Speaker Highlights

Andy Holwell
Manager Business Sector Industrial Research at ZEISS

Anna Ivashko
Researcher at ExxonMobil

Bryce Anzelmo
Director of Product Management at Lyten

Chiara Venturini
Director General at Nanotechnology Industries Association

Colin Greenspon
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Narya

Dr Christopher Brown
Executive Director, Materials Discovery at Schrödinger

Dr Leroy Magwood, Jr. Ph.D
Chief Technologist at XG Sciences

Dr Mano Manoharan
Chief Technologist - Industrialization at GE Aviation

Dr. Matt Weimer
R&D Scientist at Forge Nano

Dr Rakesh Kumar
VP Technology at Specialty Coating Systems

Dr Richard Collins
Research Director at IDTechEx

Dr Robert Janssen
Partner at Advilex Regulatory Compliance

Dr Sean Clancy
Director of Coatings at HZO

Haley Keith
Founder and CEO at MITO Materials

James Sherrill
CEO at General Graphene

Dr Jay Amarasekera
Senior Manager at SABIC Ventures

Kjirsten Breure
President at HydroGraph Clean Power

Kurt Swogger
CEO at Molecular Rebar Design

Landon Mertz
CEO at Cerion Nanomaterials

Pennie Burnham
Vice President NA at Nycote Laboratories

Shawn Allan
VP and Materials Engineer at Lithoz

Terrance Barkan
CEO at Graphene Council

Tohid Didar
Associate Professor at NanoBiomaterials

Tuesday, 11th, October - Track 1: Advanced Materials
Tuesday, 11th, October - Track 2: Nanotechnology

Shifts in global trade relationships, political upheaval, the pandemic, Russia’s war in the Ukraine, massive inflation and the push for supply chain sustainability have caused widespread disruption across every industry. Many companies are seeking to diversify their supply chains, looking for both local and international resources to de-risk their materials supply and to lower costs and increase sustainability. 

In critical sectors like batteries, semiconductors and other technology-led industries, the US finds itself catching up with Asian and sometimes European competitors. So what are the key challenges here, how can they be overcome and what are the most exciting opportunities for organizations working in the US materials supply chain to shore up and improve vertical collaboration and deliver sustainable, reliable and high performing resources?

*This session is a leadership discussion with no talks

Discussion topics:

  • Is globalization over? Can the US compete with China and Russia when it comes to speed of innovation?
  • Pharmaceuticals, batteries, semiconductors and critical minerals have all been identified as critical supply chains. How can the advanced materials industry contribute to shoring up US supply?
  • Is the US on track for the level of required skills for futureproofing its supply chains? What is needed to improve the skills pool in STEM?
  • What are the materials challenges for the next generation of technologies?


Nanotechnology focused companies are in a great position to serve the needs of several rapidly growing sectors, including automotive electrification, the energy transition, digital technologies and manufacturing. Predicted growth for the nano sector ranges from Allied Market Research’s predictions of “$1.76 billion in 2020…reaching $33.63 billion by 2030 (CAGR of 36.4% from 2021 to 2030)”, to several reports – including one from the EU Commission – that claim a forecast of more than one trillion dollars in the coming decade. 

Where should manufacturers be looking for the first movers in nanomaterial uptake? How have these macro trends impacted global demand? Which macro trends will accelerate or slow down nanotechnology growth and how can end users and manufacturers seek to establish these exciting and potentially transformative technologies as an integral part of the fabric of a more sustainable society?

 *This session is a leadership discussion with no talks.

Discussion topics:

  • How have factors like the Pandemic, supply chain disruption, Net Zero targets and the Ukraine war impacted nanotechnology uptake?
  • How can nanotechnology innovators seek to ensure they are creating the right products for the green tech industries going through massive expansion?
  • Several of the markets targeted by nanomaterials providers such as concrete, tires, automotive and aerospace, are notoriously slow to adopt new materials. How can the industry address this?
  • In which direction will nanotechnology innovation go, given all these factors?


