceramics

R.Harizanova

10:00

Poly(ε-caprolactone)/Chitosan Nanostructures for Cell Cultivation

H.Sasmazel

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Weak electron spectroscopy towards characterization of nanostructures, Part II

Y.Dekhtyar

GROUP PHOTO

12:30                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                            Chair: T. Kavetskyy

15:30                               Coffee refreshment

16:00

Undesirable aspects of fatigue on stretchable elastomer sensors

E.Harea

16:30

Next generation magnetic materials (multiferroics)- structural, magnetic and microwave characteristics and applications

S.Kolev

17:00

Functional nanofibers as barrier clothing for protection against chemical and biological agents

N.Bolgen

17:30

So-gel technique to design hybrid materials and their application in water purification

I.Melnyk

18.00

Innovative nanocomposites towards sensing and detection of CBRN agents

C.Ingrosso

19:30                                         Dinner – Bulgarian Evening

Day 7 (18.09.2019, Wednesday)

Morning Session                                                                                               Chair: L.Costa

8:30

Influence of different carbon allotrope filler on electrical properties of polymer composites

M.Achour

9:30

Advanced X-ray scattering methods for investigating the structure and morphology of nanostructured materials: Fundamental concepts and practical examples, Part I

M. Al-Hussein

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Advanced X-ray scattering methods for investigating the structure and morphology of nanostructured materials: Fundamental concepts and practical examples, Part II

M. Al-Hussein

12:00                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                            Chair: M.Achour

15:30                               Coffee refreshment

16:00

Impedance spectroscopy: concepts and applications

L.Costa

17:00

Poster session III – Sensors and Detectors, Water Treatment and Environment, Health (Session S) – poster-flash presentations

 

18:20

Break

 

18:30

Poster session III – Sensors and Detectors, Water Treatment and Environment, Health (Session S) – poster-flash presentations

 

20:00                                         Dinner

Day 8 (19.09.2019, Thursday)

Morning Session                                                                                            Chair: J.Gonzalez

8:30

Microwave radiation: metrology and materials processing

L.Costa

9:30

Application of ionizig irradiation for structure modification of nanomaterials: Carbon nanostructures (CNSs)

P.Paunovic

10:30                                     Coffee break

11:00

Application of ionizig irradiation for structure modification of nanomaterials: Nano-scaled TiO2

P.Paunovic

12:00

Developing new materials to store energy

S.Soreto

12:30                                          Lunch

 

Afternoon Session                                                                                          Chair: M. Al-Hussein

16:00                               Coffee refreshment

16:30

Formation of heavy clusters in ion-irradiated polymers and complex compounds: A comparative analysis

T.Kavetskyy

17:30

Closing remarks and conclusions

L.Costa

18:00

Closing ceremony

P. Petkov,

M.Achour

19:30                                         Farewell party

Day 9 (20.06.2019, Friday)

Departure

Location

The NATO ASI will take place in Hotel Flagman in Sozopol, Bulgaria

The town of Sozopol, situated on a scenic rocky peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and picturesque resorts at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Sozopol has a long history. The town was founded in 610 B.C. by Greek settlers and called Apollonia Pontica after Apollo, the patron of seafarers and colonizers. Soon it arose as an important centre of trade and arts. In 72 B.C. the town was conquered by the Roman legions of Marcus Lucullus and became a part of the Roman Empire. In 431 A.D. it appeared for the first time under the name of Sozopolis, the “City of Salvation”, after the Christianity was accepted. The town was incorporated into the First Bulgarian Kingdom in 812 under Khan Krum. From the period of the Bulgarian National Revival (second half of XVII – XIX centuries) a number of old houses from wood and stone were preserved. Clustered along the narrow peninsula’s cobblestone streets and alleys, some 45 houses were classified as UNESCO cultural monuments. Nowadays Sozopol attracts a lot of visitors not only with its cobblestone lanes and old houses, but also with the beautiful beaches and the pleasant weather. It possesses calm and relaxing atmosphere which has already shown several times to be an excellent place for events like NATO-ASI.

