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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium TT—Topology in Materials Science—Biological and Functional Nanomaterials, Metrology and Modeling

Over the past two decades significant advances in materials synthesis at the nanoscale and recent progress in novel characterization techniques have led to the emergence of a class of materials in which topology (i.e. arbitrary deformations do not alter the global connectivity) plays a prominent role in terms of their functionalities. These materials are ubiquitous and range from (i) various nanoscale allotropes of carbon such as nanotubes, nanorings, nanohorns, peapods, etc. (ii) metallo-organic frameworks, (iii) helical gold nanotubes (iv) Mobius conjugated polymers (v) block co-polymers, (vi) supramolecular assemblies to (vii) a variety of biological and soft-matter systems, e.g. foams and cellular materials, vesicles of different shape and genus, biomimetic membranes, filaments as well as (viii) network structures. Concurrently, topological database and algorithms to model such materials have been established. In order to understand and properly characterize these important materials one must go significantly beyond the traditional paradigm of microscopic structure-property correlation to a paradigm which explicitly incorporates topological aspects from the beginning in characterizing and/or predicting the physical properties and currently untapped functionalities of these materials.
The main objective of this symposium is therefore to foster this transformative change in our view of nanomaterials with an emphasis on topological metrology. To this end, invited speakers with the expertise in both topology as well as materials science who could provide a tutorial level exposition to the subject to the broader materials science community have been invited. After the conclusion of the symposium, both early career and advanced researchers will be motivated to pursue the new research threads unraveled at the symposium.

Topics will include:

  • Fundamental basis of topology and curvature in functional materials
  • Underpinnings of Topological materials / Topology in low-dimensional systems / nanosystems
  • Material aspects of Topological insulators; Dirac materials
  • Topological allotropes of de novocarbons at nanoscale
  • Topological defects / surfaces / interfaces / excitations andtopological phases
  • Topology of bio-macromolecules / Gyroid and Cubic Bicontinuous Phases in soft- and bio- Matter/Triply-periodic Minimal Surfaces/Biological Photonic Crystals / Network Topology, Knots and braids
  • Topology/geometry in hierarchical self- and directed-assembly syntheses/ Self-organization / Supramolecular materials / MOFs / Topo-selectivity
  • Metrology/Characterization techniques for nanocarbons and othertopological materials
  • Designing topological materials via simulation and molecular modeling (Quantum chemistry, Molecular Dynamics)

Invited Speakers:

  • Yoichi Ando (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Daniel Arovas (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Victor Atanasov (Sofia University, Bulgaria)
  • Dorothy Buck (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Xi Dai (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Rossen Dandoloff (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France)
  • Mark Dennis (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • Myfanwy Evans (TU Berlin, Germany)
  • Min Gu (Swinburne University, Australia)
  • Randall Kamien (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Charles Kane (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Jacob Kirkensgaard (Copenhagen University, Denmark)
  • Fred MacKintosh (Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan (Harvard University, USA)
  • David R. Nelson (Harvard University, USA)
  • Paul Popelier (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
  • Anthony Roberts (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Vanessa Robins (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Tom Robinson (Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces-Potsdam, Germany)
  • Christopher Rycroft (Harvard University, USA)
  • Ulrich Schneider (Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany)
  • Hiroyuki Shima (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
  • David Srolovitz (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Satoshi Tanda (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Qi-Kun Xue (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Vivien Zapf (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Sanju Gupta
Western Kentucky University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Zhong Fang
Inst. of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Avadh Saxena
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Gerd Schroeder-Turk
Murdoch University
School of Engineering and Information Technology