10:45 am

Short Break
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Nanotechnology is projected to grow at CAGR of 9% between 2020-2027, reaching $70.8bn, with nanomaterials making up the largest segment. Seemingly unlimited applications, government support and the increasing recognition of their unique properties are all significant positives, whilst regulatory restrictions and the complexities and costs of development and production are currently barriers to growth. Finding the route to the tipping point for widespread uptake is still not guaranteed, at least in the short term and tackling the real or perceived downfalls in the technology will hold the key to success.

The US is still the dominant force in nanotechnology and nanomaterials, with 30% of global revenue and 80% of the market based there, but with Asian markets growing rapidly, the race is on. This session will outline both the opportunities and barriers for nanotechnology and nanomaterial uptake, with leaders discussing industry-wide challenges in investment, costs, manufacturing capabilities, complexity, sustainability and application – we are at the start of the J curve and there is much to do but, as these sessions will demonstrate, the rewards are high!

* This session features a leadership discussion and open conversation between industry leaders

What is Needed to Reach the Tipping Point for Nanotechnology?

Leadership panel discussion:

  • Which factors are key to widespread uptake of nanotechnology and materials and how close are we to achieving them?
  • Is the regulatory outlook positive? If not, how can this be changed to encourage innovation and growth?
  • The commercialization challenges are well documented for nanotechnology; but at an industry level, what can be done to overcome them?
  • Innovation is key to a material’s success but is industrialization being considered enough at the early design stages? Does the industry as a whole need to change processes to ensure commercial success?


Market Forecast: Nanomaterials: market status, application outlook, and enabling solutions

Dr Richard Collins: Principal Analyst, IDTechEx



One of the biggest challenges for exciting young businesses with potentially game-changing technologies is the battle to find investors that will partner and support them in growing from a prototype or even a pilot line, to a full blown commercial entity. Similarly it can sometimes be hard for larger scale investors to detect genuinely transformational innovations given the vast number of potential companies and new materials out there. 

In response to this need we are delighted to present an exciting showcase of investors and highly promising new startups. Working with our highly experienced judging panel we have offered a select few the chance to pitch their advanced materials and nanotechnology-led innovations to some of the best in the business in the hope of demonstrating what works, what investors are looking for, and with any luck to start a conversation that leads to a deal at the end of the day. Watch this space!


One of the least understood elements of nanomaterials is their environmental  and human health concerns. Whether it’s in their fabrication, handling or in the end use application, and particularly when it is destined for a consumer product, the levels of nervousness are high, but is this warranted? For manufacturers and regulators alike the challenges are complex. There are multiple overlapping jurisdictions and it seems there isn’t a linear path towards a system of guidance for such a wide-ranging technology that could combine with almost any industry, sector, product or system – each with its own regulatory frameworks. This session will seek to take a measured and practical approach to the current landscape along with discussion of where the potential solutions lie.

*This session is a leadership discussion with no talks.

Discussion topics:

  • How to design and implement a steady regulatory framework for new technologies that fosters innovation and encourages the long term investment required to achieve commercialization?
  • Are the concerns over nanotechnology safety valid? Could existing regulations already cover them?
  • How do you overcome stringent toxicology regulations?
  • How can nano pollutants be better managed in the manufacturing process?
  • How can producers address the health effect concerns of each of these new, unique ‘states of matter’ actively being developed?


12:30 pm

Short Break
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

The challenge of commercializing new materials is well documented but as of yet, remains a problem. With a process that can often take ten years or longer, the kind of investment and resource required is often beyond the reach of the average start-up armed only with IP and an exciting idea or design. It is prohibitively expensive to develop good products and costs well into the millions if not billions of dollars once both the design process and the manufacturing facilities are counted. This often feels unachievable for small companies and start-ups.

Managing the innovation cycle is also a challenge for large companies too, understanding how to work with start-ups, academic institutions and even each other in order to validate and maximise the expertise and ideas out there in an organised and coherent manner. This session offers an opportunity for investment experts to discuss investment strategy, sharing their own challenges and interests and offering the same opportunity to those small company representatives looking to make themselves heard in a busy marketplace.

