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Subject: 05.11.28 MRS Symposium LL: Combinatorial Methods and Informatics in Materials Science, Boston, MA
MRS 2005 Fall Meeting
November 28 - December 2, 2005
Boston, MA, USA

MRS Symposium LL
Combinatorial Methods and Informatics in Materials Science

In the past 10 years, combinatorial, and/or high-throughput, and artificial
intelligence methods have permitted scientists to rapidly explore new and
complex systems in materials and device research and development. As 
a consequence to this aim, numerous novel research programs and products 
have emerged from a variety of universities, national laboratories, and 
industry research groups. This symposium will bring together scientists 
from disciplines such as materials sciences, chemistry, physics, electrical 
engineering, chemical and mechanical engineering, informatics, and systems 
engineering to share the successful studies and illuminate current 
challenges in four major technical areas: combinatorial fabrication of new 
materials and novel devices; high-throughput methods for materials and 
device characterization; artificial intelligence methods and software 
development; and combinatorial approach in undergraduate and graduate 

Session Topics

Papers are solicited in the following principal topical areas:

    * Combinatorial fabrication of new materials and novel devices
          o Functional materials, electronic materials, nanomaterials, 
            and biomaterials
          o Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts
          o Polymer composites
          o Millireactors and millifluidics
          o Combinatorial compounding and formulation
          o Ink-jet dispensing and continuous gradient methods
    * High-throughput characterizations of materials and devices
          o Microinstrumentation
          o Rapid characterization of composition and microstructure
          o Mechanical, thermal, and optoelectronic properties
          o Fluid properties such as rheology, stability, and structure
          o Algorithms for high-throughput optimization of materials and
            process parameters
    * Artificial intelligence methods and software development
          o New screening principles and ideas
          o Library fabrication and experimental design
          o Computational combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput
            screening techniques
          o Informatics, efficient user interfaces, and statistical and
            data mining techniques
          o QSPR and QSAR techniques
          o Traditional ab-initio and semi-empirical quantum methods
          o Quantum Monte Carlo, density-functional approaches, and tight
            binding techniques
          o Force-field-based molecular mechanics, dynamics, and Monte
            Carlo simulations
          o Mesoscale and multiscale modeling, molecular modeling, and 
            graphics approaches
    * Combinatorial approach in undergraduate and graduate research

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers (partial list)include:
 Arik Aleksanyan (National Academy Armenia),  Eric J. Amis, Kathryn Beers,
 and Albert Davydov (National Inst. of Standards & Technology),
 Alex Demkov (Univ. of Texas-Austin), Mats Eriksson (Linkoping Univ., 
 Sweden), J.A. Goschnick ( Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany), 
 Jim Greer (NMRC, Ireland), Jaime Grunlan (Texas A&M Univ.), 
 Damian Hajduk (Symyx), Andrew Hillier (Iowa State Univ.), 
 Ghassan Jabbour, (Univ. of Arizona), Yuji Matsumoto (Tokyo Inst. of
 Technology, Japan), Carson Meredith (Georgia Inst. of Technology),
 Tsuyoshi Ohnishi (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan), Akira Ohtomo (Tohoku Univ.,
 Japan), Noriaki Okazaki ( National Inst. for Material Science ),
 John Perkins (National Renewable Energy Lab), Krishna Rajan (Rensselaer 
 Polytechnic Inst.), Joe Shinar (Ames Lab), Paul Stradins (National
 Renewable Energy Lab), Andrei Touzik (IFW), Dean Webster (North Dakota
 State Univ.), Douglas Wicks (Univ. of S. Mississippi), Xiao-Dong Xiang
 (Intematix), Yusuke Yamada (AIST, Japan), Michiko Yoshitake ( National
 Inst. for Material Science ), and Andrei K. Yudin (Univ. of Toronto,

Symposium Organizers

Qi Wang
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
MS 3212
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
Tel: 303-384-6681
Fax: 303-384-6430

Radislav A. Potyrailo
G.E. Global Research Center
Combinatorial Chemistry Laboratory
P.O. Box 8
Schenectady, NY 12301
Tel: 518-387-7370 or -5257
Fax: 518-387-5604

Michael Fasolka
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Polymers Division
MS 8542
100 Bureau Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Tel: 301-975-8526
Fax: 301-975-4924

Toyohiro Chikyow
National Institute for Material Science
Nanomaterial Research Laboratories
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan
Tel: 81-298-59-2746
Fax: 81-298-59-2701

Ulrich S. Schubert
Eindhoven University of Technology
Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry & Nanoscience (SMN)
Dutch Polymer Institute
P.O. Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Tel: 31-40-247-4083
Fax: 31-40-247-4186

Anatoli Korkin
Nano & Giga Solutions
1683 E. Spur St.
Mesa, AZ 85296
Tel/Fax: 480-539-4754
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