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Solid State Chemistry
Gordon Research Conference

New Frontiers in Materials Synthesis and Characterization

Dates

August 30 - September 4, 2009

Location

Magdalen College
Oxford, United Kingdom

Organizers

Chair:
Martin Jansen

Vice Chair:
Mas Subramanian

Meeting Description

The availability of ever higher performance materials is a crucial prerequisite to progress in any field of modern technology. Commonly followed approaches in materials sciences to meet such requirements are to optimize and advance known materials, in this way also extending their range of application. Discovery of new materials, however, bears the potential to generate new properties and exotic phenomena, and can initiate dramatic advances in technological innovations as well as in basic science. The synthesis of new solid materials is one of the basic tasks of Solid State Chemistry, and will constitute the principal topic of the 2009 GRC on “Solid State Chemistry”. In the field of synthesis, new achievements are allowing more control, and more targeted approaches that go beyond the classical “shake and bake” approaches and conventional precursor routes. Greater synthetic control can be gained by a variety of emerging approaches. These include effectively managing the boundary conditions during syntheses via ablation techniques, through deposition of solids from the gas phase, the use of low temperature techniques using solvents/fluxes, building block approaches or by employing extreme conditions with respect to temperature and pressure. For example, significant progress has been achieved in monitoring the initial stages of structure formation. However, there is still a long way to go for a full understanding and control of the relevant processes, which would be indispensable for running fully targeted materials syntheses.

In characterization, it has remained an intriguing challenge to determine the structures of materials across all length-scales, in particular to investigate all kinds of “non-ideal” crystalline structural properties. Such complete structural information would be the basis for any microscopic understanding of a material’s functions. What has so far been a widely neglected issue is time-dependent phenomena. With the new x-ray laser facilities presently under construction, an enormous increase in spatial-temporal resolution will become available. Special sessions will be devoted to this main theme of the conference. In addition, hot topics from all fields of solid state chemistry will be covered.

The conference will have the renowned idea-stimulating Gordon conference format, and in addition, from the submitted posters the most innovative ones will be selected and invited for short oral presentation.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
5:30 pmWelcome Reception on the Cloisters Lawn
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
Welcome remarks by Martin Jansen (MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart)
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm IMAGING TRANSIENT STRUCTURES WITH ULTRAFAST DIFFRACTION
Discussion Leader: Francis Di Salvo (Cornell University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmNigel D. Browning (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
"Dynamic TEM: in-situ studies with combined nanosecond and nanometer resolution"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmAndrea Cavalleri (DESY, X-FEL Hamburg)
"Optical-control of complex solids"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm ADVANCED SOLID STATE SYNTHESIS
Discussion Leader: Kenneth Poeppelmeier (University of Missouri)
9:00 am - 9:40 amZhijian "James" Shen (Stockholm University)
"Ordered coalescence phenomena in bulk ceramics"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:10 amGuus Rijnders (University of Twente)
"Novel oxide materials synthesis by atomic scale controlled growth"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmGalina Tsirlina (Moscow State University)
"Electrodeposition of materials based on conducting oxides for electro-chromic and catalytic applications"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY OF MAIN GROUP ELEMENTS
Discussion Leader: Paul Attfield (University of Edinburgh)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmBarbara Albert (University of Darmstadt)
"Borides - sometimes frustrated magnets, sometimes thermo-electrics, sometimes catalysts - while always exhibiting fascinating structures"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMikhail I. Eremets (MPI for Chemistry, Mainz)
"Solid state chemistry of light elements (H, Li, Na, B, C, N) at megabar pressures"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm INTERMETALLICS: NEW PERSPECTIVES
Discussion Leader: Yuri Grin (MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids)
9:00 am - 9:40 amArnold M. Guloy (University of Houston)
"Mild oxidation of polar intermetallics: a soft chemistry route to new materials"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amFranck Gascoin (University of Montpellier)
"Intermetallics: thermoelectric properties at the zintl border"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmClaudia Felser (Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz)
"Heusler compounds multifunctional materials"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm HIGH SPATIAL-TEMPORAL RESOLUTION WITH SYNCHROTRON DIFFRACTION
Discussion Leader: Martha Greenblatt (Rutgers University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmGavin Vaughan (ESRF Grenoble)
"In situ spatial and temporal characterization by multi-dimensional diffraction mapping"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm Poster Talk: Alexey Y. Ganin (University of Liverpool)
"Body-centred cubic Cs3C60 fulleride as an archetype for a family of highly symmetrical molecular superconductors"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pm Poster Talk: Maria Poienar (CNRS - Laboratoire Crismat)
"Crystal and magnetic structures of delafossite frustrated antiferromagnet CuCrO2"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmPoster Talk: Theeranun Siritanon (Oregon State University)
"Novel conducting tellurium rich defect pyrochlores"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm NEW HTSC’S, MULTIFERROICS AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS
Discussion Leader: Antoine Maignan (CRISTMAT, Caen)
9:00 am - 9:40 amRadu Coldea (University of Oxford)
"Orbital degeneracy, charge order and frustrated magnetism on a triangular lattice: neutron and resonant X-ray studies of delafossite AgNiO2"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amYuichi Shimakawa (Kyoto University)
"New perovskite-type structure oxides: High-pressure synthesized bulks and epitaxially grown thin films"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJohn E. Greedan (McMaster University)
"New ways to subvert the third law. Examples from perovskite and Brownmillerite oxides"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CHEMICAL BONDING IN EXTENDED SOLIDS
Discussion Leader: Matthew J. Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmCarlo Gatti (CNR-ISTM, Milano)
"Self charge transfer in an element: the ‘ionic’ high pressure form of Boron"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pm Poster Talk: Miriam Schmitt (MPI CPfS Dresden)
"Crystal chemistry meets magnetism - a joined experimental and computational study"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pm Poster Talk: Amy Prieto (Colorado State University)
"Nanoparticles containing earth abundant, nontoxic elements for photovoltaic devices"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm SOLIDS WITH NANOSCOPIC AND MESOSCOPIC TOPOLOGIES
Discussion Leader: Eugene V. Antipov (Moscow State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSerena Margadonna (University of Edinburgh)
"Phase transitions and magnetism in orbitally active transition metal fluorides"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amUlrich Wiesner (Cornell University)
"Combining polymer science with inorganic chemistry into new materials"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmThomas Maschmeyer (University of Sydney)
"Generating catalytic surface species using ionic liquids as synthesis media"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session II
5:30 pmReception on the Cloisters Lawn
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Discussion Leader: Miguel A. Alario-Franco (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPeter Edwards (University of Oxford)
"Can we make a materials difference to a sustainable energy future?"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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