The Ninth Young Researchers' Conference "Materials Science and Engineering" was held between December 20 and December 22, 2010, at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade. The Conference was organized by the Materials Research Society of Serbia and the Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA and supported by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.
Young Researchers' meetings are held annually late in December since 2002. Originally conceived as seminars, since 2007, these meetings were transformed into conferences. The previous eight meetings featured presentations based on research of various young scientists from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Brazil, Germany, United States of America, China, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Austria and Italy. The Ninth Conference was also attended by researchers from Hungary, Russia and Canada.
The Ninth Young Researchers' Conference was opened at the ceremony organized on the occasion of the anniversary of the Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA. It was attended by the President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academician Nikola Hajdin; Rector of the University of Belgrade, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovačević; President of the National Science Council, Prof. Dr. Vera Dondur; Secretary of State for Science, Prof. Dr. Miloš Nedeljković; Head of the Advanced Materials Department of the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Dr. Danilo Suvorov; and the Rector of the Ljubljana University, Prof. Dr. Stane Pejovnik. Numerous academicians, university professors, renowned researchers and associates of the Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA and the Materials Research Society of Serbia were among the audience. After a brief overview of the history of the Conference, which evolved from a single-day meeting including 27 presentations (in 2002) to a three-day conference with 74 presentations (2010), Prof. Dr. Nenad Ignjatović officially opened the Ninth Young Researchers' Conference "Materials Science and Engineering".
At the Conference, young researchers, students of doctoral, master and undergraduate studies could give an overview of their research into materials science and engineering through a 10-12-min oral presentation. The conference was free of charge and the participants are invited to submit their papers to the journals Tehnika – Novi Materijali and Hemijska Industrija. Detailed information about the Young Researchers' Conferences is available on the website of the Materials Research Society of Serbia (http://www.mrs-serbia.org.rs). The Scientific and Organizing Committee is composed of young but renowned scientists: President of the Committee: Nenad Ignjatović; Committee members from Serbia: Zorica Ajduković, Nikola Cvjetičanin, Miroslav Dramićanin, Jasmina Grbović Novaković, Đorđe Janaćković, Nebojša Mitrović, Željka Nikitović, Nebojša Nikolić, Nebojša Romčević, Edin Suljovrujić and Vladimir Srdić; international Committee members: Kemal Delijić (Montenegro), Ralph Kraehnert (Germany), Srećo Škapin (Slovenia) and Vuk Uskoković (USA).
The presentations were focused on various issues: from the most recent theoretical research, to the application of obtained results. The vast majority of presentations resulted from various projects of fundamental research, but there were also interesting presentations related to technological development programmes.
Session I Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials featured 10 presentations dealing with the synthesis and characterization of advanced nanostructured materials. The presenters came from Serbia, Slovakia, Germany, USA, Slovenia and Russia. The chairman of the session drew special attention to the presentation of B. Mojić (Synthesis of strontium titanate core/nickel ferrite shell nanoparticles, Bojana Mojić1, Milan Nikolić1, Jan Dusza2, Vladimir Srdić1, 1Department of Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, 2Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice, Slovak Republic).
Session II Synthesis and Processing included seven presentations on the synthesis and processing of advanced materials. They were presented by researchers from Serbia, Slovenia and Hungary. Having in mind the topicality and the quality of the presented results and the presenter's performance, the session chairman chose the best presentation in Session II: Silica-silica and silica-titania combined coatings, Ádám Detrich, Dániel Balázs, Emőke Volentiru, Zoltán Hórvölgyi, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Laboratory for Physical Chemistry, Budapest, Hungary), presented by A. Detrich.
Session III Synthesis and Engineering of Biomaterials featured nine presentations dealing with the synthesis and characterization of advanced biomaterials from classic laboratory methods to the cultivation in bioreactors. All of the presenters were from Serbia.
Session IV Application of Biomaterials, included nine presentations by authors from Slovenia and Serbia. The presented papers focused on the use of artificially synthesised biomaterials in living systems, cell lines and experimental animals. Particular attention should be drawn to the studies presenting health-related pre-clinical and clinical research.
Session V Polymer Science featured eight presentations on theoretical research in materials science authored by scientist from Serbia, Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the presenters within this session was at the same time the youngest participant of the Conference: 21-year-old N. Niketić (Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade), who presented the paper "Analysis of specific transmission maxima in rectangular semiconductor quantum well”.
Session VI Composite Materials and Thin Films offered an overview of recent research into composite materials and thin films through seven presentations. Special attention was attracted by the presentation authored by Dr. N. Makki of the University of Ontario, Canada “Shoe-based multifunctional composite component with power generation, storage and structural capabilities”, dealing with the designing of multifunctional sport shoes with polymer batteries.
Various problems related to materials science were dealt with in Session VII Various Problems of Materials Science, which featured five presentations. Special attention was drawn by the study of Miljana Miljević “XRD and SEM analysis of urinary stones”.
The Conference prizes included the awards for the best oral presentation taking into consideration the quality of the presented research and the presenter's performance. Upon nominations by session chairmen, the Awards Commission (Dr. Nenad Ignjatović, Dr. Jasmina Grbović-Novaković and Dr. Nebojša Nikolić) granted three equal awards to the following young researchers:
Ádám Detrich for the presentation: Silica-silica and silica-titania combined coatings, Ádám Detrich, Dániel Balázs, Emőke Volentiru, Zoltán Hórvölgyi. Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, Laboratory for Physical Chemistry, Budapest, Hungary;
Stevan Armaković for the presentation: The critical parameters of ultra-thin molecular film for monochromatic absorption, Stevan Armaković1, Ana J. Šetrajčić-Tomić2, Dragana Rodić1, Blanka Škipina3, Svetlana Pelemiš4, Jovan P. Šetrajčić1, 1University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, Novi Sad, Vojvodina – Serbia, 2University of Novi Sad, Medical Faculty, Department of Pharmacy, Novi Sad, Vojvodina – Serbia, 3University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Technology, Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska – B&H, 4University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Technology, Zvornik, Republic of Srpska – B&H;
Miodrag Lukić for the presentation: The influence of powder characteristics on two-step sintering behavior of hydroxyapatite, Miodrag Lukić1, Zoran Stojanović1, Ljiljana Veselinović1, Srečo D. Škapin2, Ines Bračko2, Smilja Marković1, Dragan Uskoković1, 1Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, 2Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Conference offered an opportunity to exchange research experiences, while the attendance of renowned scientists and academicians significantly improved the quality of discussions. The international participation enabled the networking among young researchers. The presence of participants from all over the world and international chairmen improved the quality of the conference and, owing to new ideas related to organizing such meetings, it wasan important step towards integrating similar events held in Serbia with international young researchers' meetings.
Detailed conference programme: