Non-classical mechanisms of crystallization and self-assembly  
Organizer: Steven Whilelam, LBNL

Recent advances in imaging nucleation and growth at the microscopic scale indicate that crystals and other ordered structures can be built in many different ways. In the simplest cases, atoms or molecules add sequentially to ordered structures, but such “classical” mechanisms may be the exception rather than the rule. Ordered structures can also assemble hierarchically, via the addition of large sub-structures (or “clusters”), or experience large-scale internal rearrangements or phase transformations in the course of assembly. This session will explore experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding such “non-classical” mechanisms of crystallization and assembly.

Confirmed invited speakers:

Will Jacobs, Harvard
"Multi-step pathways in DNA self-assembly"

Rebeccca Schulman, JHU
"Designing dynamic DNA crystal growth processes"

Biological crystallization 
Organizer: Jinhui Tao, PNNL  

Crystallization or self-assembly of biological or biomimetic matters includes but not limits to: protein/peptide/peptoid/DNA assembly and functional studies, biological or biomimetic mineralization and materials and their applications.

Confirmed invited speakers:

David Kisailus (UC Riverside) "Title TBD" 
Pupa Gilbert (U. Wisconsin "Title TBD"
Francois Baneyx (U. Washington) "Controlling titania precipitation with solid-binding proteins"
Chunlong Chen (PNNL) "Title TBD"
Ronald Zuckermann (LBNL) "Universal backbone conformation in peptoid polymer crystals"

Functional materials 
Organizer: Moneesh Upmanyu, NEU  

Fundamental aspects of nucleation, growth and crystallization in a wide range of functional materials. Experimental, theoretical and/or computational contributions are encouraged which address the interplay between crystal growth and functional properties of the crystals. These include growth in a variety of settings, including (but not limited to) bulk crystal growth from solutions or melts, vapor deposition of thin films, growth of low dimensional crystals such as nanowires/nanotubes and nanoparticles, colloid and nanoparticle assembly, and crystallization of biomaterials. Studies focused on properties of these as-grown crystals under a variety of external growth-related conditions are also welcome. The symposium also extends to contributions that address methodological developments, experimental or computational, related to the study of crystal growth of functional materials.

Confirmed Invited speakers:

Cristian Ciobanu, Colorado School of Mines

Hanchen Huang, Northeastern University

Fundamentals of crystal growth
Organizer: Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State  

This session is focused on recent developments in understanding the fundamentals of crystal growth from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. Among the topics of interest are deposition and surface diffusion, kinetic phenomena in capping layers, interfacial free energies and equilibrium crystal structure, faceting, nucleation, seed formation, twinning, aggregation, oriented attachment, and non-classical crystal-growth.

Confirmed invited speakers:

Tianshu Li, The George Washington University

Baron Peters, UC Santa Barbara
"Solute precipitate nucleation: toward reliable theories and simulation methods"

Molecular crystals in process: Growth, ripening, phase transformations
Co-organizers: Bart Kahr, NYU and Alex Shtukenberg, NYU 

Lian Yu (Wisconsin, Madison)
Alexander Shtukenberg (NYU)
Louis Cuccia (Concordia U., Montreal)
Vilmali Lopez Meijias (U. Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras)

June 10-13, 2018
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