Computational Studies of Defects in Nanoscale Carbon Materials

May 11, 2009 to May 13, 2009
Location : CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
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  • Savas Berber (Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey)
  • David Tomanek (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Arkady Krasheninnikov (Aalto University and University of Helsinki, Finland)






Defects in nanoscale carbon materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene may fully govern their mechanical and electronic properties. Moreover, defects may cause intriguing behavior including magnetism. Presence of defects is believed to be mostly detrimental, by weakening the mechanical toughness. Beneficial effects of defects, including stiffening of loosely-connected nanotube networks or nucleation sites for structural transformations, have been mostly overlooked. By the vice or virtue, defects in carbon nanomaterials require complete understanding at the microscopic level. The aim of the proposed workshop is to bring together representatives of solid-state physics and materials science communities who use theoretical computational tools to discuss the state of our understanding of defects in carbon nanostructures. The participants will present the state of the art to students and newcomers to the field in tutorial presentations and discuss ongoing developments and perspectives of various computational techniques for modeling of non-ideal nanoscale carbon materials.

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<p><strong>Topics receiving special attention include:</strong>
<li>Mechanical properties of defective carbon nanostructures</li>
<li>Electronic and magnetic properties of defective carbon nanostructures</li>
<li>Electronic and thermal transport in defective carbon nanostructures</li>
<li>Chemical modification and tailoring of defective carbon nanostructures</li>

<p><strong>Invited speakers include:</strong>
<li><strong>Florian Banhart</strong> (University of Strasbourg, France)</li>
<li><strong>Jean-Christophe Charlier</strong> (University of Louvain, Belgium)</li>
<li><strong>Morinobu Endo</strong> (Shinshu University, Japan)</li>
<li><strong>Chris Ewels</strong> (CNRS Nantes, France)</li>
<li><strong>Laszlo Forro</strong> (EPFL, Switzerland)</li>
<li><strong>Dmitri Golberg</strong> (NIMS Tsukuba, Japan)</li>
<li><strong>Steven G. Louie</strong> (University of California at Berkeley, USA)</li>
<li><strong>Francesco Mercuri</strong> (University of Perugia, Italy)</li>
<li><strong>Yoshiyuki Miyamoto</strong> (NEC Tsukuba, Japan)</li>
<li><strong>Angel Rubio</strong> (Universidad del País Vasco, Spain)</li>
<li><strong>Susumu Saito</strong> (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)</li>
<li><strong>Daniel Sanchez-Portal</strong> (Donostia International Physics Center, Spain)</li>
<li><strong>Gotthard Seifert</strong> (Technical University Dresden, Germany)</li>
<li><strong>Oleg Yazyev</strong> (EPFL, Switzerland)</li>

<p><strong>Format of the Workshop:</strong><br>
Combination of invited and contributed lectures combined with poster presentations.