Nanomath 2016

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Part of the huge 1960’s electron microscope at CEMES, Toulouse

The 3rd Nanomath conference was held this week in Toulouse. The aim of the conference is to bring together mathematicians, physicists, chemists and any other researcher interested in modelling at the nanoscale.

The conference opened on a cautionary note, with Tim Myers asking whether you could trust mathematics at the nanoscale? Subsequently the talks were generally more positive. Prof. James Hill of Adelaide followed with a variety of examples of the succesful use of mathematics in nanotechnology. There was a wide range of presentations, including quantum computing, attaching nanoparticles to carbon nanotubes, fluid flow with graphene and CNTs, mechanical property enhancement, organisation of nanofibres using standing waves and a session on electron microscopy. Many talks demonstrated the positive benefits of the interaction between mathematicians and experimentalists. A notable example was Dr Ian Griffiths of Oxford University who talked about the theory and practice of new, simple methods to produce nanofibres

The meeting was held at Centre d’Élaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales. On Wednesday participants were taken on a tour of the facilities, including a very impressive 1960s electron microscope.

It has been proposed to hold next year’s meeting in Barcelona. Anyone interested in finding out more can email tim.myerscrm@gmail.com