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.