We are pleased to invite you to participate in the first ever African Chapter of the established "International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials" (NANOSMAT-Africa) to be held in CapeTown, South Africa during 19-23 November 2018.

NANOSMAT is an established name in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology conferences. NANOSMAT conferences provide a unique platform for discussing key aspects of materials-related Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The first ever NANOSMAT conference was held in 2005 at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. Subsequently, NANOSMAT-2 (in 2007), NANOSMAT-3 (in 2008), NANOSMAT-4 (in 2009), NANOSMAT-5 (2010), NANOSMAT-6 (2011), NANOSMAT-7 (2012), NANOSMAT-8 (2013), NANOSMAT-9 (2014), NANOSMAT-10 (2015), NANOSMAT-11 (in 2016) and NANOSMAT-12 (in 2017) were successfully organised and held in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Ireland, UK, Portugal and France, respectively. Since its inception in 2005, NANOSMAT has rapidly established itself to become a leading conference in the field of nanomaterials related nanoscience and nanotechnology. The NANOSMAT conference series foster the gathering of talented and truly international people to exchange ideas, share new knowledge and technical know-how in the broad NANO fields.

Key NANOSMAT highlights include:NANOSMAT Prize, NANOSMAT Lecture, Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Young Scientist Lecture Competition, Poster Competition, Technical Workshops, Exhibition, Special Sessions, Poster Sessions, Expert discussion forums, short courses, workshops and tutorials.

As a result of the growing NANOSMAT success – the first ever NANOSMAT-USA (2012) and 2nd NANOSMAT-USA (2014) were held in Tampa (Florida, USA) and Houston (Texas, USA), respectively. On both these occasions Nobel Laureate Professor H. W. Kroto from Florida State University (USA) delivered the plenary lectures.
Similar NANOSMAT-Asia conferences were launched in 2013 (in Wuhan, China) and the 2nd NANOSMAT-Asia was held in (Kayseri) Turkey during March 2015 and the 3rd NANOSMAT-Asia will be held in Hong Kong during December 2017.

A number of Nobel Laureates have given plenary and keynote lectures at NANOSMAT conferences, including Professor H. W. Kroto (USA),Professor Jean Marie-Lehn(France),Professor Peter Grunberg (Germany), Professor Albert Fert (France) and Professor Andrei Geim (UK).

NANOSMAT has produced a number high quality special issues of international peer-review journals such as Applied Surface Science (Elsevier), Thin Solid Films (Elsevier), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy(Elsevier), Nanomedicine (Elsevier), International Journal of Energy Research (Wiley), Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (American Scientific Publishers), Catalysis Today (Elsevier), Journal of Materials Science (Springer),Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier), Surface & Coatings Technology (Elsevier) etc. The guest editors of the above mentioned special issues have been members of the core NANOSMAT steering committee.

In 2016, during 11th NANOSMAT (Aveiro, Portugal) and in 2017 during the 12th NANOSMAT congress - Special Sessions on NanoAFRICA have been organised and have been successful. This has lead to the organisation of this first ever standalone NANOSMAT-Africa conference to be held in Cape town, South Africa.