ANGEL 2012 - 2nd Conference on Laser Ablation and Nanoparticle Generation in Liquids

Taormina (Sicily), Italy
22 May 2012 - 24 May 2012
Submission Timeframe: 
1 December 2011 - 10 February 2012
General Chair(s): 
  • Stephan Barcikowski - University of Duisburg-Essen / Germany
  • Giuseppe Compagnini - University of Catania / Italy
Program Committee: 
  • Tsuyoshi Asahi - Ehime University / Japan
  • Stephan Barcikowski - University of Duisburg-Essen / Germany
  • Giuseppe Compagnini - University of Catania / Italy
  • Fumitaka Mafune - The University of Tokyo / Japan
  • Moreno Meneghetti - University of Padua / Italy
  • Michel Meunier - École Polytechnique / Canada
  • Wei (David) Qian - IMRA America Inc. / United States
  • Georgy A. Shafeev - Russian Academy of Sciences / Russian Federation
  • Nikolai Tarasenko - Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus / Belarus
  • Takeshi Tsuji - Kyushu University / Japan

As of now, registration is only possible on-site. It will open on Monday, 21 May, from 17:00 - 18:00 and on Tuesday, 22 May, from 08:00 on.


Please check the Final Programme for more details!




Final Programme

The Final Programme is now online: Final Programme (pdf-file, 1.01 MB).




Today, nanoparticles are widely implemented as functional elements on surfaces, into volumes and as nanohybrids, resulting for example in bioactive composites and nanobiomarkers. Nowadays, however, only a limited variety of materials that may be integrated into advanced functional materials are available: Nanoparticles synthesized by conventional gas phase processes are often agglomerated to micro powders that are hardly redispersible into functional matrices, and chemical methods often lead to impurities of the nanoparticle colloids caused by additives and precursor reaction products.

In the last decade, laser ablation and nanoparticle generation in liquids has proven to be a unique and efficient technique to generate, excite, fragment, and conjugate elemental, nano-alloy, semiconductor and ceramic nanoparticles. This exciting method bears strong advantages:

  • Laser-generated (metal) nanoparticles are charged and thus have an extremely high colloidal stability.
  • In contrary to dry nanopowders, nanoparticle colloids are not inhalable and thus lead to an improved occupational safety.
  • Chemical precursors are not required and thus the colloids are 100% pure.
  • This method can be applied universally with an almost unlimited variety of materials and solvents.
It recently has been shown that these advantages are of value in comparison to conventional synthesis, in particular:
  • A 3-5 times higher number of biomolecules may be conjugated to laser-generated, ligand-free gold nanoparticle surface.
  • Higher yields of laser-generated gold nanoparticle aptamer conjugates are beneficial especially if costly functional biomolecules are conjugated.
  • Lower noise during surface enhanced Raman scattering of laser-generated pure nanoparticles.
  • Ablation in polymer solution allows embedding into polymer matrices for rapid nanomaterial prototyping.
The first edition of this conference, ANGEL 2010, welcomed 80 attendees from 25 countries. Following up on ANGEL 2010, aspects of the fundamentals of laser ablation in liquids as well as novel applications will be discussed at ANGEL 2012.




  • Modeling and fundamentals of laser ablation and particle fragmentation in liquids
  • Nano-alloys, core-shell particle
  • Nano-hybrids, conjugation with organic molecules and biomolecules
  • Laser-generated nano-composites
  • Laser nanoparticle heating / phototherapy
  • Pulsed laser optoporation with nanoparticles
  • Nanoparticle productivity / scale-up
  • Semiconductor and dielectric nanoparticles


Keynote speaker

  • Fumitaka Mafune, University of Tokyo (JP)


Invited speakers 

  • Weiping Cai, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CN)
  • Douglas B. Chrisey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (US)
  • Alexander Heisterkamp, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (DE)
  • Tatiana Itina, Hubert Curien Laboratory (FR)
  • Naoto Koshizaki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (JP)
  • Moreno Meneghetti, University of Padua (IT)
  • Philipp Wagener, University of Duisburg-Essen (DE)



Abstract submission

Abstract submission closed on 10 February 2012.
All accepted contributions are to be published in the digest CD-ROM which will be available at the beginning of the conference. All authors are requested to register separately from abstract submission.




Paper publication in PCCP


Selected papers from the ANGEL 2010 conference have been published in JPCC 2011 as paper bundle “Laser Ablation and Nanoparticle Generation in Liquids“ at  

Papers related to the topics of ANGEL 2012, the 2nd edition of this conference, shall be submitted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) by 31 July 2012.

