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Control at the Nanoscale – Manipulating Structure and Properties of Nanoscale Clusters. Recent Experimental and Theoretical Advances and Future Challenges

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The 2nd WG3 Virtual Symposium will focus on recent experimental and theoretical advancements in the field of nanoscale cluster science, as well as the future challenges and opportunities. The topics will include: 1) The controlled and precise synthesis and characterization of nanoscale clusters with different compositions, sizes, shapes, and structures; 2) The manipulation and control of nanoscale clusters using external stimuli such as light, electric fields, magnetic fields, or chemical agents; 3) The investigation of the structure-property relationships of nanoscale clusters and their controlled applications in catalysis, optics, electronics, energy conversion, and storage; 4)The development of computational methods and models for simulating and accurately predicting the properties of nanoscale clusters. The symposium will bring together researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds who share a common interest in nanoscale cluster science at the extreme limit of control. It will provide a platform for exchanging ideas, presenting results, discussing challenges, and fostering collaborations. The symposium may also feature external invited speakers who are leading experts in the field, as well as presentations in dedicated sessions (see below) and panel discussions. The primary goal of WG3 S-2 is to make the point within the COSY community on the general topic of control at the nanoscale. Transfer of knowledge among the symposium participants, dissemination of the results already achieved within the framework of WG3, and positioning in terms of short- and medium-term perspectives will be the main goals of the symposium. Additionally, the convenience of forming task-force groups (TFGs) on specific topics, resulting in multi-authored publications will be discussed. An idea is eg that each TFG be led by an experienced researcher and co-led by an early-stage investigator. We will have a dedicated session about possible TFGs and also about collecting suggestions for a WG3 podcast we need to prepare, please see the google form.

In terms of WG3 member contributions, the program will foresee:

(1) a limited number of “oral” presentations (Faraday Discussions type, thus, max 5’ time and 5 pptx slides for the oral presentation + 15’ discussion and Q&A) on recent methodological advances or novel concepts in the field (both experimental and theoretical);
(2) a larger number of “poster” presentations (one or few, please no more than 3! interesting case-studies/systems per presenter), supported by 2’ time flash presentations and 2 pptx slides.
Contributions from young scientists, and colleagues from ITC countries and/or lesser represented gender are welcome.


Conference Schedule – Essential Program (November 27th, 2023)

Time Event Chairs Presenters
08:50 – 09:10 Registration and Forewords
09:10 – 10:40 Session 1 – Small Clusters Fortunelli & Roongcharoen Lopez-Quintela (L), Carrol (L), Krupka (S), Sanader-Maršić (S), Quintana-González (S), Shi (S)
10:40 – 10:50 Short Break
10:50 – 12:20 Session 2 – Larger Clusters and Particles Moskaleva & Carroll Melani (L), Barrabés (L), Banu (S), Bruix (S), Laverdure (S), Roongcharoen (S), Fortunelli/Kadam (S)
12:20 – 13:20 Lunch Break
13:20 – 14:50 Session 3 – Complex Processes under Confinement Giovannini & Šekutor Mudric (L), Rupprechter (L), Zinzani (S), Marques (S), Santos (S), Ólafsson (S), Lushchikova (S)
14:50 – 15:00 Short Break
15:00 – 16:30 Session 4 – Optical Properties López & Melani Vanzan (L), Giovannini (L), Stener (S), Striccoli (S-1), Striccoli (S-2), Naumkin (S), Belo (S)
16:30 – 17:00 Session 5 – Discussion on podcast and TFGs Fortunelli & Moskaleva


Program with Titles of Presentations and DOIs/Links

Time Event Chairs Presenters
08:50 – 09:10 Registration and Forewords
09:10 – 10:40 Session 1 – Small Clusters Fortunelli & Roongcharoen M. Arturo Lopez-Quintela (L), 2D-polymerization on bulk inert surfaces using Ag5 and Cu5 clusters
as extrinsic catalysts, Manuscript under review in Nature Chemistry, for the topic, see e.g.
LinkLenard Carroll (L), Carbon vacancy-assisted stabilization of individual Cu5 clusters on graphene.
Insights from ab initio molecular dynamics, DOIKatarzyna Krupka (S), A comprehensive study of intermolecular interactions between metal atomic
quantum clusters (AQCs) and aromatic hydrocarbons,
10:40 – 10:50 Short Break
16:30 – 17:00 Session 5 – Discussion on podcast and TFGs Fortunelli & Moskaleva


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