Conference on Molecular Nanostructures

Organizers: Prof.K.Kern, Prof.T.Rizzo, Prof.J.Spatz, Prof.J.Hubbell Contact/registration: K.Kuhnke (k.kuhnke(at) Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, March 31-April 4, 2014

Sponsored by: Max-Planck-EPFL Center for Molecular Nanoscience and Technology Centro Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich Swiss National Science Foundation

Many of todays technical innovations are based on structures at the nanometer scale. This length scale is characteristic of small biomolecules, of miniaturized electronic devices, and of artificial structures with specific mechanical and optical properties. The individual molecules and their mutual interaction on the nanometer scale determine properties as different as the electric conductivity, the efficiency of light conversion and the way how living cells make contact to surfaces. Studies of molecular nanosystems are located at the intersection of physics, chemistry, engineering, and life sciences, disciplines which successfully apply specifically developed methods. Central to all studies of molecular nanosystems is the exploration and the deliberate design of molecular architectures at different levels of complexity. The topics of current research span from the strive of a detailed understanding of biomolecule stabilization in their aqueous environment to a continuous improvement of light conversion for renewable energy harvesting. Results in one research field may have direct consequences in adjacent fields and promote novel solutions. It is thus important to create an intense interdisciplinary discourse which provides an exchange of results and a wide accessibility of skills hosted by different laboratories.

The conference shall bring together young scientists and established researchers from nanoscience and biotechnology in order to create a common forum for exchange, discussion and presentation of their recent projects and results.

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Confirmed invited speakers:

Peter Beton (University of Nottingham)

Federico Rosei (University of Quebec)

Alexander Weber-Bargioni (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)

Michael Grätzel (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne)

Nicola Marzari (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne)

Carsten Werner (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden)

Viola Vogel (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich)

Helmut Grubmüller (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen)

Manfred Kappes (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Gerd von Helden (Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin)

Mario Ruben (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Tobias Kippenberg (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne)

Volker Blum (Duke University, Durham NC)

Mark Johnson (Yale University, New Haven CT)

Johannes Barth (Technical University, München)

Francesco Stellacci (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne)

Michael Dustin (University of Oxford)

Aleksandra Radenovic (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne)

Joachim Spatz (Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart)

Magalí Lingenfelder (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne)


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