TOPICS

TOPICS OF THE CONFERENCE
The 6th International Conference on Research Frontiers in Chalcogen Science & Technology covers the theoretical, analytical and experimental developments, multidisciplinary aspects and practical applications of chalcogens. The broad range of
chalcogen-related research topics covered in this conference includes:

(I) NOVEL (BIO)CONVERSIONS OF CHALCOGEN AND METALS

  • Microbiological aspects of Chalcogen or metal bioconversions: physiology and metabolism, new species, application of novel microbiology approaches
  • Use of elemental sulfur for denitrification and other bioreduction conversions
  • Anaerobic methane oxidation coupled to sulfate or metal reduction
  • Dissimilatory reduction of metals and Chalcogen oxyanions
  • Biological production of volatile, alkylated Chalcogens and mixed Se/S/Te compounds

(II) ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES

  • Characterization of metal speciation and bioavailability in aquatic systems
  • Novel analytical techniques for liquid phase speciation, such as DMT, DGT, among others
  • New developments in solid phase speciation using XANES, STXM and SIMS
  • Engineering of FRET-based fluorescent sensor proteins
  • NMR and MMR imaging of transport in biofilms
  • Sensoring, monitoring and control procedures
  • Gas-phase analytical techniques

(III) CHALCOGEN – METAL INTERACTIONS

  • Impact and treatment of Chalcogen or metal pollution
  • Selective metal sulfide precipitation
  • New approaches to selenium and tellurium removal from wastewaters
  • On site, in situ and industrial, pilot and full-scale applications
  • Characterization of Chalcogen interactions with metals
  • Metal-Chalcogen cluster complexes

(IV) PRODUCTION OF CHALCOGEN NANOPARTICLES

  • Chemistry of Chalcogen nanoparticles
  • Synthesis of Chalcogen nanoparticles
  • Absorption and fluorescence by Chalcogen-containing nanoparticles
  • Biological production of nanoparticles and quantum dots
  • Production of colloidal metal Chalcogenide nanoparticles
  • Fate and toxicity of Chalcogen nanoparticles

(V) SPECIATION OF CHALGOGENS

  • In acidic environments
  • Chemical speciation in environmental samples
  • Speciation by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
  • Speciation by capillary electrophoresis
  • Trace determination in environmental samples
  • Understanding the chemistry of Chalcogenadiazoles

(VI) ROLE OF METALS IN BIODEGRADATION

  • Role of metal speciation in biodegradation of organic compounds
  • Use of transporters for heavy metal removal
  • Trace metal retention in anaerobic granules and biofilms
  • Trace metal requirements of aquatic biota
  • Application in soil and groundwater remediation
  • Metal enhanced degradation processes

(VII) (BIO)REACTOR SYSTEMS

  • Performance and optimization of conventional Bioreactors
  • Improved/innovative bioreactor concepts
  • Two-liquid phase systems and (inversed) fluidized bed reactors
  • Microbial fuel cells
  • Electro-fenton process
  • RO, Filtration and ligand-exchange processes
  • Microbial populations in bioreactors
  • Kinetics and mathematical modeling
  • Fault detection and diagnosis in (bio)reactors
  • Scale-up and economics of (bio)reactors
  • Model predictive/multi-variable/sensor control systems for (bio)reactors

(VIII) EMERGING RESEARCH AREAS FOR APPLICATION

  • Role of Chalcogens in early planet life
  • Chalcogens and sustainable environmental technology
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA)/Life cycle inventory (LCI) of chalcogens
  • Chalcogen halides and alkali based arrays
  • Chalcogen-Chalcogen bridges
  • Chalcogen based thin films, alloys and membranes
  • Chalcogen containing antioxidants
  • Electrochemistry of Chalcogens
  • Other novel chalcogen-based applications