All submissions will be reviewed against PCCP's regular high standards for physical insight, quality and novelty. For PCCP's author guidelines please see Accepted papers will be published in PCCP and linked together online.



Student Awards

The best student oral and the best poster presentation will be awarded prizes sponsored by Particular GmbH and DE GRUYTER


The fees include full-time participation in the conference, coffee breaks, lunches, snacks & drinks during the poster session as well as one copy of the conference digest. The participation in the conference dinner and social programme is optional (please see the paragraph 'Conference dinner and social programme').

Registrations from companies and non-university research institutes registered in EU countries (except Germany) are exempted from VAT, if VAT no. is given.


Registration Options:


Late /Onsite registration

Universities, private persons,
German and Non-EU companies and non-university research

EU companies and
EU non-university research institutes

(except Germany)

Late registration
for members

678.30 €

(incl. 19% VAT)

570 €

(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)

Late registration
for non-members

 773.50 €

(incl. 19% VAT)

 650 €

(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)

Late registration
for student members

 392.70 €

(incl. 19% VAT)

 330 €

(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)

Late registration
for student non-members

 428.40 €

(incl. 19% VAT)

 360 €

(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)

Late registration for invited speakers

 476.00 €

(incl. 19% VAT)

 400 €

(exc. VAT, VAT no. required)



Conference Dinner And Social Programme


Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be taking place on Tuesday, 22 May from 19:30 – 22:00 CEST in the restaurant of the venue hotel Hotel Lido Caparena & Wellness Club.

The registration fee includes an Italian style buffet with cold & warm food as well as beverages (sparkling wine, wine, non-alcoholic drinks). Beer and spirits are to be paid separately.

Where: Restaurant, Hotel Lido Caparena & Wellness Club

When: Tuesday, 22 May; 19:30 – 22.00 CEST

Costs per person: 45.00 Euro (+ 19% VAT)


++++   Registration Deadline: 15 May 2012  +++++


Social programme

The social programme on Wednesday, 23 May from 16.00 – 18:45 CEST will include a guided walking tour through the historic Greek Theatre and the Old Town of Taormina ending at a bar for a typical Italian granita as well as a shuttle to the city centre of Taormina and back.
Second in size only to the Theater in Syracuse, the Greek Theatre in Taormina is one of the largest ancient theaters in Sicily. Join us and don’t miss this majestic panorama, combined with a spectacular view of Etna and the Calabrian Mountains.
Where: Lobby, Hotel Lido Caparena & Wellness Club
When: Wednesday, 23 May; 16:00 – 18:45 CEST
Costs per person: 35.00 Euro (+ 19% VAT)

 ++++   Registration Deadline: 15 May 2012  +++++



Sponsoring and advertising options

Interested in presenting your products at ANGEL 2012? See our sponsor's and advertiser's guide (PDF-file; 484 KB) for details or contact us at
Table top (manned) 990 €
Table top (unmanned) 550 €
Conference bag/folder inserts 550 €
Conference programme advertising 250 - 700 €
Web banner advertising 300 - 850 €
Lanyard advertising 990 €
Coffee break sponsoring 300 - 500 €
Conference bag advertising 2,000 €
Conference dinner sponsoring 2,000 €
* All rates excl. VAT. Bookings from companies and non-university research
institutes registered in EU countries (except Germany) are exempted from VAT.



Invitation Letters

If you require an invitation letter for this meeting, please fill in the invitation letter form:




Opening of online submission 1 December 2011
Abstract submission deadline 3 February 2012
Notification to authors 24 February 2012
Publication of the Advance Programme 9 March 2012
Hotel booking deadline (special rate) 15 March 2012
Early-bird registration deadline  6 April 2012



Venue, travel and accommodation

The Hotel Caparena is located in a tranquil alcove that gazes out on to the crystalline seas of Taormina Mare. Free shuttle buses connect guests with the historical centre of Taormina. Just 15 minutes drive from the hotel lies the town of Taormina, where you can find one of the largest Greek theatres in the Mediterranean, dating back to the 3rd century.
The Hotel Caparena is also an ideal base for an excursion to the volcano of Etna or to the nearby Aeolian Islands with their natural springs and breath-taking landscapes.
The organizers have blocked rooms for the following special rates:
  • Double room for single use (incl. breakfast): 130 Euro
  • Double room for double use (incl. breakfast): 160 Euro
  • Double superior room (incl. breakfast): 180 Euro

Please contact the hotel directly via email ( and note that the official deadline for reservations is 15 March 2012. Afterwards, rates are granted only upon availability.

Any room reservation shall be accompanied by the credit card form with the express permission to withdraw 30% of the total amount of the stay.





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