Sozopol is located some 30 km south of Bourgas. It can be reached by regular flights from Sofia to Bourgas or by a number of chartered flights from different European cities to Bourgas. There is a convenient bus connection between Bourgas and Sozopol.

 

Practical Details

Visa

Foreigners entering the Republic of Bulgaria should have valid passports whose validity expire at least 3 months after the intended date of departure. Bulgaria has a visa-free agreement with many NATO countries and NATO Partner countries (please check the list here) or on the web page of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

 

Participants, who require a visa, should contact the Bulgarian Embassy or Consular Office in their countries well in advance before the ASI. The ASI will not reimburse any expenses connected with the visa issue. 

 

For a letter of invitation for your application for visa, please contact Prof. Plamen Petkov, Director of the ASI.

Participation

The number of ASI participants (students) is limited to 70 coming from NATO and Partner countries. All students are encouraged to make a presentation, including a short oral report (5 min) followed by a poster presentation, and to submit a manuscript. The official language of the ASI will be English.

Financial support covering full board, lodging, a booklet of abstracts, and a copy of the proceedings (in a total sum of 500 Euro) may be granted to students from NATO and Partner countries eligible to receive NATO funding, upon their request during the application. The Partner countries eligible for financial support are marked with * in the list below, those marked with ** are eligible to obtain up to 80% support. In general, no travel support will be provided, only in a few exceptional cases for participants from Eligible Partner countries.

For application please, prepare your CV and abstract according to the provided forms and templates (can be downloaded from web page of the ASI), and send them together with any additional documents (e.g. application for support, recommendation letter) per e-mail to Prof. Plamen Petkov. 

NATO countries

Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

 

NATO partner

Partnership for Peace countries:
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Malta, Republic of Moldova, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue countries:
Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) countries:
Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates

Partners across the globe
Afghanistan, Australia, Colombia, Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan 

Publication

All lectures and seminars as well as selected participants’ contributions will be published in the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series by Springer Nature. The manuscripts (including Figures, Tables and References) should not exceed 10 pages for each lecture (or totally 20 pages per lecturer), 8 pages for the seminars and 6 pages for the ASI student contributions. The latter will be subjected to peer review and the best of them will be selected for publication.

The manuscripts are due till 31.10.2019. They should be prepared according to the guidelines for the manuscript preparation using T1-book template (DOT file).

The authors should use reference numbers in square brackets sequential by citation, i.e. [1], [2], etc., with the Springer Physics Style for the references.

All authors are requested to submit filled-in, signed and scanned Consent to Publish Form together with the manuscript.

Ensure all third-party permissions – permissions to use text or figures from other publications in your publication in the ASI Book.

Send the manuscript, separate figures and the form to Prof. Cyril Popov (cyril.popov.ina@googlemail.com).

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Presentations

The duration of the lectures will be 45 min + 15 min Q&A; of the seminar talks – 25 min + 5 min Q&A.

The presentations of the ASI students will be divided according to their topics into three poster sessions which will take place in the afternoons and will consist of two parts:

short oral presentation (5 min) – please, use the time to introduce the scientific problem you are working on and to attract the attention of the audience to your poster, rather than to try to summarize all your results in 5 min, it means max. 4-5 slides per presentation;

poster presentations immediately after all oral presentations from this session, where you will have enough time to present your results to the other ASI participants.

Technical support for the lectures, seminar talks and oral presentations of the ASI students:

Please bring your PowerPoint presentations on a USB stick, especially for the poster-flash presentation own notebooks will not be used.

Poster size: max. A1 (59 cm width and 84 cm height)

Organizing committee

 

International scientific committee

Prof. Plamen Petkov
Prof. Mohamed Achour
Prof. Ashok Vaseashta
Prof. Cyril Popov
Prof. Luis Costa

 

Local organizing committee

Prof. Tamara Petkova
Dr. Vania Lilova
Dr. Ani Stoilova
Dr. Ofelya Kostadinova
Zdravka Slavkova

 

 

 

Pictures

You can find the photo gallery with the pictures from the NATO ASI 2019 here