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Nanoscale Material Interfaces:
Experiment, Theory and Simulation
(24 Nov 2004 - 23 Jan 2005)

Organizing Committee ·  Confirmed Visitors · Overview · Activities · Membership Application

 Organizing Committee


  • Weizhu Bao (National University of Singapore)
  • Bo Li (University of California at San Diego)
  • Ping Lin (National University of Singapore)
  • Jian-Guo Liu (University of Maryland)


  • Gan-Moog Chow (National University of Singapore)
  • Weinan E (Princeton University)
  • Yuanping Feng (National University of Singapore)
  • Chun Lu (National University of Singapore and Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore)
  • Xingbin Pan (East China Normal University)
  • Chang Shu (National University of Singapore)
  • Eitan Tadmor (University of Maryland)
  • Xuesen Wang (National University of Singapore)
  • Kaiyang Zeng (National University of Singapore and Institute of Materials Research Engineering, Singapore)
  • Yongwei Zhang (National University of Singapore and Institute of Materials Research Engineering, Singapore)

 Confirmed Visitors


This two-month program will bring together leading international physicists, material scientists, computational scientists and applied mathematicians, and experts from NUS Departments of Physics, Materials Science, Mathematics and Computational Science, and from A*STAR institutes IMRE and IHPC. The program participants will:

  1. review the recent development in the research on materials surfaces and interfaces, from experiment to theory to simulation;

  2. identify critical scientific issues in the understanding of the fundamental principles and basic mechanisms of interfacial dynamics in different kinds of materials systems, particularly those that are characterized by fluctuation, multiscale, and non-equilibrium;

  3. accelerate the interaction of applied mathematics and computational science with physics and materials science, and promote the highly interdisciplinary research on new material interface problems with emerging applications.


The program activities will consist of:

1. Collaborative research: 24 Nov 2004 - 23 Jan 2005

During the period of the program, Institute for Mathematical Sciences will provide an excellent research environment for local and international visitors from physics, materials science, applied mathematics and computational science to discuss and to conduct collaborative research.

2. Workshop 1: 25 - 27 Nov 2004

This workshop will focus on basic properties of material interfaces in nanoscale systems. Here, material interfaces are understood in a broad sense, and include but are not limited to epitaxial thin films, domain walls in micromagnetic material, martensitic interfaces, grain boundaries, vortices in superconductors, and polymeric chain networks. The basic properties include thermal fluctuation, nucleation, aggregation, kinetics, coarsening, impurities, stresses, charge transport, surface magnetism, effects of applied fields, etc. Participants from areas of statistical mechanics, surface physics, materials science, and applied mathematics, will discuss new issues in nanoscale material interfaces and the possible approaches to solve new problems.

3. Tutorials: 6 - 7 Dec 2004, 17, 20 - 21 Dec 2004, 3 - 7 Jan 2005

Distinguished researchers will give tutorial lectures on topics closely related to the main themes of the program in material physics, computational materials science and applied mathematics. Lecture notes will be distributed.

4. First Singapore Workshop on PDE and Scientific Computing: 23 - 24 Dec 2004

5. Workshop 2: 10 - 14 Jan 2005

This workshop will continue and extend the discussions in Workshop 1, and will focus more on the mathematical and computational aspects of the underlying researches. Participants will explore various kinds of hierarchical models and multiscale algorithms for material interfaces and their relations to bulk material. Possible unified approaches will be identified. Efforts will be made to bridge the length and time scales in different models. Topics will range from mechanical properties of thin films to grain boundary motion and to singularities in Ginzburg-Landau dynamics; from discrete to continuum and to stochastic models; and from ab initio and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to fast algorithms for partial differential equations.

6. Seminars outside the tutorial and workshop periods: 28 Dec 2004

7. Public lecture: 12 Jan 2005

  • The mathematics of scientific computation
    ... Organized in conjunction with Department of Mathematics, NUS and Singapore Mathematical Society
    : Eitan Tadmor, University of Maryland
    Date & Time: Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Venue: LT 31 (Science Auditorium), S-16, Level 3, NUS

8. School lectures: 12 Jan 2005, 13 Jan 2005

  • Macromolecular "fluids" and liquid crystals
    ...Jointly organized by Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, NUS and Raffles Girls’ School
    Speaker: Qi Wang, Florida State University
    Date & Time: Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Venue: Raffles Girls’ School

  • Can a wire have a memory?
    ...Jointly organized by Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, NUS and National Junior College
    Speaker: Georg Dolzmann, University of Maryland
    Date & Time: Thursday, 13 Jan 2005, 2:50pm - 3:40pm
    Venue: National Junior College

IMS Membership is not required for participation in above activities. For attendance at these activities, please complete the registration form (MSWord|PDF|PS) and fax it to us at (65) 6873 8292 or email it to us at

If you are an IMS member or are applying for IMS membership, you do not need to register for these activities.

 Membership Application

The Institute for Mathematical Sciences invites applications for membership for participation in the above program. Limited funds to cover travel and living expenses are available to young scientists. Applications should be received at least three (3) months before the commencement of membership. Application form is available in (MSWord|PDF|PS) format for download.

More information is available by writing to:
Institute for Mathematical Sciences
National University of Singapore
3 Prince George's Park
Singapore 118402
Republic of Singapore
or email to

For enquiries on scientific aspects of the program, please email any one of the co-chairs.

Organizing Committee ·  Confirmed Visitors · Overview · Activities · Membership Application