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CECAM-Ratner Workshop

Interface Dynamics and Dissipation

Across the Time- and Length-Scales

May 21-23, 2019

This workshop is supported by CECAM IL & The Mark Ratner Institute for Single Molecule Chemistry     


Workshop Description

Interface dissipative phenomena take place across a wide spectrum of time and length scales, from atomistic processes, as in the gliding motion of a nanocluster or a nano-motor, to mesoscale nonequilibrium physics of colloidal suspensions and micro-swimmers, up to extreme macroscopic mechanisms, as in fault dynamics and earthquake events. Due to the ubiquitous nature of this kind of dissipative processes and the enormous practical relevance, friction-related problems have been investigated over the centuries. Especially nowadays where controlling and reducing friction is increasingly important in nanotechnological device miniaturization, the physics of dissipative dynamics at interfaces is gaining impulse in nanoscale and mesoscale experiments, simulations, and theoretical modeling.

In this workshop we will focus on different methods to simulate interfacial dynamical processes responsible for energy dissipation. The purpose of the proposed workshop is to bring together researchers working on theory, simulation and experiments of dynamics and dissipation at interfaces, and to discuss whether it is possible to go beyond phenomenological approaches and thus go beyond the existing paradigm. The key aim is to exchange new ideas, concepts, and technical (computational) means which can be used for this purpose. Further the interaction with leading experimentalists will help theoreticians and simulators to gain an appreciation of the key time and length scales that computational approaches need to target, and therefore will guide the efforts to develop such approaches. In addition, this exchange of ideas will create a new interface for researchers working on different types of problems.


Bresme Fernando, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London London, UK
Alexei A. Kornyshev, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London London, UK
Lasse Laurson, Laboratory of Physics, Tampere University of Technology Tampere, Finland
Michael Urbakh, School of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University
Andrea Vanossi, CNR-IOM Democritos National Simulation Center & International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) Trieste, Italy
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