Nanocarbon community back in Würzburg

NanoCarbon Annual Conference 2023 shows promising new results for the use of nanocarbons

The NanoCarbon Annual Conference 2023 took place this year from March 14 to March 15 and ended with promising results for new applications of nanocarbons, especially in the field of energy storage and conversion. Experts from all over the world met in the beautiful town of Würzburg to share their latest research and development results and discuss promising applications for nanocarbons.

Since 2015, Nanoinitiative Bayern GmbH / Cluster Nanotechnology has organised the NanoCarbon Annual Conference in Würzburg. This year, the event again provided an important international platform for leading experts from academia and industry from Japan, France, the UK, Azerbaijan, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland and the USA to present the progress and challenges in the field of nanocarbon materials. Participants presented a very wide range of topics, from basic research to the application of nanocarbons in new products and markets.

In total, more than 20 oral presentations were given and 10 posters were presented. In a dedicated session for short pitches, researchers had the opportunity to present their core idea in just 5 minutes and discuss it with the expert audience. Industry representatives could also find new collaborations or project partners this way. Some of the notable findings presented included the use of carbon nanotubes in batteries and other energy storage devices, a technology essential to the success of the energy transition. In addition, 10 exhibitors from industry and research presented their products and results and made numerous new contacts.

Discussions during the conference focused mainly on the important future application areas for nanocarbons and the challenges associated with them. Many of the participants emphasized the importance of a strong cooperation within the Network NanoCarbon and the associated good collaboration between science and industry to accelerate progress in the field of nanocarbons and minimize potential risks. Since its foundation, the Network NanoCarbon has developed into a remarkable international cooperation of more than 20 companies and institutes.

Cluster manager Dr.-Ing. Peter Grambow was very pleased with the outcome of the conference: "We are excited about the many advances presented at the conference and we are confident that these developments will help us in the future to meet the challenges of our time. We thank all participants and hope that the results of the NanoCarbon Annual Conference will further advance applications in the field of nanocarbons."

The NanoCarbon Annual Conference was completed by the traditional poster exhibition, where researchers put their results up for discussion. This year, the poster award went to the Leibniz IFW Dresden e.V. (first place) and Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. (second place). Congratulations!

The next NanoCarbon Annual Conference will be held on March 19-20, 2024. Join us in Würzburg and discuss with the experts of the nanocarbon community.


Dr. Stefanie Bertsch

We value the outstanding feedback from our participants, and aim to continue the successful story of our event next year. Save the date for the next NanoCarbon Annual Conference on March 19-20, 2024.

“Thanks to the team of Cluster Nanotechnology for hosting this conference. It was very beneficial for me to attend and get a better understanding of this exciting technology.” – Dr Kevin Retz, NAWATechnologies, USA

“It really was a very inspiring conference with new acquaintances and the possibility to refresh old contacts. We have already started a new cooperation with a SME in Switzerland.” – Dr Petra Pötschke, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Germany

Poster Award:

Congratulations to the winners of the poster award!

Place 1: Nico Gräßler1, Martin Heise2, Qun Jin1, Kristin Trommer2, Nicolás Pérez1, Silke Hampel1, 1 Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, 2 FILK Freiberg Institute, CNT-based nanocomposites with high conductivity and thermoelectric effect

Place 2: P. Pötschke, B. Krause, I. Kühnert, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Polymer based conducting films for battery application

Further information:

The conference documents, including released presentations are available to the interested community via download against a small handling fee (Contact: Stefanie Bertsch, stefanie.bertsch(at), Phone: +49 931 31 - 89376).

The Network NanoCarbon which is managed by the Cluster Nanotechnology is an open network for the development of marketable nanocarbon products. The network partners are experts in the field of production, processing, application and disposal of these materials, i.e. for the entire life cycle of these products. In the focus of the network activities are small and medium-sized enterprises aiming to accelerate the technology transfer.

For further information about the Network NanoCarbon please refer to or