*This session includes up to three short talks, followed by an extended 30 minute minimum panel discussion between all the listed speakers/ panellists addressing the Key panel discussion topics: listed and audience questions

Key questions for discussion:

  • Does the IP system need to change to encourage innovation?
  • What are the critical considerations when pitching a material-centric investment?
  • How to manage commercialization as a highly disciplined system
  • What is the solution to commercialization challenges for start-ups?
  • Deal structuring and expectations (desired returns, key milestones, follow-on rounds and exit horizons). How do investors and large scale companies see the challenge being solved?



It is not news to most in the automotive industry that EVs have something of a weight problem. In fact, due to the weight of both the batteries and the reinforced safety structures designed to protect them, some EVs are thousands of pounds heavier than their ICE counterparts. For example some Teslas have battery banks weighing an incredible 1,200 lbs. Materials innovation to reduce the weight of batteries, chassis and other automotive components, without sacrificing performance, cost or safety, is an area of significant innovation and investment, and materials designs are well placed to provide solutions. This session will examine the existing need, the current strategy and where materials design is likely to have the greatest impact.

*This session will consist of talks followed by Q&A and a short panel discussion

Discussion topics:

  • What is the optimal approach to the balancing act of lightweighting considerations of cost, safety and performance?
  • How can novel technologies such as AI contribute to a holistic approach to materials lightweighting and design for EVs?
  • How can we seek to reduce the weight of both the increasingly heavy EV battery and other crucial components.


There are several technical factors that cause complications when scaling up a nanomaterial and they are often caused by not considering the commercial, whole life and immediate technical challenges simultaneously. A failure to consider how a key process might work at an order of a thousand times greater, or the failure to consider whether the material in question has been designed for manufacture at scale or even whether it can be easily integrated with existing end user equipment. These combined technical and commercial considerations will enable producers to understand their value proposition and move towards scale-up in a clear-eyed manner that is focused on what they can do for the end user, not the other way around.

Discussion topics:

  • How can developers manage agglomeration and dispersion of nanomaterials effectively?
  • When we talk about issues of scale-up and transitioning from lab-scale to full scale manufacturing – what are the technical challenges/solutions?
  • End users can find it challenging to bring in a novel material to the clean room to fabricate products; how can this be mitigated?
  • Why is integration of the nanomaterial into the product or system often overlooked, how can more researchers be encouraged to think about this?
  • How do you convince an engineer of the value of a material where standard simulations do not support nano-based products, without going into specifics of the nanotechnology?


3:00 pm

Short Break
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

There are few industries attracting as much investment as the battery sector. With dizzying market forecasts and a new gigafactory announced almost weekly, the possibilities for advanced materials and nanotechnology to have significant impact are huge. Earlier this year Mckinsey forecast ‘that the market for battery cells will grow, on average, by more than 20% per year until 2030, reaching at least $360 billion globally. There is also a realistic scenario in which the market accelerates and hits $410 billion by 2030’. But this is not a mature market with agreed upon technology, many think that Li-ion will eventually be superseded, but the question is, by what? 

Material innovation is progressing at a rapid pace, promising new electrode materials, coatings, electrolytes, additives and more, each at varying stages of development, testing and commercialization and if Li-ion batteries are by no means the apogee, where will the step change come from and which materials stand poised to transform this critical application?

*This session will be talks followed by a panel discussion

Discussion topics:

  • Where can advanced materials look to replace critical metals like Lithium and Cobalt?
  • Which other advanced or nanomaterials are competing with carbon nanotubes for use in batteries or other applications?
  • Will nanotechnology be necessary to enable widespread adoption of grid scale energy storage?


Understanding how best to develop the vast landscape of nanotechnology and advanced materials opportunities in a way that is effective and delivers value, performance and profit remains a challenge for many in the industry. In order to successfully commercialize a product innovative companies must first understand their value proposition, what problem is this product trying to solve?

Typically, novel materials such as 2D materials or perovskites can offer substantial improvements for incumbent applications but without careful thought, process innovation and management, their huge promise could be lost in a sea of misdirected product development or overinflated promises. This session promises discussion of where the issues are occurring between demand and supply and why communication is absolutely king when it comes to delivering nanotechnology and advanced materials at a commercial scale.

