The discovery of the nanosize‐related effects has led to tremendous efforts, numerous publications, international symposia and patents on the development and study of nanometer scale based structures. The achievements are specific and novel optical, electronic, and magnetic properties are reported that have never been obtained on a macroscopic scale. Among these nanostructured systems, nanoparticles embedded in a dielectric host matrix offer a wide range of applications in electronics and optics from non‐volatile memories to non‐linear optics, from light emitting diodes to enhanced photovoltaic sensors, and from optical amplifiers to plasmonic substrates. This requires a large range of skills in different fields such as chemistry, physics, and material science.
This symposium aimed at gathering scientists and industrial partners from the above fields and involved in the fabrication and the study of such nanostructured systems and related applications. The goal was to share and discuss recent advances in fabrication, doping, optical and/or electrical properties, biosensing, photovoltaics, plasmonics, fundamental mechanisms of growth or excitation, devices that incorporate those properties, and applications of such materials systems. (© 2015 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)