Energy carriers are gaining a central role in the panorama of energy production systems as they can be considered a viable answer to environmental sustainability while accomplishing supply security issue. Coupled with advanced combustion technologies, they are synergistic twin strategies that can satisfy the requirements of geo-political and environmental sustainability and security. 

A Smart Energy Carrier (SEC) identifies any molecule (derived from standard, alternative or unconventional sources) locally produced or made available to be safely and cleanly transformed into energy by means of the best accessible combustion technology. The study of SECs related to their use in combustion-based energy production systems, in all its aspect, has been so far the framework within the networking activities of the SMARTCATs COST Action. The network has grown over the years and after several successful Action meeting, it is compelling to organize an international conference on Smart Energy Carriers.

The first International Conference on Smart Energy Carriers will take place in Naples on 21-23 of January, 2019. This Conference will also be the last General and Committee Members meetings of the SMARCATs COST Action.

The main aim of the Conference will be to point out (Smart) Energy Carriers Chemistry and Technologies current state of knowledge and perspectives. Invited lectures as well as contributed presentations from Action participants will be arranged in a three days conference attempting to give the largest possible room to discussion and interaction among the participants.

The focus of conference are the Smart Energy Carriers and their use in combustion based energy production systems. A not exhaustive list of energy carriers of interest contains:

1) standard fossil fuels
2) low calorific fuels
3) biogas and biofuels
4) alcohols
5) other oxygenated species
6) intermediate bioenergy carriers
7) non-carbon fuels.

For all these energy carriers contributions on oxidation chemistry and kinetic, pollutants characterization, formation and abatement, diagnostics for SECs studies and application, SECs combustion processes and technologies and Industrial applications are all welcome.

A four-page abstract is required for both oral and poster presentations to be included in the proceedings.

The abstracts (prepared according to the template), must be sent to: by November 30th, 2018.

In the submission mail corresponding authors name and email must be indicated along with 5 keywords and the indication of the class of SEC their work refer to (according to the list reported in the “conference topics” panel). Those interested to submit a full paper version of their work in a journal special issue that is being organized must expression their interest .

Corresponding authors are invited to express their preference for either oral or poster presentation when submitting. However, in order to increase the discussion and networking opportunities, a larger space will be given to the poster sessions with respect to the oral presentations ones and there is the possibility that some papers will be moved to the poster sessions.

Local Organizing Committee

Raffaele Ragucci, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR, chair
Mara de Joannon, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR
Pino Sabia, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR
Giancarlo Sorrentino, Università Federico II di Napoli
Antonella Napolitano, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR

Scientific Committee

Mara de Joannon, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR, chair
George Skevis, CPERI /CERTH, Greece, vice
Maria Abian, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Maria Uxue Alzueta, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Frederique Battin-Leclerc, LRGP-CNRS , France
Edward Blurock, Blurock Consulting AB, Sweden
Stephen Dooley, Trinity College, Ireland
Oliver Herbinet, LRGP-CNRS , France
Tina Kasper, Universitët Duisburg, Germany
Terese Lovas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Fabian Mauss, BTU Cottbus, Germany
Iliyana Naydenova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Alessandro Parente, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Raffaele Ragucci, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR , Italy
Pino Sabia, Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR, Italy
Giancarlo Sorrentino, Università Federico II di Napoli, Italy
Björn Stelzner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Marta Trninić, University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

The venue of the Conference will be the Congress Center of the University Federico II.

The congress center is located in the Santa Lucia area at the center of the Naples roadstead waterfront. The Congress Center is close to the city center and to the main artistic and cultural sites.

The area of Santa Lucia corresponds to the original seashore of the first Greek settlement (Palepolis) and it is in front of the Megaris island were along the centuries the “Castel dell’Ovo” fortress have been built.

Support to the Action participants will be given according to the usual COST rules and the provision of the Action budget plan.

Management Committee members are eligible for a reimbursement up to a maximum of €820.00 . The reimbursement include travel, accommodation (flat rate of €100.00 per night) and meals (flat rate of €20.00 per meals when not provided by the local organizer).

At most one registrant per oral/poster contribution will be considered for a reimbursement up to a maximum of €820.00. Selection will be on the proviso of maximizing the number of participating countries/entities, on a first come-first served basis and in the limit of available funds. The reimbursement will include travel, accommodation (flat rate of €100.00 per night) and meals (flat rate of €20.00 per meals when not provided by the local organizer).