*This session will be talks followed by a panel discussion

Discussion topics:

  • How do you identify commercially viable applications for nanotechnologies and advanced materials?
  • What type of collaboration between startups, clients and investors works best for rapid commercialization? How can companies strategize for IP, exclusivity, etc. Are there pitfalls to look out for?
  • What is the most valuable information that you can share with a prospective new customer to convince them to invest in nano (types of data, access, case studies, etc.)?
  • Could external collaborations have a role to play in successfully commercializing a new material?


Wednesday, 12th, October - Track 1: Advanced Materials
Wednesday, 12th, October - Track 2: Nanotechnology

The opportunities to make both incremental and step change improvements to the carbon footprint of advanced and nanomaterials and their manufacturing processes are myriad, but with a Net Zero commitment in the States by 2050, steps must be taken now by manufacturers to adapt, change or completely overhaul the way the industry works to become more sustainable. 

Manufacturers of both materials and their destined applications are looking to multiple technologies as possible solutions for developing products in a more sustainable manner. One key technology that is demonstrating potential for reduced waste and better performance is additive manufacturing? This session will address the latest in additive manufacturing and how it compares to regular manufacturing and will also address what other tools, such as carbon capture innovation, can manufacturers use to reduce their environmental impact?

*This session will be talks followed by a panel discussion

Discussion topics:

  • Does additive manufacturing have a key role to play in decarbonising manufacturing? How? 
  • In the broader challenges of decarbonising manufacturing, catalysis is often discussed. Is it viable? Is there interest in CO2 conversion to hydrocarbons e.g. ethylene as a path for decarbonization?
  • Understanding how to define and utilize a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)? What does a PCF look like for an AM material by comparison to its traditional counterparts?
  • Do incremental changes or step changes such as additive manufacturing stand to make the greater impact?


Advanced materials and particularly nanomaterials offer real advantages for sensing and micro/nano devices compared to bulk materials as a result of their minute size, high surface-to-volume ratio and greater performance levels. They can be used in medical applications and pollutant control, as highly sensitive monitoring processes in both manufacturing and transportation systems and across electronics where the demand for miniaturization is almost ubiquitous. Harnessing this technology promises unprecedented performance for multiple products, people or processes and in the case of micro or nano sensors it enables the measurement of anything from speed, pressure, temperature, volume and electric and magnetic forces. In this example we will be looking at where the opportunities are for materials providers, what the current barriers are to widespread uptake and how design and development compares for multiple micro and nano device applications.
*This session will be talks followed by a panel discussion
Discussion topics:
  • Which nanomaterials and advanced materials have been showing the greatest promise for nano and micro devices and sensors? e.g. Graphene, nanoscale wires, carbon nanotubes, thin films, metals/ metal oxide nanoparticles, polymers, and biomaterials?
  • How can we overcome the regulatory/ acceptance hurdles for nano devices? What are the best practices for their ethical use?
  • Which material innovations are paving the way for future micro and nanodevices, semiconductors, NEMS and MEMs?


10:40 am

Short Break
10:40 am - 11:10 am

Digital tools such as digital twins, big data, AI, automation, the Internet of Things and deep learning have the potential to transform how materials are designed, tested, produced, integrated and ultimately used. However there is a substantial step change that needs to be made for that to become the reality for the vast majority of materials producers and end users, interns of technology, investment, scale and acceptance. There are some hard yards still ahead but the payoffs in terms of efficiency and performance could be spectacular.

This session will seek to ascertain what is out there and already proving useful for materials end users and suppliers, what we expect to come next, and will discuss how the playing field can be levelled up between global, well funded stakeholders and their highly innovative and exciting, but ultimately financially under-resourced, cousins.

*This session will be formed of talks followed by a panel discussion

Discussion topics:

  • AI and digitalization of manufacturing are effective but expensive tools for small materials companies with limited budgets – how can the little guy do it?
  • What have you found most helpful in driving cultural change around digitization within an organization?
  • How do you deal with low quality experimental data when building your materials model?
  • How can organizations efficiently and safely share data amongst each other in order to help enable AI solutions in materials manufacturing?


