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Clusters & Nanostructures
Gordon Research Conference

Building Complex Systems with Clusters and Nanostructures

Dates

July 9-14, 2017

Location

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Paolo Milani

Vice Chair:
Peter Lievens

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 11, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The last two decades have witnessed a huge growth in the use of clusters and nanoparticles as building blocks of materials, devices and systems with complex properties and functionalities. This growth is based on a substantial deepening of the understanding and control of the fundamental properties of these particles, and is driven equally by theoretical, simulational, experimental and technological advances. Disruptive applications in electronics, photonics, biomedicine, catalysis, and energy production and storage have started to emerge, boosted by the convergence of top-down fabrication with bottom-up assembly of clusters. This convergence means that it is now possible to simultaneously engineer different length scales, architectures, materials, and manufacturing methods.

The 2017 Gordon Conference on Cluster and Nanostructures focuses on the intimate interplay of fundamental knowledge, novel experimental methodologies, and integration of technologies to achieve novel applications. Gas phase routes for the production and assembling of clusters are a central theme of the conference since they are becoming a pivotal to the fabrication of an entirely new class of materials, devices and smart systems. At the same time fundamental studies of cluster properties are crucial since they provide the basis for advances in applications. Advances in the understanding of the structural and functional properties of single clusters and cluster-assembled systems will be presented and discussed in view of the intelligent fabrication of cluster-based devices.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Clusters & Nanostructures" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Nanophotonics and Nanotoxicology
Discussion Leader: Peter Lievens (KU Leuven, Belgium)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmHarry Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Light Driven Excitation in Metallic Nanostructures - From Excited State Dynamics to Catalysis and Tunable Materials"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmKenneth Dawson (University College Dublin, Ireland)
"Biological Recognition on the Nanoscale as a Foundation for Understanding Interactions with Living Systems"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStructural and Functional Properties
Discussion Leader: Anatoly Frenkel (Stony Brook University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amRiccardo Ferrando (University of Genoa, Italy)
"Nanoscale Effects on Phase Separation"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:30 amRowan Leary (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Charting New Frontiers of Cluster and Nanoparticulate Catalysts Using Multi-Dimensional Electron Microscopy"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:45 amStephan Roth (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany)
"Tailoring Metal-Polymer Interfaces"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:20 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMagnetic Properties
Discussion Leader: Veronique Dupuis (Institut Lumière Matière (ILM), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, France)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmTobias Lau (Institute for Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research, Germany)
"Magnetism of Clusters and Organometallic Complexes"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:50 pmSarah Majetich (Carnegie-Mellon University, USA)
"Magnetic Nanoparticles: New Insights"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAndrei Kirilyuk (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
"Unusual Cluster Magnetism: From Kramers Degeneracy to Modified Exchange"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCluster Fabrication and Assembling
Discussion Leader: Einar Kruis (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amRichard Palmer (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)
"Scaling-Up Cluster Beam Deposition for Catalysis, Biomed and Environmental Applications"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:30 amSotiris Pratsinis (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Flame Synthesis of Atom-Dispersed PGM Catalysts on Nanostructured CeO2 or TiO2"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:40 amMichael Zachariah (University of Maryland, USA)
"Growth of Metal Clusters and Particles Within Stabilizing Matrices"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmYves Huttel (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain)
"Challenges in the Scaling Up Ion Cluster Sources: Recent Advances"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCluster-Based Devices
Discussion Leader: Simon Brown (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmMukhles Sowwan (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
"Highly Sensitive and Selective Chemoresistive Gas Sensors Using Hybrid Nanocluster-Nanowire Based Devices"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:50 pmAntonio Tricoli (Australian National University, Australia)
"Gas-Phase Nanoarchitectonics of Ultraporous Nanodevices for Preventive and Personalized Medical Diagnostics"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmLuca Bettini (University of Milan, Italy)
"Cluster Beam Microfabrication of Carbon-Based Nanomaterials and Devices for Sustainable Energy Applications"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmClusters and Nanoparticles for Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Discussion Leader: Shalom Wind (Columbia University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amPhilip Demokritou (Harvard University, USA)
"Critical Issues in Risk Assessment of Engineered Nanomaterials: Current Evidence and Remaining Challenges"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:30 amRaz Jelinek (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
"Carbon Quantum Dots - Adventures in the Carbon Nanoworld"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:40 amStacy Copp (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Building Nanophotonic Sensors with DNA: DNA-Protected Silver Clusters with Base-Encoded Optical Properties"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:20 pmGianni Ciofani (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)
"Bioapplications of Smart Ceramic Nanoparticles"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmOptics
Discussion Leader: Heinz Hoevel (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmJennifer Dionne (Stanford University, USA)
"Real-Time, Nanometer-Scale Visualization of Chemical Transformations in Metallic Nanoparticles"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:50 pmTheobald Lohmueller (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany)
"Bending and Tearing of Plasmonic Nanorods with Light"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmLate-Breaking Topic
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanocatalysis
Discussion Leader: Stefan Vajda (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:45 amScott Anderson (University of Utah, USA)
"Selectively Doped, Size-Selected Cluster Catalysts"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:30 amMaria Chan (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"First Principles Modeling and Optimization of Nanocatalysts"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:10 amCoffee Break
11:10 am - 11:45 amBeatriz Roldan Cuenya (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
"Operando Nanocatalysis: Size, Shape and Chemical State Effects"
11:45 am - 11:55 amDiscussion
11:55 am - 12:20 pmYanguang Li (Soochow University, China)
"Engineering Nanostructured Materials for Electrocatalysis"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmClusters and Nanoparticles in Strong Fields
Discussion Leader: Daniela Rupp (Technical University of Berlin, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmTais Gorkhover (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA)
"In-Flight Holography: Overcoming the Phase Problem in X-Ray Imaging of Free Nanoparticles"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:50 pmOlivier Sublemontier (University of Paris-Saclay, CEA, France)
"Probing the Chemical Structure of Isolated Nanoparticles by Laser and Synchrotron Radiation"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmLate-Breaking Topic
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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