The support notifications from e-cost platform will be issued by December 15th.
No support is guaranteed without the official communication from the COST Action Grant Holder
The registration to the event does not imply the COST Support.

Further support may become available in the future. For information, please, contact the Grant Holder Manager.

All the participants to the meeting will have to register to be admitted to the scientific sessions and participate to the networking event.

Accompanying people should separately register, using the same registration website and paying a reduced registration fee, if they plan to participate at the networking event(s).

Registration service is handled by M.C.M. Congressi on a separate website. You can access the registration procedure by using this link.

All major credit cards are accepted while bank transfer are not preferred and on site cash payments must be explicitly authorized. Any special request concerning registration, receipt issuing and payments must be submitted by email or phone (+390817611085) to M.C.M. Congressi.

A list of suggested hotel is given below but being the venue in the core of the city there is plenty of hotel accommodation nearby ranging from luxury ones to amusing B&B opportunities.

Please note that, even if January is not considered high season in Naples, it is strongly recommended to reserve your accommodation as soon as possible.


Hotel Royal Continental****
Via Partenope, 38/44

The Royal Continental is located on Naples’ waterfront. It’s easy to lose yourself in between the sea and the symbols of the city: opposite the hotel, you’ll see the legendary Castel dell‘Ovo and the Borgo Marinari, just a few minutes walk away is the Piazza del Plebiscito and a little further, the Maschio Angioino.

The hotel is located in the centre of the large pedestrianised island of the promenade, while still being well-connected to the rest of the city.


Hotel Rex ***
Via Palepoli 12

A few steps from the waterfront district of San Ferdinando, just minutes from picturesque sites like Castel dell’Ovo, Borgo Marinari and Piazza Plebiscito, the Hotel Rex of Naples welcomes you in an Art Nouveau building with a cozy Mediterranean atmosphere, enhanced by comfortable rooms, elegant simplicity and careful attention to detail. Cradle of ancient cultures, romantic source of inspiration, full of places to visit, people to meet-the most authentic Naples is all this and much more. There’s nothing left, but to let yourselves be whisked away by her irresistible charm and cheered-up by our hospitality.


B&B Orsini 46
Via Generale Orsini, 46

The bed and breakfast, built inside a building from the early ‘900, is located in the prestigious area of Saint Lucia, ancient and noble heart of Naples, home of the largest luxury hotel, a few meters from the promenade of Via Caracciolo and Plebiscite Square and Royal Palace, the main monuments of Naples are all within walking distance.




Residenza Echia
Via Chiatamone, 47

Residenza Echia is in the heart of Naples, in a restored 20th century building in Santa Lucia. The Residence is near the seaside, in one of the most refined areas of the city, and a few steps away from the Castel dell’Ovo and the Borgo Marinaro. The residence is a great solution for short to mid-term stays and businessmen, who need privacy and independence. Residenza Echia is conveniently located by a commercial area, perfectly served by public transport and near major tourist attractions, not too far from the ports of Molo Beverello and Mergellina.


BB Cappella Vecchia 11
Vicolo Santa Maria a Cappella Vecchia, 11

Set among shops and cafes in the waterfront Chiaia district, this relaxed B&B is a 5-minute walk from a tram stop, a 12-minute walk from Teatro di San Carlo and 2.6 km from Naples National Archaeological Museum.  The 6 colorful rooms feature private bathrooms and paintings by local artists. They also have TVs and free Wi-Fi, and some add balconies. The B&B serves free continental breakfast in a relaxed dining area decorated with local art.



BB Napoli Day
Via S.M. Cappella Vecchia, 11

Napoli Day bed & breakfast is located in the heart of Naples City, in the luxurious Chiaia’s quarter, the most exciting and fashion area, where best restaurants and high fashion shops are concentrated and within walking distance from the world-renowned artistic and cultural attractions of this magnificent city.
All rooms of the B&B are elegant and spacious, furnished with style, creating a warm and comfortable environment making very pleasant your staying in Naples.
All rooms are equipped with all kinds of comfort: private bath-rooms,color TV, air conditioning, mini bar, heating system and free WiFi.