ESMolNa2016 pictures (autor: CTRI-UVa)



The molecular region of Nanoscience is still a region that has been scarcely explored in Nanoscience, maybe because the larger structural and electronic complexity of molecules, compared with that found in simpler atom-based nano-objects and nanostructures, make them more difficult to study at the nanoscale with the currently available instrumental techniques. Albeit, it is in this molecular region where molecular chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers working in Nanoscience may find the best opportunities to interact and to converge. Areas like supramolecular chemistry, molecular electronics and molecular magnetism are expected to converge in this region.

The ninth European School on Molecular Nanoscience (ESMolNa2016) intends to provide a suitable framework to show and extensively discuss the state-of-the-art in these multidisciplinary areas. Lectures are aimed at the post-graduate level as they will be presented to an audience primarily formed by post-graduate, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. In fact, the School will be the last part of an intensive Advanced Course of three weeks organized in the frame of a European Master in Molecular Nanoscience. This meeting also intends to be a forum where the active European scientific groups working in these areas will have the opportunity to meet and informally discuss with the younger generations.

This training school is organized by the Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol) of the Universitat de Valčncia, the Universidad de Valladolid, the COST Action PoCheMoN: Polyoxometalates Chemistry for Molecular Nanosciencie (Action Number: CM1203) and the COST Action MOLSPIN: Molecular Spintronics (Action Number: CA15128).

The fourth Workshop on 2D Materials (W2DM2016) will take place on June 2nd and 3rd, having the first day a joint program with ESMolNa2016. Graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials represent one of the priority areas of the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission for the next ten years, as shown by the 'Graphene flagship'.

Due to the exceptional mechanical and electronic properties of graphene, research about this material has been at the forefront of this area during the last years. However, since graphene is not a semiconductor, its electronic applications are limited. For that reason, other 2D materials, like metal dichalcogenides or layered coordination compounds, are starting to be studied. In these materials a wide range of properties can be insulated, including superconductivity and magnetism. The research community exploring graphene and other 2D materials is increasing recently, due to the incorporation of researchers from a variety of fields like materials science, physics, chemistry and electronic engineering. Moreover, there is a big interest in the construction of functional devices based on 2D materials, including their integration with graphene. During the W2DM2016 collaboration among participant researchers will be promoted, in order to face the huge scientific challenges encountered in this field, both from an experimental and theoretical point of view.

The talks will be held at the ‘Casas del Tratado’ in Tordesillas (Valladolid, Spain) and attendants will be hosted at Hotel Real de Castilla and Hotel Torre de Sila.


The School is structured in three different blocks:

General_lectures (50 min+ 10 min discussion): This part will deal with the essential aspects of Molecular Nanoscience on the topics i) Supramolecular Chemistry in Nanoscience; ii) Concepts, materials and applications of Molecular Electronics; iii) Single-Molecule Electronics; iv) Molecular Nanomagnetism; v) Molecule-based Spintronics.

The following invited lecturers have confirmed their attendance:

ALONSO, Julio - University of Valladolid (Spain)
CASTELLANOS, Andrés - IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid (Spain)
CINCHETTI, Mirko - University of Kaiserslautern (Germany)
DE COLA, Luisa - University of Strasbourg (France)
DEDIU, Alek - Institute of Nanostructured Materials ISMN-CNR, Bologna (Italy)
HOSSEINI, Wais - University of Strasbourg (France)
KÖGERLER, Paul - RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
PRATO, Maurizio - University of Trieste (Italy)
SUDEROW, Hermann - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

Specialized_lectures (25 min + 5 min discussion): In this part, short tutorial lectures showing some relevant scientific advances in the above topics will be presented by the most representative European research groups active in Molecular Nanoscience.

Oral_communications (10-min communications): With the aim of encouraging discussion and communication among all the participants, the students will have the opportunity to present short communications about their research results, including those that, although incomplete, can promote debate.

W2DM 2016 talks will deal with:


The ESMolNa2016 will be open on Sunday May 29th of in the afternoon (at 4 pm) and it will finish on Thursday June 2nd in the evening (departure date June 3rd after breakfast).

On Friday 3rd in the morning will take place the last session of the W2DM2016.


The registration fee to for students, including accommodation from May 29th to June 3rd in double-room and full board is 400€. For students of the Master on Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology the registration fee is 300€.

The registration fee per person for doctors is 110€/night including accommodation in single-room and full board, or 90€/night in double room with double occupancy.

For students members of the Specialized Group on Nanoscience and Molecular Materials of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry is 350€ (membership fee is 39€/year).


Attendance will be limited to about 100 participants, of which 60 will be European students chosen on the basis of their interest and contributions to the subject area. Those interested in participating in the School should fill in the pre-registration form available at the following WEB page:

Pre-registration is mandatory for students and convenient for those participants that wish to present a short specialized lecture.


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