One of the harshest environments for a material is in the aerospace industry. Choosing the wrong material in this sector can have the most disastrous consequences when battling conditions of atmosphere, temperature and solar extremes. This only increases as you go higher into and beyond the atmosphere. Given the fact that planes experience changes of between 20 and -40℃  on each flight, with similar changes in moisture and pressure, the materials involved need to be able to withstand everything whilst remaining lightweight enough to allow flight, and that’s before we mention the chance of lightning strikes!

This session will assess how aluminum compares with the new materials that promise lower density but higher strength, and this is where advanced and nanomaterials could stand to make significant impact.  As new aircrafts are designed serving multiple uses, so the requirements for materials evolve. 

*This session will be formed of talks followed by a panel discussion

Discussion topics:

  • Which advanced and nanomaterials are making the most impact and how are end users integrating them and joining them with other advanced or more traditional materials?
  • What are the challenges for composites in aerospace and how can we overcome issues like age-testing, bonding and molding challenges?
  • How can end users and manufacturers improve the interfaces between traditional and advanced materials?
  • Is there a way to predict which performance issues may present in aviation materials at large scale that are invisible when at low quantities?


12:20 pm

Short Break
12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

Modern thermoplastics and composites can compete with traditional materials like aluminium on almost every factor including cost, weight, corrosion, heat resistance and more. However, both types of complex material present challenges environmentally and amongst growing pressure to develop resource-efficient, economical and sustainable solutions combined with a renewed push for electric flight the whole life impact of complex polymers and composites has become a key consideration.. This session will showcase some of the most exciting innovations and applications alongside some of the current barriers facing aerospace designers and their materials suppliers.

*This session includes up to three short talks, followed by an extended 30 minute minimum panel discussion between all the listed speakers/ panellists addressing the key topics listed and audience questions

Key topics:

  • What are the sustainability challenges for aerospace composites and polymers in the face of increased climate change pressures?
  • Do advanced materials stand to enable electric flight and which materials show the greatest promise? 
  • What are the likely materials needs of new or changing aerospace applications like flying cars, hydrogen, drones and satellites?
  • What new materials are making an impact on aerospace and what are the barriers to their inclusion?

According to Fortune Business Insights: “The global paints and coatings market is projected to grow from $167.04 billion in 2022 to $235.06 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 5%”, meaning steady growth for a globally important industry. However, the direction of travel for innovation is complex, with competing methodologies for coatings applications, challenges to their environmental impact and the ever-present need for longer-lasting, lower cost coatings. Materials innovators and end users find themselves with an increasingly large set of complex considerations as to how to achieve the best value proposition. 

Exciting innovations in non-toxic coatings, new applications and nanotechnology-enabled additives have lifted coatings to new levels of functionality and the choices are myriad for end users. The future is certainly bright but there is much to discuss about how to define the roadmap. This session will seek to address some of the most exciting developments and the changing demands for coatings specifications from end users.

*This session will be talks followed by a panel discussion

Discussion topics:


  • Recyclability, sustainability or (and?) biodegradability are all challenges for coatings –  if you make something that is long lasting, can you give it the ability to breakdown without making it toxic?


  • What coatings processes are coming down the tracks that promise to shake things up?
  • Has the raw materials supply chain crisis globally impacted coatings innovation?
  • Are there viable, bio-based alternatives to traditional coatings?


The defense sector is normally a first mover when it comes to technology and no military is better equipped in this regard than that of the United States. The overall Department of Defense annual investment in nanomaterials and nanotechnology has varied but has consistently been in the hundreds of millions of dollars since the National Nanotechnology Institute was founded way back in 2000.

This session will outline how best to work with and support the defense sector, the likely direction of innovation and highlight where materials and nanotechnology could have a transformational impact on this key sector.

*This session is a panel discussion

Discussion Topics:

  • How will nanomaterials and nanotechnology more broadly impact the US defense posture in the future?
  • What are the pros and cons of supporting defense?
  • What are the challenges associated with moving from applied to prototype to fielding to the soldier?
  • What is needed when it comes to contracting, acquisition and acquisition reform in the defense realm?