Functional Properties at the Atomic Scale
“There is still plenty of room at the bottom!”
May 21st - 25th, 2012 - Short course
During the past two decades, enormous progress in several experimental methods has occurred, opening the way to the science and technology at the nanometer level that Nobel laureate Richard Feynman envisaged in his famous speech 'There is plenty of room at the bottom'. Different routes (mainly physical and chemical) towards the synthesis of nanostructured materials have been established and refined and the new structural, electrical, optical and magnetic properties that arise in nanostructured materials are intensively studied. Making and studying nanostructured materials has acutely increased the analytical challenges, in terms of lateral and depth resolution and sensitivity. This school addresses in a comprehensive way the techniques for the synthesis, characterization and measurement of the functional properties of nanostructured materials by making use of intense particle beams (x-rays, neutrons, ions, electrons) and nuclear methods. These techniques do provide essential information at the atomic scale with a sensitivity and specificity that is often unrivaled by conventionally used techniques. The use of intense particle beams and nuclear methods is most often linked to large and complex infrastructure and consequently, a large fraction of researchers is not familiar with (the capabilities of) these techniques. It is a unique feature of this school to bring top European scientists together in order to create an exciting scientific program in which nanostructured materials are approached from different perspectives and experimental techniques.
The topics covered in this school will be relevant for master and PhD students from various backgrounds (physics, chemistry, but also engineering and biology). The speakers are strongly encouraged to make their presentations accessible for non-experts and to illustrate with relevant examples. Moreover, a poster session and an oral session are organized in which the young researchers can present the work they are carrying out, e.g. in the framework of their master thesis or PhD work. This is an excellent and informal way to interact with each other, to refine their presentation skills and to exchange ideas and expertise with experienced researchers.
The Faculty of Science of the KU Leuven invites you to participate in this Spring School and to get immersed in the exciting field of nanoscience. You will discover that there is still plenty of room at the bottom!.
The school director
- The programme will consist of morning and afternoon sessions. Evenings are reserved for social activities (including a barbecue). An informal poster session will be organized during which the participants can present and discuss their own research work or plans. There will also be an oral session where participants can present their research.
The school will be organized at the conference center ‘La Foresta’ in Vaalbeek, just a few kilometers away from Leuven. Full board will be provided for students staying at La Foresta. Lunch is possible for students who do not stay at the La Foresta conference center.
Registration is closed
Fee with accomodation is 270 euro.
This includes accommodation (on the basis of two persons/room), breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks, barbecue, and course material.
Fee without accomodation is 140 euro.
This includes lunch, coffee breaks, barbecue, and course material.
Registration via our registration tool is only completed after payment of the registration fee.
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The participants must be insured by their home university. The KU Leuven does not accept any liability for students other than students registered at the KU Leuven for a fulltime programme.
Students can receive an official certificate issued by the Faculty of Science of the KU Leuven, in which it is stated that the participant has attended the course (valued at three credit points) and has successfully taken the evaluation. In order to qualify for the certificate, students need to attend at least 7/8 of the 15 lectures and will write a paper (in English, between ten and fifteen pages) related to one of the presentations at the course. The students can freely choose the presentation on which they will work. This paper should contain an introduction to the topic, an overview of the state of the art in the research domain, an overview of the most important relevant experimental techniques and theoretical methods and insights, the most important results presented at the summer school and a vision on future developments in the relevant research area. The paper will not be limited to material presented at the school, but students should carry out additional literature research. The plan, contents, global vision and technical quality of the paper will be graded by the school organizers and the relevant speaker. The paper needs to be submitted in electronic form (by e-mail to the school organizers) at latest by June 30th, 2012.
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- H.-G. Boyen (Hasselt)
- S. Cottenier (Gent)
- K. Temst (Leuven)