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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No. 2
March 2001


Conference Announcements

Electronic Structure of Solids and Surfaces–EuroConference on Computer Simulation of Complex Interfaces: Out of the Vacuum into the Real World, 7-12 September 2001, Giens (near Toulon), France

This meeting [supported by the European Commission, Research DG, the Human Potential Program, and High-Level Scientific Conferences (Contract No. HPCF-CT-2000- 00231)] focuses on the application of computer simulation, especially first-principles approaches, to the study of real-world surfaces and interfaces–those found outside a vacuum chamber. This topic arises in numerous fields and disciplines, making interdisciplinary participation an integral feature. Bringing together authoritative simulation practitioners, experimentalists, and industrial researchers, the conference will address the scientific and technical challenges that must be overcome in order to advance understanding of complex interfaces.

Key scientific themes of the meeting include the following:

  • Interfaces of liquids and solutions with solids: oxides, minerals, metals, and aqueous solutions
  • Chemical and mechanical changes at interfaces: oxidation and self-catalysis, lubrication, wear, friction and tribology, corrosion, dissolution, and complexation The conference is open to researchers worldwide, whether from industry or academia. Emphasis will be on discussion about new developments, and participation will be limited to 100. Grants to cover the conference fee (inclusive of registration, full board, and lodging) will be available, in particular for young nationals (under age 35) from the European Union or Associated States.


For further information, contact Dr. J. Hendekovic, Head of EURESCO Unit, European Science Foundation, 1 quai Lezay-Marnésia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France, E-mail:; Tel.: +33 388 76 71 35; Fax: +33 388 36 69 87; Web site:


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