2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium NM03—Nanomanipulation of Materials

A key component of modern materials research involves the manipulation of matter on the nanometer and atomic scales. The ultimate goal in such work is two-fold: while rational manipulation allows the realization of material systems and devices with precisely designed properties, the detailed investigation of physical processes occurring during manipulation sheds light on fundamental mechanisms that govern phenomena ranging from friction to electron transport on such small length scales.

With the advent of scanning probe microscopy based methods over the past few decades, nanomanipulation studies have proliferated, and it is now possible to control the position of nanometer-scale objects (including but not limited to nano-islands and nano-ribbons of two-dimensional materials) as well as single molecules and even single atoms on material surfaces with outstanding spatial precision. Highlights of influential nanomanipulation work span a broad spectrum, from the fabrication of atomic-scale systems performing logic operations, to the construction of molecular machines and motors, all the way to studies of ultra-low friction sliding at atomically flat interfaces. Modification of surface properties on the nanometer scale through mechanical, chemical and electrical means also falls under the general umbrella of nanomanipulation.

This symposium will bring together scientists from various disciplines (including but not limited to materials science, physics and engineering) working in nanomanipulation, whereby the most recent developments in the field will be discussed from an interdisciplinary point of view and perspectives for future research directions will be formed. Invited talks will provide a state-of-the-art picture of the theory and experiments involving nanomanipulation.

Topics will include:

  • Atomic and Molecular Manipulation
  • Manipulation of Nanoscale Objects
  • Manipulation of Nano-ribbons of Two-Dimensional Materials
  • Nanomanipulation of Surfaces through Mechanical, Chemical and Electrical Means
  • Adhesion and Friction on Nanoscopic and Mesoscopic Scales
  • Transmission of Motion and Molecular Machines
  • Theoretical Aspects of Nanomanipulation

Invited Speakers:

  • Diana Berman (University of North Texas, USA)
  • Graham Cross (Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland)
  • Omur E. Dagdeviren (McGill University, Canada)
  • Dirk Dietzel (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany)
  • Anne-Sophie Duwez (University of Liège, Belgium)
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Enrico Gnecco (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)
  • Oguzhan Gurlu (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
  • Saw-Wai Hla (Ohio University, USA)
  • Tevis Jacobs (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Christian Joachim (Centre d’Élaboration des Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales, France)
  • Shigeki Kawai (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Nate Kirchhofer (Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company, USA)
  • Elad Koren (Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Hiroshi Onishi (Kobe University, Japan)
  • Ruben Perez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
  • Grant J. Simpson (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Michael Urbakh (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Roland Wiesendanger (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Astrid de Wijn (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Symposium Organizers

Mehmet Z. Baykara
University of California, Merced
Department of Mechanical Engineering
USA

Ernst Meyer
Universität Basel
Department of Physics
Switzerland
+41-061-207-3724, ernst.meyer@unibas.ch

Francesca Moresco
Technische Universität Dresden
Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden
Germany

Andre Schirmeisen
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
Institute of Applied Physics
Germany