The Nanomaterials Group (NMG) organized the 2nd group workshop in Spišské Bystré, Slovakia. We spent one week, from June 30th to July 6th, in the pleasant village and its surroundings, which span the Slovak Paradise and the south-eastern part of the Tatra Mountains. This gave us time and space to discuss all scientific topics pursued by our group, as well as our future plans. Workshop lectures, informal meetings, hiking, and via-ferrata climbing were great opportunities, especially for our new members and guests, to get to know each other better and to build or strengthen friendships.
The workshop was attended by 18 researchers and students from Czechia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Spain, France, China, and India and by several accompanying persons. The main scientific focus was on materials and technologies for hydrogen fuel cells and water electrolyzers. Other topics included gas sensors, biocompatible materials, vacuum technology, and electron diffraction.
Trips to the Slovak Paradise and Tatra Mountains were guided by our host, a professional mountain guide. Some sections were challenging for untrained tourists, but we all got through them successfully, enjoyed beautiful views of mountains, brooks, and lakes, and look forward for the next year's workshop.