Promoting Advanced Materials Across the Atlantic




The Belgian Trade Commission, through its Walloniatech program (, is hosting a seminar on advanced materials, including nano-materials. Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, is rapidly expanding in international markets with its development and manufacturing of new materials. Extensive expertise in this area has created solid cooperation between businesses, research centers and universities. Some of the most prominent European material manufacturing companies will share their strategies and ideas on this exciting technical and business challenge. Wallonia is already a recognized participant in this field and can provide significant business and technical collaboration benefits.

While providing a comprehensive picture of the advanced material industry in Europe and the US, academic and industrial speakers will address the following questions:

- What is the technical and economic future of material and nano-material science in Europe?

- What are the main current areas of applied research in Europe?

- What are the main challenges facing the industrialization of nano-materials in Europe and the US?

- How can US companies benefit from existing European research and other European resources? What are the potential transatlantic synergies?

- How and where can US companies find competitive technical and industrial resources to complement or accelerate their international expansion in the sector of the nano-material industry?

- How can a US material-manufacturing company finance its expansion in Europe?

- How can, and should, a SMB anticipate early-stage international expansion while operating in such a booming and promising sector as nano-technologies?

Schedule & Program

                  Ø Mr Florin CIONTU, CEO of NanoSPRINT, Grenoble (France)

A Strategic Overview of Nanomaterials – Opportunities for US Companies in Europe

Ø Dr Guy DEBRAS, Global Polyethylene Research Manager, Europe Polyolefins Research Manager, Total Petrochemicals Research Center, Feluy (Belgium)

Total Petrochemicals R&D strategy in the field of nano-structured polymers

Ø Dr Yves DAUPHIN, Solvay Research Center, Brussels, Belgium

From Commodity Chemicals to Health Care: the potential of nanotechnologies for Solvay, a chemicals and pharmaceuticals company

Ø Prof. Andrew R. BARRON, Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston.

Nanomaterials in the US: focuses and trends 

Ø Mrs Agnès FLEMAL, GM of the Wallonia Space Logistics high-tech incubator, Liège (Belgium)

Growing nano-materials into mega-companies

Ø Mr Jean-Claude JUNGELS, GM of Start-It Venture Capital company, Angleur (Belgium)

Belgian Venture Capital can make nano-particles big

Ø Dr Walt TRYBULA, Texas State University – San Marcos

Advantages to International Partnerships in establishing nanotechnology

This event is organized by
                  · The Wallonia Export and Investment Agency (Awex)

With the support of

Houston Technology Center
Rice University
Rice Alliance for Entrepreneurship
University of Houston
Texas State University – San Marcos
Texas A&M
The Advanced Energy Consortium
Total Petrochemicals
Consulate of Belgium in Houston

Organizer Belgian Trade Commission


Fri, Oct. 17, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central


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Houston Technology Center - Conference Center
410 Pierce
Houston, Texas