Nanoparticle Assemblies: A New Form of Matter with Classical Structure and Quantum Function


Mar 27, 2023 – May 19, 2023


UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics


Coordinators: Michael Engel, Laura Na Liu, Monica Olvera, Eran Rabani, and Alex Travesset

Materials whose elementary building blocks are nanoparticles with dimensions between a few and hundred nanometers, such as nanocrystals and colloids, instead of atoms or molecules, provide a new form of matter, with many properties, both in structure and function, that are not achievable with traditional materials. This raises a number of new fundamental questions such as:

  • What is the minimal physical description at the nanoscale?
  • How to discover new assemblies?
  • What are the effects or properties for these new materials and the characterization of equilibrium and metastability?

The program will bring together scientists from diverse communities: physicists, chemists and material scientists in an effort to address the emerging fundamental questions and long-term prospects of this young field. It will develop collaborative efforts in the areas of programmable assembly, structure prediction, inverse methods, electronic properties and new functional materials, with the goal of becoming a reference for the exciting future ahead.

GEOMPACK – Geometry and Packing in Material Structure & Biology (Satellite meeting of the Newton Institute)


14th August 2023 to 10th September 2023


Aberystwyth University (U.K.)

Coordinators: Adil Mughal, Simon Cox and Tudur Davies

Geometry and topology in contemporary material science


August 6-12 2022 


Niels Bohr Institute (International PhD School)


We are pleased to announce a Niels Bohr Institute International PhD School on ‘Geometry and topology in contemporary material science’ which will be held for the 4th time August 6-12, 2022 at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Detailed information as well as a registration link is available at

The school is sponsored by the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen. There is no fee for the school, but travel and accommodation has to be covered by the participants home institutions. 

Attendance will be limited to 30 students to be selected from the applications received. 

Confirmed Lecturers: 

Stephen Hyde (University of Sydney)
Gerd Schröder-Turk (Murdoch University)
Myfanwy Evans (University of Potsdam)
Philipp Schoenhoefer (University of Michigan)
Martin Cramer Pedersen (University of Copenhagen)
Jacob Kirkensgaard (University of Copenhagen)

2022 MRS Fall Meeting Symposium SB05 “Emergent Order and Mesoscale Structure Formation in Soft Condensed Matter”


November 27 – December 2 2022


Boston, MA, USA


We would like to draw your attention to the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting Symposium SB05 “Emergent Order and Mesoscale Structure Formation in Soft Condensed Matter”, to which we hope you will consider submitting your and your students’ and colleagues’ contributions (abstracts are due by June 16th). 

The conference will take place in Boston, MA, USA on November 27 – December 2, and our symposium will cover topics including structure formation in a variety of mesoscopic systems, advances in their analysis, and in our understanding of the kinetic and thermodynamic principles that govern the formation of order. The symposium moreover focuses on recent progress in particle design, phase transitions, and emergent functional properties.

Best wishes,

Julia Dshemuchadse Cornell University (

Chrisy Xiyu Du Harvard University (

Lucio Isa ETH Zürich (

Nicolas Vogel Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (