The vast new world of nanotechnology provides fertile grounds for scientific advances and the development of novel devices and materials which will affect the well-being of all. Among the various novelties scientists and engineers have introduced over the recent years are nanofluids, or stable suspensions of nanoparticles into host fluids, which show great promises. Nanofluids are extensively studied for the heat transfer properties, and could potentially enhance the efficiency of large-scale heat exchangers used in chemical processing plants and HVAC systems as well as smaller scale heat exchangers used in the automotive and computer cooling sectors. Other novel applications are being developed for mass transfer operations, for the harvesting of sunlight, and for imaging, sensing, transport and interactions in biological systems. Nanofluids bring together researchers from the fundamental sciences of physics, chemistry and biology and from engineering disciplines such as advanced materials, chemical, mechanical, biomedical and nuclear engineering, engineering physics and micro- and nanosystems.
The first edition of the Nanofluids: Fundamentals and Applications conference held in Copper Mountain (Colorado) in 2007 focused mostly on heat transfer nanofluids. Three years later, our knowledge of this field of application has increased considerably and the second edition of the conference will be an ideal forum to bring together the latest results and discuss the state-of-the-art.
Over the same period, the science and range of potential applications of nanofluids have evolved considerably, both in depth and reach. The second edition of the conference will broaden the scope to include novel approaches for the synthesis of stable nanofluids and their characterization, the study of heat and mass transfer phenomena at the sub-µm scale through advanced visualization techniques and computational simulations, the use of nanofluids in biology, medicine, as well as in environmental and optical engineering. The second edition will offer a relaxed environment where the international community of researchers and applications developers will meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other, report on the state-of-the-art, and assess the potential applicability of these novel composite fluids to various applications.
The program will consist of tutorial lectures, invited and contributed talks, along with two poster sessions.