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CECAM Workshop: Fluid-Structure Interactions in Soft-Matter Systems: From Mesoscale to Macroscale, 26 - 30 November 2012, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy


Every non-trivial problem in hydrodynamics involves boundary conditions, and/or driving by external or internal forces. From a computational point of view this implies the need for both a flow solver, and a method to couple the flow to the boundaries and/or forces. The conceptually simplest case is a non-moving rigid boundary that limits the flow of a Newtonian fluid, commonly referred to in the engineering literature as "fluid-structure interactions". More complicated cases arise when the boundary can move, or the solid is elastic, or the fluid is non-Newtonian, or combinations of these. Furthermore, the fluid may undergo phase separation, and at small length scales thermal fluctuations need to be taken into account - a regime that is typical in the Soft Matter domain. Blood flow, to just mention one well-known example, exhibits many of these complexities.

CECAM Tutorial: Simulating Soft Matter with ESPResSo, ESPResSo++ and VOTCA, 8 - 12 October 2012, University of Stuttgart, Germany


The tutorial is planned as the continuation of a series of tutorials that has started in 2010 ("Simulating Soft Matter with ESPResSo", Oct 11-15 2010 and "Coarse-grained Simulation of Biological Soft Matter Systems using ESPResSo", Oct 10-14 2011).  Since simulations are often performed by PhD students, there is a continuous need for teaching the use of computer simulations in soft matter research. ESPResSo, ESPResSo++ and VOTCA are tools that makes it significantly easier for students to get started with their projects, and therefore is ideally suited as a basis for such a tutorial.

 Another aim of this workshop is to give the developers of the software packages feedback on ongoing research on soft matter, so that design decisions better match the needs of the community.

Statistical Mechanics: Interplay of Theory and Computer Simulations - University of Mainz, September 19-21, 2012


With this workshop we wish to honor Prof. Kurt Binder, who will become emeritus at Mainz in 2012.

Topics to be discussed at the workshop include

- Simulation methods
- Glasses, spin glasses and disordered systems
- Polymers
- Critical phenomena and finite size scaling
- Nucleation and spinodal decomposition
- Surfaces, wetting, confinement.

Invited Speakers (confirmed) include Jean-Louis Barrat, Joerg Baschnagel, Kurt Binder, Christoph Dellago, Siegfried Dietrich, Bob Evans, Juan de Pablo, Pep Espanol, Michael E. Fisher, Daan Frenkel, Alexander Yu Grosberg, Pierre Hohenberg, Wolfhard Janke, Walter Kob, David P. Landau, Erik Luijten, Giorgio Parisi, Michele Parrinello, Andrew Parry, Doros Theodorou, Richard Vink, Nigel Wilding, and Annette Zippelius.

CECAM Workshop: Polymer Translocation through Nanopores, Mainz, 16 - 18 September 2012

Location : Schloss Waldhausen, Mainz, Germany 


The translocation of long polymeric molecules is of central importance to technology, ranging from gel permeation, chromatography, to enhanced oil recovery and genomics. This has lead to a plethora of experimental observations, theoretical predictions, and results from computer simulations that study and elucidate various aspects of the underlying translocation dynamics. However, notwithstanding the significance of translocation phenomena both as a possible technological application and from the standpoint of basic research, the understanding of this phenomenon is still elusive and, in some respects, controversial.

Despite of the extensive research, even the dynamics of the generic process still remains relatively poorly understood.

The very nature of the translocation dynamics which is currently believed to be an example  of anomalous diffusion remains controversial, and the assumed mean translocation time universality, especially for driven translocations, is strongly questioned.

Even though some recent multiscale simulations  on a bio-polymer translocation in a solvent indicate findings in agreement with experiments, there exists a strong appeal for a consistent microscopic understanding which could grasp the many-body nature of this phenomenon in its complexity and reduce it to few clear predictions that relate the main observables to the governing parameters.

24th International Liquid Crystal Conference, ILCC, Mainz, 19 - 24 August 2012


The mission of this biannual conference is to bring together the scientific community working in the interdisciplinary field of Liquid Crystals, or mesophases in the broader sense. This community ranges from classical synthetic chemistry to theoretical physics, from structural biology to engineering applications, and is linked by the interest in various aspects of soft matter. Liquid Crystals are nowadays almost omnipresent in many, very different fields of science and this conference will provide a common platform for demonstrating and discussing new developments. The organizers are Rudolf Zentel, University of Mainz (chairman), Klaus Muellen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (co-chairman) and Harald Pleiner, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (co-chairman).

Mainz Materials Simulation Days, Mainz, 25 - 27 May 2011


The Mainz Materials Simulation Days are a series of discussion meetings focusing on method developments in computational materials science. The workshops are jointly organized by the groups of Prof. Kurt Kremer at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Prof. Friederike Schmid at the Physics Institute of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. They will typically be of a 2 days duration starting at noon on Wednesday and finishing at noon on Friday.

Many-electron approaches in Material Science, Mainz, 27 May 2011 


This 1/2-day meeting (Friday afternoon, 27th of May, 2011) is a follow up of the NAMET conference and is focused on the development of novel methods to treat many-electron problems and their potential applications in material science. For this reason it is thought as a complementary section of the Mainz Material Simulation Days (MMSD 2011) meeting where the latest application of computational methodologies to condensed matter will be discussed.

New Approaches in Many-Electron Theory (NAMET), September 20 - 24, 2010 in Mainz

This interdisciplinary workshop will focus on the theoretical foundation of many-electron models and on its numerical implementations, with a special focus on quantum Monte Carlo, density functionals and (reduced) density matrix functionals.


38th Topical Meeting on Liquid Crystals, March 10 - 12, 2010 in Mainz

The general topic of this workshop (the 38th in the series 'Arbeitstagung Flüssigkristalle') are mesophases, their synthesis and characterization, as well as experiments, theory, simulation, and applications related to mesophases. Besides thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals, also block copolymers, liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers will be considered including subjects like mesophases in biological material, colloids and mesophases, instabilities in mesophases, photonic and charge transport properties in liquid crystal phases, and reactions in ordered phases.


Statussymposium of the Initiative "New Conceptual Approaches to Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems" of the Volkswagen Foundation

21-23 September 2009

8th German Ferrofluid Workshop, Mainz, 7 - 9 May 2008

The 8th German Ferrofluid Workshop is organized by C. Holm and H. Pleiner.

Nonequilibrium Phenomena in Complex Elastomers/Gels

5-6 Novemeber 2007
On the occasion of Harald Pleiners 60th birthday

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International Discussion Meeting on the MOLECULAR AND STRUCTURAL BASIS OF FUNCTIONAL SYSTEMS Sparkassenakademie Schloß Waldthausen

Charge Transport in Organic Materials: From Single Molecules to Devices

23-28 September 2007
The goal of this summer school is to highlight the current state of investigations on the charge transport in organic materials and to provide an up-to-date overview on the key aspects of molecular electronics from individual molecules and single crystals to devices based on thin films. This school will present the research activities on the transport phenomena over the past decade from an experimental and theoretical point of view. The latest results in device preparation and application will be highlighted together with a critical discussion of future prospects, e.g. devices based on single molecules or organic photovoltaic cells.

European Conference on Molecular Electronics

05-08 September 2007

The Conference will cover all areas related to organic and plastic electronics, including chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, optical science, nanoscience, engineering, and device fabrication and commercialization.

Contact:Denis Andrienko
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