Welcome to Structure and Topology of Disordered Materials

Description: The structure and topology of disordered materials determine their performances and functionalities. Recently scientists from several research groups have put great efforts in understanding the structural and topological dependences of properties of disordered materials, enabling the prediction of dynamic and physical properties of materials from chemical compositions. However, despite these efforts of scientists, numerous challenging questions concerning the above-mentioned issues still remain unanswered. For the planned Ph.D. course, we introduce the state-of-art knowledge about the structure and constraint theories of disordered materials, and explain major advanced tools for structural characterization techniques, e.g. NMR, Raman spectroscopy, neutron scattering, SANS, SAXS and WAXS. We illustrate how to predict the glass properties based on structural information through the temperature-dependent constraint theory and discuss the importance of structural heterogeneities. The disordered materials that the course will deal with include sol-gel materials, hydration induced gels, and fusion-quench derived glasses. Several distinguished lecturers will be invited to present new insights into the relationship between structure and functionalities in disordered materials. Each of the Ph.D. students will briefly present his/her research project to the whole class and communicate with both students and lecturers. The students will do some assignments from lecturers through group work.

Organizer: Professor Yuanzheng Yue, E-mail yy@bio.aau.dk, Associate Professer Morten Mattrup Smedskjær and Assistant Professor Vittorio Boffa

Lecturers: External speakers, and Yuanzheng Yue, Morten Mattrup Smedskjær, Vittorio Boffa


Time: 11-13 August, 2014

Place:  Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg University (AAU), Sohngaardsholmsvej 57

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: Ca. 12 (AAU) and 14 (Non-AAU)

Deadline: 21 July, 2014