The International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials  (ICDCM) “Young Scholar Award"
The International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials (ICDCM) “Young Scholar Award"

Dear colleagues,

The 26th edition of the International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials, held in Bad Homburg, Germany, was attended by 311 researchers coming from no fewer than 45 countries. During three and a half days, 74 oral and 190 poster presentations were given. The foundation of the meeting took shape in 17 invited and two keynote lectures, and one very well attended DCM Award lecture given by Prof. Sumio Iijima for his exceptional achievements in carbon nanoscience, in particular for his seminal work on carbon nanotubes.

In the different sessions, new advancements in diamond and carbon science were discussed in a lively manner. The Focused Sessions, which have now become an annual tradition, put the limelight on Carbon Nanodots and Particles, Diamond Power Electronics, and Diamond Detectors. While the first session showed promising results for the use of carbon-based particles in fields like photocatalysis and biomarkers, the latter two emphasised extreme applications that make use of some of diamond’s unrivalled and extraordinary properties.

Nearly one third of the attendees were young researchers, most of them working very hard to obtain a Ph.D. in one of the many fields that form our extraordinarily multi-disciplinary community. To stimulate and reward their work, the Elsevier DCM Young Scholar Award committee selected six finalists out of more than 50 applications. Besides giving presentations in the appropriate sessions of the oral programme, their scientific and presentation skills were also tested at their accompanying posters, during the first poster session. The final results of this process are three Gold and three Silver Award winners: Hangyu Liu (University of Strathclyde, UK - Gold), James A. Geraets (University of York, UK - Gold), Sien Drijkoningen (Hasselt University, Belgium - Gold), Kee Han Lee (CEA, France - Silver), Mari Carmen Ortega-Liebana (University of Zaragoza, Spain - Silver), and Juan Liu (Soochow University, China - Silver). Congratulations to each of them!

DCM 2015 proved once more to be a very efficient platform to exchange ideas and forge new collaborations, while meeting new colleagues and old friends. Thank you for attending and I hope to see you all again next year, in Montpellier, France!

Best wishes,

Ken Haenen, Conference Chair

27th International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials – DCM 2016
September 4-8, 2016
Le Corum, Montpellier, France

Visit event website