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19 - 24 October 2009
Miramare - Trieste, Italy

Preliminary Program


European Science Foundation, FANAS
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
SPECS Zürich


Oguz Gulseren (Bilkent University)
Nicola Manini (Università di Milano)
Andrea Vanossi (CNR-INFM
         National Research Center S3)

Local Organizer:

Erio Tosatti (ICTP/SISSA)

Keynote Speakers:

Bill Allison
Roland Bennewitz
Bharat Bhushan
Lydéric Bocquet
Virginio Bortolani
Oleg Braun
Lionel Bureau
Robert Carpick
Annalisa Fasolino
Alexander Filippov
Adam Foster
Joost Frenken
Enrico Gnecco
Stanislav Gorb
Bernd Gotsmann
Enzo Granato
Eduardo Jagla
Yossi Klafter
Jacob Klein
Jacqueline Krim
Uzi Landman
Ernst Meyer
Giampaolo Mistura
Karine Mougin
Martin Mueser
Ruben Perez
Bo Persson
Andre Schirmeisen
Udo Schwarz
Michael Urbakh
Alexander Volokitin
Stefano Zapperi
Xiaohua H. Zhang


15 May 2009

19 - 24 October 2009


The aim of the Conference is to bring together scientists from all over the world, active at the forefront of the experimental and theoretical developments of atomic-scale friction.  Both theoretical/computational approaches and experimental state-of-the-art techniques will be covered.  By allowing ample time for discussion after each talk, and through an informal setup, this Conference should be an excellent occasion to establish connections between groups working on related issues.


-  Nonlinearity and chaotic dynamics in frictional processes
-  From stick-slip motion to superlubric regimes
-  Towards more realistic models of contact and noncontact AFM:
      how to measure energy dissipation?
-  Atomistic friction of carbon materials: C60, nanotubes, graphite and diamond-like films
-  Effective methods of controlling motion and tuning friction at the nanoscale
-  Dynamics and tribological properties of confined systems under shear
-  Nanomanipulation and dynamics of clusters and nano-objects at surfaces
-  From single asperity to multi-asperity contacts
-  Wear and Fracture
-  Probing tribology at the nanoscale: trends in experimental techniques
-  Tribology of soft (and sometimes wet) matter


Scientists and students from all countries which are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the Conference.  As it will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. The main purpose of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics is to help research workers from emerging countries, by bringing them together with their colleagues from all over the world.  Researchers, students and post-doctoral fellows from developed countries are particularly encouraged to attend.  In view of a very broad spectrum of attendees, all lecturers should make a special effort to introduce their subject as pedagogically as possible.

In addition, the participation of scientists belonging to the European Science Foundation EUROCORES Programme "Friction and Adhesion in Nanomechanical Systems" (FANAS), will make this Conference an excellent opportunity to mix communities with complementary interests in the field of friction.

As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses of the participants should be borne by the home institution.  Every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their fare (or at least half-fare).  However, limited funds are available for some participants from developing countries, to be selected by the organizers.  There is no registration fee.

We are no longer accepting applications for this Conference.

Secretariat:  Ms. Suzie Radosic
Telephone:  +39-040-2240226         
Telefax:  +39-040-22407226


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