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The triennial International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM) has been a focal point for the exchange of innovative ideas and results in the field of nanotechnology for construction materials, facilitating the integration of scientific research and applications around the world. With the first symposium held in Paisley in 2003, the triennial NICOM symposia have taken place in Bilbao, Prague, Greece and Chicago. The 6th NICOM (NICOM6) will be held in Hong Kong in 2018.

NICOM6, with a theme of “Technology Transfer in Action”, will facilitate the transfer of research results to the world community and global connections, leading to new ideas and active collaborations.

NICOM6 in Hong Kong, the Asia’s world city, will provide special opportunities for the scientists, engineers and students from different countries to meet with international leaders and investigators in the field and to gain exposure to the cutting-edge research and applications.

* English will be the official language of the symposium.

About the Organizers

The Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited (NAMI) was incorporated in 2006 and designated by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong Government as a Research and Development Center for nanotechnology and advanced materials. NAMI undertakes and provides support for market-oriented research in nanotechnology and advanced materials, and strives for commercialization of the technologies to promote the economic growth of Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy. As a Materials Expert, NAMI supports industries of Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta region by offering frontier applied research on materials as well as technology transfer.


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is the largest government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong with a total student number of more than 32,000. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including PhD research programs. The University connects education and research to the real world as manifested in its motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”. Its Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering which carries out research in nano materials in construction is ranked 10th in the subject of civil and structural engineering, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2017.


Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information & Communications Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. HKSTP enables science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by its R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centers with professional support services. HKSTP also offers value added services and comprehensive incubation programs for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.


Symposium Committees

Prof. S.P. SHAH
Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Chicago, US
Daniel YU
Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited,
Hong Kong
Prof. C.S. POON
Associate Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Honorary Advisory Committee
P.J.M. Bartos, UK
M.S. Konsta‐Gdoutos, Greece
Y.R. de Miguel, Spain
J. Nemecek, Czech Republic
A. Porro, Spain
K. Sobolev, USA
S.P. Shah, USA
Scientific Advisory Committee
M.S. Konsta‐Gdoutos, Greece (Chair)
Wenhui Duan, Australia
Wengui Li, Australia
C. Andrade, Spain
P. Garces, Spain
Erik Schlangen, the Netherlands
N. De Belie, Belgium
H. van Damme, France
F. Dehn, Germany
Viktor Mechtcherine, Germany
K. Kurtis, USA
M.M. Reda Taha, USA
P. Mondal, USA
Claire White, USA
F. Sanchez, USA
C.A. Weiss, USA
David J. Corr, USA
Kejin Wang, USA
K. Scrivener, Switzerland
P. Trtik, Switzerland
L.P. Singh, India
M. Sonebi, UK
Z. Li, China
C.J. Shi, China
J.Z. Xiao, China
P.Y. Yan, China
Y.M. Zhang, China
Xin Cheng, China
Changwen Miao, China
Hui Li, China
C.S. Poon, HK
Local Planning Committee
Daniel Yu, HK (Chair)
C.S. Poon, HK (Chair)
Herbert Zheng, HK
Albert Kwan, HK
Derek So, HK
Joseph Chi, HK
Raymond Wan, HK
Ivan Sham, HK
Jenny Yiu, HK

Who Should Attend

NICOM symposia were instituted to exchange ideas and results in the field of nanotechnology for construction materials, facilitating the integration of scientific research and applications around the world.

The world’s leading researchers in the field of nanotechnology in construction will be brought together by NICOM6. Participants can gain exposure to many of the top investigators in the field and the cutting‐edge research conducted in different countries. These global connections are likely to lead to new ideas, active collaborations and greater interactions.

Join us if you come from the following sectors in the field:

  • Academics (Professors and Students)
  • Building Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Government
  • Landscape Architects
  • Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Scientists and Researchers
  • Sustainability Experts


Hong Kong Science Park

Hong Kong Science Park is a sprawling 22-hectare waterfront ecosystem that houses some of the world’s most advanced laboratories and R&D offices (330,000 m2), as well as a seamless network of support spaces. There are more than 500 technology companies and 11,500 technology talents working in the Park.

Overlooking the Tolo Harbour, the Park comprises 21 state-of-the-art buildings, with plenty of office space, laboratories and over 7,000 m2 MICE venue spaces including 14 large halls, 27 meeting rooms and multiple workstations. Majority of the buildings incorporate the latest green technologies and sustainable building design.

The Park has gained recognitions in winning the Grand Award in the New Building Category in the prestigious Green Building Awards 2012 and 2014.

Conveniently located in Hong Kong, Science Park is accessible within 15 minutes by car and 30 minutes by public bus from central business district. It is also just 30 minutes away from the border, the manufacturing hub in Shenzhen of Mainland China.


Science Park is strategically located in the middle of Hong Kong to benefit from the equidistant transport links from downtown and the border with Mainland China.

Getting to Science Park by any of the following ways: