Global Formulation Experts to Meet in Singapore

Singapore, 9 March 2011 - Global experts in nanoformulation will be gathering in Singapore for the first time to exchange ideas and foster collaborations with international partners in NanoFormulation2011, the 2nd of three international events organised under an EU-funded programme called InForm (Integrating Nanomaterials in Formulations).

InForm comprises 17 world-leading research institutions, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and major companies. Its aims are to bring together world experts to share scientific knowledge on the formulation of nanomaterials and to create a platform for the dissemination across the world. The event will be held in Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 26 June to 1 July 2011, as part of the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT).

Associate Professor Reginald Tan and Dr Ng Wai Kiong of A*STAR’s Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) are members of the organising committee led by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Formulation Science and Technology Group. A/Prof. Tan commented: “Bringing scientists together from different research backgrounds and institutions gives them the opportunity to understand the fundamental science behind nanomaterials as ingredients in formulated products and to learn about the manufacturing challenges and technology implications of these materials”.

Six themes will be covered in this symposium:
• Formulation of nano-biomaterials
• Handling and processing of nanopowders
• Processing and stabilisation of nanoparticle suspensions
• Physical chemistry at the nanoscale
• Smart and functional materials in formulations: coatings, films and tapes
• Safety and health effects of nanoscale materials - towards sustainable and safe nanomaterials

Renowned experts from across the world will present the latest science in their respective fields of specialisation:

Paul BORM, Centre of Expertise Life Sciences, Netherlands
Chunying CHEN, National Center for Nanoscience & Technology, China
Daan FRENKEL, University of Cambridge, UK
Junhui HE, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Heinrich HOFMANN, EPFL, Switzerland
Matthew LYNCH, Procter & Gamble, USA
Hermann NIRSCHL, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Jens RIEGER, BASF, Germany
Stephen RIMMER, University of Sheffield, UK
Paul SHARRATT, ICES, A*STAR, Singapore
Shinji TAKEOKA, Waseda University, Japan
Christine VAUTHIER, Université Paris IX, France
Satoru WATANO, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

These speakers will be complemented by scientific papers that are currently under review for final selection, with an extensive poster programme.

NanoFormulation2011 Singapore sits at the heart of the International Year of Chemistry and will bring together scientists from Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific involved in the formulation of nanomaterials. The five-day meeting will include three days of presentations, talks by Nobel Laureates, a training day focussed on nanomaterial characterisation and a visit to ICES at Jurong Island. Networking activities are planned for the delegates and speakers to foster collaborations among them. For more information on NanoFormulation2011, please visit

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About the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES)

Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) is a member of the Agency for Science,Technology and Research (A*STAR). Established in 2002, its mission is to carry out world class scientific research, to develop novel technology and to nurture creative scientists and engineers to support economic growth in Singapore to make a positive difference to society. The research area covers chemistry and chemical engineering science, combined with advanced analytical characterisation and measurement to develop state of the art technology for the petrochemical, general chemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences, and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and seven consortia & centres, which are located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as their immediate vicinity. A*STAR supports Singapore's key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. It also supports extramural research in the universities, hospitals, research centres, and with other local and international partners.

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About InForm

InForm, which stands for 'Integrating Nanomaterials in Formulation', is an EU funded project led by The University of Manchester. A lot of exciting research is underway to produce a wide range of nanostructured materials, which promise new or enhanced properties. The challenge is to incorporate these materials into products and ensure that they are safe for use. The project aims to address this challenge by facilitating knowledge exchange and coordinating research. InForm is a partnership between 17 world-leading institutions which will bring together formulation scientists from Europe, USA and Asia-Pacific. It will create appropriate platforms for dissemination between researchers working in academia, public research laboratories and industry in order to identify and enhance complementary interests. InForm started in July 2009 has been awarded funding for three years and will organise annual events; NanoFormulation2010 in Stockholm, NanoFormulation2011 in Singapore and NanoFormulation2012 in Barcelona. The type of activities available at these conferences will span from scientific and technical forums, to networking events, fact-finding missions and technical workshops. Travel grants are available to researchers from both academia and industry who would like to seize this opportunity to participate in key nanotechnology conferences throughout the world.

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Notes to editors
The 17 institutions involved in the InForm project are
• The University of Manchester (UK) (coordinator)
• Automaxion SARL (France)
• Bayer CropScience AG (Germany)
• Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
• Daren Laboratories (Israel)
• Dechema (Germany)
• Higgins Consultancy Ltd. (UK)
• Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
• Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, A*STAR (Singapore)
• Novartis (UK)
• Royal Society of Chemistry Formulation Science and Technology Group (UK)
• Societé Chimique de France (France)
• Southwest Forestry University (China)
• Strider Research Corporation (USA)
• University of Malaya (Malaysia)
• University of Sydney (Australia)
• YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry (Sweden)

Published: 09 Mar 2011

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