Bishop's Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 6-8, 2006

This workshop is sponsored by the newly formed Nanoscience, Engineering and Computation Institute at Sandia (NECIS). NECIS' primary mission is to support Sandia National Laboratories' response to the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) by facilitating research and the rapid transfer, application, and integration of new knowledge between nanoscience, nanoengineering, and high-performance modeling and simulation, fields that are critical to Sandia's national security mission. This workshop's goal is to provide a forum for selected scientists and engineers from the nation's top universities and research laboratories to discuss pressing issues on interfaces in nanoscience and technologies. This collaborative event will establish a common knowledge foundation for this critical area of research, explore how the practices of verification and validation function in scientific development, and identify paths of collaboration and innovation for this community to create a tapestry of methods in experimentation, computation and modeling & simulation.

The goal of this workshop is to identify, define and debate the key issues regarding materials interfaces that are limiting progress in the development of nanotechnology. Speakers and breakout discussion sessions will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the state of the art tools and techniques to understand interfacial structure and phenomena?
  2. What are the major challenges of these methods that prevent the scientific community from doing predictive science?
  3. Can we identify the means to gauge the importance of the phenomena we study and the validity of the methods we use?
  4. What are some new ways in which researchers with varied expertise, techniques and working environments can collaborate to stimulate innovative research?
  5. How do we prepare both ourselves, and the next generation of scientists to do innovative research in interfaces?

The organizing committee is interested in fostering discussion on experimental, theoretical and computational approaches towards understanding the science of nanoscale interfaces. We are soliciting abstracts that address one or more of the question posed above. A total of eight one-hour survey talks and/or presentations on novel approaches that stimulate discussion will be scheduled.

Abstracts of 100 words or less should be sent to Jonathan Zimmerman at by August 1, 2006.

Organizing Committee:

  • Jonathan A. Zimmerman, Chair
  • S. Scott Collis
  • H. Eliot Fang
  • Jean L. Lee
  • Richard B. Lehoucq
  • Neville R. Moody
  • Steven J. Plimpton

Sponsorship and financial support is provided by the Laboratory Directed Research
and Development Program at Sandia National Laboratories.

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