Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

President: Professor Antonino Zichichi

International School of Crystallography

Director: Sir Tom Blundell, FRS FMedSci

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49th Course

High-pressure crystallography:
status artis and emerging opportunitites

Erice, Italy • 27 May (arrival) to 5 June (departure) 2016

Purpose of the course

High-pressure crystallography:
status artis and emerging opportunitites

Purpose of the course

Erice2016 logo Since the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Percy W. Bridgman in 1946 "for the invention of an apparatus to produce extremely high pressures, and for the discoveries he made therewith in the field of high pressure physics", tremendous advances have been made in the field of high-pressure crystallography. Bridgman's use of novel technical approaches to drive discovery finds an echo in modern high-pressure crystallography: New experimental and theoretical approaches allow us to address fundamental scientific questions from disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geosciences and Materials Science. An ever expanding use of high pressure - from the very modest pressure required to induce the denaturation of proteins and modify intermolecular interactions, through the higher pressures required to synthesise new materials for technological application, to the ultra-high pressures required to radically alter the chemical physical properties of simple elements and materials or recreate the conditions found in Earth's and other planets' interior - is making it a versatile and central tool in condensed matter science.

The objective of this course is to educate young researchers in the interdisciplinary aspects of high-pressure crystallography research and to inspire the next generation of high-pressure scientists to leave their own stamp on the field. Fundamental topics covered in the course include experimental techniques for pressure generation, X-ray and neutron diffraction on single crystal and powder materials, comparative structural studies as well as combined high-temperature and low-temperature experiments. These will be demonstrated through examples of different chemical and structural complexity, including minerals, elements, molecular crystals, ices and biomolecules. Specialised and frontiers high-pressure research topics will include computational crystallography, dynamic compression, characterisation of liquids and glasses and pair distribution function analysis. The course will be rounded up by illustrating the use of high-pressure as a means to study and access new materials for industrial application such as pharmaceuticals, energy storage, magnetic and ultra-hard materials.

Lectures will be complemented by demonstration and workshop sessions. The course will provide a platform for young and senior scientists to interact and identify as well as discuss new challenges in this rapidly evolving and vibrant research area.

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Course Directors

Francesca P.A. Fabbiani

Georg-August University
Göttingen, Germany

John B. Parise

Stony Brook University
New York, NY, USA

Malcolm Guthrie

European Spallation Source
Lund, Sweden
(Image STFC/ Stephen Kill)

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Application
deadline

30 November 2015

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Faculty

R.J. ANGEL
University of Padua, Italy

E.V. BOLDYREVA
Novosibirsk State University, RAS, Russia

L.E. BOVE
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

N.J. BROOKS
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

K.W. CHAPMAN
APS, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

J.H. EGGERT
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, USA

F.P.A. FABBIANI
Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

M. GUTHRIE
Europen Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden

T. IRIFUNE
Ehime University, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan

J.M. JACKSON
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

A. KATRUSIAK
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

D. MACHON
Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

W.L. MAO
Stanford University and SLAC, Menlo Park, CA, USA

H.E. MAYNARD-CASELY
ANSTO, Lucas Heights, Australia

M.I. McMAHON
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

J.B. PARISE
Stony Brook University, New York, NY, USA

S. PARSONS
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

S. PASCARELLI
ESRF, Grenoble, France

C.J. PICKARD
University College London, United Kingdom

C. SANLOUP
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

B. WINKLER
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


The webpages for the 2015 Course (concluded last 14 June) can be found here.

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