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