MULTICOMP COST action was designed to bring together theorists, experimentalists and industrialists in the field of nano-carbon materials technology. In four years we achieved a lot and now it is time to come together for the last time and summarise results.

The final meeting will be held at the Faculty of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. Due to the unfortunate situation with the COVID 19, it will be different from all the other ones, we had before. The meeting will partially be organised as an online meeting, and as a normal COST meeting and security measurements will have to be followed.

All MultiComp members are welcome to attend the meeting. You need to register (no registration fee) and to submit an abstract. COST funding is available only to those who receive an Official Invitation from the COST Association and come to the meeting. Abstract template is available here. Since many of you already prepared the abstract for the cancelled meeting in Trieste, we decided to use the same fonts to simplify the preparation.

Security measurements due to COVID-19:
The number of physical participants is limited to 50 persons, and participants must be from the country which is on a “Green list”. Please check the status of your country and Slovenia frequently, to avoid unnecessary complications. There is enough room for 50 people in the lecture hall, with obeying social distance. Masks are now mandatory in closed public places, where social distance should also be obeyed.

The masks will be provided on request if needed.


Thursday, September 24th

8:00 - 9:00 Registration  
9:00 - 9:15 Opening Presentation Page
  Session 1 - chair Miroslav Huskić  
9:15 - 9:45 Invited lecture: Aravind Vijayaraghavan
High-grip and hard-wearing graphene reinforced polyurethane coatings
9:45 - 10:15 Invited lecture: Silvia Marchesan
Hybrid functional matter shaped by nanocarbon templates
  FLASH Presentations (5 x 6 min talks)  
10:15 - 10:45 Andraž Rešetič
Thermomechanical functionalization of conventional silicone rubber - study and development of polymer dispersed liquid crystal elastomers
Jacek Wychowaniec
Unique cellular network formation guided by heterostructures based on reduced graphene oxide - Ti3C2Tx MXene hydrogels
Joanna Rymarczyk
Carbon nanocomposite materials with gold nanoparticles - synthesis, characterization, applications
Liutauras Marcinauskas
Influence of the dopant type on the structure of amorphous carbon films
Maria Rybarczyk
Coal Fly Ashes as a platform towards functional materials
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break and Poster session  
  Session 2 - chair Sharali Malik  
11:15 - 11:45 Invited lecture: Sharali Malik
Nanotubes from Atlantis : Catalytic growth of Carbon Nanotubes
  FLASH Presentations (6 x 6 min talks)  
11:45 - 12:25 Alen Oseli
Nano-mesh formation in single-walled carbon nanotube / polyethylene nanocomposites and its effect on their physical propertiesies
Saide Umerova
Rheology of thermomechanically active shape-programmable elastomer microparticles suspension in a viscous medium
Ana Barra
Graphene-based sponges for water decontamination
Tamas Szabó
Platelet size-effects in the colloidal stability of aqueous graphene oxide dispersions
Valentina Gargiulo
Enhancing TiO2 photocatalytic activity: a survey on the effects of self-doping and of GRM-TiO2 interfacing
Marjetka Conradi
Stainless Steel Wettability And Friction In Different Environments Manipulated By Adsorption Of TiO2 Nanoparticle Coatings
12:25 - 14:00 Lunch brake  
  Session 3 - chair Silvia Marchesan  
14:00 - 14:30 Invited lecture: Paola Ayala
Working towards sensing at room temperature with carbon nanotubes
  FLASH Presentations (3 x 6 min talks)  
14:30 - 14:50 Yasir Beeran Pottathara
Dielectric Films from Cellulose nanofibrils and Graphene Oxide
Zélia Alves
Antioxidant and electrically conductive starch-based films with multiwalled carbon nanotubes: the effect of surfactant solution
Roberto Di Capua
Integration of conductive layers within the Eumelanin pigment: advanced spectroscopic and structural studies on EU/GL and EU/GO hybrid materials
14:50 - 16:00 Visit to FTPO labs  
18:00 Conference dinner  

Friday, September 25th

8:30 - 9:00 Registration  
  Session 4 - chair Paola Ayala  
9:00 - 9:30 Invited lecture: Mitjan Kalin
Lubrication of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings: challenges and opportunities
9:30 - 10:00 Invited lecture: Milo Shaffer
Incorporating nanotubes into next generation fibre reinforcements
  FLASH Presentations (5 x 6 min talks)  
10:00 - 10:30 Tjaša Kolar
Thermo-physiological and mechanical properties of textile, screen-printed with SWCNT-based printing pastes
Raul Arenal
In-situ TEM Studies on Carbon Nanomaterials
Michela Alfè
Carbon Dots (CND) from carbon black: scalable top-down production and deposition in ultrathin film
Christopher Ewels
Bottom-up design and realisation of stable fullerene spin systems
Maria Kandyla
Functional surfaces of laser-microstructured silicon coated with polymer blends with reversible wettability upon heating
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break and Poster session  
  Session 5 - chair Mitjan Kalin  
11:00 - 11:30 Invited lecture: Petra Pötschke
Melt-mixed thermoplastic polymer-CNT composites as thermoelectric materials
11:30 - 12:00 Invited lecture: Jan Peters
Diversity and inclusion: beyond numbers. Communication and Coaching in STEM Research
12:00 - 12:50 MC Meeting online to SO and MC members
12:50 - 14:00 Lunch brake  
14:00 - 15:00 MC Meeting concluded online to SO and MC members
15:00 - 18:00 WGs Meetings and WGs Leaders/Representatives Reporting SG


To register, please send an email with your contact data to multicomp@ftpo.eu.

Invited speakers

The Invited Speakers who have agreed to give a talk in person are:

Prof. Dr. Mitjan Kalin

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. Dr. Paola Ayala

University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. Silvia Marchesan

University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

Dr. Sharali Malik

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Aravind Vijayaraghavan

The University of Manchester, Department of Materials and National Graphene Institute, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Invited Speakers who have agreed to give a talk online are:

Prof. Dr. Jan Peters

Katalytik Ltd, Christchurch, Dorset, UK

Prof. Dr. Milo Shaffer

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Petra Pötschke

Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany


Abstract submission and registration: 28. 8. 2020

You can download the template for the abstract here.
Send it to multicomp@ftpo.eu.

Please do not forget to specify the Submission Type in the email body “Submitted as a poster presentation” or “Submitted as an oral presentation”, as well as “in person” or “Online presentation”. Oral presentations (PowerPoint) are limited to 6 minutes. Please prepare your slides accordingly.

Poster Presentation:
Please prepare your poster in A0 format (841 x 1189 mm).

Acceptance of abstracts: 4. 9. 2020


Conference chairs

Assist. Prof. dr. Blaž Nardin

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec

Assoc. Prof. dr. Miroslav Huskić

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec

Dr. Sharali Malik

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Nanotechology (KIT-INT)

Local Organizing Committee

Maja Mešl

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec

Assoc. Prof. dr. Miroslav Huskić

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec

Assoc. Prof. dr. Irena Pulko

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec

Dr. Polona Umek

Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana

Conference secretary

Sara Jeseničnik sara.jesenicnik@ftpo.eu

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec


MULTICOMP final meeting will be held at the Faculty of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenija.

How to get there?

By car:
The easiest way is by car. Slovenj Gradec is located in a beautiful valley in north-east of Slovenia, 120 km from the capital city, Ljubljana. At the highway, Ljubljana-Maribor, take the exit ŽALEC and continue in a direction Velenje, Slovenj Gradec. Drive carefully, also because there is a stationary radar in the centre of Velenje, and police are measuring speed regularly in several places (Paka pri Velenju, Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu,…).

By plane:
The transport from the Ljubljana airport (Airport Jože Pučnik) can be booked by GoOpti. The other airports in the vicinity are Zagreb (Croatia) and Graz (Austria) but it might be a bit inconvenient to come to Slovenj Gradec. However, GoOpti is offering transport from those airports as well. If several of you come at approximately the same time we might help to organise transport.

By train
The nearest train station is Velenje. If you get there we will organise the transport to Slovenj Gradec, just let us know in advance.

You can book an accommodation at:
Hotel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.hotelslovenjgradec.si/
Vila Pohorje: http://vilapohorje.si/ (Hotel and hostel)
Hostel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.turizem-slovenjgradec.si/en/accommodation/youth-hostel
Hiša Ančka: https://www.hisaancka.si/home_eng/
Tourist farm Plesnik: http://www.rotovnik-plesnik.si/staying
Tourist farm Lešnik: https://www.farmtourism.si/farm/ekoloska-turisticna-kmetija-lesnik
Tourist farm Klevž: http://www.klevz.si/index.php/prenocisca

Coffee breaks
A morning, and afternoon coffee breaks will be served in the conference site.

Lunches (September 24th and 25th) will be provided on-site for 12 EUR each.
Conference dinner will be held at Hiša Ančka (September 24th) and cost 30 EUR.